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Wilbur H Keigley


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/12/2010 at 13:38:03

Wilbur H Keigley, the president and general manager of the W H Keigley Land Comapny of Madrid, is at he head of a well established real-estate and loan busienss in the city and also buys and sells land in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Boone county is proud to number him among her native soons. His birth occurred in Douglas township on July 4, 1868, his parents being William Jacob and Elizabeth (Throckmorton) Keigley, the former born in Pennsylvania in 1824 and the latter in Green county, that stae, in the same year. William Jacob Keigley was one of the pioneer settlers of Boone county, making the overland journey to this state. He located on a farm in Douglas township and devoted his attention to the work of the fields throughout his active career. His demise ocurred in Madrid, Iowa on December 31, 1905, while his wife pased away in that city on April 27, 1904, the community thus losing two of its respected early residents.
They were the parents of eight children as follows: William a native of Pennsylvania, who passed away in that state, John Warren, who died in Boone, Iowa in December 1913, Wilbur H who makes his home in Colfax township, Boone county, Iowa, Lionel F, living in Ames, Iowa, Robert M who passed away in Madrid this state, and Mrs Emmerah E Sutherland, who is a resident of Garden township. The two elderst children were born in Pennsylvania and the younger ones in Douglas township, this county. All the surviving members of the family were reared in Boone county.
Wilbur H Kiegley,whose entire life has been spent with in the borders of his native county, attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and is a graduate of the Madrid high school. He gave his attention to general agricultural pursuits until 1885 and subsequently egaged in various kinds of busines in Madrid, eventually becoming identified with real-estate interests. He is now the president and general manager of the W H Keigley Land Company of Madrid, conducting a gerneral real-estate business locally and also buying and selling land in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Succes has attended his undertakings in gratifying degree and he is now numbered among the prosperous and representative businesmen of the county. He owns a commodious and attractive residence in Madrid and also a property in Minnesota.
In 1890, Mr Kiegley was untied in marriage to Mis Arah Belle Holcomb. a native of Illinois and a daughter of Milo and Caroline Holcomb. Who estblished their home in Boone county, Iowa in 1878. The father passed away in Woodward, this state, while the mother's demise occurred at Madrid. Their six surviving children are as follows: Mrs Mattie Moore of Manitou, Oklahoma, Mrs Carrie L Woods, who is a resident of Fort Madison Iowa, Chalres, living in Madrid, Iowa, Mrs Wilbur H Keighly, Frank of Pocahontas county, Iowa, and Mrs Blache Rhodes of Woodward, Iowa. Mr and Mrs Keigly have two children namely: Milo W born January 13, 1897 and Marvel E whose birth occurred December 27, 1902. Both are natives of Madrid and attend the public schools of that city.
In politics Mr Keigley is a stanch democrat and his fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, have chosen him for vaious positons of public trust. He has held numberous local offices in Madrid has acted as deputy sheriff of Boone county under the administration of George Garner and was the democratic precinct chairman for a number of years. Mr Keigley attends the serives of the Methodist Episcopal church in Madrid and is fraternally identified with the Masons, belongoing to Star Lodge, No 115, of Madrid, and Tuscan Charpter ,No 31, R A M of Boone. He is likewise connected with the Modern Woodman of America at Madrid. He has always lived in Boone county and the fact that many of his stanchest friends are numbered aong those who have known him from his boyhood to the present time is an indication of an upright and well spent life. He manifests sterling qualities not only in his business activities but also in his social and citizenship relations and is justly accounted one of the valued residents of the community.

1914 Boone County History Book


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