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|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1829|
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 1901|
Yesterday afternoon at 5:50 o'clock, Daniel Kyger, whose name is linked with that of Kyger's mill, died at his home at the southeast corner of Vermilion and Harrison streets, of general breaking down brought about by old age. He leaves a wife and one son, Oakes, of this city, a brother, Henry T. Kyger, near Grape Creek, and two sisters, Mrs. Levi Underwood and Mrs. Annie Jenkins, near McKendree.
The burial will be at McKendree church, eleven miles southeast of Danville, the cortege leaving the house Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Daniel Kyger was born in Monroe county, Ohio, January 22, 1829. He came from Grand View, Ohio, to this state on a flat boat. He and his companions floated down the Ohio river to the mouth of the Wabash and then pulled the boat up that stream with ropes. They pulled the boat up the Vermilion for some distance, and then camped. Mr. Kyger came to Vermilion county and located on a farm near Georgetown. He assisted in the erection of the first steam flour mill in Vermilion county. He also, in company with Nathaniel Henderson & Sons, built the first steam flour mill in this city.
Only a few days ago the old mill, which was situated southeast of this city, on the Vermilion river, collapsed, after having withstood the elements for years. It came down with a great crash, attracting people for a considerable distance. It had not been used for many years. It was an old-fashioned mill, with a large dam over which the water poured with a deafening roar years ago. It was the only mill for miles around and it did a good business until the "new process" took the place of stones for grinding wheat. A saw mill was run in connection with the flouring mill, and this was in charge of Henry Kyger, Jr., for a number of years. A man named Whipple did most of the work on the mill when it was built. Afterward the building passed into his hands, and he conducted the business for some time.
The grist mill was put in operation in 1834. At that time it had but one run of stone, but later another was put in. Daniel Kyger was the miller, and there are many people in this county today who can testify to the excellent quality of flour that he turned out. It was a rule of the Kyger brothers to never take more toll than the law entitled them to, and in this way they built up a big business. People as far west as Champaign came to Kyger's mill. They would come down one day, camp over night and return home the next day. Frequently persons coming to the mill from a distance would bring a picnic lay out and remain two or three days and fish.
Kyger's mill was known all over the county. It was an old land mark and historical spot. Since it was abandoned as a mill, many people have visited it yearly, climbing about in the decaying timbers, or fishing in the waters in the shade of the old building. Just east of the mill, on the opposite side of the river, is an ideal place for picnic parties, and here have been some of the merriest gatherings that have ever assembled about Danville. Four years ago a camp was established there, which was maintained for nearly a month. People from Hoopeston, Rossville and this city spent the heated term in this beautiful, quiet place. They made trips across to the old mill on the dam which was then in a fairly good state of preservation.
Mr. Kyger was single until he was well along in life, when he married a Miss Green, who taught school at the Valley school house. They made their home in the vicinity of the mill until about fifteen years ago, when they removed to this city. For several years they ran a boarding house at the northwest corner of Vermilion and North street.
John Kyger (1799 - 1883)
Mary Sheets Kyger (1799 - 1870)
Sarah Ellen Green Kyger (1849 - ____)*
Oaks A. Kyger (1873 - 1950)*
Martin Sheets Kyger (1822 - 1826)*
Priscilla Kyger (1826 - 1826)*
Henry Thornton Kyger (1827 - 1903)*
Daniel Kyger (1829 - 1901)
Anna Kyger Jenkins (1831 - 1906)*
Tilmon Dwight Kyger (1833 - 1876)*
Sarah K. Kyger Underwood (1836 - 1925)*
Created by: Diane Wilson
Record added: Jun 22, 2010
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