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Re: Will T. Wills&Mary Emeline Pooley - Butte 1920s
Posted by: Penny Roth (ID *****7612) Date: March 30, 2006 at 18:49:39
In Reply to: Will T. Wills&Mary Emeline Pooley - Butte 1920s by Sylvia Meeker of 56

From the Diamond Jubilee book of Butte and an early history book of Boyd County: W.T. Wills came to Butte with his in 1892, Miss Mary E. Pooley, of Scales Mound, Ill.They arrived in Butte soon after the county was opened for homesteading,coming to Stuart by train, coming from Stuart to Butte by stagecoach. Their furniture was freighted from Stuart.Included in this was a piano given to Mrs. Wills by her parents when she was eight years of age, and which was one of the first pianos in Butte.
They growing family consisted of the following children: Robert LeRoy, who entered military service April of 1917, and was killed in action in France on Nov. 9, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne campaign; ALice Marina, now Mrs. Guy Thatcher of Lincoln, Ne;Lyman Tregloune, who served in World War I from November 11, 1918 to December 9, 1918 and after discharge was employed in the First National Bank, as Deputy County Treasurer, and as County Welfare Director of Boyd COunty from 1935 to the time of his death on September 22, 1963; Mary Esther and William Pooley, who still live in the parental home; and Esther Lauretta, who died in infancy in 1908.
Mrs. Wills was active in the organization and work of the Methodist Church, particularly in the music and choir departments, and in all community work. W.T Wills was a leader in the community and civic affairs from the time of his arrival in Boyd COunty until the time of his death. He was especially active in church and lodge work, school administration, the Red Cross and in political matters. He was instrumnetal in the development of the twelve grade high school and in promoting construction of the first section of the present school building in 1911.
W.T. Wills practiced law in Butte from 1892 to the time of his death on March 25, 1939. His wife preceeded him in death on June 5, 1920. He was County Attorney of Boyd County from jan. 1895 to 1897. His son WIlliam practiced law with him from 1930 to 1939 and has continued his practice in Butte to this time, except for military service in WOrld War II from August 29, 1942 to Oct. 30, 1945. he has served as County Attorney from 1958 to the present time.

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