Phillip Keil one of the highly respected retired
business men of Lima, and one of the city's capitalists, was born in
Hessen- Darmstadt, Germany, July 26, 1842. His parents were Sebastian
and Josephine (Miller) Keil.
The parents of Mr. Keil remained throughout their lives in Germany
where they were respected residents of Hessen-Darmstadt. They had a
family of 11 children, seven of whom came to America.
When Phillip Keil came to the United States in 1860, he was a
well-informed, well-educated young man of 18 years, equipped with a
knowledge of the cabinet-maker's trade. He followed this trade first in
Marion County, Ohio. He located in Lima 1861 and followed his trade
until he retired from active work. He was a man skilled in his trade
and prospered exceedingly. Wise investments brought him large returns
and he became known as an extensive manufacturer and as a large property
owner. He erected a number of buildings, notably a substantial business
block on Main street. A large portion of his time for the past few
years has been taken up with looking after his various holdings and
On January 30, 1866, Mr. Keil was united in marriage with Elizabeth
Amelung, who was born in Germany and is a daughter of Charles and Mary
Amelung, who came to America and settled in Allen County in 1854. Mr.
and Mrs. Keil have had these children: Josephine, wife of Charles
Schrader, of Lima; Mary, wife of Lawrence Townsend, of Lima; Mildred,
wife of Stephen Churchill, of Lima; Clara, wife of P. M. Magley, of
Kenton, Ohio; Elizabeth, wife of Dr. Frank Steiner, of Lima; and a babe
which died in infancy.
Mr. Keil has always been considered a man of sound business
judgment. His has been a good citizen and enjoys the respect and
friendly regard of his neighbors and fellow-citizens.