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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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R. A. McKee.

Among the native sons of Adair who have found this county an attractive place of residence and have continued to make their home within its borders is R. A. McKee, now living in Lincoln township, where he is actively engaged in farming.  He was born December 29, 1880, a is a son of William and Eliza (Moore) McKee, who were natives of Ireland but came to the new world in early life.  The father died in this state in 1912 and the mother now resides in Stuart, Iowa.

R. A. McKee was one of their family of ten children, eight of whom are still living.  He acquired his education in the common schools and was trained to farm work in the periods of vacation.  He remained at home to the time of his marriage, which was celebrated in 1901, Miss Nellie Brown becoming his wife.  She was born in Stuart, Iowa, a daughter of J. J. and Alice (Barringer) Brown, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Henry county, Iowa.  She is now a resident of Stuart, this state, but the father has passed away.  To Mr. and Mrs. McKee have been born four children:  William B., born August 5, 1902;  Harold R., January 26, 1904;  Marjorie B., January 31, 1910;  and Nellie M., born November 27, 1914.

Following his marriage Mr. McKee engaged in railroading for some time as a brakeman, during which period industry and economy brought to him sufficient capital to enable him to become a landowner.  He invested in ninety acres in Lincoln township and has since resided upon that farm.  He has extended its boundaries, however, until his place comprises one hundred and seventy acres on sections 15 and 16.  The farm is well improved, fences divide the fields into convenient size and the land is carefully tilled, so that good crops are annually gathered.  Mr. McKee also makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock and thereby materially adds to his income.  In business affairs his discrimination is sound, his sagacity keen and the firm purpose with which he carries forward his plans constitutes another element in his growing success.

In his political views Mr. McKee is a republican, but without aspiration for office.  He is now serving as a school director and his cooperation can be counted upon to further various measures for the general good.  He belongs to the Masonic lodge at Stuart and to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while his wife is connected with the Rebekahs and with the Methodist Episcopal church.  Both adhere closely to the principles which they indorse and they are known as a highly respected couple of Lincoln township.  Within the borders of Adair county Mr. McKee has spent his entire life and that his course has been a commendable one is indicated in the fact that many of his stanchest friends are those who have known him from his boyhood to the present.



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