Biography of John Q. Keller
Lucas County, OH Biographies

John Quincy Keller, president of the King Manufacturing Company, has advanced steadily throughout his business career from a humble position until he is now widely known among the manufacturers of northwestern Ohio. He was born in Wauseon, Clinton township, Fulton county, this state, December 6, 1865, and is a son bf Abraham Benjamin and Catherine Keller. The father, who was a shoemaker, is now deceased. After obtaining a public school education John Q. Keller was employed in his boyhood in a drug store and, working his way upward, became assistant pharmacist. In 1883 he entered the employ of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Company as a brakeman and remained with the road until 1893, being superintendent of the gravel pit at Rome City, Indiana, at the time he resigned. He is now a member of the Pioneer Association of old Lake Shore & Michigan Southern railway employes.

For a time Mr. Keller was with the Shaw Kendall Engineering Company at Toledo, which later became the National Supply Company, working as a machinist for two years, and on the expiration of that period he, with John King, organized the King Manufacturing Company for the manufacture of ladies' house wearing apparel. The business is capitalized for sixty thousand dollars and the plant equipment includes one hundred and sixty five machines. He employs seventy five people and the business is growing steadily. Mr. Keller is president of the cornpany, directing its activities, and the sales cover the middle states.

On the 31St of December, 1889, Mr. Keller was married to Miss Olive Viola Woodcott of Toledo and they have become parents of three sons. Ona Karlton was born January 6, 1893, and is now production manager of the King Manufacturing Company. He married Hazel Ethel Bishop on the 18th of June. 1914, at Fredonia, Ohio. He is a Mason of high rank, having attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite, and is also a member of the Mystic Shrine; George Kenneth, the second son, born May 23, 1895, was educated in the public schools and the Toledo University and is now secretary of the King Manufacturing Company. He, too, is a Consistory Mason and Mystic Shriner and is also identified with the Independent Order of Foresters. On the 23d of June, 1920, he married Mildred Jeanne Bumgardner of Toledo and they have one child, Olive Jane, born October 9, 1921, in Toledo; Benjamin Mechlin born July 3, 1897, in Toledo, was educated in the public schools and is assistant production manager of the King Manufacturing Company. He, too, is identified with Masonry, having now attained the thirty second degree in the Mystic Shrine. He married Nettie Beesch of Toledo on the 10th of November, 1919.

Mr. Keller's sons have followed in their father's footsteps not only in business but in their connection with Masonry, for Mr. Keller is a loyal member of the craft, belonging to the consistory, the Mystic Shrine and to the Grotto. He is also ccnnected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Foresters and he belongs to the Toledo Automobile Club and to the Chamber of Commerce associations which indicate the nature of his interests and activities outside of the field of business and show him to be a man of sterling worth, actuated by high principles and governed by commendable motives. The sons, too, like the father, are making an excellent record as business men and citizens and the members of the family are highly esteemed by their many acquaintances and friends. Mr. Keller's home is at No. 1024 Lincoln avenue.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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