GAR Obituaries from Kaiser to Krahn
- Philip Christian Kaiser
- Charles G. Kapple
- James L. Kee
- Leverett M. Kelley
- A. Frank Kelsey
- Paul Kemler
- George S. Kendall
- Elijah C. Kent
- Henry G. Keyes
- Myron E. Kilbourne
- Walter H. Kimball
- E. C. Kincaid
- James M. Kinehan
- George King
- Joseph L. King
- Noah Kipp
- Charles L. Knodle
- George H. Knott
- Frederick Kohn
- Charles F. Krahn
Philip Christian Kaiser
The Elgin Daily News, October 28, 1914, p. 3
Philip Christian Kaiser, a veteran of the civil war died at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. George Peck, 362 Fulton street, at 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon following a brief illness.
Mr. Kaiser was born April 30, 1832, at Offengen, Germany. On February 3, 1856, he was united in marriage with Mary Mageline Schumm, with whom he shared life's joys and sorrows for 51 years.
At the call of President Lincoln for volunteers he responded leaving his wife and three children and served in Company E, Third regiment, New York volunteers. He remained with the company until the end of the war. During the war he contracted rheumatism and suffered much from that illness during the remaining years of his life.
In the fall of 1876 he moved with his wife and family to Illinois and settled in Hampshire where he lived until 1881 when they moved to this city. He joined the Evangelical church at Hampshire and later transferred his membership to the First Evangelical church of this city. He was appointed janitor of the Elgin church in 1889 and served in that capacity until 1908, when he was forced to retire because of ill health.
In 1907 Mr. and Mrs. Kaiser celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary, many being present from Elgin and Hampshire.
Mr. Kaiser was a man with a congenial and tender disposition. Although physically helpless he was cheerful and contented.
The funeral services will be held from the First Evangelical church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Philip Beuscher and Rev. H. Hintze will officiate. Burial will be at Bluff City cemetery.
Mrs. Kaiser died in the year 1908. Mr. Kaiser is survived by a son, a grandson and two great grandchildren.
Charles G. Kapple
The Elgin Daily News, October 10, 1922, p. 3.
Charles G. Kapple died at St. Joseph's hospital this noon following a short illness.
Mr. Kapple was born in Panama, N.Y., September 26, 1841, and served throughout the Civil War as first sergeant, Company L, 12th Regiment of Pennsylvania cavalry. He was a member of the Elgin post of the G.A.R.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edward Kennealy, 436 Ryerson avenue, Elgin, with whom he has been living since the death of his wife, eighteen years ago, and one granddaughter, Miss Helen Kennealy.
Interment will be at Grayslake, Ill., funeral announcements to be made later.
The Elgin Daily News, October 11, 1922, p. 3.
Funeral services for the late Chas. K. Kapple will be held on Thursday at 11:30 o'clock from the late home, 436 Ryerson avenue and will be in charge of the G.A.R. Burial will be at 2 o'clock p.m. at Grayslake, Ill.
James L. Kee
Every Saturday, March 5, 1887, p. 8.
James L. Kee died Sunday morning aged 56 years, 5 months and 22 days. Mr. Kee was born in Ireland, but had lived in this country upwards of thirty years. He has for many years been a resident of Elgin, where he was highly respected. He served his ward as alderman for a time and was a faithful official. He was a carpenter by trade and was much of the time employed by the watch factory. He was a faithful soldier during the war and was captain of Co. A, 65th Ill. infantry. A widow and two children, Mrs. J.F. McLean and Walter D. Kee survive. The funeral was in charge of the Masonic fraternity of which body he was an honored member. The G.A.R. also attended in a body.
Leverett M. Kelley
"Captain Kelley, Aged 83, Dead in Washington,"
The Elgin Daily Courier, April 10, 1924, p. 1.
Pioneer Elgin Resident Was Once Sheriff Of Kane County.
HAD UNUSUAL WAR RECORD.
Participated In Many Important Engagements Of Civil War.
Captain Leverett M. Kelley, pioneer resident of Elgin, for many years, deputy pension commissioner at Washington, D.C., died at his residence in Washington yesterday morning, according to word received here today. Captain Kelley was 83 years old.
Few men possessed the military record or had been active in more of the important engagements of the Civil War.
