WILLIAM PAINTER, Deputy Sheriff, Mound City, is one of our active, wide-awake young men. He was born December 26, 1852, in Clark County, Ohio, son of Albert Painter, a native of Baden, Germany, a farmer by occupation. He came to the United States in 1847, settling in Clark County, Ohio. He came to Pulaski County in 1856, was a farmer here and died in 1861. The mother of our subject was Clara E. (Steckle) Painter, a native of Baden, Germany. She is yet living; was born in 1813. She is the mother of four children now living — Clara, Mary, Tracy, William (our subject) and of Henry Painter, deceased. Our subject received a common school education in Mound City. In early life, he assisted his father in gardening; he then clerked for Meyer about two years; then worked in the handle factory for three years; then clerked for Browner over two years; and then once more turned his attention to gardening, having bought a piece of land near Mound City. In 1880, he was appointed Deputy Sheriff and Collector by Sheriff L. F. Crain, and holds the position to the present time. Our subject was married, October 21, 1877, near Villa Ridge, to Miss Anna M. Kennedy, born December 8, 1852, in Pulaski County, daughter of Bazil B. and Ruth (Wright) Kennedy, old pioneers. She is the mother of three children — Ruth B., born June 21, 1879; Lewis A., born November 22, 1881; and Grace Pearl, born May 8, 1883. Mr. Painter is religiously connected with the Catholic Church. In politics, he has been identified with the Republican party. Is also an active member of the Knights and Ladies of Honor, Mound City Lodge, No. 587.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 275-276.