â€œHistory of Huntington County, Indianaâ€1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 536-37
William W. Campbell. Solid business connections and natural ability, combined with thorough experience, assist a merchant to compete successfully with competitors, and in many instances by developing an originality of handling sales to distance them and add to his patronage by a large number of satisfied customers. One of the successful merchants of Huntington county, who has succeeded in the enterprise with which he is now connected because of natural ability and aptitude, is William W. Campbell, propreitor of a general merchandise store at Monument City, where he has been located since 1909.
Mr. Campbell is a native of Huntington county, having been born on a farm in Wayne township, October 20, 1869, and is a son of John F. and Mary A. (Trowbridge) Campbell. Both of his parents are now deceased. Mr. Campbell was brought up to agricultural pursuits, and during his boyhood when not attending the district schools was engaged in helping his father in the cultivation of the homestead property. He early learned habits of industry and thrift, and a careful mother taught him the rewards to be gained by honesty and probity. He continued under the parental roof until he was twenty-one years of age, and then faced the world on his own account, being engaged in farming for several years. Mr. Campbell then laid aside agricultural operations to become an educator, and for several years taught school in Huntington county. This vocation, however, did not appeal to him, and he next went to Marion, Indiana, where for eight years he was engaged in work in a lumber yard, and here gained his first insight into business methods. Subsequently, he returned to the old home place which he operated for eight years for his mother, his father having died, and at the end of that period purchased a farm of his own in Wabash county. It had always been Mr. Campbellâ€™s desire, however, to enter the commercial field, and when the opportunity offered, two years later, he traded his land for the building and stock of goods at Monument City, thus realizing his ambition of becoming a merchant. From the first the business has been a remarkable success, and it now commands a generous share of the trade of this part of the county. Mr. Campbellâ€™s business acumen, judgment and capacity have enabled him to realize the needs of his customers and to secure for them the most desirable goods. He has steadily built up a substantial business enterprise, and is now accounted one of the leading men of his adopted place. In his political views Mr. Campbell is a republican, but he has been too busy making a place for himself in the business world to enter actively into the strife of political affairs.
One December 24, 1890, Mr. Campbell was married to Miss Minnie Burnworth, who was born in Wayne township, Huntington county, and was well educated in the public schools. To this union there have been born five children, namely: Glenn, who is a graduate of the common schools, married Belle Jennings, and is a carpenter in Monument City; Ethel, who is also a graduate of the public schools, and now the wife of Roy Prilaman; and Agnes, Austin and Earl, who are all attending the Monument City grammar school.