|Birth: ||Mar. 28, 1865|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 1907|
Stephen Keister died at Chadron, NE from appendicitis. Although a resident of Lander, WY, his body was returned to "the old home in Virginia for interment".
From the Lander, Fremont County, WY newspaper of Jan 31, 1907:
"Stephen A.D. Keister was born in Huntington, WV, March 28, 1865. His father and grandfather were born and reared in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and his mother was a member of the famous Cobb family of Georgia and the Carolinas. During the Civil War his father, a Douglas Democrat, was employed in the Quartermaster's department of the Union army.
In 1871 Mr. Keister's parents moved to Ashton, W. Va., where they still reside on a farm. Here young Keister attended the public schools, and later received normal instruction. At the age of 16 years he qualified for a teacher's certificate of the first grade, and began teaching in the public schools of that state. In 1884 he went to Tipton, MO, where he followed teaching during the winters and saving his salary to defray his expenses while serving an apprenticeship in pharmacy during his summer vacations. In 1887 he accepted a position at Nevada, MO as a registered pharmacist, having passed the state board pharmacy examination at Kansas City, MO.
In 1890 Mr. Keister became pharmacist for Hon. James I. Patten, Lander, WY. Later he engaged in business there and for the past eleven years conducted a retail drug store at the same location. In 1892 Mr. Keister was a delegate to the Democratic State Convention at Rock Springs, and served as a member of the state central committee during the succeeding two years. He was postmaster for Lander from April 23, 1893 until July 1, 1897. In 1898 he was elected a commissioner of Fremont County and served as chairman of the board of commissioners during his incumbency. In 1900 he was a candidate for member of the legislature and was defeated by 28 votes. He was defeated for mayor of Lander in 1903, and in 1904 was elected to the state senate.
He was married to Miss Pearl Simpson at Lander July 12, 1893. There are no children.
Mr. Keister was prominently identified with the fraternal organizations of WY, including Knights of Pythias, Elks, Eagles, Masons, Fremont County Cattle Growers' association and the WY State Pharmaceutical association."
Pearl Simpson Crandall (1872 - 1971)*
Beale Chapel Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Kathleen
Originally Created by: Lisa Young
Record added: Jun 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92170948