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About The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 19, 1908)
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ALLIANCE, BOX BUTTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1908
thing to consider in depositing money in a bank is
Security. The capital and surplus are depositors
protection fund. Our Capital is $50,000.00 Our
Surplus is now $50,000.00. This makes a deposit
ors guarantee fund of $100,000.00. The
government superintends and examines this Bank.
Our stockholders and directors are responsible' well-to-
do business men. This
has been established over eighteen years, during which
time it has served the banking public faithfully and
built up a large and prosperous business. The best
service possible is none too good for our country
customers and the people ;
Sudden Death of
John O'Ktefe, Sr.
FIRST STATE BANK
Capital and Surplus, $15,000.00
Keith L. Pierce, Cashier
Notary Publc in Bank & Insurance Written
& Highest Interest PaicJ on Time Deposits &
Real Estate Loans, any size, made or negotiated
HOUSE FOR SALE On Yellowstone I Wanted to buy small bouse in north
Ave., six rooms. Price. $1300, Call or west part of Alliance. Inquire at
on Geo. Pauley. , . 4 I The Heiald office.
Last Saturday morning at 10 o'clock,
occurred the death of Mr John
O'Keefe, Sr., at his residence on north
Box Butte avenue, in this city, The
end came Buddenly aud while he was
sitting in an arm chair, reading. The
osly other person present in the house
at the time was his daughter, Miss Mary,
who was in an adjoining room. A groan
from tile lips of Mr. O'Keefe hurried
the alarmed lady to the presence of her
father, but death moved more quickly
and the good old man had given
up Hfe's struggle; his soul was be
yond the portals of mortality. Word
was at once given out of the sudden
summons and in a few moments his
sons John and Tom, together with
otlief relatives, friends and physicians
arrived to lend their assistance.
The death of Mr. O'Keefe was ap
parently free from pain and without a
struggle. As he sat in his arm chair
with eves closed, he appeared only to
be taking a nap after the morning
meal. Contentment was expressed in
his countenance, and his death was
like his life peaceful and serene.
The sudden death of Mr. O'Keefe
was soon spread throughout the city
and county, for he was well known in
all parts, being a uionecf whose active
life assisted in moulding the history of
western Nebraska, where he was al
ways interested in public works and
Relatives from abroad were immedi
ately notified of tlli death. Mr. and
Mrs. Dan O'Keefe, residing on the
ranch northwest of the city, arrived at
six o'clook in the evening. Will
Kecfe, a nephew, of Clinton, Iowa, ar
rived Monday. Mrs. Eliza Mahar, his
sister, accompanied by )ier daughter,
arrived from St, Joseph, Mb., Sunday
noon, and other sister Mrs. John
Coleman, also of Clinton, accompanied
by her husband, came Monday noon.
Two other sisters of tlio deceased, re
siding at Oakland, Cal., and Boston,
Mass., were unable to be present at
the funeral which occurred Tuesday
morning at 10 o'clock, at Holy Rosary
church, under the auspices of the
Knights of Columbus, of which order
he was a member.
John O'Keefe was the descendant of
a staunch ancestry from County Lim
erick, Ireland. He was born in the
green isle June, 1832, and with his
parents emigrated to Boston, at the
age of fifteen years. The family sub
sequently moved to Fulton, 111., wheredc
ceased was married to Miss Sarah Kelly
at Dixon, 111. la February, 1886, Mr.
O'Keefe removed to Box Butte county
and was one of its organizers and first
officers, being treasurer four years,
while the county seat was located at
Nonpareil. Later he served as post
master at Hemingford.
Mr. .O'Keefe's life was upright and
clean. He was of that type to know
him or but to have a passing acquaint
ance, ho commanded the utmost re
spect. Character and manly bearing
were stamped indelibly and ptainly
in his countenance. He harmed
no one, was kind and affectionate to
all. His gentle demeanor endeared
him to many, and the popular expression
"Uncle John" came from his friends
everywhere. In the estimation of the
writer, deceased was a man among
many whose goodness was a rare gem
polished by years of kindness. He
loved his Creator, his religion, his
family, and in fact, all mankind, Mr.
O'Keefe was plain in his manner of
I living. There were no frills or vanity
in his inakeup. Poverty and distress
, he felt happy in relieving. He was a
friend to the poor and gave cheerfully.
