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Also Short Histories of
The Following Families
THE COLES, THE FULLWOODS,
THE LATOURETTES, THE
FLOREYS, THE WHIF-
FLES, THE LONGS
M ritten by J. F. KEVE, Arlington, Iowa
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THE KEVE FAMILY POEM
M HAT ME WRITE
It matters not what men may say
Of me when I am laid away;
The things I write from day to day
Win stand forever more.
What 1 have earned by tongue or pen,
i Will be accorded to me then;
What I have sown in hearts of men,
Will blossom o'er and o'er.
My epitaph I daily write
^ In word and deed; men may recite
"i^> A record black, a record white
' Iniquitous or grand.
But when the evening shall appear,
When I am past all human fear,
In script unclouded, bold and clear,
The things I write shall stand.
HISTORY OF THE KEVE FAMILY
Introduction To Keve History
OR a family to have a history it is necessary to have a
historian. So then I have taken it upon myself to
be the historian of theKeeve family. I have tried to
gather the facts and data so that they may be handed
down to posterity in a manner that will be authora-
tive. Through the providence of God, C. J. and
Henry Keeve have lived to a good ripe old age. It
"y^pyy^ ■ is needless to say that it is through them that I get
^•^ l| all my early history and traditions. C. J. Keve
remembers seeing John Latourette Cole many times,
thus bridging over a period of nearly 145 years in two lives.
The Keves through Elizabeth O. Cole were dsscended from the
French nobility. Hence with illustrious blood running through
our veins, it will be a pride and honor to keep lustrous the history
of our name and race. To this end 1 am setting out with the firm
purpose and determination to formulate a scheme whereby our
history will be carried on continuously in all future generations.
To attain this purpose I have devoted a lot of time and study.
However, a historian has to deal with facts as he finds them.
Nevertheless with the facts as they are, I have tried to write them
dramatically and make them as lifelike as possible, A never-dying
interest centers around the Bible and there is a reason for it, be-
sides its being the word of God. Profiting from the examples of
the Bible, I will endeavor to make our history a noble incentive,
that will ever spur one of our blood, so that our name may be
glorified with an added lustre. Moses was the master mind that
brought order out of chaos. He penned the Story of Creation,
and the "Beginnings" of mankind. To him was delegated the
writing of the laws that made the Jews a peculiar people, that
made them a Jew, a distinctive person wherever found. He
transcribed for all timie the exquisite love passages of Isaac and
Jacob. Lives there a heart so dead! but what beats with tender
emotion for Jacob and Rachel, In later generations came the
Psalms of David that bound and knit together the nation in a series
of verses that have never been equalled and certainly never sur-
With the glamour and splendor of our early traditions an incen-
tive to noble ideals, mingling romance with our traditions, to
which is added the "Rules of Life," that like Moses' law, should
make every Keve a peculiar person in health and true nobility of
character. Moses' law is what made the Jewish race superior to
every other people. Let our "Rules of Life" be the centre
around which will cluster the untarnished escutcheon of the Keve
race. I have deemed it advisable to admit into our history one
letter that breathes tender sentiments, th^t enunciates highest
ideals, that in a manner portrays those lofty emotions that make
every human being the greater and better for having experienced.
It is my prayer that none of our race may ever dishonor our
name by less glorious thoughts, less exalted ideals of duty and
destiny. Israel had its sublime poetry that fired them and all the
ages with noble, high resolve. To ths glorious end I have selected
"What We Write" as the embodiment of the noblest sentiments
in poetry that should always animate us in our daily life and con-
duct. May this ever be known as the Keve poem, and as each day
speeds by into eternity may it be written right to stand aright on
that great day
Boys! Remember that we want your name enrolled in our
history untarnished. When you are satisfied that every act of
of your life will be approved of by your mother, then, and only
then, are you safe. So I trust that you will live up to the exalted
ideals set forth in this little book. Keep yourself pure so that
your name will go down unsullied through the ages, with honor and
renown. "The bird with the broken pinion never soars so high
again." Ever be honest, be true, be virtuous as was Joseph of
old. Girls, you will be beset with trials on every hand. It be-
hooves you to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves." If at
any time you are beseiged with temptation to depart from the path
of rectitude, by some D in human form, flee from temptation and
do not permit yourself to remain in the sphere of evil influences.
If at any time apparently overwhelming forces are battling for
your downfall, and you waver in your duty of right, pause a
moment and think how you would like your action chronicled in
the archives of the Keves. If you depart from the path of recti-
tude in secret, yet in God's book you will not escape. Boys and
girls pause before you permit a wrong action to control you. Be
true to yourself and you will be true to the Keve name.
Spring of 1909. J. F. Keve.
Traditions of the Keve Family
Before the Revolutionary war, three brothers of the name of
Keve came over to the British colonies from the northern part of
Ireland. They eventually settled in New Jersey. Two of the
brothers remained unmarried, while the other married an English
lady. Thus sprang the family of Keves in America, from this
Irishman and his English wife. During the persecution of the
Hugenots in France, a certain French nobleman by the name of
Latourette, who was captain of a man-of-war vessel, ran his ship
into port, resigned his commission and finally settled in New Jersey
or Staten Island. He eventually married a Holland or Dutch lady.
The Coles were an English family that settled in America be-
fore the Revolutionary war. The Coles and Latourettes inter-
married as evidenced by the middle name of John Latourette Cole.
Some of uur ancestors through the Coles and Latourettes be-
came related to several French families that were driven from
France during the Hugenot persecution. Some of these exiles
settled in the Island of Nevis, West Indies, and came to this
country with Alexander Hamilton in 1772. These French families
were the Fullwoods and Verduns, of which latter one returned to
France and became a distinguished General of Division under the
first Napoleon. I have read of him in Sloan's Life of Napoleon,
While still another descendant became governor of New York.
His name was Broome, and Broome Street and Broome County
were likely named in his honor. Later it will appear that he was
Lieutenant Governor instead of Governor.
This is the tradition given to me by father and uncle Henry
Keve, and which fired my imagination so that I determined to
hunt up all the points in this charming story and put them in a
permanent form. I could not find from my father and uncle any
thing a'^out who was John Latourette Cole's father and mother or
even who was his wife. I have spent years in gathering the history I
am about to write and some of it varies a little from what
came to me in the traditional form. For instance, I find that
the first Latourette married a noble French woman instead of
a Holland lady. However, suffice it to say that if it had not been
for the romantic and charming story of our early ancestors
frought with many thrilling incidents, I probably r ever would
have attempted to writ<^ this history, which I trust will go down
in our family through the ages, and influence countless ones of
our blood for a greater and better heritage.
The La Tourettes
The La Tourettes I have corresponded with- have never heard
of the tradition that the first La Tourette was a sea captain.
After advertising and writing innumerable letters of inquiry, I
finally located Fred La Tourette of Jersey City, New Jersey, who
gave me the address of his cousin, Lyman E. La Tourette who
was assistant City Att3rn<^y of Portland, Oregon, and who had
been back to New Jersey and New York and looked up the family
history. I glean from him and other sources as follows: Two
La Tourette brothers fled from France during the terrible massa-
cres that were prevalent when the Huguenots were hunted like
wild animals. The ancestral estates were confiscated by the
French government. In Martha Lamb's history of New York
City will be found an interesting and romantic account of this
Count La Tourette's flight to this country and of his many perils
and hardships that he endured. The usual story of vast estates
av;aiting the heirs of the La Tourettes is prevalent, and many of
the early documents bearing on the family history have been gath-
ered by lawyers for the purpose of securing this mythical estate.
From the records of the French church of New York, publish-
ed in Volume I, pages 29, 33, 43, and 56, of the Huguenot Collec-
lection. the following is found: 1st, Jean (John) La Tourette "d'
Osse de Beam" and Marie Mercereau "de Mosse en St. Onge"
Royalty de France were married July 16. 1693. 2nd, the children
of the above Jean and Marie were, Marie, baptized December 6,
1693; Jean, baptized August 20, 1695 and Peter, baptized Novem-
ber 28, 1697. 3rd, the above Jean married Marie Mercereaux
(probably a cousin) in about 1724, and had the following children:
David, Marie, Anthony, and Henry, who was born January 24, 1725
andJJohn. Anna La Tourette of Burgonne, New Jersey gave me this
Fourth, the above Henry married Sarah about 1742 and
had the following children: Susannah, born 1743. who married
our Peter Cole; Henry, born 1745; John, born 1749; Ann, born 1751
and who married William De Groot: and Peter, born 1754. From
the Documentary History of New York Volume I, page 155, it ap-
pears that John La Tourette was Justice of the Peace for Staten
Island for the year 1738, and from Clute's History of Staten Island
page 71, it appears that he was Justice of Common Pleas for the
island in 1739. Jonn Broome, whose mother was Marie La Tour-
ette, was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1804 to 1810. A
street and county were named in his honor. Henry La Tourette
made a violin in 1749. the same still being handed down from fath-
er to son in the family as an heirloom.
When the writer was in New York in July, 1913, he called on
Fred La Tourette, who has been civil engineer for Jersey Ci'y a
great many years. As I was going from Hoboken to Jersey City,
some one addressed me, on which I said, "I guess you are mistaken
in your person," on which he said, "Excuse me, I took yon for the
civil engineer. " I phoned to Fred that his cousin wanted to see
him, and when he came in he wanted to know which La Tourette I
was, for I looked like one. We have quite a marked resemblance
and would readily be taken for first cousins. Both have a Roman
nose and a florid complexion. He thought I was taken for him by
the person who addressed me. La Tourette means "The Little
Towpr," or as others have it, "The Spinsters." There are many
ways to spell La Tourette. Kate E. Mairs, who is a La Tourette,
living at Irvington-on- Hudson, New York, gave me the informa-
tion as to the meaning of the n .me.
As we did not know anything about the Coles prior to
John La Tourette Cole, or even where the Coles married into the
Fullwood family, I concluded to go to New York and look up the
records. I was quite successful in my quest and found the con-
necdng links that were missing. I made my researches in the
New York public library. As I entered I read on the right,
"Beauty old y-t ever new, e ernal voice and inward word." On
the left, "But abov-- all things, Truth beareth away the victory "
On page z73 of the records of the Hackensack Uutch Reformei
Church, I found this ent'y: John L. Cole and Theodocia Fullwooi
had baptized Elizabeth Oliver Cole on October 2nd, she havin j
been torn Apiil 27. 1800. We had always thought that Elizabeth's
middle name was Olive, but from this it would appear that she wa^
name i in honor of Betsy Oliver, who married Isaac Cole, Elizabeth's
uncli". This then established the fact of our tradition that a Col 3
had married a Fuliwood that had been b(;rn on the island of
Nevis While in New York City I visited the grave of Alexamier
Hamilton in Tnnity church yard. The inscription .on the monu-
In Memory Of Alexander Hamilton
The Patriot of incorruptible integrity.
The Soldier- of approved valor.
The Statesman of consumate wisdom.
Whose Taients and Virtues will be admired.
Grateful posterity long after this marble shall have mouldered
into dust. Died July 24, 1804, age 47 years.
Rf^ad Mrs. Atherton's "The Conqueror," and you will find the
above inscripiion. Hamilton had a matchless genius that has not
bes-n equalled on this continent. As Theodocia Fuliwood was born
in August and as Hamilton did not come over to this country till
the last of October, 1772, according to our tradition I'heodocia was
born in Nevis and came over in the s.ime ship with Hamilton. A
mighty S'irge of f- eling swelled in my breast as I thought that
Hamilton had taken little Tneodocia in his arms many a time and
pressed her to his bosom, for he was a great lover of children.
His mo'her had been a very brilliant woman, and a charning and
engaging conversationalist Nevis (pronounced Neevis) is a very
bewitching island, there always being a halo of clouds above it.
Ic shimmers in the dazzling tropical sun. In the court house at
Hoboken, New Jers-y, on page 34 of page 51, I found the will
of Peter Cole. The children namtd were as follows: Peter Cole
2 d, (who had a son, Peter 3rd) Elizabeth, who married Van Bos-
kirk; Isaac, who married Betsy Oliver, our John La Tourette Cole
(left $500 00) and Esther, who married Prendhomme Peter Cole
1st married Susannah La Tourette, April 7, 1764. hence furnishing
us the missing link connecting us with the celebrated French count.
THe Cole Family
Peter Cole I was a tailor by trade. He lived at Bergen
Point. Bergen township and county. New Jersev. He made his
will in 1809, and his wife, Susannah, in 1811. They both passed
away shortly after making their wills. Isaac Cole marri d Betsy
Oliver, October 3, 1801. Abraham Cole (probably a brother of the
fi -st Peter) married the 22rid day of December, 1768, Abigail
Johnson. It is very probable that my father, Cyrus Johnson Keve,
was named in honor of this Johnson family.
On page 362 of Land Titles of Hudson Co. N. J., I found the
following: John Cole and Dosie Fullwood had Sophia Cole Febru-
ary 19, 1793: Susannah Cole September 8, 1795; Charlotte Cole
September I, 1803; Esther P., April 24, 1806 Sophia Cole married
Abraham Van Dalson December 1, 1814 and moved from Lima,
Ohio, to Barton, 111., in about 1845. I could not find anything as
to Peter Cole's ancestors. He was not a Revolutionary soldier.
As Sophia Cole was not married till December 1814. it is very
probable the Coles did not migrate to Ohio till 1815.
John La Tourette Cole, son of Peter and Susannah Cole was
born December 21, 1768. While a mere boy he served as messen-
ger for General Washington during the winter he was encamped
at Valley Forge. Re moved from New Jersey in 1812 or 1813 to
Warren county, Ohio. He was honored by being a deacon in
the Presbyterian church. He was a weaver by trade. He voted
the Whig ticket. Three years before his dt^ath he wrote to his
daughter, Susan Seaman, "I do want to write abundance on Bible
doctrine and Christian experience, and the evidences of a saving
faith and the warfare, but time will not permit " On February 5,
1848 he was numbered with the dead. His wife, Theodocia Full-
wood was born in the West India Islands, August 21, 1772, and
passed to her reward on February 15, 1848. Both were buri d at
Lima, Ohio. Therefore, Theodocia was laid to rest far from the
lovely island that gave her birth, and where the serges of the sea
ceaselessy and caressingly beat on its coral strands.
John and Theodocia Cole's other girls m irriei as f-)!l':)v^:
Susannah Cole married John Seaman; Esther P. married William
Woodard; Charlotte married William Ramsay who was a preacher
and travelled his circuit on horseback
Elizabeth Oliver Cole was born near Hoboken, N. J , April 27,
1800. She moved with her parents to Warren county, Ohio in 1812
or 1813, where she was married to John Keve II. in about 1830.
There were born to them J->hn Joseph Keve, Cyrus Johnson Keve,
Henry A. Keve and Manuel Keve.
Henry and Manuel Keve were in the 7th Illinois Infantry dur-
ing the rebellion. Manuel was wounded in the battle of Shiloh,
in the left forearm and left thigh and died thirteen days later of
lockjaw while being cared for in the hospital at Mound City, 111.
He was a young man of high id^^alsand exalted character. Among
the thousands that fell on that field of gory strife, none e^cesded
him in quiet courage and intelligent devotion to duty. His mortal
remains await the summons to a resurection of the just, in a cem-
etery at Bloomington, 111.
Elizabeth Oliver Cole Keve, the heroine of this history, was
noted in her youth for her great beauty, and in her more mature
years for her queenly bearing and intensely religious character.
Her very appearance proclaimed her to be one of superior birth,
while her majestic and dignified presence reminded one of her
noble French ancestors. She was aristocratic in appearance, and
kept her person very neat and tidy. She was evidently born to
rule. Her noble fi/ure joined to a striking: and commanding phy-
siognomy, attracted attention wherever the occasion was graced
by her presence She had an upper set of teeth on a gold plate
that CDst her $50.00. She lived at Lima, Ohio, and after the death
of her husband she returned to Warren county, Ohio, then went to
Cincinnatti for a while. She whs a professional nurse, While still
a young lady she joined the Presbyterian church. In 1856 she
moved to Weyauwega, Wis . ♦o be with her son, Cyrus. In about
1830 she moved to McLean, 111., to be with her sons, John and
Henry. On invitation of her son, Cyrus, she made her h<>me with
him in about 1865 at Paoli, Wis. She died of liver complaint, No-
vember, 14, 1868 Her body is buried in the Paoli cemetery, and a
granite monument marks her resting place. Mrs. Keve had dark
brown curly hair.
ELIZABETH OLIVER COLE KEVE
John and Theodocia Cole had three sons, John Fullwood Cole,
Eliphelet and Dr. Peter Cole.
John Fullwood Cole L married Nancy Ann Watson. He was a
merchant, and one of the early pioneers of Allen county, Ohio,
where he is remembered with respect amounting almost to rever-
ence bv <-he elderly people of Lima, the county seat. Uncle
"Jon; ie," as he was familiarly called, was in manner and appear-
ance Very much like a Frenchman, as both his m(ither and grand-
mother were F'rench H»- accumulated quite a fortune, and like
Abraham of old, was brought down to his grave with honor in a
good old age. He passed away June 21, 18S2. He had four sons
and two ( a ighters. 1st. John Cole married Mary Ann Saint, and
they had two boys, Crittenden and F'lllmore. There were twoyirls,
one Luticia, marrying Daniel Steinour of Munice, Ind.. and Minnie,
marrying a Mr. Bowyer. and living in Los Angeles, Cal. 2nd,
Enos T. Cole, who married Julia Chivers whose father was an
itinerant preacher, visiting his charges on horseback. He was in
the Board of Trade regiment during the Rebellion and was \ ery
severely wounded during one of the engagements He lived with
his son at Mt. Carroll, III., and died there in April 1913. at 80 years
of age. He had five children of which Clarence and Clifford were
the names of two of them.
3rd El phal t Cole IL. who died at Springfield. Ohio in April
1913 and was buried at Lima. His children were H'-'nry Cole who
died in November 1882. Kittie Cole who married a Mr. Miller, and
Fred C )le who married Daisy Grovebrow and they have two child-
ren, Willima and Harold.
John F. Cole had two daughters, Eliza Jane, who married Uriah
Prinpfle and Sophia who married Ed Bashore.
Eliphalet Cole II , son of John and Theodocia Cole, was a grad-
uate of Miama University. Ohio. The later years of his life were
spent in Indiana, and he died at Bbomington, Ind., in about 1885.
