W. G. BAILEY, of North Otter township, may be named as one of the capable and energetic farmers of Macoupin county - a man who has won success through his unaided efforts and is fully deserving of the confidence and esteem in which he is held by his friends and neighbors. He was born in Kentucky, September 7, 1869, a son of Granville M. and Jane (Bowles) Bailey, both of whom were born in Kentucky. The father has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits and he and his wife are now living near Glasgow, Kentucky. There were six children in their family, namely: Frances, who married James Young, of Kentucky; W. G., of this sketch; Isaac and James, who are also living in Kentucky; Lizzie, who is the wife of William Barber, of the same state; and Eva, who married Henry Tole, also of Kentucky.
Mr. Bailey of this review attended the district schools and continued upon the home farm until nineteen years of age. He then came to Illinois and engaged at farm work in Sangamon county until 1906. He then purchased forty acres of land in North Otter township, Macoupin county, where he established his home and he also rents land, being now in charge of two hundred acres. He engaged in general farming and stock raising and has been especially successful in fattening hogs and cattle for market. As he is a man of resolution and perseverance, he has steadily forged ahead and is recognized as one of the representative citizens of his township.
On the 21st of February, 1900, Mr. Bailey was married in this county to Miss Grace Williams, a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Strong) Williams, both of whom were born in Kentucky. They came to Illinois in 1830 and took up their residence in Greene county, but later arrived in Macoupin county, where Mr. Williams became the owner of a productive farm of eighty acres. He died March 7, 1911. In his family were four children, namely: Carrie, who is deceased; Della, who is the wife of Henry Kable; Edna, also deceased; and Grace, now Mrs. W. G. Bailey.
Politically Mr. Bailey is a stanch supporter of the republican party. He is a good friend of education and has served as member of the school board, doing effective service in behalf of the public schools. His religious belief is indicated by membership in the Christian church. Starting out in life on his own account at an age when the minds of many young men are engrossed with pursuit of pleasure, he took a more sensible view of his responsibilities and as a result is now comfortably and pleasant located and each year witnesses increasing prosperity in his business. He is highly respected on account of his sterling integrity and his abiding interest in the welfare of others, and his record is well worthy of emulation by all young men desirous of making a respectable name for themselves in the community.