Frank J. Keli is a native of Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, who since August 2, 1907, has been handling real estate, loans and insurance at his present place of business in this city. He was born August 13, 1861, a son of Bernhard and Elizabeth (Gretzer) Keli; both of whom are natives of Einsiedeln, Switzerland.
In early life the parents came to America, settling in 1852, in Sheboygan county, where the father followed the milk business. He remained a resident of this county, following the business of a dairyman until 1893, when he retired. His death occurred October 3, 1905. The mother passed away January 29, 1885, at the age of fifty-six years. Four children were born unto them, the subject of this review being the third child in order of birth.
Frank J. Keli was reared on his father's farm near Sheboygan where he received a good business training and assisted his father with the farm and dairy work until after he left school. At that time he was apprenticed to the Herald, a newspaper of Sheboygan, where he learned the printer's trade and remained for five years. He then obtained a position as a clerk in the post office, which he occupied for four years. He was next given a position with Nathan Cole in his insurance office, a place which he filled with credit to himself and satisfaction to his employer for five years. He was then appointed assistant to postmaster, Carl Zillier, and for fourteen years remained an attache of the post office.
After having served so long and faithfully as an employee in different positions and desiring to enter business on his own account, on August 2, 1907, he opened his present real-estate and insurance office where he has been doing a good business since that time.
Mr. Keli was married December 1, 1894, to Miss Sarah Koellmer, a native of Franklin, Sheboygan county, and unto them have been born three children, Harry F., Elizabeth M. and Kathryn L. In his fraternal connections Mr. Keli is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks and the Eagles in Sheboygan. Mr. Keli is an earnest and consistent member of the Catholic church, giving to that denomination active support in a material way. He has lived all his life in this county and has long been recognized as one of the most substantial and reliable men of the county. Always faithful in his performance of duty, loyal to the trusts imposed in him and prompt and efficient in all his work, he has established a most enviable reputation among his very large circle of friends. In his present business connection he displays those traits of character-reliability, close attention to business and strict integrity-which always characterized him while in the employ of the government or of private individuals. Being in close touch with the resources of the county and having a clear conception of relative values through his long residence here, he is eminently fitted for the work which he has undertaken.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL