BAILEY, George W., President of the Electric Light and Gas Company, Macomb, was born in Macomb, Ill., August 24, 1838, the son of W. W. and Elizabeth M. (Walker) Bailey, natives of Virginia and Kentucky, respectively, who came to Illinois about 1833. They were the parents of ten children of whom the subject of this sketch was next to the youngest. George W. Bailey was educated in the common schools of Illinois, and at the age of twenty-one, opened a grocery store, which later he sold to embark in the dry-goods trade. On February 20, 1861, he was married to Eliza M. Worthington, of Rushville, Ill., and of this union three children have been born; Roland W., Anna B. Blunt (a dentist residing in Chicago), and James W. In 1901, Mr. Bailey disposed of his dry-goods stock, and retired from active labor. Three years later (1904), he was made President of the Macomb Electric Light and Gas Company, a position which he still fills to the satisfaction of patrons and the company. In his political affiliations, Mr. Bailey is a Republican, and is also a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907. Submitted by Joanne Scobee Morgan <[email protected]>