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Clayton, Edward L.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 298


Edward L. Clayton has been manager of the Pike County Telephone Company since its organization in 1898, and has displayed excellent business ability in its control. He is one of the native sons of the county, born in Pittsfield on the 2d of March, 1867, his parents being William H. and Helena (Dillingham) Clayton, in whose family were five children, Edward L. being the youngest. The others were: Julia B., William M., Fred H. and Nettie M. Clayton, all of whom are living with the exception of Nettie, who died in May, 1885. The father was one of the pioneer residents of Pike county, contributed to its commercial development and for many years was actively engaged in the hardware business in Pittsfield. He died November 6, 1902, and is still survived by his wife, who is yet living in Pittsfield at the advanced age of seventy-three years.

Edward L. Clayton is indebted to the public school system of Pittsfield for the educational privileges which he enjoyed and which qualified him for life's practical and responsible duties. He learned the tinner's trade after putting aside his text-books and was thus engaged for ten years. He then came to Milton as manager for W. H. Clayton & Sons, dealers in hardware, occupying that position for seven years, on the expiration of which period the firm sold out to S. S. Landess. He is now one of the members of the Clayton Hardware Company of Pittsfield and for two years before severing his connection with the hardware trade in Milton he was connected with the telephone company and for the past three or four years, has devoted his entire attention to the management of the business, which under his capable control has steadily grown until telephones have been installed in almost every business house on its lines and in many private residences as well.

Mr. Clayton has been married twice. He first wedded Lillie M. Petty and unto them was born a son, Carroll L. Clayton. The wife and mother died August 27, 1897, and Mr. Clayton was married on the 28th of November, 1899, to Dora O. Anthony, a daughter of James C. and Catharine (Jenkins) Anthony. Her father died in April, 1903, and the mother is now living in Bethel, Illinois. Mr. Clayton belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity and to the Modern Woodmen camp and he is honored and respected as a business man of ability, whose advancement and success are attributable entirely to his own efforts. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton is the center of a cultured society circle in Milton and the number of their friends is constantly growing.

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