William Derrough Mackey.In the death of William Derrough Mackey, late of Kiowa, Kans., there passed into eternal life one of the foremost factors in the early development of Barber county. He was identified with every movement which was inaugurated for the welfare and upbuilding of Kiowa and Barber county. One of the pioneers of the county, he tasted from the bitter cup of adversity, and drank from the fountain of its prosperity. In the midst of the dark days and the trying era that threatened annihilation to all business enterprises, he donned the armor, fought the battle and won the victory. He knew no such word as "fail." He was public spirited and there never was a movement inaugurated in which he failed to respond, generously, with his time and money. The services he rendered to those with whom he associated were always, generous in the extreme, and he never turned his back on a friend. His thoughtfulness and devotion to his immediate family will never be forgotten. Many times he found occasion to assist the weak, and with a generous and willing heart he repeatedly contributed to the needy. In all the deeds he did, in all the burdens he alleviated, or all the loads he lightened, he did it unheralded, with a modesty which was a part of his nature. William D. Mackey was born at Chillicothe, Ohio, October 27, 1852, and died at Excelsior Springs, Mo., August 20, 1911. He was a son of Col. Thomas L. and Elizabeth (Wiley) Mackey. The father was a native of Kentucky, and served with the rank of Colonel in the Union army during the Civil war. He died at Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1902. His wife was a native of Ohio. She died in 1902. They were the parents of ten children: Thomas Burton; Samuel E., deceased; Elizabeth; John, deceased; William D., the subject of this sketch; Katherine; Olivia, deceased; Anna, deceased; Charles, deceased, and Ellen. William D. Mackey was reared in Chillicothe, and educated in the public schools. His father was a well known horse man, and always owned several blooded horses, and William D. having been reared in the atmosphere of fine horses, inherited his father's love for the horse. The farm near Chicago, known as the Woodland Stock Farm was the headquarters of Mr. Mackey for years. He was known throughout. the country as an expert horse trainer. William D. Mackey remained at home until he was about twenty-eight years old, having served for eight years as deputy sheriff under his father, who was sheriff at Chillicothe, Ohio. In 1880, he came to Kansas and engaged in the lumber business at Olathe, and later was manager for a large lumber syndicate at various towns in Kansas. In 1894 he established a lumber yard at Kiowa, on his own account, and was very successful in this enterprise, making Kiowa his home until his death. He also had branch lumber yards at Hardtner and Hazelton. His business developed to large proportions, and he accumulated a comfortable fortune. He was a prominent Mason, and a staunch supporter of the policies and principles of the Republican party, but never aspired to hold political office. However, he frequently held minor local offices. Mr. Mackey was twice married, his first wife being Miss Lizzie Spetnagel, who died in 1880, leaving two children, Mabel and Arthur. On April 20, 1886 Mr. Mackey was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary E. Calkins, widow of Irving L. Calkins. She was a daughter of Andrew and Charlotte (Donald) McQuiston, natives of Pennsylvania. The father was a veteran of the Civil war, and died in 1873, and his wife died in 1865. They were the parents of two children: Mary, the widow of William D. Mackey of this sketch, and William Andrew. Mrs. Mackey has one child by her marriage to Irving Calkins: Rena M., who was born in Henry county, Illinois, October 31, 1878. She is a graduate of the Kiowa High School, class of 1900, and later attended the Dillenbeck School of Elocution of Kansas City, Mo., graduating in the class of 1902. On November 18, 1903, she married Charles Henry McBrayer. Mr. McBrayer is a native of Kentucky, born at Elliottville, May 11, 1876. He is a son of John Milton and Mary (Proctor) McBrayer. He was educated at Moreland College, Moreland, Ky., and was engaged in teaching for a number of years. In 1904 he became manager of Mr. Mackey's lumber business, and at the death of Mr. Mackey, succeeded to the business and the firm is now known as the "Mackey-McBrayer Lumber Co." To Mr. and Mrs. McBrayer have been born three children: Mary, born January 28, 1905; Jean, born December 9, 1909, and Charles Derrough, born January 7, 1911. Mr. McBrayer is a member of the Masonic lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is Past Grand Patriot of the Kiowa lodge of the latter organization. In 1914 he was the Kansas representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, held at Atlantic City, N. J. He is a Republican and takes an active part in local politics and is at present a member of the city council.Pages 202-203 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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