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Biographical sketch of William Abram O`Kelly
He was a prominent retail dealer whose establishment was located on the east side of DeSiard street at Five Points. He had been born in New Orleans, but had been a resident of Monroe since 1871. He entered the Confederate Army at the age of 15 as a private in Co. I, 9, 9th La. Ca., in the latter part of the war. In partnership with his kinsman Henry when first arriving in Monroe, his business was called Henry O`Kelly and Co. After 20 years, William controlled the business and changed the name to W. A. O`Kelly. He became a popular citizen and served on the Monroe City Council where he did admirable service. Considered a good Catholic, he held membership in St. Mathew`s Church, the Catholic Knights of America and was that society`s first president over the first branch organized in Louisiana and was also a member of the Henry W. Allen Camp of the United States Confederate Veterans.
Ten days after the start of the Civil War, William sent his son Thomas to the Jesuit College, Spring Hill, at Mobile Alabama where he studied compounding medicines. A father’s attempt to keep his son out of the war failed and on August 7th, 2864, Tom ran away from the school to join Tobin’s battery, latter serving in the Confederate Cavalry.
The following photocopies are courtesy of Richard Weaver, Spring Hill College, Access Services Librarian.
Ouachita Telegraph Monroe, Louisiana March 3, 1876
The Irish citizens of Vicksburg request the pleasure of your company at their First Annual Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Magnolia Hall, Tuesday Evening, March 17th 1885.
ARRANGEMENT: T. J. Brennan, Chairman. John Walsh, D.J. O’Keefe, J.J. Mulligan, J.S. Horan. INVITATION: M.J. Mulvihill, Chairman.R. Mc Dermott, Thomas Franey, John McQuaide, R. O’Leary. FLOOR: John Rodge Jr., Chairman, A.F. Garvy, John Maloney, James Golden, John C. Kearney. RECEPTION: George T. Hardy, Chairman. Charles Muldoon, P. Feeney, P.J. Foley, Jas. H. Walsh.