From "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano" by Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1895.
JOSEPH KEATING, one of the most genial and whole?souled men of Waupaca county, makes his home in St. Lawrence township, where for several years he has been one of the prominent agriculturists. He is a native of the Emerald Isle, his birth having occurred in County Monaghan, March 17, 1824, and is a son of John and Ellen (Ferguson) Keating. The father was a farmer in comfortable circumstances, and reared a family of five children, three sons and two daughters. The parents both died in Ireland, where all of the family continue to make their homes, with the exception of our subject, and James, who resides in Iola, Wisconsin. .
Joseph Keating was the second son and fourth child of the family. He attended the common schools of his native land, and remained with his parents until coming to the United States. It was in January, 1849, that he concluded to emigrate, as he had many friends and acquaintances who were coming, and left Liverpool, England, bound for New York, where he arrived on the 4th of March, after a tedious voyage of six weeks. In Dutchess county, in the Empire State, he obtained a position with Archibald Campbell, a farmer, remaining with that gentleman for three years, when he rented land and began farming for himself, though he had to board as he was single at that time.
In the fall of 1855 Mr. Keating returned to Ireland on a visit to his parents, and there he was married in March of the following year, the lady of his choice being Miss Ellen Gregg, who was born on that Isle, June 24, 1838, and is a daughter of Robert and Jane Ann (Rickey) Gregg, the father a tavernkeeper. Mrs. Keating received a good common school education in Ireland. After their marriage, the young couple bid farewell to their childhood home and friends, and started for America. Leaving Liverpool, they were four weeks in crossing the Atlantic, and the vessel on which they embarked carried seven hundred passengers. Their destination was Iola township, Waupaca Co., Wis. and they made the journey by rail from New York to Fond du Lac, Wis., thence by boat up the lake and Wolf river to Gill's Landing, from which place they came by conveyance to Waupaca, then a small village, and then on to Iola. On his arrival here Mr. Keating had $200, with which he purchased a new farm in Iola township, in Section 19, Range 12, it comprising eighty acres of land. It was just as nature left it, and during the erection of his log house he made his home with his brother in a shanty 16 x 16. Our subject and his. wife started out in true pioneer style but, being young and robust, they were undaunted and began life in earnest. Mr. Keating continued the improvement of that place until the fall of 1868, when he sold out and removed to Section 35, St. Lawrence township. He purchased eighty acres in Section 22, in the same township, in November, 1882, and there continues to reside.
To Mr. and Mrs. Keating have been born the following children: John, who was, accidentally killed in April, 1883, while loading logs at the Green Bay, Winona & St. Paul depot at Ogdensburg, was about twenty-five years of age, and socially was an Odd Fellow; Joseph R., Jr., is a prosperous young farmer of St. Lawrence township, where he holds the office of township treasurer; Jennie is the wife of Gilbert Moore, of Ogdensburg; William died at the age of six years.
Besides owning 120 acres of farm land, Mr. Keating has two houses and lots in Ogdensburg, and also ten acres of timber land. At one time he owned five hundred acres, but sold a portion and also gave some to his son. He started out in life a poor boy, but by persistent effort he has obtained a handsome competence, being now well-to-do. He has assisted his children in securing homes of their own, and has a family of which he may well feel proud. His wife has always been a true companion and helpmeet to him, and to her is due much credit for the comfortable position in which they are now placed. They are highly respected people, and have the well wishes of all who know them. Politically, Mr. Keating supports no particular party, prefering to vote for the man best qualified to fill the office, regardless of party ties.
Joseph R. Keating, Jr., was born on Section 19, Iola township, Waupaca county, March 14, 1861, and attended the district schools of the county during boyhood. He has witnessed much of the advancement and development of this region, in which he has also aided materially. He remained at home until his marriage, with the exception of several winters spent in the woods, and for a time was on the river. On the first of January, 1887, he was married in St. Lawrence township to Miss Carrie Moore, who was born in Ogdensburg, June 11, 1862, and is a daughter of Myron and Phoebe (Collier) Moore, who came from New York State. Her father was an agriculturist, and died several years ago, but the mother still resides in Ogdensburg at the age of sixty-seven. Mr. and Mrs. Keating have one .child, Fred, who was born June 15, 1891.
Previous to his marriage, Mr. Keating had formed a partnership with Alexander Feragan, in 1886, dealing in general merchandise; but in 1889 he disposed of his share and began farming, though he still resided in Ogdensburg until the fall of 1891, when he purchased a, tract of eighty acres in Section 22, St. Lawrence township and removed thereon. He is now the owner of 180 acres of fine land, and is one of the prosperous young. farmers of the vicinity. He is straightforward and honest in all business transactions, and wins the confidence of all with whom he comes in contact. He is a stalwart supporter of the Republican party, and has become quite a leader in local politics. In 1893 he was elected township treasurer, which office he still holds. Socially he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being a member of the Ogdensburg Lodge, No. 211.