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Capt William Kehoe

Capt William Kehoe

Birth
Canada
Death 1872
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Lot 120, Fowler
Memorial ID 101097603 · View Source
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Elmwood Cemetery 1874 Biographical Sketches
Capt William Kehoe was born, we believe, in this city. In any event his father resided here many years, often representing his ward in the City Council. Wm. Kehoe was a famous Captain of the Fire Department, a position he filled with perfect satisfaction to the people and insurance companies through a series of years. He was buried with distinguished honors by the Fire Department and municipal authorities. He was self possessed in the midst of danger, singularly well-fitted to government, winning confidence and respect, and very certainly there was never a public officer of the city who filled his position more creditably, or won greater distinction than Wm. Kehoe. He died February, 1972, aged forty.

Cause of death: dysentery

Memphis Daily Appeal
February 2 1872
The Death of the Chief of the Fire Department

William Kehoe, whose father was from the south of Ireland, has been in Memphis since he was four years old. He was born in Canada, though most of us have thought of him a native of Tennessee. He has ever lived in North Memphis, where he has owned property, and of this district of the city he has always been prominent representative in the administration of all municipal and county affairs. He was a fireman from his boyhood, and was in this capacity the associate for more than twenty years of that life-long fireman and alderman, the immortal Dan Hughes. For many years he has been chief of the fire department; before the war, of the volunteer force, and since the introduction of steam fire-engines, in 1859, he has directed the movements of these machines, Mayor Johnson, in his youth, served long as a fireman under the command of Captain Kehoe. Mr. Randle, of the Chickasaw foundry, now that Holst and Kehoe are no more, is the only surviving chief of the old fire department. During the last year of Mr Kehoe's mastery of the department the sum total of losses by fire have not been equal to the cost of the four steam fire engines with which he has controlled the devouring element. He was an invaluable citizen, and has done more in saving human life and property by his super-human exertions and by his unquailing courage and self-devotion than any one who has served this city and people. There should be a monument to Kehoe as enduring as the undying memory of his virtues. His father long served the city in the capacity of an alderman, and was as worthy a citizen as the son who will now rest beside him. The fire bells were tolled last night, announcing, in melancholy tones, the sad news of Captain Kehoe's demise, and, escorted by the gallant firemen, his body will be borne to the grave to-morrow, or on Sunday.


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  • Created by: Mary & Kent
  • Added: 21 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101097603
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt William Kehoe (unknown–1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101097603, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Mary & Kent (contributor 47170788) .