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Peter D. McKellar


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 5/20/2010 at 07:05:16

Peter D. McKellar (1886), county auditor of Jackson county, has resided in the county twenty-three years.

He was born near the village of McGregor, Clayton county, Iowa, December 14, 1860, his parents being Archibald and Christine (Nelson) McKellar. The father died in 1903, aged 71 years; the mother lives in Heron Lake.

The subject of this biography was educated in the common schools of Clayton county, finishing his education with a course in the Bayless Business college of Dubuque, Iowa. Until he was twenty-six years of age he resided on the farm with his parents in Clayton county. He came with them to Jackson county in September, 1886, and for two years lived on the home farm in Alba township. Going then to Postville, Allamakee county, Iowa, he worked one year in the employ of an implement dealer and one season for the Warder-Bushnell & Glessner Harvester company.

Returning to Jackson county, Mr. McKellar located at Heron Lake. For one year he worked
in an elevator and then engaged in the implement business in that town in partnership with J.C. Buckeye, the firm name being P.D. McKellar and company. He sold out his interests in the business in 1896 and until May, 1898, devoted his time to the well, pump and windmill business. During the season of 1898 he was in the employ of the J. I. Case Threshing Machine company, but during the season of 1899 and 1900 was again engaged in the well business.

Mr. McKellar was elected county auditor in November, 1900, and the first of the following year entered upon his duties. He has since been elected every two years and his present term expires January 1, 1911. He held the office of township clerk of Alba township in 1887 and in 1894 was a member of the Heron Lake village council.

Mr. McKellar was married at Mankato December 17,1900, to Amanda Veigel, a native of the city in which she was married. To them have been born three children, as follows: Pierre A., Jean and Margaret. He is a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge and Chapter and of the I.O.O.F. and A.O.U.W. lodges.

~Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota; by A.P. Rose, 1910, pg 443


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