Other sources indicate full name is Edward Imla Keep. See Rootsweb page for Keep surname.
Transcribed by Dee Sardoc
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>MONDAY, 3 APR 1865<<
DIED - in this city, Apr. 2d, at 10 - a.m., E.I. KEEP, aged 37 years.
[Mr. E.I. KEEP was born in Groton, Massachusetts, in 1827. He was a machinist and learned his trade at the large establishment of Mr. Seth HILLMARTH, South Boston, Massachusetts, where, in 1847, the writer first became acquainted with him, and from which time is dated the uninterrupted friendship of a lifetime. The deceased arrived in California in the spring of 1850, and with the ready turn of an industrious mind, employed himself in the various pursuits incident to those early days. He first entered the "Pacific Machine shop," San Francisco, about 1853, where he soon assumed charge of all the work, next re-engaged with Mr. BOOTH, of Marysville, in the same capacity, and by superior ability in business, soon won the highest esteem of Mr. BOOTH, who considers his prosperity there in a great measure due to Mr. KEEP's efforts. In 1858 Mr. KEEP first came to Stockton and established what is known as the "Globe Foundry and Machine Shop," and with unremitted labor and attention, coupled with a perfect knowledge of the requirements in mining and machinery generally, he had succeeded in bringing the business to a successful issue and the reputation of his work is without a superior as his integrity and kindly dealings with all are universal. In the death of Mr. KEEP the community has lost a true citizen - a man in every sense of the word. He leaves a wife and daughter. We cannot presume to invade the sanctity of their great grief, only to assure them of our conviction that he was always ready, that his work was always done, and that he enters the land of the unknown fully prepared for the higher life. In the hearts of thy fellow citizens, as they gather about thy grave, will be found a higher answer to thy many virtues than this poor tribute of the thy early friend can give of sterling worth. Thy friendship is a sweet memory. Devoted husband, kind father, loyal and true friend, adieu.]
DEATH of MR. KEEP - At half past 2 o'clock yesterday morning, 2d instant, the angel of death hovered over our city and carried away the immortal part of one of our most highly esteemed citizens - E.I. KEEP. He had suffered severely from a lingering illness and death was not an unexpected visitor. As soon as his deceased became generally known throughout the city the flags on the various engine houses were hoisted at half mast; also the flag on Odd Fellows' Hall. He was a member of Stockton Lodge No. 11, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; also a member of Protection Hook and Ladder Company No. 1. He leaves a wife and child to mourn his loss. They have the deepest sympathy in this hour of their sorrowful affliction and bereavement. The funeral takes place today under the management of the Odd Fellows' Lodge, of which he was a member. The funeral cortege, consisting of the various companies of the Fire Department, Odd Fellows and citizens, will move from the First Presbyterian Church, attended by the Stockton Brass Band in uniform, precisely at 3 o'clock p.m. The remains of the deceased will be interred in the Odd Fellows'' Cemetery. Mr. KEEP was a good man and valuable citizen - eminently a man of worth, such as any community can ill afford to lose.
>>TUESDAY, 4 APR 1865<<
THE FUNERAL YESTERDAY - Seldom have we witnessed so large a funeral in this city as that of E.I. KEEP yesterday. The several Lodges of Odd Fellows and the different Fire Companies attended in full regalia and uniform. Protection Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 (of which the deceased was but recently an active member) accompanied by Eureka Engine Co. No. 2 and headed by the Stockton Brass Band, marched from their house to the house of the San Joaquins, where the 2 joined; thence to the house of the Webers; then proceeded in a body to join the Odd Fellows, under whose charge and management the funeral was conducted. Shortly after 3 o'clock p.m. the remains of a man who stood high in the esteem of the community were borne into the First Presbyterian Church, followed by mourning relatives and friends. The church was literally crowded and the services were appropriate and impressive. Shortly after 4 o'clock the procession again formed on Main street and headed by the Band, the slow and solemn line of march was taken up to the Rural Cemetery, where now rests all that is mortal of a good man.
>>THURSDAY, 6 APR 1865<<
-In the matter of the estate of E.I. KEEP, deceased; petitions for letters of administration set for hearing.
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