Biography of Joseph W. Aker
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JOSEPH WILEY AKER, Superintendent of the Schools of Greenlee County, was born in Grant County, Va., July 7, 1881. His father, A. D. Aker, died the next year, leaving five children who were soon forced to support and educate themselves with the aid of a devoted mother. Their effort: in this respect have been well rewarded, as two of his brothers are successful ministers and the remaining one a teacher. Their only sister died at an early age. When but 17 years old, Wiley Aker joined the 4th Tennessee Volunteers and spent four months in active service in Cuba. Having been mustered out he returned to his home. and proceeded to the coal fields of West Virginia, where he was employed until in 1901 in a wreck he lost his right hand and right foot. The following September he began attending school at Princeton, W. Va., continued studying and in 1906 was graduated with a B. S. degree from Emory S. Henry College. He next went to Lordsburg, N. M., where he served three years as minister of the M. E. Church, and was married to Rae Miller, a music teacher of that town. In 1909 he took charge of the M. E. Church at Clifton, Arizona, and when Greenlee County was organized in 1910, he was elected to the position he now holds, when he resigned his work in the ministry. For the present term he was elected by a large majority. Mr. Aker helped make the first school law of the State, and at a meeting of school officials at Tucson in 1912 was made a member of the committee to get up a course in moral instruction for the pupils of the State. Mr. Aker is deeply interested in school work. He is also author of several short stories. and one book of fiction, which is now in course of publication in New York City. His family consists of three sons, Malcome M., Cecil E. and Greenlee M. Mrs. and Mrs. Aker are interested workers in all church and educational affairs.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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