He had a bee farm and even had a photo taken of himself with a long "bee" beard.
R M Purvis, great nephew, said Will was of "Goodland Airplane fame."
Residences & events:
6/1/1900 Denver, Arapaho Co, CO. At census time he was boarder with the Otto Johnson family and working as a machinist. He was 28 years old and a widower. Son Arden was living with William's mother.
4/15/1910 Itaska, Sherman Co, KS was his address at census time. He was 39, married for the second time to Mary D, 33, who had birthed 2 children, both deceased. This was Mary's first marriage and they had been married 7 years. Children were Arden H, 12, and Olen E, 6. (Wasn't he Mary's son?) Sarah Raines, 52, lived with them as a servant. William was a truck farmer.