John Keyes, came to Lewis, in 1856, and opened a store. He was born near Hartford, Connecticut, in 1816. In 1851, he was united in marriage to Miss Sophia Whiting, in Ohio. For a number of years Mr. Keyes was sheriff of Cass county. When Atlantic was established he became a citizen of the place and engaged in banking, being one of the founders of the Cass County Bank. He was also president of the County Agricultural Society, which position he held at the time of his death, which occurred in September, 1873. He left a large estate. His widow and daughter continue to reside in Atlantic.
From "History of Cass County, Iowa Together With Brief Mention of Old Settlers," by Lafe Young, Atlantic, Iowa, Telegraph Steam Printing House, 1877, pg. 75.