From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 442
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert D. Kelley. Mr. Herbert D. Kelley, one of Reedsburg's active business men, and the proprietor of the only Shoe Store in the city, is one of the few men on Main Street who can clam the community as his birthplace. Herbert Dearborn Kelley, the youngest of the children of Charles Edwin and Emma Fish Kelley, was born May 2, 1872, on his father's farm (now the J. D. Fuller home) in the town of Winfield, Sauk Co., Wis. His people who have been Americans since the very earliest times represent several of the oldest families of America.
His paternal great-grandfather, Major Kelley, was a major in a New York regiment of the Continental Army of the Revolution. A son Timothy Kelley, whose wife was Sarah Chatman, was a soldier in the War of 1812. Their ancestors had participated in the early Indian wars, and came from Ireland in 1623. Timothy's son, Charles R. Kelley, was the Winfield pioneer and founder of the Sauk County branch of the family.
Charles R. Kelley was born in Sanborton, N.Y., Nov. 18, 1815. He served as a militiaman, and later assisted fugitive slaves from New Orleans boats at Portsmouth on their way to Canada. On July 26, 1839, he married Eliza J. Dearborn, daughter of George and Martha Demerit Dearborn. George Dearborn was in the battle of Plattsburg, War of 1812, and was a first cousin to General Dearborn. For some time after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Kelley resided at Laconia, N.H., from whence they moved to Meridithvillage, same state. In 1854 the family came to Baraboo, and the following spring, 1855, to Winfield.
Charles Edwin Kelley, our subject's father was born May 12, 1840, in Laconia, N.H., and came with his parents to Winfield in 1855. On March 5, 1862 he was united in marriage to Emma Jane Fish. Mr. Kelley enlisted March 8, 1865, Co. F, 51st W.V.I., and attained the rank of Corporal of the guard. Emma Jane Fish, daughter of Silas and Betsy (Raymond) Fish, was born Dec. 15, 1841, in Green County, N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Silas Fish resided in New York until 1855, when they moved to Winfield, at which time Emma Jane was fourteen eyes of age.
Charles Edwin and Emma Jane Kelley took up housekeeping in Winfield and it was while living on their farm there that our subject was born.
On Sept 12, 1893, Herbert Kelley was married to Emma Hilmer. She was born Nov. 21, 1873, in Reedsburg, daughter of William and Elizabeth Oetzman Hilmer, who were natives of Germany. To this union were born four children: Leon H., who married Dorothy Keenan, and has three children, John, Leon Arthur, and Betty May; Loraine B., wife of C. P. Davis (they have one child, Richard); Myrtz (Mrs. Frank Stieve, Milwaukee); Uneta, at home. Mrs. Kelley died Jan. 9, 1912.
On July 6, 1913, Mr. Kelley married Mrs. Edward Grafke. She was born Oct. 1, 1876, Emma Rusch, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Pagel) Rusch. John Rusch was born in December 1845, son of Henry and Sophie (Dutte) Rusch, and was a native of Hanover, Germany. Ruth Pagel was also a native of Germany. Her parents died when she was very young, and in 1868 she came to America, accompanying her aunt, Mrs. Takham. Upon her marriage to Mr. Rusch, they settled on a farm on Narrows Prairie, where Emma was born, grew to womanhood and married Edward Grafke, Nov. 5, 1902. He died in October 1903, leaving one daughter, Florence, of Milwaukee.
Mr. Kelley is a successful shoe dealer, and for many years was a partner in the Darrenougue Shoe Co.; but for the past nine years he has been in business with his sister-in-law, Miss Marie Rusch, under the firm name of Kelley Shoe Co. Over thirty years ago he affiliated with the Nights of Pythias Lodge, and has always been an active member. Mrs. Kelley is prominently identified with the American Legion auxiliary and an active member of the Lutheran Church.
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