|WILLIAM T. KELLEY, who is recognized as one of the progressive young farmers of the town of Oregon, where he was born and has claimed a residence during the greater part of his life, is the eldest of a family of four children born to Warren S. and Jane E. (Griffith) Kelly, former residents of Dane county. The father was a native of the state of New York and the mother was born in Dane county, Wis.The children of these parents, aside from him who has been mentioned as the subject of this review, are: Philip, who served three years in the regular army, stationed in the west and but recently mustered out, is a resident of Rockford, Ill.; Frank and his father reside at Lone Rock, in Richland county, Wis.; and Joseph makes his home with William T., whose name introduces this memoir.
The father was one of the early settlers in Wisconsin, and with his parents first settled in the town of Verona. He remained at home until he was about twenty-one years old, then began his independent career as a farm hand.
William T. Kelly became dependent upon his own resources at an early age, and when twelve years old began work as a farm hand. Later he was employed by D. Kingsley, and also Hess & Schmitz, of Madison, with whom he remained until 1893, when he married, and the following year he purchased ninety-nine acres of land in the town of Oregon. He resided on this farm about six years, and then sold it and bought eighty acres, upon which he now resides.
He is a man of much determination and natural ability, qualities which have stood him well in hand, as is evidences by the prosperous conditions with which he is surrounded, and which are the results of his individual efforts.
The date of his marriage was in December 1893, and the lady of his choice was Mrs. Katherine (Elliott) Clark, born in Pennsylvania, May 1, 1857, the daughter of William and Martha (Fincher) Elliott. She is the eldest of three children, born to the above named parents, the others being Anna, who is the wife of B.G. Kline, and Thomas, both of whom reside in the village of Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly have no children.
In politics the subject of this sketch is strictly independent, and in his social relations he is one of the leading members of the lodge of the Modern Woodmen of America, in the village of Oregon.1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 492-493