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Frances Clift "Fannie" Shroyer Keller  



Frances Clift "Fannie" Shroyer Birth Date: 1 Dec 1865 : Indiana Death : 29 Oct 1943 Los Angeles, California buried Mount Hope Cemetery Logansport Cass County Indiana

    Name: Francis Clift Keller [Francis Clift Shroyer]
    Gender: Female
    Birth Date: 1 Dec 1865
    Birth Place: Indiana
    Death Date: 29 Oct 1943
    Death Place: Los Angeles
    Mother's Maiden Name: Clift
    Father's Surname: Shroyer


married Emil F. Keller birth June 12 1865 Dunkirk New York Death Date: 9 Aug 1935

landlord of the new Barnett hotel, Logansport (1906)
    EMIL F KELLER The present manager of the Barnett House has been in charge of the hotel for the past three years and under his administration of its affairs has increased its patronage and high standing among the leading hotels of the state He is well known not only in Logansport but throughout this section as his position brings him into contact with people from the surrounding counties as well as those from more distant points He is genial and courteous ever seeking to meet the wishes and provide for the comfort of the patrons of the house and to his judicious supervision of every detail and department connected with the establishment is due its high reputation is due its high reputation

    Mr Keller is a young man now in the prime of life as he was born the year that witnessed the close of the Civil war the date of the event being June 12 1865 He is one of the two surviving children in a family that originally numbered five the other being his brother Carl W The parents were Emil F and Frederica Zimmerman Keller natives of Germany The father followed the occupation of grocer and was industrious energetic and successful A true citizen of his adopted country he sought to promote her best interests and to do his full duty He settled in Dunkirk New York about 1850 and continued to make his home in that beautiful little city

    The boyhood and youth of Emil F Keller passed swiftly and pleasantly in his native place Dunkirk his education being acquired in the public schools

    In 1884 he started out for himself and coming to Logansport he entered into partnership with A. L. Turbee They established and carried on the first steam laundry ever located here and were quite successful from the start At the end of about a year Mr Keller sold his interest in the business and went to St Louis where he became the assistant bookkeeper for the Trorlicht Duncker & Renard Carpet Company wholesale and retail dealers in carpets Our subject retained his place with this enterprising firm for some four years at the expiration of which time he returned to Logansport and accepted a position as secretary of the Shroyer & Uhl Company dealers in notions in wholesale quantities

    A year later Mr Keller resigned and embarked in the tailoring business upon his own responsibility Finding a purchaser of the business in the person of his brother Carl W .

    He next turned his attention to his present occupation for which it seems he is specially adapted His general and diversified business experience his wide knowledge of men and his natural qualifications make him just the man for the place of manager of a hotel The Barnett is a house of which Logansport is justly proud as it is conducted upon modern plans is spacious and finely fitted up and is first class in every respect

    In 1889 Mr Keller married Miss Frances Shroyer of this city She was born in Logansport and was here reared to womanhood Mr Keller is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and is a Mason of the thirty second degree He belongs to Tipton Lodge No 33 F & AM of Logansport Adoniram Grand Lodge of Perfection of Indianapolis Saraiah Council Princes of Jerusalem Rose Croix Chapter RAM of Indianapolis Indiana Consistory SPRS of Indianapolis and Murat Temple Mystic Shrine of the same city - - Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and ..., Volume 1 Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard Lewis Publishing Company, 1898 - Cass County (Ind.)

    Barnett The Logansport Hotel Co proprs Emil F Keller mgr both tels 33 ne cor 2d and Market - Longwell & Cummings' and R.L. Polk & Co's Logansport Directory R.L. Polk & Co., 1899

    The Barnett Hotel of Logansport Ind changed to European plan some two months ago has gone back to American plan The Keller Bros proprietors after giving the new plan a fair trial came to the conclusion that the time is not quite ripe for such change - - The Hotel/motor Hotel Monthly, Volume 12 Clissold Publishing Company, 1904

    Twenty-five years ago... Mr E F Keller manager of the Murdock Hotel Logansport Ind is now in charge of the Barnett House that city being one of the proprietors... - The Hotel World: The Hotel and Travelers Journal, Volume 90 1920 - Hotel management

    Emil Keller a former resident of Loganspor, died Friday evening at his home in Hollywood, Calif., according to a c ommunication recieved Saturday by Mrs. Carl Keller, 405 Seventh street, a sister-in-law.

