Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

ROY McKEE. By a life of persistent and well-applied energy, led along the most approved lines Roy McKee has won the right to a position in this history along with other good citizens of Greene county, of which he is a native and in which he has spent his life. He is one of the best-known and most promising young men, who has been willing to work hard for his advancement. He came up from the soil, improved every opportunity as best he could and the fact that he has recently been elected for a second time to the responsible position of city collector of Springfield indicates that he is not only a man of ability and tact, but also of scrupulous honesty and integrity.

Mr. McKee was born in the northern part of Greene county, Missouri, on a farm, June 15, 1888. He is a son of William D. and Fanny (Alexander) McKee. The father was born in Bedford county, Tennessee, March 5, 1852, and there he grew to manhood and received his education in public schools. Remaining in his native state until 1882, or until he was thirty years of age, he came to Greene county, Missouri, where he has since resided. His earlier life was devoted to general farming, but during the past twelve years he has been employed in the upholstery department of the Frisco shops in Springfield, and is a proficient workman in his line. His wife was born in the year 1856, in Greene county, and to them the following children were born: Lella, Roy, Auddroth and Ralph. Roy McKee was reared on the farm in his native community and there he worked when growing up. When a boy he attended the rural schools in his district. Like many boys from the farms in the territory adjacent to the Queen City he came here seeking employment, and became a conductor on the Springfield Traction Company's lines, which position he held a number of years, giving the company most satisfactory service in every respect. In 1912 he made the race for city Collector of Springfield and was duly elected, and he resigned his position with the traction company to assume his official duties. The fact that he was re-elected to this office in the spring of 1914 is sufficient evidence of his popularity as a public servant and the faithful, conscientious and honest discharge of his duties.

Mr. McKee was married February 18, 1908, to May Foster, of Springfield, a daughter of John and Malinda Foster. She was born in Springfield in 1889 and was reared and educated here.

Two children have been born to our subject and wife, namely: Bernice, born on September 11, 1909, and Leroy, born May 14, 1911.

Politically, Mr. McKee is a Democrat and is a worker in the ranks of his party. He is popular in fraternal circles, belonging to the Free and Accepted Masons, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422; Vincil Chapter No. 110, Royal Arch Masons; St. John's Commandery, Knight Templars; Abou Ben Adhem Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; also belongs to the Knights of Pythias, Woodmen of the World, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America.


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