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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Kent, Antoinette Cowles
Mrs. Chauncey Keeler,   pp. 157-158 PDF (364.6 KB)


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           MRS. CHAUNCEY KEELER
           Author-Antoinette Cowles Kent
                       Beloit
    Katherine Spaulding was the daughter of Ira Spauld-
ing and Eliza Jane Atwood. She was born December 3,
1837,in Merrimac, New Hampshire. She received her
early education both in Merrimac and Nashua. Later
she attended Normal school at Reed's Ferry and Francis-
town Academy. She was accomplished in music also.
    She married in Merrimac to Chauncey C. Keeler and
shortly thereafter came to Beloit, Wisconsin. She has
resided in this city continuously since her marriage, with
the exception of six years spent in Janesville.
    Mrs. Keeler is a daughter of the Mayflower descend-
ant of Richard Warren. Roger Conant, Governor of
Massachusetts Bay was also an ancestor.
    It was the pleasure of Mr. Keeler to be one of the
committee to welcome Abraham Lincoln when he made
his famous speech in Civil War times.
    Her only son, who resides in Rockford is Edwin H.
Keeler. Mrs. Keeler is the proud grandmother of one
grandson and two granddaughters, children of Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin H. Keeler. Our subject also has two great-
grandchildren, who are grandsons of the above son and
daughter-in-law. Her grandson-in-law was of the medi-
cal corps but was not permitted to go overseas. Her
grandson was first lieutenant and was named for Capt-
aincy.
    During the Civil War, Mrs. Keeler was very active
in the relief work that was necessary for the soldiers, to-
gether with other duties that this noble band of women
performed. This included Susan Maria Brown Ross and
Mrs. Bushnell. Those were busy days and these ladies
were leaders in gifts of time and money.
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