St. Louis Mercantile Library

P-32: Argo-Keiser Family Collection


INTRODUCTION: The collection contains photographs, film negatives, glass plate negatives, and print plates of the Argo-Keiser family and river related subjects. Also included in the collection are a number of documents related to the Argo-Keiser family.  

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:  Captain Elias (Ike) Lambert Argo was a steamboat captain from Ironton, Ohio who worked primarily on the upper Ohio and was associated with such lines as the Bay Line and the Greene Line.  His daughter, Irene Estelle Argo Keiser (1883-1972) moved from Ironton, Ohio to St. Louis with her husband Frank Keiser in 1911. Mrs. Keiser and her husband ran the Tavern Hotel, a motor hotel located in the West End neighborhood. Mrs. Keiser was an active member of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen until her death.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: The collection consists of one record box (1 linear foot) of photographs, film negatives, glass plate negatives, print plates, and related documents of the Argo-Keiser family from the period 1880-1985. There are two series in the collection; Photographs and Related Documents. These series are divided into sixteen folders.

ACCESS:  Some of the material in Pott Inland Waterways Library Collection P-32 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Argo-Keiser Family Collection Finding Aid (.pdf)

Argo-Keiser Family Collection Finding Aid (.rtf)

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