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BIOGRAPHICAL) RECORD 



t^ENKY COUrMTV, 



LLINOIS. 



^A^TPED. 



A fcoplc that take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors zvi/l never achieve 
anything worthy to be remembered ivit/i pride by remote generations.'' — Macaulay. 



CHICAGO: 

The S. J. Clarkk Pihlishing Comi'anv. 

1901. 



INDEIX. 



PAGE 

Allcrtoii. Samuel W 602 

Allison. William 543 

Anderson, A. J 26 

Anderson. David 485 

Anderson, Eric 697 

Anderson, John 170 

Anderson, Joseph II 626 

Anderson, L. D 58S 

Anderson, Nels F 722 

Anderson. V. L 466 

Andrews. Wallace W 65 

Armstrong, Hugh 701 

Arnett. George 703 

.^rnold, George R. W 3,?9 

Arnquist, Andrew 559 

Ayres, Buenos 668 

Bachus, T. 1 125 

Baker, Eugene G 477 

Barber, Charles 447 

Barge. David B 421 

Barker. Starks N 716 

Barnhart. Jacob 263 

Becker, Nicholas 225 

■Bennison, Samuel 214 

Bennison, Thomas 28 

Benson, Lars igo 

Biebinger. Jesse E 659 

Blair, Albert W 269 

. Blair, James 314 

•Ulish. James K 22 

. Blish, M. B 410 

Bollenstern, Theodore 189 

Boomer, Henry 555 

"othwell. Leonard R 129 

Jrad' . joim 1' 342 

rady, Thomas 347 

cBrodd, John A 137 

vBrown, Mattie E 632 

-[ Brown, Oliver W 287 

Buck, Edmund 507 

Buck, George W 205 

Burns, J. Sanford 500 

Burrows, S. Henry 122 

Burston, Joseph 687 

Butler, Arthur C 417 

Calhoun, Hugh A 458 

Calkins, Mrs, Hulda G 578 



PACE 

Calkins, John C 521 

Callaway. Samuel H 98 

Carlson, Charles A 79 

Carlson, John C 619 

Carsc, John 451 

Cavanaugh, James 363 

Charles. William S 600 

Charlet, -August 27 

Charlet. Julius 396 

Chase, Charles E 220 

Chesley. Theron H 304 

Chisnall. John 30 

Clay. William L 532 

Clementz. Xaver 674 

Clough. V. W 226 

Cole. Festus C 571 

Combs, Horace J 356 

Cosncr, William H 46 

Cowden. Thomas C 556 

Cromien, James 510 

Cronau, John 365 

Cox, Joseph F 563 

Davis, John M 309 

Dewey, John C 454 

DeWitt, Henry 66 

Dickinson, Dr. J. D 464 

Donaldson, William 32.5 

Dow. L. F 650 

Dunbar, Washington 322 

Dunham, Mrs. Julia E .190 

Dun lap. Adam 307 

Durniann. William 198 

Durrnian. Frank W 163 

Dyal. .Vmos .\ 152 

Katon. Dr. Matilda 115 

Edwards. Frank H 643 

Edwards. Herbert R 520 

Ekiund. Henry 292 

Emery, Michael N 54 

Erickson, Erick 361 

Er.son, Mats 208 

Evans, Willis F 397 

Eyer, Henry 56 

Farnam, John S 667 

Ferguson, George W 381 

Fcsler, George 476 



PAGE 

Finch, John T 413 

Fischer, John 243 

Fischer, Oswald 58 

Fisher, Hendrick V 699 

Fitch, Elmer E 470 

Fleet, Isaac M 359 

Fleming, Jacob J 432 

Foley, Rev. M. F 296 

Forgy, William 644 

Fors, John A 207 

Fragd, Andrew P 164 

Frank, Jacob 258 

Freeman, Pliny 158 

Frels, George T 335 

Fronk, Levi 312 

Fulper, John H 366 

Funk, George 661 

Gamble, J. R 17 

Gilbert, Dr. Elon B 223 

Gilbert, N. C 3,?2 

Gilbraith, James (x) 

Gierhart, Christian f)82 

Gillespie, William C 554 

Glenn. William N 19O 

Goembel, Henry 19 

Goembel, Samuel 319 

(ioembel. W. Sidney 35 

Goodrich, William R. ... 334 

Gould, Nathaniel B 15 

(iranquist, Ncls 594 

(iraves, Emery C 245 

C;riffin. Henry G 86 

Gutschlag. Carl 721 

TJad^all. James S 386 

liailni. \ndii'\\ 257 

Hamilton, James S ,303 

Hanson, Erick 311 

Hannon. Thomas T 376 

Hatch, John M 232 

Haxby, William 469 

Hay, Robert 475 

Hayes, Cornelius 247 

Hayes, Eugenie K 422 

Hedbloom, Eric 194 

Heller, Louis 576 

Heller, Simeon 326 

Henderson, John 560 



09490 



INDEX. 



PAGE 

Herdien. Peter 40 

Hillmrg, John 595 

Hill, John D 524 

lliinnan. Reginald H 174 

I lohmann. Dr. William D. . 358 

Hoit. Otis W 368 

Hough. Frank L 538 

Houghton, Henry E 636 

Houghton, Lucy E 601 

Hudson, Thomas 649 

Huffman, George 585 

Hughes, Thomas J 255 

Hull, John L 102 

Hunt, John M 193 

Hunt, Lewis 656 

Hurd. Caroline W 264 

Hurlbutt, Frederick A 686 

Hyer, Peter 367 

acobson, Jacob 708 

aquet, John 575 

ennings, John L 620 

ohnson. .-Xndrew P 173 

ohnson, Charles A ., 511 

ohnson, Frank J 78 

ohnson, George H 723 

ohnson, Henry 194 

ohnson, J. William 295 

nhnson, Paul L 612 

(ihnston, Joseph 400 

ohnston, Thomas H 180 

ones, William D 114 

Keeler, Philip B 90 

Keleher, Daniel L 139 

Kellogg, Charles A 346 

Kelsey. Ira E 566 

Kcmerling, Elbert P 403 

Kewish, John 512 

Kiene, William 539 

Kincaid, George W 80 

Kirchner, Carl 34t 

Kirkland, Dr. J. A 84 

Kirkpatrick, William L. ... 237 

Knowles, William H 138 

Krause, Herman S49 

Lager, O. W 648 

Lamb, William 712 

Landwehr, William ..,.:... 617 

Larson. .Andrew J 145 

Larson, Carl J 109 

Larson, Francis W 75 

Larson, John A 116 

Lavery, Daniel 44 

Lembke, William 76 

Lester, Sivilian 221 

Lewin, John 59 

Lewis, .'\bram J 666 

Lewis, John 240 

Lewis, Perry T 6S4 

Lewis, William J 707 

Lievens, Jacob 562 

Liken, Clyde T 294 

Liken, Thoma,s P 293 

Lincoln, .Andrew 150 

Linn, John 131 



PAGE 

Linn, Taylor 517 

Lippincott, John H 200 

Litten, Ezra 530 

Little, Charles E 411 

Loomis, Orin H 401 

Lory, Charles R 642 

Lowrv Brothers 279 

Loy, 'D. O 637 

Luther, Martin 698 

McCarthy, Daniel 337 

McClure, Thomas 238 

IMcCorkle, George J 587 

McGovern, John H 103 

McMeekin, William 434 

McNeeley, John 250 

McRell, James 712 

McRell, Robert 433 

Machesney, James 534 

Mackey, .Amos A 572 

Maloney, Daniel 648 

Martin, David M 384 

Martin, Mrs. Elizabeth 416 

Martin, Hugh A 426 

Martin. John S 676 

Mascall. Daniel S 197 

Mascall. James 199 

Mathews, ."Kmbrose 330 

Matteson, L. F 34 

JNIavity, John M 124 

Melvin, Frank S 430 

^lerriman, William 47 

Milan R. W 569 

Miller. F. A 448 

Morton, George .'\ 300 

Munson, Albert S 519 

Murchison, Capt, Alex 224 

Murchison. D. C 468 

Murphy. John H 291 

Mussey. Henry 522 

Mussey, AVilliam A 564 

Myers, Jacob 583 

Nash. M. Maury 212 

Nelson, Nels M 182 

Nelson. William 33 

Neville. P. H 383 

Neville, Robert G 100 

Neville, William A .'. 3.38 

Newman, James H 586 

Norell. .Andrew P 211 

Norling, Peter 437 

Nowers, Thomas 610 

Oberg, Louis 458 

O'Day. Patrick 372 

Odeman. John E 025 

Oliver, William 290 

Olson, Olof 548 

Olson, Swan T 540 

Ostran, P. E i55_ 

Ott. Casper 662 

Ours, William 364 

Paine. Judson P 49S 

Palmer, Aaron 280 

Pappendick, William 565 



PAGE 

Parker. James 717 

Payne, Richard 420 

Peart, George 452 

Peterson, Albert 157 

Peterson, Andrew 108 

Peterson, E. N 325 

Peterson, Olof 480 

Peterson, Olof L 404 

Peterson, Peter A 480 

Peterson, Peter A 720 

I'ierce, Thomas P. ..' 435 

Pierson, James C 543 

Porter, William 694 

Pritchard, Hugh W 449 

Puree. Rev. W. M 187 

Purviance. David L 362 

Quinn, Henry 7a 

Ramsej', James 276 

Rapp. Aaron 414 

Reardon, John 642 

Redus, John 373 

Reherd, Harry A 35c 

Reherd. Jacob K 353 

Remington. William A 230 

Resser, Moses W 30 

Rickle. Jeremiah H 486 

Riley. James 533 

Ringel, Henry J 702 

Ringle, William 92 

Rink, Joseph H 310 

Rishel, Sherman L 428 

Roberts, William 467 

Robertson. Thomas M 148 

Ronstrum. Nels M ; 340 

Roos. Charles P 529 

Roos, Martin 282 

Rowe, George W 343 

Rngh, Charles H 561 

Rule, John H 360 

Runquist, Nels 407 

Russell, Samuel 327 

Rydman, Rev. J. M 249 

Salzmann. Ernest 700 

Saniuelson, Charles M 123 

Saniuelson, John 181 

Sand, Casper 31 

Schoonover, Rosseter F 455 

Schroeder, John H 409 

Sears, Frank S 682 

Selman, John 459 

Seiner, Daniel 38.5 

Setterdahl, Rev. Victor 170 

Shaner, Phil.ip 377 

Shearer, Lewis 688 

Shearer, Norman 684 

Shellhammer, D. D 262 

Shetler. John W 631 

Shinn, Mrs. Paulina H 522 

Shult, Hons 104 

Sieben, Leonard 286 

Slauson, Lewis W 599 

Smiley. Dr. J. C 38 

Smith, .Andrew 718 

Smith, George J 151 



INDEX. 



Sniitli, Jared II 


,. , no 


Smith. John H 


... i8 


Sohdav. Andrew J 


... 63a 


Spifgel. Angust F 


••■398 


Spiegel. F. Charles 


... 48.-, 


Stacy. J.E 


... 28q 


Stearns, John W 


... 140 


Steele. Robert F 


... 34: 


Stevens. William W 


... 313 


Stewart. Dr. 11. } 


...399 


Stewart. Peter C 


... 132 


Stewart. Samuel 


... 126 


Stickncv. William C 


... 550 


Stinison. Liberty 


... 301 


Stitl. .\larv J 


... 638 


Stoncbcrg. John E 


... 6.? 


Storev. Elijah 


... .39^ 


Stongbton. Cvrus F. . . . 


... 506 


St. .well. Wilbur F 


... 713 


Streed. Frank H 


... 494 


Streed. John V 


. ■ ■ 49" 


Strcod, Malkcr F 


■ ■ ■ 493 


Streed, Swan P 


...49c 


Sturtz, Charles F 


. . . 21 


Svenss.Mi, Xels J 


... 256 


Swanson, John V 


. . . 140 



PAGE 

Swanson. Swan 596 

Swedish Evangelical Church 164 
Swedish Evangelical Luther- 
an Church of Kcwanee... 248 

Tay>.-r A r 3.. I 

Taylor, JetlEerson W 355 

Taylor. John O95 

Taylor, Thomas 348 

Thorp, Isaac 378 

Thorp, James 479 

Thorp, John 380 

Tomlinson, David C 172 

Trickle. Milton 608 

Turner. Judge CM 70 

Urick, Lewis 329 

\'aw ter. Dr. G. A 306 

Waite, (leorge E 590 

Walker. Thomas 37J 

Walline. Olof loi 

Walters. August 39c 

Warnock. Peter W 544 

Warren. James .^62 



PAGE 

Washburn. Chauncey E. ... 176 

Wayne. William 429 

Weaver, John J 706 

Weidlein, .Andrew 271 

Weinrich, F^rederick W. ... 44 

Wells. J.jseph 660 

Wehon. F. G 508 

Weiton. Lester C 572 

Wenke. John 357 

Wenke, John H 451 

West. George W 273 

Westerlund. Jonas 394 

Westcrlund, Peter 171 

Weston. George 325 

W hifl'en. Frank ! 50 

White. Hugh 562 

Whitmore. David 60 

Wilber. R. Porter 528 

Wiley. Daniel L 67 

Wiley. William L 460 

Wilkinson, Lyman J 48 

Wilson, Charles C 465 

Winter, William R 655 

Wintz, Philip J 44C 

Wolcver, Calvin F 685 

Wrisfbt, W. Pitt 121 




PRKFACK. 



f^IIE greatest of English historians, Macaulay, and one of the most 
brilliant writers of the present century, has said : "The history of a 
lountry is best told in a record of the lives of its people." In con- 
tormity with this idea, the Biogiiapiiicai, Record has been prepared. 
Instead of going to musty records, and taking therefrom dry statistical 
matter that can be appreciated by but few, our corps of writers have 
j:one to the people, the men and women who have, by their enterprise 
md industry, brought this county to a rank second to none among 
tlio«e (.otiipri^mg thw great and noble State, and from their lips have the story of their life 
struggles. No more interesting or instructive matter could be presented to an intelligent 
public. In this volume will be found a record of many whose lives are worthy the imitation 
of coming generations. It tells how some, commencing life in poverty, by industry and 
economy have accumulated wealth. It tells how others, with limited advantages for securing 
an education, have become learned men and women, with an influence extending throughout 
the length and breadth of the land. It tells of men who have risen from the lower walks of 
life to eminence as statesmen, and whose names have become famous. It tells of those in 
every walk in life wlio have striven to succeed, and records how that success has usually 
crowned their efforts. It tells also of many, very many, who, not seeking the applause of the 
world, have pursued the " even tenor of their way," content to have it said of them, as Christ 
said of the woman performing a deed of mercy — "They nave done what they could." It 
tells how many, in the pride and strength of young manhood, left the plow and the anvil, the 
lawyer's otiice and the counting-room, left every trade and profession, and at their country's 
call went forth valiantly " to do or die," and how through their efforts the Union was 
restored and peace once more reigned in the land. In the life of every man and of every 
woman is a lesson that should not be lost upon those who follow after. 

Coming generations will appreciate this volume and preserve it as a sacred treasure, from 
the fact that it contains so much that would never find its way into public records, and which 
would otherwise be inaccessible. Great care has been taken in the compilation of the work, 
and every opportunity possible given to those represented to insure correctness in what has 
been written ; and the publishers flatter themselves that they give to their readers a work with 
few errors of consequence. In addition to biographical sketches, portraits of a number of 
representative citizens are given. 

The faces of some, and biographical sketches of many, will be missed in this volume. 
For this the publishers are not to blame. Not having a proper conception of the work, some 
refused to give the information necessary to compile a sketch, while others were indifferent. 
Occasionally some member of the family would oppose the enterprise, and on account of such 
opposition the support of the interested one would be withheld. In a few instances men 
never could be found, though repeated calls were made at their residence or place of business. 

March, 1901. The S. J. Clarke Plblishing Co. 



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Biography is tl~ie only true i^istory."— Emerson. 



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UNIVERSIlr OF ILLINOIS 
URBANA 



BIOGRAPHICAL. 



OLLD. XATllAXIEL BART- 
1-ETT. Honored and respected 
1)V all, there is no man in Cam- 
bridge who occupies a more en- 
viable position in business circles than 
Nathaniel B. Gould, not alone on account 
of the success he has achieved, but also on 
account of the honorable, straightforward 
business policy he has ever followed. He 
has been prominently identified with public 
affairs, and is now serving as president of 
the board of trustees of Cambridge and 
treasurer of the Old Settlers Association. 

Mr. Gould was born in Pierniont, Graf- 
ton county, New Hampshire, March 31, 
1828, but in early life removed with the fam- 
ily to Canaan, in the same county. He 
traces his ancestry back to Zaccheus Gould, 
who was born in England about 1589, and 
came to America about 1638, lucating finally 
at Topsfield, Massachusetts, where he died in 
1670. His. wife, Phebe Gould, passed away 
in 1663, leaving one son and five daughters, 
all of whom married and had families. 
Their descendants in this country are now 
quite numerous, and are represented in the 
various branches of industry and the learned 
professions. 

Amos Gould, St., the grandfather of our 
subject, was a soldier of the Revolutionary 



war, and at the close of tiiat struggle moved 
from Salem, ^lassachusctts, to Canaan, 
New Hampshire. He was at West Point 
when Arnold's treason was discovered. 
He was born at Boxford, New Hampshire, 
December 12, 1761, and died at Piermont, 
that state, December 28, 1853. On the 
141I1 of June, 1786, he married Rebecca 
Perley, and to them were born thirteen 
children. 

Amos Gould, Jr., the father of our sub- 
ject, was born in New Hampshire in 1790, 
and there he married Miss Nancy Harris 
Bartlett, a native of Canaan, that state, and 
a descendant of one of the early Massachu- 
setts colonists. Her father, Nathaniel Bart- 
lett, fought seven years for American in- 
dependence as a soldier of the Revolutionary 
war. Amos Gould, Jr., came west in 1856, 
and settled in Moline, Rock Island count}'. 
Illinois. His death occurred in Moline, in 
1864, and his wife, who was a devoted 
Christian, died in 1884, st the age of 
eighty-eight years. Unto them were born 
nine children, six sons and three daughters, 
namely: John M., a resident of Moline; 
Amos, Lyfe Y., Nathaniel B. and Mrs. 
Nancy J. Dean, who are all living in Cam- 
bridge; Daniel \\'.. who makes his home in 
IMoline; George D., who was born !March 



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THE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD. 



26, 1S35, died in 1882; Susannah, widow of 
B. H. Burrows and a resident of Andover 
township, Henry county; and Lora H.. whu 
was born October 5, 1838, married J. H- 
Dean, and died in 1865. 

The early life of Nathaniel B. Gould 
was spent on a farm in his native state, and 
his eilucation was acquired in its common 
schools. Coming west in April, 1851, he 
located in ]Moline, Illinois, and from 1852 
until 1856 was employed as a traveling sales- 
man by John Deere. In the latter year he 
came to Cambridge, where he conducted a 
hotel and livery stable in partnership with 
his brother Amos until 1861, when he moveil 
to a farm, and for three years successfully 
engaged in agricultural pursuits. He has. 
however, been interested in farming since 
that time, but not as a resident farmer. Re- 
turning to Cambridge, he and his lirother 
Amos, luider the fimi name of A. S: X. B. 
Gould, laid out the Gould addition to that 
village. He has since been interested in va- 
rious business enterprises, and on the ist of 
July, l88r, assisted in organizing the First 
National Bank, of which he has since been 
president. The bank was organized with a 
paid-up capital of fifty thousand dollars and 
has a surplus of twenty thousand dol- 
lars. The safe, conservative policy which 
he inaugurated commends itself to the judg- 
ment of all. 

On the 24th of November, 1859, Mr. 
Gould was united in marriage with ^liss 
Mary J. Jennings, who was born in Elm- 
wood, Peoria county, Illinois, and completed 
her education at Lombard College, Gales- 
burg. Her parents were Levi and Susan H. 
(Shephard) Jennings, of Cambridge town- 
ship, this county, where the father was e.x- 
tensiveh' and successfully engaged in stock 
raising, his specialty being sheep. He died 



December 29, 1859, at the age of sixty-seven 
years, and his wife departed this life at 
Cambridge February 4. 1888. at the age of 
seventy-five. Levi Jennings was lx>rn in 
Salem. Ohio, of Quaker stock. March 10. 
1795. and there lived until about thirty years 
of age, when he married !Miss Susan H. 
Shepherd, \yho was born August 20. 1813. 
the day her father, John Shepherd, returned 
from the war of 1812. In 1835 Levi Jen- 
nings removed with his family to Peoria 
county, Illinois, having previously visited 
the country and purchasing a large tract of 
land. His land purchases were quite ex- 
tensive in Peoria, Knox and Henry counties, 
Illinois, and prior to his death had accumu- 
lated a handsome fortune. In 1849 '^^ ^'^' 
catedin Cambridge township, where he built 
one of the first really good houses in the 
township, which is yet standing. The 
children of Levi and Susan H. Jennings 
were : Ann, wife of James Bush, a farmer of 
Adair county, Iowa: Marv _]., wife of our 
subject; and John L, To ;Mr. and Mrs. 
Gould were born two daughters : Nellie L. 
and Katie M. The latter is now the wife of 
W. F. Hays, of Seattle. Washington, by 
whom she has one child, Catherine (iLmkl 
Hays. Nellie L., 1x)rn October jo. i8()3. 
died February 23. 1879, '''i^l her death was a 
hea\y blow, not only to her family, but to a 
large circle of friends. She was a most ami- 
able young lady, of more than ortlinary 
promise, and a bright scholar who was pre- 
paring to enter \"assar College. 

Politically Mr. Gould has been an ardent 
Republican since the formation of that party. 
He has always taken an active interest in 
the affairs of town and county, and has \xei\ 
honored with several important official po- 
sitions. He was chairman of the building 
committee which had charge of the construe- 



THE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD. 



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iii,in of the court house, completed in 1880, 
at a cost of seventy-five thousand dollars. 
every cent of which had hcen paid at that 
time. It is an excellent and suhstantial tire- 
proof huilding, and stands as a nidnumeiit 
to those who had it in char,ye. Mr, (ic>ul<l 
has been an imiinrtanl factor in edncatinnal 
atlairs ; was a member of the school board 
for the long period of seventeen years, and 
it is safe to say tliat no man in Cambridge 
has devoted more time lo educational and 
other matters of general benefit, he lieing- 
one of the most progressive and ])ublic-spir- 
iteil men of Henry county. He served as 
supervisor of Cambridge township tor twen- 
ty-six years, ami has been ([uile an acti\e 
member of the agricultural board. In 181)3 
he was elected president of the \-illage board 
which position he still holds. He was presi- 
dent of the board and chairman of the com- 
mittee at the time the water works were put 
in, in 1896. The financial trouble then pre- 
vailing prevented the village from selling it^i 
bonds, and it was only by Mr. Gould's public 
spirit in giving the village the benefit of his 
credit that the water works were completed 
that season. Mr. Gould organized the .\r- 
mory Hall Comi)an_\'. and has since been its 
])resident. It built the large building known 
as the armory hall, which is occupied bv the 
bank and a general store on the ground 
tloor, the hall above being 50x90. In the 
erection of store buildings Mr. Gould has 
done much for the village. He and his 
brother Ames built and are the present 
owners of the Gould block, and he has as- 
-^isted many others to build. 

As a citizen ]\Ir. Gould has always been 
ri.ady to discharge any duty devolving upon 
him, and the best years of his life have been 
given to the building up aiul ad\ancement 
of his adopted village and county. Few men 



are better known throughout this section of 
the state than N. B. Gould, who is honored 
lor his sterling worth and many excellencies 
of character. 



J. R. GAMBLE. 

Among the highly respected and sub- 
stantial citizens of Kevvanee is numbered J. 
R. Gamble, whose home is at No. loi North 
Burr street. He is a native of Pennsylvania, 
his birth having occurred in Philadelphia, 
.September 23, 1832. His parents, George 
X. and Susanah G. (Guth ridge) Gamble, 
were born, reared and married in England, 
where the father was engaged in the gro- 
cery business until his emigration to Amer- 
ica in 1831. After nine months spent in 
this country he returned to his native land, 
but at the end of another nine months he 
again crossed the ocean and located per- 
manently in Philadelphia, where he was en- 
gaged in the manufacture of morocco. 
riierc he died at the age of forty-five years, 
aiul his wife who was a faithful member 
of the Episcopal Church, died in the same 
city at the age of seventy-six. In their 
family were thirteen children, of wdiom our 
subject was the sixth in order of birth. His 
sister and brother, Susanah and Frank B , 
are still residents of Philadelphia. 

In that city J. R. Gamble was reared 
and educated, and on starting out in life for 
himself worked in a ship chandler's or naval 
supply store for two years. Subseiiuently 
he served a four years" apprenticeship at 
the carpenter's trade, and lia\ing thorough- 
ly mastered the business, he came to Henry 
county, Illinois, in 1855 and located in Ke- 
wanee, making his home ever since on the 
corner where he now- resides. On locating: 



THE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD. 



here the village contained a population of 
not more than one thousand, and with its 
growth and progress he has since been 
prominently identified. As a carpenter and 
contractor he has done an extensi\e busi- 
ness and has erected many buildings in the 
town and surrounding countrj-, including 
the factory buildings of the firm of Pierce 
& Haxtun. 

Mr. Gamble was married in Philadel- 
phia, October 30, 1855, to iliss Maria P. 
W'oolley, also a native of that city and a 
daughter of William H. and Eliza \\'oolley, 
who were born in Pennsylvania and are 
now deceased. In their family were ten 
children, namely : William, a resident of 
Philadelphia; Anna, who became the wife 
of Charles Corkhill and died at the age of 
sixty-one years; ilaria P., wife of our sub- 
ject; Jane, wife of John Kliss, of Phila- 
delphia; Harriet, wife of ^Ir. Redford, of 
Oregon; Susan, who died young; Ruth, 
wife of Dickinson Woodruff, of Trenton, 
New Jersey; and Lydia, who married E. 
L. Miner and 'died at the age of forty-five 
years. 

To ^Ir. and ]Mrs. Gamble ha\e been 
born the following children : Florence X., 
wife of Charles Payne, of Kewanee; Kate 
B., who is the widow of A. O. Warner and 
has one child, Louise ^^^ ; George H., 
pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church 
of Minneapolis, ilinnesota, who married 
Margaret Hawthorne and has four children, 
George, \\'illiam, Ross and Paul; Joseph 
'N., a resident of Kewanee, who married 
Fanny Tunnicliff and has four children, 
Ruth, !Margerie, Don and Catherine; Su- 
sanah, wife of Rev. Ellis AI. Jones, a Bap- 
tist minister of Nebraska City, Nebraska, 
by wdiom she has two children, Aliriam and 
Esther; Fred B., a resident of Kewanee, 



who married Eleanor Cramb and has two 
children, Frederick and Florence; and Ross 
W. and Louise ^I., both at home. The 
parents are active and consistent members 
of the Baptist Church, and in politics ilr. 
Gamble is a Republican. He is widely and 
favorably known, and has man}" warm 
friends in the community where he has so 
lone made his home. 



JOHX H. SMITH. 

John H. Smith, deceased, was one of 
the highly respected and honored citizens 
of Henry county, Illinois, where he fol- 
lowed the occupation of farming for some 
years, but had laid aside business cares and 
was living a retired life at the time of his 
death. He was born in Prussia, Germany, 
November 17, 1818, and was seventeen 
years of age when he bade good-by to 
friends and native land and came to the 
L'nited States, landing in New York. He 
first located near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 
and was engaged in teaming between that 
city and Cumberland for some years. 

In Somerset county, Penns3-lvania, Mr. 
Smith married iliss Ann Messe, a native 
of that count)", and a daughter of Christian 
and Ann (Feidler) ^lesse, also natives of 
the Keystone state. Throughout life the 
father followed the miller's trade and died 
at his home in Somerset county, at the age 
of sixty years, his wife surviving him idhr 
years. Seven children were born to ilr. and 
ilrs. Smith, of whom one son and three 
daughters are still living, namelj": Eliza- 
beth is the wife of Aaron Ott, a druggist 
of Marion, Kansas, and they have four chil- 
dren, A'ida, ^lamie, ]Milford and Roy. 
]\Iary E. is the wife of Dr. J. \\'. J. Kerr. 



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of Ciirsicana, Texas. Xaiicv, now a resi- 
dent of Geneseo, is tlie widow of Peter 
Drunim, who was engaged in fanning in 
Geneseo township, and they have liad three 
cliildren; Vena and Jessie, both Hving, and 
Howard, deceased. Jolm. a prominent 
farmer, who is now operating tlie old home 
])lace, married MoUie, daughter of Henry 
Goembel, of Geneseo, and they have one 
child, Xeva. 

On leaving Pennsylvania, in 1851, Mr. 
Smith came to Henry county, Illinois, and 
purchased a farm in Edford township, on 
which he lived for some years, but about 
i860 removed to Geneseo township, locat- 
ing just north of the city, where he engaged 
in general farming and stuck raising until 
1 89 1. That year he purchased a home on 
North State street, Geneseo, where he lived 
retired until called from this life on the nth 
of April, 1900. at the age of seventy-nine 
years, his remains being interred in Oak- 
wood cemetery, Geneseo. He was always 
a public-spirited man, advocating all meas- 
ueres that tended to impro\-e the welfare 
of the ciimnumity in which he li\eil, and 
he was therefore recognized as one of its 
most useful and valued citizens. He was a 
faithful luember of the Evangelical Church 
and a constant attendant upon its services. 
In his home he was a most exemplary hus- 
band and father, and in both business and 
pri\-ate life made many friends and no en- 
emies. His death was deeply mourned in the 
C'lnmuinity where so large a part of his life 
was spent. 



HEXRY GOEMBEL. 

Henry Goembel. deceased, was for over 
a third of a century an honored resident of 
Henry countv. He was ever faithful to bis 



duties of citizenship, and by the successful 
conduct of his business interests not only 
promoted his individual success but also 
advanced the general prosperity. In his life 
span of seventy-eight years he accomplished 
much, and left behind an honorable record 
well worthy of perpetuation. 

Mr. Goembel was born in the village of 
Nederaula, Hesse, Germany, June 14, 1822, 
on the river Fulda, a trilnitary to the Rhine, 
and was the oldest son of Sebastian and 
Anna Goembel, both of Hessian birth. His 
parental grandfather was one of the Hes- 
sian soldiers who were hired by the Eng- 
lish government to aid the British in the 
American Revolution, being literally sold 
1)\- the German ruler, as that nation holds 
the ownership of its subjects until a certain 
amount of military iluty is performed. 
L'nder such circumstances he came to Amer- 
ica, and was taken prisoner at Xew York 
by the Continental troops. After his re- 
lease he became a loyal adherent of the 
colonial government, and engaged in clerk- 
ing until peace was restored, when he re- 
turned to bis native land. In 1834 his son, 
Sebastian, accomjjanied by his wife and 
eight children, came to the I'nited States, 
taking passage at Bremen on the Ernest 
Gustav, a German sailing vessel, and land- 
ing in Xew Orleans after a long, and tedi- 
ous voyage of sixty-nine days. After two 
weeks silent in the Crescent City they pro- 
ceeded to St. Louis, and from there went 
to Havana, Illinois, where they remained 
one month. At the end of that time they 
went to Peoria, then known as Fort Clark. 
They finally located on Farm creek, in 
Tazewell county, where the father of our 
subject purchased a claim when the land 
came into market. .\t that time a log house 
constituted the only improvement on the 



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place, but it was not many years before the 
land was under excellent cultivation and 
adorned with good and substantial build- 
ings, it being the home of the family for 
several years. The parents spent their last 
days in Washington, Tazewell county. 

Henry Goembel was only twelve years 
of age on the emigration of the family to 
the new world, and in Tazewell county, Illi- 
r.ois, he grew to manhood, remaining under 
the parental roof until 1849, when he pur- 
chased a tract of timber land a mile and a 
half from the old homestead and built there- 
on a frame house. Being a natural me- 
chanic and familiar with the use of tools, 
he did most of the work on this building 
himself. He resided there until 1864, and 
in the meantime placed about half of the 
two hundred acres under cultivation. In 
October of that 3'ear he came to Henry 
county and purchased a partially improved 
farm of two hundred acres in Alba town- 
ship, to the further development and culti- 
vation of which he devoted his time and at- 
tention for some years. He prospered in 
his new home and became the owner of 
se\'en hundred acres of very valuable and 
productive land. He also had two good 
farms in Phenix township, and forty acres 
near Geneseo, to which city he and his fam- 
ily removed in 1872. There he practically 
led a retired life, having acquired a hand- 
some competence which enabled him to lay 
aside all active labor and spend his last 
years in ease and cpiiet, surrounded by all 
the comforts of life. 

In 1849 ^Ir. Goembel married Miss 
Catherine Fey, also a native of the province 
of Hesse, Germany, and a daughter of 
Henry and Elizabeth Fey, who brought 
their family to America when she was 
about twenty years of age and settled near 



Peoria, where they resided and then moved 
to Chatswnrth, Livingston county. Illinois, 
but both died when well advanced in life 
in Hooppole, Illinois. Unto Mr. and Mrs. 
Goembel were born eight children, four sons 
and four daughters, namely: (i) Zacha- 
riah T. was for some years engaged in farm- 
ing in Phenix township, this county, but 
in the spring of 1900 moved to Prophets- 
tnwn, ^^'hiteside county, where he now fol- 
lows the same pursuit. He married ^Irs. 
Annie Rock, and they have three children, 
^\'illiam, Herbert and Alice. (2) Charles- 
C, a farmer of Hooppole. Henry county, 
married Lizzie Greenwood and they had 
eight children, ]\Iaude, LIusy, }\Iillie, Carl, 
Cassie, Bessie, Pearl and an infant son. 

(3) Anna is the wife of Joseph Greenwood, 
a farmer of Hooppole, and they have nine 
children. Charles, John, flattie, Henry, Jo- 
seph, Forrest, Aaron, Zachariah and Katie. 

(4) Elizabeth is the wife of Lawrence Seyl- 
ler, a real estate dealer of Arkansas, and 
they have six children, A'ida, Roy, Mollie. 
Charles, Ethel and Manley. (5) John H., 
a retired citizen of Geneseo, married Hat- 
tie Hines. (6) Mollie is the wife of John 
Smith, a farmer of Geneseo township, and 
they have one child, Neva. (7) Henry, who 
is engaged in farming on the old home- 
stead in Geneseo township, married Julia 
Bubeck, and they have two children, Flora 
and Lucille. (8) Katie is the wife of Theo- 
dore Becker, a prominent dry goods and 
hardware merchant of Geneseo, whose pleas- 
ant residence is just north of Mrs. Goem- 
bel's home on North State street, and they 
have three children, Leslie Goembel, Ho- 
bart Theodore and Marguerite Mildred. 

Mr. Goembel died at his home in 
Geneseo, I\Iay 8, 1900. He was highly 
honored for his Christian and benevolent 



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character and was greatly respected by his 
fellow citizens. Those who knew him best 
were numbered among his warmest friends, 
and in his death the community realized 
that it had lost one of its best citizens. He 
was devoted to his family and in every re- 
spect was a true gentleman. 



CHARLES E. STURTZ. 

Charles E. Sturtz. a leading and promi- 
nent attorney of Kewanee, Illinois, was born 
on the 9th of November, 1864, in Somer- 
set county, Pennsylvania, not far from 
Cumberland, ^Maryland, and is a son of 
Charles and Catherine (Kennell) Sturtz, 
also natives of that county and representa- 
tives of old Pennsylvania families. In i86g 
the parents, accompanied by their children, 
removed to Illinois, locating near Sterling, 
\\hiteside county, where they have since 
made their home, the father being engaged 
ii: farming. He was born July 6, 1839, and 
still enjoys good health. In his native state 
he followed the occupation of school teach- 
ing, and when the Civil war broke out he 
enlisted as a private in Company H, of a 
regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer In- 
fantry, but was later promoted to the rank 
of orderly sergeant. His wife is of Eng- 
lish descent and her ancestors were among 
the early settlers of Pennsylvania and Mary- 
land. In their family were nine children, 
all of whom are still living, namely: O. L., 
a photographer of South Bend, Indiana; 
Charles E., our subject; Alice, wife of H. 
T. Bowman, of Dixon, Illinois; William 
S., a resident of Sterling; Mattie, wife of 
Arthur Emmett, of Rock Falls, Illinois; 
Grant, a dentist of Marietta. Mississippi ; 
Lewis J., a photographer of Green Bay, 



Michigan; Herman, a dentist of Marietta, 
Mississippi; and Cora E., wife of Clarence 
Ward, of Rock Falls, Illinois. 

'Sh. Sturtz, whose name introduces this 
review, recei\ed his preliminary education 
in the cummon schools of Whiteside coun- 
ty, and later attended Dixon College, after 
which he engaged in teaching school in 
\\'hitcside county for four years, in the 
meanwhile devoting his spare time and vo- 
cations to the study of law under the di- 
rection of Attorneys Mannahan and Ward, 
of Sterling. He also took his Blackstone 
with him on expeditions of pedagogy. In 
the fall of 1887 he entered Knox College, 
Galesburg, where he was graduated in 
1891, receiving the degree of bachelor of 
science. All this time he was pursuing his 
law studies during vacations, and after leav- 
ing Knox College, he entered the law de- 
partment of the University of Michigan, 
at Ann Arbor, where he received the degree 
of bachelor of laws in 1892, being admitted 
to the bar the same }ear. He spent one 
year in the law uttice of Otis & Graves at 
Chicago, and in 1893 i^^mie to Kewanee, 
where he has succeeded in building up an 
extensive and lucrative practice. He has a 
well equipped modern law office on the cor- 
ner of Tremont and Third streets. 

On the 1 6th of September, 189-', Mr. 
Sturtz was united in marriage with }kliss 
Allie C. Price, of Xcponset, Illinois, a 
daughter of Joseph l^rice, who now resides 
in Kewanee. By this union has been born 
a daughter, Zola May, now six years of age. 
Fraternally Mr. Sturtz is a member of the 
Knights of Pythias, and politically is identi- 
fied with the Republican party. In 1894, 
1895 'i"<i i8g6 he was elected city attorney 
for terms of one year each, and in 1899 
was re-elected for a term of two years, be- 



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iiig the present incumbent in that office. He 
is also serving as secretary of the board of 
education, to which position he was elected 
in 1899 for a term of three years, and is 
a member of the committee on teachers and 
text books. Socially he is deservedly pop- 
ular, as he is affable and courteous in man- 
ner and possesses that essential qualifica- 
tion to success in public life, that of mak- 
ing friends readily and of strengthening the 
ties of all friendships as time ad\ances. 



ja:\ies k. blish. 

As president of the First National Bank 
of Kewanee and one of the leading attorneys 
of this section of the state. Jas. K. Blish is 
v.ideh' known and universally respected. A 
native of Henry county, he was born on the 
2nd lUw (if Mav. 1843. within a mile of 
v/here the l)ank now stands, and is a repre- 
sentative of one of its oldest and most promi- 
nent families. On the paternal side he traces 
his ancestry back to Abraham Blish, who 
emigrated from England, and located at 
Duxbury, north of Plymouth, rvlassachu- 
setts, about 1637, where he engaged in 
farming for a time, l)ut in 1642 removed to 
Barnstable, the same state, there spending 
the remainder of his life. His son Jo,seph. 
from whom our subject is descended, was a 
life-long resident of Barnstable and a far- 
mer by occupation. In the latter's family 
was Tristram Blish, who was born in Barn- 
stable, and married Annie Fuller, a great- 
granddaughter of Edward Fuller, who came 
to this country in the ^Mayflower. In 1725 
they removed to Colchester. Connecticut, 
where their last days were spent ujxjn a 
farm. Of their seven children, David, the 



fifth in order of birth, was born in Colchester 
and married Zeruiah Skinner. He engaged 
ill agricultural pursuits, and during the 
Revolutionar}- war served as sergeant in a 
company from Connecticut. He died in the 
town of Marlboro, which was formed from 
a part of Colchester, Glastonbury and Heb- 
ron. His son, Thomas Blish, was born in 
Glastonbury, and for many years served as 
deacon in the old New England church at 
that place. He married Prudence Hubbard, 
and to them were born four children. 

Of this family Colonel Sylvester Blish, 
the grandfather of our subject, was third in 
order of birth. He was born and reared in 
Glastonbury, Hartford county. Connecticut, 
and in early life engaged in farming and 
trading there. In company with Rev. Itha- 
mar Pillsbury and Elizur Goodrich, he was 
appointed a commissioner in 1836 by the 
Connecticut Association organized in Weth- 
ersfield, and sent to Illinois to select land for 
p. colon}'. Coming to Henry comity, they 
purchased fifteen thousand acres of land in 
what is now \\'ethersfield and Kewanee 
townships, after spending about three months 
in carefully inspecting this locality, and they 
displayed remarkable foresight in their selec- 
tion. At the end of that time rliey returned 
to Connecticut, but in the spring of 1837 
!Mr. Blish again came to Illinois, driving 
through the states of Pennsylvania. Ohio and 
Indiana, the journey consuming six weeks. 
On reaching his destination he erected a log 
cabin upon his land, about fifteen by twenty 
feet, with a loft overhead, which was his 
home for many years, but has since lieen torn 
down. He was one of the largest land own- 
ers in this section in early days, anil engaged 
in farming in connection with his land ven- 
tures. He had served as colonel in the state 
militia of Connecticut for manv vears, and 




JAMES K. BLISH. 



I , r, o /- ov 

UNIVERSlii u. (LLiNOIS 
URBANA 



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always bore tliat title. Two years after lo- 
cating in W'ethersfield he opened an inn, 
Avhich he conducted for a quarter of a cen- 
tury, it being the stopping place of all the 
stage lines passing ' through this locality. 
]\Ir. Blish was the first postmaster of W'etli- 
ersfield, and one of the first county commis- 
sioners, and took a very active part in organ- 
izing the county and in all pulilic matters. 
He died in 1855, and his wife, who bore the 
maiden name of Rhoda Cheney, passe<l aw ay 
in 1878. In their famly were five chldren. 
namely: William Henry, who died in W'eth- 
ersfield in 1897, at the age of eighty-three 
years, leaving eight children; Thomas, who 
died in Galena, leaving two children who 
are still living there; Charles Cheney, father 
of our subject ; Prudence Hubbard, who mar- 
ried Hon. James Knox, a member of con- 
gress,and Ixith are now deceased ; and George 
Cheney, who died in Chicago, leaving seven 
children, who still reside there. 

Charles C. Blish, father of our subject. 
•was lx)rn in Glastonbury, Connecticut, in 
May, 1820, and was educated in that state, 
grauating from the ]\Iiddletown Academy. 
At the age of seventeen he came with his par- 
ents to Illinois, and took up surveying, which 
he followed for twenty years, serving as 
county surveyor for many terms. At the age 
of twenty he was united in marriage with 
Miss Elizabeth P. Bonar, a native of Knox 
county, Ohio, and fifth in order of birth in a 
family of eleven children, nine sons and two 
daughters. Her father, Mathew Bonar, was 
born in Lancaster county, I'ennsylvania. and 
in 1839 came with his family to Illinois, 
locating on Walnut creek, in Kni:\ countv. 
where he prnxhased a partially improved 
farm and lived for a number of years. \\'hen 
he discontinued surveying. Charles C. Blish 
turned his attention to farming and stock 



raising, which he successfully followed until 
his death, which incurred December 15. 
1S90. His wife died June 13. 1900. To 
tb.em were l>orn six children, but only two 
reached vears of maturity, these being J. K., 
our subject; and Mathew I'unar, who is a 
resident of Kewanee, though engaged in 
farming in Wethersfield township. He mar- 
ried Maliia ]•". -Mnrrill. ;ui<! they have three 
children. 

The ])rimary education of J. K. Blish 
V as obtained in the Union .school of W'eth- 
ersfiekl and Kewanee. He was next a stu- 
dent in the prepar.ntory school at Ann Arlxjr, 
and in T862 entered the University of Michi- 
gan, where he was graduated in 1866, with 
the degree of A. B., after ])ursuing the regu- 
lar collegiate course. Returning to his home 
in this county, he engaged in farming in 
Wethersfield township for three years, and 
then went to Council I'luffs, Iowa, where 
the following two years were spent as a 
member of the firm of Kiter. Bonar & Blish, 
manufacturers of blank books. On selling 
out his interest there he went to Chicago, 
where, in the employ of J. W. Middletown, 
he engaged in the same business until the big 
fire of 1 87 1, and then returned to Kewanee 
and entered the law office of Howe & Xorth 
as a student. 1 le took the re(|uired examina- 
tion before the supreme court at Springfield 
;ind was ;ulniitted to the bar in 1873. since 
w Inch time be has successfull\- engaged in 
the general practice of law at Kewanee. 
He was alone until 1889, when he formed his 
jiresent partnership with \\'illiam Lawson. 
This is one of the leading law firms of west- 
ern Illinois, and they enjoy a large and lu- 
crative i)ractice. ( )n the organization of 
the First National Bank of Kewanee, in 
1870, Mr. Blish's father became president, 
and lilled the ot'tice for about twentv vears. 



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In 1886 our subject was elected a director, 
and since 1894 has served as its president. 
He is not only a lawyer of ability and promi- 
nence, but is also a capable business man, 
and the business of the bank has steadily 
increased under his able management. 

On Christmas day, 1869, Mr. Blish was 
luiited in marriage with IMiss Mary E. Mc- 
Manus, a nati\e of Xew York state, who 
died in 1881. her remains being interred in 
Kewanee cemetery. By that union were 
born two children : James Louis, now a dent- 
ist of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, who married 
Martha B. Aldrich and has two children, 
Tvlary Eleanor and Zirian Aldricli ; and Ber- 
tha, at home with her father. Mr. Blish 
was again married, Octol>er 5. 1886. his sec- 
ond union being with ?kliss Amy ^lason 
Rhodes, a native of Providence, Rhode Isl- 
and, and a daughter of Albert Rhodes, de- 
ceased, who was for man}-- years a resident 
of Buda, Illinois. To them have been born 
three children : Elizabeth, ^lathew Rhodes 
and Asa Rhodes, all attending the Kewanee 
schools. Mrs. Blish is a lady of culture and 
refinement, a leader in charitaljle work, 
and is a member of the Unitarian Cliurch. 

In politics Mr. Blish is a Democrat, but 
not an advocate of free silver. For several 
terms he was an active and influential mem- 
ber of the city council; was a member of the 
school board eighteen years and secretary of 
the saine for some time: and was county su- 
pervisor four years, during which time the 
new court house was built, and he ser\-ed on 
the building committee. For twelve years 
he was also one of the directors of the Ke- 
wanee public library, and for thirteen years 
was president of the Kewanee Fair Associa- 
tion, of which he was one of the organizers. 
In the organization of the Kewanee Building 
and Loan Association he took the leading 



part, and was its first secretary, a position 
he still holds. This has been a \er\' success- 
ful entei"prise and of great benefit to the city. 
Through its aid many workingmen have se- 
cured good homes. He assisted in organiz- 
ing the Kewanee Electric Light Company, 
since merged into the Kewanee Light & 
Power Company, and has been prominently 
identified with a number of business enter- 
prises that have promoted the welfare of the 
city in no uncertain manner. He has been a 
delegate to nearly all the state conventions 
of his party, and in 1888 was one of the 
presidential electors. He is now serving as 
president of the Old Settlers Association, 
which office he has filled for several terms. 
As a citizen he meets every requirement and 
manifests a commendable interest in every- 
thing that is calculated to promote the city's 
v.-elfare in any line. In manner he is pleas- 
ant, genial and approachable, and all who 
know him esteem him highly for his gen- 
uine worth. 



A. J. AXDERSOX. 

A. J. Anderson, who is now success- 
fully engaged in the real estate, loan and 
insurance business in Kewanee, Illinois, was 
born in Sweden and came to this country 
with his father during infancy. His early 
education was acquired in tlie schools of 
Kewanee, and on leaving the high school 
at the age of sixteen years he entered the 
employ of the Haxtun Steam Heating Com- 
pany, now the \\^estern Tube Company, as 
an apprentice. Here he learned the boiler 
maker's trade, remaining with the company 
four years. He then went to San Francisco, 
California, where he served as inspector of 
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end of that time entered tlie mechanical 
department of Linci^hi Schnol of that city, 
wliere he pursued a meclianical course. 
Later he took a trip throujjli the western 
states, and before rctiu'uinj;" home he also 
visited the east. 

Since then Mr. Anderson has resided 
uninterruptedly in Kewanee, and has been 
engaged in the real estate, loan and insur- 
ance business. In June, i8c;j, he formed 
a partnership with W. 11. Remick, under 
the firm name of Remick X: .Vnderson. and 
this connection continued until March, 1900, 
since which time Mr. Anderson has been 
alone in business. He represents many of 
the best and most reliable insurance com- 
panies of the world, including' the Liver- 
pool, London &. Globe, of Liverpool, Eng- 
land; the Springfield Fire & Marine, of 
Springfield, Massachusetts; the German 
American, of New York; Magdeburg, of 
Germany; the Phoenix, of Brooklyn; the 
Phcenix, of Hartford ; the Imperial, of Lon- 
don; the Home, of New York; the Aetna, of 
Hartford; the Fire Association, of Phila- 
delphia; the Hartford, of Hartford; the 
American Central, of St. Louis; the Nation- 
al, of Hartford ; and the Fireman's Fund. 

On the 14th of November, 1899, Mr. 
Anderson married Miss Lucy Robison, a 
native of Illinois, and a daughter of Thomas 
Robison, now deceased, who was one of the 
early settlers of this county and an honored 
resident of Kewanee. Fraternally Mr. An- 
derson is a member of Kewanee Lodge, 
No. 159, A. F. & A. M.; Kewanee Lodge, 
No. 466, K. P., in which he has filled all 
the ofifices and is now past chancellor; and 
Nabuthaean Temple, No. 5, Knights of 
Khorassan, of Galesburg. As a Republi- 
can Mr. Anderson takes quite an active 
part in local politics and is now chairman 



of the city central committee. He is a wide- 
awake, energetic young business man, and 
in all his undertakings has met with well- 
deserved success. 



AUGUST CHARLET. 

For many years August Charlet was ac- 
tively engaged in farming in Henry county, 
but is spending his declining days in ease 
and retired from labor in his pleasant home 
at No. ;^2;^ South (irovc street. Kewanee. 
He is a native of Germany, born in firanden- 
burg, October 31, 1828, and is a son of 
Abraham and Dorothy (Schalipp) Charlet, 
natives of the same province. The father 
was a laboring man, who died in Germany 
at the age of fifty-two years. The mother 
afterward came with our subject to Amer- 
ica, and passed away at his home in Burns 
township, Henry county, Illinois, at the ripe 
old age of seventy-eight years and two 
months. In their family were six children, 
namely : John, who was serving in the 
German army at the time of his death, 
which occurred when he was about twen- 
ty-four years of age; August, our subject; 
Dorothy, who became the wife of William 
Wert, and died in Kewanee township, this 
county; Julius, a farmer of Burns township; 
William, who died in Germany at the age 
of four years; and Louisa, widow of Oscar 
Fischer and a resident of Burns township, 
this county. 

The early life of the subject of this 
sketch was spent in the fatherland, where 
he attended school, and after the comple- 
tion of his education he worked at the weav- 
er's trade for some time. In 1856 he sailed 
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Englisli freiglit lx)at. wiiich liad been con- 
verted into a passenger sliip. The voy- 
age lasted eight weeks and three days, dur- 
ing which time they encountered some se- 
vere storms. On reaching New York Mr. 
Charlet came at once to Henry county, Ilh- 
nois. and settled in ^^'ethersfield township, 
where he at first worked by the day at any 
thing which he could find to do. Five 
years after his arrival he had saved enough 
from his wages to purchase eight}^ acres 
of unimproved land in Burns township. 
The land was fenced but there were no 
buildings upon it, and to its improvement 
and cultivation he at once turned his at- 
tention. Later he added to it a tract of 
one hundred and twent_\- acres and subse- 
quently bought one hundred and sixty acres 
in Cornwall township. He was successfully 
engaged in general farming until February, 
1888, when he removed to Kewanee and 
purchased the lot where he now resides. 
Tearing down the old house which stood 
thereon he erected his present comfortable 
residence. He has since sold his farms to 
his sons and has laid aside the cares and re- 
sponsibilities of business life. 

On the 23d of September, 1859, Mr. 
Charlet was united in marriage with ^Irs. 
^Mary (Leonard) Couve, also a native of 
dren, namely : \\'illiam, a farmer of Anna- 
Couve, who died in 1858, leaving four chil- 
country. She was first the wife of \\'illiam 
Charles Leonard, who ne\er came to this 
Brandenburg, Germany, and a daughter of 
v.an township; Fred, a farmer of Corn- 
wall township; Louisa, wife of Ernest 
Spiegel, of Cornwall township, and Mary, 
wife of Gus Schroeder, of Burns township. 
By her marriage to our subject Mrs. 
Charlet has become the mother of two chil- 
dren : August, a farmer of Cornwall town- 



ship, married Sophia Kollman and they 
have three children, William, Clare and 
Louis; and ilinnie is the wife of Charles 
Klein, who is with the Western Tube Com- 
pany of Kewanee. Mrs. Charlet was born 
October 29, 1829, and came to the United 
States on the same vessel with her husband. 
By his ballot Air. Charlet supports tho 
men and measures of the Republican party, 
and has always taken an active interest in 
educational affairs, serving as school di- 
rector for three years, but he has never 
cared for political office, preferring to give 
his undivided attention to his business in- 
terests. He is a member of the German 
Evangelical Church of Kewanee, and was 
a trustee of the same for twelve years. 
Coming to this country empty-handed, but 
with a strong determination to succeed he 
has steadily and persistent!}^ worked his way 
upward until he acquired a comfortable 
competence, which now enables him to spend 
the remainder of his life in ease and quiet, 
surrounded bv all that makes life worth the 



THOMAS BEXXISOX. 

Thomas Bennison, who is now living a 
retired life at his pleasant home at Xo. 600 
East First street, Kewanee, Illinois, was 
born in Hurst, England, April 28, 1837, a 
son of Samuel and Mary Bennison, who 
are represented on another page of this 
volume in connection with the sketch of 
their son, Samuel. In 1845 ^m" subject 
accompanied his parents on their emigra- 
tion to the new world, and was reared and 
educated in Pennsylvania. From that state 
the family renioved to Shullsburg, Wiscon- 
sin, and in 1864 came to Henry county, 
Illinois. 



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W'lien liis school days were over Mr. 
Bennisiin worked in the lead mines of Wis- 
consin, and after cuniiny to Kewanee em- 
barked in mercantile Inisiness in company 
with others. Eater he was alone in busi- 
ness, and witn the development of the city 
his trade constantly increased, successfully 
following that pursuit from 1865 until June, 
1897, when he retired from active life to 
enjoy the competence he had acquired 
througli years of industry, perseverance and 
good management. As a business man he 
was always energetic, prompt and notably 
reliable, and his success has been worthily 
achieved. He has erected three large store 
buiklings on Tremont street, Kewanee, and 
has built a number of private residences in 
that city, and he and his son-in-law put up 
a large brick block in Cozad, Nebraska. He 
is also a stockholder in a bank in that city, 
and for a number of years was one of the 
directors of the First National Bank of Ke- 
wanee, of which he was one of the charter 
members. 

In 1862 Air. Bennison married iliss Ann 
\\'alton, a native of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, 
and a daughter of John and Mary Walton, 
who were born in England, and died in 
Kewanee, Illinois, the former, July 30, 
1887, aged seventy-eight years, the latter 
January 29, 1885, aged seventy-six. They 
were both members of the Primitive Meth- 
odist Church. By occupation Mr. Walton 
was a miner and followed that pursuit very 
successfully in the gold fields of California 
for two }ears, and after his return east 
worked in the mines here for a short lime, 
and then lived retired throughout (Tie re- 
mainder of his life. Of his seven children 
Thomas died in 1853, st the age of twenty- 
one years. Sarah became the wife of Will- 
iam Bennison, now deceased, and she died 



in 1893, at the age of fifty-eight. Leonard 
is engaged in mining in Colorado. Mary 
i; the wife of ]>eiuictt Osborne, of Kewanee. 
Ann was the wife of our subject. Robert 
is a veteran ot the Civil war and a retired 
farmer oi Iowa. Ilercules R. was married 
February _'_', 1880, to Alpha Johns, and 
died in Kewanee, in July, 1899, aged fifty- 
five years. Of his two children, Joseph C. 
and Alae B. are still living, while Philip 
died at the age of nine years. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Bennison were born 
four children: Alary A., now the wife of 
AI. H. Brown, of Nebraska, by whom she 
had two children, Azal and Ruth; Stella E., 
wife of Robert Davis, of Nebraska, by 
whom she has one child, Paul; Lewis J., 
who died Alay 6, 1888, at the age of six- 
teen years; and Nettie O., wife of Arthur 
Wake, of South Omaha, Nebraska. The 
wife and mother, who was a consistent and 
faithful member of the Primiti\'e Alelh- 
odisi Clun-ch, was born in 1844, and depart- 
ed this life July 13, 1899. Air. Bennison 
was again married November 14, 1900, 
his second union being with Aliss Alice 
Jones, of Kewanee, who was born in Penn- 
sylvania June 6, 185 1, and came with her 
parents, Aloses and Catherine (Taylor) 
Jones, to Kewanee in 1863. 

Air. Bennison is also a member and- 
trustee of the Primitive Alethodist Churcii 
of Kewanee, and is a stanch sup[K>rtcr of 
the Republican party. On the temperance 
ticket he was once elected trustee of the city, 
but has never cared for official honors. As 
a public-spirited citizen, however, he dias 
Ijeen activeh' identifietl with the improve- 
ment of Kewanee, and has done all within 
his i)ower to advance its interests along 
various lines. On locating here he and the 
other members of the Bennison familv innU 



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up their residence on what became known 
as Bennison row, but within the past few 
vears the name has been clianged to Cam- 
bridge street. The family is one of promi- 
nence in the community, and its members 
5tand deservedly high in the esteem of their 
fellow citizens. 



JOHN CHISXALL. 

Since November, 1867, this gentleman 
has been an honored resident of Kewanee, 
and is to-day serving as special tax col- 
lector for the city. He was born in Lan- 
-castershire, England, January 27, 1833, and 
is a son of William and Alice Chisnall, who 
were lifelong residents of that country. 
The father died when a young man, but the 
mother long survived him, passing away in 
1876, at the age of sixty-four years. 

John Chisnall, the only child of this 
worthy couple, was educated in the common 
schools of England, and when a lad of 
■eleven years was apprenticed to the wheel- 
wright's trade, which he learned thorough- 
Iv. He came to this countr}- as a ^Mormon 
emigrant in 1831, prior to the insurrection 
of Brigham Young against the government, 
-and first located in Utah, where he remained 
until 1858, during the uprising. The fol- 
lowing two years were spent in Omaha, 
Nebraska, which city at that time had no 
telegraph or railroad lines and gave little 
promise of its present thriving condition. 
During all this time Mr, Chisnall worked 
at his trade. In i860 he went to Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, where he made his 
home until coming to Kewanee in 1867. 
During the winter of 1866-67 he spent four 
months in visiting his native land. Lpon 
his return he located in Kewanee, where 
he worked at wagonmaking principally un- 



til 1888. Being economical and industrious 
he managed to save something from his 
wages, and this capital he invested in a lot 
in the heart of the city, upon which he 
erected a pressed brick double store build- 
ing, which on account of its location is very 
valuable property. This he now rents to 
a good advantage. 

In 1857 Mr. Chisnall was united in 
marriage with Miss Ellen Sandiford, who 
was also a native of Lancastershire, Eng- 
land, and came to the United States on 
the same vessel with our subject in June, 
1 83 1. Both are active members of the 
Latter Day Saints' Church, and during his 
residence in Kewanee iMr. Chisnall has 
served as pastor of the church of that de- 
nominaton at this place. The congregation 
now numbers about one hundred families, 
and they have erected a good modern church 
edifice. Fraternalh" !Mr, Chisnall is a mem- 
ber of the Knights of Honor, No. 1173, of 
Kewanee, and the blue lodge of the INIasonic 
order at this place and the chapter and com- 
mandery at Princeton. He affiliates with 
the Republican party but has never taken 
an active part in politics. From 1892 until 
1898 he was with the Kewanee Coal Com- , 
l)an\", and the following year was appointed 
by the mayor as collector of special taxes, 
water rents, etc., which position he is now 
most creditably filling. He has also served 
as health officer and justice of the peace 
since 1893. He has led an upright, hon- 
orable and useful life, and is highlj- respected 
and esteemed bv all who know him. 



MOSES W, RESSER. 

For over half a century INIoses ^\^ 
Resser has made his home in Henrj" county, 
and since attaining to man's estate has been 



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actively identified with its business inter- 
ests. He is now following fanning on sec- 
tion 5, Genesee township. He was horn 
in Adams cuunly, rennsylvaiiia. on the 
27th of October, 1847, '""' '^^'i* ""'y three 
years of age when he came to this country 
with his parents, Moses and Hannah 
(Groop) Resser, also natives of the Key- 
stone state. The family settled in Phenix 
township, where the father purchased a 
farm of two hundred acres. To his landed 
possessions he added from time to time un- 
til he had seven hundred acres in Phenix 
and Geneseo townships. He died in the 
city of Geneseo at the age of eighty-two 
years, and his wife passed away at the age 
of sixty-fi\-e. In the family of this worthy 
couple were eight children, of whom Moses 
W. is the fifth in order of birth, and six of 
the number are still living. 

Our subject remained on the home farm 
in Phenix township, giving his father the 
benefit of his labor until the Civil broke out, 
when he ran away from home, and at 
Leavenworth, Kansas, enlisted in Company 
I, Eighth Kansas Volunteer Infantry. He 
took part in many of the principal battles of 
the war and remained in the service until 
hostilities ceased, being honorably dis- 
charged at San Antonio, Texas. He then 
returned to his home in Illinois and went 
upon the Mississippi river, leading the life 
of a sailor for ten years. When he retired 
from the service he held a certificate as 
first-class pilot from the government. Dur- 
ing the following six years he was engaged 
in the hotel business in Geneseo, conduct- 
ing what was known as the Singleman 
House. 

In the meantime -Mr. Resser was mar- 
ried at that place, in 1879, to Miss Mary 
A. Bookmiller, a native of Phenix township. 



this county, where her father, John D. 
P)Ookmillcr, now deceased, was engaged in 
farming. P.y this union were born five chil- 
dren, all of wliiini are slill living, namely: 
lulith I'"., who is now the wife of Henry 
L'. Kirchner, a farmer of Greene county, 
Iowa, and has one child, Flossie A. ; Moses 
D., aged seventeen; Otis A. and Flora F., 
twins, aged twelve years ; and Earl E., aged 
eight, all at home. 

Mr. Resser is now the owner of a fine 
farm of two hundred acres on section 5, 
Cieneseo township, which formerly belonged 
to his father's estate, it being purchased 
by our subject from the other heirs. When 
it came into his possession it was all wild 
and unbroken, and all of the improvements 
now found thereon have been made by him. 
He is accounted one of the most thorough 
and skillful farmers of his community, and 
in his undertakings is meeting with well- 
tleserved success. In the development of 
his farm he has materially advanced the in- 
terests of the county, and has ever borne 
his part in promoting those enterprises for 
the public good. He is a recognized leader 
in public affairs, and has creditably filled 
nearly all the township offices, including 
I hat of supervisor. 



CASPER S.VXi). 

Among the promineni retired farmers 
of Geneseo, Illinois, and honored veterans of 
the Civil war, is Casper Sand, who was 
Imrn on the 7th of August, 1844, in Ger- 
many, of which country his parents, Henry 
and .\nna Catherine (Weaver) Sand, were 
also natives. The father ser\-ed the usual 
length of time in the Cjerman army, and in 
his native land followed both farming and 
the mason's trade. In the fall of 1849 1'^ 



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brought his family to the United States, 
being several weeks in crossing the ocean. 
From Xew York they proceeded to Chi- 
cag'o by water, and in the latter city Henry 
Sand was ottered a good position, bnt lia\-- 
ing decided to join his brothers, Lonis and 
Philip, in Henry county, he continued his 
journey by team, arriving here in the same 
fall. He purcliased a soldier's claim of 
forty acres in Loraine township, to which 
he subsequently added until at the time of 
his death he had one hundred and seventy 
acres of highly culti\'ated and productive 
land. He died in 1888, at the age of eighty- 
one years, and his wife departed this life 
in 1879, at tile age of seventy-three. Both 
were members of the Evangelical Church, 
antl were highly respected by all who knew 
them. They were married in 1838, and 
became the parents of four children, namely : 
Casper, our subject; Mary, widow of Fred- 
erick Jacpiet, a resident of Loraine town- 
ship; Emeline, wife of Flenry Jaquet, a 
farmer of Bureau county, Illinois; and Mar- 
garet, who dietl at the age of nineteen 
years. 

Casper Sand attended school one sum- 
mer in Germany before coming to the new 
world, and was a student in the i)ul)lic 
schools of this county lor a time, but as a 
boy he worked hanl upon the home farm 
and had little opportunity to obtain an ed- 
ucation. Feeling that his adopted country 
needed his services during the Rebellion, 
he enlisted in the fall of 1864, in Company 
H, Thirty-first Illinois \^olunteer Infantiy, 
at Peoria, and went into camp at Spring- 
field. Later the regiment joined Sherman's 
army in Georgia and went on the march to 
the sea. Mr. Sand was in the engagement 
at Savannah, where he was under constant 
fire for about a week, at the end of which 



time the Confederates retreated, giving 
General Sherman the grand opiKjrtunity of 
capturing that city just in time tii present 
it to President Lincoln as a Christmas gift, 
in 1864. The day that our subject par- 
ticipated in the grand re\iew at W'ashing- 
ton, D. C, was one of the proudest of his 
life, knowing that he had aided in the preser- 
vation of the Union. He was mustered out 
at Springfield in June, 1865. He was 
wounded, but never taken prisoner, and 
stood the service fairly well. At the close 
of the war he resumed farm work and con- 
tinued to follow that occupation until his 
retirement from acti\e labor in 1896. He 
is still the owner of a good farm of one 
hundred and twenty acres, which is well 
improved in the way of buildings and 
fences, and is under a higli state of culti- 
vation. 

In 1875 ^Ir. Sand wedded ^Miss ^lar\- 
Groshaus, also a native of Germany, who 
died in 1868. During the funeral services 
at the church, word came of the death of 
!Mr. Sand's father, and her remains were 
taken back home, so that both might be 
buried together. Our subject was again 
married, August 7, 1886, his second union 
being with Miss Charlotte Sommers, . who 
was born in this state, a daughter of George 
and Catherine Sommers. Her father, a na- 
tive of Germany, came to America at a 
very early day and settled in Henry coun- 
ty, Illinois, becoming one of its pioneers 
as well as one of its highly respected citi- 
zens. The year of his arrival here was 
1833. He owned and operated a well im- 
proved farm of three hundred and seventy 
acres in Loraine township. His circle of 
friends and acquaintances throughout this 
section of the state was quite extensive. 
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eiglit years, two months and fourteen clays, 
and his wife, who was born in Warren, 
J'ennsylvania, Jime i8, 1835, died August 
II. 1S91, on the fortieth anniversary of 
their marriage. She was a good woman, 
gentle anl loving, yet firm, and was a de- 
\out Christian from her youth, both she 
and her husband being members of the 
Evangelical Association. She had two 
brotliers, Philip and Rev. Jacob Worth, 
who are still living, and also three sisters, 
St)phronia. Delia and Mary Ann (de- 
ceased). To Mr. and Mrs. Sommers were 
born nine children, namely : Philip E., a 
resident of this county; Henry G., of Chi- 
cago; Jacob C. a farmer of Kansas; Char- 
jitte .\., wife of our subject; Joseph W., a 
resident of Montana; Mary A., wife of Simon 
Jaquet, a farmer of this county; Katie E., 
an invalid ; Delia, w ho died at the age of 
two years; and Prank W., a resident of 
Loraine township. The children born to 
our subject and his wife are Perrj' A. E., 
Homer H. G. and Alice C. By a former 
marriage Mrs. Sand has one child. Edna E. 
In his political views ^Ir. Sand is an 
anient Republican, and he filled the office of 
school director about five years. He is an 
honored members of Jenkins Post, No. 452, 
G. A. R.^ while his wife belongs to the 
Ladies' Circle of the G. A. R., and both 
hold membership in the Evangelical Church. 
They are widely and favorabh' known, and 
well merit the high regard in which they 
are held. 



WILLIAM XELSOX. 

Geneseo township has no more progress- 
ive or enterprising citizen than this well- 
known asrriculturist, who is the owner of 



a valuable farm of two hundred aiul ninety- 
five acres on sections 13 and 24. He was born 
in Sweden, on the 2nd of January, 1847, 
a son of Xels and Stiena (Olson) Nelson, 
who were life-long residents of that coun- 
try. The father followed the occupation of 
farming and also engaged in the manufac- 
ture of iron. He died in Sweden at the age 
of forty-four years, while the mother was 
seventy-four at the time of her death. They 
were the parents of eight children, but only 
three are now living. August, our subject's 
}-oungest brother, started for America some 
years after William came to this country, 
luit died on the voyage and was buried at 
sea. None of the others crossed the At- 
lantic. 

It was in 1869 that William Nelson emi- 
grated to the United States and took up his 
residence in \\'ethersfield township, Henry- 
county, Illinois, where he worked by the 
month at farm labor for five years, and then 
rented a farm in that township, which he 
operated for four years. At the end of that 
period he came to Geneseo township and 
l)urchased eighty acres of partially improved 
lanil on section 24, and erected thereon a 
l;:rge and modern residence. He tiled the 
jilace and has otherwise improved it until 
it is now one of the model farms of the com- 
munity. To his original purchase he has 
added until lie now has nearly three hundred 
acres all under excellent cultivation. 

On the 22nd of November, 1873, Mr. 
Nelson was united in marriage with Miss 
P.mma S. Peterson, also a native of Sweden, 
who came to this country in i86g, and joined 
her parents who were then living in Wis- 
consin, but are now deceased. By this union 
were born three children, namely : Mary 
D., 1)1 )rn in Wethersfield township, Novem- 
ber 13, 1875, ^^''s graduated from the Gene- 



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seo Collegiate Institute in 1893, and is now 
the wife of Alfred Peterson, a prominent 
farmer of Geneseo township, whose home i? 
on section 24. just opposite the residence of 
her parents. Emma Sophia, born in \\'eth- 
ersfield township, January 13, 1880. wa^. 
graduated from the Geneseo Collegiate In- 
stitute in 1896, and for four years has 
taught school in Geneseo township, giving 
the highest satisfaction. Henry William, 
born in Geneseo township, February 2, 1892, 
is now attending the home school. 

yir. Nelson gives his political support 
to the men and measures of the Republican 
party, but has never been an aspirant for 
office. However, he takes a deep and com- 
mendable interest in public affairs, and gives 
his aid to all enterprises for the public good. 
He holds membership in the Swedish Luth- 
eran Church of Geneseo, which his family 
also attend, and they are people of promi- 
nence in the communitv where the\' reside. 



L. F. MATTESOX. 

Greater fortunes have been accumulated 
in Henry county but few lives furnish so 
striking an example of the wise application 
of sound principles and safe conservatism 
as does that of Mr. ilatteson. The story of 
his success is short and simple, containing 
no exciting chapters, but in it lies one of tiiv.- 
most valuable secrets of the prosperity 
which it records, and his business and pri- 
vate life are pregnant with interest and in- 
centive, no matter how lacking in dramatic 
action. 

Mr. ilatteson was born in the northern 
part of Sweden, June 13, 1844, a son of Hans 
ar.d Brita Matteson, who brought their fam- 



ily to America in October. 1854. and settled 
in Copley township. Knox countv. Illinois. 
Throughout the remainder of his life the 
father engaged in general farming in Knox 
and Henry comities, and died in Galva 
tt^wnship. this county in 1866, at the age of 
hfty-fi\'e years. Subsequently his wife went 
to Nebraska to make her home with rela- 
tives and there died in 1890, aged seventy- 
six years. They were the parents of nine 
children, eight of whom were born in Swe- 
den, while one was born in this country, 
but died when quite small. Of the eiglit, 
Anna is the wife of Isaac Boostrom. a man- 
ufacturer of tile and brick in Polk county, 
Nebraska; L. F. is next in order of birth; 
Anson H. is a stock raiser and shipper, of 
Loomis, Phelps county. Nebraska : Carrie 
is the wife of Jonas \\ . Olson, of Galva, 
Illinois; Lizzie is the wife of Olof Erickson, 
of Stromsburg, Nebraska: Mary died in 
Cambridge township, this county; anil Au- 
gust H. and Peter E., twins, are both de- 
ceased. 

The subject of this sketch was princi- 
pally educated in the schools of his native 
land, though he attended school for a time 
in this country after attaining his twentieth 
}ear. He grew to manhood upon the home 
farm and then removed from Knox tc» 
Henry county, locating on a farm in Galva 
township, where he spent two years. The 
following eight years were passed in Cam- 
bridge township, and while living there ha 
was married in 1875 to ^Nliss Lizzie M. San- 
burg, who was also born in Sweden, De- 
cember 9, 1855, and came to America with 
an uncle in 1870. Her father died in Swe- 
den when she was an infant and the mother 
came to America in June. 1899. and resides 
in Galva township. By this union were born 
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the age of t\\el\e years. Tliosc living are 
I'ranklin, who is imw engaged in farming 
upon his father's laml : Duhe X., a graduate 
of tile (ialva higli seiiDol and nmv tiie wife 
of WilHam Edward Hanst)n. wliu is clerk- 
ing in her father's store; and May and Mor- 
ris, who are l)otli attending school. 

Mr. ]\Iattes<in owned a farm of eighty 
acres in L'amhridge townshii), which he 
operated until 1S7S, when he remoxed to 
Clalva, and practically li\eil retired for the 
following two years. In iScSi he purchased 
a meat market, which he conducted at in- 
tervals for about fourteen years, and still 
owns the building in which it was located, 
il being now occupied b\- John Lapan. ( )n 
the i^Ub of March. iSi)<), he pmxdiased his 
present drug store i^i Mrs. Hanson, and has 
since given his attention to that line of trade. 
Jle carries a well-selected stock of drugs, 
druggists' sundries, paints, oils, books and 
stationerv, and is meeting with gciod suc- 
cess in this ■ \enture. During his residence 
in Galva he purchased a well-improved farm 
of one hundred and eigiity acres, which has 
been operated by hini for a number of years, 
and in connection with his farming opera- 
tions he is now gi\ing consideral)le atten- 
tion to the stock business. He is a stock- 
liolder of the (Ialva .State I Sank, the (ialva 
Telephone Company, and the W'estr.'uid 
Manufacturing Company of (jalxa, which 
manufactures corn planters and farm imple- 
ments. As a business man he is enterpris- 
ing, energetic and thoroughl}' reliable, 
and the success that he has achieved is cer- 
tainl\- well merited, lie is a prominent 
member of the Knights of Pythias lodge 
of (ialva, in which he has filled all the offices. 
In his political affiliation he is a Republican 
and has always taken an active interest i'i 
i)artv affairs. He has filled a number of 



local offices, including that of school director, 
and in 1899 ^^'i'^ elected sujjcrvisor of (i.alva 
township, which position he is now filling 
witii credit to himself and to the entire 
satisfaction of his constituents, lie has 
been a meinl)cr of the town board of Calva 
for eight years, during which time he labored 
earnestlv for the establishment of water 
wiirks, and his efforts were finally crowned 
w itli success. He has been a delegate to the 
County senatorial conventions of his party, 
and is one of the most influential and prom- 
inent citizens of his community. His esti- 
mable wife holds membership in the Luther- 
an Church at (ialva, and he contributes lib- 
erallv to its .support and to all worthy en- 
terprfses for the public good. 



W. SYDNEY GOEMBEL. 

Among" (jeneseo's most enterprising 
and progressive business men is \\'. Sydney 
Cioembel, who for the past twelve years has 
represented the Moline Wagon Company as 
a lra\eling salesman, while in that line of 
business he has been successfully engaged 
for almost a (|uarter of a centur_\-. He was 
born in I'eori;!, Illinois, on the 9tli of .\pril. 
1S4S. and is the eldest son of Jacob and 
Louisa I Luther) Cioembel. 

The father was born in Xiederaula, Kries 
Herschfeld, Kurfenstenthun, Hessen, (ier- 
many. May 17, 1SJ4, and in 1834 came t(J 
.\merica with his parents, Sebastian and 
.\nna i^Schafferj Goembel, landing at Xew 
Orleans, on the 9tli of June, after sixty- 
three (lavs upon the water, fliev proceeded 
up the ^lississippi and Illinois rivers to 
I'eoria. and across tiie country to Tazewell 
count\', Illinois, where Sebastian (ioembel 



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bought a farm and also secured a (|u:u"ter 
section of government land. Mis last days 
vere sjjent in Washington, that county, 
■where he died at alxjut the age of seventy- 
six )-ears. His wife was over eighty-three 
)'ears of age at the time of her death. For 
many years they held membership in the 
Evangelical Association, and were highly 
respected by all who knew them. Of their 
nine children only the eldest daughter, Cath- 
erine, wife of John Clinch, of Washington; 
and Jacob, father of our subject, are now 
living. 

Jacob (jocmbel was reared on the home 
farm and educated in the German language, 
having never attended English schools. He 
assisted in opening up the farm in Tazewell 
county, which was only five miles from 
Peoria. At the age of twenty-one he left 
home and went to Chicago, where he worked 
ac a teamster fur ten dollars per month. In 
1846 he was married in Lake county, Illi- 
nois, to -Miss Louisa Luther, who was born 
in Xew York, January 28, 1826, a daugh- 
ter of John Jacob and Louisa (Saunders) 
Luther, both natives of Linbach, Xeibeirn, 
then a province of France, but now a part 
of Germany. Her father served tmder Na- 
poleon Bonaparte, for seven years as a 
member of the old Imperial Guard, and ac- 
companied that famous warrior on his inva- 
sion of Egypt and Russia, taking part in the 
siege of Moscow. He was under the com- 
Uiand of General Xey for a time, and while 
in the service had a horse shot from under 
him. In 1821 he came to this country and 
first settled in Allegany county, Xew York, 
Avhere he made his home for a few years. 
The following seven years were spent in 
\\'arren, Pennsylvania, and in 1836 he re- 
moved to Chicago, Illinois, which city at that 
time contained only two good houses. The 



Indians were just leaving for the western 
reservations beyond the ilississippi. The 
family made their home in the vicinity of 
Chicago until coming to Henry county in 
1852, when they took up their residence in 
Yorktown township. Mr. Luther died in 
Geneseo, in 1862, at the age of seventj'-four 
years, six months and five days. His wife 
passed away at their home near Chicago in 
1850. They were members of the Evangel- 
ical Association and most estimable people. 
Of their ele\eii children, ten reached matur- 
ity, but only three are now living, namely : 
Louisa, mother of our subject; Elizabeth, 
wife of Jesse Wilniot, of Leonora, Kansas; 
and David, a resident of Geneseo. 

After his marriage Jacob Goembel 
worked in a slaughter house in Peoria for a 
year, and then purchased eighty acres of 
kiud on Farm creek, Tazewell county, which 
he sold in 1S51 on coming to Henry county. 
Here he entered a tract of government land 
on section 30, Y'orktown township, and en- 
gaged in its cultivation until 1863, when he 
bought another farm in the same locality, 
and made his home there until his renio\al 
to Geneseo in 1876. He is still the owner 
of ninety-one acres of land in Yorktowu 
township, but is now living retired in Gene- 
seo. His political support is given the Re- 
imblican party, and he filled the office of 
school trustee for many years. He and his 
wife are iDrominent members of the Evan- 
gelical Association, and he is now a trustee 
of the church. 

This worthy couple are the parents of 
nine children of whom our subject is the 
oldest. Samuel, a prominent grain dealer 
of Geneseo, is represented on another page 
of this volume; Jacob Edward, a farmer of 
Yorktown township, married Emma Rapp 
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r.essie; Peter, a farmer of Minnesota, mar- 
ried Clirisliiia Rajip and lias six ciiildren. 
01i\e. Arthur, Jesse, I'erry, lulith and \'er- 
iu>n ; Anna is the wile of Henr\' (ilahe, a 
ciMitractor of Tazewell county; L\(ha is the 
wife of Isaac Krimhill, of Minnesota, and 
lias five cliildren, Pilanclie, \'era. \\ innie, 
Clarence and Archie; John E., an att>irney 
of Rock ford, Illinois, married Minnie 
Crosskopp; W'ilhelmina died at the age of 
se\en _\ears : and Catherine dietl at the age 
of eighteen months. 

.\lr. (iocmhel. of this review, was onlv 
three years old when hrought 1)\- his par- 
ents to this countr}', and in ^'orktown lnwn- 
ship lie grew to ni.inhood. J lis earl\' edu- 
cation was ohtained in the jjuhlic schools, 
and at the age of eighteen he entered the 
Xorthwestern College at Plaintield, Illinois, 
where he was a student for a time. Snhse- 
(|uentl_\' he engaged in ti.'aching schodi in 
Henry county for four vears, and during 
the following two years engaged in farming 
in Yorktown townshii). In iSjj he m;ide 
an extended trip through Missouri, Kan- 
sas, Colorado. Nebraska and Iowa, in coni' 
pany with his cousin, Levi <. opp. 'They 
spent a delightful summer in tins way. dri\- 
ing the entire distance of two thousand 
seven hundred and sixtv miles. 

( )n his return home Mr. ( iocmhel suc- 
cessfully engaged in stock l)u\-ing for two. 
years in Yorktown township, and in the 
fall of 1873 remove<l to Moline, where he 
embarked in general merchandising, in 
company with John Rapp, under the lirm 
name of Rapp & (loemhel. The following 
June Samuel .\rnett iiec.ame a member of the 
company and the name was changed to 
Rapp, (ioembel ^K: .\ruett. Two years and 
a half later Mr. Rapp sold his interest to 
his partners, who continued business under 



the name of Goembel & .\rnett until the 
fall of 1S7S, when Mr. Goembel withdrew 
from the lirm. The following year he en- 
gaged in the implement business with Mow- 
ery (Jt Hawkins, and in i<S8o went upon tho 
road for the JulinstMn Harvester Company, 
of Ratavia, .\ew \nrk. rejiresenting their 
western branch, with headcpiarters at Chi- 
cago. In )88i he became connected with 
the .Sterling Manufacturing Company, of 
Sterling, Illinois. ])eing the lirst man to 
represent that company as a traveling sales- 
man, lie remained with them twn and a 
half years, and in t883 entLM-ed the service 
of the Janesville Machine (,'ompany. of 
Janes\-ille, Wisconsin, his territ(jry includ 
ing the states of Wisconsin, ^Minnesota, thu 
Dakotas, Xebra.ska, Kansas, Missouri, Colo- 
r;'.ilo an<l Wyoming, witli headipiarters at 
Lincoln. Nebraska. ( )n leaving that con- 
cern, in the fall of 1889, he entered the 
emi)loy of the Moline Wagon Comi)any, 
with which lie is still connected. .\ genial 
ami obliging gentleman, he ni;ikes a \ ery 
pojjular salesman, and is held in high re- 
gard not onl_\' b_\- the company which he rep- 
resents, but also by his many ]>atriins and 
the ac([uaintances he makes upon the road. 
Mr. Goembel now makes his home in ( iene 
seo. As a Inisiuess man he has prospered 
and is now the owner of a ranch of six bur- 
tired and forty acres near Sherman. Minne- 
liaha county, South Dakota, and \\:\> a farm 
of one hundred and sixty acres in Rock 
Count V, Minnesota, which he rents, it be- 
ing worked on the mutual plan. He also 
has city property in (jeneseo, Illinois, and 
Wichita. Kansas. 

On the 8th of October, 1870, Mr. Goem- 
bel was tniited in nrarriagc with Miss Mar- 
tha (ireenwood. a native of I''ngl;ind. ami 
a daughter of John and Mary (Sound) 



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Greenwood, wlio became residents of York- 
town township, this county, in 1863. Mr. 
Greenwood is now deceased, but his wife 
is still living and makes her home with her 
son Joseph, in that township. Mrs. Goem- 
bel died September 11, 1871, and our sub- 
ject was again married Xovember 17. 
1874. his second union being with ?kliss 
Laura E. Early, who was born in Saxony. 
Germany, in December, 1848. and came t.' 
America in 1853 with her parents. Lave- 
recht and Leonora (Bartholt) Early. On 
landing in Xew York the family proceeded 
at once to Henry county. Illinois, and lo- 
cated in Burns township, where ^Ir. I-'arlv 
followed the occupation of farming. His 
wife died September 17, i860, at the age 
of forty-three years, and the following year 
he removed to Geneseo, where he engaged 
in the hotel business until 1867. He passed 
away in September, 1868. at the age of 
fifty years. ^Irs. Goembel has a half- 
brother, \\illiam F. Crangle, of Holmes- 
\ ille, Nebraska ; and has three sisters, name- 
ly : Amelia, deceased wife of Andrew Mar- 
tni, of Atlantic, Iowa; Aurelia. wife of J. 
J. Shuck, of Geneseo. Illinois: Lizzie, wife 
of Joseph Dobbs, a jeweler of Geneseo. 
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Goembel ha\e been born 
three children: Lowell Sydney, wiio was 
born July 13, 1878, and died ^lay i, 1890; 
Ethel Pearl, born Xovember 13. 1881 : and 
Lela May, born June 4, 1883. 

In politics yir. Cioembel is a stanch 
Democrat, and is a jjcrsonal frien<l of Will- 
iam J. Bryan. He is a member of the In- 
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, the 
Knights of Pythias, and the Iowa Travel 
ing Men's Association, and holds an en- 
viable position both in Inisiness and social 
circles. His wife and daughter are mem- 
bers of the Baptist Church, and the family 



is one of prominence in the communitx 
where they reside, having an extensi\e cir- 
cle of friends and acquaintances. 



J. C. SMILEY. M. D. 

Among those who devote their time and 
energies to the alleviation of human suflfer- 
ing is Dr. J. C. Smiley, of Kewanee, who 
is to-day the oldest practicing physician of 
Henry county. He was born on the 14th of 
September, 1830, in Winchester, \'irginia, 
near the battle ground of Bull Run, and is .1 
son of Walter and Susan ( Kraus) Smiley, 
The latter was born in Ohio of German 
parentage, while the Doctor's father was a 
native of Scotland, though he came to 
America in boyhood and was only a Ind 
when his father died. He was educated U.v 
the Presbyterian ministry, and devoted h.s 
entire life to that noble calling, preaching in 
Winchester for many y^ars. He removed to- 
Randolph county, Indiana, when our sub- 
ject was nine years of age, and there fol- 
lowed farming for h\e years. He died at 
the age of sixty-six years, and liis wulow 
subsetjuentl}' married Ephraim Bragg. Her 
death also occurreil in Randolph county. 
Indiana, when she was sixty-nine years old. 
By her first marriage she had nine chiklre.i, 
all of whom reaciietl years of maturity, 
while five are still li\ing. namely: J. A., a 
resident of Indiana: J. C. our subject; 
Maria, widow of Perry Hinesley and a resi- 
dent of Indiana: Sarah, wife of Benjamin 
Cleavenger, of Indiana: and C. M., a farmer 
of Rantlolph county, the same state. 

Dr. Smiley's early educational ad- 
vantages were meager, as he had to gov 
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only able to attend a few months in winter, 
wading throug^h slush and snow. As his 
father died when he was not nine years old 
he liired himself nut to a man who taught 
school in winter and farmed in summer. 
While in liis employ he was sent on errands 
to the neighhoring towns and in this way 
formed the ac(|uaintance of a Mr. Searle. 
who conducted a general store at Deerfield. 
and who later hired our subject to work for 
him at five dollars per montii. He remained 
with him thirteen years antl tiien came to 
Cambridge. Illinois. In the meantime he 
commenced reading medicine with Dr. 
Longshore, who came west the \'jar before 
our subject and it was tiirough his intluencc 
that Dr. Smiley located here. For a year 
and a half he continuetl his studies imder 
Dr. I'ld wards, of Cambridge, and then at- 
tended lectures at Rush .Medical C\)llege, 
Chicago. On his return to Henry county, 
in the spring of i860, he took charge and 
cureil tlie first case of diphtheria which is 
known to have occurred in the county. For 
abiiut four years he was in partnership with 
Dr. C. II. Grand, and was then alone in 
practice for a few months. In the spring 
<if 1H65 he came to Kewanee. and has suc- 
cessfidly engaged in practice here ever since. 
On locating here there were six other ])hysi- 
ciaus in the place, but he is the only one 
remaining, lie was in partnership witn Dr. 
Day for about foiu" \ears. and was then 
alone until he formed a j)artirershi]) with 
his son in iSSj. He has met with excellent 
success in his chosen profession and enjoys 
a large and lucrative practice. 

On the 25th of September, 1852, Dr. 
Smiley was united in marriage with Miss 
Mary ICUen Cook, of Jay comny, Indiana, 
who was a native of Ohic\ and a daughtei 
of |ohu R. and Marv Cook. He has been 



called upon to mourn the loss of his wile, 
who died January 12. 1899. at the age of 
si.xtv-six vears. Of the four children born 
to them two (lied in infancy. Florence is 
now the wife of Louis Kraiis, of Kewanee. 
and they have one child, Charles. Francis 
M.. now a i)hysician engaged in practice 
with his father, was born in Cambridge, 
November _^. 1838, and received his early 
education in liie schools of Kewanee. He 
then entered Xotre Dame L'niversity. where 
he i)ursued both the literary and medical 
courses, and was graduated in 1876 with 
the degree of M. D. He was next a stir 
dent at .\nn Arbor one year, and having 
contracted ague at that ])lace returned home. 
I'"or two years he attended lectures at Rush 
Medical College, and was graduated from 
that in.stitution February jj. 1879. Lo- 
cating at Atchison, Illinois, he was engaged 
in practice there for three years, and for the 
following four years was connected with the 
Pinkerton Detective .\gency. He then spent 
some time at the receiving hospital of Belle- 
\-ue. .\ew ^'ork. and the insane asylum ac 
Staunton. X'irginia, making a stnd_\ of the 
l)atients at both places, and then returned 
to Kewanee in 1887 and entered into part- 
nership with his father. In 1890 he took 
a special course at the llliiioi.s ICye & Ear 
Infirmary, where he spent one year, bra 
ternallv he is connected with ihe Tribune, 
Roval Circle and llome l'"orum, and also 
belongs to Canton Lodge, 1. t). O. F.. of 
Kewanee. lie assisted in organizing the 
Rebecca hxlge of the same order, and also 
the Improved Tribe of Red Men, at Kewa- 
nee. In politics he is independent. He was 
married. May i, 1879, to Miss Minnie Mac- 
Farland, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, 
and a daugiiter of William Macb'arland, now 
of Wichita. Kansas. I)\' this union was 



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born a daughter, Grace I., a graduate of the 
Kewanee high scliool. 

At national elections Dr. J. C. Smilev 
votes the Democratic ticket, but at local 
elections, when no issue is involved, he sup 
ports whom he believes to be the best man 
for the office, regardless of party affilia- 
tions. He has served as a member of the 
town council and for many years was presi 
dent of the school board, during which time 
school houses were built and the public 
school system put on a good running basis. 
Other offices have been tendered him, but 
he has always. refused sucii honors. Hav- 
ing met with success in his chosen calling, 
he is now the owner of considerable prop 
erty in Kewanee. and also in Omaha, Ne- 
braska, and has farming land in that state. 
He is one of the oldest Odd Fellows in 
Henry county, and has been a !Mason since 
1868, now holding membership in Kewanee 
Lodge, Xo. 159. He is widely known 
throughout the county where he has so long 
made his home, and is imiversally esteemed 
and respected. 



PETER HERDIEX. 

One of the most prominent citizens oi 
Galva. well known for his business ability 
and enterprise, is Peter Herdien, president 
of the Hayes Pump and Planter Company, 
and the orginator and treasurer of the Her- 
dien Coal Company, the latter being estab- 
lished in 1880. He was born in Lingbo. 
Shog, Socken. Sweden. May 23, 1844, <i'ifl 
is the son of Hans Hanson, who. through 
his five years' service in the X^ational 
Guards of Sweden, acquired distinction and 
won the militarv name of Herdien. His 



wife. Catherine Johnson,, was also a native 
of Sweden, and they were the parents of 
three children. Hans, born in 1836, died in 
Sweden in 1885. Christine, the only daugh- 
ter, still makes her home in her native land. 
Peter is the subject of this sketch. The 
parents both died in Sweden, the father in 
1865. at the age of forty-five years. The 
mother survi\ed him many years, and died 
in 1891. 

The subject of this sketch is the only one 
of the family caming to America. He re- 
ceived his education in the schools of his 
native country, and while the instruction 
was not all that he desired, it was the foun- 
dation for knowledge afterwards accpiired 
by reading and contact with the world, and 
for the business career for which he had a 
natural inclination. He was but twenty 
years of age when he came to the L'nited 
States, and although he came with limited 
means, he had the steadfast determination 
to achieve success, if it were at all possible. 
Locating first in Knox county, Illinois, he 
v.orked for a time as a carpenter, but in the 
winter following his arrival he commenced 
to learn the cabinet maker's trade, at which 
he continued for five years, securing in that 
time a thorough knowledge of the trade. 

In 1869. Mr. Herdien came to Henry 
canity and was employed by ^Ir. Alger in 
his furniture store in the village of Wood- 
hull, and there remained one years, during 
which time an excellent trade was built up. 
Leaving the employ of ilr. Alger, he went 
to Gaha, wiiere he formed a partnership 
with O. L. Peterson, and purchased the fur- 
niture interests of L. Hedstrom. who was a 
partner of ^Ir. Peterson. For a number of 
years the partnership thus formed was con- 
tinued, and the business is yet carried on by 
Mr. Peterson. The firm of Herdien & Pe- 




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terson, soon after its orgaiiizatinn, opened 
up a branch store in Canilirido'e, Illinois, 
which they continued until 1876. when the 
stock was disposed of and Mr. Herdien be- 
came interested in coal mining and in the 
general coal trade. Soon after this, bow- 
ever, he and ^Ir. Peterson purchased a fur- 
niture store in Kearney, Nebraska, which 
they continued to operate for one year, when 
they sold out to a Mr. Swift. In company 
with seven others, he then formed the (jalva 
Alining Company, but later this was merged 
into the Herdien Coal Company. In tlie 
years that ba\e since passed, he has built 
up an excellent trade, supplying nearly all 
the coal for the local trade, and at times 
shipping to other points. Some years ago 
the firm of Lewin & Corkbill started up in 
the coal trade, and, after running for a .sliort 
time, the company purchased their inter- 
ests, and has since conducted a profitable 
business. 

On the 6th of Xovember. 1870, Mr. 
Herdien was united in marriage with Miss 
Martha Johnson, of \'ictoria. Kuo.x county, 
Illinois, a native of Sweden. I)orn July o. 
1848, and daughter of Louis Johnson, who 
came witii his family to. Illinois in 1857 and 
settled in Knox county. By this union three 
children were born. Jennie M., born Octo- 
ber 17. 1 87 1, was married Sejjtember 26, 
1900, to V. V. Bodinson. a druggist, and 
tiiey now reside in Baker City, Oregon. 
\\'alter L., born August 8, 1874, after re- 
ceiving his primary education in the schools 
of Galva, entered Xorthwestern University. 
Evanston, Illinois, and, taking the classical 
course, was graduated with the degree of 
A. B. He later entered the law department 
of the same institution, from which he was 
also graduated, and in 1900 was admitted 
to the b;u" of Cook count\', ami now resides 



iu Chicago. In all be took a seven years' 
course in the University. Elmer Forrest, 
born May 22. 1876, also took the classical, 
later the medical, course in the same insti- 
tution, receiving first his degree of A. B.. 
and afterwards the degree of M. D. He was 
in attendance at the University for eight 
years. 

His business interests calling him to Chi- 
cago, in 1 89 1, ^Ir. Herdien moved his fam- 
Iv to that cty, where they remained until 
1895 and then returned to Galva. In 
that year he became identified with the 
Hayes Pump and Planter Company, as man- 
ager, investing some capital in the concern. 
With his well known energy and business 
tact, he has built up a good trade -for the 
productions of tlie company, and placed its 
business on & sound financial basis, and in 
.July, 1899, was made president. In other 
concerns be has also become interested, and 
is now the president of the Galva Gas Light 
and Coke Company, and vice-president of 
the First Xational Bank of Galva. 

Religiously, Mr. Herdien is a member of 
the Swedish Methodist Episcopal Qiurch, 
of which body bis wife is also a member. 
Both manifest much interest in the work of 
the church and in the cause of the Master. 
Politically he is a I\epul)lican, and while 
lie is an active worker for his party, attend- 
ing and particij^ating as a delegate in its 
various conventions, he has never aspired 
to political offices. It is as a business man 
that be is best known, and for thirty years 
he has been identified with the business 
interests of Galva, and it is conceded by all 
that his influence has been felt in a remark- 
able degree, and always on the side of right. 
\\'hile conservative, he is yet wide-awake 
to every nterest that will best advance the 
general good of Jiis ado])te(l city and c unity. 



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DANIEL LA\'ERY. 

Tliis well-known and successful farmer. 
\\hos hue farm, comprising two hunilred 
and eighty acres of land, is pleasantl}' lo- 
cated on section 3(), Hanna township, is a 
nati\"e of the Emerald Isle, and a son of 
Daniel and Esther (Banii) Lavery, who, 
as farming people, spent their entire li\es 
in Ireland. The fatiier was about sixty- 
years of age at the time of his death. Our 
subject has one lorother, Patrick, who is a 
farmer of this count}-. 

In 1S55. when abnut t\\ ent\--tw(j }-ears 
of age. Mr. La\-er}-, of this re\-iew, emi- 
grated to America, antl first located in 
\Vayne county, Pennsyhania, where he 
worked by the month for one }-ear. lie 
then' went to California, where he spent two 
years in prospecting and mining, and vn 
his return east again took up his residence 
in Wayne county, Penns_\-l\-ania. where he 
tolknved farming for the fullowing twi.i 
years. In 1863 he came to Henry couui)-, 
Illinois, and purchased eighty acres of hi^i 
present farm in Hanna township, to whic!-. 
he has adiled fnmi time to time as his 
financial resources have increased untd he- 
is now the jjossessor of a valuable place of 
two hundred and eight}- acres, idl undei 
cultixatiiiii and improxed with good and 
suljstantial buildings, including a [jleasant 
residence. In connection with general 
farming he is 'also engaged in stock raising 
with excellent success. 

In Wayne county. Pennsyhania, Air. 
Lavery was married, in 1861, to Miss Mary 
O'Xeill, a native of that state, and a daugh- 
ter of James and I'.liza ( Boyle) O'XeiU, 
both n<]W deceased. J ler father was born 
iri Ireland and was abcmt fom- \-ears of age 
when he caiue to the Lnitetl States. Unto 



Mr. and Mrs. Laxerv were burn the follow- 
ing children: John, who dietl at the age of 
eighteen years; James, wlui married Luc}' 
Hannon and is eiigaged in farn-iing in .\t- 
cliisiin township, this countv; Lizzie, who 
died at the age of thirteen years; Daniel, 
a farmer of Annawan township ; Charles, 
at home ; Celia, now in a convent at Sus- 
(juebanna, I'ennsylvania ; Salie, Frank and 
r\Iarg-aret A., all at home; ^\'illiam, who 
died at the age of eig'hteen years: and Min- 
nie, at liduie. All were born in this cnunt}-. 
with the exceptiim of John, wlidse birth oc- 
curred in Penns}-l\-ania. 

In his political affiliations Mr. Laxery 
is a Democrat, but he has never sought pub- 
lice office, preferring to give his attention to 
h^is business interests. He gives his support 
t(j all enterprises for the public benefit, and 
in man}- ways has materially ad\-anced the 
interests of the community in which he li\es. 
In religious belief he is a Catholic and his 
faniih- also attend that church. 



FREDERICK W. WEI X RICH. 

One of the prosperous farmers and suc- 
cessful stock raisers of Henry cnunt}-,. 
1-^-ederick W. Weinrich. is now carr}-ing on 
oi)erations on section 6. Miuison townsIii[i. 
He is a nati\-e oi this count}-. Imrn in Cen;;- 
seo tow-nship. June 15, i8()2. and is the 
eldest son of William 1". and Christina 
( Kipping) Weinrich. who were l)orn. reared 
and married in Germany, and as a wedding 
journey cameto America in 185J. The fa- 
ther had receixed a limited educatinn in his 
natixe land antl had learned the carpenter's 
trade, xvhich he folloxved for ten years after 
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(luring; tliis time at (ieiieseo. Illinois. He 
then took up agricultural pursuits, to whicli 
he devoted his attention from 1862 until 
he retired from acti\e labor, in 1893. ^^ 
purchased one hundred and si.xty acres of 
l.uul in (Jeneseo township, which had pre- 
vinusly been broken. biU he added to it 
manv valuable improvements, making it one 
of the most (lesiral)le farms of its size ii: 
the locaKtv. In connection with general 
farming he was also interested in tlie stock 
business until 1893, when be laid aside ali 
business cares and removed to (ieneseo, 
where be now makes bis home. lie is a 
supporter of the Democratic partw but has 
ne\er taken an active part in political af- 
fairs. He attends the Methodist (.'hurch 
of Cieneseo. an<I is highly respected and es- 
teemed by all who know him. In his family 
were nine children, all of whom readied ma- 
turity, namely: Kmiua, widow of (iottlieb 
Zimmerman and a resident of (ieneseo; 
Clara, who died unmarried at the age of 
thirty years; Christ 'na. at home with her 
parents; Frederick W .. our subject; Will- 
iam, salesman for a wholesale h(|uor house 
(.f Rock Island; Matilda, at home: Ivlward, 
who is e.\tcnsi\ely engaged in the stock 
l)usiness on the old home farm in Cieneseo 
township; Charles, a printer by trade, who 
died in 1897; and Herman, who is engaged 
ir. the poultry and commission business in 
Cambridge. 

Frederick \\". W einrich re(!:ei\ed his ed- 
ucation in the district school near bis boy- 
hood home, and grew to manhood u])on the 
f;;rm, wliich. as the oldest son, be assisted 
bis father in improving and culti\ating as 
soon as large enough to handle a ])low. On 
attaining his majority he embarked in busi- 
ness for himself as a stock dealer on a small 
scale. gi\ing his attention to Poland China 



bogs, which he raised for sale and breeding 
purposes, .\lthough still a young man be 
is one of the oldest dealers in bis community. 
His stock is all of a high grade and very 
xaluable. luicb year be has his stock on 
exhibition at the fairs, and has thus far se- 
cured first prize and sweepstakes for his 
bogs. He is also extensively engaged in 
feeding cattle for market, and by a \isit 
to bis well kept farm one can see some line 
animals as exidence of his skill as a practical 
stock feeder. In connection w.tii his 
brother Edward be is also interested in rais- 
ing full blooded draft horses and jiolled 
.\ngus cattle, w hich have recently been added 
to the list oi high grade animals wiiich they 
raise. In each business venture Mr. W'ein- 
rich has met with decided success, and we 
])redict for him a l)rilhant f.iture as one of 
the leading stock dealers of the county. 
I'-rom 1888 to 1894 he rented land in (iene- 
seo township, but in the latter ye:u- pur- 
chased his present farm of one lumdrcd and 
lwent\-four acres on section 6. Munson 
township. uiJon which he has made some 
valuable improvements, including the erec- 
tion of additional buildings for the acco:n- 
UK Illation of his constantlx' increasing stock 
business. 

In 1888 Mr. W'eim-ich was uniteil in 
marriage with Miss Matilda IJartz. who was 
born in (iermany, in 1869, but was brought 
to the United States in 1871 by her par- 
ents, John and .\nna (Fritz) P.artz. I ler 
fatber died in h'dfonl townshi]). this county, 
in i(;Oo, but her mother is still living on 
the farm there. .Mrs. \\ einrich is the oklesc 
of their eleven children who are still li\ing, 
the others being Bertha, w ho died aged about 
three years in (iermany ; .Mbert died in 
(ieneseo when a child; Gustaf, a farmer of 
Edford township: Hulda, wife of B. Wood- 



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rui¥: Emma, a resident of Rock Island; 
Edward, at home: Mary, a resident of 
Geneseo : and Minnie and John, Ijoth at 
home. One son, Ottn, is deceased. ^Ir. 
and Mrs. W'einrich are active meml)ers and 
liberal supporters of the ^lethodist Episco- 
l)al Church. He has never taken an active 
part in political affairs. He is a wide 
awake , energetic business man, and is 
thorouehlv reliable in all transactimis. 



