+ William H. Keim 1869 -1935

William and Ida’s passport, 1905


Born: 15 Dec 1868 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Parents: George Keim 1826-1890 and Anna O Hammer 1830-1893

Siblings: George 1850-?, Henry 1852-?, Catharine 1856-1934, Anna 1857-1938, Peter 1859-1892, Augusta 1863-?, Margaret 1864-?, Charles 1867-?, Edward 1872-1879

Married: Ida V Oram 1870-1957 on 3 Jan 1900 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Offspring:   John O. Keim, Jean Keim and Virginia I Keim

Died: 4 Nov 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA,  buried in John Samuel Oram family grave in Lake View Cemetery, Ohio



William Keim was the ninth of ten known offspring born to tailor George and Anna Keim.  George and Anna and their eldest son were born in Hesse-Kassel, in the centre of modern day Germany.  They had emigrated to the USA by the time their second son was born in 1852 and were living somewhere in Cleveland by the 1860 census.  In 1868 they were definitely living at 88 Alabama Street . George must have been a successful tailor as in 1870 he owned property valued at $2,000.

Between the family’s entries in the 1888 and 1892 Cleveland directories father George died and they moved from 88 Alabama to 1152 Superior.  Since about 1880 the elder brothers had been working for Sterling & Co who traded in carpets, curtains and oilcloths.  William became a salesman for wholesale dry goods firm Root and McBride.

In January 1900 William married Ida Oram but they cannot be traced in the 1900 census that was taken six months later. The 1904 and 1905 directory entries show that by 1904 William’s father-in-law John Samuel Oram had invited him to join John S Oram & Co as a cashier, rising to bookkeeper the following year.   William appears to have held this post until John Samuel Oram died in 1913 when he became Treasurer of John S Oram  & Co, and remained so for the rest of his life.

1796 E 93rd St, picture taken 1965, home to William and Ida Keim from their marriage in 1900 until 1924

William died on 4 November 1935, 22 years before his wife Ida.  At the time they were living at 2998 Eaton Road, Shaker Heights that was described in 2012 as ‘built in 1924′.  William and Ida had been living there in 1926 so they were probably the first occupants of the house.

House at 2998 Eaton Rd, in 2012

The announcement in the newspaper on 6 Nov 1935 ran:

Keim: William H., 2998 Eaton Rd., Shaker Heights, beloved husband of Ida Oram, father of John Oram, Mrs. Jean [surname withheld] and Mrs. Virginia [surname withheld], Monday a. m. Now at the R. S. Bennett Funeral Home, 11212 Euclid Ave., until Wednesday a. m. Services at the residence Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 2 p. m.

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