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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. 



Chapter i. 
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. 


Chapter ii. 

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. 


Chapter hi. 

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 
last date. 

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. 


Chapter iv. 

The Coles 

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- 
ment reads: 

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. 


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 
Captain's commission. 


Chapter v. 

The Keves 

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, 
and Middletown. 

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. 


Chapter vi. 

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. 

Chapter vii. 

Clark.son Keve. 

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 


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 


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. 


Chapter viii. 

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 


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 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. 


Chapter ix. 

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 
Oliver Cole. 


Chapter x. 

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- 


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 

28, 1869. 

became rather 

'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 


Chapter xi. 

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 


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 


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. 


Chapter xii. 

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. 


Chapter xiv. 
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 
years after. 

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 
on sight. 

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 
pyrotecnic display. 

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 
Lisbon affairs. 

This year I boarded at Howard Willowby's. I had a splendid 
room and life was very agreeable to me. They were royal enter- 

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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. 
Zilpha Parks-Keve." 

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, 
jjumber Co. 

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 


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 
summer season. 

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 
the limit. 

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 
tunnel railway. 

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 
other two." 

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 
a preacher. 

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. 


Chapter xv. 

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- 
orable experience. 

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. 


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. 


Chapter xvi. 

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. 


Chapter xvn. 
Zilpha Parks-Keve 


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 
April, 1686. 

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. 


Chapter xviii. 

Letter Written By J. F. Keve To Zilpha Parks 

Jeremiah 30:2. Carthage, 111., Sept. 27, 1896. 

Dearest Zilpha:— 

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. 


Chapter xix 
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 

Eyes Religion 

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 
too often. 


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 

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. 
Bewarejof slang 


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 
before breakfast. 

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. 


Chapter xx. 

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. 

For Breathing 

"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. 

Varicose Veins 

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 

The Hair 

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 

The Chin 

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 Skin 
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 
seven movements. 

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 
sufficient. 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. 


Chapter xxi. 
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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