|William Barry Blaine was born January 02, 1861 in Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois. He was the son of John and |
Anna Malvina (Barry) Blaine. Anna was the sister of Hulda Gertrude Barry, the wife of David T. Nichols
John Blaine arrived in the United States from Belfast, Ireland in 1840, making his home in Erie, Pennsylvania,
until 1849, when he immigrated to Bureau County. John accompanied David T. Nichols and party to Sacramento,
California in 1850, seeking their fortune in gold. The party returned in 1851 after one year in the Great Empire
of the West, satisfying their need for fame and adventure.
Willie grew up in Wyanet attending school until around 1879 where he was employed working on farms and other
heavy labor jobs. In 1881 he started working at the Chicago Burlington & Quincy depot in Wyanet. Learning the
railroad trade from his uncle, D. T. Nichols, he quickly began to advance in the industry.
When Edward Engel was appointed operator at the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad passenger depot in
Argentine, Kansas in 1883, he seized the opportunity and moved to Argentine, living with Edward, Sadie and his
cousin Henry Lee Crawford. There he met Clara A. Griswold, a teacher, who was living with David and Mary Bliss
in 1885. They were married at the home of Edward and Sadie Engel in 1886. A son John Edward was born on
October 02, 1888 in Argentine, Thomas Penman, born August 08, 1898 and William Barry Jr, born September
03, 1902, both born in Temple , Bell County, Texas. William remained a railroad agent until around 1910,
changing his profession to being a general practice lawyer.
William Barry Blaine died May 19, 1923 in Temple, Bell County, Texas and is buried at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Clarissa A. (Griswold) Blaine died August 02, 1950 and is also buried at Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple, Texas.