He was a noted educator, di.-^tinguished for his scholarship and
Christian character. He did not have any children
Dr Peter Cole was married twice and had six boys, all of whom
entered the Rebellion, only one returning alive to comfort the grief
stricken parents. They thus laid a very costly sacrifice on the alter
of freedom. This son that was spared, fought in the battle of
Gettysburg; during the first half day of fighting every officer above
him was killed, and he assumed command for the remainder of the
fight. After the battle Secretary of War Stanton sent him a
John Keve I. was in all probability one of the three brothers
that came over from the north of Ireland just previous to the Rev-
olutionary war and settled in New Jersey. In conversation with
his descendents in Jersey City and Newark in 1913, they declared
their tradition was to that effect. In conversation with Scotchmen,
they tell of having known several Keves in the old country, and
that it is a Scotch name. Hence it is very probable that our ances-
tors were Scotch, having been transferred to Ireland by Cromwell
after he subdued that country. Hence we can with great justice
call ourselves Scotch-Itish. As John Keve was a Presbyterian, it
is still more plausiole that he was Scotch-Irish,
John Keve I. married an English lady in New Jersey. They
undoubtedly moved around considerable in New Jersey, as John
Keve 11. was born near Hoboken, while Catherine Keve was born
in Somerser. County The tradition of towns, that have comedown
lo us, that thej' frequently visited, are New Brunswick, Freehold,
In ai»out 1815-6 they moved by wagon from Piscataway Town-
ship in Middlesex County, going over land to Pittsburg. The country
was very prin itive at that time. The roads were in wretched
condition, many days they were i.ot able to make more than four
or five miles There seemed to be no bottom to the roads. The
corduroy roads were not in much better condition for travel. The
inhabitants along the wav were of the roughest frontier type. Even
at the hotels there was not much privacy, as many of both sexes
were put in one large room to rest. Arriving at last at Pittsburg,
they embarked the lamiJy and effects on a flat boat and floated
down the Ohio River to Cincinnati, in the vicinity of which they
made th ir home for a few years. He then moved to the vicinity
of Franklin, Warren Co., Ohio, settling in Franklin township
between Franklin City and Carlisle.
He was taken sick and made his will October 6, 1831. and it
was admitted to probate nine days later. In his will he mientions
his wife, Ann Kav^^, and signs his name Kave too, while on the
other hand he specifically mentions his son John Keve. The child-
ren are all mentioned, Daniel, John, Catherine, who married Jocob
Long and Klarkson. You will note that he spells Clarkson's name
with a "K "
Ann-Keve still had $163.00 in the probate court as late as 1838.
This year she moved to Darke County to be with her daughter
Catherine Long. She died there the next year.
Daniel Keve and Descendents
DANIEL KEVE, son of John and Ann Keve was born March 15^
1790. The clerk of the court wrote me that Daniel Keve resided
in Piscataway township, Middlesex county, N. J., as late as 1824.
He must have resided in Plainfield, moving to Piscataway, and
then returning to Plainfield after a short time. For it is a tradi-
tion in the family that all the children were born in one house at
Plainfield. Daniel rode horse back to Ohio to visit his parents
who had emigrated there a few years previous. He bought a very
large ffock of sheep, returning to New Jersey on foot with them,
Daniel married Nancy Ladner, who was born March 13, 1794. Her
father was an honored Revolutionary soldier. Their children were
as follows: John Keve, born 1815, passing away in 1869, having
never married; Robert L. iCeve, born May 30, 1819, passing away
May 30, 1895; David C. Keve, born October 1, 1821; Isaac Martin
Keve, born 1827, was married, but had no children, died in 1903.
Daniel was numbered with the dead on July 9, 1854.
Robert L. Keve married Sarah A. Hoagiand Robert was born
at Plainfield, New Jersey. When 72 years of age he vi.sit' d his
boyhood home, finding many familiar sights, of which one was his
name carved on a tree. He was an intelliiient, up to-date man,
reading a great deal. He was always a Democrat except when he
voted for Lincoln at his second elecion. He was a very refi led
man, winning in matmer, Hh gained many frieuds and retained
them His children were: Daniel H. Keve, born December 4,
1830; Joseph A. Keve, born September 3, 1841 who died in infancy;
Catherine C Keve, born July 15, 1844, having married Mr. Tuite.
Silas W. Keve, born N )vember 11, 1845; Albert M. Keve, born
August 2i, 1850; Urah Keve, born September 15. 1852.
David C and Zeruiah Keve had the following children: Miles
Whitford Keve, born June 1, 1844; David C. Keve Jr., born June
18, 1847; Charles B Keve, born November 23, 1848; Rachael Ann
Keve, born August 10, 1850; Sarah Malverna Keve, born March, 15,
1853; Edwin Putnam Keve, b rn September 24, 1856; Zuriah Ella
Keve, born March 21, 1859. Martha Putnam Keve, born August 28,
David C. Keve Jr. and his wife, Margaret had the followmg
children: Eleiha Keve, born March 30. 1870; Julia Ann Keve, born
July 4, 1871; Joseph W. Keve, born April 18, 1873; Alfred Martin
Keve, born October 24, 1875. Edwin P. Keve, born November 25,
1877; Laura May Keve, born October 12, 1882; Jennie C. Keve,
born May 25, 1884. Norman F. Keve was born of David's second
wife, Emma Addia, on April 30, 1890. Mabel Emma Keve was
born of his third wife, Alice Elinor, on November 30, 1901.
Uriah P. Keve and Emma P. had two children: Arthur James
Keve was born F«-bruarv 8, 1880.
In my trip to New Jersey in July, 1913, I met a few descend-
ents of Daniel Keve. I had the pleasure of visiting David C. Keve
Jr. of Jersey City. He had a lot of old family Bibles that com-
menced with Daniel Keve, son of John and Ann Keve. He had
the geneological habit the same as myself, having traced the de-
scent of his grandmother, Nancy Lander, back to the Norman con-
quest in 1066. He was a gefiial, pleasant man to meet. At
Newark I had the pleasure of meeting Catherine C. Keve who had
married a Mr. Tuite. She is a lady of majestic proportions, that
would attract attention in any company She is well formed,
which with a regal bearing makes her a charming person to meet.
She has an expressive and winning face and impressed me as being
a woman of business ability, having the rare faculty of engaging in
conversation in an interesting and entertaining manner. Her home
indicated a home of culture and discriminating taste.
CLARKSON,son of John and Ann Keve,wasborn in New Jersey
July 19, 1794. In his father's will he had the name spelled Klarkson.
It i"? probable that he was born at Clarksburg, Monmouth county
und was named for that town. Very likely in those days the town
was called Clarkson too. Any way it is known that the first Keve
li^'ed in at least four different coOnties of New Jersey, of which
Monmouth is one. While s il in New Jprsey he was married ;o
Mary Conklin. In about 1817 he emigrated to Hamil oi county,
Januar.v IS, 1895
JACOB LONG KEVE
age 70 years
Ohio. While living in this county six children were born to them
as follows: Wiljima C. Keve, Sylvester Kevn, David Keve, Ann
Eliza Keve. Phoebe Conklin Keve and Jane Keve.
Desiring to better his condition, he moved to Warren county,
Ohio. During his sojourn in this county Jacob Long Keve was born
in 1825 He returned to Hamilton county and lived six years, after
which he moved to Allen county. James C. Keve was then born to
William C. Keve married and settled in Piqua, Ohio.
They had two sons and one daughter. Sylvester was a bachelor.
Daniel Keve was a tinsmith at Lina. He married but had no
children. James C. Keve was a mason at Lima. He married,
having two sons and one daughter
Jacob Long Keve was a tailor by trade and lived at Lima. He
married Rachael Maxwell in 1847. Their children w-re Genio C.
Keve, "Walter Samuel Keve, Mary E. Keve wfio married McCafft-r-
ty and Ann Fo )hia Keve who married Mr. James. Genio C. Keve
married and had four children. Jacob L. Keve married the second
time and had four more children He was a prominent Odd Fellow.
W. Samuel Keve married Ida Mav Hutson in 1875 He lives
at Lima, Ohio, and has been engaged in the hardware business for
WILLIAM E. KEVE
a great many years. Their children are Rosebel Keve, Minnie
Keve and Grace E. Keve. They have one boy, William Edward
Keve, who is married and lives at Waysakoueta, Ohio. He is a
real estate man.
History of the Lon^ Family.
CATHERINE KEVE was born at Bound Brook, Somerset coun^
ty,N. J., on October 7, 1801. She moved with her folks from Piscat
away township, Middlesex county, N. J., in about 1815 or 1816,
going to the state of Ohio, first settling near Cincinnatti. After a
few years spent there they journeyed further north, settling
near Franklin, Warren county, Ohio. Here Catherine married
Jacob Long, October 6, 1824. Jacob, son of John and Elizabeth Long,
was born in Somerset county. New Jersey, in the year 1798. They
moved to Darke county, Ohio, where Catherine died May 25, 1842,
and her husband, Jacob Long passed away May 8, 1848. They had
JOEL T. LONG ,
the following children: Pierce B., John K., Daniel K. , Joel T.,
George W., Ann Elizabeth, who married a Mr. Gumler, and Cath-
erine K. who married a Mr. Shepherd.
Pierce B. Long emigrated to Iowa in 1853 and lived at Adel.
He had ten children and only four of them are still living, Illima
and Charlie living at De Soto, Iowa. Mattie Quie who lives at
Minburn, Iowa, and E. N. Long living at Selah, Wash. John K.
Long who is deceased, had one daughter, now living at Ft. Wayne,
Indiana, her name bfing r.mma Young. Daniel K. Long had nine
children as follows: Belle Long-Russ, living at Dayton, Ohio;
Laura Long living at Arcanum, Ohio; Wm. Long liviiitf at Arcan-
um, Ohio; Cora Long-CUne living at Arcanum, Ohio; Wm. Long
living at Arcanum, Ohio; Ann Loner-Jundre and Catherine Long-
Clark: Aaron B. Long, killed in 18J6 in the massacre at Ft. Kear-
ney; George W. Long, killed in the battle of Lewisburg, Virginia.
Joel T Long was born April 25, 1840 at Ithica, Darke county,
Ohio. Joel enlistt^d in Co. E 31st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He
fought under General Thomas and participated in the following
battles: The first Bull Run, Perryville, Chickamauga, Missionary
Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Shiloh, Fort Djnaldson, Kenesaw
Mountain, and made the famous march from Atlanta to the sea,
being present at the fall of Savannah. Joel married Alma Herren
and lived at De Soto, Iowa, having one son, G. H. Long.
I visited Joel and his family in December 1913. He is very
m ach like my father i 1 appearance. Their beliefs and ideas are
very similar. They would readily be taken for brothers. From
a close study of the Long family pictures, Joel is the only one that
resembles the Keves.
Johii Keve II.
John Keve II. was born near Hoboken, N. J., the 6th day
of December 1799. He moved to Warren county, thence to AHen
county, Ohio in about 1815 or 1816. He was a studious and indus-
trious young man. He attended the common schools of those days
and attained what was considered a very good education for those
times. He met Elizabeth Oliver Cole, and in due course of time
they were married, in about the year 1830. He followed agricul-
ture for a livelihood. He and his wife were members of the Pres-
byterian church. He identified himself with the Whig party. He
died of bilious fever September 14, 1841 and was buried at Lima,
Ohio. The children are enumerated under head of Elizabeth
John Joseph Keve
JOHN JOSEPH KEVE, son of John and Elizabeth 0. Keve,
was born in Franklin, Warren county, Ohio, December 2, 1830. He
was the oldest of four boys, and his father di^d when he was about
ten years old. At about the age of twelve he was bound to a
blacksmith to learn the trade. On April 16th, 1854 he was married
to Mary B. De Pue, who died the next year after the birth of a
son who died in infancy. John Keve then married Sarah Amelia
Gal'ovay, October 27, 1856, at or near Lima, Ohio Soon after
their marriage tney went to live among the Indians in Wisconsin.
He had some kind of a government appointment among them.
These Indians were the Sacs and Foxes. There the two older
children were born, Edward Everett Keve, born July 10, 1858, and
Elizabeth Olivet Keve, October 27, 1859. The family had great
hardships while in Wisconsm, on account of the enmity of the
Indians and some time about 1860 they moved to a farm near
Bioomington, Illinois in McLean county. Here Lincoln and Mari-
JOHN JOSEPH KEVE
etta were born and died in infancy John Manuel
March 20, 1864; Flor nee Amelia, born Autun
Cordelia, born May 27, 1867; Lucia Moino, October
During the years spent in Illinois John Keve
prosperous as a farmer, but on account of delicate
his property and in the spring of 1871 moved out to Butler county,
Kansas. He bought a farm about twelve miles from Eldorado, on
or near the spot where the town of Rosalia now stands, the creek,
which ran through his farm was called Keve creek for many years,
and may be to this day for all I know. Here his last child, Alma
Keve was born
2. 1866; Grace
'ungs, he sold
Edith was born September 18, 1861. The next year the grass-
hoppers came and destroyed everything, and a cyclone did great
damage to the house he had built. His health also became very
poor and he died of consumption, September 27, 1873, at the age
of 42 years He is buried at Peabody, Kansas and his wife was
afterward buried beside him. A granite monument marks the
graves. Mrs. Keve married B F. Brockett in 1875 and their child,
Lola May Brockett, was born October 30, 1876. Sarah Brockett
died November 14, 1887. Of the children of John J. Keve, Edwaid
died about 1876. He had gone west for a cowboy life and was lost,
no trace of him being found since. Elizabeth Olivet Keve married
Leander Miller in Butler Co., April 2nd 1874. They had six dons;
Clarence B. born September 23rd 1875; John Keve, born 1887;
Arthur, born 1879; Willima R., born 1881; Benjamin B , born June
7th 1891; and Joseph, born 1895. John Manuel Keve never
married. He lives on a farm n^ar R^x, Oklahoma. Florence
Amelia Keve married Joseph Wilson, November 19, 1884. She
had three sons and one daughter who died in infancy, Edward Keve
Wilson, born January 29, 1886; Frank Wilson, born 1895; and
Cecil Stanley Wilson, born 1895. They live in Kansas City, Kan.
Grace Cordelia Keve has never married. She lives in Los
Angeles, Cal. She bears a very remarkable resemblance to her
grandmother Elizabeth O. Keve, both in appearance and char-
acter. Lucia Keve, who has written this sketch of her father
and his family, was graduated from the University of Michigan
in 1895, taught English in the high school at Akron, Ohio, from
1895 to 1898, there met her husband William Lawrence Tower
of Westdale, Mass. They were married in Brighton, Mass.,
August 21st 1898. Their children are Lucia Elizabeth, born
November 8, 1899, at Cambridge, Mass.; Sarah Sheldon, born
June 8, 1901, at Yellow Springs, Ohio; Lawrence Keve born
January 11, 1904, in Chicago; and John LaTourette Tower born
March 7, 1910.
Alma Edith Keve married Frank Fisher Wilson in 1896. They
had two children, Mary Virginia, born February 2, 1897, and
Bertha, born 1898, who died in infancy. Alma died in October,
John J. Keve was rather tall, gaunt man, with an unusually
fine looking face and beautiful gold-brown curly hair. He had a
very gentle manner and was affectionate toward his children.
His mind was unusually good, and being of a literary turn. He
was especially fond of poetry. He was also given to dry humor,
and the telling of quaint stories in an original and expressive
Henry A. Keve
HENRY A. KEVE was born in Allen county, Ohio, June 20,
1837, to which region his parents moved from Warren county, that
state, about four years before. His father died when Henry was
thf-ee years ol<1, his mother being left an invalid with four sons,
of wnom the eldest was but ten years of age. The family returned
to their old home in Warren county and Henry, at the age of
seven, was bound out to a family by the name of Smock with whom
he had his home for ten years. In 1854 he went to Lima, Allen
county, stnd apprenticed to the blacksmith business with his
brother, John, the tirm being called Keve & Wikoff. The firm
dissolving released him, and in-1857 he went to northern Wisconsin
and in that then unsettled region with other hardy p'oneers, helped
to blaze the way to the present opulent condition of that region
HENRY A. KEVE
The hard times incident to an undeveloped country, conjointly
with the nati n-wide panic of 1857-59, led him to seek better
opportunities elsewhere. Besides it was more agreeable to his
restless and enterprising spirit, so he emigrated to Illinois. He
was in that state when Lincoln issued his call for 300,000 men to
surpress the rebellion. At the call of duty his response was
prompt and hearty and he was enrolled as a member of Company
E of the 7th Illinois Infantry for three years. He served 37
months and was mustered out at Rome, Georj^ia, October 13, 1864,
as a sergeant, with a record of more than a score of battles, and
the commendation of his superior officers, of which he is modestly
proad. In a little book of his army experiences, written for his
children, the following occurs: "People of this generation have
but a slight conception of how the passions were stirred at that
period, and the deep current of feeling everywhere manifested, as
REV. OLIVER M. KEVE
if brooding over impending doom. I saw laborers in the field
forget their toil, as they talked of occurring events and speculated
as to their meaning. Strong men and women of mature years
impressed with the gravity of the situation, shed tea? s as they
expressed sorrow and surprise at the prospect of civil war. I saw
a man, venerable in years and appearance, with heart on fire and
with words as eloquent as his subject was inspiring, plead all day
with groups of men on the streets to forget party ties and to sink
all past diiferenses in a united effort to preserve the union and
government that never had oppressed them, and whose blessings
unobserved and quiet as the falling dew, had been a perpetual
beneiliction tj them."
When he returned to Illinois he engaged in farming. He was
married February 1, 1866, to Miss Amanda Pershaw, daughter of
Rev. John M. Pershaw, a Methodist minister.
The^'e have been born to them six children, of whom three
still suivive: Rev. Wiley A. Keve, pastor of the M. E. church at
Hiawatha, Kansas: Rev. Oliver M. Keve, pastor of the M. E.
c. lurch at Falls City, Nebraska; Mrs. Lena Sprung, of Abilene.
The oldest daughter, Mary, married Oliver Smith of Solomon City,
Kansas, died at St. Joseph, Mo., in 1910. The two children,
Charles and Willard, died in early childhood. In 1871 he moved to
Harvey county, Kansas and engaged in farming and freighting.
He is now, at the age of 76, enjoying his co.Tifortable home at
Abile e, Kansas.
Henry Keve wrote the foregoing himself shortly before he
passed away. He died of paralysis, August 9, 1913. He was a
deeply religious man, living his religion every day. I visited him
on two occasions, in two different states. For a great many years
he taught the Bible class in the Methodist Sunday school. In con-
versation with him one time, he remarked: "If I have a dollar in
my pocket, and owe you a dollar, then that dollar is not mine, but
yours. If I have a dollar in my pocket, and don't owe anyone,
then that dollar belongs to the Lord. He helped me very much in
the getting up of this history, as his memory was well stored with
the events connected with the various branches of our family.
Cyrus J. Keve-
CYRUS J. KEVE was born in a log cabin between Franklin
and Carlisle, Ohio. He was reared by a family of the name of
Craige. Later he moved to Lima, Ohio, having learned the black-
smith trade at Franklin. In 1855 he left Lima and journeyed to
Wabash, Indiana, to work at his trade. The next year found him
at Weyauwega, Wis. This was presidential year, but he was
not permitted to vote as he had not been long enough in the state.
He was a Freemont republican. At this time received a govern-
ment appointment, as one of three to appraise goverment land.
This was all virgin forest at that time and abounded in wild game.
While stationed at Weyauwega he bhot two bear and one deer.
