Name: James William MCKIM
Birth: 9 APR 1853 in Quarryville, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania
Death: 30 APR 1924 in Independence, Jackson Co., Missouri
1923 - probably about November 23 (article given to me with no documentation)
Married 50 years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. William L. McKim in a pleasant anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. William McKim, living at 525 S. Crysler, yesterday celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. In the afternoon they held an informal reception at which many of their friends, formerly of Iowa, were present. At night there was a family dinner a the home at which covers were laid for twenty-one.
Mr. and Mrs. McKim are of pioneer Iowa families, their parents having gone into central Iowa when that was virgin country. From their marriage in 1873 until 1906 they lived in Iowa and came to Independence seventeen years ago, living since that time in their Crysler street home.
All of the immediate family of Mr. and Mrs. McKim are living and were present at the anniversary dinner, except their oldest son, William LeRoy McKim who was killed in action, August 16, 1917, at Lens France, where he was serving with the 113th Battallion of the Lebridge Kilties, Canadian Army.
The children present were Mrs. S. C. Hagen, Mrs. Bernice Younie, Burton L. McKim and Arthur E. McKim all of Independence; and Mrs. Fred Henry Monk of Fountain, Col. Mr. Hagen, Mr. Mon, Mrs. B. L. McKim and Mrs. arthur E. McKim were present. Eight grandchildren were at the dinner.
Raymond C. Hagan, a grandson and his wife drove up from Ottawa, Kansas for the day. Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Monk and daughter Carolyn, of Fountain, Col. came for the anniversary and will visit among relatives and friends for a few days.
Newspaper Article - Denison Review - no date available - End of April or First of May, 1924 - submitted by Melba Winans McDowell
William James McKim Passes At Independence, MO.
Former Citizen of Deloit Dies at His Home in Independence, Mo. After Illness of Short Duration
Moved There in the Year 1907
Was Father of Six Children, All Living Except Roy Who Was Killed in France During the Late War
The Review is in receipt of the following obituary of William James McKim, a former resident of Deloit, who since 1907 has been living at Independence, Mo. He had been a resident of Deloit for more than 40 years and leaves many relatives and friends at that place.
William James McKim, third in the family of David and Matilda Phillips McKim, was born at Lancaster, Penn. April 9, 1853. He passed on at sunset, Wednesday, April 30th, being just at the start of his 72nd year.
His boyhood days, up until his sixteenth year, were spent in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and in 1869 he came west to the pioneer territory of Iowa with his father's family and for forty years helped in the development of the Deloit community, where his people settled. It was there on Nov. 23, 1873, that he married Carrie Wicks, the daughter of another pioneer family and just last fall they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. On her the shock of the separation falls hardest of all, fur during all the years they shared their lives together, and the association of a half century cannot be easily broken.
It was in Deloit that their family of three boys and three girls was born and reared, and in Deloit, during 40 years, the major part of their life's work was wrought.
The mother of William McKim died before her family left for the west but the eldest daughter, Rebecca (Mrs. J. L. Miller) who is present today, was a mother to her five smaller brothers and sisters and their father had the traditional virtues of the Scoth which held the love and reverence of his children through all the years of his long life. The McKim family ties were very strong and remained unbroken for a full generation. Two brothers and three sisters of William McKim lived with him in the same community and their families grew up in love and affection together. To tham all Uncle Bill was a favorite.
Two of his sisters and one brother have passed on: one brother, Scott McKim of Des Moines, and two sisters, Mrs. J. L. Miller of Deloit and Mrs. Anne Winans of Denison and J. L. Miller, who was like an own brother, survive him.
To William and Carrie McKim were born William LeRoy, Edna McKim Hagen, Bernice McKim Younie, Burton L., Ava McKim Mond and Arthur F. McKim. All are living and present today except Roy, who was killed in action during the world war wat Lens, France, on Aug. 16, 1917. He had gone over as a volunteer in the Canadian army.
In 1907 William McKim, together with his wife, Ava, Arthur and the grandparents Wicks, moved to Independence, Mo. Since that time the children have been scattered at various times to all parts of the country, but in the last few years four of them have settled here, Ava, Mrs. Fred Monk, with her daughter, Carolyn, who live at Fountain Colo. came last Sunday, so all his living children together with his wife were with him at the last. His brandchildren were his pride and his Sunday morning pilgrimage was made to each of his children's homes to be with them. There are seventeen grandchildren living and they shared equally in his affection and love.
William McKim had great faith in the church and in its ordinances. For many years he was a pillar of strength in the Deloit branch and in the Gallands Grove district. The Sunday school always interested him and he was the first Sunday school superintendent in his district as well as in his branch. He held the office of priest and then elder and served for a long time as president of the Deloit branch. His faith in the gospel remained to the last and the hope of the resurrection was strong within his heart.
Up until one weeks ago he had been actively engaged at work. Without warning he was stricken with an affection of the heart and although he seemed to rally from the attack, the family realized its seriousness from the first.
The six days of his sickness were pleasant days to him for with all his family around him and every kindness his, he was content. He was conscious to the last and suffered little pain. He was as sweet to care for as a child. Sad as was the experience it was as a benediction to an h onorable, loving and useful life for he met his death as he had lived, with a brave heart and without fear.
His neighbors knew him as an industrious, sociable, honorable man. His family knew him as an affectional, helpful, faithful father. He left an honorable name and a wealth of kind memories. His family treasures this heritage with pride and affection and he will not be forgotten.
Father: David MCKIM b: 22 MAY 1822 in Pottsville, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
Mother: Mary Matilda PHILLIPS b: 15 JAN 1831 in Quarryville, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania
Carrie WICKS b: 9 FEB 1857 in Deloit, Crawford Co., Iowa
23 NOV 1873
in Deloit, Crawford Co., Iowa
- William Leroy MCKIM b: 16 APR 1875 in Deloit, Crawford Co., Iowa
- Edna MCKIM b: 28 DEC 1877 in Deloit, Crawford Co., Iowa
- Bernice MCKIM b: 21 MAR 1879 in Deloit, Crawford Co., Iowa
- Burton Lewis MCKIM b: 3 JAN 1881 in Deloit, Crawford Co., Iowa
- Ava MCKIM b: 2 OCT 1887 in Deloit, Crawford Co., Iowa
- Arthur Ellis MCKIM b: 14 SEP 1891 in Deloit, Crawford Co., Iowa