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Inventory of the Henry W. Keller Papers, 1827-1966 (bulk 1910-1957)
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Land in California and Mexico; California agriculture (especially prunes and rice); American interests in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution; mining in Mexico (mainly Sonora)
Henry Workman Keller, Los Angeles financier, was born on April 15, 1869, the son of Matthew Keller (q.v.) and Eliza Agnes (Christie) Keller. His father had been born in Ireland, emigrated to the United States in 1832, then went to Mexico for about 12 years. He returned to the United States and in 1851 settled in Los Angeles, becoming one of its pioneer vintners and businessmen. When ten years old, Henry Keller was sent to school in France; two years later his father passed away. At the age of thirteen he became the ward to Isaias W. Hellman, long a friend of his father's and president of the Farmers & Merchants Bank. Henry inherited the Malibu Ranch and at the age of eighteen entered the cattle business. In 1891 he sold the Malibu Ranch to Frederick K. Rindge and retained only a small section in Solstice Canyon for himself. In 1894 he married Mary Adelaine Boehme, daughter of George Boehme of Santa Monica. They had eight children: Ruth FitzGerald, Donald Keller, Frederick Keller, Kenneth Andrew Keller, John Mathew Keller, Katherine O'Brien, Marian Francis, and Marjorie Cannell.
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