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Harvey B. F. Keller
Born January 11, 1844
HARVEY B. F. KELLER, Register of Deeds, Franklin County, was born in Staunton, Augusta County, Va., January 11, 1844, emigrating six years later with his parents to Jones County, Iowa. He came with them to Kansas in May, 1857, and assisted them in farming in Douglas County. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Third Kansas Regiment, which was, in March, 1862, organized into the First Kansas Battery. He was wounded by gun-shot in the left leg at Prairie Grove, Ark., December 7, 1862, and discharged June 29, 1865. In August of that year he came to Franklin County, farmed for a short time, then engaged in the same capacity in Linn County. Returned here in 1867, farmed for one year, and then in Morris County for some years. In 1874 he settled in Ottawa, farmed for a year, and for three years engaged in teaming, after which he again gave his attention to farming. On the 4th of July, 1879, he met with an accident by the premature discharge of a cannon, which seriously injured his hands. He was elected to his present office in November of that year, and re-elected in the fall of 1881.

Source: Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, Illinois
Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott


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