Bio: Kayhart, Charles (1844 - 1909)
Surnames: KAYHART SMITH DRAPER HARPER
----Source: Greenwood Gleaner 8/5/1909, Julie Fischer (photo)
Like a bolt of lightning from a clear sky came the announcement of the sudden accidental death of Charles Kayhart of the tow of Weston, Clark County, which occurred Tuesday evening of last week.
Monday morning at about 8:20 o'clock Mr. Kayhart and son Roy started to unload a load of hay which had been hauled into the barn Saturday without unloading, and over Sunday without unloading, and Mr. Kayhart remarked to his son while he was setting the fork, that he would set it light, as the hay was well settled and would take too large a load. He set the fork in the back part of the load and stepped to the front end as the team started. The forkful of hay, instead of dividing near the center, as is usual, strung clear across the load, causing Mr. Kayhart to lose his balance, throwing him to the floor, a distance of nine feet, where he struck on his left temple.
He was picked up unconscious and carried to the house and a messenger at once dispatched for medical aid, and although everything was done that human power and skill could do, their efforts were fruitless and he passed away Tuesday evening, Aug. 3, 1909 at 6:15 o'clock, without regaining consciousness.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. P. Burrows, pastor of the M. E. Church at Neillsville, at the Christie church at two o'clock Friday afternoon, with burial at Neillsville Cemetery.
Charles Kahyart was born at Boonton, N.J., March 23, 1844, and at the age of 18, enlisted with Co. F, 27th N.J. Vol. Infantry, serving his country until July 2, 1863. After his discharge he returned to New Jersey, residing there until about 1869, when he came to Calumet County, this state. He came to Clark County April 11, in the year 1871, settling on the farm where he resided at the time of his death.
He was married to Harriet E. Smith Oct. 9th, 1871, and from his union three children were born, Amy Draper of Neillsville, Roy and Vera Kayhart, who are still residing on the farm. Besides these he is survived by his widow, one grandchild, Bernice Draper, two brothers, Edward, of the town of Sherman, and Hiram, of Dorchester, and one sister, Margaret Harper of Woodburn, Ore.
Mr. Kayhart was one of the oldest, most respected and prosperous farmers in this section and was a well known and familiar figure throughout this county, and his many friends, through the columns of the Gleaner, extend their deepest sympathy to the family in this, their hour of bereavement.
1880 Federal Census--Weston, Clark, WI
Charles Kayhart @36, b. NJ, Farmer, Parents b. NJ
Wife: Harriet E. @27, b. WI, Parents b. NY
Dau: Amey @7, b. WI
Dau: Neva @3, b. WI
Son: Roy @1, b. WI
Charles Kayhart is also featured in the book, "Civil War Soldiers in the heart of Clark Co., Wisconsin."
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