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Collection Number RG0810.AM
Collection Name RG0810 Keller, John F., 1885-1971
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 1 folder
Title John F. Keller papers
Date or Date Span 1932-1960
Year Range from 1932
Year Range to 1960
Admin/Biographical History John Keller was born in Cherry County, Nebraska, on the original homestead of the Keller Ranch, July 2, 1885. In 1906 Keller homesteaded land adjoining his fatherís land under the Kindaid Act. For parts of four years (1913-1916) John raised wheat in Unity, Saskatchewan, Canada, as well as operating his ranch at Cascade, Nebraska. On January 1, 1914, he married Nelda Hoefs. They had five children: George Theodore, Neal, Williard, Elsie Mae, and Shirley. Neal and Williard took over the ranch from their father when he moved to Valentine, Nebraska, in 1947. John was active in the Cherry County Historical Society and was one of the organizers of the Nebraska Stock Growers. John Keller was the oldest native of Cherry County when he died in 1971 at the age of 86.

Note: Additional information about John Keller and the Keller family can be found in:

Beel, Marianne Brinda and Harms, Ruth Johnson, editors, A Sandhill Century, Book II: The People, Cherry County Centennial Committee: 1985, pp 220-221.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content This collection consists of manuscript material arranged in three series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Manuscripts; 3) Music recordings.

The bulk of this collection consists of original material written by John Keller. Included a letter written by Mr. Keller to Franklin D. Roosevelt (including his response), and a history of the Sandhills. Also included are some recordings of songs by Keller.
Creator Keller, John F., 1885-1971
Finding Aids John F. Keller finding aid
Related units of description The music recordings were transferred to the audio component [RG0810.AU].
Subjects Ranches
People Broad, Verna (Salmon), 1907-1997
Keller, John F., 1885-1971
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, 1882-1945
Search Terms Cascade (Neb.) -- History
Cherry County (Neb.) -- History
Nebraska -- Sandhills region -- History
Ranches and ranching -- Cherry County (Neb.)