Nov. 1, 1860 West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Jul. 23, 1907 Moline Rock Island County Illinois, USA
Aloysius (Alois) DeKeyrel was born in Woumen, West Flanders, Belgium to Karel Lodewijk (Carolus Lodewyk)and Rosalie DeLeu DeKeyrel. Following his sons to Moline, Illinois, Alois emigrated to America aboard the S.S. Vaderland on June 22, 1907. Alois found his sons, Rene and Julius, and obtained a job working at the Mutual Wheel Works in Moline.
July 23, 1907 was an unusually hot day. On his way home from working in the shop, Alois was overcome by heat exhaustion and layed down at the Erickson School grounds to rest. In a short time he was discovered unconcious and taken immediately to the Moline city hospital where he was attended. His temperature was between 106 and 107. He died shortly after midnight. His death was the first heat-related death in Moline in 15 years. He had only been in America one month. (The Argus, July 24, 1907)
He left behind him in Belgium his wife, Eugenia Joos and his sons, Maurice and Camile and his daughters, Melanie and Zoe. The boys later immigrated to Illinois, but the wife and daughters remained in Belgium for the rest of their lives.