In 1859 he moved to Verona, Wisconsin. When about eighty miles
north of Verona, he dreamed of his future wife and that they
would have three children. The first Sunday at Verona he went to
church and shortly after he noticed the young lady come in that he
saw in his dream. He told his companion, "There is my wife,
October 19, 1792; Elizabeth, Peter, Susannah, Anna, Margaret,
Jacob, George, Lydia, Hannah, Catherine, Daniel, Nancy and
Johannes. John, who was born in 1792, died January 28, 1861.
His children were as follows: John, father of Sabine Ann Keve,
born October 13, 1816 atid passed away February 12, 1872. Jacob,
William, Reuben, Jesse, Matilda, Mary (or Polly) and Sally,
A great many of the Floreys settled in or about Bangor.
George and Jacob went to Lendhannock, Pa., or a few miles above
and built a saw mill and the litthe town was known as Florey town.
Later it was called Keiserville after Michael Keiser who married
Catherine Florey. Jacob Morey and his family moved to Beloit,
Wis,, where his son, Sylvestei, is now living.
Jahannes Florey was a very fine cabinet maker, and Mrs.
Beck of Bangor, one of his descendents, has in her possession a
grandfather clock built by him, also a high tenoy that would do
credit to the fiaest workman of the present day. He was a soldier
of the Revolutionary war.
John Florey, who was born in 1816, married Margaret Groover
and had nine children. The oldest, Sabine Ann, was born in Penn-
sylvania, March 3, 1844 Christeen, who married Henry Donkle;
Mary Jane, who married Jacob Kirscher; Celia, who married Fred
Pomeroy; Maggie, who married Charles Kutzier; Michael, Daniel,
Jeremiah and Sally. The last three remaining unmarried, Margaret
having been taken sick with a bad cold, died at the age of th'rty-
three. John Florey then married for his second wife, Polly Miller,
and they had two children. Aggie and Emma.
Old settlers told that John Florey was a very beautiful clild,
with round, rosy cheeks. That when he was christened in the
Lutheran church the whole congregation involuntarily rose to their
feet and tried to get a glimpse of the angel baby. He had beau-
tiful curly hair that made him look like a cherub.
Where I was born at Paoli, Wis , there were several families
of French by the name of Fleury, and they pronounced it same as
we do too, Florey. We at the time did not know that the Floreys
were descended from the French. I remember that we often
talked of the similarity of the French name, Fleury and the Dutch
name, Florey. We somehow thought that they must be of the
same origin, but we had no basis on which to work to prove any-
thing. But now that we know that our ancestors fled from France
in 1572, after the St. Bartholemew massacre, it then resolves
itself into the probability that the Floreys were a divided family.
some being Hughenot, while others remained in the Catholic church.
Hence, then, as we know our ancestors were Hughenot and
fled to Holland, it is quite probable there were those that remain-
ed that still clung to the Catholic church. So then it is very likely
that the Fleurys of Paoli, Wis., are distant cousins that emigrated
to this country in this late day.
One of the Fleurys became a Cardinal, and was chief minister
under Louis the 15th, exercising almost autocratic power. He was
not brilliant but was wise, giving France an era of prosperity that
was very gratifying to the down-trodden and oppressed people.
As some of the Florey girls may at some time want to join the
Daughters of the American Revolution, so, then, I have procure(
the following document from Rev. Alexander Decker, showing tha
my mother Sabine Ann Florey's grand-father, John Florey, waj
a Revolutionary soldier:
"Pennsylvania State Library, Division of Public Records
Harrisburg, Pa., U. S. A. John Florey was a private in Captair
John Wagner's company of Northan)pton county militia, 1781
battalion not stated, but commander, Stephen Balliat. See p. 32)
Volume Eight, Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series.
(Signed) "Luther R. Kelker, Custodian of the Public Records.'
Sabine Ann Florey-Keve was born near Flicksvilie, Pa., th(
3rd of March, 1844. When a small girl her folks moved to Verona
Wis. Here her mother, Margaret-Groover Florey, died in the yeai
1857 at thp age of 33 years. She took a bad cold which resulted ir
her early death. This left Sabine to keep house for father and hei
eight younger brothers and sisters. Her father, John Florey, die(
the 12th of February, 1872 at the age of 56. After her marriage
she united with the Methodist church Sabine has light hair anc
fair complexion. She is of a lovable disposition and is the frien(
of everybody. She has brought up her three children so they are
a credit to the Keve name. There were born to Mr. and Mrs C
J. Keve, at Paoli, three children John Fremont Keve was borr
July 25th, 1863; Albert Elmer Keve was born April 20th, 1868
Virginia Olive was born January 6th, 1873.
John Fremont Keve
The first events that I, JOHN FREMONT KEVE, can recol
lect are as follows: I was called up one night to witness a torcl
light procession during the first Grant presidential campaign. Thii
is very vividly impressed on my mind, the glimmer of the torche.'
in the dark of the night. The next month, in November, Grand
mother Keve died, which event I well recall. A few years later ]
was crossing the mill race with father. There were hewn timbers
to walk on and they were about four feet apart. I lost my balance
and made a spring for the next one, missed it, but luckily caugh:
on to it with my hands. My feet touched the water My'screams
soon brought my father to my assistance. If I had gone into tht
water the wheel would have drawn me under and this history woulc
have remained unwritten. It is with great awe I recall the
impression made on my mind on account of the terrible smoke
caused by the Chicago fire. I thought the last day of the work
was comming. The campaign of Greeley in 1872 is very fresh ir
my mind on account of the prepr^sterous cartoons gotten outagainsi
Greeley. The Centennial year is a red letter year in my life af
Florence Matts took me to a New Year leap year party. Thii
being my first girl, it goes without saying that my feet nevei
touched the ground. This same year witnessed the blood curdling
Custer massacre in which every person, save one, was killed,
rhis person had long, curly hair and was of commanding presence.
A.n old soldier told me the first news of this direful event and it
greatly impressed me. In 1878 there was a tornado just south of
Paoli which des:royed a lot of property. This was on a Friday and
3n Sunday I followed up on horseback for eight miles in the trail
of the storm It is simply unbeii^ivabie the terribly destructive
force of the wind and the queer capers it would cut up. When one
views the wreck and ruin wrought he realizes how puny man is
when brought face to face with the unseen forces of nature. I
heard Presi lent Hayes speak at the State fair at Madison. _ When
he got through the people thronged to shake hands with him. I
did not join the crowd to shake his hand.
1 attended the graded school at Paoli and was a fairly good
student. Many times father talked to me of truthfulness, per-
severance and honesty He told me that possessing the above
qualities, that monied men wou[d have their eyes on me and would
furnish me money to do business.
In passing, I desire to render due meed of praise to the trans-
cendent genius of Elmer Dixon Matts, my earliest playmate. He
was born on October 1st following my birth. He was born just
accross the s'reet from where I was born We were inseparable
companions for many years He was my superior in intellectual
attainments. I was soon outstri,jped by him in the race for an
ed ication. After finishing in our graded school, he attended the
high school at Madison, giaduating therefrom, and also gomg
through the University of Wisconsin with high honors. After get-
ting bis parchment as an attorney-at-law, he set up business at
St. Paul, moving thence to Missouli, Mmtana, where he was elect-
ed to the state Senate Was private attorney for Marcus Daly the
great Copper King, at $4,000.00 a year. Accompanied Bryan on
his first campaign for the presidency. Thev both spoke at the gym-
nasmm at M dison, Wis. Bryan spoke first and then went to the
Capitol park to speak Elmer then spoke at the gymnasium and
many that heard him said that he was far superior to Bryan. He
spoke so easily and volubly, the perfect rhythm and music of his
voice charming all. He moved to Chicago and died there January
I7th, 1902. He is buried at Paoli. Bryan wired his condolence
to the stricken parents
We moved to our farm one mile south of Paoli, in 1881. In
the spring of 1882 I commenced to work for John Matts at Verona
to learn the lumber business. During the following winter I
taught the John Lyle school south of Paoli. The spring of 1883 I
hi -ed to John Matts for a year ard a half. In November 1884 I
went to Chicago to see the sights The first night I was there I
was desperately homesick and wished myself at home. Several
sharpers got after me but I got clear of th*-m all without any
mishap. I visited several art galleries and made a short trip on
the lake. The cable cars were a great mystery to me as I could
not see what propelled them. Of course every one knows now
that there was an endless chain under the track that the car
grappled to when wishing to advance. It was my privileofe to
visit the panarama of the Batrle of Gettvsburg which was a truly
great painting, painted in erreat and majestic proportions on the
walls of a big circular building. But there I saw something greater
than the painting, and that was the most kingly and queenly per-
sons I have ever seen. They were about six feet tall and well
proportioned, having round and regular features, both being d irk
complected. Every move and all their deportment was so graceful.
Not since then have I seen people that were so royal in aopearance.
But I know not what station in life they occupied. From Chicago
I ran down to McLean, 111., to visit my uncle Henry Keve, whom
I had not seen since I was five years old. We had a srilendid visit
in which much of the Keve lore was gone over. It was a visit long
to be remembered. I corresponded with cousin Mary for several
The next winter I attended the business college in Madison. I
saw the Science Hall of the University burn up. It was a grand,
awe inspiring sight. It was the largest fire I have ever seen. I
heard John B. Gough lecture, in which he used the words:
'•Young man keep your record clear " Gough died the the next
winter during the delivery of this lecture and just after utter-
ing the above words. A year later I heard to-be-Presiden Mc-
Kinley speak at Madison. He was a very earnest man in speaking
which joined to his great honesty, brought many to his way of
thinking. While speaking he kept his right hand in his trousers
pocket. It was my good fortune to hear the Rev. Dr. Deems of
Baltimore, lecture on "Triffles." He said that there were only
three supreme moments in a man's life. That was when he whs
born, when he kissed her the first time, and the moment he died.
Furthermore, he stated that there were only three great men in
the United States, that is the president, yourself and myself
In the spring of 1855 I hired to John Matts again. In July of
this year I visited my folks in Dakota. This was a joyful visit
for we had not seen each other for over two years. Virginia was
alone in the house and I asked to stay all n'ght being a stranger in
those parts. She went to the barn and told father there was a
stranger in the house that wanted to stay all night and he looks
just like John. Of course with this broad hint the rest knew me
The winter of 1855-6 I taug-ht the Carpenter school near Verona,
boarding with Mrs. Taylor. The most beautiful woman I have
ever seen attended my school. She was an Irish girl and her name
was Maggie Staack. Her face was fair and round and her feat-
ures were regular. Her cheeks were of a beautiful peach bloom.
Her particular charm was in conversation as her face was a per-
fect mirror of expression, that was most bewitching. She was
ever fresh and gay and gracious. I have known men to stop her
in the road just to talk to her, just to watch the charm and witch-
ery of her face. She kept company with an athiest of Protestant
connection. She wanted to be married by the priest, so one Sun-
day he took her out riding, and when they were in front of the
Methodist parsonage he said to her, "Now if you want me, we will
go in and get married and if not we are done." She yielded then
and there. This was a very happy winter for me as 1 kept com-
pany with one of my scholars, while at my boai'ding place there
were two perfect young ladies. This was probably the most pleas-
ant winter of my life while smgle. I worked agam for John Matts
the next season and boardeg at Coly Longstreet's. The winter of
1883-7 I tdught the John Morse school north of Verona, boarding at
Morse s during the week and at Reuben Nye's on Saturday and
Sunday. On closing my school I worked for Reuben Meyers one
month on the farm. When I got my pay for the month's work I
remarked, 'T will have to be poorer tnan I am now when I v/ork
on a farm again." I then took a trip to Winona, La Crosse,
Dubnque and Clinton looking for a job to run a lumber yard.
P'rom Clinton I went to Chicago and a firm th< re partly promised
me work in Nebraska. While in Clinton and Chicago I heard the
great temperance apostle, Francis Murphy, lecture on his favorite
theme. He had a peculiar chaim that appealed to those who were
sl.jves of the rum habit He had those on the platform that had
broken the fetters of drink through his Instrumentality. I returned
to Verona and in a week got word to go to western Neb. aska to
run a yard. So in the month of June 1887 I landed in Curtis, Neb.
Studied double entry book-keeping for three weeks there. I then
went to Laird to run the yard in the absence of the manager.
After this I started for Lisbon, the yard 1 was to run, I had to
stop off at Grant and as the hot-1 was full, I was obliged to sleep
on the bare floor of the lumber office. I was stiff all over in the
morning. Lisbon was an extreme frontier town amidist the sod
shanties. I was employed by the Howard Lumber Co. and as
everything was new there I had to build new sheds and office.
One Sunday I drove to Venango, the first station west which was
on the Colorado border, so v/e walked over into that state, but did
nit see any build ngs there. There was no preaching service at
Lisbon, but there was a missionary came there one Sunday and
preached, which together with the singing was a great treat,
making one appreciate what a blessing gospel privileges are. 1
ran the yard at Lisbon until the latter part of November when I
returned to Wisconsin to enter th- employ of Brittingham & Hixon.
I commenced the yard at Belleville the first day of Decemoer 1887
and had to start everything new as I did at Lisbon, for the railway
had just been put through there. I boarded at Tina Bowker's, an
old schoolmate of Paoli. She was like a mother to me, and to-
gether with her daughter, OUie, my foster sister, did all in their
power to advance my interests In the summer of 1888 I met
Miss Zilpha Parks who afterward became my wife It was on this
wise: As the train went by the office I recognized an old friend,
so I ran over and boarded the train, and saw the future Mrs Keve,
recognizing her by her picture. However, I did not speak to her.
She went down to her old home (where I boarded) and Mrs.
Bowker asked her if she saw John (had been writing about me)
and she answered no, but had seen a red headed, red faced, red
mustached fellow run out from the lumber office and board the
train. The next year, 1889, Zilpha Parks came up from Illinois to
visit Mrs. Bowker and was accompanied by Miss Mary Niles, wi.o
eventually became my second wife. I again visited my folks in
Dakota in November, 1902 We at this time had our pictures
laKen in a family group. Albert and I had bought a farm together
for speculation. We drove over to see it and Albert, with great
pride, exhibited the different features which made it a valuable
acquisition. My chest swelled with pride to think that I was part
owner in such a splendid property. Albert finally bought my share
and gave me about $1,000.00 for my bargain. This was the found-
ation of my nest egg to enter business
I attended the World's Fair at Chicago in 1893. Albert was
there to meet me. 1 was on the fair grounds six days I to^k
Albert around to see the sights that I was acquainted with. He
had never been in an elevator so I took him in one of the tall
buildings, and as the elevator started down with a lurch, Albert
thought that the bottom of creation had dropped out, and his hair
ptood on end and his eyes bulged out. I was on the fair grounds
on July 4th and it is needless to say that it was simply immense,
the great concourse of people. The fire works were on a marvel-
ous scale, impressing one with the grandeur and majesty of the
During the summer of 1895 N. P. Petterson held meetings
in a tent on the banks of Sugar River. I made a profession of
religion and joined the Methodist church, was baptized by immer-
sion, together with the future Mrs. Keve who had been baptized
by sprinkling, before. Shortly after this, one Sunday, the minister,
Mrs. Bowker, Zilpha and myself took a walk to the cemetery
We sat down and had a long talk. It was at this time that I
determint d to win Zilpha's love. The next January Zilpha went
to Freeport to visit Mary Niles. I went down a few days later to
return with Zilpha. While there I got to scuffling with her and told
her I was going to kiss her. She replied, "You will never kiss me
in this world. " I did not succeed at that time. Zilpha persuaded
me to remain over one day longer than I had counted on. This
greatly pleased her, for the Keves were noted for not changing
their mind. On returning home we were nearly alone in the car.
I complained that my hands wera cold She took my two hands
in hers to warm them. I wanei to tell her to keep my two hands
and me, too, but I could not muster courage to do so.
The following month I made a trip to Constantine, Mich., to
look at a lumber yard that was for sale. I did not deem it advis-
able to buy it, but met with a pleasing and somewhat remarkable
coincidence. The manager th^re had run the Li-^bon yard after I
left there. He invited me to the hospitality of his home. He had
a charming wife, and we had a most delightful time talking over
This year I boarded at Howard Willowby's. I had a splendid
room and life was very agreeable to me. They were royal enter-
tainers. Albert came from Dakota to learn the lumber business
with me, and we occupied the same room. We enjoyed this im-
mensely as we had been separated for so many years.
One Sunday evening I went over to Mrs, Bowker's and took
her to church, Zilpha remaining at home. On our return from church
Mrs. Bowker soon retired. Zilpha was sitting in the rocking chair,
I went over &nd sat on the arm of the chair, and it was not
long until I propounded the momentous question. It took several
weeKs to bring a definite answer. However, in a few weeks we
came to a mutual understanding, and I got a diamond ring for her.
It was in April that I presented the ring in these words: "Sweet
Heart, let us pledge our troth with a kiss. Thou art mine and I
am thine, now. henceforth and forever. And now with this
engagement ring, with the letters, Z. P. K., engraved thereon, I
will encircle thy finger and give thee a kiss, so in like manner may
my life encircle thine, and thine mine, making our love perfectone
to the other, and perfect in Christ's love. And now I will give
you the sweetest and most memorable kiss of your life, to be
remembered now, in time and in eternity; I greet thee as Mrs.
In May 18961 moved to Carthage, 111., and entered into part-
nership with Brittingham & Hixon. We incorporated as Carthage
Lumber Co. I put in my all, $3,000.0). Albert was my helper,
but did not have any • interest in the yard. After Zilpha had
accepted me fully, I wrote her a remarkable letter in the form of
a little booklet. This letter I am making a part of this history,
so that my postsrity may peruse it, and be inspired by it.
Carthage is an historic city, as it has gained considerable
notoriety in the early days when the Mormons were a predominant
force at Nauvoo, seventeen miles away on the Mississippi river.
Their prophet, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion,
was arrested and incarcerated in the old Carthage jail. A mob
thronged the jail and shot Smith. I have passed the jail many a
time and saw where Smith was murdered. While I was there it
was used as a private residence. Since then the Mormons have
purchased it and turned it into a Mormon museum. Emigrants
from all over the world who have been converted to Mormonism
stop at Carthage to visit the old jail, while on their way to Utah.
In January 1897 I journeyed towards Wisconsin, to get my
affianced wife. Spent one day at Freeport in company of Mary
Niles. In the evening Mary and I boarded the train for Belleville.
For some reason or other my trunk containing my Prince Albert
suit, failed to arrive on time, so I proposed to Zilpha that we get
married on time even if I had to wear my old clothes. Hence we
were married on Sunday morning, January 1'^, 1897, in the presence
of the M. E. Sunday School and other invited guests. Rev.
Nicholas performed the ceremony. We went to Verona, Sullivan
and Johnson's Creek to visit friends. While going through Free-
port, 111., we visited Mary Niles for a couple of days. On our way
to Carthage we stopped off at Plymouth, 111., to visit my cousin,
Clarence M. Donkle. Clarence had learned the lumber business
with me while Mt Belleville and I had been instrumental in his
buying the Plymouth yard in 1896. We were right royally enter-
tained as a honeymoon couple. Vincent Parks Keeve was born at
(Carthage, 111., September 15, 1898. Just prior to Vincent's birth,
my health being poor, I went for three weeks to the Indiana
Medical Springs near Attica, Indiana. This wa^ daring the hottest
part of the campaign in Cuba in the Spanish-American war.
