Charles Luke Keith Jr.
October 15, 1813 – April 25, 1904
The following was taken from an unknown newspaper.
Another of Kalamazoo county’s pioneers dropped away on Monday evening when Charles Luke Keith, a resident of Galesburg or vicinity, since 1837 died after a lingering illness at the age of 90.
Mr. Keith was a native of Winfield, Herkimer county, N. Y., and came to Michigan in the year above noted, or when 24 years of age.
In 1849 he was married to Sarah Crawford whose father was at the time the landlord of what is now the Bennett house. Mrs. Keith died a year and a half since.
The deceased was a harness wagon maker by trade and followed his occupation for many years in Galesburg where, not only then, but during all his long life, he was held in the highest regard.
His later years have been passed with his children at the home near this village and where every attention has relieved his protracted illness of so much of its suffering as the circumstances have made possible.
Mr. Keith was a member of the historical Alphadelphia association during its brief existence and was at one time its secretary.
Seven children survive their parents as follows: Henry of Oakland, Cal.; Mrs. H. A. Brown, Chicago; Mrs. D. D. Harris and James, Shelbyville; Mrs. A. R. Skinner, Galesburg; Ethan and Mrs. Hannah Towne, the two last residing at home.
The funeral will be from the home, Thursday at 2 p.m., with burial at Oak Grove.