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Vinton Newspaper; unknown
Alma N. Kaiser
Alma Neva Kaiser

Vinton--Alma N. Kaiser, 100, Vinton, formerly of rural Independence, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, in the Vinton Lutheran Home after a long illness.

She was born in Jefferson Township, the daughter of David and Ellen Bender Nabholz. She attended the Brandon Schools. October 10, 1918, she married Philip R. Kaiser in Vinton. She was a homemaker who was actively involved in farming in rural Independence until retiring in 1986. She was a member of several local clubs.

Survivors include one daughter, Arlene Sturtz, Vinton; five grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, in 1962; one son, Harold "Sam" Kaiser; one daughter, Viola Neal; and one grandson. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Wednesday, Aug 7, 1996 at the White Funeral Home, Quasqueton, with Dr. Dennis Morey officiating. Private committal services will be held at Wilson Cemetery, Independence. Visitation is after 2 P.M. today, Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the White Funeral Home in Quasqueton.

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Dysart Reporter; Nov. 13, 1900
Mrs. Conrad Kaiser

Dysart Reporter--Mrs. Conrad Kaiser died at her home in Bruce township Benton county, on Wednesay, October 31, at 3:30 p.m. Mrs Kaiser had been suffering for the past three years from liver trouble, but when the end came it was unexpected, she having been sick only four days preceding her death. Barbara Kessler, was born March 10th, 1833, in Saxen, Weitmer, Germany. She emigrated to America in 1854 and the following first of December was united in matrimony to Conrad Kaiser. To this union were born eleven children, six girls and five boys. The girls have all passed to the great beyond, but her sons, George, Henry, Conrad, Hartman and Philip together with her bereaved husband, two brothers and two sisters, survive her. Mrs Kaiser was a kind and loving wife and mother and always had a pleasant word for everyone. The funeral was held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Specht of the Lutheran Church officiating. The interment took place in Fairview Cemetery.

{Submitter comment: Dysart Reporter; dated November 13, 1900.}

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The Prgress Review, La Porte City, Iowa; November 4, 1937
Conrad Kaiser Dead
Conrad G. Kaiser

The body of Conrad G. Kaiser was brought here yesterday by Ashley and Waldroff from Tama, Iowa, where death occurred yesterday morning, following a stroke of apoplexy. The funeral service will be held tomorrow afternoon at one-thirty o'clock in the La Porte City M. E. Church and will be conducted by the pastor, Reverend G. D. Gaide. Interment will be in Fairview cemetery.

Mr. Kaiser was born March 1st, 1854, in Lee County, Illinois and was the son of Conrad B. and Anna Kaiser, who came to this country from Germany. For many years he was a resident of the Dysart community and is well known here. Surviving are two brothers, H.,H. Kaiser and Phil Kaiser, the last of his immediate family.

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The Cedar Valley Times; November 17, 1920
Obituary of George Kaiser
George Kaiser

On Tuesday evening, Nov. 9th at the Presbyterian hospital at Waterloo, occurred the death of Geo. Kaiser. Mr Kaiser had been in poor health for a number of years but was able to be about most of the time. Several weeks ago he was quite seriously ill, but partially recovered. On Friday, Nov. 5th, he was taken to the hospital where it was found necessary to perform a serious operation. The patient could not stand the shock occasioned by the operation and death resulted.

Deceased was born in New Jersey in 1855, and when a lad came to Bruce township with his parents. With the exception of a few years spent in Minnesota and Missouri, had since been a resident of Bruce township. He was an honorable, upright citizen and his death will be mourned by all who knew him. He is survived by twelve children, as follows: Mrs. G. E. Loveless, Mes. G. R. Brown, Mrs Leon Skiles, Mrs. Thos. Elliott, Mrs Jas. Hill, Mrs. Henry Mahood and Mrs Loren Walker, of La Porte City, Geo. Kaiser, Aurora, Iowa; Mrs. Ray Runyan, Urbana; Phillip Kaiser, Lewis Kaiser and Mrs. Freeman Walker, Brandon. He is also survived by 30 grandchildren, and three brothers, H. H. and Philip Kaiser of La Porte City and C. G. Kaiser of Dysart. The wife and three grandchildren preceded him in death.

Funeral services was held from the Fairview church Friday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. S. Smick, of Waterloo, assisted by the resident pastor, Rev. Congren. Burial was at Fairview cemetery.

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Vinton Newspaper; August 24, 1906
Irene Kaiser


Death of Little Daughter of Phil Kaiser, of Bruce Township Last Friday

The home of Mr and Mrs Phil Kaiser, in Bruce Township, are depressed by the cloud of sorrow and mourning as the result of the tragic death of their three and a half year old daughter last Friday night.

The little one by accident drank some medicine containing opium, taking enough of the sleeping potion to cause her death a few hours later in spite of the efforts of a physician to save her. As soon as the mother discovered what the child had done, she at once summoned a doctor, but it was about an hour afterwards before he could reach the side of the sufferer. Mrs. Kaiser had been giving the medicine to one of the other children, who was sick. She set the bottle near the bed, not thinking that the little girl would molest it, but when the mother was temporarily away the little one got ahold of the bottle, drinking enough of the contents to cause her death.

The funeral was held Sunday and it was a sorrow occasion for all. Especially was the mother grief stricken, feeling that somehow she should have been more careful in keeping the medicine from the child's reach.

