Paul Keil, a well known farmer of Hartford township, was born in Sumner township on the 7th of November, 1869,
a son of John and Magdalena (Kuhns) Keil, more detailed mention of whom appears in the sketch of Adam Keil elsewhere
in this work.
Our subject remained with his parents until he was of age and gave his father the benefit of his labor. He then
began hauling cream to the Genoa Bluff Creamery and was so engaged for five years, after which he purchased one
hundred and thirty acres of land on section 36, Hartford township, where he has since resided. He has added to
his holdings and now owns one hundred and seventy six acres, all of which is under cultivation. He has made a number
of improvements upon his place and is well equipped for his work as a general farmer and stock raiser.
In 1890 Mr. Keil married Miss Carrie E. Bell, who was born in Hartford township, this county, of the marriage of
C. W. and Adelia A. (Rumple) Bell, both natives of Ohio. They came to Iowa county, Iowa, in the later '60s and
here the mother passed away in 1898. The father is still living and makes his home with a daughter at Ames. He
served for three years in the Civil war as a member of Company H, One hundred and first Ohio Volunteer Infantry,
and participated in many hard fought battles, including that of Stony River, where he was wounded in the right
arm. Mrs. Keil is the oldest of a family of three children, the others being Mary J., the wife of Arthur Davis,
of Pilot township; and Ethel B., who married Perry Houghan, of Ames, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Keil have three children,
Audrey G., Vera E. and Mildred B., all at home.
Mr. Keil supports the democratic party at the polls, as he believes in the soundness of its policies, and for nine
years has served as township trustee, his reelection to the office proving the acceptability of his work in that
connection. For two terms he was school director and has always manifested a lively interest in the welfare of
the local schools. He belongs to Ladora Lodge, No. 622, I. O. O. F., and both he and his wife are faithful and
consistent members of the Methodist Protestant church. He has gained a competence as a farmer and all who have
had dealings with him testify to his integrity and honesty.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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