Captain Kelley was at one time sheriff of Kane county, later entering the drug business with William Hart in a firm known as Kelley and Hart. After serving as an Indian agent, the deceased became a deputy pension commissioner in Washington. He erected the building in Grove avenue, known as the Kelley Hotel building, and was a holder of considerable real estate holdings in the county.
Born in Schenectady
Captain Kelley was born in Schenectady, N.Y., September 28, 1841. He came to Illinois with his father when a boy four years old, settling on a farm in Rutland township, near Pingree Grove. After attending school in his neighborhood, Capt. Kelley took up a course in the Elgin Academy, later attending Beloit college. He was pursuing his studies when the Civil War broke out.
He was 19 years old when he enlisted as a private in Company A, 36th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered in at Camp Hammond, Ill., August 22, 1861. Early in the service he became a corporal, afterwards being promoted to the rank of sergeant, then as first lieutenant and as captain, often being in command of the regiment. He was in active duty for more than four years.
During the war he participated in such engagements as Pea Ridge, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Dalton, Resaca, Adairsville, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Lovejoy Station, Jonesboro, Columbia, Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville.
Shows Valor in Battle
"When sergeant of Company A at Missionary Ridge, calling upon his comrades to follow him, he rushed forward in the face of an incessant and deadly fire, and was among the first over the works on the summit, where he compelled the surrender of a Confederate officer and received his sword," the Kane county history says. "Many other tangible evidences of his valor might be given but this is sufficient to indicate the nature of his service."
When the war was over Captain Kelley returned to Illinois. He was married in 1867. The following year he became sheriff of Kane county and was again elected to that office in 1874. He became Indian agent at Standing Rock and Los Pingos agencies in 1878, in which capacity he consummated an important treaty with the Indians. From 1889 to 1893 he filled the position of chief of the division of pension bureau at Washington, and in 1897 was made deputy commissioner of pensions.
Captain Kelley was a Republican. He was always interested in military affairs and was member of the G.A.R., Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and the Medal of Honor Legion of the United States.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Eugene E. Andrews of Chicago, and Mrs. Frank L. Molby of Detroit. George M. Peck is a cousin of the deceased.
Burial was at the Arlington cemetery at Washington today.
"Funeral of Capt. L.M. Kelley Today,"
The Elgin Daily News, April 11, 1924, p.1.
Body of Famous Elgin Pioneer Placed at Rest in Arlington National Cemetery
Amidst the pomp of a military funeral, Captain Leverett M. Kelley, pioneer Elgin and Kane county resident, who died Wednesday morning, was laid to rest this afternoon in Arlington national cemetery, Arlington, Va. Captain Kelley was 83 years of age.
Captains J.C. Ratsall and Robert Armour, Loyal Legion members, and a delegation from the G.A.R. acted as pallbearers.
Colonel H.C. Rizer, head of the Loyal Legion, and Graham Powell, recorder, drew up resolutions of sympathy on the death of Captain Kelley, who was well known in organization circles in Washington, D.C., his home for the past 35 years.
Conspicuous bravery displayed at the Civil war battle of Missionary Ridge won for Captain Kelley a membership among the Medal of Honor men of the great war.
Captain Kelley was deputy commissioner of pensions under President McKinley, and prior to that time won considerable recognition through his work for the government as an Indian agent in the west. He left Elgin, his home for many years, in 1889.
Two daughters, Mrs. Eugene E. Andrews, of Chicago, and Mrs. Frank L. Molby, of Detroit, attended the funeral.
A. Frank Kelsey
"A. Frank Kelsey,"
The Elgin Daily News, October 21, 1895, p. 3.
Sudden Death of the Watch Factory Foreman.
Word of the death of Frank Kelsey on Sunday morning at 8:15 o'clock was a shock to his many friends about town. Those who had seen him at work Saturday in the watch factory knew he was not well, but the sudden end was unexpected. Congestion of the lungs is the cause ascribed. He was taken Saturday evening, and became unconscious, thus remaining. Few, if any, men of Elgin were better known than Albert Frank Kelsey, or "Kels", as his intimates called him. So prominent was he in secret society and musical circles that when at his best scarcely an entertainment was given at which he voice was not heard. For several months it had been evident that he was failing, but few were prepared for the great change.
Mr. Kelsey was born at Racine, Wis., Jan. 31, 1848. He lived there some years and then attended school at Appleton, Wis. He went through the war as a drummer boy in a Wisconsin regiment. In early manhood he came to Elgin, entering the watch factory Sept. 10, 1869. In March, 1874, he became foreman of the engraving department, a position that had been filled by Charles Throop, who died a few years previously. As an engraver Mr. Kelsey had few equals.
