Richard J. Keefe, owner of the Chaffee Business Institute, was born in this city, July 29, 1891, the son of
Edward and Mary (Sullivan) Keefe.
Both Edward Keefe and his wife were born in Oswego His father was Richard Keefe, one of the first settlers of this
city who came here from Ireland. Jeremiah Sullivan, the father of Mrs. Keefe, was also an early settler of Oswego,
having come here from Baltimore, Md. To Mr. and Mrs. Keefe were born the following children: 1. Richard J., the
subject of this sketch. 2. Catherine, married Ronald McLean, lives at Miami, Fla. 3. Ward, a teacher of industrial
education, lives in New York City. 4 Margaret, a teacher, New York City. 5. Mark, who is employed by the New York
Trust Company, New York City.
The early education of Richard J. Keefe was obtained in the public schools of Oswego. Upon completion of his public
school education he then went to LaCrosse, Wis., where he attended the Tri-State Business College. Mr. Keefe then
became a commercial teacher in Wisconsin and until the World War was identified with the Tri-State Business College.
In July, 1917, he enlisted in the U. S. army at Fort Ontario, Oswego, and served throughout the remainder of the
war. In October, 1919, Mr. Keefe became an instructor of commercial subjects at Fort Ontario and spent two years
in this work for the government. He established his own school at Fulton, N. Y., in January, 1923, and the following
year purchased the Chaffee Business Institute at Oswego, the latter being founded in 1870 by Willis G. Chaffee.
Mr. Keefe consolidated the two institutions as the Chaffee Business Institute.
In 1924 Mr. Keefe was married to Miss Florence M. Follan, of Fulton, the daughter of John B. and Mary Mehegan Follan,
natives of Oneida and Oswego counties, respectively. The former resides at Fulton and the latter died in 1916.
Mr. and Mrs. Keefe have a daughter, Rosemary, born Sept. 28, 1925.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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