|THOMAS H. KEIGLEY.|
Thomas H. Keigley, a progressive and enterprising young
business man of Albany county, is in the clerical department of the
W. H. Holliday Company, Laramie. He was born June 19, 1885, in
Washington township, Greene county, Pennsylvania. His father, the
late George Keigley, was also a native of the Keystone state and came
of Scotch ancestry, although the family have been represented in
Pennsylvania through several generations. He devoted his life to the
occupation of farming, save for the period of the Civil war, when he
responded to the country's call for troops, joining a regiment of
Pennsylvania infantry, with which he served as a private throughout
the remainder of the war. He then returned to his home and again
became connected with agricultural interests, which he
profitably conducted. His political support was given to the
republican party and he was an active worker in its ranks. He filled
a number of local and county offices and also represented his
district for one term in the state legislature. He died in
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, in 1890, at the age of fifty-six years, and
is still survived by his wife, who yet occupies the old homestead in
Pennsylvania. She bore the maiden name of Similda Rose and was a
native of Ohio, representing one of the old families of that state
that afterward settled in Pennsylvania, where she was reared and
educated. Prior to her marriage she took up the work of teaching and
proved one of the able educators of the section in which she lived.
Mr. and Mrs. Keigley were married in Waynesburg and she yet occupies
the homestead which was originally taken up by the progenitor of the
Keigley family. To Mr. and Mrs. Keigley were born two sons and six
Thomas H. Keigley, the youngest of the family, spent his youthful days in Pennsylvania and supplemented his early education, acquired in the public schools, by study in the California State Normal School at California, Pennsylvania, where he was graduated with the class of 1905. After leaving business college he took up the work of bookkeeping, which he followed in his native state for two years. In 1907 he made his way westward, arriving at Rock River, Wyoming, on the 23d of March, 1907. He became a clerk in the establishment of the Ross Mercantile Company, with which he remained for seven years in that capacity, and in 1914 he was promoted to the position of manager and served in that connection until April, 1918. The success of that business was in good measure attributable to his direction and keen discernment. He is now connected with the W. H. Holliday Company of Laramie in the clerical department.
On the 1st of May, 1914, Mr. Keigley was united in marriage at Laramie by the Rev. C. A. Wright, to Miss Mabel Marie Wilcox. a native of Encampment, Wyoming, and a daughter of J. F. and Emma (Baggot) Wilcox, the former a prominent stockman and pioneer settler of Wyoming and a representative of a family of English descent. A daughter, Gertrude Louise, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Keigley in Laramie on March 18, 1918.
In politics Mr. Keigley has always been a stalwart republican since attaining his majority and has been an active worker in the local ranks of the party. In 1916 he was called to the office of city councilman and is now serving in that capacity. He was also at one time town clerk of Rock River and he represented his district in the thirteenth general assembly of Wyoming. Fraternally he is connected with Laramie Lodge. No. 3, F. & A. M., and has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite in Cheyenne Consistory, No. 1, S. P. R. S. He also has membership in the Baptist church and in these associations are found the rules which govern his conduct and guide him in all life's relations with his fellowmen. His genuine worth is widely recognized by those with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact. He is always enterprising, always reliable, always trustworthy. and those who know him speak of him in terms of warm regard.