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Vinton Eagle; September 5, 1911
Earl Kelty.
Earl Kelty

Earl Kelty was born July 21, 1883 on a farm near Urbana, Iowa, and died August 17, 1911, at Sierra Madre, California.

He was raised in the township (Polk) in which he was born and was a citizen of this county all his life. His schooling at the rural school was supplemented with a course at Tilford Collegiate Academy from which he graduated in the class of '04. He afterwards taught in the Academy for several terms and also in the schools of the county for a number of years. He was a junior in the state university of Iowa before going west four years ago.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Kelty, spent the winter with him in Phoenix, Arizona, and was with him when he passed away. They brought the body back to the "old homestead" where the funeral services were held and they laid him to rest in Kisling cemetery.

Earl was a dutiful son, a loving brother and his aim in life was for advancement and the upbuilding of humanity.

He was at peace with God.

Submitted on Aug 17, 2007 by Volunteer

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Vinton Eagle; April 1914
Henry H. Kelty

Henry H. Kelty was born in New Garden, New Jersey, Nov. 10th, 1845. When a boy he moved with his parents to a farm near Cleveland, Ohio. From this place he enlisted for the Civil War in the Ninth Ohio independent Battery of Volunteers. He served until the close of the war. After being mustered out he served the government as clerk in one of the government departments at Nashville, Tennessee, for some time.

He then returned north and went into the mercantile business with his brother, William Kelty, at Bedford, Ohio. About 45 years ago he came to Benton county, Iowa, purchased a farm in Polk township, which was his home until eleven years ago, when he moved to Vinton.

In 1875 he was united in marriage to Miss Ida Culver, who survives him to mourn the loss of a faithful, devoted husband. On the home farm were born and reared the three children, Ted, Lloyd and Earl. Ted and Lloyd each now reside on one of Mr. Kelty's two farms, with their families. Earl, the youngest, after a brilliant career as a teacher, newspaper correspondent and real estate dealer, lost his health and passed away August 17, 1911, at Sierra Madre, California, and sleeps in Kisling cemetery near Urbana, Iowa. Some seven years ago Mr. Kelty's health failed and during the past year he has been entirely helpless, but faithfully ministered to by his loving, faithful wife. Although weakened and suffering with a fatal malady he was ever patient and uncomplaining, and bore his suffering with the same heroism that endured the privations, hardships and trials of the Union soldiers for the honor of this country. He passed away Monday, April 6th, at 6:30 p. m. Another patriot has been mustered out. In the death of Henry Kelty the nation has lost one of its noblest defenders and Benton county an honored, upright and worthy citizen.

The funeral services were held from his late residence in Vinton Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Swisher. Comrades of the G. A. R. acted as pall bearers at the home and the remains were conveyed to the Kisling cemetery near Urbana, where the old neighbors received them and paid the final honors.

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Cedar Valley Times; June 7, 1930
Ida Ann Kelty / Ida Ann Weisflog

Mrs. T. F. Weisflog, 72 years old, who had lived in Benton county all her life, died at 1:00 a. m. today at her Vinton home of paralysis. she had been confined to her bed since April 17, 1929, following a stroke.

Services will be held Sunday at the residence, 512 West 5th Street, Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The Rev. A. Raymond Grant of the Methodist church will conduct the rites. Burial in the Kisling cemetery near Urbana.

Ida Ann Culver, daughter of Mark and Jane Culver, was born April 2, 1858, at Urbana. She was married to Henry Kelty, May 16, 1875, at Vinton. His death occurred April 6, 1914. July 10, 1919, Mrs. Kelty was married to T. F. Weisflog of Vinton, who survives her.

There are two sons living, Ted H. Kelty of Vinton and Floyd A. Kelty of Madison, Wis. Another son, Earl B. Kelty, died August 17, 1911. The family includes four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Vinton Eagle; 1910
Aged Soldier of Polk Township Dies After a Lingering Illness of Paralysis
Samuel D. Kelty

Following an illness of over two years, Samuel Kelty, 74 years old and for nearly forty years a resident of Polk township, died at his home several miles west of Urbana Sunday morning.

Death resulted from paralysis. The first attack came on two years ago last March. From that time on his condition was hopeless and during much of the time he was practically helpless.

Funeral Tuesday

Mr. Kelty's burial took place Tuesday afternoon. The funeral services were held at the residence, Rev. Harlow of Prairie Creek church had charge of the services.

The burial took place in the Kisling cemetery, southwest of Urbana.

The Survivors

Mr. Kelty is survived by his widow and four children. The children are Joe, Bert, George and Lela. He is also survived by one sister who lives in Alliance, Ohio, and who was his senior.

Mrs. Kelty was Miss Elizabeth Kisling before her marriage to Sam Kelty. She was a member of the Kisling family which came to Benton county in the early day.

Mr. Kelty was born and reared in Ohio. He came to Benton county about forty years ago. At Urbana he married Elizabeth Kisling and settled on the place on which he died.

Old Soldier
Mr. Kelty was an old soldier and served his country faithfully for three years.

As a man and citizen the deceased enjoyed the confidence and esteem of a wide circle of friends. He was a good man and bore with christian fortitude the affliction of his last years.

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