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James L. Keach papers

 Collection — Folder: S2312
Identifier: S2312

Scope and Contents

This collection contains legal documents from 1885 related to a lawsuit filed against James L. Keach in the Marion County (Ind.) Superior Court by Ebenezer Edwards and Frederick H. Guhl of Chicago who were seeking payment for two carloads of potatoes ordered by Keach. Keach had paid $50.00 as a down payment, but when the produce arrived in Indianapolis, the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and St. Louis Railroad only allowed a partial unloading of one car due to a lack of proper paperwork. By the time the bill of lading arrived several days later, the potatoes were in poor condition and were “thrown into the river.” Keach only paid for the potatoes that could be sold and the judge ruled that he was not liable for the additional $248.12 sought by Edwards and Guhl. One item, a receipt from the Superior Court clerk regarding the filing of a deposition regarding the case, is dated June 15, 1888.


  • 1885-1888


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

James L. Keach was a prominent commission merchant and Democratic leader from Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born February 12, 1861 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Leroy and Mary (Purcell) Keach. He first arrived in Indianapolis in 1881 as a peddler, selling produce from his father's farm out of a wagon. Business was good and Keach decided to stay in the state capitol and estabish his own commission business. He married Annie E. Burns (1867-1891) in June 1887 and they had one child, Leroy J. Keach, who lived to adulthood. Keach died at the age of 58 on June 5, 1919 and was buried in Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Sources: "James L. Keach." Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed April 20, 2022. "James L. Keach." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed April 20, 2022.

"James L. Keach Dead After Long Illness." Indianapolis News (IN), June 6, 1919.

"Keach Funeral Monday." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), June 7, 1919.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Albert B. Neuerburg in 1974.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by PHilip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2022/04/20 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.