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Willie Keil
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- Caia Feutz Sundquist
 Added: Oct. 29, 2011
God Bless You Uncle Willie!
- Fred William Keil
 Added: Mar. 18, 2010
The Long Funeral of Willie Keil submitted by Dennis Belcher, printed in the MoSGA Journal, Summer, 1997, pg. 184: Dr. Wm Keil, a doctor of Bethel, MO During the mid-1800's, was a man of his word. Planning a trip west, he promised his son, Willie, that he could join in the expedition. Willie died before departure. Dr. Keil placed his coffin on a mule-drawn wagon at the head of the train. The train was not bothered by Indians. On Dec 26, 1855, Willie Kiel was buried in the cemetery on what was the Giesy farm. Some of the group started Aurora, a settlement in Oregon. Others, including Henry Beck and son Charles, John Stauffer, Mike Schaeffer, Sebastian, Jacob and Rudolph Giesy, and Henry Knox, settled in the Willapa Valley of WA. The story is related in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" 1997 Tourist Guide, which includes a photo of the marker (on St. Rd 6, SE of Raymond) on which is carved the tale. Young Willie's grave is located near (E of) tiny Menlo, Pacific Co., WV.
- Mindy
 Added: Apr. 8, 2009
It never fails to move me, everytime I drive the wonderful Willapa Bay road, to pass and reflect on your grave. Your determination, even in death, must have affected many more people than you can imagine. I only wonder whether our youth of today, 150 years after your death are made of the same stuff it took to be a pioneer.
- John McMd.
 Added: Sep. 4, 2006
Willie Keil Born January 12, l836
- Robert Barton
 Added: Jul. 28, 2006

- Doc
 Added: Mar. 23, 2005
- quebecoise
 Added: Oct. 23, 2004

- God Bless & R.I.P. ~ Daughter Of An Angel ~
 Added: May. 1, 2004
I'm glad that Uncle Willie has so many friends. I'm sure he never thought that he'd be so well known (his grave site is a historical marker!). A promise that his dad made to him that he would lead the 1855 wagon train to the Washington Territory, the circumstances of his death, his funeral cortage and effect on the Indians, and burial in the far "West" resulted in Willie's fame. Here's a flower from me Uncle Willie.
- Sherril Keil
 Added: Jul. 9, 2003
Rest In Peace Willie
- PaulineNozerosBabyGirl
 Added: Mar. 4, 2003

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