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Kieff, David D., was born in Bombay, Franklin county, N Y., July 3, 1866. He was reared on a farm, educated in the public schools and graduated from a business college; at the age of fifteen he came to Watertown, N Y., and began the study of architecture, with John Hose and W. W. Tucker. In the year of 1887 he formed a copartnership with Mr. Hose, under the firm name of Hose & Kieff, architects; they continued in business until 1893, He then bought Mr. Hose's interest and established an office in the Flower building, which he still retains. Among the more important buildings of which Mr. Kieff has been the architect might be mentioned the Watertown City Hall, erected in 1896-97, Otis House, erected in 1894, Herald building, erected in 1896, Cooper Street School, erected in 1895, the marble residence of ex-Mayor F. D. Roth, residence of E. G. Mosher, Simson Bros., B. A. Field, Thomas Burns, A. R. Flower. He has also designed many buildings out of town: The Antwerp Town Hall, Bent Bros.'s building, F. G. Tucker's residence, Philadelphia, N. Y., and many others of equal prominence. Mr. Kieff has always been a Democrat in politics and is at present the secretary of the Board of Health, and building inspector. He is also a member of the Jeffersonian and Citizen Clubs.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898