"Mr. Charles Keys died
yesterday morning at his home, about four miles south of this city, aged 83
Mr. Keys came to this county
from South Carolina in 1833 and settled on the farm where he died. He was
one of GibsonCounty's sturdy pioneer citizens and contributed his full
share of labor and energy in opening up the forests of primitive times and
making of them fruitful fields. His farm was favorably located and soon became
one of the most productive in the county. In his later years he has been
incapacitated for labor, but he has been permitted to enjoy the home and
comforts which had been secured by the labor of early years. He was a consistent and devoted member of the
United Presbyterian Church, and, when not prevented by physical infinnities, he was always in his place in the sanctuary.
His Bible was his daily delight. On
account of failing eyesight he was not able to read it, as in
earlier years, yet he had so improved his privilege when eyesight was afforded
him that he had a mind well stored with scripture passages, which he could
recite from memory. His ability it this line was most remarkable.
Mr. Keys was twice married.
His first wife, whom he married in South Carolina, died about 20 years ago. His second wife was a McWilliams, who survives
him, as do also two daughters by his first wife, namely: Mrs. Wm. Cooper and Mrs. Peter French, both
living in this county.
The funeral services will be
held at the late residence this afternoon at . Interment will be in the Genung
(Walnut Hill) cemetery."