Biography of Harvey A. Keck
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Harvey Austin Keck. Prominent in fraternal circles in Lorain, Mr. Keck is also widely known throughout the city as a substantial business man. He was born in Colebrookdale Township, Montgomery County, Pa., March 5, 1884, the son of Jonathan Y. and Hannah W. (Nagle) Keck.

Jonathan Y. Keck and his wife are natives of Montgomery County, Pa., and residents of Pottstown. For a number of years he engaged in the retail meat business in that city and later established the Pottstown Abattoir Company. In 1900 he retired from the packing business. He was elected treasurer of Pottstown in 1904, and has held that office continuously to the present time. Mr. Keck is a prominent Democrat. He was one of the founders of Grace Lutheran Church and is affiliated with Stichter Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 156; Chapter R. A. M.; Commandery K. T.; Philadelphia Consistory, 32nd degree; and Rajah Temple. Mr. and Mrs. Keck had the following children: Bertha, Jonathan, Daniel, and Lawrence, all deceased; Wilmer, lives at Pottstown; Harvey Austin, the subject of this sketch; Maud, married Elmer F. Brueninger, lives at Pottstown; Bessie, married Wayne Klein, lives at Reading, Pa.; and Jennie, married Daniel Unrugh, lives at Philadelphia.

Harvey Austin Keck was reared and educated at Pottstown. He has been identified with the organization work of the Loyal Order of Moose since 1910, and has traveled throughout the United States in the interest of lodge work. He came to Lorain in 1913 to reorganize the local lodge, with which he has since been identified, being elected secretary on May 20, 1930. He has served as Dictator, for six terms, and also has the Fellowship degree in that order. He is treasurer of Western Reserve Legion No. 7. Mr. Keck's numerous lodge affiliations includes the following: Lorain Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 552; Mystic Chapter, R. A. M., No. 107; Lorain Council, R. and S. M. M., No. 103; Lorain Commandery, K. T., No. 65; Al Koran Temple; B. P. O. Elks, No. 1301, trustee for six years; and F. O. Eagles, Aerie No. 343.

In the business life of Lorain Mr. Keck is favorably known as the proprietor of an interior decorating establishment at 521 Broadway.

On May 17, 1904, Mr. Keck married Miss Edna P. Coller, the daughter of Achilles and Mary Coller, natives of Pottstown, Pa., both now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Keck were born two daughters: Dorothy, married Wilham Dobbeck, lives at Lorain; and Thelma, married Chalmers Krupp, lives at Lorain, and they have a son, Harvey A.

Mr. Keck is a Republican, a member of the Rotary Club, Lorain Country Club and Chamber of Commerce.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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