Source: Vinton Newspaper article, August 24, 1906


A very sad and pathetic affair occurred in this neighborhood Friday last at the home of Mr and Mrs Philip Kaiser. Their two year old daughter got a hold of a bottle of medicine containing a small per cent of opium, prepared to give to children for diarrhea, five drops being the dose for a child of two years. The bottle contained about two ounces of the medicine and the child drank all of it. Dr. Chisholm was called and everything was done to save it but of no avail. The child was buried Sabbath morning at 11 o'clock, at Fairview cemetery, Rev. Smick of the U. B. Church officiating.

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Cedar Valley Times, Vinton, Iowa.; 1980
Louis E. Kaiser dies at Vinton Hospital
Louis Edward Kaiser

Garrison--Louise E. Kaiser, 76, died Tuesday night at the Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton following a long illness.

He was born March 10, 1903 west of Mount auburn, a son of George and Bertha Gotthardt Kaiser, and married Viola B. Likens at Vinton, Jan. 18, 1923. After retiring from farming, he worked in carpentry and cabinet making. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Garrison and served on the church board. He served on the Garrison school board, creamery board, was a township trustee, Farm Bureau director and member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Louis J. of Keystone, Glenn L. of Garrison, Beryl L. and Veryl R. of Cedar Rapids; four daughters, MerlDene Rich of Cedar Rapids, Maxine Lockard of Vinton, Mrs. Wayne (Barbara) Merchant and Mrs. Ron (Karen) Seiler of Garrison; 28 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and four sisters, Lizzie Hill of Vinton, Bertha Mahood and Louise Runyan of La Porte City, and Mrs. Walter (Helen) Wilson of Souix Falls, S. D. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, two brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be at 2 P.M. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Garrison, with the Rev. LeRoy Collins officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.

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Vinton Newspaper; November 6, 1946
Philip Henry Kaiser

Obituary-- Kaiser
Philip Henry Kaiser, 76, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Everett Sanders and husband, on Third Street, at seven o'clock, Wednesday morning, Oct. 6, from coronary thrombosis. He had returned from Iowa City where he had received treatment for spinal trouble, at the University hospital for three weeks and seemed to be improved. He was the son of Conrad and Barbara Kaiser, born September 16, 1870, in Lee County near Mendota, Ill.

When twelve years old he came with his parents to Benton County and located near La Porte City in the Fairview vicinity, where he grew to manhood on his father's farm.

On August 11, 1891, he was united in marriage to Carrie Stirm at Vinton. He continued to farm in Benton and Buchanan counties until the death of his wife on March 15th, 1940. Since then he has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Sanders and his son, Paul, at Aurora, Iowa. He is survived by two daughters and seven sons: Mrs. Mildred E. Sanders of La Porte City; Mrs. Mabel Baylor, Gladstone, Ill; Cato L. Kaiser, near Jesup; Sheldon, Orange township near Waterloo; Philip, near La Porte City;Letson B., Los Angles, Calif.; J. K and Paul K., Aurora, Iowa; Caron S., Grand Junction, Colo.; thirteen granddaughters, thirteen grandsons, three great grandchildren and one brother, Hartman Kaiser of La Porte City also survive.

One two year old daughter preceded him in 1906 and three brothers and one sister besides his parents.

The body was taken to Johannsen's funeral home. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Methodist church. Rev. Oliver Jensen assisted by Rev. E. L. Shaffer of Vinton, will officiate. Mr and Mrs Clifford Burr will furnish music assisted by Mrs. C. A. Brust. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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Cedar Valley Times, Vinton, Iowa.; Unknown
Viola Belle Kaiser
Vilola Belle Kaiser

Garrison--Viola Belle Kaiser, 91, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 10, 1997, at Virginia Gay Hospital, following an extended illness.

She was born July 2, 1905, at Vinton, the daughter of Dellmer and Carrie Allerding Likens.

January 18, 1923, she married Louis Edward Kaiser at her grandparent's home in Vinton and the couple made their first home in Independence. Then later moved on a farm in Big Grove Township, where they farmed until Mr. Kaiser's death. , February 19, 1980. Mrs. Kaiser moved to an apartment in Vinton and four years ago she became a resident of the Vinton Lutheran Home.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Garrison, where she enjoyed membership in the United Methodist Women, the Garrison Legion Auxiliary, and the Rebeccah Lodge. As a busy farm wife, she enjoyed her flower garden, reading and used her artistic talents doing glass painting.

Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Louis and Joanne Kaiser, Van Horne, Glenn and Selma Kaiser, Garrison, Beryl and Gay Kaiser, Cedar Rapids and Veryl and Eleanor Kaiser, Vinton; four daughters and two sons-in-law: Merldene Rich, Portland, Ore and her special friend, Walter Turner, Maxine Lockard, Vinton, Barbara Merchant and husband, Wayne, Garrison and Kay and Brian Seilers, Wiggins, CO.; 27 grandchildren; 64 great grandchildren; her sister, Luella "Eddie" Keith, Cedar Rapids; and several Neice and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Louis, she was preceded in death by her parents, one infant daughter, her oldest granddaughter, Bonnie Rae Jones; her great grandson, Kevin Bingham; three brothers, William, Lyle and Robert Likens; and two sisters, Charlotte Shook and Hilda Mealhow. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at the United Methodist Church in Garrison, with Rev. Jan. Ziskovsky officiating. The casket will be open at the church. Interment will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 P.M., Saturday, at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton.

A memorial fund has been established.

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