||Prominent among the names of business men of Terre Haute stands that of Joseph Strong, proprietor of
the Terre Haute Coffee and Spice Mills. He is a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, and came to this city in 1865,
having for the previous five years filled a position as bookkeeper in a prominent mercantile house of Cincinnati.|
On coming here Mr. Strong began business in a small way, and by his indomitable energy and enterprise he
has increased it to its present large dimensions, making his business second to none in the country, and with a
reputation for first-class grades of goods unexcelled anywhere. He was the first to commence business in this
line in Terre Haute, and, notwithstanding there are other firms now engaged in the trade, he still maintains the
first position, his business now being four times greater than when he began.
He now gives employment to fifteen hands, four of whom are traveling men, and occupies the premises Nos. 19
and 21 North Sixth street, 40x125 feet, with three floors and basement, all stored with grocers' sundries, and
fitted up with the latest improved machinery. On the premises are three elevators, one large steam and two
hand-power, one of the latter arranged expressly for lowering goods from the packing department on the third
floor. A fine thirty horse-power engine drives all the machinery, and greatly facilitates business.
The sterling baking power, of which Mr. Strong the inventor and sole manufacturer, has received the
indorsement (sic) of the whole country.
His spices, of which he manufactures but one brand of each kind, are also widely known.
Mr. Strong has devoted much time and study to the perfect roasting of coffee, and has met with complete success.
He roasts by a fixed rule, and by so doing leaves the caffeine in its highest perfection, and to this, no doubt, must be
ascribed the origin of the high reputation his brands of goods have obtained. - - History of Terre Haute, Vigo Co., IN -
1880 - businesses
Joseph Strong was born on June 25, 1839, in Chillicothe, Ohio died on January 10, 1929, in Terre Haute, Indiana
buried Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana,son of WIlliam Y Strong and Anna Massie
Veteran Merchant Is Called By Death
Joseph Strong Pioneer Business Man of the City, Dies at Home Thursday Evening
Joseph Strong, 90 years old, 423 South Sixth Street, head of Joseph Straong & Co., coffee and spice mills,
one of Terre Haute's pioneers in the business world, died at his residence Thursday evening after an illness
of about six weeks
Although advanced in age, Mr. Strong's business acumen and ability never waned, and until the advent of
his last illness, was actively engaged in managing the business which bears his name
His reputation in the business world, where he was one of the city's oldest representatives, was one of
honesty, integrityand abitlity, and while personally he was of a retiring nature, he made hindreds of
firends who will miss his presence in the years to come.
For 64 years the name of Joseph Strong has been known in the business world of this section of the state,
59 of which was as head of Joseph Strong & Co. He started in business here in 1865, selecting the
mercantile business as fir forte. Five years later he organized the present coffe and spice business, locating
in the old Dowling hall on the west side of sixth stree between Wabash and Cherry. Within a short time
after this, he began specializing in coffees and spices and since that time these articles have been the
leaders in the Strong business.
Within a few years he had established himself in the present location of the company at Sixth and Ohio
streets, but it was not unt__ that the present firm was organized.
During his business career he was successiverly connected with John Ball, elder brother of WIlliam and
Spencer F. Ball; A. B. Blake, and the present remaining members of the firm his son Richard B. Strong
and Charles W. Balke.
During his long career here he was also called on to serve on many executive boards, among being that
of the Terre Haute National Bank and Trust company; the Citizens Mutual Heating company and the
Terre Haute Savings Bank.
In addition to this he was for may years vestryman of St. Stephen's Episcopal church, in which he was a
Early in life he was also called to the service of his city in a civic way and was for many years one of the
besy suppporters and workers in the cold Commercial club, contributing in no small degree to the
early growth of the city.
Mr. Strong was born in Chillicothe, O., June 25, 1839, the son of WIlliam and Ann Massey Strong.
Later his family moved to Cincinnati, where Mr. Strong entered the service of the First National Bank
of that city. He enlisted in the Union Army in 1864 and served his country for the balance of the war,
removing to Terre Haute after his discharge from the army, and starting his business career in this city.
In 1866 he was married to Mary B. Blake, daughter of Richard Blake, at that time one of the most
prominent physicians of the city, and this helpmeet remained with him untill 1912, in which years she
The firm of Joseph Strong and company will long remember its founder and even the younger of its
employess, as well as its patrons, will regret the passing of Mr. Strong
He is survived by six children: Mrs. Benjamin McKeen of St. Louis, Mo.; Richard B. Strong of this city; Mrs.
