Person Sheet


Name William Stewart Keeline Jr.
Birth 7 Mar 1904, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA
Death 9 Mar 1983, Tempe, Maricopa Co., AZ
Father William Stewart Keeline (1862-1942)
Mother Julia Laura Dohany (1864-1949)
Misc. Notes
KEELINE FAMILY HISTORY as recalled by Wm Stewart Keeline, Jr. (typed by Janice Keeline Cozad, Sep 1994).

Our people in Germany were upper middle class and landowners. One of the boys eloped with the Burgemaster's daughter: she was high society! Another was in the German Cavalry. His wife used to ride a ways on the back of his horse when his leave was over. This couple was my great grandparents--Albert Heneke and Adelheit Hartwig von Offenhauser. Albert was in General Blucher's Army when he attacket Napoleon's flank the day before the Battle of Waterloo, 18 Jun 1815. Blucher had a comparatively small army and was just harassing Napoleon who thought he had destroyed Blucher's German army. But the army had pulled back in good shape and followed along parallel to Napoleon. When the Battle of Waterloo began Blucher again attacked Napoleon's flank. In one of the charges, my great grandfather's horse was killed and when they fell another horse stepped on Albert's head. He lived to be an old man but always had a dent in his head.

This same great grandmother often visited my father's family on East Pierce Street. Dad said she was a little fat old lady. She said "Back in Germany I was the prettiest girl in the village. I was so fat I could hardly see out of my eyes." She fell in their hallway and died in my father's arms.

My grandfather, George Keeline, was 14 when he and his family landed in the U.S. in 1839. They settled in Wheeling, West Virginia. My grandmother's family, the Henekes came in 1830 when Sophia was only 3. They were married in 1847 and started in the meat business. Grandmother used to ride on the wagon with grandfather when he delivered. Later he started in the lumber business with a New Englander named William Stewart. He afterwards turned out to be crooked and the partnership broke up. During the Civil War grandfather built barges for the river for the government and made a great deal of money. After the war there was labor unrest and George sold his business in 1870 for cash.

Grandmother Sophia came to Council Bluffs first and bought the 40 acres on East Pierce and they made the move to Iowa. Soon they bought the 40 acre farm for wood. The bricks for the old house which was built in 1869 were burned at the spot. With his cash he bought several railroad cars of the top grade livestock--so the cattle business had its beginning. He also bought land which was cheap then and had a number of tenant farmers. He sent my father, Will, then just a big boy to see if they were stealing his corn. Dad didn't find out anything about the corn but had a real good time at their dances and parties. Guises Brewery was on East Pierce where the Wilcox house was later built. They put hot pitch in the hogsheads and rolled them to spread it. Then filled them with beer and rolled them into a deep cave where Uncle Oscar's house stood. He dug into it in his basement and used to dump his furnace ashes into it. It may still be there as it was brick arched. There was a big public amusement park with beer gardens on beyond with big swings and teeter totters.

Sometime in the 1870s George moved his cattle business out west buying from a man who came through town. He and Uncle George went out to get the feel of Western Nebraska. The took a bedroom over a saloon. As the night wore on things livened up in the saloon. Grandfather and Uncle George were afraid they would shoot through the ceiling and got up and walked the streets until morning. Some men were sent out in a Studabaker wagon. (This is not a covered wagon.) The Sioux burned and destroyed their camp while they were away. It took Grandfather George many years to collect damages. The Indians were from a Reservation and wards of the Government.

They kept moving the ranch further west, on into Wyoming. At one time the ranch was near the old Fort Laramie. This was not where the present town of Laramie is located. He told us it was a log stockade. They built their corals and stockades by going to the mountains and getting logs. They tied them together with green rawhide. When it dried it shrunk and became hard as steel. They finally moved out 40 miles South of Gillette. That's where Uncle Frank punched cows. My dad tells of the soldiers from the Fort being sent out to burn or destroy faulty equipment. They got over the hill out of sight of the Fort and sold it to the cowboys and Indians. My Uncle George could speak Sioux and used to go with them on their hunting parties. My father said he used to see stones in an oval. In the winter the Indians built fires, got the stones hot, scraped out the fire, and slept there where the ground was warm.

Will lost his gun from his belt when an Indian was chasing him on horseback. This gun had the Keeline brand on the metal and years later was found and returned to the family.
Spouses
1 Mildred Magdalena Zaffle
Birth 25 Dec 1904, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
Death 6 Jul 1934, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA
Father George Morris Zaffle (1865-1938)
Mother Elizabeth Douglas Black (1868-1941)
Marriage 12 Jun 1928, St. Francis Xavier Church, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA
Children Marilyn June (1930-1969)
Janice Clare (1932-)
2 Lois Etta Green
Marriage 1942, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA
Divorce 1947
3 Alyce Teresa (Monaghan) Jordan
Birth 1907
Death 27 Sep 1977, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., CA
Marriage Apr 1951
4 Harriet Munson
Marriage Las Vegas, NV
Last Modified 30 Jun 2000Created 8 Jul 2000 by Reunion for Macintosh

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