Clipped From The Indiana Progress
A LONG CAREER IS ENDED DEATH ROBS THK COl'-NTY Ol' ITS OLDEST KKSIDEXT. Mrs. Lean Keith Died at the Age of Over lO'-J Years--Her Remarkable Vitality Deserted Her Only Two Days Before the End. Wlieu She Sank Into an Unbroken Stupor--The Funeral Was Largely Attended. Hlstorv of Her Life--Leaves a Host of Descendants--Only 1'hotograph .Ever Taken of the Acred Woman. Death came peacefully and easily to Mrs. Leah Keith, of Green township, the oldest resident of this or adjoining counties, ou Fi-iuay alternoon, at 2:00 o'clock, and brought an unit to a career covering over 102 years*. The illness leading up to the deatli of this remarkable character dated back to about four weeks ago, but she rallied and for a time she promised to recover. JDuriug all her illness she refused to leave her rocking chair until she became too weak to sit up, although the family entreated her to occupy her bed. Much of her time during recent years, when she was compelled to stay indoors, was spent in her chair. On last Tuesday she asked that a certain dish be prepared prepared for her meal and she ate heartily, but that, night she became noticeably weaker and went to her bed never to arise again. Her decline \vas rapid from that time, lier mind began to waver, and on Wednesday she sanu into au unconsciousness from which she did uot rally. The remarkable vitality which she possessed during her lite did not desert her until the death stupor was approaching. No special disease could lay claim to the life which had weathered weathered so many long and busy years. Although Although she suffered from general debility, debility, she was just ''worn out," as she retained retained all her faculties until the last, except her sight, \\hich became dimmed months ago. JS'o one was in the home when the end came except her daughter -- Mrs. Joseph McDonnell, her husband, and their daughter. The funeral services which were held yesterday afternoon in the Ncbo Presbyterian Presbyterian church, near Grisemore, were largely attended, and in addition to relatives and friends ot the old lady, many were attracted to the services through curiosity and a desire to get a glimpse of one who had completed an earthly pilgrimage ot over 102 years. The services were in charge of Rev. Hetrick, pastor of theCaldwell church of God. A singular coincident is the fact that just 45 years ago, to the very day, the funeral of her husband took place. The remains were interred in the McDowell McDowell cemetery, in Green township, alongside those of her husband. On account of her advanced age, the deceased attracted no little public interest. interest. Last June, a representative of .the PROGRESS visited her home, near Grisemore, and succeeded in taking the first photograph ever made ot Mrs. Keith. At that time the first detailed history of her life was published in this paper." Since then many have visited her home, and she became the object of much interest. The deceased was of German descent, and was hern in September, 1802, in York county, this state. Shewas a daughter of George and Mary Shirley Lowmaster.aud Â·when about 8 years of age she came to this county with her parents, who located in what is now known as East Mahoning township. Most of the entire county was great-grandchildren. The children living; are Mrs. Mary Ann Boring, of near who Ls almost 70 years of age; Mrs. Joseph McDonnell, with whom she her home, 08 years old; Levi Keith, near Grip; Mrs. John McDonnell and Jacob Keith, both residing near Greensburg, Westmoreland county. The late Mrs. Mary Ann Dehaven, who died Grip, in Green township, four years was a twin sister of the deceased. brothers and three sisters of this of long livers survive.. They are Levi Lowmaster, aged 89 years; John Lowmaster, Lowmaster, aged 80 years; Mrs. Betsy Rishel, aged 77 years, and Mrs. Katherine Snyder, all four residing in Kast Mahoning township, in the vicinity of the Lowmaster homestead. The other member of the family living is Mrs. John Keith, who is living near Grip, at advanced age of 97 years. She was married to the late John Keith, a the husband of the subject of this notice. She is in ill health and will follow her aged sister to the grave. The remarkable vitality of this is due partly to the simple life she led, although the family tor several generations has been noted as long livers, and yet she was the only passed the century mark. Up until within a few months of death she assisted with light house- wore in the home and often prepared her own meals. During pleasant weather she lived much of the time out doors, and took great delight in over the fields and communing with nature. I She was unlike many who have attained attained