William B. Deming was a real estate dealer and speculator of Bentonville. He was born in Harrison County, Ohio, September 21 1849, son of Lot and Frances E. (Urkuhart) Deming, and grandson of George Deming, who was a native of Weatherstield, Connecticut, and at an early date moved to Harrison County.Ohio. Lot Deming was born in Harrison County. Ohio, in 1823, and soon after his marriage moved to Tuscarawas County, Ohio, where he followed school-teaching for many years, and afterward devoted his time to farming. In the spring of 1870 he moved to Dickinson County, Kansas, and in October. 1883, removed to Bentonville, where he now resides. His wife, Frances E. (Urkuhart) Deming, was born in Harrison County, Ohio, in 1828, and is of Scotch descent. Her grandmother lived to be one hundred years old. Mrs. Deming is now [at the time of this writing] sixty years old and has not a gray hair in her head. She is the mother of the following named children: James W., William B., Newton A., Johnston G.(deceased), M. Edwin, George and Anna (twins) and Mollie.
William B. was educated in the public schools of his native State and county. He remained at home until twenty years of age and worked on the farm. In 1869 he went to Dickinson County, Kansas, and settled on a government tract of eighty acres, where he followed farming. In 1875 he married Miss Jennie Hart, who was a native of Stark County, Illinois, born 1847, and who became the mother of two children: Earl and Daisy.
Mr. Deming followed farming in Kansas until 1883, when he moved to Bentonville, Arkansas, and bought 152 acres of land adjoining the town. By December of the same year he had laid off 120 lots, known as Deming's Addition. He made a second addition of lots in April, 1887, known as Deming's Second Addition. In July, 1888, he donated two acres for the erection of a school building, which illustrates his benevolent spirit and enterprise. He then dealt in real estate outside of his own land.
September, 1887, the Arkansas Tobacco Company was organized in Bentonville, and Mr. Deming was a stockholder and president of the company. He was a thorough advocate of temperance and sobriety. and while a resident of Kansas took an active part in prohibition and local politics. He was rather independent in his political views, but inclined somewhat to Republican principles. Mr. Deming had a fine residence, and was one of the substantial citizens of the county. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, and a charter member in Bentonville. He was a regular attendant at the Christian Church, of which his wife was a member.
Mr. Deming died on December 20, 1926, and is buried in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Adapted from Goodspeed – History of Benton County, 1889