William E. Mays, of Green township, has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits and has never had occasion
to regret his choice of an occupation. He was born in Illinois, June 13, 1859, a son of Andrew and Barbara Ann
Mays, both natives of Ohio. After residing for a considerable period in Mercer county, Illinois, they came to Saunders
county, Nebraska, with their family in the spring of 1876 and here the father bought eighty acres of land. He passed
away in 1882 and the mother died in 1903.
William E. Mays received his education in Mercer county, Illinois, attending school there until he was seventeen
years of age, when he came with his parents to this county. He continued to work with his father until he reached
the age of twenty years and then hired out to others as a farm hand. At the end of a year he purchased eighty acres,
to which he subsequently, added a tract of similar size and now owns eighty acres on section 10, Green township.
His land is improved and as he is systematic and energetic in carrying on the work of the farm he receives a good
income from his place. He also owns one hundred and sixty acres in Perkins county, Nebraska.
On the 27th of October, 1886, occurred the marriage of Mr. Mays and Miss Kittie Terrell, a daughter of Henry Verrell,
of this county, who removed here in 1872, when it was still a pioneer region. Mr. and Mrs. Mays have one daughter,
Hattie, who is the wife of Fred Schlotz, by whom she has a son, Robert, now attending country school.
Mr. Mays believes that the policies of the republican party are based upon sound principles of government but at
local elections he usually votes for the best man irrespective of his political affiliations. He has served as
director and treasurer in his school district and has always manifested a keen interest in the public schools.
Fraternally he is connected with the Ancient Order of United Workmen at Ithaca. Although he began his independent
career without capital he has gained more than a competence and is one of the well to do men of his township. He
has a wide acquaintance throughout the county and is highly esteemed and respected.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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