Mortimer Haley, who is operating a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, in Lima township, was born August 11, 1866, in Missouri and is a son of Elder and Angeline Haley, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of England. The father was a carpenter by trade and was engaged in building operations throughout his entire life. He made his home for many years near Canton, Missouri, and died in 1885, while his wife passed away May 10, 1903.
In the public schools of Missouri Mortimer Haley acquired his education and after putting aside his textbooks was employed as a farm hand for several years but desired that his labors should more directly benefit himself he began renting land. He came to Adams county in 1895 and has since lived in Lima township, where he now rents and cultivates one hundred and sixty acres of rich bottom land, the fields annually return him golden harvests as a reward for the labor he bestows upon them. He has prospered in his work as the years have gone by and now owns some fine town property in Meyer.
On the 5th of May, 1889, Mr. Haley was married to Otie M. Roberts, who was born January 12, 1872, and is a daughter of Isaac and Indie Roberts. Her father was born in Missouri and yet follows farming in that state. His wife is a native of Kentucky. Mrs. Haley was educated in the schools of Missouri and remained a resident of that state until her marriage. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Haley have been born two children: Cleo, who was born July 3, 1891; and Beulah, born July 16, 1900.
Mr. Haley is independent in his political views, regarding the qualifications of the candidate rather than his political allegiance. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen camp at Meyer, and he and his wife are communicant members of the Episcopal church there. He had no pecuniary assistance or financial influence to aid him when he started out in life for himself and whatever success he has achieved is due entirely to his own labors.
Source: Past and present of the city of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois, p. 591-592; by William H. Collins, Cicero F. Perry, joint author; John Tillson. History of the city of Quincy, Illinois. [from old catalog]. Chicago, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1905.