||Harry Walter Keeline
||1 Jan 1869, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA
||3 Jul 1957, Gillette, Campbell Co., WY
||8 Jul 1957, Walnut Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA
||George Frederick Keeline (1825-1901)
||Sophia Matilda Heneka (1827-1911)
|HARRY W. KEELINE, pioneer in the livestock industry in Campbell County, Wyoming, is the former owner of the Hogeye Ranch, one of the largest ranch properties in the State of Wyoming. The acreage of the Hogeye Ranch is 108,000 acres. 1,500 head of cattle are run, with the brand "T Y" established in 1874 and the "Hogeye" brand, established in 1878 by Frank and Oscar Keeline. Mr. Keeline made his start in the ranching business when his father, George Keeline, purchased 1,000 steers for each of his sons, paying ten dollars for each steer, and 1,000 heifers at eight dollars a head. These were from the herd of George Littlefield of Texas. The cattle were delivered to Lexington, Nebraska, and Mr. Keeline's father and his brother, George A. Keeline, trailed them to Julesburg, Colorado in 1874. In 1877 the cattle were driven to Wendover, Wyoming, where the senior Keeline and his sons started their ranching operations in the state with a 160-acre homestead.|
The ranch has since been built up to its present vast extent. At one time the Hogeye Ranch ran 35,000 head of cattle and 35,000 sheep, and employed one hundred and eighty-three men. A Mexican employee, John Marrakeen, and an American employee, George Amos, worked for the Keelines for forty-five years. Among the better-known ranch properties established by the Keelines were the 21 Ranch and the 4-J Ranch. In 1945 Mr. Keeline's son, George R. Keeline, sold his interests to Harry Keeline II and Joe Keeline, grandsons of Harry W. Keeline, who are admirably carrying on the Keeline ranching traditions.
Harry W. Keeline was born on January 11, 1869 in Bridgeport, Ohio, the son of George and Sophia Keeline. His father, German-born, came to Ohio when a youth of thirteen. Harry W. Keeline had four brothers: George A., Frank, Oscar, and William S. He was educated in the country schools of Iowa.
Mr. Keeline married Miss Nettie Redman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Redman, on December 10, 1891. Mrs. Keeline's father was a merchant, who settled in Omaha, Nebraska in 1854. Mr. and Mrs. Keeline have two sons: George R., a buyer and seller of cattle; and Joe, who has one of the Keeline ranches in Campbell County. There are five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Mr. Keeline is a director of the Stockmen's Bank of Gillette, Wyoming, and a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, having served on their Executive Committee for several years. He belongs to the Lutheran Church. Mr. Keeline is one of the finest examples of the true pioneer of whom the State of Wyoming may boast, and his vast ranching operations have been of major and lasting benefit to the stock raising business of this state.5