George A. Will was formerly actively engaged in farming on section 10, Green township, but is now living retired,
enjoying a well earned period of leisure. He is entitled to honor as a veteran of the Civil war, having served
in that conflict for three years. His birth occurred in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, on the 9th of December,
1842, and his parents were Hiram and Keziah (Meese) Will, who spent their last years in Dixon, Illinois, and are
buried there. The father was a farmer by occupation.
George A. Will attended the common schools of Pennsylvania until he was sixteen years of age and then began working
with his father in a sawmill conducted by the latter. Three years later, when nineteen years of age, he enlisted
in the One Hundred and Forty second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and he saw a great deal of active service,
remaining at the front until June, 1865, when he was mustered out at Washington, D. C. During the battle of Fredericksburg,
Pennsylvania, he was wounded in the ankle and was confined in a hospital for about six months. Following the close
of hostilities he went to Illinois, where he engaged in farming until the spring of 1871, at which time he came
to Saunders county, Nebraska. He homesteaded eighty acres, to which he subsequently added a similar tract by buying
railroad land and for forty six years he concentrated his energies upon the operation of his farm, being assisted
by his sons when they became old enough. As the years passed his capital increased and in 1907, feeling that he
had accumulated a competence, he retired from active life.
On the 1st of July, 1869, at El Paso, Illinois, occurred the marriage of Mr. Will and Miss Frances Kurr, a daughter
of William Kurr, of Dixon. To their union were born four children, three of whom are living, namely: Charles Herbert,
who married Edith O'Kane, by whom he has a daughter, Crystal; Hiram Hillray, a resident of North Dakota, who wedded
Dora Phalen; and Lola May, at home. Ada, the third in order of birth, is deceased and is buried at Cedar Hill cemetery
in Lancaster county, Nebraska. The wife and mother passed away on the 11th of October, 1912, and is also buried
Mr. Will is independent in politics, believing that the qualifications of a candidate for the office in question
are of greater importance than his political affiliation. For a number of years he served as moderator in his school
district and seeks to advance the interests of the public schools. He is identified with the Evangelical church,
and through his membership in the Bob McCook Post, G. A. R., at Ashland he keeps in touch with his comrades of
the Civil war. When he came to this county he found much of the land still in its virgin state and before he could
plant crops on his farm it was necessary to break the prairie. The extent to which pioneer conditioms prevailed
is also indicated by the fact that for three years he resided in a sod house, after which he erected a frame residence.
The prosperity which he has gained is the result solely of his own hard work and good management and none grudges
him the leisure which he is now enjoying.
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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