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By Joseph Wallace, M. A.
of the Springfield Bar
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, IL

WILLIAM G. PARKER , who for many years was well known as a Springfield merchant, became a resident of this city about 1868, and here his remaining days were passed, his death occurring January 20, 1891. He was a native of Maryland, born in 1842, and his parents spent their entire lives in that state. There were four brothers of the family, however, who came to the west, all settling in Springfield.

William G. Parker was indebted to the public school system for the educational privileges he enjoyed. After coming to Springfield in 1868 he learned the painter's trade, which he followed for several years in the employ of others, and then began business on his own account as a dealer in glass, sash, doors and blinds. To the expansion of his business interests he devoted his energies throughout his remaining days. His life was quietly passed, his attention being given to his mercantile interests, and there were many commendable characteristics in his life history, such as are always displayed by the energetic, honorable and upright merchant.

Mr. Parker was married twice. He first wedded Miss Elizabeth Hardinger, who died in Springfield. He afterward married Miss Elizabeth Mitchell, a native of Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Both Mr. and Mrs. Parker were members of the Presbyterian church and he was identified with the Modern Woodmen Camp of Springfield. In politics he took a deep and active interest, regarding it the duty as well as the privilege of every American citizen to support the measures he believes will contribute most to the welfare or county, state and nation. He served as alderman of the fourth ward of Springfield for many years and exercised his official prerogatives for the welfare and upbuilding of the capital city. Personally he was highly esteemed because of his social nature, his kindly disposition and his upright principles. Mrs. Parker owns an attractive home at No. 1015 North Sixth street and her niece, Miss Elizabeth Parker, resides with her. She also owns property on South Eighth street and other realty in Springfield, left to her by her husband, which places her in very comfortable financial circumstances.

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