He was a Methodist minister who received an honorary degree from KS Wesleyan Univ at Saline, KS.
Residences & events:
6/12/1880 Milton, Atchison Co, MO. In the census William was recorded as a D. Divinity (Doctor of Divinity) at age 24. Wife Ellen was 23 and their children were Sankey, 3, and Daisy L, 11 mo.
7/15/1898 The following article appeared in the Nebraska State Journal of Lincoln, NE:
The Rev. W.A. Van Gundy of Hutchinson, Ill, led his five year old boy to the reform school by a leather strap, one end of which was tied around the boy's neck. After the boy had been placed in the school the father returned to his church and conducted the usual service. (No further explanation was given.)