Bio: Keiner, Christ Jacob (1866 - 19??)


Surnames: Keiner, Lonsdorf, Hubing, Brick, Ludwig, Romang, Steffen, Plisch

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

Keiner, Christ Jacob (9 January 1866 - 19??)

Christ Jacob Keiner, a well known citizen of Athens who has numerous important business interests in this and other sections, is associated with Ferdinand Lonsdorf and Frank Hubing in the proprietorship of the Athens Livestock Company, of Athens, Wis. He was born in Prussia-Germany, January 9, 1866, and is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Brick) Keiner. The parents of Mr. Keiner came to America in the early part of 1866, he being about three months old at the time, and located first in Pennsylvania and afterward came to Wisconsin. The father died at Athens but the mother survives and lives at Rib Falls. They had three children: Margaret, who is the widow of Ernest Ludwig; Frederick and Christ Jacob.

Until he was thirteen years of age, Christ Jacob Keiner was permitted to attend the public schools but then went to work in the coal mines and labored there for two years. He was about fifteen years old when his parents came to Wisconsin and settled on a farm and from then until he was twenty-two he worked on farms in Ozaukee and Marathon counties, coming then to Athens where he conducted a butcher shop for nine years, and still owns it, having it carried on by a very capable tenant. Since retiring from its active management he has given his time largely to shipping livestock to Chicago. He is interested in log and timber lands in Taylor County, Wis., and expects to put 1,000,000 feet on the market in 1913. Mr. Keiner owns ten acres of land adjoining the village of Athens, where he has also a comfortable home residence and three improved lots.

Mr. Keiner was married November 22, 1895, to Miss Eliza Romang, who was born in Switzerland and was six years old when he came to America in company with her parents, Gottfried and Eliza (Steffen) Romang, both of whom are living. The father followed farming after coming to Wisconsin. Her brothers and one sister are: Gottfreid, Emanuel, August, Charles and Louisa, who is the wife of Edwin Plisch. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Keiner: Louisa, Henry, Carl, Ida, Martha and Freda. The family belongs to the German Presbyterian Church. In politics Mr. Keiner is a Democrat and for several years served usefully as a member of the village council. He is connected with several well known fraternal organizations including the F. O. E., the Beavers, and the M. W. A., at Athens.



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