Livingston County, Illinois
KELLEY, Father Dennis
FATHER DENNIS KELLEY IS DEAD AT PONTIAC
Word was received in Catholic circles today of the death at Pontiac of Father Dennis Kelley. He was stricken with paralysis while in charge of the church at Flanagan about two years ago, and was compelled to give up his duties as pastor. He went to Pontiac and soon after his arrival in that city suffered a second stroke bit was not wholly incapacitated. Father Kelly was 70 years years old and up to the time he was stricken had enjoyed splendid health, and was vigorous for a man of his years. [The Lacon Home Journal 25 April 1918]
PASSING OF FATHER KELLEY
Rev. Father Dennis Kelley, one of the most popular priests in the Peoria diocese of Catholic churches, died last Friday in St. James hospital at Pontiac, Ill. He formerly was rector of the St. Joseph's church at Flanagan, Ill., where he was stricken with paralysis in 1912.
Gored to Death by a Bull.
Thomas Kelley, a farm hand, working for Thomas Drew, went into a field, near Emington, Livingston county, to drive a bull into the barnyard. The animal became infuriated and started for him. He had nothing with which to defend himself, and was at the mercy of the infuriated beast, which gored him to death. [Express, 30 November 1895; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
KENT, Eddie E.
Eddie E., infant son of H. H. Kent, one of the most prominent citizens of Blackstone, was buried there Saturday. The funeral services were conducted by Elder Beach, of Pontiac. The remains were followed to the cemetery by one of the largest processions ever witnessed here. The child was the nephew of Mr. Kent and Mrs. Judge Payson of this place. [The Pantagraph, Wednesday, May 21, 1879, Page 1; sub. by PHG]
KETTWICH, Gesche Hinrichs Schloemer
Mrs Kettwich Dies at Age of 101 on Sunday; Pioneer Woman Has 122 Living Descendants; Mrs Uffe Kettwich, 101, Minonk's oldest resident, and one who has 122 living descendants, came to the end of a long and useful life at 9:25 o'clock, Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 1952, when she passed away at the home of her son, Eilert Kettwich in this city. She had been bedfast the last few weeks. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, from St Petri's Lutheran church at Windtown, with the Rev E.V. Schroeder, pastor, officiating, and the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home of Minonk, in charge. Burial was in St Petri's cemetery. Pallbearers were all grandchildren: Eldon Kettwich, Clarence Kettwich, Alfred Kettwich, Orville Kettwich, John Baumann and Tjark Rients. Flower carriers, all grandchildren, were Adaline Baumann, Ruth Timmerman, Erma Jean Rients, Florence Durre, Eileen Meils and Helen Girsch. [Untitled newspaper clipping, hand-dated 15 February 1952; Transcribed and Submitted by: Amy Robbins-Tjaden] [per memorial at findagrave = Born 25 Oct 1850 in Niedersachsen, Germany; She immigrated to the US in 1871 and that same year married Uffe Kettwich. She was the mother of 12 children. Her headstone photo can be seen under her husband's name. (memorial and information by: Linda Bridwell)]
KIDDER, Thomas C.
Illinoisan Dies in Swimming.
San Antonio, Tex., March, 1: Thomas C. Kidder, a business man of Pontiac, Ill., died last evening in a swimming pool at the hot wells here. He is said to have come to his death from heart failure. Many persons were in the pool at the time, but none noticed him sink. [The Rock Island Argus 1 March 1907; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: He and his wife are buried at South Side Cemetery at Pontiac, Illinois.]
DIED, At Fairbury, on the 21st inst. ELIZA, wife of Dr. S. P. Kimball, aged 43 years. [The Pantagraph, June 26, 1871, Page 4; sub. by PHG]
KIMES, Oscar Sr.
Culminating an illness with which he had suffered the past six years, death summoned Oscar Kimes, Sr., aged 72, former coal mine operator here, Sunday afternoon at 5:15 o'clock in the family home, 411 S. Columbus St. A native of Pomeroy, O., where he was born November 28, 1868, Mr. Kimes was the son of Sylvester and Christianna Kimes. He came to this city when he was two years old and Streator was still known as Hardscrabble. For some time he was employed in the mines here and later operated a mine. Through his business and long residence here, Mr. Kimes was widely acquainted in Streator. His marriage to the former Margaret Davies took place October 3, 1891, in this city, and they became the parents of nine children, all of whom survive. Mrs. Kimes preceded her husband in death six years ago and since her passing he had been in failing health. He leaves to survive the following children: Miss Myrtle Kimes, principal of the Plumb school, Miss Bertha Kimes, assistant librarian in the public library, Mrs. Helen Ovelman, Clarence, Oscar A., and Elmer Kimes, all of this city; Thomas Kimes and Elsie Johnson of Freeport; and Harold Kimes of Chicago. There are also ten grandchildren, one sister, Mrs.Jennie Cool of Streator, and a brother Arthur Kimes, of Royal Oak, Mich. Funeral services are to be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the Elias funeral home and at o'clock in Christ Episcopal church. Interment will be made in Riverview cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home until the hour of the services. Edina lodge, I.O.O.F. will conduct its ritual at the funeral home this evening at 8 o'clock. [10 Nov 1941 - Streator Daily Times-Press]
Final rites for Oscar Kimes Sr. retired coal mine operator, whose death occurred Sunday afternoon at his home; 411 S. Columbus street, were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the Elias funeral home, and at 2 o'clock in Christ Episcopal church. Rev. William M. Hay officiated, and interment followed in Riverview cemetery. Pall bearers were William Scott, George Baldwin, Richard Howells, Ellsworth Ullom, John McNeil and Edward Evans. The flowers were in charge of Misses Eva Elias, Bertha Friedman, Betty Scott, Helen Irwin, Mayne Hart and Mrs. Alma Durham. Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Chester Kimes and Lawrence Johnson, St. Louis, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kimes, Chicago; Dr. and Mrs. Aidis Johnson, Thomas Kimes and son, Bobbie, Freeport; Mrs. Gertrude Fields, Mrs. Lawrence Colwell, and son, Lawrence, Jr, Gilson; Oliver Ovelman, Camp F??, Tullahoma, Tenn. [12 Nov 1941 - Streator Daily Times-Press]
