Otto J Kannengeisser was born in Germany the 17th day of October, 1850. He came to Hespeler, Ont., Canada, with his parents at 4 years of age. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Jane Fairbrother. The couple had four children, Minnie (1872), Charles (1875), Clara (1877) and Alice (1880). Jane died March 11, 1884 following a two year battle with tuberculous. In December 1885, Otto and his children joined his parents and siblings near Canada, Kansas in rural Marion County. On July 20, 1886, he married Martha Hope Fairbrother, the widow of his wife's brother, making a rather unusual family when first cousins became step-siblings. The couple completed their family with three more children, Albert, Bertha and Myrtle. Both of Otto's sons died early, Charles in 1888 and Albert in 1911. They are also buried nearby.
"Brother Kannengeisser passed away suddenly at his home west of Aulne March 30, 1932. He leaves to mourn his passing five daughters: Mrs. F.C. Keller, Berien Springs, Mich.; Mrs. J.H. Winkley, Marion, Kans.; Mrs. V.O. Peterson, Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. P.H. Griswold, Kiowa, Kans.; and Mrs. J.C. Kafton of Peabody (Ks). Also one brother, Louis Kannengeisser of Marion, two sisters, Mrs. Susan Klephardt of Chicago, Ill., and Miss Clara Kannengeisser of Marion, 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren with many other relatives and friends. He was a member of Masonic lodge at Peabody and Delta Chapter at Marion.
"Funeral services were conducted at the Aulne M.E. church by the pastor Rev. R.E. Keyes, assisted by Rev. E.M. Fly of Marion. The service at the grave were in charge of the order of Masons. He was laid to rest in the Gard cemetery Sunday afternoon."
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