Hi. I am a Kalb in Maryland, but grew up in Pekin. My Kalb relatives are from Peoria. There are quite a few.
I have three generations of William Kalbs related to me. Our branch of the Kalbs settled in Burlington Iowa and
most of them moved to Peoria in the early 1900's.
Odds are there may be a connection. I have no Joseph Franklins. But I do have a William Francis Kalb (1933 - 1977) , son of William Lee Kalb (1898 - 1966) , son of William Kalb (b 1967) , son of John C. Kalb (1829 -1875)
Can you give me any dates for your grandfather? If there is a connectioon to be made, then I have a lot more that you might find interesting and useful.