REAVLEY, JACOB MATTHIAS - Too much credit cannot be given the man who has struggled against adverse early circumstances, developing himself into a successful business man. The self-made man is a product of this country, where he is given the chance to rise and become prosperous. One of Springfield's business men who can justly lay claim to such a title, is Jacob Matthias Reavley. He was born in Springfield, Ill., April 9, 1883, a son of William and Elizabeth (Greenalogh) Reavley, natives of Pennsylvania and England, respectively. Both parents survive, the father having retired from his work of coal mining. He is a Republican but has never sought to come before the public in an official position.
Jacob Matthias Reavley attended the McClernand public school of this city, and after leaving it worked for some time in a cigar factory. He then engaged in coal mining for three years, after which he started into business for himself. His success is probably due more to the fact that he has always endeavored to give all men a square deal, than to anything else. Mr. Reavley is very liberal in his views, not alone on religious questions, but in politics as well. According to his belief, in local affairs it is better to vote for the man or measure calculated to be of service to a majority of the people, rather than allow himself to be restricted by party lines. However, in national affairs he is a Republican.
On March 6, 1906, Mr. Reavley was united in marriage with Miss Belle Waggoner, who was born in Pike County, Ill., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Waggoner. They have no issue. Mr. Reavley is engaged in the wine, liquor and cigar trade at 613 East Adams Street, Springfield.