Page 813, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


J. W. Williams, of Augusta, who for the past twelve years has been identified with Butler county, is a native of Kansas. Mr. Williams was born at Spring Hill, Johnson county, November 18, 1881, and is a son of James and Mary A. Williams, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Maryland. The father died at Augusta in March, 1913, and the mother now resides at Edgerton, Kans. James and Mary Williams were the parents of twelve children, seven of whom are now living, as follows: Mrs. Violet Schendler, Augusta, Kans.; Mrs. Anna McKoin, Edgerton, Kans.; Joshua, Edgerton, Kans.; Frank, Augusta, Kans.; Mrs. Delila Markley, Augusta, Kans.; Mrs. A. E. Cowen, El Dorado, Kans., and J. W., the subject of this sketch.

J. W. Williams received his education in the public schools of Ohio and Johnson county, Kansas. In 1898 the family removed to Butler county and located at Keighley, where they remained one year. When a youth, J. W. Williams learned the barber trade, serving an apprenticeship at Overbrook, Kans., for three years. He then came to Augusta and worked at the plasterer's trade and cement work in Augusta and various parts of Butler county. He has worked on many of the important buildings erected in Butler county within the last ten years, including the Butler county court house, the old school building in Augusta, the postoffice building, the McKinley school building at El Dorado and R. H. Hazlett's residence there, and also the high school buildings at Leon and Rosalia and the hotel at Beaumont. Mr. Williams is is[sic] perhaps the best known man in Butler county in connection with his special lines of work.

On December 29, 1908, Mr. Williams was united in marriage with Miss Pearl Malosh, of El Dorado. Her parents were natives of Ohio and came to Kansas at quite an early date. To Mr. and Mrs. Williams have been born two children, as follows: James Duane and Howard Edward. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are well known in Augusta, and have a large circle of friends.

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