Biography of Alfred J. Keig
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Alfred Joseph Keig. - One of the younger attorneys practicing at the bar of Joliet, and an able exponent of the dignity of his profession, is Alfred Joseph Keig. He was born June 9, 1893, at Romeoville, Ill., a son of John and Margaret (McHugh) Keig.

John Keig was born in the Isle of Man, England. He began his business career as a salesman for an English firm. He married Margaret McHugh, who was born in Tume, County Galway, Ireland, after coming to the United States, and they are now living retired at Lockport, Ill. Mr. Keig is a stanch Republican in politics. To Mr. and Mrs. Keig five children were born: Robert, manager of the Kirby Lumber Company, Silsbee, Texas; Marshall, served in the U. S. Signal Corps during the World War, lives at Chicago; Mabel, married Charles Dyer, lives at Cleveland, Ohio; Ruth K., married Newton Rich, lives at Dallas, Tex.; and Alfred Joseph, the subject of this sketch.

Alfred Joseph Keig attended the public schools of Lockport and graduated from high school in 1911. He attended Knox College, at Galesburg, Ill., for two years, after which he taught one year at St. John's Military Academy, Salina, Kan. Subsequently he entered the Law School of Northwestern University, taking his degree of Bachelor of Laws from that institution in the class of 1919. He was then admitted to the Illinois State Bar in October, 1919, and later was admitted to practice in the Federal Courts. He practiced his profession in Chicago and in February, 1926, removed to Joliet, Ill., where he carries on a general law practice, with offices at 506 Morris Building.

While attending high school, Mr. Keig learned telegraphy, and held a part time position as operator while attending Knox College. During his course at Northwestern University he was an editor for the International News Service.

On Sept. 5, 1917, Mr. Keig enlisted for service during the World War and was sent to Urbana, Ill., where he attended the ground school of the Aviation section of the Signal Corps. He was transferred to Rich Field, Waco, Texas, and assigned to the training school and commissioned a second lieutenant. He was at Fort Sill, Okla., where he took a course in Reconnoissance, after which he became an instructor in aerial gunnery at Taliafrerro Field, Hicks, Tex., and was also adjutant of the training school. He received his pilot's license for flying and was honorably discharged from the service, Feb. 21, 1919. Mr. Keig still pilots a machine.

In 1921 Mr. Keig was married to Miss Ruth Alice Dow, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Gund) Dow. Mr. Dow is deceased. His widow married John Walter and they reside in Lockport, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Keg have four children: Alfred Joseph, Jr., born June 18, 1922; Ruth Alice, born Oct. 29, 1923; John Dow McHugh, born Jan. 29, 1925; and Walter Peter, born Feb. 18, 1927.

Mr. Keig is a Republican in politics. He is affiliated with Lockport Lodge, A. F. and A. M. No. 537; Loyal Order of Moose; and B. P. O. E. Elks, No. 296. He is a member of the Will County Bar Association; John Olsen Post, No. 12, of Lockport, Ill.; "40 and 8" Society; Beta Theta Phi; Delta Theta Phi; Chamber of Commerce, Lockport, Ill.; and the Joliet Chamber of Commerce.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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