THOMAS KEELOR, lumber merchant, Wetmore, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1832. He was reared and educated in
his native city, remaining there until thirty years of age. In 1862 he came to Pennsylvania, located on Oil creek,
and became engaged in the oil trade. In 1864 he made large purchases of timber land near Wetmore, McKean county,
and erected a steam saw mill, and dwelling houses for his employes. He has been successful in this business, and
now has another mill on the Tionesta. His mills are connected by a steel track road, stocked with his own cars.
By perseverance and indomitable will, Mr. Keelor has made from the heart of the forest the thriving town of Wetmore,
which is now one of the pleasant towns of the county. He has made all the improvements, even to the cutting of
the roads. He has 100 men in his employ, and both the mills have a capacity of turning out 100,000 feet of lumber
daily. Mr. Keelor is one of the able men of the county, and one of the representative lumbermen. In addition to
his large lumber interests he is engaged in the mercantile business, and also is farming to a large extent, owning
considerable availab]e farming land, and in all his varied interests he ranks among the foremost men in the county.
Pour of his sons are employed as heads of as many departments in their father's business. Mr. Keelor is descended
from an old American family, his paternal grandfather having served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war. This
patriot moved from Camden, N. J., in 1812, to Hamilton county, Ohio, which was then a dense wilderness, but is
now the most populous county in the State.
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
McKean County, PA Biographies
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