From the Farnam (Nebraska) Echo newspaper:
Jacob B. Kitchen was born in Shelbyville, Indiana, April 14, 1845. Died at Farnam, Nebraska, February 28, 1933, Age 87 years, 10 months and 14 days.
Mr. Kitchen was united in marriage to Mary C. Hacker at Fairland, Indiana April 5, 1866. In a short time they moved to Nebraska, being among the pioneer settlers in the state. They resided in the state all of the time since, with the exception of a short time spent in Colorado.
Nine children were born to this union. Four having preceded him in death. Those surviving are John C. of Farnam; Mrs. P. L. Puderbaugh, of Bremerton, Washington, Lester C. of Lexington, Nebraska; Mrs. M. T. Faulkes, of Los Angeles, California and Omer C. of North Platte, Nebraska.
He leaves to mourn their loss, his faithful wife, five children, thirty grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Mr. Kitchen was a civil war veteran, enlisting in 1861 and serving over four years. He was a member of Farnam Post G.A.R.
Mr. Kitchen, who was one of the earliest residents of the community, will long be remembered as a man who promoted worthy enterprises for the community.
He was a member of the Methodist church for 67 years, and was one of the charter members of the Farnam church. He with Mr. Lazell were the overseers of the building thirty-four years ago.
Mr. Kitchen, or "Grandpa Kitchen" as he was called by many of late years, was a cheerful giver to the Lord's work of both time and money, and enjoyed his work of teaching his Sunday School class and was grieved when failing health compelled him to remain at home.
The American Legion of Farnam had charge of the body at Jackson's Funeral Home and was brought from the home to the Family residence with the Flag of Our Country, going ahead and escort with the hearse. The guard was placed at the body from one o'clock until two, preceding the service, Rev. C. R. Tanner conducted the services, which began at 2:00 o'clock last Thursday afternoon. He read the scripture Isiah 40:31. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint."
Mr. Kitchen did not grow weary in the service of his Master, Jesus Christ. So often a part of his prayer was, "Be still and know that I am God."
Few men have ever enjoyed more completely the confidence and respect of their fellow men or more richly deserved it. His passing is felt as a personal loss by his many friends.
The American Legion had charge of the service at the cemetery and their old Comrade was laid at rest amid the fire of final salute and taps.
Six grandsons of the deceased acted as pall bearers. They were: Emmett, Cecil and Gerald Kitchen and Charles, Walter and Robert Pollard.
A Precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place made vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.