During his many years' residence in Elgin he was ever ready to assist in entertainments with his splendid basso voice or in anyway--and his versatility was great. He was active in political campaigns, and the quartets with which he was connected were eagerly listened to. His services were always in demand, and will be greatly missed. He had been a member of many lodges and societies, in some of them at his death. Among them may be mentioned Monitor Lodge No. 522, A.F. and A.M., Loyal L. Munn chapter, No. 96, R.A.M., Bethel commandery, No. 36, K.T., the A.O.U.W., Modern Woodmen, G.A.R., the Century club, the Red Men, and the Shriners in Chicago.
For the past four months Mr. Kelsey had been living at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Egler, 133 Hinsdell street, and there he died. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Kelsey, of Chicago, have been here several days, and were at his bedside when he passed away. His daughters, Misses Maem and Louise Kelsey, who have for several months been living at Buffalo, N.Y., are expected this afternoon. His wife died in March, 1893.
The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10 from the house and at 10:30 from the First Congregational church. Rev. S. Earngey, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. It will be under the auspices of the Knights Templar, assisted by Monitor lodge and the G.A.R. Various church choirs, and the singers of Elgin, especially those with whom Mr. Kelsey had sung, are expected to sing at the funeral under the leadership of Prof. Hecker. Tetzner's band will escort the societies to and from Bluff City cemetery.
"Laid Him Away,"
The Elgin Daily News, October 22, 1895, p. 3
. Funeral of Frank Kelsey Held This Forenoon.
A Large Choir Sings with Much Feeling--Mr. Earngey's Remarks.
The funeral of A.F. Kelsey was very largely attended this forenoon. Friends and late associates filled the spacious First Congregational church. The services were beautiful and impressive. The chorus choir, directed by Prof. Hecker, had as leaders Mrs. Stone, soprano; Mrs. Chisholm, contralto; Mr. Christiansen, tenor; Mr. Ikert, basso. Mrs. L.B. Garrison presided at the organ. After the opening song a duet, "Hope Beyond", was rendered by Messers Ikert and Christiansen. It was one of the favorites by the departed, and one which he, with John Newman, had often sung.
Rev. S. Earngey, pastor of the First Methodist church, based his remarks on the 90th Psalm. He spoke feelingly of the uncommon generosity of the deceased, of his large heartedness, which had given him such a hold on the affections of those who knew him; of his kindness and genial spirit. And he drew from his death a lesson of the uncertainty of life. We should make the most of this life, in order to prepare for the life eternal.
Following the prayer the choir sang "Nearer, My God, to Thee".
The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Among them were a star from Bethel chapter, O.E.S.; a harp, from the watch factory foremen; a pillow, "Our Foreman", from the engraving room of the factory; handsome designs from the Century club, Bethel commandery, and from individuals. The Century club had charge of the decorations at the grave, which were in evergreen, with roses and pansies.
The order of the march to Bluff City cemetery was. Band, Veteran post, engraving room employees, Monitor lodge, Bethel commandery. Also in attendance were the Knights of Pythias and Bethel chapter, O.E.S., watch factory foremen in a body, etc.
The pall bearers, chosen from the foremen, were L.N. Jackman, W.C. Torrey, W.S. Hewins, D.R. Buchanan, O.L. Young and W.B. Long. At the grave the exercises were in charge of the Masonic fraternity.
"Pioneer Residents of Elgin Succumb,"
The Elgin Advocate, June 12, 1915, p. 6.
Paul Kemler, Veteral of Civil War and Hero of Chicago Fire, Dead.
Paul Kemler died Monday morning at 8 o'clock at his home, 703 Raymond street. Mr. Kemler, one of the most prominent and popular of the old citizens and retired business man of Elgin was born in Tubingen, Wurttemberg, Germany, on October 28, 1837, and was the last surviving member of a family of seven sons and two daughters. He received his education in the German public schools and came to America in 1856, locating in Chicago.
In June, 1861, when the country was confronted with civil war, the patriotism of this sturdy and stout hearted, young man asserted itself and out of devotion to the land of his adoption, he and his brothers enlisted at Chicago in response to Lincoln's first call for troops. He joined the 24th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, company H, and was soon promoted to the rank of corporal, serving under General Grant. He was wounded at Perrysville, Ky., on October 8, 1862, but as soon as he recovered he went back to service until receiving his honorable discharge at Murphysboro, Tenn., on March 26, 1864.
