GEORGE P. BIRD, Superintendent of Wetaug Mills, Wetaug, is a native of Ballard County, Ky., born September 29, 1860, a son of John H. and Virginia J. (Ward) Bird. The parents had two children, George P. being the only one living. Their mother is the present wife of Capt. W. A. Hight, of Wetaug. The subject of these lines obtained his first schooling in La Salle County, Ill., and at Cape Girardeau, and he afterward attended the College of the Christian Brothers at St. Louis, Mo. In 1877, he came to Wetaug, and worked in the flouring mills of this place. Three years later, he assumed the superintendency of the mills, which position he still holds. He was married, May 2, 1880, to Eliza A. Topping, born in 1860, a daughter of James Topping. Mr. and Mrs. Bird are the parents of one child — Bertha G., born April 4, 1881. In politics, Mr. Bird is a Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 319.