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KEITER, George W. 1817-1893


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/22/2011 at 16:35:00

Died, at his residence in Mt. Carroll, on Monday, July 17, 1893, at 11:35 p.m., George W. Keiter, aged 75 years, 6 months and 25 days.

The subject of this sketch was born December 22, 1817, in Philadelphia, Pa., where he remained until he was about 9 years old. His father died there and left him the sole support of his mother; after the death of his father he removed to Valley Forge, where he resided until he was 18 years of age, when he removed to Pheonixville, Chester county, Pa.

When at the age of 24 he was married to Emma Miles, a sister of Owen P. Miles of our city. In 1848 he with his family moved to Pittsburg, where he made his home until 1854, when he moved to Carroll county, Ill., locating on a 120 acre tract of land 4 miles east of Mt. Carroll, which he purchased of the late Elijah Funk, where he resided until 1876 when he moved in this city and maintained his residence until his death.

Mr. Keiter left surviving him his wife, aged 74 years, and four children: Charles I. Keiter, postmaster at Grundy Center, Iowa; Sarah, wife of J. C. Gelwicks of this city; John M., foreman of the dress goods department of Schuneman & Evans, St. Paul, Minn., and Lewis M., district manager of the N. W. Life Insurance Co., at St. Paul, Minn.

His son Edwin M. aged 32 years died some years since.

Mr. Keiter was the last survivor of his generation.

He joined the Baptist church when he was 19 years old at Pheonixville; transferred his membership to Pittsburg, and finally to the Baptist church at Mt. Carroll, of which he remained a consistent member until his death. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. E. Storey of this city. His remains were laid to rest in a beautiful plat of ground in Oak Hill cemetery escorted by 75 teams and a large concourse of friends. Mr. Keiter was noted for his uprightness of character and kind, considerate dealings with his fellows. His acquaintance was prized by all. Another old landmark has disappeared from our midst.

Among those present from abroad attending the funeral of the late George W. Keiter, we note Lou M. Keiter and wife of St. Paul; Jno. Keiter, St. Paul; Chas. I. Keiter and two children, Lida and George, Grundy Center, Iowa; Rev. Joseph Phillips, former pastor of the Baptist church of this city; Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Strickler, Sterling, and Charles K. Miles, Savanna.--Carroll County Mirror

--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 27 July 1893


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