He was a resident of Chicago at the time of the great fire in 1871, and by his bravery and courage rendered assistance to his unfortunate neighbors, finally rescuing his own family.
In the spring of 1872 he came to Elgin, where he took charge of the Washington house, which he managed successfully for seventeen years and made a reputation for honesty and integrity throughout the county that carried with it the respect of all with whom he dealt.
Mr. Kemler was married to Miss Wilhelmina Damisch of Elgin. He is survived by five daughters and two grandsons. He was the father of the late William and Paul Kemler, Jr. Mr. Kemler was a member of the G.A.R., Elgin Veteran Post No. 49 and Chicago Veteran Post No. 248. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows for over fifty years. When the German lodge of the order was organized in Elgin it was named the Paul lodge in his honor.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the family residence on Raymond street.
George S. Kendall
"Geo. S. Kendall,"
The Elgin Daily News, March 26, 1900, p. 1.
Passes Away at the Soldiers' Home at Quincy.
Geo. S. Kendall, aged about 60 years, a member of Company I, 52d regiment Illinois volunteer infantry, died Saturday at the soldiers' home in Quincy, Ill. While in the army his company was under the command of Capt. Wilbern of this city, who says that the deceased was a good soldier. Mr. Kendall's native home was in Dundee township, where his father owned a small farm and his uncle, the late Squire Kendall, was county surveyor at one time.
On Sept. 11, 1861, he enlisted in the army at Dundee. He saw much service and was mustered out Oct. 24, 1864, at Rome, Ga.
Many years ago he embarked in the coffee and tea business in Chicago, but gave it up several years later and came to Elgin. He married late in life Mrs. Force. He was divorced January 8, 1896. He was a member of Veteran post, G.A.R.
Commander West has been searching for some trace of his relatives but cannot locate them, exactly. It is remembered that he had a brother and at least four sisters, all having lived here. The sisters were Mary, Julia, Addie, and Carrie. Addie is dead, and Carrie, who married a preacher, is supposed to be living in Dakota. As no word has been received the remains will probably be laid to rest in the cemetery at Quincy, Ill.
Mr. Kendall did teaming in Elgin for years. He was well educated and at one time was a candidate for justice of the peace.
Elijah C. Kent
"A Soldier Dies,"
The Elgin Daily News, October 31, 1901, p. 1.
Elijah C. Kent, a Good Citizen, Is at Rest.
Elijah C. Kent was born in Ohio, July 6, 1834. In 1861 he enlisted in company E, Eleventh Indiana volunteers. He did not return until the close of the war. Shortly after his return home, he married Miss Sarah Hettinger, with whom he lived happily till the time of his death. There were born to them six children, four of whom are living, and were present at the time of their father's death, namely. Wallace, Andrew, Mrs. Jennie Buchanan of Genoa Junction, Wis., and Mrs. Daisy Higley of Chicago.
Early in life he was converted to Christianity and united with the M.E. church. At the time of his death he was a member of the Highland Avenue Christian church of this city. He had always been a loyal citizen, an honest man, a good neighbor, a kind husband, and a faithful Christian.
He gave the prime of his life to the defense of his country, in which service his strong constitution was greatly injured. He died at his residence, 625 Park street, this city, Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10:20 p.m.
Though not possessed of wealth or great talents, his kind, honest, sympathetic Christian conduct won a place for him in many hearts. He was not only a defender of the flag of his country, but "a good soldier of Jesus Christ".
He will be buried from the Advent Christian church on Villa street, Friday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m. Interment in Bluff City cemetery.
Henry G. Keyes
The Elgin Courier-News, May 29, 1926, p. 3
Henry George Keyes died yesterday at his home in Algonquin after a long illness. He was an honorary member of the B.P.O.E. lodge at Woodstock, and was also a member of Veteran's post, No. 49, G.A.R., having served with the Union army from 1861 to the end of the war with Co. F, 15th Illinois volunteers.
He was married to Charlotte Morton in May, 1861, but his wife preceded him in death four weeks ago. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held from the late home Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock with the G.A.R. and Elks in charge.
Myron E. Kilbourne
The Elgin Daily News, November 8, 1910, p. 3.