\\1LL1AM II. COSXER. 

This well-known and prosperous farmer 
■of Burns t^)wnship, whose home is on sec- 
tion 14, is a native of Hemy county, born 
ill Kewanee township, January 5. 184J, antl 
is a worthy representati\e vi one of the 
county's pioneer families. His father 
Jacob Cosner, was born on the nth of 
April, 1809. in Coshocton Ciiunty, Ohio. 
\\ here he continued to make his home until 
coming to this county, in 1838. He was one 
of the first to locate in \\'ethersfield town 
ship and became prominently identified with 
the early development and upbuilding of 
this locality. In 1841 he removed to Burns 
township, of which he was also a pioneer, 
and there continued to reside until his death, 
which occurred Januar}- 3, 1897. He served 
as postmaster of Burns for several years, 
was road commissioner si.x years, and 
school director for some time, and was one 
of the leading and influential citizens of 
his community. He cast his first presiden 
tial vote for General Jackson, and continued 
to support the Democratic party through- 
out life. On the 5th of February, 1841 
he married ]\Iiss Sarah Leonard, who was 
horn in Pennsvl\-ania, Tanuarv 6, 1820, 



and was a daughter of Samuel and Phebe 
Leonard, the former of German, the latter 
of Irish' descent. Her parents died in this 
county and were luiried in Cosner cemetery. 
the cemetery l)eing named after his family. 
Our subject's paternal grandparents. Philip 
and Mary Cosner, were of German and 
Welsh extraction. 

William H. Cosner is the oldest of a 
family of ten children, the others being as 
follows: Sylvester Rush, born October 11. 
1843, ^1'^^ September 27, 1845. •'"'' ^^''^ 
buried in \\'ethersfield cemetery. Abrahani 
Swails, born November 13, 1845, married, 
first, Isabella Tracy, and, second, Eliz;-. 
Martin, and lives in Cornwall township 
Benton Boner, born October 20, 1847, ^^^^^ 
April 21, 1849, ^"d was buried in the Cos- 
ner cemetery. Amanda Byantha, born De 
camber 20, 1849, is the wife of L. E. Wil- 
helm, of Kewanee. Cynthia }^laria. burn 
December 7, 1851, died January 6. 1873. 
Sarah Salena, born August 31, 1854. died 
September 11, 1855. Mathew Potter, bom 
October 20, 1828, died September 12. 1859 
Ruea Rosella, born June 28, 1858, dieil 
September 30, 1858. Francis Clarion, born 
]\Iay 22, 1859, married Betsy Johnson, and 
died October 20, 1890. The mother of these 
children died on the 30th of July, 189O. 

Mr. Cosner, of this review, attended the 
country schools near his boyhood home, and 
on the completion of his educatiDU turned 
his attention to the work of the farm. 
Throughout his entire life he has engaged 
in agricultural pursuits, and is now the 
owner of two valuable and well improved 
farms, one of one hundred and six acres, 
the other of one hundred and seventv-two 
and a half acres. The neat and thrifty ap- 
pearance of these jjlaces shows conclusi\-ely 
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tioii \\l)icli lie follows and tliat lie is a man 
uf good business ability. I-"or smne years 
lie engaged extensixely in the raising nt 
Siiropshire sheep, Init now gives attention to 
the raising of cattle, horses, sheep and hogs. 

On the 1st of January, 1864, in Wethers- 
field township, Mr. Cosner was united in 
marriage with ]\liss Adelaide Alvernia 
Wedge, born May 14, 1844, and daughter 
of Chester and I'aulina (Ellen wood) 
Wedge, and they have become the parents 
of two children: William Oria married 
Emily Scott, by whom he has three children, 
and with his family lives on a farm ad- 
joining his father's. Ceria Clyde married 
Grace A. Whitted, and resides with oui 
subject; has two children, Dewey K. and 
Claude \\'. 

Politically Mr. Co.sner is a Democrat 
and he takes cjuite an active antl pruniiucni 
part in local affairs. He has filled the crtice 
of justice of the peace four j'ears. constablo 
eight years, and road master at various 
times, and his official duties have always 
been most capably and satisfactorily per- 
formed. 



WILLIAM AIERRIMAX. 

This gentleman, who is one of the oldest 
settlers and most highly esteemed residents 
of Henry county, is now living a retired life 
in Geneseo. He was born in Huron coun- 
l\', ^lichigan, on Christmas day, 1832, a 
son of Edward and Malinda (Bartlett) 
Merriman, natives of Xew York, from 
which state the father removed to Alichigan 
in the latter part of the '20s. He was a 
good farmer and followed that pursuit 
throughout life. He died February 14, 
1858, at the age of forty-six years, and his 
v, idcjw subsequently married Adam Dunlap, 



a highly respected citizen of Geneseo, who 
i.-. represented elsewhere in this work. Her 
death occurred March 24, 1898, when she 
was seventy-seven ._\ears of age. She was 
a devout Christian, a memlier of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church, was generous and 
charitable, ami an excellent neighbor, a de 
voted wife, being almost worshiiiped by her 
children for her many endearing qualities. 
She still lives in the affections of all who 
knew her. 

W illiam Merriman is the oldest in a 
family of si.K ciiildreii, the others being 
Louisa Olive, wIhj married J. Stafford and 
died at the age of si.xt\--live years; Minerva, 
wife of Weslej' Xiceswinder, of Geneseo, 
Charles 13., a resident of Blairtown, Iowa; 
Hortence, wife of Charles Jackson, of Es- 
sc.K. Iowa; Harriet, who died at the age of 
three years; and Gilbert, who resides in Ar- 
kansas City, Kansas. 

The subject of this review was reared 
to farming, which ^iccupalion he has fol- 
lowed throughout life in connection with 
auctioneering, haxing devoted a portion of 
his time to the latter pursuit for twenty- 
seven years. Although he is practically liv- 
ing a retired life in Geneseo, he still does 
some auctioneering for his old friends, and 
has sold as high as thirteen thousand dol- 
lars' wortii of property in one day. 

As early as 1838 Mv. Merriman came 
to Henry count}', Illinois, locating here be- 
fore the Indians had left for their western 
reser\alions and when wild game was 
plentiful. At one lime he and a neighbor 
counted a drove of seventy-live deer go- 
ing from one patch of timl)er to another. 
yir. Merriman pre-empted a tract of govern- 
ment land before it came into market and 
later purchasetl it. A portion of this land 
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I'.undred acres in Phenix townshi]), whicli 
lit lias improved and placed nnder excel- 
lent cultivatidn. His principal farm prod- 
ucts have been corn and oats, and he has 
gi\en considerable attention to the raising 
of stock. In 1S92 he left the farm and 
moved to Geneseo, where he now makes his 
Ijome. He has served his fellow citizens as 
school director and highway commissioner, 
bnt has never cared for official honors, pre- 
ferring to devote his entire time and atten- 
tion to his business interests. 

On the 24th of ^larch, i860, yiv. Aler- 
riman wedded Miss I\Iargaret Carse, a na- 
tive of Wayne county, Ohio, and a daugh- 
ter of ^\^ AI. and Mary Carse. who came 
to this country from Belfast, Ireland, at an 
early day. and in 1850 l(jcated in Illinois. 
By this union were l>orn seven children, 
namely: Mary M.. wife of Wilbur Brown- 
ing, of Phenix, by whom she has one child, 
-\Iaudie; Xancy J., wife of Benjamin Mc- 
Henry. of Geneseo, by whom she has six 
children, Alta, William B.. Flora, Eddie, 
Freddie E. and Benjamin D. ; Pearley Etta, 
wife of \\'. M. \\'ithrow, of Phenix : Amelia, 
wife of Olen Browning, bv whom slie has 
one child, Alva C. ; Edward, a resident of 
Phenix, who married Susan Tabor and has 
one child, Ora; Delia, wife of Edwin Wert, 
of Geneseo, by whom she has two children, 
Ira and Gertie; and Elsie, who died at the 
age of five years. 



LYMAN J. WILKINSON. 

This well-known and efficient superin- 
tendent of the Henry county infirmary, lo- 
cated in Munson township, was born in Ti- 
«ga county, Pennsylvania, on the 17th of 
August, 1833. his parents being George and 
Julia A. (Manton) ^^'ilkinson. both natives 



of Rhode Tslantl. The \\'ilkinson family 
was founded in America by his paternal 
great-grandfather and two brothers, na- 
tives of England. When young the parents 
of our subject nio\ed to Pennsylvania, 
where their marriage was celebrated, and 
there the father followed farming for sev- 
eral years. Coming to Illinois in 1837, he 
took up a government claim in La Salle 
county, and the following year returned to 
Pennsylvania for his family. He followed 
his chosen occupation in that county until 
I'.is removal to Bureau county, in 1844, and 
there he also opened uj) and improved a 
farm, which he successfulv operated for a 
number of years. Later he embarked in 
the hotel business in Tiskilwa and carried 
it on for about ten years, when, at the age 
of fifty-eight, he retired from active life and 
moved to Atchison, Illinois, where he owned 
a small farm. He resided in Henry county 
for about six years, and died while on a 
visit to our subject at the age of sixty-eight. 
When he first came to Illinois this section 
of the state was practically all wild prairie 
Ir.nd, entirely destitute of improvement, and 
in the development of his farms he aided 
materially in advancing its interests. He 
started out in life a poor man, and through 
his industry, enterprise and good manage- 
ment became quite well-to-do. In religious 
belief he was a Uni\-ersalist. and in politics 
he was a Democrat. As one of the leading 
and influential men of the community in 
which he lived, he was honored with a num- 
ber of local offices, although he never sought 
political preferment. After his death his 
w ife made her home with her children and 
li\"ed to the ripe okl age of eighty-three 
}ears. 

The family of this worthy couple num- 
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years of niaturitv. nainel\-: Marshall, wild 
was a ineniher of the }'"orty-se\ciuh Illi- 
nois N'oliintccr Infantry during tiie Ci\il 
var. followed the hlacksniith's trade in 
Ti.skiiwa. Bureau cnunty. where he died in 
1892; Lyman J., our suhject, is the second 
in order of hirtli and the oldest of the fam- 
ily now li\ing;: Orrin. who ser\ed in Com- 
pany E. Xinety-third Illinois Infantry, dur- 
ing tlie Rebellion, is now engageil in the 
boot and shoe business in Princeton, Illi- 
nois; Charles is a carpenter of Cripple 
Creek, Colorado; and Mary J. is tiie widow 
of William .'-^mith and resides on a t:irm 
in MunsDii tuwuship, this ci unity. All were 
reared in L;i S;ille ami I'.nreau counties. 
th.is state, and were educated in the public 
i;chools. 

L\nian J. Wilkinson was only four years 
nld when brought l)y his parents to Illinois. 
and was reared amid pioneer scenes. He 
received a iiigli-sclKMil education, and as- 
sisted his father in the ardunus task of (ij)en- 
ing up a farm in the new country, lie re- 
mained at hiime until he was married, .M;irch 
31, 1853, to Miss Emeline Stevens, who was 
born in Canterbury. New Hampshire, Jan- 
uary 26, 1835. Her father, Thomas J. 
Steven.s, was one of the pioneers of liureau 
county, this state, where he li)cated in i8^<). 
In his family were fnur children, who .are 
still living: Joseph M.. a retired farmer uf 
Anawan, Henry county; Francis, who owns 
ii farm but is now engaged in the butcher 
business in Tiskihva, Bureau county; Lo- 
rena. widow of S. Fifield and a resident of 
Buda; and Mary, widow of Pi. .\. Cleveland 
?.nd a resident of Davenport. Iowa. Mrs. 
Wilkinson died at the present limine nf our 
subject September 19, 1898. By that union 
there were born three children, namely : ( 1 ) 
George T., born October 2;^, 1856, lives 



(-11 his father's farm in Munsmi townshi]). 
He married Jane (ioshnrn and has two ciiil 
dren, Lyman and r>ert. (2) Willis I... liorn 
September 21, i8()i. li\-es with his father 
CM. the county farm, act.ng as his assistant. 
He married Ethel Lambert, who now serves 
as matron of the intTrmary. They have two 
children, Mabel and Elon. (3) Bert li.. the 
youngest son of our subject, was born Au- 
gust 25, 1867, and died, unmarried, August 
28, 1889. 

After his marriage Mr. Wilkinson 
worked at the carpenter's trade, which he 
had prexiouslv learned, and which he fol- 
Inwcxl until after the Civil war limke out. 
l\es])ondiiig to his couiitrx's call tor aid, 
he enlisted in Company 1'^, Xinety-third Illi- 
nois \'olunteer Infantry, which company 
was known as the Tiskilwa Tigers. I le en- 
tered the service as lirst lieutenant, while 
liis brother Orrin was captain of the com- 
])any. They were mustered into ser\ice Oc- 
tober 13, 1862, by Captain Barrey. of the 
L'nited .States army. Our suliject i)artici- 
pated in tiie battle of Champion Hill and 
the siege of N'icksburg. but on account of 
failing health he resigned his commission 
and was mustered out September 3, 1863. 

After resting for a time Mr. Wilkinson 
resumed work at his trade in Tiskilwa. and 
continued to follow the same until selected 
by the board of supervisors of Bureau coun- 
ty as superintendent of the infirmary there, 
which jx)sition he most creditably filled from 
1869 to 1872, when he resigned to accept 
a similar position offered him in this county. 
The new building luul just been erected in 
Munson township, the plastering being ])ut 
on after he moved in. Since then many 
improxements lia\e been made under his 
careful supervision, ;uid the farm of one 
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to three limulred and twenty. Tlie farm i.s 
now under a high state ot cultivation and 
the institution is in a flourishing condition, 
owing to tiie excellent management and 
good business and e.xecutive ability of ^ir. 
Wilkinson, who has proved a most capable, 
as well as popular superintendent. He is 
now the owner of a well improxed and high- 
ly producti^•e farm of one hundred and 
sixty acres on section ^2, Munson township, 
now occupied by his son. 

^Ir. \\'ilkinson has been president of the 
Henry Count}' Agricultural Board, luider 
whose auspices the fairs are held, and is 
one of the stockholders of the association. 
In religious belief he is an Episcopalian ; 
has ser\"ed as vestryman for a number of 
years; and at present is one of the vestry- 
men of the church at Geneseo. Fraternally 
he is an honored member of E. G. Jenkins 
post, G. A. R., of that place, and is a prom- 
inent !Mason, a member of the blue lodge 
of Cambridge, the chapter and commandery 
of Princeton, Illinois, and the Mystic Shrine, 
at Davenport, Iowa. He is one of the prom- 
inent Republicans of his community, and 
takes quite an active and influential part in 
tlie work of his party. As a pioneer su- 
perintendent of infirmaries in Illinois, and 
as one of the most honored and highly re- 
spected citizens of Henry county he is cer- 
tainly deserving of prominent mention in 
its history. In all the relations of life he 
h.as been found true to every trust reposed 
in him, and has manifested his loyalty in 
days of peace as well as in time of war. 



FRANK F. WHIFFEN. 

The present mayor of Kewanee is one 
of the most public spirited citizens of that 
place, to whose energy- and foresight the 



city is indebtetl for many improvements. 
\\'hile Mr. ^^'hift^n. as a prosperous busi- 
ness man, has given close attention to his 
private affairs, he has never forgotten or 
ignored the bond of common interest whicli 
should unite the people of every community 
and he has alwa}s been ready to prumote 
jjrogress in every line. 

He was born in Kewanee, ^lay 11, 1858, 
and is a son of John Whiffen, whose birth 
occurred in Kimbolton, England, October 
13, 18 1 5, and who came to America in 
1832 with his parents. For many years the 
grandfather of our subject was proprietor 
of a livery stable in London, known as the 
Swan Yard, but after his emigration to this 
countr\' lived a retired life. Both he and 
his wife died in Utica, Xew York, where the 
family located on coming to the new world. 
Their children were born in England and 
are all now deceased. In order of birth 
they Mere as follows : Thomas spent his 
early life in Utica, Xew York, but his death 
occurred while making his home in Wyom- 
ing, Stark county, Illinois; David was a 
resident of Iowa; John, the father of our 
subject, was the next of the family; Isaac 
followed the butcher business in Utica, Xew 
York, throughout life; Uridge was a school 
teacher of tlie same city ; and Mary complet- 
ed the family. 

\\'hen quite a young man John Whiffen 
was engaged in the butchering business in 
Utica with his brother Isaac, to whom he 
sold his interest on coming west, and wliose 
sons still carry on the business at the same 
corner in that city. It was in 1850 that 
John \Miiffen came west selling carriages 
and two 3'ears later located in ^^'yoming, 
Illinois, where he followed farming until 
the death of his wife, ]Mrs. Sarah (Seaton) 
\\ hiffen, who passed away February 23. 




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1854. She was a sister of B. \V. Seaton, 
editor of the Prairie Chief, Cambridge, Illi- 
nois. She was also a native of England, 
and they were married in Utica, Xew York, 
Jnly 25, 1838. By this union seven chil- 
dren were born, namely: John \\'., born in 
June, 1839, is deceased: Isaac .\., born Oc- 
tober 8, 1840. is a carriage manufacturer 
and dealer of Janesville, Wisconsin ; Aman- 
da Jane, bora Xovember 14. 184 J, is now 
Mrs. C. E. Bowles of the same place : 
Thomas L'., born September 5, 1847, is a 
veteran of the Civil war and a lumber mer- 
chant of De Witt, Nebraska; Sarah, born 
October 4, 1849, married Moses ^I. Barr. 
of Downers Grove, Illinois, and both died 
leaving a family of six children: Mary E.. 
born March J4, 185J, is ni)w Mrs. Clement 
Xoyes, of Minneapolis, ]^linnesota ; and 
Henrietta, Iku-u October 24. 1842, died Oc- 
tober 6, 1845. Returning to Xew York, 
the father was again married. July 3, 1854, 
his second union being with Miss Clarissa 
A. Ferguson, of Frankfort, that state, who 
was born August 11, 1824. There were 
three children by this union, of whom our 
subject is the second in order- of birth. 
Charles E., born July 30, 1855, died April 
23, 1863; and FVederick, born Xovember 
1 1, 1864, died April 5, 1867. In 1855 John 
WiiifFen took up his residence in Kewanee, 
Illinois, becoming one of the first butchers 
of that place, and continuing to carry on 
the business up to the time of his death. 
He was also one of the early stock buyers 
and shipjiers of this section, and was en- 
gaged in tiie carriage business as a sort of 
side issue for a few years. He died June 
2/. 1897, and his wife passed away Feb- 
ruary 16, 1894. They were among the 
charter memliers of the Presbyterian Church 
of Kewanee, anl were highly respected and 
esteemed bv all who knew them. 



During his boyhood and youtli I'rank 
F. Whiffen attended the public schools of 
Kew anee, and at the age of seventeen began 
liis business career in tlie employ of M. C. 
Ouinn, who conducted a meat market and 
restaurant. Later he worked for his father 
and William Priestman one year, and at 
the age of nineteen went to Terrill, Texas, 
where he was employed in the meat market 
of Mr. Priestman for a year. On his return 
to Kewanee lie formed a partnership with 
liis father in the butchering business in 
September, 1878. and carried on a market 
in the same building on Tremont street un- 
til 1887, when he began buying and ship- 
ping live stock and dealing in real estate. 
He purchased a part of the Cook estate, con- 
sisting of thirteen acres on Water street, 
which he laid out in lots and then sold. In 
many instances he built houses on the lots, 
and sold all on the installment plan, thus 
disiK)sing of fifty lots. Although a number 
of these were sold without anything being 
paid down, he has never had to take one 
back. In this way he has enabled many a 
poor person to secure a home, who other- 
wise would not have done so. Mr. A\'hiffen 
also laid out an addition in the cast end 
i)f town, known as the Ehnwimd addition, 
wiiich ciintains tliirty-two lots, all practical- 
ly l)uilt up now. He is still successfully 
engaged in the real estate business and has 
handled houses and lots all over the city. 
He sold the lot on which the Kewanee Xa-. 
tional Bank is located to that corporation, 
and received for the same the liighest price 
ever paid for a lot in Kewanee. In 1894 
he embarked in the lumber business on the 
north side of the Chicago, Burlington & 
Ouincy railroad tracks, on Xorth Main 
street, carrying a full line of Iniilding ma- 
terials, and has l)uilt up a good trade. He 
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who generally carries forward to successful 
completion whatever he undertakes. 

On the 20th of October. 1884, Mr. 
^\"hift'en was united in marriage with Miss 
.Sarah J- Pyle. a daughter of Robert and 
.Sarah J. (Collingwood) Pyle, natives of 
England and early settlers of Henry county. 
The father is now deceased, but the mother 
it still living and makes her home in Ke- 
\\anee t<iwnship. Our subject and his wife 
liave two children, Clara and Charles P.. 
\\ho are both attending school. 

^Ir. Whiffen is a director of the Union 
Building & Loan Association, and treasurer 
of the same. As a Republican he takes quite 
an active and influential part in local pol- 
itics, and has been honored with the highest 
office within the gift of his fellow townsmen. 
He served as assessor in 1893, 1894, 1896 
and 1897, being first elected on the Demo- 
cratic and later on the Republican ticket. 
In 1899 he was elected mayor of the city, 
and during his term many permanent ini- 
pro\ements has been made, including the 
completion of the system of sanitary sewer- 
age as commenced by !Mayor Pierce, and 
the laying of a number of cement sidewalks. 
He also arranged the details and carried out 
tlie paving of the business part of the city. 
.the first laid in the city. Air. W'hii^en is 
j:)re-eminently public-spirited and progress- 
ive, and in the discharge of his official du- 
ties has displayed the same business ability 
and fidelity that has marked his entire busi- 
ness career. 



MICHAEL N. EMERY. 

For a quarter of a century this gentleman 
has been one of the leading agriculturists of 
vGalva township, his home being on section 



26. -\ native of Illinois, he was born near 
Lafayette, Stark county, on the 3d of .\pril, 
1842, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth 
(Neville) Emery, honored pioneers of this 
state. The Emery family was founded in 
America by two brothers, who came to this 
country from Germany, one locating in 
Maine, the other in Pennsylvania. The 
former was a ship carpenter by trade, the 
latter a blacksmith. The family has been 
well represented in the wars of this C(jun- 
try. being always very patriotic and loyal. 
Among its members are soldiers of the 
Revolutionary war, while Conrad Emery, 
the grandfather of our subject, was in the 
war of 1812, and several cousins participat- 
ed in the Civil war. 

Jacob Emery, our subject's father, was 
born in Pennsylvania, in 1803. and first 
nmrried Deborah Doty, by whom he had 
six children. Two died when young, but 
the others are still living, namely : Mary, 
\\idow of ^Michael Neville and a resident 
of Fulton county, Illinois; Sarah J., wife 
of LetMiard Dufur, of L'nion county. Iowa ; 
James H., of Whitewater, Wisconsin: and 
Lucinda, wife of Charles Potter, of Toulon, 
Stark county, Illinois. At an early day the 
father came to Illinois, and near Canton, 
Fulton couiU}-, he married Elizabeth Neville, 
a native of Ireland, who died in November, 
1850. Two of the eight children born of 
this union died in childhood, the others be- 
ing Johanna, who married Joseph Potter 
and died in 1862; David, a retired citizen of 
Galva : Britt A., also a resident of that place ; 
Michael N.. our subject: Catherine, who be- 
came the wife of Daniel Lundy and died in 
1869: and Rose. For his third wife the 
father married Lydia Driscoll. and to them 
was born one child, Happy E., wife of S. 
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(lur subject reninveil in Stark coiintv, wliicli 
was then infested by liiclians. while wild 
game of all kinds was very abundant. Tiie 
father purciiased several tracts of govern- 
ment land, and at the time of his death held 
two deeds signed I)y President \'an Buren 
and two by President Tyler. He owned 
about three hundred and twenty acres of 
land at that time, all of which had been im- 
l)roved by himself, lie was one of the first 
to settle on the jirairie and experienced all 
the hardships and privations of pioneer life. 
In early days he hauled his farm produce 
overland to Chicago and Lacon. Jn 1853 
he purchased property in Galva and erected 
fi\e houses in the new town about the time 
the Chicago, Burlington & Ouincy railroad 
w as built through that place. There he made 
ins home until his death, which occurred 
April 4. 1894. By his ballot he supported 
the men and measures of the Republican 
party, and was always prominently identi- 
fied with public affairs, being honored with 
a number of ofticial positions. He served 
as supervisor and a member of the town 
l.foard, the duties of which positions he dis- 
charged in a most creilitable manner. Re- 
ligiously he was an active wurker and in- 
fluential member of the L'nited Brethren 
Church. 

During his boyhood Michael X. Emery 
pursued his studies in a rude school house in 
h.is native county, and after coming to Galva 
at the age of fourteen attended school for 
a few years. At the age of nineteen he 
manifested his patriotism and love of coun- 
tr\- by enlisting August 19, 1861, in Com- 
pany B, Thirty-seventh Illinois \'olunteer 
Iiifantr)", under command of J. C. Black. 
Jeaving Galva the same day. He jiartici- 
pated in the battle of Pea Ridge, in 1862; 
Prairie Grove, on the 7th of December, that 



year ; the siege of X'icksliurg and many skir- 
n-.ishes. During the Red river expedition 
he was taken ill and came home on a fur- 
lough. Being unable to return to the front, 
ht was mustered out at Chicago in October, 
1864. He was twice slightly wounded. 

After being mustered out Mr. Emery 
lived near Lafayette, Illinois, until 1876, be- 
ing engaged in agricultural pursuits. He 
purchased eighty acres of land there and also 
operated rented property. Selling his farm 
in Stark county, in 1875, he bought his pres- 
ent place of one hundred and twenty acres 
on sections 25 and j6, Galva township,Henry 
county, and the following year took up his 
residence thereon. He has since engaged 
in general farming and has met with most 
gratifying success. 

In 1867 Mr. Emery married Miss Lydia 
A. \\'illiams, who was born in Indiana, in 
1847. Her father, Lyman Williams, is now- 
living in Lafayette. Stark county, at the ripe 
old age of eighty-two years. Her mother 
died September 12, 1876. During the bor- 
der troubles in Kansas he went to that state, 
running the blockade successfully, but after 
remaining there a few weeks he returned to 
Jllinnis. 1 lis children are Mrs. Mary Miner, 
a resident of Toulon; Charles M.. of Galva 
township; Lydia A., wife of our subject; 
John A., of (ialva, Iowa; Mrs. Sarah Baker 
and William J., both of Stark county; Ella, 
a teacher of tieneseo; and Mrs. Anna Belle 
White, of Lafayette. Unto Mr. and Mrs. 
Emery were burn three children, but one died 
in childhiKid. William E., born November 
4.. 1870, is an employe of the Hayes Pump 
& Planter Company of Galva. He married 
Pauline Dock, and they have one child, 
Wallace Leslie. Wallace J., born Septem- 
ber 19. 1878, is at home with his father.' 
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countv, and the i.)l(ler took a l)usiness cmirse 
ai Lds Angeles, California. 

In his ])olitical \'ie\vs Mr. Emery is a 
stanch Uepuhlican, Ijut has ne\er heen an. 
aspirant for oltice, lliough always an acti\e 
worker tor the interests (if his party. I'^nr 
a number of years he served as schoiil di- 
rectiir in his district, fie is an honored 
member of the (irand Army I'ost. Xo. 33, 
of Gah'a, and is a Royal .\rch Mason, while 
both he and his wife are members of the 
]'-astern Star Chapter, of which she has been 
wortliy matron. Thev are people <if con- 
siderable prominence in the community 
\\here they reside and are held in high re- 
gard where\'er known. 



HEXRY EVER. 

Prominent among the representati\'e 
citizens and respected and influential men 
of Annawan is the subject of this l)io- 
graphical notice, who for many years has 
lieen identified with the agricultural inter- 
ests of Henry county, but is now living a 
retired life at his pleasant home in Anna- 
wan. 

Mr. F.yer was born in Warren comity. 
Ohio, on the 14th of April, 1823, and is a 
son of Francis Henry and AIar\- (Knob- 
loch ) b'yer, the former a native of Ger- 
man}-, who came to .America and settled in 
Warren count}', Ohio, prior to 181 2, the 
latter of \'irginia. Bv their union were born 
three other children, namely: (i) John 
wedded Mary Patton and died in Warren 
county, Ohio, leaving si.x children. Will- 
iam, Root, \\'endell, John, ^largaret and 
Mary. (2) Jacob, who also died in War- 
ren count}'. Ohio, first married Hester Pat- 



ton and after her death wedded i\iar}' l-.l- 
wood, b}' whom he had the following chil- 
(h'en : lliram. Rush, Elwood, Ashford, de- 
ceased, Xanc}' J., b'lizabeth M. and .Susan 
M. {_]) fiettie is the wife of J<ihn Eartles, 
(jf Hamilton count}', Ohio, and the}' have 
fi\'e children. John, Jacob, Wendel. Cather- 
ine and Mar}'. After the death of the father 
om' subject's m<jtlier was again married, 
her sec(_ind luiion being with Francis Henry 
Eyer, and b}' this marriage had five children ; 
(i) Margaret, who died in 1899, was the 
wife of Amos Gustin, of Indiana, and the}- 
luid seven children, Henry, Jeremiah, Cath- 
erine, Clara, Sarah, Jacol) and William. (2) 
^lary, who died in 1880, was the wife of 
Robert Patton, and they had fom' children. 
Francis, Jefferson, John and Albert. (3) 
Christiana, who died in ]86o, was the wife 
of Jonathan Gustin, of Anderson, , Indiana 
(4) Catherine is a resident of Warren coun- 
t}'. Ohio. (5) .Sarah, also a resident of 
that count}', is the wi(k)w of John Sette. and 
has twi.i children, k^'ancis and Mar\' J. 

Henr\' k'yer was reared and educated 
in his native comity. Afr. Ever has lieen 
twice married, first, with Miss Matilda I'. 
Patton, of Warren county, Ohio To this 
union were iK.irn three children, William J., 
Kewanee, Illinois; George W . (deceased), 
and Sarah J., who married Thomas Alasoii. 
Bureau county, Illinois. Mrs. Eyer died in 
September, 1850, and he was married the 
sccoiul time on the 14th (jf August. 1851. 
tlie lad}' of his choice being Aliss Sarah 
Blinii, who was born June 20, 1831, a daugh- 
ter of Daniel and Elizabeth ( Frve ) Blinii, 
nati\'es oi Ohio and Virginia, respectixel}'. 
It was in 181 6 that they settled in Warren 
county, Ohio. In their faniily were elex'en 
children: ( 1 ) Absoluni, a resident of Kan- 
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tiur cliililren. Sarah, Millie, Snlnmun and dtnt nf La Favette. llliiinis. Her children 
Linciiln. (2) Sarah, wife of our subject, were Tillie: Eli, deceased : -Mhert ; Clarence; 
i> next in order of hirtli. (3) Mary, a resi- l-"orest : Maud and Harrison. (3) Samuel 
dent of Bureau county. Illinois, is the willow Alfred. Imrn Julv 12. 1855, died Deceniher 
of Samuel Pottorf and has three sons. Will- i_>. i,Sf,4. (4) ^[artha Ellen, born Octolier 
iam. .Samuel and Jacob. (4) Solomon lirst 10, 1X3S, ,licd .\usu^t 31, i>>y). (3) hJiiUKi 
married I'llizaljeth (ieochenour, b\- whom he .Mice, born .March 14. iSfio, died March J5. 
liad three children, r>ecky, .Mary and Malissa. 1S60. {(>) John Ilenry, born July id. 
and fi^r his second wife wedded .Mary Xor- 1861, died October 14. iShj. (7) .\n- 
ton. l)y whom be had two children, (Irani nette Matilda, born March 14. iSd,^. died 
and (ieorge. (5) Christiana is the wife of September 11. 1864. |S) Daniel 1). Va\- 
I lenry Messmore. of Indiana, and they had ward, born September 1. iSf)4. died Janu- 
three children: Elizabeth, now the wife of arv 29, 1865. (9) Aima Louisa, born Feb- 
Samuel Oldfalher, of Indiana, by whom she ruarv 26, 1866, is the wife of Xichols J. 
lias two children, lunma and ()tis; I-^lla. who (iriftiu. of .\nna\van, and they had five chil- 
married I-^. .Mitten and tl:ed in Annawan, dren, (ieorge, Charles, Maud. Id;i .M. and 
this county. In .September. 1899. leaving two Mamie. (10) Charles Elmer, born .\pril 
children, Xellie and I'Tank ; and (Ieorge, 24. iSfiX, is a farmer of Annawan, Ilenry 
who m.'irried Etta I'ayne, now a resident of county. He married .Salina I'almer and they 
\\ether>tield, Illinois, and in Sei)tember. have two children, Willi.am II. and (iny. 
iNi;S, he and his son Willie were killed. (11) Jesse .Mvin, born .M;iy S. 1S70, mar- 
when cnjssing a railri)a(l track in a buggy ried Esta Cole ( decea.sed ) and they had one 
ai Kewanee. I (> ) Saiuuel, of Kansas, mar- child, Lowell, who resides at La Fayette, 
I'ied Annetta De Witt, and the\- lia\e bxechil- Illinois. 

<iren. l)a\i<l. Lena. Harry, Samuel and Jo- I)m-ing the first few years of his married 
seph. [J) Julia is the wife of James K. life Mr. Eyer engaged in farming in Ohio. 
I'.atten. of .\nnawan, Ilenry onnity. lib- and on the 11 th of .September. 1S57, started 
nois, and they have ten children: Ilettie. west. ( )n his arri\;d in Ilenry county. .\n- 
Mary. John. Howard. .\<ldie, (ieorge, nawan contained but two stores, and much 
(.'in-ti>, I'.nnua. .Xora and Milo. (8) Eliza- of this region was wild and unimproved, 
beth i> the wife of Henry Collins, of Kan- He located three miles south of that town, 
sas, .ind they have three children, .Xellie, and purchased four hundred acres of land, 
Jon;is and .Misaloni. (9) Daniel, also a resi- for which he i).'ud an average of twenty- 
dent of Kansas, married Hannah Carroll, fne dollai's ;md twenty cents i)er ;icre. To 
and they have nine children. .Sarah, liecky, thi-^ tract he added mitil he bad six hundred 
John, Millie. X'inie. William, Mary. Sanniel acres, biU has since disposed of it. .giving 
and .Xettie. n-.ost of it to his children. .Mrs. I-lyer still 
The children born to our suliject and owns one hundred and ten acres in .\nna- 
bis wife are as follows : |i) b'rancis Marion, wan townsbi]). In his farming operations 
born September 2, 1852. died July 24, 1853. be has met with most excellent success, and 
(2) Mary Elizabeth, born October ifi. 1853, his career has ever been such as to gain for 
i,- the widow of Wel)Ster Batten and a resi- him the confidence and high regard of those 



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with whom he has been brought in contact, 
either in business or social Hfe. He and 
his wife are faithful and consistent mem- 
bers of the United Brethren Church, and 
are ])eople of the highest respectability. In 
May. i8gj. they removed to Anna wan, 
vhere thev now reside. 



OSWALD FISCHER. 

Oswald Fischer, deceased, was for a 
i!umber of years one of the leading farmers 
c'l Burns township, as well as one of its most 
highly respected citizens. He was born in 
Saxony. Germany. February i8. 1834, and 
Avas one of a family of seven children, the 
others being Edward, Gotlob. Mina. Paulina. 
Rosalia Augusta and Christiana. His par- 
ents were life-long residents of Augusta. 
Germany. 

In his native country Oswald Fischer 
grew to manhood and was educated in the 
common schools of Saxony. He then served 
an apprenticeship as a miller, an occupa- 
tion which he followed until he came to the 
United States in 1858. Landing at New 
York he came direct to Henry county, Illi- 
nois, and obtained his first position in a mill 
at Geneseo, and later had charge of the mill 
in Andover, where he remained imtil he 
was compelled to abandon the business on 
account of poor health. He then bought a 
partially improved farm of one hundred and 
sixty acres in Burns township, but after a 
few years sold it and lx)ught the fine farm 
en section 8. that he afterward made his 
home. He took the farm with few imjirove- 
nients. there being only the shell of a small 
frame house, a few apple trees, and forty 
acres broken. The improvements which 



now delight the eye were all made by him- 
self, assisted by his good wife. In 1881 they 
built one of the finest houses in the town- 
ship, a home that would compare favorably 
with many good residences in a city. As a 
stock raiser he was very successful, giving 
special attention to hogs, of which he kept 
the best grades. Upon this farm he con- 
tinued to reside until his death, which oc- 
curred November 10. 1897. The farm is 
still held by the family and is the widow'> 
place of residence. 

On the 24th of August. 1865. Mr. 
Fisclier married Miss Mary Louisa Charlet, 
a native of Prussia, Germany, and a daugh- 
ter of Abraham and Dorothy ( Scharlip I 
Charlet. the father dying when she was two 
years and a half old. The mother came 
with the family to Kewanee in 1856 and 
Miss Charlet was educated there. To Mr. 
and Mrs. Fischer were born the following 
children : Edward L.. a farmer by occupa- 
tion, married Ida \\ hitney. a native of this 
county, and they have one daughter. Hazel 
Belle. Lena L. is the wife of William 
Stevens, a farmer of Burns township, and 
they have one .son. Earl Cleo. Bernard O. 
married Anna Carlson, a native of Sweden, 
arid is engaged in farming in Burns town- 
ship. Alvin A. and Lorena A. are both 
at home with their mother. 

Mr. Fischer acquired a good, practical 
education in his native land, and for twelve 
or fourteen years capably and satisfactorily 
served as school director in this township. 
From the age of fourteen years he was an 
earnest member of the German Lutheran 
Church, and led an upright, honorable life, 
in which he gained tlie confidence and high 
regard of all with whom he came in contact. 
In his ix)litical views he was a Republican, 
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is a member ot the Cliristian Science 
Church ami is one of tlie directors of the 
clinrch. and thus far successful in healing. 
althiHi"!! her field of lalmr has been limited. 



JOHN' i.i-:\vix. 

The subject of this sketch is a prosperou«i 
Manxman of Galva township, where lie has 
niaile his home since 1856. He was horn on 
the Isle of Man. January 25. 1843, ^ *'"^ '^* 
Robert and Isabella ( Kissick) Lewin. also 
natives oi the same place. In 1856 they 
l-rouijht their family to America and set- 
tled in Calva. Illinois, wiiere the father, who 
was a carnage maker by trade, died the 
following year, aged fifty-four years. After 
his death the mother made her home with 
her children until she. too. was called to her 
final rest in August. 1894. at the age of 
eighty-five years. She lived with our subject 
almost forty years. Roth ])arents were 
earnest members of the Methodist Episco- 
l)al Church, and were highly respected and 
esteemed by all who knew them. Their chil- 
ilren were Thomas, who died at tiie age of 
twenty-one years: Robert, who lives near 
Kem])ton, Ford county. Illinois: John, the 
subject of this sketch: Jane, deceased wife 
of William Kneal. of Kempton : and Isabella, 
wile of John Corkill, of (laha township, tliis 
county. 

His i)arents being in limited circum- 
stances. J<iiin Lewin had very limited school 
privileges, and most of his education has 
been acquired by reading and observation. 
He was thirteen years of age on the emigra- 
tion of tlie family to America and at once 
sought, work, being employed as a farm hand 
at ten dollars per month for two years. .\t 



that time this region was wild and sparsely 
settled, and there was not a bridge on the 
road between (iaiva and Lafayette. When 
si.xteen years of age he and a brother rented 
a small farm in (iaha township, which they 
o])erated on their own accord, having pur- 
chased some stock and agricultural imple- 
ments. While on that farm our subject at- 
tended the public schools for three winters. 

.\l)out 1870 Mr. Lewin made his first 
purchase of land, cmisisting of eighty acres- 
in Knox county, which had been improved,, 
ar.d for which he ])aid four thousand dol- 
lars. He later sold that jilace at an ad\ance 
of one thousand dollars and bought two 
hundred and fort\' acres on section 26, 
Calva townsiii]). Henry county, where he 
now resides, basing i)reviously rented the 
same for ten \ears. Having succeeded in 
his farming o])erations he has added to his 
l)roperty until he now has three hundred and 
fifty acres of well improved and \ahiable 
land. Throughout his business career he 
has engaged in general farming, and in re- 
cent years has carried on stock raising quite 
extensively, shipping a carload of both hogs 
and cattle to market annually. His specialty 
is polled -Angus cattle, i le has also been 
identified with five dilierent mining opera- 
lions in (iaiva, all of which provetl quite 
profitable. 

In 1884 -Mr. Lewin married Miss Annie 
.\iidrewartha. who was also born on the 
Isle of Man. May jo. 1864, and is the oldest 
of a family of four children, the others being 
Martha, wife of David Clague. a farmer of 
Kin)x county; William, a farm b.iiid of 
(jaha: and David, a Methodist Episcopal 
minister of Hennepin. Illinois. The parent* 
of these children were William and Eliza 
.\ndrewartha. natives of the Isle of Man, 
who remoxetl from there to England, and in 



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iSSo caiiiL' til tlie United States, Idcatinc^' in 
(ialva. wliere the mother died in 1887, but 
tlie father is still living- in Galva townsliip. 
Bv iiccnpation he is a miner. Mr. and Mrs. 
i.ewin have ti\-e children, whose names and 
dates lit birth are as ti>llii\vs: Bertha. Jan- 
uary 12. 1 886: John. June i. 1887: Eliza, 
January 25, 1889: Forrest. December 26, 
1893 • ^"<^1 Francis. December 16. 1896. With 
the e.xcejjtion of the youngest all are now 
attending school. 

^Ir. Lewin started nut in life with noth- 
ing" but his indomitable energ}-. and his ac- 
cunudation of this world's goods is at- 
tributable to his good judgment in business 
atfairs, his industry and perseverance, and 
the assistance of his estimable wife. Both 
are active members of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church and of the Fraternal Tribune 
of (jaha. They are widely and favorably 
known and are held in hi.gh regard by the 
peii])le of the communit}' in which thev lix'e. 
In his political af^liatirms Mr. Lewin is a 
Republican and cast his tirst presidential 
vote for Abraham Lincoln. 



DAVID WHIT MORE. 

I'or sixty years David W'hitmore has 
been connected with the liistor}' of Henry 
county, and for a quarter nf a century has 
been a resident of W'oodhull. He has done 
n:iire for the upbuilding" of his tnwn than 
any other of its citizens; has championed 
e\ery movement designed to promote the 
general welfare: supported every enterprise 
for the public good: and has materially aid- 
ed in the advancement of all sncial. indus- 
trial, educational and moral interests. 

.Mr. W'hitmore was born in Morgan 



count}". Ohiii. August 9. 1821. and is a son 
of John W'hitmore. a soldier in the war of 
1 812, and grandson of Jacob W'hitniore. 
Ixith natives of Pennsyhania, of which 
state his ancestors were pioneers. They 
were of (ierman descent. .\t an early day 
the father removed to Morgan county. 
Ohio, becoming one of its first settlers, and 
there he cleared and improved a farm of 
one hundred and sixty acres. In connec- 
tion with its cultivation he also operated a 
sawmill which he owned. In Belmont countv, 
Ohio, he married Miss Elizabeth Archiltakl. 
a native of Washington, Pennsyhania. and 
a daughter of James Archibald, who was 
born in Ireland and was a child rif three 
}"ears when brought to this countr_\". In 
1837 John W'hitmore came with his family 
to Illinois, and first located in Mercer coun- 
ty, but three years later took up his resi- 
dence in Clover township, Henry ci unity, 
h.is nearest neighbors at that time being ten 
and twelve niiles awav. There he entered 
a tract of government land, and froni the 
wild prairie developed a good farm. His 
last years were spent at the home of our 
subject in W'oodhull, where he died in 1885, 
at the advanced age of ninety-four years. 
His wife passed away while resitling on the 
farm, in 1866. 

David W'hitmore received a rather 
nieager educatinn in the schools of his na- 
tive county, and was sixteen years of age 
when he came to this state with his parents. 
He aided his father in the arduous task of 
improving" the home farm, and also broke, 
fenced and improved a tract of forty acres 
which he had entered for himself. He subse- 
cpientlv entered and bought more land until 
he owned eight hundretl acres, a half-sec- 
f.on of which he place under cultisation. and 
erected thereon a good set nf farm buildings. 




DAVID WHITMORE. 



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He actively engaged in farming until iS7(), 
and at tlie same time was quite extensively 
interested in the raising and feeding of 
St' ick. which pnned to him a profitable busi- 
ness, it being his policy to buy and im- 
prove property. He has erected six brick 
and two frame business houses and several 
residences, and in this way has materially 
promoted the welfare of the town, doing 
more for its advancement than probably any 
other man. 

In Henry county. Mr. W'liitmore was 
married, in 1853. to Miss Eliza J- Booher, 
a daughter of Isaiah and Mary Ann 
(Young) Booher, who were also pioneers 
of this county. Her father was a native of 
Pennsylvania, from which state he removed 
t(^ Ohio, later came to Illinois, and finally 
went to Kansas, where his death occurred. 
His wife spent her last years at the home 
of Mr. and Mrs. Whitmore in Woodhull, 
where she died. Oiu' sul)ject's parents and 
Mrs. Booher were all laid to rest at Clover 
Chajjel cemetery. F"ive children were born 
to Mr. and Mrs. Whitmore. but two are 
now deceased, namely: l-'lorence M., who 
was married twice and died in Woodhull. 
leaving five children : and Douglas, who died 
in 1871, at the age of thirteen years. Those 
living are Ida M., wife of S. I. Currie, of 
Chicago; Elizabetli L., wife of John Ben- 
nison, a merchant of Muscatine. Iowa: and 
Xellie 1.. wife of C. .\. Warren, of Wood- 
hull. 

Politically Mr. Wiiitniore is a Jefifer- 
scnian Democrat, and has taken quite an 
active part in local politics. He served as 
assessor of Clover townshi]) for aljout ten 
consecutive years ; has been a member of the 
village board, and .school director for some 
years. In religi<nis belief he is a Methodist, 
and was first conne'ted with Clover 



Chapel. l)ul now holds membership in the 
church of that denomination of Woodhull. 
He assisted in building the latter, and has 
contributed liberally toward the erection of 
a number of churches in Henry county. He 
has served as trustee and steward for nearly 
forty years, and takes an active part in all 
church work. I'raternally he is a charter 
member of Woodhull Lodge. F. & .\. M.. 
in which he has filled all the chairs, and is 
now past master. He has now been a resi- 
dent of Illinois for sixty-three years, and a 
longer period of time in Clover township 
than any one now living, and can relate 
many interesting reminiscences of life on 
the frontier. In early life he worked some 
in the pineries of the north and rafted logs 
down the Mississip])i. He also engaged in 
steamboating on that river one summer. 
He has witnes.sed the destructive prairie 
fires that once swept over the state, and has 
.seen great herds of deer. \\'hen he first lo- 
cated here be often hauled grain and other 
farm produce to Chicago, it requiring eight- 
een or nineteen days to make the trip, which 
can now be accomplished by means of rail- 
roads in a few hours. He then camped out 
at night, sleeping under his wagon. He is 
a man of exemjilary habits and tried integ- 
rity, and his many friends tiiroughout the 
county will be i)leasetl to read this record of 
his life. 



JOHN' E. STOXBERC. 

John !•-. Stonberg. a retired farmer of 
Ciaha. eminently deserves classification 
among the purely self-made men of Henry 
county who have distinguished themselves 
for their ability to master the opposing forces 
of life and to wrest from fate a large meas- 
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Mr. Stonlierg was Ixirn in Gestricland, 
Sweden. October 31, 1835, ^ son of Jolm 
and Betsy Stonlierg. In early life the father 
followed the tailor's trade, and his wife was 
his assistant in the shop. They were mem- 
bers of the Swedish colony that settled in 
this count\' in 1847, belonging" to the second 
lot of emigrants to come over, which com- 
jiany numbered four hundred. The voyage 
was made in a sailing vessel and lasted thir- 
teen weeks. Landing in Xew York they 
remained there until Ala\-, 1847. \vhen they 
proceeded on their journey, going by canal 
boat to Buffalii. Xew York, and by steam- 
boat on the Great Lakes to Chicago, whence 
they walked to their new home in Hcn.ry 
countx'. Ihev had many hardships and ])ri- 
\ati(ins til undergo but were of a sturdy race 
and made the liest of their Int. There was 
a scarcity of ];ro\'isions as the colony was 
not prepared to care for so many people. 
Sod houses were built and in these the set- 
tlers lived for a time. The land was all wild 
and unimprnxed, wild game was abundant 
and furnished manv a meal for the coUmi- 
ists. Our subject once counted a drose of 
forty deer within three miles of the colony. 
As soon as the colonists got settled they 
went to work at their various industries, and 
the majority of them became prosperous 
and substantial citizens, b'or some time Mr. 
and Mrs. Stonberg worked at the tailor's 
trade, but at length, tiring of this, he ilid 
any general work that came to hand. They 
were members of the original colony until it 
broke u]). The father al\\a}-s enjoyed good 
health, but his wife ne\'er fully recovered 
from the ettects of the long and arduous 
journey from Sweden to their new home in 
this country. She was born July 8, 1808, 
and died January 9, 1898, while he was born 
in 1805. and departed this life in ]SIarch, 



1895. Of their four children, John E.. the 
eldest is now the only survivor; Betsy died 
ii. 1848, at the age of twelve years; Peter 
O. died in Sweden ; and Charles F. died of 
measles the same year that his sister passed 
away. 

John E. Stonberg came with his parents 
to the United States, and remained at Imme 
in the colony until attaining man's estate. 
As he ne\er attended school but two months 
during his entire life, he is a self-educated 
as well as a self-made man. He started 
out in life for himself at the age of twenty 
vears with a capital of seventy-five cents. 
Borrowing twenty-five cents, he purchased 
an ax and commenced chopping wood in the 
timber and hauling it to market. Later he 
worked as a farm hand for a time. Going 
t<. Missouri in 1858 he was employed as 
night watchman at the round house of the 
Hannibal & St. Jo railroad at Brookfield 
until i8f)i, when he returned to Illinois, 
and with a span of horses which he owned 
engaged in culti\ating" land for the colon- 
ists. Subsequently he rented land and en- 
gaged in farming on his own account on a 
small scale. Prospering in this undertak- 
ing he at length purchased one hundred and 
three acres of land, for which he paid ten 
dollars per acre, borrowing the money, 
however, to make the first payment. He 
fully improved his land and as a general far- 
mer and stock raiser met with wonderful 
success. I'rom time to time he has addetl 
to his landed possessions until he now owns 
four hundred and forty- four acres of \-alu- 
able farm huul. He continued to personally 
super\"ise the operation of his land until 
1900, when he removed to Gaha and ]iur- 
chased his present home, wdiich is a \-aluable 
piece of property that he has fitted up with 
moileru impro\'ements. 



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( )ii the -'-'(1 i)f December. 18(14. at Knox- 
\ille, lUiudis, Mr. .Stonlierg was united in 
marriage witii Mis.s Eleanor Swan.son. wlid 
was l)oni in Sweden in 1S34. and came In 
tliis country in 1852. !'>}• this iniion were 
born six children, namely: Amanda J., who 
died at tbe age of fifteen years: Emma M.. 
at home with her parents: Mary A., who 
keeps house for her brother on the farm: 
Carrie H.. also on the farm: C'liarles 1'"... who 
is now operating his father's kmd : and |olin 
E., who was a twin brother of I'harle^ \i. 
and (lied at the age of ele\en months. The 
children were all reared under the parental 
roof and received good district school edu- 
cations, while Charles V.. also attended tiie 
Northern Illinois .Xormal school at l)!xon 
for two years. 

Mr. Sti>nberg is liberal in bis religious 
views, anil is independent in politics, votiu;:; 
for whom he deeius best (|ualified to fill the 
offices, regardless of party lines. While li\- 
ing on the farm he ser\-ed as school directoi 
for eight years and also filled other minor 
offices in his township with credit to him- 
self and to the entire satisfaction of all con- 
cerned, lie is wi<lely known throughout 
the County which has been his home for o\er 
half a century, and has the entire confidence 
and respect of his fellow citizens. 



\\".\i,LACl". W. .\.\1)RI':\\S. 

This well-known farmer residing (in sec- 
tion 16. Burns township, was born in Litch- 
fi.eld. Connecticut, on the JOth of May. T843. 
arid is a worth)' representati\e of ;ui honore'! 
pioneer family of Henrv county, his parents 
being Orin B. and Minerva (Hemingway) 



Andrews, also natives of Litchfield county. 
Coiuiecticut. where their marriage was cele- 
brated September ,20. 1840. The father was 
;i son of John Andrews, who was also born 
in the Xntiueg state and had six children. 
In 1831 Orin B. Andrews came to Henry 
count\'. Illinois, and took up his residence 
in ()sc<i township, where he purchased eighty 
acres of wild prairie land, and at once turned 
his attention to the dexelopment of Irs farm. 
At that time there were but few settlers in 
his \ieinit\\ and most of the land w.as still 
in its ]iriiuiti\e con<Iition. He died Sepleiu- 
ber 14. 1837. The luother married Simeon 
Matthews September 14. 1870. anil died 
January 20. 11)00. 

In the familv of this worthy couyjle were 
five children, of whom Wallace W. is sec- 
ond in order of birth. Watson L.. boni 
]u\v _'4. 1841. enlisted during the Civil war 
in t'ompanv 11. (Tne Hundred and Twelfth 
Illinois \ olunteer Infantry, under t aptain 
Dunn, and was in a number of engage- 
ments, and was killed on the battle tleld. 
His remains were interred in tbe snutli. 
Lucy, deceased, was the wife of William 
Sinionton. Charles resides in Cass county, 
Iowa. Willis died in Cass county. Iowa. 

Wallace W. .\ndrews was .aboiU eight 
years of age when he accompanied his par- 
ents on their remo\al to this count}', where 
he grew to manh(X)d. his education being 
ac(|uired in the country schools. .\t the be- 
ginning of the Rebellion be enlisted in the 
.Xinth Illinois Cavalry, which was organized 
at Camp Douglas, Chicago, from which ])lace 
it was sent to Springfield, Illinois, thence 
to Pilot Knob, Missouri, through to llelena. 
Arkansas, thence to Memphis. Tennessee. 
fighting all the way across the countr\', 
skirmishing and guarding railroads. It was 



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in the last liattle at Xasliville. and tlien start- 
ed fartlier south, l)eing at Livingston, Ala- 
bama, wlien they lieard of Lee's surrender. 
.\ftcr four years of liard service he was 
<lischarged and returned home. In 1866 he 
went to Cass county, Iowa, and liouglit 
eighty acres of raw prairie land, which he 
improNed. and there remained until 1884, 
when he returnetl to Henry county. He now 
owns a good farm of one hundred and twen- 
ty acres in Burns township, and is success- 
fully engaged in its operation. 

Before leaving for the west Mr. Andrews 
vedded ]\Iiss Mary Fort, a daughter of Isaac 
and Caroline (Gooding) Fort, natives of 
Connecticut, in whose family were four 
children, one son and three daughters, two 
of whom are now li\ing. Mrs. .Andrews died 
September 18. 1897, and was laid to rest in 
Cosners cemetery. Seven children blessed 
this union, namely : Watson \\'il])ur, born 
May 28. 1870, is a member of the Indepen- 
<lent Order of Odd Fellows and a resident 
>>i Burns township; Lucv C born Juh' 22, 
i87_'. is the wife of David Martin: .\lbert 
1.. born December 12. iS^jT,. is deceased; 
Elmer \\'.. born ]May 17, 1875, 's at home; 
-Mice M., born October 14, 1878, is the wife 
of Edward Martin; George K., born Oc- 
tober JJ. 1880, and Leroy \\'., born .\u- 
gust 26, 1885, are both at home. 

Socially Mr. .\ndrews is connected with 
the ]\Iasonic fraternity of Cambridge, and 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of 
the same place. He is also a memlier of the 
G. A. R. In politics he is an ardent Repub- 
lican, and he takes a deep and commendable 
interest in ]3ublic affairs. He has alwavs 
manifested the same patriotism in days of 
])tace as in time of war, and is numbered 
among the most useful and valued citizens 
<if his communitv. 



HE.XRY DE WITT. 

This well-to-do and highly esteemed citi- 
zen of Annawan was born in Durham, 
Greene county, Xew York, May 15, 1820, 
and is a son of E. Lucas and Polly ( Will- 
iams) De Witt. On the paternal side his 
ancestors were among the early settlers of 
Xew York and of German extraction. The 
father was also a native of Greene county 
and a son of James De Witt, with whom be 
was engaged in the milling business in early 
life, operating grist, saw and woolen mills. 
About 1834. when our .subject was fourteen 
vears of age. he removed with his family to 
I'pper Canada, and in 1849 they came to 
Henry county. Illinois, locating in .\nnawan 
township. The father was engaged in farm- 
ing on the southeast corner of section 34, 
and continued his residence there until called 
to his final rest at the age of eighty-three 
vears. He entered some government land 
and also purchased another man's claim. He 
took quite an active part in politics and was 
a stanch Democrat. Religiously he and hi:- 
familv were connected with the Baptist 
Church. His wife, who was also a native 
of Xew York and of Welsh descent, survived 
him a number of years, and died at the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-four. They were par- 
ents of the following children : Harriette. 
who married Adam Bean, and both died in 
Kewanee; Henry, our subject; Piatt, a resi- 
dent of Annawan township; Parmelia, .wifa 
of Peter Baker, of Kansas; Ira, who died in 
Annawan ; and .Antoinette, who married 
Samuel Blinn and died in Kansas. 

The early life of our subject was spent 
under the parental roof, and at the age oi 
thirty he came to Henry county. He bad 
only five dollars in cash with which to begin 
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advantages, and is ni)\v une <>i the \vcll-t<i- 
lii) and prnspercius citizens of his conmni- 
nit}'. ( )n cnniing- t" this county lie jjre-empt- 
ed eighty acres of land in Kewanee towii- 
shiip. and iiought twent}' acres, for which he 
paid twenty-five dollars ])er acre. On dis- 
posing of that property he piu'chased two 
hnndred and forty acres on section 28, An- 
nawan township, on which lie made his home 
for fifteen years, ami then removed to the 
village of Annawan, where he has huilt a 
good residence. He also owns eight lots 
there, and still has his farm, which he rents, 
while he is practically living retired, enjoy 
ing a well-earned rest. Diligence, enter 
prise anil good management have been the 
crowning points of his success and ha\e en- 
abled him to overcome the difficulties and 
obstacles in the path to prosperity. 

In .Ma_\-. 1S47, -Mr. l)e Witt was united 
in marriage with Miss Sarah Ann Xelson, a 
uati\e of Canada and a daughter of James 
Xelson. She died May 2. 1898. Si.K children 
were born of this union, namely : Harriette 
first married John Ha.xby, who died lea\ ing 
four children ; George, now a resident of Ne- 
braska; Luella is the wife of Henry Spur- 
liick. of Chicago, and they ha\e two chil- 
dren. Geneveive anel John ; William, of Iowa ; 
and Myrtle married Henry Balternstern, 
and resides at Galesburg, Illinois. Mrs. Hax. 
b\- married for her second husband James 
Kockafellow, of Annawan township; Oran. 
a resident of Arispe, Iowa, weddetl Mary 
Tharp, and they have two children. Murl 
and Ruth; E. Lucas, of Tingley. Iowa, mar- 
ried Katie Fox, and they have two children. 
Morris and Harold; Levina Jane is the wife 
of Byron House, of Tingley, Iowa, and they 
have two children, Luella and Birdie; .Addie. 
the wife of Elmer Fitzkie. of Annawan. and 
thev have two children. Ds Witt and Henry; 



and liarrv. of .\nnawan. married .Mabel 
Williams, and tl.ey have two children, Robert 
and .Marion. 



DAXlb'.l. I.IA"!'. 



Wll.l-.V 



Only those lives are worlhy of record 
that ha\e been potential factors in the [uil)- 
lic progress, in promoting the general wel- 
fare or advancing the interests of the com- 
numilv in which they live. l"or many years 
Mr. Wiley was one of the leading farmers 
and business men of Henry county, and for 
twenty years was prominently connected 
with its financial institutions as president of 
what was one time known as the First Na- 
tional Bank of Galva. though the name was 
afterward changeil to the L. -M. N'ocum it 
Company's bank. 

Mr. Wiley was born in Rockingham. 
A'ermont. .March J.^;. 1819. a son of John 
and Randilla 1 \\eaver ) Wiley, also natives 
of the Green .Mountain state, where the 
father followed farming throughout life. 
He was born in 1795. and died in 1866. In 
l.is family were eight sons and one daughter, 
but only one of the mnnber is now li\ing. 
Wilton W., still a resident of X'erninnt. 

Our subject acquired his literary educa- 
tion in the common schools of his nati\o 
state, and remained at home until he attained 
his majority. For a few years he followed 
mercantile business in the east. Coming 
to Brimfield. Illinois, in 1844. he purchased 
a tract of land and for a time followed farm- 
ing. In the meantime he returned to \ er- 
mont, where he was marrieil on the 5lh of 
August, 1846, to Miss Mary Billings, of 
Rockingham, a daughter of Samuel and Su- 
sannah ( Divol! ) r.illings, who were natives 
of Massachusetts. .She was born [ulv 30 



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1818. and died June i, 1851. She left two 
cliildren : Flora B., the older, is now the wife 
of Lorenzo Wiley, a farmer of Castana, 
Iowa. William F. married Florence ^hm- 
ger and is now engaged in the stock busi- 
ness in Sioux City, Iowa. He was formerly 
cimnected with the bank at Galva until his 
health failed, when he went to Iowa. 

In 1854, Mr. ^^'iley was again married 
ill Riickingham. \'ermont, his second union 
being with Miss Sarah F. Davis, who was 
born there September 26, 1832, her parents, 
John H. and Susana (Billings) Davis, be^ 
irg farming people of that place. She was 
the fourth in order of birth in their family 
of six children, the others being as follows . 
Louise M. born July 13, 1826. She died 
August 2-j, 1866. She married in 1849 ■^^' 
bert Slierwin and he now resides in Lead- 
ville. Col. Susan A., born November 18, 
1827, is the wife of Amos G. Sears, of Chi- 
cago. Nathaniel J., born October 14, 1830, 
Avent to California during the gold excite- 
ment of 1849, snd is now a resident of Wx- 
ginia City, Montana. Flora, born ilarch 
2:7, 1838, is the widow of F. A. LeClerccj, 
and a resident of Springfield, Ohio. The 
father of this family died in Ohio, in 1861, 
after which the mother came to Illinois to 
make her home with her children, and her 
death occurred in Galesburg in 1879. ^y 
his second marriage ilr. Weily had four chil- 
dren : Stella L., born December 25, 1856, 
died ^lay 18, 1880; Marj, born April 29, 
1862, died February 27, 1865; one, born 
November 10, 1864, died March 3, 1865 : 
and Amy, born April 21, 1868, was married 
in 1886 to Orrin Houghton, who died March 
5, 1891, leaving two children. Earl \\'. and 
Flora H. On the 14th of October, 1895, 
Mrs. Houghton married George T. Lacey. 



and now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where 
he is engaged in mercliandising and em- 
ploytd in a bank. 

After his marriage Mr. Wiley made his 
home in Lafayette until 1855, when he re- 
moved to Galva, having purchased property 
at this place, and erected a pleasant resid- 
dence for his family. For a year before lo- 
cating here he was successfully engaged in 
niechandising in the town of Brimfield. He 
invested largely in farm property, which 
he impro\ed and operated very successfully 
for sexeral years, and then sold to an atl- 
vantage. his land speculations proving quite 
profitable. He finally disposed of all his 
farms in Illinois and purchased considerable 
land in Iowa, which he also improved. In 
1865. in connection with others, Mr..\\'iley 
assisted in establishing the First National 
Bank of Galva, becoming one of its largest 
stockholders, and for twenty years served as 
its president. After the charter expired it 
was merged into the L. M. Yocum & Com- 
pany's bank, of which he remained president 
until his death. For many years he prac- 
tically lived a retired life, though he con- 
tinued to look after his farming interests. 
He died at his home in Galva. !March 17, 
1890. honored and respected by all who 
knew hm. 

Though reared a Democrat, Mr. ^^'ile_^■ 
became a stanch supporter of the Republi- 
can party, and served as supervisor of his 
township for a time, though he never took 
an active part in political affairs. In relig- 
ious belief he was a Lniversalist, and gave 
liberally to the support of church work. 
Many a deserving young man has reason to 
be very grateful for his timely assistance 
on the rugged pathway of life, for he took 
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ing out in life witliout capital and uiiconi- 
plainingly working their way steadily up- 
ward to the goal oi prosi)erity. He was al- 
ways ready to relieve suffering anil distress; 
and was held in high regard by all who knew 
liini. 



JAMES GILBRAITH. 

Many of Henry county's most successful 
citizens have started out in life for them- 
selves with naught but an abundance of de- 
termination and indefatigable industry, and 
liave succeeded through their own diligence, 
energy and economy. Among this class may 
be numl)ered the subject of this sketch, who 
is to-day a prosperous farmer residing on 
section 30, .Mba township. 

Mr. Gilbraith was lx>rn in county Down, 
Ireland. July 6, 1837, and is a son of James 
and Jane (McCracken) Gilbraith. who. as 
farming people, spent their entire lives in 
tliat county, the former dying in 1882. the 
later in 1874. In their family were seven 
■children, namely : ( i ) John came to Amer- 
ica and at Rock Island. Illinois, married 
Maragaret Moore, also a nati\e of counts- 
Down. Ireland. He died at his home in 
Keiikuk. Iowa, leaving the follnwing chil- 
dren. William, John, Robert, .\le.\ander. 
Hugh. Joseph, Lizzie, Agnes and Margaret. 
(2) Hugh married Eliza McClelland, who 
• lied in 1885, and he also died in Ireland in 
1890, leaving two children, John and Will- 
iam. (3) Eliza Jane is the wife of John 
-McKee, of county Down. (4) Isabella mar. 
ried David Orr and died in Ireland in 1894. 
leaving si.x children, James. John. Isabella, 
Mary, Margaret and Jane. (5) William 
married Susannah Scott, who died in 1888, 



and he departed this lite in 1884, leaving 
four children, .Mexander. John and two 
daughters. (6) James, our subject, is ne.xt 
in order of birth. (7) Margaret, who died 
in Keokuk. Iowa, in iSSS. was the wife of 
Robert Miller, now a resilient of Minnesota. 

James Gilbraith attended the schools of 
his native land until twenty years of age 
and aided in the labors of the farm. With 
the hope of benefitting his financial condition 
he came to America in 1859 on the steamer 
Circassian, and on landing in Xew York 
came direct to Rock Island county. Illinois. 
During the first year of his residence here 
he worked for John \\'arnock, and during 
the following two years was in the employ 
of others in Henrj- county. In 1863 he pur- 
chased eighty acres of land in Alba town- 
ship, which had already been broken, paying 
for the same twelve dollars and a half per 
acre, and this he has brought to its present 
high state of cultivation. He has added to 
his property from time to time until he now 
has si.x hundred and eighty acres of rich 
and arable land in this county, and also has 
a tract of one hundred and sixty acres in 
Rock Island county. He has devoted cout 
siderable attention to the raising of cattl.; 
for market, and has been remarkably suc- 
cessful as a breeder of fine Hereford cattle. 
He also raises horses for market, anil in most 
of his undertakings has prosjiered until lie 
is now one of the most substantial citizens of 
his community. On landing in Xew York 
he had only one hundred tlollars with which 
to begin life, and the wealth that he has 
since accumulated has been acquired solely 
though his own industry, perseverance and 
good management. 

On the 17th day of .\pril, iS()6, in Rock 
Island countv, Mr. Gilbraith married Mi>s 



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Sarah Morrison, also a native of connty 
Dinvn. Ireland, wlio died March i. i88c-. 
Five children were born of this union, name- 
ly : ( I ) James, born Julv lo. 1867. was mar- 
ried in Rock Island county, in 1891, to Ly- 
dia Coin, and they had two children: Gladys 
May. who died in April. 1900; and Ruth 
Elizabeth. ( j) Joseph, born March 12, 
i86g. married Emma Hirshberger. by whom 
he has two children, Lyle and Frank Leslie, 
and they live in Annawan. (3) Robert H., 
born August 18, 1870, married Maggie 
Downey, of Aledo, and resides in Alba town 
ship, Illinois. (4) Scrah J., torn February 
18. 1873. is the wife of John Warnock. of 
Westchester, Iowa. (5) Eliza A., borri 
February 18, 1875, '* the wife of John Prit 
chard, of Geneseo, and they have one child, 
Bernice. iMr. Gilbraitli was again married, 
December 23. 1882, his second union being 
with Miss Matilda Smith, who was born 
near Antwerp, Germany. They have one 
son, Clarence A., who was born May 29, 
1885. 

In 1850 Mrs. Gilbraitli came to America 
with her parents. Anthony and Elizabeth 
( Young ) Smith, also natives of Germany. 
Her father died in Indiana. Pennsylvania, 
in i860, and her mother departed this life 
at Taylor Ridge. Illinois, in April, 1888. 
They had six children, five of whom were 
born in Germany, namely : ( i ) Elizabeth 
married James Bothel and died near Taylor 
Ridge, in 1893. leaving two children, Her- 
bert and Campbell. (2) Martin L. married 
and died near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, leav- 
ing three children. (3) Kate is the wife of 
Daniel Bothel. of Iowa City, Iowa, and they 
have four children, John X., Adlow, Ger- 
trude E. and Norwood. (4) Mrs. Gilbraith 
is the next in order of birth. (5) Margaret 



married Alexander Madill. of Milan. Illi 
nois, and died leaving two children. Will- 
iam A. and Maud D. 

Both }ilr. and Mrs. Gilbraith hold mem- 
bership with the Congregational Church of 
Atkinson and are people of prominence in 
the community where they reside, having a 
large circle of friends and acquaintances. 
In his political affiliations he is a Republican, 
and he has filled the offices of school direc- 
tor and road commissioner. Financially he 
lias reason to be satisfied with the result of 
his labors since coming to the new world, 
and his course as a citizen has been such as 
to commend him to the confidence and re- 
spect of the people among whom he has 
lived. 



JUDGE C. M. TURXER. 

In the last half century the lawyer has 
been a prominent factor in all atifairs of pri- 
\ ate concern and national importance. He 
has been depended upon to conserve the best 
and permanent interests of the whole people 
and is a recognized power in all the avenues 
of life. He stands as the protector of the 
rights and liberties of his fellow men, and is 
the representative of a profession whose fol- 
lowers, if they would gain honor, fame and 
success, must be men of merit and ability. 
Such a one is Judge Turner, who now occu- 
pies the bench of Henry county, winning 
high commendation by his fair and impartial 
administration of justice. 

The Judge was born in Stark county. 
Illinois, Xovember i, 1861. and is a son of 
Benjamin Turner, one of the honored pio- 
neers, who was born in Delaware, December 




C. M. TURNER. 



UNIVERSE u. ILLINOIS 
URBAMA 



THE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD. 



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7, I So", and when a child was taken by his 
parents to Ohio, where he grew to manhood 
and became quite prominent poHtically. In 
1S49 he emigrated to Lafayette, Stark coun- 
ty, Ilhnois, and engaged in farming there 
until the following year, Avhen Toulon was 
laid out, and he moved to that place. He 
erected the first house in the village, and, as 
a hotel man and merchant, he was prominent- 
ly identified witli its business interests for 
many years. He served as postmaster of Tou- 
lon for sixteen years, and was one of the 
leading and influential members of the Old 
Settlers' Society, serving as treasurer of the 
same at the time of his death and for many 
years previous. He died at Toulon, March 
21, 1887, honored and respected by all who 
knew him. His first wife, who bore the 
maiden name of Elizabeth ■SIcWilliams, died 
in 1856, leaving one daughter, Sarah, whose 
death ocurred in 1892. In 1858 he married 
Miss Ruth A. Myers, a native of Pennsyl- 
vania, who went to Toulon, Illinois, to teach 
music, and is still a resident of that place. 

Juidge Turner, the only surviving child 
of the second marriage, passed his boyhood 
and youth in Toulon and attended its public 
schools, graduating from the high school of 
that city in 1879. Subsequently he entered 
Knox College, Galesburg, where he was 
graduated with the degree of B. A. in 1884, 
and in 1887 received the degree of A. M. 
He read law at Toulon with Hnn. yi. Slial- 
Icnberger, and on his admission to the bar, 
in 1888, began practice at that place, but in 
1890 opened an office in Cambridge, where 
he has since made his home. He purchased 
the law library of the Hon. William M. 
Shei)Iierd, which is one of the finest in the 
city. In the fall of 1890 Judge Turner 
formed a partnership with J. V. Strced, and 
under the firm name of Turner & Streed 



they successfully engaged in practice until 
our subject was elected county judge, June 
6, 1899. The firm was one of the most popu- 
lar in Cambridge and built up an extensive 
and important law practice. 

On the 6th of June, 1889, at Toulon. Illi- 
nois, Judge Turner was united in marriage 
with Miss Emma E. Follett, who was born 
in Missouri, but was reared in Toulon, where 
her father, Benjamin C. Follett, was engaged 
in the hotel business and in merchandising 
for a number of years, but is now living in 
Wyoming, Stark county. Mrs. Follett, who 
in her maidenhood was Miss Helen Rhodes, 
died in Wyoming in 1892. She was born in 
Stark county about 1840, a daughter of Erie 
and Eunice Rhodes, natives of Kentucky, and 
prominent early settlers of Stark county, Illi- 
nois, where both died. The Judge and his 
wife have two children: Helen Marie and 
Ruth Almira. 

In his social relations Judge Turner is a 
member of Cambridge Lodge, Xo. 199, I. 
O. O. F., in which he has passed all the 
chairs; is also a member of the Encampment 
and has been for several years a representa- 
tive to the grand lodge of the state. He is 
a Master Mason, and a trustee of the J^Ieth- 
odist Episcopal Church, of Cambridge. The 
Judge is widely known throughout both 
Stark and Henry counties, and in the former 
served as justice of the peace, and was also 
secretary of the Stark County Old Settlers' 
Society from 1887 to 1890. He owns the 
farm on which the first court in that county 
was held. During his residence in Cam- 
bridge he has taken a very active and promi- 
nent part in public affairs; has served as 
president of the school board six years; and 
as mayor of the city in 1892 and 1893. He 
was active in securing the franchise for the 
electric light plant but was not at that time 



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on the board. Pre-eminently publSc-spirt- 
ited and progressive, he takes an active in- 
terest in all enterprises calculated to prove of 
public benefit, and is now serving as treas- 
urer of the Henry County Fair Association. 
Politically he is a Democrat, and was the first 
representative of that part}'^ elected to any 
county office for many years, a fact which 
plainly indicates his personal popularity and 
the confidence reposed in him by his fellow 
citizens. His mind is analytical, logical and 
inductive. With a thorough and compre- 
liensive knowledge of the fundamental prin- 
ciples of law, he combines a familiarity \\ith 
statutory law and sober, clear judgment, 
which makes him not only a formidable ad- 
versar)^ in legal combat, but has gi^•en him 
the distinction of being one of the ablest jur- 
ists in this section of the state. 



HEXRY OCIXX. 

For almost a quarter of a century Henry 
Ouinn has been a resident of Illinois, and in 
this time has always been recognized as a 
public-spirited and progressive citizen, in- 
terested in the welfare of the communities 
■with which he has been connected and taking 
an active part in all that has i>ertained to 
advancement along commendable lines. To- 
day he is a well known rej^resentative of 
joiu^nalistic interests, as a faithful officer, 
serving as deputy sherifif and as the popular 
and highly esteemed proprietor of the Ouinn 
Hotel of Cambridge. 

Mr. Quinn is a nati\e of the Buckeye 
state, his birth having occurred in Butler 
county, on the nth of October, 1854. His 
j)arents were Thomas and Ann (Boland) 
( )uinn. The father was a native of New 



York and the paternal grandfather of our 
subject was born in the Emerald Isle, 
\N hence he crossed the Atlantic tn the new 
world in early manhood. About the time 
of their marriage the parents of our sub- 
ject removed to Ohio where they remained 
until called to the home beyond. The moth- 
er passed away in 1862 and eight days later 
the father died, his death, being occasioned 
by his great grief for the loss of his wife. 
She left an infant daughter, Agnes, who 
is now the wife of Joseph A. ^liller, a con- 
tractor and builder residing in Galva. 

There were but two children in the fam- 
ily, the son being Henry Ouinn, who was 
left an orphan at the early age of eight 
years. He then went to live with his ma- 
ternal grandfather, who removed to Wis- 
consin, where the subject of this review 
spent the days of his boyhood and youth. 
The educational privileges Avliich he re- 
ceived were those afforded by the common 
schools, but his opportunities in that direc- 
tion were limited, as he early began to earn 
his own living. His first independent ven- 
ture was in carr3'ing newspapers and he 
afterward learned the printer's trade, work- 
ing in the pressroom of the Cantwell printing- 
house of Aladison for two years, and in the 
composing room for three years, during 
which time he not only mastered the business, 
but also acquired considerable general in- 
formation which greatly supplemented the 
knowledge he had gained in school. His 
efficiency as a printer made it easy for him 
to obtain work in that line and he w as em- 
ployed in a number of large cities of the 
Cnited States. He was employed at vari- 
ous places in the Mississippi valley between 
St. Anthony and St. Louis, and in 1878 he 
accepted a position as business manager of 
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for eight years. On tlie expiration of that 
period he purcliased a half interest in tlie 
Inisiness, since \vliich time he has been a 
member of tlie firm of Fitch & Ouinn. His 
thorough knowledge of journalistic work 
and his particular experience in this line have 
enabled him to give to the public a most 
creditable paper that finds its way into many 
homes in this part of the state, having a very 
large circulation. It is one of the leading 
papers in the county, neat in appearance, and 
is the advocate of all movements and meas- 
ures calculated to prove of public good. It 
lias been an important factor in promoting 
the welfare of the county, as well as in up- 
holding the principles of Republicanism. 

On the nth of April, 1877, was cele- 
brated the marriage of Mr. Ouinn and Miss 
Ettie Carico, a daughter of John and Eliza- 
licth Carico, who are natives of West Vir- 
ginia, but emigrating westward in 1832 thev 
cast in their lot with the pioneer settlers of 
Bureau county, Illinois, where they long re- 
>ided. At the present time they are living 
in Stark county where they ha\e a large 
circle of warm friends. Mr. and Mrs. 
yuinn have one child, a s(jn, Harry. 

Mr. Ouinn is recognized as one of tiie 
leaders of the Republican party in this coun- 
ly, and his fellow townsmen have called 
liim to public office. In 1894 he was elected 
sheriff of Henry county by a majoritj- of 
eighteen hundred and si.xty-five, for a term 
of four years. He discharged his duties 
in a prompt and fearless manner and won 
high commendation by his faithful service. 
He handled many important cases during 
that period and was ever just in his enforce- 
ment of the law. .\mong his deputies was 
the present sheriff, E. Swain, who, on be- 
ing elected to the office, chose Mr. Quinn to 
serve as his deputy, the apixjintment being 



made on the 5th of December, 1898; thus 
our subject has continued his connection 
v.ith the office for si.x years and his pres- 
ent term will include eight years' service. 
He has always been a stalwart Republicait 
in his political association, keeps well in- 
formed on the issues of the day and does all 
in his power to promote the growth and in- 
sure the success of the party. The journal 
<.f which he is a part owner has done much 
ti:> advance the cause of Republicanism in 
this portion of the state, being an earnest 
champion of the measures of the party which 
stands for protection to American indus- 
tries, for the gold standard and for the su- 
premacy of the flag in every section of the 
world in which it has been planted. 

Of the Masonic fraternity Mr. Ouinn 
is a valued and prominent member, being a 
representative of Blue Lodge, of Galva, the 
Royal Arch Chapter of Kewanee, of the 
Council of that place, of Everett's Command- 
ery, K. T., of Rock Island, and Kaba Tem- 
ple of the !M3'stic Shrine of Davenport, 
Iowa. Both he and his wife hold member- 
ship in the order of the Eastern Star and 
in the Blue Lodge he has been honored with 
office. Mr. Ouinn is a public-spirited man 
to an eminent degree. National progress 
and local advancement are causes both dear 
ti! the heart of this thoroughly loyal son of 
the Republic, and his devotion to his country 
is above question. In manner he is pleas- 
ant and genial ; an approachable gentleman 
who enjoys the friendship of a large circle 
of acquaintances. 



FRAN'CIS W. LARSOX. 
Among the substantial agriculturists of 
\\'cstern tnwnsb.ip is the subject of this rc- 
\iew, who owns and occupies an excellent 



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farm of one hundred and sixty acres on sec- 
tion 32, two miles west of Orion, and also 
has another farm of similar size on section 
33. He is a native of Henrj' county, his 
birth having occurred in Lynn township on 
the 24th of September, 1855. His father, 
Samuel B. Larson, was born in Sweden, in 
1815, and there grew to manhood and mar- 
ried Anna Collen, a Swedish lady, born in 
1814. In 1852, with their two children, 
they crossed the Atlantic and came direct to 
Andover, Henr}' count)-, Illinois. The fa- 
ther purchased a small farm, to which he 
later added a tract of rav.- prairie land ad- 
joining, making a farm of one hundred and 
twenty acres, on v.hich he erected a good set 
of buildings and made other improvements. 
There he died February 12, 1884, and his 
wife departed this life July 18, 1888. In 
their family were tliree children of whom our 
subject is the youngest and the onh- one born 
in this country. John, the oldest, is a farmer 
of Lynn township, while ^Matilda married 
P. J. Anderson, and died January i, 1880. 

On the home farm in Lynn tov.nship 
Francis \\'. Larson grew to manhood, pur- 
suing his studies in the local schools and as- 
sisting his father in the labors of the farm 
until he attained his majority. On starting 
out in life for himself he rented the old 
homestead, which he operated for a few 
)"ears. In 1882 he bought his present place, 
but rented it out for two years before mov- 
ing to it. Since then to its further improve- 
ment and cultivation he has given his time 
and attention. He raises a good grade of 
short-horn cattle aid Poland China hogs, 
and in all his imdertakings has been uni- 
formly successful, so that he is now number- 
ed among the prosperous and substantial 
men of his community. 

In Mercer county, Illinois, ^Ir. Larson 



was married March 17, 1877, to ^Miss Anna 
Louisa Plym, a native of Sweden, and 
daughter of John Plym, who settled in Ale- 
do, ilercer courity, where he remained until 
his death. She was a miss of twelve summers 
when she came to Henry county, Illinois, 
and was reared and educated here. She died 
June 18, 1893, and was laid to rest in the 
Swedish cemeterj- at Orion. Six children 
were born of this union, as follows : Emma, 
who is nov.- keeping house for her father; 
Anna \'ictoria, who died at the age of twelve 
years; ^linnie, who died at the age of elev- 
en; John Edward, who was the second in 
order of birth and died in infancy; Edna 
ilatilda and ilabel \*iolet, both attending 
the hon"»e school. 

Since casting his first presidential vote 
for Rutherford B. Hayes, in 1876, ^Ir. Lar- 
son has been a stanch supporter of the Re- 
publican party, but has never cared for the 
honors or emoluments of public office, pre- 
ferring to devote his entire time and atten- 
tion to his business interests. He has, how- 
ever, efficientl)- served as a member of the 
school board for twelve years, and his du- 
ties of citizenship have alwaj's been most 
faithfull}^ and conscientiously performed. 
He and his family are members of the Lu- 
theran Church, and are prominent in the best 
social circles of the community in which thev 
reside. 



WILLIAM LEMBKE. 

William Lembke, an honored and high- 
ly respected citizen of Lynn township, 
whose home is on section 17, has been a 
resident of Henry county since August. 
1857, and as a farmer he has borne a very 
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iiig. He comes from across the sea. liis 
birth occurring in Prussia, Germany, Jan- 
uary 28, 1829, and in that country he grew 
to manhood and learned the cabinet maker's 
trade, which he followed there for some 
years. 

With the hope of benefiting his financial 
condition i\Ir. Lenibke emigrated to Ameri- 
ca in 1855, going from Rotterdam to Liv- 
erpool, where he took passage on a sailing 
vessel, which was forty-seven days in cross- 
ing the Atlantic. They encountered some 
severe storms, during which one mast was 
carried away and other damage done to the 
vessel, while one man was lost overboard. 
Arriving in New York on the 4th of May, 
Mr. Lembke at once proceeded to Milwau- 
kee, Wisconsin, where he found employ- 
ment at the carpenter's and joiner's trade, 
and after working for ten days the company 
disposed of their old foreman and put our 
subject in his place. He held that position 
until Christmas, 1856, when he came to 
Mercer county, Illinois, and decided to re- 
main in this state. He took a contract for 
working on G. B. Pillsbury's house in Lynn 
township, Henry county, and continued to 
v>ork at his trade in this and Mercer coun- 
ties for two years. 

On the 17th of August, 1857, in Cam- 
bridge, Mr. I-eml)ke was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Amelia A. Huyck, who was 
born and reared in Ohio, and was one of the 
early teachers of Henry county, Illinois. 
She died in 1863, aiyl on the 21st of De- 
cember, that year, Mr. Lembke was again 
married in Rock Island, his second union 
being with Miss Elizabeth Rhodenbaugh, 
a native of Mercer county, where she was 
reared and educated. Her father, John 
Rhodenbaugh, was born in Northumber- 
land county, Pennsylvania, in 1818, and in 



1837 came to Illinois, being one of the first 
settlers of fiercer county, where he im- 
proved a large farm. There he died May 
2, 1892, and his wife, who bore the maiden 
name of Polly Arrowsmith and was a na- 
tive of Indiana, passed away March 11, 
1888. Mr. and Mrs. Lembke are the par- 
ents of two children : Lena, wife of Frank 
DeWitt, a farmer of Coal Valley; and Mary 
E., wife of G. B. Krapp, a merchant of Coal 
Valley, by whom she has Xwo children, 
\\"illiam Lembke, and Earl H., who died 
Octol>er 31, 1900, at the age of three years 
and seven months. 

Prior to his first marriage Mr. Lembke 
purchased his present farm in Lynn town- 
ship, only a .small portion of whicii had been 
broken, and the only improvement on the 
place was a small frame house. To the fur- 
ther development and cultivation of liis land 
he has since devoted his energies, has erect- 
ed a pleasant residence and surrounded it 
v.ith shade trees, making an attractive and 
picturesque home. Most of the fruit and 
forest trees upon the place he has raised 
from the seed. The neat and thrifty ap- 
pearance of the farm denotes the supervis- 
ion of a careful and painstaking owner, 
and show conclusively that he thoroughly 
understands the occupation he has chosen 
as a life work. 

Politically Mr. Lembke is a Douglas 
Democrat, and cast his first jiresidential bal- 
lot for James Buchanan in 1856. He is 
an earnest advocate of good schools and 
competent teachers, and did much to ad- 
vance the educational interests of his com- 
munity while serving for twenty-one con- 
secutive years as township school trustee. 
He also served as township assessor three 
years, but has declined further honors. 
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he and liis wife now attend the Metliodist 
Episcopal Church, and are members of the 
Eastern Star Chapter, Xo. 93, of the Ma- 
sonic fraternity at Orion. Mr. Lembke is 
also an active and prominent member of 
Sherman Lodge, No. 535. F. & A. 'M., in 
which he has tilled all the chairs and has 
twice served as master, while he has also 
represented the lodge in the grand lodge of 
the state. In token of their high regard 
for him the members of that lodge, on the 
28th of December, 1892, presented him with 
a handsome gold headed cane on which was 
engraved the name and number of the lodge. 
The whole thing was a great surprise to ;Mr. 
Lembke. He is widely and favorably known 
throughout his adopted county, and is justly 
deserving of honorable mention in her his- 

tOT}-. 



FRANK J. JOHNSON. 

Frank J. Johnson, the present well- 
known assessor of Andover townshijD — ^a po- 
sition he has held for four consecuti\"e vears 
— was Wnn in Sweden on the 30th of June, 
1859, and in 1870 was brought to the L'nited 
States by his parents, Peter and Hannah 
Johnson, also natives of that country, who 
on reaching the shores of America came at 
once to Andover township, this county, 
where the father rented land. For some 
time he followed farming, and then retired 
from active labor, moving to Andover, 
where he died Decemljcr jg. 1899, at the 
age of seventy-five years. His wife survives 
him at the age of seventy-six, and now lives 
with a daughter, :\Irs. Matilda Anderson, 
of Andover township. Both held member- 
ship in the Lutheran Church of Andover, 
and he affiliated with the Republican party. 



They were the parents of eight children, all 
of whom reached years of maturity, name- 
ly : Christine, wife of A. V. Hultgren, of 
Andover township; Mary, deceased wife of 
John Reed : Hannah, deceased wife of Eric 
Ericson, of \\'estern township; Emily, wife 
of Charles Eckman, of Nebraska; Frank J., 
our subject; Maggie, deceased wife of Clar- 
ence Anderson, of Osco tov.-nship; Matilda. 
Viife of Bengt Anderson, of Andover town- 
ship; and Otto, a turnkey in the state peni- 
tentiary at Joliet. 

Frank J. Johnson received his education 
ii; the public schools of this county and grew 
to manhood upon the home farm. He start- 
ed out in life for himself as a farm hand and 
was thus employed until 1886, when he had 
secured enough capital to purchase some 
luid. Nearly all this time he worked in An- 
dover township. 

In 1885 j\lr. Johnson was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Ella Johnson, whose birth 
occurred in Sweden ]\Iay 14, 1863. Her 
parents, John and Alarj^ (Peterson) John- 
son, emigrated with their family to the new 
world in 1869, and settled in this county,, 
where the mother died March i, 1889. The 
father now makes his home in \\'estern 
township. Besides the wife of our subject 
they had six other children: Ella S. ; Hul- 
da, wife of Nels Anderson, of Clover town- 
ship; Charles; John, also a resident of Clo- 
ver township; Frank; Augusta, wife of 
Charles Hultstreet; and Edwin. Of the 
seven children born to Frank J. Johnson and 
wife, two died in infancy, Cora and Nora, 
the others being Fred N., Herman F., Gil- 
bert V. S., Dora M. and Martin P. 

For six years after his marriage ^Ir. 
Johnson engaged in general farming and 
stock raising on rentetl land in Andover 
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chased Iris present farm of t.ne luiiuhed and 
forty acres, to the cultivation and furtlier 
improvement of which lie lias since de\dted 
his energies. In connection with the rci^u- 
lar farm products he raises broom corn, and 
has found that industry quite prohtahle. He 
also raises cattle and hogs for market, and 
in all his business undertakings is meeting 
with gratifying success. He was one of the 
first to become interested in the Farmers' 
Telephone, and is serving as one of its di- 
rectors. 

Mr. Johnson is what is styled a self-made 
man, for all that he has has been accjuired 
by industry, perseverance and good manage- 
ment. The Republican party finds in him a 
stanch supporter of its principles. In iS(;6 
he was first elected assessor of Andover 
tov.-nship, in which capacity he has since 
served the people faithfully and well. He has 
always lx;en officially connected with school 
affairs, and is now a director in district Xo. 
5; Andover township. Religiously he is a 
member of the Svvcd-sh Lutheran Church of 
Andover. 



CHARLES A. CARLSOX. 

The subject of this sketch, wlm is an 
energetic antl prDgressive agriculturist re- 
siding on sectinn 26, Andover township, 
Henry count}', Illinois, was liorn in tiiat 
township March 11, 1863. His faliier. 
Swan .\. Carlson, was one of the men who 
came from Sweden to foimd a home for 
himself and better his financial condition. 
He was born in 183J and as soon as old 
enough to care for himself turned his at- 
tciuion to fanning, following that pinsuit 
ill his nati\e land until 1858, when he de- 
cide<I to come to .\merica. He had pre- 



\ iouslv married Christina Swanson. and to- 
gether they crossed the .Atlantic, the voy- 
age consuming eigiiteen weeks. They first 
located in (ialesburg. Illinois, and on reach- 
ing that city found that their means were 
about exhausted. Coming to Antlover 
township, which was the first settlement 
made by the .Swedish colony, he operated 
rented land for a short time and then pur- 
chased a small tract of forty acres, to which 
he added from time to time as he succeed- 
ed in business until he had one hundred and 
sixty acres. He now resides in Andmer 
township. His first wife died September 5. 
1872, and of the eight children l)orn to 
them three are now deceased. Those li\'- 
ir.g are Axel, a resident of I'"\anston, Illi- 
nois; ilary, wile of Gust Sanberg, living 
en section 22, Andover township; Charles 
A., our subject; Frank, who lives on the 
home farm; and Hulda, wife of John Sand- 
(|uist, also a resident of .\ndo\er township, 
Mr. Carlson again married, and b\- that 
union had two children: John V... a farmer 
of -Vndover township; and Ellen, at home. 
The father has always \-oted the Republi- 
can ticket, but would never accept or hold 
jxjlitical office. He has ever been interested 
in the maintenance of good schools and 
efficiently served as director of the district 
school for several years. He is a nieniber 
and liberal sui)porter of the .Swedish Lu- 
theran L'hurch of .\n(lo\er, and is a man 
highly respected and esteemed by all who 
know him. 

The preliminary education of Charles A. 
Carlson was receiveil in the common schools 
of Andover township, and later he took an 
elective course at the Xorthern Illinois 
Xormal School of Dixon. He grew to 
manhood on the home f.arm, becoming a 
thorough and practical farmer. On the 1 ith 



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of Februar)', 1890, lie was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Emma Swanson, wiio was 
born in Cambridge township, this county. 
November 22, 1869, a daughter of Charles 
and Johanna (Hanson) Swanson, na- 
tives of Sweden, where they were 
reared. About 1864 her father came 
to' the United States, and her mother 
in 1868. After spending ten years in 
Cambridge township, Henry county. Illi- 
nois, Mr. Swanson purchased one hundred 
and twenty acres of land in Andover town- 
ship, to which he has added since small 
tracts of land as his financial resources per- 
mitted until he now owns a valuable place 
of two hundred and forty acres on section 
26. When it came into his possession it was 
only partially improved, but intending to 
make it a permanent home he has remodeled 
all the buildings as well as erecting new 
ones. For many years he followed general 
farming with good success, but is now liv- 
ing a retired life, enjoying the fruits of 
former labor. Politically he is identified 
with the Republican party, and religiously 
is a consistent member of the Swedish Lu- 
theran Church of Andover and one of its 
libferal supporters. To himself and wife have 
been born four children, one of whom died 
in infancy. Of those living Emma, wife 
of our subject, is the eldest; Mamie is the 
wife of Gust Bjorling, of W'eller township; 
and Alma is at home with her parents. 

After his marriage Mr. Carlson rented 
a farm in Clover township, where he made 
his home for two years, and met with suc- 
cess in ever}' undertaking. In 1892 he 
moved to his present farm on section 26, 
Andover township, where he rents two hun- 
dred acres of his father-in-law, Mr. Swan- 
son, and here he carries on general farming 
and stock raising with marked success. In 



1895 '1^ purchased eighty acres of land on 
section 27, adjoining the farm which he 
rents, and now operates both places. Two 
children have come to brighten the home 
of Mr. and Mrs. Carlson, namely : Esther 
M. and Millia Evalma E. 

In his political views our subject is a 
FvCpublican, though at local elections he sup- 
ports the men whom he considers best quali- 
fied to fill the offices, regardless of party lines. 
He has filled the office of school director for 
nine years. Mr. Carlson is a leading mem- 
ber of the Lutheran church of Andover, and 
since his residence in Andover township has 
taken an active part in Sunday school work, 
the meetings being held in the school house 
of his district. He has been superintendent 
of the American Sunday school, and is dis- 
trict president of the Union Sunday School 
Association of Andover and Lynn town- 
ships, devoting a large share of his time 
in promoting the work. 



GEORGE W. KLXCAID. 

^^'e are now permitted to touch briefly 
upon the life history of one who has re- 
tained a personal association with the affairs 
of Illinois throughout life and whose ances- 
tral line traces back to the colonial epoch. 
His life has been one of honest and earnest 
endeavor and due success has not been de- 
nied him. 

A native of this state, ilr. Kincaid was 
born in St. Clair county, on the 23d of De- 
cember, 1 82 1, and is of Irish descent on the 
l)aternal side. His grandfather, Andrew 
Kincaid, who fought for American inde- 
pendence in the Revolutionary war, was a 
native of Ireland and an earlv settler of 




GEORGE W. KINCAID. 



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Pennsylvania. The father, James Kincaid. 
was born in that state about 1790, and at an 
early day went to Kentucky, being among 
the pioneers of the Blue Grass state. There 
he grew to manhood and married Miss PolU' 
Sanders, who was of English and Scotch 
extraction, and whose father had also re- 
moved to Kentucky in pioneer days. He 
was from Virginia. James Kincaid followed 
farming in Kentucky until about 1820, 
when he removed to St. Clair county, Illi- 
nois, locating within ten miles of St. Louis, 
where our subject was born near Belleville, 
In 1823 he took his family to Greene county, 
subsequently spent one year in Rock Island 
county, and then located in Mercer county, 
where he improved a farm and reared his 
children. He continued his residence there 
throughout the remainder of his life, but died 
while on a visit to our subject in Henry 
county, in 1855. He was a soldier of both 
the war of 181 2 and the Black Hawk war, 
and was ever a true and loyal citizen. 

George W. Kincaid is one of a family 
of eight children, four sons and four daugh- 
ters, of whom two sons and two daughters 
are still living. Franklin is a resident 
of fiercer county, Illnois. Xancy married 
James Glenn, of Henry county, and both 
are now deceased. Martha is the widow of 
George Sinley and a resident of Colona. 
Emma is the wife of Charles Davis, of Mis- 
souri. Mrs. Sophia Mendenhall resided in 
Hancock county, Illinois, until her death. 

The days of his boyhood and youth 
George W. Kincaid passed in Mercer coun- 
ty, but he received only a limited education. 
There he was married in 1844 to Miss Lou- 
isa Smith, who was born in Ohio, and came 
to this state in 1837, locating in fiercer 
county. After his marriage he continued to 
reside in that county for a time, and then re- 



moved to Rock Island county, while in 1850 
he came to Henry county, and purchased an 
eighty-acre tract of land in Colona township, 
known as the Dr. Baker farm. Upon this 
place he has since made his home, and to it 
he has added from time to time until he now 
owns nearly five hundred acres of land in 
one body. Three hunderd acres of this 
amount has been placed under the plow, and 
improved with two sets of good buildings. 
Although he started out in life for himself 
m limited circumstances Mr. Kincaid has 
steadily worked his way upward by diligence, 
lair dealing and untiring industry until he 
is now one of the most prosperous citizens 
of his comunmity. 

Mr. Kincard's first wife died in the fall 
of 1853. By that union he had six chil- 
dren, namely: \\'illiam, a resident of the 
state of ^^'ashington ; Mrs. Anna Anderson, 
ot Kewanee, Illinois; Luc)', wife of ^laxwell 
Murray, of Nebraska; Harriet, wife of 
Thomas Davis, of Iowa ; A. Jackson, who is 
engaged in farming on the home place; 
Louisa, wife of James Montgomery, of Rock 
Island. Mr. Kincaid was again married in 
1S56, his second union being with Mary 
Walker, who was born in Kentucky, but 
reared in Missouri. She died January ly, 
1900, leaving one son, John F., who is mar- 
ried and engaged in farming and the manu- 
facture of cheese at Briar Bluff, Illinois. 

Since the formation of the Republican 
party, in 1856, Mr. Kincaid has been an ar- 
dent supporter of its principles, and has 
\oted for all its presidential candidates, but 
lias never cared for official honors. His in- 
terest in educational affairs was manifest 
by fifteen years of faithful service as school 
director in his district. He has been an eye 
witness of almost the entire growth and de- 
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ury he has heen pmminently identified with 
the upbuilding of Henry county. He has 
since seen its wild lands transformed into 
beautiful homes and farms, its hamlets i^row 
into villages and flourishing towns, and all of 
the interests andevidences of an advanced 
ci\-ilization introduced. As a honored pioneer 
and worthy citizen of his adopted county he 
is certainly deser\ing of prominent mention 
in its history, and his sketch will be read with 
interest by a host of warm friends thrDugh- 
out the countv. 



J. A. KIRKLAXD, .M. D. 

One of the most exacting of all the high- 
er lines of occupation to which a man may 
lend his energies is that of the physician. A 
most scrupulous prcliminar}^ training is de- 
manded, a nicety of judgment but little un- 
derstood by the laity. In this respect Dr. 
Kirkl;ind is well fitted fur the ]M-ofession 
which he has chosen for a life work, and his 
skill and ability have won for him a lucra- 
tive practice. 

This well-known iihysician and surgeon 
of Cambridge was Ixjrn near Belvidere, 
Boone county. Illinois, Julv 13, 1856. but 
before he was a year nld was lirought to 
Henry county b_\- his parents, William and 
Hannah (Farley) Kirkland. The father 
was born in Cbillicnthe, Ohio, in Septemljer, 
1813, and was a son nf Alexander Kirkland. 
who at an early <lay was extensively engaged 
ill trading with the Indians on this side of the 
Alleghanies, bringing his goods across the 
mountains on hcjr.seback and in i)ack trains. 
He an<l two brothers, Robert and one whose 
name is unknown, were nfillionaires, and 
paid man_\- hundred thousand dollars to the 
government in way of iluties. In pioneer 
days Alexander Kirkland went to Indiana, 



where he purcbaseil a large amount of land, 
but was soon taken ill, from which illness 
he died. His widow then returned east on 
horseback, carrying her infant son, the Doc- 
tor's father, a distance of three hundred 
usiles, following- blazed trees and fording 
streams, stopping b}- the wayside to nurse 
her sick infant and give him what medical 
attention she could. She ga\'e an attorne\' 
power to secure the lands which her husliand 
had purchased and sell them as he found o])- 
portunity. After selling the jiroperty he 
left for parts unknown, taking the proceeds 
w itb him. The brothers of Alexander Kirk- 
l;n)d were lost track of, and nothing was 
known of them and their descendants for 
many years, but recently some were found 
li\-ing in Baltimore. 

In 1856 \\'illiam Kirkland, the Doctor's 
f:;tlier, came to Illinois from ■Morgan coun- 
ty, Ohio, and located near Woodhull, Henry 
county, where he improved a farm, being an 
a.griculturist b}' occu])ation. Here he died 
Februar}- 22. 1896, honored and res])ected 
bv all who knew him. He was an actixe 
and prominent member of the Christian 
hurch assisted in organizing several churches 
of that denomination and was an intimate 
friend of Alexander Campbell, who was oiien 
a guest at his home. His widow is a de\'out 
Christian and a very active member of the 
same church. She was born in Pennsyl- 
\ania and is now se\'ent\'-six vears of age. 
making her home in Woodhull. Her par- 
ents, James and Ellen Farley, were nati\es 
of Pennsylvania and England, respectively, 
and died in Boone county, Illinois, the former 
at the age of eight_\--four }'ears, the later at 
the age of eighty-six. In early life William 
Kirkland was a Democrat, but voted for 
Lincoln in i860, and was afterward a Ue- 
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])r. Kirklaiid is the fitth in order of liirtli 
in a family of seven children, the otliers being 
Mary, wife of Martin Hiller. a farmer of 
Iowa : James Curtis, a farmer, who died in 
1881. at the age of tiiirty-five years: Ehza- 
betli E., who has been an in\alid for years; 
W'ilHam P.. who is extensi\ely engaged in 
farming and stock raising on the old iiome- 
stead at Woodhull, Illinois: Davis O. a 
farmer of Henry county: and Lloyd G.. 
attorney for the Iowa Insurance Company 
and a man of considerable ])rominence in 
Chicago, who is now serving as president of 
the park board. 

