Biography of William L. Keenan
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Keenan, William L., Madrid, was born in Bombay, Franklin county, October 18, 1857. John Keenan, father of our subject, was a native of this county, born in the town of Brasher in 1822. He was a farmer and owned 153 acres in his native town. In 1847 he married Mary M. Howe, a native of Vermont, born in 1830. They were the parents of seven children, three still living: May E. wife of E. T. Fletcher of Tupper Lake; Ann Eliza, wife of E. W. Shepard of Lawrenceville; and William L. John Keenan died in January, 1868; Mrs. Keenan still survives him. The boyhood of our subject was spent in the town of Brasher. When he was ten years old his parents moved into the town of Lawrence, and it was in the common schools of that town and Lawrenceville Academy he was educated. In his fourteenth year he started as an apprentice in the blacksmith shop of Israel Dupee at Lawrenceville. He was employed by the day at his trade for seven years. In 1878 he established a shop in Madrid, which he conducted until the fall of 1889, when he gave up the business on account of lameness. October 18, 1889, he bought a half interest in the hardware store and tin shop of Bartholomew & Bullard, established in 1886, The form of Bullard & Keenan now carry a full line of shelf and heavy hardware, and are agents for the Buckeye mowers and reapers, Champion horse rake, the Mann seeder, and also dealers in harrows, plows and all other agricultuaal implements. Since the founding of the above company their business has grown to extensive proportions, and they are to day the leaders in the trade of this section. Mr. Keenan married in 1887, Nellie A., daughter of John Taylor, a native of England, who for many years was engaged in farming and the butchering business in Madrid.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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