Biography of Thomas F. McKough
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Thomas F. McKeough, president of the Utica Steam Engine & Boiler Works, at No. 256 Whitesboro street, has in various connections proved his ability to capably control important business concerns and bring them to the point where active management spells success. He is one of Utica's native sons, his birth having here occurred on the 17th of May, 1860. His parents were Patrick and Bridget McKeough, the former a native of Ireland, whence he came to America as a young man, hoping that the business opportunities of the new world would enable him to more rapidly acquire success than he could hope to do in his native country. He had previously learned the boiler maker's trade and, settling in Utica in 1848, he followed that business up to the time of his death in 1901.

His family was here reared and Thomas F. McKeough pursued his education in the Assumption Academy, from which he was graduated in 1881. He afterward attended a private technical school and made his initial step in the business world as an employe of the old Utica Steam Engine Works and there also learned the trade of a boiler maker. After a few years be became associated with Russell Wheeler, Son & Co. as mechanical engineer and later with the Kernan Furnace Company, with which he was connected for six years, representing the company for two years as a traveling salesman upon the road, and on severing his connection with that house embarked in the heating and plumbing business on his own account at Syracuse. In 1895, however, he returned to Utica and became chief engineer for the Utica Gas & Electric Light Company, with which he remained until 1904, when he accepted the position of manager with the Utica Steam Engine & Boiler Works. He became financially interested in the buisness and in 1906 was chosen secretary and general manager, while in 1911 he was elected to the presidency. This does not by any means indicate the scope of his interests, however. He was also secretary and treasurer of the Mohawk Valley Woolen Company, which he aided in organizing in 1902 and with which he was connected until the business was sold. He is now the vice president of the Frankfort Paper Company and president of the McKeough-Daugner Plumbing Company, both of this city. His plans are carefully framed and his ability to use each opportunity to the best advantage is widely recognized. His energy overcomes obstacles and difficulties and by unfaltering determination he reaches the goal for which he has set out. His business interests are now extensive and important and his success is the well earned reward of his labor.

On October 16, 1911, Mr. McKeough was united in marriage to Miss Florence E. Fisher, a daughter of E. J. and Martha Fisher, of this city. They reside at 21 Summit place. Mr. McKeough belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Utica and is the president and one of the directors of the Arcanum Club. His election to office in an organization of this character is indicative of his popularity among his friends, whose number is legion, for during his lifelong residence in Utica he has demonstrated the possession of those qualities which in every land and clime win friendship and regard.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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