Biography - William T. Summers

William Thomas Summers, of Newman, came from Sangamon county, Illinois, to Newman township in 1877, and located on a farm seven miles northwest of the village. He was born near Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky, May 15, 1845, and is a son of Lewis and Elizabeth (Threlkeld) Summers, who were natives of the same county, both being members of pioneer families of that section. His grandfather, Thomas Summers, was a native of Virginia, and was a soldier in the Mexican war.
W. T. Summers was reared in Kentucky and came to Sangamon county, Illinois, when a small boy. With the exception of two years, during which time he was associated in business with James Barr, of Newman, he has always been engaged in farming.
In 1865 our subject was wedded to Miss Virginia C. Woltz, a daughter of John and Sydney (Halbert) Woltz, natives of Virginia. Mr. Summers and wife have no children. He is a member and one of the organizers of the Christian Scientist church of Newman, and is a firm believer in its principles. Mr. Summers has just completed a fine residence in Newman at a cost of over five thousand dollars, and it ranks with the most elegant homes in the county. He owns three hundred and twenty-six acres of land, two hundred and six acres lying southwest of Newman and one hundred and twenty acres one mile and a half northwest. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and Masonic fraternities. Mr. Summers has, ever since his residence in Douglas county, been identified with the county's best interests, progress and development, and ranks among its best and most progressive men.

Extracted 12 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, page 155.

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