J. S. Kay Is Called To His Last Rest
Succumbs After Long Illness Survived By Widow and Six Children
J. S. Kay, well known and well liked resident of the county, died at Hot Lake Monday night, July 21, 1924, at 8:30 o’clock. Death followed a long period of illness. Mr. Kay suffered for some years with high blood pressure which gradually changed and became low blood pressure.
Mr. Kay became steadily weaker this spring and Friday went to Hot Lake to take a few baths for his health. He was feeling well until Monday evening when he began to sink rapidly. It was seen that the end was not far away and all the children were sent for.
The remains were brought to Enterprise where funeral services were held in the undertaking parlors Wednesday afternoon by Rev. N.E. Hershey of the Methodist church. Interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. The large crowd of friends and neighbors who were present at the services testified to the love and esteem held for the departed neighbor.
James Steven Kay was born in Pittsburg, Penn., October 29, 1859. he moved to Kansas when a young man and there met and married Josephine Drake in 1881, who survives her husband. To this union was born 7 children, 6 of whom survive. They are Mrs. Frank Moore of Caldwell, Idaho; Mrs. Herbert Browning of LaGrande; Mrs. Ronald Wagner of Enterprise; Miss Winifred Kay of Lostine; Roger Kay of Pendleton and Ralph Kay of Enterprise. Five brothers and 3 sisters of Mr. Kay live in the east.
Mr. and Mrs. Kay moved to the west in 1889 finally locating in Enterprise in 1907. Here they made their home for 14 years. Mr. Kay was employed for sometime by E. M. & M.
In 1921 Mr. and Mrs. Kay moved to Lostine where Mr. Kay established himself in business, founding Kay Grocery store.
An active church worker and a kind neighbor he leaves a host of friends who extend their heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family.
Enterprise Record Chieftain-Thursday, July 24, 1924, Front Page
Contributed by: Sue Wells
Transcribed by Dixie Ricker