Lee County Biography


Charles H. Keeler publishes the Evening Star, having been engaged in this business since March 28, 1891. A daily and weekly issue is published, and the success which has rewarded the new enterprise foretells its future prosperity. The paper already has :m extended circulation which it well merits, for it is a bright, newsy sheet, that fulfills all the requirements of a modern newspaper.

Mr. Keeler, a native of Towanda, Pa., was born on the 20th of March, 1841, and in his native State the days of his boyhood and youth were passed. He there learned the printers trade which he has made his life work, and was afterwards connected with the Sullivan County Democrat, of La Porte, Pa.,and the Herald, of Wellsboro, Pa. His career as an editor and publisher extends over more than a quarter of a century, and sixteen years of that time lie was connected with the Tioga County Record, published at Owego, N. Y. That is one of the leading papers of Tioga County, and under the management of Mr. Keeler acquired its excellent reputation.

Mr. Keeler spent six months in Reno City, Oklahoma, and will ever be remembered by the citizens of that section as the man who prevented the low element of the town from running an election in the absence of the Mayor and all of the Aldermen, himself excepted. Seeing that the roughs were taking matters into their own hands, he applied to Col. Wade, then in command at Ft. Reno, three miles away, who called out the United States troops and routed the would-be officers of the city. On the return of the Mayor, a regular call was made by him for a new election, and the Mayor, upon whom they had special designs, was re-elected,and the Aldermen,who were from among the best citizens, were elected.

In Owego, N. Y., Mr. Keeler led to the marriage altar Miss Minnie J. Biles, who was born in Wynlusing, Pa. The days of her maidenhood were spent in the Keystone State, where she acquired a good education. She is a lady genial in manner, kindly in disposition and has won many friends during her residence in Dixon. She holds membership with the Presbyterian Church, but Mr. Keeler adheres to the faith of the Episcopal Church. Just before coming to this city he had spent about live years in the West, in Sumner County, Kan., and in Oklahoma, where he was located at the opening up of that Territory on the 22d of April, 1890, witnessing the race for lands and lots in Oklahoma, and joining a town company therein.

On coming to Dixon, he formed a partnership with G. E. Bishop, and the Star Printing Company was organized, with Mr. Bishop as general superintendent and Mr. Keeler as-editor and business manager. Both gentlemen arc practical printers and capable and enterprising business men. In connection with the issue of this paper, they established a job office by the merging together of their two job printing offices, and now employ twelve hands. The paper is strictly independent in politics, and is devoted to the publication of local and general news of interest to its readers. On the 24th of December, 189l, Mr. Keeler bought out the interest of Mr. Bishop, and now carries on the business alone. For some years Mr. Keeler has not been identified with any political party. Socially, he is a member of Friendship Lodge, No. 7, A.F. & A. M., of Dixon, and is Past Sachem of the Improved Order of Red Men, by virtue of having served as Chief of Records for five consecutive years. For nearly seven years he has been a member of Branch 256, of the Iron Hall, in Owego, N. Y. A valued citizen of the community. Mr. Keeler ever gives his support to the enterprises calculated to prove of public benefit and uses his influence for their furtherance. His fidelity to public trusts is shown by the incident related concerning his experience in Reno City, of which he was one of the first Aldermen. While in that city there were seven hundred and twenty houses erected in ninety days.

Portrait and Biographical Roscommon MI 1895


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