Born circa 1924, Joseph Keehn is a member of the Keehn family, who have resided and worked in Woodland for six generations.
The first members of his family arrived in the US in 1865, settling in Missouri. Five brothers were trained in construction
and and building, the eldest eventually making his way across the country, and convincing the rest of his family to settle
in Woodland in 1891, where they started Keehn Brothers, a commercial and residential building company.
Joe was the youngest of five children. He graduated from Woodland High School, joined the US Merchant Marines and did three
tours of duty in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his return he joined the family business.
In 1948 he met a nurse at Woodland Clinic and married her. Joe and Florence Keehn have been married ever since and have four
daughters. They have lived in the same house on College Street for 57 years and Joe has compiled thousands of photos and bits
of history about Woodland and the various structures built by his family.
He became a board member for the Friends of the Yolo County Archives in 1997 and participated in many annual projects such
as the Stroll Through History and the Yolo County fair booth for the Friends group until 2009.
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