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Keller, John (1843-1924)


Posted By: Dorian Myhre (email)
Date: 3/29/2024 at 13:50:35

From Story City Herald September 25, 1924 (page 7)

Obituary of John Keller

Mr. John Keller was born April 18, 1843, at Bundenthal, Bavaria. His father served in the Bavarian army for 12 years, six years in compliance to the duties of his country and six years as a substitute for a rich man's son. He was one of those detailed to the court of Prince Otto of Bavaria, who was elected by the then allied powers as king of Greece. John Keller's mother died when he was merely a child and he was very young when his father died.

In 1854 some good friends took him along to the United States. In the early part of the civil war he enlisted in the 14th Illinois cavalry and served until the end. According to the attest of his superiors his military career as a soldier for bravery and obedience was unexcelled.

In 1869 John Keller with some others, came out to Boone county and settled on a farm near Squaw Creek. He is owner of the same farm yet. In 1872 he was married to Miss Ellen Russell, who preceded him in death Jan. 10, 1917. To this union seven children were born, one daughter, Mrs. Charles Schollmeyer, where he lived until his death.

He had been in failing health for a number of years and the end came Thursday evening, September 11, at 10:45.

He leaves to mourn his loss three sons, Henry of White Owl, S. D., William and George of Boone county, Miss Emma Keller of Sanborn, Mrs. Chas. Schollmeyer of Boone and Mrs. Clarence Hadaway of Harrison twp. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:30, Sept. 15, at SS. Peter and Paul's Church. Burial in the Catholic cemetery. The flowers were many and beautiful.


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