Roosevcit made his celebrated charge up San Juan Hill at this time.
My eyes were hurting so I could not read. So you may imagine
how I missed the stirring events of those historical days. Albert
who was running a yard at Newport, Indiana, came up and spent
a couple of days, over Sunday. We had a splendid visit, as we
were now beginning to rea izethe dreams of years, both now being
in yards, and reaping fruition of our labors.
While going through Springfield, I visiled Lmcoln's tomb.
His body rests in a marble sacrophagus. One can look through
the iron bars and see the casket. While vie^ving the recptacle
that contains the remains of this greatest of Americans, an over-
powering sense of his greatness and goodness came over me, and
under this spell I was thrilled as never before. I think that
Lincoln's heart was the mxOst Christ-like in love and sympathy that
history gives any record of. At this time Mary Niles made us a
visit and WHS sf"ill at our house on my return from the medical
springs. Years after she told me how she was impressed by
the devotion displayed in our little home. In the fall our company
bought anohter yard at Middletown, 111., just north of Springfield.
This was called Carthage Lumter Co., too. In this last yard
Albert and 1 had a quarter interest each. During this year my
sister's husband helped me run the lumber yard. Some little
disagreements arising about this time, we sold our interests in the
two yards to our partners. This was in April 1899, and we went
to Iowa and bought yards at Luana, Arlington and Wad-na.
Albert located at Luana and I at Arlington. We took in with us
as partners, John H. Matts, Dr. C. K. Jayne, G. W. Ayer, Laura
Brinkman and Oswald Donkle. We incorporated as Keve Bros,
Waneta Ventura Keve was born at Arlington on February 15,
1900. In November of this year we took in our old partners,
Brittingham & Hixon, and increased our capital stock to $100,000,
calling the compa*ny the Jaynes & Keve Bros. Lumber Co. Now
was fulfilled the prophecy oif father that "if I was honest and up-
rirht monied men would furnish me money to enter business."
We have twdve lumber yards and our business over a quarter
million a year. Pretty good for poor boys like us.
It was at this time that I joined the Masons, having joined the
Odd Fellows while I was at Belleville, January 12, 1889.
Dorothy Elenor Keve was born at Arlington, April 20, 1902.
On May 23rd following, Zilpha was taken sick with peritonitis, and
died on Thursdav at five o'clock in the morning. May 29th, We
thought at first that she would get well, until the preceding night
before her death, when we had a council of physicians, when they
irjformed me that Zilpha could not live till morning. I had every-
one leave the room and I revealed the heart-breaking message to
her myself. We had a cry together and prayed together. She
gave all necessary instructions and requested to be buried beside
grandmother-Keve in the Paoli cemetery. I took the body to
Belleville, where the funeral was held the next day, the casket
restihg over the spot where we stood when we were married. As
the train was entering the town, it just occurred to me that we
had never returned to Belleville since our marriage, although
Zilpha, with two of the chidren, had been back to visit. I was
overcome by emotion and exclaimed to Dr. Hizer, my family
physician, who accompanied me, and who has been a very sincere
and devoted friend, "I took Zilpha away from Belleville a happy
bride, and now 1 am bringing her a corpse back to be buried." I
buried her beside Grand-mother Keve in the cemetery at Paoli.
Albert came from New Virginia, la, and Mary Niles from Freeport,
111., to attend the funeral. Zilpha and Mary had been very de-
voted friends for years, and in Mary thus paying the last tribute
of respect to her friend, exemplified in full measure the love of
David and Johnathan.
I visited Mary Niles the next January. Had written her daily
apprising her of Zilpha's welfare during her sickness. After the
funeral had written her every couple of monhts telling her of the
welfare of the children. When due time had elapsed I wrote her
making a proposal of marriage, but took several pages to arrive
at the point. During the reading of the letter she was interrupt-
ed several times by people coming into the treasurer's office. On
each interruption she would hide (he letter. By and by the letter
got so interesting that she hoped no one else would come in to
interrupt, for she wanted to see speedily how it was going to
come out. We were married at her home in Freeport, on Thurs-
day at 2:30, August 6, 1903. Dr. Axtell performed the ceremony.
A few years later he visited the Holy Land, on his return journey
was taken sick in Switzerland and died. He requested that his
body be cremated and the ashes put in a bottle and buried in his
wife's grave. As Mary was the oldest of the family, and the main-
stay of her deaf and blind mother, we all therefore realized what
it meant to her, so instead of the wedding being all smiles, we
in sympathy with the mother, were bathed in tears It was a
very beautiful and ideal day. We boarded the same train we did
when I went to marry Zilpha. We journeyed to Madison, the
guests of Dr. C K. Jayne, one of my partners. We were enter-
tained sap3rb'y,and it was a red letter day in our wedding trip. We
took a drive along the beautiful lake to the west of Madison, and al-
so took a ride on the same lake. This came as near going through
this world on "flowery beds of ease" as I ever experienced. We
went to Evansville and spent Sunday with our old friend, Tina
Bowker-Prucia. This was a most delightful visit, for we had been
so intimately associated for so many years. We then visited my
relatives and friends at Verona, from which place we took our
departure for Poali, where we visited and fixed up Zilpha's grave.
We were entertained over night by an old friend of mine, Miss
Mary Derrickson, who was an unbeliever in the Bible. A few
years later she died of cancer, requesting that her body be
taken to Milwaukee and her ashes scattered over the waters of
lake Michigan. It looked as though she wanted to make it as hard
as she could for the Lord to resurrect her body.
Thence we went to Belleville and were splendidly entertained
by my foster sister, Olive Bowker-Davis. It seemed queer to me
that Olive should be old enough to be carrying around a baby of
her own. It is said that one of the most difficult questions ever
propounded was the one to Christ: "Is it lawful for us to give
tribute to Ceasar, or no?" At this time my little boy, Vincent,
asked me a very perplexing question as we were talking of his
mother. He exclaimed, "Oh, papa which was the best, my first
mama or my second mama. " I reflected a moment and answered,
"Your first mama and your second mamma were the best mammas
that ever were in the world."
At this time C. K. Jayne, John H. Matts and G. W. Ayer
retired from our concern It gives me a great pleasure at this
auspicious moment, when my old friend, John H. Matts' name is
mentioned the last time as a partner, to testify the following of him:
I worked for him parts of four years. He did more to shape my
life than any other person besides my parents. Mr. Matts is a
noble christian man with high ideals, and in his dealings with me,
won my respect. He secured for me my position with Brittingham
& Hixon. Mr. Matts has been to me a sincere and devoted friend
in every sense of the word. It is my wish that every aspiring
young man might have such a rare friend for counsel and help.
Such friendship is what cheers one on life's highway.
In June 1904 I attended the World's Fair at St. Louis. I spent
six days on the grounds. The fair was simply stupendous, so that
no one could begin to grasp the majesty and marvelousness of its
display. I saw the wonderful Eads bridge that is so justly cele-
brated in bridge architecture; went to visit the world renowned
Shaw Gardens, but could not gain admission, so had to content
myself with a view from outside the wall. I could see it was 'a
perfect fairy land of shrubbery.
The fore part of 1905 we changed the name of our company
to the Keve Lumber Co , on account of some of the stockholders
having gone out. This year Albert was with me, assisting in run-
ning our large and diversified business. We greatly enjoyed being
aflSliated together in business again. We abundantly enjoyed
this year of endeavor together. To my only brother, Albert E.
Keve, I owe much of my success financially, as well as in other
directions. No one ever had a brother that was more loyal, more
untiring in advancing his interests. He is a strictly first class
salesman, being a good judge of human nature. We have always
worked together in our business enterprises in the utmost harmony.
His rare judgment in many critical moments in our business career
has tided us over into the harbor of safety. Our interests, our
ideals, our aspirations are identical.
In April this year I wrote a little book "Rules of Life," for
my children. Some of these rules are what Zilpha mentioned on
her death bed that I should warn the children about. I wish my
children to always have these "Rules" so have incorporated them
as a part of this history. May these rules ever be in the archives
of the Keves.
1 met a boyhood friend under somewhat peculiar circumstances
at this time. I had not seen him for about a quarter of a century,
or smce we were about fifteen years old. I was just entering the
car to go to Littleport, when my eyes rested upon a man half way
down the car I passed on to his rear and seated myself across
the aisle from him. I viewed him in profile. Finally I went up to
him and touched him on the shoulder, saying, "excuse me, is your
name Julius Meng?" He replied, "yes, but excuse me, is your
name John Keve?" He said he thought it was me as quick as I
stepped in at the door. Finally, after talking a while he said,
"You remember whit a bad fellow I was, how father would whip
me within an inch of my life, chain me up, lock me down cellar
and finally e/ided by sending me to the reform school." He con-
tinued, "I want to tell you the secret of the whole thing. You
remember what a thief Willie Fisher was?" I remembered that
he was the natural son of his mother and that he was a sharp,
shrewd kleptomaniac. Would steal anything he could get his hands
on even if he had no use for it. He was caught stealing gloves,
was sentenced to the custody of the constable for three weeks,
and he took him out to his farm to work. He set him to hauling
wheat, and when he was not under observation he secreted five
sacks in a straw stack, commg back and getting them after his
release. In after years he was in jail for a season, after which
he went braking and was ground to pieces under the train. Re-
suming his story, Meng said, "Willie would make me steal out of
the store and take the things to him, then when father found it
out he would whip me till I was almost dead or chain me up or lock
me down cellar. Fisher threatened to kill me if I did not steal for
him." So he feared Fisher more than he did his father, so he stole,
Meng was the oldest of six boys. His father often said that if Julius
could only pull through till he got to be a man without committing
any great crime he would make the best one of his boys. I think
his father sized him up all right, for I noticed that he did not
swear, and was very gentlemanly in every respect. He was now
a very successful salesman for a saddlery firm.
This history would be incomplete without mentioning P. N.
Dwello, who was our pastor for four years. He is one of the very
best preachers I have ever listened to. Never did an official of
the church and pastor work more in harmony than we did. He
did me the honor several times to preach from a text that I
selected, and he permitted me to suggest the outline for the ser-
mon. He preached very powerful and eloquent sermons, and many
times as we went to the lecture room for class meeting we would
be bathed in tears.
Florence Mercedes Keve was born at Arlington, June 22nd,
1906. In October of that year I attended M. E, conference at
Cedar Falls. Bishop McDowell presided. I heard the now Bishop
Hughes deliver a very mast rly address on education. It gives
one a wonderful uplift to attend one of these conferences. The
following December I visited old friends in Wisconsin, and also
conferred with Mr. Brittingham as regards our business policy,
as well as to revisit the scenes of my youth. It is fitting that I
should at this time speak of T. E. Brittingham, the man I have been
associated with since 1887. He was born at Hannibal, Mo , in
about 1860. He acted as book-keeper at $100 a month and at the
age of eighteen threw up his position and went to the Rocky
Mountains and started a store for himself on a capital of $1000.00.
After this he travelled for the T. B. Scott Lumber (Jo., of Merrill,
Wis., In 1885 he associated with J. M Hixon in the letail lumber
business with yards at Edgerton, Waterloo and McFarland, Wis.
The Belleville yard that I started was their fourth yard. They
then bought out a yard at Madison and moved there. Mr. Britting-
ham now has an interest in over one hundred lumberyards, besides
his timber lands and wholesale interests. He is more than a
millionaire, I attribute whatever of success in a business way
that has attended my efforts to the marvelous foresight and knowl-
edge brought to bear on the business by the unsurpassed genius of
Thomas E Brittingham.
Vincent accompanied me on this trip to Wisconsin. I took
him to visit his mother's grave, this being the first of her children
making a pilgrimage to the shrine of her resting place. We car-
ried away a sprig of spirea as a memento of this visit A strange
awe rested on this boy in presence of this silent monitor reminding
us that death is in the world. In October 1908 I attended confer-
ence at Mt. Vernon. Bishop Lewis presided. Dr. Nicholson de-
livered a very able address at the laying of the corner stone of the
gymnasmm. I feel that some time he will be a bishop. At this
time I made up my mind to move to Mt. Vernon to educate my
children and should do so in the year 1917.
When little Florence was two and a half years old she was
taken very sick with pneumonia, and was the sickest person that
ever got well that our physician or the nurse ever knew of, for
her temperature ran up to one hundred six and two-tenths. How we
account for her recovery, is, tl at sometimes a higl ly magnetic per-
son holding the hand of a sick person, the magnetism imparted will
tide them over the crisis, thereby enabling them to rally and re-
cover. Florence insisted that her mother hold her hand constantly,
with the marvelous result of an unexpected recovery. Her mother
is so highly magnetic that she has magnetized a whole bunch of
needles and drawn them along on a table after one held in her
The fore part of February, 1909, I journeyed to Plymouth, 111.,
to visit my cousin, C. M. Donkle; spent two days with him in which
we talked over much of our business experience covering over a
decade of time. It was a memorable two days. At this juncture
I desire to speak of the rare friendship that has existed between
us uninterruptedly for many years. We have been the most de-
voted of friends, having correspond<^d for over fifteen years. Our
fellowship has been very close and dear. It was our wish for years
CLARENCE M. DONKLE
thit we might be affiliated together in business, but now i< appears
that this wish may never be gratified. No friendship of cousins
could have been more brotherly than ours. His strict caution and
close attention to business has made hi^n a power in his little city.
He has a charming little wife who has always made me feel at
home in the numerous times that I have visited in their hospitable
home. It is now our fond wish that wh^n we retire from business
that we may settle in the same town to spend our declining years
in each other's society. From Plymouth I went to Carthage, my
old home that I had not seen for ten years. Only four persons
knew me on first sight. There had been many changes in the
decade of my absence, on account of the rapid growth of the town.
1 met many warm friends. I was greatly pleased to note that there
was being erected a beautiful new church in the place of the one I
attended. Bedford stone was used in its construction, and it was
planned up to date as regards Sunday school class rooms. The
church cost $40,000. An elegant new court house had also been
built at a cost of $110,000.
Lucile Sabine Keve was born at the sanatarium at Freeport,
111., February 11, 1909. It was in March of this year that I con-
ceived and executed the idea of writing this history. Since then
I have re-written it many times and added to it as I was able to
gain the necessary data. It has involved a lot of correspondence,
which joined to the great delays in getting answers, makes it a
long drawn-out affair. You may secure a lot of material and lack
just one fact that may cause you untold trouble to secure. Yet
you cannot use the material you have secured until the missing
link is supplied in its proper place. I chose the piece of poetry at
the beginning of this book for the Keve poem, as it had been my
favorite for several years.
On September 20, 1909, started for Nevada, Mo., to attend the
funeral of my brother's wife, who had died of tuberculosis. After
the funeral I remained over a couple of days to talk over our lum-
ber business with Albert, as he had been absent from active par-
ticipation in our business for several years, as he had been journey-
ing from place to place to benefit his wife's health. , We finally
arranged that he should sell his farm and come to Arlington to
assist in conducting our business affairs. From Nevada we went
to Kansas City, Mo., to visit Cousin Wiley Keve, who was pastor of
one of the Methodist churches in the city of Kansas City, Kan.
His brother, Oliver, happened to be there, which made it very
pleasant for me to visit the two brothers at one time. Wjley has
a very estimable and charming wife, who made me feel as though
I was one of the family. This rare charm is an art that few pos-
sess. I then visited at Topeka, with some old Paoli friends, the
Parkhursts, that I had not seen for thirty years. There is a fine
fellowship of friends of old standing, as is noticeable with us all
that things, as well as friendships of youth impress us the most.
Thence, I took my sojourn to visit my uncle, Henry Keve, whom I
had not seen since 1884. 1 read the Keve history to him and re-
ceived many valuable suggestions in regard to the same. These
old patriarchs, like Uncle Henry are a vast storehouse in which to
acquire points bearing on early history of our families. I called on
Zilpha's sister and brother at Netawaka and Atchinson. Had
never met any of Zilpha's relatives before. Amy reminded me
very much of Zilpha. Besides this she was interested in family
history and scrap books same as myself. She knew of a cousin
who had a history of the Parks family and she promised to get it
for me, which she did a couple of years later.
Again I visited in Wisconsin in January, 1910, taking Waneta
with me, so that she would be enabled to visit her mother's grave.
We visited at Henry Boning's, that is across the river and valley
from our old farm and the cemetery. The snow was eighteen
inches deep, and still snowing and blowing. So I contented myself
with pointing out to Waneta our old farm beyond the valley on the
side of the hill. We could see the cemetery in the distance,
through the bleak and dreary wastes of snow. The little tented
hillocks of white, rested in calm repose above Waneta's sainted
mother, and others, who are resting and waiting for the "Glorious
Day of His Appearing. " Thus, the second of Zilpha's children
rendered homage to her memory, by the look of earnest desire, as
did Moses look from Mount Nebo into the promised land.
In September, 1910, 1 attended conference at Charles City.
Bishop Hamilton presided. I appreciated especially his great
lecture on the people of Boston. Saw there a person 99 years old,
the oldest person I ever saw. Myrtle Majella Keve was born at
White's sanatarium at Freeport, 111., October 17, 1910. I was
greatly disappointed as I wanted a boy.
'Mrs. Keve and myself decided to take a trip on the lakes from
Chicago to Duluth in the month of July. There is a glamour and
charm about the lakes that is very facinating. Gliding over the
billowy waves, in and out among the many beautiful islands,
brought an ever charming view that presented a kaliedoscopic pan-
orama that one never tired of We took a drive over the bewitch-
ing island of Mackinac, that is so full of romantic and historic
interest that is associated with its fort and block house. An
heroic bronze statue of Father Marquette is erected there. A
picturesque feature was a natural stone bridge. We were also
shown the cave in which Henry hid away from the Indians at the
time of the massacre.
We went through the canal and locks at St. Mary's, which
was a very interesting sight as Lake Superior is eighteen feet
higher than Lake Huron At Duluth we took a drive in a carry-
all drawn by six horses and carrying twenty-four passengers. On
the high bluffs to the rear of the city one could look over the bay
to the far away hills, which was one of the grandest and most
awe-inspiring sights that I ever have beheld. When we drove
through the foreign part of the city, innumerable children follow-
ed us asking for pennies. I threw some pennies into the crowd
and in the mad scramble one little girl was knocked a dozen feet.
Neither of us got seasick while on the boat, although there were
some of the passengers who were not so fortunate.
About this time Den Palmer, a lawyer of Arlington, died. It
had been said of him that he had the brightest intellect of any
student that ever entered the Upper Iowa University. Shortly
after Zilpha's death he came to my office and talked to me more
consolingly and and appreciatingly than any other of my friends.