After leaving the common schools, where 
his primary education was secured. Dr. Kirk- 
Ir.nd attended Abingdon College three vears. 
and for one year was a stu<lent at the Ken- 
tucky University. He successfully engaged 
in teaching school for two years, then read 
medicine with Dr. Dunlap, of Cambridge, 
for a time, and later attended lectures at Jef- 
ferson Medical College, Philadelphia, where 
he was graduated in 1885. Immediately af- 
ter his graduation he opened an ofifice in Chi- 
cago, where he remained two years, and since 
1887 has successfully engaged in practice at 
Cambridge. Besides his large general i^rac- 
t!ce he is medical examiner for the following 
insurance companies and societies : The Man- 
hattan, Penn Mutual, Fidelity Mutual, Phoe- 
nix Mutual, Home Life of Philadelphia, Pru- 
dential of New York, the Modern Woodmen 
of America, Home Forum, Knights of the 
Globe, and Kansas Life. The Doctor is also 
interested in business enterprises, and has 
served as president of the Electric Light 
Company of Camlvridge for .several years. 
He has an extensive and well-selected li- 
brary, equal to, if not excelling, any other in 
Cambridge. 

On the 17th of November, 1887, Dr. 



Kirkhuul was united in marriage with Miss 
Elizabeth Price, daughter of Obed and Mary 
Price, of Galva, who are now residing at 
Etherly, Knox county, Illinois, where the 
father is engaged in business as a merchant. 
As a contractor and builder he was jiromi- 
n.ently identified with the interests of this- 
county for some years, and erected more 
large buildings than any other man within 
its borders. He is a native of New Jersey, 
his wife of Pennsylvania, and they were mar- 
rietl in Illinois in the early '60s. Religious- 
ly thev are quite prominent members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. Mrs. Kirk- 
l;:nd is the older of their two chilidren. The 
other, Archibald, is an extensive contractor 
and builder of Anaconda, Montana, and has 
erected some of the large public buildings of 
that state. Mrs. Kirkland was a member 
of the first class ever graduated from the 
high school of Galva, and prior to her mar- 
riage successfully engaged in teaching for 
twelve years, ton of these being in the city 
.schools of Galva. She won an enviable rep- 
utation as an instructor, and by extensive 
reading has become perfectly familiar with 
the best literature. She is a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church. The Doctor 
and his wife have three children, namely: 
Helen Irer.c, Archibald F. and Therese. 

PoliticaUv Dr. Kirkbnd is identified 
with the Republican party, but takes no act- 
ive part in politics aside from voting. For 
six years he was a member of the school 
board of Cambridge. Fraternally he is a 
member of tlic Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, and is also connected with the 
Galva Medical Society and the ^lilitary 
Tract Medical Society. He has taken a 
post-graduate course at the Post-Graduate 
Medical College of Chicago, and has writ- 
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The Doctor is a lover of nature, and pos- 
sesses an excellent knowledge of natural 
histor}'. While a student at the Kentucky 
LTni\ersity he was shown ho\v to mount a 
bird, and since then, through his own per- 
sistent effort, has become an expert taxider- 
mist. He has given instruction to many 
high school pupils and others in this art, 
having started several amateurs along that 
line of work. He has the best and largest 
ornithological collection in Henr^- county, 
liaving about one hundred and twenty-five 
varieties of birds mounted, and their poise 
is excellent, showing a thorough knowledge 
of their life and habits. 



HEXRY G. GRIFFIX. 

There is particular satisfacton in revert- 
ing to the life history of the honored and 
venerable gentleman whose name initiates 
this review, since his mind bears impress of 
the historical annals of Henrj- county from 
the early pioneer days, and from the fact that 
he has been a loyal son of the Republic. For 
many years he was identified with the agri- 
cultural interests of the county, but is now 
living a retired life in Cambridge. 

Mr. Griffin was born in Stockbridge, 
Berkshire county, ^Massachusetts, June 19, 
1819, and traces his ancestry back to \\'ill- 
iam Griffin, the progenitor of the family in 
America, who was a native of \\'ales and 
an early settler in Connecticut. His son, 
Samuel Griffin, the grandfather of our sub- 
ject, moved from Connecticut to ilassachu- 
setts prior to his marriage with Xahusta 
CaldAvell, who was born of New England 
parentage and was of ^^"elsh and English 
extraction. They made their home in ilas- 



sachusetts, and lived to an advanced age. 
John Griffin, our subject's father, was born 
in that state, and on leaving home at the age 
of eighteen went to New York. Being draft- 
ed, he served as a soldier in the war of 1812, 
and when peace was once more restored he 
resumed work at his trade of carpenter and 
joiner in New York. While there he wedded 
;Miss ^lary Hoag, a native of Rensselaer 
county, that state, but owing to ill health 
lie finally returned to Massachusetts. In 
1841 he came to Illinois and settled near 
\'iola, Mercer county, where he secured a 
quarter-section of land on a warrant due for 
his services in the war of 1812, and to it he 
subsequently added by purchase. A part of 
this farm is still in possession of the family. 
The father died in !Mercer county in June, 
1865, at the age of sixty-eight years, and the 
mother, who was a faithful member of the 
i\Iethodist Episcopal Church, died in Janu- 
ary, 1890, at the advanced age of ninety-two 
vears and six months. Their children were 
^Villiam, who has been dead many years; 
Henry G., our subject; James M., deceased; 
Sarah, who died in Massachusetts, in 1839; 
Huldah, widow of Anson Calkins, and a resi- 
drent of this county ; Elizabeth, who died at 
the age of sixteen years; George, who lias 
been dead man)' years; and Septimus, who 
lives near Viola, Illinois. 

The boyhood and }-outh of Henry G. 
Griffin were spent on a farm in his native, 
state, and he was educated in the common 
schools of the neighborhood. As early as 
1837 he came to Illinois, and located one 
hundred and sixtj- acres of land in what 
is now Green township, fiercer county. To 
the improvement and culti\ation of that 
place he devoted his energies . until 1846, 
when he moved to Cambridge township, 
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farm wliicli he first purchased and bought 
another in the same township, making it his 
home until his removal to the city of Cam- 
bridge in March, 1900. It is a well improved 
place of. one hundred and seventy-four acres 
on section 2, and has lieen rented to the same 
parties for twenty years. 

In Mercer count}-, ]Mr. Grifiin became 
acquainted with ard, August 4, 1840, mar- 
ried, ]\Iiss Isabella \V. jMcGaughey, who was 
born near New Bedford, Pennsylvania, April 
29, 1822. Her parents, Alexander and Re- 
becca (Tarrar.ce) AIcGaughey, were natives 
of Adams county, that state, but shortly after 
their marriage moved to Mercer county; 
Pennsylvania, locating near New Bedford. 
By occupation her father was a wagonmaker 
and farmer. Plaving lost her mother when 
in her tenth year, Mrs. Griffin went to live 
with her sister, ^Mrs. zVgnes Stewart, near 
Coitsville, Ohio, and in 1839 came Avith her 
to Viola, Mercer county, Illinois. She died 
September 6, 1893, ^'-"J t'le funeral services, 
which were held at the Congregational 
Church, and conducted by Rev. E. P. Brand, 
were very impressive and comforting, the 
text being "Let not your hearts be troubled." 
In early life she was a member of the Unit- 
ed Presbyterian Church, and was instructed 
well in the Holy Scriptures, which she taught 
h.er children both by precept and example. 
On the organization of the Congregational 
Church at Cambridge, she and her husband 
were two of the original members, and Mr. 
Griffin is now the only survivor. She al- 
ways took an active and prominent part in 
the work of the church, and, save a few times 
during the Civil war, always prepared the 
bread for communion. As a friend she was 
ever true and loyal, and :io one ever left her 
home who did not have good reason to be 
grateful for her hospitality. In her efforts 



to make her family comfortable, she, like a 
true mother, often went beyond her strength. 
As a wife ■"many daughters have done vir- 
tiously, but thou cxcc'.lest them all," is the 
feeling of the husband, whose home was left 
desolate by her death. In the great struggle 
between the north and the south, with forti- 
tude an dforesight, sustained the cares of the 
family and the farm while her husband and 
son were at the front, and she gave liberally 
to both the sanitary and Christian commis- 
sions. On the 4th of August, 1890, at their 
golden wedding, the community showed their 
appreciation of her worth by many substan- 
tial offerings. 

The children born to ^Ir. and ]\Irs. Grif- 
fin were as follows : ( i ) John A. has been a 
minister in the Congregational Church for 
many years, and now resides at Sherrard, 
Illinois. At President Lincoln's first call for 
troops he enlisted in Company D, Seven- 
teenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was 
promoted from the rank of sergeant to sec- 
ond lieutenant. He remained in the service 
until March, 1866, and was wounded in the 
thigh at the battle of Shiloh. He first wed- 
ded ilary Payne, who died in Danville, Illi- 
nois, leaving four children, Chester, Alice, 
Grace and Albert. For his second wife he 
married Margaret Haddick, and to them 
were born four children: Isabel, who died 
when about three years and a half old; Rob- 
ert T., John and Charlotte. (2) French B., 
bur subject's second child, was born ^larch 
29, 1845, ''"^ died at the age of six months. 
(3) James M. died in infancy. (4) The 
fourth child died in infancy unnamed. (5) 
William A., born September 2^, 1848, mar- 
ried Lovica Hibbard and died March 17, 
1882, leaving two children, Evelyn and 
Wilhelmina. (6) Mar}^ A. is the wife of J. 
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tliree children, Frank, Earl and Royce. (7) 
Rebecca A. is the wife of Rufus Anderson, 
•of Des Moines, by whom she has one child, 
Julia A., and they also have an adopted 
daughter, Fannie Anderson. (8) Gilljert 
A., Ixiru July 25, 1857, .died January 18, 

1861. (9) Julia A. is the wife of F. H. 
Streed, of L'lah, Illinois, and they have two 
children, Henry G. and Eugene F. (10) 
Sarah A. is the wife of L. K. Filmore, of 

-iMarshalltown, Iowa, and they had seven 
children, Ralph \V.,Ross C.,Paul H., Agnes, 
Dora, Marion and Charles K., deceased. 
i\Ir. Griffin has now living h\-e children, 
twenty-two grandchildren, and hve great- 
grandchildren. 

For his second wife ^Ir. Griffin married 
^Irs. Susan C. Blanchard, of Davenport, 
Iowa, JNIarch 2, 1898. She is a daughter of 
\\'illiam and Matilda Kennedy, prominent 
residents of Rock Island county, Illinois. 

Mr. Griffin entered the Union service 
during the Civil war, enlisting August 11, 

1862, for three years, in Company D, One 
Hundred and Twelfth Illinois Volunter In- 
fantry, under the command of Colonel T. J. 
Henderson. He took part in all the engage- 
ments in which his regiment participated un- 
til the battle of Kno.xville, where he was cap- 
tured by the rebels. By a roundabout \\-ay 
he was taken to Libby prison, where he re- 
mained from December i, 1863, to May 7, 
1864, and was then transferred to the stock- 
ade at JNIacon, Georgia. In August of the 
same year he was taken with others to 
Charleston, where they were placed under 
the fire from the Union guns on ]\Iorris Isl- 
and and were kept there until October 6, 
when they were sent to Columbia, South 
Carolina, where they were kept in an open 
field until December 12. On that date the 
prisoners were mo\-ed to the state insane asv- 



lum. and remained there until the i8th of 
February, 1865, when sent to the parole 
c;mip near Wilmington. Here they were de- 
livered to the Union authorities, but Mr. 
Griffin was not exchanged until April 26, 
1865, when he was allowed to join his regi- 
ment at Greensboro, North Carolina. The 
war ha\ing ended, he was finally discharged 
July 7, 1865, after almost three years of 
faithful service on southern battle fields and 
in tiie loathsome prisons of the south, where 
lit endured all the hardships and privations 
of prison life. 

Politically ^Ir. Griffin was originally a 
Whig, but has been an ardent supporter of 
the Republican party since its organization, 
and has served as a delegate to many county 
and state conventions of his party. He has 
been in office most of his life, being elected 
justice of the peace when very young. He 
\\as county school commissioner two years, 
and was on the building committee for the 
erection of different school-houses, including 
the first in the village of Cambridge. He 
was coroner of the countv for a time and was 
supervisor of Andover township for nearly 
twenty years. He is a very prominent and 
mtluential member of the Congregational 
C'hurch of Cambridge, and has served as 
deacon since its organization. His upright 
course in life commands the respect and 
commendation of ex'eryone, and his labors as 
u founder of the county justly entitle him to 
a prominent place in its annals. 



PHILIP B. KELLER. 

Among the recognized leaders of the 
Republican part)^ in Henry county is Pliili]) 
B. Keeler, the well-known and efficient cir- 
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bounded popularity give him an influential 
following, while his shrewd judgment of men 
and aft'airs makes his counsel of value in all 
important movements. In business circles 
he also takes a foremost rank, and his suc- 
cess is all the more notable from the fact that 
it has been .secured by his own judicious 
management. 

;Mr. Keeler was born in Clarendon, Or- 
leans county, New York, August 27, 1843, 
the youngest child of Ira B. and Clarissa H. 
(Foley) Keeler, also natives of the Empire 
Slate, and of English and Irish descent, re- 
spectively. In early life the father followed 
the carpenter's and joiner's trade, and later 
engaged in bridge building, constructing 
many of the bridges over the Erie canal. lie 
was widely and favorably known, and was a 
man of considerable prominence in his town, 
being called upon to serve as supervisor and 
in many other positions of public trust. Fra- 
ternally he was quite a prominent member of 
the Odd Fellows Society. He died in Jan- 
uary, 1852, at about the age of fifty-two 
3-ears, wiiile his wife, who was a consistent 
and faithful member of the Baptist Church 
for many years, was born in 1797 and died 
in 1879. To them were born eleven children, 
of whom eight reached years of maturity, 
namely : Harriet B. is the widow of Clark 
Glidden, with whom she came to De Kalb 
county, Illinois, in 1854, but is now living 
with her son in Aberdeen, Washington ; Ru- 
fus died in California in 1898; Delia died in 
1852; Josiah was accidentally killed in 
Scottsville, Kansas; Elizal^eth \'. is the wife 
of J. W. Eddy, a jeweler of Kewanee, and is 
now, in 1900, visiting the Paris exposition; 
Mary E. is the widow of Andrew \Voo<l and 
a resident of Cambridge ; Viola M. married 
L. P. Wilson and died in 1889; and Philip 
B. completes the family. 



The early education of our subject was 
acquired in the public schools of his native 
state, but later he attended the Union high 
school at Kewanee, Illinois, and also took a 
si>ecial cour.se in bookkeeping. By the death 
of his father he was thrown upon his own re- 
st )urces at the tender age of seven years, and 
has since made his own way in the world un- 
aided. In 1859 he came with his mother to 
Kewanee, which he still considers his home, 
though in the discharge of his present official 
duties he is comi)elled to spend most of his 
time at the county seat. On starting out in 
life for himself he learned the jeweler's trade 
in Kewanee. Subsecjuently he found employ- 
ment in a machine shop, l)ut in less than a 
\ear he had the niisforlune to lose his right 
hand and a portion of his forearm, though 
he did not resign his position for three years, 
successfully manipulating the machine with 
one hand during that time. Following this 
he again worked at the jeweler's trade until 
1866, when he formed a partnership with 
& Keeler he was engaged as a dealer in jew- 
elry, sewing machines and musical instru- 
ments, being successfully engaged in that line 
of trade for thirty years, he taking charge of 
the sewing machines and musical instrument 
department. P'or a time he was also inter- 
ested in the lumber business in southern Ar- 
kansas, but his property there was destroyed 
by fire. The Building and Loan Association 
of Kewanee owes much of its success to Mr. 
Keeler, who is a man of keen discrimination, 
scnnid judgment and indefatigable enterprise. 
.\s one of the organizers and directors and 
president he has labored untiringly for its 
success, and has succeeded, with others, in 
placing the concern on a good financial basis. 
Through this organization many poor people 
have been able to secure homes for them- 
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any other way, and it has thus advanced tlie 
interests of the town. 

On the 22nd of December, i8r)C), Mr. 
Keeler was united in marriage with Miss 
Mary F. Whittemore, a daughter of Caleb 
Whittemore, who to-day is one of the oldest 
and most highly esteemed business men of 
Peoria, where their marriage was cele- 
. brated. By this union were born two chil- 
dren: Rufus W., an expert electrician; and 
Philip B., Jr., a pupil in the public schools. 

Since casting his first presidential vote 
for Abraham Lincoln ilr. Keeler has '-ecn 
an ardent Republican, and has worked un- 
tiringly for the success of his party. He 
has been honored with several important offi- 
cial positions, having served as a member of 
the village board of Kewanee and was super- 
visor of Kewanee tOAvnship for many years. 
While a member of the. vill.age board the gas 
plant was put in and preliminary steps were 
taken to secure water works. He was char- 
man of the board of supervisors from the 
time he Avas first elected until his election as 
circuit clerk, which office he now so credita- 
bly fills, discharging its duties to the entire 
satisfaction of all the people. He was re- 
elected to the latter office in 1900 by a largely 
increased majority, antl had no opposiiion 
in the convention. For some )'-ears he v. as a 
member of the library board of Keuaace, its 
library beiiig one of the finest in the state, 
and its rooms kept open every day in the year. 
In the building up of this library much credit 
is due to him. 

As a member of the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows he has done much for the or- 
der, and is one of the most prominent mem- 
bers in the state. He was a member of the 
building committee when the hall of the Ke- 
wanee lodge was built. He is past grand 
of the subordinate lodge, and has been a rep- 



resentati\e to the grand lodge of the state 
for the past twenty-five years. A member 
also of the encampment he is now past chief 
patriarch, and he has represented his camp 
in the grand encampment of the state for 
twenty-five vears. He is now past grand 
marshal of the grand encampment. L'ntil 
his election to the office of circuit clerk, 
he was a trustee of the I. O. O. F. prop- 
erty in Kewanee from 1870. Philip B. 
Keeler is emphatically a man of enterprise, 
positive character, indomitable energy and 
liberal views, and is thoroughly identified 
in every respect with the growth and pros- 
perity of his adopted city and county. 



WILLIAM RINGLE. 

Prominent among the successful stock- 
dealers and agriculturists of Henry county 
is William Ringle, the present efficient super- 
visor of Osco township. He was born in Ar 
legheny county, near Pittsburg, Pennsyha- 
nia, on the 6th of March, 1847, ^"^ was ten 
years of age when brought to this county by 
his parents, Josqjh and Mary (W'hitsel) 
Ringle, also natives of the Keystone state, 
where their marriage was celebrated. His 
paternal grandfather was a soldier of the 
Revolutionary war under the command of 
General Washington, and was trainmaster at 
Valley Forge. He died when comparatively 
a young man, leaving a large family of chil- 
dren, all of whom lived to an advanced age. 

Joseph Ringle, father of our subject, was 
born in 181 1, and died in 1893. He was 
born and reared in western Pennsylvania, 
his early home being in Indiana county. 
During his early manhood he lived for a time 
near Pittsburg, where he was engaged in the 
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county. He was one of tlie fir.st to settle on 
the prairies in Osco township, Henry coun- 
ty, vvliere he purcliased and improved a farm 
of one hunch^ed and sixty acres of land, and 
later added eighty acres more, which he re- 
tained until a settlement .was made among 
the children by their starting out in life for 
themselves. He was a supporter and active 
member of the Presbyterian Church of 
Munson, and was a Prohibitionist in politics, 
though he never took a very active part in 
political affairs. He was a man of sound 
financial stai>ding, and, starting from noth- 
ing, he accumulated quite a fortune. His wife 
was of Dutch ancestry, her forefathers hav- 
ing come from Plolland at an early day and 
settled in Pennsylvania. They were quite 
wealthy and invested their money in coal 
mining, which is still carried on extensively 
by their descendants in that state. Mrs. 
Ringle died at the home of a daughter in 
Cambridge, in 1898. She was the mother of 
nine children, two of whom died in infancy, 
the others being James, a retired farmer of 
IMunson township, who now resides in Gene- 
seo; Jiilui, a retired resident of Cambridge; 
William, our subject; David \\., a farmer of 
Geneseo township; Catherine, wife of Harri- 
' son jMoore, a retired farmer of Newton, 
Iowa ; Louisa, widow of A. J. Combs and a 
resident of Cambridge ; and Mary, wife of 
John Sherrard, of Cajnbridge township. 

During his boyhood and youth \\'il]iam 
Ringle attended the district schools near his 
! home and the Orion Academy, and he re- 
mained under the parental roof until his mar- 
\ riage. It was on the 27th of October, 1873, 
I that he wedded Miss Ellen A. Welton, who 
! was born in Peoria county, Illinois, Febru- 
ary 22, 1852, a daughter of Lester C. and 
Ora Welton, both natives of Connecticut. 
During her infancy the family moved from 



Peoria to Henry county and located in Osco 
township, at which time the greater part of 
this locality was still in its primitive condi- 
tion. Mr. Welton purchased and improved 
a large farm and was quite e.xtensively en- 
gaged in stock raising. He was also one of 
the promoters and a large stockholder of the 
Osco & Western Farmer's Mutual Insurance 
Company, which was founded and incorpor- 
ated in i'&7^, and embraced Osco and West- 
ern townships, Henry county, and Rural 
township. Rock Island county. It has proved 
a great benefit to the resident farmers of this 
community. For a time ^Ir. Welton lived 
in Cambridge, and then moved to Hutchin- 
son, Reno county, Kansas, locating on a 
large stock farm, where his death occurred. 
He was one of the leading men of Osco 
township, and was looked up to by all as a 
guide, being a man of intelligence and in- 
tegrity. His children were James, a retired 
farmer of Geneseo ; Merritt, a farmer of At- 
lantic, Iowa: ]\Iargaret, wife of Chester 
O'Neale, of Hudson, Kansas; and Ellen A., 
wife of our subject. Mrs. Ringle received a 
good education, pursuing a classical course. 
After his marriage Mr. Ringle located 
upon his present farm, having purchased one 
hundred and sixty acres of partially im- 
proved land on section 28, Osco township, 
on which he at once erected necessary and 
substantial buildings, including commodious 
barns, sheds and cribs, with the intention of 
embarking in the stock business. This he has 
always carried on in connection with farm- 
ing, and also operates threshers and shellers, 
having two steam engines for that purpose. 
The Ringle family have always been en- 
gaged in the latter business, owning from 
one to five outfits among them and operat- 
ing the same very successfully in threshing 
grain, shelling corn and hulling clover, as 



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well as grinding feed. For the last named 
purpose our subject keeps an engine on his 
farm all the time, preparing food for the 
large herd of cattle which he fattens each 
j-ear. He has added one hundred and sixty 
acres of land to his first purchase and im- 
proved the same to conform to his growing 
stock business, being one of the largest 
stock men of Osco township. He started on 
a small scale, but has gradually increased 
the volume of liis business until he now han- 
dles many hundred head of stock annually 
with profit. He first raised short hoTn cat- 
tle for market, and now gives his attention 
entirely to the feeding of stock for market 
purposes, his average shipments being from 
six to eight carloads of cattle and hogs an- 
nually. He is also interested in a fine grade 
of horses, and has sold some of the finest 
teams of Englishshires ever put on the mar- 
ket from Osco township, having the hon- 
or of receiving the highest price ever paid 
for a gelding in that place. He buys stock 
wherever he can to an advantage, princi- 
pally in the west, and brings them home to 
fatten for market. ^Ir. Ringle has met with 
most excellent success in this business, and 
takes a just pride in his stock and the facili- 
ties he has for handling it. Always honora- 
ble and upright in all his dealings, he has 
the confidence and respect of those with 
whom he has come in contact, and his suc- 
cess is well merited. For the past eighteen 
years he has operated a steam threshing ma- 
chine, and has ownedand operated a thresher 
since 1867. He is one of the stockholders 
and directors of the First National Bank of 
Cambridge; is also a director and treasurer 
of the Osco & Western Farmers" ilutual 
Insurance Company, which does the leading 
business of this section, and he has served 
the people well in financial concerns. 



A Republican in politics, Mr. Ringle is 
an active worker for his party and its inter- 
ests, and has been selected to fill various 
offices in his township. In 1899 he was 
elected supervisor, and is now serving in that 
capacity with credit to himself and to the 
satisfaction of his constituents. Since resid- 
ing upon his present farm he has served con- 
tinuously as township school trustee. In re- 
ligious belief he is a Presbjterian. while 
his wife holds membership in the Episcopal 
Church of Osco, and he is a liberal supporter 
of all church work. He is widely and fav- 
orably known throughout the county as a 
most progressive and enterprising man, and 
is held in high regard by a large circle of 
friends and acquaintances. 



SA^IUEL H. CALLA\\"AY. 

Samuel H. Callaway is one of the lead- 
ing farmers and stock raisers of Western 
township, his farm of one hundred and twen- 
ty-six acres being pleasantlv located on sec- 
tion ;^2 and 5 in Lynn township, within two 
and a half miles of Orion. He was born in 
Warwickshire, England, Jul}' 27, 1839, and 
ill his boyhood passed the birthplace of the 
immortal Shakespeare on his wa\- to and 
from school. In 1849 he came to the new 
world with his parents, Samuel and Esther 
Callaway, who first located at Utica, New 
York, but later removed to Detroit, Michi- 
gan, where they spent the remainder of their 
lives. In England the father had followed 
the stock business. 

In 1 85 1 our subject and his older brother, 
Jonathan, came to Henry county, Illinois, 
where the former worked at anything by 
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some time he was employed by the day or 
month at clearing land and at farming, and 
later, when he had saved enough money, lie 
purchased teams and commenced breaking 
jjrairie, following that occupation for sev- 
eral years, during which time he broke hun- 
dreds of acres of land. However, after re- 
maining here about three years, on account 
of poor health, he returned to Detroit, and 
three years later came back tn Western 
township. Later he rented land and en- 
gaged in farming on his own account. When 
the Civil war broke out he tried to enlist 
at Detroit, Michigan, but. being lame and 
in poor health, was rejected. 

On the 2 1 St of November, 1861, in 
Henry county, Mr. Callaway married Miss 
Julia Belle Harrison, also a native of Eng- 
land, and a daughter of William and Sarah 
(Williams) Harrison. Her father spent his 
entire life in that country. The mother came 
to the United States with her daughter in 
May, 1850, and after the latter's marriage 
made her home with our subject and his 
v.ife until her death. For several years 
prior to her emigration from England, Mrs. 
Callaway made her home with her uncle, 
Frank Pears, the noted soap manufacturer 
of London. Before coming to this cmintv 
she and her mother lived in Detroit, Michi- 
gan. Mr. and Mrs. Callaway are the ])ar- 
ents of seven children, three sons and four 
daughters, namely: Herbert L., who is still 
under the parental roof; John H., who has 
engaged in teaching school, but is now a 
student at Kno.x College, Galesburg; Ezra 
S., also a school teacher of Henry county: 
Ssther K., wife of Albert Sayre, of Western 
township ; Pauline J., wife of S. H. Callo- 
way, a farmer of Grundy county, Iowa; 
Bertha A., wife of Addison Chase, a farmer 
of Western township, this county ; and .Mice 



M., a successful school teacher of this coun- 
ty, four of the family having followed that 
profession. 

Mr. and Mrs. Callaway began married 
life on a farm of forty acres in Lynn town- 
ship, which he purchased in 186 1, and to 
which he later added another forty-acre 
tract, making it his home for four years. 
On selling that place he bought eighty acres 
on section 32, Western township, where he 
has now made his home since 1865. When 
he located thereon about fifty acres had been 
jjroken, a small house built and an orchard 
and shade trees set out. Subsequently Mr. 
Callaway purchased an adjoining tract of 
forty-six acres in Lynn township, and has 
s-nce devoted his energies to the further im- 
provement and cultivation of his land, con- 
\erting it into one of the most desirable 
farms of its size in that locality. He has 
made a specialty of the raising of Poland 
China hogs and Shropshire sheep, and this 
branch of his business has proved quite 
profitable. He commenced life in Illinois 
w ilhout a dollar, and by his own labor, en- 
terprise and perseverance has accumulated 
a comfortable competence, and is to-day the 
t^wner of a good home and farm. 

Politically Mr. Callaway has been a life- 
long Republican, and cast his first presi- 
dential ballot for Abraham Lincoln in i860. 
He has been a delegate to numerous con- 
ventions of his party; has served as high- 
way coinmissioner three years ; and as school 
director twelve years and president of the 
board. Fraternally he is a member of Sher- 
man Lodge, No. 535, F. & .\. M., of Orion. 
He is a loyal citizen of his adopted country, 
and in all the relations of life has been found 
true to every trust reposed in him. For 
almost half a century he has made his home 
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favorably known. He was one of the pro- 
moters of the Orion-Sherrard Mutual Tele- 
phone Compan)-, in wliich he is a director. 
He is also president of the Richland Grove 
Vigilance Committee, that has been in ex- 
istence fort)- years. 



ROBERT G. NEVILLE. 

Robert G. Neville, who is successfully 
engaged in agricultural pursuits on section 
29, Osco township, first came to Henry 
county in December, 1879. A native of Illi- 
nois, he was born in Kickapoo township, 
Peoria count}-, June 22, 1862, and is a son 
of George and Catherine (jMoorehead) 
Neville, both natives of Ireland. They came 
to this country when young and were mar- 
ried in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where 
they continued to make their home for three 
years after their marriage, and then re- 
moved to this state, locating in Jubilee town- 
ship, Peoria count}-. The father was active- 
ly engaged in farming in that county until 
his death, which occurred March 4, 1872. 
The wife and mother came to Osco in 1893, 
and died at the home of her daughter in 
Cambridge township, December 23, 1899. 
In the family were eight children, one of 
whom died in infancy, while five sons and 
two daughters are suU living, namely : Will- 
iam, fireman in the Monarch distillery of 
Peoria; Robert G., our subject; Kate, wife 
of Frank Sheen, of \\'olcott, Indiana; 
Thomas M., a shipping clerk in a whole- 
sale rubber house in Chicago; John F., pro- 
prietor of a pool and billiard parlor in the 
same city; Richard C, a resident of Cam- 
bridge township, this county; and Sarah, 
wife of Albert C. Tomlinson, who lives on 
D. C. Tomlinson's farm in Cambridge town- 



ship. The parents were members of the 
Episcopal Church. 

As soon as he attained a sufficient age 
Robert G. Neville entered the common 
schools of his native county, where he pur- 
sued his studies until ten years old, when 
his father died and he had to assist in the 
support of the family. Subsequently, how- 
ever, he attended business college at Daven- 
port, Iowa, for two terms. His education 
was obtained principally by general reading 
and observation, and he has thus made up 
for his lack of early educational advantages. 
He worked by the month as a farm hand un- 
til twenty-five years of age, and did his share 
in supporting the family until he attained 
his majority. 

On the loth of February, 1886, ]\Ir. 
Neville married JMiss ]\Iargaret McCurdy, 
who was born in Montgomery county, Penn- 
sylvania, September 19, i860, but who at 
the time of her marriage was living in Osco 
township, this county, with her parents, both 
of whom are now deceased. ]\Irs. Neville 
died July 10, 1896, leaving four children: 
Alexander, Robert, Harold and M. Edith, 
who attend he Osco school. She was a 
daughter of Alexander and Kate McCurdy, 
of Scotch-Irish ancestry, who came from the 
north of Ireland to the United States, first 
locating in Penns}-lvania, where they were 
married. Later they came to Henry coun- 
ty, Illinois, and located on the southwest 
quarter of section 20, Osco township, where 
he opened up a farm and made his home 
until his death. Religiously he was an 
Episcopalian, while his wife was reared in 
the Presbyterian faith. On that home farm 
Margaret grew to womanhood, and there 
remained until her marriage. 

After his marriage Mr. Neville removed 
to Kearney, Nebraska, where he lived for 



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two years and on his return to this county 
settled on his present farm, which was deed- 
ed to his wife by her fatlier. He has since 
greatly improved the place by the erection 
of a good residence barns and fences; has 
planted trees, tiled the land, and placed it 
under a high state of cultivation. The farm 
consists of one hundred acres of rich and 
arable land. Mr. Neville follows both gen- 
eral farming and stock feeding. He usually 
buys a car load of cattle in Nebraska, both 
spring and fall, which he feeds and pre- 
pares for the market. For the size of his 
place, he is one of the most extensive feed- 
ers in Henry county. 

Mr. Neville is one of the leaders of the 
Democratic party in his community, and has 
been elected to the office of town clerk and 
assessor. He has also served as school di- 
rector nine years, and has taken an active 
interest in maintaining good schools. Re- 
ligiously he is an active member of the Epis- 
copal Church of Osco township, and for 
about ten years has served as vestryman, 
during which time a rectory has been built. 
He is a charter member of the Modern 
^\'oodmen Camp, No. 2248, of Osco, of 
which he was consul four. years, and is also 
a charter member of the Royal Neighbors 
of America. He is a member of Sherman 
Lodge, No. 535, F. & A. M., of Orion, and 
of the Eastern Star. In social circles he 
stands high, and is an active worker in the 
socities to which he belongs. 



OLOF WALLINi:. 

Tireless energy, well directed by sound 
business judgment, has bnjught to Mr. 
Walline gratifying success in the affairs 



of life. For thirtv years he has been a resi- 
dent of Henry county, and now owns and 
occupies a fine farm on section 14, Andover 
township. Like many of the best citizens 
of this localit}- he is a native of Sweden, 
born February 18, 1847, and is a son of 
Olof E. and Betsey (Olson) Walline, also 
natives of that country, where the father 
followed farm work until his emigration to 
America in 1869. His last days were spent 
at the home of our subject in Andover to\Am- 
ship, this county, where both he and his 
wife died. Of the four children born to 
them one died in Sweden. The others are 
Margaret, wife of Peter Olenius, living on 
the old Buck farm in Andover township; 
Olof, our subject; and Peter E., now a 
resident of California, who was formerly 
a farmer of Andover towaiship, and a mer- 
chant of Cambridge. 

The subject of this review received his 
education in the common schools of his na- 
tive land, and remained at home with his 
parents until he attained his majority. He 
then came to the United States and first lo- 
cated at Bishop HilJ, Illinois, where he 
worked at the mason's and carpenter's 
trades, having partially learned the latter oc- 
cupation in Sweden. After two years spent 
at Bishop Hill, he purchased eighty acres 
of land in Andover township in partnership 
with his brother, and together they success- 
fully engaged in farming for twelve years, 
thus securing a good start in life. As they 
succeeded in business they added to their 
farm until they owned about two hundred 
acres, which property was divided when they 
dissolved partnership. In 1883, having sold 
his portion of the farm, Olof Walline pur- 
chased his present place, which at that time 
consisted of one hundred and twenty acres 
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laid many rods of tiling, built fences and 
erected buildings, and now has one of the 
best and most attractive farms of the lo- 
cahty. He and his brother, P. E., are also 
proprietors of the Cambridge Creamery, and 
in its operation have also met with well- 
deserved success; our subject is manager of 
the same. 

In January, 1875, Mr. W'alline was 
united in marriage witli Miss Elizabeth 
Johnson, who was born in Andover town- 
ship. May 6, 1855, a daughter of Andrew 
M. and Christina Johnson. The former, 
now deceased, was among the early settlers 
of his township. There Mrs. Johnson still 
resides, and with her live her two sons, Al- 
bert and Otto, and one daughter Ida, while 
Oscar, Alfred and Emma, wife of Swan 
Anderson, make their home in Nebraska, and 
Mrs. Amelia Norling lives in Cameron, Illi- 
nois, where her husband is engaged in black- 
smithing. ^Ir. and Mrs. \\'alline have a 
family of nine children, namely : Charles 
W., Jennie, Henry W., Louvina, Eddie J., 
Esther, Minnie, Ernest and Maljel, all at 
home. They have been educated in the com- 
mon schools, while Charles W. and Henry 
have pursued an agricultural course at Madi- 
son, \\'isconsin, and are prepared to accept 
and hold any ixjsition in the business world. 
They also attended the high school of Cam- 
bridge. Charles W. now has charge of the 
creamery business of his father. 

In his political views Mr. W'alline is a 
Prohibitionist, but at local elections supports 
the men whom he believes best qualified for 
office. For the long period of seventeen 
years he has efiiciently served as school di- 
rector in his district, and for the past ten 
years has been appraiser for the Swedish 
Insurance Company in his township, adjust- 
ing losses also. He is an active member of 



the Methodist Episcopal Church of Andover, 
and one of its trustees. He is a public- 
spirited and progressive citizen, who takes 
a deep interest in everything pertaining to 
the welfare of his adopted county, and is 
held in high regard by all who know him. 



JOHN L. HULL. 

It is astonishing to witness the success- 
of young roen who have emigratec^to Amer- 
ica without capital and from a position of 
comparative obscurity have worked their way 
upward to a position of prominence. The 
readiness with which they adapt themselves 
to circumstances and take advantage of op- 
portunities oifered brings to them success 
and wins them a place among the leading- 
men of the community in which they re- 
side. 

Among the natives of Sweden who have 
become prominent in business and public 
affairs in Henry county, is John L. Hull, 
who has been a resident of Cambridge town- 
ship since 1869. He was born November 3,. 
1850, in Sweden, a son of Nels P. and Inga 
Carolina Larson. The father, who was a 
farmer by occupation, died in that country, 
but the mother is still living and continues 
to make her home there. In their family 
were seven children, of whom five are still 
living, namely: Christine, who lives on the 
old homestead in Sweden; John L., our sub- 
ject; A. S., manager of a lumber yard in 
Cambridge, Illmois ; and Emma and Nels 
P., who are living on the home farm in 
Sweden. 

In the public schools of his native land 
John L. Hull acquired a good practical ed- 
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until eio^Iiteen years of age, when lie emi- 
grated to this country with tlie iiope of 
bettering his financial coiulitiDn. After 
working as a farm hand in this country 
for two years, lie located u]K3n his present 
farm on section 8. Cambridge township, 
where he was at first in the employ of others. 
The Brick and Tile works were started upon 
the land in 1870, and the following year he 
commenced learning the business as a work- 
man in the factory. Later he became ni;ji- 
ager of the plant, and in 1890 purchased a 
half interest in the business, which was car- 
ried on under the firm name of Cook & Hull 
until 1899, when Mr. Hull bought out his 
partner and has since been alone in the busi- 
ness. When the plant was first started it 
was run by hand and horse power, but while 
Mr. Hull was manager an engine of thirty- 
horse power was i)ut in, and the factory 
otherwise improved. There are now five 
kilns, three with down drafts and two with 
up drafts and a drying shed, one hundred 
by twenty-six feet in dimension. During 
the busy season from fifteen to twenty men 
are employed in tlie yards. The product of 
the factory being of a superior grade, it finds 
a ready sale on the market, and is shipped 
in carload lots to Stark, Mercer and Rock 
Island counties. The success of this enter- 
prise has been mainly due to Mr. Hull, who 
is a man of good business and e.Kecutive 
ability. He owns thirteen acres adjoining 
the city of Cambridge, and is also engaged 
ill farming and stock raising. He possesses 
keen discrimination as well as sound judg- 
ment, and in business affairs is prompt, en- 
ergetic and notably reliable. 

On the I2th of October, 1875. Mr. linll 
married Miss Josephine C. I^yon, who was 
born in .\merica in 1854. Both her parents 
died in i8<;7, leaving seven children, name- 



ly: Tilda, wife of J. AI. Anderson, a dry- 
goods merchant, of Cambridge; Ida; Jose- 
phine, wife of our subject; John, Alfred, 
Ludwig an<l Otto, all residens of Cambridge. 
Mr. and ]\Irs. Hull have four children : Lettie 
v., Edwin, Emma and Ernest. The two 
oldest are graduates of the Cambridge public 
schools and the others are still i)ursuing ilieir 
studies there. 

During his entire residence in Cam- 
bridge Mr. Hull has taken an active interest 
in politics and has been a stanch supporter 
of the Republican party, serving on the town 
and county central committees. For two 
years he filled the office of tax collector, and 
in 1898 was elected supervisor, which office 
he filled so acceptably that he was re-elected 
in 1900 and is the present incumbent. Foi^ 
three successive terms he has been a mem- 
ber of the schcHil board of Cambridge. He 
is an active and i)roiiiiiient member of the 
Swedisii Lutheran Church of Cambridge, 
in which he has served as tleacon and is 
now one of the trustees, while socially he 
is connected with the ^lystic & Fraternal 
Tribune, Xo. — , and the Odd Fellows Lodge, 
No. 199, in which he has held office. He 
is a ma not recognized abilitv and sterling 
worth, and stands high in the community 
where he has so long made his home. Those 
who know him best are numbered among 
his warmest friends, and no citizen in Henry 
county is more hoiioreil or highly respected. 



JOHX II. McGO\'ERX. 

This prominent citizen of Orion, who is 
now li\ing a retired life, was born on the 
Monongahela river, in Brownsville, Fayette 
county, Pennsylvania, June 20, 1834, and is 
a son of Charles and Elizabeth (Martzall) 



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^IcGovern, the former a native of the nortli 
of Ireland, the latter of Pennsylvania, where 
their marriage was celebrated. The father 
was reared on the Emerald Isle and was a 
young man when he came to the new world. 
He died when John H. was but three years 
old. leaving a widow and seven children. 
He was engaged in business in Brownsville. 
The mother's ancestors were originally from 
Germany. In 1858 she came to Rock Island 
county, Illinois, and in 1865 moved to Iowa, 
where her death occurred about 1885. She 
was a member of the Presb}-terian church. 
In the county of his nativity John H. 
McGovern grew to manhood, and at Browns- 
ville, Pennsylvania, he learned the carpen- 
ter's and joiner's trade, and for a time he 
engaged in contracting and building in the 
east. Coming to Illinois in 1855, he first 
located in Rock Island, where he followed 
the same pursuit for five \-ears, and then en- 
gaged in farming in Boling township for 
four years. In 1864 he went west and was 
interested in mining in Montana and Idaho 
for a short time. Later we find him in 
California, but in 1865 he returned to Illi- 
nois, and embarked in business at INIilan. 
carrying on operations there for five years. 
In 1870 he removed to Orion, Henry county, 
where he opened a general store and did an 
extensive business for a number of years, 
being the leading merchant of the place. He 
finally sold out in 1885 on account of ill 
health and has since lived a retired life. 
He still owns considerable real estate in 
Orion, including two store buildings and 
two nice residences. His success in life is 
due entirely to his own well-directed efforts, 
diligence, perseverance and good manage- 
ment, and he is to-day one of the prosper- 
ous and substantial citizens of his com- 
munitv. 



In i860 Mr. ilcGovern was married, in 
Meadville, Pennsylvania, to Miss Martha 
Kerr, who was born, reared and educated in 
Meadville, Pennsylvania, and died in Orion, 
Illinois, in the fall of 1890. He was again 
married, in Henrj' county. May 15, 1894, 
his second union being 'with Miss Lydia 
Jane Deem, who is a native of Ohio, but 
came to Illinois with her father, William 
Deem, in i860, and here grew to woman- 
hood. 

In politics Mr. McGovern is independent. 
He cast his first presidential vote for James 
Buchanan in 1856, but has since supported 
the men and measures of either the Re- 
publican or Prohibition parties, being a 
strong temperance man. He has never cared 
for official honors, preferring to devote his 
entire time and attention to his business in- 
terests. During his residence at Milan he 
joined tlie Masonic fraternity, and now holds 
membership in the lodge at Orion. !Mr. 
I\IcGovem is an intelligent man, pre-em- 
inently public spirited and progressive, and 
has done much to advance the interests of 
Orion and promote the public welfare along 
various lines. He is widely and favorably 
known tliroughout this section of the county, 
and is numbered among its most valued and 
useful citizens. 



HOXS SHULT. 

Not on the plane of affluence did Hons 
Shult start out on life's journey, but in the 
valle}' of limited circumstances with the 
rough and rugged path of hard undertaking 
before him. He has met with many difficult- 
ies and obstacles but has steadily overcome 
these, and is to-day one of the most prosper- 
ous citizens of his communitv. For over a 




HONS SHULT. 



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third of a century he has actively engaged 
in farming in Lynn township, but now in the 
evening of life is enjoying a well-earned 
rest at his pleasant home in Orion. 

Born in Skepersta Soken, Genspeng, 
Sweden, October 16, 1834, !Mr. Shult was 
nineteen years of age when, in 1854, he took 
passage on a sailing vessel at Guttenberg, 
and after what was then considered a speedy 
voyage of five weeks, landed in New York 
on the 26th of July. He proceeded at once 
to Henry county, Illinois, and soon after his 
arrival at Hickory Grove, Lynn township, 
obtained employment at grading on the Chi- 
cago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, work- 
ing that summer and fall as far south as 
Quincy. He then returned to Henry county 
an|d spent the three following winters in 
chopping cord wood on the island. Being- 
ill with fever and ague he was unable to 
work during the summer months for three 
years. After his recovery Mr. Shult rented 
land which he operated for three years, and 
then purchased a tract of seventy acres which 
he still owns, it being at that time wild and 
covered with a dense growth of underbrush, 
which he at length grubbed up. In his farm 
ing operations he met with most excellent 
success, and was able to add to his landed 
possessions from time to time until he now 
has five hundred and twenty-five acres of 
very valuable and productive land. The last 
three hundred acres which he purchased was 
an improved farm. Upon his land are three 
sets of good farm buildings, and everything 
about the place betokens the care and super- 
vision of a painstaking owner. Having ac- 
quired a handsome competence he removed 
to Orion, where he built a fine home in 1894, 
and has since lived a retired life. 

In 1S62, in Henry county, Mr. Shult 
married Miss Mary Johnson, a Swedish 



lady and a daughter of Andrew Johnson 
who emigrated with his family to the new 
world and settled in Henry count}-, Illinois, 
in 1 861. iMr. and ]Mrs. Shult are the par- 
ents of six chil(dren, who are still living, 
namely : Albert, who is married and oper- 
ates a part of the home farm; Frank Ed- 
ward, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, who is married and is now located 
ai Woodhull, this county; Josephine, wife of 
August N. Johnson, who is engaged in 
farming upon the Shult land ; Oscar, who is 
also married and lives on the old homestead ; 
Ernest, who assists his brothers in the cult- 
ivation of their father's farm; and Lydia, 
at home. Two of the children met death 
very suddenly November 13, 1888. while 
crossing the railroad track on the farm. 
Both children and horses were killed, though 
Oscar, the oldest, who was driving, was not 
seriously injured, These were William, aged 
ten, and Ida, aged twelve years. Their death 
was a severe blow to the parents and many 
friends of the family. 

Mr. Shult's political support has ever been 
given the Republican party since he cast his 
first presidential ballot for Abraham Lincoln 
in i860, but he has never taken a very active 
part in politics aside from voting. As a 
progressive and enterprising citizen he has 
been prominently identified with educational 
affairs, and with two others started the 
school in his neighborhood, of which he was 
a director for many years. Both he and his 
\vife are earnest members of the Swedish 
Lutheran Church of Orion and are people of 
the highest respectability. Meeting with 
many discouragements during the first years 
.sjjent in this country, Mr. Shult once decid- 
ed to return to his native lanid, but being 
taken with ague about that time was unable 
to travel and so remained in .\merica. Soon 



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prosperity shone upon his efforts, and he is 
to-day one of the most substantial men of 
the community in which he lives. 



ANDREW PETERSOX. 

From Sweden came many of Henry 
county's most industrious and useful citi- 
zens — men who have borne a very active 
and prominent part in the development and 
upbuilding of the county, and helped to 
make it one of the best agricultural 
districts of the Prairie state. In Andrew 
Peterson we find a worthy representa- 
tive of this class. For a period of about 
forty-four years he was successfully engaged 
in farming and stock raising here, but has 
now laid aside all business cares and is liv- 
ing a retired life on his farm on section 33, 
Western township. 

]Mr. Peterson was born in \'ordnas, 
Sockeen, Sweden. December 20, 1827, and 
was reared upon a farm in the land of his 
birth. His father, Israel Peterson, was a 
land owner in Sweden, and died when An- 
drew was but eight j-ears old. In 1850 he 
crossed the briny deep, being about eight 
weeks upon the voyage, and on landing in 
this country proceeded at once to Henry 
county, Illinois, arriving in Andover Au- 
gust 7, during the cholera epidemic here. 
For three months he worked in the timber 
of Knox county, and then went to Rock 
Island county, where he was employed as 
a farm hand by the month for about a year, 
getting from five to eight dollars per month. 
Subsequently he worked in the shops at 
Moline. accepting any situation by which 
he could make an honest living. For a time 
he worked in a sawmill at that place, and 



was engaged in cutting wood for two years. 
Returning to Henry county. Mr. Peter- 
son was married August 28, 1857, to Miss 
Lena Anderson, a sister of Swan P. Streed. 
also a native of Sweden, who came to Henrv 
county, Illinois, in 1848. They began house- 
keeping in Lynn township in a small frame 
house which he erected upon his land, hav- 
ing pre\"iously purchased twenty-six acres. 
The first three years spent here he suffered 
much with fever and ague — a disease quite 
prevalent in pioneer districts — ^but when his 
health improved was able to devote more 
time to the cultivation of his land, and in 
his farming operations met with well de- 
served success. His home farm now com- 
prises two hundred and eighty-five acres of 
well improved land, and he also has an ad- 
joining tract of sixty acres in Western 
township. This property has all been ac- 
quired through his own industry, persever- 
ance and capable management, for on land- 
ing in the new world he was without a dollar, 
and has been dependent entirely upon his 
own resources for his success in life. 

Mr. Peterson has been called upon to 
mourn the loss of his estimable wife, who 
died ]March i, 1883. leaving four children, 
namely : !Mary is the wife of William 
Gabrielson, of Rock Island county, and they 
have four children, Carl Elmer, Hattie 
Amelia, Frank Arthur and Arnold \\'illiam. 
Josephine is the wife of Charles J. Chinell, 
a farmer of Western township, Henry coun- 
ty, and they have one child, \'iolet Irene. 
Edmond is also an agriculturist of A\'estern 
township. Henry, a farmer of Lyon town- 
ship, is married and has one son. Clarence 
Henry. 

Politically Mr. Peterson is identified with 
the Republican party on national issues, and 
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sioner in Lynn township for about ten 
years : and school director for about twenty- 
five years. Using liis induencc, he succeed- 
ed in getting a school house built on his 
own farm, and gave the lot for the same. 
He is a member of the Lutiieran Churcli of 
Orion, and his upright, honorable life has 
gained for him the respect and confidence 
of a large circle of friends and acquaintances 
throughout Rock Island and Henry coun- 
ties. 



CARL J. LARSOX. 

This well-known painter and paper 
hanger of Cambridge, Illinois, was born in 
southern Sweden, on the 17th of September, 
1854, a son of Lars and Chaste Larson, 
who spent their entire lives in that country, 
where the father followed farming. A man 
of good principles and business tact, he was 
v.'idely and favorably known, and was called 
upon to fil.1 several official positions in his 
town. He was born April 8, 1800, and died 
in 1876, while his wife departed this life 
in 1898, at the ripe old age of eighty-five 
years. Both were members of the Lutheran 
Church. In their family were eight chil- 
dren, of whom four remained in the old 
country, namely : Lars, Johannes, Carolina 
and Sven. Those who came to America 
were Peter, a resident of Cambridge, Illi- 
nois; Hannah, wife of Peter Neilson, of 
Creston, Iowa; Sana, a resident of British 
Columbia; and C. J., who is the youngest 
of the family. 

C. J. Larson was educated in the schools 
of his native land. It was in 1880 that he 
crossed the broad Atlantic and came to Cam- 
bridge, Illinois, where he was met by his 
brother, Peter. For two vears he worked 



as a common lalxjrer. accepting any employ- 
ment which he could find. He had learned 
the carpenter's trade in Sweden, but it was 
almost impossible to obtain work along that 
hne at Cambridge when he located here. 
In partnership with a gentleman from his 
native town he embarked in his present busi- 
ness in 1884, and has built up an exceljent 
trade, having for the past eight years done 
all the painting for the leading citizens of 
Cambridge and \icinity. About 1891 he 
bought out his partner's interest and now has 
the leading business in his line in this part 
of the county. 

On the 24th of 2\Iarch, 1886, was cele- 
brated the marriage of ^Ir. Larson and 
Miss ]\Iatilda C. Hulting, a daughter of Per 
and Johanna Hulting, of central Sweden. 
She was born in that country and came to 
America November 2, 1874, two of her 
brothers having already located here. They 
were joined by her parents in 1877, both of 
whom are now deceased, the father having 
died in 1892, aged seventy-two years; the 
mother in 1890, aged sixty-one. Both were 
members of the Lutheran Church. By a 
former marriage the father had one son, 
Andrew. Of the six children born of the 
second union Lottie died j'oung; Lottie, the 
second of that name, died at the age of 
twenty-four years; and Anna died at 'the 
age of twenty-two. Those living are J. P., 
a resident of Geneseo, Illinois; Matilda C, 
wife of our subject; and Alfred S., who has 
resided with Mr. Larson since his mother's 
death. 

Mr. and Mrs. Larson are active and in- 
fluential members of the Lutheran Church 
in which he has served as deacon for ten 
years, and are highly respected and esteemed 
by all who know them. His political sup- 
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Republican party. One of the most reliable 
and straightforward business men of Cam- 
bridge, he has demonstrated the true mean- 
ing of the word success as the full accom- 
plishment of an honorable purpose. Energy, 
close application, perseverance and good 
management — these are the elements that 
have entered into his business career and 
crowned his efforts with prosperity. 



JARED HEMINGWAY S^IITH. 

Almost a half century has passed since 
this gentleman arrived in Henry county, and 
he is justly numbered among her honored 
pioneers and leading citizens. As an agricult" 
urist he has been prominenth- identified with 
her business interests, and makes his home 
on section 22, Osco township. His is an hon- 
orable record of a conscientious man, who 
by his upright life has won the confidence 
o: all with whom he has come in contact. 

jMr. Smith was born in Harwinton. 
Litchfield county, Connecticut, November 18, 
1827, and belongs to an old colonial family. 
Tracing his ancestry back four generations 
he is descended from one of three brothers, 
who came from England to America and 
settled in the Xutmeg state. His father, 
Anson Smith, was also a native of Har- 
winton, and received a very limited educa- 
tion in the early schools of that place. After 
his marriage he located on a farm there, 
and was actively engaged in his chosen oc- 
cupation of farming until his death, which 
occurred when he was about seventy years 
of age. He was twice married and by 
his first union had four children : Anson, 
CaroUne, Amasa and Esther, all of whom 
died in Ohio, where thev emigrated to 



make homes for themselves. For his 
second wife the father married Abigail 
Holt, a native of East Haven, Connecti- 
cut, and to them were born the fol- 
lowing children : Rodney D., who was born 
in 1824 and died in 1864; Roxy A., who 
died young; Jared H., our subject; and 
Minerva A.,'\vho married Mr. Holt and died 
in 1896, leaymg two sons. The parents 
spent their entire lives in their native state. 
Jared H. Smith, the onl}' representative 
of the familj' now living, received but a com- 
mon school education in Connecticut, and his 
early life was passed in work upon the home 
farm and in the shops of that locality. On 
leaving the parental roof in 1853, at the age 
of twenty-six years, he came to the prairies 
of Illinois and purchased one hundred and 
sixty acres of wild land in Osco township. 
Henry county, at which time there were only 
three houses between his place and Geneseo, 
and about the same number between there 
and Cambridge, while not a tree was in 
sight. He has watched with interest the 
wonderful development of the country, and 
has materially assisted in its improvement. 
For a number of years he hauled all his pro- 
duce to Geneseo and his wheat to Rock Isl- 
and, these being the nearest markets. As 
time passed acre after acre of his farm was 
placed under the plow until all was under a 
high state of cultivation, and as he succeed- 
ed in his farming operations he added to his 
landed possessions until he owned about fif-. 
teen hundred acres. He has always retained 
the old homestead of one hundred and sixty 
acres where he first settled, and besides it 
has three hundred acres of valuable land 
elsewhere in the county. Nearly all of this 
has been impro\ed by himself or under his 
supervision. In connection with general 
farming he has alwavs followed stock rais- 



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hii^. ami annually feeds from fifty to two 
hundred head of cattle for the market. He 
was one of the original stockholders of the 
First National Bank of Cambridge and one 
of its directors for a number of years. He 
is also interested in other business interests. 

On the 1st of October, 1854, Mr. Smith 
was united in marriage with Miss Jane 
Amelia W'clton, who was born July 12, 
1827, the youngest daughter of Noah and 
Ellen (Coles) Welton, life-long residents 
of Litchfield county, Connecticut. All of her 
family are now deceased with the exception 
of one sister, Mrs. Alvira Potter, of Strat- 
ford, Connecticut, who is now over eighty 
years of age. Mr. Smith was married in 
that state and brought his bride to the home 
he had prepared for her in this county, where 
they began their domestic life. Three chil- 
dren came to brighten their home, namely : 
Amelia M., born March 15, 1857, is now the 
wife of M. M. Nash, of Osco township; An- 
son W., born August 23, 1858, died Febru- 
ary 24, 1863; and Myra Jane, born Marcli 
30, 1862, is the wife of W. F. West, who is 
manager for the grain firm of Fleming & 
Smith at Osco. The wife and mother died 
of diphtheria at the home place February 17, 
1863. 

Mr. Smith was again married, August 
18, 1864, his second union being with Miss 
Mary E. Knowles, who was born in Pennsyl- 
vania, February 5, 1840, and came to this 
state with her parents. Her father died in 
llem-y county, and though her mother's 
death occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylva- 
nia, in 1899, her remains were brought back 
and interred by the side of her husband in 
the Andover cemetery. None of their chil- 
dren now live in Illinois. 'Sir. and jNlrs. 
Smith became the parents of six children, as 
follows: Henry A., born February 18, 1866, 



was married January fi, 1892, to Adelia At- 
wood, and is in the employ of the telephone 
comjjany at Cambridge, though he makes 
his home in Osco where he owns a farm. 
Anna, born July 9, 1867, is at home with her 
father. Jared Heber, born March 9, 1870, 
owns and operates one hundred and sixty 
acres of land in Osco township, purchased 
from his father. He was married, June 17, 
1896, to Minnie M. Hadley, and they have 
three sons, Jared H., Julian and Thorwold. 
George Rodney, a twin brother of Jared 
Heber, also lives on a farm in Osco town- 
ship. He was married, December 30, 1894, 
to Clara May Marsch, and they have two 
children. Charles Edward, born August 17, 

1576, and I\Iary Ethel, born September 29, 

1577, are both at home. The children have 
all received a common-school education and 
three sons have attended commercial college 
in Davenport and Chicago. All live near 
the old homestead. Mrs. Smith died April 
27, 1895. 

Mr. Smith is one of the most prominent 
and influential members of the Episcopal 
Church of Osco, who was one of the promo- 
ters of and organizers of the parish, and con- 
tributed liberally towards the building of the 
church. Since its organization he has been 
oftcially connected with the same-, having 
served as senior warden for about eighteen 
years. He has looked after all the improve- 
ments of the church, and has ever been one 
of its most active workers. On national 
issues he always votes the Republican ticket, 
but at local elections supports the men wdiom 
he considers best qualified to fill the offices, 
regardless of party lines. For a number of 
years he served as township school treasurer, 
and for three years was supervisor of Osco 
towniship, during which time many substan- 
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During the long years of his residence in the 
county, he has championed every movement 
designed to promote the general welfare, 
lias supported every enterprise for the public 
good, and has materialh^ aided in the ad- 
vancement of all social, educational and 
moral interests. In manner he is quiet and 
unassuming, yet he makes many friends and 
is held in the highest regard Ijy all who 
know him. 



willia:\i d. joxes. 

William D. Jones, a practical and en- 
terprising agriculturist residing on section 
34, Colona township, owns and operates one 
liundred and seventy-five acres of land, con- 
stituting one of the valuable and highly im- 
proved farms of the locality. Plis posses- 
sions have been acquired through his own 
efforts, and as the result of his consecutive 
endeavor he has won a place among the well- 
to-do citizens of the community. 

Mr. Jones was born in Ontario county, 
Canada, September 22, 1844, and was there 
reared to manhood upon a farm. He is a 
self-educated as well as a self-made man, 
and 'deserves great credit for the success 
tl'.at he has achieved in life. As a young 
man he came to the United States, and in 
October, 1866, took up his residence in 
Henry county, Illinois, where he was at 
first engaged in teaming and later in coal 
mining. For about three years he worked 
by the month as a farm hand, and subse- 
quently followed farming during the sum- 
mer months, and mining through the winter 
season. He also devoted a part of his time 
to work at the carpenter's and joiner's trade, 
laeing a natural mechanic and handy in the 



use of tools of all kinds. In 1877 Mr. Jones 
made his first purchase of land, consisting 
of an eighty-acre tract where he now re- 
sides. When it came into his possession it 
was covered with brush and timber, which 
he at once began to clear away, while he 
erected a small frame house, fenced the land 
and made other permanent improvements. 
He now owns one hundred and seventy- 
three acres, a portion of which is timber 
land, but seventy acres of the amount is 
under cultivation, and improved with good 
buildings. 

On the 8th of May, 1869, in Henry 
county, Mr. Jones married Miss Anna jNI. 
Anderson, who was born in Sweden, but was 
only three years old when brought to this 
country by her father, Andrew Anderson, 
who in 1852 located in Mercer county, Illi- 
nois. A few years later he removed to 
Minnesota, but in 1864 returned to Illinois, 
and took up his residence in Western town- 
ship, Henry county. Mr. and Mrs. Jones 
are the parents of seven children, namely : 
Anna Martha, now the wife of Daniel Mc- 
Graw, a farmer of Colona township; Mabel, 
wife of Josephus Evans, of Rock Island 
county, Illinois; Carrie C, wife of Clarence 
A. Garland, of Colona township, Henry 
county; W^illiam Manville, who assists his 
father in the operation of the farm ; Clarence 
Everett, Lucinda Marj^ and Wesley Davis, 
all at home, and the last named still in 
school. 

Politically Mr. Jones is a true blue Re- 
publican and has supported that party since 
casting his first presidential ballot for Gen- 
eral U. S. Grant, in 1872. He has ser\ed 
his fellow citizens in a most creditable and 
acceptable manner as highway commissioner 
for three years ; school director for fourteen 
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tice of the peace for seven years. Both he 
and his wife are members of the ^lethodist 
Episcopal Church, and are held in high re- 
gard by all who know them. 



MATILDA EATOX, M. D. 

■ Among the successful representatives of 
the medical profession in Cambridge, Illi- 
nois, is Dr. Matilda Eaton, a native of Lu- 
zerne county, Pennsylvania, and a daughter 
of Hugh and Phebe (JNIunson) Eaton. On 
the paternal side she is of Scotch-Irish de- 
scent, her ancestors being among the refu- 
gees who left Scotland in 1619 to escape 
from religious persecution and settled in the 
north of Ireland, where they endured a per- 
secution scarcely less irksome than that from 
which they had fled. For a century they 
made their home in that country, and in 1719 
their exodus from Ireland to America be- 
gan, since which time the emigration of the 
Scotch-Irish to America has been continu- 
ous. Sandy Eaton, from whom the Doctor 
is descended, was born in Scotland; was a 
farmer by inheritance and a weaver by 
trade. His son Hugh wedded Mary Ram- 
sey, of Scotch descent, and to them were 
born three sons and three daughters. Of 
this family, James Eaton, the Doctor's 
grandfather, married Mary Moore, by whom 
he had seven children, namely : Eliza, de- 
ceased; Hugh, the Doctor's father; Mrs. 
Matilda Gingle; Mrs. Margaret Hall; Alex- 
ander; John; and Mrs. Jemima Adrian. 

Hugh Eaton was born in county Antrim. 
Ireland, May 4, 1826, and completed his 
education at Dublin, where he studied for 
four years. In July, 1846, he came to Amer- 
ica, and after spending one year in New 



York, located in Luzerne county, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he made his home for eight- 
een years, Ijeing principally engaged in farm- 
ing, though he followed school teaching dur- 
ing the winter months for five years. Com- 
ing west he located in Bureau county, Illi- 
nois, April 15, 1865, but a year later took 
up his residence in Burns township, this 
county, where he lived until 1885, and then 
moved to Cambridge to spend his remaining 
days in ease and quiet. Here he died May 
16, 1893. He efficiently served as school 
director for many years, but would accept 
no other office. Religiously he was an 
earnest and consistent member of the Chris- 
tian Church, to which his wife also be- 
longed. In Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, 
he was married, in January, 1850, to Miss 
Phebe Munson, and to them were born the 
following children: Mary, wife of Joseph 
Rogers; Susan, wife of Joseph Brown; 
Stephen W., a resident of California; James 
\V. ; Robert A., who died at the age of 
twenty-three years; George Munson; Ma- 
tilda; Margaret, wife of Briton Hadley; 
iVnnie, wife of Lester H. Hadley, of Chi- 
cago; Clara, who died in infancy; Caroline; 
William E. C. ; Oscar; and Frank, who died 
in infancy. The mother, who was always 
a faithful member of the Christian Church, 
(lied December 3, 189S, at the age of sixty- 
six years. 

On the maternal side Dr. Eaton is of 
English extraction and traces her ancestry 
back to Thomas IMunson, who came to this 
country from England about 1637. Her 
great-grandfather, Walter Munson, was only 
seven years old at the time of the Wyoming 
massacre and was too young to enter the 
service during the Revolutionary war, but 
liad three older brothers, Wilmot, Stephen 
and Daniel, who fought for American in- 



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dependence. At the age of sixteen Daniel en- 
tered the service, becoming one of General 
Green's Hfe guard, and was serving in that 
capacity at the time of the surrender of 
Lord Cornwallis. He was discharged May 
24, 1778, and died soon afterward. Stephen 
and Wilmot were with General Washing- 
ton's army in the battles of Brandywine and 
Germantown, and during the terrible winter 
at Valley Forge, when the soldiers were so 
poorly clad. Wilmot never received a cent 
of pay, neither a pension nor a bounty. Dr. 
Eaton's maternal grandparents were \\'alter 
and Susan (Bodle) Munson, both natives 
of Pennsylvania, where they made their 
home throughout life, the grandfather be- 
ing engaged in farming. He always kept 
well-posted on the questions and issues of 
the day and was a supporter of the Whig 
party. His children were Phebe, the mother' 
of Dr. Eaton; Emily E., wife of Robert 
Jones, of Bureau county, Illinois ; Sarah, 
wife of Nelson Jones, of the same county; 
Deborah, wife of Nathaniel Coleman, of 
Bradford, Illinois; William B., a resident 
of Creston, Iowa; Mrs. Margaret Ware, a 
widow of Sidney, Nebraska; Mary J., wife 
of E. Q. Lovering, of Buda, Illinois ; Han- 
nah and Giles W., both deceased; and 
Loretta, wife of Frank Stevens, of Creston, 
Iowa. 

Dr. Eaton began her education in the 
common schools and later attended the high 
school of Kewanee, after which she success- 
fully took up the study of medicine, and 
was graduated at Bennett Medical College, 
Chicago, in 1896. After practicing in that 
city for six months, she came to Cambridge 
and opened an ofifice. She makes a specialty 
of the diseases of women and children, and 
is meeting with most excellent success in her 
chosen profession. She was the first lady 



physician in Cambridge and her skill and 
ability have won for her a liberal patronage. 
Pleasant and agreeable in manner, she makes 
many friends, is held in high regard by all 
who know her, and stands deservedly high 
in professional circles. Religiously she is a 
member of the Christian Church. 



JOHN A. LARSON. 

No foreign element has become a more 
important part in our American citizenship 
than that furnished by Sweden. The emi- 
grants from that land have brought with 
them to the new world the stabilit}', enter- 
prise and perseverance characteristic of their 
people and have fused these qualities with 
the progressiveness and indomitable spirit 
of the west. Mr. Larson, who is now livingg 
a retired life in Osco, is a worthy representa- 
tive of this class. He came to America in 
limited circumstances, hoping to benefit his 
financial condition, and his dreams of the 
future have been more than realized. 

Mr. Larson was born in Uppby hamlet. 
Recta, L3nidkopenlane, Sweden, August 
17, 1826, a son of Lars and Engred (Peter- 
sen) Johnson. His father died in that 
country and later his mother came to the 
new world, where her death occurred. He 
followed farming throughout life. Of the 
eight children born to them two sons died 
in infancy and two in early childhood, while 
four reached years of maturity, namely : 
Nels P., who is still living on the old home- 
stead in Sweden ; John A., our subject; Jonas 
W., a farmer of Andover township; and 
Andrew Gust, who lives near the village of 
Osco, in Osco township. 

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such as tlie boys of his np.ti\-e land usually 
obtained at that day. He studied his lessons 
at his mother's spinning wheel, and then 
joining a class recited them to the minister 
of the parisli. As far as known he was the 
first person in his parish to emigrate to 
America. When twelve years of age he 
found at the home of a comp;'.nion a geog- 
raphy in which he gaine<l smne knowledge 
of this country and the animals that inhab- 
ited it, and resohed to make this his future 
home. He saved his money with the view 
of carrying out this determination, and at 
length, at the age of twenty-two, had enough 
money to pa\' his passage, luir five _\"ears 
he had worked, receiving on an a\'erage of 
fifty cents per month in American coin. His 
father owned eighty acres of land, which he 
helped to improve and which was worth 
about fifteen hundred dollars in Swedish 
money, and his interest in this was about 
one-sixth, which he finally sold to his older 
brother, whose employer, by ad\ancing his 
wages, enabled him to pay. From this he re- 
ceived about forty dollars in American mon- 
ey, and to it added the money he had man- 
aged to save from his wages. In 1848 he 
took passage on a schooner at (juttenberg, 
and after a voyage of seven weeks landed at 
Boston, whence he came direct to Andover, 
Illinois. The first railroad he ever saw was 
the one between Boston and Albany, over 
which he rode to the latter city, and from 
there proceeded by the Erie canal to Buffalo ; 
by the Great Lakes to Chicago; by canal to 
Peru, Illinois (but walking most of the way 
on account of banks leaking), and l)y team 
to Audover. In the party was Gust Johnson 
and others to the number of twenty. 

Mr. Larson obtained a situation with 
Rev. Pillsbury, to whose care, while ill with 
typhoid fever, he owes his life. He worked 



as a farm hand until the fall of 1848, when 
with others he went to Galesburg to find em- 
ployment, and worked as a tender to masons 
who were erecting an academy at that place. 
Subsequently he was employed in the wagon 
shop of Fuller & Bergen until the spring of 
1 85 1, during which time he partly learned 
the business. In company with two others 
he then started for California across the 
plains and endured many hardships and pri- 
\ ations incident to such a journey, including 
troubles with the Indians. At Fort Kear- 
ney, Nebraska, a comi>any of about fifty 
Vi-agons was formed, with about three men to 
each wagon. Air. Tucker, an old hulian 
trader from Indiana, was elected captain of 
the train, and lunl it not been for his leader- 
ship possibly all would have perishetl. He 
carefully instructed them in regard to the 
preservation of life, and years afterward Air. 
Larson gratefully remembered a part of his 
teaching. On the loth of February, 1898, 
he was thrown from a bridge across Edwards 
river into that stream, which was then at 
highwater mark and full of lloating ice. His 
horse and carriage went down with him. 
He was partially stunned by the fall, and on 
regaining consciousness he remembered Cap- 
tain Tucker telling iiis men that when thrown 
into water or swimming in swift running 
water towing a line never to guide a horse 
but give him rein and keep cool, with mouth 
closed, breathing through the nose. This he 
did and managed to reach the bank in safety, 
but he has never fully recovered, as his back 
was severely injured in the fall. Edwards 
river has since been dredged and converted 
into what is now known as the Henry coun- 
ty ditch, Mr. Larson being one of the orig- 
inators of the enterprise. On arriving in 
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others he did not meet with very gratifying 
success, and accordingly returned to IlHnois 
I/v way of San Francisco, tlie isthmus of 
I'anama, Cu1ja, Jamaica and New York. He 
resumed work at tiie bench in the shop of liis 
former employers, and in the spring of 1853 
moved to Rev. PiUsbury's old residence in 
Andover, this county, it being his hrst 
home in this country. 

That year Mr. Larson was united in mar- 
riage with ^liss Martha Hedstrom, who was 
born in Sweden in 1830, and came to this 
country as one of Bishop Hill's colony. She 
died in September, 1878. To them were 
born three sons and five daughters, all of 
whom reached man and womanhood, but 
two sons are now deceased. John O., the 
eldest, is engaged in the manufacture of 
brooms in California, where he has made 
his home since 1878. Emily Caroline, a 
resident of St. Louis, is the widow of Leoni- 
das McFarland, a son of one of the old set- 
tlers of Andover township, this county. He 
died in Iowa leaving one son, Roy A., who 
v/as on the battleship Boston when Dewey 
captured Manila. On his way home he was 
taken ill at Port Said and has since been in 
2)oor health, although he is now in business 
Avith an uncle at Eldora, Iowa. He brought 
Jiome many Spanish and other relics from 
the places he visited, and feels justly pmud 
of the Dewey medal which he wears. He 
.also has a shell which came nearly ending 
his life, it striking four inches above his 
head. Ida M., the second daughter of our 
subject, is the wife of John I. Wheelan, who 
is engaged in the advertising business in St. 
Louis. Cordelia is the wife of Robert P^le- 
herty, of New Y<irk. ^lary J. rmd Olive are 
both at home with their father. 

In 1852 Mr. Larson purchased a tract of 
-ivoodland from Mr. Pillsbury, and convert- 



ed the timber into lumber, from which he 
manufactured wagons. He also bought a 
farm near Andover, and for many _\-cars was 
acti\'ely engaged in farming and wagon- 
making, but since 1890 has lived a retired 
life. In his business undertakings he met 
u ith excellent success and added to his land- 
ed i)ossessions from time to time until he now 
owns nearly six hundred acres of improved 
pn'operty which he rents. For some years 
he also followed auctioneering very success- 
fully, his territory extending from Rock 
ri\'er into Knox and Mercer counties. In 
May, 1900, he moved to the village of Osco, 
v,'here he built a good comfortable dwelling 
house and v/here he is now living in ease and 
retirement, surrotmded l)y all the comforts 
of life. 

^Ir. Larson is a member of the Swedish 
Lutheran Church, and is one of its most lib- 
eral supporters. He has always been liberal 
in religious matters and has helped toward 
building many different churches. Politi- 
cally he is a strong Prohibitionist, and has 
served his fellow citizens faithfully and well 
as commissioner of highways thirty years, 
justice of the peace twenty-eight years, and 
ii! school offices many years. Public- 
spirited and progressive to an eminent de- 
gree, his support is always given every 
v>orthy enterprise for the public good. At 
one time he saved the Swedish Insurance 
Company from failure by financial aid, and 
through his influence, and that of others, the 
ccinipany was incorporated and placed on a 
strung financial basis. Over half a century he 
has been identified with the interests of Hen- 
ry county, and he is to-day numbered among 
its most valued and useful citizens — a man 
honored and respected wherever known. 
There are only one or two Swedes in the 
county who were here before him. 



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W. PITT WRIGHT. 

Tliis well-known retired farmer oi 
Orion, first came to Illinois in April, 1848. 
and was for many years identified with the 
agricultural interests of Rock Island county, 
where he located in ^lay, 1852, but since 
.April, 1 88 1, has made his home in Orion, 
Henry county. He is a native of Ohio, his 
birth having occurred in Goshen township, 
Belmont county, that state, on the 16th of 
March, 1827. His father, Benjamin G. 
Wright, was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 
1798, and came to America with his father, 
Joseph Wright, in 1802, or 1804, being 
among the first settlers of Belmont county, 
Ohio. Joseph \\ right laid out and founded 
the town of Belmont, and being a well ed- 
ucated man he became one of the pioneer 
teachers of that county. In religious belief 
he was a Quaker. In Belmont county Ben- 
jamin G. Wright grew to manhood and 
married Jane B. Broomhall, a native ~>i Penn- 
sylvania, her father being also a pioneer set- 
tler of that county. In early life he fol- 
lowed the cabinet maker's trade, but later 
engaged in farming. In 1851 he came to 
Illinois, and after a short time spent in I Ian- 
cock county took up his residence in Rural 
township, Rock Island county, where he 
spent the remainder of his life, dying there 
in 1890, at the advanced age of nearly 
ninety-two years. His wife passed away No- 
vember II, 1869. 

Upon his home farm in his native coun- 
ty W. Pitt W'right passed the days of his 
boyhood and youth, receiving rather lim- 
ited educational advantages. On coming to 
Illinois in 1848, he first located in Hancock 
county, but, in partnership with a cousin, he 
owned and operated a threshing machine 
two seasons, in Marshall and Bureau coun- 



ties, Illinois, but working on the farm the 
remainder of each year in Hancock county. 
In 1852 he took up his residence in Coal 
\"alle\-, now Rural township, Rock Island 
county, where he bought one hundred and 
sixty acres of land, which he converted into 
a good farm. In 1S73 ^^^ purchased a section 
of land in Adams count}-, Iowa, of which 
he gave his daughter a quarter-section. In 
1880 he sold a half-section, and yet retains 
a quarter-section of well improved land. 
Renting his property he removed to Orion 
in 1881 and erected his present comfortable 
residence. Although he came to this state 
in limited circumstances, he has steadily 
overcame the obstacles in his path to success, 
and is to-day the owner of two well-improved 
and valuable farms besides his town prop- 
erty, and can well afford to lay aside all 
business cares and enjoy the fruits of former 
toil. 

Returning to his old home in Belmont 
county, Ohio, Mr. Wright was married, De- 
cember 31, 1850, to Miss Mary Eliza Gregg, 
also a native of that county, of which her 
father, John S. Gregg, was a pioneer. For 
fifty j'ears they have now traveled life's 
journe}' together, sharing its joys and 
sorrows, its adversity and prosperity, and it 
is their intention to celebrate their golden 
wedding on the 31st of December, 1900. 
They are the parents of four children, name- 
ly: Clara E., wife of James W. Alexander, 
a retired citizen of Leno.x, Taylor county, 
Iowa; Frank G., who died at the age of 
twenty-three years; Harry P., who is mar- 
ried and successfully engaged in business 
in Orion; and Bertha May, wife of John H. 
Spencer, operator and agent for the Santa 
r-'e railroad at Ottawa, Kansas. 

In his political affiliations Mr. Wright is 
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presidential vote for Franklin Pierce, in 
1852. He has filled the office of conimis- 
sioner of highways, and has also served as 
a member of the school board, but has never 
sought political honors. For over half a cen- 
tury he has witnessed the wonderful growtli 
and development that ha\e taken place 
in this section of the state, and in this work 
he has borne an active part. When he first 
located here deer, geese, turkeys and other 
wild game was plentiful, but all have dis- 
appeared as the country- has become more 
thickly settled, and all the comforts of an 
advanced civilization have been introduced. 



S. HEXRY BURROWS. 

S. Henr}- Burrows, an enterprising and 
progressive agriculturist of Henry county, 
whose home is on section 12, Andover town- 
ship, was born in Franklin count}^ Massa- 
chusetts, August 26, 1862, and came to this 
county in 1868 with his parents, Barnard 
H. and Susan C. (Gould) Burrows. The 
Burrows family was founded in America 
about 1700, and the father, grandfather and 
great-grandfather were all natives of Frank- 
lin county, ^lassachusetts. The last named 
was a soldier of both the Revolutionary war 
and the war of 1812, while the maternal 
great-grandfather of our subject also fought 
for the independence of the colonies in the 
former struggle. His ancestors have always 
been associated with agricultural pursuits. 

Barnard H. Burrows was the eldest of 
a famil}- of five children, one of whom is still 
living, Levi Burrows, who resides in Green- 
field, ^Massachusetts. During his boyhood 
and youth he attended the common schools 
near his home and also took a course at an 



acadeni)' in Amherst. Throughout his active 
business life he followed farming, and 
owned a good farm of ninety acres in his 
native state, adjoining which is now locat- 
ed the Moody school. December 14, 1858, 
he married Miss Susan C. Gould, a native 
of Canaan, New Hampshire, and to them 
were born four children, namely: Alice, 
now the wife of Frederick ^^^ Hall, of 
Crookston, ^Minnesota; ^linnie, at home; S. 
Henry, of this review ; and Leon A., a resi- 
dent of Dillon, Montana. All were born in 
Massachusetts. In 1868 the father brought 
his family to Illinois and settled in Cam- 
bridge. The following year he purchased 
the farm of one hundred and sixty acres on 
section 12, Andover township, which has 
since been the homestead of the family, and 
was successfully engaged in general farming 
and stock raising until called to his final 
rest April 3, 1895, ^t the age of sixty-four 
years. Politically he was a supporter of the 
Republican part}-, and religiously was a sup- 
porter of the ^Methodist Episcopal Church. 
In business afifairs he was upright and re- 
liable, and in all the relations of life was 
found true to every trust reposed in him. 
FJis estimable wife still survives him at the 
age of sixty-four years, and continues to re- 
side on the old homestead. 

S. Henry Burrows, of this review, grad- 
uated at the Cambridge high school in 1881, 
as did also his sister ^Minnie. He remained 
on the home farm assisting his father in its 
operation until 1883, when he went to North 
Dakota and took up a homestead in Benson 
count)^, remaining there about thirteen 
years, during which time he placed the land 
under a high state of cultivation and made 
many impro\-ements thereon in the way of 
buildings. He still retains the same, and 
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of 1895 he returned to tlie old homestead 
ii. UHnois, but still visits his Dakota farm 
eacii fall to see that cveryth.iiig; is kej)! in 
perfect order. After the death of his fatlier 
he assumed charge of the home place, which 
he continues to successfully operate, being- 
engaged in general farming. Since the fa- 
ther's death a good residence lias been erect- 
ed and is fitted up with all motlern conven- 
iences. As a Republican Mr. Burrows 
t.':kes an active and commendable interest in 
public affairs, and while a resident of Da- 
kota served two terms as county commis- 
sioner in a most creditable and acceptable 
manner. lie is one of the most ])ublic- 
spirited and enterprising citizens of his 
community, and gives his .support to all 
AV(M-thy objects for the public good. 



Cn.\RI.KS M. SAML'KI.SOX. 

l'"nr a ])eriod of about forty years Charles 
AI. Samuelson was one of the most active 
and successful farmers of Henry county, 
owning and operating a well-improved and 
valuable place of four hundred and eighty 
acres pleasantly located two miles from Or- 
ion, but he is now living a retired life in that 
village, having acquired a comfortable com- 
petence that enables him to lay aside all busi- 
ness cares. 

Like many of the best citizens of Henry 
county, Mr. Samuelson is a native of Swe- 
den, where his birth occurred November 
28, 182^). His parents were Samuel and 
Anna (Nelson) Johnson, in whose family 
were six sons and one daughter, the latter 
being Airs. Alagnuson, of Osco township, 
this county. Th.e two nldei- suns remained 
in Sweden, but the other members uf the 



family came with the parents to the United 
States. 

Our subject was reared on a farm in his 
native land, and received the rudiments of an 
education at his mother's knee, but is almost 
wholly self-educated. In 1S51 he took pas- 
sage on a sailing vessel at \\'urlemburg, and 
was about thirteen weeks in crossing the 
ocean to New York, divring wdiich time the 
ship encountered a number of severe storms. 
In October of that year he went to Buffalo 
by way of the Hudson river and the Erie 
canal, and was engaged in chopping wood 
in the timber until the following spring, 
when he crossed the lakes to Chicago, whence 
he proceeded by canal boat to La Salle, Illi- 
nois, and by team to Andover, Henry cnunty. 
Shortly afteiward he went to (ialesburg, 
Vvhere he worked by the month on a farm 
for two years, and ditl not locate perma- 
nently in Henry county until October, 1854. 
His father and three brothers also located 
here, and the former entered eighty acres of 
Isnd in Western township, now uwned by 
our subject. He commenced work here and 
later succeeded to the place. Prospering in 
liis farming operations, he purchased more 
land from time to time, until he now^ owns 
four hundred and eighty acres. He has 
erected thereon a good residence, three barns, 
sheds and other outbuildings, has planted an 
orchard and made many other valuable im- 
jirovements f)n the place, so that it is now 
one of the most desirable farms in the locali- 
ty. He continued the cultivation of his fields 
until 1895, when he rented the farm and 
moved to Orion, where he owns a pleasant 
home. 

In September, 1856, in Henry county, 
Mr. Samuelson was united in marriage w'ith 
?\Iiss Johanna Swanson. daughter of John 
Swanson, who was linrn ;ind reared in .Swe- 



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den, but came to Anchn-er in 1853. Tliey 
have become the parents of the following 
children : All^ert, who is married and en- 
gaged in farming on the home place; Peter 
and Edward, who are also married and fol- 
low farming in Western township; X'ictor, 
at home; Oscar, who operates a part of his 
father's land; Hannah, wife of Bert Butler, 
a noted vocalist, while she is a violinist of 
considerable ability, both haxing studied at 
the conservatory of music in Berlin; Minnie, 
wife of William Westerlund, a business man 
of Chicago; and Mary, who died in child- 
hood. 

Since casting his first presidential bal- 
lot for Abraham Lincoln, in i860, Mr. Sam- 
uelson has been unswerving in his allegiance 
to the Republican party and its principles, 
but has never cared for political preferment. 
He has, however, taken an active interest in 
educational affairs as a member of the school 
board. Both he and his wife are earnest 
and consistent members of the Swedish Lu- 
theran Church, and are justl}' deserving the 
high regard in which the\' are uniformly 
held. Having started out in life for him- 
self empty-handed, his record is one well 
worth}- of emulation and contains many val- 
uable lessons of incentive, showing the pos- 
sibilities that are open to young men who 
wish to improve every opportunity for ad- 
vancement. 



JOHN M. :\IAMTY. 

One of the prominent representatives of 
the journalistic profession is the gentleman 
whose name introduces this brief notice, the 
editor and proprietor of the Chronicle of 
Cambridge. He was born in Decatur count}', 
Indiana, May 14. i86j, a son of John A. 



and Susan Z. (Wise) Mavity, both natives 
of Jefferson county, that state. His ma- 
ternal grandfather was Thomas Wise, a 
cousin of Governor Wise, of Virginia, who 
hung John Brown. The grandfather was a 
member of the first session of tl^e Indiana 
state legislature, which convened at Corydon 
in 1824, and continued a member for man}^ 
years, until after the capital was removed to 
Indianapolis. He died at the extreme old 
age of eighty-eight years. He was a farmer 
by occupation, and a soldier of the war of 
1 81 2. He took part in the battle of Tippe- 
canoe in 181 1. 

John A. Mavity, the father of our sub- 
ject, followed blacksmithing until after the 
Ci\il war broke out, but in June, 1862, he 
laid aside all personal interests to join the 
boys in blue of Company B, Sixth Indiana 
^"olunteer Infantry. He took part in the bat- 
tles of Stone River, Lookout ^Mountain and 
Chickamauga, and was with Sherman in 
the Atlanta campaign until the battle of Re- 
saca, when he was seriously wounded in the 
right leg above the knee. It was thought 
that the limb would have to be amputated, 
but he had one of his comrades get him a 
dull, and with it he kept the surgeon awa}'. 
After his recovery he remained in the hos- 
pital as assistant, and in that capacity did 
excellent service until discharged, in June, 
1865. Returning to his home in Indiana, 
he followed his trade for a few years, and 
then entered the ministry of the Christian 
Church, with which he had united a number 
of j'ears before the war. He successfully 
engaged in preaching for a quarter of a cen- 
tury in different parts of ^lichigan, Indi- 
ana and Illinois, filling some of the best pul- 
pits of his church, but now, at the age of 
sixty-seven years, is living a retired life in 
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earned rest. His lias lieen an lii'noraI)le and 
useful life, in which he has labored untir- 
jnglv ft>r the good of his fellow men, and he 
lias the respect and confidence of all who 
know him. His estimable wife is still living' 
at the age of seventy-one. and is an active 
member of the same church. Of their four 
children. Jdhn .M. is third in order of birth. 
Jesse, the oldest, is fureuian of a linplate 
factorv in Atlanta. Indiana, where he resides 
with his wife and three children. Helen 
died in infancy. Thomas \\". married Xeltie 
Mnsick, of Eureka, Illinois, who tlied in 
1896, and he died in 1898, at the age of . 
thirty-two years, leaving two children — 
]\[aurine and Grace. 

After ])ursuing a higli-school course John 
^r. Ma\it_\- attended I'"ranklin College, and 
after com[)leting his education engaged in 
teaching school for four years in Johnson 
and Bartholomew counties, Indiana, and six 
years in Warren county, that state, having 
charge of country schools two years, and 
later serving as principal of the schools of 
State Line and West Lebanon for two years 
each. In 1889 he ]nu-chascd the West Leb- 
anon (iazette, which he successfully ci in- 
ducted until tile 1st of August, 1900, when 
he sold that paper and bought the Chronicle 
of Cambridge, Illinois, which he is now \n\])- 
lishing. Having studied law, Mr. Mavity 
■was admitted to the bar in 1892. and from 
that time until coming to L'anibrid'ge he 
ser\ed as city attorney of West Lebanon, 
Indiana, and also as notary public. He did, 
liowe\er, only an office practice. 

Mr. Mavit\- was married in Jul\-, 188^), 
to Miss Laura F. Hendricks, of 1 ledrick, 
Indiana, a daughter of John L. and llethier 
Hendricks, and by this union have been liorn 
two children: May and J. h.arl. ( )ur 
subject and lii> wife are both actix'e members 



of the Christian Church, and while a resi- 
dent of Indiana he served as clerk and elder 
in the same. He is also a jjrominent mem- 
ber of the Knights of Pythias and the Mod- 
ern Woodmen of America. In the former 
he has filled every office and served as dele- 
gate to the grand lodge of the state, while 
in the Woodmen Camp he has serx'ed as 
xenerable consul, a tlelegate to the grand 
ledge of Indiana, and to the supreme lodge, 
vhich met at Kansas City in 1899. Through 
the columns of his paper and Iiy personal 
effort Mr. Mavity has done much to ad- 
vance the interests of the Republican party 
and insure its success, and was a member 
of the Kepuljlican central committee of W ar- 
ren county. Jndiana, from 1884 to 1898, 
i!:clusi\e. ser\ing as secretar\- and chairman 
of the same from 1890 ti.i 1896. He has 
also been a delegate to numerous county 
and state conventions of his party. 



T. J. UACHCS. 

For the past nine vears T. I. P>achus has 
l.een one of the most active and progressive 
business men of Orion, where at first he 
engaged only in the grain and lumber trade, 
but since 1895 has also carried on contract- 
ing and liuilding with good success. Keen 
discrimination, unflagging industry and 
resolute purpose are numbered among his 
salient characteristics and to the.se may be 
attributed his success in life. 

.A native of Henrj'- county, ^h. Baclius 
v.as born in Oxford township, February 3, 
i860, and is a son of James Bachus, who 
was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, of which state 
the grandfather was a pioneer. The latter 
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years. On leaving the Buckej-e state in 1843 
he came to Henry county, Illinois, and set- 
tled in Oxford township, where he i)re- 
empted and later entered land, making for 
himself a well-improved farm of one hun- 
dred and twenty acres. He wedded Aliss 
J\lary James, a native of Pittshurg, Pennsyl- 
vania, who, like her hushand, was left an 
orphan in childhood. He hecame one of the 
prosperous farmers of his community, as 
vt-ell as one of its most influential and prom- 
inent citizens, and served as township trus- 
tee for twenty-one consecutive years, heing 
then succeeded by our subject. The father 
died in 1890, at the age of sixty-seven vears, 
and his wife passed away in 1874, at the 
age of fifty-tw(_) years. In their family were 
six children, namely: I\Iary, wife of Sidney 
Mead, of Wichita, Kansas; Jane, wife of 
Harry Light; James, a resident of Peoria, 
Illinois; Benjamin, of Buffalo, Missouri; 
Archibald, of Lakefield, Minnesota; and T. 
I., our subject. 

T. I. Bachus grew to manhood upon 
his father's farm, and received his educa- 
tion in the home school. On lea\-ing the 
parental roof he went t<> Jacksun ci unity, 
Minnesota, where he engaged in farming 
and also dealing in grain and hay for about 
six years. He made a specialty of hay, which 
he bought and shipped in large quantities. 
Disposing of his business there he returned 
to this county in 1892 and located at Orion, 
where he bought out an estabUshed grain and 
lumber business with a good elevator and 
lumber sheds and yard. B}- fair and hon- 
orable dealing he has built up an' excellent 
trade, receiving a liberal share of the public 
patronage. In 1895 Mr. Bachus also be- 
gan contracting and building, and has since 
erected many buildings in Henry and Rock 
Island counties, including churches, business 



houses, elevators and numerous dwellings. 
Along this line he has done much to improve 
and benefit the country, and is to-day recog- 
nized as one of the leading business men 
and most public-spirited citizens of Orion. 
At that place, Mr. Bachus was married, 
May 24, 1894, the lady of his choice being 
Miss Gertrude McClosky, who was born, 
reared and educated in Orion, and is a 
daughter of Edward McClosky, one of the 
early settlers of Henry county. In politics 
Mr. Bachus is a stanch Republican, having 
affiliated with that party since casting his 
first presidential vote for James A. Garfield, 
in 1880. For two years he served as a 
member of the town board, but has never 
cared for political honors, desiring rather 
to give his undivided attention to his busi- 
ness affairs. Fraternally he is a Master 
IMason, a member of the blue lodge of 
Orion, and both he and his wife hold mem- 
bership in the Eastern Star Chapter. 



SAMUEL STEWART. 

For over thirty-two years Sanniel Stew- 
art has been a resident of Henry county, and 
liis name is inseparably connected with its 
agricultural interests. He is now tlie owner 
of a fine farm of one hundrqd and sixty 
acres on section 28, Colona township, and in 
its operation he is meeting with excellent 
success. He was born in county Down, 
Ireland, Marcli i, 1865, and on the paternal 
side is of Scotch ancestry. His father, 
Robert Stewart, was liorn in county Down, 
Ireland, in 182 1, and on reaching manhood 
was united in marriage with Miss Jane 
Craig. In tlie land of his birth he contin- 
ued to make his home, being engaged in 
farming, until after the birth of all his chil- 




SAMUEL STEWART. 



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dren. On Iiis emigration to America in 
1868, he took up his residence in Colona 
township, Henry county, Illinois, and with 
the assistance of his sons opened up the farm 
on w^hich our subject now resides, convert- 
ing tlie wild tract into a highly improved 
farm. There he died in 1887, and his wife 
passed away in 1894. They were reared 
in the Presbyterian faith, and throughout 
life were active and consistent members of 
that church. 

In the family of this worthy couple were 
seven children, five sons and two daughters, 
who reached years of maturity, namely : 
John went to Nebraska after reaching man- 
hood and there died; William is married and 
lives in Red Willow county, Nebraska; 
James makes his home in Clay county, that 
state; Samuel, our subject; Robert is a resi- 
dent of Red Willow county, Nebraska; Eh- 
za is the wife of William Brown, of Colona 
township, this county; and Flora is the wife 
of Hugh D. Carey, of Henry county, Illi- 
nois. 

Reared to manhood on the old home- 
stead farm Samuel Stewart became familiar 
with the common English branches of learn- 
ing in the district schools of the neighbor- 
hood. He aided in the work of improving 
and cultivating the home farm, remaining 
Avith his father until theMatter's death, and 
continued its operation for ten years there- 
after. He then purchased the interests of 
the other heirs and succeeded to the home- 
stead, which he has greatly improved. A 
well three hundred and thirty-three feet deep 
has been drilled upon the place, and a wind 
pump put in, furnishing an abundant sup- 
ply of good water for his stock. As a farm- 
er and stock raiser he has met with excellent 
success, and is to-day one of the well-to-do 
citizens of his community. 



In his political affiliations Mr. Stewart is 
an uncompromising Democrat, and an ad- 
vocate of the principles of the party's laid 
down by W'illiam J. Bryan. He does all in 
his power to advance the interests and insure 
the success of his party, but has never cared 
for political preferment. He has served, 
however, as a member of the school board 
and clerk of the district. Religiously he is 
a member of the Warner Baptist church, 
and is highly respected and esteemed by all 
who know him. 



LEONARD R. BOTHWELL. 

Among the most prominent and influ- 
ential citizens of Western township is this 
well-known and prosperous farmer, who 
owns and operates a fine farm of three hun- 
dred acres, the home being on section 22, 
within one mile of Orion. He was born 
in Jefferson county. New York, April 28, 
1838, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Plis pa- 
ternal grandfather was one of the early set- 
tiers of the Empire state, and his father, 
David Bothwell, was a native of Washing- 
ton county. New York. The latter married 
Jemima Spencer, of Jefferson county, who 
died in 1842, and his death occurred in 
1846. 

Thus left an orplian at an early age Leon- 
ard R. Bothwell was reared by his sister, 
Mrs. Mary Scott, and with her moved to 
I'rown county, Wisconsin, in 1846, where 
he grew to manhood, his primary education 
being obtained in the common schools of 
that locality. The knowledge there acquired 
has been greatly supplemented by reading 
and observation in later years. He aided 
ir, the work of the farm and was also em- 
pliiycd in a sawmill for a time. 



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In June, i860, Mr. Bothwell came to 
Henr^- county, Illinois, and worked b}- the 
month for a number of j'cars as a farm hand 
for N. B. Lloyd, who was one of the first 
settlers from Bucks county, Pennsylvania, 
to locate here, the date of his arrival being 
1838. In August, 1861, Mr. Bothwell joined 
the bo3's in blue in the efforts to crush out 
the rebellion, becoming a member of the 
Eleventh Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, 
v.'hich was assigned to the Western army, 
and was organized at St. Louis. The win- 
ter was spent in Missouri, and their first 
engagement was at Xew Madrid, which was 
followed by the battle of luka, Mississippi, 
September 19, 1862, where Mr. Bothwell 
was wounded, being twice shot through the 
arm and also in the right side. Being per- 
manentl}^ disabled he was sent to the hos- 
pital at Jackson, Tennessee, where he re- 
mained until honorably discharged from the 
service in January, 1863. That spring he 
returned to Henry county, and when he had 
sufficienth' recovered began work on the 
farm of his father-in-law. During 1865 
and 1866, he was simikui}- emph.iyed in 
Iowa, but since that time has made his home 
uninterruptedly in this county. 

On the 6th of June, 1867, Mr. Bothwell 
married Miss Florence D. Lloyd, a daugh- 
ter of X. B. Lloyd. She was born in Henry 
county, ^la}- 12, 1844, and was reared and 
educated within one mile of her present 
home. She attended the Geneseo high school 
for a time, and spent about four years with 
an uncle in Pennsylvania. After his mar- 
riage j\Ir. Bothwell helped carry on the 
Lloyd farm until 1871, and then purchased 
eighty acres of his present farm, which at 
that time was all wild prairie, and which 
he at once began to break and improve. 
He bought more land from time to time. 



including a part of the Lloyd estate, and is 
now the owner of an excellent farm of three 
lumdred acres, improved with good buildings 
and supplied with all the accessories and 
con\'eniences found upon a model farm of the 
twentieth century. Besides this valuable 
property he also owns residence lots in Orion. 
In connection with general farming he is 
engaged in stock raising, and is meeting with 
excellent success in both undertakings. He 
became a" stockholder on the reorganization 
of the Farmers Bank of Orion, in 1895, and 
has since served as vice-president of the 
same. 

]\Ir. and ^Irs. Bothwell are the parents 
of eight children, namely: Ada, the wife 
of Charles Anderson, a farmer of Western 
township: Amelia. Esther, Lizzie, Herbert, 
EKvood, Arthur, William and Clarence, all 
at home, while the three youngest are still 
in school. 

In his political affiliations ^Ir. Bothwell 
is an ardent Republican, having supported 
that party since casting his first vote for A. 
Lincoln, in i860. He has taken (|u-te an 
active and prominent part in local politics; 
lias served as assessor four years : as town- 
ship collector two years; and in 1887 was 
elected supervisor, which office he filled so 
acceptably that he has been constantly re- 
elected, serving in all thirteen consecutive 
vears. He has served on a number of im- 
portant committees and is now chairman 
of the county building committee and the 
purchasing committee. He has also been 
a delegate to various county conventions of 
his party, and has made a faithful and effi- 
cient officer in whatever position he has been 
called upon to fill. Fraternally he is an 
honored member of the Modern Woodmen 
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public, and has served as quartermaster of 
the post at Orion since its organization. 
His life has been one of honest and earnest 
endeavor and due success has not been de- 
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The expression "dijjnity of labor" is ex- 
emplified in the life record of this gentleman, 
who without reserve attributes his success 
tc earnest work. He is a man of strong 
force of character, purposeful and energetic, 
and his keen discrimination and sound judg- 
ment are shown in his capable management 
of business afifairs. He is to-day the lead- 
ing merchant tailor of Cambridge, in which 
city he has made his home since February, 
1895. 

Mr. Linn was born at Mo, near Smler- 
hamm, in the northern ])art of Sweden, 
March 12, 1841, his parents being John P. 
and Sarah Foline, wlm never came to Amer- 
ica. The father, who was born in 1813, 
is still living. He has served in the standing 
army of Sweden, though never engaged in 
war, doing garrison duty most of the time. 
The mother of our subject died in 1847, 
and the fatlier subse(|uently married again, 
but his second wife has also passed away. 
His children were Foline, who came to this 
country w ith our subject, and is now engaged 
in the shoe business in Moline, Illinois; 
John, of this review: Andrew, a shoemaker 
by tr.ule, who died in St. Petersburg, Rus- 
sia, in 1871, at the age of twenty-seven 
years ; and Charles, who died in infancy. 

On coming to this country in the fall 
of 1868, Mr. Linn first located in Geneseo, 
Illinois, where he spent four years, and then 
went to Davenport, Iowa, where he was en- 



gaged in the merchant tailoring business 
v.ith P. A. Harling for the same length of 
time. At the end of that period he returned 
to Geneseo. where he followed the same 
business alone until 1881, and later con- 
ducted a tailoring establishment in !Moline 
until 1892. On leaving that city he again 
returned to Geneseo, and continued to carry 
on business there with F. F. Aldeen until 
1895, when he sold out to his partner and 
came to Camljridge, where he has already 
built up a large and lucrative trade. 

Before leaving his native land. Mr. Linn 
was married on the ist of January. 1865, 
to Miss Jennie Sparman, who was born in 
L^meo, W'esterbotten, Sweden, ]\ray 10, 
1842. Of the eleven children born to them 
only three have been spared, namely: Han- 
nah, wife of Albert Freeman, of Moline; 
Jennie, who married Oscar Boom, of Gen- 
eseo, and has three children, May and Maria, 
twins, and Jennie ; and Clara, who is in a 
store in Rock Island. Mrs. Linn and her 
daughters are members of the Baptist Church 
and are highly esteemed by all who know 
them. 

In his political views ]\Ir. Linn is a 
Republican. He was penniless on coming 
to the new world and had to work a }-ear 
and a half to get enough money to send for 
his wife and two children, who had remained 
in Sweden. He therefore deserves great 
credit for the success that he has achieved 
in life. Besides his pleasant and commodious 
residence in Cambridge he is now the owner 
of one of the most highly cultivated and 
best improved farms in Andover township. 
Upon the place is a good ten-room residence, 
a barn, cribs and other buildings. Dili- 
gence has been the keynote to his success, 
and his example is one that might be profit- 
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upon their own exertions. His worth is 
widely recognized and he enjoys the friend- 
ship of the best people of Cambridge. 



PETER C. STEWART. 

Although well past the Psalmist's span 
of three score years and ten, Peter C. Stew- 
art is still actively identified with the agri- 
cultural interests of Henrj^ county and ably 
superintends the management of his fine 
farm of four hundred and eighty acres on 
section 26, Colona township. He was born 
in Somerset count)^ Pennsyhania, March 
22, 1818, and is a representative of one of 
the pioneer families of New York, where 
his father, David Stewart, was born in 1763. 
On reaching manhood the latter married 
Effa Culverson, who was born in Xew Jer- 
sey, but was reared in the Empire state. 
For a few years the}- made their home in 
Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and then 
removed to Muskingiun county, Ohio, be- 
ing numbered among its first settlers. In 
1838 they came to Illinois and took up their 
residence in fiercer county, where the father 
died three years later. 

