|HARRY WALTER KEELINE II, prominent rancher operates one of the largest properties in northern Wyoming, the Keeline Ranch, in partnership with his grandfather Harry Keeline, Joe Keeline, Sr., and Joe Keeline, Jr. Hereford cattle are run on the seventy-five-thousand-acre range in Weston County, near Newcastle, and seventy-five thousand acres in Campbell County, Wyoming. There are fifteen hundred to two thousand head of stock on the Keeline Ranges. The brands are "Hogeye," established in the 1920's by Joe Keeline, Sr., who prior to that had used the "Flying Circle," established by Harry and Oscar; and the "T Y," one of the oldest brands in the State. It was established by Mr. Keeline's grandfather, Harry Keeline, and has been in the family for over seven decaces.|
The Keelines are an old and prominent ranching family, who have operated through several generations in the stock raising buisness of Wyoming. Mr. Keeline's grand-uncle, George A. Keeline, owned forty thousand sheep during his ranching operations in the early days. His grand-uncles, George A. Keeline and Oscar Keeline, located in Julesburg, Colorado in 1867. They later moved to Wyoming and settled southwest of Gillette, where they established the 4-J Ranch. His grandfather and grand-uncle, George A. Keeline, operated as partners for a time, but dissolved this association in 1920 when George A. Keeline turned to sheep raising. George A. Keeline passed away in the 1940's and Oscar Keeline died in 1950 at the age of ninety-four. The present Keeline Ranch was established by these two brothers. Oscar Keeline sold his interest to his nephews, George R. and Joe. George R.'s share was later purchased by Joe, Jr. and Harry Keeline II.
Harry Walter Keeline II was born on the home ranch on July 25, 1923, at Gillette, Wyoming, to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Keeline. His mother was Miss Irene Collins prior to her marriage. His father was a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Harry Walter Keeline II attended a school on the ranch, and then the high school at Laramie, Wyoming. He completed his education at Sherwood Hall School, an Episcopal academy, in Laramie. Mr. Keeline was married to Miss Caroline Elaine Smith, daughter of Gene and Helen Smith, on May 12, 1945, in Laramie, Wyoming. Mr. and Mrs. Keeline are the parents of two children: Helen Irene and Harry Walter III.
Mr. Keeline belongs to the Wyoming Stock Growers Association; the American National Stock Growers Association; the Elks; and the Eagles at Gillette, Wyoming. He is an Episcopalian. Mr. Keeline is one of the important young stockmen of Wyoming, and his business activities have contributed materially to the ranching development of Weston and Campbell Counties. He is one of the best known men in his community and is regarded highly both as a buisness man and because of his outstanding personal character.5