Can you help me with further information about my grandfather or great grandfather? Apparently they both lived in Chicago. Here is published information about my grandfather, according to the book: History of the Board of Trade, Chicago, Vol. 3, Robert O. Law & Co., 1917.
Thomas William Keelin (1870-c1922)
Thomas W. Keelin“...is a native son of Chicago...acquired his early education in public schools... is a prominent and progressive figure in the hay and grain trade in Chicago...married Miss Alice M. Schoenek on the 27th of November, 1897.Both he and his wife are communicants of the Catholic Church.
“Mr. Keelin is president of T.W.Keelin & Company, president of Keelin Brothers & Company, president of the Prairie State Milling Company of which he was the prime mover, president of the West End Storage Warehouse Company, treasurer of the Cragin Products Company, and has been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade since 1910.He is distinctly popular in both business and social circles,and is an active member of the Chicago Golf Club, the Illinois Athletic Club, the Oak Park Country Club, and the Belmont Golf Club, besides which he maintains affiliation with the Knights of Columbus.
“Like many another, who has attained prominence and distinction in the business world, Mr. Keelin made his start from humble beginnings, with his first independent business venture in 1892.Under his careful and skillful management, conducted with scrupulous regard for the principles of integrity and fair dealings, the business expanded until today, the house of Keelin is numbered among the leaders in the hay and grain trade in Chicago.He possesses in marked degree a capacity for achievement and his success has come as the direct result of his energy and effort.”
From other family sources, I understand that Thomas W. Keelin's father (my great grandfather) was John Keelin who, from the description above, also lived in Chicago.Possibly, his spouse was named Elizabeth.
If you have any further information that might be relevant to the ancestors of my grandfather or great grandfather, I would greatly appreciate a reply.