TROXELL, W. STALEY, the subject of this sketch, is the senior member of the firms of W. S. Troxell and sons, and Troxell, Kikendall & Company, the former firm attending to all real estate, loans and house renting business, while the latter firm devote their time to all insurance, indemnities, bonds, etc.
The business was organized by W. S. Troxell, in 1887, his three sons, Roy Glidden, Robert William, and Staley Allynn, taking an active interest in the business as fast as they reached a business age. In 1906 Mr. William C. Kikendall was taken in the firm of Troxell, Kikendall & Company. Mr. Kikendall has made good and has proven a valuable addition to the firm.
These firms deserve great credit in helping to bring the insurance and real estate business in Springfield to a high plane, the senior member devoting much of his time to enterprises to make a better and greater Springfield. Many beautiful additions, improved with good homes, stand to his credit as a real estate man of judgment.
W. Staley Troxell was born in Springfield, Ill., February 7, 1863, a son of William and Louisa (Staley) Troxell, both the father and mother coming to Springfield, from Hagerstown, Md., in 1861. Mr. William Troxell for many years engaged in the agricultural implement and leather business, died in 1877, three years after the death of his wife, Louisa, who died in 1874, and who was the daughter of Warfield and Mary (Horn) Staley, old and respected citizens of Springfield, natives of Maryland, both now deceased, Mary A. Staley dying in 1880, and Warfield Staley in 1896.
W. Staley Troxell was united in marriage to Sadie K. Culp, prominent people of Pennsylvania. To this union were born the above named sons, and one daughter, Gladys Dorothy Troxell.
Mr. Troxell has one brother, C. C. Troxell, residing in Omaha, Neb., and one sister, Laura Lynn, died in 1907.
The subject of this sketch received his education in the public schools and business college of Springfield, finishing at the age of sixteen, since which time he has been actively engaged in the business field, residing in Springfield all his life, twenty-four years of which time having been spent in the real estate business, this giving him a knowledge of values which is often sought on important transactions.
In politics he is a stanch Republican, especially in national issues. He belongs to the Old School of gentlemen, which is fast dying out. His courtesy and urbanity make him a welcome addition to any business or social gathering, and he has warm personal friends throughout all of this part of the State.