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William M. Dailey, head miller for the Blair Milling Company, Atchison, Kansas, is -- to use a well worn but expressive phrase -- the right man in the right place. A brief sketch of his life with reference to his ancestry is as follows:

William M. Dailey was born in Joliet. Illinois, June 5, 1858, a son of John and Ellen (Griffin) Dailey, and the oldest of their family of seven children, -- four sons and three daughters, -- all of whom are living except one daughter. The living daughters are married, Jennie being now the wife of John Walsh, of Atchison, Kansas, and Mattie wife of William Sutton, of Michigan. The parents, both natives of Ireland, were brought to the United States in childhood and were reared in Illinois. John Dailey was for a number of years a locomotive engineer on the Rock Island Railroad and later spent some years in freighting on the plains. He and his wife are still living and he is now retired, their home being in Atchison, Kansas, to which place they moved in 1859, when the subject of our sketch was in his infancy.

At Atchison, William M. was reared and educated, in his youth attending the common schools. Leaving school at the age of fourteen years, he entered the employ of the Blair Milling Company, beginning work at the very bottom of the ladder and working his way up, step by step, until he reached his present position, that of head miller. He has been identified with this company ever since with the exception of three years, 1890 to 1893, when he was in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado. It was in 1883 that he became the head miller, and that he has held this position for so long a time in this, the largest, milling establishment in Atchison, is ample evidence of his faithfulness and efficiency.

Mr. Dailey was married, in 1891, to Miss Agnes Thomas, of Leavenworth, Kansas, a daughter of Jacob Thomas. They have two sons, -- William F. and Walter Milton.

Mr. Dailey has always shown an interest in public affairs, especially those of a local nature, and while he has never asked for official favors he was in 1896 elected a member of the Atchison city council to represent the first ward. This position he filled until 1899. He is a member in good standing of Golden Cross Lodge, No. 7, Knights of Pythias.