Biography of William I. Mays
Adams County, NE Biographies





William I. Mays, a well known and efficient farmer, is now assisting his brother David with the operation of his farm a half mile southwest of Trumbull. Our subject was born in Kosciusko county, Indiana, on the 4th of March, 1866, a son of G. W. and Julia M. (Kearns) Mays, further mention of whom appears in the sketch of David Mays. He received good educational advantages, graduating from the high school at Warsaw, Indiana, and during his youth he also learned much concerning the various phases of farm work. He remained on the home place until he was nineteen years of age and then hired out to others, continuing as a farm hand for three years. In Iarch, 1890, in company with his mother, brother and sister, he came to Adams county and all made their home with David Mays, who had taken up his residence in this county two years previously. Mr. Mays of this review worked by the month for three years, after which he was married and began farming for himself, renting land nine miles northeast of Hastings. After operating that place for two years he removed to his brother's farm a half mile south of Trumbull and remained there for five years. Following the demise of his wife in 1901 he went east, where he worked for a year, but in 1902 he returned to Adams county and for six years followed the barber's trade. At the end of that time he again turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and is now aiding his brother in farming his place near Trumbull.

Mr. Mays was married on the 7th of March, 1894, to Grace F. Randall, a daughter of F. R. Randall, who resided near Trumbull. Mrs. Mays passed away on the 20th of March, 1901. She was the mother of four children, as follows: Claude E., who was born on the 11th of September, 1896, and is now attending high school at Trumbull; Leo C., who was born October 25, 1897, and is also a high school student; Leslie Ward, who was born in February, 1899, and died in. infancy; and David William, whose birth occurred on the 5th of February, 1901, and who, following the death of his mother when he was six weeks old, was adopted by William Randall, a real estate agent of Trenton, Nebraska.

Mr. Mays gives his political allegiance to the democratic party where national issues are at stake, but at local elections votes independently. He holds membership in the Christian church. He is well known throughout the county and is recognized as an able farmer, a good citizen and a man of high moral principles.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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