His fine intellect was stored with an inexhaustable supply of Bible,
poetry and prose that was of a helpful nature in a time of mourn-
ing like mine. What a power for good he might have been in the
world if he had chosen that "better part." He always had a ten-
der sp:)t in my heirt for oniiJ: to me, in my hour of trial, with
such tender thoughts and sentiments. Sh rely before he passed
away he heard a funeral sermon preached that gr-atly pleased
him, so he requested the minister that if he was here when he died
that he would preach that sermon at his funeral. He died soon
after, thus the very funeral sermon he had heard was preached
over his mortal remains.
I again attended the conference at Waterloo, in September,
1911. Bishop Neeley ptesided. He preached a very pr>werful
sermon on Sunday morning, thereby retrieving himself in my esti-
mation as I had a very poor opinion before that of him. Since
then he was retired at the general conference, much against his
Cousin Oliver Morton Keve delivered the memorial address at
Arlington in 1912. His delivered a very able addres, giving uni-
versal satisfaction. He is a born orator. He has a splendid de-
livery, his voice carrying in full volume with dis inct enunciation
to every corner of the room. His address is pleasing One notic-
able feature is that when he arrives at a climax, he will lower his
head and raise his eyes, thereby ciii.ching his argument by an appeal
of the eyes that is eloquent and impressive. It is a peculiar little
trick that I have never noticed in any other speaker He made
the Keve rac^ at Arlintrton proud.
In July I made a trip with my cousin, C. M. Donkle, who had
moved from Plymouth, Madison, Wis. We boarded the boat at
Chicago for a trip to Quebec. In gomg from Sault St. Marie,
Canada, to Owens Sound we passed through a very desolate part of
Lake Huron, the islands being of rock formation, there being but
little soil on them, thereby making the country look barren and
useless. In our journey to and through the Georgian bay, vse
passed among what is called the Thirty Thousand Island'^ of the
Georgian Bay. It is simply marvelous to view the coantless
myriads of islands in their different fantastic peculiarity As we
fleet by island after island there is a charm and change that keeps
one on the alert for fear he will miss seeing a different magic
and erichanting scene that has not greeted him before At Owen's
Sound we took the Grand Trunk railway for Toronto. It was
noticeable that all the houses were of brick or concrete, built to
stand centuries. A great deal of wheat is raised here in small
patches. It is a poor country, and very stony, the stones being
gathered in huge piles or made into a fence. The fields are small.
One could not help but observe the countless little lakes, (lacust-
rines) that dotted the country on every hand. At Toronto we
took ship for Charlotte, N. Y. , that is a kind of Coney Island sum-
mer resort. It was the most beautifully illuminated by electricity
of any place I ever saw, except the World's Fair at St. Louis. It
had all the various attractions of Coney Island. Thence we went
to Kingston and on to the world renowned Thousand Islands of the
St. Lawrence, which are actually over 1600 in number. The sur-
passing^ grandeur of these enchanting islands cannot be adequately
described. Millionaires from all over the East have reared costly
summer reeidences that are palatial. On every hand were summer
hotels that are magnificent, commanding scenic views that are
encnantmg. Many or the private homes cost into the hundreds
of thousands, and even into the millions, one even costing the
princely sum of $3,000,000.00. What a waste of money for a brief
In traveling over the lakes I observed that each one had its
own individuality; that is its own color. The waters of Michigan
are blue, that of Huron green, that of Superior like glass, that of
Ontario a bottle green. In the railway trip we missed Lake Erie
and the falls. Montreal is a grand city at the foot of Mt. Royal,
which is 700 feet above the river. From this eminence the scene
was truly dazzling, in viewing the panarama of the islands and
distant hills. This view is most truly enchanting, while having
powerful field glasses, we were enabled to see distant objects with
great distinctness. No traveler should make such a trip without
glasses. We noted in passing that there were no bridges over the
St Lawrence until we got to where Canada owned both banks of
the river. We visited the celebrated cathedral there, that is the
finest on this continent. One should go to the rear of the pulpit
so as to see the little chapel, which absolutely surpasses anything
I ever saw. It is a veritable dream in sculpture and painting that
is fairly dazzling. One is held in a spell of awe and reverence
that seldom comes to one.
Every traveller going to Quebec should read Parkman's histor-
ies, or at least his second volume of Pontiac's Conspiracy for facts
about Mackinac Island's fort, block house and the massacre there,
and also the second volume of his Montcalm & Wolfe, which re-
lates all the romantic history of the taking of Quebec by Wolfe.
Quebec is on a rocky plateau 300 feet above the St. Lawrence. It
is a natural place for a stronghold, with truly magnificent natural
defenses. At the foot of the rock the St. Charles river empties
into the St. Lawrence. The Island of Orleans is in view down the
river, and across the river is Point Levis on a great bluff, so that
ships passing have to go through this narrow channel between
these high hills. We hired a rig to take us around to the places of
historic interest immortalized in early American history. We
gazed on the spot where the American General Montgomery fell
in 1775 while attempting to scale the heights. We visited the
places where Montcalm and Wolfe fell on that memorable occasion
that changed the destiny of half a continent. Wolf's monument
is a tall shaft surmounted with a broken sword and helmet Mont-
calm's monument pictures him as just wounded and falling into
the arms of a supporting angel. We were shown the building
where Montcalm lived and also the one he used for his head-
quarters. I also saw the convent where his body is buried.
Wolfe's body was taken to England for interment.
A person should also read Gilbert Parker's book, "The Seats of
the Mighty," which portrays very vividly in the form of a novel
all the incidents touched upon in the Parkman's history. This book
was the most real of any book I ever read, as I had been there and
visited nearly every place mentioned in the book.
We went to Montmorenci Falls by rail, going all the way by
the Beauport shoals behind which Montcalm had his army stationed.
Wolfe had his forces stationed on the Montmorenci river the other
side of the falls, The water precipitates itself over the precipice
in a sheer fall of 274 feet. It is truly a thrilling sight. A bridge
used to span the river above the falls, but one day as a peasant
and his wife were crossing it collapsed, taking the hapless couple
over the fails never to be seen again.
We next visited the celebrated cathedral of St. Anne of Beau-
pre, where it is claimed so many miracles are performed. It
is truly a wonderful building. There are sixteen grand marble
columns supporting the roof. To the right there are eight little
chapels on each side in which one can do his devotions before his
chosen saint. There are inumerable relics, crutches, wooden legs,
swords, pistols ctnd countless other things that have been left by
those that claim that they have been cured. Pilgrims come to
visit the church and do their devotions at the shrine of St Anne.
I was there a long time and watched attentively, but did not see
any miracles performed. The next day we crossed over to Point
Levis, where on the heights Wolfe finally stationed his forces to
bombard Quebec, as well as from the Island of Orleans which he
occupied from the first. From these bluffs we could
see Montmorenci Falls very plainly, they being seven mibs
away. It was astonishing, that throuafh the glasses we could see
the waters tumultously tumble over the precipice in the dazzling
noon-day sun. As we trained the glasses on Orleans we could see
the once warlike Orleans reposing in the shimmering sun of high
noon, its inhabitants resting in peace and safety enjoying the
fruits of their little farms as they reposed in the flitting shadows,
while benificent peace brooded over the sylvan scene.
Interested in geneology as I am, I ran across an interesting
and astonishing case in this line at Quebec. Jean Truedell came to
Quebec and married a dutch lady in 1655, they having twelve child-
ren, nine boys and three girls. They all lived, grew up and mar-
ried. Now there are 5,000 families who trace their descent to this
couple. This is truly astonishing. I want to impress upon my
descendents to keep unbroken our history, so that the heritage of
this history may be traced in our lineage unbroken even through
the female line, for with a written history as ours is, there is truly
an incentive to keep in touch with the achievements of our race.
Going by rail from Quebec to Beauport, a distance of twenty
miles, there is a continual string of buildings the whole distance
The fields are about six rods wide and run to the river. In the
early days the settlements were made along the rivers as it made
an easy way of coniTiinicatin^ with each other. The peasants
farm as they did in France, one-horse carts with two wheels, that
ar«^ a great convenience in such a hilly country. It is my desire
that my boy make this visit, and as many more of my descendents
as can, for it is a marvellous trip to make. We returned from
Quebec by rail, nothing of interest occurring until I was west of
Freeport, where a rail broke when the train was speeding along at
sixty miles an hour. Happily the cars did not overturn as the two
front wheels of the engine remained on the track, thereby keeping
the whole train upright, otherwise, if the cars had overturned,
there might have been great disaster. The track was plowed up
like a field, the ties chopped into kindling wood, while the rails
were twisted in all manner of shapes
In 1911 I was elected vice-president of the North Eastern Iowa
Lumber Association, and the following year was advanced to the
Conference convened at Marshalltown, with Bishop Hughes
presiding, '^he Bishop is a very able man and is of a humorous
turn of mind. 1 was so pleased with his address on "Education,"
at Cedar Falls that I was not surprised at his being elected to the
bishopric. I have heard Bryan lecture three times. The first
lecture, "The Value of an Ideal," I was thrilled and thrilled as no
men had moved me before. This was an oration, while the other
addresses were in the nature of an argument, hence did not effect
me so. He is a wonderful orator, and one can hear him from the
outskirts of the crowd, just as well as if close by. His voice
has wonderful carrying power. You can hear every word distinct-
ly even if he has his back to you while addressing the audience in
the opposite part of the hall.
In December while sojourning over Sunday in Des Moines, I
attended a darky meeting for the first time. The minister kept
his Bible in his hand all the time and was constantly motioning with
it, while about every other sentence was, "Glory to God." After
the sermon he shook hands with all the darkies. Then a darky
would get up and testify, after which he would shake hands all
around as did the minister. This was repeated by all. In the
meanwhile the others shouted, clapped their hands, shouted and
jumped up and down all the v^hile humming a song of which the
refrain was, "Just the same; just the same."
Christmas, 1912 was the finest Christmas known by the oldest
inhabitant. It was balmy and pleasant, the roads being nice and
smooth, so that everyone having an automobile was out improving
the time. Other Christmases have been as warm or as good in
some respects, but there would be some drawback, like rough or
slushy roads. Hence this Christmas everyone enjoyed the day to
When I was about seventeen years of age I drank lye by
mistake. I have been bothered for years with my throat on that
account, choking when eating meat, or anything dry like fried
cakes. After nearly choking to death last April on a piece of
chicken lodging in my esophagus, I went to the celebrated Mayo
B'-others at Rochester, Minn., for an operation. After an X Ray
examination it was discovered that I had a stricture of the esopha-
glis, so they ran an instrument down my throat about eight incheh
to enlarge the stricture. This process will have to be gone througs-
about twice a year for the balance of my life.
While at Rochester I had the pleasure of listening to Ronald
Amundsen, the celebrated discoverer of the South Pole, lecture on
how he "^Found the South Pole." It was very inspiring to one in
listening to this, one of the heroes of the age, as he depicted the
tale of difficulties overcome and triumphs achieved, in that bleak
and desolate region. One is thrilled as he listens to the magic
story of daring, and the grandeur never achieved by any other
human being who returned to tell the story of heroic endeavor.
In the latter part of June, 1913 I took Steamship Minnesota
at Chicago for Buffalo. Lake St. Clair is a shallow lake, being
surrounded for miles with low marshy ground. In this it is differ-
ent from the others of the Great Lakes. For miles toward the
south end of the lake, it is so shallow that the government has dug
a deep channel and thrown the dirt each side, and shrubbf»ry has
grown on both embankments, so that it looks as though one was
sailing along a river, as there are banks on each side and beyond is
the broad expanse of the lake. It was very picturesque and charm-
ing. For miles and miles are summer cottages, some built on pil-
ing, while others are built on made land, that is thev took dirt
which where they exc-ivat^d they left as channels, so it would ap-
pear to one as a miniature Venice. It all looked dreary to me,
and I don't fancy that I would care to spend my vacation amid
such a waste of waters. I should want trees and birds and hills
to lend enchantment to the surroundings.
I had never been on Lake Erie, as my trip to Quebec had
missed that lake. The water of Lake Erie is of a light green color.
Landing at Buffalo, I ran up to Niagara Falls. It certainly is an
awe inspiring sight to see the great volume of water tumble tu-
multuously over the terrible precipice into the abyss of seething
foam. The Canadian side is the prettier, and in the shape of a
horseshoe. I took the trolley down the gorge on the Canadian side
and up on the American side. This is one of the stupendous and
marvelous sights of the world, in viewing the channel a couple of
hundred feet deep cut by Niagara as it plowed its irresistible way
through the solid rock in its progress towards Ontario. This took
countless and untold ages to accomplish, but the final result is a
grand parorama that is the wonder of the world Near Kingston on the
Canada side the British have erected a colossal monument marking
where General Brock fell and also the farthest point reached by
the Americans in their invasion of Canada in the war of 1812. I
ascended to the top of the monument to view the scenery from so
elevated a position. With my field glasses I could see the ships on
Lake Ontario, about fifteen miles away. I went by rail to Albany.
Secured a guide to take me through the justly celebrated capitol
building that cost twenty-five million dollars. It is a perfect
marvel of wonders, as no two rooms or halls are finished or furnish-
ed alike. It is unique in every feature, there not being another
building in the world that can compare with it. There are two
stairways that are marvels of architecture, each costing nearly
half a million. Albany has a very beautiful park that has innum-
erable monuments in it One that struck me with its grandeur
was an heroic statue of Moses striking the rock, while the waters
were gushing forth from every side, and the Israelites rushing to
slake their thirst.
I took the trip down the world renowned Hudson river. It
was a perfect and ideal day. There was an orchestra on the boat
that played almost continuously As one glided down the river that
was thronged with so many historic incidents, one could easily im-
agine that he was in fairy land. Countless ice houses thronged
both sides of the river, for as the tide ascends the river for thirty
or forty miles, it is necessary to have them above where the salt
water reaches. With my field glasses I could see the hotels on the
top of the Catskill mountains sixteen miles away. Washington's
headquarters at Newberg were pointed out to me A gigantic
figure and painting of Rip Van Winkle greeted one in the vicinity of
the episode of this ever pleasing legend. West Point is on high,
bluffy ground, and but very little of it could be seen from the boat.
Sing Sing prison borders right on the waters of the Hudon, and it
looms up conspicuously from the river view point. Mattewan
asylum is some distance back from the river, situated amid en-
chanting and inspiring scenes. The forests of one of the mountains
that bordered the river were afiie, thereby lending an awesomeness
to the otherwise magic scene. The heights of the mountains were
pointed out where beacon fires were kindled communicating from
peak to peak from New York to West Point, during the Revolu-
toinary war. One is called Beacon Mountain.
New York City is certainly a marvelous city With the re-
nowned Palisades so near by. one is greatly impressed by the mar-
vels of nature on one side, while on the other side are the marvels
of New York architecture. In upper New York, or above the
Harlem river is the Hall of Fame and near by is the great statue
on a high column, erected in honor of Henry Hudson. On Manhattan
Island the river bank of upper New York, is faced by some of the
finest and largest tenement houses in the world. The rent that
some command is simply unbelieveable. The buildings are*six or
eight stories high, built, of the best material procurable. Some
families pay as high as five or six thousand a year for their com-
partments of ten or twelve rooms. I travelled over nearly all of
Manhattan Island, which is about two and a half miles wide and
thirteen miles long Went on an excursion around the city, on
street cars and on two story auto busses, besides riding in the tun-
nels. Some places there is a street car line on the ground, then
there will be the elevated road above it, and beneath will be the
I visited Chinese Joss houses; went to Madison Square Garden
and saw where Thaw shot White; put in a couple of days at the
New York public library, which I have touched upon elsewhere.
Spent a half day in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I here saw
the greatly celebrated painting of the * 'Horse Fair," by Rosa
Bonheur. The painting sold for $100,000. I circumnavigated Man-
hattan Island, piissing all the numerous small Islands that the New
York public institutions aie situated upon. Watched the emigrants
as they landed at the battery from Ellis Island. Viewed "Liberty
Enlightening the World." Tnis undoubtedly thrills the heart of
the oppressed foreigner as he views it from the incoming ship, for
it is very grand and imposing in its majestic proportions. I took a
a trip on an excursion b>at out through the bay twenty-five or
thirty miles, thus getting out on the real Atlantic a distance of six
miles. I boarded a ferry boat for Staten Island, the home of our
ancestors, the Latourettes. Landed at St. Ge(irge and about the
first person I met was a Merrill, another descendent of the Latour-
ettes. I stopped at various points: Stapleton Great Kil's, Princess
Bay and Atlantic. Called on various Coles, among whom was
Chas. P. Cole of Princess Bay, who had a written history of the
Coles, but they could not help me any in my quest for the heirs of
Peter Cole. At the latter place I met Laura B. Yettman, a de-
scendent of the French Count Latourette. I spent several hours at
her hospitable home and was invited to remain for supper, of which
kindly invitation I gladly availed myself. She was interested in
the Latourette geneology and had written some in that line of re-
search, but was not able to throw any light on the points that I
was lacking. However with kindred thoughts the time sped by
quickly and pleasantly.
In going to Coney Island, I crossed the great Brooklyn bridge
both by street car and auto. Coney Island certainly beat anything
for amusement that I have ever seen. Thousands were bathing on
the beach. One could rent a bathing suit as low as ten cents.
There were two celebrated parks to visit, Luna Park and Steeple
Chase Park. Many marvels were on exhibition, and the various
devices for trapping- the unwary observer were very laughable
sometimes. It would take a book to tell all I saw on Coney Island.
I ascended in an elevator to the top of the Woolw(>rth building,
750 feet above the pavement. This is the highest building in the
world. Two others, the Singer and Metropoliton Life buildings
are next to the highest. The view from the Woolworth building: is
grand in the extreme for one could see for miles over into New
Jersey, while the banks of the city were thronged with the largest
foreign vessels. People in the street looked like dolls.
I did not neglect to make a pilgrimage to Grant's tomb, on the
banks of the Hudson. It is a massive building costing $6(»0,000.
Over the entrance is carved Grant's famous words, "Let Us Have
Peace." In the rear of the building is a tree, enclosed by a high
iron fence, that was planted by the famous Chinaman, Li Hung
Chang, when he visited the tomb, for he was very fond of General
Grant, as Grant had made his acquaintance when he made his tour
of the world. The General's body rests in a magnificent wooden
casket and his wife's is in a similiar one at his side. The caskets
are about six feet below where one stands, and there is a railing
around to keep people from falling over into where the coffins are.