Peter C. Stewart was twenty years of 
age when he came with his father to this 
state, and he spent two seasons working on 
the home farm in Mercer county. Coming 
to Henry county in 1841 he rented land in 
A\'estern township, and commenced farming 
on his own account. After about eight or 
ten years spent in this way he purchased one 
hundred and sixty acres on section 36, the 
same township, and at once began its im- 
provement and cultivation. Acre after acre 
was placed under the plow until the entire 
amount was highly cultivated. To the orig- 



inal purchase he later added another one- 
hundred-and-sixty-acre tract, making a farm 
of half a section which he still owns, and 
still later he purchased the farm of one hun- 
dred and sixty acres on section 26, Colona 
township, which he now occupies. The 
buildings upon the place are neat and sub- 
stantial and everything about the farm indi- 
cates the careful supervision of a painstak- 
ing owner. He has engaged in raising and 
feeding stock quite extensively, and annually 
ships to the city markets four carloads of 
cattle and two of hogs. 

In Henrj^ county 'Sir. Stewart was mar- 
ried, December 20, 1845, to Miss Eliza Jane 
Piatt, who was born in Butler county, Ohio, 
August 5, 1823, but was principally reared 
in Indiana. About 1838 or 1839 she came 
with her father, Jacob Piatt, to Henr}^ coun- 
ty, Illinois. Her father was twice married, 
his second union being wnth Jane Thomp- 
son. On coming to Henry county he bought 
land in Weller township, where he died in 
1848. His wife survived him until 1880. 
They were members of the Presbyterian 
Church. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart have five 
children living, namely : Frank, who is mar- 
ried and engaged in fruit growing in Delta, 
Colorado; William J., wdio is married and is 
now serving as superintendent of schools in 
Nance count}-, Nebraska, being a teacher of 
long experience; Edward, who is married 
and engaged in the stock business in Trini- 
dad, Colorado; Allies K., who is married 
and lives on the home farm with his father, 
though he owns a farm in Colona township; 
Ellen, wife of John Holden, who lives on 
the Stewart farm. One daughter. Ada, 
died at the age of five years. 

Politically Mr. Stewart is a Jefifersonian 
Democrat, and cast his first presidential 
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an active interest in educational affairs, 
serving as school director some years, and as 
president and clerk of the district. Although 
eighty-three }'ears of age he has the vigor of 
a much younger man and in spirit and inter- 
est seems yet in his prime. Old age is not 
necessaril)- a synonym of weakness and in- 
activity. It needs not suggest as a matter 
of course the want of occupation or helpless- 
ness. Mr. Stewart stands to-day in his ma- 
ture years a strong man, strong in the con- 
sciousness of a well-spent life, strong to plan 
an.d perform, strong in his credit and good 
name, and a worthy example for young men 
to pattern after. For almost sixty years he 
and his wife have been residents of Henry 
county, and are to-day numbered among its 
most honored pioneers and highly-respected 
citizens. 



JOHN A. BRODD. 

This gentleman, who has been actively 
identified with the farming interests of An- 
dover township for several years, was born 
at Broddark Parish, sixty-five miles from 
Gottenberg, Sweden, on the 2nd of Febru- 
ary, 1850, a son of John and Catharine 
(Larson) Brodd, natives of the same coun- 
try. The father was born October 27, 1821, 
and is a son .of Swan and Christine Brodd, 
who spent their entire lives in Sweden, Iioth 
living to an advanced age. 

In his native land John Brodd, father 
of our subject, followed the occupation of 
farming until 1863, when he sailed from 
Gottenberg, Sweden, to Hamburg, Ger- 
many, and at the latter place took passage 
on a sailing vessel for New York. He was 
five weeks in crossing the ocean, that being 
considered a <|uick voyage at that time. 



Coming at once to Andovcr, Illinois, he took 
up his residence in the well known log house 
in the center nf the village, where he made 
his home until the following fall, when he 
bought two and a half acres in the same 
place, and lived there six years and a half. 
For thirteen years he rented the David Pol- 
lock farm, and tlicn purchased the farm 
where our subject now resides, buying later 
thirty acres, which he improved and placed 
under cultivation, and where he now resides. 
In his political views he is a Republican, and 
in religious belief is a Lutheran, to which 
church his wife also belongs. They are still 
living in Andover township and are num- 
bered among its honored residents. Of their 
seven children six were lx)rn in Sweden, and 
Clara and Frank G. both died in that coun- 
try prior to the emigration of the family. 
Anna Sophia died in Andover township at 
the age of twenty-five years. John A. is 
the subject of this sketch. Frank L. is a 
resident of Cambridge. Theodore died in 
Andover in 1863, and Alma, born in that 
township, in 1864, died in 1865. 

Our subject passed the first thirteen years 
of his life in Sweden, and then came with the 
family to the new wt)rl(l, since which time 
he has made his home in Andovcr tinvn- 
ship. After completing his education in its 
pubhc schools, his advantages being limited, 
he took up the occupation to which he had 
l)cen reared — that of farming — and in 1886 
purchased his present farm oi eighty acres 
of his father, to the improvement and culti- 
vation of which he has since devoted his en- 
ergies, tie has erected thereon good and 
substantial buildings, and has done con- 
siderable tiling. 

December 16, 1886, in Andover town- 
ship, Mr. Brodd married Miss Catharine 
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ship, April 8. 1856, a daughter of Gustoph 
and Fredericka Fair, natives of Smolend, 
Sweden. Her parents came to the United 
States in 1854, and from that time until 
1897 made their home in Andover township, 
but are now residents of Orion, this county. 
Zvlr. and Mrs. Brodd have six children, 
namely : Esther, Francis, Philip, Delmore, 
Chester and Hannah. The parents are both 
active members of the Lutheran Church, 
with which Mr. Brodd is officially connected. 
In politics he is a Republican, and he takes 
an active and commendable interest in all 
that will advance the interests of his town- 
ship and county. 



WILLIAM H. KXOWLES. 

-\mong the representative farmers and 
leading citizens of Osco township is the sub- 
ject of this biography, who has resided here 
since 1874, his home being on section 22. 
He is a native of Henr^- count)-, his birth 
liaving occurred in Linn township. May 3, 
1866. His father, ]\Iatthew Knowles, was 
born in Matlock, England, on the 19th of 
May, 1 82 1, and in 1848 came to the United 
States. Choosing Illinois as a future home, 
he settled in Henrj- comity, in 1856, and 
three years later was united in marriage with 
JMiss Annie Radburn, the youngest of a fam- 
ily of seven children, <md who was born in 
Bedfordshire, England, June 15, 1831, but 
was only two years old when brought to 
this country bv her parents, who died of 
typhus fever in Byverly, Pennsyl.\ania, two 
years later. She was reared b}' a sister in 
Philadelphia, where she was educated. In 
J 859 she came to Illinois, and December 29. 
oi that vear, she was married. After com- 



ing to this state Mr. Knowles followed farm- 
ing continuously until his death, which oc- 
curred July 10, 1882, on the farm where 
liis widow and son now reside. For a time 
he owned and operated a farm in Lynn 
township, and on disposing of some of his 
propert)' there he moved to Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, where he resided for about 
a year. On his return to this county he lo- 
cated in Osco township and purchased a 
farm of eighty acres on section 22, to the 
cultivation and impro^■ement of which he 
devoted his energies until called to his final 
rest. He was an ardent supporter of the 
Republican party, and his fellow citizens, 
recognizing his worth and ability, called 
upon him to fill numerous township offices. 
Religiously he was an earnest and faithful 
member of the Episcopal Church of Osco. 
In his family were five children, two sons 
and three daughters, of whom one son died 
ii' infancy. The daughters are Sophia R., 
wife of Walter Christiance, now a resident 
of Nebraska, but formerh- of Henry count}', 
Illinois; Emma ^^'., a resident of Osco and 
widow of F. J. Stoughton, who died of ty- 
phoid fever in October, 1900; and Annie 
L., a graduate of the Geneseo Collegiate In- 
stitute and an instructor of music and draw- 
ing in the public schools of Portage, Wis- 
consin. 

\\'illiam H. Knowles, the only son of the 
family now living, was educated in the dis- 
trict schools of Lynn and Osco townships. 
He grew to manhood on his father's farm, 
and on the latter's death he took charge of 
affairs for his mother. He is a thorough 
and skillful farmer and in the management 
of the place he has been quite successful. 

In 1889 he led to the marriage altar 
Miss Hattie E. Frederick, who was born in 
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of A. A. and Xancy (Weaver) Frederick, 
residents of Geneseo, where they have made 
their home since 1872, tlie father working at 
liis tratle of liarness making. Mrs. Knowles 
is the oldest of their four children, the others 
being Kate, wife of X. E. Sage, of Daven- 
port, Iowa: \'ictor, a resident of Lexing- 
ton, Illinois; and Edna, wife of Arthur 
Peterson, of Geneseo. Mr. and Mrs. 
Knowles are the parents of two interesting 
children: Kenneth F. and Ethel May. Mrs. 
Knowles was a graduate of the Geneseo 
high school in the class of 1884, and was 
a successful teacher for some years. 

In his ix)litical affiliations Mr. Knowles 
is a Republican, and has served as tax col- 
lector in his township. For the past five or 
six }-ears he has been a member of the Re- 
publican central committee for Osco town- 
ship, and has been influential in Republican 
circles. He is one of the leading members 
of the Episcopal Church of Osco, and was 
appointed vestryman in the spring of igoo, 
which office he is now filling. His wife is 
also a member of the same church. Frater- 
nally he is connected with the Modern 
Woodmen Camp, Xo. 2248, of Osco, and 
both he and his wife are members of the 
Royal Xeighbors, Xo. 2022, of the same 
place. They are widely and favorably 
known, and are held in warm regard by 
a large circle of friends and ac(iuaintances. 



DAXIEL L. KELKHER. 

Since the 7th of April. 1857. this gen- 
tleman has resided in Henry countv and his 
name is inseparably connected with its agri- 
cultural interests. Coming to the new world 
in limited circumstanc.es, his enterprise, en- 



ergy and perseverance have enabled him to 
mount from a lowly position to one of 
affluence. One of his leading characteris- 
tics in business affairs is his fine sense of 
order and complete system and the habit 
of giving careful attention to details, without 
which success in any undertaking is never 
an assured fact. 

Mr. Keleher, who is familiarly known by 
his many friends as Dan, owns and operates 
one of the most desirable farms in Western 
township, it being pleasantly located on sec- 
tions 14, 20, 2^ and 24, three and a half 
miles from Orion. A native of Ireland, he 
was born in county Kerr}-, August 20, 1836, 
and received a good practical education. 
In 1853 he emigrated to the United States 
and first located in Bucks county, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he peddled apples, butter and 
other farm produce for some time, and also 
worked on the market square now occupied 
by the public building in Philadelphia. 

Coming to Henry county, Illinois, April 
7. 1857, he accepted a situation on the farm 
of M. B. Lloyd, the father of Western town- 
ship, where he remained two years, and 
then purchased twenty acres of land from 
that gentleman. After operating it for one 
year, he traded it to Mr. Lloyd for a forty- 
acre tract of raw prairie land, upon which 
he has since made his home. The twenty- 
acre tract was on the pnjposed line of the 
Peoria & Rock Island railroad. Anticipat- 
ing the location of a depot there, as it was 
the central jx^int between Coal \'alley and 
Orion, he wished to retain it, but was given 
an extra good bargain by Mr. Lloyd and so 
sold it. The forty-acre tract was fenced, 
broken and improved by the erection of a 
little house, and there he lived alone for a 
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he has added from time to time until he now 
owns five hundred and eighty-six acres of 
ver}' vahialjle and productive land, having 
paid as high as seventy-three dollars per 
acre for a portit)n of it. This farm he has 
tiled, fenced and placed under a high state of 
cultivation, and has erected thereon a com- 
modious residence, a good cattle barn, the 
largest in the county, and substantial out- 
buildings, which stand as monuments to his 
thrift and enterprise. He also has another 
well improved farm of one hundred and six 
acres west of Orion, and in connection with 
general farming is successfully engaged in 
the stock business. He annually feeds and 
ships from five to seven carloads of cattle 
and hogs, and has found this business profit- 
able. 

At Rock Island, in 1863, Mr.-, Keleher 
was united in marriage with Miss Ellen 
Currin, a native of county Donegal, Ire- 
land, who came to the United States in 
childhood and was reared in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, removing to Cambridge, Illi- 
nois, when a young lady. By this union 
have been born four children, namely: jNIary 
A., wife of Andrew Long, a farmer of Osco 
township, Henry county; Ellen, at home; 
D. C, who is married and follows farming 
in Western township; and Lizzie, who mar- 
ried Anton Ecksted and lives in (Jrion. The 
son completed his education by three }'ears' 
attendance at the Geneseo Collegiate Insti- 
tute. 

Being a strong temperance man, Air. 
Keleher supports the men and measures of 
the Prohibition party; has been a delegate 
to numerous conventions; and in the years 
1S96 and 1900 was the nominee of his party 
for representative from Henry county. He 
has served as township trustee and road 
commissioner, and is now serving his second 



term as president of the Henry County 
Farmers Institute. At its session November 
7, 1900, a vote was taken as to the most 
popular farmer in Henry county, and he 
was given that honor almost vmanimously. 
He was a delegate to the Farmers Congress 
at Colorado Springs, and has filled other 
positions of honor and trust, the duties of 
which he has most capably and conscien- 
tiously discharged. He is a strong advo- 
cate of the township central public school. 
Religiously he and his family are communi- 
cants of the Catholic Church, and are peo- 
ple of prominence in the community where 
they reside. Mr. Keleher is one of the most 
enterprising and public-spirited citizens of 
his township, and favors the erection of 
a monument to the memory of the first set- 
tlers of Henry county. He enjoys the well- 
earned distinction of being what the public 
calls a "self-made man," and an analyzation 
of his character reveals the fact that enter- 
prise, well-directed effort and honorable deal- 
ing have been the essential features in his 
prosperity. 



JOHN V. SWANSON. 

For almost half a century John V. Swan- 
son has been identified with the agricultural 
interests of Henry county, and is to-day one 
of its most prosperous and successful farm- 
ers, his home being in section 36, \\'estern 
township. He was born in Linchpuenglan, 
Sweden, on the 6th of September, 1835, and 
is a son of John and Lena Catherhie Swan- 
son, also natives of that country, the former 
born June 24, 1798, the latter February 4, 
1799. In the land of his birth the father 
followed farming for some years, and there 
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ing comixised of three sons and four daugh- 
ters. In the summer of 1853 tlie parents and 
cliildren emigrated to .\merica and tcwk up 
their residence in Henry county. Illinois, 
where the father improved a farm oi eighty 
acres, making it his home until called to his 
final rest Septemljer 15, i86g, at the age of 
seventy-one years. The mother, who siu'- 
vived him a numljer of years died at the 
home of our subject March 28, 1887. and 
was laid to rest by the side of her husbaml 
in Andover cemetery, where a substantial 
monument has been erected tn their mem- 
ory. 

John \'. Swanson was a young man of 
seventeen years when he caiue to the United 
States with his parents, and during early life 
he assisted his father in the labors of the 
farm, remaining under the parental roof un- 
til 1863. On the 28th of March. 1863, he 
was united in marriage with Miss .\nna M. 
Peterson, also a native of Sweden, who was 
born January 8, 1846, and was brought to 
America by her parents in 1 849, being reared 
in this county. Her father, Xels Peterson, 
was one of the early settlers of Western 
township, where he developed and improved 
a farm. He was born in Lounberga, Swe- 
den, November 18, 1812. and died in Henry 
county, Illinois, August 9, 1888, while his 
wife, who bore the maiden name of Eva 
Carrie Mannosdoter, was born in the same 
county, February 10, 1821, and died Sep- 
tember 5, 1883. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Swanson were born 
seven sons and two daughters, as follows: 
Hannah M., wife of John A. Anderson, of 
Phelps county, Nebraska; Amelia, wife of 
Oscar Larson, of Western township, this 
county ; Joseph, at home ; Nathan, who holds 
a business position in the office of the North- 
western Railroad Company at Chicago; 



Luther, who wedded Mary Johnson and fol- 
lows farming on section 34, Western town- 
ship; Charles A., at home; William, a stu- 
dent in an art school in Chicago; Otto A. 
and \'ictor C, botii at home. 

Throughout his entire business career 
!Mr. Swanson has followed the occupation to 
which he was reared, and is to-day one of 
the l)est and most substantial farmers of 
Henry county. Success has attended his 
well-directed efforts, and today he is the 
owner of si.x hundred and thirty-four acres 
of valuable land, divided into three well-im- 
proved farms. This property has all been 
acquired by his own labor and enterprise 
and the assistance of his estimable wife, who 
lias proved a faithful helpmate. The fam- 
ily are active and prominent members of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church of .\ndover. in 
which Mr. Swanson has served as deacon 
for many years. He is an advocate of good 
schools and competent teachers, and has done 
effective service in the interest of education 
while serving as school director for a number 
of years. Politically he is a stanch supporter 
of the Republican party and its principles, 
and never withholds his aid from any enter- 
prise which he believes calculated to advance 
the moral, .social or material welfare of his 
township and county, and is therefore num- 
bered among the most valued and highly 
esteemed citizens of the community. 



ANDREW J. LARSON. 

The subject of this biography is a worthy 
representative of the agricultural interests 
of Henry county, and now operates a good 
farm of one hundred and si.xty acres on 
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tive of this county, his hirth having occurred 
in Osco township on the 28th of June, 1867. 
His fatlier, A. G. Larson, was born in 
Sweden, July 25, 1S37, and remained in his 
native land until the summer of i860, when 
lie came to America and took up his resi- 
dence in Henr\- county, Illinois. For four 
years he worked by the month in Andover 
township, and then purchased eight)^ acres 
of land on section 28, Osco township, on 
which he erected a good set of farm build- 
ings. To the original purchase he has added 
from time to time as his financial resources 
permitted until he now has seven hundred 
acres of fine farming land in this county. 
He is independent in politics and is a man 
highly respected and esteemed by all who 
know him. His home is still in Osco town- 
ship. He has two brothers living in this 
county: Jonas, a resident of Andover town- 
ship, and August, of the village of Osco. 

On the I St of November, 1866, in Lynn, 
Illinois, A. G. Larson was united in mar- 
riage with jNIiss Tilda L. Hokanson, who 
was born in Sweden, May 18, 1846, and 
they have become the parents of eight chil- 
dren, of whom four are now living, namely : 
Andrew J., our subject; Henry J., Carl R., 
Gust A., all at home. May Augusta, who 
died in 1899. L. Edward, twin brother of 
our subject, was accidentally injured by a 
corn stalk cutter and died from the effects 
of the same ; Nellie A. died from the effects 
of an injury from a blow given accidentally 
by one of her schoolmates; and two children 
died in infancy. 

Reared on the home farm, Andrew J. 
Larson acquired his education in the district 
schools of Osco township. In 1893 he be- 
gan Hfe for himself as a farmer in Lynn 
township, where he remained until he bought 
his present farm of P. E. Wallinein 1897. 



He carries on general farming and stock 
raising, and in his labors is meeting with 
marked success. He is a thorough and sys- 
tematic farmer, and the neat and thrifty ap- 
pearance of his jjlace plainly indicates his 
careful supervision. As a Republican he 
takes an active interest in political affairs. 
]Mr. Larson was married, in Cambridge, 
March 7, 1893, to Miss Carrie Youngquist, 
a native of Western township, Henry coun- 
t}', and a daughter of J. A. Youngquist, of 
Cambridge, of whom more extended men- 
tion is made in the sketch of Albert Peter- 
son on another page of this volume. i\Ir. 
and Mrs. Larson now have an interesting 
family of three children: Earl Russell, Mil- 
dred Irene Ruth and Florence Maud. He 
attends and supports the Lutheran Church of 
Andover, of which his wife is a member. 



JOHN W. STEARNS. 

Among the farmers of Henry county 
who have met with most excellent success 
in their chosen calling is the gentleman 
whose name introduces this review. He is 
now the owner of nearly five hundred acres 
of fine farming land in this county, which 
is divided into two well improved farms, 
and upon one of these, on section 12, West- 
ern township, he now makes his home. 

]\Ir. Stearns is a native of the Green 
?vIountain state, his birth having occurred 
in the town of Waterbury, ^^'ashington 
county, Vermont, April 28, 1835. The 
family to which he belongs was founded 
in this country by three brothers, natives 
of England, one of whom settled in Massa- 
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subject is descended. His grandfather, John 
Stearns, Sr., and his father, John Stearns. 
Jr., were botli nati\'es of Massachusetts, and 
were among the early settlers of \'ermont. 
where the former improved a farm of three 
hundred acres on the side of a hill. There 
the father was reared, and during his boy- 
iiood and j'outh he aided in the arduous 
tssk of clearing away the timber and plac- 
ing under cultivation the wild land. In 
Massachusetts he married Abigail Hall 
Toby, a native of that state, and upon a 
farm in \\'ashington county, Vermont, they 
juade their home until he was called to 
his final rest February 28, 1855. His wife 
survived him many years and spent her last 
days with our subject in this county, where 
she died ^klarch 26, 1896, at the ripe old age 
of eighty-six years. 

In the county of his nativity John W. 
Stearns, of this review, pursued his studies 
in the common schools, and he remained on 
the home farm until reaching man's estate. 
Coming west in October, i860, he stopped 
at Rock Island for a short time, but later 
in the same season came to Henry county. 
\\ here he engaged in farming on a rented 
tract of eiglit}- acres for two years, and later 
on the James Glenn farm of one hundred and 
si.xt\- acres for three years. In 1864 Mr. 
Stearns purchased one hundred and si.xty 
acres of wild land, where he now resides, 
and at once began its improvement, his first 
home here being a small house. .\s time ad- 
vanced and he prospered in his undertak- 
ings, he bought more land, and has made 
many valuable improvements upon his place, 
including the erection of a large and pleas- 
ant residence, two good barns and other 
outbuildings, has set out fruit and shade 
trees, and in other ways has added to the 
value and attractive appearance of the farm. 



Tiesides this place, consisting of one hun- 
dred and sixty acres, he has another farm 
of two hundred and sixty-eight acres ad- 
joining, and is to-day one of the substan- 
tial farmers and stock raisers of his com- 
munity.. 

^Ir. Stearns was married in Vermont, 
October 14, i860, to Miss Albina Stone, a 
r.ative of that state, who died in this coun- 
ty, in August, 1866, leaving one son, John 
-Arthur, who is now married and follows 
farming in Osco township. He has two chil- 
dren, Bessie and Willis. On the i8th of 
July, 1867, in Henry county, Mr. Stearns 
was united in marriage with Miss Louisa 
Glenn, who was born February 9, 1840, and 
1 eared in Clinton county, Ohio, and came. 
to Illinois with her father, Jacob Glenn, in 
1856, locating in Colona township, Henry 
county. No children were born of this 
union, but Mr. and Mrs. Stearns have reared 
and educated two. A niece, ^lary Harper, 
made her home with them from the age of 
ten j-ears until her marriage, being now the 
wife of Milton F. Edwards, of Colorado 
Springs, Colorado. .\ nephew, Harry Rue, 
w as only eighteen months old when he came 
to live with them, and now as a j'oung man 
he assists in carrying on the farm. 

Since attaining his majority ilr. Stearns 
has been identified with the Republican 
party, and cast his first vote for Abraham 
Lincoln in 1864. He has served t)n the 
township committee of his party and has 
been a delegate to numerous conventions, 
but has never sought political honors, though 
he has been called upon to serve his fellow 
citizens as township school trustee, as road 
commissioner, and as treasurer for about 
eighteen years. He has ever taken an active 
and commendable interest in public affairs, 
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calculated to advance the moral, social or 
material welfare of his township and county. 
His estimable wife is a member of the 
Methodist Church, and both are held in high 
regard by all who have the pleasiire of their 
acquaintance. 



THOMAS M. ROBERTSON. 

Prominent among the citizens of Henry 
county who have witnessed the marvelous 
development of this section of the state in 
the past sixty-five years, and who have, by 
honest toil and industry, succeeded in ac- 
quiring a competence, and are now able to 
spend the sunset of life in quiet and retire- 
ment, is the gentleman whose name intro- 
duces this sketch. For many years he was 
one of the leading agriculturists of the coun- 
ty, but is now living a retired life in Cam- 
bridge, to which city he remo\ ed Xo\ember 
I, 1899, and where he owns a desirable 
home. 

ilr. Robertson was born a few miles 
north of Galesburg, in Henderson township, 
Knox county. Illinois, ^la}' 2, 1835, and is 
a worthy representative of one of the most 
prominent pioneer families of this section 
of the state, his parents being Daniel and 
Mary (Maxwell) Robertson. The father's 
birth occurred in Perth, Scotland, but he 
was only six months old when brought by 
his parents to America. From New York 
the familv removed to Morgan county, Illi- 
nois, in 1 81 7. They constructed a flatboat 
in Pennsylvania, on which they loaded their 
household goods, horses and cattle, and they 
floated down the Ohio river to Lewiston, 
near St. Louis. Going to the land office, at 
Dixon, Daniel Robertson entered a tract of 
government land at Henderson Grove, which 



was said to be the nicest grove in the state 
at that time. He secured the deed to a 
quarter-section of land on section 1 1 , Hen- 
derson township, Knox county, and his 
brother, Alexander, who died in 1848, also 
obtained at that time one hundred and sixty 
acres and later entered a quarter-section 
more. The father of our subject lived at 
v.hat is now Hendersonville, which was a 
thriving village before the railroad was laid 
out, but as the company saw fit to lay their 
line through Galesburg and skip Henderson- 
ville, the latter was virtually killed. He and 
his brother were the first white men to set- 
tie in Knox county. During the Black 
Hawk war, the latter entered the army, leav- 
ing Daniel to care for the home and family. 
He was well acquainted with Shabbona, 
the friendly Indian of those troublesome 
times. Mr. Robertson was reared in the 
Scotch Presbyterian faith, but never united 
with anj^ church. \Miile a resident of 
Schuyler county. Illinois, he was appointed 
justice of- the peace by Governor Edwards 
and held the office for some j-ears. He died 
at his home in Knox county, April 6, 1890, 
at the ripe old age of eight)--six years, hon- 
ored and respected by all who knew him. 
The mother of our subject, who was a most 
e.xceljent woman, had died in 1840, at the 
earl}' age of twenty-seven years. She was 
a daughter of Thomas and Clarkie (Will- 
iamson) Maxwell. Her mother's people 
came from Indiana to Illinois at a very early 
day and first located in Sangamon county, 
but in 1829 removed to Knox county. By 
his first marriage Mr. Robertson had five 
children, namely : Elizabeth, the first female 
white child born in Knox county, married 
Isaac Reed, and is now fiving in this county 
at the age of sixty-nine years; Alexander 
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tober II, 1891. at the age of titty-eight 
years; Tiiomas M., our sul)ject. is next in 
order of birth ; Malissa, deceased, was the 
wife of James Smelser: Mary is tlie widow 
of Robert Adcock and a resident of \\'ar- 
ren county, HHnois. For his second wife 
the father of these children married Miss 
Jane Riddle, who died in Galesburg, in 1895. 
at the age of eighty-five years. By that 
union were Ix>rn six children, five of whom 
are now living: John T., a resident of Gales- 
Inirg: James G.. who died Xovember. 1900. 
at Marysville. California; Amanda, now 
Mrs. Briggs, of Oklahoma; and Harlen. of 
Indian territory, and Harbin C, twins, liv- 
ing near Galesburg, Illinois. 

The boyhood and youth of Thomas M. 
Robertson were passed upon tiie home farm 
in Knox county, and he received a good com- 
mon-school education. \t the age of se\- 
€nteen he and his brother Alexander began 
breaking prairie, with three plows and five 
yoke of oxen to each plow. They broke 
much of the sod between W'ataga and Little 
York, Mercer county, their largest day's 
work being ten and a quarter acres near 
W'ataga. getting two dollars and twen- 
ty-five cents per acre. The brother re- 
tired from the business before our sub- 
ject, who continued to follow it for about 
nine years. He became the owner of 
seventy-seven acres of land in Kno.x town- 
ship, wiiich he sold on coming to Henry 
county in 1867. and bought one hun- 
dred antl si.xty acres in W'elier town- 
ship, to which he subsetiuently added tracts 
of sixty-two, eighty and one hundred 
and forty acres, but has since sold a portion 
of tiiis land, though he still retains one hun- 
dred and seventy-six acres of well improved 
and valuable land on section 7. and one hun- 
dred and thirtv-seven and a half acres on 



section 8. \\ eller tnwnshii). Upon tliese 
farms he has erected good and substantial 
buldngs, has placed the land under a high 
state of cultivaton and otherwise improved 
them, until they are now among the most 
desirable of their size in that section of the 
county. He has also owned land in Ne- 
braska. 

On the 28th of October. 1858, Mr. Rob- 
ertson was united in marriage with Miss 
yiary J. Bick, who was born in Ohio. May 
17, 1840, a daughter of Elias and Cather- 
ine (Stein) Bick, natives of Pennsylvania, 
who in 1852 removed to Knox county, Illi- 
nois. Her father was a successful merchant 
tailor, who did a large business and em- 
ployed many workmen. He was born -Au- 
gust 15, 1813, and died February 24. 1864, 
while his wife was lx>rn December i. 181 5, 
and died February 12, 1852. Both were 
devout members of the Methodist Episco- 
])al Church, and were held in high regard 
by all who knew them. Mrs. Robertson was 
the eldest of their four daughters, the others 
being as follows: (2) Alsetta is the wife 
of William Collins, a railroad employe of 
Atchison, Kansas, and they have five chil- 
dren, Frederick, William, Forest, Harry 
and May. (3) Susie is the wife of Albert 
Thompson, a farmer of Norton, Kansas; 
and they have seven children, Frederick, 
Charles, Howard, Florence. Cora, John and 
Maii|de. (4) Louisa is the wife of John 
Maxwell, a farmer of Grinnell, Iowa, and 
• their children are Catherine, Jennie, Atha, 
Cora and Charles. 

Eight chiltlren were born to Mr. and 
Mrs. Robertson, but Cora died at the age of 
three years, and three of the number died 
in infancy. Those living are .Arthur, on the 
home farm ; Fannie, wife of \'. J. Poppy, 
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by whom she has one child, Jessie ; Harry 
B., a grain buyer of Bishop Hill, who mar- 
ried Hattie Hunt and has one child, Mildred ; 
and Carrie, wife of C. \\'. Nelson, who lives 
en the home farm. 

For many years Air. Robertson has been 
identified with the financial, interests of Cam- 
bridge, serving as one of the directors of 
the Farmers National Bank since its or- 
ganization, in 1882, and as vice-president 
during that entire time with the exception 
of two years. He is now one of the oldest 
bank officials in this part of the county. 
He has also been interested in the mercan- 
tile business some ten or twelve years. His 
political support is always given the men 
and measures of the Democratic party, and 
while living in the country he served his fel- 
low citizens as road commissioner some time, 
and as a member of the school board for 
nine years. At the age of twenty-one years 
he was made a Alason in Hiram Lodge, 
Henderson, Illinois. Being demitted from 
that lodge, he became one of the charter 
members' of Oxford Lodge, and later as- 
sisted in the organization of the lodge at 
Woodhull, Henry county. He and his es- 
timable wife are members of the Baptist 
Church. They are widely and favorably 
known throughout the county, and it is safe 
to say that no couple within its borders are 
more honored or highly esteemed, or more 
justly deserve the high regard in which they 
are held by all who know them. 



ANDREW LINCOLN. 

The well-known and ]iopular superin- 
tendent of the Swedish Orphan Home in 
Andover township, was born in \'ennland, 



Kroppa Congregation, Sweden, April 29,. 
1842, a son of John and Maria (Olson) 
Lindgren, also natives of that country, where 
the father, who was a farmer by occupation, 
died. Tlie mother subsequently came to 
the United States and settled in Kansas, 
her death occurring in Linsberg, that state,^ 
January 7, 1893. Our subject was reared 
and educated in his native land, and contin- 
ued to make his home thfere until his emigra- 
tion to America, in April, 1869. On his 
arrival in this country he proceeded to Kan- 
sas, where he received a contract for stone 
work on the Santa Fe railroad. His first 
contract was around Emporia and Florence 
and in that vicinity. He located in Linsberg, 
]\IcPherson county, where he purchased two 
hundred and forty acres of land and followed 
farming for a time. For twelve years he was 
also engaged in the lumber business at that 
place, hauling the first load of lumber from 
Salina to that place. He took up govern- 
ment land there, and in his farming op- 
erations was fairly successful, though he 
met with some reverses, caused principally 
by the grasshopper plague. While residing 
in McPherson he was a member of the city 
council during which time many improve- 
ments were made. He was also a trustee 
of Bethany College, from the beginning of 
the school, a period of sixteen years, and 
was one of the officers ^\■hen the college 
buildings were erected. 

While a resident of Kansas, Mr. Lincoln 
was married, October 21, 1871, to Miss 
Anna Christine Johnson, a native of Sweden, 
and to them were born nine children, as fol- 
lows: Julius L., who was ordained a Lu-. 
theran minister in 1893, and is now pastor 
of a church at Jamestown, N^ew York ; 
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Rusli Medical College at Chicago; Hannah; 
Selma, who is preparing herself for a trained 
nurse in Chicago; Carl, who is a student in 
Augustana College; and Luther. 

Mr. Lincoln contiiuied to reside in 
Kansas until September i, 1896, when he ac- 
cepted the superintendenc}' of the Swedish 
Orphan Home in Andover township, Henry 
county, Illinois, and removed to this place, 
and has since most creditably filled that re- 
sponsible position. This institution was or- 
ganized in Minnesota and belongs to the 
Augustana Synod. It is known as the Swed- 
ish Evangelical Orphan Home and School 
and was first located in Swedonia, Mercer 
county, Illinois, where a building was erect- 
ed in 1867 and dedicated the following year, 
but in 1869 the institution was transferred 
to Andover, Henry county. The first build- 
ing erected here answered all purposes until 
1880, when what is now known as tiie main 
building was erected. The farm consists 
of four hundred and thirty acres, of which 
three hundred acres are under a high state 
of cultivation. The farm is largely oper- 
ated by the inmates under the superxision 
of Mr. Lincoln, and in 1899 they raised ten 
thousand bushels of corn upon the place. 
The first sui^erintendent, S. P. Lindell, was 
succeeded by John S. Swanson, who filled 
that position for eight years. E. Hoogner, 
of Swedonia, was then suijerintendent for 
three years, and was followed by Gust John- 
son for two years, and J. E. Munell for 
eighteen months. Mr. Lincoln then took 
charge of affairs, and has most capably and 
acceptably filled the office since Septemlier, 
1896. There are now forty inmates at the 
home, though the enrollment has been as 
high as sixty-eight. During the sciiool year 
of 1 899- 1 900, the school was conducted in 
English for seven months, and in Swedish 



for three months. The present capacity is 
forty, and the inmates receive home care, 
Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln being father and 
mother to all. 



GEORGE J. S^^IITH. 

-Vmong tb.c leading and representative 
agriculturists of Western township, stalwart 
and sturdy tillers of the soil, there is none 
who stands a more prominent figure tlr.>n 
George J. Smith, whose b.ome is on section 
I, where since 1883 he has successfully en- 
gaged in general farming and stock raising. 

Mr. Smith was born in Kombach, Ba- 
varia, Germany, on the 15th of October, 
1851, a son of jolin P. and Margaret 
(Grampp) Smith, also natives of that coun- 
try, where the father followed farming until 
his emigration to the new world in 1856. 
On their arrival in this country the family 
first located in Maryland, but a year later 
came to Illinois, and the father opened up 
and improved a farm in Long Point town- 
ship, Livingston count)-, on which he sjjent 
his remaining days. He was born in 1805 
and died in January, 1886. His wife died 
about five years later. 

George J. Smith was about six years cE 
age when he came to America with his par- 
ents, and in Livingston county he grew to 
manhood, aiding his father in the improve- 
ment and cultivation of the farm, which he 
subsequently purchased. He continued his 
residence there until after his marriage, but 
ill 1883 removed to Henry county and \n\v- 
chased his present farm of three hundred 
and twenty acres, to the further improve- 
ment and cultivation of which he has since 
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results. He has built a ucat and substantial 
residence, good barns and other outbuild- 
ing-s. has set out an orchard and shade trees, 
and has a gnnd system of water works oj)- 
erated by a wind pump. In fact, all of the 
conveniences and accessories of a model 
farm are there found, and the place is one of 
the most desirable farms of its size in the 
township. Mr. Smith makes a specialty of 
raising and feeding stock for market, and 
airnually ships about four carloads of cattle 
and the same of hogs, being accounted one 
of the most successful farmers and stock- 
nien of the county. 

On the i6th of Alarcli. 1882. in Henry 
county. Mr. Smith married Miss Carrie 
Smith, who was born in Edford township. 
Henry county, a daughter of William Smith, 
who was one of the early settlers of the coun- 
ty, and improved the farm on which our sulv 
ject now resides. He was born near Hano- 
ver, Prussia, in 1822. and wdien about twentv 
years of age came to the United States, first 
locating in Cumberland. Maryland, where he 
married Caroline Emmert. also of German 
birth. In 1851 they came to Henry count}-. 
Illinois, and settled in Edford townshiji. 
where he purchased land and still lives. He 
is an extensive land owner, and at one time 
was the owner of eleven hundred acres. 

Having no children of their own. om- 
subject and his wife have adopted a daugh- 
ter, Edna Smith, who was an orphan. Thev 
are active and consistent members of the 
Lutheran Church, and are highlv respected 
and esteemed by all who know them (mi ac- 
count of their sterling worth and manv ex- 
cellencies of character. In his political views 
Mr. Smith is a stanch Republican, and has 
supported every presidential nominee of that 
party since casting his first vote for General 



U. S. Grant in 1872. He is now serving as 
township trustee with credit to himself and 
to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. 



AMOS A. DYAL. 

Among the self-made men and honored 
citizens of Orion who have laid aside busi- 
ness cares to spend their declining years in 
peace and quiet is the subject of this review, 
who has been a resident of Henry county 
since the ist of October, 1856. A native of 
Pennsylvania, he was born in the citv of 
Pittsburg on the 7th of March, 1834. and is 
a son of William H. and Eliza A. (Stewart) 
Dyal, both natives of West Virginia, though 
their marriage was celebrated in the Key- 
stone state. The father was born in 1807, 
and in early life was engaged in flatboating 
on the Ohio river, running coal barges. He 
finally located on a farm in Coshocton coun- 
tv, Ohio, and devoted the remainder of his 
life to agricultural pursuits. There he died 
in 1891 at the ripe old age of eighty-four 
years. The mother died in 1885. 

On the home farm Amos D\al grew to 
manhood, receiving but limite^l school priv- 
ileges in his youth. In the fall of 1856 he 
came west, arriving in Henry county, Illi- 
nois, on the 1st of October, and for about 
four years he worked by the month on the 
farm of L. C. W'elton. one of the early set- 
tiers of Illinois, who came to Henry county 
from Peoria county. Later he rented land 
and engaged in farming on his own account 
for three or four years in Osco and Andoxer 
towmships. 'In 1862 he purchased eighty 
acres of land on section 14, Western town- 
ship, but did not locate thereon until two 




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years later. At time of purchase tliis was 
a wild tract, which Mr. Dyal fenced, hroke 
and improved, and as his financial resources 
increased he added to his property from time 
t(j time until, he now owns two hundred and 
tliirty-fnur acres of rich and arable land, 
which he has placetl under a higii state of 
cultivation and improved with a good set of 
farm buildings, including a pleasant resi- 
dence and two barns. He raised and fed 
considerable stock for market, and in all his 
undertakings met with a fair success. 

In November, i860, in Henry county, 
was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Dyal antl 
Miss Isabella McFarland. who was 1)orn and 
reared in Holmes county. Ohio, and died 
here in 1872, leaving two children. Ida 
Eliza, the older, is now the wife of Harry 
McCleese, of Hancock county. Iowa, and 
the}' have seven children: Myron, Clarence, 
Walter, Bertha, Isabella, Ralph K. and 
Hazel. Robert, the younger child of our 
subject, grew to manh(X)d and married, but 
died May 8, 1896. In 1S74 Mr. Dyal was 
again married, his second union being with 
Mrs. Marietta Hovey, who was born in Xew 
York, but was reared and educated in Henry 
county, Illinois, and engaged in teaching 
school prior to her marriage. She died in 
1889, and June 29, 1892, in Fayette county 
Pennsylvania, Mr. Dyal was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Mary E. Showalter, a native 
of that county, educated at George's Creek 
Academy and the Lock Haven Normal 
School, and also a school teacher. Through- 
out his active business life her father, James 
Showalter, also followed that profession, but 
is now living a retired life in Smithfield. 
Pennsylvania. He belongs to an old family 
of that state. 

In his political views Mr. Dyal is inde- 
pendent, but being a strong temi)erance man. 



he usually supports the men and measures 
of the Prohibition party. He and his wife 
attend the Baptist Church of Orion, with 
which he holds membershi]). but she is still 
connected with the Presbyterian Church 
of Smithfield, I'ennsyhania, basing been 
reared in that faith. .\s a citizen of Henry 
county, with whose interests he has long 
been identified, he is highly respected, enjoys 
the confidence of his neighbors and friends, 
and is regarded as a man of excellent busi- 
ness judgment. His success in life is due 
entirely to his own well-directed efforts, dil- 
igence and sagacity. He is now living re- 
tired in Orion, to which [ilace he remoNcd in 
October, 1895, and where he owns a home. 



P. E. OSTRAN. 

This prominent business man of Cam- 
bridge, Illinois, who is a member of the well- 
known firm of Ostran, Hunt & Company, 
was born in Sweden August 31, 1866, a son 
of P. Ostran and Catherine Ostran. By 
occupation the father was a dairy farmer, 
and was an active member of the Christian 
Church, to which his wife also belongs. She 
is still living in Gtfle, Sweden, at the age of 
sixty-eight years, but he died in that country 
in 1878. at the age of forty-nine. In their 
family were five children, namely: Mary, 
w ife of August Peterson, of Hartford, Con- 
necticut : .\nna. wife of X. L. W'ahlburg. of 
Cambridge. Illinois; P. E., our subject; 
Christin. wife of C. Nordstrum. of Hart- 
ford. Connecticut; and Hannah, who lives 
w ith her mother in Sweden. 

P. E. Ostran was reared and educated 
ill his native land, attending both the com- 
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of 1882, in company with a sister, who after 
landing remained in Xew York, he crossed 
the Atlantic and came direct to Cambridge. 
On his arrival here he began clerking in a 
store, and at the same time attended school 
that he might learn the English language. 
He was employed as clerk here until the 
fall of 1887, when he went to Kearney, Xe- 
braska, where he held a similar position un- 
til July of the following year. He then re- 
turned to Cambridge and purchased the in- 
terest of James Mascall, now deceased, in 
the firm of Mascall, ^^'alline & Company, 
for whom he had previously worked. The 
name was then changed to W'alline, \\'en- 
nerstrum & Company, ilr. Ostrah being the 
company, and it remained such until 1894, 
when it was again changed to Ostran, Hunt 
& Company. Theirs is the largest store in 
Cambridge, and they carry a full and 
complete line of general merchandise, in 
fact everything found in a first class es- 
tablishment of the kind. They buy all 
kinds of country pToduce, and conduct a 
branch store at Ulah, Illinois. Besides the 
members of the firm, employment is fur- 
nished six or seven clerks, and they en- 
joy a verj- large country and city trade, 
which is constantly increasing. 

On the 13th of September. 1888, ^Mr. 
Ostran married ^liss Delia Pederson, who 
was born in ilandal, Xorwa}', October 3, 
1864, a daughter of Ola and Anna (Olsen) 
Pederson. She came with her parents to 
America in 1871, and located in Chicago, 
where the family were living at the time of 
the great fire in October, 1871. In 1881 
they moved to Kearney, Xebraska. where the 
father, a carpenter by trade, remained until 
1895, since which time he has been a resi- 
dent of Cambridge, but her mother died May 
9, 1898, at the age of sixty years. Mrs. 



Ostran died of apoplexy, July 18. 1900. 
She was a faithful and consistent member of 
the ilethodist Episcopal Church, and on the 
day of her death a committee of ladies from 
the church met at her house. She was 
called to the door by a visitor, and a few 
minutes after her return to the parlor the 
ladies noticed her unnatural breathing, and 
fearing something serious was the matter 
summoned a physician and her husband by 
telephone, both arriving a few minutes be- 
fore her spirit took its flight. She had 
united with the church in 1891 and became 
an earnest and zealous worker, who loved the 
church of her choice with an intense devo- 
tion. Genial and pleasant in manner, she 
made many friends, and was highly respect- 
ed b)' all who knew her. After dinner, on the 
day of her death, while apparently in per- 
fect health, she sat down to the piano and 
played and sang stanzas of a song, the last 
of which was : 

"In mansion of glor}- and endless delight. 
I'll ever adore Thee in Heaven so bright.. 
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my 

brow 
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now." 

She was buried by the Eastern Star, of 
v.hich she was a member. 

Mr. Ostran is a prominent member of 
the Masonic order, and for several terms 
has been treasurer of the blue lodge at Cam- 
bridge. He is also a member of the chapter 
at Kewanee. Everts Commandery of Rock 
Island, the Eastern Star Chapter of Cam- 
bridge, and is a charter member of Mo- 
hammed Temple of the Mystic Shrine at 
Peoria. By his ballot he supports the men 
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and ability, have called u])Mn him to serve as 
aklernian for se\eral terms. He has made 
for himself an honoral)le record in business, 
and by his well-directed efforts has acquired 
a handsome competence. As a. citizen, friend 
and neiglibor he is true to e\ery duty, and 
justly merits the esteem in which he is held. 



ALBERT PETERSON'. 

Among tile representative farmers and 
l)rominent citizens of Andover township, 
none stand higher in public e^tecnl than the 
gentleman whose name introduces this 
sketch. He was born in Jefferson county, 
Iowa, December 27, 1861, his parents be- 
ing P. M. and Hadda Charlotte (Anderson) 
Johnson, the former born in Norravi 
Soken, and tiie latter in Ashy Ostergotland, 
Sweden, where they were reared and mar- 
ried. In i860 they left the mother country 
and came to the L^nited States, locating 
at Salina, Jefferson count}-, Iowa, where the 
father purchased land and improved a farm, 
making his home there until his death in 
1869. His widow subsequently married John 
Gabrielson, who died Sei)teml)er 6, 1896. 
She is still living and yet makes her home 
in Jefferson county, Iowa. By her first 
marriage slie became the mother of four 
children — Oscar and Peter, who died in 
Sweden; Albert, our subject; aiul William, 
a resilient of ]\Ioline, Illinois. By the sec- 
ond union there were no children born. By 
a former union, John Gabrielson had two 
sons: Alfred, deceased, formerly a physician 
and surgeon of Trenton, Iowa; and Henry, 
a resident of Montana. 

The primary education of .Vl.bert Peter- 
son was obtained in the public schools of 



his native county, where he remained until 
he was eleven years old, when he came to 
Henry county, Illinois, to make his home 
with an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John 
Carl.son, of Osco township, who were among 
the early settlers of the county, and with' 
whom he lived until his marriage, since 
\\hich time he has liecn a resident of An- 
dover township, where he has successfully 
engaged in farming. Shortly after attain- 
irg his majority, and wishing to be better 
prepared for the active duties of life, he 
took a three-months' course in a business 
college in Da\enport, Iowa, and he feels 
that the time was well spent. 

At Orion, Illinois, on the i6tli of April, 
1884, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. 
Peterson and Miss Emma Matilda Young- 
quist, a native of Western township, Henry 
county, Illinois, born April 16, 1864. Her 
father, Jonas A. Youngquist, was born in 
southern Sweden. He lost his father when 
c|uite young, and his mother subsec|uently 
came to .\merica and spent her last days 
ill Lvnn townshi]), Henry county, where her 
death occurred. ]\Ir. Youngquist was sev- 
enteen years of age when he came to the 
United States, and in June, 1854, came to 
Andover township, Henry county. For one 
year he worked on the railroad south of 
Galesburg, and for the same length of time- 
was employed as a farm hand by Daniel 
Mix, who li\ed south of Galesburg, in Kno.x 
c<Huity. ,\fter working fourteen months at 
twehx dollars and lifty cents i)er month, he 
came to Andover and labored in this locality 
for seven years, during which time he saved 
enough from his wages to purchase eighty 
acres of wild prairie land in Lynn town- 
ship. Later he sold that place and bought 
one hundred and twenty acres of land in 
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tlie erection of good and substantial build- 
ings. Prospering in his farming operations. 
he added to his landed possessions from 
time to time until he owned six hundred 
and sixty acres in Western and Andover 
townships. At Andover. he was married. 
February ii, 1862, to Miss Eliza C. Lin- 
berg, who was born in southern Sweden. 
September 29, 1840, and who in 1842 came 
to the L'nited States with her parents. Swan 
and Catherine Linberg. She was third in 
order of birth in a family of five children, 
of whom the two youngest died in Oxford 
township, where the death of the parents 
also occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Voungquist 
have five children: Emma M., wife of our 
subject : Mary A. : Carrie B. : Julia A., and 
Anna !M. The famil\- all held membership 
in the Swedish Lutheran Church, and are 
highly respected and esteemed b yall who 
know them. In ix)litics }^Ir. Youngquist is 
a Republican. He and his wife make their 
home in Cambridge, Illinois. 

^Ir. and Mrs. Peterson have bne child, 
Esther, born January 26, 1890. Both he 
and his wife are members of the Swedish 
Lutheran Church, in which he has served 
as deacon. In politics he is a thorough Re- 
publican, and an earnest advocate of the 
principles of the party. He keeps well post- 
ed in all the political and current events of 
the day, and while strong in his political 
convictions he is willing that others should 
enjoy the same rights as he claims from 
them. He has never been an office seeker, 
but has served efficiently as a member of the 
school board. His interest in the public 
schools is shown b\' his service in a thankless 
position. As an agriculturist, he has always 
kept abreast of the times, with eyes open to 
every invention and suggestion that will 
benefit himself or those in his chosen call- 



ing. He is a frequent paid correspondent 
of some of the leading agricultural jour- 
nals of the day, a fact that sj)eaks volumes 
in his favor. His private library is worthy 
of sjiecial mention, comprising the best 
literature of the day, as well as the standard 
authors, found in all carefully selected li- 
braries. He is the only farmer in Andover 
township, and ixjssibly in Henry county, 
having a library of over five hundred vol- 
umes. Xo enterprise of a public nature that 
is calculated to build up his township or 
county but finds in him a friend. 



PLIXY FREEMAX. 

At the time of his death Pliny Freeman 
was one of the prosperous citizens of Gene- 
seo, and his possessions had been acquired 
entirely through his own efiforts. He had also 
won b)- an honorable, upright life an untar- 
nished name, and the record which he left 
behind is one well worthy of emulation. He 
was born in Sturbridge, Worcester county, 
Massachusetts, April 14, 1806, a son of Pliny 
and Delia (Marsh) Freeman, and belonged 
to one of the old and honored families of 
X'ew England, tracing his ancestry back to 
Samuel Freeman, who came to America from 
England in 1630, with Governor Winthrop, 
and located at Watertown, or Xewtown, 
Massachusetts, where he died in 1638. He 
left a son, Samuel, who was born in Water- 
town, May II, 1638, and married Mary 
Southworth of Plymouth. Their son, Sam- 
uel Freeman, was lx)rn in 1662. and in 1684 
married Elizabeth Sparrow, by whom he had 
a son Samuel, who was born September i. 
1688, and wedded Mary Paine. Their first 
son, who also bore the name of Samuel, was 




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lirirn Xovember 12. 17 iT). and married Mary 
Cluihl). He was the first of the family to 
make his lionie in Sturliridge, Massachusetts, 
locating- in what is now the central portion 
of the village- about the middle of the eight- 
eentii century, the town ha\-ing been incor- 
lX)rated February 13. 1739. After Ms 
death, his widow-, who bore the maiden name 
cf Mary Chubb, marrietl again and died in 
1807, at the advanced age of ninety-two 
years. Their children were Benjamin, Com- 
fort, Jared, Samuel, \\'alter, Rachel, Mar- 
tha and ]\lary, twins, and Raney. Of these, 
Comfort Freeman, the grandfather of our 
subject, was Ixirn August 23, 1750, and was 
married. May 6. 1771, to Lucy Walker, who , 
was Ixirn in Sturbridge, February 13. 1749, 
and died August 5, 1S3J, while his death 
occurred Deceml)er 4, 1806. In their fam- 
ily were nine children. 

Pliny Freeman, the seconil son and fifth 
child of this family and the father of our 
subject, was born in Sturbridge, Massachu- 
setts, September 24, 1780, and lived in the 
vicinity of his birth place throughout the 
greater part of his life. During his active 
business career he followed the occupations 
of farming and carpentering. He was one 
of the prtiminent and successful men of the 
community, served as selectman of his town 
for several years, and was captain in the 
home militia. Politically he was identified 
with the old Whig 'party. On the 5th of 
October, 1802, he married Miss Delia Marsh, 
a daughter of Silas and Deliverance (Fisk) 
Marsh, fanning people and life-long resi- 
dents of Sturbridge, where the former died 
in June, 1836, the latter in December, 1842. 
Mr. Marsh was a soldier of the Revolution- 
ary war. Mrs. Freeman was Ixjrn .\pril 2, 
178:, and died on the old hoiuestead in Stur- 
bridge, March 19, 1839. The father of our 



subject died at the himie of a daughter in 
Webster. Worcester county, Massachusetts, 
October 10, 1855. In their family were the 
following chiUlren : ( 1 ) Silas Marsh. Ijorn 
.\ugust 7, 1803, married Maria Upham of 
Sturbridge, and died at Millbury. Massachu- 
setts, Xovember 4, 1880. His wife died at 
the same place. Their children were .\ndre\v 
Silas, Sarah M. and Mora B. (2) Pliny, 
our subject, was next in order <if birth. (3) 
Beulah, lx>rn in 1807, married \\'alter L. 
Rosebrooks, a fanner of O.xford, Massa- 
chusetts, and was killed by lightning July 5, 
1835. Their two children, Walter F. and 
Mary 11., are both deceased. (4) Delia, born 
April 4. 1810. became the wife of J. S. W. 
l\lav. fo Holland. Massachusetts, and ihey 
ha\-e had three children. Laura, Pliny and 
Comfort. (5) I'lcirilla, born May 26, 1812, 
was married in 1833 tt) Bradford Bayliss. of 
Southbridge, Massachusetts, and died at 
Bristol, PennsyKania, Xovember 22, 1876. 
(6) Augusta, lx)rn December 25, 1815, was 
married in 1841 tn H. .\. F'errin, nf Massa- 
chusetts, and died January 14, 1873. Their 
children were .\mbrose D., Charles H. and 
Myra. (7) Dwight, born in Worcester 
county, Massachusetts. January 15, 18 19, 
is the only mem1)er of the family now living, 
his home being in Geneseo, Illinois. In 1852 
he married Mrs. Sarah Lincoln Xegus, who 
died in (Jeneseo. Their children were Isa- 
dora, wife of Joseph .\. McLaughlin, of (ien- 
eseo; Arabella, wife of Robert T. Smith, of 
Lincoln, Xebraska ; Florence L., wife of R. 
W. Wing, of Oakland California; and Fran- 
ces L., deceased wife of William B. Hunter. 
Reared on his father's farm, Mr. Free- 
man of this review was given the advantages 
of the common schools of his day, which 
can hardly be compared to the educational 
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boast of New England. He was early in- 
ured to hard work, and during his youth 
learned the carpenter's trade, completing his 
apprenticeship with Loren Merrick. Believ- 
ing that the West furnished better opportu- 
nity for avancement than the older states of 
the east, he went to Cleveland, Ohio, at the 
age of twenty-three, having friends residing 
in that city. There he found employment 
at his chosen occupation, but not long after 
locating there he was seriously injured in the 
left knee, and was confined to his bed for 
. some months. He then resumed work where 
he had left off, and for forty j-ears was iden- 
tified with the carpenter's trade in Cleveland, 
h.is specialty being inside finish. In the 
meantime he saved some capital which he in- 
vested in a small piece of land near the city, 
selling it afterward to an advantage. 

During this period Dwight had settled 
in Geneseo, and Air. Freeman paid him a vis- 
it in 1853, ^^ which time he bought property 
near the village with the intention of making 
it his future home, but it was not until the 
fall of 1869 that he located here. He at once 
identified himself with the local interests and 
assisted materially in building up the city. 
Among the permanent improvements that 
he made was a business block and hall which 
bears his name. 

On the 8th of September, 1835, in Cleve- 
land, Ohio, was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Freeman and Miss Marcia A. Prichard, 
v.ho was born in W^aterbury, New Haven 
county, Connecticut, April 11, 1816, a 
daughter of Gaines and Mary (Bronson) 
Prichard. In 1820 her family removed from 
tliat state to Ohio, the journey being made 
with an ox team and occupying six weeks. 
The mother died in August, 1821, and a 
month later the father also passed away at 
the age of twentv-seven vears. Her ances- 



try, however, were noted for longevity, and 
during her infancy she had six grandmothers 
living. 'Her grandmother Prichard was 
ninety-six years of age at the time of her 
death, while her maternal great-grandmother 
lacked only a few weeks of being one hun- 
dred when she passed away. At the age of 
ninety the latter was as \'igorous as a per- 
son thirty years younger. She had her sec- 
ond sight and could read and sew without 
glasses. The male representatives of both 
families were principally farmers, though 
two of Airs. Freemen's cousins were Episco- 
pal clergvmen, and one a ph3'sician. Her 
maternal grandfather. Gates Bronson, was 
born during the Revolutionary war and was 
named for the celebrated General Gates. His 
father, Alichael Bronson, served as a lieu- 
tenant in the Continental army and also did 
the duty of an adjutant. He never applied 
for a pension, but after his death his wife re- 
ceived about two hundred dollars annually 
from the government. 

On coming west it was the intention of 
Mr. Freeman to lay aside business cares and 
live a retired life, but he was much too ener- 
getic a man to enjoy such a life, and became 
actively identified with different enterprises. 
He took considerable interest in fruit cult- 
ure. Although he was intensely a public- 
spirited man and an advocate of all that tends 
to advance and impro\e the community in 
which he lived, he did not care for public 
office. He died in Geneseo on Friday, No- 
vember 2, 1894. at the age of eighty-eight 
years, six months and eighteen days. He 
was a man of strict integrity, good business 
ability and great energ}% and commanded 
the respect and confidence of all with whom 
he came in contact, either in business or so- 
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and a constant attendant upon its services. 
His widow is also a commi-nicant of that 
church, and takes an active part in its work. 
She is a woman of many excellent traits of 
character which have endeared her to the 
entire community, and she is held in high re- 
gard by a large circle of friends and ac- 
quaintances. 



FRANK W. l)Uim.\XX. 

This well-known farmer, residing on sec- 
tion 28, Colona township, Henry county, is 
a native of Illinois, his birth having occiu'red 
in Rock Island county Octnljer Ji. 1847. 
His father. Joseph Durmann. was born in 
Bavaria, Germany, December 15, 1813, and 
when a young man emigrated to .\nierica. 
In April, 1845, he was married in Daven- 
port, Iowa, to Miss Amanda Killing, also a 
native of Germany, though she was reared in 
Davenport. Mr. Durmann followed the 
cooper's trade in Rock Island fnr smne years, 
and then located i>n a farm in Rock Island 
county, to the cultixatinn nf which he de- 
voted his time and attention until 1867, 
when he removed to Colona township. Henry 
county, and purchased three hundred and 
twenty acres of land, making it his home un- 
til his death, which occurred in March, 1805. 
Irj his family were five chikhxn. four sons 
and one daughter, of whom uur subiect is 
the eldest. Jo.seph, John and William are 
all substantial farmers of Colona townshi]); 
and JNIary is the wife of Patrick McKee, a 
farmer of Rock Island counlv . 

F. W. Durmann was a young man of 
about eighteen years when he came to Henry 
county with his father, and in the improve- 
ment and cultivation of the home farm he 
•bore an active part. On Thanksgiving day, 



November 24, 1870, be was married in Rock 
Island county to Miss Josephine Davis, who 
was born in the city of Rock Island on the 
same street where our subject's birth oc- 
curred. Her father was John C. Davis, a 
native of New York, and a son of Garry. 
Davis, who was one of the pioneers of Rock 
Island county, and built and conducted the 
first hotel at Milan, then Camden Mills. 
There her father grew to manhood and mar- 
ried Jane Renfrow, who was born in Illinois, 
her father, Absolam Renfrow, being also an 
early settler of Rock Island county, and the 
first cabinet maker and undertaker of Rock 
Island. 

Mr. and ^Irs. Durm.inn began their do- 
mestic life on a farm where they now re- 
side, and consisting of eighty acres of well- 
improved land. He has built a neat and com- 
fortable residence, and is successfully en- 
gaged in general farming and stock raising. 
The marriage of our subject and wife has 
been blessed with five sons, namely : Burd 
C, Louis A., Ray, John D. and Harry W. 
In politics Mr. Durmann is a Jefferson- 
ian Democrat, and at national elections al- 
ways supports that party, though he usually 
votes independent of party lines in local af- 
fairs where no issue is involved. He served 
two terms as township collector, and was a 
member of the school board some years, 
but has never sought ]X)litical honors, pre- 
ferring to devote his undivided attention to 
bis business interests. b'raternallv he is 
connected with the Home I'orum. and relig- 
iously both he and his wife are earnest and 
consistent members of the Baptist Church. 
They have witnessed almost the entire 
growth and development of this section of 
the state, and are justly deserving of promi- 
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SWEDISH EVANGELICAL CHURCH. 

At an early day a large Swedi.'^li culuny 
was founded at Andover, and it soon be- 
came necessary' to found a church at that 
place. Accordingly the Swedish Evangeli- 
cal Church was organized on the i8th of 
March, 1850. with ten communicants. The 
first of the Swedish colony to locate in An- 
dover was Swan Xelson, who took up his 
residence here in 1840, but in 1847 ^^e find 
that only a few families had settled here. 
When John A. Larson arrived in 1848 land 
could still be purchased at the government 
price of one d(illar and a quarter per acre, 
and ten acres was considered sufficient fur a 
family. The village was laid out at that 
time. 

The Re\'. L. P. Esbgorn arrixed in An- 
dover Octdber 24, 1849. being sent as a 
missionary from Sweden. He was a well- 
educated man. and the first winter spent here 
he instructed the young people in algebra and 
other studies. The church was organized by 
him on the i8th of ^larch. 1850. with twenty 
members, as previously stated, but five days 
later the membership was increased to thirty- 
five. He served as pastor until 1856, dur- 
ing which time a small brick building was 
erected acconling to- plans given by the 
company in Xew York who located the col- 
ony here and <gave to the diurch ten acres of 
land. The church was built by donations, 
Jenny Lind. the famous singer known as 
the Swedish nightingale, giving the most 
towards its erection. When Mr. Esbgorn 
left the church had a membership of three 
hundred, but being without a pastor for two 
years the membership decreased. Acce])t- 
ing a call from the church Rev. Jonas Swen- 
son became resident pastor in the fall c»f 
1858, and being a strong man the congre- 



gation increased so rapidly that it was found 
necessary to build a more commodious 
church edifice in 1867. It is to-day the larg- 
est Protestant church in Henry county, the 
seating capacitv being twelve hundred. At 
that time the memliership was over one 
tliiiusand. but since railroads have been laid 
out in all directions other churches have 
sprung up at different places which ha\e 
taken members from the parent church, 
though the congregation at Andover still 
numbers o\'er eight hundred. 

In 1863 Rev. Esbgorn returned to Swe- 
den, where he was given a large pastorate 
over about eight thousand, and there he dietl 
in 1870. Rev. James Swenson, who was 
also a highly educated man, was pastor of 
the church at Andover for fifteen years, and 
died at this place on the 20th of December, 
1873. The congregation here reared a mon- 
ument to his memory, costing five hundred 
dollars. On the 13th of October, 1875, Rev. 
E. Carlson became pastor, and was in charge 
here for twelve years. He was promoted and 
given the degree of D. D. in 1892. and during 
the vacancy from 1873 to 1875 the congre- 
gation wVis given a supply. In 1887, Rev. 
\". Setterdahl became pastor, and is yet serv- 
ing the church in a most acceptable manner. 



ANDREW PETER FRAGD. 

Among Andover township's most intlu- 
ential and prominent citizens is A. P. Fragd 
who is now so efficiently serving as super- 
visor of the township. He was born in Kal" 
n^.erlan. Central Sweden, on the 22nd of 
Sejitemljer, 1852, and was five years old 
when he came to America with his parents, 
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lives of Sweden. The family took passage 
on a sailing vessel at Liverpool, and after a 
voyage of seven weeks' duration landed in 
Kew York, whence they came direct to 
Henry county, Illinois. locating in Andover 
township, where the father followed farm- 
ing throughout the remainder of his life. 
In his native country he served tifteen years 
in the standing army, serving up to the time 
of his emigration to the Uniteil States, in 
1857. He was an ardent Republican in pol- 
itics and both he and his wife were earnest 
and consistent members of the Lutheran 
Church. The father died the latter part of 
May, 1 89 1, and the mother ten weeks later. 
They were among the honored pioneers and 
highly respected citizens of Andover town- 
ship. Their children were Caroline, now 
deceased ; Sophia, wife of Captain Anderson" 
of Iowa; Lottie: Augusta; Christine, de- 
ceased ; Andrew P., and August, a resident 
of Chicago. 

Reared in Andover, our subject was edu- 
cated in the schools of that village, and since 
starting out in life for himself has success- 
fully engaged in farming and stock raising 
in Andover township. In 1875 he was 
united in marriage with Miss Emma Ander- 
son, also a native of Sweden, and a daugh- 
ter of John Anderson, who lives at Osco. 
By this union were born eight children, 
namely: Sherman, who died October 8, 
1900; Anna, Esther, Elmer, Walter and Eda, 
all at home; and Mary and b'sly, Ivith de- 
ceascid. The wife and mother ilied in .\n- 
dover in 1896, and two years later Mr. 
Fragd wedded ^Irs. Mary Davis, a native 
of Pennsylvania, and widow of William 
Davis, who was an early settler and large 
land owner of Andover township, where he 
made his home until his death, August 17, 
1894. Mrs. Fragd was born in Kiskimini- 



tus, Armstrong county. Pennsylvania, De- 
cember 18, 1836, and is a daughter of 
George W. and Rachel (Starry) Dun- 
Uiire. Her father was a son of Sojunion 
Dunmire, a native of Germany, while 
lier mother was a native of .\rmstrnng 
county, I'ennsylvania. but of German an- 
cestry. In 1850 her lather came to Henry 
county, Illinois, and located in Wiestern 
township, where he purchased unimproved 
land and opened up a farm, which was his- 
home until his removal to Butler county, 
Kansas, in 1875, where his death occurred 
some seven years ago. His wife died in 
Pennsylvania when Mrs. Fragd was an in- 
fant. The latter accompanied her father to 
Henry county and remained with him until 
her marriage tt) \\ illiam Davis, in March, 
iS6j. Pier education was principally ob- 
tained in the schools of her native state, but 
she attended the schools of Western town- 
ship for a time after the removal of the 
family. William Davis was born in Ireland, 
and when less than eighteen years old came 
to the United States and direct to .Vndover 
township, Henry county, where he first 
worked as a farm hand. Later he purchased 
land, and at the time of his death, August 
14, 1894, he was a well-to-do man. He was 
a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. 

As a Republican I\Ir. Fragd has ever 
taken a very active and prominent part in 
local politics, and has been honored with 
several official positions of responsibility ami 
trust. For the long period of twenty years 
he has been a public official of Andover 
township. He v»as commissioner of high- 
ways fourteen years, during which time 
many iron bridges were constructed in his 
township, and the first road graders owned 
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assessor some seven or eight years, and 
since 1897 has held the office of supervisor 
to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. 
He takes a commendable interest in county, 
state and national politics, and gives his 
support to all measures which he believes 
will prove of public benefit. As a member 
of the township central committee of his 
party he has rendered considerable service. 
Socially he is an honored member of the 
Odd Fellows Lodge of Cambridge, and re- 
ligiously holds membership in the Lutheran 
Church of Andover. 



REV. \'ICTOR SETTERDAHL. 

For thirteen years Rev. \"ictor Setter- 
dahl has been pastor of the Evangelical Lu- 
theran Church at Andover, during which 
time he has ministered faithfully to the spir- 
itual needs of his people and given powerful 
and effective aid to all influences which work 
for the advancement of the community. 
He was born in Ostergoetland, Sweden, 
January 20, 1844, a son of M. Anderson and 
his wife Catherine Larson, who lived and 
died in that country. Our subject took his 
name from his old home in Sweden, where 
he was reared and educated. 

In 1864 Mr. Setterdahl came to the 
United States, and the following year en- 
tered Augustana College at Paxton, Illinois, 
■where he took the seminary course and was 
graduated in 1873. From June of that year 
until June, 1874, he was pastor of a church 
ai Rock Island. He then took charge of 
the church at Orion, Henry county, becom- 
ing its first pastor, and built up the congre- 
gation until it numbered three hundred and 
forty-five communicants. Prior to coming 



to Andover he was connected with the 
churches at Lockport and Joliet, Illinois, as 
pastor, for three years, and before the estab- 
lishment of the churches did mission work 
in those cities. In 1887 he accepted a call 
from the church at Andover, and has since 
remained at this place. The church here has 
had a remarkable career, and from it seven 
churches have branched off — Swedonia, 
Xew A\"indsor, \\'oodhull, Orion, Cam- 
bridge, Oppheim and Cable. Its elegant 
house of worship here was erected at a cost 
of thirty-five thousand dollars. It was sup- 
plied with a pipe organ in 1874, at a cost 
four thousand dollars. In 1875 the par- 
sonage was built. This is the oldest church 
in Augustana Sjniod, and one of the largest 
countr}- churches in the countr}^ A summer 
school of two months is held here each year. 
There are ten acres of land attached to both 
church and parsonage. 

On the 5th of May, 1874, in Mercer 
county, Illinois, ^Ir. Setterdahl married Miss 
Albertina Larson, who was born in that 
county in 1853, and after her graduation at 
the high school in Galesburg she success- 
fully engaged in teaching in her native coun- 
ty for a time. Her parents were Gustaf and 
Catharine Larson. Her father was born in 
Sweden, and became a resident of Mercer 
county, Illinois, in 1850. He died in 1870, 
and his wife passed away in 1893. Mr. and 
Mrs. Setterdahl have five children. \'ictor 
E., now engaged as a bookkeeper in Chicago, 
is a graduate of Augustana College. He was 
married February 2, 1898, to Miss Edith 
Hanaway, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, but 
of Scotch descent. Etta, also a graduate of 
Augustana College, was for a time a stu- 
dent of music of the Conservatory of Music 
of Rock Island, Illinois. She is now a teach- 
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■organist for the churcli. Fred, \'iolet and 
Naomi complete the family. 

For twenty-three year.s Mr. Setterdahl 
l.as been connected with ministerial work in 
Henry county, and his labors have been 
crowned with success. RcNcred and loved 
by his iiwn congregation, he has also won 
the honor and esteem of all others who ha\e 
.seen his devotion to his noble calling. 



PETER WESTERLUXD. 

One of the early settlers of Henry coun- 
ty is Peter Westerlund, now retired from 
business activities and quietly enjoying the 
income which he accumulated in former 
years. I'or many years he was successfully 
engaged in farming in Western township. 
V, here he still owns a valuable place of three 
hundred and twenty acres within three miles 
of Orion, but is now living a retired life in 
that village. 

Mr. Westerlund was born in Sweden, 
August 21, 1839, and was eleven years of 
age when, in 1850, he came with his father 
to the new world and took up his residence 
ill Henry county, .\fter living for two years 
in Andover township the father bought one 
hundred and sixty acres of go\-ernment land 
in Lynn township, in the improvement and 
cultivation of which our subject bore an act- 
ive part until reaching man's estate. He be- 
gan his education in his native land, and 
Icter attended the schools of .\ndover and 
Lynn townships for a time. 

Leaving home in 1859, Mr. Westerlund 
went to Pikes Peak with ox and mule teams, 
and after prospecting in the mountains for 
some time went to Denver September 4 of 
the same year. The first house, where now 



stands the city, was then being erected. 
From there he proceeded south to Fort Albu- 
querque, New Mexico, but not being pleased 
with the country, he and his companions 
sold their three wagons and oxen and float- 
ed down the Rio Grande river to El Paso, 
Mexico, passing numerous rapids and hav- 
ing exciting adventures. Selling their skiffs 
thev went with some freight trains to San 
Antonio, and then started for Jefferson City 
on foot, carrying with them their luggage, 
;i distance of one thousand miles. On reach- 
ing Quitman Mr. \\'esterlund secured work 
ai getting out timber for the sawmills, and 
was thus employed for two months. He 
then went to Jefferson, Texas, where he spent 
the summer at work in a brick yard, and in 
the fall of i860 he and his associates started 
north, arriving home in November of that 
year. 

The following spring Mr. ^^'ester!und, 
with others, established a brick yard at 
Woodhull, which they operated one season, 
but he then sold his interest in the business 
and took charge of the old home farm, which 
he carried on until 1865. He then bought his 
first property, consisting of eighty acres of 
uild prairie land, to which he subsequently 
added from time to time until he now has 
three hundred and twenty acres of land all 
in one body. This he has divided into two 
farms, has erected thereon two sets of good 
farm buildings, and has placed the land un- 
der a high state of cultivation. These places 
are now successfully operated by his sons, 
v.hile he practically lives a retired life in 
Orion, where he has made his home since 
the spring of 1897, owning a good residence 
in that place. He is now vice-president and 
one of the stockholders of the State Bank 
of Orion, having been elected to that office 
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bank was first started by our subject and his 
sons, associated with two others, as a private 
bank. 

On the i/th of February, 1863, in Henry 
county, Mr. W'esterlund was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Eleanora HuUman, who was 
also born in Sweden, and came to the United 
States when a j'oung lady. The)' have be- 
come the parents of five children, namely: 
William, who is married and engaged in 
business in Chicago: John A., a business man 
of Alabama; ^lay, wife of Dr. Magnuson, 
a dentist of Orion; Arndt L., on the old 
homestead; and Perry E., also on the farm; 
both are married. 

^Ir. W'esterlund cast his first presidential 
vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864, being in 
Texas in i860, and has since been an ardent 
supporter of the Republican party and its 
principles. Both he and his wife hold mem- 
bership in the Lutheran Church of Orion, 
and enjoy the hospitality of many of the best 
homes of the village. His success in life 
has been worthily achieved, and his career 
demonstrates what may be accomplished 
through energy, careful management, keen 
foresight and the utilization of the powers 
with which nature has endowed one, and 
the opportunities with which the times sur- 
round him. 



DAVID CLIXTOX TOMLIXSOX. 

Among the successful, energetic and pro- 
gressive farmers of Henry county is D. Clin- 
ton Tomlinson, who has been a resident of 
the county since 1857, and now resides on 
section 20, Osco township. His birth oc- 
curred in Hollv, Oakland county, Michigan, 
August 17, 1844, his parents being D. S. and 
Hannah (W'inegar) Tomlinson, both na- 



tives of Xew York, the former born in 1810, 
the latter in 1807. After their marriage 
they moved to Michigan about 1837. and 
first located in Genesee county, but later set- 
tled in Oakland county, where the father 
owned and operated a farm. On disposing 
of that place, in 1857, he came to Henry 
count}', Illinois. ^Ir. Tomlinson purchased 
one hundred acres of land in Osco township, 
which he improved, and throughout life fol- 
lowed general farming. He died on his farm 
ir October, 1883, having survived his wife 
twelve years, as her death occurred April 
14. 1 87 1. By his ballot he always supported 
the men and measures of the Republican 
party, and took an active interest in edu- 
cational affairs. His children were Jennie 
H., now the widow of William Perkins and 
a resident of Buffalo, X'ew York ; Catherine, 
wife of George Thomas, a fanner of Shelby 
county, ^Missouri; Ellen, deceased wife of 
John Beers, a resident of Osco township, 
this count}-; D. Clinton, our subject; and 
William H.. who lives on the old homestead 
on section 1 1 . Osco township. 

ilr. Tomlinson, of this review, began his 
education in the common schools of ilichi- 
gan, and after coming to this county with 
his parents, at the age of thirteen years, he 
attended school for a time. He was reared 
to agricultural pursuits, and while assisting 
liis father in the work of the farm acquired 
an excellent knowledge of its labors. At the 
age of sixteen he began work for himself, 
though he made his home with his parents 
until his marriage, October i, 1871. Mrs. 
Caroline D. (Harper) Geer becoming his 
wife. By her first marriage she had three 
children, namely: (i) Pearl G. is the wife 
of William McXeill, who is running a cream- 
ery in Prophetstown, Illinois, and they have 
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da. (2) Jessie is the wife of Charles Pur- 
viance, proprietor of a laundry and bottling 
works at \\ yoming. Illinois, and they have 
five children. Leroy, Edith, Grace. Carol and 
Charles. (3) Grace is the wife of George 
Reese, a farmer and stock raiser of Proph- 
etstown. and they have two children, Ralph 
and Avis. The children born to Mr. and 
Mrs. Tomlinson are as follows : ( i ) Albert 
C who is engaged in fanning on his father's 
land in Cambridge townsliip, married Sarah 
Neville, and they have two children. Gwen- 
dolin and Duane C. (2) ilabel is the wife 
of Charles Arnett. a fanner of Penora. Guth- 
rie county. Iowa. (3) Duane S. married 
Esther C. Fragd and lives at home. Mrs. 
Tomlinson was born in Xew York, April 
13, 1839, and died on the home place in 
Osco township, this county. Xovember 6. 
1899. On leaving her native state she went 
to Wisconsin, and after spending one year 
there came to Illinois in 1857. living for a 
time in Whiteside county, and later in Gen- 
eseo. this county. She was of a willing dis- 
position, and to her our subject attributes 
much of his success in life, for she aided him 
much hy her encouragement and supix)rt. 
Pleasant anil agreeable in manner, she made 
many friends, and was higlily respected and 
esteemed by all who knew her. 

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Tom- 
linson located on the farm where he now 
resides, his wife there owning one hundred 
and sixty acres on section 20, Osco township. 
He has made many improvements upon the 
place, and has added to his landed posses- 
sions, having two hundred and forty acres 
of rich and arable land on sections 13 and 24, 
Cambridge township. He has always fol- 
lowed general farming and stock raising, 
making a specialty of hogs, and in his busi- 
ness undertakings has steadily prospered un- 



til he is now one of the most substantial men 
of his community. 

As a Republican Mr. Tomlinson has been 
quite prominently identified with political 
affairs, and is a recognized leader of the party 
in his community. For nine consecutive 
years he served as supervisor of his town- 
ship, and later filled the same otifice for 
four years, always serving the people to 
the best of his ability. While he held 
that office the court house was in course 
of construction. He was also officially 
connected with the schools of his town- 
ship for a number of years, and has al- 
ways given his support to church work. 
Over his life record there falls no shadow of 
wrong; his public service was most e.xem- 
plary; and his private life has been marked 
l)v the utmost fidelitv to dutv. 



ANDREW P. JOHNSON. 

Andrew P. Johnson is a successful con- 
tractor and builder of Orion, of whose skill 
many notable examples are to be seen 
throughout Henry and Rock Island coun- 
ties. Thoroughly reliable in all things, the 
quality of his work is a convincing test of 
his own personal worth and the same ad- 
mirable trait is shown in his conscientious 
discharge of the duties of different positions 
of trust and responsibility to which he has 
been chosen in business and i)olitical life. 

Mr. Johnson was born on the 30th of 
August, 1843. '" Sweden, where he grew 
to manhood and learned the carpenter's 
and joiner's trade, which he followed in 
that country for some jears. In 1869 he 
emigrated to America, his destination being 
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from Sweden having previously located in 
Western township. For about nine years 
he engaged in farming upon rented land, 
and then turned his attention to his trade, 
being engaged in contracting and building 
for the past twenty years. He has erected 
many of the business houses, residences, 
barns and other buildings in this section of 
the state. In 1895 he also opened a lumber 
yard, which he has since successfully con- 
ducted, carrying a good supply of lumber and 
all kinds of building material, as well as 
coal, tile, etc., and he has already built up 
an excellent trade. 

On the 7th of June, 1873, was celebrated 
the marriage of Mr. Johnson and Miss Au- 
gusta Magdalina Lunguin, who was also 
born and reared in Sweden. They have a 
family of three children : Louise, now the 
wife of B. S. ^lillett, of Jewell Junction, 
Iowa; Marie, at home; and Arthur C, who 
assists his father in business. 

In his political affiliations Mr. Johnson 
is a stanch Republican, and cast his first 
presidential ballot for Rutherford B. Hayes, 
but has never taken a very active part in 
political affairs, though he is now most 
capably serving as a member of the town 
board. He and his wife are members of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church, and are held in 
high regard by all who know them. He 
was elected a member of the village board 
April, 1900, since which time the electric 
light has been installed. 



REGINALD HEBER HIXMAX. 

For many years this gentleman was 
prominently identified with the agricult- 
ural interests of this countv, but is now liv- 



ing a retired life in Cambridge, where he- 
is surrounded by all the comforts of life, 
which were secured by former years of toil. 
He was born in the town of Bristol, Hart- 
ford county, Connecticut, February 4, 1828, 
and comes of good old colonial stock. His 
parents, ^^'illis and Olive (Atwater) Hin- 
man, were also natives of the Xutmeg state, 
as were also his grandparents. His ma- 
ternal grandfather, Isaac Atwater. fought 
for American independence as a private in 
the Continental army during the Revolution- 
ary war. The paternal grandfather. Phile- 
mon Hinman, spent his entire life as a house 
carpenter in Connecticut. 

Willis Hinman, our subject's father, also 
learned the carpenter's trade and clock mak- 
ing in Connecticut, from which state he re- 
m.oved to Miami county, Ohio. With the 
view of locating farther west, he came to 
Henry coimty, Illinois, in December, 1850. 
and being pleased with this region, he re- 
turned for his family, who took up their 
residence in Osco township the following 
IMay. Most of the county at that time was 
government land, and deer, prairie chickens 
and other wild game was plentiful. Willis 
Hinman engaged in farming in Osco town- 
ship until 1858, when he removed to Gen- 
eseo, and later to Cambridge. He was borrr 
July 8, 1798, and died September 18. 1888, 
while his wife was born February 8, 1799^ 
and died April 21, 1889. Both were mem- 
bers of the Episcopal Church, and were high- 
ly respected and esteemed by all who knew 
them. Of their seven children three reached 
years of maturity, namely: Clarissa, wha 
married Xelson Gaines, of Geneseo. and died 
in 1877, at the age of fifty-six years; Reg- 
inald H., our subject; and William, who 
was bom in 1833, and died in 1892. He 
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Twelftli Illinois \'olunteer Infantry during 
the Civil war, and married Elizabeth 
Townsend, now a resident of Cambridge. 

In the town of his nativity Reginald H. 
Hinman sfjent the first j'ears of his life and 
then accompanied his parents on their re- 
moval to Miami county, Ohio. He attend- 
ed school in Troy, that state, and when 
his education was completed learned the 
carpenter's trade with his father. At the 
age of nineteen he turned his attention to 
farming, and to that pursuit he devoted the 
greater part of his active business life. 
Coming to Henry county, Illinois, in Jan- 
uary, 1 85 1, he has since resided here, and 
was actively engaged in farming in Osco 
township for many years, raising princi- 
pally com, oats and stock, but is now rest- 
ing from his labors at his comfortable home 
in Cambridge, though he still owns a 
quarter-section of land in Osco township, 
which was entered from the government 
by his father in 185 1, and also has one 
hundred acres in Cambridge township. 

Mr. Hinman was married, October 8, 
1852, to Miss Elizabeth Miller, of Miami 
county, Ohio, a daughter of Christley and 
Hannah (Wright) IMiller, of Troy, that 
state. 13y this union were born three chil- 
dren, namely : ( i ) William Elliott, who car- 
ries on a fruit ranch and is also engaged 
in the feed and grain business at Pamona, 
California, married Xora Xolind, and has 
three children, Frances E., Susan and Harry 
H. (2) Frank M., a resident of Allentown, 
Pennsylvania, married Lilly ^Miller and has 
three children, May, Ralph and Ethel. (3) 
Jennie M. died in March, 1877, at the age 
of twenty-three years, and the mother of 
these children passed away September 20, 
1867, at the age of thirty-three. Both 
mother and daughter were active and con- 



sistent members of the Episcopal Church. 
On the 8th of October, 1868, Mr. Hin- 
man was united in marriage with Mrs. Susan 
Corl, who was born in Germantown, Bucks 
county, Pennsylvania, j\Iay 2, 1832, a daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Anna (Fraley) Combs, 
natives of the same place. Her father, who 
was a farmer by occupation, came to Illi- 
nois in 1852, and died here in 1859, at the 
age of fifty years, while his wife died in the 
spring of 1852, at the age of forty-eight. 
Both were earnest members of the Society 
of Friends and most estimable people. Be- 
sides Mrs. Hinman they had another daugh- 
ter, Leah, now the widow of Reese Xolind 
and a resident of Iowa. For her first hus- 
band ilrs. Hinman married Henry Corl, 
with whom she came to the Prairie state 
in 1850, locating first in Bureau country, 
but in 1857 removing to Cambridge, this 
county. In September, 1862, ^Ir. Corl en- 
listed in Company D, One Hundred and 
Twelfth Illinois X'olunteer Infantry, of 
which company our subject's brother was 
also a member. Mr. Corl served as a non- 
commissioned otVicer, and was instantly 
killed during the siege of Knoxville, Xo- 
vember 18, at the age of thirty-eight years. 
In religious belief he was a ^lethodist. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Hinman hold mem- 
bership in the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
and before coming to Cambridge he served 
as warden in the church at Osco. He is 
a prominent member of Cambridge Lodge, 
Xo. 49, F. & A. M., which is one of the 
oldest lodges in the state, and in which he has 
filled all the offices. He is also secretary of 
the Old Settlers Association. The Demo- 
ocratic i)arty has always found in Mr. Hin- 
man a stanch supporter of its principles, and 
he has been honored with several important 
official positions, having served as supervisor 



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nianj- years and as cliainnan of the county 
board. He also filled the positions of town- 
shij} collector and justice of the peace for 
some time. For the long period of tvven- 
t}'-two consecutive years he has been secre- 
tary of the Henry County Agricultural So- 
ciety, and has always taken a deep interest 
in its affairs and has done much to insure its 
success. Public-spirited and progressive to 
an eminent degree, he has ever been num- 
bered among the most valued and useful 
citizens of his community — one willing to 
give his support to any enterprise for the 
public good. 



CHAUNCEY E. WASHBURX. 

In the pioneer epoch in the history of 
this section of Illinois Chauncey E. Wash- 
burn came to Henry county, and has been 
an important factor in its substantial de- 
velopment and permanent improvement. He 
has seen its wild lands transformed into fine 
farms, while industrial and commercial in- 
terests have been introduced. In the work 
of progress he has borije his part and has 
been particularly active as a representative 
of the agricultui'al interests of the commu- 
nity. He is to-day the owner of three hun- 
dred and twenty acres of land on section _', 
\\'estern township, where he makes his 
home. 

J\Ir. Washburn was born in Springfield, 
Massachusetts, May 17. 1834, and on the 
i6th of May, 1837. was brought to this 
county by his parents, .\bisha and Isabella 
(Clapp) Washburn. The former was a na- 
tive of \'ermont. the latter of Connecticut, 
^nd their marriage was celebrated in Spring- 
field. Massachusetts, where the father 
•worked as a mechanic in the armorv until 



coming west. The journey was made by 
way of the Connecticut river, Long Island 
sound, the Erie canal, and the Ohio and 
Mississippi rivers to Hampton, Illinois. His 
destination was Henry county, which his 
brother. Nathan Washburn, had helped to 
survey the year previous. He purchased 
eighty acres of land in what is now Colona 
township, but the first season spent here he 
engaged in farming upon rented land, while 
the family lived in a little old outbuilding 
about ten feet square through the summer. 
Jn the meantime a good log house was 
built upon the land, and he began to break 
and improve his place, adding to it another 
eighty-acre tract. Later he purchased more 
land and erected a good set of frame build- 
ings, making it his home until his death, 
August 31. 1873. He was the first super- 
visor of Colona township, and was active 
in establishing its schools. In politics he 
was always a Democrat. 

Amid pioneer scenes in this county 
Chauncey E. Wasiiburn grew to manhood 
His first lessons were taught by his mother, 
and for a time he attended the district 
schools; but he is mostly self-educated, as 
the countr\' afforded but limited educational 
privileges during his boyhood. He assisted 
his father in the arduous task of breaking 
the land and converting the wild tract into 
<i highly cultivated farm. After reaching 
manhood his father gave him one hundred 
and sixty acres of land in \\'estern town- 
ship, only about twenty-five acres of which 
had been broken. A year or two later he 
sold that place and bought one hundred and 
sixty acres where he now resides, of which 
one hundred acres had previously been 
broken and a small house erected thereon. 
To its further improvement and cultivation 
lie has since devoted his energies, and has 




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added to it an adjoining quarter-section. 
making a good farm of three iiundred and 
twenty acres and also two hundred and ten 
acres in Colona township. When a young 
man he engaged in breaking prairie two 
seasons with a team of five yoke of cattle, 
breaking as high as five acres in one day. 
and has ever taken a \ery acti\e part in tiie 
de\-elo])ment of tlie county. 

^larch 28, 1858, in Cojona townsiiip. 
Henry county, Mr. \\'ashl)urn was united 
in marriage with Miss Emily Piatt, who 
was born .\pril 5, 1833, near Covington, 
Indiana, and came to Illinois in childhood 
with her father. Joshua Piatt, locating south 
of Cambridge, where lie opened up and im- 
proved a farm. By this union were born 
the following children: Ida, wife of Rob- 
ert McLeese, a farmer of Western town- 
ship; Lettie, wife of William Durmann, a 
farmer of Colona township ; George, a sub- 
stantial farmer of Western township; Otis, 
a teacher of typewriting and shorthand in 
Chicago; Edward, a farmer of Colona town- 
ship; Jane and Emma, lx)th at home. The 
wife and mother, who was an earnest and 
consistent member of the United Brethren 
Church, passed away .\pril jo, 1893, leaving 
many friends as well as her immediate 
family to mourn her loss. 

In his political views Mr. Washburn is 
a Jacksonian Democrat, and cast his first 
presidential vote for James Buchanan in 
1856, though he supjiorted Cieneral (}rant 
in 1872. He has for the long period of 
twenty years efficiently served as school di- 
rector, having done much in build new 
school houses. For over sixty-three years 
he has now been identified with the interests 
of Henry county, and has witnessed almost 
its entire growth and development. He has 
seen great prairie fires sweep over the coun- 



try, where now are waving fields of grain. 
W'hen he first located here, deer, turkey and 
other wild game was found in abundance, 
and furnished many a meal for the early set- 
tlers. Swamps have been drained and con- 
verted into highly cultivated fields ; rail- 
roads, telegraphs and telephones have been 
introduced ; and now all of the conveniences 
and comforts of an advanced civilization 
can here be found. Mr. Washburn can re- 
late many interesting incidents of pioneer 
days, and wrote a very able article on front- 
ier life which was published in the papers 
of the county and was read with interest by 
all the old settlers. With his two sons, be 
introduced between their homes the first 
telephones in his section, getting at first 
much ridicule from his neighbors. As others 
saw the convenience, more 'phones were add- 
ed, the lines exten,ding to Orion, and now 
hardly a land owner in the western part of 
the countv is witlii>ut one. 



JOHN O. AXDERSOX. 

Among Orion's most honored and highly 
esteemed citizens is this retired farmer, who 
for almost half a century has been identified 
with the interests of- Henry county. His 
early home was on the other side of the At- 
lantic, for be was burn in Jonkopingland, 
X'estra liared. Sweden, March 25, 1830, 
and was there reared upon a farm. It was 
ir. 1854 that he emigrated to the new world, 
taking passage on a sailing vessel at Gutten- 
Ijerg, and arriving in New York after a 
rather pleasant voyage of six weeks. He 
landed and at once proceeded west by train 
to Buffalo, the lakes to Chicago, and train 
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Malcolm Anderson, who had located here 
ill May, 1854. 

Renting land in Andover township, 'Sir. 
Anderson engaged in farming there for five 
3'ears, and being unfamiliar with the methods 
and customs of America, had many new 
experiences during those years. Being 
economical, industrious and ambitious, he 
saved some money and in 1861 purchased 
eighty acres of raw prairie land in Lynn 
township, which he commenced at once to 
fence, break and improve. His first home 
was a good frame residence, though rather 
small, but it has since been replaced by a 
more commodious and pretentious dwelling. 
Good barns and outbuildings have also been 
erected, and the place converted into a 
highly improved farm. Mr. Anderson added 
to the original tract from time to time, and 
now has a valuable farm of four hundred 
acres. He continued its operation until 
1895, W'hen he retired from active labor and 
has since lived in Orion, where he has built 
a fine residence. 

In Andover township, ]\Ir. Anderson was 
married August 4, 1854, to Miss Sophia 
Youngquist, who was also born and reared 
ill Sweden, and came to the L'nited States 
on the same vessel as her future husband. 
Six children bless this union, namely : John, 
who is married and follows farming in 
Webster county, Iowa; Charlotte, wife of 
Peter Samuelson, a farmer of Western town- 
ship, this county; Carl A., who is married 
and lives in Orion ; Albert, who married and 
died August i, 1896; Amanda, who is now 
her father's housekeeper; and Cordelia, wife 
of Edwin Linquist, w-ho operates Mr. 
Anderson's farm in Lynn township. The 
\vife and mother died May 20, 1898, and was 
laid to rest in Orion cemetery. Mr. Ander- 
son has several times visited his son in 



\\'ebster cduiUv, Iowa, si)en(liiig two weeks 
with him in September, 1900. He and his 
daughter. Miss Amanda, are members of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church of Orion. 
He was first a member of the Swedish Lu- 
theran Church in Andover, and there served 
as deacon for six years. He was one of the 
church officials when the large church build- 
ing was erected. He is identified with the 
Republican party, which he has always sup- 
ported since casting his first presidential 
vote for Abraham Lincoln in i860. Empty- 
handed he came to America in search of 
home and fortune, and his ambitious dreams 
have been realized, for he has acquired a 
comfortable competence and handsome prop- 
erty, which now enables him, in his declin- 
ing years to lay aside all business cares and 
enjoy a well earned rest, surrounded by a 
host of warm friends and acquaintances. 



THOMAS H. JOHNSTON. 

Among the prominent and influential 
citizens of Cambridge, Illinois, is Thomas 
H. Johnston, who is now efficiently serving 
as county treasurer. He is a native of 
Henry county, born December 25, 1865, and 
is a son of John and Lucy M. (Selon) Johns- 
ton, the former a native of County London- 
derry, Ireland, the latter of Stark county, 
Illinois. In 1854 the father came from 
Connecticut to this state and took up his 
residence in Henry county, where he fol- 
lowed the occupation of farming through- 
out the remainder of his life. He was ac- 
tively interested in educational affairs and 
served as school director for many years, 
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early life a Scotch Presbyterian. He died 
May 5. 1889, at the age of si.xty-three years, 
but iiis wife is still living at the age of fifty- 
si.x, and now makes her honie in Galva. 
Thomas H. is the oldest of their six chil- 
dren, the others being Edward I., assistant 
cashier in the First National Bank of Ke- 
wanee, Illinois; Phoebe J., who was formerly 
a teacher of this county, but is now at home 
with her mother; William J., who is en- 
gaged in the restaurant business in Ke- 
wanee; Robert E., manager of the E. W. 
Houghton Lumber Company branch at Al- 
tona, Illinois; and George E., bookkeeper 
for the same firm at Galva. 

Thomas H. Johnston remained upon the 
home farm until twenty-six years of age, 
and his primary education was obtained in 
the public schools of the locality. Later he 
attended the Galva high school and the 
Davenport Business College, graduating 
from the latter institution with the class of 
1887. On leaving the farm in 1892 he ac- 
cepted the position of traveling salesman, 
and was with two different firms before he 
became connected with the banking establish- 
ment of L. M. Yocum & Company, at Galva. 
He remained with the bank until his elec- 
tion to his present office. 

On the 31st of October, 1895, Mr. Johns- 
ton was united in marriage with Miss Susie 
E. Calhoun, a daughter of Andrew Calhoun, 
of Henry county, and to them have been 
born two children : ^lary Janet and Will- 
iam C. Religiously Mr. and Mrs. Johnston 
are both members of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church. Politically he is a stanch Re- 
publican, and on his party ticket was elected 
treasurer of Henry county in 1898 by a ma- 
jority of twelve hundred and eighty. His 
fellow citizens speak in unqualified terms of 
his abilitv for that office, the duties of which 



he is now so capably and satisfactorily per- 
forming. His genial, pleasant manner makes 
him quite popular, and he has a host of warni 
friends throughout his native county. 



JOHN SAMUELSOX. 

Since 1852 John Saniuelson has been a 
resident of Henry county, and was for many 
years successfully engaged in farming and 
stock raising in Western township, two and 
a half miles from Orion, where he still owns 
a fine farm of three hundred and twenty 
acres, but is now living a retired life in 
Orion. Although of foreign birth his duties 
of citizenship have ever been performed 
with a loyalty equal, to that of any native 
son of America, and when the country be- 
came involved in Civil war he went to the 
defense of the Union and protected its in- 
terests on many a southern battle field. 

Mr. Saniuelson was torn in Askerland, 
Sweden, November 25, 1835, and with his 
parents, Samuel and Anna (Nelson) John- 
son, crossed the briny deep to the new world 
in 1 85 1. After spending one season in 
Buffalo, New York, the family came to this 
county, in the spring of 1852, and the fa- 
ther, Samuel Johnson, took up land in what 
is Western township, where he improved 
a good farm of eighty acres, making his 
home thereon until his death in 1865. 

Being a young man of seventeen years 
upon his arrival in Henry county John Sani- 
uelson was of much assistance to his fa- 
ther in developing the farm, and remained 
with him until the latter's death. In i86i 
he enlisted in Company C, Forty-third Illi- 
nois \'olunteer Infantry, which became a 
part of the Western army. The first im- 



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portant battle in whicli he participated was 
that of Shiloh, which was followed by nu- 
merous battles and skirmishes. He took 
part in the siege of Vicksburg and the cap- 
ture of that strongly fortified place, and 
later went to Little Rock, Arkansas. He 
was also in the engagement at Jenkins Ferry. 
He entered the service as a private, but was 
promoted to corporal and later to sergeant. 
Losing no time from illness or other causes 
when his term of enlistment had expired he 
was honorably discharged in the fall of 
1864 and returned home. 

For one season Air. Samuelson worked 
on the old home farm, and then commenced 
farming on his own account, having previ- 
ously purchased forty acres of land. He 
and three brothers bought one hundred and 
sixty acres of land, which they improved and 
operated together for a few j-ears, but finally 
divided the land, each taking forty acres. 
Subsequently our subject purchased two 
hundred and forty acres more and now 
has an excellent farm of three hundred 
and twenty acres, upon which he has 
made many substantial impro\ements, in- 
cluding the erection of good buildings, 
and the planting of fruit and ornamental 
trees. He continued to actively engage in 
the cultivation of his land and in stock rais- 
ing until i8g8, when he removed to Orion 
and laid aside all business cares to spend his 
remaining years in ease and quiet, owning 
a good home in the village. He was early 
identified with the Swedish Insurance Com- 
pany and served as a trustee in the same. 

In ilay, 1866, in Henry county, Mr. 
Samuelson was united in marriage with 
Aliss Mary Lawrence, who was born and 
reared in Sweden, and they became the par- 
ents of six children, four sons and two 
<laughters, namelv : John W. and Arthur 



H., who are engaged in farming on the old 
homestead ; William, who is married and 
follows farming in Andover township; 
Guy, who is at home; and Alabel and Esther, 
who are now attending school in Orion. 
The wife and mother passed away March 
17, 1893, and was laid to rest in Andover 
cemetery. 

Mr. Samuelson's political support has al- 
ways been given the Republican party since 
he cast his first presidential ballot for Abra- 
ham Lincoln in i860, and has done all in 
his power to insure its success. For nine 
years he served his fellow citizens as school 
trustee, discharging his duties with prompt- 
ness and fidelity, and in days of peace as well 
as in time of war has been found a true and 
loyal citizen of his adopted country. Fra- 
ternally he is an honored member of the 
Grand Army Post at Orion, ilr. and Mrs. 
Samuelson were members of the Swedish 
Methodist Church of Andover. 



XELS M. XELSOX. 

Xels ]\I. Xelson, who for over half a 
century has been an honored resident of 
Henry county, and who is now practically 
living a retired life, was born in Sweden 
on the 1st of January, 1829, and in that 
country grew to manhood. In 1 849 he em- 
igrated to America, and on landing on our 
shores proceeded at once to Henry county, 
Illinois. About i860 he sent for his father, 
Xels Samuelson, his mother having died 
when he was quite young. One sister, Chris- 
tina, the widow of Charles A. Rosell, lives 
in \\'oodhull, this count)-. His brother, 
Peter, died at the home of our subject in 
Henrv countv. 



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During the first year of his residence here 
our subject worked as a farm hand for Jolm 
Jennings for six dollars per month, and then 
went to the northern part of the county 
where he was in the employ of several farm- 
ers at different times. In 1854 he was mar- 
ried to Miss Anna Johnson, who was born 
in Sweden July 22, 1837, and at the time of 
their marriage was living in Andover town- 
ship with her parents, both of whom are 
now deceased. The others of her family 
were Mailta, wife of August Swanson, of 
W'oodhull, Illinois; John \'., a resident of 
Linn township, this county ; and Jacob, who 
makes his home in Nebraska. 

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Nel- 
son located on the farm on section 31, .Vn- 
dover township, which is still occupied by 
them. In partnership with another gentle- 
man our subject purchased one hundred and 
twenty acres of land which was still in its 
primitive condition and at once began its im- 
provement and cultivation. At first he car- 
ried on general farming on a small scale, but 
as time advanced he steadily prospered and 
was able to add to his landed possessions 
until he now owns two hundred and ten 
acres, all acquired through industry, tlili- 
gence and good management; When a boy 
Mr. Nelson received only a common-school 
education, but was early inured to hard 
work, and is a self-educated as well as a self- 
made man. Throughout his active business 
career he always followed general farming 
and stock raising, feeding both hogs and cat- 
tle for market, and in both branches of his 
business he was quite successful. 

Of the ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Nelson four died between the ages of four 
and fifteen years. Those living are as fol- 
lows : John A., who works at the carpen- 
ter's trade and makes his home with his par- 



ents; Louisa, wife of A. A. Nelson, a farm- 
er of Lynn tov.nshi]j, by whom .she has 
three children livinp^. Edwin, Delia and El- 
mer, and one deceaseil ; Edward, wlm as- 
sists in the operation of the home farm : Ida, 
wife of Z. C. Johnson, who is engaged in 
farming on a part of her father's place, and 
by whom she has two children, Roy and 
Mabel : Otto, also at home, who was mar- 
ried in Minneapolis and has one son, Au- 
gust L. ; and Gust Emil, who heips his 
brothers carry on the home farm. 

Mr. Nelson is one of the very early set- 
tlers of Henry county remaining to tell to 
the present generation the story of pioneer 
life in this region. His political support is 
always given the men and measures of the 
Republican party, and he most efficiently 
served his fellow citizens as county conmiis- 
sioner for twelve years and as school direc- 
tor for fifteen years. He has always been in 
favor of maintaining good schools, and has 
given a liberal support to all worthy enter- 
prises that would refiect credit on the people 
and the county in which he makes his home. 
Both Mr. and Mrs. Nelson are members of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church of Andover, 
of which he is now one of the trustees, and 
they take an acti\e part in promoting good 
work. He had no special advantage in his 
youth, and without the assistance of influen- 
tial friends in his early business career, has 
steadily advanced step by step until he now 
occupies a creditable position as one of the 
prominent and well-to-do men of his town- 
ship. 



RE\'. WILLIAM M. PURGE. 

.\s the rector of Grace Episcopal Church 
at Osco, Rev. William M. Puree has become 
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Henry count)^ where he has now made his 
home for over four years. He was born in 
Davis county, Iowa, on the ist of Novem- 
ber, 1865, and is a son of John A. and De- 
Jilah Jane (ColHns) Puree, natives of New 
York and Ohio, respectively. The father, 
wlio was a farmer by occupation, died at 
Chariton, Iowa, May 24, 1886, but the 
mother is still living and continues to make 
her home at that place. 

