DR. WILLIAM A. LONG, farmer, section 29, is the son of David Long, who was a native of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He was there married to Miss Catharine Shoemaker, of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and, at an early day, emigrated to Ohio.
William A. Long, the fourth child in a family of seven children, was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, January 22, 1838. He was there reared and educated and, in the fall of 1861, he enlisted in Company K, 158th Pennsylvania Infantry, remaining in service till the spring of 1863. He participated in many important battles. In the fall of 1864 he began the study of dentistry, which he continued for two years, and was afterwards engaged in the practice of his profession, in Franklin and Cumberland Counties, till 1870, when he went to Kosciusko County, Indiana. There he resumed his practice for eighteen months, after which he located in Marshall County, Illinois, and in a short time, came to Holt County, settling on his present tarm, where he has since resided. He has also been practicing his profession in connection with farming.
His farm, contains 160 acres, on which is located a fine residence. He has just completed a fish pond, which covers an acre of ground, and is surrounded by a row of shade trees, and is well stocked with Government fish. The doctor is a member of the Masonic frater; nity, and also belongs to the I. O. O. F. He was married March 21, 1871, to Miss Elizabeth Swanger, a native of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She died in the year 1874. They had two children, both of whom are deceased. Dr. Long was again married January 2, 1877, to Mrs. Anna Griffeth, formerly Miss Anna Meyer, a daughter of Andrew Meyer. She was born in Holt County, Missouri. They have two children, Thomas A. and Hadessa.
Source: "History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn.