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This is a newspaper obituary for Charles Reuben Keyes who died July 23, 1951. The articles was in the Mount Vernon Hawkeye, vo. lxxxi, number 40, July 26, 1951, page 1.






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VOLUME LXXXI, Number 40 Memorial Service Will be Thursday Memorial services will be held at the Mt. Vernon Methodist church on Thursday afternoon, July 26, at 3 p.m. for Dr. Charles R. Keyes who died at his home here Monday evening following an illness of several months. The Rev. Merton B. Green, local pastor, will be assisted by Dean Jay B. MacGregor and Dr. J. Harold Ennis of the Cornell faculty. Mrs. Lloyd Oakland will be at the organ. Charles Reuben Keyes was born May 5, 1871, at Mount Vernon, Iowa, and died at his home in that community, July 23, 1951. His parents, Marsden and Martha Whittington Keyes, were pioneer residents of this area. Dr. Keyes' early education started in the local public schools from which he graduated in 1888. He enrolled the following year in the Cornell Academy and later in Cornell College. In the Spring of 1891 he accepted an invitation to teach at Norway, Iowa. Following this experience he returned to Cornell, from which he graduated in 1894. In 1897 he entered the Graduate School of Harvard University, receiving his Masters Degree in 1898 and completing his residence work for a Doctorate. He was given his Ph.D. degree in 1923. Following a summer of study in Germany in 1900, he became instructor of German at the University of California, Berkeley, Calif., where he remained for three years until his return to Cornell College. Dr. Keyes' residence in Mount Vernon has been continuous from that date to the present time, with the exception of a year's study at the Universities of Munich and Berlin in 1912-1913.
On August 5, 1902, he married Sarah Naumann. In addition to his widow, he is survived by his two daughters, Mrs. Philip l. Miller, New york City, and Miss Margaret N. Keyes, Mount Vernon; three sisters, Mrs. A.J. Keyes, Marion, Ia., Mrs. W.H. Hoover, Mount Verson, Mrs. Lewis Mitchell, Mount Vernon, and a brother Dr. Karl M. Keyes, Monticello, Iowa.
For thiry-eight years, until his retirement in 1941, Dr. Keyes taught the German language and German literature at his alma mater, Cornell College. His rich background of study, his rare ability as a scholar and teacher, and his warm interest in the affairs of the college easily won the affection of students and colleagues alike.
From early boyhood he had developed an interest in archaeology and ornithology. The former particularly continued to absorb his spare time until his appointment in 1922 as a Research Associate of the State Historical Society of Iowa and Director of the Iowa State Archaeological Survey. In the latter capacity he collected and classified data relative to prehistoric man in Iowa. In 1944 he was appointed Visiting Research Professor of Archaeology at the State University of Iowa. After his teaching retirement at Cornell the work of the Archaeological Survey absorbed an increasing amount of his time, but he retained his associations with students through his lectures at Cornell and the State University of Iowa.
Among the honors that had come to Dr. Keyes were membership in Phi Beta Kappa and a biographical sketch in "Who's Who in America." He was the author of many articles in "The Palimpsest" and other journals. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to Cornell College, the Alumni Citation for 1951 was given to him.