In the county of his nativity William M. 
Puree spent his boyhood removing with his 
parents to Chariton, Iowa, when but thirteen 
years of age. He there attended the public 
and high school, from which he was gradu- 
ated in 1885. In September of that year he 
became a student at Griswold College, Dav- 
enport, Iowa, where he pursued the classical 
■course for two years and received the degree 
of B. S. in 1891. He was then engaged in 
editorial work as cit}^ editor of the Daven- 
port Tribune for four years, and for two 
years took an active part in political affairs 
as political editor of that paper. While en- 
gaged in newspaper work he was reading 
preparatory to entering the ministry of the 
Episcopal Church. Mr. Puree took the e.x- 
amination for the deaconship, and was or- 
dained a deacon by Bishop Perry at Daven- 
j)ort, September 23, 1892. He began pas- 
toral work at Christ Church ^Mission, West 
Davenport, in Xo^•ember, 1S93, where he 
remained one year, and from November, 
1894, until accepting his present charge at 
•Osco, Henry county, Illinois, in Septem- 
ber, 1896, was rector of St. George's Church 
at Farley, Iowa. He was ordained a priest 
on the 30th of December, 1895, by Bishop 
Perry. As rector of Grace Episcopal 
Church at Osco, he succeeded Rev. Mr. 
Brown, who was only there for ten months, 
Jiowever. The church at this place was built 



in 1873, "i""^ J^ow has forty-five communi- 
cants. Under the pastorate of our subject 
it is in a flourishing condition. 

Mr. Puree has always been an active 
missionary worker. While at Farley, he 
had charge of the mission work at Dyers- 
ville and Bellevue, and also started a mission 
at ilonticello, Iowa, which he continued 
as long as he remained at Farley. On coming 
to Osco, he took charge of the work at Cam- 
bridge, Geneseo and Galva, at which places 
he holds regular services. He is particularly 
interested in the Galva mission, from the 
fact that when he first commenced holding 
services there the attendance was but from 
five to ten. The services were first held in 
a hall, but the}- now meet in their own church 
building, have a good congregation, a lay 
reader, Sunday school, and are well equipped 
for effective work. He has charge of all 
the work of his church in Henry county, 
with the exception of the churches in Ke- 
wanee and Woodhull. 

ilr. Puree was married at Davenport, 
June 28, 1892, to Miss Jessie J. Cook, a 
daughter of William L. and Amanda AI. 
(Fletcher) Cook. The father died in that 
city in 1886, but the mother is still a resi- 
dent of Davenport. Mr. and Mrs. Puree 
have one child, Jessie Grace B. 

Mr. Puree is quite an enthusiastic chick- 
en raiser, and is also starting a rabbitry, 
owning only pedigreed Belgian hares, but 
the greater part of his time is devoted to 
church work. He is a member of the board 
of missions, and publishes at the rectory a 
twelve-page paper called the Church News, 
which is issued each month in the interest of 
diocesan and parochial work. There is a 
parochial school conducted in connection 
with his church at Osco. Mr. Puree is thor- 
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church and state in Iowa and IlHnois^ and 
still takes an interest in politics, supporting 
and advocating the principles of the Re- 
publican party. He is a man of thoughtful, 
earnest purpose, of strong intellectual en- 
dowments, of broad charity and kindly na- 
ture, and by all denominations, as well as 
his own people, is held in high regard. 



THEODORE BOLTEXSTERX. 

.Vniong the representative business m;n 
of Cambridge is the subject of this review, 
who is now at the head of the ice trade in 
that city. He is a native of Henry county, 
born in Lynn township, April 15, 1858, and 
is a son of William and Mary (Anderson) 
Boltenstern, natives of Germany and 
Sweden, respectively. At an early day the 
mother came to this country with her par- 
ents and the father arrived here in 1852, 
their marriage being celebrated in Lynn 
township, where he purchased land and fol- 
lowed farming for many years. He was a 
recognized leader in the Republican party 
in his locality, served as recruiting officer 
during the war of the Rebellion, and filled 
the office of highway commissioner for the 
long period of thirty-six years. In 1893 he 
moved to Cambridge, where his death oc- 
curred the same year, but his widow is still 
a resident of that place. They were among 
the pioneers of the county, and were highly 
respected and esteemed by all who knew 
them. Their children were Theodore, of 
this sketch; Morris A., who resides on the 
old homestead in Lynn township; Edward 
A., who died in that township in 1867; 
Henry E. and Victor F., who are at home 
Avilh their mother. 



Theodore Boltenstern was reared on the 
home farm and received his education in 
the district schools of Lynn township. On 
starting out in life for himself he com- 
menceil farming in Andover township, 
where, in 1887, he purchased a partially 
improved farm of one hundred and seventy 
acres, which he placed under a high state 
of cultivation, and on disposing of that he 
l)ought the well-known Davenport farm ad- 
joining the city of Cambridge, on which he 
lived for eight years, and which he still 
owns. While carrying on farming he was 
also largely engaged in the stock business. 
In 1892 he became interested in the ice 
business, and now has the exclusive trade 
of Cambridge, to which city he moved in 
1899. He is a wide-awake, energetic busi- 
ness man of known reliability, and in his 
undertakings has met with well-deserved 
success. 

In Andover township, Mr. Boltenstern 
was married, in 1891, to Miss Ernestine 
Longshore, a native of that township, and 
a daughter of S. J. Longshore, one of the 
pioneers of Cambridge, where he now re- 
sides. By this union have been born two 
children, namely: Nellie M., aged seven 
years; and Wihiam S., aged four. 

Mr. Boltenstern's father was one of the 
founders of the Fair Association, and our 
subject has been connected with it through- 
out life. He has also served as secretary of 
the Henry county agricultural board for 
nine years, and is still filling that office. He 
is one of the most enterprising and pro- 
gressive citizens of Cambridge, and takes 
an active and commendable interest in pub- 
lic affairs. By his ballot he supports the 
men and measures of the Republican party, 
and for years has been secretary of the 
countv central committee. While a resi- 



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dent of Andover township he served as jus- 
tice of the peace for some time with credit 
to himself and to the entire satisfaction of 
his constituents. 



LARS BEXSOX. 

Tliis well-known retired farmer of Cam- 
bridge, Illinois, is one of the worthy citizens 
that Sweden has furnished to the new world. 
He was born on the 13th oi August, 1826, 
in Brearede Socken, near Halmstead, Swe- 
den, in which country his parents, B. Alun- 
son and Engarg Swanson, spent their entire 
lives. The mother died at the age of forty 
years when our subject \\as only seven years 
old. She was twice married and by the first 
union had one daughter, Charste. Lars is 
the oldest of the four children born of the 
second marriage, the others being Botelle, a 
widow, who resides with her youngest 
daughter in Chicago; and Andrew, a resi- 
dent of Cambridge. The father dieil in 
1890 at the extreme old age of ninety-six 
years. He was (|uite an extensive and suc- 
cessful farmer, was a devout and wortliy 
Christian, a member of the Lutheran Church, 
and was well and favorably known through- 
out his communitv. 

Lars Benson was educated in his nati\e 
land, and when his school days were over 
he left home at the age of fifteen years. In 
1854 he took passage on a sailing vessel, and 
after a stormy voyage of seven weeks antl 
four days landed at Boston. The ship en- 
countered a tornado, during which the iron 
stored in the bottom of the vessel broke loose. 
but no li\es were lost, though one person died 
during the storm and two others during the 
voyage. Mr. Benson spent about twenty- 
four hours in Boston, and then proceeded to 



Moline, Illinois. b\- way of Chicago. He 
worked in a sawmill, blacksmith shop and 
foundry at Aloline, and one _\-ear in a hotel 
at Aledo, after which he came to Henry 
county, arriving here March 14, 1S61. For 
eleven 3-ears he was in the employ of Mrs. 
Jennings, of Cambridge township, as mana- 
ger of her large farm, having from four to 
se\'en hands working under Him. His first 
purchase of land consisted of one hunilred 
and sixty acres on section 15, Cambridge 
to\\^^ship. to which he later added eighty 
acres, and now has a fine farm of two hun- 
dred and forty-six acres, besides fi\'e lots in 
the city, where he makes his home. On 
coming to America he had but twenty dol- 
lars, and the property he has acquired has 
been gained bj- hard work, good manage- 
ment and strict economy. Because of these 
sterling qualities he has succeeded where 
many others would ha\e failed. After be- 
ing here for three }ears and a half, INIr. 
Benson had saved five hundred dollars with 
which to return to Sweden, but was taken 
ill, and being unable to work for a year, it 
required that amount and fifty dollars more 
to pay his expenses during that time. He 
has never returned to his native land. 

Since casting his first presidential \'ote 
for Abraham Lincoln, Air. Benson has al- 
ways affiliated with the Republican party, 
and is a stanch advocate of its principles. 
He remembers how in the "505 the money in 
circulation, especiall}- that issued by state 
banks, was very uncertain, and he was well 
schooled in the disadvantages of carrying 
money "which is good now as far as we 
know, but whether it will be good and pas- 
sable in an hour from now no man know- 
eth." Air. Benson lost much bv being com- 
pelled to take money for which he had no 
use at the time, taking it because his cred- 





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itors tliil in)t wish to carry it. Having 
passed tliroiigh tliat crisis he lias a keen ap- 
preciation of what it is to liave a sound mon- 
ey basis. 

Mr. Benson is unniarrietl and liis fani- 
iiy consisted of an adopted son, Edward Le- 
ander Benson, wlio was born in St. Louis, 
November 27, 1884. and has hvcil with 
our subject for tliirteen years. His parents, 
JMartin and Hannah (Olson) Johnston, 
were both natives of Sweden, and the latter 
died March 6, 1899. Edward is a steady, 
reliable i)oy, who finds a plea.sant home with 
Mr. Benson, antl gives a wonderful amount 
of happiness to his benefactor. 

Mr. Ben.son has been a life-long member 
of the Lutheran Church, holding member- 
ship first in Moline, and later in Geneseo. 
He is a consistent Christian man and carries 
his religion into all the affairs of life. 



JOIiX M. HUNT. 

This thrifty and progressive farmer, re- 
siding on section 20, Colona township, 
where he has an excellent farm of one hun- 
dred and twenty acres, was born upon that 
place February 12, 1842, and is a worthy 
representative of the oldest and most highly 
respected pioneer families of Henry county. 
His father, Anthony Hunt, whose birth oc- 
curred in Germany in 1802, crossed the 
ocean in 1829 and first located in Louisiana, 
where he spent six years on a plantation. 
He then came to Illinois with the Glenn 
brothers in 1835, and pre-empted eighty 
acres of land in what is now Colona town- 
ship, Henry county, where our subject now 
resides. Later he entered the tract and 
built thereon a little cabin, in which he and 



Thomas and John (ilenn lived alone for 
some time, doing their own house work. 
In the first election held in Henry county, 
he was one of the first voters. Mr. Hunt 
was subsequently married in St. Louis to 
Miss Catherine Rider, also a native of Ger- 
man}-, where she was reared. They be^an 
their domestic life in the log house which he 
had erected upon his farm, and which in 
1856 was replaced by a good frame resi- 
dence. Besides his home farm consisting 
of one hundred and forty-four acres Mr. 
Hunt owned another place of eighty acres 
and a good home in Geneseo, where he re- 
sided for a number of years prior to his 
death, which occurred October 6, 1875, 
when he was seventy-three years of age. 
His wife survived him, passing away ten 
years later. 

In the family of this worthy couple 
were eight children who reached years of 
maturity, but John M. is the only son. 
Nothing occurred to vary the routine of 
farm life during his youth. He attended the 
district schools and worked with his father 
on the farm until grown, when he purchased 
the place and has since successfully carried 
it on. At Geneseo he was married February 
9, 1867, the lady of his choice being Miss 
Caroline Garland, who was born in Penn- 
sylvania, October 25, 1844, and in childhood 
came to Illinois with her father, Daniel Gar- 
land," locating in Marshall county, where 
she was reared. To Mr. and Mrs. Hunt 
was born one son, James C, who grew to 
manhood upon the home farm and received 
a good practical education in the district 
schools of Colona. He died March 29, 
1900. He was one of the prominent young 
men of the neighborhood, and had served 
on the school board and as clerk of the dis- 
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Mr. Hunt's political support has always 
been given the Republican party since he cast 
his first presidential vote for Abraham 
Lincoln in 1864. His fellow citizens, recog- 
nizing his worth and ability, have called 
him to ofiice, and he has most capably served 
as road commissioner and path master and 
as school director for about twenty years. 
As a native son of the county he has been 
prominently identified with its agricultural 
interests throughout life, and has done 
much to promote the general welfare. He 
is widely and favorably known, and his 
commendable Ufe has won for him the con- 
fidence of all with whom lie has been brought 
in contact. 



ERIC HEDBLOOM. 

Prominent among the successful and en- 
terprising agriculturists of Andover town- 
ship is Eric Hedbloom, who owns and op- 
erates a valuable and well-improved farm 
on section 25, where he has made his home 
since 1877. He was born in northern 
Sweden, on the 12th of December, 1849, 
and is a son of Peter and Breta Peterson, 
also natives of Sweden, where the father 
followed the occujiation of farming until his 
death about i860. The mother came to 
America in 1876, and died at the home of 
our subject in 188 1. To this worthy couple 
were born eight children, namely : Peter, 
who came to Andover, Illinois, in 1857 and 
located upon the farm where our subject 
now resides, was burned to death ; Jonas was 
drowned in Sweden; Catherine resided for 
a time in Kewanee, Illinois, but now makes 
her home in Nebraska; Lars is living with 
our subject; Lena died in infancy; Betsy is 
now Mrs. Nordstrum, of Bishop Hill, 



this county ; Lena died in Sweden ; and Eric, 
our subject, completes the family. 

Reared in his native land, Eric Hedbloom 
i.: indebted to its public schools for his edu- 
cational advantages. In 1868 he crossed the 
broad Atlantic and took up his residence 
in Kewanee, Henry county, Illinois, where 
he began work as a laborer on a construc- 
tion train. In 1876 he visited Sweden, but 
returned to this country the same fall, bring- 
ing his mother with him. He then located 
at Bloomington, Illinois, where he worked 
in the coal mines for a short time, but in 
1877 removed to his present farm, having 
purchased it from his brother's heirs. It is 
a well improved place, having a good house 
and barn, and is under a high state of culti- 
vation. 

In 1876, at Bloomington, Mr. Hedbloom 
was united in marriage with Miss Betsy 
Peterson Berg, also a native of Sweden, 
where her parents, Eric and Catherine 
(Larson) Berg, still reside. Nine children 
were born of this union and with one ex- 
ception all are still living, namely : Peter 
Emil; Ida; Hulda, who died in 1880; 
George; Inez; Hulda; Oscar; \'ictor; and 
Alice. 

In his political views Mr. Hedbloom is 
independent, and he has efficiently served as 
a member of the school board in his district. 
He is one of the honored and representative 
citizens of Andover township, and is highly 
respected and esteemed by all who know 



HENRY JOHNSON. 

This well-known merchant and leading 
business man of Orion, Illinois, has shown 
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ability to plan wisely and execute with en- 
ergy, a combination which, when possessed 
by men in any walk of life, never fails to 
effect notable results. 

Mr. Johnson was born on the 22nd of 
July, 1832, in Linkuping, Kisa Socken, 
Sweden, of which country his parents, Sam- 
uel and Christina (Lawson) Johnson, were 
also natives. In 1846 the family crossed the 
■ocean to America, and first located in Buf- 
falo, Xew York, where they spent about two 
years, coming to Henry county, Illinois, in 
1848. The father purchased a Mexican 
war land warrant which he located on sec- 
tion 36, Western township, and for some 
jears successfully engaged in the operation 
of his land, but tinally sold the land and re- 
moved to Orion, where he spent his last days, 
dying there in 1888, at the advanced age 
•of over eighty years. The mother of our 
subject passed away many years previous, 
dying of cholera in 1853. In her loving 
jiature, she took into her home several emi- 
grants suffering with that dread disease, 
and after caring for them she, too, was taken 
sick and died. After her death he again 
married. By his first union he had three 
sons : John M., who married and located 
in Orion, where his death occurred ; Hem-y, 
of this review ; and Andrew, who followed 
the river for many years as clerk anil steward 
on different steamers and died in St. Louis. 

Henry Johnson was brought by his par- 
ents to the new world and since 1848 has 
"been a resident of Illinois. At the age of 
fifteen he began his business career as an 
employe in a hotel at Rock Island, where 
he remained for about two years, and for 
four years worked in a brick yard there. 
Returning to Henry county, he was next 
employed in a brick yard in Andover for 
■two years, and then accepted a position as 



clerk in the general store of Peterson & 
Anderson, at Andover, remaining with them 
until their failure during the commercial 
crash of 1857-57. After assisting in set- 
tling up the business, Mr. Johnson was em- 
ployed as clerk by V. M. Ayers for about 
two years, and then was for one year farm- 
ing in Western township. He next took 
charge as manager for V. M. Ayers in the 
milling business, taking charge of the grist 
and custom mill belonging to him, and oper- 
ating it successfully for five years. Itwas then 
sold to Morrison Francis, and Mr. Johnson 
managed for him twn years. Purchasing a 
tract of wild prairie land in Osco township, 
Henry county, he was next engaged in its 
improvement and cultivation for about a 
year, and at the end of that time rented the 
place and removed to Orion, in 1870, where 
he built a good residence. Later he erected 
a flouring mill in partnership with Lloyd 
& Peterson, and under the firm name of 
Johnson, Lloyd & Company carried on the 
milling business most successfully for sev- 
enteen and a half years, when the plant was 
destroyed by fire. In 1882 he had purchased 
a half interest in the established mercantile 
business of John Owen, and while he contin- 
ued to engage in milling he employed John S. 
Smith as clerk to take his place in the store. 
-After the death of Mr. Owen he purchased 
his interest from the administrators of the se- 
tate, and then sold a fourth interest in the 
business to his old and faithful clerk, John S. 
Smith. This partnership was continued un- 
til 1894. when Mr. Smith was elected county 
treasurer and Mr. Johnson bought his in- 
terest, and has since been alone in business. 
He has been actively connected with the 
store since 1890, and by fair and honorable 
dealing and courteous treatment of his 
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excellent trade. In years of continuous 
service he is now the oldest business man 
in Orion, and his success has been most 
worthily achieved, being due to his own dili- 
gence, enterprise and straightforward busi- 
ness course, foT he started out in life for 
himself with no capital and from the age 
of fifteen years has been dependent upon 
his own resources for a livelihood. 

On the 1st of May, 1858, in Andover, 
Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with 
Miss Catherine Olson, who is also a native 
of Sweden, and was a miss of about ten sum- 
mers when she came to the United States. 
Her father died during the voyage. On 
landing she and her mother proceeded at 
once to Henry county, Illinois, and she grew 
to womanhood in Andover township. Unto 
Mr. and INIrs. Johnson were born two chil- 
dren. Lineas was accidentally killed in an 
elevator in 1886, at the age of sixteen 
years; and Oliver B., a young man of good 
business ability and sterling character, now 
assists his father in the store. 

Mr. Johnson cast his first presidential 
vote for John C. Fremont in 1856, but is 
now independent in politics, voting for the 
men whom he believes best qualified to fill 
the offices, regardless of party lines. Fra- 
ternally he is an honored member of the 
Odd Fellows Lodge of Orion, in which he 
has filled all the chairs and is now past 
grand, and is also one of the leading mem- 
bers of the Ancient Order of United Work- 
men, which he has represented in the grand 
lodge of the state. His life has been an 
active and useful one, in which he has not 
only won success but has also gained for 
him the confidence and high regard of 
those with whom he has come in contact 
either in business or social life. 



WILLIAM N. GLENN. 

If one desires to gain a vivid realization 
of the rapid advance in civilization which 
the last few decades have brought about^ he 
can listen to the stories of men who are still 
living among us and by no means overbur- 
oened with years, and who can tell of their 
boyhood. As a native of Henry county the 
subject of this sketch can relate many inter- 
esting incidents of pioneer days w"hen this 
region was all wald and unimproved, when 
deer, turkeys and other wild game was 
plentiful, before the days of railroads, tele- 
egraphs and telephones. 

yiv. Glenn was born on the old homestead 
in Colona township, on the i8th of May, 
1838, a son of James Glenn, who was born 
and reared in Kentucky, and in 1835 came 
to Henry county, Illinois, being one of the 
first to locate here. He pre-empted a claim 
of one hundred and sixty acres, and later 
entered the land, wdiich he made his home 
throughout the remainder of his life. Pros- 
pering in his farming operations, he became 
the owner of four good farms, and was 
numbered among the well-to-do and sub- 
stantial men of his community, as well as 
one of its highly respected and honored citi- 
zens. In this county he was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Nancy Kincaid, a sister of 
G. W. Kincaid, whose sketch appears on 
another page of this volume. She died May 
10, 1896, and his death occurred August 
26, 1896. 

Reared on the home farm amid pioneer 
scenes, William N. Glenn obtained his liter- 
ary education in the district schools, and 
gave his father the benefit of his labors until 
twenty-five years of age. About 1856 he 
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■wild land on section 31, Colona township, 
where he now resides, and to its improve- 
ment and cultivation he at once turned his 
attention. Acre after acre was placed un- 
der the plow until the entire amount was 
highly cultivated, and all the improvements 
found thereon are of a substantial character. 
As a farmer and stock raiser he has met with 
excellent success, and is to-daj- the owner of 
a most desirable farm of two hundred and 
eighty-five acres pleasantly located within 
two miles of Coal Valley. He was one of 
the promoters of the telephone line and had 
one of the first 'phones in his vicinity. For 
many years he has been a stockholder in the 
Mutual Insurance Company. He is a large 
stock feeder and has fine cattle upon his 
farm. 

In 1866, in Henry county, was celebrat- 
ed the marriage of Mr. Glenn and Miss 
Ellen R. Reynolds, who was born in Moline, 
Illinois, but was principally reared and edu- 
cated in Henry county, attending the com- 
mon and high schools of Geneseo, and suc- 
cessfully engaging in teaching prior to her 
marriage. By this union was born a son, 
James X., who married Lina Lease and as- 
sisted his father in the operation of the farm 
until his death, which occurred December 
30, 1897. He left a wife and two children, 
Lois and Jean Neva, all of whom live with 
our subject. 

By his ballot -VIr. Glenn supports the 
men and measures of the Republican partv, 
and cast his first presidential vote for Abra- 
ham Lincoln in i860. He has been a mem- 
ber of the county central committee, and has 
taken quite an active and influential part in 
local politics. For three years he most effi- 
ciently served as supervisor, has also served 
as township trustee, and has filled other po- 
sitions of honor and trust with credit to 



himself and to the entire satisfaction of his 
constituents. Fraternally he is an honored 
member of Coal \'alley Lodge, No. 547, 
F. & A. M.. and lioth lie and his wife hold 
membership in the Eastern Star Chapter. 
They are people of prominence in their 
community and enjoy the hospitality of its 
best homes. Mrs. Glenn is a member of the 
First Presbyterian Church of Coal X'alley, of 
which Mr. Glenn is an attendant and sup- 
porter. 



DANIEL S. MASCALL. 

Prominent among the business men of 
Cambridge is numbered the subject of this 
review, who is one of the leading liverymen 
of that place. No one in the vicinity is better 
known, for his entire life has been spent 
here, and all his interests from boyhood have 
been closely associated with those of this 
locality. In his special line of business he 
has met with success, and by the energy and 
zeal which he has manifested he has won 
the confidence and esteem of the public. 

A native of Henry county, Mr. Mascall 
was born in Cambridge township March 
10, 1856, and is a son of James and Mary 
A. (Lilly) Mascall, whose sketch appears 
elsewhere in this work. He is the third in 
order of birth in a family of five children. 

In early life Daniel S. Mascall acquired 
a fair knowledge of the common English 
branches of learning in the public schools 
of Cambridge, in which city he grew to 
manhood. At the age of twenty-one he left 
home to make his own w-ay in the world. 
He married Miss Julia Perkins, who was 
born in Virginia, and they have become the 
parents of six children, two of whom died 
in infancy. Those living are: Mary J. and 



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James D., both attending the Cambridge 
schools; and Eva A. and Ralph, at home. 
On starting out in life for himself Mr. 
Mascall embarked in the horse business, buy- 
ing for shipment to the northern markets. 
Some years ago he purchased a livery stable 
in Cambridge, which he conducted success- 
fully, and as he conducted the business on 
strictly business principles he built up an 
excellent trade and received the confidence 
of the entire comunity. Since then he has 
bought and sold the business several times, 
but for the past thirteen years he has had 
charge of the stable uninterruptedly. Be- 
sides his city property he now owns three 
hundred acres of fine farming land in Cam- 
bridge township, which he rents. Since at- 
taining his majority he has affiliated with 
the Republican party, but has never taken 
an active part in political affairs aside from 
voting. Socially he is quite popular with 
a large circle of friends and acquaintances 
and is a member of the Odd Fellows lodge 
of Cambridge. 



WILLIAM DURMAXX. 

The subject of this personal narrati\e is 
one of the most successful and progressive 
farmers and stock raisers within the borders 
of Colona township, his place of residence 
being the old Durmann homestead of two 
hundred and sixty acres on section ^t,. He 
has made his special field of industry an 
eminent success. He is a native of Illinois, 
his birth having occurred in Black Hawk 
township, Rock Island count v, March 15. 
1856. 

His father, Joseph Durmann. was born 
and reared in Germany, wh.ere he learned 
the cooper's trade, and as a young man he 



came to the L'nited States, first locating in 
St. Louis, where he pursued that vocation for 
a time. In 1836, he removed to Rock Island, 
Illinois (then called Stephenson), where he 
and John Staubach started the first cooper 
shop. In partnership with August Littig 
he also established the first brewery at that 
place. There he married Miss Amanda 
Killing, a German lady, and they continued 
to make their home in Rock Island and Milan 
for some years. They finally located on a 
farm one mile west of Coal Valley, where 
they resided for four years, and on disposing 
of that place Mr. Durmann bought the farm 
in Colona township where our subject now 
lives. He built a good residence on the 
place, and made many other improvements 
which enhanced its value and attractive ap- 
pearance. L'pon this farm he passed away 
March 4, 1896, and his wife died July 26,. 
1898. 

\\"illiam Durmann was reared in much 
the usual manner of farmer boys of his dajv 
and his early education, acquired in the com- 
mon schools, was supplemented by a year's- 
attendance at the Davenport Business Col- 
lege. He aided his father in the operation- 
of the farm until thirty-two years of age, 
and for his services his father gave him a 
farm of one hundred and sixt}- acres near 
Cordova, in Rock Island county. 

As a companion and helpmate on life's 
journey Mr. Durmann diose Miss Lottie 
\\'ashburn, their marriage being celebrated 
in Henry county, on the i6th of March. 
1892. She was educated in the public 
schools of this count}-, and is a daughter of 
C. E. \\'ashburn, whose sketch and portrait 
appear elsewhere in this volume. Two- 
children bless this union, Dorsey and Chaun- 
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Mr. Durmann continued to engage in farm- 
ing on the old homestead, and tlien renu)ved 
to liis own farm in Rock Island county, to 
the further improvement and cultivation of 
which he devoted five years. At the end 
of that period he purchased the interests of 
the other heirs in the old homestead in Co- 
lona township, and has since resided thereon, 
\\hile he rented his farm in Rock Island 
county. He feeds considerable stock for 
market, and is accounted one of the most suc- 
cessful farmers and stock raisers in Colona 
township. Politically Mr. Durmann is a 
Jeflfersonian Democrat, and he has been 
called upon to serve his fellow citizens as 
township collector four years; assessor one 
year ; and school -director fifteen years. He 
is still a member of the school board, and 
has done much to secure better schools and 
more competent teachers in his <listrict. He 
is progressive and enterprising, and gi\cs his 
supiJort to all measures which he believes 
calculated to prove of public benefit. 



JAMES :\IASCALL. 

Among the honored early settlers and 
highly esteemed citizens of Henry county 
was James Mascall, who took a very active 
and prominent part in the development of 
this region. He was born in East Kent, 
England, on the 29th of January, 18 14, and 
in 1830 accompanied his ixirents, John and 
Elizabeth (Xeeves) Mascall, on their emi- 
gration to America. The family first lo- 
cated in Litchfield, Pennsylvania, where they 
spent eight years, and then came to Illinois. 
After a short time passed in Stark couny, 
they located in Henry county the same year 
— 1838. At that time there were but few 



setlements on the [irairie, and most of the 
land was still in its primitive condition, 
very few improvements having been made 
throughout the country. 

Our subject purchased one hundred and 
sixty acres of land on section 15, Cam- 
bridge township, and was interested in farm- 
ing during his active business life. Although 
he met with many misfortunes he steadily 
pros[)ered, and at the time of his death 
owned about. fifteen hundred acres of land. 
Eighteen years after coming to Henry 
county he embarked in the grocery and pro- 
vision business in Cambridge, and in that 
enterprise was \ery successful. His capital 
on starting out in life for himself was less 
than fifty dollars, but by judicious invest- 
ments and the rise in \alue of land as the 
country become more thickly settled he 
prospered, and in all his undertakings met 
with success. 

On the 4th of April, 1848, Mr. Mascall 
was united in marriage with Miss Mary A. 
Lilly, who was born in Oneida county. New 
York, August 1, i8_'7, a daughter of Carlo 
H. and Wealthy (Laddj 1-illy, also natives 
of the Empire state, where her father died. 
In 1846 ^Irs. Lilly came to Henry county, 
Illinois, and spent the remainder of her life 
with her eight children, her death occurring 
in Andover township. The children born 
to Mr. and lilrs. Mascall were as follows: 
John 1\., who grew to manhood in Henry 
county, but is now a resident of What Cheer, 
Iowa; Jennie, wife of I'ctcr Walline, of Cal- 
ifornia; Daniel S., who is represented on 
another page of this volume; Annie, wife of 
Seth Perkins of Chicago, Illinois; and Mary, 
wife of Robert Melloy, of Cambridge. The 
children were all reared and educated in this 
county. The mother of this family, who 
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Episcopal Churcli, died in Cambridge, in 
April. 1900. loved and respected by all who 
knew her. 

Mr. ]^Iascall was never a very healthy 
man and unfortunately met with a number 
of accidents, which finally, as a very great 
affliction, caused him to lose his eye-sight 
about 1879. His was a varied career with 
many ups and downs, but with indomitable 
energy he conquered fate, and he became one 
of the wealthiest and most substantial men 
of Cambridge, where his death occurred. 
For a time he was engaged in buying grain 
quite extensively, and was prominently iden- 
tified with a number of business enterprises. 
As a citizen he was always true and faith- 
ful to e\'ery trust reposed in him, and an 
of the community, he was well worthy of 
the high regard in which he was uniformly 
held. 



JOHN H. LIPPLXCOTT. 

The deserved reward of a well-spent life 
is an honored retirement from business in 
which to enjoy the fruits of former toil. 
To-day, after a useful and beneficial career. 
John H. Lippincott is quietly living at his 
pleasant home in Orion, Illinois, surrounded 
bj- the comfort that earnest labor has brought 
him. 

ilr. Lippincott was born in Springboro, 
Warren county, Ohio, on the loth of Aug- 
ust, 1837. and is a son of Pennington Lip- 
pincott, who was born at Moorstown, New 
Jersey, in 1808. The paternal grandfather, 
Thomas Lippincott, was also a native of 
New Jersey, in which state the family was 
founded at an early day by English emi- 
grants. Reared in his native state, Pen- 
nington Lippincott there learned the black- 



smith's and wagonmaker's trades, at which 
ht subsequently worked in Cincinnati, Ohio, 
when a young man. Later he located in 
\\'arren county, Ohio, and opened a shop at 
Springboro. which he conducted some 
years. There he was united in marriage with 
Miss Susan Haines, who was also a native 
of Xew Jersey, and a daughter of John 
Haines, one of the early settlers of Ohio. 
The wife and mother died during the child- 
hood of our subject, about 1843, 3"^ the fa- 
ther afterward married Mar\- J. Haines, 
who. though of the same name, was no rela- 
tive of his first wife. In 1850 he came to 
Illinois, and purchased a farm near what is 
now Sherrard. Mercer comity, to the im- 
provement and cultivation of which he de- 
voted his attention for some vears, but spent 
his last days with our subject in Orion, 
where he died December 20. 1896, at the ad- 
\anced age of eighty-eight years, lacking 
four days. 

John H. Lippincott was a lad of thirteen 
vears of age when he came with his father 
to Illinois, and he grew to manhood upon 
the home farm in ^Mercer county. He at- 
tended the common schools near his boy- 
hood home, but is mostly self-educated by 
reading and study in subsequent years. 
Feeling that his country needed his services 
during the Civil war, he enlisted in Aug- 
ust, 1862, in Company C. One Hun.dred and 
Second Illinois \'olunteer Infantry, which 
became a part of the Army of the Tennessee. 
He participated in the battles oi Resaca and 
Peach Tree Creek, and all of the engage- 
ments of the Atlanta campaign, and after 
the surrndcr of that city went with Shennan 
on his celebrated march to the sea. He also 
took part in the last engagement of the war 
— the battle of Bentonville, Xorth Carolina 
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Washington, D. C, where he participated in 
the grand review. The war having ended 
and his services being no longer needed, he 
was mnstered out at \\'ashington. and hon- 
orabiv discliarged at Chicago, in June, 1865, 
after wliich lie returned to his home in Mer- 
cer county. 

On the 19th of September, 1865, at 
Orion, Henry county, Mr. Lippincott was 
united in marriage with Miss Ehzabeth T. 
Biackfan, of Orion, who was born in Green- 
ville, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, Septem- 
ber 2, 1839. Her ancestors were from 
England and were among the Quakers who 
first settled in the Keystone state, where the 
birth of her grandfather, Samuel Biackfan. 
occurred. Her parents, William and Eliza- 
beth (Trego) Biackfan, were also natives of 
Bucks county, where they were married 
September lO, 1835, and where they con- 
tinued to reside until their removal to Illi- 
nois in 1 84 1. They located at Orion, Hen- 
ry county, then known as West La Grange, 
where Mr. Biackfan died in the fall of 1843. 
His wife long survived him and in the man- 
agement of her affairs and in rearing and ed- 
ucating her ciiildren she proved a most ca- 
pable and successful person, adding materi- 
ally to the small farm left by her husbantl. 
Her death occurred in Orion January 16. 
1871. She had a private sc1uh)1 in her home 
for three winters. During her girlhood Mrs. 
Lippincott attended both private and public 
schools of Orion, and the Genesee Sem- 
inary. The first school in the school house 
at Orion was when she was sixteen years 
old and which she then attended. Prior 
to her marriage she successfully engaged 
in teaching for some time. Our subject and 
his wife have one son, Charles H., who is 
assistant secretary and treasurer of the Mo- 
line Plow Company, of Moline, Illinois. 



He married Miss Nellie M. Stevens, young- 
est daughter of George Stevens, president 
of the Moline Plow Compau}-. and they ha\e 
one child, Mary Stevens Lippincott. 

After his marriage our subject success- 
fully engaged in general farming and stock 
raising in Mercer county for seven years, and 
became owner of a valuable farm of two 
hundred and forty acres. Renting his place 
in 1873. he moved to Orion, where he pur- 
chased residence property and has since lived 
retired life. As he succeeded he added to 
his farm until he now ov.mis a fine farm of 
five hundred and twenty acres with three 
sets of farm buildings. Politically he has 
been a life-long Republican, having cast his 
first presidential ballot for Abraham Lincoln 
in i860, but he has never sought nor desired 
ofticial honors, though he has served as a 
member of the village board of Orion and 
commander of the Grand Army post at that 
place. Both Mr. and IVIrs. Lippincott were 
reared in the belief of the Society of Friends^ 
and still adhere to that faith, though they 
I'.ow attend and give to the supptirt of the 
Alethodist Episcopal Church of Orion. They 
are widely and favorably know 11, and are 
held in high regard on account of their ster- 
ling worth and true nobility of character. 



GEORGE W. BUCK. 

.Among tile honored pioneers of Henry 
county and the brave defenders of the Union 
during the Civil war was George \\'. Buck, 
whose home is on section 6, Western town- 
ship, where he owns and operates an excel- 
lent farm of two hundred and ten acres. He 
also has an adjoining tract of three hundred 
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the management of his property is meeting 
with most gratifying success. 

Mr. Buck was born in Cliautauqua coun- 
ty, New York, April 9, 1834, and is a son 
of Roswell and Harriet (Meech) Buck, na- 
tives of Massachusetts, where their marriage 
was celebrated. They were early settlers 
of Chautauqua county, Xew York, where 
both died, the mother when he was but three 
weeks old, and the father in 1861. On the 
death of his mother he was taken and reared 
by Isaac Stanbro, with whom he came to 
Henry county, Illinois, in May, 1838, locat- 
ing in Hanna township. As soon as old 
enough to be of any assistance he com- 
menced to help in the work of the farm, and 
continued to aid in its operation until 1851, 
v\-'ien he staited out in life for himself, being 
engaged in rafting on the Mississippi river 
for about two years. For a few years fol- 
lowing this he worked by the month on 
farms in Henry county, and then purchased 
eight yoke of cattle and engaged in breaking 
prairie for three seasons. In 1859 he 
crossed the plains to California with oxen, 
the journey occupying the entire summer, 
and for about two years followed mining 
and other occupations on the Pacific slope, 
returning home by way of the Istlimus and 
New York. 

In the meantime the country had become 
involved in Civil war, and on the 15th of 
August, 1862, Mr. Buck enlisted in Com- 
pany C, One Hundred and Twelfth Illi- 
nois \"olunteer Infantry, being mustered 
into service as sergeant. He was on de- 
tached duty most of the time as wagon mas- 
ter, and while in Xorth Carolina was made 
master of transportation of the Third Divi- 
sion, Twenty-third .Army Corps. On the 
cessation of hostilities he was honorably dis- 
charged at Greensboro, Xorth Carolina, in 



June, 1865, and after being paid off at 
Chicago, July 7, returned to his home in 
Henry count}-. 

^Ir. Buck then purchased a farm of 
sixty-six acres on section 6, Western town- 
ship, where he has since made his home. 
^^'hen he located thereon it was but slightly 
improved, and to its further development 
and cultivation he has since devoted his en- 
ergies. He has added to the original pur- 
chase from time to time and now owns fi\e 
hundred and twenty acres of very valuable 
and productive land in Henry and Rock 
Island counties, which he has placed under a 
high state of cultivation. For many years 
he has rented other propert}-, and for some 
years operated about one thousand acres, 
\\hich under his careful management is made 
to yield a golden tribute in return for the 
care and labor bestowed upon it. He is ac- 
counted one of the most skillful and thor- 
ough farmers and stock raisers of his com- 
munity, and his success has been worthily 
achieved as he started out in life for him- 
self empty-handed, and his prosperity is but 
the just reward of continuous labor, hon- 
orable dealing and good management. 

On the 8th of July, 1863, while home 
on a furlough, Mr. Buck was married to 
iliss 2^Iary A. Glenn, a native of Henry 
county, and a daughter of James Glenn,^ 
who located here as early as 1835, and built 
the first house in the county. He was 
widely and favorably known throughout this 
section of the state, and was always a good 
friend of Mr. Buck. Our subject has beea 
called upon to mourn the loss of his estima- 
ble wife, who died June 26, 1897, and was 
laid to rest in Glen wood cemetery. By tliat 
union he had four children: George B., who- 
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Cliarles G., at home; and James Dana, who 
was married and died in this county June 
16, 1895. 

On attaining liis majority, Mr. Buck 
supported John C. Fremont for the presi- 
dency in 1856, and has since been unswerv- 
ing in his allegiance to the Republican party 
and its principles. His fellow citizens rec- 
ognizing his worth and ability have often 
called him to positions of public trust, and 
he has most capably served as justice of the 
peace, township collector and trustee, and 
supervisor for eight years. He was a mem- 
ber of numerous committees, and was chair- 
man of the committee that erected the sol- 
diers' monument at Cambridge. For tlie 
long period of twenty-one years he served 
as school director, and for some time was 
president and clerk of the district. He is 
past command of the Grand Army Post at 
Orion, and is one of the most honored and 
highly respected citizens of his community. 
As a pioneer of the county he has witnessed 
almost its entire growth and development, 
and in the work of improvement he has ever 
borne his part. 



JOHN A. FORS. 

Among the native sons of Henry county 
is numbered John A. Fors, who belongs to 
one of the oldest families of Andover town- 
ship, where he now makes his home on sec* 
tion 4, though he was born in Linn township, 
December 22, 1866, a son of Andrew M. and 
Johanna (Falk) Fors, both natives ©f Swe- 
den. The mother died in Andover April 
14, 1899, at about the age of sixty-eight 
years, and since her deatli the father has 
made his home with his children in Moline 



and Andover township. He was born in- 
1828, and in early life learned the tailor's 
trade, which he followed in Sweden, but in 
this country he engaged in farming tln'ough- 
out his active business career. He was mar- 
ried in his native land and about 1859 came 
to the United States, his destination being 
Henrv county. Illinois. He purchased cightv 
acres of land in Lynn township, a part of 
which was raw prairie, the remainder timber 
land, and soon improved the same. Subse- 
quently he bought the farm of one hundred 
and sixtv acres on section 4, where our sub- 
ject now resides, and located there<-in about 
1875, being actively engaged in agricultural 
pursuits here for several years. He then 
lived a retired life in the village of Andover, 
where his wife died. His father, Mr. Fors- 
borg, came to Henry county and settled near 
the present site of Andover, being one of its 
first settlers, at which time there was not a 
house between his home and Geneseo. He 
was one of the first to locate on the prairie. 
He died at the age of eighty-five years, his 
wife at the advanced age of ninety-five, and 
both were laid to rest in the Andover ceme- 
tery. They had three daughters who are 
still living, namely: Mrs. Christina Stein- 
holm, of Cambridge; Clara, wife of Otto 
Johnson, of Opheim ; and Anna. Our sub- 
ject's mother and two sisters were the only 
members of her family to come to the new 
world, the latter being Mrs. Eva Nelson, a 
resident of Andover; and Mrs. Clara Lind- 
love, of WoodhuU, Illinois. Both her par- 
ents lived to an advanced age, one of them 
being about ninety-six years of age at the 
time of death. 

Of the seven children born to Antlrew 
M. and Johamia Fors two are now deceased. 
Those living are Peter, a successful farmer 
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force of Pueblo, Colorado; John A., our sub- 
ject; Julia, wife of Frank Palm, of Moline. 
where he is employed in a machine shop ; 
and William C. a farmer on section 20, An- 
dover township. All were educated in the 
common schools of the district and have be- 
come useful and respected members of so- 
ciety. The father is a valued member and 
supporter of the Swedish Lutheran Church 
of Andover, and in politics is a stanch Repub- 
lican. 

On the home farm John A. Fors grew to 
manhood and remained under the parental 
roof until his marriage, December 19, 1894, 
]Miss Ella Florence Burgman becoming his 
wife. She was born in Burlington, Iowa, 
December 7. 1873. and is a daughter of 
Fred and Tillie (Johnson) Burgman, who 
were born in Sweden and are now residents 
of Moline, Illinois. Mrs. Fors is the old- 
est of their three children, the others being 
Hattie and Emil, both at home. On coming 
to the United States. Mr. Burgman first set- 
tled in Iowa. This was in 1865, when he 
was about twenty }-ears old. He made his 
home in various places until after his mar- 
riage, January 19. 1872, when he located in 
Burlington, Iowa, where he was employed as 
a plumber of the gas works. However, he 
soon moved to ]Moline, Illinois, and for twen- 
ty years was a salesman in the Keator lum- 
ber yards, retaining his position there until 
the yards were destroyed by fire. He then 
secured a position with the Dimmock & 
Gould Lumber Compaii}'. with whom he 
yet remains. His wife came to the United 
States with her parents, John F. and Johanna 
Johnson, the family locating in New Sweden, 
Iowa, which was her home until her mar 
riage. Mr. and Mrs. Fors have two children ; 
Florence Olive, aged five years; and Ruby 
\'iolet, aged one year. 



For one year after his marriage Mr. Fors 
was engaged in farming upon land owned 
by his father in Knox county, this state, but 
since then has resided upon his present farm 
on section 4, Andover township, Henry 
county. His father was the first to improve 
the place, and these improvements have been 
added to and kept up by our subject, who is 
justly regarded as one of the most enter- 
prising and skillful farmers of his commun- 
ity. He is meeting with good success, and 
is held in high esteem by friends and neigh- 
bors. Religiously he is a member of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church and politically is 
identified with the Republican party. 



MATS ERSON. 

Prominent among the honored early set- 
tlers of Andover township is Mats Erson, 
w hose home is on section 9, where he owns 
a well-improved and highly cultivated farm 
of eighty acres. He has laid many rods of 
tiling, has erected good and substantial 
Iniildings and made other necessary improve- 
ments to make it a pleasant and comfortable 
home. 

^h. Erson was born in Sweden on the 
9th of August, 1 82 1, and is the eldest child 
of Eric and Breeta (Hillen) Matson, who 
were life-long residents of that country. 
They were educated in the early schools of 
their native land, and were honest, hard- 
working and highly respected people. In 
their family were five children, namely: 
Mats, of this review; Hillen, the eldest 
daughter, who is still a resident of Sweden ; 
Catherine, deceased ; Breeta, a resident of 
Sweden; and Christine, deceased. 

During his boyhood and youth Mats 
Erson attended the schools of Sweden, and 
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ing- sucli good reports of the progress ^f the 
new world and the chances for a poor man 
on this side of the Atlantic, he resolved to 
Uy his fortune here. Prior to his emigra- 
tion, however, he was married, in 1846, to 
Miss Breeta Olson, who was born in 181 1. 
On the 28th of June, 1849, they sailed for 
this country, and on landing proceeded at 
once to Andover, Illinois, where they ar- 
rived October 16, 1849. 

Here Mr. Erson worked by the month 
for a short time. He then had but little 
capital, and with the hope of making money 
more quickly he went to he gold fields of 
California in the spring of 1850, being one 
of a party of fi\e who made the trip o\'er- 
land with horse teams. After reaching the 
Pacific coast, they engaged in prosjxjcting 
in California for eleven months, and in 
course of their mining operations, each made 
a stake for himself and then returned to 
their chosen home — Illinois. They took a 
steamer August 2, 1851, for Panama, and 
on the 22d of September, following, were in 
Andover, coming by waj' of New York. 
During the trip both ways Mr. Erson met 
with many adventures and endured many 
privations, but he felt repaid for them, 
however. On again reaching Henry coun- 
ty, he purchased forty acres of land on sec- 
tion 16, Andover township, and built there- 
on a house, in which the family lived while 
he began the improvement and cultivation 
of his land. As he prospered in his labors he 
was at length able to purchase another tract 
of eighty acres upon which he now lives. 

Mr. Erson has been called upon to mourn 
the loss of his estimable wife, who passed 
away April 5, 1897. They had no children. 
In 1881 Olof Hellblom, a son of his sister 
Hellen, came to America, and has since 
rented his uncle's farm, making his home in 



the house first erected by our subject. Since 
his wife's death Mr. Erson has resided with 
him. having given him the forty-acre tract 
on section 16. Mr. Hellblom is married 
and has seven children. 

Mr. Erson has always lived a quiet, un- 
eventful life and has been a supporter of all 
movements that have tended to advance the 
interests or aid in the (leveU>pnient of the 
county and community in which he makes 
his home. On his arrival here there were but 
few houses in Andover or between that 
place and Geneseo. He has watched with 
interest the many changes that have since 
taken place and in the work of advancement 
has ever borne his part. Since voting for 
John C. Fremont, in 1856, he has been an 
ardent supporter of the Republican party and 
its principles, and has efficiently filled sev- 
eral minor offices of his township, as well 
as that of school director. He is one of the 
leading and influential members of the 
Swedish Methodist Episcopal church of An- 
dover, and has been one of its trustees since 
1854, and has also been a steward for thir- 
ty-nine years. He is one of the oldest mem- 
bers of the Old Settlers' Association and 
takes an active interest in its affairs. His 
has been an active and useful life, and al- 
though now well advanced in years he still 
enjoys e.Kcellent health, tlu)ugh he has re- 
tired from active labor, and in ease and re- 
tirement is enjoying the fruits of former 
toil. No man in the community is held in 
liigher regard or has more warm friends 
than Mr. lirson, of this review. 



.\XDRE\V P. XOKELL. 

.\mong the leading farmers and highly 
respected citizens of Andover township is 
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Sweden, April 12, 1826. His parents, Peter 
A. and Christine Johnson, were also natives 
of Sweden and there spent their entir lives. 
■Our subject was reared and educated in his 
native land, and prior to his emigration to 
America was married in 1850 to Miss Brita 
Peterson, who was also born in Sweden. 
He was thirty years of age when he sailed 
from Helsingland, and after a long and 
ledious voyage of eight weeks landed in New 
York, whence he proceeded at once to .'Vndo- 
ver, Henry county, Illinois. In that village 
he first worked at day labor. Saving what 
he could from his wages, ^Ir. Xorell was 
able to purchase a tract of ten acres in Linn 
township in 1861, and upon that place he 
lived for four years. He then sold and 
bought one hundred and seven acres of un- 
improved land in the same township, upon 
which he erected a house costing two thou- 
sand dollars and also built large barns and 
other outbuildings. On disposing of that 
property he came to Andover township and 
purchased his present highly cultivated and 
well improved farm of one hundred and six- 
ty acres on sections 11 and 14. and has since 
made his home on section 14. 

Mr. and ^Irs. Xurell are the parents of 
three children, namel}' : Peter, who is mar- 
ried and lives in Nebraska; Eric, who is 
married and makes his home in Andover 
township, this count}-; and John Alvin, who 
resides on the home farm. The last named 
was married in Andover township, Decem- 
ber II, 1897, to Miss Olive Nordquist, a na- 
tive of Andover and a daughter of E. Nord- 
quist, who was one of the early settlers of 
the township. By this union there are two 
children, Anna Elizabeth and John Eric A. 
Xorell. 

Politically ^Ir. Xorell is a supporter of 
the Republican party, and religiously is a 



member of the Lutheran Church. He is 
widely and favorably known throughout the 
county where he has so long made his home, 
and is held in high regard on account of his 
sterling worth and excellent character. He 
is one of the self-made men of the com- 
munity and his success has been worthily 
achieved. 



M. M.\URY NASH. 

This well known and popular resident of 
Osco township, whose home is on section 
35, was born in Coalsmouth, West Virginia, 
September 21, 1847. His father. Rev. 
Francis Burdett Nash, was born in Spring- 
field, Massachusetts, November 16, 1812, 
and when a mere boy accompanied his par- 
ents to Connecticut, where he had to sustain 
himself at manual labor. For a time he was 
with a brother in St. Albans, Vermont, 
where he attended the Franklin County 
Grammar School. In 1829 he returned to. 
Connecticut and read medicine at \\'ooling- 
ton. He was next a teacher at Swedesboro, 
New Jersey, and from there moved to Ken- 
tucky, and entered the Theological Semi- 
nary in Lexington from which he was grad- 
uated in 1837. For some years he was a 
missionary of his church in Kentucky, and 
he devoted his whole life to his sacred call- 
ing, preaching in Kentucky, West Virginia, 
Illinois and JMinnesota, his last charge being 
in the latter state. At one time he was a res- 
ident of Tiskilwa, Bureau county, Illinois, 
and his circuit covered several parishes. He 
built the Episcopal Church at Princeton, 
and held services at Cambridge, Geneseo 
and Osco, conducting the first meeting in 
Cambridge. In 1873 he went west, but 
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rector of the church at Cambridge, and also 
at Osco until 1881 when he went to Min- 
jiesota. He was well known by all pioneers, 
and will long Ik." remembered lor his good 
works. He was an ardent and untiring 
worker in building up the different churches 
with which he was connected, and at his 
death left a record of which his family may 
be justly proud. He died October 6, 1890, 
at the home of his son in Nashua, Minne- 
sota, which town was named in honor of 
the family. His father, Ebenezer Nash, 
was also a preacher of western New York, 
and was of old New England stock. While 
in Kentucky Francis Burdett Nash married 
Elizabeth JMaury, a native of that state, who 
was of southern ancestry, her family being 
slave holders in the south before the war. 
She died in Tiskilwa, Bureau county, Illi- 
nois, in 1866. Ten children were born to 
them, two of whom died in early childhood. 
The others were Susan P., a resident of 
Nashua, Minnesota; Miranda P., widow of 
Edward Morris and a resident of Minneap- 
olis; Elizalieth, deceased; ]\1. Maury, the 
subject of this sketch; Francis B., a graduate 
of Griswold College, of Davenport, and an 
Episcopal clergyman now of Newark, Ohio; 
Harry S., a graduate of Harvard University 
and a clergyman of Cambridge, Massachu- 
setts; Fontian, a farmer of Nashua, Minne- 
sota; and Mary L., a music teacher, who 
died in Chicago, Illinois. (For a full record 
see the "Townsend Family Record," and the 
"Nash Genealogy.") 

In early boyhood M. Maury Nash at- 
tended the common schools near his home 
and later took a course at Griswold College, 
Davenport, Iowa. At the age of sixteen 
he began earning his own living, and being 
one of the oldest of the family, he assisted 
his father until he attained his majority. 



when he went to Missouri, where he was en- 
gaged in farming, remaining there three 
years. We next find him in Nebraska, 
where he was engaged in the stiKk business. 
Later he moved to Iowa where he owned and 
operated a farm. In 1879 he moved to 
Nashua, Minnesota, where he purchased two 
sections of wild prairie land with his brother, 
which they broke up and put in wheat, mak- 
ing his home there for three years, during 
which time he assisted in organizing the 
townships and county, and was one of the 
hrst justices of peace. After leaving there 
in 1882 he spent about two years in hospitals 
having his eyes treated, and in 1883 joined 
his family in Iowa, where they had located 
on the removal of the family from Nashua. 
In 1889 he returned to Illinois and purchased 
one hundred and sixty acres of land on sec- 
tion 35, Osco township, Henry county, to 
the improvement and cultivation of which 
he has since devoted his energies with most 
gratifying results. All of the buildings 
found upon the place have been erected by 
him, and its neat and thrifty appearance in- 
dicates the careful supervision of a progres- 
sive farmer and thorough business man. 
He is a prominent stock feeder, buying most- 
ly in Nebraska and feeding here. 

In 1880 Mr. Nash married Miss Amelia 
.M. Smith, a daughter of J. H. Smith, whose 
sketch appears on another page of this vol- 
ume. .She was born March 15, 1857, on 
the farm in Osco township where her father 
settled half a century ago, and was gradu- 
ated from the Cambridge high school, after 
which she successfully engaged in teaching 
in the district schools of Osco township for 
a time. By her marriage to our subject 
she has become the mother of six children, 
one of whom, Lawrence, died at the age 
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known as Lutie, born in 1882 ; Jared B., born 
in 1884; Anson M., born in 1886; Bessie, 
born in 1890; and Jane A., born in 1899. 
Those who have attained a sufficient age are 
now pursuing their studies in the district 
school. 

In connection with fanning Mr. Xa.-h 
has always followed the stock business with 
the exception of the time spent in Minnesota, 
where he was engaged exclusively in the 
raising ci wheat. He deserves great credit 
for what he has accomplished in life, for 
since an early age he has depended entire'y 
upon his own resources. Diligence has 
been the keynote to his success, and his ex- 
ample is one that might be proritably fol- 
lowed by all who have to deperd upon their 
own exertions. His worth is recognized 
and he enjoys the friendship of many of the 
best people of the county. In the \ arious lo- 
calities where he has resided he has taken an 
active and prominent part in public affairs, 
has always been a member of the township 
committee of the Republican party, and is 
now chairman of the same in Osco township. 
He has also been prominently identified with 
educational affairs, and is now a school di- 
rector. He was one of the organizers of 
the Farmers Institute, has been a member of 
the board of management, and is now vice- 
president of the county institute. He is 
one of the leading and influential members 
of the Episcopal Church of Osco, and has 
been vestrvman of the same for ten years. 



SAMUEL BEXXISOX. 

This well known retired miller and hon- 
ored citizen of Kewanee, Illinois, was born 
near Manchester, Cheshire, England. Feb- 



ruary 13, 1830, his parents being Samuel 
and Mary (Turner) Bennison, who were 
married X'ovember 29, 18 19. In 1845 they 
came to America on a sailing vessel, which 
was nearly six weeks in crossing the Atlan- 
tic. Landing in X'ew York, they proceeded 
at once to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where 
the father worked in the coal mines for six 
years, having followed that business in Eng- 
land. In May, 1851, he crossed the Alle- 
gheny mountains, and by canal and steam- 
boat down the Ohio river and up the Mis- 
sissippi river, he went to the lead mines in 
Shullsburg, Wisconsin, where he engaged in 
prospecting for five or six years, but met 
with failure in that venture, losing all that 
he had accumulated by sinking deep shafts. 
The mining company of which lie was a 
member was composed of himself, his four 
sons and one son-in-law. They would work 
at their mine until their money and credit 
were exhausted, and then, while some of the 
company continued the labor, the others 
would work for wages to meet their expenses 
in the operation of their mine. In 1851 our 
subject came to Rock Island. Illinois, and 
found emplojanent in a coal mine five miles 
from that city, and while working there he 
managed to save one hundred dollars. At 
that time the others were also in the employ 
of different mining companies, but were no- 
tified that they must either work their own 
claim or give it up. They had previously 
sunk a shaft seventy-five feet deep near 
Shullsburg, \\'isconsin, to which our sub- 
ject returned on leaving the coal mines of 
this state, and resumed work there. After 
digging about forty feet the company struck 
a cave, which was twenty feet in all its di- 
mensions, and was lined with mineral and 
loose rock. Their labors were at length 
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very valuable. They found another cave 
more \ahiable than tlie first, and the mine 
was workeil with profit to the company. 
Having prospered in this venture, the father 
was able to lay aside all business cares and 
spend Iiis last days in ease ami quiet. After 
tliirteen years spent at Shullsburg, Wiscon- 
sin, he came to Kewanee, where he lived re- 
tired until his death. He was born July 20, 
1797, and (lied August 23. 1885. His wife, 
who was liorn in Manchester, England, May 
20, 1798, tleparted this life January 6, 1896. 
During their long married life of nearly 
tw()-thirds of a century thej- were never sep- 
arated longer than three months. The fa- 
ther was confirmed in the established church 
of England, and was a teacher in the Sunday 
school, but later joined the Primitive Meth- 
odists, and was a member of that church at 
the time of his death. 

In the family of this worthy couple were 
nine children, namelv : John, a miner and 
miller, who died at the age of seventy-two 
years; Bettie, who died in England at the 
age of twenty-two; Eliza, who married 
Richard Hill, and died October 24, 1891, at 
the age of sixty-six years ; William, deceased ; 
Samuel, our subject; Henry, who died in 
Kewanee; Mary, wife of Samuel Hill, of 
Mexico ; Thomas, a retired merchant of Ke- 
wanee ; and James, who married Lydia Hew- 
iit October 8, 1861, and died in 1865. Only 
three of the family survi\etl their mother, 
and these are still living. 

AVliiie engaged in mining at Shullsburg, 
\\'isconsin, our subject and his brother Hen- 
ry decided to go to California on accaunt of 
the latter's health, leaving the father and 
brothers to operate the mine. They started 
in January, 1855, and by way of Xew York 
and the Isthmus went to the gold fields of 
California, being- four weeks in makin<r the 



trip. In their mining ojierations there they 
met with good success, and Henry Bennison 
spent twenty years on the Pacific slope. He 
then returned to Kewanee, where his deatli 
occurred. Samuel Bennison, of this review, 
remained in California only four j^ears. 
After more than a year's separation he was 
joined by his wife, and together they re- 
turned east in 1859, by the Isthmus route. 
I'or several j-ears he was engaged in lead 
mining in Wisconsin, and in 1864 removed 
to Kewanee, Illinois, where he has since made 
his home. For some years he and his broth- 
ers were engage<l in the mercantile and mill- 
ing business at this place, but he is now liv- 
ing a retired life, enjoying a well-earned 
rest. He has had to overcome many obsta- 
cles in the path to success, but with deter- 
mined effort he has worked his way steadily 
upward, and is to-day one of the pro.sperou.> 
and substantial citizens of the community. 
He is a director of the First National Bank 
of Kewanee, and in all business transactions 
his word is considered as good as his bond. 
On the 27th of Septemljer, 1855, at 
Shullsburg, Wisconsin, Mr. Bennison was 
united in marriage with Miss Eleanor W^ort- 
ley, also a native of England, and a daugh- 
ter of George and Catherine (Wilkinson) 
Wortley. Her father was born in Lincoln- 
shire, May 30, 1802, and brought his family 
to America in 1850, locating at Shullsburg, 
\\'isconsin. He was a local preacher in the 
Primitive Methodist Church, and died in 
1884. His first wife passed away during the 
infancy of Mrs. Bennison, who is now the 
only survivor of their four children, those 
deceased being Ann, George and Eliza. He 
was again married in 1843, his second union 
being with Mary Linager, who is still living 
in Shullsburg, \\'isconsin, and by whom he 
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Musson. Mrs. Bennison Avas born March 
21. 1835, and was fourteen years of age 
when she came to the United States with 
the family. 

Of tlie ten cliildren born to our subject 
and liis wife, two died in infancy. The oth- 
ers are as follows : Eliza A. is the wife of 
Samuel Tallxjtt. a farmer living near Ster- 
ling. Illinois, and they have four children, 
Fred. Grace. \\'alter and Floyd: James H., 
born Decemlier 4. 1858. died July 20. 1873; 
Louise G. is the wife of William Melbourn. 
a machinist of Kewanee. and they have three 
children, Harry. Edward and Eleanor G. : 
Samuel, a farmer of Kansas, married Helen 
Acre, and they have two children, Laura 
and Harold; George \V., a member of the 
mercantile finn of George \V. Bennison & 
Brothers, of Kewanee, married Elizabeth 
Corkill, and they have two children, Seward 
A. and George; Edward, a member of the 
same firm, married Augusta Schaefer, and 
they have three children, Grace, Clarence 
and Raymond; Alvin C, also one of the 
same firm, dealers in drj' goods and grocer- 
ies at Kewanee, married Zella Stone, and 
they have one child, Helen; Elizabeth; and 
Raymond died in infancy. 

Politically Jlr. Bennison is an ardent Re- 
publican, and religiously both he and his wife 
are earnest and consistent members of the 
Congregational Cluirch. They are widely 
and favorably known, and are held in high 
regard on account of their sterling worth 
and manv excellencies of character. 



CHARLES E. CHASE. 

Among the self made men and thrifty 
farmers of Henry county is Charles E. Chase 
who is proprietor of a good farm of one hun- 



dred acres on section 29, Western township, 
within two miles of Orion. He has been a 
resident of the county since the 12th of 
March, 1869, and has been actively identi- 
fied with its agricultural and stock raising 
interests. 

Merrick Chase, father of our subject, was 
born in Massachusetts, in 181 1, a son of Ben- 
jamin Chase, and grandson of David Chase, 
also natives of the old Bay state. The fam- 
ily is originally of English ancestry, and was 
founded in America by three brothers, one 
of whom settled in Massachusetts, another 
in Elaine, and the third in Xew Hampshire. 
At an early day Benjamin Chase removed to 
\'ermont. and became one of the pioneers of 
Windham county, where the father of our 
subject grew to manhood and married Miss 
Sarah ]Maria Brigham, a native of that coun- 
ty. There they continued to reside until 
after the birth of all their children. Mr. 
Chase followed farming, hotel keeping and 
various occupations. He also served as dep- 
uty sheriff of the county. In 185S he re- 
moved to ^\'ashington county, Xew York, 
where he made his home until 1873, when 
he came to Henry county, Illinois, and in 
partnership with our subject purchased a 
farm in Western township. There he spent 
his remaining days, dying January 3, 1889. 
His wife survived him a few years, and 
passed away in 1897. 

Charles E. Chase, whose name introduces 
this review, was born in Jacksonville. \\'ind- 
ham county, \'ermont, on the 17th of Jan- 
uarv, 1844, and was a lad of fourteen years 
when he accompanied his parents on their 
removal to \\'ashington county, Xew York,' 
w here he grew to manhood upon a farm, be- 
coming thoroughly familiar with agricult- 
ural pursuits and acquiring his literary 
knowledge in the common schools of that 



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locality. Coming west in 1869 he took up 
liis residence in Henry county, Illinois, 
where he worked by the month at farm labor 
for three years, and then purchased his pres- 
ent farm on section 29, Western township, 
ir; company with his father. 

Returning to \'ermont Mr. Chase was 
th.ere married February 26. 1874. to Miss 
Sopliia H. Farnesworth. who was born, 
reared and educated in W'indliam county, 
tliat state, and prior to her marriage success- 
fully engaged in teaching. For about twelve 
years she made her home in Boston, Massa- 
chusetts. Mr. and Mrs. Chase iiave one 
son, Arthur F.. who is now in his senior 
year at Knox College. Galesliurg. 

For se\eral years after his marriage, 
]\h". Chase engagetl in farming on rented 
land in this county, but on the death of his 
lather located on the farm which they had 
jnirchased, and here he has continued to 
make his home. He has made many im- 
jirovements upon the place, including the 
erection of a good residence, barns and out- 
buildings, has tiled the land and set out 
fruit and shade trees, which add to tlie at- 
tractive appearance of the farm. He also 
owns a forty-acre tract of land south of 
Orion, which he uses as pasture, as he raises 
considerable stock, keeping on hand a good 
grade of cattle, hogs and horses. 

In his political affiliations. Mr. Chase 
is a stanch Republican, having always sup- 
ported that party since casting his first 
presidential vote for General U. S. Grant 
in 1868, but he has never sought official 
honors. He has, however, efficiently served 
as a member of the school board for some 
years, and also as township trustee. Fre- 
ternally he is a member of Sherman Lodge, 
^'0. 535, A. F. &. :M.. of Orion, while re- 
ligiouslv his wife is a member of the Meth- 



odist Episcopal Church. His success in life 
is due entirely to his own well dlirected 
eft'orth for he began his business career with- 
out capital, and to his diligence, industry 
and good management may be attributed 
liis success. 



SIVILIAX LESTER. 

Sivilian Lester, deceased, was numbered 
among the honored pioneers of Henry coun- 
ty, where he located in 1840, when this 
region was mostly wild and unimproved. 
In the work of development he took an ac- 
tive part in early days and aided in opening 
up the country to civilization. As the years 
l)assed he faithfully performed his duties 
of citizenship and his interest in the wel- 
fare and progress of the community never 
abated. 

Mr. Lester was Ixirn in Delaware coun- 
ty, New York, March 17, 1828, his parents 
being Samuel T. and Emily (Ward) Lester, 
both natives of the Empire state, and rep- 
resentatives of old colonial families. The 
Ijaternal grandfather, Jeremiah Lester, was 
a member of a Connecticut regiment in the 
Revolutionary war. After his death, which 
occurred in New York, his widow came 
to Henry county. Illinois, with a daughter, 
and died here at the advanced age of ninety- 
four years, her remains being interred in 
Wethersfield township. The father, Sam- 
uel T. Lester, followed farming throughout 
his active business life and continued to 
make his home in Xew York until 1840. 
when he came to Illinois, and located in 
w hat is now Burns township, Henry county. 
His last days, however, were spent in Weth- 
ersfield. In his family were eleven chil- 
dren, of whom SiviHan was the oldest. 
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J. H. Hall and a resident of Miiniesota ; 
Nancy, widow of William Craig and a resi- 
dent of Smith's Center, Kansas ; and Charles 
N., a resident of Bureau county, Illinois. 
The early education of our subject was 
obtained in New York, and for a time he 
attended school in Illinois after the removal 
of the family to this county. Although 
only seventeen years of age at the time of 
his father's death the responsibility of car- 
ing for the family largely devolved upon 
him, and from that time on he took a man's 
part. He remained at home until twent}- 
three years of age, when he was married, 
December 7, 185 1, to Miss Martha W. 
Dudley, who was born in Monson, Maine, 
and is a daughter of Warren and Alvena 
(Barrett) Dudley, the former a native of 
Massachusetts, the latter of [Maine. Mr. 
Dudley's ancestors were of English origin. 
At an early age he removed with his par- 
ents, Luther and ilartha Dudley, to the 
Pine Tree state, where he was reared and 
educated. For a time he followed farming 
in Somerset county, [Maine, and then re- 
moved to Piscataquis county, where he made 
his home until 1846, when he came to Henry 
county, Illinois, and took up his residence 
in Andover township, where he purchased 
eighty acres of raw prairie land, paying for 
the same three dollars an acre. In 1853 he 
removed to Rock Island county. Illinois, 
where the following three years were passed, 
and then went to Cedar county, Iowa, 
where he continued to reside throughout 
the remainder of his life. He died in 1873 
of nervous prostration brought on b}- the 
death of his wife, who died very suddenly 
of heart failure only eight days before. 
They were the parents of eight children, 
all of whom readied man and womanhood, 
but Luther and Bethiah are now deceased; 



Tvlartha is the widow of our subject; Jo- 
seph B. is engaged in stock raising near 
Denver, Colorado; Levi is also deceased; 
Xelson S. is a resident of Kansas; Helen 
is the wife of \Villiam Tevis, who lives 
near Sioux City, Iowa; and Josiah W. died 
in Andersonville prison in 1864 while a 
prisoner of war. 

Eight children were born to Air. and 
Airs. Lester, as follows: (i) Lucetta is now 
the wife of George \\'. Rogers, of ^'alley 
county, Nebraska, and they have four chil- 
dren : Thomas, Anthony, Daisy and Esther. 
(2) Rufus was killed in a snow slide in 
Idaho, in Alarch, 1882, at the age of twen- 
ty-eight years. (3) Ellen Grace is the wife 
of Charles Leaming, of Kansas, and they 
have one child. Alvaretta. (4) Julia X. 
is the wife of Thomas R. Stanton, of Ke- 
wanee, and they have three children, Alat- 
tie E., Letha A. and Ethel L., all attending 
school at that place. (5) Juliet, twin sister 
of Julia X., married George Reed, of Xe- 
ponset, Illinois, and died September i, 
1900. {6) Edmund, who lives on the old 
home farm in Burns township, wedded 
Alary Potter, and they have three children, 
Bessie, Rufus and Guthrie. (7) Susie is 
at home with her mother. (8) Samuel \V., 
who also lives on the home farm, mairied 
Eva Wells, and the}- have one child, Leo. 

Throughout his active business life Air. 
Lester followed farming. After his mar- 
riage he purchased a tract of eighty acres 
Mith no improvements in Burns township, 
he building first a one-room frame house, 
16x20 feet, in which he and his family lived 
until i860, when it was enlarged, making 
a comfortable and commodious residence, 
and in 1865 he built a fine residence which 
is still standing. From time to time, as his 
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tlie Ijoundaries of liis farm until he had 
four hundred and forty acres of rich and 
arable land, which he placed under a high 
state of cultivation. In connection with gen- 
eral farming he gave considerable atten- 
tion to stock raising. In November, 1894 
lie removed with his family to Kewanee, 
where he died after a continued and pain- 
ful illness, on the 1st of August, 1895, and 
was laid to rest in the cemetery in ^^'eth- 
erstield, township. He was a member of 
the Grange and Sons of Temperance, and in 
politics was identified with the Republican 
party. Although his township was strong- 
ly Democratic, Mr. Lester was chosen to 
several official positions of honor and trust, 
which fact indicated his i^ersonal popu- 
larity and the confidence reposed in him by 
liis fellow citizens. He served as super- 
visor a number of terms, was also col- 
lector and assessor for one term each; was 
road commissioner a number of years; and 
school director for some time. He was 
true to every trust reposed in him, whether 
public or private, and in his death the com- 
munity realized that it had lost a valued 
and useful citizen. 



ELOX BEACH GILBERT, M. D. 

Dr. Gilbert is a skilled physician and 
surgeon of Geneseo, Illinois, whose knowl- 
edge of the science of medicine is broad and 
comprehensive, and whose ability in apply- 
ing its principles to the needs of suffering 
humanity has gained him an enviable 
prestige in professional circles. He was 
horn in Geneseo, February 23, i860, a son 
of E. C. and F. B. (Beach) Gilbert, na- 
tives of Allen's Hill, Ontario county, New 



York. For many years the father was a suc- 
cessful farmer and stock raiser of this 
county, where he died October 14, 1889, 
aged fifty-two years. He attended the Con- 
gregational Church, of which his wife is a 
member. She is still living at the age of 
sixty-two, and is a resident of Geneseo. 
To this worthy couple were born six chil- 
dren, of whom the Doctor is the oldest, the 
others being Horace S., who operates the 
old home farm in Geneseo township; Anna 
E., who died of consumption in 1888, at the 
age of twenty-one years; Laura C, who is 
now acting as clerk in the Doctor's office; 
Morey and Mary, twins, w ho died at the age 
of six months. 

The early life of Dr. Gilljcrt was spent 
ujx)!! the home farm and his literar}' educa- 
lion was obtained in the common and high 
schools of Geneseo and Knox College, 
Galesburg, leaving the latter institution in 
his junior year. He then took up the study 
of medicine with Dr. W. C. Brown, of 
Geneseo,, and later attended a course of lec- 
tures at Rush Medical College at Chicago, 
He subsequently entered Jefferson Med- 
ical College, Philadelphia, where he 
was graduated in 1885. During his col- 
lege course he did some interne work in 
hospitals. After his graduation he entered 
irito partnership with his former preceptor. 
Dr. Brown, and that connection continued 
fur three years, since which time our sub- 
ject has been alone in practice, while Dr. 
Brown has gone to Los Angeles, California. 
He is now the oldest physician in years of 
continuous practice in Geneseo, and re- 
ceives a liberal share of the public patron- 
age. He has reported cases and written 
.several able articles for medical journals, and 
is medical examiner for se\eral of the old 
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served as local surgeon for the Rock Island 
railroad, and was county physician for ten 
jears. 

On the I2th of April, 1885. Dr. Gilbert 
led to the marriage altar Miss Cora Thomas, 
also a native of Geneseo and a daughter of 
the late H. Thomas, of that place. By this 
union has been born one child, Alice B. 
The Doctor and his wife are botli members 
of the Congregational Church, and he is also 
connected with the Masonic order. In pol- 
itics he is an ardent Republican. He is a 
general practitioner, who is well read in 
his profession and stands deservedly high in 
his chosen calling. While yet a j'oung man 
he has been quite successful, and is a thor- 
oughly enterprising and progressive citizen, 
alive to the best interests of his county and 
state. 



CAPTAIX ALEXANDER .MURCH- 
ISOX. 

Captain Alexander Murchison, who is 
now living a retired life in Wethersfield, 
served with distinction as an officer in the 
Civil war and bears an honorable record for 
brave service in the cause of freedom and 
union, and in the paths of peace he has also 
won an enviable reputation through the 
sterling qualities which go to the making of 
a good citizen. He dates his residence in 
Illinois from September 12, 1849. ^vhen he 
located in Stark county, where he lived un- 
til 1866, and for many years he was actively 
identified with her farming interests. 

A native of Scotland, the Captain was 
born in Rosshire, July 7, 1831. and there 
grew to manhood upon a farm. He had but 
limited school advantages in early life, and 
is almost whollv self-educated, as well as 



self-made man. In 1849 he emigrated to the 
new world with his father and the other 
members of the family, taking passage on a 
sailing vessel at Glasgow. They were out 
of sight of land for eight weeks and one day, 
and it was nine weeks before they dropped 
anchor in the harbor of Quebec. They ex- 
perienced one very severe storm. From 
Quebec the family proceeded up the St. Law- 
rence river and by the Great Lakes to Chi- 
cago ; by canal to Peru : and by team to El- 
mira. Stark county, Illinois, where they 
joined some friends who had previously 
come from Scotland, where the father locat- 
ed permanently. 

Captain Murchison first worked by the 
month at herding sheep, which he followed 
for two years. During the following three 
years he worked as a farm hand at Elmira. 
and then purchased a team and commenced 
breaking prairie, devoting his energies to 
that pursuit for nearl}' four years. He next 
purchased and operated a threshing ma- 
chine and reaper. In 1852 he bought two 
liundred acres of land in Stark and Henry 
county, the dividing line crossing his farm. 
This place he sold at a profit three years 
later. 

On the 4th of ^Nlarch, i860, he had helped- 
to organize a military company, which he 
drilled, and when the Civil war broke out in 
1 86 1, at the first call for troops, he entered 
the service in Company B, Nineteenth Illi- 
nois Volunteer Infantry. Our subject \\as 
commissioned second lieutenant, but the fol- 
lowing October was promoted to first lieu- 
tenant, and was made captain of his com- 
pany, in July, 1867, with which rank he 
served until mustered out when his term of 
enlistment expired. As a part of the Army of 
the Cumberland the regiment participated in 
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campaign, and then drove General Bragg's 
command across tlie Tennessee river after 
some liard lighting. On Septemher 15. 1863, 
tliey took part in an all-day engagement at 
Dugs Gap. where two of Captain Murchi- 
son"s men were killed and one wounded. 
They were in the battle of Chickamauga on 
Sunday, and the Captain was rendered un- 
conscious by being hit by a piece of shell, 
but the following day resumed command 
of his company. He had command of his 
regiment in an engagement in front of Dal- 
ton, in February, 1864, at which time he lost 
two of his own company. He was in the bat- 
tle of Resaca. Georgia, and was under al- 
most constant tire for nearly a month during 
the Atlanta campaign. His command was 
ordered back on reaching ^larietta. and he 
received an hontirable disciiarge at Chicago, 
July 9. 1864. 

Returning to his home he resumed farm- 
ing, having previously purchased one hun- 
dred and sixty acres of land in Stark county, 
and later bought eighty acres adjoining in 
Henry county. This he fenced, broke and im- 
proveil. and erected thereon one of the best 
country residences in the community, to- 
gether with good and .substantial outbuild- 
ings. Upon his place was a beautiful grove 
of forest trees covering ten acres. In con- 
nection witli the cultivation of liis kunl he 
engaged in the raising of cattle and hogs, and 
in iiis business affairs met with excellent suc- 
cess. Having acquired a comftirtable com- 
petence he retired from active labor in 1897, 
and renting his farm he removed to Wethers- 
field, where be has since made his home. 

In Stark county. Captain Murchison was 
married, July 3, 1866. to Miss Margaret N. 
A\'eed. a daughter of Rev. M. C. Weed, a 
native of Pennsylvania, and one of the pio- 
neer preachers of Stark county. Mrs. Mur- 



chison was principally reared and educated 
in Marshall county. The Captain and his 
wife are the parents of three children. A. 
Clarence, who is married and engaged in the 
practice of dentistry in Toulon, Illinois; 
Lorena L., wife of William C. Palmer, an 
undertaker of Kewanee; and Frances C. J., 
who is well educated and is engaged in 
teaching in the Kewanee schools. 

Since casting his first presidential vote 
for John C. Fremont in 1856, Captain }^Iur- 
chison has affiliated with the Republican 
party, and has been a stanch advocate of its 
principals. He has served as a delegate to 
county, congressional and state conventions, 
and for thirty years was a member of the Re- 
publican central committee of his township, 
serving as its chairman most of the time. 
For some years he was a member of the 
school board, and has also filled the offices 
of supervisor and township trustee. He is 
a prominent member and past commander 
of the Grand Army Post at Kewanee. and 
stands deservedly high in the esteem of his 
fellow citizens. Throughout his career of 
continued and far-reaching usefulness his 
duties have been performed with the greatest 
care, and his business interests have been 
so managed as to win him the confidence of 
the public and the prosperity which should 
alwavs attend honorable effort. 



NICHOLAS BFCKliR. 

In this enlightened age, when men of 
energy, industry and merit are rapidly push- 
ing their way to the front, those who, by 
their own individual efforts, have won favor 
and fortune, may properly claim recogni- 
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upon its era of growth and development and 
Henry county was laying its foundation for 
future prosperity, there came thither from 
all parts of the world men poor luit honest, 
and with sturdy independence and determina- 
tion to succeed that justly entitles them to 
representation in the history of the county. 
Among this class was numbered Nicholas 
Becker, who for many years was a highly es- 
teemed citizen of the county. 

He was a native of Hettersdorf, Saar- 
louis, Prussia, and obtained a meagre edu- 
cation in the land of his birth. In 1853 he 
came to the new world and began life as a 
stranger in a strange land, entirely unfa- 
miliar with the English language and the 
customs of the country. He was, however, 
willing to work, and possessed indomitable 
courage and perseverance. He obtained 
employment w'ith the Illinois Central rail- 
road at Chicago, with whom he remained 
until coming to Henry county in 1856, when 
he began work for the Rock Island Railroad 
Company. He remained in their employ, 
his home being in Geneseo, until 1870, when 
he secured a position with the Haywood 
& Smith Company, with which he -was con- 
nected for eight years. Owing to his dili- 
gence, economy and industry during these 
years, he managed to acumulate a comforta- 
ble competence, and throughout the remaind- 
er of his life successfully engaged in garden- 
of his life successfully engaged in garden- 
ing' and stock raising on his own account. 

On the 9th of :March, 1858, at Cam- 
bridge. Illinois, Mr. Becker was united in 
marriage with Miss Augusta Bode, a native 
of Grosfreden, Germany, and to them were 
born five children, namely : Henry R. mar- 
ried Jennie Reams and resides in Elden. 
Iowa. Mary owns and occupies the old 
homestead at No. 108 South Oakwood ave- 



nue, Geneseo, and also owiis other city prop- 
erty and some farm land. She is a member 
of the Catholic Church and is a most esti- 
mable lady. Caroline died in infancy. John 
J. married Bessie Kehoe and lives in Nor- 
man, Oklahoma. Carrie died in infancy. 

After a useful and well-spent life Mr. 
Becker died February 14. 1892, at the age 
of sixtj'-eight years, and his wife passed 
away March 16, 1898, at the same age, the 
remains of both being interred at Geneseo. 
He was a devout member of the Catholic 
Church and was one of the first trustees of 
the church at Geneseo, which position he re- 
tained for a number of years. He was just- 
ly recognized as one of the energetic and 
representative citizens of his community, 
and he had the confidence and high regard 
of all with whom he came in contact either 
in business or social life. His wife was a 
member of the German Lutheran Church, 
with which body she held membership dur- 
ing her life. 



V. W. CLOUGH. 

Sound judgment combined with fine abil- 
ity in mechanical lines has enabled the sub- 
ject of this biography, a well-known resi- 
dent of Geneseo, to attain a substantial suc- 
cess in life, and his history is of especial in- 
terest. He was born in \\'indham county, 
\'emiont, January 20, 1856, a son of Har- 
vey V. and Sophia L. (Heins) Clough, also 
natives of the Green Mountain state. His 
maternal grandfather was William Heins. 
The father, who was a verj' successful farm- 
er, came to Henr}- county, Illinois, in 1857, 
and purchased a tract of woodland in Ed- 
ford township. He converted the timber 
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quite profitable. He finally sold his property 
in that townsiiip and removed to Genesee 
township, where he owned and operated a 
large farm, but spent the last few years of 
his life in retirement from active lalmr in 
Geneseo, where he died in 1899, at the age of 
sixty-nine years. He was an ujjright, hon- 
orable man, of most exemplary habits and 
liberal views, and was a Republican in poli- 
tics. His estimable wife is still living, at 
the age of sixty-five years, an honored resi- 
dent of Geneseo. In their family were eight 
children: V. W., of this review; Henry C., 
a resident of Davenport, Iowa; Frank, who 
died at the age of thirty years; Harry, who 
died in boyhood; Llewellyn, who died when 
a young man; Clyde M., a resident of Dav- 
enport; and two who died young. 

Coming to this county during his in- 
fancy, \". W. Clough was educated in the 
public schools of Geneseo. He early became 
familiar with every detail of farm work in 
assisting his father, and grew u]) to be one 
of the most progressive and skillful farmers 
of his community. He made a thorough 
study of the lousiness, ever seeking for the 
best methods of carrj'ing on his work, and 
was what is properly termed a scientific 
farmer. For twenty years he followed that 
occupation with good results. Possessing 
much mechanical ingenuity and very handy 
with tools, he finally turned his attention to 
manufacturing enterprises. He has invented 
many contrivances and some very important 
machiner}', including the first successful 
traction separator, which consists of a trac- 
tion engine coupled to a threshing .separator 
in such a way that it makes the two machines 
into one. It can be moved forward or back- 
ward without removing the main drive belt: 
i-i always set and always in line: and is ab- 
solutely safe from fire. 1 te built bis tirst ma- 



chine in si.xty days in 1898 after having de- 
voted three years to practical observation and 
to the study of old machines being operated 
in the fields. His niachine was first tested in 
Illinois, and then shi])pe(l to Minnesota, be- 
ing used in the large wheat fields in that 
state, also in North and South Dakota and in 
Oklahoma. In this undertaking Mr. Clough 
has been unassisted. The practical working 
of the machine in the fields has been its best 
recommendatiiin and has secured the most 
sales. A large expense is saved in help and 
labor as it moves one-third easier than dlhcr 
machines, and nearly one-foiu-th easier when 
ibreshing. It is con.sequently also a fuel and 
w ater saver. The first machine was so com- 
])lete that little changes have since been made. 
Mr. Clough has listened to thousands of gra- 
tuitous suggestions, but has not found it 
feasible to change the pattern. In furnishing 
the engraving on another page. Mr. Clough 
writes : 

Illustration Xo. i was taken while in op- 
eration, threshing ior t'bas. (). Mnnter July 
-'8, 1898. I threshed about sixty acres of 
heavy oats, stacking the straw on a pole shed 
for his stock. This straw stack was over one 
lunidred feet long, only a small i)ortion of it 
being shown in photo. I moved the machine 
four times in threshing this job, and while 
moving there were no belts renicnetl aiul the 
separator ne\-er stopped running. It was such 
a surprise to the grain man watching the 
operation he forgot to place the wagon under 
the grain spout, and the weigher dumped 
several half-bushels on the ground. The only 
time lost in setting this combination is wait- 
ing for the fanner to get his grain wagon in 
l^lace. Time saved, however, is about one 
(la\" in a week over the nld way in Illinois 
anti two days in the great wheat field of 
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No. 2 is \vhat is called a perfect "set." 
This photo was taken -while threshing; for 
ir. Pritchard, .\ugust 1st. This "set" elim- 
inates all fire danger. The smoke and sparks 
from the engine Avill be noticed hlowing 
baclcward, the straw stack some forty feet 
to one side and a little to the front. The 
Avind may blow a gale and threshing can go 
on with perfect safety. This "set" will leave 
grain slide clear from all dirt and be clean 
tor engine. This is a "slight catering wind 
set." 

No. 3 shows the main or drive l)elt side 
of the traction separator. 

No. 4 is the opposite side of traction 
separator with the inventor at the steering 
wheel with hand on throttle ready to move 
the machine backward or forward. It is 
guided easier, leveled quicker than can be 
done with two machines the old way. 

Mr. Clough has also invented a self- 
feeder for threshing machines, which is very 
simple, consisting of a band cutter and car- 
rier, ha\-ing none of the com])licated shake 
l)oards found in other machines. This in- 
vention is all his own and the secret of its 
success is the way the grain is fed to the 
cylinder of the thresher. With eight men 
pitching from t\)ur ricks into the feeder it 
seems hungr}- for more grain. It has been 
estimated by competent judges that this feed- 
er is capable of recei\'ing and threshing ten 
bushels of grain per minute, .\nother of 
Air. Clough's inventions is the combination 
water, coal and straw tender attached to trac- 
tion engines which carries the water and coal 
supply in the coal burning districts and the 
straw used as fuel in the great wheat fields of 
tlie north. These iiu'entions will all be man- 
ufactured at the factor}- established by our 
subject at Geneseo. In business afiairs he 
is energetic prompt and notably reliable and 



his upright, honorable course in life com- 
mends him to the confidence of all. Politi- 
cally he is identified with the Republican 
])arty, and socially affiliates with the Masonic 
fraternity, Stewart Lodge, No. 92, A. F. 
& A. M.' 

On the 1 8th of May, 1880, Mr. Clough 
v.as united in marriage with ]\Iiss Josie 
Thayer, a native of New York and a daugh- 
ter of Henr}- and Emily Thayer, .\fter the 
Ci\il war her father, who was a farmer by 
occupation, came to Illinois and settled at 
W'oodhull, Henry county. He was a most 
upright and worthy citizen of that jilace for 
many years, and died in 1894, at the age of 
si.xty-five. His wife is now a resident of 
.Vurora, Illinois, and is about si.xty years of 
age. Their children were Josie, wife of our 
subject: Carrie, wife of Charlie Hart; and 
Ivobert, a resident of .-Vlpha. Illinois. Mr. 
and Mrs. Clough have two children : Leslie 
V. and Florence S. During the Spanish- 
American war Leslie V. Clough enlisteil in 
Company B, Si.xth Illinois \'olunteer Infan- 
try, and with his regiment went from Spring- 
field into camp at Camp Alger, and later to 
Porto Rico. He A\as finally mustered out 
of service, and on his return home completetl 
a business course at Moline. He is a }-oung- 
man of good ha'bits and much promise. He 
has had much experience as an engineer and 
is a first class workman in that line, to which 
he has devoted considerable attention since 
tile earlv age of nine years. 



WILLIAM .V. REMINGTON. 

There are in ev^ery community men of 
great force of character and e.xceptional abil- 
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leadership become recognized as foremost 
citizens, and bear a most important part in 
tlie development and progress of the locality 
with which they are connected. Such a man 
is William A. Remington, mayor of (iene- 
sco, Illinois, and manager of all the stock- 
yards on the Rock Island railroad system. 

He was born in Rehoboth. Massachu- 
setts, on the 29th of .\pril. ICS30. and is a 
son of Samuel W. and Harriett (Reed) 
Remington, also nati\es of the old Bay 
state. His paternal grandparents were Enoch 
and Ruth (Kent) Remington, the former of 
whom died January i. 1794. at the earl\- age 
of twenty-five years, while the latter sur- 
vived until the 24th of May. 1H57. Shortly 
after tlie birth of our subject his parents re- 
mo\ed to \\'arren. Rhode Island, where the 
father engaged in mercantile business until 
his death, which occurred in 1850. His 
wife survived him several years and died at 
her home in Providence, Rhode Island, in 
1877. Both were active members of the 
Congregational Church. and he affiliated w itli 
the old \N'hig party, but never took a promi- 
nent part in political affairs, although he was 
a public-spirited man and an advocate of all 
that tend to improve or advance the com- 
munity in which he lived.' In his family 
were five children, four sons and one daugh- 
ter, namely : Harriet, who married Simeon 
Talbot, a contractor of Providence. Rhode 
Island, and died leaving three children, one 
of whom is Ella, wife of Charles H. Boyer, 
assistant superintendent of the public schools 
of Philadelphia; William A., our subject, 
who is second in order of birth ; Samuel and 
John X., Ix3th retired merchants of Provi- 
dence, Rhode Island; and Samuel .\., who 
died in infancy. 

Being taken by his parents to Warren, 
Rhode Island, during his infancv, William 



.\. Remington was reared in that city and 
educated in its common schools. In 1S50 
he embarked in business at that i)lace. but 
four \ears later rcnio\cd to Providence, 
where he conducted a mercantile establish- 
ment until going to Davenport. Iowa, in 
1856. He was one of the leading merchants 
of that city until 1861, when he was ap- 
pointed route agent on the Rock Island 
railroad diu'ing President Lincoln's admin- 
istration. Dm-ing his residence in Davenport 
lie also served as city treasurer for eleven 
years. In 1872 Mr. Remington came to 
Geneseo. Illinois, ami was made manager of 
stockyards for the Rock Island Railroad 
Company, being associated with Colonel 
Galligan. now deceased, for ten years. He 
has held that responsible position continuous- 
ly since, and now has charge of all the stock- 
yards of the system, \\hich require his ser- 
vices in Kansas. Iowa and Illinois. 

In 1855 yiv. Remington was united in 
marriage with Miss Maria L. Cole, a daugh- 
ter of Ebenezer and Maria (Thompson) 
Cole, of \\'arren. Rhode Island. Through- 
out his actix'e business life her father was 
engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods. 
Both he and his wife died in Warren. The>' 
were the parents of four children, of whom 
two are still li\ing. Unto Mr. and ^Irs. 
Remington ha\e been born three children, 
but only one survixes : Henry W., born in 
Rhode Island, married .\nnie E. Watson, of 
Bristol, that state, and has for some years 
been connected with the Merchant Publish- 
ing Company of Chicago, where he makes h.is- 
home. Minnie, born in Davenport. Iowa. 
died at the age of eight years, and William 
Gibbs died at the age of fourteen months. 

Mr. Remington has been a director of 
the Eirst National Bank of Geneseo for many 
years. Socially- he is a prominent Mason. 



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having taken the degrees of the Scottish 
Rite and the 3ilystic Shrine, and poHtically 
he is an ardent Repubhcan. On coming to 
Geneseo he at once became identified with 
pubhc affairs, and liis fellow citizens recog- 
nizing his worth and ability, have called upon 
him to fill the highest office of their city. He 
is now efficiently serving his fourth term 
as mayor of the city, and the reins of city 
government, have never been in more capable 
hands, for he is a progressive man, pre-emi- 
nently public-spirited, and all that pertains 
to the public welfare receives his hearty en- 
dorsement. 



JOHN M. HATCH. 

After an active and useful life, mainly 
devoted to agricultural pursuits, J. M. Hatch 
is now living retired in Kewanee, Illinois. 
He is a native of the Green Mountain state, 
his birth having occurred in Caledonia coun- 
ty. March lo, 1827. and is a son of Moses 
and Jane (Gates) Hatch, natives of Elaine 
and Vermont, respectively. The father be- 
came a prosperous farmer of the latter state, 
where he owned and operated two hundred 
and fifty acres of land, and as one of the 
leading men of his community he was hon- 
ored with town offices. He died in April, 
1858, at the age of sixty-four years, having 
long survived his wife, who was only thirty- 
four at the time of her death. In religious be- 
lief they were Presbyterians. In their family 
were six children, namely : Jane, who be- 
came the wife of A. L. Clark and died in 
January, 1848, at the age of twenty-seven 
years, leaving two children, Horace and W'n]- 
hice; Martha, who became the wife of Sam- 
uel Page and died in 1851, at the age of 
twenty-six, leaving one child, Martha, who 



died in 1852, when only tvvo years and a 
half old; Eliza, who died at the age of eight- 
een months J. !M., our subject; Horace, who 
d:ed in March, 1843, at the age of fourteen 
years and a half; and Eliza, the second, of 
that name, who is the wife of S. D. Lyle of 
Neponset, Illinois, and has three children, 
Charles, Herbert and Maxwell. 

During his boyhood and youth J. ^L 
Hatch became familiar with agricultural 
pursuits upon the home farm, where he was 
reared and acquired a good knowledge of the 
common English branches in the schools of 
the neighborhood. After completing his ed- 
ucation he worked in a sa\%inill, a brick 
kiln, and at the carpenter's trade for a time, 
and operated his father's farm one year. On 
coming west in 185 1 he located in Stark 
county, the nearest town of any importance 
at that time being Henry. He purchased 
land in Elmira township, and meeting with 
success in his farming operations he became 
the owner of five hundred acres of valuable 
land, a portion of which he has since divided 
among his children. Some of this property 
was in Henry county. In February, 1895, 
he removed to Kewanee where he built a fine 
home with all modern appliances for com- 
fort and economy, where he has since li\-ed 
a retired life, enjo3'ing the fruits of former 
toil. He was one of the original stockhold- 
ers of the Union Bank of Kewanee. 

On the 24th of February, 1853, was cele- 
brated the marriage of Mr. Hatch and Miss 
Roxana Lyle, also a native of Vemiont and a 
daughter of William Lyle, who brought his 
family to Illinois in 1834 and became one of 
the pioneers of Stark county, where he spent 
the remainder of his life, dying there in the 
fall of 1858, at the age of fifty-five years. 
His wife, who bore the maiden name of At- 
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age of seventy-seven years. She was a mem- 
ber of the Congregational Churdi, and the 
mother of fifteen cliildren, fourteen of whom 
reached adult ages and ten are still living. In 
order of birtli they were as follows : Eliza- 
beth, wife of William G. Perkins, of Elmira, 
Illinois Thomas, deceased ; Thomas, the sec- 
ond of that name, who died at Pikes Peak 
in 1859; Stephen D., a resident of Neponset, 
Illinois; Roxana, wife of our subject; Wal- 
ter and Jennette, twins, the former a resident 
of Dakcjta county, Nebraska, the latter the 
wife of John L. Price of Republic county, 
Kansas; Julia, deceased wife of Silas Paten ; 
Lydia J. .who died at the age of twenty years ; 
George W., who enlisted in 1864 with the 
one-hundred-day men called out by Gov- 
ernor Yates, and died in the service at the age 
of twenty years; Franklin, a fanner of El- 
mira, Illinois; Xorris, a farmer of Alodena, 
Stark county; Emeline, wife of William Ber- 
ry, of Reno, X'evada; Lucinda, wife of Dav- 
id Moffit ; and Rufus D., a resident of Xepon- 
set, Illinois. 

Of the six children born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Hatch, Horace died at the age of thirteen 
months and Burton at the age of fifteen 
months. Clara E. is the wife of Charles N. 
Good, a farmer of Elmira, Stark county, 
and they have two children, Maxwell C. and 
^lartha. Cora L. married first John Wilcox, 
by whom she had one child, Burton B., and 
for her second husband she married Albert 
Early, a fanner of Kewanee townshi]). this 
county. Martha J. died at about the age of 
eleven years. Orin L., a farmer of Elmira, 
Stark county, married Mrs. Minnie (Barry) 
Higgtns, widow of James Higgins, by whom 
she had one child, Nevada. By her mar- 
riage with Mr, Hatch she had two children : 
Bertha; and John, who died at the age of one 
year and two weeks. 



B}- his ballot our subject supiwrts the 
men and measures of the Democracy, and he 
has filled miucir township offices. Having 
always taken a deep interest in educational 
affairs, he efficiently served as school direc- 
tor for .some time. While a resident of 
Stark county he served fur ten years as di 
rector and treasurer of the Farmers Mutual 
Fire Insurance Company, but resigned the 
office on his removal to Kewanee. He is a 
njan of genial disposition, is progressive and 
public-spirited, and holds a high place in the 
esteem of his fellow citizens. 



WILLIAM L. KIRKPATRICK. 

This well-known • and ^xDpular pho- 
tographer of Geneseo is a native of Illinois, 
born in \'ermilion county, February 5, 
1841, and is a son of Dr. William Kirk- 
patrick, who was for many years a promi- 
nent and successful physician of Tiskilwa, 
Bureau county, this state. The father was 
l)orn in New Athens, Harrison county, 
Ohio, July 17, 1 81 7. hi his youth his 
health was not the best, and for that reason 
his attention was called to the consideration 
of medicine, which resulted finally in his 
becoming a practicing physician. In Knox 
county, Ohio, he was married, April 25, 
1840, to Mrs. Cornelia (Benson) Gunn, 
who by her former marriage had two chil- 
dren: Abel died in Chicago, aged fifty-two 
years, and Lewis, who died when one year 
old, while on the way across the country 
with his parents coming west. Of the 
children born to the Doctor, William L.. 
our subject, is the oldest; Sarah is the wife 
of William H. Whalen, of Des Moines, 
Iowa; Mary E. is the wife of Frank Has- 
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the age of nineteen years; and IMargaret 
A. is the wife of George Dexter, of Tiskil- 
\\a, Illinois. In the fall of 1851 Dr. Kirk- 
jjatrick moved to Tiskihva, where he was 
engaged in practice until 1863. when he 
opened a drug store at that place and con- 
ducted it until his death, which occurred 
July 26. 1888. He was widely and favor- 
al)ly known and was held in high regard b\^ 
a large circle of friends. In his political 
\iews he was a strong Reiiublican, and for 
a score of years was an efficient member 
of the board of education in his town. His 
estimable wife, who was born in Hart- 
ford, Connecticut, February 29. 1816, a 
daughter of Lyman Benson, is still one of 
the honored residents of Tiskihva. She is 
one of the pioneers of this section. In 1836 
she droA-e an ox team from Knox county, 
Ohio, to Keokuk, Iowa, her onl}- companion 
being her sick husband, who died while on 
the journey, and the child Lewis, who also 
died while on that trip. She has been a 
life-long and active member of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church. 

\\'illiam L. Kirkpatrick. of this review, 
grew to manhood in Tiskihva, and received 
a good common-school education. From 
the age of fifteen years he followed tele- 
graphing at various places, and was dis- 
patcher at Geneseo in 1857. In 1856 he 
began learning the old daguerreotype pro- 
cess of making pictures and in 1858 he 
learned the ambrotype process and in i860 
cijmmenced taking photographs. He has 
since devoted his attention to that business, 
always keeping abreast with the advance- 
ment and progress made in the science. In 
March, 1869, he opened a studio in Geneseo, 
and now has one of the best equipped gal- 
leries in this section of the state, it being 
supplied with the latest improved apparatus 



needed in the business. He has gained an 
enviable reputation as one of the best pho- 
tographers in this section, and his patron- 
age comes from a wide extent of territory, 
b.aving at the present writing work from 
Cambridge and Atchison, Illinois, Grinell, 
Iowa, and other cities. He is very progress- 
i\e and has invented a device for taking 
stamp pictures, giving fifteen different po- 
sitions or expressions. This instrument 
makes one, two. four, eight of fifteen pic- 
tures all on one plate. 

On the 17th of July, 1862, :Mr. Kirk- 
patrick married Miss R. F. Trask, a native 
of Elaine, and a daughter of William 
Trask, who with his family was living in 
Buda, Illinois, at the time of our subject's 
marriage. B}- this union there is one child, 
Hali T., collector in a store in Pueblo, 
Colorado. The son was married, in 1895, 
to Emma Koster, who has been blind for the 
past two years, supposedly the residt of 
an attack of smallpox. Owing to ill health 
yirs. Kirkpatrick has resided with her son 
in Colorado for the past two years. She 
is a member of the L'nitarian Church. 

At national elections ^Ir. Kirkpatrick 
supports the Republican party, but in local 
affairs votes independently of party lines. 
He has served as secretary of the board of 
health for nearly five years, and was alder- 
man from the First ward two years. He is 
Line of Geneseo's leading business men and 
honored citizens, and well deserves the suc- 
cess that has come to him. 



THOMAS McCLURE. 

Among Kewanee's leading citizens and 
prominent business men is numbered 
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county, Illinois. May 16, 1848, a son of 
Daniel and Laura Ann (Little) IMcClure. 
The Little family is of Puritan descent, ami 
was founded in America by one of the pas- 
sengers of the Mayflower. Our subject's 
father was born in Ireland of Scotch par- 
entage, and when a young man came to the 
"United States. He first located in Xew 
York, where he was connected witli .\. T. 
Stewart for some time, they having been 
schoolmates in the old country. Coming 
to Illinois, in 1836, he visited what is now 
Henry county, but decided to locate at 
Cairo, where he spent some years. He 
would build flatboats, which he would load 
w ith produce and float down the Mississippi 
to Xew Orleans, where he would dispose of 
his stock, sell his boat for wood and return 
to Cairo and repeat the operation. This 
business he followed several years and was 
very successful in the enterprise. Later he 
was engaged in general merchandising in 
that city with a partner for some time, but 
finally sold out in 1848 and returned to 
Henry gaunty. He erected a .store build- 
ing in W'ethersfield, which he stocked with 
everything neetled by the early settlers. 
He was one of the pioneer merchants of the 
place, as only one man was engaged in 
business there when he opened his general 
store. Instead of money, which was scarce 
among the early settlers, he received most- 
ly produce in exchange for his goods, and 
this he would sell in Lacon and Peoria, or 
sometimes Chicago, driving cattle and hogs 
to those cities, where he received for dressed 
hogs only seventy-five cents or a dollar per 
I'lUndred. He continued in that line of busi- 
ness for about twelve years and later dealt 
in real estate, and was an extensive owner 
of real estate in the county. He died at 
\\'ethcrsfield February 16, 1893, at the age 



of nearly ninet\'-one years, in the house 
which had been his home for forty-five 
years. His first wife had passed away in 
185-', leaving two children: Thomas, our 
subject; and William B., also a resident 
of Kewanee. For his second wife the Fa- 
ther married Matilda Case, a native of In- 
diana, who died in 1895. From the or- 
ganization of the Republican party he was 
a supporter of its principles, and always 
took an active interest in public affairs, 
though he never would accept ofiice, with 
the exception of school trustee, which he 
filled for a number of years. He was ^•cry 
successful in business, was a good financier 
and an excellent judge of men. His circle 
of friends and acquaintances was extensive, 
and he was highly respected and esteemed 
by all who knew him. He was rearetl in 
the Presbyterian faith, and, though not a 
member of any church, he gave liberally 
to all, and was very charitable and benev- 
olent. 

