William Kehrli, who passed away on the 6th of May, 1901,
at the comparatively early age of thirty four years, followed
agricultural pursuits in Delaware county throughout his entire
business career and was widely recognized as one of the
progressive and enterprising farmers and stock raisers of Hazel
Green township, residing on section 18. His birth occurred in
Jones county, Iowa, on the 8th of March 1867, his parents being
Alexander and Alesia Kehrli, who emigrated from Germany to
America at an early day. The family home was established on a
farm in Jones county, Iowa.
William Kehril acquired his education in the district schools of
that county and continued his scholastic training in Delaware
county when his parents took up their abode here about 1888. On
starting out as an agriculturist on own account, he purchased
seventy seven acres of improved farm land i Hazel Green township
and there successfully followed farming and stock raising
throughout the remainder of his life. He conducted his interests
in accordance with the most practical and progressive methods
and was numbered among the substantial and representative
agriculturists and was numbered among the substantial and
representative agriculturists of his community.
On the 13th of February, 1890, Mr. Kehrli was united in marriage
to Miss Rosa Smith, a daughter of Abrose and Maria (Dolan) Smith.
Her father is deceased, but her mother survives and makes her
home with her sons in Hazel Green township. To Mr. and Mrs.
Kehrli were born four children, namely: Opal Celia, Louis Marcus,
Thomas Earl and William Vincent.
Mr. Kehrli gave his political allegiance to the republican party
and took active interest in public matters but never sought nor
desire the honors and emoluments of office, preferring to
concentrate his attention upon his private affairs. He died on
the 6th of May, 1901, and was buried at Belmont, the community
thus losing a representative young agriculturist and highly
respected citizen. To his friends and family his death came as a
sever blow and his memory will long be cherished in their hearts.