James Edward Keen, 78, former Custer Couny Commissioner from the Weatherford District, died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. Smnith at Elk City.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church here Monday afternoon with Rev. W.E. Lowe and George A. Goss in charge. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Keen suffered a paralytic stroke on December 16, 1942 at the home of his son in Clinton. He was born in Illinois but spent much of his early life in Missoouri. He came to this community in 1896. He and his brother-in-law, J.E. Douglass, built and operated Weatherford’s first hotel. In 1900 he filed on a claim in Roger Mills County near Cheyenne. He was elected County Treasurer and served in that office from 1907 to 1913. He moved back to Weatherford in 1917 and operated a shoe store here until 1922 when he was elected County Cmmissioner from this district. He served two terms. In 1938 he established a shoe store in Alus and operated it unil 1942. His wife and two children preceded him in death. Surviving him are three daughters, Flora E. Smith; Nena Duffy, Oakland, Calif; Thelma Darby, San Antonio, Texas; three sons, District Judge W.P. Keen, Clinton, Paul Keen, Norman; Clifford Keen, Athens, GA; Two brothers, T.P. Keen and G.W. Keen both of Weatherfod.
Weatherford Dail,y News 28OCT1943
Husband of Vicoria Adalaide “Addie” Parker Keen, who was the daughter of Isaac Newton and Elizabeth Jane Gammon Parker, granddaughter of Dempse and Frances Hargis Parker, Great Granddaughter of Mills Parker.