Reared in \\'ethersfield, Thomas Mc- 
Clure received his early education in the 
primitive schools of pioneer days, which 
he attended until fifteen years of age. In 
the meantime the Civil war had broken out. 
and, imbued with a spirit of patriotism, he 
enlisted in February, 1863, in Company 
H, Ninth Illinois Cavalry, which was as- 
signed to General Wilson's corps and sent 
to Memphis, Tennessee. He remained in 
the service and was in all the engagements 
of his regiment until the close of the war. 
He was mustered out at Selma, Alabama, 
October 30, 1865. 

Returning to Kewanee he attended 
school two winters and then commenced 
farming in Wethersfield township on ninety 
acres of land belonging to his father, lie 
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years, and is still the owner of two hun- 
dred and fifty acres of land in Kewanee 
township and one hundred and thirty-three 
acres in Annawan township. On his retire- 
ment from farming he engaged in buying 
and selling stock for some years, but dis- 
continued that business on his removal to 
Kewanee in 1893, shortly before the death 
of his father. He has since been interested 
in the real estate and loan business, and ir. 
1899, in connection with Frank A. Cahow 
built the Kewanee Opera House, at a cost of 
twenty-five thousand dollars, but has since 
purchased his partner's interest. It is one 
of the finest buildings of the kind in any 
town the size of Kewanee in the country, 
while the scenery and general appointments 
would do credit to a city ten times as large. 
The stage is 40x60 feet ; there are ten dress- 
ing rooms, supplied with iiot and cold 
water; and in fact all modern appliances 
and conveniences of a first-class theater are 
here found. ^Ir. ilcClure secures only the 
best entertainments of high moral charac- 
ter and does all in his power to satisfy the 
wishes and desires of his patrons. He is 
also the owner of ninety acres of land in 
W'ethersfield township. 

On the j/th of May, 1867, .Mr. :Mc- 
Clure married ^liss Jane Atherton, a na- 
tive of Henry county, and a daughter of 
Milton Atherton, now deceased, who was 
one of the early settlers of Stark comity, 
Illinois, where he followed farming for 
many years, ilrs. McClure is the sixth in 
order of birth in a family of nine children, 
the others being as follows : Phebe A., wife 
of Cyrus Pratt, of ^Murray, Iowa; A. S.j a 
^Methodist Episcopal minister, who is now 
engaged in farming in Nevada, Missouri; 
Joseph C, a resident of West Jerse3% Stark 
county, Illinois; Eliza Ellen, widow of 



Alexander Johnson and a resident of Cali- 
fornia; Kate, wife of J. M. Jones, of La- 
fayette, Stark county; Jasper, a farmer of 
Nevada, Missouri ; Emma, widow of John 
Coucins of the same place; and Carrie, wife 
of Dorington M. Good, of Wethersfield 
township, this county. Mr. and Mrs. Mc- 
Clure are the parents of three children, 
namely: (1) Fred D., general manager of 
the Gail Borden condensed milk factory at 
Elgin, Illinois, married Mattie Mc\'icker, 
and they have three children, Leland, Sadie 
and i^Iaxie. (2) Emma Edith is the wife 
of Ira J. Dunlap, of Johnson county, Illi- 
nois. (3) Sadie died March 15, 1888, at 
ilie age of fifteen years. 

Fraternally Mr. McClure is an honored 
member cf Julius A. Pratt Post, No. 143, 
G. A. R... m which he has held nearly all 
the ofiices, and politically he is identified 
Avith the Republican party. He served one 
term as supervisor of Kewanee, but has 
never cared for the honors or emoluments 
of public office, preferring to devote his un- 
divided attention to his business interests. 
He possesses untiring energy, is quick of 
perception, forms his plans readily and is 
determined in their execution; and his 
close application to business and excellent 
management have brought to him the high 
degree of prosperity which is to-day his. 



JOHN LEWIS. 



For half a century, John Lewis, now de- 
ceased, was one of the highly esteemed citi- 
zens of Henry county, and in early life was 
prominently identified with its agricultural 
interests, though he was living a retired life in 
Geneseo at the time of his death, which oc- 
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sylvania, April 17. iSjo, but was only three 
years old when he removed with his parents 
to Jackson county. Ohio, where he continued 
to make his home for several years. During 
his boyhcwd and youth he assisted his father 
in the labors of the home farm, and early ac- 
quired an excellent knowledge of the occupa- 
tion to which he devoted his active life. 

In 1847 ^Ir. Lewis wedded Hiss Mary 
Cozad, of Ohio, and three years later came 
to Henry county, Illinois, locating in Corn- 
wall township, where he purchased land, and 
successfully engaged in general farming and 
stock raising for several years, accumulating 
a large property. In 1878 he laid aside all 
business cares and removed to Geneseo, 
where he lived retired until his death. He 
^\•as called upon to fill nearly all the local of- 
fices of his township, and in all the relations 
of life was found true and faithful to every 
trust reposed in him. He commanded the 
confidence and respect of his associates and 
was held in high regard by all who knew 
him. 

Mr. Lewis' first wife died in 1897. By 
that union he had fourteen children, namely : 
William, deceased; Abraham, a resident of 
Cormvall township; Samuel, who lives in 
Atkinson township, this comity ; George W., 
who is engaged in fanning in Jasper county, 
Illinois; John and Stephen, both residents of 
Cornwall township; Francis M., of Peoria 
county, Illinois; Charles A., of Kansas City, 
^Missouri; Charity, wife of James Fell, of 
Geneseo; Alfred, of Munson township, this 
county; Robert, of Kansas City, Missouri; 
Mary, wife of George Hudson, of Indian 
Territory; Albert, who died in infancy; and 
Andrew, of Spring Creek, Illinois. 

On the 29th of November, 1899, Mr. 
Lewis married Mrs. Kate Grain, a native of 
McHenry county, Illinois. Her parents, 



Horace and Rebecca (Warner) Mitchell, 
were born in New York state, and on coming 
to Illinois about 1850 settled in McHenry 
county. Her father was a railroad conduct- 
or, and was with the Rock Island road for 
r.early fifty years, during which time he 
made his home in Geneseo. He was killed 
while in the discharge of his duties in 1877. 
]^Irs. Lewis' mother had died many years be- 
fore, and for his second wife he married 
Eva Mitchell, by whom he had two children. 
There were five children by the first mar- 
riage and four of the number are still living, 
Mrs. Lewis being the third in order of 
birth. ]\Ir. Mitchell was a prominent Mason 
and took an active interest in the work of 
that order. ^Irs. Lewis' first husband was 
Bruce Grain, who was born in New York 
state, and was only two years old when 
brought by his parents to this county, the 
family locating in Atkinson township. Mr. 
Grain was a soldier of the Civil war and fol- 
lowed the carpenter's trade for many years. 
By her first marriage !Mrs. Lewis has two 
sons : Albert, who was born in Kansas in 
1877, noAV employed in the boiler shop at 
Kewanee, and who served as a soldier in the 
Spanish-American war in Porto Rico; and 
Frank, who was born in 1886 and lives with 
his mother in Geneseo, and is attending the 
liisrh school. 



JOHN FISCHER. 

Prominent among the energetic, far- 
seeing and successful business men of Ke- 
wanee is the subject of this sketch, whose 
life history most happily illustrates what 
may be attained by faithful and continued 
effort in carrying out an honest puri>ose. 
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crowning points of his success, and his 
connection with the various business enter- 
prises and industries have been of decided 
advantage to Kewanee, promoting its ma- 
terial welfare in no uncertain manner. 

Mr. Fischer was born in Schafifhausen, 
Prussia, Germany, February 20, 1858, and 
attended the public schools of his native 
land from the age of six until coming to 
America with his parents, Peter and Mar- 
guerite Fischer, in 1870. The famih- ar- 
rived on the 27th of June at Kewanee, 
where our subject's oldest brother. Nicholas, 
had located in 1867. Here the father 
worked in the mines for some years, having 
lieen a mine carpenter and boss in Germany. 
He was born in 1820, and died in 1878, 
while his wife was born in March, 1820, 
and died on the seventy-second anniversary 
of her birth. In their family were ten chil- 
dren, namely: Nicholas, who died in 1870, 
at the age of twenty-three years ; Michael, 
who conducts a meat market at Kewanee; 
Mary, wife of Joseph Hofifrichter o.f the 
same place; Elizabeth, widow of C. G. 
Bauer; Margaret, widow of John Streicher; 
Peter, who died in infancy; John, our sub- 
ject; Peter, a business man of Kewanee; 
Carl, who died in infancy; and Mitchell, 
who died in this county at the age of six 
years. The family are communicants of 
the Catholic Churfch. 

After coming to this country John 
Fischer attended a country school in Ke- 
wanee township for two years and then be- 
gan his business career by working in the 
mines with his father for three weeks, which 
he says was one of the happiest periods of 
his life. He then worked on a farm for 
two years, and at the end of that time be- 
gan delivering groceries for the firm of 
Wood & Lewis. When those gentlemen 



dissolved partnership he found employment 
with the Haxtun steam heater works at sev- 
enty-five cents per day, but three months 
later L. W. Lewis again embarked in the 
grocery business and persuaded our sub- 
ject to again enter his services. He re- 
mained with him five years, and then clerked 
for M. C. Ouinn one year, at the end of 
which time he purchased Mr. Lewis' store 
and continued in the grocery business alone 
for three years. He was a member of the 
firm of Fischer & Mahew from 1884 to 
1889, and then sold out to his partner and 
embarked in the real estate and loan busi- 
ness, which he still carries on. He has a 
government broker's license, for which he 
pays fifty dollars per year, and does the 
largest business in his line in the city. In 
1890 when C. C. Blish was president of 
the First National Bank he iiuluced Mr. 
Fischer to buy some stock, and at the fol- 
lowing election our subject was made a di- 
rector, which position he has filled ever 
since. For the past five years he has served 
as vice-president. He is also a stockholder, 
secretary and treasurer of the Kewanee 
Coal & Mining Company. He is the owner 
of the Fischer building, which is the oldest 
brick store building in Kewanee. This he 
has remodeled and converted into one of 
the nicest store and oftice buildings in the 
city. He also owns five new store and office 
buildings in Chicago. He does an extensive 
business in buying and selling mortgages 
for friends and clients, having handled over 
three hundred thousand dollars worth, but 
has foreclosed only one and that was a 
friendly foreclosure. He makes loans in 
Kewanee, Chicago and elsewhere. 

On the 2nd of October, 1883. Mr. 
Fischer was united in marriage with Miss 
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•(.laug-hter of George and Sarah (Snugs) 
Lyle. Her father was also born in Henry 
county, but her mother's birth occurred in 
London. Juigland. They were married in 
Kewanee, and here both ihed at an carh- 
xige, leaving four children : George, now a 
farmer of Monroe, Jas[)er county, Iowa: 
William H., who married Mollie P. Shrop- 
^;hire and lives in Kewanee; and Etta R., 
wife of our su1)ject. One son, John, died 
in childhood. These children were reared 
by the i)aternal grandfather, John Lyle, 
who was born at nr near Paisley, Scotland, 
July 2y, 1806, and was brought to -Amer- 
ica by his mother in 1816, joining his fa- 
ther, \\'illiam Lyle, in Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia. Two years later the family remo\-ed 
to Caledonia county, \'ermont, where his 
lather died in 1834. at the age of sixty- 
si.x. In 1836 John Lyle came to Illinois, 
and entered a tract of land in Elmira town- 
ship. Stark count}-, where he was joined b\' 
his mother and the uther members of the 
family a year later. The nK)ther li\ed to the 
advanced age of ninety-hve years. Air. 
Lyle received oniv a limited educatiun in 
the subscription schools, and was entirely 
a self-made man, who through his own un- 
xiided efforts became • quite wealthy. Al- 
though almost sixty years of age he enlisted 
-March 24, 1864. in Cumijany K, ( )nc Hun- 
dred and Thirt_\-fourth Illinois X'olunteer 
Jnfantr}-, and served until his term expired 
on the 25th of the following October. In 
X'ermont he was married, June ly, 1833, 
to iMiss Hester D. Craig, who was to him 
a faithful helpmate throughout a long mar- 
ried life. Their onl}- child, Cieorge Lyle, 
the father of ilrs. Fischer, was born in Oc- 
tober, 1834. and died May 19, i86j. The 
grandfather died in July, 1889, at the age 
of eighty-three, and his wife passed away 



in May, 1897, at the age of seventy-nine. 
From Stark county they came to Henry 
county at an early day, and were numbered 
among its honored and highly respected citi- 
zens. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Fischer have been bom 
live children, as follows: Haydn L., who 
is attending the high school of Kewanee; 
J. Emmons; Marguerite, who died July 2, 
1893, at the age of two years and a half; 
Lawrence, who died in 1896, at the age of 
fourteen months : and George Lyle. The 
mother and chiklren are members of the 
Episcopal Church, while Mr. Fischer is a 
Catholic in religious belief. Since casting 
his lirst presidential vote for James A. Gar- 
field he has affiliated with the Republican 
party, but has never cared for political 
honors. He had no cai)ital on starting out 
in life for himself, and as a farm hand 
worked for one hundred dollars the first 
year and one hundred and twenty dollars the 
second, which amount went to the support 
of his widowed mother. His record is 
therefore that of a man who by his own un- 
aided efforts has worked his way upward 
tL' a position of affluence. His life has been 
one of industry and perseverance, and the 
systematic and honorable business methods 
he has followed have won for him the con- 
fidence and respect of those with whom he 
has been brought in contact. He is a man 
of line personal appearance and excellent 
business qualifications. 



EMERY C. GRAVES. 

Emery C. Graves, of Geneseo, has at- 
tained distinction as one of the able mem- 
bers of the Henry county bar, and is now 
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states attorney. In this profession prob- 
ably more than in any other success depends 
upon individual merit, upon a thorough un- 
derstanding of the principles of jurispru- 
dence, a power of keen analysis, and the abil- 
ity to present clearly, concisely and forcibly 
the strong points in his cause. Possessing 
these necessary qualifications, Mr, Graves 
is accorded a foremost place in the ranks 
of the profession in this county. 

He was born in Cherry Creek township, 
Chautauqua county. New York, January 19, 
1853, and is a son of Calvin S. and Martha 
K. (Kingsley) Graves, also natives of that 
state, the former born in Herkimer county, 
the latter in Chautauqua county. On first 
coming to Illinois, in the spring of 1853, the 
father located at Earlville, La Salle county, 
but remained there only one season before 
coming to Yorktown township, Henry coun- 
ty, where he followed farming until 1865. 
He then embarked in the furniture business 
in Geneseo and later turned his attention 
to the drug trade. He is still an honored 
resident of this place. He was seventy-six 
years of age on the 20th of June, 1900, and 
his wife w'as seventy-three on the 25th of 
February, that year. She holds member- 
ship in the Methodist Episcopal Church. 
Their children are Mrs. Grace A. Sweeney, 
of Geneseo; and Emery C, of this review. 

The first thirteen years of his life Emery 
C. Graves spent upon a farm. After com- 
pleting his education in the schools of Gen-" 
eseo, he commenced the study of law in the 
offices of Buckles & Twells, with which firm 
he remained until the former's death, when 
he entered the office of George E. Waite. 
Subsequently he attended law school at Mad- 
ison, Wisconsin, and after his graduation in 
1874 opened an office in Janesville, that 
state, where he engaged in the practice of 



the law. Returning to Geneseo in 1876, he 
has since followed his chosen profession at 
this place, and has built up quite a large and 
lucrative practice in the state and federal 
courts. He has had many notable cases, 
and has served as city attorney ten consecu- 
tive years, while prior to that time he held 
the same office for about two years. In the 
fall of 1889 he was first elected states at- 
torney, and so acceptably did he fill that 
office tfiat he has been constantly re-elected. 
He has proved a most efficient man for the 
place, and is a veritable terror to e\'il doers. 

^Ir. Gra\-es is married and has had two 
children. May, the older, received her lit- 
erary education in the Geneseo common 
schools and the Collegiate Institute, and is 
now attending the Chicago Art Institute 
She possesses remarkable musical and artis- 
tic talent, being specially proficient in draw- 
ing. Kathryn, the younger, died in her 
infancy. Mrs. Graves was for several 
years a successful teacher in the public 
schools of Geneseo, and is a member of the 
Congregational Church. 

Socially Mr. Graves is a prominent 
Mason, belonging to Stewart Lodge, No. 
92, F. & A, M., of Geneseo; Barrett Chap- 
ter, R. A. M., and Evarts Commandery, 
both of Rock Island; and Kaaba Temple, of 
the Mystic Shrine, of Davenport, Iowa. 
Politically he has always been an ardent 
Republican, and besides the offices con- 
nected with his profession he has twice 
served as mayor of Geneseo. Never w'ere 
the reins of city government in more capa- 
ble hands for he is pre-eminently public- 
spirited and progressive, and gives his sup- 
port to every enterprise for the public good. 
He is a man of fine appearance, is genial 
and pleasant in manner, and very popular, 
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iintl acquaintances. In business affairs he 
has steadily prospered and is the owner of 
one of the most beautiful homes of Geneseo. 
Holding marked precedence among the 
members of the bar of Henry county, and 
retaining a clientele of so representative a 
character as to alone stand in evidence of 
his professional ability and personal popu- 
larity, Mr. Graves must assuredly be ac- 
corded a place in this volume. 



CORNELIUS HAYES. 

This highly respected citizen of Geneseo 
is the possessor of a handsome property, 
Avhich now enables him to spend his years 
in the pleasurable enjoyment of his accumu- 
lations. The record of his early life is that 
of an active, enterprising methodical and 
sagacious business man, who bent his ener- 
gies to the honorable acquirement of a 
comfortable competence for himself and 
family. 

Mr. Hayes was born in Ballaugh, 
Clonouty Parish, County Tipperary, Ire- 
land, August I, 1832, a son of Laurence 
and Alice (Ryan ) Hayes, who spent their 
entire li\es in that country. The father was 
a cooper by trade, but also followed the oc- 
cupation of farming throughout life. He 
died at the age of seventy-six years, his 
wife at the age of sevent3^-six. To this 
wortliy couple were born ten children, four 
sons and six daughters, but our subject, 
the youngest of the sons, is the only male 
representative of the family now living, 
though four sisters are still living. ( i ) 
Laurence engaged in farming on the old 
homestead in Ireland and died there about 
two years ago. (2) Ella married John 
O'Brien, a farmer of section 32, Alba town- 
ship, this county, and bdth are now de- 



ceased. (3) Mary is the wife of Cornelius 
Dwyer, a prominent farmer of Alba town- 
ship. (4) Alice is the widow of Uriah 
Jennings, who was a farmer of Lyons, New 
York. (5) Bridget is the wife of Patrick 
McLaughlin, a retired farmer living on 
Oak wood avenue, Geneseo. (6) Margaret 
is the wife of James Dwyer, a retired farmer 
of Geneseo, Illinois. 

The first twenty years of his life Cor- 
nelius Hayes spent in the land of his na- 
tivity, and received his early education in 
the private schools of his birthplace. On 
laying aside his text books he learned the 
cooper's trade. In 1852 he came to Amer- 
ica, landing at New York, and in that city 
and at Seneca Falls, New York, he followed 
that occupation for a time. In the spring 
of 1853, however, he commenced farming 
at Junius, Seneca county, New York, where 
he remained five years, and then removed 
to Springfield, Illinois, where he was engaged 
in farming two years. 

On the 4th of March, i860, Mr. Hayes 
came to Henry county, having purchased 
land the year before on section 32, Alba 
township. It was a wild tract on which not 
a furrow had been turned or an improve- 
ment made, but he at once erected a good, 
substantial house, barns and other buildings, 
and finally placed the eighty acres under 
excellent cultivation. After residing there 
four years, he bought an additional tract 
of two hundred and forty acres on sections 
20 and 21, the same township, but two years 
later sold the homestead of eighty acres, 
and purchased two hundred and forty acres 
on sections 29 and 2d, and ten acres in sec- 
tion 9, Alba township. This was also a 
wild, uncultivated tract, which he converted 
into a fine farm, erecting on section 21 an 
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dollars, and two large barns on section 20. 
Here he snccessfully engaged in general 
farming and stock raising until March, 
1883, when he rented his farm of four hun- 
dred and eighty acres in Alba township and 
moved to Annawan, where he had built a 
hotel a number of years before. He pur- 
chased one hundred and sixty acres of farm- 
ing land on section 10, of Annawan town- 
ship, just eighty rods south of the village, 
and while operating that farm for twelve 
years he used the hotel as his private dwell- 
ing. Subsequently he spent about a year 
and three months in Blue Island, Illinois, 
at the end of which time he sold his hotel 
in Annawan, and on the 6th of May, 1897, 
took up his residence in Geneseo, where he 
has purchased a fine home on College axenue, 
and is now living retired, surrounded by 
all the comforts that make life worth the 
living. 

On the 1st of December, 1872, at Gen- 
eseo, Mr. Hayes married Miss Margaret J. 
Smith, who was born February 24, 1852, 
a daughter of John and Ellen (Stewart) 
Smith. Her father, who was a prominent 
farmer of Bureau county, Illinois, died at 
the home of our subject in Annawan, and 
her mother's death occurred in Gold town- 
ship, Bureau county. Mrs. Hayes is the 
fourth in order of birth in their family of 
twelve children, ten of whom are still liv- 
ing, two sons being deceased. Our sub- 
ject and his wife have one child, Alice E.) 
who was born in Annawan, April 22. 1883, 
and has attended the public schools of that 
village, St. Benedict's school of Blue Island 
and the high school of Geneseo. 

Mr. Hayes gives his political support 
to the men and measures of the Democratic 
party, and represented Alba township on the 
board of supervisors six years. He also 



ser\ed as township treasurer eight and a 
half years, commissioner nine years, and 
assessor fourteen years in Alba tow'nship ; 
and for many years was also a school di- 
rector there and in Annawan. In religious 
faith he is a Roman Catholic and takes an 
active interest in church work. His success 
in life has been marvelous. As a young 
man of twenty years he came to America, 
and with no capital started out in a strange 
land to overcome the difficulties and ob- 
stacles in the path to prosperity. His 
youthful dreams have been realized, and in 
their happy fulfillment he sees the fitting re- 
ward of his earnest toil. 



THE SWEDISH EV. LUTHERAX 
CHURCH OF KEWANEE. 

The year after the organization of the 
village of Kewanee, in 1S54, the Swedes 
began to move in but only a few remained 
permanently, and it was not until Septem- 
ber, 1869, that a congregation could be or- 
ganized with sixteen members. It belongs- 
to the Ev. Lutheran Augustana S}-nod. 

In 1870 a church was built for three 
thousand dollars. The congregation con- 
tinued for sixteen years to be serv'ed by 
non-resident pastors. In 1886 Rev. S. A. 
Becklund accepted a call and staid four 
years, increasing the membership to one 
hundred and ninety-two. On account o£ 
scarcity of ministers the congregation was 
now left vacant for two years. 

In 1 89 1 a theological student from 
Augustana College and Theological Sem- 
inary, at Rock Island, Illinois, was called 
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of renovating the old church a new cliurch 
huikhng was immediately begiui and com- 
pleted the following year, 1892, costing 
eleven thousand dollars. This same year 
Rev. S. G. Youngert, was ordained, and, 
having won the esteem and confidence of 
the congregation as a faithful student, he 
was called as pastor. He accepted and took 
charge of the congregation in June, 1892. 
Two years later a commodious parsonage 
was erected. Total value of church property 
fifteen thousand five hundred dollars. 

After four and a half years Rev. Young- 
ert resigned, the membership having in- 
creased in the meantime from one hundred 
and ninety-two to three hundred and four. 
The present pastor. Rev. J. M. Rydman, 
took up his work here June i, 1897. The 
membership is now (January i, 1901) 
three hundred and fifty-nine- Total income 
for 1900 three thousand two hundred and 
twenty-seven dollars and fifty-two cents. 
The auxiliaries are the Ladies' Sewing So- 
ciety, and, among the young ladies, the 
Dorcas Society, and a Young People's So- 
cietv. 



KE\'. J. M. RYD.MAX. 

Rev. J. yi. Rydman, pastor of tlie 
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church of 
Kewanee, was born in Kronol>ergs Lan, 
Sweden, September 19. 1863, and received 
his primary education in the schools of that 
country. On coming to America at the 
age of seventeen years he joined some rela- 
tives in Colorado, where he attended a 
grammar school for one year, and then en- 
tered the first class of Bethany College at 
Lindsborg, Kansas; where he pursued his 



studies four years. In 1887 he became a mem- 
ber of the sophomore class at.\ugustana Col- 
lege, Rock Island, Illinois, and was gradu- 
ated with the degree of A. B. from the in- 
stitution in 1890. He ne.xt attended the 
theological seminary connected with that 
college, where he was graduated in 1892, 
and the same year was ordained a minister 
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at 
Lindsborg. Kansas, by the president of the 
synod. 

Mr. Rydman was first called to the pas- 
torate of the Swedish church at Calumet, 
Michigan, where he remained five years, 
and during that time built an eleven-thou- 
sand dollar stone church and a parsonage 
costing four thousand dollars. He then ac- 
cepted a call from the church at Kewanee, 
coming here on the ist of June, 1897. He 
is a man of good address and winning man- 
ners. He is a zealous, active and efficient 
worker for the church, and is held in higli 
esteem not only by the people of his own 
congregation, but by the residents of Ke- 
wanee generally. 

On the 15th of June, 1892, Mr. Rydman 
was united in marriage with Miss Helena 
M. Lund, a nati\e of Henry county and a 
(laughter of John and Anna S. Lund. Her 
father was one of the early settlers of the 
county, having located iiere in 1854, and 
was engaged in farming in Andover town- 
ship. He died some years ago, but his 
widow is still living and makes her home 
with her children. Mrs. Rydman is the 
sixth in order of birth in this family, com- 
prising nine children. Our subject and his 
wife have two sons and two daughters, 
ho.se names and dates of birth are as fol- 
lows : Egbert, May 9. 1893; .\nnette, June 
30, 1895; Philip, July 25, 1898; and Ruth, 
September 20, 1900. 



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Since coming to Kewanee Mr. Rydnian 
has reduced the churcli debt two thousand 
dollars and has added fifty memliers to the 
church. 



JOHX McXEELEY. 

John McXeeley, one of Kewanee's es- 
teemed citizens, was for many years promi- 
nently identified with the agricultural inter- 
ests of Henry county, but at present is not 
actively engaged in any business. He has 
led an honorable and useful life, and is one 
of the men who make old age seem the bet- 
ter portion of life. 

Mr. McXeeley was l)orn in Jefferson 
county, Indiana, March i, 1826, a son of 
John and ilargaret (Redinbaugh) McX'^eel- 
ey, of Irish and German descent. His par-' 
ents were both natives of Ohio, where their 
marriage was celebrated, and at an early day 
removed to Indiana, floating down the Ohio 
river on a flatboat. In the latter state they 
spent the remainder of their lives. Through- 
out his active business life the father en- 
gaged in farming. In the family were twelve 
children, nine sons and three daughters, of 
whom live sons are still living, and with the 
exception of our subject all are residents of 
Indiana. All have followed agricultural pur- 
suits except William H., who is a carpenter 
of Crawfordsville, Indiana. He is a veteran 
of the Civil war, having served for over three 
years in an Indiana regiment. 

Reared on the home farm, John Mc- 
X'eeley received but a limited education in 
the subscription schools of his native state. 
On reaching the age of twenty-one, he 
learned the -carpenter's trade which he fol- 
lowed for six years or until coming to Illi- 
nois in 1 85 1. On his arrival, here he en- 
tered eighty acres of government land in 



Henry county, and at once commenced to im- 
prove and cultivate his land. At that time 
the unbroken prairies stretched for miles 
in ever}' direction, and abounded in wolves, 
deer and feathered game. Few towns had 
been established and ^Ir. McX''eeley hauled 
his produce to Henry, which was then his 
nearest market place. Prospering in his new 
h.ome he added to his original eighty-acre 
tract from time to time until he now owns 
four hundred and forty acres of very valua- 
l)le land in Annawan township, which has 
been improved liy him and placed under a 
high state of cultivation. He engaged in 
farming quite extensively, and also carried 
on stock raising, his specialty being short 
horn cattle. He also fed stock for ship- 
ment to the city markets. In 1890 he pur- 
chased a residence in Kewanee, and has since 
lived a retired life in that city, enjoying a 
well-earned rest. 

Returning to Indiana, Mr. McXeeley was 
married, October 30, 185 1, to Miss Catherine 
Slaughter, who was also born in Jefferson 
county, that state, October 2, 1827. She is 
a daughter of Jeremiah and Rebecca (Lo- 
gan) Slaughter, the father a native of Xew 
York, and the mother of Ohio. They were 
early settlers of Indiana, where their 
death occurred. His occupation was that 
of a farmer. The father of Jeremiah 
Slaugliter was a soldier in the war of 1812, 
while his grandfather, Isaac Slaughter, 
also a native of Orange county, X'ew York, 
fought for seven years in the Revo- 
lutionary war, and later lived and died on his 
farm in Xew York. The family were of 
German descent. Rebecca Logan was a 
daughter of William Logan, who remo\'ed 
with his wife, Elizabeth Dement, from Xew 
Jersey to Ohio, locating in Montgomery 
county, where they were pioneers. 



LI6RARV 

UNIVtRSIlY Of iLLihuli. 

URBANA 




JOHN McNEELEY. 




MRS. JOHN McNEELEY. 



UNIVtRSllV OF ILLINOIS 
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The children of Mr. and Mrs. McNeelcy 
are as follows : Margaret A., wife of Seth 
Moon, of Annawan; John M. ,a farmer of 
Storm Lake, Iowa; Mary, at home; Will- 
iam H., a resident of Adair, Iowa; George, 
who died in infancy; Sarah Elizabeth, now 
Mrs. Elmer J. Troyer, of Lincoln, Nebras- 
ka ; Dora, who married John Moon, and died 
in Iowa in 1893; Emma and Oliver. All the 
children received good common school edu- 
cations, and Oliver was graduated from the 
Annawan high school, and later took a two- 
years' preparatory course at Knox college, 
Galesburg. 

The Republican party has always found 
in Mr. McNeeley a stanch supporter of its 
i:)rinciples, but he has never taken an active 
part in jxjlitics. He was officially connected 
with the public schools of Annawan township 
for many years, and has always done all in 
his power to maintain good schools. He was 
an active member and liberal supporter of the 
United Brethren Church, and on account of 
his strict integrity and sterling worth is rec- 
ognized as a valued citizen of the commu- 
rsitv in which he resides. 



THOMAS J. HUGHES. 

Thomas J. Hughes, engineer of the Ke- 
■wanee water works, was born in Liverpool, 
England, in 1856, and is a son of John and 
Ellen (Jones) Hughes, "vvho are still living 
at Burkin Head, just across from Livcrptx)]. 
The father was born in that country in 1835, 
but the mother's birth occurred in Wales in 
1837. They are members of the established 
church of England, and the father served 
as organist for about twenty years. By oc- 
cupation he. too, is an engineer, and for 
years has been superintendent of the Lon- 



don & Xorthwestern Railway Company. 
His brother, William D., who once visited 
America, has also followed the life of an 
engineer during his entire business career. 
Our subject is the oldest of a family of 
eight children, the others being Catherine, 
who became the wife of Robert Evans and 
died in 1895, at the age of thirty-seven years ; 
William, who died in Cardiganshire, South 
Wales; Anna, Ellen, and Ellen (second), 
who all died at about the age of two years; 
John, who luiited with the Presbyterian 
Church and died at the age of four- 
teen j'ears; and David B., a resident of We- 
gan, England. Only our subject and his 
youngest brother are now living. 

Having very limited school privileges 
during his youth, Thomas J. Hughes is al- 
most wholly self-educated. He began life 
for himself as coal trimmer for firemen, and 
later was promoted to the latter position, 
and subsequently was made engineer. He 
served a two years' apprenticeship in a ma- 
chine shop; went from there to the boiler 
shop, and later to tb.e blacksmith shoi), be- 
coming very proficient in all of these 
branches of mechanics. 

Before leaving England Mr. Hughes was 
r.nited in marriage with Miss Catherine Rob- 
erts, who was born in North Wales, Sep- 
leml>er 29. 1853, a daughter of James and 
Catherine (Jones) Roberts, of Anglesey, 
Whales, where the father is still living at the 
age of seventy-eight years. He was a con- 
tractor and builder in stone masonry, and 
for many years served as sexton of an Epis- 
copal Church, in which he holds member- 
ship. He is well known and highly respect- 
ed in the community where he has so long 
n\ade bis home. His parents were James 
and Elizal>eth Roberts. In 1843 he married 
Catherine Jijnes, \vho die',! April 23. 1878, 



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at the age of fifty years. She was a loving 
wife, an affectionate motlier, an excellent 
neighbor and a thorough Christian. In the 
Roberts family were eight children, namely : 
Elizabeth, who became the wife of Professor 
Richard Roberts and died at the age of fifty- 
six years; Thomas, a resident of New York, 
who first married Ellen Owens and second 
Mary Evans; John, a resident of Anglesey, 
Wales, who married for liis second wife 
Jane Jones; Grace, wife of John E. Jones, 
of Csernarvonshire, Wales ; Catherine, wife 
of our subject ; Mary, who died unmarried at 
the age of thirty-two years; Margaret, who 
died in 1872, at the age of twelve ; and James, 
who is married and lives in Wales. 

In 1881 Mr. Hughes, with his wife and 
one cliild, came to the United States, arriv- 
ing here a few weeks before the assassination 
of President Garfield. On reaching Castle 
Garden he had but a half penny remaining, 
and this was sjient for an apple to appease 
the appetite of the child. After spending the 
night there in sleep uixm the floor they 
boarded a slow-going emigrant train, and 
for three days, from Thursday to Saturday, 
were without food. Two years were spent 
in Wyoming county. New York, where ^^Ir. 
Hughes soon found employment and was 
able to provide for his family. He then 
came to Kewanee, Illinois, and found a sit- 
uation with John and Thomas Pierce in 
the Haxton Steam Heater Company's works, 
where his ability as a skilled workman was 
soon recognized, and in every way he proved 
an excellent and trustworthy employe. He 
remained with that company nine years, his 
work being core making. At the end of that 
time he became engineer at the Kewanee 
water works, and his long retention in that 
position plain! V indicates his faithfulness to 



duty and his excellent knowledge of the 
business undertaken. 

Of the eight children born to INIr. and 
Mrs. Hughes two, Maggie and James, died 
in infancy. Mar}' C, who was a type-set- 
ter before her marriage, is now the wife of 
Malcolm Dicks and lives at home with her 
parents; Darius R. is learning engineering, 
and being a bright boy and willing to work 
has become (juite proficient for one of his 
years; Ellen J. is attending school; Grace 
Anna, John T. and Margaret B. are all at 
home. 

Mr. Hughes now owns a pleasant home 
in Kewanee. The success that he has at- 
tained is due entirely to his own well-direct- 
ed efiforts and the assistance of his estimable 
wife, who has indeed proved a true help- 
meet to him. Bright and cheerful in dispo- 
sition she has made for her family a happy 
home, and has displayed excellent business 
ability in her management of affairs. She is 
a member of the First Baptist Church of 
Kewanee, ha\ing brought her letter frorii 
England, while her husband is a Primitive 
Methodist in religious belief. In politics 
he is an ardent Republican, and in his social 
relations is a member of the Improved Or- 
der of Red Men. He is one of the most re- 
liable men of Kewanee, and his many ad- 
mirable qualities have tended to mak€ him 
popular with those with whom he has come 
in contact either in business or social life. 



XELS J. SVEXSSOX. 

Since 1871 X'els J. Svensson has l)een 
identified with the agricultural interests of 
Henry county, and is now the owner of a 
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5, Andover township. A native of Sweden, 
he %Yas born December 2. 1844, and is a .son 
of Swan and Inga Cliristina Xelson, both of 
whom were born in 1819. The mother died 
at the old home in Sweden in 1892, but tiie 
father is still li-ving and continues to reside 
in that coimtry. By trade he is a carpenter 
and blacksmith, but has also followed farm- 
ing in his native land. Of his five children 
Xels J. is the oldest, the others being Caro- 
lina, who is married and lives in Sweden, 
but her daughter, Ellen Peterson, now makes 
lier home witli our subject: Carl .\ugust, a 
resident of Saline county. Kansas; Li>uisa, 
wife of Knute Larson, also of Kansas: and 
Mrs. X'ictoria Swansfjn, a scIuxjI teacher of 
Sweden. 

Xels J. Svensson received his education 
in the public schools of his native land and 
on the home farm became thoroughly famil- 
iar witii all the duties which fall to the lot 
of the agriculturist. He worked as a farm 
hand in Sweden for a time, but believing that 
he could better his financial condition in the 
new world, he crossed the Atlantic in 1871, 
and came direct to Henry county, Illinois. 
Here he was similarly employed until he had 
saved enough to rent a farm and embark in 
farming on his own account. Prospering in 
business he was at length able to purchase 
seventy acres of land on section 5, Andover 
township, to the improvement and cultivation 
of which he has since devoted his energies 
with most gratifying results. He has re- 
modeled the buildings, built fences and other- 
wise added to the value and attractive appear- 
ance of the place. In connectii^n with gen- 
eral farming he carries on stock raising. 

In 1 88 1 Mr. Svensson was iniited in 
marriage with Mrs. Mary Ogren, who by 
her first union has one son, Eddie, living at 
home. Mr. and Mrs. Svensson iiave a 



daughter. Mary. l)orn in i88_'. In his po- 
litical views our subject is independent and 
supix)rts the men whom he lielieves best qual- 
ified to fill the ofiices regardless of party 
lines. In 1892 he returned to Sweden on a 
visit to relatives and friends. He gives lib- 
erally to all church work, and is regarded as 
one of the most valued and useful citizens of 
his communitv. 



AXDREW HALLIX. 

The subject of this review, who is one 
of the leading business men of Kewanee. 
was born in Soderbarke Soken, central Swe- 
den, on the 1st of August, 1850, and in his 
successful business career has displayed the 
characteristic thrift and enterprise of his 
race. Beginning with no capital except that 
acquired by his own industry he has built 
up a large trade as a tailor and dealer in 
hats, caps, trunks and valises, and is to-day 
one of the prosperous citizens of Kewanee. 

His parents, Peter and Christina Pers- 
son were life-long residents of Sweden, 
where the father died at the age of eighty- 
five, the mother when about sixty-se\en 
years of age. Andrew is the fourth in order 
of birth in their family of five children. The 
oldest, Christina, is the wife of D. (jran- 
lund, of Minnesota, while the others are 
still residents of Sweden. 

Mr. Hallin was reared and educated in 
the land of his birth, and there learned the 
tailor's trade. In 1869 he crossed the Atlan- 
tic, landing at Ouel>ec, Canada, whence he 
came at once to Kewanee, Illinois. At first 
he worked at anything which he could find 
to do, and finding employment with the Chi- 
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pany. he stuck the first spade into the Biula 
&: Rnshville branch of tliat road. For a few- 
months he worked upon a farm, but wlien 
cold weather came he found more congenial 
employment in a tailor shop in Kewanee. 
He worked by the piece tmtil he embarked 
in business for himself in 1878. From the 
start his trade has steadily increased, his 
work having always given the utmost satis- 
faction, and he furnished employment to 
from eight to twelve men, having eleven at 
the present writing. He carries as complete 
a line of goods as any establisbment of the 
kind in this section of the state, and re- 
ceives a liberal share of the 'public patron- 
age. He was ofie of the organizers of the 
Kewanee National Bank, and has served as 
director from its inception. 

In 1873 ^I''- Hallin married Miss Anna 
Hallquist, also a native of Sweden, where her 
parents died during her early ' childhood. 
She passed away July 14, 1896, on the for- 
ty-fifth anniversary of her birth. She was a 
devout and earnest Christian, a member of 
the Swedish Lutheran church, and was 
highly esteemed by all who knew her. By 
this union one child was born, Forrest L., 
who had charge of the store during his fa- 
ther's absence in 1900, and is a cutter in the 
manufacturing department of the establish- 
ment. He is now serving as master of 
excheciuer in the Knights of Pythias lodge of 
Kewanee; has been organist in the Swedish 
Lutheran Church for the past eight years; 
and is also secretary of the Sunday school. 

As a Republican Mr. Hallin takes an 
active and commendable interest in political 
affairs, and has served as aid reman of Ke- 
wanee. He also is a member of the Swedish 
Lutheran Church, and of the Odd Fellows 
lodge. In 1900 he W'ent to Europe ami vis- 
ited the Paris Exposition and his old home 



in Sweden, thus pasing four very enjoyable 
months. From his stopping place in Swe- 
den he traveled seven hundred miles north 
to Lapland to see the midnight sun, the sun 
being visible there at twele o'clock at night 
from the 5th of June to the nth of July. 
He and his party spent five weeks in north- 
ern Sweden, viewing the beautiful and ro- 
mantic scenery of that region, and they 
climbed the Dundret mountain, on the top 
of which no vegetation of an}- kind will 
grow. They were two hours in making the 
ascent. 

In addition to his mercantile and banking 
interests ' in Kewanee, Mr. Hallin has also 
becorhe one of the prominent real estate own- 
ers in the city, having built, in 1887, ou Sec- 
ond street, a fine brick business building, 25 
x/O, two stories in height, whic?h he occu- 
pied from 1887 to 1899. In the latter year 
he erected an elegant three-story stone front 
building, also on Second street, 25x63, the 
first floor and part of the third floor being 
occupied by himself, while the remainder is 
leased.' While not the largest, it is the finest 
store room in the city. He has also erected 
some buildings for residence purposes, and 
deals successfully in real estate. 



JACOB FRANK. 

No better illustration of the characteristic 
energy and enterprise of the typical German- 
American citizen can be found than that af- 
forded by the career of this well-known har- 
ness dealer of Genesee, Illinois, who has been 
prominently identified with the business in- 
terests of that place for forty-five years. 
Coming to this country with no capital ex- 
cept his abilities he has made his wa}' to sue- 





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cess tlirough \visel_\--(Iirected efYort ami he 
can now look hack witli satisfaction upon 
past struggles. 

The early life of ]\lr. Frank was passed 
near the River Rhine, for he was born near 
the city of Worms, Germany, May 8, 1829, 
a son of Leonard and Margaret (Boas) 
Frank, who were born in France and from 
that country remo\-ed to Germany, where 
the father owned a large vineyard and ex- 
tensively engaged in the manufacture of 
v.ine, following that business in connection 
with farming throughout his active life. He 
died in Germany at the age of eighty-four 
years, having long survived his wife, whose 
death occurred when our subject was about 
fifteen years of age. They were the i)arents 
of nine children, but Jacob is now the only 
survivor. Besides himself there was only one 
other member of the family who came to the 
iJnited States, this being Charles Frank, 
who enlisted in the Mexican war, and was 
drowned in the Ohio river by the explosion 
of the steamer on which he had taken pas- 
sage for Mexico. His death left our sub- 
ject without a relative in this coutnry. 

The greater part of the education of Ja- 
cob Frank was obtained in the schools of 
liis native land. In 1849, ^t the age of twen- 
ty, he came to America, and immediately 
after landing joined his brother at Ashland, 
Ohio. Together they went to Cleveland 
where they worked on a railroad then being 
constructed, but subsequently returned to 
Ashland, where our subject learned the har- 
ness and saddlery trade, serving an ajjpren- 
ticeship of three years and a half, in the 
meantime attending school for three months. 
He then formed a partnership with John Mc- 
Culley which existed for three years, during 
which time they engaged in the harness busi- 
ness at Lucas, Ohio, and established hi.s 



present business, which he has carried on 
continuouly since, and has met witli marked 
success. 

During his residence in Ohio, Mr. Frank 
was married, September 5, 1854, to Miss 
Delilah Bowman, a native of that state and 
a daughter of David Bowman, a prosperous 
fanner of Ashland county, Ohio, who, after 
the death of his wife, came to Illinois, to 
make his home with !Mr. I'^rank, but died 
while on a visit to a daughter in Iowa and 
was buried there. To our subject and his wife 
were born five children, namely: (i) Leon- 
ard D., a harness maker, born in Ohio, mar- 
ried a Miss Daly and died in Oregon, in July, 
1884, at the age of thirty years, leaving two 
sons, Sharmcy antl William, who are still res" 
idents of that state. (2) Qiarles, born in 
CJeneseo, died in that city at the age of four- 
teen years. (3) William, a farmer of Ala- 
bama, married Kate Celner, now deceased, 
by whom he had one son, Leonard. (4) 
Alice is the widow of David McLaughlin, 
who was overseer of a large packing house 
at San Francisco, California, and was form- 
erl}' with the Armour Company of Chicago. 
Her son. Earl, is now a stenographer and 
expert penman. (5) Minnie is now the wife 
of William Brown, a barber of Elgin, Illi- 
nois, and they have several children. Mrs. 
Frank, who was a faithful member of the 
Baptist Church, and a devoted wife and 
loving mother, died at Geneseo on Thanks- 
giving Day, 1883, at the age of fifty-five 
years, and was laid to rest in Oakwood cem- 
etery. For his second wife Mr. Frank mar- 
ried I\Irs. Mary Orr Hall, widow of William 
Hall, a prominent farmer of Henry county, 
now deceased. By this union was born a 
son, Ira, and by her first marriage, Mrs. 
Frank also has a son, Frank Hall, a cattle 
raiser of Idaho. 



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As a business man Mr. Frank has steadily 
prospered, and his success is due entirely to 
l:is industry, perseverance and good manage- 
ment, for he started out in hfe empty-handed 
and has liad to make his own way unaidetl. 
That he is a man of good business abiHty is 
shown by the wonderful success that he has 
achieved. In addition to his handsome resi- 
dence on North College a\enue, he is the 
owner of two business blocks on West Ex- 
change street, in one of which he carries on 
liis business, and rents the other, and also has 
five vacant business lots adjoining and a \'al- 
uable fami of two hundred and forty acres 
in Cornwall township, which he leases. Mrs. 
Frank also owns one hundred and sixty acres 
ill the same township. These are well-im- 
proved places, each having a good residence 
and other buildings found upon the model 
farm of the twentieth century. He also 
owned three hundred and twenty acres of 
land near The Dalles, Oregon, one-half of 
which he gave to his son who is now de- 
ceased. The other one hundred and sixty 
he has since sold. Mr. Frank has been 
C]uite an extensive traveler making, among 
others, four trips to the Pacific coast. Mr. 
Frank is president of the Oakwood Ceme- 
tery Association of Geneseo, which embraces 
sixty-six acres of land and is beautifully sit- 
uated just outside of the corporation, south 
of the city. Many improvements are con- 
stantly being made to the grounds. Mr. 
F'rank is public-spirited and progressive, and 
advocates all measures that tend to advance 
the interests of the city and county. He 
was formerly a Democrat in politics, but now 
affiliates with the Republican party. Relig- 
iously he is a member of the German Lu- 
theran Church, and socially is connected with 
the Odd Fellows Lodge of Geneseo, in 
which he has lield office. 



DANIEL D. SHELLHAMMER. 

Among the representative farmers of 
Henry county is the subject of this review, 
whose home is on section 15, Geneseo town- 
ship. He is a native of Pennsylvania, born 
in Luzerne county, October 11, 1834, and 
is a son of David and Catherine (Gottschall) 
Shellhammer, who spent their entire lives 
in the Keystone state. The father, who 
was a millwright by trade, died at his home 
in Pennsylvania, at the age of seventy-eight 
years, and his wife passed away two years 
later at about the same age. In their family 
were seven children, five of whom are still 
living, namely : Joseph, a carpenter of 
Hazelton, Pennsylvania; George W., a car- 
penter of Indianola, Iowa; Daniel D., our 
subject; Rebecca, wife of John Wagner, 
foreman of a coal mine of Drifton, Penn- 
sylvania; and Hannah, wife of Alexander 
Shiner, a farmer of Luzerne county, Penn- 
s}'lvania. 

In the count)' of his nativity, Daniel D. 
Shellhammer grew to manhood, while his 
education was obtained in its common 
schools. On leaving home, in 1857, at the 
age of twenty-three years, he came to Illi- 
nois, and first located in Whiteside county, 
where he worked at his trade of a carpenter 
for a few years. Subsequently he spent a 
year in Pheni.x township, this county, work- 
ing at his trade and at farm labor. After 
the inauguration of the Civil war, he en- 
listed at Geneseo, in August, 1862, becom- 
ing a member of Company K, One Hundred 
and Twelfth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, 
with which he served until hostilities ceased, 
being mustered out at Chicago, in July, 
1865, and discharged at the same place. He 
was engaged in some of the principal bat- 
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ville, Tennessee. He did considerable 
scouting and was wounded while in Georgia, 
in 1864. 

\\'hen discharged, ]\Ir. Shellliammer re- 
turned to this county and located in Phenix 
townshi]). where he worked at the carpen- 
ter's trade for three or four years, after 
which he rented a farm in Goniwall town- 
ship, which he operated two years. He 
then removed to his present farm of forty 
acres on section 15, Genesee township, which 
has now been his home for twenty-eight 
years. He has erected thereon a fine res- 
idence, a good barn and other outbuildings, 
and now has a well-improved place, whose 
neat and thrifty appearance stands as a mon- 
ument to his industry and diligence. In 
connection with farming he continued to 
work at his trade up to within the past six 
years, when he retired from that occupa- 
tion. I'oliticall}- he affiliates with the Re- 
publican party, and fraternally he holds 
membership in the Grand Army of the 
Republic. 

On the 30th of Xovembcr. i8()y, Mr. 
Shellliammer was united in marriage with 
Miss W'ilhelmina Barnhart, only daughter 
of Jacob and Catherine (Rinck) Barnhart, 
mentioned below. By this union were born 
iivc children, namely : Frank, born October 
25, 1872, died March 30, 1881; Ada, born 
June 21, 1878, is at home; Bessie, born Jan- 
uary 30, 1882; Grant, born November 11, 
1884; and Lucy, born October 27, 1887, are 
all at home. 



JACOB BARXMART. 

Prominent among the pioneers of this 
section of Illinois was Jacob Barnhart, who 
was for several years actively identified with 



the early development and upbuilding of 
Henry county. He was a native of Nassau, 
Germany, and was about twenty years of 
age on his emigration to the United States. 
He first located near Galveston, Texas, 
where he followed farming for some years, 
and al)out 1847 came north. For about two 
years he worked at the stone mason's trade 
in Rock Island, Illinois. 

In Whiteside county, this state, Mr. 
Barnhart was married in December, 1849, 
to Miss Catherine Rinck, and later they came 
to Henry county, locating in Phenix town- 
ship, where he followed farming until the 
Civil war broke out. He manifested his 
love for his adopted country l)y enlisting, in 
1862, in Company 1, One Hundred and 
Twelfth Illinois \'olunteer Infantry, and re- 
mained in the service until hostilities ceased, 
being honorably discharged in Tennessee, 
in 1865. He served as scout much of the 
time and was disabled in the service. Re- 
turning to Illinois, ]\Ir. Barnhart resumed 
farming in this county, where he continued 
to make his home until his death. He died 
in the city of Geneseo, in 1871, from the 
effects of injuries received in the war. He 
was a faithful member of the Evangelical 
Church, and was highly respected and es- 
teemed by all who knew him. As a pioneer 
of this section of the .state he endured all the 
hardships and privations incident to such a 
life. His upright autl honorable career 
commanded the respect and confidence of all, 
and as one of the honored early settlers and 
leading citizens of this section of the state, 
he is certainly entitled to prominent men- 
tion in its history. 

Mr. Barnhart left a widow and one 
daughter to mourn his loss, the latter being 
W'ilhelmina, wife of Daniel D. Shellhammer, 
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lives with her daughter, was born in Alsace, 
France, now a province of Germany, and 
was three years old when brought to this 
country by her parents, Louis and Veronica 
(Schatta) Rinck, natives of the same place. 
It was about 1828 that they crossed the At- 
lantic and took up their residence in \\'ar- 
ren, Pennsylvania, and in 1837 came to 
\\'hiteside county, where Mr. Rinck took 
up a tract of government land, on which he 
built a log house. To the improvement and 
cultivation of that farm of eighty acres he 
devoted the remainder of his life, dying there 
in December 25, 1857, at the age of sixty-six 
years. His wife passed away October 20, 
1857, at the age of sixty. Both were mem- 
bers of the Evangelical Association and he 
was a Jackson Democrat until the organiza- 
tion of the Republican party. In their fam- 
ily were five children, but only Airs. Barn- 
hart, and her brother, Frank J. Rinck, a 
marble cutter of Geneseo, are now living. 



MRS. CAROLINE W. HURD. 

The state of Illinois owes its high stand- 
ing among the sovereign commonwealths 
that make up the L'nited States to the high 
character and dauntless spirit of the settlers 
who made their home within her borders in 
the early days. To their inspiration and 
work is due her wonderful progress in ag- 
riculture, manufacturing and the arts. 
Among the honored pioneers of Henry coun- 
ty the Little family occupy a prominent posi- 
tion. Mrs. Hurd, who is a worthy represen- 
tative of this family and a highly esteemed 
citizen of \\'ethersfield, came to Illinois in 
1836, and therefore has witnessed almost its 
entire development. 



She was born in Hollis, Xew Hampshire, 
September 15, 1821, and is a daughter of 
Abner B. and Xancy (Tenny) Little, also 
natives of the old Granite state, the former 
born in Salem, the latter in Hollis. Their 
marriage was celebrated January 20, 1802. 
Coming west in 1836, Mr. Little located 
in A\'etliersfield township, Henry county, 
Illinois, where with the assistance of his 
sons he opened up and improved a farm, 
making his home here until called to his 
final rest, at the advanced age of ninety years. 
In his family were eleven children, all of 
whom reached years of maturity and became 
lieads of families, but only ]\Irs. Hurd and 
her sister, Mrs. Sarah F. Stewart, of Du- 
Intli, are now living. Five of the family, 
however, lived to celebrate their golden 
weddings. One son, Hon. H. G. Little, was 
the last of the survivors of those Avho assisted 
in organizing this county. In early days he 
v,as one of its most prominent and influen- 
tial citizens, and was called upon to repre- 
sent his district in the state legislature and 
serve as sheriff of the county. He voted at 
the first election held in Wethersfield. He 
was born in Gosstown, Xew Hampshire, in 
1813, and died in Grinnell, Iowa, November 
3, 1900, having removed to that place in 
1867. There he also became prominently 
identified with public affairs, did much to 
advance the interests of its schools, colleges 
?nd churches, and efficiently served as mayor 
of the city. He was very public spirited and 
enterprising, and with two others bought the 
land on which Kewanee is now located and 
laid out the town. His first home in Weth- 
ersfield was a little one-room house, sixteen 
by eighteen feet. 

Mrs. Hurd w as about fifteen years of age 
when she came with the family to this coun- 
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gioii was very sparsely settled ami almost 
entirely unimproved. On tjie 22nd of Au- 
gust. 1837. at the age of sixteen, she gave 
her hand in marriage to Dr. Lewis Hurd. 
theirs lieing the first recorded wedding in 
Henry county. The Doctor was born in 
Hamilton. Mailison county. Xew York. Au- 
gust 19. 181 I. and was reared and educated 
in his native state. In early life he deter- 
mined to become a physician, and attended 
u'.edical lectures. On first coming to Illinois, 
in 1836. he located in Lafayette. Stark coun- 
ty, where he engaged in the practice of his 
profession for a time, and while there board- 
ed with Mrs. \Mieeler, a sister of Mrs. Hurd. 
In this way he became acquainted with his 
future wife, .\fter their marriage they lo- 
cated in W^ethersfield, where the Doctor en- 
gaged in practice for a few years, and then 
removed to Chicago, Illinois, and later to 
Si)ringfield, Massachusetts, where he made 
his home for a number of years, his time be- 
ing devoted to his professitMi. Later he 
owned and conducted an electric institute at 
Talmage, Ohio, and in that enterprise met 
with excellent success. He was also en- 
gaged in the practice of medicine at Ann 
Arl)or, Michigan, for a few years, but in the 
fall of 1865 returned to W'ethersfield. and 
practically lived retired throughout the re- 
mainder of his life. He died here in 1892, 
at the age of eighty-one years, honoretl and 
respected by all who knew him. He was a 
^ery prominent physician and was remarka- 
l)ly successful, his specialty l)eing chronic 
diseases. 

For over iialf a century Dr. and Mrs. 
Hurd traveled life's journey together, and in 
1887 celebrated their golden wedding. To 
them were born seven children, but only one 
reached years of maturity, Lewis Gardner, 
who was educated at .\nn Arbor, and at the 



opening of the Civil war cnlistetl at the first 
call for three year men. He went with his 
regiment to Washington. D. C but was soon 
afterward taken ill with typhoid pneumonia, 
and died there March 15. 1862. His remains 
were brought back to W'ethersfield for in- 
terment. The other children were Ann Car- 
nline, who died at the age of nine years; 
Julius A., at the age of six years; .\nn C, 
at the age of seven months; Eliza A., at the 
age of four years; William L., at the age of 
one year; and Edwin H. N., abso at the age 
cf one year. Mrs. Hurd is widely known 
throughout Henry county, and is highly re- 
spected and esteemed by a large circle of 
friends, who appreciate her sterling worth. 
As a pioneer of the county she is certainly 
worthy of prominent mention in its history. 



ALBERT W'. BLAIR. 

Among the high!}' esteemed citizens of 
Genesee is Albert W'. Blair, one of Henry 
county's native sons and a representative of 
one of her honored old families, whose iden- 
tification with her history dates from an 
early peril hI in the development of the 
county. He was born in Phenix township,, 
on the 23d of September, 1844, and is a son 
of Asa Blair, whose birth occurred June 6,. 
1810, in Ontario county. New York, where 
he lived until twelve years of age. Going to^ 
Ohio, he worked for three years in a distil- 
lery at ten dollars per month, and being very- 
economical he saved a part of his small earn- 
ings. Afterw ard he engaged in farming near 
Detroit, Michigan, for about six years, and 
from that state came to Henry county, Illi- 
nois, in 1838, locating in Phenix township, 
where he purchased land and engaged in 
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he removed to Geneseo townsliip, where he 
purchased a farm of eighty acres, but after 
residing there for a time, he was taken ill 
and moved about three miles northeast of 
that place, where he took up government land 
in Phenix township, making it his home for 
fifteen years. In the meantime he had pur- 
chased a farm in Loraine township where his 
last days were spent, dying there January 
15- 1873. These several farms were all wild 
land when they came into his possession, 
and by his labors were placed under cultiva- 
tion and improved with good buildings. He 
was actively identified with the early develop- 
ment and improvement of the county, and in 
its transformation from a wild uncultivated 
tract into one of the best farming districts of 
the state he ever bore his part. In his polit- 
ical views he was a Republican, but ne\er 
took an active part in politics, though as a 
public-spirited man he advocated all measures 
tended to advance or improve the community 
in which he lived. For some j^ears he served 
as school director in Loraine township. Re- 
ligiously he was a member of the L'nited 
Brethren Church. 

On the 24th of September, 1835, in 
Wayne county, Ohio, Asa Blair married 
Miss Abigail Sinnott, who was born in St. 
John's, Xew Brunswick, September 18, 1812. 
and whose parents continued to make their 
home in St. John's throughout life. She 
died at the home of her daughter in Loraine 
township, this county, March 17, 1888. By 
this union were born eight children, namely : 
( I ) ^Marilla first married Daniel Beers, by 
whom she has three children, Frank, Byron 
and Dora, but she is now the widow of Lor- 
enzo Norton, a farmer of Loraine township, 
and resides in Geneseo. By her second mar- 
riage she has two children, Hugh and Mrs. 
Elma Carson. (2) Nancy is the wife of Will- 



i;im Kemmis, a retired farmer of Geneseo. 
(3) Hiram was a member of Company I, 
Forty-fifth Illinois \'olunteer Infantry in 
the Civil war, and was wounded at the bat- 
tle of Shiloh. He was then brought home 
and died from the efifects of his injuries two 
weeks later at the age of twenty years. (4) 
Albert ^^'., our subject, is next in order of 
birth. (^5) Sinclair married Emma E. Mun- 
ger and follows farming in Loraine town- 
ship. (6) John, also a farmer of Loraine 
township, married Ada Haskins and has two 
children, Malcolm and June. (7) Anna died 
in 1896 at the age of forty-five years. (8) 
Abigail died in infancy. 

During his boyhood Albert ^^'. Blair 
pursued his studies in the common schools 
of Phenix township, and assisted his father 
on the home farm. After the latter"s re- 
moval to Loraine township, he continued to 
operate the farm in Phenix township until 
he took up his residence in Geneseo in 1892. 
He added to the place until he had one hun- 
dred and seventy-one acres of valuable land 
on section 25, and made a number of im- 
provements thereon, while he succesfully en- 
gaged in general farming and stock raising 
throughout his active business life. 

On the 7th of October, 1861, at Geneseo. 
!Mr. Blair enlisted in Company I, Forty- 
fifth Illinois ^'olunteer Infantry, with which 
he served two years and two months, being 
engaged in the battles of Fort Henry, Fort 
Donelson, Shiloh, Meeding Station, Tennes- 
see, and Raymond. Port Gibson, and Cham- 
pion Hills, i\Iississippi. During the engage- 
ment at the last named place. May 16, 1863, 
he was wounded in the left leg, which has 
left him a cripple for life, after undergoing a 
very painful operation. The bullet taken 
from the wound he still has in his possession. 
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ing one of twelve from his company detailed 
to watch that the army was not flanked. 
The sergeant in command ordered a charge 
I in the enemy entrenched in a ditch, and they 
-captured a cannon, but in this encounter Mr. 
Blair was wounded after having his gunstock 
knocked from his hand by a ball. He was 
wounded while in the act of capturing a rebel 
who had hidden behind a tree. He was 
first taken to the plantation belonging to Jef- 
ferson and Joseph Davis, where he was cai)- 
tured about a week later by a squad of Con- 
federate soldiers, but was paroled after tak- 
ing the oath not to take up arms until his 
«.xchange. He was sent to the barracks at 
St. Louis, and honorably discharged in Xo- 
\ember, 1863. He now draws a pension of 
thirty dollars i)er month as a sort of compen- 
sation for his injuries. 

Mr. Blair was married, March 5, 1872, 
to Miss Mary E. McClellan, who was torn 
in Genesee township, this county, December 
10, 1850, a daughter of John Wesley and 
Tulina (Murray) ilcClellan, natives of In- 
diana. ^^'hen he was about twenty-five years 
of age her father came to Illinois, and for 
many years engaged in farming in Geneseo 
township, where he died in 1896 at the age 
of seventy-two years. His widow is still liv- 
ing at the age of seventy and now makes her 
home with our subject. They had a family 
of four children, namely: Mar\- E., now Mrs. 
Blair; Mrs. Evaline Roberts, of Oklahoma 
territory, who has one child, Nora, wife of 
^\'ilbur Green; Thomas, clerk in a hardware 
store in Latham, Kansas, who married Laura 
Fisk, and has two children, Hugh and Elsie; 
and Sarah Jane, who died in infancy. Mr. 
and Mrs. Blair have one child, Cora E., born 
January 12, 1873. She is now the wife of 
Edgar McHenry, who occupies the old 
Blair homestead in Phenix township. 



Our subject and his wife have a pleasant 
home on West Cemetery street, Geneseo, 
where they delight to entertain their many 
friends. Both are active members of the 
Methodist Church, and are held in high re- 
gard by all who know them. The Repub- 
lican party finds in Mr. Blair a stanch sup- 
porter of its principles, and he efficiently 
served as school director in Phoenix town- 
ship for many years. Fraternally he is an 
h.onored member of the Grand Army of the 
Kepublic, the Modern Woodmen of America, 
and the Home Forum, while his wife holds 
membersliip in the Circle of the G. A. R., 
the Home Forum, and the Woman's Chris- 
tian Temperance Union of Geneseo, of which 
she is at present secretary. 



ANDREW WEIDLEIN. 

This gentleman, who is a prominent and 
succssful farmer of Geneseo, Illinois, is a 
native of Pennsylvania, his birth having oc- 
curred in Bedford county, that state, on the 
iTnh of April, 1840. His father, John 
Weidlein, was born in Germany, January 17, 
1 812, and emigrated to America with his 
parents during the '20s. The grandfather 
died many years ago. In early life John 
Weidlein married Miss Elnora Emmert, 
also a native of Germany, who died Febru- 
ary 20, 1894, at the age of seventy-five 3'ears, 
having celebrated her birthday on the 2nd 
of that month. He is still living, however, 
at the ripe old age of eighty-nine years. In 
1851 he came west from Pennsylvania, and 
first located in Osco township, this county, 
l>ut subsequently removed to Edford town- 
ship, and died at the home of our subject in 



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Geneseo on the 30th of December, 1900, 
He was widely and favorably known and 
was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran 
Church, to which his wife also belonged. 
Andrew was the oldest of their twelve chil- 
dren, the others being as follows : Philip, a 
grain inspector of Kansas City; Lavina, who 
died unmarried at the age of twenty-five 
years; Lewis, a resident of Kansas; Jake, a 
resident of Missouri; George, a farmer of 
Iowa; Edward, a resident of Augusta, Kan- 
sas ; Carrie, wife of George Drehmer, of this 
county; A\'allie, a resident of ^luscatine, 
Iowa; and three others deceased. 

Andrew W'eidlein accompanied his par- 
ents on their removal to Henry county, Illi- 
nois, and his early life was spent in plowing, 
planting and reaping on the home farm. At 
the age of twenty-four he started out in life 
for himself, and has always followed farm- 
ing, in which he has met with marked suc- 
cess. He is the owner of a valuable and well 
improved farm of four hundred and si.xty- 
five acres in Osco township, which he him- 
self operates, and also has a couple of other 
farms now occupied by his sons. 

ilr. W'eidlein was married April 3, 1864, 
to Miss Sarah E. Conrad, also a native of the 
Kejstone state, and a daughter of Almon 
and Elizabeth (Pierce) Conrad, who came 
to Illinois in 1856, and after spending a short 
time in Rock Island county, located in Henry 
county, where both died. The father was 
fifty-five years of age at the time of his death 
and was long survi\'ed by his wife, who 
died August 2, 1898, when lacking only a 
month and five days of being ninety years 
of age. Both were earnest members of the 
Lutheran Church. Of their children, Fre- 
derick, John, I\Iary J.. James, Thomas and 
Elvira are all deceased. Those living are 



J. H., a resident of Dodge City, Kansas; 
^Margaret, wife of George Enderton, of Mer- 
cer county, Illinois; and Sarah E., wife of 
our subject. Her maternal grandparents 
were John and ^lary (_Rice) Pierce, farm- 
ing people of Butler county, Pennsylvania, 
and active members of the Presbyterian 
Church. Both lived to an advanced age, 
;Mr. Pierce being over ninety-six years at the 
time of his death, and his wife over ninety- 
tliree. 

Eight children were born to Mr. and 
^Irs. \\'eidlein, namely : ( i ) W. Elmer, a 
resident of Galesburg, Illinois, married 
Kittie ilarlatt, and they have three chil- 
dren, Grace, Cleone and Lysle. (2) Joseph 
C, a farmer of Edford township, this coun- 
ty, married Anna Glenn and they ha\e two 
children, Boyd and Mildred. (3) Vina is 
the wife of Harry King, of Champaign, Illi- 
nois, and they have five children, Jessie M., 
Xellie H., Laura I., Florence ^I. and Henry 
A\'. (4) Xora E. is the wife of John Schroe- 
der, and they have one child, Lucile. (5) 
L. Arthur, of Edford township, married 
Gertie Rogers and they have one child, 
Marie. (6) Carrie A. is the wife of Lewis 
Schroeder, of Osco. (7; Laura Edith is at- 
tending the Geneseo high school, where she 
will graduate in 1903. (8) ilargaret J. died 
September 28, 1885, at the age of eleven 
Axars. 

yir. W'eidlein takes little interest in pol- 
itics but generally supports the Democratic 
ticket. He has served his fellow citizens 
in a most creditable manner as road master, 
supervisor of his township two years, and 
a member of the school board many years. 
Religiously he and his wife are earnest mem- 
bers of the Lutheran Church, and enjoy 
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Geneseo. They receive and merit the high 
regard of the entire community, and those 
who i<no\v them best are numbered among 
their warmest friends. 



GEORGE W. WEST. 

Tiiis well-known and liighly esteemed 
■citizen of Geneseo is a worthy representa- 
ti\e of the agricultural interests of Henry 
count}'. He was born near Ithaca, New 
"S'ork, March 25, 1835, and on the paternal 
side I)elongs to an old Colonial family, his 
ancestors having come to this country on 
the Mayflower or soon afterward. They 
took (juite an active part in jniblic affairs 
and are supposed to have fouglit in the Con- 
tinental army during the Revolutionary war. 
They were ni English descent and had much 
to do in organizing !3oth the Maryland and 
A irginia colonies. 

(jarder West, our subject's father, was 
a native of Rhode Island, nufl a son of 
Johnnie West, who at an early (hiy removed 
witii his family to New York. Ther<.' Clar- 
der engaged in farming ami dairying quite 
■e.xtensively, and as one of the leading men of 
his community he served in .several local 
offices. He and his wife visited here but 
never came west to live. She bore the 
maiden name of La\ina Pease and was a 
native of New York, wiiere she died at the 
^ge f)f seventy-four years. The father was 
eighty-si.x at the time of his death. Both 
■were devout members and zealous work- 
ers in the Methodist Episcopal Church, 
with wiiich he was officially connected, and 
their home was always the stopping place 
of the itinerant ministers. Mrs. West's 
paternal grandfather was a native of Eng- 



land, and she was also of Scotch extraction, 
her ancestors being sturdy and reliable peo- 
ple. Her father, Thaddeus Pease, was a 
life-long resident of New York, where he 
died at the advanced age of ninety-nine 
years. Owing to an accident his days were 
shortened. He was a man of powerful build 
and was \ery active for one of his years. In 
early life he was an athlete, and had the name 
of being the most powerful man in Tomp- 
kins county. 

George ^\'. ^^'est, of this review, is the 
sixth in order of birtii in a family of tea 
children, the others being as follows: Mary 
A. wedded R. Marsh and died at about the 
age of fifty years; Lydia J. is tlie wife of 
Thomas Space, of Tompkins county. New 
York; John T., a successful farmer of Osco 
township, this count}-, died at the age of 
forty years, and his widow subsequently 
married Robert Fleming, of Cambridge; 
Harriet, deceased, was the wife of Frank 
Tuttle, of Beloit, Wisconsin ; Caroline died 
unmarried at the age of twenty-eight years; 
Nancy J. died unmarried at the age of twen- 
ty-four; l_)eli)hine married Henry Lormore, 
and ilied at the age of forty-one; .Vdaline 
married tjeorge Lormore. a brother of 
Henry, and died in Cleveland, Ohio, at the 
age of thirty-seven ; and Emily, died at the 
age of eighteen years. 

Mr. W'est was reared on a farm at Dry- 
den, New York, and after completing lii.> 
education in the public schools of that local- 
ity, he followed farming initil he attained 
his majority. At Cortland, New York, Le 
boarded a train — the first on which he ever 
rode — and went to Beloit, Wisconsin, and 
from that city came to Henry county, Illi- 
nois, riding across the country on an un- 
broken colt and arriving here in the spring 
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house between Geneseo and Caml^ridge, a 
distance of twelve miles, it being the prop- 
erty of Job Price. With his colt and ox 
teams, Mr. \\'est assisted his brother, John 
T., in breaking prairie and improving the 
latter's farm, being thus employed for a 
year. He then went to Iowa, where he 
spent the cold winter of 1856, when the ther- 
mometer for forty degrees below zero much 
of the time, and the crust on the snow was so 
thick that he could ride over fences indis- 
criminately. He was engaged in buying 
furs and deer skin, which he sold for a good 
profit in Galesburg the following spring. 
Mr. West was next employed as collector 
for G. W. Brown, and later engaged in the 
fruit tree business until the Civil war broke 
out, when he turned his attention to buying 
horses and delivering them to the United 
States authorities at Galesburg. In the 
meantime he purchased and improved eighty 
acres of land in Alunson township, this coun- 
ty, though he made his home in Galesburg 
during the war, and for nearl}- two years was 
engaged in the crockery and stoneware busi- 
ness in Chicago, under the firm name of 
West & Tomlinson, being burned out at the 
end of that time. Since then he has carried 
on farming and stock raising in this coun- 
ty, and has owned some fine blooded cattle 
and also a good grade of horses and hogs. 
Success has attended his well-directed efforts 
and he and his wife now have a well im- 
proved and valuable farm of over four hun- 
dred acres. The Hennepin canal crosses 
this property and cuts off about eighteen 
acres. Mr. \\'^est still operates his farm 
with the aid of a tenant. In 1890 he pur- 
chased and brought to this county six thou- 
sand sheep from ^Montana, and in 1897 
three hundred head of cattle from Colorado. 
He has found stock raising and feeding 



quite profitable, and is to-day one of the 
most substantial men of his community. 

In politics Mr. West is an ardent Repub- 
lican, and takes a commendable interest in 
public matters, especially educational affairs, 
which he has done much to promote. He 
was chairman of the committee that had 
in charge the erection of the second brick 
public school building in Henry county ( ?). 
Fraternally he is identified with the Ma- 
sonic order, and religiously both he and 
his estimable wife are active and consistent 
members of the Congregational Church, in 
which she has been a member of the choir 
for over forty-two 3"ears. 

It was on the 6th of June, 1865, in Henry 
county, that Mr. West led to the marriage 
altar ^liss ^lary Amelia Allan, and by this 
union were born three children, namely : 
(i) James Allan, a resident of Rock Island 
and postal clerk on the Chicago, Rock Islaml 
& Pacific Railroad between that city and 
Chicago, married Fay Cinnamon, in Janu- 
ary, 1 89 1, and they have two children, Allan 
C. and Harold T. (2) George GL is a gravl- 
uate of the Northwestern Normal School, 
and is now engaged in farming near Gene- 
seo. (3) John Edward is a graduate of the 
same institution and also of the dental de- 
partment of the Northnestern Universit\v 
and is now engaged m the practice of dental 
surgery at Geneseo. He married Minerva 
E. Benedict, in January, 1897, and they have 
one child, Stewart Benedict. 

James M. Allan, Mrs. West's father, 
was born in Sumner county, Tennessee, No- 
vember 23, 181 4, a son of John and Nancy 
(Hodge) Allan, and grandson of Joseph, 
and Euphemia (Agnew) Hodge. Duriiig 
the Revolutionary war Joseph Hodge, a na- 
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a rami'iul. In 1S36 Jj'mes M. Allan came 
to Henry county, Illinois, and became prom- 
inently identified with public affairs here. 
He spent the winter of 1836-7 at \'andalia, 
where the legislature was then in session, 
and succeeded in getting Henry county set 
apart from Knox. He served as tlie first 
county and circuit clerk,, and also filled I he 
office of county judge. In 1850 he was 
elected to the state legislature and succeeded 
in getting a charter for what is now the Chi- 
cago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad. 
Strange as it may seem it was a chfficult mat- 
ter to obtain the support of the governor and 
many of the leading men of the slate, wno 
were much afraid that a railroad constructed 
in the vicinity of the canal would prove det- 
rimental to the best interests of the state. 
Mr. Allan also held the office of provost 
marshal during a part of the Civil war. In 
his journal he wrote: "One of the hardest 
jobs I have undertaken with others is the 
construction of the Hennepin canal. I have 
now been t\\ent\- years actively working 
to secure this important improvement. I 
think the Hennepin canal will come soon. 
I have spent much time and money in its 
behalf. I spent winters in Springfield en- 
deavoring to get the legislature to pass laws 
for its construction. The result of such 
effort was the beginning of the improvement 
of the Illinois river and the passage of the 
law to cede to the general government the 
Illinois «!t Michigan canal. Its enlarge- 
ment and the improvement of the Illinois 
river, with the Hennepin canal completed, 
would gi\e the northwest excellent facilities 
for cheap transportation, both for the Mis- 
sissippi river and the Great Lakes." Mr. 
Allan was in early life a member of and was 
ever in deep sympathy with the church and 
its work, and was highly respected and es- 



teemed by all who knew him. After a long 
and useful life he passed away December 20, 
1885. His father, John Allan, was a native 
of Hereford, England, was a Presbyterian 
minister, who for the long period of thirty 
years had charge of one church in Ilunts- 
ville, Alabama. He sent his sons. James M. 
and William T., to college in the north, 
where they imbibed the northern spirit of 
enterprise, and soon began to see the wrong 
of slavery. This was more than their rev- 
erend father had bargained for in sending 
them to school. William T. Allan was 
licensed to preach, and for many years lec- 
tiu'ccl on the wrongs of sla\cr_\-, being a con- 
temporary worker anil in s}nipalhy with the 
anti-sla\XT}- views as promulgated by Owen 
Lo\ejoy. 

On the 6th of ^Nlarch, 1S39. James M. 
Allan married Miss Susannah D. Stewart, 
who was born in New York, January 28, 
1820. Their wedding was the first per- 
formed in Henry county, and she had the 
honor of teaching the first school within its 
borders. She was a life-long member of 
the Congregational Church and one of its 
most zealous workers. Her death occurred 
June 8, 1889. Five children were born to 
Mr. and ^Irs. Allan, as follows: Sarah A. 
resides in Geneseo. She taught under the 
A. M. A. in the south for several years. 
Hilary Amelia, wife of our subject; Clara F., 
wife of William Harrington; Emily I., who 
ilied at the age of two years; and Anna L., 
wife i>f Frank Williams, of Geneseo. 

Mrs. Allan was a daughter of Roderick 
R. Stewart, who, in 1836, was one of the 
first three to locate in what is now Geneseo, 
the others being Messrs. Bartlett and Cone. 
His grandfather, Elisha Stewart, aided the 
colonies in their struggle for independence, 
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sons and daughters of the Revolution. In 
1812, Roderick R. Stewart married Clar- 
issa Dresser, a native of Massachusetts, who 
served her country during the war of 1812 
b)' devoting her spare time to molding bul- 
lets for the army. She furnished a full 
choir for the church from her own family, 
and was called the mother of "the Geneseo 
colony." She died in 1867, at a ripe old 
age. honored and respected by all who knew 
her. Roderick R. Stewart organized the 
Masonic lodge at Geneseo, which bears his 
name. 



JA:\IES RAMSEY. 

James Ramsey, deceased, was for many 
years prominently identified with the busi- 
ness interests of Geneseo, and was one of its 
most highly esteemed citizens. A native of 
New Hampshire, he was born in !Marlow on 
the 29th of June, 1812, and remained at the 
place of his birth until seventeen years of 
age. His parents, James and Xancy (Tin- 
ney) Ramsey, were life-long residents of 
Marlow, where both died at an advanced age. 

On leaving home Mr. Ramsey went to 
Boston, ^Massachusetts, where he was em- 
ployed for some years, and first embarked in 
business on his own account at Newton. Mas- 
sachusetts, where he conducted a grocery 
store for several years. On disposing of his 
business there he returned to New Hamp- 
shire and engaged in the general mercantile 
business at Alstead, where he remained until 
1866. He then went to Nashua, where he 
was engaged in the grocery business until 
coming west in 1870. Locating in Geneseo. 
Illinois, he purchased a grocery store, which 
lie and his eldest son, Allen, conducted until 
a few vears before his death, when he re- 



tired from active business and spent his re- 
maining days in ease and quiet at his pleas- 
ant home on Oakwood avenue, which he 
Iniilt shortly after his arrival in Geneseo. 
Here he was surrounded by all the comforts 
which usually attend a well spent life of in- 
dustry. His son continued the business until 
1896, when he sold out. 

^Ir. Ramsey was twice married, his first 
wife being !Miss Sarah Jane Hopkins, of 
Nashua, New Hampshire, who died in Al- 
stead. that state, leaving three children, 
namely : ( i ) Allen, who was his father's 
partner in the grocery^ business, married 
Ellen Brady, who died leaving one child, 
Frank. Allen died in Chestervillle, Texas, 
October 24. 1900. During the Civil war he 
enlisted in the Eighteenth New Hampshire 
A^olunteer Infantry, and after serving some 
time was taken ill and sent home. In the 
spring of the following year, however, he 
re-enlisted, and remained in the service until 
tiie close of the war. ( 2 ) Emily J. is the 
w ife of Nathan Smith, now probate judge at 
Sabetha, Kansas, and they have three chil- 
dren, Daisy, Edith and Blanche. (3) John 
E., who died in Erie. Pennsylvania, about 
twelve years ago. ser\ed for some years in 
the United States navy, and was quarter- 
master on the U. S. S. Brooklyn for a time. 

On the 8th of September. 1863. at Heb- 
ron, New York. Mr. Ramsey was again mar- 
ried, his second union being with Miss Laura 
J. \\'ilson, a daughter of Isaac and Phcebe 
(Temple) AX'ilson. Isaac \\'ilson was a son 
of James Wilson, of Hebron, New York, 
who served as a major in the Revolutionary 
war. The father was a native of that place, 
and about 1868 came to Henry county, Illi- 
nois, purchasing a farm in Edford town- 
ship, where he continued to make his home 
until a short time before his death, which 




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occurred at the residence of his daughter. 
Mrs. Ramsey, Marcli lo, 1875, when he was 
eighty-one years of age. His wife passeil 
away a week previous, at the age of eiglity 
years. P>y his second marriage Mr. Ramsey 
had two children: (i) Eugene \\'., horn in 
Alstead, Xew Hampshire, April 16, 1865 — 
the day President Lincoln was assassinated 
— and was educated in the public schools of 
Geneseo and Wood Business C'ollege at 
Davenport, Iowa. He is a painter l)y trade. 
On the 13th of September, 1899, at Indian- 
apolis, Indiana, he married Annie Kile, a 
daughter of John \V. Kile, a farmer of La- 
])el, Indiana, and they have one child, Har- 
old, born in Geneseo June 5, 1900. (j) 
Gertrude P. is the wife of Dr. Harry Brown- 
ing, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and tliey ha\e one 
child, Floy L. 

While a resident of Alstead, Xew Hamp- 
shire, before his removal to Nashua, Mr. 
Ramsey served as representative to the state 
legislature on two different occasions, and 
held the office of justice of the peace for 
many years at that place. Religiously he 
was an earnest and consistent member of the 
Methodist Church, and a regular attendant 
upon its services. He was held in high re- 
gard by his fellow citizens on account of his 
upright dealings and Christian charity, and 
in his death, which occurred .\pril 17. 1894. 
the city lost a prominent and valued citizen ; 
his family a devoted husband and father. 
His remains were interred in Oakwood cem- 
€terv. 



LOWRY BROTHERS. 

This enterprising tirm of liverymen of 
Geneseo, Illinois, is comiwsed of Andrew 
P. and Thomas M. Lowry, both natives of 
Indiana countv, Pennsvlvania. and sons of 



William C. and Mary J. ( Duncan) Lowry, 
who were also born in that state and are still 
living on the farm in Indiana county where 
the birth of our subject occurred. The fa- 
ther is now about seventy-five years of age, 
while his wife is si.xty-five. Throughout 
his active business life he has been engaged 
in agricultui'al ptn"snils, and the old home- 
stead upon which he li\es is composed of 
one hundred and lift}- acres of rich and val- 
uable land. For several terms he has effi- 
cienth- serxed as supervisor of his township, 
and has held other minor offices. During 
the Civil war he joined a Pennsylvania reg- 
iment and served for about a year, being 
honorably discharged when hostilities 
ceased. Religiously he and his wife are faith- 
ful and consistent members of the Presby- 
terian Church. Her parents were Thomas 
autl Jane (Machesney) Duncan. Her fa- 
ther was also a native of the Keystone state 
and a tanner by trade, which occupation he 
followed until his death. He died about 
thirty-five years ago, but his widow is still 
li\'ing and makes her home in Marion. Indi- 
ana county, I'enns_\l\ania. 

William C. and Marv J. ( Duncan) 
l.owry are the ])arents of si.x. children, all 
born in Indiana county, Pennsyhania. and 
all still living, namely: Sadie J., at home; 
.\ndrew P. and Thomas M.. of this review; 
Olive B. resides with parents in Pennsyl- 
vania; Harry L. resides in Indiana county, 
Pennsylvania, and Settle resides at home. 

Andrew P. Lowry was b(_)rn September 
30, 1858, and remained on the home farm 
until he attainetl his majority, rocei\'ing his 
literary education in the common schools 
of the township in which he lived. In 1879 
he came to Illinois and located in Annawan 
township. Henry county, where he engaged 
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moved to the city of Geneseo, and embarked 
in his present business with his brother 
Thomas M. They conduct a general livery 
and feed stable, and enjoy a liberal patron- 
age. They are energetic and progicssive 
business men, and have met with well-mer- 
ited success in their undertakings. On the 
24th of May, 1892, Andrew P. Lxjwry was 
united in marriage in Geneseo with Airs. 
Elsie McFadden, a native of Canada, and 
a daughter of Colon and Catherine (Bowen) 
Fick. Her mother is now deceased, but 
her father is still living at Annawan, where 
he is engaged in the manufacture of wagons 
and also operates a feed mill. 

Thomas M. Lowry was born on the i ith 
of August, i860, and was a young man of 
twenty years wlien he left the parental roof 
and came to this state, being engaged in 
farming in Annawan township, Henry coun- 
t}', for about three years. He then came to 
Geneseo and established himself in the 
livery business with his brother as previous- 
ly stated. He is a member of Geneseo Lodge, 
Xo. 1 7 J. I. O. O. F., and is also connected 
with the Mystic ^^'orkers of the World, 
while politically he is identified with the Re- 
publican party. He was married in Rock 
Island, Illinois, September 8, 1887, to Miss 
Celia Fick, a sister of his brother's wife, and 
by this union were born three children : 
Charles William, who was born in Geneseo 
and is now twelve years of age; Oral Mary, 
who was born in the same place and is now 
four years old ; and Bessie, who was a twin 
of Oral M. and died in infancw 



AAROX PALMIER. 

For about forty-five years the subject of 
this sketch has been a resident of Kewanee, 
his home at present being at Xo. 210 West 



Sixth street, and during all this time he has 
been actively identified with its business in- 
ests. He is now engaged in draying and gen- 
eral teaming and controls the greater part of 
that business done in the city. 

Mv. Palmer was born in Lake county, 
Ohio, X'ovember 20, 1833, and is a son of 
X'orris and Lucy (Emerson) Palmer, natives 
of Xew York and Ohio, respectively. The 
father became a well known farmer of the 
Buckeye state, where he died at about the age 
of forty years. The Palmer family is quite 
prominent in Concord and ^Mentor, Ohio, and. 
each year its members hold a reunion either 
at Concord or Painesville. For her second 
husband the mother of our subject married 
Alexander Li\ingston, and by that union 
had four children, while by the former mar- 
riage she had five. She was an earnest 
member of the Methodist Church and died in 
that faith when less than forty years of age. 
Of the children born of the first union only 
our subject and his sister, Mrs. J. S. Stone, 
of Omaha, now survive. Those deceased are 
Grove X'., Isaac Gideon and George, the last 
named having died young, while the others 
grew to manhood. 

Aaron Palmer was educated in the public 
schools of Ohio and Illinois, having come to 
this state with his step-father in 1849, and 
located on a farm in Wethersfield township, 
Henry county. For a time he and his broth- 
er, Grove Xorris, conducted a general store 
in the village of Wethersfield, and later were 
engaged in running a threshing machine and 
separator for eight seasons threshing much 
of the wheat raised in their section of the 
county. They at first used an old Elgin 
thresher, and later a J. I. Case separator,, 
manufactured at Racine, Wisconsin. On dis- 
continuing that business Mr. Palmer en- 
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fruit trees. Since then lie has devoted his 
time and energies to his present business, 
and in connection with general teaming and 
draying has also run a hack, and engaged in 
funeral work, keeping four teams constantly 
busy. 

On Christmas day, 1856. at the Method- 
ist Episcopal parsonage on \\'est Fifth 
street — then consideretl the finest residence 
in Kewanee — was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Palmer and Miss Prudence Tuimicliff, 
a native of Derbyshire, England, wlin came 
to America with her parents, Edward anti 
Sarah Tuimicliff, and first located in Zanes- 
ville. Ohio. In 1855 the family came to Ke- 
wanee, where the father is now living re- 
tired at tlie age of eighty-seven years, the 
mother at the age of eighty-two. He was a 
manufacturer of brown and yellow pottery 
ware, his family in England being potters. 
Mrs. Palmer is the eldest of his thirteen 
children, the others being George, now dep- 
uty poor master in Kewanee, who took his 
brother William's place in the Civil war and 
served three years; William C, who enlisted 
in the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth 
Illinois \'olunteer Infantry and died at Tip- 
ton, Missouri, after having served five 
months; Joseph S., who was also one of the 
boys in blue and is now living in Bingham, 
Iowa; John, a resident of Moline, Illinois; 
Edward M., clerk of the circuit court and a 
ranchman of Burwell, Nebraska; Mary, 
widow of Dane! Holt, and a resident of Ke- 
wanee; Anna, wife of J. S. Minor, who is 
connected with the shoe department of Lay 
& Lyman's store in Kewanee; and five chil- 
dren, deceased. 

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Palmer have been 
born ten children, as follows: Lucy E., who 
died at the age of fifteen months; Sarah, 
who died at the age of two montlis and six- 



teen days: .\dilie M., wife of Bert Roul- 
ston, of Bingham, Iowa; William C. wlu>- 
is mentioned below; Ernest E., at home; 
Xora J., who died at the age of fifteen 
months; Walter .V.. a physician of Redwood,. 
Minnesota, who married Alice Bi)nny, of 
Chicago, and has two sons, Walter L. and 
Donald; Bessie M., wife of G. C. Stratton, 
head clerk in Hoffman's store of Kewanee,. 
by whom she has three children, Frank P.. 
and and Prudence F.. twins, and Genevcive; 
Grove (i.. who is his father's assistant in 
business; and Frank X.. who died at the age 
of five years. 

Mr. Palmer, his wife and family hold 
membership in the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, where he sang in the choir for over 
twenty years, and has also served as class- 
leader and leader in the young people's meet- 
ing. Fraternally he is a member of the 
Knights of Honor and served as its secretarj- 
and treasurer for many years. Since casting 
his first presidential vote for John C. Fre- 
mont he has been an ardent Republican, and 
for one year he filled the office of ta.x col- 
lector of Kewanee. He is one of the worthy 
citizens of that place and is a man highly 
respected and esteemed by all who know 
him. 

William L". Palmer, son of our subject^ 
was born on the 29tli of October, 1863. in 
Kewanee, and was etlucated in the public 
schools of that city and at a business college 
in Quincy, where he was graduated in 1892. 
Prior to taking -the commercial course, he 
had clerked in a grocery store for five years, 
and for ten years was similarly employed by 
the firm of Lay & Ljnnan, of Kewanee. He 
tlien embarked in the furniture and under- 
taking business on his own account as a 
member of the firm of Roadstrand & Palmer, 
but fifteen months later Mr. Roadstrand sold 



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liis interest to Mr. Good, and tlie name was 
changed to Palmer & Gcxid. In Felirnary. 
1900, Mr. Good took the furniture depart- 
ment, while Mr. Palmer kept the undertak- 
ing business, which he has' since carried on 
with marked success, doing the largest busi- 
ness in that line in the city. Politically he is 
a supporter of the Reiniblican part}-, socially 
is a member of the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias, 
while religiously he is officially connected 
with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He 
was married, June 25. 1890, to ^liss Rena 
!Murchison, by whom he has two children. 
A\'illie M. and ^lerwyn. ]^Irs. Palmer was 
born in Illinois, and is a daughter of Cap- 
tain Alexander and Maggie Murchison. who 
^^■ere natives of Scotland and Pennsylvania, 
respectively, and are now residents of W'eth- 
ersfield township, this county. 



MARTI X ROOS. 

^lartin Roos comes from the Fatherland, 
and the strongest and most creditable char- 
acteristics of the Teutonic race have been 
marked elements in his life and have enabled 
him to win success in the face of opposing cir- 
cumstances. He possesses the energy and 
determination which mark the people of 
German}-, and by the exercise of his powers 
he has steadily progressed, and has not only 
v.-on a handsome competence, but has com- 
manded universal respect by his straight- 
forward business methods. He is now liv- 
ing a retired life in Geneseo. 

yir. Roos was born in Hesse-Darmstadt. 
Germany, September 22, 1816. a son of 
Henry and Margarette (Hinkel) Rcx>s. w ho 
spent their entire lives in that country. The 



father, who was a prosperous and progress- 
ive man, as well as an honorable and upright 
citizen of his community, died at the age of 
forty-two years, when ottr subject was only 
two years old. The mother survived him, 
and was sixty-five years of age at the time 
of her death. 

In their family of six children our sub- 
ject is the youngest and only one now liv- 
ing. Of the others, Henry, 'born in 1800, 
came to the United States in 1852. and lo- 
cated in Loraine township, Henry county. 
Illinois, where he owned and operated a 
farm of two hundred and forty acres until 
his death, in 1872. He left a widow and 
six children. Jacob, born April 10, 1863, 
spent his life as a farmer in Germany, where 
he died at the age of eighty years. He mar- 
ried and had one child. Philip, born De- 
cember 5, 1805, came to America in 1853, 
and died about twenty years ago, leaving a 
farm of one hundred and twenty acres in 
Loraine township, this count}', which is now 
operated by his son Jacob. Edward P. died 
i.i Germany in the fall of 1839, at the age of 
twenty-seven years. 

Martin Roos grew to manhood upon a 
farm in his native land, and received a good 
common school education. In 1840 he sailed 
for the new world, and after a voyage of thir- 
ty-two days the \essel cast anchor in the har- 
bor of Xew York, on the 3d of June. On 
landing our subject found that he had only 
five dollars with which to begin life in a 
strange land, but he was willing to work 
and possessed the determination to succeed, 
which have been important elements in his 
career. For a year he was employed as a 
farm hand in Pennsylvania for si.K dollars 
per month, and then went to Delaware, where 
he obtainetl work at double the salary. A 
vcar later he returned to Pennsyhania, 



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u here lie made his home until going to Chi- 
cago in 1843. Failing to find a situation in 
tliat city, he went into the country, where he 
worked two years in a grist and saw mill, 
and also hauled flour into tlie city, a distance 
of forty miles. 

In the spring of 1845 •^^■'- Roos came to 
Henry countj-, and took up eighty acres of 
government land on sections 8 and 17, Lo- 
raine township, on which he erected a log 
house. He at once commenced to break and 
improve his land, and added to his original 
purchase until he had over four hundred 
acres of land, on which he successfully en- 
gaged in general farming and stock raising 
for forty years, but since 1885 has lived a 
retired life in Geneseo, having a comforta- 
ble home on Russell avenue. He still owns 
two hundred and forty acres of his farm, and 
from it derives a good income. 

In 1845, in Loraine township, Mr. Roos 
was married to Miss Magdalena Leiimann, 
a native of Alsace, Germany, who ilied De- 
cember 7, 1855, and was buried in Loraine 
township. She was a devoted wife and a 
kmd and loving mother. By that union 
there were five children, all born in Loraine 
township, namely: (i) Martin J. enlisted at 
the last call for troops during the Civil war, 
and served until hostilities ceased. He is 
now engaged in merchandising and farming 
ill Bon Homme county. South Dakota. He 
married Tillie \'oigt, and they have four 
children, Mary, Eddie, Rebecca and Blanche. 
(2) Philip, a farmer of Whiteside county, 
Illinois, married Eveline Sand, and they have 
four children, Lydia, Leonard, Wesley and 
Howard. (3) Ann Sarah is the wife of 
Lewis Arnett, a farmer of Portland town- 
ship, Whiteside county, and they have eight 
children, Clara, Stacey, Roy, Ida, Aggie, 
Winnie, Maude and Harley. (4) Rebecca 



is the wife of Lavinus Heller, who was en- 
gaged in farming in .Vtkinson township for 
many years, but is now living a retired life 
in Geneseo, and they have four children, 
-Vlbert, Frank. Clara and Inez. (5) Sa- 
lome is the wife of Julius Lemuel, who is 
employed in a factory in Kewanee, and they 
have four children, Frank, Grace, Edward 
and Mary. 

On the 6th of March, 1856, Mr. Roos 
was united in marriage with Miss Eva Bar- 
bara Knapper, a native of Germany, and to 
them were born the following named chil- 
dren : ( I ) William, a resident of Buffalo 
county, Nebraska, married Sarah E. Lodge, 
and they have four children, Edward M., 
Blanche, Jennie and Frank. He owns cu'i 
operates a farm of four hundred and eighty 
acres. (2) Louisa is the wife of Solomon J. 
Heller, a farmer of Loraine township, whose 
sketch appears on another page of this vol- 
ume, and they have four children, Daniel, 
Xettie, Ralph and Harold. (3) Christin.i 
is the wife of John Butzer, a merchant and 
grain dealer of Hillsdale. Rock Island coui.- 
ty, Illinois, and their children are Ada, Clar- 
ence, Glenn, Frank, Birdie, \'ernie, Gold'O 
and Martin J. (4) David was shot and 
killed by a tranii) while in the e.xercise of 
his duty as city marshal of Tindall, Bon 
Homme county. South Dakota, and left a 
widow and three children, Harr}*, Clara M. 
and David. (5) George F., a farmer of 
Marshall, Minnesota, is married and has one 
child, Cecil. (6) Wesley died in infancy. ( ~) 
Samuel W'., a resident of Luverne, Minne- 
sota, married Rachael Cripp. (8) Henri- 
etta M. is the wife of Frank Grant Hum- 
phreys, a farmer of Annawan township, tiiis 
county, and they have four children, Cecil. 
Fay,- Ada Verne and Eva M. (9) Lydia 
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and paper hanger of Geneseo, and they have 
three children, Lester O., Gladys and Jessie 
M. (lo) Benjamin H., a barber of Gene- 
seo, married Lilhe Drain, and has one child, 
Cassie J. ( 1 1 ) Marcella E. B. is the wife 
of W. M. Baker, of ^luscatine, Iowa, and 
they have one child, Wilbur. 

yiv. Roos is a prominent and influential 
member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church 
-of Geneseo. to which he is a liberal contrib- 
utor, and in which he has served both as 
treasurer and deacon, filling the latter oflice 
for over thirty years. He also officiated as 
steward and exhorter for many years, and 
has taken an active part in all church work. 
His fellow citizens recognizing his worth and 
ability, have called upon him to fill public 
■offices of honor and trust, and he has most 
capably served as school trustee and road 
commissioner, serving three terms in the lat- 
ter office. He has voted the Republican 
ticket ever since the party was organized. 



LEONARD SIEBEX. 

Through many years of active labor, 
mainly devoted to stock raising and agricul- 
tural pursuits, Leonard Sieben acquired a 
comfortable competence wliich now enables 
him to lay aside all business cares in ease 
and retirement at .his pleasant home in Gen- 
eseo. A native of Germany, he was born on 
the 15th of February, 1844, in Hesse Darm- 
stadt, of which province his parents, Joseph 
and Aboline Sieben, were also natives. In 
1852 the family emigrated to the new 
world, thirty-five days being spent on the 
water. The mother was taken ill during the 
long voyage, and died in Chicago at the age 
of forty-five years, the family having re- 
mained in that city during the winter of 



1852-53. The following spring they moved 
to Whiteside county, Illinois, where the 
father worked at anything which he could 
find to do in order to support his large fam- 
ily of seven children, five sons and two 
daughters. In 1857 he married again, his 
second wife being a Miss Fisk. by whom he 
had one child. He died in ^^'hiteside count}", 
January i, 1859, at the age of forty-nine 
years. In religious belief hte parents of our 
subect were Catholics. Their children were 
as follows :' Johii, a resident of Lorain 
township, this county; Teresa, wife of 
Henry H. Hammann, of Osco township ; 
\'alentine, who was instantly killed by a 
liorse in 1886, at the age of forty- four 
years; Margaret, wife of George Arnett, of 
Geneseo; Leonard, of this review; and 
Henry and Jacob, both of Montana. 

By the death of his father, Leonard Sie- 
ben was thrown upon his own resources at 
the tender age of thirteen years, and has since 
made his own way in the world unaided. For 
a short time he was employed by neighbor- 
ing farmers, but in 1864 went west to that 
part of Idaho which has since become Mon- 
tana. In company with three others he 
crosed the plains, and after traveling three 
nionths and seven days landed in \'irginia 
City, where he was first employed as team- 
ster and continued to follow that occupation 
until the spring of 1866, when he bought a 
team and engaged in freighting between 
Fort Benton and \'irginia City to Helena 
and other towns in the interior, which were 
then the sites of mining camps. To that 
business he devoted his attention until the 
spring of 1870, when he went to t'tah and 
liought a herd of young cattle which he dro\e 
to ]\Iontana to sell, being engaged in that en- 
terprise for three years, at the end of which 
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now Cascade county, Montana, and made 
his home there until the fall of 1879. Sell- 
ing;: liis interests in the west, he returned to 
lllinnis, in January. 1880, and purchased a 
farm on section ^8, Phenix township, Henry 
county, where he successfully followed ag- 
ricultural pursuits for several years, but is 
now living a retired life in Geneseo. He 
still owns a fine farm of three hundred and 
thirty-one acres of rich and arable land in 
Cornwall township, this county, which he 
rents, and also has twenty and a half acres of 
timber land in Phenix township. In addition 
he also has two hundred and forty acres of 
improved land in the same township which 
v.as the old homestead. 

On the 9th of April, 1878, r\Ir. Sicben 
married Miss Sarah J. Hines, a native of Illi- 
nois. Her father, Henry Hines, was born 
in Germany, Februarj'- 19, 1819, l)ut was only 
three years old when brought by his parents 
to America, the voyage being made in a sail- 
ing vessel and lasting many weeks. The 
family landed in Baltimore, ^laryland, and 
proceeded to \\'ayne county, Oliio, where 
Mr. Hines grew to manhood and marrieil 
Miss Susan Henney, a native of that county, 
and a daughter of Peter and Christina 
(Strayer) Henney, who were linlh Imrn in 
Pennsylvania. Mr. Henney died in 1873, at 
the age of eighty-three and a half years, his 
wife in 1870 at the age of seventy- four. In 
1850 Mr. and Mrs. Hines removed from the 
Buckeye state to Illinois, and took up their 
residence in Phenix township, this county, 
where he followed farming throughout his 
life, his death occurring March 18, 1870. 
Religiously he was connected w ith the Evan- 
gelical Association. His wile, who still 
survives him, is an honored resident of Gene- 
seo, and an active member of the United 
Evangelical Church of that place. She is 



now seventy-five years of age. To this 
worthy couple were born the following chil- 
dren : John H., a farmer of Kansas; Lucy 
A., wife of George A\'. Rowe, a retired 
farmer of Geneseo; Christina S., wife of 
Aaron Rapp, of Geneseo; Mary E., wife of 
Abner Offerley, of Edwards county, Kan- 
sas; Sarah, wife of our subject; Hattie A., 
wife of John Goembel, of Geneseo; Peter 
II., a resident of Geneva, Nebraska; and 
I'^rederick A., a fanner of Phenix township. 
Besides their own children Mr. and Mrs. 
Hines reared Emma Weeks, now the wife of 
Charles W. Young, of Geneseo. 

Mr. and Mrs. Sieben are the parents of 
five children, namely : Olive S. has success- 
fully taught school for several terms in this 
county, and is now a student at Oberlin Col- 
lege, Oberlin, Ohio, where she will graduate 
in 1903; Sylvia B. is also a student at Ober- 
lin College and is giving special attention to 
music, in which she takes great delight and in 
which she is quite proficient; Ira L. is at- 
tending the Geneseo high schcx>l ; Ward H. 
is a pupil in the eighth grade of the public 
schools of Geneseo; and RiUh E. is also at- 
tending the public schools. Mr. and Mrs. 
.Siel)en are prominent members of the Evan- 
gelical Church of Geneseo, in which he has 
served as steward and trustee fur some 
years. Politically he is identified .with the 
Kepublican party, and gi\es a liberal sup- 
port to all enterprises which he believes cal- 
culated to advance the moral and material 
welfare of town and couiUv. 



