He is referred to as William A.
of Jerusalem in his mother's obituary (1914) and Willis
of Potter in his father's obituary (1938).
Found him on the 1892 Benton, Yates, New York state census (E.D. 01) as Willis A. Finger
Found him on the 1900 Jerusalem, Yates, New York census (distrct 136, img 5) as Willis A. Finger
, age 8.
Found him on the Yates County NY 1917 Militia Enrollment Index.
Found him on the 1920 Potter, Yates, New York census (dist 184 img 6) as Willis Fingar
age 27, baler of hay. His brother Westley
age 21 is living with his family.
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Found him on the 1925 Potter, Yates, New York state census (AD01 ED02 img 4) as Willis A. Fingar
age 32. Supt State Road.
Found him on the 1930 Potter, Yates, New York census (district 16, img 17) as Willis Finger
age 38, Supt of state road, building road.
Potter has had plenty of excitement the past week in the way of fires. Thursday about noon the large barn on the Willis Finger
place caught fire from a fire started to burn off the marsh grass. The fire spread under the barn and was not noticed until the inside was pretty well afire. There was a terrific wind blowing and the sparks were carried some distance. The marsh fire quickly ran down to the village. Fortunately the fire was kept from a straw stack on the north side of the creek on the Newal Alger place or the whole town would have been in danger. The Penn Yan fire department quickly responded, and it was very much appreciated. - Penn Yan Democrat
December 11, 1931 page 6
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PENN YAN - Willis A. Fingar, 89 of 527 Liberty St., died Saturday at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Kennedy and Son Funeral Home, 13 Bristol St., Canandaigua. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Penn Yan Ambulance Corps, Penn Yan 14527. Mr. Fingar was a life member of Geneva BPOE. He was superintendent of construction for Harrison Engineering Co. in Des Moines, Iowa and had been foreman for the Yates County Highway Department for 25 years prior to his retirement in 1957. His wife, the late Pauline Maeske Fingar died in August. He is survived by one son, Walter J. of Penn Yan a daughter, Mrs. Alfred H. (Bernice) Dewey Jr. of Canandaigua several grandchildren and great-grandchildren a brother, Arthur of Milwaukee, Wis., and several nieces and nephews. - Finger Lakes Times December 21, 1981