Robert Kellahin Chaves County, New Mexico

Robert Kellahin, a real estate operator at Roswell, also filling the position of postmaster, was born in Scotland, and on crossing the Atlantic to America in 1892 came to the Territory of New Mexico, locating in Carlsbad, where he took charge of the Charles W. Green offices at Carlsbad as bookkeeper. Mr. Green was for some time a promoter, who contributed in substantial measure to the up-building and progress of the Territory. Subsequently he was connected with the Hagerman Company and with irrigating companies in and around Carlsbad, acting as bookkeeper.

In 1895 he came to Roswell and accepted a position as auditor and cashier with the Roswell Land and Water Company, acting in that capacity for three years. He has since been engaged in the real estate and insurance business as a member of the firm of Kellahin & Calfee, and they have a large clientage, writing considerable business as insurance agents and also negotiating important realty transfers. Mr. Kellahin was appointed to his present office as postmaster by President Roosevelt in July, 1904.

This is a second class office and was the third office in the Territory. There is a carrier system in the city. He has placed the business of the office upon a methodical basis, resulting in a splendid discharge of the work therein carried on and his administration has won uniform commendation and good will.

Mr. Kellahin is a member of Roswell Lodge No. 18, A. F. & A. M., and in the year of 1906 was elected grand lecturer for the Territory. He also belongs to Columbia Chapter No. 7. R. A. M., of Roswell, and to Rio Hondo Commandery No. 6, K. T., of which he is eminent commander. In October, 1905, he became a member of the grand lodge of the Territory at Albuquerque, and is today one of the prominent Masons of the Territory. His business interests, too, have prospered since he came to the new world and he has never had occasion to regret his determination to seek a home in this country with its broader opportunities and advancement more quickly Secured.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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