It was the Midwest life of the small town of Richmond in the 1890’s that
gave inspiration to this popular cartoonist’s work. He took in the life
around him, the traditions and customs, giving him the source of his subject
matter for his publication, Among the Folks in History. Many locals
recognized the scenes and characters depicted in these comics.
As the staff artist for the Richmond High School magazine, Argus, Mr.
Williams did his first cartoons. He studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy
and at the Art Institute of Chicago. He served as the staff artist for the
Chicago Daily News and the Indianapolis News before settling in Chicago
permanently to work for the Chicago Tribune until his death in 1935.
Williams was credited with paying more attention to the “common man”, his
struggles and fears as apposed to the grand issues of the day. No doubt
growing up in the small town of Richmond, gave him insight and understanding
of the American culture. By the time of his death, his cartoons could be
seen in thirty-nine newspapers around the country.