Biography of William C. Keig
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WILLIAM C. KEIG
One of the important and successful industries of Napa is the Keig Shoe Company, the name of the company being one that has been connected with the shoe buisness, in one form or another, in this part of the state for a good many years. The success which has attended the present organization is largely due to the indomitable energy and sound business ability of William C. Keig, who is the secretary treasurer of the company and general manager of the business. Mr. Keig was born in San Francisco, California, on the 10th day of August, 1874, and is the son of Daniel and Ann Jane (Corlett) Keig, both of whom were born in the Isle of Man. The father left his home and came to America in 1865, going first to Chicago, whence he came by train to California. The mother also came to this country and they were married in Chicago.

Daniel Keig's first occupation in this country was as a cutter in a shoe factory. He later engaged in the manufacture of shoes in San Francisco and continued that business until in 1875 when, because of ill health; he came to Napa where, by persistent outdoor life, he regained his health. He then started a shoe shop in the old McInernay building in Napa, later moving to the corner of Second and Main streets, where he engaged in the retail shoe business which became very successful and which, prior to his death, was sold to his sons, William C. and Daniel T. Keig. In 1901 he resumed business by buying a third interest, at which time William C. Keig went to Petaluma and started a shoe store, as a branch of the partnership business, his brother looking after the business at Napa. He was still in Petaluma when his father finally retired from the business, and remained there until 1919, a period of eighteen years. Daniel Keig died in 1909.

While a resident of Petaluma, William C. Keig built up a fine business which he is still managing. He took an active part in local public affairs there and served one term as mayor of that city. In 1919 he returned to Napa to live and in partnership with L. J. Evans became engaged in the manufacture of shoes, establishing the business that now is conducted under the firm name of the Keig Shoe Company, of which he is the secretary treasurer and general manager. The company manufactures all kinds and grades of shoes and the factory, which is located along the Northwestern Pacific railroad tracks, is well equipped in every respect and gives employment to a large force of men. Mr. Keig received a good public school education, which he supplemented by attendance at Oak Mound College. At the age of seventeen years he was managing his father's business and is a practical and experienced shoe man in every phase of the business.

Mr. Keig has been twice married. In 1902, in Petaluma, he married Miss Harriet Ackerman, who was born and reared in Sonoma county and who died in 1909 without issue. In 1912 he married Miss Alice G. Graham, also a native of Sonoma county, and they have two children, Alice Lyle and William C., Jr. Mr. Keig is a democrat and is actively and intelligently interested in public affairs. He is the president of the Napa Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Fetaluma and is president of the Napa Rotary Club. He is a man of fine personal qualities, friendly and companionable, and, because of his splendid ability as a business man, his fine public spirit and his genial manner, he enjoys an enviable standing in the confidence and esteem of the entire community. He is large hearted and generous, giving liberally to all worthy benevolent and charitable objects and lending his aid and support to all efforts to advance the development and prosperity of his community.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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