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Name: William Keigley


Historical Note: <span style="color: rgb(16, 55, 93); font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4px;">These papers were donated by Patricia Hunsaker an alumni of SIU Carbondale. William </span><span class="highlight1 bold" style="font-weight: 700; color: rgb(16, 55, 93); font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4px; background-color: rgb(160, 255, 255);">Keigley</span><span style="color: rgb(16, 55, 93); font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4px;"> is her maternal grandfather. He was raised in DuQuoin, Illinois. At age 17, he and his brother, Luther left home to join the circus. They performed in various tent and vaudeville shows. </span><span class="highlight0 bold" style="font-weight: 700; color: rgb(16, 55, 93); font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 102);">William</span><span style="color: rgb(16, 55, 93); font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4px;"> </span><span class="highlight1 bold" style="font-weight: 700; color: rgb(16, 55, 93); font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4px; background-color: rgb(160, 255, 255);">Keigley</span><span style="color: rgb(16, 55, 93); font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4px;"> was well known for riding a slack wire on a bike or unicycle, performing in melodramas and doing a trick where he would screw something to the stage floor, slip his shoes over the flange and swing from side to side. In the 1930s he returned to Southern Illinois and managed movie theaters in many towns.</span>
Sources: Patricia Hunsaker
Note Author: Christina Bleyer



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