CHARLES F. KEEFE, senior member of the firm of Keefe, Sutliff & Company, liverymen, resident at Newayog, was born July 11, 1856, in Solon, Somerset Co., Me. His father, Michael Keefe, was born at St. John, N.B., May 4, 1818, of English and Scotch ancestry. His mother Louise (Waugh) Keefe, was born in December, 1824, in Maine, of English lineage. They removed to Lincoln, Penobscot County, in 1859, where they resided nearly 17 years. In the winter of 1875 they came to Howard City, Montcalm Co., Mich., whence they removed in December, 1882, to Canton, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., where they are yet living.
Mr. Keefe became a telegraph operator at the age of 15, and followed that pursuit about two and a half years, and then engaged as a salesman in a drug store. He came West in 1874 and located at Howard City, where he spent three yers in various occupations. In 1877 he entered upon the duties of book-keeper for the Muskegon Boom Company, where he was employed two years, acting also as foreman on the drive, and scaling logs during the winters until he came to Newaygo. On the 18th of September, 1883, associated with Albert E. and Solon D. Sutliff, he established a livery stable on the site of a similar enterprise managed by J. M. Allen, which was destroyed by fire, April 29, 1883. The firm are doing a profitable business, keeping ten horses and all fixtures common to such establishments.
Mr. Keefe was married at Newaygo, Feb. 14, 1881, to Flora, daughter of Calvin A. and Emily Sutliff, born in Bridgeton, Dec. 24, 1863. Ethel, only child, was born in Bridgeton, Nov. 28, 1881. Mr. Keefe is a member of the Masonic fraternity.