In church work he was also in the front
ranks and by his devotion to his faith
assisted in spreading the word of God
in the west. In his humble dwelling
I during the days of the wilderness the
' sacrifice of the mass was first offered
' up inbbx IJutte county, and the priest
shared the hospitality of the O'Keefe
The funeral of John O'Keefe was a
most imposing affair. A large concourse
of people was present to pay their re
spects to the deceased. At Holy Ros
ary church, where the good old man
spent much of his time in prayer, oc
curred the last rites. Tho edifice was
packed with people. The Knights of
Columbus occupied the center pews,
while the large crowd was seated in
the north and south rows, Several
persons wore unable to secure seating
room. Solemn requiem mass for
the rcposo of Ithe departed soul was
offered Up. Father McNamara as eel.
ebant offered up the sacrifice, assisted
by Father Becker of Crawford and
Father Roach of Holy Rosary church.
The choir chanted the death lamenta
tion and the exercises for tho dead were
most solemn. At the conclusion of the
mass, Father McNamara delivered the
sermon, taking the words of the gospel
fpr his text, "For he was a just man."
It was most appropriate, and the
speaker eloquently compared the life of
him whose mortal remains lay before
him with the character in the gospel as
the same. Tho priest knew well the
life of deceased and told of his virtues
and christian life.
At the conclusion of the office for
the dead, those in attendance at the
services were permitted to view the
countenance of the deceased for the
last time. As he appeared in life so
he remained in death calm and peace
ful. Flowers ftom the Knights of Colum
bus and Elk" orders together with those
from The Alliance Herald force and
other friends spoke beautifully of
tender affections. A card ou tho casket
from the Daughters of Isabella offered
spiritual flowers in masses for the re
pose of the soul of the departed.
Interment took place at the Catholic
cemetery beside the body of his
good wife who preceded,. hjm about
four years ago.
The pall bearers were John Elmore,
John. Iiremianr M. F. Nolan, F. B.
O'Connor, Frank McCoy and C. A. .
Some way, the passing of John
O'Keefe, Sr. was free" from death's
sorrow by tho gentleness of nature that
surrounded his life. He built (or him
self an affectionate friendship which
flourishes the more now that ho has
been taken from among us.
May his soul rest in peace,
Among those from Hemingford and
the north and west part of the county
who came to attend tho funeral, the
writer saw the fallowing:
C, J. Wildy, Postmastef Walker,
A. M. Miller, E. S. Wildy, Mr. and
Mrs. H. L. Bushoell, Mr. and Mrs.
C. T, Davison, Mr. aud Mrs. C. A.
Burlew, Mr, and Mrs. James Hollta
rake, Fred Abley, Emery Abley, Or
villo Kidwcll, G. W. Locr, Ed. and
John Mablu, J. P. Jensen, Henry
Michaclson, Richard 'Bevan, Cliaa.
Shindlcr, M. C. Beaumont, H. E.
Jones, Leo Fronapfel, Mrs, K. L.
Pierce, Mrs. Leonard Sampy, Mrs.
B. U. Shepard, C. H. Britton, W F '
Patterson, Collins Brothers, Frank
Connor, John O'Mara, Mr. aud Mrs.
Jos. Manion, Mr. and Mrs. John Burns,'
Mrs. M. Butler and daughter. J. B.JC.
Receives Word of
His Mother's Death'
S. K. Warrick received the sad in
telligence this week ot the death of his
mother, Mrs. Warrick, at her home in
Elk Creek, Va., Wednesday morning. .
Deceased was seventy-eight years old
and succumbed to typhoid fever. Ow . '
ingtothc long distance Mr, -Warrick ,
is compelled to forgo his ,defiirbijo'at- ,'
tend the funeral. J ' ?'"-t ;'JS ',
A special program will be givenj'at
the Jollo next Saturday afternoon at
2:30 for members of the M. E. Sunday .
School and their parents. Admission -free.
Have been relegated to the rear. The COUNTRY is The hard luck story teller must now seek a new Theme
PROSPEROUS and the PEOPLE are HAPPY. If for PANICS and POLITICS have worn themselves out
you are prosperous (and nearly everyone in Alliance They are both a thing of the past. Better live in the
and adjacent territory is) you might as well put on the Present. History has been made. Better take the time
outward signs which are good clothes. The Logical and give a little attention to your Winter Wardrobe,
place to buy them is the place where they keep nothing New Suits and Overcoats of the best makes are here
else; that place is THE FAMOUS. waiting for you. Better look them over.
1000 MENSFINE SUITS 500 BEAUTIFUL OVERCOATS
Every known fashionable weave; every model The way we have been selling Overcoats makes
that the well-dressed man desires, is here in our a new high repord for us-and that's going some,
stock. Suits from ' If you will see them and note the price you will
$7.50 to $30.00 Sshon, $7.50 to $35
This Store is the Home of Hart Schaffner & Marx Clothing, Douglas Shoes,
Manhattan Shirts, Stetson Hats: The greatest aggregation of standard
merchandise for men and boys in Alliance or any town in Nebraska of
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