1893 World`s Fair Issue of the Monroe Evening News

William Abram O'Kelly

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.

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