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1929 - 2002
Keele, Arthur Lee and Hooper, Amanda Jane
Came to Castle Rock in 1929
My great grandparents, Arthur Lee Keele, b. 2 April 1890 and Amanda Jane Hooper, b. 24 November 1892, both born in Williamsville, Wayne County, Missouri. Married in Herculaneum, Jefferson County, Missouri on 25 April 1909, came to Castle Rock from the Redmond, Oregon area About 1929.

Arthur Lee Keele was a Locomotive Engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad in the local area.

Amanda was the original owner and operated of the "Box Car Diner" on the main street of Castle Rock. The name came from its origin, it was a railroad box car transformed into a working diner. After the new building was built in the shopping mall of Castle Rock, Esther Marie (Keele) Lafady, took over the family business and operated the "The Diner". The Diner was separate in order to accommodate a beauty saloon for Clarence and Esther's daughter Clarice. Two doors down Clarence owned and operated the Castle Rock Laundry.

Children of Arthur and Amanda:
ESTHER MARIE KEELE, b. 1 Oct 1913, Springfield, MO. d. 25 Jan 1980, Castle Rock. Married Frances Kenneth Clark 22 Nov 1929, Longview, WA. Kenneth died 5 July 1933 in Longview. Married Clarence David Lafady, 1936 in Cathlamet, WA.

ENNIS LEE KEELE, b. 8 Jan 1916 in Creswell, OR, d. 21 July 1995 in Creswell, Oregon.

MELVIN EUGENE KEELE, 8 Mar 1919 in Los Angeles, CA, d. 15 Dec 1994, Longview, WA.

CARL CECIL KEELE, b. 16 Jan 1921 in Oregon, d. 27 Sep 1968 in Culp Creek, Oregon.

LAWRENCE ELDEN KEELE, b, 7 Feb 1922 in Oregon.


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