    Keller, who had been a invalid for the past year, at one time manafed the Murdock and Barnett horels in this city and fifty years ago manafed the skating ring at Lake Mackinkuckee. In those daus skating was a great fad and Keller, himself, was quite an artifst on the rollers.

    He left Logansport nearly 40 years ago goign to california where he had lived ever since.

    Surviving are his wife, the former Frances Shroyer of this city, and a son Roth Keller of Portland, Ore.

    Funeral services will be held at Hollywood an burial made there


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    Roth Shroyer Keller Birth: 31 Dec 1891 - Logansport, Indiana Death: 13 Jan 1965 buried Willamette National Cemetery Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon married Julia Hill Van Wert Birt : 18 Mar 1899 Death : 2 Apr 1966 buried Willamette National Cemetery Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon daughter of Daniel Alvin Van Wert and Henrietta Ann--- 1918 - Mar 27 - Roth Keller, born and raised in Logansport and son of Mr. and Mrs Emil Keller of Ft. Wayne, has passed the examination ofr a postion as paymaster in the United States Navy, according to word reaching here from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. He has been ordered to Washington.


Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 133; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0026

Name: Emil F Keller [Emil F Liller]
Birth Year: abt 1867
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: New York
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Home in 1930: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Map of Home: View Map
Street address: Lemon Grove Ave
Block: 804
House Number in Cities or Towns: 4807
Dwelling Number: 193
Family Number: 405
Age at First Marriage: 28
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: Oregon Mother's Birthplace: Iowa
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Auditor

Industry: Boots
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker
Employment: No
Household Members:
Name Age
Helen Smith 28
William Murdock 30 Lodger
Emil F Keller 63

California, Death Index, 1905-1939
Name: Emil F Keller
Birth Year: abt 1861
Death Date: 9 Aug 1935
Age at Death: 74
Death Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA

Name: Emil F Keller
Birth Date: 12 May 1862
Death Date: 9 Aug 1935
Cemetery: Forest Hill Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York, USA






ALEXANDER R SHROYER wholesale grocer and prominent business man of Logansport was born in the town of New Castle Henry Co Ind on March 4 1840 His parents Henry and Esther Hoover Shroyer were natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Wayne County Ind and of German English extraction

Mr Shroyer's educational training was received in the common schools of his native county and at the age of seventeen he became salesman in a dry goods house at New Castle in which capacity he continued until his twentieth year He then entered the First Bank of New Castle as book keeper and one year later came Logansport and engaged in the grocery and jobbing trade in partnership with L H Hicks and DC Elliott This firm until 1871 when Hicks retired and AL Pogue became a partner and the firm known as Elliott Pogue & Shroyer lasted until 1879 In the latter year JT Elliott purchased an interest Pogue retiring and the house is at present known as that of Elliott & Co This is one of the most successful wholesale houses northern Indiana and the business is constantly increasing

Mr Shroyer takes the first rank in this city as an energetic man He is watchful and systematic in all his transactions and noted for his financial ability and for his prompt and dealing He has accumulated a handsome competency by industry and unswerving integrity He is in strong sympathy with the Republican party and is recognized as one of its standard bearers in Cass County

Mr Shroyer was married January 12 1864 to Miss Helen E Clift of New Castle Two children have been born to the marriage viz Fannie and Lottie - History of Cass County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present edited by Thomas B. Helm






Alexander Rotheus Shroyer, son of Henry and Esther ( Hoover) Shroyer, was born March 4, 1840, and died at Logansport. Indiana. May 22, 1901.

