W. M. HAMSHER, dealer in general merchandise, is the youngest child in a family of eleven children, whose parents were John and Mary (Wunderlich) Hamsher, both natives of Pennsylvania, and of German descent.

W. M. was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, December 17, 1849. He was reared to habits of industry, spending his boyhood days on a farm, and receiving his education in his native county. When about sixteen years old, he began clerking in a store in Franklin County, which he continued till the spring of 1S71, when he located in Monmouth, Illinois. After five months, he came to Holt County, Missouri, and was engaged in clerking, at Forest City, till 1874. At that time he came to Mound City, and embarked in his present business. Mr. Hamsher is a member of Mound City Lodge, No. 294, A. F. and A. M.

He was married October 12, 1875, to Miss Mary Luckhardt, a daughter of George Luckhardt. Her mother's maiden name was Harriet VanLunen, and they were both natives of Germany. Mrs. Hamsher was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, August 5, 1853. They have one child, Clarence F. Mr. H. is one of the most energetic men of the city, and thoroughly deserves his success.

Source: "History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn.