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 Reuben Neil McKellar

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Reuben Neil McKellar

Birth
Anderson County, Texas, USA
Death
12 May 1933 (aged 77–78)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot
Block 6; Lot 6
Memorial ID
48978057 View Source

Shreveport Mayor 1896-1899. Shreveport street commissioner, 1908-10; Shreveport commissioner of streets and parks, 1922-30.

The son of Edwin Daniel McKellar and Susan Miller. Susan died in Anderson County, Texas not long after Reuben's birth. EDM and his two children wound up in the Shreveport area not long after Susan's death. Edwin married Theodosia Hamilton, daughter of David Blackshear Hamilton in 1881 and they moved to Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana.

Something that has lasted longer than the McKellar family has been their house, called the Bridges McKeller home, built in 1885. It has long been vacant, but is the subject of many videos and photo galleries. It's unique in the masonry of large tumbled stones and features a carriage pergola, wide and shallow porch steps and a roof top courtyard. It's been on the top ten list of endangered architecture for years with no preservation plans for it so far despite news to the contrary. A lot of old downtown Shreveport architecture was bought up in the 1980's by out of state companies (or company) which refuses to sell or restore their holdings. Several internet sites have drone and video as well as still photos of the exterior and interior of the home.

Bio Source:
"Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana"
The Southern Publishing Company, Chicago & Nashville
1890

R. N. McKellar is one of the leading cotton factors in this section of the country, and since 1879 has carried on the work which his father so successfully established in 1873. He was born in Anderson County of the Lone Star State, but his parents, E. D. and Susan (Miller) McKellar, were born in Alabama, and are now deceased. The father was married twice, and by his first wife became the father of R. N. and Mrs. T. O. Townsend, of Pueblo, Col., his second union being to Mrs. J. B. Hodges, by whom he became the father of three children: Virginia H., Hattie and Learline. R. N. McKellar was reared in his native State, a portion of his education being also received there, and in 1869 came to Shreveport, La., with his parents and here finished his education, his vacations being spent in clerking in his father in this business in 1873, and continued with him until the latter's death in 1879, when he assumed entire control of the business, which he conducted under the old firm name until 1882, then changed the style to his own name and has successfully conducted affairs up to the present time. He handles between 10,000 and 12,000 bales of cotton annually, and is looked upon as authority in matters pertaining to the cotton interests. In connection with this he does an extensive commission business, and during 1886-87-88, he was president of the Cotton Exchange. He is a leading citizen of Caddo Parish, in all that the term implies, and there is no measure of importance to the welfare of the general public in which Mr. McKellar is not interested. He is an active member of the city council, is now serving his third term, and is a director in the Commercial National Bank. He is a stockholder in the Merchants & Farmers' Bank, and has been president of the Board of Trade. He is a Knight Templar in the Masonic fraternity and is a member of the order of Elks. His marriage, which was consummated in 1882, was to Miss Theo Hamilton, a daughter of Dr. D. B. Hamilton and to their union two children have been born: Edwin D. and Mary B. Mrs. McKellar is a lady of intelligence and culture, and is an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. McKellar is a man who manifests excellent judgment in the management of his business affairs,but is unassuming in his manner, and is a genial and social gentleman to meet.

Shreveport Mayor 1896-1899. Shreveport street commissioner, 1908-10; Shreveport commissioner of streets and parks, 1922-30.

The son of Edwin Daniel McKellar and Susan Miller. Susan died in Anderson County, Texas not long after Reuben's birth. EDM and his two children wound up in the Shreveport area not long after Susan's death. Edwin married Theodosia Hamilton, daughter of David Blackshear Hamilton in 1881 and they moved to Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana.

Something that has lasted longer than the McKellar family has been their house, called the Bridges McKeller home, built in 1885. It has long been vacant, but is the subject of many videos and photo galleries. It's unique in the masonry of large tumbled stones and features a carriage pergola, wide and shallow porch steps and a roof top courtyard. It's been on the top ten list of endangered architecture for years with no preservation plans for it so far despite news to the contrary. A lot of old downtown Shreveport architecture was bought up in the 1980's by out of state companies (or company) which refuses to sell or restore their holdings. Several internet sites have drone and video as well as still photos of the exterior and interior of the home.

Bio Source:
"Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana"
The Southern Publishing Company, Chicago & Nashville
1890

R. N. McKellar is one of the leading cotton factors in this section of the country, and since 1879 has carried on the work which his father so successfully established in 1873. He was born in Anderson County of the Lone Star State, but his parents, E. D. and Susan (Miller) McKellar, were born in Alabama, and are now deceased. The father was married twice, and by his first wife became the father of R. N. and Mrs. T. O. Townsend, of Pueblo, Col., his second union being to Mrs. J. B. Hodges, by whom he became the father of three children: Virginia H., Hattie and Learline. R. N. McKellar was reared in his native State, a portion of his education being also received there, and in 1869 came to Shreveport, La., with his parents and here finished his education, his vacations being spent in clerking in his father in this business in 1873, and continued with him until the latter's death in 1879, when he assumed entire control of the business, which he conducted under the old firm name until 1882, then changed the style to his own name and has successfully conducted affairs up to the present time. He handles between 10,000 and 12,000 bales of cotton annually, and is looked upon as authority in matters pertaining to the cotton interests. In connection with this he does an extensive commission business, and during 1886-87-88, he was president of the Cotton Exchange. He is a leading citizen of Caddo Parish, in all that the term implies, and there is no measure of importance to the welfare of the general public in which Mr. McKellar is not interested. He is an active member of the city council, is now serving his third term, and is a director in the Commercial National Bank. He is a stockholder in the Merchants & Farmers' Bank, and has been president of the Board of Trade. He is a Knight Templar in the Masonic fraternity and is a member of the order of Elks. His marriage, which was consummated in 1882, was to Miss Theo Hamilton, a daughter of Dr. D. B. Hamilton and to their union two children have been born: Edwin D. and Mary B. Mrs. McKellar is a lady of intelligence and culture, and is an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. McKellar is a man who manifests excellent judgment in the management of his business affairs,but is unassuming in his manner, and is a genial and social gentleman to meet.

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