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Title: Will S. Neil
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Standing in an eminent position among the industrial representatives of Warren county is Will S. Neil, who is recognized as one of Marshfield's leading citizens, having for some time been engaged in general mercantile pursuits, the reputation of his store being of the best as a result of his able management. In his career he has seen the gathering clouds that threatened disaster, but his rich inheritance of energy and pluck has enabled him to turn seeming defeats into victory and promised failures into success. He enjoys in the fullest measure the public confidence, because of the honorable methods he has ever followed.

Mr. Neil was born in the town of Marshfield, Warren county, March 11, 1865, and is the son of John and Nancy (Thornbrough) Neil. The father was a native of Ohio, from which state he came to Attica, Indiana, in the year 1852. He was a wagon-maker by trade, which he followed successfully many years, there being a great demand for his work. Later he moved to Marshfield, where he followed blacksmithing and wagon-making and here he spent the rest of his life, dying many years ago. For some time he also ran a shop on the Wabash river, at a place called Baltimore. His family consisted of five children, namely: The eldest died in infancy; Mary married Aaron Wright, of Steuben township; Clara is deceased; Will S., of this sketch; Bertha died in infancy.

Politically, John Neil was a Republican. He was a school director in his district for some time. Religiously, he belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church. He was known as an honest and upright man.

Will S. Neil grew to manhood at Marshfield and there received his education in the common schools. On August 4, 1895, he was united in marriage to Daisy L. Nolan, daughter of George and Maria (Fulton) Nolan, both natives of Warren county, their parents having been early settlers here, coming to this county from Ohio, where they spent practically all the balance of their lives, finally moving to the town of Covington, where they both died. They were the parents of six children, two sons and four daughters, all still living.

Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Neil, namely: Geraldine M. and Naoma Ruth, both at home.

Mr. Neil began the mercantile business in Marshfield which he now conducts in 1895, and has enjoyed a liberal patronage and his many customers come from a radius of many miles of Marshfield. He carries a large and carefully selected line of seasonable goods at all times and his customers are accorded uniform kind and courteous treatment.

Politically, he is a Republican, and he was township trustee from 1905 to 1909, giving eminent satisfaction to all concerned. He is a loyal member of the Presbyterian church, an elder and leading worker in the same. Fraternally, he belongs to the Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge No. 352, at West Lebanon; the Order of the astern Star, Chapter No. 162, at West Lebanon, and the Modern Woodmen of America, Camp No. 7654, at Marshfield.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001076
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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