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C.L. Keaton

Col. C.L. Keaton, attorney at law, at Bloomfield, was born in Carroll County, Tenn., July 12, 1833. Cornelius W. and Mary (Hays) Keaton, the parents of the subject of this sketch, were natives of Patrick County, Va., and DeKalb County, Tenn. The Keatons were of German and the Hays family of French origin. Cornelius W. Keaton was a teacher in his youth, and had natural talent in law, but devoted the most of his life to agriculture. Twelve children were born to the family, seven of whom are now living: Sarah A. (now Mrs. John Sullivan), Mary (a widow), William I., John H., Cornelius L., James A. and Aminta. The father died in March 1870, and the mother in November 1872. Col. Keaton was a teacher in his youth, in Tennessee, and continued for ten years in that work, meanwhile endeavoring to inform himself in law. Almost on the eve of his admission the bar the war opened to frustrate his plans and in May 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Ninth Tennessee Infantry and served precisely four years. He served at Perryville, Ky. And on October 8, 1862 was wounded in the thigh and hand, and taken to Harrodsburg, Ky. Here he was captured and taken to Camp Douglass, but a few months later was removed to West Point, Va., where he was exchanged and quarantined, on account of small-pox. Afterward joining his command, he was wounded by a solid shot cannon ball while sitting behind a tree reading a newspaper, at Atlanta, Ga., the ball taking effect in his left foot. He was confined at the Columbus (Ga.) Hospital and on May 24, 1865, was paroled and discharged. He then began teaching, near Lumpkin, Ga., and in 1866 was chosen president of the Lumpkin Masonic Female College. After two years there he was made principal of the Masonic Institute at Trezevant, Tenn., remaining there until February 1871. After a residence at Humboldt, Tenn., engaged in law practice he removed to Bloomfield, Mo., in September 1872, and became a partner with Maj. H.H. Bedford in law. They dissolved partnership in August 1874, but Col. Keaton added the duties of probate clerk to his practice. His present partnership with Geo. Houck, was formed April 1, 1885 and in January 1888 they moved to Dexter. He also served as prosecuting attorney one term in 1880. On May 3, 1866 he married Sallie Josephine Harris, of Lumpkin, Ga., who died six months later. Miss Sallie E. Fuqua, a native of Carroll County, Tenn., became his wife August 6, 1868 and their union has resulted in six children, of whom Willie C., Clarence L. and Charles L. are living. Col. Keaton and his wife are members of the church, and in the Masonic order he has passed advanced degrees. He is an able lawyer. He began studies under A. Hawkins, afterward judge of the supreme court and governor of Tennessee, and began practice under Judge Porter, afterward governor of the same State.

Frederick H. Kruse

Frederick H. Kruse was born in Gibson County, Ind., April 14, 1841 and is a son of Henry and Charlotte (Backhouse) Kruse, both natives of Germany. They immigrated to America in 1836 and the father worked for wages on the old canal at Evansville, for about a year. He then went to Louisville, Ky., and after working there for about a year, came back and settled in Gibson County, Ind., where he purchased a farm, and there remained until his death which occurred in 1874. The mother died in 1877. They were married after coming to this country, and had but three children: Henry, Frederick and Caroline. Frederick H. was reared to farm life, and remained with his parents until twenty-seven years of age. February 20, 1867 he married Miss Elizabeth Neiderhouse, a native of Germany, who was a year and a half old upon coming to America with her parents. Nine children were the result of this marriage: John H., George N., Fred H., Henry C., William, Nora, Marty, Benjamin and Edward. After marriage Mr. Kruse moved to Warrick County, Ind. Where he purchased a farm, and where he lived for some time. In March 1888 he moved to where he now lives, and purchased 490 acres of land, about 100 of which are under cultivation. Mr. and Mrs. Kruse are members of the Evangelical Church and are good citizens.

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