Person Sheet

Name William Franklin "Willie" Keeline
Birth 31 Jul 1885, Neligh, Antelope Co., NE
Death 15 Dec 1918, Calexico, Imperial Co., CA
Occupation with parents in 1900 IA Census; in CA for 1910, 1920
Father William C. H. Keeline (1850-~1927)
Mother Augusta A. Gardiner (1853-1930)
Misc. Notes
WILLIAM F. KEELINE is numbered amont the progressive and successful business men of El Centro, California. He has been the proprietor of the Keeline Tent & Manufacturing Company, 443 Main Street, since March, 1916. Mr. Keeline was born in Neligh, Nebraska, July 31, 1885, a son of William C. and Augusta A. (Gardner) Keeline. He received his education in the public schools at Council Bluffs, Iowa, and at an early age he went to Idaho Springs, Colorado, where he assisted his brother at mining for two years. While in the mining camp he was injured by blasting and left. He went to Omaha where he became identified with his brother-in-law, who was proprietor of the Omaha Tent and Awning Company (now deceased). Mr. Keeline remained in Omaha until he was twenty years of age. He was traveling on the road for some years, and in 1907 he came to Los Angeles from Sacramento, California, where he managed a branch of the Tent & Awning Company for two years. For eighteen months he was engaged as traveling salesman for another concern and then came to El Centro, where he organized the Valley Tent & Awning Company, and held the office of secretary and treasurer, until such time as he disposed of his interests and established the present business. Mr. Keeline was married in Los Angeles, California April 15, 1907, to Miss Grace Williams, a native of Nebraska. Fraternally Mr. Keeline is a member of the K. of P. To Mr. and Mrs. Keeline have been born three children, William C., Albert M., and George A. In all business relations Mr. Keeline has the confidence and regard of all who know him.8

W. F. Keeline Dies Following Short Illness
[published in Calexico Chronicle 16 Dec 1918, front page center]

At 7:30 yesterday evening W. F. Keeline died at his home here after a week's illness of heart trouble, following a severe attack of influenza and after intense suffering.

About a week ago he took sick with influenza and while in a serious condition he was on the high road to recovery when the turn came and his heart gave out. His wife and brother Philip of Los Angeles were present when the end came, but the brother is also suffering from the disease and is confined to bed.

The body was removed to El Centro to be prepared for burial and will be sent to Los Angeles, but the time has not been decided nor has [sic] the funeral arrangements been made.

The deceased was 23 years of age and is survived by his wife and three small children. They came to the [Imperial] Valley about four years ago and located at El Centro and less than a year ago opened a store here and then removed to this place, where they have lived ever since.

The deceased was head of the Keeline Tent & Manufacturing company and had built up a prosperous business both here and in El Centro. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and D.O.K.K. and had a wide business acquaintance in the Valley.9
1 Grace Violet "Nana" Williams
Birth 24 Jun 1889, Eddyville, Wapello Co., IA
Death Dec 1984, Anaheim, Orange Co., CA
Father W. H. Williams
Mother Lillian Grey
Marriage 15 Apr 1907, Los Angeles Co., CA
Children William Christopher (1908-1981)
Albert Mathias (1909-1983)
Lelith L. (~1912-1913)
George Samuel (1914-1997)
James Julius (1919-1996)
Last Modified 20 Aug 1997Created 8 Jul 2000 by Reunion for Macintosh

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