Biography - W Day
W. S. DAY, attorney at law, Jonesboro, was born March 14, 1848, in Smith County, Tenn. He is of Scotch-English descent. His grandfather, John D. Day, was born in North Carolina and died in Tennessee. He was married to Margaret Cauley, born in Scotland, who died in Tennessee. She was the mother of seven children. Her son, Henry D., was born December 14, 1822, in Smith County, Tenn.; he died in December, 1881; his death was caused by a runaway team. He was a farmer by occupation, and was married to Martha W. Kerley, born in 1821 in Smith County, Tenn. She is the mother of ten children, viz.: Amanda Davis, William S., Jonathan W., Mary and James (deceased), George, Alice, Henry, Darthula Hess and Louisa Bean. Our subject was educated in the common schools principally. He came to this county with his parents in the spring of 1861. In the spring of 1872, he commenced the study of law in Jonesboro with Judge M. C. Crawford, and was admitted to the bar in June, 1874, at Mount Vernon, Ill. Since then he has followed his profession in this county. In the fall of 1876, he was elected State's Attorney, filling the office four years. Mr. Day was joined in matrimony, August 20, 1876, in Jonesboro, Ill., to Miss Helen A. Frick, born April 26, 1856, in Jonesboro, Ill. She is a daughter of Paul and Hannah (Mcintosh) Frick. She is the mother of William C, born April 13, 1880. Mrs. Day is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Day is a member of the I. O. O. F., Southern Lodge, No. 241; is also a Knight of Honor, Jonesboro Lodge, No. 1891. In politics, he is identified with the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 97.