It was with great awe that I stood in the presence of the mortal
rem-^ins of that simple, great man with the indomitable will, that
would "fight it out on this line if it took all summer." There are
several small rooms with flags, commissions and oth'^r trophies of
the grent ge'ieral, I took a view of Cleopatra's Needle in Central
Park. I rode under Hudson river several times in the tunnels, or
* 'tubes," as they are called, I also crossed the Hudson on the
In returning to Buffalo to t&ke the boat, I took transportation
over the Lehigh road. The mountains of Pennsylvania are wild
and grand. There seemed to be but very little farming land. The
CO', n ,ry was wild and desolate. The mountains were covered
w^ta huge rock strewn in inextricable confusion. When we reached
the crest of the mountain 2,0J0 feet above the sea, I looked across
to another crest and saw a train with two engines in the front and
a like amount in the rear pushing. I stopped off at Wilkesbarre
a few hours to see what I could of the hard coal mines. As the .
mines are a mile deep and run off each way a couple of miles, I did
n<^t venture to explore any of them. Also tarried over a day at
Ithica to view the celebrated Cornell College. From the campus
there is a trulv magnificent view over a great valley, that remind-
ed me of the view over the bay from heights of Duluth, only this
view at Ithica is over land instead of water as at Duluth. Cayauza
Lake is very p'ct^uresquely situated, there being: many summer
residences along its shores. I took an excursion ride to view them.
My next stop was at Geneva, which is situated on Lake Seneca.
It is a very deep and treacherous lake, not giving up its dead.
There is a tree in Geneva under which stood LaFayette when he
visited the city in 1824, daring his visit in this country.
On my return to Buffalo I viewed where McKmley was assas-
sinated and the house where he died. Down town there is a great
monument erected to his memory. I saw the house where Roose-
velt took the oath of office as president; was pointed out the house
in which Cleveland lived while in Buffalo. Passed the ceme-
where President Fillmore is buried. This is said to be the largest
cemetery in the world. In this cemetery I saw many white obe-
lisks used for monuments. I never saw so many before.
At Chicago I visited Lucia K. Tower, the daughter of John
Joseph Keve. She is the first of John's children I have ever met.
She is the wife of a professor in the Chicago University. Lucia
is a highly educated woman, and is possessed of a very superior
mind. She takes great pride in training her four children and is
now in Switzerland to educate them.
I attended the Methodist conference at Tipton in September,
1913. Bishop Frank Bristol presided over the deliberations from day
today. He preached a very able and interesting sermon on Sunday.
I did not like him verj- well for he tried to be too theatrical to
suit me. His lecture on "Brains" was a very mesterful and in-
structive effort. Without doubt it was one of the most powerful
addresses I ever had the pleasure of listerirg to. O' e speaker
said, he only knew of three great men in the woild. 'There is
myself," he said, "and, a-n-d, a-n-d, really 1 have forgotten the
This October John H. Matts passed away at the age of sixty-
four, after being in a decline for several years. If ever anyone
had a true friend, it was I that had it in the friendship of John H.
Matts. I commenced worKing for him at eighteen and in working
for him for over four years, he greatly influenced my life by his
wise counsel and Godly life.
ANECDOTES— One time as I was driving along, I saw a led
headed, freckle faced boy. I greeted him thus, "Hello! Peter."
Quick as a flash, he replied, "Hello! Punkin Eater. " Wnen walk-
ing home with a cer ain girl, she remarked, "Oh, I am getting to
be an angel." I reached over and felt of her shoulder, and told
her I could not feel the wings sprouting yet. Another girl I had
been taking home for some time, was standing near the door,
while I remarked, "How much better I enjoy your society since I
learned how to take you. " She replied, "Why, you don't know
how to take me. " I took a step forward, put both my arms around
her waist and pulled her to myself and kissed her, telling her, "this
is the way to take you." It was a mighty taking way. Recently
as I was away over Sunday, one of my little girls exclaimed,
"Who will preach in Sunday school today since papa is gone?"
I am greatly interested in church work. Have been one of
the the trustees of the Methodist church for many years, and also
superintendent of the Sunday school quite a number of years. I am
supporting a pastor-teacher in India. I have often been taken for
I am very fond of reading, having a large library of several
hundred volumes. I have a pretty good memory, my choice of
reading running largely to history. I do not read trashy books.
Now in 1914, Albert and I are partners with others in fourteen
lumber yards. Eleven are called the Keve Lumber Company, and
I am, manager and treasurer. The League Lumber Co, has one
yard, and the Diamond Lumber Co. has two yards, of which I am
president. For the year 1913 our companies did over $350,000 bus-
I commenced this history in March, 1909, and now, in February
1914, I am putting the finishing touches to it. I have written it
in fragments, added to and taken from as I got new material.
Hence it is of a somewhat broken nature as regards smoothness
of reading. At other times I have tried to use the language of the
parties that furnished me the material. It is my wish that every
one of our race will be the better in health, the more Godly in life,
for having rejd this book that bears to you the love I have for
everyone that carries in his veins the blood of the glorious ancestrv
that I have studied so carefully, setting in array their virtues for
you to emulate, trusting: in that higher power, that none may ever
lower the standard and trail it in the dust.
Albert E. Keve
I, Albert E. Keve, remember very vividly the old swimming
hole and fishing grounds at Paoli in connection with the mighty
Sagar river of my boyish fancy. My first school teacl^r was
Naomi Clewette, and the next was Ella Ferris At this time I had
two cancers, one leaving a scar on my right cheek. When thirteen
years old moved on the farm a mile south of Paoli. When fifteen
moved with father to South Dakota. Taught one term of school
at the Duxbury school house, Heard Susan B. Anthony lecture.
While she was a perfect lady in every sense of the word, her looks
and actions were masculine. It was also my pleasure to hear De
Witt Talmage and Sam Jones lecture at different times. I also
belo ged to the Law and Order League. Father being a represent-
ative in 1892, I went to Pierre, the capitol, on a pass. I well re-
member the shaking up the temperance bill got. I went with
father and others up Bad River to an Indian reservation pow wow.
Attended the World's Fair in 1893. Met brother, J. F. Keve
there. Had a fine time visiting and sight seeing. It was a mem-
I staid with father until I was twenty-nine years old, then
going to Belleville, Wis., to learn the lumber business. This was
in October, 1895. The next spring went to Verona and worked fur
my board. In June went to Carthage, 111., to help John in a yard
that he had a half interest in. On April 16, 1897, I met Nellie M.
Dickinson at Crit Simpson's at a M, E. social. In October went
to Newport, Indiana, to run a lumber yard for Brittingham &
Hixon. In Februrary, 1898, I went to Carthage and married Nellie
M. Dixinson on February 2nd. In October of this year went to
Middleton, 111., to run a yard m which I had a part interest. Not
being in sympathy with our partners, we sold out to them in April
1899. This same month I went to Luana and John to Arlington,
Iowa. The yards were called the Keve Bros. Lumber Co.
Joy Keve was born at Carthage, 111., on May 28, 1899. Nellie
came to Luana on July 1st. We spent the happiest two years of
our married life at Luana. Never expect again to meet such
sociable and kindly people. In April 1901 went to New Virginia
to run a yard. Here Clyde St. Clair Keve was born on May 14,
1901. For two years was associated with G. C. Woods in a lecture
Course, the Mi Hand Lyceum bureau. The lectures were a decided
success, and a great interest was aroused in this line of work. In
the year 1904 I lived on a claim in Ward county, N. D. I hayed,
harvested and threshed in the big wheat fields of the west. The
experience was novel, the work very hard and the exposure was
trying. At this juncture I made a flying trip into Canada. In
1905 went to Arlington and helped John in the management of our
business, as it had grown to nine yards now. Nellie contracted
lung trouble and went to her mother's at Carthage, 111., in June.
I stayed at father's and John's. Everything wjs done to mak.?.
my life as pleasant as it could be under the circumstances. Nellie's
improvement was remarkable and refl. cted great credit on her
mother as a nurse. On January 2, 1906 started for New Mexico
for Nellie's health. On the iOth bought 40 acres of land, irrigated,
as it was a rainless country. Had experiences to remember a life
time. The climate not proving especial y beneficial for lung
trouble, sold out and moved to Nevada, Mo., in January 1908.
ALBERT E. KEVE
Bought a 120 acre farm eight miles east of Nevada. Father and
mother visited us the next fall. Nellie was bed-ridden from about
the first of May, and from that time I sat by her side constantly
as she would not allow anyone else to wait on her. On September
20, 1909 at two forty-five p. m., she died, and was buried in Wild-
wood cemetery in Nevada. Miss Roxy Cunningham nobly assisted
in taking care of Neliie. Sold the Missouri farm and returned to
Arlington, stopping off at Kansas City, Kansas, to visit Cousin
Wiley Keve. I had a time never to be forgotton. In seeing the
sights in Kansas ('ity under his guidance 1 learned much as I had
never been around much in a large city.
Mother and father boarded the children and myself for a year,
only charging the nominal sum of $1.00 a week. I then boarded at
Thomas Prideaux's and George Hill's for some time. After keep-
ing company with Bertha L. Deming over a year, married her on
August 16, 1911, and spent a very pleasant honey moon at St. Paul
and Minneapolis. We saw Minnehaha Falls in all their beauty.
Also sojourned to old Fort Sherman; tarried a long time in Long-
fellow Gardens, viewing the flowers and animals. The fountains
wer'^ simply superb. Was permitted to take in the beauty of the
famous pictures in the world renowned Walker gallery.
Virginia Olive Keve
Virginia Olive Keve was born January 6, 1873 and lived with
her folks at Paoli, Wis., until the spring of 1881, when she ac-
companied her parents to South Dakota. At the age of eighteen,
in the year 1891, began teaching school which vocation was follow-
ed for the two succeeding years. On September 19, 1894 was
united in marriage to Henry J. Johnson of Chula, Mo.; went there
at once after her marriage, where she resided until 1897, when she
moved to Carthage, 111., for one year, returning to Chula and re-
maining until 1902, then moved to Elgin, Iowa, where her husband
ran a yard for the Keve Bros. Lumber Co. In 1904 moved to
Worthington to take charge of a lumber yard, elevator and hard-
ware store, remaining there until 1910 when they moved to Adel,
Iowa, then a few months later going to Coin, Iowa, to run a yard
in which they had an interest. In May of 1912, moved to Clutier,
Iowa to run a yard in which they were to have some stock. To
this union were born two children, Glenwood Keve Johnson, born
at Chula, Mo., January 2, 1896, and was killed by a train running
into him on July 5, 1900. Cleo Bernice Johnson was born at Chula,
Mo., October 8, 1897.
GENEOLOGY OF ZILPHA PARKS
1. Captain John Whipple was born in England in 1617 and died
May 16, 1685. Married a lady whose given name was Sarah. He
is buried at Providence, Rhode Island.
2. Benjamin Whipple, son of Captain John, was born in
3. Benjamin Whipple Jr, was born Nov. 11, 1688. Married
to Sarah Brown on November 11, 1722. He died in 1784.
4. Stephie Wnipple was born July 24, 1735. His mother was
Esther Miller. He was married to Zilpha Angel on June 30, 1760.
She died June 28, 1830 and her husband died l-'ebiuary 28, 1831.
5. Benjamin Whipple 3rd was born August 8, 1787. He was
married to Amy Tyrrell of Lanesboro, Mass., December 9, 1810
He died January 25, 1846.
6. Harriet C. Whipple, daughter of Benjamin 3rd, was born
November 29, 1828, at Chesire, Mass. She was united in marriage
to Charles W. Parks of Dalton, Mass., on March au, 1846.
Charles W. Parks was born at Dalton, Mass., March 29, 1824,
of Scotch descent. Harriet C. Whipple was born at Chesire,
Mass., January 8, 1827. Miss Whipple was a descendent oi the
Puritans, the fifth generation from Captain John Whipple, who
was born in England in 1617, and settled in Providence, Rh<.de
Island, July 29, 1659. Mr. Parks and Miss Whipple wert uni.ed in
marriage at Pittsfield, Mass, March 30, 1846. Ihey m»ved from
Pittsfield to Fox Litke, Wis , in about 1858. From thence they
went toRidott, III., where Zilpha was born June 14, 1860. 2:iipha
moved with her parents to Muscotah, Kan., in 1867. In 1870 an
epidemic of typhoid fever broke out and took four of Zilpha s eight
brothers and sisters, together with ner parents Her father died
July 17, 1870 and her mother followed the 20th of the next month.
That fall Zilpha returned to Pecatonica, 111., and lived with an
aunt, and the following spring went to Belleville, Wis., to live with
Mrs. Bly Cowdry, living there until June, 1887, thence returning
with Mrs. Cowdry to Ridott, where she remained until Mr..
Cowdry's death in 1894. After visiting at several places she final-
ly returned to Belleville and made her home with her old friend,
Tina Bowker. These two persons were instrumental in having a
new M. E. church erected that year. Zilpha was employed in a
tailor shop at $1.25 a day, of which amount she gave half to the
church. J. F. Keve had great difficulty in persuading her to give
up her church work to marry him. They were married January
17, 1897, and lived in Carthage, 111., two years, after which they
moved to Arlington, Iowa, where she died May 29, 1902. Zilpha
had dark brown hair and eyes. Her eyes would fairly snap, and
at times it would seem that they could talk. She was very quick
and witty in conversation. She was not afraid to engage in con-
versation with the very best, for her readiness and quickness en-
abled her to always come out of the scrimmage credibly. She had
many sincere and devoted friends, of which Tina Bowker and Mary
Niles were two of the stanchest. She united with the Methodist
Episcopol church when a girl and was a very earnest worker in all
departments of church work.
Letter Written By J. F. Keve To Zilpha Parks
Jeremiah 30:2. Carthage, 111., Sept. 27, 1896.
As I had not time to write the third letter last week, so now
on this Lord's day, 1 will answer your most excellent missive of
the 23rd inst., in which for the first time you have consented and
said you would come with me to Carthage in December next
as my loveJ wedded wife. In making this sacrifice of duty for my
happin'-ss and welfare, I desire in a fitting manner to express my
I'jve and gratitude to you for your noble sacrifice of sacred ties and
hallowed associations. I recognize that the Lord has wonderfully
blessed me in bestowing on me the pure love of such a n(ible chris-
tir^n woman as you, and I t; ust and pray tiiat you may never for an
instant regret t lat you cast your lot and destiny with me. I trust
that it will ever be the first aim of my life to study to make you
happy and hold your allegience as fulfilling the duty of the ideal
busbar d. To suitably celebrate this event I will write it in a book-
let that you may in a manner appreciate the gravity of the occasion
as I view it. What is written in a book is supposed to be of im-
portance, and worthy of preservation, so I desire that this memen-
.to, this book of affection, may be treasured up by you as one of,
your choicest souvenirs filed away with the sacred relics of a van-
ished past. In the realm of thought many pleasant fancies throng
the mi .d, painting in roseate hues the various periods of life.
When a boy I longed for the day that I would be 21, a man, but
then, after all, age does not constitute manhood. I rue nobility
of manhood is not a matter of years, but a cultivation of those
principles that pertain to grandeur in God's sight. To fulfill the
destiny as marked by the great Architect of the universe is the
only impelling impulse that should predominate in any human
being. Again, on reaching manhood's estate, I pictured a wife,
but tnen how different from now, I wanted one with this and that
a(comp'i-;hment little thinking of the inward beauty of the heart.
In meeting you daily, my own true love, I was learning of the
beauty of your character, the many lovable qualities that have
bound so many dear friends in a friendship so tast. I was led to
look at marriage in a different light; the companionship, the affin-
ity of soul for soul. The blessed assurance of perfect trust, the
fulfilling of a longing for reciprocal companionship, the feeling
that I could not be happy without you be'ng at my side to share in
every hoar of my life, to be hip )y wi h me, rejoice with me, and
be an incentive to spur me on in all deeds that will be enobling
for humanity. You seem to have fulfilled every longing of my
soul, a-n-d I could not help loving you, that is all there is to it.
Dearie. The wind bloweth where it listeth, whence it came or
whither it goeth no man knows: so love is. Sufiice it to say of all
the countless lovely women with brilliant intellects and fortunes, I
want none of th^m; I only want my adorable, loving, trusting,
companionable Zilpha, with her sterling christian faith, and yea,
my cup of joy will be running over, I will be happy all the day.
In your last letter you want me not to be angry with you for writ-
ing as you feel about our marriage. I certainly am not angry; the
confession only forges one more link of love and perfect trust.
Ihis is one reason, I think our union will be a happy one, you
trusting me with every thought and aspiration of your soul and
being; as long as you do that and I reciprocate the action, our
love will be perfect, indissoluble. You are only the more lovabl*^,
the more peerless in m.y estimation. Sacred ties and associations
should not be sundered suddenly without due deliberation. This
action will only be another incentive to command my respect and
love when I think of the noble work laid aside by the summons of
love's sweet sway and dominion. Darling I know you do not
marry me for a home or for support, nor do T marry you for a
housekeeper. If either of these motives governed us, we would
have been married years ago, for we both have had chances
enough. Because I am King and you Queen, I look to you and you
to me, perfect love and trust governing our actions. You say
Christ called you to work in Belleville. I grant it. Now why not
recognize that he has called you to Carthage to minister unto me,
and I unto you? I have been praying for you to come, why not
recognize that Christ is answering my prayers, as well as yours in
regard to health and work in the church? Don't I need you ancj
you me as much as the church at Belleville does? Others can take
up your work at the church, but you know your place can't be
filled at my side until you arrive here to cheer me along in life's
pathway, strewing the path with roses and sweet smiles and lov-
ing words. When you are pronounced my wife by the preacher,
at that moment half my hard earned little property is yours. I
don't want you to ask for a dollar, but take it, as you will be the
treasurer in our little household. A woman asking for ten cents
is too much like throwing a crust of br^ad to a dog. I think that
a wife asking a husband for a trifling bit of money destroys all
independence and alienates the affections. If I can't trust you
with my pocketbook, I don't see how I could trust you with any-
thing else You say you never dreamed of leaving Belleville. You
see you did not know of the blessings the Lord had In store for
you. Verily, the Lord moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to
perform. How singuli* our prayers are so similar in regard to us.
I always end my prayers for us in your very words: "and may
the world be better for our having lived in it."
How strangely you must have forgotten what you wrote in
your previous letter, as in your last one you thought there was no
love in it. You said you wanted to crawl into my arms and be
caressed like a little child. Maybe this is not love, and maybe I
have been mistaken about love all along. O my, how you will make
life miserable for me with May bugs, tantalizing me, and insisting
on doing the Monday's laundry work. Life is made up of little
pleasantries, and it is our privilege to make the most of them.
You claim that you are happy at Belleville, so am I here, but yet,
there is something lacking. When the wind blows and moans you
desire to crawl into my arms and be caressed by loving fingers.
When I go to my room at night after my day's labor, I am lonely,
oh! so lonely. Yet something lacking you see. So it is where e'er
we are, if love is not there life is not complete, in beauty and
joyousness. We recognize the fact the more and more as the
glamour and romance of youth speeds by. Life is real, life is
earnest, we must make much of it, improve the golden moments,
ever bearing in mind that we are speeding onward towards etern-
ity, either for weal or woe. Kindred souls seek their affinity, as
tne magnetic neeile unerringly points poleward. Love-completes
life, maKing living perfect, carryir.g the two hearts that beat as
one, on towards the realization of that perfect day.
