RACHFORD, THOMAS W., who now holds the position of City Electrician of Springfield, was chosen because of his ability and technical knowledge, in preference to others less well qualified to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position. He was born in Chenoa, McLean County, Ill., November 13, 1870, son of Thomas and Catherine (O'Brien) Rachford, both natives of Ireland, where the former was a farmer. Thomas Rachford and his wife emigrated to America and settled on a farm in McLean County.
The early education of Thomas W. Rachford was acquired in the public schools and he afterward attended Grand Prairie Seminary, at Onarga, Ill. He was reared in the Catholic faith. He is skilled in electrical work and has had valuable experience. In political views he is a Democrat and fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen and the Knights of Columbus. He is a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He owns the property where he resides, at 336 North Fifth Avenue, Springfield.
Mr. Rachford was married, June 28, 1905, at Alton, Ill., to Miss Kathryn Kelly. Three children were born of this union, namely: John Kelly, born May 30, 1906; Kathryn Agnes, June 10, 1908; Thomas Walter, Jr., March 15, 1910. Mr. Rachford is highly esteemed by his associates and has many friends. He is a man of energy and ambition, making the most of his opportunities and giving his best services to the city by which he is employed.