old age. She slept little in daytime and up until her recent illness could boast of having never been for more than a day during her long of over a century. While she lived for almost 100 years within the limits the county she had never visited Indiana nor ventured over a distance of miles from home, and although her had been within hearing distance of locomotive for many years she saw first train of cars about four years ' but could not be persuaded to i ride. 1 Mrs. Keith was a Christian woman, and Avhile she had not attended services for many years she found pleasure in reading her bible until .age dimmed her sight. Many of her ' kind neighbors have read to her 1 the good book arid prayer meetings ' often held at her home at her j -SMALLPOX IN THE COL'NTY. Situation at Eastrtm Alarm ins--Ca-e tn Blackllek Township a M i l The smallpox situation in the vicinity of Eastrun, Grant township, is alarming on account of the fact that so far definite steps have been taken to the 'public from the pest. The lirst family to be stricken was Adam and all the members, seven in all, with the disease except Mr. King his wife. The King family is supposed to have contracted the disease from Adam King, a son, who was employed Spangler. but who came home 511 four weeks ago. A physician was and his malady was pronounced smallpox. smallpox. The children, however, were allowed allowed to go to school until they ill, and now great fear is spread in neighborhood lest an epidemic of the pest follows. Perry Langham, a son John Laugham, is also suffering from smallpox. He lives in the same neighborhood. neighborhood. Neither of the homes are under strict quarantine. Citizens have appealed to Humane Agent J. Wilse Thompson, of town, for aid. He has referred the matter to the board of directors of the township, who have power to act as a board of health. school has been closed and steps taken this week to protect the from the pest. Mrs. William Altman, of Kansas, is stricken with smallpox at the David Altman, in Blacklick township, improving. Mrs. Altman is supposed have contracted the disease while on her way east. She was stricken ill while visiting the Altman family, is now quarantined. The case is a one, and, as none of the members family have contracted the disease, there is no danger of the pest spreading. Miles Shaffer, of Vintoudale, a resident of near Strongstown, is lying at his home critically ill with NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED. MRS. LEAH KKITII, Who Died Friday at t h e As*c of 102. then an unbroken v. ildornoi-s and the family was compelled to combat with many hardships during their early years in the county. In 1822 she was married to Lewis Keith, who was a local preacher. Shortly after their marriage the couple located in Green township, in Uie neighborhood neighborhood of Grip. Her husband preached in log cabins to gatherings of the citizens citizens for years, and he is still remembered remembered by many of the older residents of the neighborhood. In 1859 her husband died, but the widow continued to nuive her home in the neighborhood of Grip, until about four years ago. Since then she has re- s'ded with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph McDonnell, near Grisemore, at wiiose home she died. Five children survive kjr, as well as 32-grandchildren, 93 great-grandchildren and three great- Followed Ceremonies Held the Heptasophs Friday Evenlajr. The new officers elected by Indiana Conclave, No. 180, Improved Order of Ueptasophs, of town, svere installed meeting held in Cunningham's hall, Friday evening. The installation officer was District Deputy Colonel George Sewell, of Latrobe, assisted by J. N. sou, of Blairsville. The officers installed installed were as follows: Past archon, William C. Wine; archon, G. W. provost, 13. K. Keller; financier, A. Cunningham; treasurer, V. M. Cunningham; Cunningham; secretary, J. Wilse McCartney; inspector, T. B. Clark; warder, James Shaffer; sentinel, Zerias T. Walker; trustees, T. B. Clark, James L. and James I. Shaffer. After the ceremonies, the members of the order and visiting officers were served with a prr at Patton's. Three Small Accidents. Frank McGregor, of town, was from a horse and slightly injured in front of the Farmers B,ink building yesterday afternoon. Mail Carrier Samuel Trimble cut deep gash in the palm of his right Saturday evening while removing the globe from a lantern. Jerry Moorhead, who is employed the home of B. J. Junker, caught hand in the cog wheel ot a cutting machine on Monday and lost a portion the index finger of his left hand. Tunnel Nearly Ready for Track. Contractor James Corbett expects have the tunnel north of town ready the tracks within a few days.