Flanagan, Oct. 28 - Mrs. John R. King, is dead at her home, here. She was 38 years old. (Note: Edith Van Doren King is buried at Center Cemetery in Flanagan, Illinois,) [Urbana Daily Courier 29 October 1915]
Starts Car, Asphyxiated; Heart Attack, Carbon Monoxide Gas Fatal
PONTIAC.-- Jesse King, 59, 416 West Howard Street, was victim of a heart attack early Friday morning while starting his car and was asphyxiated by carbon monoxide gas from the automobile engine. Mr. King had gone to the garage to get his car, as was his custom, to take his father-in-law Robert Lavell, from his home to his place of business. William Beck, who resides just east of the monument shop at 217 West South Street, which Mr. Lavell operates, heard the car engine racing about 8:30 a. m. and decided to investigate. He found both doors of the garage and one of the car doors open, and could see Mr. Lavell sitting in the car, apparently dazed. Because of the gas fumes, he was unable to enter and called H. C. McAllister, sexton of South Side cemetery, J. F, King, and Bart Ferguson, city employees, who were with Mr. McAllister. After two attempts, they finally shut off the engine of the car. On examination, a physician stated he was dead. Dr. H. L. Shafer, Cornell, Livingston County coroner stated that apparently a heart attack had taken place, and Mr. King died from gas fumes.
Mr. King was born near Cornell June 11, 1878 and received his early education in the rural schools of that vicinity. He came to Pontiac in 1888 to make his home with an aunt, Mrs. Clara Ives. He married Miss Maude Wills Feb. 20, 1907, and for a number of years operated a dairy in Pontiac, Five years ago they returned to Pontiac after living in Wisconsin for a number of years. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p. m. Sunday from the Raleigh J. Harris funeral home at its temporary location at 209 E. Howard. Burial will be in South Side cemetery. Surviving are his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Mae Meriner, Rockford, and Mrs. Maude Barrickman, Pueblo, Calif., and four uncles, Dr. G. A. Dicus, of Streator, and Dr. W. O. Dicus, Dr. John Dicus, and Aaron Dicus, all of Oak Park. [The Pantagraph, Jan. 8, 1938; sub. by PHG]
KING, Maude E.
Pontiac -- Maude E. King, 97, of Shamel Manor Nursing Home, Normal, formerly of Pontiac, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington. She had been ill six months. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home, with Father Leon B. G. Adams officiating. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery. Visitation will be from an hour before the service at the funeral home. She was born Feb. 22, 1884, in Pontiac, a daughter of Frank and Mary Alles Ellis. She married Jesse King Feb 20, 1907 in Pontiac. He died in 1938. Surviving are two nephews, Joe Ryan, Pontiac; and Jim Ellis, Frankfort, Ind; and a niece, Mary Jo VanAntwerp, Bel Air, Md. She was educated in Pontiac schools and was employed at G. C. Murphy Co. for 15 years before retiring. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and Women of the Moose and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. [The Pantagraph, April 17, 1981; sub. by PHG]
KLUCK, Moreen Frances
Kluck Service: Funeral rites for Moreen Frances Kluck, who died at the family home on Saturday, were held this morning at St. Mary's Church, conducted by the Rev. J. H. Cannon. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. [Bloomington Pantagraph, Feb. 15, 1927; sub. by PHG]
KNACK, Dorothy M Theil
FLANAGAN -- Dorothy M. Knack, 75, of Beulahland Christian Home died at 1:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 1992, at the home, where she had been a resident for the past seven months. Born Feb. 11, 1917, in Livingston County to Matthew and Mary Obert Theil, she married Herman Knack on Oct. 15, 1938, in Minonk. Surviving are one daughter, Marjorie Folkerts of Benson; six sons, Harold, Dale and Ronald, all of Flanagan, Dean and Marvin, both of Minonk, and Don of Phoenix; one sister, Viola Knack of Minonk; 11 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. She worked at Good Samaritan Home in Flanagan for 15 years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Flanagan, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Thomas L. Delk will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Froelich Memorial Home in Flanagan, and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Center Cemetery in Flanagan. (Peoria Journal Star)
After a three weeks' illness, Frank Knauer, one of the oldest residents of the town, passed away at his home Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Pneumonia is given as the cause of his death. Mr. Knauer was born in 1831, and moved to Belle Prairie township in 1866, being one of the first to settle in that vicinity. About ten years ago he removed to Strawn, where he resided until his death. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, four daughters and a son. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Congregational church, Rev. Carr, of Forrest, officiating. Burial was in the Strawn cemetery. [Strawn Times-Sibley Journal - Sept. 15, 1916; sub. by PHG]
KNUDSEN, John and Paul COTTRELL
TRAIN KILLS TWO PONTIAC, Ill.,
Jan. 15. - A doubleheader Alton system limited train struck an automobile at a grade crossing here today, killing John Knudsen, 21, and Paul Cottrell, 28. [Daily Illini, 16 January 1937; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
KRUSE, Philip J.
KRUSE'S BODY FOUND
JOLIET, Aug. 1. - The body of Philip J. Kruse, of Pontiac, was found today beside a highway, five miles south of Joliet. [Daily Illini, 2 August 1931; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Pontiac, Ill.- Intense heat here caused death of James Kunkel and William Hatling. [The Day Book, 27 July 1916; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]