Anton Grua is now serving his second term as mayor of White City, and although he has been a resident only since 1906, he has nevertheless in that short period become a leader in the public life of the community. He was born in Italy, on the 26th of December, 1876, a son of Dominick and Margaret (Rudolph) Grua, also natives of that country. The father, a farmer by occupation, is still living but the mother passed away in 1901 or 1902. Under the parental roof Anton Grua spent the period of his boyhood and youth, acquiring an education in the common schools, and remaining at home until nineteen years of age. The opportunities offered by the new world then attracted him and, bidding adieu to home and native country, he sailed for America in 1895. For a time he was located at Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he worked in the coal mines and then, in 1900, came to Macoupin county, where he followed mining at Staunton for about six years. The year 1906 witnessed his arrival in White City, at which time he established himself in business and has since been actively engaged therein. He has been very successful in his undertaking.
In 1906 Mr. Grua was married to Miss Madaline Grua, also a native of Italy, and unto this union were born two children, Anton and Margaret. Since arriving in White City Mr. Grua has become a leader in democratic circles, and the influence which he acquired among his fellow citizens is indicated by the fact that he was elected to the highest office in the power of the community to bestow, and is now serving his second term as mayor of the city. he is giving to the community a business-like administration, his reelection to the office being proof of the ability which he manifested during his first term to successfully conduct the affairs of the community as its chief executive.