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 Elmer Duane Keyes

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Elmer Duane Keyes

Birth
Reading, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Death
4 Dec 1893 (aged 55)
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Burial
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID
44329747 View Source

Son of Marvin and Lucinda (Fulham) Robinson. Adopted son of Washington and Eliza (Robinson) Keyes, Eliza being a sister of his father.

from the Rutland Daily Herald & Globe, Dec. 5, 1893 [edited for length]:
Elmer Duane Keyes died at his residence on Grove street soon after 7 o'clock last evening, after a brief but painful illness.
Mr. Keyes was born at Reading July 15, 1838. His family name was Robinson, but at a very early age he was adopted by a family named Keyes and assumed at that time the name he afterwards bore. He worked on the farm where his adopted parents lived until the age of 21, teaching school during the winter seasons.
Early in the war he entered the service as a lieutenant in company H of Col. Veazey's regiment, the 16th Vermont volunteers. December 31, 1862 he was promoted to the captaincy of his company and occupied that position until the end of his term of enlistment. His company, with its regiment, bore a very prominent part in the battle of Gettysburg.
After leaving the army Mr. Keyes engaged in business in Felchville, where he remained until September 1870, when he came to Rutland. October 1 of the same year he bought the retail grocery business of S.F. Paige and took into partnership N.R. Bardy, who had been the head clerk in Mr. Paige's store. This partnership continued until June 1, 1883, when Mr. Bardy retired. The business had assumed very large proportions during these years. The wholesale branch had been established and the last year of the original partnership had reached a volume of over $600,000 yearly.
Upon the retirement of Mr. Bardy, Mr. Keyes associated himself with C.O. Perkins, a traveling representative of the firm, who has, for the past few years, been the managing head of the house. In June, 1885, Erwin E. Keyes, the elder son of the head of the firm, was taken into partnership.
The business has always been conducted in the brick building on Evelyn street where it was established nearly a quarter of a century ago. Mr. Keyes purchased half of the block soon after beginning business in Rutland, and a few years later secured the remainder of the building. He gradually withdrew from the active management of the Rutland business soon after his son entered the firm, and for the past few years has devoted his time largely to real estate and other financial interests in the West.
Mr. Keyes married in 1862 Lorette Charlotte Hawkins of Reading. Three children where born to them, of whom two sons, Erwin E. Keyes and Arthur H. Keyes, together with Mrs. Keyes survive him. Mr. Keyes leaves two brothers, W.F. and Charles Robinson, and a married sister, all of whom reside in Boston.
He has never sought office, but served as colonel on the staff of Gov. Washburn. At the time of his death he was a director of the Baxter National bank and of the People's Gas company, vice president of the Bank of Volga, South Dakota, vice president of the Volga Equitable Loan and Trust company, and a director in several other financial institutions in various parts of the West.
Mr. Keyes has been a sufferer from chronic bronchitis and asthmatic troubles for nearly 15 years, and during the past five years has had several severe attacks of illness. He returned from a six weeks' business trip through the West about a month ago, Mrs. Keyes joining him on the homeward journey at Chicago. During this trip he drove for 34 miles over a South Dakota prairie and contracted a cold from the effects of which he never recovered. His chronic affections developed emphysema, which eventually caused his death. He was a Mason and was a faithful communicant of Trinity Episcopal church.
The arrangements for the funeral are not yet completed and the date and time have not been fixed upon.


Son of Marvin and Lucinda (Fulham) Robinson. Adopted son of Washington and Eliza (Robinson) Keyes, Eliza being a sister of his father.

from the Rutland Daily Herald & Globe, Dec. 5, 1893 [edited for length]:
Elmer Duane Keyes died at his residence on Grove street soon after 7 o'clock last evening, after a brief but painful illness.
Mr. Keyes was born at Reading July 15, 1838. His family name was Robinson, but at a very early age he was adopted by a family named Keyes and assumed at that time the name he afterwards bore. He worked on the farm where his adopted parents lived until the age of 21, teaching school during the winter seasons.
Early in the war he entered the service as a lieutenant in company H of Col. Veazey's regiment, the 16th Vermont volunteers. December 31, 1862 he was promoted to the captaincy of his company and occupied that position until the end of his term of enlistment. His company, with its regiment, bore a very prominent part in the battle of Gettysburg.
After leaving the army Mr. Keyes engaged in business in Felchville, where he remained until September 1870, when he came to Rutland. October 1 of the same year he bought the retail grocery business of S.F. Paige and took into partnership N.R. Bardy, who had been the head clerk in Mr. Paige's store. This partnership continued until June 1, 1883, when Mr. Bardy retired. The business had assumed very large proportions during these years. The wholesale branch had been established and the last year of the original partnership had reached a volume of over $600,000 yearly.
Upon the retirement of Mr. Bardy, Mr. Keyes associated himself with C.O. Perkins, a traveling representative of the firm, who has, for the past few years, been the managing head of the house. In June, 1885, Erwin E. Keyes, the elder son of the head of the firm, was taken into partnership.
The business has always been conducted in the brick building on Evelyn street where it was established nearly a quarter of a century ago. Mr. Keyes purchased half of the block soon after beginning business in Rutland, and a few years later secured the remainder of the building. He gradually withdrew from the active management of the Rutland business soon after his son entered the firm, and for the past few years has devoted his time largely to real estate and other financial interests in the West.
Mr. Keyes married in 1862 Lorette Charlotte Hawkins of Reading. Three children where born to them, of whom two sons, Erwin E. Keyes and Arthur H. Keyes, together with Mrs. Keyes survive him. Mr. Keyes leaves two brothers, W.F. and Charles Robinson, and a married sister, all of whom reside in Boston.
He has never sought office, but served as colonel on the staff of Gov. Washburn. At the time of his death he was a director of the Baxter National bank and of the People's Gas company, vice president of the Bank of Volga, South Dakota, vice president of the Volga Equitable Loan and Trust company, and a director in several other financial institutions in various parts of the West.
Mr. Keyes has been a sufferer from chronic bronchitis and asthmatic troubles for nearly 15 years, and during the past five years has had several severe attacks of illness. He returned from a six weeks' business trip through the West about a month ago, Mrs. Keyes joining him on the homeward journey at Chicago. During this trip he drove for 34 miles over a South Dakota prairie and contracted a cold from the effects of which he never recovered. His chronic affections developed emphysema, which eventually caused his death. He was a Mason and was a faithful communicant of Trinity Episcopal church.
The arrangements for the funeral are not yet completed and the date and time have not been fixed upon.



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