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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
O. Judd McKeown

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 63-64 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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O. Judd McKeown, secretary and treasurer of Divine Brothers Company, Utica, New York, was born in Danube, Herkimer county, New York, on March 4, 1876, the fourth of nine children born to John and Sabrina (Glazier) McKeown. John McKeown was born in the County of Antrim, Ireland, and came to America in 1854, settling in Norway, New York, later going to Iowa, where he remained only a short time, then returned to Danube and engaged in farming, later specializing in fruit farming until his death in 1912. His wife was born in Norway, New York, and died in 1916.

O. Judd McKeown was educated in the district school of Kast Bridge and Herkimer high school, then attended Fairfield Seminary and Military Academy, where he was graduated in 1892. He then taught school for two years, after which he took a course in the Albany Business College, then entered the employ of G. W. VanSlyke & Horton in Albany as stenographer and remained eleven years, resigning as office manager to come to Utica, New York, in 1906 with the Divine Brothers Company as secretary and treasurer.

On February 28, 1899, in Albany, New York, Mr. McKeown was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth M. Gloeckner, daughter of Louis Gloeckner of Albany. Mr. and Mrs. McKeown have three daughters: Catherine M.; Ruth E., now attending Smith College; and Helen D.

Mr. McKeown in addition to his other important interests is a director of the Citizens Trust Company, Hart & Crouse Company, Firsching Knitting Mill Company, the American Emblem Company, Andrews Iron & Steel Corporation, and the National Auto Teller Corporation. He is a Mason and member of Ancient City Lodge, Capital City and Temple Commandery, all of Albany, and of Ziyara Temple Shrine and of Utica Lodge, No. 33, B. P. O. E., both of Utica. He is also a member of the Fort Schuyler, Yahnundasis Golf, Rotary, Masonic and Curling Clubs, all of his home city. During the World war Mr. McKeown gave able aid in the Liberty Loan drives. His church associations are in the Universalist church, where he is a member of the board of trustees and clerk of the board. In politics he is a republican and enjoys hunting, fishing and golf for diversions.

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