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Col William Betts Keeler

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Col William Betts Keeler

  • Birth 20 Feb 1828 Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 13 May 1914 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Shady Lawn, Section "V", Lot 235
  • Memorial ID 13399967

William Betts Keeler, second son of Eri and Sally Marvin Keeler, was born in Norwalk, Ohio, February 20, 1828. He married Clarinda A. Covell, daughter of Jonathan and Clarinda Parsons Covell, on November 19, 1850 in Bronson Township, Huron County, Ohio. In September 1853 they moved to Muscatine County, Iowa. Their children were, Anna Jane, Frank H. and Stella Clarinda. A daughter Mamie died young. During the Civil War he served as a Colonel for the Thirty-fifth Iowa Volunteer Regiment. After the close of the war he was Mayor of Muscatine for many years. Later they moved to Chicago and resided there the rest of their days.

THE MUSCATINE NEWS TRIBUNE - MAY 14, 1914 - PAGE 2 - COL. 5 & 6
OBITUARY; COL. W. B. KEELER, FORMER MAYOR OF MUSCATINE, DEAD
Famous War Veteran and Leader of Iowa Regiment on Many Battlefields Expires at Chicago Home After Illness of Barely Two Weeks' Duration. MAYOR OF MUSCATINE AFTER CLOSE OF WAR - Muscatine Granddaughter Survives--Funeral Services to Be Held at Chicago Sunday Afternoon. Colonel William B. Keeler, one time mayor of Muscatine, hero of many battlefields and one of the leaders of the Thirty-fifth Iowa Volunteer regiment during the civil war, died at his home in Chicago at 6200 Kimbark avenue, shortly after 11 o'clock last night. News of the well-known war veteran's demise was received here this morning. Kidney trouble is believed to have terminated in his death. Two weeks ago he had severe chills of nearly two hours duration. These were accompanied by high fever but he rallied this and a subsequent attack a week ago. Physicians advised him to be removed to a hospital where X-ray examinations were taken. Two such examinations failed to disclose any organic disorder. Then he was taken back to his residence and placed under the care of a trained nurse. His condition, however, gradually more precarious and during the last few days of his life, had grown exceedingly weak. He was 86 years old. The funeral services will be held from the family residence Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. Full military honors will mark the obsequies which will be in charge of the Legion of Honor, an order consisting only of officers of the war and their sons. Col. Keeler had been a prominent member of the Legion of Honor since the time of its organization. ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED - A native of Ohio, Col. Keeler was born at Norwalk on February 20, 1828. He spent his boyhood there and afterwards came west overland with his family as did many other pioneers of that period. He was married to Miss Clarinda Covell November 19, 1851. Mr. and Mrs. Keeler celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary at Chicago in 1901. Mrs. Keeler preceded him in death on August 22, 1909, she having attained the age of 81. Three children are living. Mrs. Charles Sheldon Sargeant, Frank H. Keeler and Mrs. George M. Farnum, all of Chicago. Mrs. Carl Schmidt, of Muscatine, a granddaughter, is the lone local relative to survive him. MUSCATINE MAYOR - Shortly after the civil war Col. Keeler headed the local municipal government, serving Muscatine as mayor for several years. He came to this city in 1852. He left Muscatine to establish a home in Chicago about 1870. He was the victim of a disastrous fire, barely a year after he moved to Chicago to reside, in which he lost heavily. The conflagration occurred about 1871. In 1909 Col. Keeler made a tour of the world with a party in which were included Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Musser of this city.

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  • Created by: Anonymous
  • Added: 20 Feb 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13399967
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col William Betts Keeler (20 Feb 1828–13 May 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13399967, citing Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46622448) .