This week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with with the letter K and a photo from the Keene Public Library’s Flickr Commons account. As it happens, I found and scanned documents about an ancestor, my great uncle (my grandmother’s uncle) Gustav Keil.
According to family lore, Gustav Keil invented a piece that went in washing machines and hence made a fortune. (His two great grandchildren never had to pay for college and his daughter lived quite well, as did her son.) The story about his involvement with the development of the washing machine is reported in the second article.
I knew he lived in St. Joseph, Michigan, but I never heard that he was the mayor. He died suddenly in 1938. I found two newspapers that wrote about him.