BROWNIE

MASCOT OF THE SEVENTY-FIFTH NAVAL CONSTRUCTION BATTALION

MARTHA E. KELLER


Martha Keller was born in an historical house on the family farm and later lived there with her future husband and two sons. She loved music and became an accomplished organist and pianist. When she was a sophomore in high school, her father enlisted in the Navy Seabees at the age of 43, and her future husband, Frederick Keller, left for the Air Corps. When she graduated from High School she went to Dayton, Ohio and worked in service for Wright Patterson Field until she was married. Her early years were spent raising their two sons and playing the organ at St. Paul’s Lutheran church for 25 years. She also worked in the Medical profession as an office manager for Dr. G. Wesley Bowersock for 26 years. After retiring, she became a camera buff and made two travelogue films, one on the State of Maine, and another on Greece and its islands. She wrote the scripts for both and narrated them at venues all over the states. After her retirement she got interested in genealogy and published the History of the Blackford Family, and followed up with the book Brownie, Mascot of the 75th Naval Construction Battalion. Since her husband’s death in 1973, she has become an avid traveler, visiting Europe eight times, every state in the U.S. (including Hawaii and Alaska), and Bermuda.

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