OLIVER \\". BROWN. 

Since 1839 this gentleman has been an 
honored resident of Henry county, and has 
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and development. As an agriculturist he 
materially aided in transforming the wild 
land into highly cultivated fields, and in 
other ways has advanced the interests of 
the county. After a long and useful career 
ht has now laid aside all business cares, and 
is living a retired life in Wethersfield. 

]Mr. Brown was born in the town of 
North Coventry, Tolland county, Connecti- 
cut, on the 20th of June, 1820, and is a son 
of Selah Brown, whose birth occurred at 
the same place December 11, 1783. His pa- 
ternal grandfather was Josiah Brown, one of 
the early settlers of Connecticut. There 
Selah Brown grew to manhood, and mar- 
ried Miss Betsy Dunham, who was born in 
the same state in 1786, and was a daughter 
of Stephen Dunham, a Revolutionary sol- 
dier, who lived to the advanced age of nine- 
ty-nine years, and died in North Coventry. 
There the parents of our subject si>ent their 
entire lives as farming people. 

During his boyhood Oliver \\'. Brown 
attended the common schools near his home 
and remained under the parental roof un- 
til eighteen years of age. On leaving home 
in 1838 he came west with four families 
from Connecticut, and after eight weeks 
spent upon the road landed in McDonough 
county, Illinois. In the fall of 1839 he came 
to Henry county, where he worked by the 
day and month for a year, receiving ten dol- 
lars per month. In 1841 he purchased one 
hundred acres of unbroken prairie land in 
Kewanee township, and at once commenced 
to improve the same and place it under cul- 
tivation. Subsequently he purchased more 
land and had a fine farm of two hundred' 
acres, which he improved in an excellent 
manner, receiving one year the second pre- 
mium offered for the best farms in the 
county. He continued to actively engage 



in agricultural pursuits until 1875, when he 
sold his place and liought a home in Wethers- 
field. where he still resides. Being a natural 
mechanic he has worked at the carpenter's 
trade to some e.xtent during his residence 
here, but is now living a retired life, having 
laid aside all business cares. At one time 
he owned a well improved farm of two hun- 
dred and forty acres in Otter count}', Ne- 
braska, but has since disposed of that. 

In Henry county, September 6, 1846, 
Avas celebrated the marriage of Mr. Brown 
and Miss Elizabeth Maria Kent, a native of 
Wyoming county. New York, and a daugh- 
ter of Ebenezer Kent, who was born in Ver- 
mont and when a young man removed to the 
Empire state. The Kent family is of Eng- 
lish origin and the first to come to America 
was Richard Kent, who crossed the Atlantic 
in 1634, and settled in Newbury, Massa- 
chusetts. Ebenezer Kent was twice mar- 
ried, his second wife being Polly Bolt, the 
mother of Mrs. Brown. In 1844 he came 
to Illinois, and after two years spent in 
Bureau county, took up his residence in 
Henry county. He lived to be over ninety- 
one years of age. Of the ten children born 
to Mr. and Mrs. Brown seven are still living, 
namely : Clark K., who is married and lives 
in Nebraska; George Oliver, who is also 
married and resides in that state; Frank G., 
who is married and makes his home in Cali- 
fornia; Eben S., also a resident of Califor- 
nia; Milton H., who is married and lives 
in Nebraska; Cyrus A., who is married and 
lives in Kewanee; and Mary O., wife of 
James Van Eman of Dwight, Illinois. 
Those of the family now deceased were 
Charles H., who died at the age of eighteen 
months; Laura P., who died at the age of 
thirteen months; and Emily M., the first 
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in Kewanee, leaving two cliikiren : Elizabeth 
A., now the wife of Alfred Watkinson, of 
California, and Harry M. of Kewanee. 

Originally ]Mr. Brown was a Democrat 
in ix)litics. but in 1856 supported John C. 
l-"reniont for the presitlency, and has since 
affiliated with the Republican party, though 
at local elections he often votes independent 
of i)art\' lines. He has been a delegate to 
the county conventions of his party, and has 
served as constable, assessor, road commis- 
sioner and school director, dischargnig his 
various official duties in a commendable and 
satisfactory manner. He is one of the few 
remaining old settlers of the county, and is 
|. to-day tile oldest \oter in W'ethersfiekl town- 
ship. He was a pall-bearer at the first fu- 
neral held there. He well remembers when 
this section of the state was all wild and un- 
[ improved, when wolves, deer and feathered 
game were abundant, furnishing many a 
meal for the early settlers, whose larder 
would otherwise have been scant, as those 
who had money were often unable to procure 
c\en the necessities of life in the sparsely 
>ettled country. As years have passed all 
J this has been changed and although the wild 
game has disappeared the residents of Henry 
> nunty are now able to secure all the deli- 
cacies which the markets ui the world 
afford. 



J. E. ST.\CV 



j. !•".. .'^lac}-, the present alderman of the 
Secund ward of Kewanee, and a manu- 
facturer, wholesale and retail dealer of ci- 
gars and tobacco, his place of business be- 
ing at Xo. 222 Second street, was born in 
Havana, Illinois, July 17, 1865, a son of 
John and Ellen (Murphy) Stacy, both na- 



tives of the Emerald Isle and members of 
the Catholic Church. The father died in 
1866. at the age of thirty-five years, leav- 
ing two children. J. \\.. our subject; and 
William E., a manufacturer of cigars at 
Farmington, Illinois. For her second hus- 
band the mother married James Ennis, by 
whom she also had two children : Philip, 
deceased: and Christopher, who is working 
for our subject. Mrs. Ennis is still living 
at the age of fifty-seven years, and is an 
honored resident of Kewanee. 

During his minority J. E. Stacy lived 
on a farm, and as he was compelled to earn 
his own livelihood his educational ad- 
vantages were limited, though he attended 
the country schools for a time. On start- 
ing out in life for himself he engaged in 
teaming in Canton, Illinois, and then learned 
the cigar maker's trade, at which he worked 
for others until the 23d of May, 1897, 
when he formed a partnership with James 
Finin, and embarked in the same line of 
trade under the firm name of Stacy & 
Finin. One year later this connection was 
dissolved by Mr. Stacy purchasing his part- 
ner's interest in the business, which he 
has since carried on under the name of 
James E. Stacy. He manufactures on an 
a\erage about two hundred thousand ci- 
gars per year, aiul was engaged in the 
wholesale business only until November i, 
1900, when he opened a retail department. 
He has built up a goc^d trade in both 
branches, and the products of his factory 
being of a superior grade find a ready sale 
on the market. 

Mr. Stacy was married. May 27, 1896, 
tc) Miss Maggie Killeen, a resident of \\ y- 
oming, who was Ixjrn in Illinois, and is a 
daughter of Patrick and Bridget Killeen, 
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his wife are members of the CathoHc 
Church, and he is also comiected with the 
CathoHc Order of Foresters and the Ancient 
Order of Hibernians. He is also a mem- 
ber of the L. D. of A. of Kewanee, and 
holds a retiring card of the Cigarmakers 
International Union of America. He was 
president of the cigar union of Canton 
during the strike of IVIarch, 1897, which 
lasted two years, but resigned that posi- 
tion on his removal to Kewanee. He has 
ben a member of the trades council of 
this city nearly two years and secretary of 
the local cigar union about a year ; and 
in connection with his special tradfe has 
been an important factor in union circles 
for the past four years. As a Democrat 
he also takes an active part in politics, and 
on that ticket was elected alderman in April, 
1900, for a term of two years. For his 
success in life ^Ir. Stacy deserves great 
credit, as it is due entirely to his own un- 
aided efforts. His first business transac- 
tion was at the age of fifteen years, when 
he trade an old carbine rifle, which was a 
present to him, for some tin-type pictures 
and seventy-five cents in money. He has 
worked his way steadily upward until he 
is now at the head of a good and constantly 
increasing business. In his career he has 
displayed that • energ}-, enterprise and de- 
termination which marks the successful 
business man. 



WILLIA:^! OLIVER. 

Since pioneer days William Oliver has 
been a resident of this section of the state, 
l.aving located in Stark county in 1838, and 
since 1854 he has made his home in Henry 
county. During his active business life he 
followed the occupation of farming with 



marked success, but is now living retired 
in W'ethersfield, enjoying a handsome com- 
petence which he has truly earned and richly 
deserves. 

'Sir. Oliver was born in Rossshire. Scot- 
land, February 7, 1827, and is a son of 
Thomas and Margaret (Fife) Oliver, both 
natives of Roxburghshire, where their mar- 
riage was celebrated. In 1837 the family 
emigrated to the L'nited States, and the fol- 
lowing year took up his residence in Stark 
countv, Illinois, being among the first set- 
tlers of what is now Elmira township. 
There the father of our subject opened up 
and improved a farm, which he made his 
home until called to his final rest, having 
survived his wife for some years. 

There our subject grew to manhood, 
and the education which he acquired in the 
pioneer schools was supplemented by a 
course at Knox College, Galesburg. He 
remained at home until his marriage, 
which occurred April 3, 1854, in Stark 
county, Miss Elizabeth Trumbull becoming 
his wife. She was born and reared in 
Scotland, and was a daughter of \\^illiam 
Trumbull, also a pioneer of Stark county. 
By this union were born ten children. The 
sons of the family were Thomas, who is 
married and now operates the home farm; 
William P., a resident of Adams county, 
Iowa; Adam E., who was admitted to the 
bar and engaged in the practice of law at 
Kewanee until his death in 1894; George 
and Andrew, who both died in 1891, after 
reaching years of maturity; and John, a 
graduate of the St. Louis Medical College, 
and now a physician of Kewanee. The 
daughters were Mary E., wife of Archie 
Turner, of Adams county, Iowa; Anna, 
who died in 1898; Nellie and Jane, both at 
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After his marriage Mr. Oliver located 
on a farm in Wethersfield township, Henry 
county, where he purchased two hundred 
acres of wild land, which he broke and' 
placed under cultivation. He added to his 
landed possessions from time to time until 
he had six hundred and forty acres, on which 
he built a good residence and substantial 
barns and outbuildings. He continued to 
successfuly engage in farming until 1898, 
when he rented his place and erected a 
pleasant residence in Wethersfield, where 
he has since lived retired! As a boy he 
commenced work for ten cents per day; 
his wages were subsequently increased to 
twenty-five cents per day ; and he was finally 
given ten dollars permonth ; but being in- 
dustrious, ambitious and enterprising, he 
steadily prospered as time advanced until 
he is now one of the most substantial men 
of the community, and his success has been 
worthily achieved. By his ballot he sup- 
ports the men and measures of the Repub- 
lican party, but has never sought oflicial 
honors for himself. For some years he 
efficiently served as a member of the school 
board and as school director in his district. 
h.aving always taken a commendable inter- 
est in educational affairs. He and his fam- 
ily are earnest and consistent members of the 
United Presbyterian Church of Elmira, and 
are people of prominence in the community 
where they reside. 



JOHN H. MURPHY. 

John H. Murphy, one of Kewanee's 
well-to-do and highly respected citizens who 
is now living a retired life, was born in 



county Wexford, Ireland, March 7, 1832, 
and is the only survivor in a family of seven 
children, four sons and three daughters, 
whose parents were Gregory and Mary 
(O'Farrel) ]\Iurphy, lifelong residents of 
the Emerald Isle, where the father died at 
about the age of eighty years, the mother 
at the age of fifty-five. The first of the 
family to come to America was our sub- 
ject's brother, James, who crossed the At- 
lantic in 1846 and took up his residence 
on a farm in Will county, Illinois, where he 
lived for many years, dying when quite an 
old man. ^^lichael came to this country in 
1877 and settled in Chicago, where he 
died at the age of sixty. The first of the 
members of this family were Margaret, 
who married Nicholas Holden and died in 
Ireland; James; Patrick and Ellen, who 
also died in Ireland ; John H. ; and Michael. 

Our subject was reared and educated in 
the land of his birth. It was in 1850J at 
the age of eighteen years, that he emigrated 
to the new world and located in Chicago, 
where he was engaged in mercantile pur- 
suits for a number of years. In 1882 he 
came to Henry county and has since made 
his home in Kewanee, where he worked 
in the shops for a time, but for the past 
ten years has lived a retired life. He owns 
a pleasant home at No. 707 East Third 
street, where he and his estimable wife ex- 
pect to spend their declining years. They 
are worthy members of the Cathqlic Church, 
and are highly esteemed by a large circle 
of friends and acquaintances. 

On the 22nd of October, 1864, Mr. 
Murphy married Miss Kate Smith, a native 
of New York and a daughter of John and 
Mary (Burns) Smith, who were born in 
Ireland and were the parents of six children, 
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jam and Ann. Besides Mrs. Murphy only 
Mary is now living. The children born to 
our subject and his wife are James, a resi- 
dent of Kewanee, who wedded Alary Coch- 
ran and has one child, John ; John, who is 
engaged in the mining business in South 
Dakota; Ellen, at home; Alargaret, wife of 
Frank Reynolds, of \\'ethersfield ; Frank, 
v.ho is clerking in Kewanee ; Kate, wife of 
Gould Hulburt. a railroad man of Wyom- 
ing; and William A., at home. 



HEXRY EKLUXD. 

Sweden has furnished to the United 
States many bright, enterprising young 
men who have left the old world to enter 
the business circles of this country with its 
more progressive methods, livelier compe- 
tition and advancement more quickly se- 
cured. Among this number is Henry Ek- 
lund, a prominent architect of Kewanee, 
Illinois. He was born in Boros, province 
of Westergotland, Sweden, May 2, 1868, 
a son of Andrew and Sophia (Sund) Ek- 
hind, natives of the same province. The 
father is a well educated man, who served 
for over twenty years as a non-commis- 
sioned officer in the Swedisli army, and after 
retiring from military ser\ice embarked in 
the lumber and real estate business in Boros, 
which he still carries on. He has ten chil- 
dren, all living, namely: Alma, wife of 
John Josephson, of Boros; Henry, our sub- 
ject; Mary, wife of Jacob Johnson, of Ke- 
wanee, Illinois; Hilda, wife of Rev. John 
Miller, a minister of the Swedish ^Methodist 
Episcopal Church at Bloomington, Illinois; 
Elizabeth, wife of John Nordine, of Boros, 
Sweden; Carl, who is married and is now 



pastor of the Swedish ^Methodist Church at 
Des Aloines, Iowa; Hilma, also of Des 
Moines, Iowa ; Judith, Cornelia and Fritz, 
who are living with their parents in Boros, 
Sweden. 

Henry Eklund began his education in the 
public schools of his native town and later 
attended a private school, where he studied 
for a professorship. In 1887 he came to 
the new world, sailing from Gottenborg; to 
Hull, England, and from Liverpool to Xew 
York. He remained in the latter city for 
a short time and then came to Kewanee, 
Illinois, where he took private lessons jn 
drafting. Later he took a special course in 
architecture at the University of Illinois, 
and by studying hard completed the same 
in one year, after which he returned to Ke- 
wanee, and has since devoted his time and 
energies to his profession, in which he has 
met with marked success. In 1898 he de- 
signed and supervised the construction of 
the \\'ashington school building, which is 
one of the finest in the state, and in 1900 
he recei\ed the commission to plan and su- 
perxise the construction of a large addition 
to the Irving school, the Hallin Block of 
Kewanee, a modern three-story building 
with all the latest improvements; Thomas 
]\IcClure"s residence on Prosjject street in 
1895 ; one for Juhn AN'ilsey on Tremont 
street; one for Asa Barney on Cliestnut 
street; and one for X. Caverno on South 
Tremont street, beside many other resi- 
dences and buildings. Mr. Eklund also has 
had considerable work throughout this. 
Stark and Knox counties. He conscien- 
tiously fulfills his part of every contract, 
and, being a skilled architect, the buildings 
erected by him are among the finest and liest 
in this section of the state. 

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brated the marriage of Mr. Eklund and Miss 
Esther Xelson, of Chicago, a daughter of 
Swan Xelson of that city. Slie has a 
brotlier Arthur, who is still at iiome with 
liis parents. ^Ir. Eklund is an active and 
consistent meniher of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church ; has been a member of the 
board of directors of the Young Men's 
Christian Association at Kewanee for eight 
years, and is now vice-president of the 
same. Fraternally he is connected with the 
Knights of Pythias and the ^loderiT Wood- 
men of America, and is trustee of the former 
liidge. Since coming to this country he has 
affiliated with the Republican party, and has 
taken an active and commendable interest 
in public affairs, as every true American 
citizen should. For three years he has been 
a member of the public library board, and 
he gives a cheerful support to all enterprises 
which have for their object the betterment 
of mankind. 



THOMAS PORTER LIKEX. 

One of the early settlers and prominent 
citizens of Henry county, Mr. Liken is now 
living a retired life in tiie city of Geneseo, 
liis home being on S<-)Uth Mechanic street. 
He was born near Pittsburg, Allegheny 
county, Pennsylvania, Xovember 20. 1846, 
and is a son of Thomas and Sarah (Sands) 
Liken. The father was a native of Ireland, 
Avho came to Pennsylvania when nine years 
old, living there until 1865, when he came to 
Illinois and settled in Munson township, 
Henry county, where he purchased a farm, 
making it his home until called from this 
life, in 1895, at the age at seventy-three 
years. Throughout his active business ca- 
reer he followed the occupation of farming. 



His wife survived him alx)ut two years, dy- 
ing on the old homestead in Munson town- 
ship, at the age of seventy-two. Of their 
nine children four are still living, Thomas 
P. being the oldest of the family. 

During his minority our subject assisted 
his father in the labors of the farm, and re- 
mained under the parental roof until his mar- 
riage. He began his education at his birth- 
place, and attended the i)ublic schools of 
Geneseo after coming to this state. On the 
j8th of December. 1870, in Munson town- 
ship, he married Miss Rachel \'. Hill, who 
was born in Augusta county. \'irginia, April 
2-j, 1 85 1, a daughter of William T. and 
Elizabeth (Lockhart) Hill. The birth of 
lier father occurred in Rappahannock county, 
the same state. April 10, 1821, and about 
1855 he came to Henry county, Illinois, lo- 
cating in Munson township, being engaged 
in farming and stock raising on section 24 
until his death, which occurred in 1890, 
when he was well advanced in years. Hi» 
wife had passed away a number of years pre- 
viously. They had a family of fourteen chil- 
dren, eleven of whom are still living, Mrs. 
Liken being the sixth in order of birth. Mr. 
Hill was a large land owner and one of the 
most prosperous men of his community, as 
well as one of its most highly respected 
citizens. 

Mr. and Mrs. Liken are the parents of 
five children, all of whom were born in Mun- 
son township. In order of birth they are as 
follows : William E., Iwrn February 24, 
1872, was educated at the Collegiate Insti- 
tute of Geneseo, and now follows farming, 
while he makes his home with his parents; 
Maude E., born March 16, 1875, is the wife 
of Joseph F. Combs, a farmer residing on 
section 2}^, Osco township, this county, and 
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born May 7, 1878, is now editor oi the Gen- 
esee Daily and Weekly Arena, and is repre- 
sented on another page of this volume ; Myr- 
tle M., born June 14, 1880, was educated in 
the schools of Geneseo and a young ladies' 
seminary at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and is 
now at home with her parents ; and Grace 
M., born January 27, 1884, is attending the 
Geneseo high school. 

After his marriage ^Nlr. Liken emliarked 
in farming for himself on a place adjoining 
that owned by his father in Munson town- 
ship. He purchased one hundred and eighty 
acres of land on section 7, and to it he sub- 
sequently added until he had a fine farm 
comprising five hundred and fifty acres in 
Munson township, besides a tract of two 
hundred acres in Iowa. In this county he 
engaged in general farming and stock rais- 
ing quite extensively until 1895, when he 
gave up active business and removed to Gen- 
eseo, where he has since lived a retired life 
at his pleasant home on South Mechanic 
street, surrounded by the comforts Avhich 
usually attend a well spent life of industry. 
His beautiful residence is surnuinded by a 
large and well-kept lawn, and is situated on 
one of the principal residence streets of the 
city. 

While living" in !Munson townshii) Mr. 
Liken served as school director for some 
years, but has never cared for political hon- 
ors. He is, however, a public spirited man, 
and advocates all measures tending to ad- 
vance or improve the community in which 
he lives. Politically he is identified with the 
Democratic party, and fraternally affiliates 
with the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows. For many years he was an ekier in 
the Presbyterian Church of Munson; has al- 
ways been an active Christian worker, and 
a liberal donator to the support of his church. 



At present he is a member of the board of 
trustees of the Geneseo Collegiate Institute, 
and has for some years served as treasurer 
of that organization. In his farming opera- 
tions he has met with that success which 
usually follows the industrious and enter- 
prising man, and is now enabled to live in 
ease and comfort upon the proceeds of his 
former toil. He still retains his farms in 
]\Iunson township, which are now occupied 
by tenants. He has witnessed almost the 
entire development of the county, and in its 
upbuilding he has ever borne his part. His 
life has been manly, his actions sincere, and 
his example is well worthy of emulation. 



CLYDE THOMAS LIKEN. 

Clyde T. Liken, editor and proprietor of 
the Geneseo Daily and Weekly Arena, is the 
third child in order of birth in the family of 
Thomas P. and Rachel V. (Hill) Liken, of 
Geneseo, whose sketch appears elsewhere in 
this volume. He was born on the old home- 
stead in ^lunson township, ilay 7, i878_. 
and at the age of fi\'e years commenced at- 
tending the district school of that locality, 
where he pursued hi.-; studies until sixteen. 
In the fall of 1894 he entered the Geneseo 
Collegiate Institute, where he was gradu- 
ated after taking a three years' course. He 
was a close and careful student, who did 
good and conscientious work, and always- 
stood well in his classes. He was president 
of his class during his senior year, and was 
chosen, as a representative of the institute, 
to take part in several oratorical contests. 
At present he is a member of the Alumni 
Association of that school. In the fall of 
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sity at Evanston, where he continued his 
studies until January i, 1898, when he en- 
tered the freshman class at Knox College, 
Galesburg. He was a student there two 
years, taking the scientific course, and iden- 
tified himself with the different phases of 
college life, taking part in the literary 
societies and the athletic sports. 

Returning to his home in the fall of 1899, 
Mr. Liken became a reporter on the Geneseo 
Daily .\rcna, and a few months later pur- 
chased a half interest in the paper, being a 
partner of II. W. lUickle in the publication 
of the same. In Alarch, 1900, he purchased 
the interest of Air. Buckle, and has since 
been sole proprietor. The Daily Arena is a 
four-page, seven-column paper, independ- 
ent in politics; while the Weekly, which is 
published e\ery Thursday, supports the 
Democratic party. The paper was estab- 
lished in 1895 by the Henry County Pub- 
lishing Company, and under the able and 
efficient management of uur subject has be- 
come one of the Icatling journals of the 
county. 

Air. Liken is a member of Stewart Lodge, 
No. 9J, F. & A. AL, and also of the Presb)-- 
terian Church of Geneseo. He stands de- 
servedly high in both church and social cir- 
cles, and is one of the most popular young 
men of the citv. 



J. WILLIAM JOllXSOX. 

This well-known citizen and successful 
agriculturist of W'ethersfield, was born in 
Kansas City, Kansas, January 4, 1858, and 
is a son of J. W. Johnson, who was born in 
Pennsylvania in 1816, and was educated at 
Williams College, of which he was a grad- 



uate. The paternal grandfather was Dr. 
J. V. Johnson, who was born in Washington 
county, New York, in 1786, and became a 
prominent physician. The father of our 
subject fitted himself for the legal profes- 
sion, and at an early day located in Prince- 
ton, Illinois, where he engaged in the prac- 
tice of law for a time. While there he was 
united in marriage with Mary Eliza Win- 
ship, a daughter of Horace and Sarah Win- 
ship, who settled in rrinccton in 1833. 
Later Air. l<ihnson remo\cd to Wyandotte, 
Kansas, now Kansas City, and there en- 
gaged in the practice of his profession until 
his death in 1859. His widow returned to 
her ])eople in Princeton, Illinois, but later 
married John Jacobs and resided al Morris, 
Illinois, where she departed this life in 1865. 

Being left an orphan at the age of seven 
years, the subject of this sketch was early 
thrown upon his own resources to battle with 
the world. In 1869 he came to W'ethersfield 
to make his home with Dr. and Mrs. Hurd, 
by whom he was reared as their own son. 
A sketch of this worthy couple will be found 
elsewhere in this work. Air. Johnson was 
provided with good school privileges, and 
completed his education at the high .school 
of Kewanee. He remained with the Doctor 
and his wife until nineteen years of age, 
when he commenced earning his own live- 
lihood l)y working b_\- the month as a farm 
hand in different parts of the slate, in 1885 
he located permanently in W'elhersfield 
townshij), this county, u])on a farm of ninety 
acres, which he has operated in connection 
with other land. He is a thorough and 
skillful agriculturist, and in his labors is 
meeting with excellent success. 

At Princeton, Illinois, in 1891, was cel- 
ebrated the marriage of Air. John.son and 
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place and a daugliter of Samuel Garman. 
By this union were born two children. Caro- 
line and Mary E. The latter died May i 1 , 
1899, at the age of one year. In his politi- 
cal views Mr. Johnson is a stanch Repnl)- 
lican. and cast his first presidential ballot 
for James A. Garfield. He is public spir- 
ited and progressive, and takes a deep and 
commendable interest in public afl^airs. 



REV. :M. F. FOLEY. 

There is no ])osition held by man more 
important than pastor of a church, nor is 
there a position that has attached to it 
greater importance or responsibility when 
properly conceived and consciously dis- 
charged. This is more essentially the case 
with tlie clergymen of the Catholic faith, 
for he is held more as an instructor and 
guide, not onlv in religious matters, but in 
moral and social conduct, by his congrega- 
tion. There are few men bv character and 
education better fitted to preside over a peo- 
ple in all these relations than the reverend 
gentleman whose name stands at the head 
of this biography. 

A nati\e of London, England. Father 
Foley was born in Horse Ferry Road, West- 
minster, November i, 1867, and is a son of 
Martin and Catherine (O'Brien) Foley, the 
former a native of County \\'aterford. Ire- 
land, the latter of County Cork. His pa- 
ternal grandfather was taken from his bed 
one night and pressed into the English na- 
vy. He jumi)ed overboard, but was recap- 
tured and sentenced to forty-eight lashes. 
He was ])ardoned from this, however, by 
his landlord, but was n(.)t released from the 



navy. The press gang also captured his eld- 
est son. Father Foley's parents crossed the 
ocean about the same time he came to Amer- 
ica and located in Canada. Two years later 
they removed to Spring Valley, Illinois, 
where the father engaged in the shoe busi- 
ness until his death. Subsecpiently the 
mother remmecl with her family to Peoria, 
where she is now living. Of their ten chil- 
dren, five died in Ireland, the others being 
M. F.. our subject; Thomas, of Peoria; 
]\Iichael P., wdio lives with his mother: and 
Katie, who died in Peoria. 

In November. 1875. Father Foley went 
to County Cork, Ireland, and entered the 
Brothers school at Fermoy, a great military 
town, where he remained ten years, half 
of this time being spent at St. Colman's 
College. Those were the days of the martial 
and coercion laws, when citizens had to be 
in at eight o'clock at night. Father Foley 
belonged to a reading club, which the police 
would raid to see if the members had any 
firearms about them, and this proved very 
trying to the independent spirit of the young 
Irish l3oy. \Mule there he received a great 
many prizes. \\'hen only sixteen years of 
age he carried ofif an exhibition prize of 
sixty pounds sterling, which amounts to 
about three hundred dollars in our money. 
This made him an eligible candidate for 
subsequent examinations for any government 
position, and he was offered a position as 
military engineer. Coming to America the 
loth of April, 1885, Father Foley entered 
St, Michael's College at Chatham, New 
Brunswick, where he remained until Septem- 
ber 15. 1888. He was next a student at Le 
Grande Seminary in ^lontreal, Canada, un- 
til June 26, i8go. when he went to Balti- 
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ology at St. Mary's College, which is one 
oi the oldest institutions in America. 

On the 29th of January, 1892, Father 
Foley left Baltimore for Milwaukee, and 
there was ordained a priest on the 26th of 
May, hy Bishop Messmer, of Green r>ay. 
\\'isconsin. he being the only priest ordained 
at that lime. He was first appointed assist- 
ant pastor at Chebanse, Iroquois county. Illi- 
nois, where he remained eleven months: wris 
then at Odell two months; Keithsburg six 
months : and Peoria three years. On the 
27th I if June, 1896, he received the appoint- 
ment as pastor of the Catholic Church at 
Carthage, where he remained until Novem- 
ber, T898, when he was appointed pastor of 
St. Malachy's Church at (ieneseo. He has 
already done a good work here, and has 
made many friends among all denominations 
as well as his own ])arishioners. 

Father J. G. Alleman. a celebrated Ger- 
man missionary, was tlie first priest to say 
mass in this part of the state, his district 
lying along the Mississippi river from St. 
Louis to Rock Island and across the state 
to Peoria, and he built the lirst Catholic 
church at Rock Island, taking the material 
from the Xauvoo Mormon temple which he 
had purchased. He traveled all over the 
country on horseback, and organized the first 
jjarish in (ieneseo, saying the first mass in 
James Warren's house. He was succeeded 
l?y Father Mueller, of Chicago, who said 
mass in the seminary building, and he in 
turn was followed by Rev. John Dclan, who 
succeeded Father .\lleman at Rock Island. 
He also said mass in James Warren's bouse, 
as did Father Murphy, who next had charge 
■of the parish. Later Father McElherne said 
mass in Perry's hall. He was succeeded by 
Father Corbinian, a famous missionary from 
Chicago, who said mass in Sniff's ball. .V 



church was l)uilt in 1866, and was under the 
charge of Fathers ?^Ieinrod, Shuitl)ert, Ma- 
thias and Dionisius, all of Chicago. .Vt that 
time the congregation numbered ninety-nine 
families. The first resident [jriest was Rev. 
Thomas J. Acklcy. who was succeeded by 
]\c\'. F. W. .Smythe. an Englishman, who 
had been con\erte<l to the Catholic faith. 
He also had charge of the out missions at 
llooppole, Atkinson. .Vnnawan, Sheftield, 
Bradford and Kewanee, and during his pas- 
torate here baptized six hundred and forty 
peo])le. This luiglish priest on his coal- 
black horse was a familiar sight in and 
around (ieneseo. After seven vears of faith- 
ful ser\ice he returned to England, where 
his death occurred. He was fnlldwed liy 
Re\-. Hugh 0'(jara McShane, who remained 
until 1877, when the Chicago diocese was 
divided, and the Geneseo parish became a 
part of the Peoria diocese. Father McShane 
is now the pastor of the Enunciation Church 
at Paulina street and Wabansia a\cnue, 
Chicago. The next pastor was I-'alher L. 
J. Dunne, who remained se\en years, and 
was then succeeded l)v heather l'"allihee, now 
of Arlington, Illinois. In i88y Rev. Will- 
iam O'Hara became pastor, and nine years 
later was succeeded by Father Foley. When 
our subject took charge here the church was 
three thousand dollars in tlebt. hut this has 
all been ])aid oft', and he has niaile ni;ui\- im- 
l)rovements in the clnn-ch pniperty, includ- 
ing steam beat and electric lights. The fur- 
nace and heating apparatus was the gift 
of J. H. O'Brien, a prominent grocer of 
(ieneseo, and an elegant bath room has been 
l>ut in the pastor's residence, it being the 
gift of Cornelius Hayes. The (ieneseo con- 
gregation consists of about four hundred 
adults. Father I'oley also has charge of Co- 
lona. where there is also a church: Cam- 



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bridge. where he says mass in private houses; 
Orion, Briar Bkiff, Carbon CHff and Cleve- 
land. 



GEORGE A. MORTOX. 

George A. ^lorton, an energetic and en- 
terprising farmer residing at Xo. 517 East 
Prospect street, Kewanee. is a native of 
Henry county, his birth liaving occurred in 
Anawan township, August g, 1866. His pa- 
rents, Daniel and Catherine (Potter) Mor- 
ton, were natives of Oliio and Connecticut, 
respectively, and early settlers of this coun- 
t)% where the father took up a tract of gov- 
ernment land and improved a farm. ' This 
tract remained in his possession until his 
death, but at that time he was living a retired 
life in Kewanee. Prior to coming to Illi- 
nois he owned and operated a farm in Mich- 
igan, which he sold on his removal. He 
and his wife made the journey to Henry 
county in a wagon, and first settled in Ana- 
wan tOAvnship, where she died. There he 
owned one hundred and sixty acres of land, 
and also had two hundred and sixteen acres 
in Kewanee township, seventy acres in the 
corporation of Kewanee, one hundred and 
twenty acres in Wethersfield township, and 
one hundred and twenty acres in Bureau 
county. He was prominently identified with 
the early development and upbuilding of 
Henry county, and experienced many of the 
hardships and difficulties of pioneer life. 
On first locating here he sold all his grain 
in sacks and his hogs dressed. In 1875 he 
removed to Kewanee. which at that time was 
a mere village. He owned considerable 
property in the city and was quite well-to 
do. He was a man of affairs, taking an 
active interest in all enterprises for the bene- 



fit of his community, and served as consta- 
ble at an early day. While living in the east 
he held membership in the United Brethren 
Church. He was born May 15, 1815, and 
died August 19, 1899. For his second wife 
he married ]\Irs. Catherine (Potter) Buck- 
ley, of Princeton, who had been a resident of 
Bureau county for many )-ears, and is now 
living with her son-in-law in Galva. She 
was seventy years of age on the 31st of De- 
cember, 1900. Mr. ilortou was the father 
of five children by the first marriage. The 
three by the second marriage were Helen, 
who died at the age of four j-ears; Mrs. 
Edna Taylor, who has two children, Addie 
and Lloyd; and George A., our subject. 

During his boyhood and \outh George 
A. Morton pursued his studies in the public 
schools of Kewanee, and early became fa- 
miliar with agricultural pursuits, and now 
owns one hundred and sixty acres of well 
improved land in Xeponset township. Bu- 
reau county, Illinois. He has made farming 
and stock raising his life occupation, and is 
meeting with excellent success. On the 8th 
of August, 1888, he was united in marriage 
with ^liss Emma Duff, a native of this city, 
whose parents, James and Eliza Duff, came 
to this country from Ireland. She was only 
two years old when she lost her mother, but 
her father survived for many years, dying 
X'ovember i, 1897, at the age of seventy- 
four. Their other children ■were Ada, wife 
of Wesley Kimball, of Kansas; James, a resi- 
dent of Lonetree, Iowa"; William, of Stock- 
ton, California; and Lida, wife of ^^'rigllt 
Smith, of St. Joseph, Michigan. Mr. and 
Mrs. Morton have one child, Ethel, who is 
the pride and joy of their home. They are 
members of the Baptist Church, and Mr. 
^lorton is also connected with the Improved 
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lie is ail ardent Republican. He is a worthy 
representative of one of tlie old and promi- 
nent families of the county, and is a man 
highly respected and esteemed by all who 
know him. 



LIBERTY STIMSOX. 

Liberty Stimson, deceased, was one of 
the honored pioneers of Henry county and 
a leading representative of its farming and 
stock raising interests. He was born in the 
town of Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1804, 
and came to Illinois in 1836, locating first 
in Bureau county. In 1838 he entered three 
eighty-acre tracts of land in Henry county, 
and at the land office in Galena he received 
the government patents, which are now in 
possession of his widow. He located upon 
his property in 1840, and later added to it, 
but subsequently sold a portion of the estate, 
though his widow still owns one hundred 
and eighty-two and a half acres in Geneseo 
township. The Geneseo colony was organ- 
ized in Bergen, Geneseo county, New York, 
in 1835, but did not locate here until a year 
or two after his arrival. He was therefore 
one of the first settlers of this part of the 
county, and for many years was known to 
almost every resident within its borders. 
He bought stock in all parts of the county, 
became quite an extensive farmer, and 
bought and sold much land, though he al- 
ways retained the tract on which he origin- 
ally located and which is still in possession 
of the family. His brother, Moses, also 
owned a large tract of land in Geneseo 
township, their homes being near each other. 
The latter never married, and died before 
our subject's death. 

With the early development and improve- 



ment of this section of the state ^Ir. Stim- 
son was prominently identified for many 
years, and was recognized as one of the 
most useful and valued citizens of his com- 
munity. He was an earnest and consistent 
member of the Congregational Church, and 
died in that faith, July 26, 1878, at the age 
of seventy-two years and five months. Be- 
coming widely and favorably known, he 
made many friends, and his death was a loss 
to the entire community. 

On Christmas day, 1837, Mr. Stimson 
married Miss Leah Clark, of Tiskilwa, Bu- 
reau county, Illinois, who died December 17, 
1863, and the two children born of this union 
are also deceased. In 1844 Mr. Stimsoa 
was again married, in Geneseo, his second 
wife being Mrs. Remembrance Ogdeii, nee 
Evans, who b}' her former marriage had 
five children, namely: Elizabeth, widow of 
John Taylor and a resident of Burns town- 
ship, this county; Mrs. Emeline Dawson; 
Samuel, who married Amanda Tibbs ; Thom- 
as, who died at the age of eighteen years ; 
and John, who married a Miss Graff. 

On the 13th of February, 1867, at the 
residence of the bride's brothers in Rock 
Island, Mr. Stimson was united in marriage 
with iliss Hannah E. Reynolds^ a native of 
!Montpelier, \ ermont, and a daughter of E, 
P. and Betsey (Stuart) Reynolds. Her fa- 
ther was born in Kinderhook, New York, 
and was a descendant in direct line from Sir 
Joshua Reynolds, the famous painter of Eng- 
land, while the mother was a native of Jef- 
fries, New Hampshire, and traced her an- 
cestry back to Mary. Queen of Scots. They 
were married in Albany, New York, at the 
beginning of the nineteenth century. Mr. 
Reynolds followed contracting and building 
for some years, and served as captain of a 
company in the war of 18 12. He was a fine 



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looking man. being over six feet tall and of 
commanding appearance. He took quite a 
prominent part in public affairs, and was 
tlnis identified with several counties of \'er- 
mont. In early life he was a minister of the 
Free \\'ill Baptist Church, but after his re- 
moval to the Green ^Mountain state he united 
with the ^Methodist Episcopal Church, there 
being no church of the former denomination 
in his community. He was ever active and 
influential in religious work, and was a per- 
sonal and valued friend of Bishop Elisha 
Scott. He was accidentally killed at Shore- 
ham, \'emiont, by a wagon load of Ijoxes 
tipping over on him, when fifty-fi\e years of 
age. His wife survived him five years and 
died at the same age. She was a Congrega- 
tionalist in religious belief, and was an earn- 
est Christian worker. 

Mrs. Stimson is the eighth in order of 
birth of the ten children born to this worthy 
couple, the others being as follows : Harmon 
G., an attorney, married Louisa Thompson, 
now deceased, and he died at the age of 
eighty-one years. Xazro B., who died at 
the age of seventy-nine, first married Sarah 
Bennett and second Sai-ah Dillon. Mary A., 
a good Methodist, married Palmer Stearns, 
now deceased, and she died at the age of 
eighty. Elisha P.. who died at the age of 
seventy-eight, married first Eliza Young 
and second Mrs. Amanda Ogden. who is 
still living. Betsey S. is the wife of B. H. 
Kimball, of Rock Island, Illinois. Martha 
^^'. is the widow of Thomas B. ^^'oods and 
a resident of Woodstock, \*ermont. Lucy 
H. married Hosea V. French, and died at 
the age of sixty-eight years. Both she and 
her husband were consistent members of the 
Cniversalist Church. John R.. an Episco- 
palian in religious belief, married Elizabeth 
Bennett and died at the age of seventy-one, 



in Los Angeles, California, where his widow 
still resides. Record S., a member of the 
Congregational Church, was married in San 
Francisco. California, and died at Gold Hill. 
Xevada, at the age of forty-one years. 

Mrs. Stimson, who is familiarly known 
by her many friends as Aunt Hannah, was 
educated at ^Montpelier and Woodstock. \'er- 
mont, and Lebanon, Xew Hampshire. She 
then taught school for one year in the latter 
state; two years in graded schools in Massa- 
chusetts: three years in graded schools in 
Xew York ; six months in a parish school in 
Louisiana; and two jears and a half in a 
select school at ^larshall, Harrison county, 
Texas, on the Red river, near Shreveport. 
She was at the last named place when the 
Civil war broke out, and had much difficulty 
in reaching her friends in the north. She 
obtained a passport signed by the governors 
of Texas and Louisiana, with which she 
was able to travel as far as A'icksburg, 
where their jurisdiction ended. Here thir- 
teen lady teachers were recommended to the 
tender mercies of General Kirby Smith, of 
the Confederate army, who was a native of 
X'ew York, but had married a southern lady. 
They spent ten days at ^'icksburg during 
the siege in the fall of 1862. stopping at the 
American House, and saw General Grant's 
forces kept at bay by shot and shell. The 
leading Confederate generals at that place 
were Bragg. Stonewall Jackson. \'an Doren. 
Beauregard. Todd and Slaughter. Major 
Watts was there for the exchange of pris- 
oners. They were all very gentlemanly and 
nice to the lady teachers, who were finally 
taken to the giuiboat Monarch in closed car- 
riages, as the people of the city were very 
hostile to northerners. On this boat were 
several hundred exchanged prisoners under 
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stopped at Lake Providence, on the Arkansas 
side of the river, and four more teachers 
came on board, under Captain Dubb, also a 
Union officer. Between that place and Hele- 
na a battle was fon.s^lit between the contend- 
ing forces, which lastetl four hours. Xo 
one on the Monarch was injured, though one 
man wlio was ill died from fright and dis- 
turbance. The battle was precipitated by a 
man on Lieutenant I'ritchard's boat being 
shot by a Confederate from the Mississippi 
side. They finally reached Memphis in safe- 
t)-. At Helena some gentlemen came on 
boanl for the purpose of buying their Con- 
federate monev. but they were not allowed 
to sell. At Memphis, however. Mrs. Stim- 
son disposed of what Confederate money she 
had, receiving only thirty-seven and a Half 
cents on the dollar. At Cairo, Illinois, the 
company separated and ^Irs. Stimson came 
l)ack to Rock Island, where she had been 
mourned for lost many days, and was looked 
upon as one risen from the dead. She then 
taught in the graded schools of that city and 
the schools of Hampton. Illinois, until her 
marriage, in 1867. That siie was considered 
an excellent instructor is evinced by the num- 
ber of years she was retained in the same 
school. She was progressive in her meth- 
ods, was a great student, and had that love 
for her profession without which there can 
be no success. She is an active and promi- 
nent member of Grace Evangelical Church 
of Geneseo, being converted at the early age 
of ten years under the ministry of IJishop 
Scott, and she is highly respected and es- 
teemed i^y all who know her on account of 
her sterling worth. Previous to uniting with 
the Grace Evangelical Church she was con- 
nected for many years with the I'^piscopal 
Church, being confirmed by liishoj) Hoj)kins, 
of X'ermont. The mother of Mr. Stiiuson 



was a first cousin of lienjamin Franklin, and 
the family is one of the most prominent in 
and around Boston. 



JAMI;:S STEELE IIAMILTOX. 

Among the early settlers and highly re- 
spected citizens of Henr\- count}' was Mr. 
Llamilton, of Geneseo, who was affection- 
ately kntnvn by many as L^ncle Steele. He 
was born in Westmoreland county, Penn- 
sylvania, on the 1 2th of June, 181 2, and 
lived at the place of his birth vintil coming 
to Illinois. His father, Alexander Hamil- 
ton, was a native of Ireland, and wiien a 
young man came to this country, settling in 
Westmoreland county, Pennsyhania, where 
he married Miss Elizabeth Steele. There 
he engaged in farming throughout his life, 
and died November 18, 1845. His wife 
had i)asse(l away November 10. 1834. They 
were the parents of se\en children. 

For a number of years our subject en- 
gaged in farming in the county of his na- 
tivity, and when but a xoung man came to 
Henry county. Illinois. He puchased a farm 
in Cornwall township, which he o|)erated 
for several years, and then removed to lien- 
ton county, Iowa, where he was also en- 
gaged in agricultural pursuits for nine years. 
At the end of that period he returned to this 
county and took up iiis abode in the city of 
Geneseo, where he li\ed a retired life until 
h.is death, whicii occurred .March 15. 1889. at 
the present home of his widow. 

On the 5th of March. 1S40, in Cornwall 
township. Henrv count)'. Mr. Hamilton was 
united in marriage with Miss Mary K. 'i"ay- 
lor. a daughter of Andrew and Polly 
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January 17. 1789, in New Hampshire, where 
lie grew to manhood. After his marriage 
lie remnvetl to New York, where he engaged 
in farming for some years, an<l then went to 
Indiana, where he continued to follow that 
jnirsuit until coming to Henry county, Illi- 
nois. Locating in Cornwall township, he 
bought a farm, which he operated until 
■called from this life at an advanced age. 
i\Irs. Hamilton's mother had died in New 
York some years previous. 

Seven chiklren were born to ^Ir. and 
j\lrs. Hamilton, namely : { i ) Priscilla died 
at the age of about live years. (2) John 
T., who is engaged in the hardware busi- 
ness in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, married Annie 
Jones, and they have two children, James E. 
and Faun. (3) Alexander died at the age 
of one year. (4) \\'illiam W'., who is in 
partnership with his brother John T., in the 
hardware business at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 
married Josephine Allsop, and they have 
three children, Louise, Jane S. and Joseph- 
ine. (5) Porter H., who is also connected 
with his brothers in business at Cedar Rap- 
ids, but is now in California, married Car- 
lota Sargent, and they have six children, 
Alfred, Richard, Guy, Clifford, Porter and 
Carlota. (6) Sarah is the wife of William 
Orr, a retired farmer of Geneseo, and they 
have three children, I\Iary E., Viella and 
Roy. 

By his ballot JNIr. Hamilton always sup- 
ported the men and measures of the Deiiio- 
'Cratic party, but never cared for the honors 
■or emoluments of political office, though he 
was a public spirited citizen and was an ad- 
vocate of all that tended to improve or ad- 
vance the interests of the community in 
which he lived. He was a man of many 
friends and no enemies, was a devoted hus- 
l)and, a kind and indulgent father, and true 



friend. He won the confidence of all by 
whom he was surrounded. A man of pow- 
erful ph3'sifjue, he was also a man of firm 
mind and strong will power, and was un- 
swerving in what he beliexxd to be right. 
He had the courage of his convictions, and 
was honored for his strict integrity and up- 
right character. 



THERON H. CHESLEY. 

Theron H. Chesley, a prominent attor- 
ney of Kewanee and president of the Star- 
Courier Printing Company, was born in 
Caledonia county, Vermont, October 22, 
1857, a son of Albert and Lucretia (Smith) 
Chesley. He traces his ancestry back to 
two brothers who came to this country from 
England in the early part of theseventeenth 
century and settled in New Hampshire, 
where they were given land grants. From 
that state the paternal grandfather re- 
moved to Vermont, and it was there that the 
father of our subject was born in 1828. 
Completing his education in the local schools 
he engaged in farming and finally embarked 
in business as a boot and shoe dealer at 
Sheffield, \'ernioiit, and continued the same 
until after the Ci\'il war broke out. In the 
spring of 1862 he entered the army and re- 
mained in the service until hostilities ceased. 
He died in June, 1867. His widow made 
her home with our subject in Illinois from 
the spring of 1878 until her death in 1888. 
Their children were Theron H., of this re- 
\iew; and Ella, wife of Dr. T. B. Keene, 
of Montezuma, Iowa. By a former mar- 
riage the father had two sons, M. A., pub- 
lisher of the Democrat at Chetopa, Kansas; 
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The early education of our sul)ject was 
acquired in tlie common schools of the 
Green Mountain state, and there he served 
an apprenticeship to the i)rinter"s trade, at 
which he worked in different places in Ver- 
mont, first at Lyndon. In 1877 he came to 
this state and at once found employment 
wiili the Kewanee Courier. He spent a 
few months in Cambridge, and in 1878 be- 
came local editor of the Kewanee Courier. 
In the fall of 1879 he leased the paper in 
connection with his brother, and they car- 
ried it on together for six years. In 1882 
Mr. Chesley purchased the whole stock and 
continued its publication until 1S92, when 
he formed a partnership with L. \\'. Chand- 
ler, now of Independence, Iowa. In the 
spring of 1896 our subject started a daily, 
but in October of the same year sold out 
to Delano & Plenderson, who continued its 
publication for about eighteen months. Mr. 
Chesley then bought back the Courier plant 
and organized a company. In 1898 he con- 
solidated the Star and Courier, and became 
president of what is known as the Kewanee 
Printing and Publishing Company, which 
issues both a daily and weekly journal and 
also does job printing of all kinds. He 
started in business here on a small scale, 
but his oiifice is now equipped with the most 
modern improvements, including folding 
and type-setting machines. He owns the 
Iniilding occupied by him. it being a good 
brick structure, which, with adjoining 
buildings, occupy 64x100 feet on the cor- 
ner of Main and Third streets, and also 
has a pleasant residence in Kewanee be- 
sides farm land in Nebraska. Mr. Ches- 
ley took up the study of law in 1891, and 
four years later entered the Kent College 
of Law at Chicago, where he completed his 



stutlies and was graduated in 1896. In the 
spring of the following year he commenced 
the practice of his profession in Kewanee, 
and has alread}- met with fair success in that 
enterprise. 

In October. 1881, ^Ir. Chesley was 
united in marriage with !Miss Minnie Whit- 
ney, who was born in Hastings, Minnesota, 
October 28, 1861, but was living with her 
parents in Kewanee at that time. Her fa- 
ther. Dr. C. N. ^\'hitney, founded the Ke- 
wanee Courier in 1876, and at different 
time has edited the Ouincy Whig and vari- 
ous papers in the state. He is a well-edu- 
cated man, who has been a Methodist 
preacher and temperance lecturer, but is 
now living retired at Kingston, Jamaica. 
Mr. and Mrs. Chesley have four children, 
namely: Merton W., born in 1882; Willis 
[■'., in 1884; Ella, in 1887; and Theron H., 
jr., in 1893. All are now attending" school, 
and the oldest son also aids his father in the 
printing office. 

Since attaining his majority Mr. Ches- 
ley has been identified with the Republican 
party, and has done all in his power to ad- 
vance its interests and insure its success. 
He served as postmaster of Kewanee under 
President Harrison's administration, from 
1891 to 1895. He is a typical business man 
of the west — w^ide-awake and energetic — 
and in his undertakings has been eminently 
successful. Fraternally he is a member 
of the blue lodge, chapter and council of 
the Masonic fraternity at Kewanee, and also 
belongs to the Modern W^oodmen of Amer- 
ica, the Royal Circle and the Mystic Workers 
of the World. Socially he is quite popular, 
Ijeing genial and pleasant in manner, and 
has the happy faculty of making friends 
readily, and as easily retaining them. He 



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gives his support to the Congregational 
Church, of which his wife is an earnest 
member. 



GEORGE ALLEN VAWTER, D. D. S. 

Among the representative professional 
and business men of Henry county, none 
stand higher in the estimation of the general 
public than the subject of this sketch, who 
has been a prominent factor in business, 
professional and political circles of the 
county for more than twenty-one j-ears. He 
is a native of the state, born in JNIacomb, 
the county seat of McDonough county, 
(January 4, 1858. His father, Allen T. 
\'awter, was born in Cumberland county, 
Kentucky, December 14, 1830 and came 
with his parents to JNIcDonough count}-, Illi- 
nois, in 1833. On a farm near Macomb, he 
grew to manhood. He then moved to the 
city of Macomb, in 1851, when he engaged 
in the nursery business, being one of the 
earliest nurserymen in central Illinois, in 
which line of business he is still engaged, 
having a record of forty-nine years of con- 
tinual service in one line of business. 

The first ancestor of the family settled 
in Virginia, where the great-grandfather of 
our subject. Russell Vawter, was born. He 
always lived in his nati\e county, CuliJepper. 
His son, Beverly Vawter, was born in Cul- 
pepper county, \'irginia, September 22, 1782, 
and when twenty-one years old he moved to 
North Carolina where, on the 13th of Jan- 
uary, 1807, he married Elizabeth Hutchins, 
In 181 3 he moved with his family to Ken- 
tucky, and from thence to JNIcDonough 
county, Illinois, in 1833, becoming a pioneer 
farmer in that county, where he died, April 
21, 1845. He was a soldier in the war of 



1812. On the 14th of March, 1854, Allen 
T. \'awter was united in marriage with 
^liss Florida Elizabeth Kellogg, a native 
of Ohio, born June 9, 1836. Her father 
was a native of New York, and in the Civil 
war gave his life for his country. Of the 
seven children born to Allen T. Vawter and 
wife but three survive — Lemuel E., now of 
Macomb, Illinois; Harry M., a dentist of 
Knoxville, Iowa, and a director in one of 
the leading banks of that city ; and our sub- 
ject. The parents are both members of the 
Alethodist Episcopal Church in Macomb, 
the father having been for many years one 
of its trustees. 

In the public schools of Macomb, Illi- 
nois, our subject received his education, be- 
ing a graduate of the high school of that 
city in the class of 1876. Soon after his 
graduation lie commenced the study of 
dentistry with Dr. H. H. \\'hissen, of 
]\Iacomb. At that time there were but few- 
dental schools in existence, and the differ- 
ent states had no definite requirements for 
the practice of dentistry. In after years 
the Doctor, for his own gratification, took 
a full course in dentistry in the dental de- 
partment of the State University of Iowa, 
graduating from that institution in JMarch, 
1894. He located, however, in Cambridge, 
in 1879, and there he has since continued to 
reside in the practice of his profession. Few 
dentists, even in the larger cities have had a 
larger or more lucratice practice. In 1892 
he built a model dental office of the cottage 
type, suiTounded by a nice lawn, and com- 
plete in every detail. It is equipped with a 
mantle and fireplace, and is supplied with 
hot and cold water, with fountain cuspidor. 
Telephones and electric lights show evidence 
of twentieth century progress. It has a 
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anotlier one in tlie north which furnishes 
the hglit with wliich to operate by, and with 
the aid of a lady assistant his office is always 
kept neat and tidy. 

Dr. Vawter is a stalwart Republican, 
and he has always been a hard worker for 
his party. At present he is chairman of the 
Republican central committee of Cambridge, 
in which position he has shown good ex- 
ecutive ability, doing much to advance the 
interests of the party. He has served on 
the town board as trustee, and also as presi- 
dent of the board. \\'hile on the board he 
was one of the committee that put in the 
splendiil water works plant of Cambridge. 
Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic 
order, Knights of Pythias, Eastern Star, and 
Si Psi Phi, the latter being a dental so- 
ciety. In each of these organizations he has 
taken an active part. 

On the 14th of Xovember, 1883, Dr. 
\'awter was united in marriage with JNIiss 
Xellie I. Gould, daughter of L. Y. and 
I Orlano Paddock (ilead) Gould, and they 
reside in a good home in the south part of 
the city, where their many friends always 
receive a cordial welcome. They attend and 
support the Methodist Episcopal Church, in 
which they have taken much interest, though 
not members. For a number of years the 
Doctor has been president of the board of 
trustees. 

, Dr. ^'awter has been a successful busi- 
ness man, and he is essentially a self-made 
man. Inheriting no projierty, all that he 
has gained has been acquired by his own 
exertions and good management. He as- 
sisted in organizing one of the banks in 
Cambridge, and has also been interested in 
the organization of others. He is now con- 
nected with some large business enterprises, 
among which is the Philippine Lumber and 



Development Company, of which he is a 
director. The company is composed of some 
of the wealthiest and best business men in 
the country. The Philippine islands con- 
tain vast quantities of timber, of which there 
are m^re than four hundred varieties hi 
hardwood, at least fifty having a high com- 
mercial value. The compan}^ with its ample 
capital, propose acquiring and developing 
the vast resources of the country, and, be- 
ing the first to enter the field, will doubtless 
reap bountifully. The Doctor is also a 
stockholder in the Coliseum Company of 
Chicago, the directors of which are nearly 
identical with those of the Philippine Com- 
pany. P>w men, with the limited means at 
their disposal in commencing life have ac- 
complished more than Dr. Vawter, and while 
he has been prosperous, he is imaffected by 
his gains, is easily approached, and enjoys 
in a high degree the respect and confidence 
of the people with whom he has so long been 
associated. 



ADA-M DUXLAP. 

.\mong the honored citizens and retired 
farmers of Geneseo none is more worthy of 
notice in this volume than Adam Dunlap, 
who is enjoying a well-earned rest at his 
pleasant home on North State street. A na- 
tive of Ohio, he was born in Wayne county 
on the 18th of December, 1833, and is a son 
of William and Nancy (Finley) Dunlap, 
whose birthplace was the north of Ireland. 
Coming to America in the early part of the 
nineteenth century, the father located in 
\\'ayne county, Ohio, where he became 
owner of a good farm of three hundred 
acres, on which he made his home through- 
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in 1798, and died February 23, 1852, hav- 
ing only survived his wife nine days, her 
deatli occurring on the 14th of the same 
montli. Both were earnest and faithful mem- 
bers of the Presbyterian Church, and were 
most estimable people. Their children were 
as fcillows: ]\Iargaret is now the witlow 
of i\. J. P5urns, and a resident of San Fran- 
cisco, California: Thomas, born in 1832, 
died Septeml)er 15, 1885; Adam, our 
subject, is next in order of birth; Elizabeth, 
born Xo\-eml)er 23, 1836, died in 1838; 
Mary E., born in 1838, married John 
Schnebly, died in Lucas county, Iowa, in 
1869; Alexander, born January 13, 1841, is 
engaged in farming near Winterset, Iowa ; 
Nancy J. was married and died in Califor- 
nia, August 15, 1866, at the age of twenty- 
three; James P., born April 18, 1845, 
is a druggist and express agent in Califor- 
nia; William, born October 9, 1847, died in 
1857; Archibald F. is editor of the "Repor- 
ter," a newspaper in West Salem, Ohio; 
and Andrew J. is section boss on the Erie 
railroad at that place. 

The early life of Adam Dunlap was 
passed upon his father's farm, and his ed- 
ucation was obtained in the district schools 
of the neighborhood. In 1852 he started 
out to make his own way in the world, and 
two years later came to Henry county, Illi- 
nois, locating in Phenix township, where 
he -worked on a farm until after the Civil 
war broke out. In 1862 he responded to his 
country's call for aid by enlisting in Com- 
pany K, One Hundred and Twelfth Illinois 
Volunteer Infantry. His first engagement 
was the battle of Richmond, Kentucky, and 
the winter of 1862-3 was spent in that state. 
The following spring the regiment went in 
pursuit of Morgan, and was later at Camp 
Nelson on the Cumberland river. Being ill 



and unable to engage in active army service 
Mr. Dunlap was transferred to the Veteran 
Reserve Corps, and sent to Jeffersonville, 
Indiana, and later to IMadison, Wisconsin, 
where he remained until his term of enlist- 
ment expired, being mustered out in 1865. 

Returning to Illinois, he was married on 
the lotli of August, that year, to Airs. Ala- 
linda Merriman, who was born on the 26th 
of May, 1 81 3, in New York state, and died 
March 24, 1891. She was a consistent mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and 
was highly respected and esteemed by all who 
knew her. There were no children by this 
union but by her former marriage Mrs. Dun- 
lap had six children, of whom mention is 
made in the sketch of William Alerriman on 
another page of this \olunie. Our subject 
was again married December 5. 1895, his 
second union being with Mrs. Caroline 
Sieben, widow of \^alentine Seiben, of this 
county. She was born November 19, 1839, 
and died November 29, 1898. She held 
membership with the United Evangelical 
Churcli. On the 23d of October, 1900, Mr. 
Dunlap married Mrs. Lavilla Schnaufer, 
v.itlow of Jacob Schnaufer, and daughter 
of Daniel and Mary Fatzinger, nati\es of 
Pennsylvania, where Mrs. Dunlap was also 
l)orn. By her first marriage she had two 
children, George D., who is living with 
our subject, and Frank J., now attending 
Northwestern College, Napierville, Illinois. 

Mr. Dunlap is a Methodist in religious 
belief, and officially connected with the 
church of that denomination at Geneseo. 
Fraternally he is a member of Jenkins Post, 
G. A. R., and politically is identified with 
the Democratic party. For many years he 
was one of the active and progressive far- 
mers of Henry county, as well as one of its 
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in his declining 3-ears he is enjoying a well- 
earned rest, free from the cares and respon- 
sibilities of business life. Throughout the 
■county he is widely and favorably known. 



JOHN M. D.VVIS. 

John M. Dayis, the well-known alderman 
of the first ward of Kewanee, Illinois, was 
born in Wales, on the 20th of June, 1865, 
and the following year was brought to .\mer- 
ica by his parents, Morgan and Joanna 
Dayis, who first settled in Utah, but two 
jears later remoyed to Joliet, Illinois. 
Troughout his actiye business life the father 
was employed as a roller in a rolling mill. 
He died in 1885, at the age of seyenty- 
seyen years, and his wife departed this life 
in 1882, at the age of sixty-three. The\' 
were formerly connected with the Latter Day 
Saints, but later held membership in the 
^Methodist Episcopal Church. To this wor- 
thy couple were born fourteen children, of 
whom our subject is the youngest. His 
brothers and sisters who are still li\ing are 
William, who has spent his entire life in 
Wales; Dayid, a resident of Idaho: Morgan, 
of Illinois; Jane, wife of William I'ickerel. 
■of South Chicago, Illinois; May A., widow 
of James Mathews; and Miriam, wife of 
John Fellen, a coal miner of Kewanee, all 
of whom are liying. 

John M. Dayis was reared in Joliet, Illi- 
nois, and receiyed his education in its pub- 
lic schools. He began his business career 
as a nail packer; then for oyer a year he was 
engaged in the manufacture of nails in Chi- 
cago as an employe ; later was employed in 
the steel department of a rail mill and subse- 
■quently learned the puddler"s trade, to whicli 



he has since deyoted his energies. In 1884 
lie came to Kewanee, and has since been em- 
plnyed in the rolling mill at this place, as a 
puddler. 

Here Mr. Dayis was married, in 1886, to 
Emily Jones, who was born in Kewanee 
township, this county, a daughter of George 
and Margaret Jones. She is one of a fam- 
ily of thirteen children, of whom the fol- 
lowing are Hying: William, a resident of Ke- 
wanee, who married Martha Jenkins and has 
fne children, John, Lizzie, Cassie, George 
and James ; Jennie, who is the wife of Carr 
Mittin, of Kewanee, and has two children, 
George and Audrey; and Cassie, wife of 
James IMercer, of Kewanee, by whom she has 
three children, Jessie, Lola and Claude. Mary 
J., another sister of Mrs. Dayis, wedded 
Thomas Palmer, and died in 1893, at the age 
of thirty-nine years, leaying four children, 
Alargaret, Abram, Emma and May. To 
Mr. and IMrs. Davis were born live children, 
of whom the eldest, Dayid, died at the age 
of twenty-one months. Those living are 
Raymond, Opal, Harry and Mary A. 
(ieorge Jones was born in Wales, January 
I, 1830, and his wife, Margaret Birch, was 
also born in Wales June 20, 1832, and was 
there married and came to Pennsylvania 
where they located about 1865. About 
1867 they moved to Kewanee township 
where he bought a farm and lived until re- 
tiring to Kewanee in 1887. They are mem- 
bers of the Latter Day Saints. He was ta.x 
colector of the city one term. 

By his ballot Mr. Davis su])ports the men 
and measures of the Republican party, with 
which his father and the other members of 
the family also affiliated. He takes an active 
interest in public affairs, and in April, 1900 
was elected alderman of the first ward of Ke- 
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and satisfactorily filling. He is now serving 
as chairman of the hall committee, and is 
also chairman of the committee on sewer:? 
and nuisances. He belongs to the Royal 
Circle and Kewanee Lodge, Xo. 3, of the 
Amalgamated Association of the Iron, Steel 
&: Tin Workers of which he is now treas- 
urer. Mrs. Davis is a member of the Bap- 
tist Cliurch. 



JOSEPH H. RINK. 

The motto "merit always commands its 
reward" is well exemplified with the career 
of the subject of this sketch, who after many 
3'ears of active labor is now living a retired 
life in Geneseo, surrounded bj- all the com- 
forts and many of the luxuries of life which 
have been gained through former toil. He 
was born in Alsace, Germany, October 24, 
1833, and was a lad of tliirteen years when 
he came to the United States with his par- 
ents, Joseph Herman and IMagdeline 
(Smith) Rink. After spending a short time 
in Buflfalo, Xew York, they came west and 
settled on the Rock River bottom. It was 
not long after this, however, that the. family 
took up government land in Loraine town- 
ship, this county, and transformed the wild 
tract into a good farm. There the parents 
both died at an advanced age, and were 
buried in Eight Mile Grove cemetery, Lo- 
raine township. In their family were six 
children, five of whom are still living, Mr. 
Rink being the only surviving son. 

Joseph Rink continued to reside on the 
old homestead in Loraine township until 
1899, when he removed to Geneseo, and has 
since lived a retired life. On first coming to 
this county he took up forty acres of land, 
to which he added from time to time as his 



financial resources permitted until he owned 
seven hundred and forty acres, which he 
placed under a high state of cultivation and 
improved with good buildings. Since his re- 
moval to Geneseo he has erected a large and 
modern cit}- residence on Palace street, where 
he is now living in ease and quiet. 

At Hooppole, Illinois, he was married, 
]\Iarch II, 1857, to Miss Helen Egert, also a 
native of Alsace, Germany, and one of a 
family of six children, five of whom are 
now living. She was fifteen years of age 
on her emigration to the new world in com- 
pany with her parents, George and Anastasia 
(Yagley) Egert, who located at Hooppole. 
There the father died at the age of sixty- 
three, the mother at the age of seventy-nine. 

Of the thirteen children bom to Mr. and 
Mrs. Rink six are living, namely : ( i ) Frank 
is a prosperous farmer of Loraine township, 
this county, though a part of his farm is in 
\\hiteside county. He married Kate Kirsh- 
ner and they have four children, Ida, Law- 
rence, Cletus and Etta. (_2) Lewis lives 
on the old homestead in Loraine township. 
(3) Joseph, a fanner of the same township, 
married Xellie Collins, and they have two 
children, Ruth and an infant. (4) Sarah 
and (5) William are both with their par- 
ents. (6) Mathias lives on the home farm. 

Mr. Rink and his family are communi- 
cants of the Roman Catholic Church, and 
are people of prominence in the community 
where they reside. Their new home, erected 
in 1900, is one of the finest of Geneseo. Mr. 
Rink was very poor when he started out in 
life for himself. As his father was paralyzed 
and unable to care for himself and family 
thus the burden fell upon the shoulders of 
the young man who, however, was equal to 
the emergency, and well did he perform its 
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good management he worked his way stead- 
ily upward until lie became one of the most 
prosperous citizens of Loraine township, 
having accumulated a handsome property. 
Recently he has been afflicted with deafness, 
now being unable to carry on a conversation 
except in writing, but he bears patiently 
his great affliction, and takes a deep interest 
in all that is going on alxjut him, especially 
in that pertaining to the welfare and happi- 
ness of his family. 



ERICK HANSON. 

Erick Hanson, whose home is at 711 
South Tremont street, Kewanee, Illinois, 
was born near Stockholm, Sweden, on the 
24th of January, 1844, and is a son of Hans 
and Anna Anderson, who spent their entire 
lives in that country. The father learned 
the carpenter's trade in early life and ever 
afterward followed contracting and building. 
He died at the ripe. old age of eighty-three 
years, and his wife's death occurred when 
she was seventy-four years of age. In their 
family were twelve children who reached 
years of maturity, namely : Mary, John, 
Anna, P^eter, Erick, Carrie, Sophia, Emma, 
Letta. Axel, Hattie and August. Peter is 
now deceased; Sophia is the wife of Mr. 
Bergren of Michigan ; and the others are All 
residents of Sweden with the exception of 
our subject. 

Erick Hanson was educated in the 
schools of his native land, \\hen his 
school days were over he learned the shoe- 
maker's trade, which he followed until he 
attained his majority, and then gave his at- 
tention to carpenter work, being a natural 
mechanic and skillful in the use of all kinds 



of tools. In 1870 he crossed the Atlantic 
to America and took up his residence in 
Moline, Illinois, where he spent two years 
and a half. He then removed to Genesee, 
where he built a fine home and he followed 
shoemaking until 1892, since which time he 
has engaged in carpentering in connection 
with otherwork. Since the fall of 1900 he 
has made his home in Kewanee, and al- 
though his residence here is of short duration 
he has gained the confidence and respect of 
all with whom he has come in contact either 
in business or social life. He is the owner 
of a nice home in this city, having sold his 
Geneseo residence. 

On the 13th of September, 1872, at 
Geneseo, Mr. Hanson married Miss Chris- 
tina L. M. Ericson, a native of Sweden, born 
December i, 1849, ^^'^o came to America in 
1871. Six years later her parents, Alex- 
ander and Stinagreta (Swanson) Erickson, 
also came to the United States, settling first 
at Geneseo. The father died at the age of 
eighty-two years, but the mother is still liv- 
ing at the age of seventy-eight, an honored 
and highly respected resident of Kewanee. 
Mrs. Hanson is the oldest in a family of 
four children, the others being Caroline, 
who became the wife of Charles .Peterson 
and died at the age of thirty-three years; 
Peter, who died February i, 1898, at the 
age od forty-two years; and A. G., a farmer 
of Kewanee township. 

Mr. and ^Irs. Hanson are the parents 
of eight children, namel}' : Almina M., a 
successful dressmaker of Kewanee, takes a 
great interest in church work and has been 
a teacher in the Sunday school for the past 
ten years. Nellie D. was educated at the 
Geneseo high school, and for seven years 
has taught in the schools in Henry county, 
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training scliool, known at the N. I. T. I., 
for five summers. Ellen E. is a photog- 
rapher of Geneseo. Martin E. was graduated 
from the Geneseo Collegiate Institute in 
1900, and is now taking a post-gaduate 
course. He took first prize in a declamatory 
contest held at Geneseo May 25, 1900, re- 
ceiving ten dollars in gold, and was president 
of his class which numbered eighteen. Su- 
san M. is clerking in Kewanee. Florence C. 
and Paulus F. are both attending the public 
schools. Otelius L. died January 5, 1896, 
at the age of two years, tlu'ee months and 
nineteen days. The family hold membership 
in the Swedish Lutheran Church, and while 
a resident of Geneseo Mr. Hanson served as 
janitor of his church for four years, and 
and also acted as librarian, having charge of 
three hundred volumes published in both 
English and Swedish. Both he and his wife 
are also members of the Fraternal Tribune 
of which he is now trustee and are held in 
high regard by all who know them. 



LEVI FRONK. 



Among the honored pioneers and repre- 
sentative citizens of Henry county was num- 
bered Levi Fronk, now deceased. He was 
born in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, on 
the 4th of December, 1815, a son of Henry 
and Sarah Fronk. Dauphin county was 
also the birth place of his father, who 
throughout his active business life followed 
the occupation of farming. About 1841 he 
came to Henry county, Illinois, and settled 
in Cornwall township, where he made his 
home until called to his final rest, about 
thirty years ago, at the age of eighty years. 
His wife died two years previous at the age 



of sixty. They were the parents of five 
children of whom one is still living. 

Levi Fronk grew to manhood m the 
place of his birth, and there engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits until coming to this county 
in 1838. He became the owner of a farm of 
one hundred and sixty acres of rich land in 
Cornwall township, which was all wild when 
it came into his possession. He erected 
thereon a log house in which the family 
lived while he broke the virgin soil and im- 
proved the place. He was a hard wi irking, 
industrious man, and through his well di- 
rected efforts accumulated a comfortable 
competence. In connection with general 
farming he engaged in stock raising to some 
extent, .\bout 1885 he laid aside business 
cares and remo\-ed to Geneseo, where he 
spent his remaining days in ease and quiet 
at his pleasant h(^me on East Pearl street. 
There he died after two years' illness No- 
vember 14, 1900, and was laid to rest iu 
Liberty church^-ard. 

Before leaving Penns}'l\ania ]\Ir. Fronk 
married, January i, 1838, to !Miss Xancy 
Shields, a native of Juniata county, that 
state, where she resided until her marriage. 
Her parents, Frank and ]\Iary ( Baricke- 
man) Shields, were lite-long residents of 
Penns}-l\'ania. ar.d the father was a farmer 
by occupation. She is the only one of their 
ten children now living. Unto ^Ir. and 
Mrs. Fronk were born twelve children, as 
follows: Henrietta, wife of John Murphy, 
a retired farmer of Geneseo, by whom 
she has three children. Flora, Xancy and 
Emma; Sarah, wife of Sheldon H. Ayres, 
a farmer of Olathe, Kansas; Rebecca, wife 
of W'iliam Bellairs, of \'alley Junction, 
Iowa; Cyrus, who died Xovember 29, 1883, 
at the age of twenty-eight years; ]\Iatilda, 
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township, tliis county, wlio died August 9, 
1900, aged forty-seven years; Joseph L., a 
resident of Grant City, Missouri ; Clemen- 
tine, wife of Bryan Runiler, of Cambridge, 
Illinois; Henry B., a resident of Kansas 
Citj*; Margaret, wife of a yir. Rowe. of 
Grass Valley, California; Tamson, wife of 
Andrew Rush, of Chicago, by whom she has 
due sun, Edward; Ellen, who died in in- 
fancy; and Jolm, a resident of Hamilton, 
i\Iissouri. 

On coining to Henry county Mr. Fronk 
f(.>und this region nearly all wild with \ery 
few settlements; the houses were widely 
scattered and deer and wolves were often 
seen on the prairies, but during his residence 
here this was all changed, the county became 
thickly settled, and highly cultivated farms 
and thriving cities and towys were to be 
seen in every direction. In the work of 
development and progress he ever bore his 
part and was accounted one of the most use- 
ful and valued citizens of his community. 
By his ballot he supported the men and 
measures of the Republican party, and as a 
public-spirited citizen he advocated all 
measures tending to improve or advance the 
interests of the comnumity in which he 
lived. He was an active and consistent 
member of the Baptist Church, and was a 
man who made many friends and no 
enemies, being generous, honest, and upright 
in all his tlealings. 



WILLI. \M WILSOX STEVEXS. 

William Wilson Stevens, deceased, was 
one of the honored and highly esteemed 
citizens of Kewanee. He was born in Pem- 
broke, Xew York, August 13, 1822, his 



parents being Ira and Elizabeth (\\'el)b) 
Stevens, who came to Henry county, Illi- 
nois, in 1850 and settled on a farm in W'eth- 
ersfield township, which the father operated 
until his death. His wife had died several 
years previously, passing away in 1853. 
They were members of the Congregational 
Church, and were held in high regard by 
all who knew them. Of their five children 
William \\". w as the oldest ; Charlotte first 
married a Mr. Harding and second a Mr. 
Wood, and is now deceased ; Adelaide is the 
wife of Rev. John Thompson, district super- 
intendent of the Bible Society in Califor- 
nia ; Isabel married Andrew Ziegler and 
died in California; and Ira is a farmer of 
Iowa. 

In his native state William W. Stevens 
was reared and educated, in early lite he 
traveled extensively through the southern 
states as salesman for a Xew York con- 
cern, and made his home in St. Louis, Mis- 
souri, for many years. From there he came 
to Wethersfield, where he owned a large 
farm and other propert}-. He was marrietl 
Xovember 2, 1854, to ^liss Xancy M. 
Loomis, a native of Connecticut and a daugh- 
ter of Celah and Easther ( Howard ) Loomis 
of that state, but who located in Wethers- 
field township in 1850, where he lived a re- 
tired life. The father was born April 25, 
1785, and died February 8, 1872, while the 
mother was born X'ovember 2, 1784, and 
died December 14, 1870. Both were earnest 
and consistent members of the Congrega- 
tional Church, in which the father served as 
deacon during the greater part of his life. 
To them were born nine children, of whom 
two died in infancy. The others were Mary 
S., who wedded Joseph A. Talcott and botli 
are now deceased; Harriet E., who mar- 
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field, this county; William C, who married 
Emeline Isbel and died in Henry county, 
his widow being still a resident of Kewanee : 
Lyman, who died in Michigan; Cynthia, 
deceased wife of A. Chapin; Orin H., who 
is represented on another page of this vol- 
ume; and Nancy M., now Mrs. Stevens. 
The five children born to our subject and 
his wife were as follows : Elizabeth \\'., 
v.ife of William H. Lyman, who is a mem- 
ber of the well-known firm of Lay & Ly- 
man, merchants of Kewanee, and by whom 
she has one son, W. H., Jr. ; Clark L., who 
is engaged in the real estate and insurance 
business in Kewanee; ^lar)- C, wife of C. 
B. Piatt, of \ an Meter, Iowa, by whom she 
has one child, Allen S. ; Helen L., and 
William Howard, who was the second in 
order of birth and died in 1859, at the age of 
three years. 

It was in 1854 that ^Ir. Stevens came to 
Henry county, and throughout the remain- 
der of his life made his home in AN'ethers- 
field and Kewanee. He was here engaged 
in the hardware business for a few years, 
but practically lived retired, although 
serving as one of the early directors of the 
Union National Bank. He was a member 
of the school board for nine years, and 
also served on the town board for a time. 
By his ballot he supported the men and 
measures of the Republican party, and 
was an active and consistent member of the 
Congregational Church, to which his widow 
also belongs. He died ^larch 23, 1900, at 
the age of seventy-seven years, and his death 
occasioned the deepest regret throughout 
the community. He was a man of the high- 
est respectability, and those who were most 
intimately associated with him speak in un- 
qualified terms of his sterling integrity, his 
honor in business and his fidelitv to the 



duties of public and private life. He was 
faithful to his church, to his country and to 
his friends, and in his home was a most ex- 
emplary husband and father, ilrs. Stevens 
is an estimable lady of many sterling quali- 
ties, and has a large circle of friends in the 
communitv. 



L\MES BLAIR. 



James Blair, deceased, was for thirty 
years a prominent farmer of Kewanee town- 
ship, owning and operating one hundred and 
sixt}- acres of land on section 18, where his 
widow now resides. He was born in Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, on the 5th of July, 1829. a 
son of James and [Margaret (Hall Blair. 
The father was born in Cadiz, Ohio, and 
removed earn- to Peoria county, Illinois, 
where his death occurred in 1850. The 
mother was a native of County Armagh, 
Ireland, and was seventeen years of age when 
she came with her parents to the United 
States. She died in this county about 1866. 
Of her seven children only one is now liv- 
ing, David, a resident of Silver Creek, Ne- 
braska. 

On reaching manhood James Blair was 
married in La Salle count}", Illinois, Decem- 
ber 26, 1854, to Miss Lucy E. Emerson, 
who was born in Greenbriar county. West 
\'irginia, ^Nlay 18, 1830. and is a daughter of 
Benjamin and ^lary (Hinkley) Emerson, 
born in ^Massachusetts and Ohio, respect- 
ively. He came to Ohio, where he was mar- 
ried, and soon after moved to \\'est Vir- 
ginia, where he died December 28, 1859, 
and his wife December 20, 1893. She was a 
member of the ^lethodist Episcopal Church. 
The children born to our subject and his 
wife were as follows: {i) Amos, born June 



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6, 1856, married Evelyn Lorey, and lives on 
the adjoining farm. (2) Augusta, born 
January 16, 1858, is the wife of William 
D. Oliver, a farmer of Burns township, and 
they have three children, James C, Perry A. 
and Harold C. (3) John L.. liorn in Ke- 
wanee township August 31, 1859, married 
Fannie Scott, and they liave two children, 
Florence F. and Ellis S. (4) Benjamin V., 
born February 12, 1862, is a farmer of El- 
inira township. Stark county, Illinois. He 
wedded Mary H. Avery, and they have four 
children, Orlando V., Alice A., Elsie I. and 
Virgil. (5) ^lary Elma born December 30, 
1863, is the wife of Robert Milburn, of 
Burns township, Henry county, and to them 
have been born three children, Lee, Edith 
May and Cecil. (6) Sarah Ella, twin sis- 
ter of Mary Elma, died in 1868, at the age of 
four years and four months, having been ac- 
cidentally burned, from the effects of which 
she never recovered. (7) Lucy Ida, born 
August 3, 1874, is the wife of Elmer H. 
Ensminger, a farmer of Wethersfield town- 
ship, and they have two children, Alta Jklay 
and Hazel Fern. 

In 1856, soon after his marriage, Mr. 
Blair came to Henry county, and rented the 
John Rathbon farm in Burns township for 
three years. His first purchase of land con- 
sisted of ten acres in Kewanee township, for 
which he paid fifty dollars, and from which 
he cut the timber. Later he bought twenty 
acres for twenty dollars per acre, and sub- 
sequently sold the tract to F. Gunther for 
five hundred and seventy-five dollars. He 
then purchased eighty acres of the home- 
stead, to which he later added another eighty- 
acre tract. He placed the land under culti- 
vation and made many permanent improve- 
ments thereon. Here he made his home until 
called to his final rest, on the i =ith ni Julv. 



1883. He was widely antl favorably known 
throughout the county where the best years 
of his life were passed, and he always com- 
manded the confidence and respect of those 
with whom he came in contact either in 
business or social life. Mrs. Blair is a mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church at 
Ebenezer, Burns township, and, like her hus- 
band, she is held in high regard by all who 
know her. 



SA^IUEL GOEMBEL. 

The subect of this sketch is a leading 
representative of the business interests of 
Geneseo, Illinois, where he is extensively 
engaged in buying and shipping grain, and 
also deals in hard and soft coal. A native 
of this state, he was born in Tazewell 
county, March 12, 1850, his parents being 
Jacob and Louisa (Luther) Goembel. The 
father was born in Niederaula, Kreis 
Herschfeld, Kurfeustenthun, Hessen, Ger- 
many, on the 17th of May, 1824, and in 
TS34 came to America with his i)arents, Se- 
bastian and Anna (Schaeffer) Goembel. 
After sixty-three days upon the water, the 
family landed at New Orleans, June 9, 
1834, whence they proceeded up the Miss- 
issippi and Illinois rivers to Peoria, and 
across the country to Tazewell county, Illi- 
nois, where Sebastian Goembel bought a 
farm and also secured a quarter section of 
government land. His last days were spent 
in Washington, that county, where he died 
at about the age of seventy-si.x years. His 
v.ife was over eighty-three years of age at 
the time of her death. For many years they 
held membership in the Evangelical Associa- 
tion, and were highly resjiected by all who 
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eldest daughter. Catherine, wife of John 
Minch, of Washington, and Jacol:), father of 
our subject, are now living. 

Jacob Goembel was reared on the home 
farm and educated in the German language, 
having never attended English schools. 
The family came directly to Peoria, Illinois. 
They located five miles from that city, in 
Tazewell county, where he assisted his 
father and older brother in opening up a 
farm. They marketed their grain in Chi- 
cago, conveying it thither with a four- 
horse team, such as is now seldom seen in 
this part of the west. At the age of twenty- 
one, he left the farm and A\-ent to Chicago, 
where he worked as a teamster for ten dol- 
lars per month. In 1846 he was married in 
Lake county, Illinois, to Miss Louisa Lu- 
ther, a native of New York, born January 
28, 1826, and a daughter of John Jacob Lu- 
ther, wild came to this country from Ger- 
many about 1 82 1. She is one of a family 
of ten children, three of whom are still liv- 
ing. After his marriage Mr. Goembel 
worked in a slaughter house in Peoria for a 
year, and then purchased eighty acres of 
land on Farm creek, Tazewell county, which 
he sold in 185 1 on coming to Henry county. 
Here he entered a tract of government land 
on section 30, Yorktown township, and en- 
gaged in its cultivation until 1863, when he 
bqught another farm in the same locality, 
and made his home there until his removal 
to Geneseo in 1876. He is still the owner 
of a valuable tract of ninety-one acres in 
Yorktown township, but is now living a 
retired life in Geneseo. His political sup- 
port is given the Republican party, and he 
filled the office of school trustee for many 
years. He and his wife are prominent mem- 
bers of the Evangelical Association, and he 
is now a trustee of the church. 



This worthy couple are the parents of 
nine children, namely : W. SA-dney, a resi- 
dent of Geneseo, married Laura Early anil 
h.ad three children, Lowell (deceased, Ethel 
and Leanora; Samuel, our subject, is next in 
order of birth; Edward, a farmer of York- 
town township, married Emma Rapp and 
has three children, Ada, Harvey and Bessie ; 
Peter, a farmer of Minnesota, married 
Christina Rapp and has six children, Olive, 
Arthur, Jesse, Perry, Edith and Vernon ; 
Anna is the wife of Henry Glabe, a contrac- 
tor of Tazewell countv: Lvdia is the wife of 
Isaac Krimbill. of ^linnesota, and has five 
children. Blanche, \'era, \\"innie, Clarence 
and Archie; John E., an attorney of Rock- 
ford, Illinois, married ^linnie Grosskopp; 
A\'ilhelmina died at the age of seven years ; 
and Catherine died at the age of eighteen 
months. 

Samuel Goeml)el attended the district 
school until fourteen years of age, and then 
assisted his father in the work of the home 
farm until he attained his majority. After 
leaving the parental roof he continued to 
engage in agricultural pursuits until July 
31. 1897, when he came to Geneseo and em- 
barked in the grain and coal business, which 
he is now so successfully carrying on. He 
owns three hundred and twenty acres of 
wel improved and highly cultivated land in 
Yorktown and Loraine townships, this 
townships, this county, besides his pleasant 
residence and two lots in Geneseo, where he 
resides. He also has a half interest in the 
Arnold & Goembel elevator at this place. 

On the 27th of March, 1872, Mr. Goem- 
bel was united in marriage with Miss Re- 
becca Zinser, of Washington, Tazewell 
county, who was born in Clark county, this 
state, a daughter of Solomon and Catherine 
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1)orn ill 1818. died in 1884, while her mother 
died in October, 1899, at tlie age of nearly 
seventy-six years. In their family were 
eleven children as follows : I'rank, married 
Agnes Casebeer, of Pennsyhania, and is 
now engaged in dairy fanning in Colorado; 
]\Iary is the wife of .\clam Coker. a farmer 
of Tazewell county, Illinois; Elizabeth is 
the wife of John Ott. of Clear Lake. Iowa; 
Caroline is the wife of Amos Smith, of 
Plainfield. Illinois; Rebecca, wife of our 
subject, is ne.xt in order of birth; George 
married Priscilla Boyer, and is engaged in 
the hardware business of Manhattan, Illi- 
nois; Solomon married Lizzie Bloomershine 
and follows farming in Tazewell county; 
.Amelia is the wife of George Ferner. of 
Washington, Illinois; Daniel married Sarah 
Goesle and lives in Chicago; Sophia is the 
widow of Edward Kale and a resident of 
Washington, Illinois; and two died in in- 
fancy. 

Air. and Mrs. Goembel are the parents 
of nine children: Harry S., who married 
Ida Apples and has two children, Russell 
and Harold; Franklin J., who married 
Sarah Weiterholt and lives an a farm in 
this county; Sylva Etta, wife of \\'illiam 
Countryman, living on section 20, Yorktown 
township; Lottie \lola, wife of Edwin 
Countryman, a carpenter and contractor of 
Hooppole,, by whom she has one child 
Ruth; and Mabel B., Emory W'., Estella, 
Roscoe G. and Cassie L., all at home. 

Air. Goembel and wife hold membership 
in Grace L'nited Evangelical Church, of 
which he is a trustee, and he also belongs to 
the Modern Woodmen of .\merica and the 
Knights of the Globe. In political senti- 
ment he is independent. For twelve years 
he filled the office of justice of the peace 
and was township clerk eight years. Of ex- 



cellent business ability and broad re- 
sources, he has attained a prominent place 
among the substantial citizens of his juirt 
of the county, and has won success by his 
well-directed, energetic cfi'orts. his pros- 
perity being well deserved. 



A. C. T.WLOR. 

Among Henry county's native sons is 
tliis well-known business man of Kewanee, 
whose birth occurred in Wethedsfield town- 
ship on the -'3(1 of May. 1853. His father. 
John Taylor, was a native of Pennsylvania, 
of which state the grandfather, David Tay- 
lor, was a life-long resident, his occupation 
being that of farming. In the latter's family 
were five children, namely: David; Enoch, 
a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsyhania; 
John, father of our subject; Ellen, wife of 
Garrett Brown, of Kewanee, Illinois; and 
Mary, wiilow of E. T. Bevan, who was a 
farmer of ^^■ethersf^eld township, thi.s 
county. John Taylor received his education 
in the common schools of his native state, 
and in early life learned the trade of broom 
making. In 1850 he came to Plenry county, 
Illinois, and took up his residence in ^^'etll- 
ersfield township, where he purchased one 
hundred and sixty acres of land, the only 
improvement thereon being a small house. 
He broke his land with oxen and placed it 
under cultivation. .\s his financial re- 
sources increased he added t-o his landed 
possessions from time to time until he had 
six hundred and sixty acres, of which five 
liundred and sixty acres were in Henr\- 
county, while one hundred and sixty acres of 
this amount were in Galva township and the 
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married Deborah Barrett, whose parents 
died during her childhood, and by this union 
four children were born, namely: Alary 
Ellen, wife of Benjamin Clyde, of Alilburn, 
Dallas county, Iowa, by whom she had one 
child, Raymond; A. C, our subject; Frank; 
and Tames C, who married Cora Potter and 
lives on the old home place. The father 
died June 4, 1898, at the age of sixty-nine, 
but the mother is still living, and continues 
to reside on the old homestead with her 
son, James G. She is a native of New York. 

During his boyhood A. C. Taylor ac- 
quired a fair knowledge of the common 
English branches of learning in the schools 
of W'ethersfield township, and when old 
enough to be of any assistance commenced 
work on the home farm, remaining under 
the parental roof until he attained his ma- 
jority. He then rented land of his father in 
the same township, and while operating it 
he boarded at home for two years. 

]\Ir. Ta}-lor was married, February 18, 
1879, the lady of his choice being ]iliss 
!Mary A. Clyde, who was Ixirn in Henr}- 
county, but was living in Aurora, Kane 
county, at the time of their marriage. Her 
parents, Frederick and Sarah (Barber) 
Clyde, were natives of England and Ohio, 
respectively. For many years the father 
was engaged in mercantile business in Pitts- 
burg, Pennsylvania, and on lea\ing that 
place came to Henry county, Illinois, where 
he followed fanning for a number of years, 
but his last days were spent in Aurora, 
Vvhere his death occurred. His widow still 
makes her home in that city. iNIr. antl Airs. 
Taylor have two children : Earl, born 
April 24, 1888, and Irene, born February 
21, 1890. Both are attending school in 
Kewanee. 

For about four vears Air. Taylor con- 



tinued to rent his father's land, and then 
purchased eighty acres of Jerry Bickford, 
and later one hundred and sixty acres of his 
father, making two hundred and forty 
acres on sections 8 and 17, Wethersfield 
township, which he still owns. Besides this 
property he also has eighty acres of land in 
Murray county, Minnesota. He continued 
to actively engage in farming until 1897, 
when he removed to Kewanee, and is now 
erecting a beautiful residence with all 
modern conveniences on Chestnut street. 
Since 1S93 Air. Taylor has been connected 
with the Minneapolis Thresher Company as 
a traveling salesman, and is now engaged in 
business in Kewanee as a dealer in threshers, 
shellers and iron bridges. He is a wide- 
awake, energetic business man, whose sound 
judgment and capable management have 
brought to him a well merited success. In 
h.is political affiliations he is a Republican, 
but he has never cared for office, preferring 
to give his undivided attention to his busi- 
ness interests. His wife holds membership 
in the Congregational Church. 



WASHINGTON DUNBAR. 

There is probably no man in Wethers- 
held township wider or more favorably 
known than \\'ashington Dunbar, who has 
been identified with its agricultural inter- 
ests for almost half a century and is recog-' 
nized as one of the important factors in its 
progress and development. He was born 
in Breckinridge county, Kentucky, Septem- 
ber 21, .1822, his parents being \\'illiam 
and Alary (Prayter) Dunbar, natives of 
Pennsyhania and Kentucky, respectively. 
In 1833 they came to La Fayette, Stark 
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Gn)\e. when there were only three families 
ill that locality. The family endured all the 
h.ardships and privations incident to pioneer 
life. As it was a long distance to mill they 
often ground their meal in an old hand 
mill. In those early days the father, who 
was a hatter by trade, would catch the 
beavers and manufacture the fur into hats, 
which he would then strap on his back and 
start out to sell to the settlers. He also 
cleared and improved a farm of one hun- 
dred acres in Stark county, where he made 
his home for some years, though his last 
days were spent in California. In his fam- 
ily were thirteen children, and those still 
living besides our subject are Robert R., a 
lawyer of Argentine, Kansas; Mrs. Jane 
Driscoll, of Eagle Grove, Iowa; and Mrs. 
Missouri Lee, of Twin Springs, Kansas. 

Washington Dunbar's early educational 
advantages were meager as there were but 
few schools in this section of the state when 
the family located here. In 1852 he came to 
Henry county, and purchased forty acres of 
land on section 31, W'etherstield township, 
to which he added from time to time as his 
financial resources merited until he now has 
three hundred and twenty acres of valuable 
land, which he has placed under a high state 
of cultivation. In past years he has prob- 
ably cleared and improved more land in 
Henry county than any other of its citizens, 
but is now living a retired life while his 
sons operate the farm. He has been emi- 
nently successful, having by hard work and 
tireless energy accumulated a handsome 
property. 

On the 24th of December, 1846, ilr. 
Dunbar was united in marriage with Miss 
Anna Lee, who was born in Warren county. 
New York, June 10, 1825, and was the 
third in order of birth in a familv of twelve 



children, whose parents were Josephus and 
Elizabeth (Bennett) Lee, also natives of 
New York state. This family removed to 
Stark county, Illinois, about 1844. Mrs. 
Dunbar died on the i.st of April, 1S97. at 
De Funiak Springs, near Pensacola, Flor- 
ida, whither she had gone in company with 
her husband with the hope of recovering 
her health, which had been bad for a num- 
ber of years. Her remains were interred in 
La Fayette cemetery, Stark county, Illinois. 
Religiously she was a memljer of the Uni- 
versalist Church. By this union ]Mr. Dun- 
bar had nine children, namelj^: Oscar; Or- 
ville, deceased; Orson; Alburtus, who mar- 
ried Nellie, daughter of Louis Clark, of 
Sheffield; .'\delia, wife of De Witt ^^'inney. 
of Knox ccjunty, Illinois; Burwell, deceased; 
Charles, who married Viola White, of La 
Fayette; Effie L., wife of Bradford Eynder 
of Sark county, Illinois; and Harry, who 
married Bessie Newell, of Galva. 

Mr. Dunbar was again married, June 7, 
1900, his second union being with Miss 
Anna Cardiff, a native of Pennsylvania, and 
a daughter of William V. antl Catherine 
(Sipes) Cardiff, both of whom died and 
were buried in Galva. this ounty. She is one 
of a family of thirteen children, se\'en of 
whom are still living. Mr. Dunbar is a 
man of sterling character, whose word is 
considered as good as his bond, and is high- 
ly respected and esteemed by all who know 
him. In politics he is a strong Republican 
and for many years he efficiently served as 
school director. 



WILLIAM DONALDSON. 

Among the honored and highly esteemed 
citizens of W^ethersfield is numbered William 
Donaldson, who was horn in county Lon- 



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donderry, Ireland. February -, 1827, and 
tliere grew to manliood. receiving but lim- 
ited educational advantages. He is there- 
fore a self-educated as well as a self-made 
man. \\'ith the hope of bettering his condi- 
tion in the new world, he took ship at Bel- 
fast, in 184S, and on the Charles of Balti- 
more, a sailing vessel, crossed the broad 
Atlantic, being six weeks and three days 
upon the water. In a fog on the banks of 
Xew Foundland the ship on which he sailed 
ran into another vessel, but was only slightly 
damaged and reached New York in safety 
in May of that year. Mr. Donaldson pro- 
ceeded at once to Philadelphia, and there 
^vent to Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he 
joined a cousin who was foreman on rail- 
road construction. After working there 
for a little while he went to Cincinanti, 
Ohio, \\here other cousins were living, antl 
where he engaged in d raying for some 
time. On coming west in 1855, he first lo- 
cated near Elmira, Stark county, Illinois. 
\vhere he rented land and engaged in farm- 
ing for six years. 

Wliile a resident of Cincinnati, Mr. Don- 
aldson was married, December 0, 1852, to 
Miss Eliza Blackwood, who was born and 
reared in County Tyrone, Ireland, where 
her father, Robert Blackwood, spent his 
entire life. They have seven children liv- 
ing, namely: Robert, who is married and 
lives in Kewanee; George, who is married 
and is employed as boss in the Kewanee 
tube works; Tillie, one of the teachers of 
Wethersfield; Lizzie, wife of Xorman 
Oliver, of Kewanee; Emma, a teacher in the 
Kewanee schools; William, a carriage trim- 
mer in Chicago; and Clara, wife of Fred 
Shepherd, of Peoria. They also lost two 
-children : Thomas, wlio died at the age of 



four years; and Maggie, who married 
Robert N. Martin and removed to Ne- 
braska, but died at the home of her father 
in 1888, leaving five children, two of whom, 
William and Alfred N., reside with their 
grandparents. The others are Harry, Ella 
and Elsie. 

Mr. Donaldson's first purchase of land 
consisted of one hundred and twenty acres 
of timber in Kewanee township, Henry 
county, which he bought on coming to this 
county in 1861. This he cleared, fenced 
and placed under cultivation, but after re- 
siding thereon for about six years he sold 
the place and purchased eighty acres of 
prairie land in Burns township, to which 
he subsecjuently added until he has a tract 
of one hundred and sixty acres. He made 
many excellent improvements upon the 
place, and continued its cultivation until his 
removal to Wethersfield in 1886. Here ha 
purchased a residence which he has since 
remodeled, and now has a very pleasant and 
attractive home. To his diligence, persever- 
ance and industry may be attributed his suc- 
cess in life for he came to the new world 
empty handed, and has had to make his own 
way in the world unaided. 

Originally Mr. Donaldson was an old 
line Whig and cast 'his first presidential vote 
for Zachary Taylor, but since the formation 
of the Republican party in 1856, he has been 
a supporter of its principles, and has sup- 
ported all of its presidential nominees. He 
was once elected justice of the peace but re- 
fused to qualify, preferring to give his un- 
divided attention to his business interests. 
He has, however, served as school director 
and given his children good educations, fully 
realizing the ad\antages of such a training. 
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tcrian Church and still adhere to that faith, 
while his daughters hold membership in the 
Congregational Church. The family is 
Avidely known and highly respected. 



E. X. PETERSOX. 

Xumhered among the prominent and 
successful young faniers of Andover town- 
ship is E. X'. Peterson, who resides on sec- 
tion 34, where he was born February 3, 
1875. His father, C. P. Peterson, was a 
native of Sweden and was single on his 
emigration to America. Coming to Henry 
county. Illinois, he located in Andover 
township, and was one of its honored early 
settlers. It was in 1849 that he bought the 
land on which our subject now resides, it 
being at that time all wild prairie, which he 
at once began to break and improve. He 
was married in Andover township, in 1854. 
to Miss W'ilhelmina Bloomberg, who was 
also born in Sweden, and the\' became the 
parents of four children, of whom our sub- 
ject is the youngest, the others being Mrs. 
Clara Almeda Lofgren, a resident of Knox 
county, Illinois; C. A., who is married and 
lives in Clover township, Henry cnunty: 
and Frank William, of Knox county. The 
mother died in 1875, during the infancy of 
our subject, but the father long survived 
her, passing away in Andover township 
July 4, 1897, honored and respected by all 
who knew him. He was one of the promi- 
nent Republicans of his community and 
took quite an active part in political affairs. 
E. N. Peterson was educated in the pub- 
lic schools of Andover township and reared 
upon the old homestead which he now owns 
and occupies. It is a good farm of one hun- 



dred and sixty acres, being well improved 
and under a high state of cultivation. In 1900 
ht built a fine barn, fifty-two by fifty-six feet, 
with a capacity of forty tons of hay, and 
has made an addition to his house, so that 
it is now one of the best residences in the 
locality. He carries on general farming and 
stock raising, and in his labors is meeting 
with excellent success. 

On the 3d of June, 1897, in Andover 
township, Mr. Peterson was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Matilda V. Hultgreen, a na- 
tive of that township and a daughter of An- 
drew V. and Christina Hultgreen, pioneers 
of Andover. Mr. Peterson gives his polit- 
ical support to the Republican party and its 
l)rinciples, and is a member of the Lutheran 
Church at Andover. 



GEORGE \\'ESTOX. 

George \\'eston, deceased, was for thirty 
years one of the leading farmers and honor- 
ed citizens of Kewanee township, his home 
being on section 16. He was born on the 
28th of January, 1827, in Morgan county, 
Ohio, and was a son of Jeremiah and Ma- 
tilda (Anderson) Weston, the former a na- 
tive of Xew Hampshire, the latter of Mary- 
land. In the Buckeye state he was reared 
to manhood and was educated in its public 
schools. Coming west in 1850 he first lo- 
cated in Iowa, but after spending a short 
time in that state he removed to this county, 
antl took up iiis residence on section 16, Ke- 
wanee township, where he followed farming 
throughout the remainder of his life. Here 
he steadily prospered, and at the time of his 
death owned about three hundred acres of 
valuable farmine land. 



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On the 23d of October, 1863, Mr. \\'es- 
ton was united in marriage with ^Nlrs. Helen 
(Stark) Stephenson, widow of Henry 
Stephenson, who was born in Xew York and 
died in Michigan in 1856, leaving two chil- 
dren : lona, wife of J. W. Adams, of Kan- 
sas City, Kansas, and Isett, wife of Henry 
Spurlock, of Kansas City, Kansas. Mrs. 
\\'eston is a nati\e of Pennsylvania and a 
daughter of Stutely and Eliza Ann (Steven- 
son) Stark, natives of ^Massachusetts and 
Xew York, respectiveh*. Her paternal grand- 
father was born in A'erniont and his wife in 
Xew Hampshire. In 1833 her family re- 
moved to ^ledina county, Ohio, where they 
made their home until coming to Illinois 
in 1864, when they took up their residence 
in Bureau county. Three years later they 
removed to Galesburg. where Mr. Stark 
lived retired until his death in 1869. By 
occupation he was a farmer. Subsequently 
his widow went to Kansas, and died in 
Perry, that state, in 18S9. They reared a 
family of eight children. Unto ilr. and 
!Mrs. \\'eston were born five children, name- 
ly Ina, wife of Warren Lester, who now 
lives on ilrs. \\'eston's farm; May, a den- 
tist of Kansas City, Missouri; Stutely, a 
farmer of Kewanee township; Tillie, wife 
of U. G. Pyle, of the same township ; and 
Lee, at home with his mother. Mrs. ^^'eston 
has a fine farm of three hundred and eighty 
acres, and from it derives a good income. 
She is a faithful member of the Congrega- 
tional Church of Kewanee, and is highly re- 
spected and esteemed by all who know her. 

Fraternally Mr. Weston was an active 
member of the Grange. He always took a 
deep and commendable interest in educa- 
tional affairs, and efRcientl)' served as school 
director in his district from the time of its 
organization until his death, which occurred 



August II, 1886. He was recognized as 
one of the valued and useful citizens of his 
community, and his death was mourned by 
a large circle of friends and acquaintances 
who esteemed him highly for his sterling 
worth. 



SIMEOX HELLER. 

Simeon Heller, deceased, was for many 
years one of the leading citizens of Loraine 
township, owning and operating a fine farm 
of two hundred acres on section 5. He was 
born ^larch 21, 1821, in Luzerne countv, 
Pennsylvania, of which state his parents, 
David and Catherine Heller, were life-long 
residents. By occupation the father was a 
farmer. 

