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 GAR Obituaries from Kaiser to Krahn

Philip Christian Kaiser

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.