JOSEPH S. BIRD, who is efficiently serving in the capacity of clerk of Mount Olive township, Macoupin County, is an enterprising and progressive young business man of the township. He was born in Madison County, Illinois, September 6, 1880, and is a son of James W. and Martha (Grant) Bird.
James W. Bird, who was a native of Madison County, Illinois, early in life took up the occupation of farming and stock raising, and is at present one of the most extensive stock raisers of his county. Mr. Bird is a stanch Republican and takes an active interest in the affairs of the party, being known throughout his county as a political leader.
Joseph S. Bird was reared on a farm and received his education in the schools of Madison County. After completing his education, he entered upon the cares of a business man and in 1900 he began the occupation of mining, which he has followed up to the present time. Mr. Bird is a member of the Republican party and in April, 1903, he was elected to his present position as clerk of Mount Olive township. In fraternal circles, Mr. Bird is a member of Staunton Lodge, No. 177, A.F. & A.M.
On October 24, 1901, Mr. Bird was married to Mary Hassler, who is a daughter of Fred Hassler, who now resides in Mount Olive.