|Title||Harry Keene PGM|
Harry Keene (1847-1900) GM 1894
Harry Keene was born near Bristol, England, September 18, 1847. He received his grade school education in Bristol and at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to a druggist. At the termination of his apprenticeship he accepted a position with the Bristol and Exeter Railroad, being employed by them in 1867. He left England in 1867 and came to America.
He first came to Chicago but remained a short time before moving to St. Jospeh, Mo., where he was employed by the Kansas City, St Joseph and Council Bluffs Railroad until 1877, when he was engaged in the mercantile business. During that time he was elected county judge and served in 1889 and 1890.
Brother Keene was inititated in St Joseph Lodge No 78, August 17, 1875, passed September 7th and raised September 21st of that year. He served as Master in 1883. In the Grand Lodge he was appointed Senior Grand Steward in 1886 and was elected Grand Master in 1893. When the Grand Lodge met in St Louis October 10, 1893, Grand Master John Parson was ill and unable to preside and it devolved upon Deputy Grand Master Keene to preside.
Brother Keene's death occurred in his home in St Joseph, Mo., July 2, 1900 at the age of fifty-three. His funeral, July 5th, was, at his request conducted by his own lodge, Past Grand Master Joseph S. Browne officiating. He is buried in Mt Mora Cemetery in St. Joseph.