Ceaselessly to and
fro flies the deft shuttle which weaves the web of human destiny, and into the
vast mosaic fabric enter the individuality, the effort, the accomplishment of
each man, be his station that most lowly or one of majesty, pomp and power.
Within the textile folds may be traced the line of each individuality, be it
the one that lends the beautiful sheen of honest worth and honest endeavor, or
one that, dark and zigzag, finds its way through warp and woof, marring the
composite beauty by its blackened threads, ever in evidence of the shadowed and
unprolific life, Into the great aggregate each individuality is merged, and yet
the essence of each is never lost, be the angle of its influence wide-spreading
and grateful, or narrow and baneful. In his efforts he who essays biographical
memoirs finds much of profit and much of alluring fascination when he would
follow out, in even a cursory way, the tracings of a life history, seeking to
find the keynote of each respective personality. These efforts and their
resulting transmission cannot fail of value in an objective way, for in each
case may the lesson of life he conned, line after line, precept after precept.
One could not contemplate the life record of the late Dennis Kelley, for
many years one of the leading business men and public-spirited citizens of
Winchester, Randolph county, without gaining therefrom many helpful hints and
forming at the same time a very high opinion of the man, for his benevolent and
charitable work, extending over a period of many years, resulting in much good
and stamping him as a whole-souled and genuine lover of his kind, would alone
excite the admiration and reverence of all, especially of the contemplative
turn of mind, for his gifts and his deeds for the general betterment of his
fellow-men came not from a desire to win the plaudits of the public or for any
ulterior motive, but merely out of an altruistic nature and a spirit of profound
Mr. Kelley was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, October 9, 1844, and with his parents he moved to Montezuma, Ohio, in 1860, being then sixteen years of age. He received a somewhat meager common school education, which was greatly supplemented in after years by much home reading and by actual contact with the business world. Although but a boy when the Civil war came on he proved his courage
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914."Mr. Kelley was one of the leading and most highly respected citizens of this city, and as a merchant he had more than a county-wide acquaintance, all of whom will sincerely mourn his death and sympathize with his family in their affliction.
His life was spent in a period that tested the man, and in no detail did he shirk or prove that he was not a manly man. It was given to him to participate in the struggle that saved this country; as a business man, to transform crude methods into a system; to elevate society from uncouthness to culture. In the period in which these transformations were made, he was a leader, a leader that will be missed and mourned by the community."
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