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Re: Keelin/Illinois--Looks like are cousins!
Posted by: Tom Keelin Date: July 13, 1998 at 22:44:53
In Reply to: Keelin/Illinois by Ruth Taylor Lowry of 165

My great grandfather, John Keelin, is probably the son of Spencer and Sarah -- and I would be interested in whether you think so based on the following information.

I know that I am decended from the Keelin family in Illonois. My father, Thomas W. Keelin, Jr. (1903-1977), was born and raised in Chicago, was the Club Champion of Edgewater Golf Club in 1934, was a commander in the Navy during WW II, and married my mother, Julia Harting, in 1947 in which year they moved permanently to California. My father had an older brother John, and a sister, Mabel.

My grandfather, Thomas W. Keelin, Sr. (1870-c1922), also lived in the Chicago area, and was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. As told to me by my father, my great grandfather was John Keelin (wife Elizabeth). If this is indeed the same John Keelin, born in 1829 as the son of Spencer and Sarah, he would have been 41 years old at the time of my grandfather's birth -- which seems to match. My father, however, had no knowledge of his family tree prior to John. So it has been great fun for me to discover your posting!

Here is some further information about my grandfather as published in History of the Board of Trade, Chicago, Vol. 3, Robert O. Law & Co., 1917.

Thomas William Keelin(1870-c1922). Wife Alice M. Schoneck(c1870-1930).

Thomas W. Keelin "...is a native son of Chicago...acquired his early education in public schools... is a prominent and progressive figure in the hay and grain trade in Chicago...married Miss Alice M. Schoenek on the 27th of November, 1897. Both he and his wife are communicants of the Catholic church.

"Mr. Keelin is president of T.W.Keelin & Company, president of Keelin Brothers & Company, president of the Prairie State Milling Company of which he was the prime mover, president of the West End Storage Warehouse Company, treasurer of the Cragin Products Company, and has been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade since 1910. He is distinctly popular in both business and social circles,and is an active member of the Chicago Golf Club, the Illinois Athletic Club, the Oak Park Country Club, and the Belmont Golf Club, besides which he maintains affiliation with the Knights of Columbus.

"Like many another, who has attained prominence and distinction in the business world, Mr. Keelin made his start from humble beginnings, with his first independent business venture in 1892. Under his careful and skillful management, conducted with scrupulous regard for the principles of integrity and fair dealings, the business expanded until today, the house of Keelin is numbered among the leaders in the hay and grain trade in Chicago. He possesses in marked degree a capacity for achievement and his success has come as the direct result of his energy and effort."



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