J. A. WAUGH, County Clerk, Mound City, is a native of Mercer County, Penn., born March 30, 1835. His father, Robert Waugh, was a native of Ireland, a farmer by occupation, who married Elizabeth Stuart, a native of Philadelphia, Penn., both now deceased. They were the parents of six children, of whom the following are now living: William S., Walter J. and John A., our subject. He was reared in his native county. Being thrown upon his own resources, his early education was very limited; he has, however, by observation and practical experience, gained much more than a common English education. At sixteen years of age, he embarked on his life's career as a "devil" in a printing office in Mercer, and, after completing his trade, in 1854 he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and after a short time to Marietta, Ohio, and afterward to Conneautville, Penn., working at his trade a short time in each place. In 1856, he came to Pulaski County and bought out the interest of the National Emporium, which had just been started, and continued as editor and proprietor of this journal until 1861, when he entered the United States Navy as constructor's clerk, and continued in the same until the fall of 1865. He then engaged as book-keeper for the Marine Ways, and remained thus engaged until the fall of 1882, when he was elected County Clerk of Pulaski County, which office he fills with credit to himself. He was married, in 1863, to Miss Mary R., daughter of Hon. J. R. Emrie, formerly editor of the Hillsboro Gazette, who afterward was Judge, and subsequently represented his district in Congress. Mr. and Mrs. Waugh are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Knight Templar and member of the Masonic Lodge at Cairo, No. 237.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 281.