Grant H. Fairbanks, of Haverhill, Mas..; Mrs. James A. Cooper and Mrs. John L. Crawford both of Terre
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o''clock and will be private.
married Mary Bourne Blake on December 3, 1867 Vigo County, Indiana born 1842 in Indiana died January 10, 1912,
in Terre Haute, Indiana buried Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana
Wabash Valley Obituary Index
Name Title Age Year Month Day Page Paper
STRONG JOSEPH MRS 1912 1 13 02 TRIB
Year: 1880; Census Place: Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana; Roll: 319; Family History Film: 1254319; Page: 392B;
Enumeration District: 212
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph Strong 45
Mary Strong 38
Anna Strong 12
Richard Strong 9
Etta Strong 8
William Strong 4
Fransca Strong 2
Susa Strong 1
Year: 1900; Census Place: Harrison, Vigo, Indiana; Roll: 409; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 108
Joseph Strong 60
Mary R Strong 57
Susan M Strong 21
Franceska G Strong 22
Elizabeth R Strong 19
Anna Massie Strong was born October 1867 Indiana October 13, 1943, St Louis County, Missouri Burial:
Bellefontaine Cemetery Saint Louis St. Louis City Missouri married October 20, 1891 Vigo County, Indiana
Benjamin McKeen born January 1864 in Indiana died December 16, 1947, St Louis County, Missouri Burial:
Bellefontaine Cemetery Saint Louis St. Louis City Missouri son of
William Riley McKeen and Ann Forbes Crawford
MAry Josephine McKeen born 24 January 1900 Indiana married Thomas K. Niedringhaus Jr.
and Birth: August 16, 1898 Death: June 8, 1941 married also Neal Crieghton Birth: July 4 1898
Thomas K Niedringhaus, III a
Mary Niedringhaus married --- Kayser
Richard B Strong was born in November 1870 in Indiana died on February 4, 1937, in Terre Haute, Indiana Burial:
Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana married November 11, 1895, in Vigo County, Indiana
Catherine Carlton born in July 1872 in New Albany, Indiana died on February 17, 1962, in
Indianapolis, Indiana dau. of Ambrose Boliver Carlton and Mary Rose Clements
Henrietta Delius Strong was born on February 20, 1873, in Terre Haute, Indiana. married November 9, 1896 Vigo
County, Indiana Samuel Crawford McKeen was born on 7 Dec 1862 Vigo county Indiana died October 28, 1937 Burial:
Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana son of
William Riley McKeenand Ann Forbes Crawford
William Riley McKeen born July 29, 1897 Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana died June 28, 1977
Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana married September 24, 1925 Vigo
County, Indiana Henrietta Frances Gilchrist born June 17, 1906 Terre Haute, Indiana died February 2000
daughter of Robert A Gilcrhrist and Virginia Harrison.
Virginia D Mckeen
William R Mckeen, Jr
Joseph Strong McKee born May 21, 1899 Vigo County, Indiana died October 1934 Terre Haute,
Indiana; Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana
TWICE within a few months Terre Haute has been shocked by the untim ely passing of young
men, prominent in their own right as well as in their families. The death this week of Joseph S.
McKeen struck the same note of tragedy as that associated with the death of John F. Rawley
in the late summer. It is hard for the family and friends to adjust them selves to the passing of
these two who were in the youthful stage of life.
married Aurie Meredith Bernreuter born May 26, 1906 Jacksonville, Florida August 6, 1968, Pompano
Beach, Florida Burial: Pompano Beach South Lawn Cemetery Pompano Beach Broward County Florida
married 2nd -- Bacon daughter of David Walker Bernreuer and Aurie M. Hall.
“Joe" McKeen died early Tuesday morning, following a lingering illness of more than a year's
duration. He never fully recovered from an operiation performed at that time.
He was buried Thursday morning from the residence, 428 South Sixth, the Rev. W. T. Capers
of St. Stephen's church officiating.
Interment was in the McKeen mausoleum at Highland Lawn. His pal! bearers were Frederick
Reckert, James Black, Warren Hussey, David Bronson, Harold Whitney, and Hamill Baker.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Crawford McKeen, one of the most prominent and influential
families in the city. His father has long been connected with banking circles here.
The young man attended several Eastern colleges before completing his education in the
University of Illinois.
