PATRICK KEATING. - A brief sojourn in Eureka as early as 1887 gave Mr. Keating a very favorable opinion concerning
this section of country and he employed the period of his residence in Humboldt county in the building of houses
not only at Eureka, but also at outside towns, particularly in Ferndale. Prior to and after that year's sojourn
in California he made his home in Canada, where he was born at Georgetown, Ontario, in December of 1853, and where,
on the completion of a common school education, at the age of seventeen years he took up the trade of a carpenter.
That occupation he learned in all of its details, acquiring such skill that he was able to secure steady work in
his home town, a small place, with only a small amount of building in process of construction. With the exception
of the early and brief period of employment in California he remained in Ontario, principally at Seaforth, until
1901, steadily following the business of a builder and officiating for three years as a member of the city council
of Seaforth. While living in Canada he was united in marriage with Miss Julia Fitzgerald, a native of County Perth,
Ontario, and two children, Joseph and Genevieve, were born of the union. The family are of the Catholic faith and
Mr. Keating has been identified with the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association. Another fraternity, the Ancient Order
of United Workmen, also has enlisted his support and cooperation.
A goodly number of substantial buildings indicates the character of the work done by Mr. Keating since he came
to Eureka the second time. Besides many cottages in Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna and Loleta, he had the contracts
for the Lincoln school in Eureka, St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, the John Ryan flats and four houses for
E. D. Tobin. Among the residences he has built are those of C. D. and J. F. Daly, A. B. Adams, E. F. Reese, J.
Nellis, George Molloy, B. Call and B. Callaghan, besides numerous others. A careful workman, skilled carpenter
and honorable business man; he is one of our fine types of Canadian Californians and is counted among the reliable
citizens of Eureka.
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915
Humboldt County, CA
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