Myron E. Kilbourne, a long time resident of Elgin and a veteran of the Civil War, died at 1:45 o'clock this afternoon at the family residence, 681 Forest avenue, after a protracted illness.
The Elgin Daily News, November 9, 1910, p. 3.
Myron E. Kilbourne, for the last twenty-one years a resident of Elgin, died at 1:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the family residence, 681 Forest avenue after an illness which had confined him to his home for several months. The deceased was 66 years old.
Mr. Kilbourne was born in 1844 in Litchfield, Conn. At the age of 18 he enlisted in Company A of the Nineteenth Connecticutt heavy artillery, serving during the four years of the Civil War.
In 1868 he was married to Miss Harriet A. Beebe of his native city. Shortly after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Kilbourne came west, settling in Footville, Wis., where he engaged in farming for more than twenty years before coming to Elgin. Since coming to Elgin he had engaged in truck gardening.
Religiously, the deceased was a member of the First Congregational church. Socially he belonged to Elgin Post No. 49 G.A.R., the members of which organization will attend his funeral in a body.
Besides his widow, he is survived by six children: John B., Mary C., Elva C., and Mrs. R.M. Barnes of Elgin, and Mrs. William McAllister, Mrs. Frank Pierce of Denton, Mont. Two sisters, Mrs. Fremont Gronniss and Mrs. Frank Griswold of Goshen, Conn. are other survivors.
Dr. Charles T. Morgan will conduct the services, which will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late residence, 681 Forest avenue. Burial will take place at Bluff City cemetery.
Walter H. Kimball
"Oldest Pioneer, W.H. Kimball, Is Taken By Death,"
The Elgin Daily Courier-News, October 5, 1936, pp. 1, 3.
Civil War Veteran Dies In Sleep; Funeral On Wednesday.
A life that had spanned almost a century ebbed away last night for Walter H. Kimball, 97 years old, pioneer, patriot, and venerable citizen.
Mr. Kimball, whose home for many years had been with his son, Walter H. Kimball jr., at 601 N. Grove ave., died in his sleep at midnight, at Resthaven sanitarium, where he was taken two weeks ago. Death was attributed to the infirmities of advanced age.
The funeral service will be held on Mr. Kimball's ninety-eighth birthday anniversary, Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Marsh & Conn funeral home. The Rev. John F. Vonckx, pastor of House of Hope Presbyterian church, will officiate, and burial will be in Bluff City cemetery. Monitor lodge 522, A.F. & A.M., of which Mr. Kimball had been a member for more than a half century, will assist in the services. Friends may call at the funeral home.
Born In Log Cabin.
Mr. Kimball was Elgin's oldest native born resident, and was a member of one of the families who first came to the Fox river valley in the 1830s and built log cabin homes on what is now the site of Elgin.
In such a log home erected by his father Samuel Jewett Kimball near the present site of South and Vine streets, Walter H. Kimball was born on Oct. 7, 1838. He was the second male white child born in the little settlement of frontier Elgin, his brother, Joseph Kimball having been the first. Walter Kimball's uncle, William C. Kimball, was one of Elgin's most prominent citizens in pioneer days, having built the old Waverly house in 1852 and having operated grist mills and stores in "West Elgin" in the early days.
Other members of the Kimball family, too, were numbered among Elgin's first settlers and most influential citizens of generations gone by.
Walter H. Kimball had lived a well rounded life of business and civic activity. He served in the Civil war with Company A of the Seventh Illinois, having had the distinction of being the first union soldier mustered into service in the state, after President Lincoln's memorable call.
Voted for Lincoln.
After stirring experiences on battlefields of the Rebellion, Mr. Kimball returned to Elgin to continue his occupation of farming and dealing in live stock. Later he entered the employ of the Borden Co., as a watchman at their west side plant, and still later he served as a special police officer for several years.
More recently he had been employed as doorkeeper for the old Grand theater--now the Rialto--a position which was terminated when the Palm Sunday tornado of 16 years ago destroyed the theater building.
A life-long Republican--he cast his first vote for President Lincoln on the battlefield--Mr. Kimball had for a period of 30 years held the office of assistant supervisor of Elgin township, duties which he relinquished about eight years ago.
He was commander of Veterans post 49, Grand Army of the Republic, at the time of his death, and was one of the few survivors of the organization which once numbered 443 members. Three other comrades now comprise the membership of Veterans post, namely, Frank B. Perkins, Howard S. Lamb, and DeVolois W. Stevens.
