GEORGE FRANCIS KECKEISSEN - Among the successful builders of the banking interests of The Bronx, and one whose
financial programme has been steadily progressive from the year of his first employment with the Commonwealth Bank,
George Francis Keckeissen, assistant vice president and manager of that institution, is an official of capabilities
and energies eminently adaptable to the expanding history of this bank, through whose various grades he has risen
by his own personal worth.
The first of his name in America was his grandfather, Frank Keckeissen, who came from Bavaria to New York City,
where he engaged in the hay and grain business on the lower east side, on East Third Street, Manhattan; his son,
who bore the same name, Frank Keckeissen, was born December 15, 1840, in New York City, and died in 1903; he married
Margaret Miller, who was born June 27, 1844, in New York City, and died March 30, 1907. Of their fifteen children,
the following named survive: Adam, who lives at Rockwell Center; Henry A. residing in The Bronx; Frances, who married
John H. Reheuser; George Francis, of whom further; and Mary Jeannette.
George Francis Keckeissen was born February 12, 1881, in New York City, where he attended the public schools, and
Saint Joseph Parochial School, at Eighty seventh Street and First Avenue. He began his business career in the employ
of a dry goods concern with whom he continued from 1895 to 1902. In the latter year he became associated with the
Commonwealth Bank as a junior clerk, and he was gradually promoted to bookkeeper, teller, receiving and paying
manager, accepting the latter office in September, 1918; and in October, 1924, he was made assistant vice president
and manager of the bank. Fraternally, Mr. Keckeissen is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks; and with the Schnorer Club; he enjoys baseball. He is a communicant of Saint Barnabas Church.
Mr. Keckeissen married, October 2, 1906, Eva K. Baab, who died April 10, 1925. Their children were: Anna, Margaret,
Gertrude, and Rita.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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