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Walter Carlyle Alexander
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Birth: May 24, 1865
Glasgow
Glasgow City, Scotland
Death: Nov. 28, 1943
Murphysboro
Jackson County
Illinois, USA

Son of James Alexander & Jessie Glenn

Husband of Martha "Mattie" Forbes, m. Nov 22, 1905, Oneida, New York. She was the daughter of Charles and Sophia B. (Trowbridge) Forbes.

Biographical excerpt from A History of Southern Illinois, by George Washington Smith, M. A.

Walter C. Alexander was afforded the advantages of the public schools and completed his dicipline along this line in the schools of Murphysboro, which has been his home during the greater part of the time since his boyhood days.

As a youth he entered the shop and foundry conducted by his father and uncle and there he learned the trade in its various details. Later he became telegraph operator for the Consolidated Coal Company, but after serving six months in this capacity he assumed the position of chainman with an engineering corps engaged in railroad surveying. He continued to devote his attention to surveying and civil engineering work for a number of years and within five years had risen to the responsible position of transit-man.

For three and one-half years he maintained his residence at DuQuoin, Illinois, and followed the profession of civil and mining engineering in an independent way, and he then returned to Murphysboro to accept the position of manager and superintendent of the Murphysboro Water Works, Electric, Gas and Light Company, of which he also became a director. He retained this incumbency five years, at the expiration of which he resigned, in order to give his time to the supervision of the large and important enterprises with which he had become identified.

He was the organizer of the Chicago & Herrin Coal Company, the properties of which are located at Herrin, Williamson county, and he is president of this corporation, as is he also of the Carterville-Herrin Coal Company.

He organized and is president of the Chew Mercantile Company, one of the leading retail concerns of Herrin; and was the organizer of the Anchor Ice & Packing Company, of Murphysboro, of which likewise he is president.

In 1910 he effected the organization and incorporation of the Murphysboro Construction Company, which controls a large business in the construction of reinforced concrete buildings, dealing in lumber, etc. Of this progressive corporation he is president, as is he also of the Republican Era Printing Company, publishers of the Era, a daily paper, at Murphysboro.

Mr. Alexander is secretary and a director of each the Murphysboro Telephone Company and the Ohio and Mississippi Valley Telephone Company; is a director of the Murphysboro Electric Railway, Light, Heat & Power Company; a director and also secretary of the Murphysboro & Southern Illinois Electric Railway Company, controlling important interurban lines and franchises; is a director of the City National Bank of Herrin and of the St. Louis, Carterville & Herrin Coal Company; and was one of the organizers of the Murphysboro Commercial Association, of whose high civic ideals and effective work he has been a most zealous and influential exponent.

He served several terms as a member of the Murphysboro Board of Education, and this is the only civic office of which he has consented to become the incumbent. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Knights of Pythias, of which last mentioned order his father was one of the organizers of the Murphysboro lodge.
 
 
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 Parents:
  James Alexander (1837 - 1900)
  Jessie Glenn Alexander (1840 - 1910)
 
 Spouse:
  Martha Forbes Alexander (1884 - 1967)*
 
 Children:
  Forbes Alexander (1907 - 1977)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Alexander (1862 - 1935)*
  Walter Carlyle Alexander (1865 - 1943)
  Margaret Carlyle Alexander (1866 - 1882)*
  Mary Alexander Wall (1869 - 1944)*
  Kathryn McKechnie Alexander Kent (1872 - 1939)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pleasant Grove Memorial Park
Murphysboro
Jackson County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 2, Row 31, N to S
 
Created by: Kim R
Record added: Sep 11, 2012
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Walter Carlyle Alexander
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