Bio: Keefe, Martin (1872 19??)





Surnames: Keefe, Kennedy, Rodgers, Randau, Ruder,


----Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens, by Louis Marchetti, 1913.


Keefe, Martin (14 February 1872 19??)


MARTIN KEEFE, who conducts a first class livery stable at Edgar, Wis., has served in the office of village constable for the past eight years and is well known throughout Marathon County. He was born February 14, 1872, in Pocahontas County, Ia., and is a son of William and Catherine (Kennedy) Keefe. The mother is deceased but the father survives and resides at Mosinee, Wis.  


Martin Keefe attended the public schools in the town of Emmett, Marathon County, and afterward, until 1893, when he came to Edgar, worked on a farm. Here he succeeded Amos Rodgers in the livery stable business, conducting it ever since and, as necessity has arisen, has enlarged his service until now he keeps sixteen head of horses and all kinds of vehicles suitable for his probable patrons, including an automobile, and gives employment to experienced drivers who convey passengers as far as Athens, Mosinee, Wausau and Rib Falls.  


Mr. Keefe married Miss Laura Randau, a daughter of Frank Randau, of Mosinee, Wis., and they have had the following children: Pearl, Henry, Martin, Loretta, Maurice, William and three who died in infancy. Mr. Keefe and family are members of St. John's Catholic Church. Their pleasant home is on Redwood Street. Mr. Keefe is interested as a stockholder in the Edgar Veneer Manufacturing Company in the Marathon City Brewery and also the Ruder Brewing Company of Wausau. In politics he has always been a Democrat. As village constable he has shown discretion and courage and on one occasion displayed so much bravery in the capture of two bank robbers that the press all over the state gave him credit and praised the nerve that enabled him to dare the threats of two desperate men and to finally deliver them over to justice. Reference is made to his capture of the men who robbed the Colby Bank in Wood county, of $4,000, about all of which was recovered. Mr. Keefe is identified with a number of fraternal organizations which are strong in Wisconsin: the Knights of Columbus, the Beavers, the F. R. A., the E. F. U., the Eagles and the T. I. C.



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