W. G. Murvin was
born October 4, 1891, at Ingraham, Illinois. When he was two years of age
his parents moved to Bible Grove and there he grew to manhood, assisting his
father in farming. At the age of 23, in the year of 1914, he accompanied his
parents back to Ingraham, where he and a brother. J. G., with their father
entered into the general mercantile business under the firm name of J. R.
Murvin & Sons, in the old Osman Pixley stand where, at one time, many years
ago, sixty or more, was the site of the largest retail general store in the
In 1923 the father retired from business and W. G. Murvin, the subject of this sketch, and his brother, J. G., forming the firm of Murvin Brothers, continued the business until 1926 when they decided to enlarge their business and opened a store in Clay City, November 13, 1926, with W. G. Murvin, manager, his brother continuing with the store at Ingraham. On January 1, 1929, they moved the Ingraham store to West Salem, Illinois.
At this time the store at West Salem is managed by J. G. Murvin and W. G. Murvin in charge of the store in Clay City, both jointly owned by the two and as Murvin Bros.
Necessarily we mention both W. G. and J. G. at this time in stating that the business of J. R. Murvin & Sons and Murvin Bros, have throughout their business career been a success — they work cooperatively, of course, and both possess business qualities that have been an asset both to themselves and the public. They believe in having what the people want, and both believe in conveying the news to the public in the way of advertising.
The Murvin Bros, occupy the Coggan building here and carry a general line of merchandise from toothpicks and pins to farm fencing and room rugs.
As we go along in life we must advance — progress a little each year, and each year Marvin's store has striven to do this to the best of its ability. Founded with the objective of giving the people of Clay City and their many customers value and service, they have tried to give a little bit more of these two things each year. Their success in this attempt has been marked in the past and it will be in the future.
Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.