Clay County


Albert Rufus Kiser was born August 12th, 1842, at Taylorville (now Mountain City), Tennessee; departed this life October 19, 1929, at the Olney Sanitarium, aged 87 years, 2 months and 7 days.

He began work as a carpenter when 15 years old, which occupation he followed until 1861. At the close of the war he came to Flora, Illinois, to visit his brother, whom he had not seen for 14 years. Here he began working again as carpenter, and met and was married to Louvina B. Miller. This union was blessed with four children, two sons and two daughters, two of whom died in infancy. Surviving is one son, C. W. Kiser, age 61, and one daughter, Lulu Battenfield, age 55.

After the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Kiser they lived in Clay City, where he worked as a jeweler until the death of his companion September 9, 1925. After her passing he made his home with Mrs. Battenfield in Olney until October 5th, when he was taken to the Sanitarium where he passed away.

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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