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Obituaries and Death Notices

James M. Keen
On Sunday, Nov. 10th, 1867, at the residence of Mr. John Keen, Sr., Dr. James M. Keen, of congestive chills. During Dr. Keens three years residence and successful practice in our county he had made many warm friends, who now mourn his loss. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, November 21, 1867]

William Keen, Sr
Died of Brochitis (sic), May 13th, 1870, at the residence of William Keen, Sr., in Hickory Hill, Elizabeth Catharine Keen, daughter of Anderson P. and Elizabeth Keen, aged 18 years, 10 months and 13 days. [Wayne County Press, May 26, 1870]

Elizabeth Kelly
Died, May 9th, 1871, at the residence of Mr. Stout Atteberry in Hickory Hill Township, Elizabeth Kelly, aged 78 years.  Mrs. Kelly has been a member of the Regular Baptist Church for 50 or more years. [Wayne County Press, May 18, 1871]

Alice Kern
Mrs. Alice Kern, well-known and beloved woman, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stopher in Cisne, Tuesday morning. Death followed a stroke of paralysis Friday of last week. Mrs. Kern was the mother of Mrs. O.E. Brock of Fairfield, with whom she spent a part of her time here and had many friends in Fairfield. Funeral and burial will be held in Cisne, Thursday.

[Wayne County Press, 1946 - Submitted by Peg Jones]

Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Kern, who entered peacefully into rest at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Stopher, in Cisne early last Tuesday morning, Oct. 22, were conducted Thursday afternoon by Elder W.D. Crippin from the Cisne Christian church. Interment was in the Cisne cemetery. Her death followed a few days of acute illness. She was aged 86 years, seven months and 27 days. Alice McClure, daughter of  Richard and Sarah McClure, was born near Enterprise in Wayne county, February 25, 1860. She grew to womanhood in the vicinity of her birth and was united in marriage with Conrad Kern, August 5, 1876. Eight children were born to this union, two sons having died in infancy; a daughter, Mrs. Alma Rogers, passed away in 1932; one son Conrad W., also preceded his mother in death in 1938, and another son Royal E. died in 1942. She confessed her faith in Christ and was baptized in 1923 and united with the Cisne Christian church, where she remained a faithful member until her death. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ora Stopher of Cisne, Mrs. Kate Brock of Fairfield and Mrs. Emma Rainey of Alma; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren, many other relatives and a hoist of friends who will mourn her passing.
To our friends and neighbors for expression of sympathy and beautiful flowers for our Mother, Mrs. Alice Kern.
 The Kern Family

Charley E. Keith
Prominent Local Business Man Dies In St. Louis Hospital On Thursday
Moved Here In 1902
Charley Elsworth Keith, 66, one of Fairfield’s most prominent business men over a great number of years, succumbed to a long illness last Thursday, Nov. 21, (1946) at 3:10 p.m. in the St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis. Mr. Keith had been ill over a year and had been a patient in the hospital 20 days before his death. His business, L.J. Keith & Son, in which he was a partner with his son, Lewis, was managed by the latter during his illness. His body was returned to Fairfield to Nale’s Funeral Home and prepared for burial. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:30 from the family residence, 201 West Center St. Dr. C.L. Peterson was in charge, with Rev. James Irby, Jr., assisting. Pall bearers were Carson Stanley, Jay Stonemetz, Floyd Collns of Mt. Vernon, Henry Borah, Ira A. Brown and Edmond Metzer. At the ceremony Mrs. Mac Dowell Martin rendered a piano solo, then accompanied Mrs. Mildred Blakely, soloist. There was an overwhelming number of friends present at the home to pay their last respects to the well known man who had spent 44 years here, and many were unable to enter the house to attend the last rites. One of the largest funerals ever conducted in this city, there was an overabundance of beautiful flowers. The family gave baskets of them to the churches for the pulpits in memory of Mr. Keith. Interment was made at the Maple Hill cemetery. Services were conducted at the graveside by the Masons. The business houses on Main Street closed during the funeral hour. Mr. Keith was a member of the Fairfield Lodge A.F.&A.M. 206, Fairfield Chapter 179, the Mississippi Valley Consistory and the Ainad Temple of East St. Louis. He was also a member of the Missouri Athletic Club of St. Louis. He was born July 19, 1880, at Rinard, the youngest son of Louis James and Margaret Taylor Keith. His father and mother and one brother preceded him in death. He came to Fairfield with his family in 1902 and spent the remainder of his life here. In 1904 he entered business with his father, following the death of his brother, Elmer, who had been affiliated with the father in L.J. Keith & Son. The company elevator, located in west Fairfield handled feed and coal and red top seed. Mr. Keith continued as a partner with his father in the business until 1936, at which time the firm was reorganized and he formed a partnership with his son Lewis E. Keith. The business house sells building material and handles sashes and doors. L.J. Keith & Son was first organized in Rinard when Mr. Keith’s father was a dealer in feed and seed. It was started about the year 1884. The firm name has stood since that time, being managed by three generations. At the early age of 15 years Charley Elsworth Keith confessed his faith in Christ and was admitted into the membership of the Methodist church. His membership was in the First Methodist church of this city at the time of his death. The happy event of his marriage to Miss Lucinda Morris of Fairfield occurred April 13, 1904 and to this union three children were born, two daughters and one son. Mr. Keith was a great lover of God’s out-of-doors and enjoyed being on his farms, and looking after his herds, as well as attending to his place of business here. He was devoted to his family and his home, also to his hometown. He took great pride in the growth of this city, to which he has made a fine contribution. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Josephine VanDeusen of Effingham and Mrs. Lucinda Williams of Lafayette Ind.; one son, Lewis E. of this city; five grandchildren, Jackie and Jill Van Deusen, Keith Williams and Martha and Constance Keith; one sister, Mrs. B.F. Hesser, of LaGrange, and a host of friends who mourn his passing.
[Submitted by Peg Jones]

Edward Knodell
DIED. -In Edwards County, Ill., August 20th, Edward, only son of George G. and Olive Knodell, aged 2 years and 21 days. [excerpt from Wayne County Press, August 26, 1875]

Clarence Knowles
Clarence Knowles, son of Richard Knowles, died of typhoid fever at his father's residence in Big Mound, on Sunday, October 24th, aged twenty years, nine months and twelve days. [Wayne County Press, November 11 and 18, 1875]

Harvey Knowles
On January 25, 1868, Harvey Knowles committed suicide. He left an aged father, a brother and four sisters. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, February 6, 1868]

Elizabeth K. Koontz
DIED, at the residence of her daughter in Fairfield, on the 5th day of June, 1874, Mrs. Elizabeth K. Koontz, aged 80 years 5 months and 9 days.  The subject of this article was born in Summerset County, Pensylvania, Dec. 6, 1794.  At the age of 14 she professed faith in Christ and united with the Luthern Church.  In her 20th year was united by matrimony to John Koontz.  She moved with her husband to Waynesburg, Ohio and from thence to Fairfield, where she untied with the C. P. Church. . .[Transcribed as written - Excerpted from Wayne County Press, July 2, 1874]

Mrs. F. A. Kutz
Mrs. F. A. Kutz of Enterprise, died quite suddenly on the 11th inst., leaving a large circle of mourning friends. [Wayne County Press, March 19, 1869]



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