Spiller, Edward M. 1865-1934

Spiller Ed 1865-1934Edward M. Spiller was born at Carbondale, September 28, 1865. Spiller lived most of his life in Williamson County where he became a leading citizen early in a brilliant career. He was the son of Elijah Spiller and Parazetta Edwards.

After attending school in Marion he studied at the Northern Indiana University and was graduated from Valparaiso University in 1888 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. After teaching one term of school at Carterville, he began the study of law in Marion under W.W. Duncan, later justice of the State Supreme Court. Continue reading

Skaggs, Walter W. 1879-1928

Walter W. Skaggs 1879-1928Walter W. Skaggs was born May 23, 1879, of humble parentage, on a farm three and a half miles southwest of Marion, in a log house in the midst of the virgin forest. Walter assisted in the clearing and breaking of the new ground and the development of the farm until he was seventeen years of age. His parents were William P. Skaggs and Amanda Oglesby of Williamson County who were farmers. Continue reading

1975, Distinctive Interiors to occupy old F.W. Woolworth building

Woolworth building MDR Aug 9 1975Plans for the establishment of a complete interior decorating business in the downtown buildings formerly occupied by F.W. Woolworth Company were announced today by Wayland Sims. The new business will include Sim’s present interior decorating business now located at 1414 West Main, and will be operated under the name of Distinctive Interiors, Inc. Continue reading

Dungey, J.W. “Bill” 1904-1975

JW Dungey Sept 6 1975 picJ.W. “Bill” Dungey was born at Barlow, Kentucky, June 12, 1904, the son of William and Lula (Rasco) Dungey. He was married Mary Starrick, owner of the Mary Dungey Real Estate Agency.

Dungey was a plasterer by trade and had operated as a construction contractor. He served as a Marion City Commissioner from 1955 to 1959. Continue reading

Wright, William F. 1852-1939, 508 N. Washington St., Wright & Sons Monuments

William Francis Wright, who went by the name Francis, was born in Williamson County, Illinois, July 28, 1852, and was the son of John Wright and Mary Arnold who came to Illinois from Tennessee. The home of his youth was about five miles from Stone Fort, near Creal Springs, on a farm where he followed the occupation of farming until about 1890 when he entered the mercantile business in Creal. Continue reading