This is theg-^eatest literary production of my life. 1 have put
much time and thought into its composition, making it a work of
love, thereby proving the old time saying that m n will do more
for love than anythi g else. I surmise that you will be disappoint-
ed that you did not hear from me thrice last week, but then, after
all, last week's disapp nntment will he more than recompensed by
this missive that I trust will bring joy and happiness to your heart
as never before exp3rienced, and in times to come when I fall short
(it will be far, and oh! so often) I will expect you to bring forth
this message of love to remind me of mv high resolves and noble
ideals. I only trust that it may not be y »ur experience that "dis-
tance lends enchantment to the view." However, I think where
both are going to try with might and main to contribute to the
pleasure of the other, that ttiere is no danger of anything more .
than a lover's quarrel, after which we will make up and think ten
times more of the other. I have a will of my own, and I judge
by the way the black eyes snap sometimes, that someone else has
a will too. I would not give a snap of my finger for the person
that did not have a will of his own, Life wirhout a will, a pur-
pose firm, would be dull and insipid. The spice of life would be
iacki'iar; such a person would be like the dull, pi jdding ox.
In this letter I am revealing the impelling forces and actions of
my life and being, thereby enab'ing you to correctly forecast some
of the thoughts and actions that shape my destiny. One is impel-
ed by certain actions of life that seem part and parcel of ones
being. How sturdy our convictions on some subjects or actions!
How the very forces of our being seem to be aroused when any
particular thing appeals to our idea of justice or right. The
greater portion of life is spent in communing with one's self, there-
fore how essential that our minds should be well stored with the
best thoughts, clothed in beautiful images of fancy that are pleas-
ing, ever enobling, making of our minds beautiful gardens of
roses, perfuming the atmosphere so that all with whom we come
in contact mav drink at the delectable fountain of our gracious
presence. Many pleasant memories throng around the incidents
of life as we have been identified with. How pleasant to think
of life as we have experienced it! To think of the strife and tur-
moil and temptations that have nfver knocked at our door to
know that we have been favored of fortune, that our name is un-
sullied, that life's pathway has led us in "paths of pleasantness."
Heretofore our lives have been of ourself to ourself ; soon this
will be changed, it will be the parmount duty to ever look out first
for the welfare of the other. It doubly increases my responsibil-
ity, having my own honor to defend, and you surrendering all into
my keeping. Momentous issues of life enter into the marriage
relation, requiring mature thought and deliberation, so as to sob e
the enigmas that will aiise in the adjustment of two souls to each
other, to make them harmonious in thought, word and action. A
new school is to be opened. Will they learn quickly, will they be
apt scholars? Will there be disobedience? Will there be tyrants?
I trust not. I think that it will be the model school; no tyrannical
ruling, no cross words or frowns, only pleasant words, kindly sug-
gestions and courteous requests. Love's persuasive power will
reign supreme, there being no teacher, no scholar, only the gentle
sceptre of love that governs without fear, making each day one of
unalloyed happiness, thereby typifying the happiness of heaven.
As the years speed into eternity, may each one be a realization
of the ideals here portrayed, and may our children walk in our
paths and be an honor to mankind, and may the world be the bet-
ter for our having lived in it.
Rules of Life
Written by J. F. Keve for His Children, April 26, 1905.
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Eccl. 12-1.
Accidents (to Avoid) Feet Rheumatism
Air Finis Salt
Bathing Hair Slang
Bowels Introductory Swearing
Breathing Liquor Teeth
Constipation Olive Oil Tobacco
Dieting Directions P r ty of Language Tumors
Eating Piles Water
Accidents to Avoid
Carefulness is the talismanic word that should be observed in
the journey of life, so as to avoid the great majority of accidents.
Do all things with ca^mness and deliberation. The impulsive per-
son never fares as well as the calm and deliberate one. A stitch
in time saves nine. A moments thought and carefulness will save
many an accident and much needless suffering.
In coming to a patch of ice, slacken your pace and go with
care; it will save you a bad fall. Be a careful observer, and thus
cultivate the sense of keenness and alertness. There is very little
of good luck or bad luck in this world. We make luck very large-
ly, ourselves. If you slacken your pace when you come to the ice,
you then have good luck. You plan and go carefully and luck will
be yours in the majority of cases.
It is said by scientific men that we derive three-fourths of our
nourishment from air and water. So you see God has provided a
great abundance of these elements for our sustenance. It is pat-
ent therefore that we have these elements in their purity. We
could live only a few moments without air It behooves us then
to have plenty of air, to have it pure and breathe it deeply.
During the day, as a usual thing we have plenty of fresh air, es-
pecially if we are engaged in work out of doors. However, out-
doors we should avoid bad air as much as possible, by avoiding
pestilential air from stagnant pools and that which arises from
decaying vegetable and animal matter. In your sleeping apart-
ments, always have the room ventilated, but avoid all drafts.
Even in coldest weather admit fresh air into your sleeping room.'
Breathe all the fresh, pure air that you can. On arising breathe
three times full deep breaths of fresh air.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. You should bathe ail over at
least once a week, if not more often. Do not bathe while real
tired, but rest a half hour first, and then take your bath. It is
well occasionally to put salt o • saleratus in the water In the place
of using soap. Salt water bathing is exhilarating, and by put-
ting salt into the w iter, it is the b^st Wi inlanders can dan do
One should be very careful while bathing so as not to catch
cold. Dry yourself by rubbing with a coarse towel. This sets the
blood in circulation and gets the surface of your body in a glow
Change your underclothes often during hot weather, as some med-
cal authorities claim that it is better to thus change than to bathe
One should almost be a doctor so as to keep his bowels in a
healthy condition. However, there are a few general rules to be
observed that will be of great benefit. A great many ills of the
bowels are brought on by ignorance and carlessness. One should
be as careful about having his bowels move every day as he is to
wash his face One can not enjoy good health unless his bowels
rerform their regular duty daily, it must be attended to at once.
No false modesty must interfere with your consulting with your
parents or a physician, so that the proper remedies may be ap-
plied and the difficulty removed. It is well to have a stated time,
if you can, in which to attend to these duties of nature. By going
regularly at a stated time to the closet you can tram your bowels
to act statedly The best time is soon after breakfast, as it inter-
feres less then with the duties of the day. When your bowels and
bladder demand attention, attend to the duty at once, as when you
do not wait on nature, it brings on irregularity which results in
two diseases, constipation and piles, which 1 will treat on in its
due place. ,j t ^u u<- it-
When I was about fourteeen to twenty years old 1 thought it
smart not to have my bowels move for two or three days. 1 his
ruined my health, and brought on constipation. Especially wnen
I went visiting, I thought it nice not to attend to these duties ot
nature Lots of times when I went visiting I would rot go to the
closet until evening, and then my bowels would not do their duty
that day Retaining the water also in my bladder all day until
evening was also verv injurious to my health. It cost me consid-
erable to doctor and remedy the evils brought on myself in ignor-
ance In fact, these bad results never can be wholly overcome.
Your Grandfather Keve was terribly constipated and had to b€
taking pills all the time. Your mother lived in torture on accouni
of constipation and piles. At^imesthe pain was terrific and sh(
would be in tears for nearly a day at a time. So now you see i
vou are not verv careful and take extra care of the health of you
bowels you wil'l suffer as did your father and mother and grand
fath -r 'before you. If you do not exercise extraordinary care yoi
will be apt to suffer even more than we have, as you inherit ou:
weakness. So I exhort you. even demand that yoa at once at
tend to these duties of nature, and not put them off, or you wil
bring misery upon yourselves even in worse form than we hav.
experienced We brought this on ourselves through ignoranc
and even thinking it was smart to put off these duties, bvei
though these organs are weak in you, inherited from us, yet yo
mav bv proper care and attention keep them regular and in health
condition Grandfather Kreve took pills to keep him in ^condition
but I prefer to have you avoid this method if you can My meth
od is todrink water very freely and eat a greatdeal of fruit to kee
the bowels loose. If you need a physic take a tablespoonrull c
Rochelle salts in a half cup of warm water before a meal.
It is said by doctors that one p'-rson in seven dies of consumi:
tion This disease can be very larelgy overcome by exercise an
proper breathi- g. Deep breathing must be regularly practise
so as to develope the lungs and chest. Breathing exercises shoul
be taken in the open air or in a room with the windows raised f(
ventilation. Avoid deep breathing in damp weather as it is inju
ious toi the lungs. When you arise in the morning and go out (
doors, draw into the lungs as much fresh air as you possibly cai
and then expel the air quickly through the mouth. Never inha
ah- through the mouth, as it chills the lungs. Breathe it throug
the nostrils and the air is warmed before it reaches the lungs. In
coming out of church or a crowded hall do as you did in first going
out doors after arising in th- morning. Do this four or five times.
It is well to practice this four or five times a day. A splendid
briiiLninij excise Is for you in vvalkia:^ to aad from business, co in
hale as much air as you posibly can and walk as far as you can
without breathing. When you can hold y9ur breath no longer,
open your mouth and expel the air all at once. This causes you
to breathe deeoly for some time. Practice this "repeatedly every
day. I did not learn of this until I was twenty-eight years old.
I w is then thin and spin<iling. I kept practicing this deep breath-
ing on my may to and from my office, so that my chest expanded
wonderfully. A double breasted Prince Albert coat I had then
will not m.eet in front now, ravine nothing of being buttoned.
Practicing this deep breathing and brisk walking gives one an ex-
hilerating feeling, and makes one glad he is alive. Do thou like-
wise and develope yourselves into stalwart, healthy human baings.
Constipation is brought on by not attending to the demands of
the bowels at the proper time There are also other causes that
I will not enumerate at this time. When the bowels do not per-
form their proper functions daily, you may then know you are in
the first stages of this malady. At a later stage you will observe
,that it is difficult to make the elimination from the bowels. If at
this time the elimination comes in little round balls, and the act
.causes pain, you may then know if this continues, the results will
be disasterous, and it will not be many stages off before you have
!that dread, disease. pUes. At this state there possibly will be
:blood on the evacuation. If a free drinking of water and an abun-
dance of fruit does not loosen your bowels so they perform their
■proper functions daily you should consult a physician and secure
the proper remedy and bring your bowels to their normal functions.
Frequently if you will take one of Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Purgative
Pellets every night for a week or ten days, it will bring you out
'all right. But beware that you do not get the pill habit, or you
will have to increase the dose and keep at it repeatedly. After
you use the pills and get your bowels in proper order, you should
^quit them and regulate your health by eating fruits The ideal
wav CO live is to regulate your health by what you eat that you
will rarely need medicine. When the bowels become sluggish, it
often results in the person having the hives. An almost infallible
remedy for the hives is the "Rexall" effervescent salts, or sodium
posphate. Take a dose before the first meal and take before
breakfast for a few mornings.
We should eat to live, not live to eat. Do not eat while you
lare extremely tired, but rest a half hour first. Do not bathe im-
mediately after a hearty meal. Do not drink at meals, if you do
drink at meals, do so very sparingly. Do not take the liquid into
your mouth until every morsel of victuals have been swallowed.
The food should not be washed down with liquids. In doing this
the saliva is not properly mixed with the food. Be very careful to
masticate every mouthful of victuals thoroutfhly, so that the saliva
permeates every atom of food, and the whole mass arrives at the
consistency of a liquid. Gladstone attributed his green old age to
his thorough mastication of his food. He said that he chewed
twenty-five times on everv mouthful. When these rules are not
observed it brings on dyspepsia or indigestion. When you arrive
at this stage food will distress you extremely and the intense dis-
tress will bend you nearly double Partake sparingly of very rich
foods. Do not eat a very hearty meal just before retiring. One
can be intemperate in eating as well as in drinking Be temper-
ate in all things if you wish to be a well balanced human being.
The eyes are of very delicate mechanism. They, as a general
rule receive less care than any otner members of our body. All
we can do for our eyes is to take good care of them On arising
in the morning bathe them in cold water. During the day rest
the eyes occasionally by closing them. On retiring
at night close your eyes as soon as you get in bed. Your mother
always kept hers open until she was lost in slumber. I always
close mine at once upon retiring. Do not read by twilight in the
evening. In reading have the light shine ov er your left shoulder
onto the book. Do not read facing the 1 ght. When your eyes
get tired and ache, lay the book down at once and rest your eyes.
It will be well to close them for several minutes. The eyes should
not be meddled with, they are too delicate.
John Quincy Adams lived to be old and did not haye to use
glasses. He attributed it to this rule: Wet the thumb and fore-
finger and place to the outer corner of the two eyes. Draw the
two fingers together towards the nose just below the eyeball press-
ing the eyeball up slightly. This causes the eyeball to remain
round. Don't rub the eyes hard as it is the flattening of the ball
of the eye that causes the eyesight to fail.
An ear and eye specialist gave me this rule for the ears:
Grasp the nostrils and close the mouth. Then blow until your ears
crack. This cracking of the ears brings the blood to the ear, thus
causing the hearing to be improved.
The feet are much abused members of our bodies. Few of us
have perfect feet. In the first place we should wear shoes that
fit. It is shoes that are too large that cause corns
and bunions. It is better to throw away, a pair of shoes that
pinch and torture the feet. The bottoms of the feet are covered
with countless pores that exude sweat and other foul matter.
Doctors claim that one should wash his feet from two to three
times a week. Also it is beneficial to change the stockingrs often.
I always change mine twice a week. Put salt in the water occa-
sionally when bathing the feet. When doing much walking like
going to World's Fair, wash every night and change sox.
Fruit is often a better doctor than a physician. One should
eat a great deal of fruit on account of its healthfulness. Eat
more fruit and less of meat. Some go so far as to live entirely on
vegetables. However, the way God made our teeth it indicates
that we are to partake of both vegetables and meat. Try to have
an abundance of fruit, all the year around. It is by the eating
of fruit that one can keep the system in a healthy condition if he
observ^es the laws of nature. Apples are likely the healthiest fruit
there is. It is good to eat a good, ripe apple at any time. If cor -
venient eat one after each meal. Especially I recommend that you
eat one before retiring They keep the bowels in a healthy condi-
tion. In the winter eat a fig after each meal, as you will find it an
excellent laxative. Oranges, from the first of February until
strawberry time are most excellent to be eaten after each meal.
I especially recommend the eating of pears, which are the best
fruit after apples. Pears will regulate the system and make life
worth living. Bananas, peaches, plums and other fruits can be
eaten liberally at all titnes with beneficial results. But the fruits
I have mentioned specifically are wnat I would rely on to keep
me in health. All kinds of berries are good in their season. Eat
lijerally of them. Nuts are a rich food and can be eaten sparingly
at each meal or between meals. Be sure to remove the outer husks
of the nuts before eating them. I should try to keep my system
in good condition by eating the above fruits. If this does not ac-
complish the desired results, I would then act on the recommend-
ations given on the topic of constipation.
As a usual thing there is not much care devoted to the hair.
However, if one gives due caution to the observance of a few
simple rules, one may keep his hair nice and soft. Use only soft
water to wet the hair, and wet it only sparingly. Use a good stiff
brush to brush the hair, which you will find will help greatly in its
proper care. A nice head of hair, that is well groomed, is an honor
to anyone. Many a homely person that has a nice head of hair
and cares for it becomingly, wins admiration on account of his
"crown of glory." The Keves are subject to baldness, so it
behooves us to take good care of the hair. Go bareheaded as
much as you can. Take off your hat while you are within doors.
Raise your hat frequently to let fresh air into your hair so that
there will be circulation, and no foul air left under the hat. There
are some cosmetics that are good to put on the scalp to remove
dandruff and keep the scalp in a healthy condition. However,
great care should be used in choosing cosmetics, as I have heard
of some that caused the person n-sing it to become entirely bald.
This is a day and age of the world in which a drinking man
stands no show. Railways and other corporations will not employ
a drinking man. One only is safe when he does not take even the
first glass of liquor. I did not taste raw whiskey until 1 was over
forty years old, and only then when I had a very >fraQtious tooth
extracted. I shall expect that none of my children -will ever touch
liquor in any form. None of our immediate relatives are drinkers,
and 1 trust that this good record will not be broken by you.
No one starts out to be a drunkard, but after the first glass
is taken, it is only one glass after another 'til the victim fills a
drunkard's grave. Beware of strong drink. I would rather follow
you to your grave now than to have you the victim of your appetite.
Olive oil should be universally used on account of its healthful-
ness. It is of a great food value as well a.s being a good medicine.
It is well to fry victuals in olive oil in place of lard. If one will
take a teaspoonful or adesert spoonful before meals. It will re-
lieve costiveness, by well lubricating the digestive tract, and will
oil the human mechanism. Small quantities can't injure anyone,
for it is a lubricant, not a purgative. While it insures re^iularity
of the bowels, it at the same time is the only known specific for
the prevention of gall stones. Hence, I urge all to use olive oil.
You will find it a great relief in the case of piles too.
Purity of Language
To have clean hands and a pure heart is a great blessing that
is desired by every parent for his children. A good rule is only to
use such language as a boy would desire to use in the
presence of his mother. Both girls and boys should use clean, pure
language. Do not deal in smutty or suggestive stories. Many of
your companions will relate such stories^ but you can absent your-
self from such companions and show by your deportment that such
stories are not congenial to you. After hearing a bad story it will
come into your mind at the most inopportune time. Keep your
mind filled with good, pure thoughts, and this can only be done by
listening to chaste conversation, and by the reading of good books..
Shun a bad book as you would a rattlesnake. I onte got a book
for my library, but on having readthe book -I found it to be such
a book as I would't want my children to read, so I at once threw it
into the stove. Many a youth has wrecked hfs peace and happiness
by the perusal of a bad book. Whatever is sown must be reap^'d
at the harvest If you read one bad book, the taste is cultivated
for another and another, 'till finally the whirlwind comes, wreck-
ing the peace of mine and soul.
A safe rule is to read only such books as will make you a
better citizen, neighbor and christian after its perusal. He who
loves good books is not alone in this world, even though his friends
forsake him. It is better to remain at home absorbed in some
good book, rather than get questionable amusement on street
corners and back alleys. In a lecture I heard John B. Gough
deliver, he said: "Keep your record clear, young man." It is the
great desire of my heart that my children will keep their record
As you have learned in previous essays, piles are brought on
by irregularity of the bowels, which leads to constipation of which
the final stage is piles. In piles the lower bowel comes outside the
body several inches. Every time you attend to the duties of
nature you suffer untold agony. The pain is excruciating in sitting
down. It would be no worse for a well person to sit down in a dish
-of live coals. Medicines do not seem able to effect much of a cure
in such cases. The only relief is to have the bowel that exudes
cut off or burned off. Your devoted mother had submitted to both
of these modes. She, on her death bed, wanted me to warn our
children about this dread malady, so that they might, with due
care and precaution, avoid the terrible suffering she went through.
Your parents kntw nothing about these things, but have learned
them all by bitttr experience. So now in conformity to your
mother's wish, I am writing you this series of essays on the
"Rules of Life," so that you may be enabled to so live as to avoid
our mistakes, and not be obliged to go through the miseries we
have. With due care and precaution you may. overcome any
hereditary weakness, and may so train your organs that they will
be strong and healthy at all times. One thing is sure, that which
one sows, he must reap sooner or later. Science tells us that you
can't drop a pin to the earth but what it will move the earth a
trifle. Any wrong act in word or deed, or any. transgression of
nature, has a sure harvest. Do not deceive yourself that you are
young arid strong and that a slight transgression of morals or
nature will not have a harvest. The harvest is sure and you al-
ways reap what you sow.