Attended Elgin Academy.
Mr. Kimball was a member of the first class of Elgin Academy, entering the institution when its doors were first opened to students in the fall of 1856.
He is survived by a son, Walter H. Kimball jr., a daughter, Mrs. M. Cleora Boyens of Chicago, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His wife, Mary Phillips Kimball, died in 1898, and a son, Samuel J. Kimball II, a veteran Elgin mail carrier, died ten years ago.
Mr. Kimball liked to reminisce of Elgin's "early days". He vividly recalled when the present city of nearly 40,000 was but a handful of cabin homes resting on either bank of the river. In those days the old Chicago-Galena stage provided the city with its only public transportation system.
Despite his advanced years, Mr. Kimball retained his mental faculties remarkably well, and recalled Civil war incidents as though they were recent happenings. Four years ago the veteran was nominated for membership in the Adventurers' club of the Elgin National Watch Co., a national radio broadcast featuring Floyd Gibbons.
Civil War Adventure.
The incident which won him membership in the select group occurred in the early days of the war near Pilot Knob, Mo.
Mr. Kimball had been ordered to command the movement of a wagon train from Pilot Knob to St. Louis. The train was attacked by a superior force of Confederates and Kimball's horse was shot from under him, and bullets tore holes through his coat, hat, and bootleg. Kimball was captured but managed to escape during the night and after wandering as a fugitive for eight days, living off basswood, bark, and corn, he reached Pilot Knob and there found intact $75,000 in quartermaster corps funds which he had buried in a cigar box under a barn for safekeeping.
"E.C. Kincaid, Former Elgin Editor, Is Dead,"
The Elgin Daily Courier, July 31, 1911, p.
E.C. Kincaid, for many years one of the most prominent men of Elgin and formerly editor of the Gazette, now the Elgin Daily Courier, died at his home in Cleveland Sunday morning at 1:30.
Mr. Kincaid who was about seventy-five years of age was born in the east and came here in the early fifties. He was best known as an editor and for many years was in charge of the Gazette.
Until 1880, he remained in that capacity, until H.D. Hemmens and Will Dougherty bought the paper.
In 1880, Mr. Kincaid accepted a position in the D.C. Cook Publishing company and for years was foreman of the mailing department, until six years ago, when he left the city to take up his residence.
As well as being known as one of the leading editors of the county, Mr. Kincaid was for years a prominent politician, and figured in many political affairs. He was also a Civil war veteran.
Mr. Kincaid married the daughter of R.W. Padelford, for years city clerk of this city. Mrs. Kincaid died about three years ago.
While in Cleveland, Mr. Kincaid had been living at the home of his daughter, and because of a stroke of paralysis he had been unable to work for several years and had not been in good health since that time.
Miss Nettie Padelford of the Old People's Home is a sister-in-law of Mr. Kincaid, and Charles and Frank Cornell, and Frank W. and R. Waite Joslyn of this city are relatives. Mr. Kincaid leaves two daughters both of Cleveland, Mrs. Charles H. Olds, wife of the presecuting attorney of the county in which Cleveland is situated, and Mrs. Dawson.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at Cleveland.
James M. Kinehan
"Former Watch Workers Die,"
The Elgin Courier-News, March 30, 1927, p. 3.
James M. Kinehan and Henry Harbison Succumb.
Two pioneer watch factory pensioners, both octogenarians, succumbed during the past twenty-four hours.
James M. Kinehan, 85, died at his home 878 Illinois avenue, at 7:30 o'clock this morning from the effects of a paralytic stroke....
Civil War Veteran.
Mr. Kinehan, who distinguished himself in the Civil war, retired from the watch factory thirteen years ago the 20th of next month. Born in St. Johns, Canada, April 19, 1841, he learned the watchmaker's trade in Montreal and came to Elgin in 1880 after having worked in the Waltham and Springfield, Ill., factories, the latter in which he was a foreman for eight years.
He was made an assistant foreman in the Elgin factory and worked in "the shop" from 1880 until 1894, when he went to Canton, O., and worked for nine years, returning to this city in 1903 and again joining the roll of factory workers. He remained at the factory from 1903 until his retirement in 1914.
At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Kinehan enlisted in the First Vermont cavalry and saw thirty-four months service, during which time he took active part in twenty-two major engagements including the battle of Gettysburg. He was commissioned a first lieutenant during the war and at its close was commissioned a captain for "meritorious service".
