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Volume 3, Issue 3

July 1, 2000


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Benjamin Irish 1753-abt 1803

8th Grade Graduation

Kelly Keb Wants to Encourage People

     to Live Life to its Fullest

Family Favorites - Spareribs Supreme

Photo Questions

Benjamin Irish

1753 - abt 1803

Benjamin Irish was the eldest son of Quaker parents, Job Irish and Mary Weaver. He was born November 1, 1753 in South Kingston, Rhode Island.

Benjamin was in the Revolutionary War and had 640 acres of land in New York granted him for his services. He was taken prisoner in 1776 at Fort Washington or Fort Lee.

On Jan 30, 1780 he married his first cousin, Martha Irish. Born September 8, 1758 in Tiverton, Rhode Island, she was the eldest daughter of George Irish and Sara Babcock.

On September 28, 1780 in Middletown, Rhode Island there first child, Hannah was born.

They then moved to Newport, Rhode Island. On August 8, 1782 their first son, Elias was born. Another son, John followed on May 5, 1784. A third son, George was born on October 1, 1786.

On November 2, 1788 in Newport their second daughter, Mary was born. And on February 21, 1791 Sarah was born.

The returned to Middletown, Rhode Island by April 7, 1793 when Phebe was born. Benjamin and Martha also had a son named Joseph, but his birth date is still unknown to us.

Benjamin followed the sea and went to Havana de Cuba in a vessel from the port of New London, Connecticut.

His last letter was dated at Havana in 1795 and since then no information of him has come to his family.

Benjamin was presumed to have died at sea around 1803.

His wife, Martha died on June 20, 1833 and was buried in the George Irish burial ground on Buffum Farm in Middletown, Rhode Island.

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Rick and Donna Keb of Spring, Texas, proudly announce the graduation of their daughter, Tiffany, from Klein High School.

Graduating in the top 20% of her class, Tiffany will continue her education at the University of Texas in Austin.

An exceptional student, a member of the National Honor Society, she was featured in “Who’s Who Among American High School Students”, was inducted into the National Art Honor Society, was Activities Coordinator for the Quill and Scroll Journalism Honor Society, received received a first place rating at the Visual Arts Scholastic Event for Sculpture and an honorable mention for a photograph in Scholastic art awards. Prior to her senior year,

she participated in the Art History Study abroad program in Europe, and as a Senior, was voted by her peers of the yearbook staff as “most likely to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Among her extra-curricular activities, Tiffany founded and was president of the Earth Club, was a member of the Art Club, a staff reporter on the Literary Magazine, the school newspaper and the yearbook, and, as a Senior, becoming section editor.

Despite the heavy academic requirements she set for herself, Tiffany found time not only to work 30 hours a week throughout her Junior and Senior years, becoming Head Customer service representative at Pizza Hut and presently, shift manager in training,

but also to participate in numerous community service events. These included becoming a member of Amnesty International; volunteer work at church paper recycling drives; raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis in the annual walkathon; packing for Kosovo refugees and in a somewhat more mundane but time consuming and individually important use of her abilities, tutoring a fellow student having problems with Algebra II.

It is, of course, only natural for parents to be proud of their child’s accomplishments. We wish you, the Keb extended family, to briefly become acquainted with our daughter and anticipate the success that is sure to be hers in the future

Rick and Donna Keb

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8th grade Graduation

William Warren graduated from the 8th grade at Brandywine Jr. Sr. High School in Niles, Michigan. He received two awards at the graduation ceremony.

He received a certificate and pin for the Citizenship Award for

outstanding citizenship at Brandywine Middle School.

He also received a certificate, a letter from President and Mrs. Clinton, and a pin for the Presidents Education Awards Program. This if for

educational improvement in pursuit of academic excellence

Congratulations Willie and good work.

Next step—High School. Keep up the good work.

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Kelly Keb wants to encourage people to live life to the fullest
Live each day as if it might be your last. October 10 was Kelley Keb’s last day with her husband of 49 years, Cap Keb. Her loss spelled surprise and a greater grief than she ever expected.

“He was fine. He had open heart surgery in March and the way he came out of it, he was so good. Everyone was amazed at his recovery” Kelley said.

Fellow church members later remarked that Cap looked incredible for a man of 80 years during a birthday celebration earlier this year.

But after the recovery Cap began to

talk about death and his anxiety about his wife’s ability to survive financially without him.

“He talked about death. He had never mentioned it before. He worried about whether we had enough money to get me through,” Keb said.

She didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to his sudden interest in death until a few months after his recovery from surgery.

In September, when the Kebs visited a museum while on vacation in

South Bend, Ind., Kelley took a long look at her husband.

“All of a sudden he looked so old and

frail. I couldn’t believe he was the same person.”

One morning a few days later, Cap told his wife and family that he couldn’t use his arm.

Early diagnosis pointed to a stroke, but further investigation showed cancer had damaged his lungs, kidneys, liver, spleen and brain, Kelley said.

A brain seizure caused Cap to lose the use of his arm, she said.

“It was such a surprise. None of this showed up on X-rays that were done before the open heart surgery. Everyone was surprised,” she said.

After the cancer diagnosis, Cap Keb didn’t last long.

“I just think people should know how unpredictable this is. You have no way of knowing,” she said.

Kelley Keb met her mate, Army Maj. Clarence “Cap” Keb in South Bend right after World War II.

Kelley had been a mechanic as a Navy Wave in the Navy Air Corps.

Two years ago, in a conversation typical of the couple’s intimate and humorous relationship, Cap told a newspaper that the couple, “met at a beer joint.”

Kelley protested with a grin, “I’m gonna smack you if you don’t shut up. She’ll put that in the paper.”

But Cap didn’t shut up. In fact he added, to his wife’s chagrin, that during the couple’s honeymoon on a ferry boat, Kelley got sick.

“And she was in the Navy,” he kidded.

The couple moved into their Snob Hollow home in Sebring 20 years ago and every corner is filled with memories of the Kebs’ time together. The living room is filled with Cap’s clothes, pressed and ready to donate to a veteran’s organization.

“Cap is gone. How do you ever know? Never assume everything is OK. Never take your health for granted. I need to share that,” Kelley said.

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Family Favorites

Spareribs Supreme

4 to 5 lbs. Country spare ribs




1 lemon, sliced

1 large onion, sliced

3/4 C. brown sugar

2 C. catsup


1 tps. Garlic powder

1/4 C. Worstershire sauce

Season spare ribs on both sides with salt, pepper and paprika. Brown spare ribs in large heavy-duty skillet on both sides. Add lemon slices and onion slices on top of browned spare ribs. In a small sauce pan make a sauce with catsup and brown sugar and garlic. Add a little water to make it pouring consistency and heat two or three minutes. Pour over the spare ribs until covered. Cover the skillet and place in 325º oven, until fork tender. (Approximately one-and-one-half to two hours). Serves six.

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Photo Questions

Keb Family abt 1909

Left to right: Albert, Hilda, Erwin , Eva Barbara Goldstein, Adolph, and Henry

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