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William C. Phillips, s/o William P. Phillips; md. Ada Guthridge
William C. Phillips.
Diplomatic difficulties and routine labor of the office of district clerk are enough to test any man's capacity. William C. Phillips, serving his first term in the office has proven himself their easy superior. He was born in Cadiz, Harrison county, Ohio, on November10, 1868. In 1871, when he was three years of age, he journed to Lincoln with his father, William P. Phillips, and in Lincoln he has lived ever since. Graduating from a grade school he entered the high school and emerged therefrom, a graduate, in 1887. The art and profession of banking then attracted him. He was at once employed with the First National bank as collector. Of this institution his father had been vice president on coming to Lincoln in 1871, though he had resigned in three years because of poor health. Mr. Phillips, jr., however, remained with the bank until October, 1899, when he severed his connection with it as assistant cashier to make his campaign for the office of district clerk. He has always been a stalwart republican, but this was his first search for political preferment for himself. His election in November, 1899, was recorded with a majority of over 1,500 over his opponent. With the exception of one or two second term candidates his vote led the ticket. Politics has not fastened its talons on him for keeps, however. His administration has been wholly satisfactory and he feels favorable to another term, but whether he becomes a candidate or not he will eventually go into business for himself in Lincoln. He is well pleased with the town, as is also his family, and has declined several flattering offers out of the city, on that account. Three lodges claim his membership. These are the Highlanders, the Woodmen and the Masons. His home is at 2939 Q street.
Source: The Courier, Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, May 17, 1902; Pg. 9, Columns 3-4
Mr. Wm. C. Phillips and Miss Ada, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Guthridge, were married Wednesday evening at the home of the bride's parents. The wedding was a quiet home affair in which only relatives participated. The groom holds a position in the First National bank, and both he and his bride have many warm friends. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips will be at home to friends at 2037 K street after June 15th.
Source: Capital City Courier, Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, Saturday Evening, June 7, 1890; Pg. 8, Column 2
District Judge Cornish yesterday granted to Ada G. Phillips an interlocutory decree of divorce from William C. Phillips, formerly clerk of the district court. Defendant was not in court but was represented by counsel. Plaintiff testified that her husband had been drinking for the past five years and had become an habitual drunkard. She stated that he had within the past year been guilty of using physical violence toward her and her three children. Two of the latter are minors and plaintiff was given their custody. The property rights were settled outside of court except that defendant was barred by the decree from all rights of courtesy in the homestead, which stands in the name of plaintiff.
Source: The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska, Tuesday Morning, July 20, 1909; Pg. 8, Column 2
Lincoln Man Commits Suicide.
Word was received in Lincoln tonight that Will C. Phillips, for eight years clerk of the district court, had killed himself at the Coates hotel in Kansas City tonight. Some time ago Mrs. Phillips secured a divorce from her husband and the only reason that can be assigned for his act tonight is family troubles. He leaves three children.
Source: The Omaha Daily Bee, Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, September 11, 1909; Pg. 3, Column 1