Obit: Keller, Frank William (1859 - 1936)

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Surnames: Keller, Behm, Kohler, Schmidt, White, Baumann

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 23 July 1936

Keller, Frank William (1 June 1859 - 20 July 1936)

Frank W. Keller, retired farmer, passed away at his home in this city Sunday morning at four o’clock, July 20, 1936. He had been in frail health for some time.

Frank William Keller was born in the Province of Brandenburg, Germany, June 1, 1859. He grew to manhood there, received a good education and for a time was employed as a shipping clerk in the city of Berlin.

When he was about 24 years of age he came to Wisconsin with other members of the family, setting in Green Lake County. Here he followed farming, and also engaged in the mason trade.

On January 1, 1884, he was married at Princeton, Wisconsin to Mary Behm, who survives him.

In 1913, they and their family came to Clark County and bought the Carl Walk farm in Pine Valley, which he and his sons carried on working also at the mason trade. In 1920 Mr. and Mrs. Keller moved to Neillsville and built a home, the farm being turned over to their sons.

Mr. Keller was very fond of music and could play a number os instruments well, in early life being a member of bands and orchestras and during his military services in Germany, he was a bugler. He was a man of refined tastes, naturally a gentleman, courteous and fair in all his dealings.

Besides his wife, he leaves seven sons and four daughters, Mrs. Ella Kohler, Craig, Colorado; William Keller, Pine Valley; Mrs. Minnie Schmidt, Levis; Albert, Paul, Henry, Clara, Walter and Herbert, all living here; Mrs. Emma White, Milwaukee; Frank in Chicago.

The funeral was held this Wednesday, afternoon at Schiller’s Funeral Home, Rev. William Baumann officiating. The six sons living in and about Neillsville were pallbearers.

The son Frank was here from Chicago to see his father before he died, but could not be present at the funeral.



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