Bio: Kelly, Frank (No date given)


Surnames: Kelly, Karner, Jones, Gooding, Norton, Ward

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

Kelly, Frank (No dates given)

Frank Kelly, president of the Wausau Novelty Company of Wausau, has been a resident of this city for the past thirty-eight years. He was born at Stevens Point, Portage County, Wis., a son of Nathaniel T. and Nellie M. (Karner) Kelly. Milo Kelly, the paternal grandfather, came very early to Wisconsin and settled in the town of Weston in Marathon County, on the Eau Claire River at a point later known as Kelly's Mills. He probably built the mill which he operated under the title of Milo Kelly & Sons. After his death the mill was operated under the name of William P. Kelly & Bro., and after the death of William P. Kelly, Nathaniel T. Kelly purchased the former's interest in the estate and operated the mill until his death, when it was purchased by B. E. Jones.

Nathaniel T. Kelly was born in 1834 and was but a lad when his parents brought him to Wisconsin. He lived for some years at Stevens Point, where he was married, in 1860 to Nellie M. Karner, who was born in Massachusetts, later lived in New York and still later accompanied her father to Stevens Point, Wis., where he became a merchant and lumberman. Mrs. Kelly survives and resides with a daughter, Mrs. Gooding, at Wausau. Nathaniel T. Kelly removed with his family to Wausau in the spring of 1874, when he built his handsome brick residence on Grand Avenue, and there his death occurred in January, 1883. Of the family of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kelly, the first and last born both died in infancy, the three survivors being: Frank; Mrs. E. A. Gooding, of Wausau; and Mrs. W. G. Norton, of Memphis, Tenn.

Frank Kelly secured a public school education and for ten years afterward engaged in the jewelry business at Wausau. In 1892 he with others organized the Wausau Novelty Company, for the manufacture of furniture novelties. From the organization of the company he has been a director and is its president. His additional interests are mainly in the line of banking.

In 1892 Mr. Kelly was married to Miss Florence Ward, a daughter of Edward Ward, of Neenah, Wis., and they have two children: Gooding N., who is a student in Beloit College, at Beloit, Wis.; and Florence Virginia. Mr. Kelly is a Mason, belonging to the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery at Wausau, and is a charter member of the Royal Arcanum. He belongs to the Wausau Club and also to the Wausau Country Club.



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