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 Alfred Williams

Alfred Williams

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Death 1898 (aged 73–74)
Burial Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
Plot 4Ave
Memorial ID 86868890 · View Source
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Alfred Williams, of the Williams, White & Co. Iron Works, and one of the pioneer business men of Moline, was born in Hubbardstown, Worcester Co., Mass., May 2;, 15, 1824, and is the son of Henry and Keziah
(Newton) Williams. He lost his parents in early youth and was left in limited circumstances, with younger brothers and sisters to care for. He succeeded in securing an academic education, and at the age of 20 years went to Boston, where he was employed as clerk in a dry-goods establishment. He was subsequently engaged as assistant cashier of the Boston & Worcester Railway Co., in the freight department, and was soon promoted cashier of the same. He continued in the service of the railway company about six years.
He was married in Boston, May 25, 1852, to Miss Sarah J. Taft, daughter of Timothy S. Taft. Mrs.
Williams was born in Heath, Mass. Soon after his marriage, Mr. Williams formed a partnership with his father-in-law . in the commission and produce business, which connection continued two years.
He then came to Moline, 111., in the summer of 1854, in accordance with an agreement made at Barre, Mass., with Messrs. White and Heald. He was chosen the business manager for the firm of Williams, Heald & Co., of which he was the senior partner.
(See history of the company in the industries of
Moline.) Mr. Williams was possessed of correct ideas of business and good executive ability, the exercise of which, aided ably by his industrious and capable partners, soon placed the business on a prosperous footing; and as years have rolled by he has had the satisfaction of seeing, as a result of their joint efforts, a mass of towering brick structures on the site where he first built the little wooden shop
31 years ago, where five men were employed, and now from 75 to 100 men aie required to do the work.
Starting with a capital of $2,500, they now have a capital stock of $50,000, with a surplus of as much more.
Mr. Williams retired from business in 1883, and went to Florida with his family, where he spent the winter. He purchased property in that State, and has made that his winter ho.ne, while he spends his summers at Moline. Mr. and Mrs. Williams have had nine children, four of whom died in infancy.
The five surviving sons are, Frank H., the Vice- President of the Williams, White & Co. Iron Works ;he married Lillian A. Strode and resides at Moline ;the second son, Alfred H., is in Florida ; the third.
John J., is book-keeper in the office of Williams, White & Co. ; the younger ones, Harry T. and Parker M., are students. Mr. Williams was a warm anti-slavery man, when that subject was of general public interest. He supported Martin Van Buren on the Free-Soil ticket and has subsequently voted with the Republican party.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Williams have been professors of religion since early youth. They became members of the Congregational Church and have been identified with that society continuously since. Mr.
Williams has been a Deacon of the Church for the past ten years. He has been identified with the growth and development of Moline, of which the business he aided in establishing and so successfully conducting has been an important factor. While he has always given a generous support to all worthy public enterprises, Mr. Williams has devoted his attention strictly to his business, and has never allowed his name to be used in connection with public office.
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  • Created by: Mark Orey
  • Added: 16 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86868890
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Williams (1824–1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86868890, citing Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Mark Orey (contributor 46569820) .