Page 880, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




WM. LOCKARD, who is now engaged in the hardware business in Yates Center, has spent almost his entire life in Woodson county, having come hither with his father, Martin Lockard, when but four years of age. He was born in Kettleby, Canada, on the 30th of August, 1865. His father was also a native of Canada, born in 1834, and after arriving at years of maturity he married Sarah Lemon, who was born in the same country. They came to Kansas in 1870, locating in Toronto, but are now residents of Fort Scott. They have four living children, Kate, wife of W. P. Dickerson of Toronto, this state; Carrie, wife of J. N. Stout, a resident of Neosho Falls; William, of this review; and Maud, wife John Swearingen of Manchester, Michigan.

Reared in Woodson county, William Lockard acquired his education in Toronto, and after putting aside the work of the schoolroom he began learning the wagonmaker's trade with his father, following that pursuit for seven years. In February, 1899, he came to Yates Center and succeeded H. H. McCormick as proprietor of the corner hardware store, which he has since conducted, and his unabating energy, keen discrimination and reliable business methods have enabled him to maintain a place in the foremost rank among the leading and enterprising business men of his adopted city.

On the 29th of June, 1887, Mr. Lockard was united in marriage to Miss Anna Morris, daughter of A. H. Morris, formerly a resident of Illinois, whence he came to Kansas in 1872. They now have two children, Harold and Andrey. In his social relations Mr. Lockard is an Odd Fellow, also identified with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and in his political affiliations he is a stalwart republican. Numbered among the early settlers of Woodson county, through almost a third of a century he has been an eye witness of its development, for as the years have gone by he has seen great changes wrought, the environments of pioneer life giving way to all the comforts of civilization, as churches and school houses have been built, business enterprises established and homes founded. He has supported all measures for the public good, and among the friends who have so long known him he is held in the warmest esteem.

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