Thomas and Mary O'Keefe

Reproductions of photographs of Thomas and Mary O'Keefe from Fox Valley Memory. Used with permisson of the Appleton Public Library.

Thomas O’Keefe was born in County Limerick, Ireland, in December, 1817. The O'Keefes were in Wisconsin in 1853 and in Appleton in 1865, traveling from Ireland by way of England and Massachusetts.

By 1870 Thomas and his sons were "practical millwrights and draughtsmen, and agts" for Thomas O'Keefe and Sons. The family had a home on the southwest corner of Walnut and Sixth streets, which is no longer there.

This Third Ward resident designed St. Mary’s church, 312 S. State St.