Active in G.A.R.
He was an active member of Elgin Post No. 49, G.A.R.
Mr. Kinehan had served as a trustee of the Gail Borden public library and had also been active in the Universalist church.
He is survived by the widow, Lucy Emma Kinehan, two brothers, George Kinehan of Los Angeles, Calif., Dr. Henry Kinehan of New York City, and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be announced later.
"Father Time's Family,"
Every Saturday, July 16, 1898, p. 5.
George King died after a long illness at his home on Orange street, July 14, aged 62 years. His wife and three children survive him, only his wife living here. He was a member of the G.A.R.
Joseph L. King
The Elgin Daily Courier, August 15, 1916, p. 3.
Joseph L. King, born January 6, 1843, at Argyle, Washington county, N.Y., died at 4 o'clock this morning at St. Joseph's hospital after several weeks' illness. Death was caused by blood poisoning and heat prostration.
He resided in Argyle until his enlistment in 1861 in the People's Ellsworth regiment, 44th New York Volunteers, Company E. On October 26, 1862, he was transferred to Company G. In December of 1863, he re-enlisted as a veteran and fought with Ellsworth Avengers at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, was mustered out August 28, 1865.
In the year of 1866, he came west and settled at Burlington where he remained for twenty years. During the past thirty years of his life, he had lived in this city. He was employed at the watch factory until five years ago when he retired from active service.
Besides his widow, Mrs. Mary L. King, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William Bellows of Elgin, and three sons, William J., Charles E., and Robert S. King, all of Elgin.
The funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Mary's Catholic church. Burial will be at Bluff City.
The Elgin Daily News, April 12, 1924, p. 3.
Noah Kipp died at Sherman hospital at 5 o'clock last evening, following an illness. He was born February 19, 1843 at what was formerly known as Kipp's Corners, west of South Elgin, on the farm owned by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter Kipp, among the earliest township settlers.
He was a veteran of the Civil war and served with the 52nd Illinois Infantry and Co. G, 15th Illinois Cavalry, for three years and two months. Following the war he went west and remained for twenty years in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. He then returned to Elgin and resided until December of 1923 when he went to St. Petersburg, Fla., for his health. He returned to Elgin April 9 and immediately went to Sherman hospital.
Surviving him are a brother Granville H. Kipp of Sacramento, Calif., and relatives in Rockford. His wife preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held from the Fredrick and Curtis Undertaking parlors at 211 Chicago street, Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Interment at Bluff City cemetery.
Charles L. Knodle
"Heat Collapse Results Fatal For C.L. Knodle,"
The Elgin Courier-News, August 30, 1928, p. 1.
Civil War Veteran Succumbs Following Accident Monday.
PIONEER NURSERY SALESMAN
Came To Elgin From Dixon 28 Years Ago This Coming Fall.
One of the few heat fatalities of the year in Elgin occurred today when Charles L. Knodle, 79, veteran nursery salesman, died at his home, 214 Plum street, at 5:45 o'clock this morning as the result of being overcome by the heat last Monday afternoon. The elderly salesman and Civil war veteran succumbed without re-gaining consciousness from the time when he was stricken.
Mr. Knodle, was well known throughout northern Illinois as a salesman for the Brown Brothers Nursery company, Rochester, N.Y., for which he had been employed the past 28 years. He was actively engaged in his business up until the afternoon he was stricken, having been selling nursery plants just previous to his attempt to board a Park street car at the corner of Enterprise and North Liberty street, when he was overcome by the intense heat. His territory included Elgin, Dixon, Freeport and Belvidere.
The veteran salesman had been failing in health for the past two months, although he refused to give up his work and continued to sell trees and shrubs in this vicinity.
Born in Ogle county, Ill., near Leaf River, on September 19, 1848, Mr. Knodle lived on his parents' farm and attended country school until the outbreak of the Civil war. He enlisted with the Union forces as soon as he was old enough and served with Company H, 15th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, throughout the struggle.
He was married to Marjorie Everts of Dixon, Ill., in 1879. For many years he was engaged in farming near Dixon. In 1900 he moved to Dixon and was employed as a traveling salesman for the Brown Brothers Nursery company, Rochester, N.Y.
In Elgin Past 27 Years.
Mr. Knodle moved to Elgin in the fall of 1900 and had lived here during the past 27 years. He is a member of Veterans Post No. 49, Grand Army of the Republic, and the First Baptist church.