Religion is an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast. All
our immediate relatives are christians and I pra.y and trust that
you will cast your lot in that "good way," that we may be an un-
broken band. The time to beconxe a christian is when you are
young. What a blessing it is to give one's whole h'fe to the service
of Christ. The majority of christians become such before the
'age of seventeen. Se€4c ye the Lord in your youth.
Seek ye the Lord while He may be found. When one arrives
at the estate of manhood the cares of life engross his attention
so that he rarely becomes a christian. So it behooves one to
make his calling and election sure in his youth. How blessed it is
to grow up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Your Grandfather Keve's fingers are all drawn out of shape
by rheumatism. I have had it occasionally in my arms, I
remember distinctly the first time I felt a twinge of it. I was
twenty-eight years old. I was stooping over to pick up a six by
eight timber, and the pain came in my right arm. I at once snid
"I am beginning to get old " Your mother had rheumatism very
badly, was confined to her bed for a long time To avoid rheuma-
tism you must be very careful in your mode of life. If your feet
get damp, change your stockings as soon as you can. If your
clothes g*^t wet or damp change them or dry them out at a hot fire.
When going to school I used to get my feet wet and go that way
all day. That is why I have rheumatism now. I at that tim.e said
that wet feet did not hart me, but I can see now that it did. At
that time I could not see the harvest, but I can now. I should
have taken off my boots and dried my stockings at the school
Some people are not satisfied with the pure English language,
but have to interlard their conversation with slang words and
phrases. I just detest all this. Only use at all times, such lan-
guage, as you would use in conversation with your mother or
pastor. Slang is vulgar. I am sure that none of my children
wishes to appear vulgar. One is judged by the language he uses
and not by his appearance. So you see, really how important
chaste language is if you wish to make a good impression on
those you come in contact with. A girl with a beautiful face was
travelling, a stranger observed her striking appearance and was
much interested. At last he heard her remark, "I should snicker
to smile.'' After this expression the stranger lost interest in her.
Of all the useless things in the world, swearing is the most
foolish and disgusting. It goes without saying that no Keve
swears. I t'ust this record may go down through the ages. Slang
is foolish and swearing is wicked. The first is not prohibited by
the ten commandments, but the latter is.
When you hear a man make an assertion and then clinch it
with an oath, you may generally conclude that he is telling a lie.
The plain, unvarnisned truth told in simplicity of style, needs no
oath to confirm it. If you are given to exaggeration one never
knows when to believe you. Let your conversation be plain and
straightforward, yea, yea and nay, nay.
The teeth are the hardest substance in the human body. Yet
they give out long before an old person dies. The problem then is
to learn to so care for them that they will serve their purpose for
a longer period. You should have a dentist clean your teeth once
a year, if not twice. At this time have the dentist fill any decay-
ed teeth and treat your gums if they have hegun to recede from
the teeth. You should brush your teeth after each meal and in
the morning before breakfast. Daring the night gases arise from
the stomach and form a coating on the teeth, so it is very essen-
tial to brush your teeth before breakfast so as to get the coating
removed before it is carried to the stomach again. If you only
brush your teeth twice a day, do so at night and in the morning
If there is a bad taste in your mouth, put a teaspoonful of
listerine in a half cup of water and thoroughly cleanse your mouth.
After each meal be sure to remove all the fragments of food from
between the teeth with a good tooth pick. Do not use a pin or
other metal for the purpose. Use a tooth brush that conforms to
the teeth Place the brush to the top of the gum and brush down
to the point or end of the tooth. If you brush up and down on
the tooth, you b' ush the gums from the teeth on the upward
stroke. To keep the gums good and healthy they should not be
brushed from the teeth. Use good tooth paste as it sweetens the
mouth and disinfects tne teeth. If the teeth get discolored, put
a little peroxide of hydrogen in a little water and brush the teeth
thoroughly. The peroxide is an excellent cleanser for application
for sores. Apply this often and it will heal up quickly.
Tobacco is a filthy weed. Even a hog won't disturb tobacco.
It passes my comprehension how anyone can defile himself with
this vile weed. This habit is foolish as well as vile, besides being
injurious to the health, then added to all this is the great expense
of the nasty stuff.
My brother or I never used tobacco in any form. No one ever
likes tobacco, as this taste has to be cultivated, it not being a
natural t^ste. An acquired taste is more terrible to break off than
a natural taste. Do not ever acquire it, and you will save your-
self much m filthiness, much in self esteem and much in pocket
book. Sam Jones said that he would not say that a tobacco user
could not be a christian, but he felt safe in saying a tobacco user
would make a very nasty christian. I do not want to have a nasty
A tumor is an enlargement that comes on your person in
various places. Your gra- dmother Keve has several on her person
the greater portion being on her arms. She has never had any of
them removed. In 1903 I had a little one removed from my breast
bone. It did not hurt much. I had the doctor remove it, and I
have not been troubled with any since. Now my advice is, that
if any enlargement comes on your person, that you consult a
doctor at once and have him remove it if he deems it advisable.
When the tumor first appears it is tender and can be easily remov-
ed without much pain. When they are large they are painful, and
when on the arms weaken the arms so that it is hard to work.
Act at once in regard to tumors.
If TS'y of the nourishment of the body is derived from air and
water, it goes without saying that water is the most important
factor in human economy. One can go for days without food,
even forty or more in some instances, but if deprived of water
one's end is speedilv' brought to pass. M3st people da not drink
enough water. Some people that are ailing would be perfectly
well if they would drink more water. Free drinking of water will
do more to keep the bowels in good order than anything else. A
liberal supply of water midway between meals washes and cleanses
the stomach and gets it in shape for the next meal so that it can
perform its proper function of digestion and assimilation. One
can readily see that this is the correct idea. One should drink two
to three quarts of water daily. On arising in the morning drink
a glassful of fresh cold water. This wi 1 prepare your stomach to
receive breakfast. Du'ing meals do not drink, or if you do, do so
sparingly, and after all the food is swallowed. From nine in the
morning 'till eleven drmk two to three glasses of water, and from
three to five and from eight to nine in the afternoon, drink
same amount. Do not drink water while you are warm, or over-
heated. Do not drink heartily just before paitakmg of a meal
During the hours I have mentioned there is little danger of drink-
ing too much of good water. If you will drink as much water
during summer and winter too, as I have indicated, it will do much
to keep you in health.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God
and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.
— Ecclesiastes 12:13.
Physical Culture for Health
As physical culture magazines, Sampson, Bennett and others
advocate a series of exercises while on your back in bed, just be-
fore arising in the morning, as a very sure way of attaining rug-
ged physical health, so then I will epitomize the rules for the
benefit of those who read this book. It takes time to make
money. It takes time to be healthy. Hence, "then I advocate
that everyone practice these exercises in bed every morning, to
the end that they may attaii as perfect health as possible It
will take a half hour but they will be well worth while, for you
can make a new person of yourse'f by these daily exercises.
For Dyspesia and Constipation
Chew your food slowly and thoroughly. Place your hand at
the lower right hand corner of your stomach. Rub uv and down
on the other side. Continue this for some time. Bend your head
well forward so your chin touches your chest. Do this quite often.
While practicing this movement, strike your stomach with your
two clenched fists Strike lightly at first, then harder when you
can stand it. On arising drink a glass of fresh co'd water.
For Reduction of Obess Abdomen
In addition to the exercise for dyspepsia, tense the muscles of
theaodjmen; place the palms of the hand upon i<-; press down firm-
ly and rub the accumulation of fat back and forth, not permitting
the- hands to slip. Otherwise the skin will only be rubbed, and no
benefit resul s No injury can come to you through this process.
Strengthening the Eyes
While in bed look far to the right, then far to the left, then
close the eyes as tightly as possiole several titnes. With the eyes
opened turn them from obliquely up vard to th-^ right to
obliquely downvVirJ to tai lett V iri ition — r^li the eyes
in a wida circle to tne ri^T.; loik fir upvird, then far
downward: turn eyes from obliquely upward at the left to oblique-
ly downward at the right. Roll the eyes in a wide circle to the
left. During these exercises strike both tembles rapidly with the
heels of the open hands Don't overdo at first.
For the Liver
Have the knees elevated. Place the end of the fingers of
both hands over the liver on the right side, just below the ribs.
Press the fingers upward, then relax the pressure, commencing
with twenty movements and then increase to one hundred when
your condition will warrant.
2nd exercise: Lying on your right side, place your left hand
over the region of tne liver previously described. Incline the head
slightly fofward and bend the knees. Press the ends of the finger
or the knuckle of the thumb, well under the ribs, and massage, or
agitate as in preceding exercise.
3rd exercise: Percussion over the region of the liver will add
to its activity. The most advantageous position is upon the left
side, the organ then being inclined slightly forward, and the
muscles relaxed. Clench the right hanJ anl strike lightly, but
rapidly, at the spot described. Commence with 2J light blows,
increasing in time to 100.
"Air is life," and without pure air good health is impossible,
therefore keep in the open air as much as possible. See that your
home is well ventilated, and sle^p with your windows open. As
you walk, frequently inhale deeply, filling the lungs slowly as full
as possible without any feeling of dizziness, then exhale slowly,
allowing the duration of inhalation and exhalation to be about
Previous to taking a bath in tepid water, create a friction
on the back and shoulders and the back of the legs with a rough
Turkish towel, and on the chest, stomach and front of the legs
with horse hair mittens. Use freely of soap. After emerging
from the bath dry yourself with a coarse towel, thereby creating
a healthy glow.
As rheumatism is caused by uric acid settling in the joints,
then it naturally follows that if you persistently practice the
various exercises for the muscles and joinrs as indicated in these
various methods, rheumatism will be driven from your system.
The most convenient position is lying upon your side. Com-
mence with twenty strokes of the hand up toward the heart, fol-
lowing the course of the veins, increasing as the skin becomes
harder and accustomed to the friction, to one hundred strokes. If
persisted in a cure is ultimately sure, in any ordinary case
Wash the hair often with soap, barbers' shaving soap being
preferable. As a tonic for the hair, use water as hot as you can
bear it, alternate with cold water as cold as you can get it, but do
not use ice water. If life still remains n the hair, a healthy
growth will usually follow. Do not wear your hat any more than
absolutely necessary. Go in the sun bareheaded. The sun is the
source of all lite. As you are lying in bed grasp the hair with
the fingers, pulling gently and change position of the
hands until every portion of the scalp has been treated. Massage
the scalp with the tips of the fingers, which will produce a percept-
able glow, and has a general tonic effect. Will say here, and it
applies for every one of these exercises, that the friction draws
the blood to the parts, and it is the blood that works the cure,
besides the strengthening of the muscles by the exercises.
Developing the Jaw Muscles
This should be practiced along the edge of the jaw bone, using
the heel of the hand.
Developing the Cheeks
Draw up both corners of the mouth toward the eyes, or in the
position of an exaggerated smile. Ihis will bunch up the supporting
muscles upon the upper part of the cheek bones immediately be'o v
the corners of the eyes. Now drop the chin to the utmost extent.
Open and close the jaws while massaging with the palms of the
Rest the chin upon the palm of the hand, press firmly and rub
the underlying muscles vigorously. The position of the hand
should be continually shifted, for if continuous pressure is main-
tained upon any part without relaxation, growth is not rapid.
Throat Muscles and a Double Chin
Place the pillow under the shoulders. Throw the head back-
ward as far as you can, then forward. Cortimence with five
movements, increasing in time to one hundred.
Muscles of the Back of the Neck
Having no pillow under your head, you raise and lower your
head - Do this five times, in time increasing to one hundred times.
The daily friction of the skin with good hair mittens, and a
good hair friction belt will materially relieve insomnia. Follow
with a tepid bath. For the face and neck rub with the hands.
Muscles of the Shoulder Blades
Strike with your elbow across your ch*»st Five movements
for each arm. increase each day 'till you reach one hundred.
Muscles of the Throat
Place your thumb under the chin. Throw the head back.
Then bring the head forward (chin to the chest) which will relax
the tension. Keep up the pressure while alternating, contracting
and relaxing the muscles by the movements described.
Strengthening the Neck
Clasp the hands firmly back of the head Raise the head clear
of the pillow, then press it backward, exerting at the same time a
strong forward or resistance pressure with the arms Do this
five times. In a week increase a couple movements. Finally get
up to twenty-five movements.
Developing the Sides of the Neck.
Lying upon your side, turn the chin as far as possible towards
the upper shoulder. Do this five times, increasing to fifty. Both
sides of the neck must be exercised.
Dumb Bells in Bed
Use about four pound weights. Commence with ten strokes,
then increase in time to fifty. After striking exercise is com-
pleted, extend your arms to their full length, at right angles with
side, and alternately turn or twist your wrists back and forth.
Commence with five movf^ments, and increase to twenty-five.
Dumb Bell and Massage
Clasp the upper arm firmly while exercising with the loose
hand with the dumb bell. Commence with ten strokes, gradually
increasing to fifty.
Broadening the Shoulders
Grasp the left elbow with the right hand, and the right elbow
with the left hand. Exert pressure. Shrug the shoulders. Com-
mence with five movements and increase to twenty-five in time.
Developing Muscles Covering Shoulder Blades
Lying on your back, alternately raise your shoulders. The|
tension should be upward and forward as far as possible. Com- '
mence with five movements for each shoulder, and in time increase.
Development of Muscles of the Legs.
Rest the ball of the foot against the foot board of the bed,
and alternately press and relax, and still another and easier way
— lying upon your back or partially upon the siae, place the ball of
left foot upon the upper part of the toes of the right leg and foot,
so it may afford support, then alternately press and relax with the
left foot. Repeat the exercise with the other leg.
Strengthening the Loins
Rest upon your back, with your arms folded across the chest, •
raise the head and shoulders slightly so as to clear the pillow.
Commence with ten movements, that is five on each side, increase
in time to twenty-five. The chiropractics, or Rub Doctors, as
they are called, work in the same way, exercising the muscles arid
rubbing to bring the blood to the affected part, to effect a cu.e
Do your own rubbing and save the fee.
Strengthening the Lower abdominal Muscles
Lying on the back, bend one knee upward and inwards; as
you do so draw up the hip of that side. Then drop that leg back
to its original position, and bend the knee, and draw up the hip of
the other side. Alternate in the exercising, first upon the right
side, then the left Commence with five movements on a side.
In time increase to twenty-five.
Developing the Muscles of the Sides and Loins
Lying upon your side, raise the head and both feet at once.
Commence with three movements. In time increase to six or
Tensing Exercise for the Whole Body
Lying upon your side, fold your arms across your chest, grasp
the elbows with your hands, and stretch the body to its full length,
in this attitude exert half the strength of your folded arms. As
you do this, stretch and tension the whole body until it becomes
rigid. Hold this position but two or three seconds. Relax for a
few seconds, and then repeat. Three or four movements are i
Single Arm Pulling Exercise
Lying upon your side as in preceding exercise, clasp one hand
only around the ankle of the upper leg. In this position pull with
your full strength, holding the strain for a few seconds then relax.
Commence with ten movements and increase to twenty-five.
Pulling Exercise for Strengthening Back and Loins
Lying upon your side, clasp your hands over the upper knee.
Exert your full strength in a steady pull; then relax. Commence
with ten movements and in time increase.
Developing Back and Shoulder Muscles
Lying upon your side, with your arms folded across the chest
bend the head well forward, thus tensing the muscles at the back
of the neck, and those surrounding it. Exert your full strain
upon your folded arms, shrug the shoulders up and down. Com-
mence with five movements and increase to fifteen.
Developing the Fore Arm
Lying upon your side, grasp the wrist of the lower arm with
upper hand; press with your full strength downward, resisting
with upward pressure. Commence with five movements and in-
crease to fifteen.
Developing the Arms
Lying on your side, grasp the upper wrist with the lower hand
and pull upward with the ujiper arm. resisting that pull with the
downward strain of the lower arm. In doing this turn the wrist
slightly. Commence with three movements and increase in time.
Twisting Exercise for the Arms
Lying upon your side, extend your upper arm at full length,
paralell with the body. Clench your fists tightly, that the muscles
m.ay be tensed. Tv«^ist your arms towards your body as far as
possible without inconvenience, then reverse the movement. Com-
mence with five or ten movements; that is twisting the arms back-
ward and forward as described.
Developing the Back Muscles of the Arms
Lying upon your side, grasp firmly the upper arm, between
the elb-^w and the shoulder. Pull backwards the upper arm, at
the same time resisting the pull by the firm grasp and downward
pull of the lower hand and arm. Commence with five movements,
that is alternately pulling and relaxing the strain.
Exercise for the Hips and Loins
Lying upon your side throw the upper hip forward. As you do
so bend your arm and draw it back as far as possible. Relax and
repeat. Three to five movements to commence with, and then
It is said that "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." No
greater boon can any man have than tn have good health. Etern-
al vigilance in securing health is well worth the price. Put in
operation these rules and the ones found in the "Rules of Life"
and you will be a person that is admirable both morally and phy-
sically. Such a person is the noblest work of God. Help God to
make you what you ought to be You owe it to yourself, to your
family and to the state. May the heritage of stalwart manhood
and womanhood be yours.
Keve Family History"ConcIudiii^ Chapter
I have sung my song, I have marshalled the catalogue of the
worthies of our race. They appeared before you in a moving pan-
orama, marching as it were in solemn tread from the cradle to the
grave. They are dead, having run their course. You are living —
therefore you have the exalted privilege of profiting from the
heroic examples as portrayed with fidelity in these pages.
Scions of the great French count and the saintly John Latour-
ette Cole, 1 call upon you all to make heroic endeavor to emulate
the grandeur and chivilrous achievements as chronicled in this
history. . As the flight of time speeds into eternity, may each one
of our historic race live that exalted life, that he will wish he had
lived when he comes to die.
I have not brought before your view the dry bones of a vanish-
ed past, so as to satisfy your idle curiosity as to who your ancestors
were, but rather to fire vou with noble mcentives that will broaden
the sphere of your activity for good, so that the world will be the
better for your having passed this way. In a word, I would em-
phasize with all the passion of a yearning soul, that every person
who can trace his lineage in this book, will endeavor to further the
grandeur and splendor of our glorious achievements, to the end
that our race and lineage may be conspicuous and exalted as being
the chosen people of God and His Christ.
It is my desire that everyone receivi g this book will fill out
his lineage connecting him- with the ancestors as herein recorded.
Blank pages are provided in the back of the book for this. Have
the book carefully kept and handed down from generation to gen-
eration, each keeping the line unbroken in the book.
I urge my boy or some descendent of the heroes of this book,
to republish the book fifty years from now, bringing it up to date
with all the connecting links. May this book be kept up as long
as time lasts.
This chapter penned in a hotel, October, 1913.
J. F. KEVE.
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