GEORGE B. WAY. The prosperous farmers of Virden Township have been the prime factors in the development of that portion of Macoupin County. Their industry and enterprise have added weightily to the commercial value of the landed property, not only their own but all in that section. Their persevering efforts to increase the market facilities of that portion of the county, have added greatly to the possibilities of success for their more struggling neighbors, and we can heartily congratulate such men as Mr. Way on having done good work not only for himself but also for the county.
The father of our subject was Uriah B. Way, who was born in Madison County, N.Y., and his mother, a native of the same county, was Fanny McBride. They married and settled in their native home but somewhat later removed to Genesee County in that State, which became the last earthly home of the mother. After his bereavement the father removed to Illinois, and in 1855 settled in Fulton County, but afterward made his home in McDonough County, where he died.
The subject of this sketch was the first born of his parents and is the eldest of their family of five children, being born October 25, 1832, in Madison County, N.Y. Most of his early years were passed in his native State, and he was a young man before the family emigrated to the West. He came to Illinois with his father in 1855, and it was in Fulton County that he found the woman whom he made his wife. Her maiden name was Lavina Nelson and she was born in Ohio.
After marriage the young couple removed to Jersey County and here Mr. Way taught school for four winters, after which he engaged in farming and continued his residence in that county until 1871 when he removed to Macoupin County, settling in Virden Township, which has since been his happy home. Farming has been his chief business in life, and he now owns two hundred and forty acres of land upon which he had erected buildings of more than ordinary value and attractiveness. Everything upon the farm shows the hand of a practical and systematic farmer and the prosperity of Mr. Way is the direct result of his own energy and enterprise.
Two children blessed the union of George and Lavina Way to whom were given the names of William and Fannie. Their mother was taken away by death while the family home was in Jersey County, in 1861. Mr. Way's second marriage took place in that county in November, 1863, his bride being Miss Louisa A. Beeman. They are the parents of eight children, Georgeora, who is now the wife of Alvin Ferguson; Gloster, who married Miss Libby Arnold; Edgar; Effie; Evart and Earl; Mary died when sixteen months old and Ethel P. died at the age of one year. The mother of these children was called from this earthly life to her heavenly home in June, 1881. Mr. Way is a man who takes quite an active part in political affairs and is an earnest advocate of the doctrines and polity of the Republican party.