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County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. Illustrated. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville. 1884. Union Schoolhouse Precinct.
WILLIAM D. SUMMERS was born in Christian County, Ky., October 25, 1850, and is the youngest of a family of twelve children born to William and Harriet A. Summers. His father, who was a native of Fairfax County, Va., from whence he removed in 1828, settled in Christian County, Ky., on the place known as the Rosedale farm. Here he engaged in farming to the close of his life, which terminated in 1875. He was one of the most practical and systematic farmers in the county. His social qualities were of the highest order, kind and hospitable to all, and especially to the ministers of the Gospel, who ever found his home open to their entertainment. But it was in the privacy of his own family that his true character shone brightest, being a most devoted husband and father. His wife, Harriet A. Summers, was born in Sumner County, Tenn., and still survives him. She is now a member of the family of her son, William D., and for the past fifty years has been a devoted member of the Methodist Church. William D. Summers was educated principally in the Kentucky University of Lexington, and since 1871 has devoted his time and energy to the pursuits of the farm. In this industry of all industries, he has proven himself a master hand. To him belongs the credit of introducing hay-presses into the county, thus giving an impetus to that department of agriculture which the county hitherto had not known. This he did in May, 1881, and in the season of 1883 he alone produced a crop of 800,000 pounds of hay. He also, by his personal influence, carried to successful issue the plan for construction the macadamized road from Hopkinsville to his farm. It is not a selfish interest that calls into action the native energy of this sterling man, but the result of his enterprise is such as to secure lasting good to the community of which he is an honored member. In 1879, chiefly through his influence and by his means, a good schoolhouse was erected in his district, supplying a want which for several years had been seriously felt by the public. Good roads, good schools and churches are the foundation of commerce, intelligence and religion. These are the corner-stones of progress and prosperity; to foster and encourage them is the duty of all mankind, is indeed a sacred trust for the faithful discharge of which every citizen is personally responsible. Mr. Summers was married in the city of Nashville, Tenn., December 6, 1871 to Miss Amanda Broady, who died two years subsequently leaving one son – Leslie A. Summers. His present wife, to whom he was married in 1876, was Miss Julia, youngest daughter of A. D. and Sidney Bowles. They have one child, a daughter, named Lady S. Summers.