He received a good common school and academic education in New Castle and then entered upon a business career. He was for a time a clerk in his father's store and afterwards became the first bookkeeper of the First National Bank of New Castle, at the time of its organization. He next went to Fairbury, Illinois, where he spent several years in the employ of Americus L. Pogue, whose wife, Mrs. Fannie Pogue, was the daughter of Henry Shroyer's sister, Emeline Thomas. Mrs. Thomas died in Richmond, Indiana, in August, 1893, and is buried in Earlham Cemetery, at that place.

In 1861 Alexander R. Shroyer went to Logansport, where he and his father in association with Lewis Hicks and Dewitt C. Elliott, purchased the wholesale grocery of Robert P. and William H. Murphey, which they carried on under the name of Hicks, Elliott and Shroyer (1866) until Henry Shroyer and Lewis Hicks disposed of their interests, the first named to Dewitt C. Elliott and the last named to Americus L. Pogue, the style of the firm becoming Elliott, Pogue and Shroyer (1871). Later Jehu T. Elliott, who was an employee of the firm and who represented the interests of Mr. Pogue therein, bought out the latter and the firm style was changed to Elliott. Shroyer and Company (1879). Later to Elliott and Company (1891) and then to The Jehu T. Elliott Company (since 1897).

In 1889 Alexander R. Shroyer disposed of his entire interest in the business to Dewitt C. and Jehu T. Elliott and later, after the death of Dewitt C. Elliott, the firm became Elliott and Company, the interest of the deceased partner passing to his son, William M., and his widow, Sophronia J. Elliott. After a few years, this partnership was dissolved, Jehu T. Elliott, bis son, Henry Shroyer Elliott, and his nephew, William Murphey Ellott, becoming and remaining the sole owners of the business, the firm name being "The J. T. Elliott Company."

In this connection it is proper to state that all of the parties, except Americus L. Pogue, who had connection with this first wholesale grocery business in Logansport, were previously (Henry Shroyer continuously) business men of New Castle. Robert P. Murphey was a son of the late Clement Murphey and the son-in-law of the late Eli Murphey; William H. Murphey is the eldest son of Eli Murphey and is now connected with the New Castle Box Factory; Dewitt C. Elliott and Jehu T. Elliott were natives of Wayne County, nephews of Judge Jehu T. Elliott, the eminent Indiana jurist, and were for a long time in the retail grocery business in New Castle; Lewis Hicks was, prior to his removal to Logansport, in the hardware business in New Castle; Mrs. Sophronia J. Elliott is a daughter of the late William Murphey, pioneer merchant of New Castle and for many years president of the First National Bank of that place. She was born and reared in New Castle and with her son, William M., and daughter, Louie, resides at Logansport. Americus L. Pogue, now and for many years a prominent citizen of Richmond, resided for a short time in Logansport.

Alexainder R. Shroyer was a splendid business man, an expert accountant and in the unravelling and straightening out of tangled partnership matters had few if any equals. He had hosts of warm personal friends and held them to him with hooks of steel. He was, if anything, over-generous and no one ever applied to him for assistance and was turned away.

He was married to Helen, daughter of Elisha and Charlotte (Jennings) Clift, at New Castle, Indiana, January 12, 1864. To them were born three children; Fannie, now wife of Emil Keller, landlord of the new Barnett hotel, Logansport; Willie, who died in infancy; and Lottie, now wife of Claud Wise, a merchant of Logansport. The latter live with and keep house for their mother who was rendered almost helpless by a stroke of paralysis, several years ago.

Mr. Shroyer was a senator from Cass County in the Indiana General Assembly, serving during the Fifty fifth and Fifty sixth regular sessions, 18S7-1889. He was a prominent Republican of Logansport and Cass County and was delegate to the Republican National Convention at Minneapolis in 1892, when Benjamin Harrison was nominated for a second term as president. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, having been initiated into the order by New Castle Lodge, Number 91. One who knew him well has said of his life and character; "He was noted for his kindness of heart, for his sympathy with the distressed and the suffering, for his steadfast friendship, for his generosity, for his honorable dealing and for his unswerving integrity." - Hazzard's history of Henry county, Indiana, 1822-1906 (Volume 2)






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