WILLIAM M. CALVERD, hotel proprietor at Franklin, is a decided favorite with the traveling public on account of his uniform courteous treatment of his guests, and the natural qualities of character which stamp him as a gentleman, acknowledged as such by all with whom he comes in contact. He is a native of Illinois, and was born in Macoupin County, April 20, 1850. He acquired his education in the district schools, giving good attention to his studies, and is thoroughly well informed. Politically, he supports the principles of the Democratic party, and socially belongs to the Modern Woodmen. In religious matters both he and his estimable wife are connected with the Baptist Church.
The father of our subject was William J. Calverd, a native of Kentucky, who came to Macoupin County, this State, poor in pocket, and for five years thereafter was employed as a farm laborer. He married Miss Sarah C. Parker and finally came to this county, where he became owner of a good farm, which he built up from a tract of wild land, and which he occupied five years. Then selling out he removed to Jersey County, and engaged in the manufacture of wagons and carriages. Finally, however, with a desire for the quiet of country life, he secured another farm and upon it spent the remainder of his days, passing away on the 2d of April, 1879. The mother is still living and a resident of Medora, Macoupin County. Her father was Joel Parker, of Kentucky.
To the parents of our subject there were born eleven children, two of whom are deceased. Henrietta married Aaron Arkman, of Pennsylvania. He is a harnessmaker, and they live in Macoupin County, this State; Andrew, a wagon-maker by trade, married Miss Kate Stanton, and lives in Medora; Charles married Miss Mattie Sublett, of this county; he is a barber, and they live in Litchfield; Malinda is the wife of James Owens, who operates an extensive ranche in Colorado; Mark also lives in Colorado; Harry is a resident of Kansas; Thomas and Sally live in Medora. These are unmarried.
Our subject, in 1871, was married to Miss Frances Warmouth, of Morgan County, Ky. Her parents removed at an early day from the Blue Grass State to Indiana and from there to Knox County, Mo., where they are now living on a farm. Their six children are recorded as follows: Lucinda married Phillip Stultz, a farmer, and they live in Shelby County, Mo.; they have six children. Thomas married Molly Elliott and lives in Missouri; Annie is the wife of Sheldon Davis, of Kentucky, and they live in Henry County, Mo.; Ellen is unmarried and makes her home with her sister, Mrs. Calverd. The mother of Mrs. Calverd died Feb. 2, 1885, in Missouri.
Mr. and Mrs. Calverd, after their marriage, lived on a farm in Missouri for three years, and then Mr. Calverd resumed his trade of a carpenter, which he followed thereafter almost uninterruptedly for a period of fourteen years. In 1886 he established himself as an hotel-keeper at Medora, but on the 1st of February, 1888, having come to Franklin, opened the house which he is now conducting and wherein he is doing a good business. It is the leading establishment of its kind in the village, and the traveler who once takes refuge under its hospitable roof will be sure to repeat the experiment when traveling this way a second time. One daughter, Ida, born April 11, 1874, completes the household circle of our subject and wife, and is now an interesting girl on the threshold of womanhood.