His wife preceded him in death in 1908 and a son, Cary L. Knodle of Boston, Mass., died last March. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Willis Slater of Bethlehem, Pa., and Mrs. Charles E. Bullard of Elgin, one son, James G. Knodle of Belle, Calif., one sister, Mrs. Margaret Hays of Polo, Ill., two brothers, Joshia of Myrlte, Ill., and Emory of Rockford, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the Norris chapel. Interment will be in Bluff City cemetery.
George H. Knott
The Elgin Daily Courier, December 7, 1917, p. 3.
George H. Knott, pioneer grocery man of Elgin and veteran of the Civil War, died at 11:45 o'clock this morning at the home of his son, Leon S. Knott, 163 Hill street.
Mr. Knott was born in Leicester, England, February 8, 1838, and came to this country in 1842, settling near Chicago. Later he moved to Elgin in 1859.
It was in 1862 that he enlisted in Company C, 127th Illinois Volunteer Infantry regiment and later was detached and served with Battery A and B until the close of the war. The veteran was actively engaged in the battles of Chickesaw Bayou, Arkansas Post and Nashville, siege of Vicksburg, the Atlanta campaign and several minor battles.
He was captured on July 22, 1864, and confined in the Andersonville prison for 61 days.
In 1870 Mr. Knott began a grocery business in River street and later on Park street, where he continued the grocery business up until three years ago, when he moved to Florida. He returned to this city only a short time ago to make his home.
The deceased was a member of the G.A.R. and a past commander of the post.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. W.H. Middleton, of Elgin and Mrs. C.A. Reynolds of Beloit, Wis., two sons, George K., and Leon S., one stepson, F.C. Sears, of Elgin, and one brother, Wallace H. Knott, also of this city.
Funeral notice later.
"Civil War Veteran Dies in California,"
The Elgin Daily News, July 18, 1917, p. 3
Frederick Kohn, Pioneer Watch Worker and
Former City Employee, Dies in West.
Frederick Kohn, pioneer watch worker and veteran Elgin city employe, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.D. Hinckley in Los Angeles, Cal., at the age of eighty-three years.
Born in 1834 at Hohenbollentin, Demmin, Prussia, he came to this country in 1856. At the call for volunteers by President Lincoln he enlisted to serve his adopted country and was assigned to the 8th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, afterwards referred to by Lincoln as "Farnsworth's Big Abolition Regiment". He was mustered in at Bloomingdale, Ill., September 18, 1862, and at the expiration of three years re-enlisted at Culpepper, Va., serving until July 17, 1865.
He participated in twenty-eight battles, numerous skirmishes and raids. At Gettysburg he was near General Reynolds when that officer was killed and captured the riderless horse from which the general had fallen. At another time he succeeded in capturing and bringing into camp, single handed, two confederate officers, a major and a captain.
At the close of the war he came to Elgin and was among the first employees of the watch factory. He worked there for more than twenty-five years. For twenty-two years, until last fall, when failing health compelled him to go to California, he was employed by the city as caretaker of the high school park and Villa court.
He is survived by his widow, a son and two daughters. The widow and younger daughter, Irene have made their home in El Paso, Tex., for a number of years. The son, E.F. Kohn, and elder daughter, Mrs. W.D. Hinckley, reside in Los Angeles.
The funeral will be held under the auspices of the Los Angeles post G.A.R. with burial at Rosedale cemetery, that city.
Charles F. Krahn
The Elgin Daily News, November 24, 1911, p. 8.
Charles F. Krahn, father of Attorney Frank J. Krahn, formerly of Elgin, now of Rockford, and a pioneer resident of this city, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Schindler, 561 Locust street, at 9:45 o'clock this morning after an illness of four days, aged 70 years. Death was caused by pneumonia.
Mr. Krahn is the first person to succumb to pneumonia in Elgin this season. He was taken suddenly ill on Monday.
Mr. Krahn was born in Germany, coming to America and Illinois, settling in Elgin, 52 years ago.
He was a veteran of the civil war and member of Veteran Post, No. 49, G.A.R.
He was also a prominent member of the German Methodist Episcopal church.
Mr. Krahn is survived by two sons, Attorney F.J.C. Krahn of Rockford, Albert H. of Dundee, and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Schindler, Elgin, and Mrs. Arthur Butler of Florida.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the German Methodist Episcopal church, with burial in the Dundee cemetery.