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FAY, George H.

George H. FAY resides at Slade's Corners, where he has a wagon and repair shop and is doing a general business in that line. He has the honor of being a native citizen of Kenosha County, his birth having occurred in Wheatland Township on the 17th of September 1844. He is a brother of Lyman FAY, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work. No event of special importance occurred during the childhood of our subject. He acquired his education in the common schools of the neighborhood and his experiences of early life were gained from the farm. Under the parental roof he remained until twenty-four years of age, when, on the 19th of April 1869 in Wilmot, he was united in marriage with Miss Caroline S. WILCOX, a daughter of Levi P. and Eliza WILCOX. By their union were born three children: Carrie E., who is engaged in school teaching in Iowa; Ellis M., a resident farmer of Spencer County, Iowa; and one child who died in infancy. Mr. FAY has been engaged in various business enterprises. For a time he carried on cheese making, was also engaged in the butchering business, and for one year was a traveling salesman for Blake, Beebe & Co., fanning mill manufacturers, his route being in Indiana and Illinois. He also worked with the Bain Wagon Company of Kenosha, in whose employ he remained five years. On leaving that city he removed to Slade's Corners, where he now resides, and established a wagon and general repair shop. To that business he now devotes his time and attention and has worked up an excellent trade. His is possessed of considerable mechanical genius and as he thoroughly understands his business and is fair and honest in all his dealings, to secure a liberal patronage was not with him a great difficulty. In 1874 Mr. FAY was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died on the 13th of October. He was again married on the 18th of October 1879, his second union being with Miss Susan M. RUNKEL, who was born in Burlington Township 29 January 1857, and is a daughter of Henry and Ann (STEINWAY) RUNKEL, who were natives of Germany. Her father is a brother of John P. RUNKEL, whose sketch is given on another page of this volume. A son and daughter have been born of this second marriage: Mabel C., born 19 October 1880; and Milton G., on the 30th of November 1886. Mr. FAY exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican party and as every true American citizen should, feels an interest in political affairs. He has held the office of Township Clerk for one year and was Constable for ten years. Socially he is a member of the Odd Fellows society, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Church. They are people of sterling worth, honest and upright and their friends esteem them highly for their excellencies of character.
Portrait and Biographical Album, Racine and Kenosha Counties., Wisconsin - Lake City Publishing Company, 1892 - p 594
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