Biography of Thomas E. Keegan
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THOMAS E. KEEGAN
Well known throughout Elsinore and vicinity as a man of progressive spirit and honorable principles, Mr. Keegan amply merits the esteem which his manly, generous qualities have inspired among his associates. He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., February 25, 1854, and received his education in Reedsburg, that state. Remaining on his father's farm until the age of seventeen, he then became an employee in the mines of Ironton. His parents, Michael and Catherine (Brennan) Keegan, both of whom are now deceased, were natives of Ireland and settled in America in 1845.

In 1884 Mr. Keegan moved to South Dakota, where he filed on a homestead, continuing to develop his property during the succeeding twenty two years. Upon its sale in 1906 he located in Elsinore, Cal., where he purchased seventy one acres, later adding to his holdings eighteen acres and devoting his property to olives. apricots, oranges and peaches.

In 1882 Mr. Keegan was united in marriage at Cazenovia, Wis., with Miss Celia Ruskauff, who was born in Pittsburg, Pa., and whose parents, both of whom are deceased, were natives of Germany. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Keegan eight children were born, all of whom are living: Matthew; Agnes, now the wife of Bernard Martin, a rancher in the Elsinore district; Phillip, at home; Florence; Alice; Katie; Thomas and William, all of whom are students in the public schools. During his residence in South Dakota Mr. Keegan became affiliated with the Lebanon Lodge of Fraternal Brotherhood and the Ancient Order of United Workmen of that city. He maintained a deep and practical interest in all movements relating to both civic and national improvements.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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