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From The Hoxie Sentinel, Hoxie, Sheridan County, Kansas, Thursday October 6, 1921, page 1:
With the passing of William Waite from the stage of action last week, our little city is called on
to mourn the loss of one of its pioneer citizens, as he had been identified with the life and growth
of Hoxie almost continuously since its establishment as a town. He launched his fortunes with
the town in 1886, the year of its inception, and was active in the business and social life of it up
until a few months before his death. He saw it grow from a few small buildings to the handsome
little city that it is today.
When the firm of Colby & Beers began business in Hoxie he was employed by them and
continued in the employ of this firm for about ten years. During the years 1894-95 he conducted
a store at Selden for Mr. Beers.
In the fall of 1895 he was elected register of deeds of Sheridan county and served two terms. On
retiring from this office he engaged in the hardware and queensware business, and in the fall of
1900 he went out of this business and again accepted a position with C. H. Beers, and in 1901 he
accepted a position with D. L. Wiggins, continuing in his employ for sixteen years.
In 1908, he was elected clerk of the district court and served one term. He was also township
trustee of Kenneth township from 1914 to 1916.
In June, 1917, he accepted a position with H. W. Percival and continued with him until he
disposed of his grocery, and he remained with the new firm of Vance & Van until his health
compelled him to quit, which was early in June, this year, when he took ill with cancer of the
stomach, and although he went to the Norton hospital for treatment, he failed to find relief.
He was a member of the A. F. & A. M. and A. O. U. W. orders.
He was a good citizen, kind and generous in his family, always willing to help others, and his
long life of service mostly for the comfort and happiness of others, should win for him a crown
of eternal joy and happiness in that region of perfect bliss beyond the stars.
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