Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
MALONEY, WILLIAM (deceased) - In the death of William Maloney, which occurred March 21, 1909, Springfield, Ill. lost one of its prominent citizens, a man who always had the city's welfare in mind, and held various public positions through a long and useful career. He was a native of Troy, N. Y., where his birth occurred December 27, 1852, a son of Jeremiah and Mary (Allen) Maloney, the former a contractor by occupation.
William Maloney was brought to Springfield by his parents when but one year old, and there the remainder of his life was spent. His education was secured in St. Mary's Catholic School, and he was reared by his parents to principles of honor and integrity. As a youth he went to work as a brick molder, also becoming a brick mason by trade, and these were his chief occupations in an industrial line throughout his life. He was a Democrat in politics. Even as a young man his ability was recognized and at different times during his long residence in the Capital City he served as Jailer, Turnkey, City Marshal and Chief of Police, displaying much ability in tracking criminals and preventing crime. He died in the faith of the Catholic Church, which he had attended all his life. In fraternal affiliations he was connected with the Woodmen and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Mr. Maloney was known through out Springfield, and wherever known was most highly esteemed.
On May 25, 1873, Mr. Maloney was married to Mary E. McGillick, and to this union there were born seven children, as follows: Mrs. Margaret Handly of Bloomington; Jerry, living at home with his mother; Mrs. Catherine Phillips; Mrs. Mary McGough; and Mrs. Ellen C. Murphy, all of Springfield; William Francis, married, of Chicago; Josephine and Ethel Maloney, living in Springfield. The family are all members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, of Springfield.