Biography of William L. Lafferty
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





WILLIAM L. LAFFERTY, grocer, Springfield, Ohio. Among the representative business men of Springfield, none are more worthy of mention than Mr. Lafferty, of the firm of Burns & Lafferty. He was born in this county Aug 13, 1844; is a son of Samuel J. and Catherine (Carson) Lafferty, Samuel a native of Pennsylvania, and Catherine a native of Ohio. In 1850, they moved to Iowa, and in less than one year death called them to the spirit land, within three weeks of each other. William, being left an orphan by the death of both father and mother, his grandfather, William Lafferty, then a resident of Clark Co., Ohio, brought our subject and his brother Samuel back to this county. When William was 13 years old, he emigrated with his grandfather to Illinois; shortly after their arrival in Illinois, the grandfathers died, when William returned to Springfield, Ohio, within six months from the time he had left. He was engaged on a farm until 1863, when he enlisted in the 86th O. V. I. and served a three months term of service, and in 1864 went out with the 146th O. N. G.; after his return from the army, he clerked in a clothing store ten years, and in a hat, cap and shoe store two years; was a partner in the shoe store part of the two years. He entered into partnership with his present partner, Mr. Burns, in November, 1875, and started their grocery on High street, where they keep a full line of first class family groceries; they are not only gentlemen of integrity, but polite and pleasant to all their customers; a leading virtue of this firm is honorable and upright dealing. Mr. Lafferty was married, Oct. 3, 1871, to Miss Katie Jayne, daughter of Gabriel and Sarah (Feigley) Jayne; they have two promising boys - Frank J and George M. Mrs. Lafferty was born in this county Dec. 21, 1851. Mr. Lafferty has risen to his present financial position from that of a poor boy, saving his money from year to year when a boy, instead of spending it foolishly. He is a P. C. and Master of Exchequer of Moncrieffe Ledge, No. 33, K. of P.; he was District Deputy G. C. two terms of said organization; he is also a member of Division No. 6 of the Uniform Rank of K. P. Dining the time Mr. Lafferty was clerking, he took a commercial course by reciting at nights.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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