Biography of Henry J. Keeler
Winona County, MN Biographies

HENRY J. KEELER, general merchandise, Copps Hall, St. Charles. This business was established in St. Charles by the present proprietor in 1879, and was removed to its present location in 1882. The main salesroom fronts forty feet on the street, has a depth of 100 feet and the business occupies two floors, the basement being devoted to groceries and storage. His business includes dry goods, clothing, hats and caps, boots and shoes, notions, merchant tailoring, groceries, glassware, crockery, and all things else included under the head of general merchandise. His stock is large, the invoice tbr January, 1883, footing $27,500, the business giving employment to seven clerks and two tailors, and the volume of trade 100 per cent over that transacted at the old stand. Mr. Keeler is a native of New York and commenced selling goods in Camden, in that state, when eighteen years of age. In 1850 Mr. Keeler came west and was a traveling salesman for a New York hosiery. white goods and notions house eighteen years, only leaving the road to establish himself in business here in 1879, although he has been a resident of the county since 1860. He was married in Will county, Illinois, in 1855, to Miss H. M. Sims, and they have two children. Miss Florence, who has quite a local reputation as a musician, and Miss Gertrude attending Winona city schools.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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