From the HISTORY OF GREENE COUNTY (1883)
W. W. Mansfield is a native of Illinois, born in Chemung, McHenry county, on the 18th day of July, 1849. He lived with his parents until June, 1871, then came to Missouri and went to firing on an engine on the St. L. and S. F. railway, where he worked two years, then worked in the railway yard at Vinita, I. T., until June 4th, 1874, then returned to Springfield and married Miss Mirian A. Noyes. They have one child living--Walter Randol, born August 25th, 1878, and one dead--Arthur William, born Nov. 23rd, 1880, died July 16th, 1882. After his marriage he ran a switch engine in the railway yard at North Springfield a few weeks, then went on the road, where he has run an engine ever since. Mr. Mansfield is a member of Gate of the Temple Lodge, No. 422, A. F. and A. M., and also belongs to Pacific City Division, No. 83, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.