Sunday, January 20, 2013

FEBRUARY 26, 1892


        The subject of this sketch was born April 15, 1865, near Select, this county. His parents were Thomas M. and Diana Baize Keown. He was a very industrious, hard-working boy, and remained with his father on the farm till he reached his majority. By close application he obtained a fair education in the common schools.

        He won the affections of Miss Nancy E. Duvall, daughter of John and Sarah E. Duvall, and their happy union took place September 4, 1884.  They have one child, Arthur Hampton, a bright boy of six summers.  Mr. Keown has a neat little farm on which he lived till November, 1889, when he embarked in the drug business at Select and was appointed Postmaster.  After fourteen months of good business he sold out and returned to his farm, where he now resides.

        Mr. Keown is an Elder in the Christian Church and is a Republican.  He has paid some attention to local politics and was elected Justice of the Peace for the Cromwell Magisterial District in August, 1892, to fill the unexpired term of J. E. Jackson, Esq., deceased, and is the youngest member of our Court and one of the youngest Magistrates the county ever had.

        His upright, honorable walk, together with his efficiency as an officer, make him very popular.

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