CLEARY, WILLIAM M., farmer, residing on Section 8, Town 15 North, Range 9 West, Morgan County, Ill., was born where he now lives, on his father's homestead, December 25, 1859, the son of W. C. and Mary (Walsh) Cleary, both natives of Ireland, sketches of whose lives appear in another part of this volume. Mr. Cleary was reared on the farm, meanwhile attending the local schools, and spent one year in Illinois College at Jacksonville, after which he returned to the farm and worked by the month for his father, cultivating the land and feeding cattle. Since the age of twenty-two he has transacted business on his own account, and now rents 250 acres of his father's land residing in the home of his youth, his father being retired and living in Jacksonville.
Mr. Cleary was married February 1, 1888, to Lillian Crum, daughter of William W. and Ann (Clark) Crum, and they have three children: Annie Norlane, William Crum and Lillian. Fraternally Mr. Cleary is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen of America.