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Title: Edwin Keister
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Among the strong and influential citizens of Warren county the record of whose lives have became an essential part of the history of this section, the gentleman whose name appears above occupies a prominent place and for years he has exerted a beneficial influence in the township where he resides. His chief characteristics are keenness of perception, a tireless energy, honesty of purpose and motive and every-day common sense, which has enabled him not only to advance his own interests, but also largely contribute to the advancement of the community.

Edwin Keister is a native of Warren county, Indiana, havig been born in Liberty township on July 25, 1865. He is the son of Isaac and Susan (Ridenour) Keister, who are mentioned at length in the sketch of James Keister, elsewhere in this volume. Mr. Keister's boyhood days were spent much as the average farmer boy, attending the district school during the winter months and, when old enough, spending the summer months in hard work on the home farm. He was careful of his earnings, being very provident, and as a result in due time he was enabled to buy a farm of his own, it being located in Fountain county, about three miles east of Attica. He is living, however, in Prairie township, Warren county, where he expects to continue his residence.

On April 18, 1894, Mr. Keister was married to Viola McClure. She was born on October 28, 1872, in Liberty township, Warren county, Indiana, the daughter of Samuel and Susan (Davis) McClure. Samuel McClure, who was born in Botetourt county, Virginia, on February 7, 1830, died on August 19, 1911, in Warren county, Indiana. His wife was born in Maryland on January 27, 1844, came to Warren county, Indiana, in 1856, and died here on November 27, 1881. Samuel and Susan McClure were married on August 25, 1867, and of their four children Mrs. Keister was the third in order of birth.

Mr. Keister is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which he gives his earnest support. His political affiliation is with the Republican party and in 1904 he was elected trustee of Prairie township, serving until 1908 and giving an exceptionable administration of the office. He built new school houses in districts 3 and 4, inaugurating the centralized school system in the township, and also improved the system of gravel roads. Mr. Keister is a quiet, unassuming man and in all the relations of life he has been found faithful to every trust. Because of his sterling worth and ability he enjoys the good will and esteem of all who know him.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001047
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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