William Richard Campbell - original photo courtesy of Genevieve Rebbe (click on image to enlarge)
William R. Campbell was called “Willie” as a boy by his family. He lived the early part of his life in Pennsylvania and moved with his parents to Nebraska upon the death of his sister Ella in 1906. There he became a farmer. Prior to his move to the midwest William Campbell was employed by the Pittsburgh Coal Company in Yohonghany, Pennsylvania from 1901 to 1907. Bill worked for two years as a weigh-master for the Ocean Coal Company at the Herminie mine at Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
In August of 1927, William married a widow by the name of Katherine Daniels. They were married at the village of Ansley, Nebraska. Mrs. Daniels had two children, 1) Velda Ernest, and 2) Edsel Eugene Daniels, whom William Campbell raised as his own.