G. A. PAVEY, saw mill and fruit-grower, Villa Ridge, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., May 5, 1847. In 1849, his father went to California, and in 1852 his mother also went, but our subject remained in New York till 1856, when he also was sent to California. His father was engaged in hotel business, supply store, ranch, and he ran a stage line from Placerville to Stockton via Dry Town, Jackson, etc. Our subject assisted his father in his business after he was old enough, and attended the public schools of El Dorado, then two years at Santa Clara College, Santa Clara, Cal. In 1868, his mother died and he returned to New York, where he remained for a short time and then came to this county, which has been his home most of the time since. His occupation has been quite general since coming here, teaching, clerking, saw-milling, fruit-growing, etc. For six years he clerked for W. R. Hooppaw, Sr., at Villa Ridge and Pulaski, also in the New York store of Patier & Wolf, of Cairo, leaving their employ in 1881, to go to California to attend to business after his father's death. He remained in California for one year, then returned to this county and has been in saw mill since, also fruit-raising on his farm of thirty-three acres. September 1st, 1872, he was married to Miss E. J. Hooppaw, eldest daughter of W. R. Hooppaw, Sr. Two sons and one daughter are the result of this union, viz., Charles William Barton, George Paul and Anna Laura. Mr. Pavey is a member of Villa Ridge Lodge, No. 562. A. F. & A. M., and for years of the I. O. of G. T. He and wife are members of Methodist Episcopal Church, of Villa Ridge. In politics, he is Republican, and was Deputy Sheriff of this county under H. H. Spencer, for two years.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 293-294.