He had been a partner in the McKeen-Boyer company and had been associated with the McKeen
National bank. In addition to his prominence in the business world he took an active part in the
city’s social activities. He w as a member of the Elks, the Aero club, and the Delta Tau Delta
Besides his parents, he is survived by the widow, Mrs. Aurie McKeen, two daughters, Aurie
Meredith and Henrietta, and one brother, William R. McKeen. - Terre Haute Saturday
Spectator - Nov 3 1934
Aurie Meredith McKeen Birth: May 8, 1927 Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana Death: May 13, 1977
Broward County Florida Burial: Pompano Beach South Lawn Cemetery Pompano Beach Broward
County Florida married Feb 1949 William Sanders Lake Sr. Birth: Aug 8 1923 - Brooke County, WV
Death: June 18 1991 - Broward County, Pompano Bealch, FL aon of William Henry Lake, & Helen
Alberta Sanders. Children:
William Sanders Lake Jt
Joseph Mckeen Lake
Henrietta Delius McKeen Birth: Oct 10 1929 - Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana married Robert Edward
McClellan Sr Death: Jan 10 1991 - Pompano Beach, FL son of George Sterling Mcclellan, Md,
Novice Ruth Collier
Robert Edward McCellan II
William Bond Strong Birth: Oct. 22, 1875 Indiana Death: Jan. 24, 1889 Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery
Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana
Franceska Groverman Strong was born on November 7, 1877, in Indiana died on March 26, 1935, in Miami, Florida married April 11,
1901, in Vigo County, Indiana Grant Henry Fairbanks born February 18, 1877 Joplin, Missouri died December 27, 1945, Manhattan,
New York, son of WIlliam Henry Fairbanks and Ella Peters
Susan Meade Strong was born on February 5, 1879, in Terre Haute, Indiana. She died on November 7, 1963, Terre Haute, Indiana
Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana
married June 12, 1907, in Vigo County, Indiana. James Athenian Cooper Jr. on December 27, 1874, in New Harmony, Indiana died on
November 12, 1931, in Terre Haute, Indiana Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana son of James Athenian
Cooper Sr. and Emma Stweart
James A Cooper, Jr., a prominent corporation attorney of Terre Haute, and member of the law firm of Cooper,
Royse, Bogart and Gambill, was born in New Harmony, Posey county, Ind., on December 27, 1874. He is the
son of James A. and Emma W.(Stewart) Cooper, the former of whom was born in Posey county, and the
latter in Washington, D. C., her father having been a surgeon in the United States Army. The paternal g
randparents of James, A. Cooper, Jr., were both members of the Robert Owen community experiment,
which was conducted in Posey county in 1825.
Mr. Cooper received his preliminary education in the public schools of Terre Haute, and was awarded degrees
from DePauw University in 1895, Harvard University in 1897 and from Harvard Law School in 1900. In 1901,
he began practicing law in Terre Haute, he having moved hither in 1888, and almost immediately won
recogntion as a lawyer of exceptional ability. In 1904, he was elected prosecuting attorney of Vigo on the
Republican ticket, and was re-elected in 1906. During the time in which he held this office he won
considerable mention on account of his rigid prosecution of gambling cases and defaulting public officials. His
achievements in the prosecution of such offenders brought about the movement which finally abolished
gambling, and was one of the direct causes for the enactment of the depository law governing office
holders. As a member of the well-known law firm mentioned above, Mr. Cooper is specializing in corporation
law, and has built up a large and profitable practice.
In 1907, he married Miss Susan Strong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Strong, of Terre Haute, and to this
union one son, David, has been born.
David Meade Cooper Birth: January 23, 1914 Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, United States
Death: October 15, 1996 Hampton, Virginia married Almira Rose Stimmel
Stewart Blake Cooper Birth: May 11, 1908 Vigo County Indiana Death: Mar. 6, 1914 Terre Haute
Vigo County Indiana, Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre HauteVigo County Indiana
Elizabeth Ann Blake Strong was born on October 27, 1880, in Terre Haute, Indiana. born October 27, 1880, Terre Haute, Indiana
died on November 21, 1959, in Vigo County, Indiana Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana
Illness is Fatal To Mrs. Crawford
married October 27, 1904, in Vigo County, Indiana. John List Crawford born on November 24, 1874, in Terre Haute Indiana
died on January 9, 1921 Terre Haute, Indiana Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana son of
Andrew Jefferson Crawford and Ann E. Ivenson
Mrs. ELizabeth B. Crawford, 79, widow of John Crawford, died at 8 o'clck Saturday night at
the residence, 1521 South Center Street
A member of St. Stephen Episcopla Church, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Alfred H.
Caffee of Terre Huate and Mrs. RObert Hogue of Los Angles, Calif.; one son , Richard S.
Crawford of Kirwood, Mo.; one sister, Mrs. James. A Cooper of Terre Haute; three
grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The body was taken to the Frank M. Patrick J Ryan Funeral Home.
Elizabeth Crawford Birth: Apr. 5, 1912 Vigo County Indiana Death: Aug. 15, 1982 Terre Haute Vigo County
Indiana, Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana married Alfred Hofer Caffee Birth: 1893
Death: 1971 Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana
Mary Crawford Birth: Dec. 9, 1914 Vigo County Indiana Death: May 15, 1978 Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana
Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana married Robert Burton Houge Birth: Aug. 7, 1909
Death: Mar. 29, 1970 Burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana
Richard Strong Crawford born on May 12, 1907, in Terre Haute, Indiana, died in May 1968 married June 22, 1927, in Vigo
County, Indiana Elizabeth Davis born on June 22, 1907, in Vigo County, Indiana died on July 22, 1950, in St Louis County,
Missouri daughter of Gabriel Davis and Evelyn G Richardson They had:
1 Susan Meade Crawford was born on December 25, 1932, in Terre Haute, Indiana, died on February 13, 1978, in Illinois,
at the age of 45, and was buried in Columbia, Missouri She married Robert Howard Cone on June 18, 1955, in Vigo County,
Indiana. born on May 13, 1933, in Los Angeles County, California died on December 23, 1957 son of Virgil Kingdon Cone
2 Patrica Ann Crawford