Biography - William Maxey

William A. MAXEY, merchant, senior member of the firm of MAXEY & STARR, grocers, Raymond, was born in Montgomery county, Ill., August 27, 1856, and received a common-school education; he remained upon the homestead until he attained the age of twenty years, when he entered into the mercantile business as clerk at Hillsboro; he followed in that occupation at different places until November, 1880, when he entered into business for himself at Raymond; he was very successful in his new enterprise, but, at the time Raymond was destroyed by fire, he was one of the sufferers, his stock being nearly all destroyed; he did not despair, however, but immediately secured a new room and continued the business, which gradually assumed larger proportions, and now, in connection with his partner, Mr. STARR, has the satisfaction of conducting a large and steadily increasing trade, the result of a thorough business knowledge, energy and enterprise; their store is centrally located on the principal street of Raymond, and any one may feel sure of a welcome and receiving kind attentions from the gentlemanly proprietors. Wilson M. MAXEY, the father of our subject, was born in Kentucky, and was one of the early settlers of Montgomery County; is a farmer by occupation, and still living upon the place of his original purchase; his wife, Eliza NEWCOMB, was a native of Virginia; she died in about 1864; was the mother of seven children, of whom William was the third child. Politically, his sympathies are with the Democratic party; he was elected by the people of Raymond, in the spring of 1882, to fill the office of City Clerk, which office he still holds; he also holds the office of Secretary in the I. O. O. F. order at Raymond, of which he has been an active member for about two years.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 228-229.

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