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L. R. Chelf, Knifley Postmaster and Merchant, 1875-1938

Fay McKinley provided these scans, including pictures and the obituary for L. R. Chelf, who lived in Knifley, Kentucky, at the turn of the 20th century. Chelf was born on March 16, 1875, and died on December 12, 1938.

L. R. Chelf Buried Wednesday
Had Been Postmaster and Merchant at Knifley for Number of Years

L. R. Chelf, 63, merchant and postmaster for a number of years at Knifley died at Campbellsville Monday morning. The death of Mr. Chelf was unexpected as he had started to Louisville. Shortly after breakfast he laid down to rest and in a few minutes was found in a serious condition.

He was one of the best known men in this section, his business interests necessitating a wide acquaintance, and he was universally liked by all with whom he came in contact.

His wife died a number of years ago, but he is survived by six daughters and three sons as follows: Mrs. W. O. Beard, Campbellsville; Mrs. Wallace Knifley at Knifley; Mrs. E. P. Waggener and Mrs. Charlie Coolie, this city, and Misses Hazel and Ruby Chelf, of Knifley; Marshall Chelf, of Knifley; James Chelf, of Louisville, and Paul Chelf, a member of the Citizens Conservation Corps at Mammoth Cave.

Funeral Services were held at the Knifley Christian Church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. P. Gast, and interment was at Brookside Cemetary Campbellsville.

The obituary ran in The Adair County News. A few more mentions of Chelf turn up in newspaper transcriptions from the late 1800's: Adair County News December 1, 1897, and Adair County News January, 12, 1898, both collected by Laura Frost Wright.



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L. R. Chelf



2003-05-30 - Knifley, KY - Photo Unknown. L. R. Chelf
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L. R. Chelf Obituary



2003-05-30 - Columbia, KY - Photo Fay McKinley. A scan of the obituary for L. R. Chelf as it appeared in The Adair County News.
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L. R. Chelf Family



2003-05-30 - Knifley, KY - Photo unknown. L. R. Chelf (at far left) poses with his family, from left, James, Ruby, Audrey Chelf Waggener, Hallie Chelf Knifley, Hazel, Paul, Stella Chelf Cooley Neagle, Edith Beard and Marshall.
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L. R. Chelf's Sells For Less



2003-05-31 - Columbia, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. An advertising piece given away by L. R. Chelf's Store in Knifley, KY.
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L. R. Chelf Gravestone



2003-06-06 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo Fay McKinley. L. R. Chelf headstone.
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Nettie Chelf Headstone



2003-06-06 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo Fay McKinley. Nettie Chelf headstone.
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