During his boyhood and youth our sub- 
ject attended school only three months, the 
remainder of the time being devoted to the 
work of the home farm. On leaving the 
parental roof at the age of twenty-one, he 
came b)' w-ay of the Ohio and Mississippi 
rivers to Illinois, where his brother Da\id 
was living, and worked for him for a time. 
At the age of twentythree he was united in 
marriage with Miss Maud Arnett, a native 
of Alsace-Loraine, France, who came with 
her parents to this county and settled in 
Whiteside county, Illinois, in the early '30s. 

After his marriage !Mr. Heller pre- 
empted a tract of government land in Lo- 
raine township, to the improvement and cul- 
tivation of which he devoted his energies 
until the discovery of gold in California, 
v.hen he crossed the plains with his wife's 
brothers, George, Jacob and \\'illiam Ar- 
nett. The trip was made with an ox team 
and consumed six months. While engaged 
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deatli, but being penniless he was unable to 
return home at that time. The news was 
sucli a shock to him that tor several months 
he was hardly conscious of where he was. 
He remained on the Pacific coast for twehe 
years, and met with good success before re- 
turning home. On again reaching this state 
he located upon the land which he had pre- 
empted in Henry county, and throughout 
the remainder of his life engaged in agricul- 
tural pursuits. He died on the 30th of June, 
1 88", honored and respected by all who 
knew him, and his remains were interred in 
Loraine cemetery. In his political views he 
was a Republican, and religiously he was a 
consistent member of the jNIethodist Epis- 
copal Church, to which his wife also be- 
longed. 

Mr. Heller's first wife died in the early 
■fifties, leaving one child, Susan, now the 
wife of Peter Lininger, of Boone, Iowa. He 
was again married February 15, 1864, his 
second union being with Miss Mary Pobanz, 
a native of Prussia, Germany, where her 
l^arents, David and Mary Pobanz, were also 
born. In 1863 the family came to America 
and located in Osco township, Henry 
county, Illinois, where the father engaged in 
farming for five years, but spent the remain- 
der of his life in Dodge county, Nebraska. 
He had three children: John, deceased; 
^lar}-, now Mrs. Heller; and a daughter, 
who died in infancy. By his second mar- 
riage Mr. Heller had twelve children, name- 
ly : Lewis D., who first married Josephine 
Egert and second Annie W'ahlheim and 
lives in Loraine township; Emma K., a 
trained nurse now in St. Paul's hospital, 
Butte, Montana, and a member of the East- 
ern Star at Prophetstown, Illinois; Joseph 
S., wlio is mentioned below: William D., 
a barl^er of Twin Bridge, Montana, who 



married Clara Polinger, and is a member 
of the blue lodge and Eastern Star chapter 
of the Masonic fraternity at Erie, Illinois; 
Levi A., a farmer of Dudge omnty, Ne- 
braska, who married Rose Kopisk_\' and is a 
member of the Modern Woodmen of .\mer- 
ica; Annie M., wife of Clarence Bollen, of 
Taylor county, Iowa; Phebe and Alice R., 
both at home; Louisa Matilda, who died at 
the age of three years; Elsie, who died at the 
age of four months; Perry O., at home; and 
Leonard, who died at the age of one year 
and nine months. 

Joseph S. Heller, son of our subject, 
was born December i, 1867, and was edu- 
cated in the home school and the North- 
western Normal at Geneseo. He assisted 
in the labors of the farm until 1893, when he 
went to Twin Bridge, Montana, where he 
was on a ranch for a time, and from there 
went to Minnesota and Iowa. On his re- 
turn to this county in the spring of 1894, he 
took charge of the home place and has since 
successfully managed the same, being a 
man of good business ability and sound 
judgment. Politically he is identifietl with 
the Republican party, and fraternally is a 
member of Bollen Lodge, No. 412, F. & A. 
M., of Spring Hill, in which he has served 
as junior warden. 



SAMUEL RUSSELL. 

Samuel Russell, who is practically living 
a retired life in the city of Kewanee, Illinois, 
was born in Wilmington, Clinton county, 
Ohio, on the 6th of October, 1834, but was 
only seven years old when he removed to 
Delaware county, Indiana, with his parents, 
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the former also a native of the Buckeye 
state, and the latter of Virginia, although 
she was only three years old when she be- 
came a resident of Ohio. Our subject's pa- 
ternal grandfather, James Russell, was born 
in Ireland, and was a lad of thirteen years 
Avhen he came with his parents to the United 
States, the family being among the early set- 
tlers of Ohio, where he grew to manhood 
and spent the greater part of his life. His 
death occurred in Delaware county, Indiana. 
In his family were eleven children, of whom 
nine reached years of maturity. 

John Russell, the eldest of this family 
and the father of our subject, received but a 
limited education, learning to read, write 
and cipher after he attained his. majority. 
He was only able to attend school a short 
time during the winter and then had to wade 
through the snow three miles to the school 
Jaouse. His early life was devoted to agricul- 
tural pursuits, and at the age of nineteen 
j'ears he learned the plasterer's and brick 
mason's trades, at which he worked for 
about twenty years. In 1841 he removed to 
Delaware county, IndiSna, where he pur- 
chased eighty acres of land, and was en- 
gaged in farming throughout the remainder 
^of his life. Politically he was first a Whig 
and an abolitionist and later a Republican, 
and religiously was a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church, in which he served as 
class leader and steward for a number of 
years. He died in 1857 at about the age of 
fifty-two years, and his wife,, who long sur- 
vived him, passed away in 1881. She had 
made her home in Henry county, Illinois, 
from 1859. They were the parents of four 
i^hildren, namely: James, who died at the 
age of four years; Samuel, our subject; 
jNIiriam, wife of Jeremiah Bickford, a re- 
tired citizen of Kewanee : and Caroline, wife 



of James Stafford, a retired citizen of Al- 
bany, Delaware county, Indiana. 

When tlie family located in Delaware 
county, Indiana, that region was very wild, 
and on starting his children to scliool tlie- 
father blazed the trees through the heavy 
forest that they might find their way home. 
There was scarceh- a frame house in the 
county, outside of iluncie. the county seat, 
where there were a few. The dwellings were 
nearly all built of logs, with one door and 
one window, with large fire place built of 
rough stone and mud, the chimnies being of 
split sticks and mud. Xails were not known, 
with the exception of a few made by the 
blacksmith. A\'ooden pins were used in- 
stead of nails, an auger or a gimlet being 
used to make the hole, in which the wooden 
pin was inserted and driven in solidly. The 
school houses were also built of logs, with 
seats made of small logs split in two parts, 
wooden pins being inserted on the round side 
for legs, thus giving a flat surface on which 
to sit. There was neither back or cushion 
to the seats. The roofs of the houses were 
made of split boards about two and a half 
or three feet lonp- called clapboards, which 
were laid on timbers called ribs, and held 
there by poles laid on them, one pole being 
used to a tier of clapboards. The floors 
were made of puncheons, that is slabs split 
out of large timber from three to four inches 
thick, while a board placed on pins formed 
a desk on which the scholars practiced 
writing about ten or fifteen minutes a day, 
that being all the teacher thought necessary 
to devote to that accomplishment. Amid 
such primitive surroundings, young Russell 
acquired liis education, walking a mile antl 
a quarter to school each morning and re- 
turning home at night. He was onlv per- 
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longer than thirty-five days in one year. At 
I the age of eighteen his education was com- 
i pleted, so far as liis school life was cdu- 
l cerned. and he then dexnted his entire time 
to work. He remained at home until his re- 
moval to Illinois in 1859. with the exception 
■of a few months spent in Minnesnta and 
Illinois. 

On the 31st of March, i85t>. Mr. Rus- 
sell married Miss ^Matilda Zehner, who was 
born in Wayne county. Indiana, and is the 
third in order of birth in a famil}" nf nine 
children, whose parents were Benjamin and 
Hester Zehner, natives of Pennsylvania, and 
early settlers of Wayne county, Indiana. 
, from which they later removed to Delaware 
county, the same state. Of the six children 
born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell, Francis died 
at the age of two years, Cora at the age of 
three, and Mary at the age of fourteen. John 
B., a graduate of Wheaton College and now 
superintendent of the public schools of 
Wheaton, Illinois, married Isabel Gunn, and 
they have two children, Edna L.. and Ever- 
ett C. Frank H. is a physician, now cm-^ 
nected with the Presbyterian hos])ital ni 
t'hicago. He is also a graduate of Wheatnn 
College, Rush ^ledical College and the 
Theological Seminary of the CDUgregational 
(."hurch of Chicago. Eva M. is a graduate 
of the Kewanee high schof)l, and is now 
taking the literary course at the Chicago 
University. 

In 1859 Mr. Russell and his family came 
to Henry county, Illinois, and located on a 
farm of one hundred and sixty acres which 
he had purchased in 1856 in Clover town- 
ship, at that time all wild and unimproved. 
He erected there(in a house, fourteen by 
twenty feet, in which he lived while break- 
ing his land and placing it under cultivation. 
On disiX)sing of that property in 1865 he 



bought a partially improved farm of one 
hundred and sixty acres in Wethcrsfield 
township, where he made his home until his 
removal to Kewanee on the first of January. 
1 89 1. During his youth he learned the brick 
mason's and plasterer's trades with his 
father, but has not followed that occupation 
for forty years. While engaged in farming 
he gave considerable attention to the raising 
and feeding of stock, generally keeping 
about one hundred hogs and twenty head of 
cattle. He still oversees the management of 
his farm, though he has retired from active 
labor. He is an active member and steward 
of the Free Methodist Church. Politically 
he is a Prohibitionist. 



LEWIS URICK. 

The subject of this sketch is a worthy 
representative of the agricultural interests 
of Loraine township, his home being on sec- 
tion 9, and is also prominently identified 
w ith public affairs. He was born November 
5. i860, on the farm where he still resides, 
his parents being Rudolph and Mary 
( Shafer) L^rick, the former a nati\e of 
Switzerland, the latter of Germany. In his 
natix'e land the father learned the mason's 
trade which he followed for many years. At 
the age of twenty-one he crossed the board 
Atlantic and located in Pennsylvania, where 
he was thus employed for fi\e years. On 
coming west he settled at what is kncnvn as 
lOutch Bottom, Portland township, White- 
side county, Illinois, in 1844, and took up 
government land, which he operated for a 
few years. He then purchased a farm in 
Loraine township. Henry county, on which 
he located, and became (piite a large land 



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owner, tliough lie divided his property among 
his children prior to his death. He died 
April lo, 1899, at the age of ninety years 
and nine months, and his remains were in- 
terred in Loraine cemetery. He retained his 
mental faculties until the last, but for fif- 
teen years was blind, owing to some mortar 
getting in his eyes while working at his 
trade. He continued to follow that occu- 
pation in connection with farming for many 
years, and in all his undertakings was em- 
inently successful. He affiliated with the 
Republican party from its organization, and 
was an earnest member of the Evangelical 
Church. 

Rudolph Urick was twice married, his 
first union being with Catherine Rapp, b}' 
whom he had six children, four still living, 
namely: Catherine, wife of Samuel Arnett, 
of Geneseo; Isaac, a resident of Portland 
township, \\'hiteside county; Jacob, a ranch- 
man of Colorado; and Louisa, wife of Jo- 
seph Kopp, a farmer of Andubon, Iowa. 
The mother of these children died in 1856, 
and the father subsequently wedded Mary 
Shafer. To them were born two sons: 
David, who married Matilda R. Huntington 
and is engaged in farming in Portland 
township, \Miiteside county ; ' and Lewis, 
our subject. The mother is still living at 
the age of seventy-seven years and lives on 
the old homestead with her son Lewis. 

In early life our subject attended the dis- 
trict school near liis home and remained un- 
der the parental roof. Prior to his marriage 
he took charge of the farm, and has since 
successfully engaged in general farming 
and stock raising. He also feeds cattle and 
hogs for market. He has some fine stock 
upon his farm, his specialty being Aberdeen 
Angus cattle. He is now the owner of three 
hundred and twentv acres of land in one 



body, two hundred acres of which he re- 
ceived from his father, and since then has 
added one hundred and twenty, and is one 
of the most prosperous citizens of his com- 
munity. 

On the 5th of February, 1889, Mr. Urick 
married ^liss Hattie M. Sieben, a native 
of this county, and a daughter of John 
Sieben, whose sketch appears elsewhere in 
this work. The children born of this union 
were Clarence, who died at the age of three 
3-ears; Perry and Ira. Religiously the par- 
ents are members of the Evangelical Church, 
of which ]\Ir. Urick is a trustee. In his po- 
litical affiliations he is a Republican, and 
has been a delegate to various county con- 
ventions. He is now serving his tenth year 
as township clerk, and has filled the office 
of school director a number of years. In 
the spring of 1900 he was census enumer- 
ator for Loraine and Phenix townships, and 
devoted eighteen days to the work of that 
office. He is quite prominent in local pol- 
itics and in church work, and is one of the 
most highly esteemed citizens of his com- 
munity. 



AMBROSE MATHEWS. 

Among the honored veterans of the 
Civil war and representative citizens of this 
county, who are now living a retired life 
in W'ethersfield is Ambrose ^lathews, who 
smce 1845 has been a resident of Henry 
county. He was born in Seneca Falls. 
Seneca county. New York, on the 20th of 
December, 1830, and on the paternal side 
is of Scotch ancestry, his grandfather, Henry 
Mathews, being a native of Scotland and a 
pioneer farmer of Seneca county. New York. 
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and reared, and on reaching; nianliood mar- 
ried Miss Margaret Conner, a native of tlie 
same state and of Irish extraction. From 
liis native county lie removed to Geauga 
count\% Ohio, where he engaged in farm- 
ing for about sixteen years and also owned 
and operated a saw and grist mill. lie 
traded his farm in that county for a share 
in the property of the W^ethersfield colony in 
Henry county, Illinois, receiving one hun- 
dred and sixty acres of prairie land, twenty 
acres of timber land, and a village lot of 
two and a half acres. By team he removed 
to this county, arriving here July 31, 1845. 
He purchased a house and lot in \\'ethers- 
field, where he made his home while his older 
sons improved the farm. Here he died in. 
1884, at the advanced age of nearly ninety- 
three years. His first wife, who was the 
mother of our subject, had passed away 
some years previously, and he married again, 
his second wife surviving him. He served 
as a drummer in the war of 1812. 

During his boyhood and youth Ambrose 
Mathews attended the common schools, com- 
pleting his education in this Cdunly. Ik- 
was seventeen years of «ge when he came 
to Illinois with his father, but after spend- 
ing two years here he returned to Chardon, 
Geauge county, Ohio, where he learned the 
shoemaker's trade with a brother, remain- 
ing there two years. On his return to this 
county he worked at his trade in \\'ethers- 
field with his brother, who carried on a shop 
there for some years. 

Our subject was thus employctl until 
after the Civil war broke out, when he en- 
listed July 17, 1862, in Company A, One 
Hundred and Twenty-fourth Illinois Vol- 
unteer Infantry, which was assigned to the 
Army of the Tennessee under command of 
■Generals Grant and Sherman. He was first 



under fire at Thompson Hill, ^Mississippi, 
and later participated in the battles of Port 
Gibson and Bakers Creek. He was in a hun- 
ning fight at Jackson Crossroads, and in 
the battle of Champion Hills, which was 
one of the most important engagements of 
the war. He was also in the battle of Black 
River Bridge and for forty-seven days par- 
ticipated in the siege of \^icksburg. being 
a member of General Logan's brigade, which 
was the first to enter the city after its sur- 
render. He has a picture of Generals Grant 
and Pemberton taken after the surrender and 
mounted in a case made from the famous 
I'emberton Oak, under which the surrender 
was made. Later Mr. Mathews was on 
guard and provost dul_\' in that city for some 
time, and then mrirclieil with his command 
througli Louisiana to Monroe, which jilace 
they captured, after which they returned to 
Vicksburg, remaining there on provost duty 
until the following spring, in the meantime 
going on several scouting expeditions to 
Jackson. They then went to Mobile, and 
took part in the siege of Spanish b'ort, 
which lasted three weeks. They dug under 
the walls, and entered the fort at two o'clock 
ir. the morning much to the surjjrise of the 
rebels. Mr. Mathews' command then 
marched to Montgomery, Alabama, which 
the rebels evacuated after rolling cotton in 
the streets and setting fire to it. In August 
they were ordered north to Chicago, where 
Mr. Mathews was honorably discharged 
August 9, 1865, and then returned to his 
home in ^Vethersfield. He entered the serv- 
ice as cori)oral, and was ser\ing" as com- 
missary sergeant when mustered out. He 
was never seriously wounded, but at Bakers 
Creek a ball passed through his clothing 
and cut his shoulder, and at Vicksburg an- 
other ball i)ierced his clothing and grazed 



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the flesli, finally lodging in his cartridge 
belt. He kept the latter ball for several 
)^ears as a sort of memento of his army 
life. 

For two years after the war Mr. 
Llathews worked at his trade in Kewanee, 
and then followed farming in Kewanee, 
Burns and Wethersfield townships for sev- 
eral years. Subsequently he worked at the 
carpenter's trade and at various occupa- 
tions in the village of Wethersfield, but for 
some years has lived a retired life, enjoy- 
ing a well earned rest. 

On the 1st of January, 1852, in Henry 
county, Mr. Mathews was united in marriage 
with Miss Maria Cline, who was born in 
Dutchess county, New York, but came here 
in 1845 during her girlhood with her 
brother. Her father, Abraham Cline, had 
died in the Empire state. ]\Irs. Mathews 
passed away August 4, 1S90, and was laid 
to rest in the \\'ethersfield cemetery. By 
that union were born five children who are 
still living, namely : Cordelia, wife of 
James Wiley, of Wethersfield, by whom she 
has four children, May, Lillian, Laura and 
Frank G. ; Edward, a mechanical engineer 
in the tube works at Kewanee; Rosa, wife of 
George E. Dustin, of Wethersfield, by whom 
she has four children, Emory, Clara, George 
and Blanche; ^lelva, who is now her fa- 
ther's housekeeper; and John L., who is 
married and works in the shops of Kewanee. 
Jane Ann, the oldest of the famil}-, died in 
early childhood. 

Politically j\Ir. Mathews is a stalwart 
Republican, and has supported every presi- 
dential candidate of that party since casting 
his first vote for John C. Fremont in 1856. 
He has been honored with several local of- 
fices; was elected constable and township 
collector on the organization of Wethersfield 



township, and served in that capacity three 
years ; has also filled the office of road com- 
missioner; was assessor of Wethersfield 
township for the long period of twenty 
years; and has frequently served as a dele- 
gate to the county conventions of his party. 
He and his daughter are members of the 
Congregational Church, and he is also con- 
nected with the Grand Army post, of Ke- 
wanee, in which he has filled all the chairs 
and is now past commander. He has al- 
ways been found true to every trust reposed 
ir. him, whether public or private, and has 
been found a loyal and patriotic citizen in 
days of peace as well as in time of war. 



X. C. GILBERT. 

N. C. Gilbert is one of Geneseo's highly 
respected citizens, whose useful and well- 
spent life has not only gained for him the 
confidence of his fellow men, but has also 
secured for him a comfortable competence 
which enables him to lay aside all business 
cares and spend his declining days in ease 
and retirement. He was born in Ontario 
county. New York, February 10, 1834, and 
is a son of Horace and Ann E. (Carpenter) 
Gilbert, the former a native of Connecticut,, 
the latter of Herkimer county, New York. 
His maternal grandparents were Nathaniel 
and Betsey (Green) Carpenter. Through- 
out his active business life the father fol- 
lowed the occupation of farming in Ontario 
county, New York, where he owned about 
three hundred acres of land. For man} 
years he served as deacon in the Congrega- 
tional Church, to which he belonged, while 
his wife was a devout and active member 
of the Baptist Church. He died in 1862,. 



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at the age of sixty years. Slie long sur- 
vived him, dying in 1897, when within seven 
days of the eiglity-seventh anniversary of 
her hirth. Their children were as follows : 
?\Iary, deceased wife of J. R. Hopkins; N. 
C, the subject of this review; E. Curtis, a 
farmer of this county, who was born in 
1S36 and died in 1889; H. C, formerly a 
farmer and nmv a hanker of Lima. New 
York; Elon II., who dicil at the age of 
twelve years; and Elizabeth G., wife of Gil- 
bert \\". Peck, of Canandaigua, Xew York. 

N. C. Gilbert was reared on his father's 
farm and educated in the public schools of 
the neighborhood. When his school days 
were over he took up the occupation of farm- 
ing, which he has made his life work. Com- 
ing to Henry county, Illinois, in 1856, he 
purchased a farm in Geneseo township w here 
he resided four years and then removed to 
Munson township, where he purchased a 
farm of eighty acres, to which he has added 
and now owns four hundred acres in that 
township, and successfully operated it until 
1893, since which time he has rented his 
land and lived a retired life. His farm has 
been occupied by his son, H. Mark, or his 
son-in-law, D. S. Brown, since 1893. He 
was a charter member of both the Farmers 
National Bank and the First National Bank, 
of Geneseo, and was a stockholder and di- 
rector of the former up to January i, 1901. 
He is also a charter member and president 
of the Geneseo, Edford & Munson Mutual 
Fire Insurance Company, and has ever been 
identified with those enterprises calculated 
to advance the interests of his town and 
county. 

On the 9th of August, i860, ]\Ir. Gilbert 
was united in marriage with Miss Francelia 
Amsden, a native of Rochester, Vermont, 
and a daughter of R. P. and Lora Ann 



(Buck) Amsden, who were also born in the 
Green Mountain state. The father died at 
the age of eighty-four years, but the mother 
is still living at the age of eighty-five. In 
religious belief they were Baptists. They 
came west in 1854, and settled on a farm 
in Geneseo township, this county, where they 
reared their family of children, namely : 
Lucien C, now a farmer of Missouri; Fran- 
celia, wife of our subject; \'iola, wife of 
Aaron Wilson, of Menlo. Iowa; Darwin R.. 
a farmer of Scranton, Iowa; John L., also 
a resident of that state; Lorenzo S., a resi- 
dent of Los Angeles, California; Myra. w1k> 
married W. E. Tipton, and died at the age 
of thirty- four years; and Minnie, wife of 
J. A. Phillips, an attorney of Dunlap, Iowa. 
Three children have been born to our sub- 
ject and his wife: }ilay, at home: H. Alark, 
a farmer of North Yakima, Washington, 
who is married and has four children, 
Curtiss, Lois, Elon and Margaret: and Lora, 
v.ife of D. S. Brown, a farmer of Munsun 
township, this county, by whom she has one 
child, Ethel, who died at the age of seven 
years. 

In early life INlr. Gilbert was a stanch. 
Republican, but since 189 J has been a sup- 
porter of the Populist party. While living 
on his farm he served as treasurer of Mun- 
son township for thirteen years, resigning 
that position on his removal to Geneseo in. 
1893. He was also supervisor of the town- 
ship for over ten consecutive years, and has- 
always taken an active and commendable 
interest in public affairs, doing all in his 
power to advance the general welfare. He 
was president of the Henry County Fair As- 
sociation for nine consecutive years. He 
possesses great energy, good judgment and 
indefatigable industry and these elements 
have brought to him a well-deserved pros- 



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perity, which now enables him to put aside 
active labor and enjoy tlie competence which 
former toil grained for him. 



WILLIAM R. GOODRICH. 

No state in the Union can boast of a 
more heroic band of pioneers than Illinois. 
Their privations, hardships and earnest la- 
bors have resulted in establishing one of 
the foremost commonwealths of America, 
and its wonderful advancement has been 
largely secured through the sturdy and in- 
telligent manhood of descendants of Puri- 
tans with their moral, intellectual and phj-s- 
ical stamina; but their work is nearly com- 
plete, and all too soon the last of those sturdy 
pioneers will have passed away; but their 
memory will ever remain green among those 
who loved them and appreciated their ef- 
forts. 

The oldest settler of Henry county now 
residing within its limits is William R. 
Goodrich, of Kewanee, who was born in 
the town of Hilo, on the island of Hawaii. 
Februarj' 20, 1832. His parents, Joseph 
and ilartha (Barnes) Goodrich, were both 
natives of Wethersfield, Connecticut, and 
of English descent. The father was reared 
in the Congregational faith and educated 
at Yale L^niversity. After his gradua- 
tion he learned the trade of ship car- 
penter, which he followed for a time, and 
then studied for the ministry. After being 
ordained he was sent as a missionary to 
Hawaii in 1822, being the second to locate 
there, and the first sent there by the Congre- 
gational Church. He did an excellent work- 
in preaching to the natives all over the isl- 
and and made many converts, his church 



afterward becoming the largest in the 
world, with a membership of five thousand. 
After spending fourteen years there, he re- 
turned to America in the spring of 1836, 
and joined his family in Wethersfield, Con- 
necticut, where he had left them. In the fall 
of that year, in company with Xorman But- 
ler and John F. Willard, he came to Henry 
county, Illinois, by wagon, and settled in 
what is now Kewanee township, where he 
took up one hundred and sixty acres of 
prairie land and one hundred and twenty 
acres of timber land, purchasing the same 
when it came into market. He erected a log 
cabin, twenty-two by thirty feet, upon his 
place, but it was only partially roofed that 
winter, though it was the home of the three 
men until spring. They endured many hard- 
ships, and their food consisted of only a quar- 
ter of a beef, two pounds of butter and some 
cracked corn. In the spring of 1837 Mr. 
Goodrich returned to Connecticut for his 
family, and by way of the Erie canal and 
Great Lakes, proceeded at once to Chicago, 
which was then a small village, one of its 
principal features being the block house. 
There he purchased a team of Indian ponies 
and drove across the country to Henry coun- 
ty. Immediately after his arrival he com- 
menced to improve and cultivate his land, 
making it his home throughout the remain- 
der of his life. He died in 1832, in his fifty- 
eighth year, and his first wife died in 1840. at 
the age of fortv years, being the first person 
interred in the burying ground at Wethers- 
field. For his second wife he married Rachel 
Curtis. His children were all by the first 
union and were as follows : Lelah, who died 
at the age of six months: Xancy, wife of 
Dr. William H. Day. of Kewanee; Jane L.. 
widow of E. E. Slocum and a resident of 
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Ravenswood. Illinois; William R., our sub- 
ject; Charles B., who died at the age of for- 
ty-six years; and Martha, who died at the 
age of forty. 

William R. Goodrich began his educa- 
tion in Wethersfield, in a log building which 
was used as a school house and church, and 
the knowledge he acquired in the school room 
has been greatly supplemented by reading 
and observation in subsequent years. As 
soon as he was old enough to be of any as- 
sistance he commenced aiding in the work 
of the farm and give his father the benefit 
of his labors until twenty-two years of age. 
when he began work at the carpenter's trade. 
^vhich he had learned with his father. In 
1855, he built for H. G. Little and Nelson 
Lay the first school house erected in Ke- 
Avanee, it being a one-story structure, four- 
teen by twenty-four feet, and considered 
very fine at that time. He followed that 
trade for four years, and in 1857, erected a 
building and started the first bakery in Ke- 
wanee. After conducting it as such for three 
3-ears, he turned it into an eating house, 
which he carried on in connection with work 
at the gunsmith's trade. In 1886 he sold out 
and has since lived retired. 

On the 22d of November, 1857, Mr. 
Goodrich married Miss Harriet M. Slocum, 
a native of New York and a daugliter of L. 
O. Slocum, who was also born in that state, 
and removed to Kewanee in 1856, making 
liis home here until 1880, when he went to 
Adair county, Iowa. By trade he was a 
shoemaker. ^Ir. and Mrs. Goodrich are the 
parents of five children : William B., a paint- 
er, of Chicago, who married Ella Rinebeck, 
and has one child, Lena May; Roland S.. a 
resident of southern Oregon, who marrierl 
Ideila Berry; Frederick G., a foundryman, of 
RfU'k Island, who married Jennie llenrv. and 



has three daughters, Hattie. Minnie and 
Grace; Charles E., a carpenter by trade, who 
is now working in the rolling mills of Ke- 
wanee; and L. J., who married Xellie Will- 
iams and is engaged in the practice of oste- 
opathy at Flint, Michigan. 

Since the organization of the Repul)lican 
party, Mr. Goodrich has been one of its 
stanch supporters. He is a member of the 
Independent Order of Mutual .Vid. and both 
he and his wife hold membership in the 
Z^Iethodist Episcopal Church, of which he 
was trustee for six years. In 1893 they went 
to Oregon and spent seventeen months on the 
Pacific coast for the benefit of his health. 
^Ir. Goodrich can relate many interesting 
incidents of pioneer life, when this country 
was all wild and unimproved. On one occa- 
sion he was within ten rods of a herd of deer 
that must have numbered at least six hun- 
dred. 



GEORGE T. FREES. 

This well-known and prominent citizen of 
Ed ford township, who owns and operates a 
good farm of one hundred and thirty acres on 
sections 21 and 16, was born in the neighbor- 
ing county of Rock Island on the 22d of 
]ilarch, 1859, and is a son of Henry and 
Catherine (Mantler) Frels. The father was 
a native of Germany, and was nineteen years 
of age when he came to the United States. 
For five years he followed the life of a sailor 
on the ocean, and the same length of time 
was spent on the Mississippi and Missouri 
rivers. At the end of that period he came to 
Illinois, and took up his residence in Rock 
Island county, where he purchased one hun- 
dred and eighty acres of government land at 
llic regular i)rice of one dollar and a (|unrter 



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per acre. He also became owner of two Inm- 
clred acres of land in Edford townsliip, Hen- 
r}- county, but continued to make his In >me in 
the former county throughout life, dying 
there in 1880, at the age of sixty-one years. 
His wife passed away in 1861. Of the eight 
children born to them, two died in infancy, 
the others being Margaret, wife of Mark 
Hauberg, a farmer of Rock Island county; 
j\Iary, deceased wife of Adam Garnent. a 
farmer of Henry county ; Henry and \\'ill- 
iam, both farmers of Rock Island county: 
George T., our subject; and Henrietta, wife 
of Fred Schmoll, a farmer of Osco township, 
Henr}- county. 

During his minorit\\ George T. Frels 
remained at home and gave his father the 
benefit of his labors. He attended the com- 
mon schools and completed his education at 
the business college of Clinton, Iowa. On 
leaving home at the age of twenty-two he set- 
tled on his present farm in Edford township, 
and to its cultivation and improvement has 
since devoted his energies. As a general 
farmer and stock raiser he has met with good 
success, and is to-day one of the well-to-do 
citizens of his communit}'. 

At Barstow, Rock Island county, Air. 
Frels was married Xo\-emher 16, 1882, to 
jMiss Xettie Golden, who was horn June 29, 
1865. a daughter of Benjamin and Addie 
(Franklin) Golden, agriculturists of that 
county. The father was horn in Peekskill, 
Westchester county, Xew York, !ilarch 26, 
i8.|4, and came to Illinois in 1853. He was 
four years in the Union army during the 
Civil war, enlisting first in May, 1861, in the 
Nineteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and 
in December, 1861, in the Fifty-first Illinois 
"\"olunteer Infantry, in which regiment he 
served until October, 1865, when he was flis- 
charged. His regiment formed part of the 



Fourth Corps, Army of the Cumberland. He 
was wounded on the 27th of June, 1864, at 
the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, in Georgia. 
He was married September 14, 1864, to Miss 
Addie Franklin. He now resides in Mc- 
Cune, Crawford county. Kansas, engaged 
in fanning. His wife was born in Hampton 
township, Rock Island county. Illinois. 
March 3. 1843. her parents beng Joel Grout 
and Betsy F. (Edwards) Franklin. Her 
mother died about ten years ago at the age 
of sevent3-six years, and her father contin- 
ued to reside on the farm in Hampton town- 
ship, Rock Island county, where he located 
on coming west in pioneer days, until his 
death, December io,i900,at the age of ninety 
years. He was a native of \'ermont, and was 
ninet}- years of age on the 24th of October. 
1900. ]\Irs. Frels is the oldest in a family of 
seven children, the others being May, de- 
ceased wife of ^\'arren Sykes, a farmer of 
Hampton township. Rock Island county; 
Luther, a farmer of Kansas: .Vrthur: Flora, 
wife of Sherman Scott, a farmer of Mc- 
Cune, Kansas; Xellie, wife of Claude Willis, 
a barber, of AlcCune ; and Frederick, who 
died at the age of one year. 

To Air. and Mrs. Frejs were born the 
following named children: Genevra Pearl, 
born in Rock Island county, September 19, 
1883, and Addie Alay, lx)rn in Edford town- 
ship, Henry county, Alay 12, 1885, are both 
at home; George Royal, born December 21, 
1886, died at the age of four years and five 
days; Rilla Blanche, born June 10, 1892, died 
at the age of sixteen months; Benjamin Ar- 
thur, born October 2, 1895, Goldie Irene, 
born August 13, 1897, and Mildred, born 
April 16, 1899, complete the family. 

Mr. Frels is one of the leading and influ- 
ential men of his community and has held 
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liis residence in this county, at present serv- 
ing as commissioner and scliool director. At 
different times he has filled the position of 
assessor, collector and road commissioner, 
discharging his duties in a commendable and 
satisfactory manner. He attends the Ger- 
man Lutheran Church, and is highly es- 
teemed bv all who know him. 



DAXIEL McC.\RTHV. 

Daniel McCarthy, deceased, was for for- 
ty-five }-ears one of the trusted and faithful 
emjiloyes of the Rock Island Railroad Com- 
pany, and for over a quarter of a century 
V. as an honored resident of Geneseo, Illinois. 
He was born in 1835, in county Kerry. Ire- 
land, where his parents, Timothy and Mary 
(OBrien) McCarthy, spent their entire lives. 
The other members of the family were Mary, 
who wedded ^\'illiam O'Xeal. and lived for a 
time in Bureau and Rock Island counties, Illi- 
nois, and died in Rock Island January 
31, 1900; Xora, who married Edward Swee- 
ney, and both died in Montreal, Canada ; Jo- 
hannah, who married a Mr. Hogan, and died 
in Boston, Massachusetts, in February, 1898. 
Her husband died in Boston, also. Cather- 
ine, who died in Ireland unmarried, and 
^lichael, who went to St. Louis, Missouri, 
and has not been heard of in thirty years. 

On his emigration to America, in 1846, 
Daniel McCarthy located at Ottawa, Illinois, 
and soon afterward entered the service of the 
Rock Island Railroad Company. On the 
18th of November, 1855, he led to the mar- 
riage altar Miss Mary Maher, who was also 
Lorn in county Kerry, Ireland, .\ugust 15, 
1 83 1, and is a daughter ot Jeremiah and 
Catherine (Ford) Maher, life-long residents 



of that country. Mrs. McCarthy is the fourth 
in order of birth in a family of five children, 
the others being Patrick, who married yiar- 
garet Errit, and lived in Ottawa, Illinois, but 
after her death and his second marriage, he 
removed to Tiskilwa, Bureau county, this 
state; Daniel H., who died in Texas: Bar- 
tlioloniew, who married Margaret Wolf, and 
resides in LaSalle county, Illinois, and John. 
who wedded Mary Bartell, and died in Min- 
nesota, in June, 1897. 

Unto Mr. and Airs. McCarthy were born 
seven children, namely : Mary, now the wife 
of Edward Shields. of Hanct)ck county, Iowa; 
Catherine, wife of John O'Brien, a grocer of 
Geneseo, by whom she has two children, Ger- 
trude and Florence; Daniel, who died in in- 
fanc}- ; Xannie, who died at the age of eight- 
een years; Xellie. who married John Carney, 
of Rock Island, and died March 13, 1897, 
leaving two children, Mary, who now lives 
with Mrs. [McCarthy, and Maud, who lives 
with her aunt, Mrs. Shields; Lizzie, wife of 
James Kidne\', sui)erintendent of the water 
works of the R(->ck Island railroad at Daven- 
port, by whom she had four children, Ed- 
ward, deceased, Mary, Daniel and Catherine; 
and Agnes, a teacher in the public schools of 
Henry county. 

From Ottawa Mr. McCarthy removed 
to Bureau county, and in 1867 came to Gen- 
eseo, where he continued to make his home 
until his death, which occurred August 27. 
1894. As previously stated, he was in the 
employ of the Rock Island Railroad Com- 
pany for forty-five years, and had the entire 
confidence of ihe railroad officials, as well 
as the respect of his fellow citizens. He read 
a great deal and was well i)Osted on the af- 
fairs of the country. By his ballot he sup- 
ported the men and measures of the Demo- 
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the Catholic Church, to whicli his wife mid 
family also I>eloiig, and ftn- nine }eai"s during- 
his residence in Tiskihva, Bureau county, the 
priest made his home with him. He contrih- 
uted most liberally to the support of his 
church and gave generously to all charities. 
As a man he was public spirited and progres- 
sive and his word was considered as good as 
his bond. 



^^•ILLIA:M a. xe\'ille. 

This well-known real-estate dealer, con- 
tractor and builder of Kewanee. with office 
over the First National Bank, is a true type 
of western progress and enterprise, and the 
city owes not a little of its property to his en- 
ergetic eftorts. His diligence, prudent bus- 
iness methods and reliable sagacity have all 
combined to make him one of the ablest busi- 
ness men of the community, and he has 
achieved an enviable success. 

A native of Henry county. 3ilr. Xe\ille 
was born February 3, 1855. and is a son of 
Patrick Xe\ille, who was liorn in Ireland, 
and died in early life. The father came ti.i 
America when (juite young, and belie\-ing 
this county to be a desirable locality, he en- 
tered a tract of government land, the south- 
west quarter of section 24, Burns townshii), 
which is still in possession of the family. 
His house, built of lumber hauled from Chi- 
cago with ox teams, is still standing, and 
was occupied until 1883. At the time of its 
erection, it was surrounded by saplings which 
have grown into large and beautiful trees. 
Thoughout life the father followed agricul- 
tural pursuits. He was married in Henry 
county, about 1840, to Miss Jane Pounds, 
who was born in Pennsylvania, IMarch 12, 
1812, and later lived in Canton, Stark coun- 



ty, Ohio, and being left an orphan at an early 
age \vas bound out according to the custom 
of that time. She long survived her husband, 
dying on the 14th of February, 1896, when 
nearly eighty-four years of age. During her 
girlhood in Ohio she united with the Chris- 
tian Church, of which she was a devout and 
active member throughout life. Her chil- 
dren, were Thomas P., now a resident of Stu- 
art, Iowa; Mary A., who died in infancy; 
James L., a resident of Belleville, Kansas, 
who was a soldier of the Civil war and was 
taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry, enduring 
all the hardships of southern prison life; 
P. H., who lives on a farm adjoining the old 
homestead; and ^^'illiam A., our subject. 
Mrs. Neville came to Illinios in 1840, first 
stopping in Fulton, but soon after coming to 
Henry county, and at the time of her death 
she was one of the- earliest pioneers left. 

The boyhood and youth of William A. 
Neville were passed in much the usual man- 
ner of farmer boys of his day, attending the 
district schools, wdiere he conned his lessons 
on slab seats. Having become thoroughly 
familiar with agricultural pursuits he en- 
gaged in farming for several years in Iowa 
after his school days were over, and then 
turned his attention to the carpenter's trade. 
He has since engaged in contracting and 
building. It has been his plan to> erect 
houses, wliich he would then sell, thus deal- 
ing extensively in real estate, as he has built 
hundreds of houses in Kewanee. In this 
way he has done much to impove the city. 
Indeed, few persons have done more to ad- 
vance its interests than 'Mr. Neville. He has 
also erected several large brick buildings, 
his first being Hotel Main. In design and 
structure his own residence is one of the 
most beautiful in the city. In 1895 he laid 
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addition to the city of Kewanee, on wliicli 
lie has built and sold many houses. He has 
jjaid out large sums for help in his work. 
On the 14th of February, 1878, Mr. 
Neville was united in marriage with Miss 
Cynthia \\'est, who was born in Ohio, and in 
1863, when a child of six years came to Illi- 
nois with her parents, Michael and Pliebe 
(Mettler) West, also natives of the Buck- 
eye state. By this union have been born four 
children, namely: Russell T., who is now a 
traveling salesman for a firm engaged in 
photographic work; Frank R., Ralph L. and 
Edna H., all at home. Mrs. Neville is a 
member of the IMethodist Episcopal Church, 
and socially she and her husband are \ery 
popular with a wide circle of friends and ac- 
quaintances. In politics he is a Prohi- 
bitionist. 



GEORGE R. \\\ ARNOLD. 

George Richard W. .Arnold, a member of 
the well-known firm of Arnold & Goembel, 
dealers in grain and coal, is one of the im- 
portant factors in the business circles of 
Geneseo. He was born on the 21st of May, 
1857, in Cook county, Illinois, and is a son 
of J. George and Salome (Windling) Ar- 
nold, both natives of Alsace, now a province 
of Germany. In early life the mother came 
to America with her parents, Philip and 
Mary Windling, and at the age of thirteen 
years the father crossed the Atlantic in com- 
pany with his mother and five children, his 
father having died in Germany at the age 
of thirty-five years. It was in 1844 that the 
Arnold family reached, this country and took 
up their residence in Cook county, Illinois. 
They improved a farm in Northfield town- 
ship, where the grandmother of our subject 



spent her remaining da3's, dying there at the 
age of fifty-five years. She was an earnest 
member of the Evangelical .Association, and 
her husband held membership in the Luther- 
an Church in Germany. 

Our subject is the oldest in a family of 
five children, the others being Lavina Sarah, 
vvife of Samuel Rapp, a farmer of White- 
side county, Illinois ; Ashton and Henrietta, 
who both died in infancy; and Flora, at home 
with her mother, who is an honored resident 
of Geneseo, and is now in her seventieth year. 
It was in 1883 that the family came to Henry 
county, and took up their residence on a 
farm on section 17, Geneseo township, just 
outside the corporate limits of the city of 
that name. 

During his boyhood George R. W. Ar- 
nold acquired a good practical education in 
the common schools of his native county, 
and also gained an excellent knowledge of 
agricultural pursuits. He came with the 
family to this county in 1883, and success- 
fully operated the home farm in Geneseo 
township, which consists of ninety-five acres 
of very valuable and well improved land. 
He continued his farming operations until 
1895, when he embarked in his present 
business at Geneseo, as a partner of Aaron 
Rapp, under the firm name of Rapp & Ar- 
nold. That connection continued two years, 
and he has since engaged in business with 
Samuel Goembel under the style of .Vrnold 
& Goembel. There are only two elevators 
in Geneseo, and this firm receives a liberal 
share of the patronage. 

Mr. Arnold was married, April 29, 1897, 
to Miss Lorena I-. Offerle, and to them has 
been born a daughter, Onida Lois, the joy 
and pride of the home. She was named 
after the ship "Onida," in which Mr. Ar- 
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was born in Pennsylvania, and is a daughter 
of John and Catherine Offerle. the former 
a native of Alsace, Germany, the latter of 
the Keystone state. They are still living at 
the ages of seventj'-one and sixty-five years, 
respectively, and are highly respected citizens 
of Geneseo. Religiously they are members 
of the Evangelical Association. Their chil- 
dren are Josie, wife of John Minch, of Hoop- 
pole; Henry, who married McKinley 

and follows farming in Kansas; Anna, wife 
of Philip Somers, a farmer of Hooppole; 
Cora, deceased; Lorena L., wife of our sub- 
ject; Alfred, who married Lou W'ildermuth 
and is a farmer of this county; and Aaron, 
a resident of Enid, Oklahoma. 

Politically ^Ir. Arnold is identified with 
the Republican party, and socially affiliates 
■with the Modern Woodmen of America and 
the Knights of the Globe. Both he and his 
wife are members of the Evangelical Asso- 
ciation, and he has served as steward of the 
church and superintendent of the Sunday- 
school for several years. By untiring in- 
dustry and sound business judgment he has 
v.on merited success in all his undertakings, 
and is in all respects worthy the high regard 
in which he is held by his fellow men. 



XELS M. ROXSTRUM. 

. For a quarter of a century tliis gentleman 
has been identified with the business interests 
oi Kewanee as a painter and contractor, and 
having become one of its leading citizens he 
is now serving as alderman of the fifth ward. 
He comes from across the sea. his birth hav- 
ing occurred April 14. 1851, in the southern 
part of Sweden, where his parents, Muns 
and Hannah (Paulson) Gunnason, spent 
their entire lives. His father, who was a 
manufacturer of ale, died at the age of sev- 



enty-three years, but the mother is still living 
and is about eighty years of age. Thej, 
were the parents of eight children, of whom 
one daughter died in infancy, the others 
being Johanna, now a widow and a resident 
of Sweden; Nels M., our subject; Mary, 
Augusta and Annie, also residents of Swe- 
den; Elsie, wife of Joseph Schronover, of 
Kewanee; and Xellie, wife of Xels Ander- 
son of the same city. 

On completing his education in the pub- 
lic schools of Sweden Mr. Ronstrum en- 
gaged in clerking in a general store there 
for three years. In 1869, at the age of sev- 
enteen years, he decided to try his fortune 
in America, where he believed better oppor- 
tunities were afforded ambitious young men 
than in the countries of the old world. He 
sailed from Guttenberg to Hull, England, 
and at Glasgow, Scotland, took passage on a 
vessel bound for Xew York. On arriving 
in that city he proceeded at once to Knox- 
ville, Knox count)', Illinois, where he had 
relatives living. For about six months he 
clerked in a dry-goods store at that place, 
and then spent two years in Iowa and X'e- 
braska, following painting and railroading 
most of the time. 

On his return to Illinois Mr. Ronstrum 
spent a short time in Galesburg, and then 
came to Kewanee, where he has since made 
his home. After working on a farm for a 
few months he obtained a situation in the 
grocery store of L. W. Lewis, with whom 
he remained about a )'ear, and for the same 
length of time was in the employ of C. A. 
Shulton, a dry-goods merchant of Kewanee. 
Since his marriage, in 1876, he has engaged 
in the painting business, and as a contractor 
receives a liberal patronage. 

On the 26th of November, 1876, Mr. 
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was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, but 
was only two years old wben brought to 
tliis county by her i)arents, George and 
Monroe Kleiner, the family locating in Ker 
wanee when it was a small village. Through- 
out life her father followed the mason's 
trade. Mrs. Ronstrum is the oldest of his 
children, the others being Clara, now the 
widow of M. L. Frank and a resident of 
Chicago; Ella, wife of Dr. S. J. Sharp, of 
Kewanee; and Johanna, who died at the age 
of eighteen years. Unto our subject and his 
wife have also been born four children, 
namely : Carrie, now the wife of G. W. I'age. 
of Kewanee ; George, who is with his father 
in the painting business and resides at home : 
Mayme, who is also at home and a com- 
positor in the office of the Star-Courier; and 
Emmet, attending the Kewanee schools. 

Formerly Mr. Ronstrum was an Odd 
Fellow, but at present is not connected with 
that order. He is, however, a member of 
the Royal Circle and Cyprus Camp, Xo. 84. 
M. W. .\. Since casting his first presidential 
ballot for James A. Garfield, he has affiliated 
with the Republican party, and in the spring 
of 1900 was the first Republican alderman 
ever elected in the fifth ward, receiving a 
majority of thirty-six. This fact plainly 
indicates his personal popularity and the con- 
fidence and trust reposed in him by his fel- 
low citizens. He is now serving as chair- 
man of the park an(l cemetery committees, 
and is also a member of the committees on 
finance and streets. 



ROBERT F. STEELE. 

Robert F. Steele, deceased, was for tliirty 
years identified with the business and po- 
litical affairs of Geneseo, and during all that 



time enjoyeil the respect of his fellow towns- 
men by reason of his strict integrity and 
true manliness. His devotion to the city's 
welfare made him a valued factor in public 
life, and in his death (ieneseo was deprived 
of one of her best citizens. 

Mr. Steele was born in Xew Hampshire, 
January 10, 1831, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, 
his parents being Robert and Betsey Steele, 
also natives of the old Granite state, where 
the father followed farming for many years. 
He came west in 1856 and spent his last 
days in Geneseo, Illinois, where.his death oc- 
curred in 1887. In New Hampshire he had 
served as deacon in the Presbyterian Church 
for many years, and during his residence 
here held the same office in the Congrega- 
tional Church. His wife, who was also an 
active member of the same church, died in 
1876, at the age of eighty- four years. In 
their family were four children : Robert F., 
of this review ; Mary, who wedded Elihu 
Bryant, and both are now deceased ; Eliza- 
beth, a resident of Arizona, who lirst mar- 
ried John Milton Taylor, and after his death 
John Van Suyl; and Samuel, who died in 
Geneseo many years ago. 

Amid New England scenes Robert F- 
Steele grew to manhood, and he was mar- 
ried in Methuen, Massachusetts, April 21, 
1857, to Miss Anna E. Hardy, who was 
born in Antrim, New Hampshire, of which 
town her husband was also a native. Her 
parents were Silas and .\bigail (_ Farley) 
Hardy, both of English extraction, and the 
former a son of Sarah Spofford, who be- 
longed to a very noted family in American 
history and a relative oi Si)offord, the 
librarian at Washington, D. C. His father, 
David Hardy, fought for American inde- 
pendence, and thus Mrs. Steele is a daugh- 
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was by occupation a farmer, died in 
Antrim, New Hampshire, in 1855. Her 
mother, ]^Irs. Abigail Hardy, was born 
Jmie I, 1800, and died in February, 18S7. 
Mrs. Steele is the younger in a family of 
two children. Her sister, Sarah Abigail, 
is the wife of Dr. A. J. French, of Lawrence, 
Massachusetts. They have no children liv- 
ing. To our subject and his wife was born 
a daughter, Abbie, now the wife of Colonel 
H. V. Fisher, who is represented on anotiier 
page of this volume. 

Soon after his marriage, in 1857, Mr. 
Steele came to Geneseo, Illinois, and em- 
barked in the shoe business under the firm 
name of Bryant & Steele, which connection 
was continued until i860, when he sold cut. 
In August, 1862, he entered the L'nii)n army 
as a private of Company I, One Hundred 
and Twelfth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, but 
was later made commissary sergeant. He 
went with his regiment to Kentucky and re- 
mained in the service until hostilities ceased. 
The exposure of his army life brought on 
disease, the effects of which probably caused 
his early death. After his return home he 
was engaged in the insurance business as a 
member of the firm of Hosford & Steele until 
about two years prior to his death, when he 
commenced handling real estate. 

Mr. Steele died September 6, 1887, at the 
age of fifty-six years, honored and respected 
by all who knew him. He was an active 
member of the Congregational Church and 
was serving as deacon at the time of his 
death. His political support was given first to 
the Whig and later the Republican parties, 
and in his social relations was a member of 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and 
the Grand Army of the Republic. He was 
quite prominent and influential in public 
affairs, serving as chairman of the board of 



supervisors for some years, and also effi- 
ciently filled the office of justice of the peace 
for many years. In 1867 he was appointed 
postmaster of Geneseo, and while filling that 
office he also served as city clerk. He was 
mayor three terms, and such was his popu- 
larity as chief executive that he might have 
held the office indefinitely had he not re- 
fused to accept the honor longer. He was 
also a member of the board of education 
several terms, and director in the Farmers 
Xational Bank, and his various official duties 
were discharged with promptness and fidelity 
worthy of the highest commendation. No 
man in the community stood higher socially 
and those who knew him best speak in un- 
qualified terms of his sterling integrity, his 
lionor in business, and his fidelity to all the 
duties of public and private life. At his 
death of Mayor J. H. Mitchell, of Geneseo, 
issued the following ordinance : "As an e\i- 
dence of our esteem for ^Ir. Steele and our 
deep regret at his weath, and as a mark of 
respect, I hereby request merchants, bankers 
and other places of business to close from 
ten o'clock a. m. until noon on Thursday, 
September 8, 1887." 



JOHN P. BRADY. 

Among the prominent young business 
men of Kewanee is John P. Brady, a whole- 
sale and retail liquor dealer, who was born 
in that cit}' on the 27th of February, 1868. 
and is a son of Thomas and Rosanna 
(Trainer) Brady, who are represented on 
another page of this volume. For many 
years the father carried on the business now 
conducted by his son, and was also inter- 
ested in the ice business. 



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John P. Brady was reared and educated 
in Kewanee and since attaining to man's 
estate has been prominently identified with 
its business interests. His place is one of the 
finest of the kind in the city, everything about 
it being first-class, while the goods handled 
are the best that money can buy. He makes 
a specialty of fine bottled goods and high 
grade cigars, in which department he has 
the largest and finest line in Kewanee. A 
finely equipped billiard hall occupies the 
second floor of the building, where all lovers 
of the game can while away an hour in a 
most pleasant manner. Mr. Brady also con- 
ducts a regular bottling works, manufactur- 
ing soda water and all kinds of soft drinks, 
which he supplies to the trade. Buying his 
goods directly from the manufacturers, he 
receives the benefit of cash discounts, and 
is thus able to give a better article for the 
same amount of money than those who buy 
on credit. His house is conducted in a quiet 
and orderly manner, and as a consequence 
his trade is both large and far-reaching. 
Mr. Brady is a genial, accommodating gen- 
tleman, and treats his patrons in a manner 
which makes them feel like calling again. 
He manages his business ujwn strictly busi- 
ness principles autl has scored a signal suc- 
cess in the prosecution of the same. Mr. 
Brady has also leased what is known as 
Crystal Lake, which he has converted into an 
ideal resort, with boating, bathing and 
shooting the chutes. This he now rents for 
picnic purposes. There is also a base-ball 
ground attached. He has been manager of 
the base-ball team of Kewanee, which is one 
of the best amateur organizations of the 
kind in the state, and which has at times de- 
feated the professionals. 

In September, 1894, ^Ir. Brady was 
united in marriage with Miss Marv Martin, 



a daughter of P. K. Martin, who was born 
in Ireland. For two terms Mr. Brady was 
secretary of the township Republican central 
committee, and took an active part in the 
campaign of 1900 for McKinley, Roose- 
velt and Yates. He is well liked by a large 
circle of friends and acquaintances, and en- 
joys the respect of tlie entire community. 



GEORGE \^■. ROWE. 

George W. Rowe, of Geneseo, is now Ii\'- 
ing a retired life in the enjoyment of a rest 
which he has truly earned and richly de- 
serves by reason of his industrious efiforts 
of former years. Accomplishment and prog- 
ress ever imply labor, energ}' and diligence, 
and it was those qualities that enabled our 
subject to rise from the ranks of the many 
and stand among the successful few. 

A native of New York, Mr. Rowe was 
born in the town of Bath, Steuben county. 
May 20, 1825, and is a son of John Smith 
and Rachel (Sherrer) Rowe, who were also 
born in the Empire state, and made their 
home there until their removal to Illinois 
in 1835, when they took up their residence 
in \\'hiteside comity. The father secured a 
tract of government land and built a log 
house, into which the family moved the next 
fall. There he engaged in general farming 
and stock raising until his death when fifty- 
two years of age. In political sentiment he 
was a Republican. His wife died a few 
years after locating in Whiteside county. 
They were the parents of eight children, 
namely : Delanson, who was killed in a tor- 
nado at the home place in Whiteside county 
when twenty-one years of age; George W., 
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Crandall, of Erie township, Whiteside 
county; Elvira, who married Jackson War- 
ner and died at the age of forty years; Eliza 
Ann, deceased wife of Henry Kempster. a 
farmer of Portland, \\'hiteside county; 
INIary Jane, wife of James Calkens, a farmer 
of Hillsdale, Rock Island count)'; William, 
who was killed at the same time as his 
brother Delanson, when about twelve years 
old ; and Robert E., who entered the Civil 
war as a member of Company K, One Hvui- 
dred and Twelfth Illinois Volunteer Infan- 
try, and was killed in the battle of Chicka- 
mauga at the age of nineteen. 

George W. Rowe attended school at the 
place of his birth and also in Whiteside 
county, Illinois, and supplemented the 
knowledge there acquired by home study. 
He remained under the parental roof until he 
married at the age of twenty-four years to 
Miss Julianna Kempster, of Portland, 
Whiteside county, and then mo\ed to a farm 
on section i8, Phenix township, Henry 
county, where he had purchased one hun- 
dred and sixty acres of wild land. He soon 
placed the farm under a high state of culti- 
vation, and erected thereon a good set of 
buildings. There his wife died in August, 
1889, and her remains were interred in the 
Sharon churchyard of Portland township, 
Whiteside county. There were four chil- 
dren by this union, all born in Henry county 
with exception of Ann Eliza, the eldest, who 
died at the age of three years and nine 
months. (2) Viola M. married John J. 
Guild, a farmer of Portland township, 
Whiteside county, and died at the age of 
forty years, leaving three sons, Edward, 
Frank and Elias. (3^ Edith is the wife of 
J. B. Walker, a farmer of the same town- 
ship, and they have two cliildren, Edna and 



Charles. (4) Arthur H. died at the age of 
three years and nine months. 

After the death of his wife. Mr. Rowe 
rented his farm and lived with his children 
for a time. Later he married Mrs. Lucy 
Urick, of Portland. Whiteside county, a 
daughter of Henry and Susanna (Henney) 
Hines. The father was born in Germany, 
but was only six months old when brought 
to this country by his parents. His mother 
died shortly after landing in America. The 
family located on a farm in \\'ayne county, 
Ohio, where Mr. Hines grew to manhood. 
On coming west he took up his residence at 
Pink Prairie, Phenix township, Henry 
county, where he followed agricultural pur- 
suits until called to his final rest in 1869, at 
the age of fifty-three years. His widow is 
still living at the age of seventy-five years, 
and now makes her home in Geneseo. In 
their family were eight children, as follows : 
( I ) John, a farmer of Brown county, Kan- 
sas, married Amanda Hershman and has 
four children; (2) Luc)', wife of our sub- 
ject, is next in order of birth. (3) Chris- 
tina is the wife of Aaron Rapp, a prosper- 
ous citizen and retired farmer of Geneseo, 
and they have five children: Alice, wife ot 
John Bollen, of Geneseo; Flora and Cora, 
twins; Emma; Roy, who died at the age of 
seventeen years; and Stella. {4) Mary is 
the wife of Abner Oflferle, a farmer of Of- 
ferle, Kansas, which place was named in 
honor of his father, and they have two chil- 
dren. (5) Sarah is the wife of Leonard 
Seiben, whose sketch appears on another 
page of this volume. (6) Hattie is the wife 
of John Goembel, a retired farmer of Gen- 
eseo. (7) Peter, pastor of the Congrega- 
tional Church, of Kearnej', Nebraska. (8) 
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■county, married Sadie Bollen, daughter of 
John Bollen, of Geneseo, and they have two 
children, Floyd and Gertrude. JNIrs. Rowe 
was born in Wayne county. Ohio, and first 
married Andrew Urick, a life-long residen; 
of Whiteside county, Illinois, and a farmer 
by occupation. He became quite well-to-do 
and died April 4, 1895, at the age of fifty- 
one years. During the Civil war he served 
nine months in Compan)' G, One Hundred 
and Fifty-six Illinois Volunteer Infantry. 
To Mr. and Mrs. Urick were born six chil- 
dren: (i )ilary is the wife of Charles 
Smith, oi Searstown, Rock Island county, 
who is employed in the plow factory at that 
])]ace, and they have three children. Effie. 
Lester and Haruld. ( j) Henry, a farmer of 
Portland township, Whiteside count}', mar- 
ried Myrtle Kempster and they have one 
child, Jessie. (3) Albert resides on the home 
farm in Portland township, Whiteside 
county. (4) Julia and (5) Earl live with 
their nuither in Geneseo. (6) Frank died in 
infancy. 

In his farming operations Mr. Rowe met 
with most excellent success and acquired 
over seven hundred acres of valuable land 
in Phenix township, this county, most of 
which he has divided among his children, 
though he still retains the homestead farm. 
He always devoted considerable attention to 
the raising of stock, and found that branch 
of his business quite profitable. He is now 
living retired at a pleasant home on North 
Aldrich street, Geneseo. In his political 
affiliations he is a Republican. He has 
seen almost the entire development of this 
section of the state, having located in W'hite- 
i side county when the timber was inhabited 
"by Indians, while wolves, deer and wild game 
was plentiful. When he took up his resi- 
dence in Henry county most of the land was 



wild and unimpro\ed, and he built the first 
house on what is called the Rock river bot- 
tom in Phenix township. In the Avork of 
advancement and progress he has ever born 
his part. He is now one of the highly re- 
spected citizens of Geneseo, and his long 
residence in this section of the state and the 
active part he has taken in its development 
well entitle him to representation in the 
liistory of his adopted county. 



CARL KIRCHNER. 

Carl Kirchner, a well-known retired far- 
mer of Geneseo, is a man whose successful 
struggle with adverse circurpstances shows 
what can be accomplished by industry and 
economy, especially if a sensible wife sec- 
onds his efforts to secure a home and com- 
petence. Coming to the new world empty- 
handed they were obliged to make their way 
without any of the aids which are usually 
considered essential to success. 

Mr. Kirchner was born in Prussia, Ger- 
many, January 28, 1830, and is a son of 
John and Elizabeth (Foughrodt) Kirchner, 
also natives of that country. At the death 
of his parents he was the only representa- 
tive of the family living. He was reared 
and educated in the land of his birth, and 
there he was married, January 14, 1852, to 
Miss Margaret Moak, who was born in Ger- 
many, December 31, 1831. In 1855 they 
bade good-bye to the fatherland and came 
to America as passengers on the "Bremen," 
which sailed from Bremen, Germany, and 
at length dropped anchor in the harbor of 
New Orleans. From the Crescent City they 
came up the Mississippi river to Davenport, 
Iowa, where Mr. Kirchner had an uncle 
living. 



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The young couple both found work on 
the bluff near Rock Island, he receiving 
eight dollars per month and board for his 
services. ]\Irs. Kirchner often did a man'a 
work in the fields, stacking hay, planting 
corn or hauling grain. In this way she 
earned thirty-seven and a half cents per day. 
Her uncle paid two hundred dollars for ten 
acres of land, which he gave the young 
couple, and by their combined efforts they 
were able to add to it from time to time 
until they now own three hundred and 
forty acres of well improved and valuable 
land in Hanna township, this county. They 
continued to reside upon the farm until 
1896, when they removed to Geneseo, where 
they bought a lot and built a large and 
handsome home. Here they are now living 
retired from active labor and are enjoying 
a well-earned rest. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kirchner are the parents 
of five children, namely : ( i ) Lizzie is now 
the wife of William Oberly, of Hooppole, 
this county, and they have nine children, 
Francis, Charles, Henry, Lawrence, Anna, 
William, May, Clarence and Josie. (2) 
Catherine is the wife of Frank Rink, who is 
engaged in farming near Geneseo, and they 
have four childen, Ida, Lawrence, Henrietta 
and Clayton. (3) Henry, residing at Scran- 
ton, near Des Moines, Iowa, married Edith 
Russar and they have one child, Flossie. (4) 
George, a farmer living near Geneseo, Illi- 
nois, wedded ]\Iary Steiger, and they have 
one child. Hazel. 5) Lena is the wife of 
Joseph Friend, of Davenport, Iowa. 

Religiously Mr. Kirchner and his family 
hold membership in the Catholic Church, 
and politically he is identified with the Dem- 
ocratic party. For the success they have 
achieved in life he and his wife deserve 
great credit, it being due entirely to their 



untiring industry, good management and 
indomitable perseverance. They are widely 
and favorably known and have many friend* 
throughout the county. 



CHARLES A. KELLOGG. 

Among the thrifty and well-to-do agri- 
culturists of Henry county is Charles A. 
Kellogg, who owns and operates a good 
farm of one hundred and sixty acres on sec- 
tion 9, W'ethersfield township, two miles 
south of Kewanee. A native of Michigan, 
he was born in St. Joseph county, April 14, 
1848, and is a son of A. B. Kellogg and 
grandson of Hosmer Kellogg. The birth 
of the father occurred October 22, 1799, in 
Massachusetts, where he grew to manhood 
and married. His first wife died in that 
state in 1843. The following year he re- 
nioved to \Miite Pigeon, St. Joseph county, 
^Michigan, where he engaged in merchan- 
dising with his brothers for several years. 
During his residence there he wedded Mrs. 
Harriet Stanley, iicc Loomis, a native of 
Connecticut. In 1850 they came to Henry 
county, Illinois, and took up their residence 
in Wethersfield, where Mr. Kellogg worked 
at the carpenter's and joiner's trade, and also 
conducted a cooper shop and dealt in agri- 
cultural implements. During the last feu- 
years of his life he lived with our subject 
upon the farm, where he died July 23, 1887, 
at the age of eighty-eight years. His sec- 
ond, wife survived him, and passed away 
March 5, 1891, the remains of both being- 
interred in Wethersfield cemetery. By their 
union were born three sons and one daugh- 
ter, namely : Henry L., who died in March, 
1894; Charles A., of this review; George 



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C, a business man of Tiskilwa, Bureau 
county, Illinois; and Cynthia IM., wife of 
E. J. Ray, a farmer of Wethersfield town- 
ship. 

Being only two years old when brought 
by his parents to this county, his boyhood 
and youth were passed in \\'ethersfield, and 
he was educated in the schools of that place 
and Kewanee. On starting out in life for 
himself he worked by the month as a farm 
hand, and then engaged in farming upon 
rented land. In Bureau county, Illinois, he 
was married February 20, 1868, to Miss 
Kate S. Weeks, who was born on the Hud- 
son river, near Newburg, Orange county, 
Xew York, of which county her parents, 
George C. and Susan A. (Brewster) Weeks, 
were also natives. In the spring of 1856 her 
lather brought the family to Illinois, and 
after spending four years in' Galesburg, 
took up his residence upon a farm in Bureau 
county, where he engaged in agricultural 
pursuits for some years. His last days, 
however, were spent in retirement from ac- 
tive labor in Tiskilwa, where he departed 
this life in the spring of 1874. Since his 
death jMrs. Weeks has resided with her chil- 
dren, and now makes her home with our 
subject and his wife. Mrs. Kellogg was 
reared in Galesburg and Bureau county, and 
by her marriage has become the mother of 
ten children : George A., who is married 
and holds a responsible business position in 
Atlanta, Georgia, and he has three children, 
Albert Frederick, Florence C, and George 
A. ; Frederick B. ; Susan E., wife of J. G. 
Hoffman, a merchant of Kewanee, by whom 
she has one son, J. Brewster; Edwin L., 
v\-ho holds a responsible position in the Ke- 
wanee bank; and Harry C, Ellen K., Charles 
F., Matilda W. and C. Herbert, all at home. 
Matilda is now attendins: the hi^h school of 



Kewanee, and Herbert is pursuing his 
studies in the AVethersfield school. 

Mr. and I\Irs. Kellogg began their do- 
mestic life on a farm in Bureau county, 
where they made their home for a few 
years, and in addition to his farming opera- 
tions he was engaged in business there for 
two or three years, and als<:> operated a corn 
sheller for some time. In January, 1875, he 
purchased one hundred and sixty acres of 
land on section 9, Wethersfield township, 
Henry county, where he has since made his 
home. He has made many permanent im- 
provements upon the place, and has suc- 
cessfully engaged in general farming and 
stock raising, his specialty being short horn 
cattle. 

Since attaining his majority Mr. Kel- 
logg has always affiliated with the Republi- 
can party and cast his first presidential vote 
for General U. S. Grant, in 1872. He has 
been a delegate to a number of county con- 
ventions of his party, and has taken quite an 
active part in pubhc affairs, serving as a 
member of the school board some years; as 
assessor about eight years; and justice of the 
peace of Wethersfield for four years. In 
whatever position he has been called upon 
to fill he has proved a faithful and efficient 
officer. He and his family attend the Con- 
gregational Church of Kewanee, and are 
highly respected and esteemed by all who 
know them. 



THOMAS BRADY. 

Thomas Brady, deceased, was for many 
years a well-known business man of Ke- 
wanee as a wholesale and retail dealer in 
liquor and cigars. He was born in county 
Cavan, Ireland, May 3, 1845. and was a 



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son of Patrick and Catherine Brady, who 
spent their entire lives in that country. In 
their family were eight children but Patrick 
is now the only survivor. 

It was in 1862 that our subject emigrated 
to America and took up' his residence in Chi- 
cago, where he commenced work for the 
Chicago, Burlington & Ouincy Railroad 
Compan}'. In their employ he came to Ke- 
wanee, and remained with them for seven 
years, at the end of which time the shops 
were removed to Mendota. He then em- 
barked in the saloon business and later en- 
gaged in the manufacture of all sorts of 
carbonated beverages and soft drinks, and 
conducted one of the most popular saloons 
of the city. He has paid as high as thirteen 
hundred dollars for freight at one time on 
a shipment of ice and he did a very large 
and profitable business for some years. 

Mr. Brad}'^ was married in Kewanee, 
February 3, 1866, to Miss Rosanna Trainer, 
a native of county Tyrone, Ireland, and a 
daughter of James and Hilary Trainer. The 
father, who was a farmer by occupation, 
was born in the same county, October 18, 
1818, and died in that country in 1866, 
while the mother was born in 1819, and 
died in 1870. They were married in 1840 
and w^ere the parents of nine children : 
Owen, John, Kate, Mary, James, Mar}-, 
Patrick, Katie and Rosanna. Mrs. Brady 
is the youngest and only one of the family 
now- living. She was eighteen 3-ears of age 
when in 1866 she and her sister, Mary, came 
to America, landing in Xew York. They 
came direct to Kewanee, where their brother 
John was living, and where Mrs. Brady has 
since made her home. 

Unto our subject and his wife ^vere born 
eleven children as follows: Katie A., a noted 
singer and a graduate of the Chicago Cen- 



tral ^lusical College, is now the wife of 
Oliver P. Hamilton, of Nashville, North 
Carolina, and they have one child, ilary: 
John P., a prominent business man of Ke- 
wanee, is represented on another page ot 
this volume; Thomas is a resident of Butte, 
^Montana; James died at the age of twenty 
m.onths; Frank married Bertha Connell and 
resides in Kewanee ; ^lamie, living at home, 
is also an excellent singer and a pupil of her 
older sister; Rosa died at the age of eleven 
months; Martha is now in Asheville, North 
Carolina; Willie plays on the piccolo, flute 
and piano, and is now- pursuing his musical 
studies at St. Bede College, Peru, Illinois; 
Joe is atending school in Kankakee, Illinois ; 
and Alorris is a student in the Kewanee 
schools. The family are all communicants 
of the Catholic Church, and ^Irs. Brady is 
also a member of the Ladies' Aid Society. 

^Ir. Brady died May 13, 1895. He was 
a man of affairs and was represented in all 
enterprises which he believed would prove 
of benefit to the city and community in 
which he lived. He was a stockholder in 
the Henr}' Count}- Fair Association, and was 
one of the most progressive and public- 
spirited citizens of this section of the city. 
In his death the community therefore lost a 
most useful and valued member of societv. 



THOMAS TAYLOR. 

Among the bra\e men who went to the 
defense of their country during the dark 
days of the Rebellion was the gentleman 
whose name introduces this sketch, now' re- 
siding on \\'est ^lain street, Geneseo, Illi- 
nois. He was born in Albany, New York, 
ilay 18, 1846, and from that city came to 



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Illinois at the age of eight years with hif» 
parents, Thomas and Jane (Westbury) Tay- 
lor, locating in Chicago. The father was a 
native of Bainbryshire England, and was 
twenty years of age on his emigration to the 
United States. For some years he was en- 
gaged in business as a carriage manufac- 
turer at Albany, and in 1853 moved to Chi- 
cago, where he followed the same occupa- 
tion for about five years. In 1858 he ac- 
cepted the position of overseer and master 
mechanic of the convict prison in Little 
Rock, Arkansas, where he died of yellow 
fever the following year, leaving a widow 
and five children. Two children died pre- 
vious to his death. The mother long sur- 
viveil her husband, dying at her home in 
Chicago, April 2, 1894, at the age of sixty- 
nine years. She was born in Greenbush, 
New York, of English parentage. 

Thomas Taylor, our subject, is the 
oldest of the family of seven children, the 
others being: Sarah, born in Albany, is the 
wife of Albert Pfangle, of Aurora, Illinois; 
Elisha, born in Albany, is engaged in the 
tinsmith business in Geneseo, Illinois; Har- 
riet died at the age of thirteen years; George, 
born in Chicago, is a carpenter and con- 
tractor of that city; Mary J., born in 
Aurora, died in infancy; and Mrs. Harriet 
Smith, died at the age of twenty-two years, 
leaving one child, Xellie. now deceased. 

Our subject was principally educated 
at Aurora, Illinois, where he attended Clark 
Seminary, and after the Civil war he w as 
also a student at the Soldiers' State College, 
in Fulton, Illinois. On the ist of January, 
1863, he enlisted at Aurora, in Company B, 
Fifty-eighth Illinois N'olunteer Infantry for 
three years nr during the war. and was 
mustered into the United States service at 
Springtield, lUintiis, as a private, under 



command of Captain David J. Lynch and 
Coloaiel William F. Lynch. The regiment 
was assigned to the Second Brigade, Third 
Division, Sixteenth Corps, Army of the 
Tennessee, and was in the folowing engage- 
ments : Nashville, Pleasant Hill, Fort De 
Russey, Meridian, luka, Jackson, Canton 
and Yellow Bayou. .\t luka 'My. Taylor 
was wounded by a niinie ball splitting his 
chin; at Mayfield, Kentucky, he was also 
slightly wounded in the right foot; while at 
Yellow Bayou he was verv seriously wound- 
ed, May 18, i8()4, Iiy the explosion of a 
shell, breaking his collar bone and fractur- 
ing his shoulder blade. This necessitated 
the amputation of his left arm at the 
shoulder. For eight months Air. Taylor 
was confined at Jefferson Barracks hospital, 
St. Louis, Missouri, at the end of which 
time he was transferred to Keokuk, Iowa, 
where he remained until August 25, 1864, 
when he was hunorahly discharged. He 
was in the ser\ice one \ear before his en- 
listment, acting indei)endently. as he was 
under age. 

After his dischar^'e nuv gallant young 
soldier returned to Aurora for a short time 
and entered the Soldiers' College at Fulton, 
where he pursued a four 3'ears' course and 
was graduated. For the following five years 
he was employed as clerk for the Dirmiond 
Jo Steamer Company, and then came to 
Geneseo, in 1874, where he has since made 
his home. He attended a course of lectures 
at the Chicago School of Psychology, and 
was graduated at that institution May i, 
1900. Religiously he is a member of the 
Unitarian Church of Geneseo, and frater- 
nally is connected with the Modern Wood- 
men Camp, No. 40, and the Home Forum. 
As one of the honored veterans of the Civil 
war, and a highly esteemed citizen of Henry 



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county, he is certainly deserving of promi- 
nent mention in this volume. 

Mr. Taylor was married in Geneseo. in 
1885, to Miss Augusta Priebe, who was born 
in Germany, and was eight years old when 
she came to the new world with her parents, 
^^"illiam and Rosine (Welke) Priebe, locat- 
ing in Geneseo. Both in his native land and 
for some years after coming to America, ]Mr. 
Priebe followed the carpenter's trade, but 
later purchased a farm in Geneseo township, 
this county, just outside the corporation, 
and turned his attention to agricultural pur- 
suits. There he and his wife still reside. 
The)' are the parents of eleven children, of 
whom the following are still living : William 
F., born in Germany, married Matilda Sim- 
ater, and resides in Minonk, Woodford 
county, Illinois. He is extensively engaged 
in the poultry business, having alx)ut two 
dozen branch houses throughout the United 
States and also an ofifice in England, to 
which he ships large guantities of poultry. 
]\Irs. Taylor is the second in order of birth 
in this family. Herman married Lizzie 
W^arren and is engaged in the poultry busi- 
ness in Bradford, Stark county, Illinois. 
Pauline, born in Germany, is the wife of 
Frederick Glawe, who is engaged in the 
same business in Guthrie Center, Iowa. ^lin- 
nie, born in Geneseo, is now teaching in the 
public schools of that place. Louis is en- 
gaged in farming on the home place in 
Geneseo township. ^latilda is also at home. 
Henry has charge of his brother's branch 
house at Peoria, Illinois. Those of the chil- 
dren now deceased are Emil, who died in 
Chicago at the age of twenty-three years; 
Hannah, who died in Geneseo, at the age of 
twenty-nine; and Otilla, who died in Ger- 
many, in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor 
have two children : May, born in Geneseo, 



May 21, 1886, and Thomas, Jr., born in the 
same place August 5, 1889. Both are now 
attending the local schools. !Mrs. Taylor is 
also a Unitarian in religious belief and is a 
member of the Eastern Star Chapter of the 
^Masonic fraternity and the ^^'oman's Re- 
lief Corps of the Grand Army of the Re- 
public. The family is one of prominence 
in Geneseo. 



HARRY A. REHERD. 

The subject of this review is one of the 
younger members of the Henry county bar, 
but his prominence is by no means measured 
by his years; on the contrary he has already 
won a reputation which many an older 
practitioner might well envy. One must 
work to attain greatness in any walk of life, 
but in this profession, probably more than in 
any other, success depends upon individual 
efforts. 

Mr. Reherd is a native of Henry county, 
born on his father's farm southeast of Gene- 
seo, July 18, 1 87 1, his parents being Jacob 
Keller Reherd and Lucy Louise (Ware) 
Reherd, who are presented on another page 
uf this volume. The boyhood of our subject 
was passed amid rural scenes. He received 
his earh- education in the country schools 
where he was given the credit of being a 
diligent and faithful student. Later he at- 
tended the Geneseo Collegiate Institute, 
graduating therefrom in the year of 1890, 
being president of his class. He has twice 
held the position of president of the Alumni 
Association of that institution and was one 
of the speakers at the corner-stone-laying 
at Atkinson hall, one of its school buildings. 

He was for several years an efficient and 
popular teacher in the public schools in the 




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county, reading law during vacation, in the 
office of Judge George E. Waite, of 
Geneseo. 

In September, 1895, he became a student 
in the law department of the State Univer- 
sity of Iowa, at Iowa City, where, during 
his year's work, he was recognized as an 
able student and forcible debater. A year 
later he entered the office of the prominent 
law firm of Benjamin & jNIorrissey, of 
Bloomington, Illinois, and attended the ses- 
sions of the Bloomington Law School. On 
February 24, 1897, he was admitted, with 
high honors, to practice law by the supreme 
court of Illinois, and soon after entered 
the law office in Geneseo, of Judge George 
E. Waite, master in chancery of Henry 
county, where he practiced for nearly two 
years, when he opened an office for himself 
in Geneseo. 

Personally Mr. Reherd is a very pleasant 
man to meet and impresses those who come 
in contact with him with his energy and 
sincerity. 

iVlways diligent and painstaking in his 
legal work, he has built up a strong law 
practice which is rapidly increasing. He is 
possessed of a strong personality, and ease 
of manner, a good personal appearance, and 
splendid self control — qualities so desirable 
in a successful trial lawyer. 

Air. Reherd has taken a somewhat ac- 
tive part in campaign work, and has more 
than a local reputation as a public speaker. 
In the fall of 1900 he was the Democratic 
nominee for state's attorney for Henry 
county. During the campaign he proved 
himself to be the possessor of a ix»werful, 
well-modulated voice, a good command of 
language, and to have the ability and energy 
to deliver an eloquent, argumentative 
speech. Although he failed of election, yet 



his campaign was a remarkable one. His 
\ote was the largest ever received by a Dem- 
ocrat for that county office. The majority 
of the opposition, was reduced liy o\er a 
thousand votes. 

Mr. Reherd is especially interested in the 
educational affairs of the county. He is a 
man of even temperament and intensity of 
purpose and has been a consistent mem- 
ber of the First Presbyterian Church of 
Geneseo since November, 1889. He has 
always taken an active interest in public 
afifairs and supports all enterprises which he 
believes will prove of public benefit. He is 
one of the energetic capable young men of 
the county who lives not for himself alone 
l)ut to also use his ability and his inlUience 
for the benefit of the community in which 
he resides, and the county and state of which 
he is a citizen. 



JACOB KELLER REHERD. 

Among the practical, progressive and 
highly esteemed farmers of Geneseo town- 
ship, Ilenry county, is numbered Jacob 
Keller Reherd, who was born in Harrison- 
burg, Rockingham county, Virginia. Sei>- 
tember 9, 1834, and is of the good old 
Pennsylvania Dutch stock. 

His father, William Reherd. was born in 
York county, Pennsylvania, in 1792. He 
was a man of great energy, industry and 
thrift and highly esteemed by those who best 
knew him. At the time of his death he was 
ninety-two years okl. William Reherd in 
l-.is young manhood went to Harrisonburg, 
Rockingham county, Virginia, and en- 
gaged in business and in farming. He mar- 
ried Anna Keller, who was born in Harri- 
sonburg in 1802 and died in 1867. Hers 



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was a life of great usefulness and unselfish 
devotion to their large family of children, 
seven of whom are still living, one having 
died in infancy and one at middle age. 

The boyhood of Jacob Keller Reherd 
■was spent in the Shenandoah valley in \'ir- 
ginia, he receiving his education in the pub- 
he and private schools of Harrisonburg. 
In 1856 he came to Henry county, Illinois, 
locating on the farm on sections 26 and 27, 
Geneseo township, where he now resides. 
At that time the land was all wild and un- 
improved, but he soon broke the land, 
fenced it, and erected good and substantial 
buildings thereon, making a pleasant home 
for himself and familj'. 

On January 10, 1S65, at Geneseo, ilr. 
Reherd married L.i\cy Louise \\'are, one of 
the four children of Joel and Lucy (Cros- 
sett) Ware. 

Joel \\'are was born in Swanzey, Che- 
shire county, Xew Hampshire, June 23, 
1809, of Scotch ancestry, being a direct de- 
scendant of Robert Bruce, of Scotland. In 
i860, he came to Illinois where he taught in 
the public schools of the county for many 
years, also engaging in farming. He died 
at Geneseo in April, 1897, at the age of 
eighty-eight years. Up to the time of his 
death he was very active both in body and 
mind and was a constant student of public 
events, being for his age an exceptional 
man in this respect. 

Lucy (Crossett). Ware was born at 
Prescott, ^Massachusetts, December 16, 
181 3, and is still living in Geneseo, at the 
age of eighty-seven, while her mother li\ed 
at Amherst, Massachusetts, to the ripe old 
age of one hundred and two years. On her 
centennial birthday her photograph was 
taken, showing her to be well preserved and 
her hair to be still black as a raven's wing. 



Lucy Louise (Ware) Reherd was boni 
at Wellsville, Allegany county, Xew York, 
}ilarch 2, 1844. She is a woman of in- 
telligence and education; the possessor of 
quiet, friendly, helpful ways; a woman 
whose "children rise up and call her 
blessed." 

Both ilr. and Mrs. Reherd are members 
of the First Presbyterian Church of Gene- 
seo, and were among the ones who founded 
the church in 1868. They are the parents of 
five children, all grown to manhood and 
womanhood : ^^'illiam Robert, who was, un- 
til recently, connected with the Geneseo 
Arena as editor; Herbert Ware, who mar- 
ried Louise il. ilcClure, of Mediapolis. 
Iowa. He was pastor at ililan, Illinois, for 
four years, and is now pastor of Bethany 
Presbyterian Church of Detroit, Michigan; 
Harry Arthur, a prominent attorne}" of 
Geneseo, who is represented on another 
page of this volume; ;Mar\- Louise, a student 
at the State University of Iowa ; and Fanny 
Fern, a student of music at Rock Island, 
Illinois; all of whom are capable, indus- 
trious young people. 

Mr. Reherd is a conservative man of 
good judgment and of broad intelligence. 
A- man unselfishlj^ devoted to his family and 
who has ever taken an active interest in 
public affairs, especially educational and 
political. Since attaining his majority he 
has been a stanch supporter of the Democ- 
rac)" and is one of the most influential rep- 
resentatives of the party in his community. 
For eight years he represented his town- 
ship, which is strongly Republican, as as- 
sistant supervisor, being for that length of 
time an invincible opponent to the Republi- 
can nominees for that office. 

;Mr. Reherd represented his school dis- 
trict as director for eighteen years, was a. 



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member of the Geneseo to\vnshi|) library 
board for several terms, was one of the pro- 
moters of the Geneseo Collegiate Institute, 
and a member of the board 'of directors of 
that institution for over ten years. He is 
one of the men who has helped to make the 
county what it is to-day. one of the richest 
agricultural districts in the state, and has 
taken an active interest in all that tends to 
its improvement and the advancement of its 
people. 



JEFFERSON W. TAYLOR. 

This well-known retired agriculturist c^f 
Geneseo, is an honored representative of one 
of the earhest families of this state, and is 
a true type of the energetic, hardy men who 
have actively assisted in developing and im- 
proving this beautiful and fertile agricul- 
tural country. In fact Mr. Taylor is a na- 
tive of Illinois, his birth occurring near 
New Haven, \\'hite county, on the 22nd of 
February, 1818, before the state was ad- 
mitted to the L'nion. His parents were Eph- 
raim Merritt and Ebbie (Hayes) Taylor. 
The father was born on the Roanoke river in 
Rollin county, Virginia, and when about 
sixteen years of age moved with his parents 
to North Carolina, and later to the Blue 
Ridge mountains in Tennessee, where our 
subject's grandfather, Richard Taylor, died. 
The father, Ephraim Taylor, then took care 
'>f his mother, and together they came to 
Illinois in 1812, locating in White county, 
where he died in 1845, at the age of fifty- 
seven years. He followed the accupation 
of farming throughout life, and both he 
and his wife were earnest and consistent 
members of the Baptist Church. She also 
died in \\'hite countv about a vear before his 



death occurred. Their family numbered 
seven children, of whom our subject is the 
eldest. (2) Ihulson R., a retired farmer 
and carpenter, of Geneseo, wedded Mary .\. 
Porter, and has six children, William H., 
George H., Frederick L., I\Iary Ida, John J., 
and Daniel A. (3) Sarah is the widow of 
Rodney Linnell, a farmer, anel resides in 
Geneseo with her daughter. Mrs. Cann. She 
has two children: Lucy, wife of Thomas 
Cann, a meat merchant of Geneseo; and 
Mary, wife of James Searls, a farmer of 
Hanna township, this cnunty. (4) Alsadie 
married Irson Olinger and both are now 
deceased; (5) Eliza married Ephraim JNIer- 
ritt Stokes and they are also deceased. (6) 
Bradley H. died at the age of forty years. 
(7) William died in childhood. 

Being the oldest son, Jefferson W. Tay- 
lor was obliged to work on the farm during 
1-iis boyhood and vouth. and was unable to at- 
tend school until twenty-two years of age. 
He remained with his parents in White 
county until twenty-five, when he and his 
cousin came up the ^lississippi river on a 
steamboat to Davenport, Iowa, and after 
passing the winter with his cousin at that 
place, he came to Henry county, Illinois, 
and bought a farm in what is now Hanna 
township. He also purchased the ferry, 
which crossed the ri\er at Cleveland, known 
as the Cleveland ferr\-, which he operated 
about seven years. He then sold the ferry 
and gave his entire attention to farming for 
a time, but later embarked in the dry goods 
business at Colona Station, where he built 
a store and dwelling house. Not meeting 
with success in that enterprise, he soon re- 
turned to farming in Hanna towns!iip. 
where he had previously purchased five hun- 
dred acres of wild land, though he after- 
ward sold two hundred acres of that amount. 



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After operating: his farm for alx)ut eleven 
years he sold the place, taking a note and 
mortgage on a firm in Whiteside county. 
After living upon the latter place for five 
or six years, he disposed of it and came 
to Geneseo, where he has since led a retired 
life, enjoying a well-earned rest. He has a 
comfortable home on South State street. 
v>hich is the abode of hospitality and good 
cheer. 

In 1845 ^^r. Taylor married Miss Alfred 
Linnell, a daughter of Rufus and Lucy 
(^lelvin) Linnell. Her father was born on 
an island between the United States and 
Canada, known as Linnell's Island, which 
was settled bv his father, a native of France. 
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were born six 
children, as follows: (i) Ephriam Mer- 
ritt, named for his grandfather, is now en- 
gaged in the insurance business at Chariton, 
Lucas county, Iowa. He was in the regidar 
army for five years, taking part in Indian 
warfare, and lost his health in the service. 
For his second wife he married Eva Lewis, 
of Wayne county, Iowa, and they have 
seven children, Jeflferson W., Florence. Jen- 
nie. Elmer, Maude, Lewis and Blaine. (2) 
Mary married first Elijah Gove, a farmer, 
and carpenter of Hanna township, by whom 
she had two children, Clinton D. and one 
who died in infancy; and for her second 
husband she married \\"ilbur Hobson, a 
prominent farmer of Lucas county, Iowa, 
by whom she had one child. Ernest. ( 3 ) 
George ^^'., station agent on the Chicago, 
Burlington & Ouincy railroad at Burling- 
ton, Iowa, wedded ^lary Deem and had two 
sons, Frank and Edwin. (4) Rilla is the 
wife of George Bills, a farmer of Edford 
township, this county, and they have two 
children, Archer and Roy. (5) Lisse is the 
^vife of George Detrick. a laundrvman of 



Dixon, Lee county, Illinois. (6) The 
youngest died in infancy unnamed. 

Mr. Taylor cast his first presidential 
vote for ^^'illianl Henrj- Harrison, in 1840, 
and continued a supporter of the ^^ hig party 
until the organization of the Republican 
party when joined its ranks and has con- 
tinued to fight under its banner. He has 
held several township offices of honor and 
trust, and has always faithfully performed 
any duty devolving upon him whether pub- 
lic or private. For many years he was a 
member of the Masonic fraternity, and in 
early life was connected with the Methodist 
Church, but is now a Presbyterian. During 
the long years of his residence in Henry 
coiuity, Mr. Taylor has become widely 
known, and his many excellent traits of 
character have gained for him the high re- 
gard of many friends. 



HORACE J. COMBS. 

Horace J. Combs, an active and enter- 
prising farmer whose farm of ninety-five 
acres is pleasantly located on section 10, 
Wethersfield township, within two miles of 
Kewanee, was born in Marshall county, Illi- 
nois, November 29, 1856, and is a son of 
Warner Combs, who was born in \\"est \'ir- 
ginia, in January, 1825. The paternal 
grandfather, Jacob Combs, was one of the 
early settlers of \\'est \'irginia, and later 
became one of the pioneers of Wjandot 
county, Ohio. There the father grew to 
manhood and married Miss Elizabeth 
^^'ood, a native of \\'yandot county, and a 
daughter of Francis Wood, also one of its 
pioneer settlers. In 1852, Warner Combs 
came to Illinois and located in Marshall 
countv, where he transformed a tract of 



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wild land into a good farm. His last days 
were spent in retirement from active labor 
at Sparland. where he died in 1896. His 
first wife, who was the mother of our sub- 
ject, passed away in 1870, and he was again 
married. 

By the first union there were five ciiil- 
dren, namely: Sarepta, who is now her 
brother's housekeeper; Horace J., of this 
review; Mrs. Emma Duncan, a widow, who 
also resides with her brother; Electa, wife 
of George Joseph, of Peoria; and Sherman 
who successfully engaged in teaching school 
for five years, and is now with his brother 
on the farm. By his second marriage the 
father had two children : Harry, a resident 
of Kewanee, and \'iola, wile of James Stin- 
son, of Hamlin, Indiana. 

On the old homestead in Marshall 
county Horace J. Combs passed the days of 
his boyhood and youth, and early became 
familiar with all the duties which fall to the 
lot of the agriculturalist. On leaving the 
parental roof he engaged in farming upon 
rented land in that county for four years, 
and then purchased a farm there, consist- 
ing of one hundred and sixty acres, which 
he cultivated for several years. Selling that 
place in 1892 he purchased his present farm 
on section 10, Wethersfield township, Henry 
county, upon which he located the following 
year and which he has since successfully 
operated. He has remodeled the buildings 
and made other improvements upon tiie 
place. In connection with his general farm 
ing he carries on stock raising, and in that 
branch of his business he has also prospered. 

In his political views Mr. Combs is inde- 
pendent and supports the men whom he be- 
lieves best qualified for office regardless of 
party lines. He has never aspired to office 
but takes a deep and commendable interest 



in public affairs. He and his sister Serepta 
hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal 
Church of Kewanee, while the other mem- 
bers of the family are either Baptists or 
Presbyterians in religious belief. Miss 
Combs is an active church worker and is 
now president of the Home Missionary So- 
ciety of Kewanee. The family is one of 
prominence in the community where they re- 
side and its members are held in high regard 
by all who know them. 



JOHN WENKE. 

Among the old and honored residents of 
Geneseo is John \\'enke, who was for many 
years actively engaged in farming, but is 
now living a retired life in Geneseo. A na- 
tive of Germany, he was born in Oldenburg 
on the 14th of December, 1S20, and is a son 
of Frederick and Anna (Myer) Wenke, 
who passed their entire lives in that coun- 
try. There our subject grew to manhood, 
and was married in Germany March 19, 
1852, to Miss Helena Oltmanns, a daughter 
of John and Anna (^Koelke) Oltmanns, 
who also made their home in Cierniany 
throughout life. 

In 1850 Mr. W'enke crossed the briny 
deep, and on landing in New Orleans pro- 
ceeded up the Mississippi river to St. Louis, 
whence he came to Hampton, Illinois. The 
folowing year he returned to his native land 
and was married and in April, 1852, came 
back to America with his wife. When he 
returned to Ham.pton he purchased a farm 
and for thirty-nine years he was success- 
fully engaged in farming in Rock Island 
county. He purchased two hundred acres 
of unbroken prairie and timber land, for 



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which he paid seven dollars per acre, and 
.after clearing the same he placed it under a 
high state of cultivation, converting the 
wild tract into a most desirable farm. This 
place he sold in 1890 for fifty-six dollars 
per acre, and then removed to Geneseo, 
where he has since lived a retired life, enjoy- 
ing the fruits of former toil. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wenke have a family of 
five children living, namely: Johannah, wife 
of Rev. C. Seuel, living near IMilwaukee, 
\\'isconsin; Eliza, wife of Frederick Ras- 
tede, a merchant of Geneseo; John, who 
married Lena Oltmanns and lives on a farm 
near Geneseo; Fred, who married Tillie 
Herges, and resides on the old homestead in 
Hampton, Illinois; and Henry, a merchant, 
who married Emma Salto and makes his 
home in Geneseo. Two children died in in- 
fancy; Helen and one unnamed. 

Mr. Wenke and his family hold mem 
bership in the German Lutheran Church, 
and in politics he is identified with the Dem- 
ocratic party. Wherever known he is held 
in high regard, and well merits the confi- 
dence and respect which he receives, for his 
life has been an upright, honorable and use- 
ful one. 



^\ ILLIAM D. HOHMAXX, AI. D. 

Dr. Hohmann is engaged in the practice 
of medicine and surgery in Kewanee, Illi- 
nois, and has that love for and devotion to 
his profession which has brought to him 
success and won him a place among the 
ablest representatives of the medical frater- 
nity in Henry county. He was bom in Cas- 
sel, Germany, September 18, 1867, a son of 
William M. and Sophia (Volkmar) Hoh- 
mann, who spent their entire lives in that 



country. They were representatives of very 
old and highly respected families, the Doc- 
tor's maternal ancestors being manufac- 
turing and mercantile people. His paternal 
grandfather, John Hohmann, served in the 
German army during the Napoleonic wars, 
and during the latter part of his military 
career was superintendent of the military 
prison at Cassel, Germany. He died in that 
country in 1868. William M. Hohmann, 
the doctor's father, was a machinist by 
trade, and followed that vocation through- 
out life, mostly in the employ of the govern- 
ment. During the Franco-Prussian war he 
had charge of the round house of the gov- 
ernment at Fulda, Germany, where he died 
in 1872, at the age of thirty-eight years. 
His wife long survived him, dying at Cas- 
sel, August 9, 1894. They were parents of 
six children, four of whom are still living, 
namely: J. H., a traveling man living in 
New York city; Louis, who is connected 
with the \\'hitlock Printing Press Alanu- 
facturing Company, with headquarters at 
Derby, Connecticut; William D., our sub- 
ject; and ]\Iarie, a resident of Kansas City. 
Dr. Hohmann received a good education 
at Hersfeld, Germany, and had an excel- 
lent knowledge of the English language 
prior to his emigration to .Vmerica which 
materially assisted him in making his way 
rapidly in his adopted home. At the age of 
sixteen he crossed the Atlantic alone and 
took up his residence in Baltimore, Mary- 
land, where he secured a jjosition in a drug 
store, working there uninterruptedly from 
1883 until 1887. In September, 1885, he 
entered the Maryland College of Pharmacy, 
at the same time continuing his connection 
with the drug store. After graduating 
from that institution in 1887 he matricu- 
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the fall of tliat year, and recci\e(l the de- 
gree of M. D. on the 15th of April. 1890, 
having spent tlie last eight months in the 
jMaryland (ieneral Hospital as resident 
student. He then engaged in the practice 
of medicine in Baltimore until the fall of 
1 89 1, when he came to Kewanee and opened 
an ofifice. As a general practitioner he has 
secured a liberal patronage, but he also 
makes a specialty of skin diseases, in which 
he took a post graduate course in Berlin at- 
tending the clinics of the Imperial Charities 
and other noted hospitals, his time mostly 
being spent in hard work. He is a member 
of Kewanee"s Physician's Club, of which he 
has held office of secretary. 

On tile "th of June, 1899. Dr. Hohmann 
was united in marriage with ]\liss Anna 
Frederickson, of Kewanee. In his social 
relations the doctor is a member of the blue 
lodge, chapter and comniantlery nf the Ma 
sonic fraternity, the Knights of Pythias and 
the Modern \\'oodmen of .America. In 1895 
he returned to his native land, and spent five 
months delightfully in visiting Germany, 
France and many places of nute in Europe. 
He possesses the broad culture which only 
travel can bring, and is one of the most pop- 
ular and prominent citizens of Kewanee. 



ISAAC M. FLEET. 

As an agriculturist this gentleman was 
for many years actively identified with the 
development and improvement of Henry 
county, and now after a useful and well- 
spent life is living retired in Geneseo. .\ 
native of New York, he was born in Suffolk 
county on the 28tli of Oct. ibcr. 1815. and 
is a son of Gilbert and Keziah (Jarvis) 
Fleet. The father was born in Huntington, 
Long Island, and engaged in farming at 



his birthplace throughout his active busi- 
ness life, dying there at the age of fifty-si.K 
years. His widow long survived him and 
lived to the advanced age of ninety-five years. 
In their family were four children, all born 
on Long Island, our subject being the oldest 
<.>i the number and now the only survivoi. 

The boyhood and youth of our subject 
were passed under the parental roof, and 
he engaged in farming uix)n the old home- 
stead for some years. At the age of about 
twenty-eight he became interested in the 
coasting trade from New York harbor, and 
followed that business for seven years, at 
the end of which tune he sold liis vessel 
and resumed farming upon the home place, 
where he continued to reside for several 
years. 

In 1843 ^^r. Fleet was married at Hunt- 
ington, Long Island, to Mrs. Susan Stratton, 
widow of Ustick V. Stratton and a daugh- 
ter of Eliphalet and Phoebe (Ketchem) Oak- 
ley. Her father, who was a soldier of the 
war of 181 2, spent his entire life in Suffolk 
county, Long Island, New York. For a 
few years he followed farming, then operat- 
ed both a flouring and woolen mill on Long 
Island, and for a great many years led the 
life of a sailor, running a coasting vessel 
from New York harbor. He finally built 
another flouring mill at Islip, Long Island, 
which he operated during the remainder of 
his life. He died at his home in Babylon, 
about 1867, at the age of eighty-one years, 
and his wife passed away in 1858, at the 
age of seventy-seven. Of their seven chil- 
dren Mrs. Fleet is the fifth in order of birth 
and the only one now living. 

Seven children were born to Mr. and 
Mrs. Fleet, but Isaac M. and one unnamed 
died in infancy. The following still sur- 
\!\e : Gilbert, traveling salesman for the 



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Wilson Buggy Company of Moline. Illinois, 
and a resident of that place, married Eliza 
Barton and has one son, Fred E. Eliphalei 
C, superintendent of a fruit farm in Ari- 
zona, married Ada Sneider, and has four 
children, James S., Ray B., Helen Josephine 
and Lawrence. Frances Elizabeth and Clara 
Augusta are both at home with their par- 
ents. Mortimer, superintendent of the farm 
at the state insane asylum at Hampton, Rock 
Island county, Illinois, married !Miss Helen 
Richmond. The children of Mr. and Mrs. 
Fleet were all born in Xew York state ex- 
cept Mortimer, the 3'oungest, who was born 
in Henry county, Illinois. 

Selling his interests in the east in 1857, 
Mr. Fleet came to Henry county, Illinois, 
and purchased a quarter-section of wild 
land in Munson township, which he at once 
began to improve. He erected thereon a 
large and substantial farm house, barns and 
other buildings, and placed the entire farm 
imder a high state of cultivation. He con- 
tinued to operate his land until 1897, when 
he removed to the city of Geneseo and pur- 
chased his present comfortable home on 
West IMain street, where he is now living 
a retired life, enjoying the fruits of his early 
industry and surrounded by the comforts 
which he has so truly earned and richly de- 
serves. The Republican party finds in him 
a stanch supporter of its principles, and al- 
though he has never sought or held office, 
he is public spirited and an advocate of all 
measures that tend to improve or benefit the 
community in which he resides. 



JOHN H. RULE. 

Numbered among the well-to-do farm- 
ers and highly esteemed citizens of Weth- 
ersfield township is John H. Rule, who 



owns and operates a well-improved and 
\aluable farm of one hundred and six- 
ty acres on sectinn jt,. A native of Illi- 
nois, he was born in Elmira township. 
Stark count}'. June 4. 1856. and is a son 
of John and Jone (Hume) Rule, who 
were born, reared and married in Scot 
land and emigrated to America in 1852. 
They sailed from Liverpool, England, and 
landed in New York. After spending about 
six months in the Empire state they came 
to Illinois, and took up their residence in 
Stark county, where at first the father op- 
erated a rented farm. Subsequently he pur- 
chased one hundred and sixty acres of land 
in Bureau county, which he broke and placed 
under cultivation, and later added to it an 
adjoining tract of eighty acres. About 1879 
he bought the farm of one hundred and sixty 
acres in Wethersfield township, Henry coun- 
ty, where our subject now resides, it being 
all under cultivation at that time. There he 
continued to successfully engage in general 
farming and stock raising throughout the 
remainder of his life. He was a stanch sup- 
porter of the Republican party and its prin- 
ciples, and was highly respected and es 
teemed by all who knew him. He died in 
1890, at the age of seventy-seven years, and 
his wife passed away in 1892, at the age of 
seventy-two, the remains of both being in- 
terred at Almira, Illinois. The}- were the 
parents of eleven children, namely : Alex- 
ander, Jane, Mary, Charlotte, James. WilN 
iam, Robert, John, Catherine. Walter and 
Thomas. 

John H. Rule was reared upon his fa- 
ther's farm, which he aided in operating 
as soon as old enough to be of any assistance, 
and thus acquired a good practical knowl- 
edge of agricultural pursuits. His literary 
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of the neiglib(M"lioo(l. Fchruarv 6. 1871). lie 
was united in marriage with Miss Anna 
Longmate. a tlaughter nt Tnnnard and 
Susan (Brown) Longniate. By this union 
lie has liad five children, namely: lilsie J., 
Bertha L., Robert V.. hilin 1".. and Frank 
A., all living. Mrs. Rule died March ,^0. 
1890. and for his second wife Mr. Rule 
married Emma Richardson, a daughter of 
Joseph and Mary ( Xatress ) Richardson, and 
to them has been born one child, Mary E. 
Lillian, whose birth occurred January 30, 
1896. 

Mr. Rule owned and operated the old 
homestead imtil a short time ago, which 
is a well impro\-ed farm of one hundred 
and si.xty acres on section 2^. Wethersfiekl 
township, and in connection with its culti-. 
ration he successfully engaged in stock- 
raising. For eighteen years he owned and 
operated a steam thresher, doing a profitable 
business with it. He had on his farm a new 
and handsome residence, liuilt in modern 
style of architecture, and supi)lied with all 
the conveniences and accessories of a city 
home. He owns four hundred and eighty 
acres in South Dakota. In his political 
affiliations Mr. Rule is a Republican, and 
he takes a deep and commendable interest 
in all enterprises which he believes will prove 
of public benefit. 



b'.RKK b.RlCKSOX. 

This well-known expressnian of Ke- 
wanee. Illinois, was lx)rn on the ^8tli of Sep- 
tember. 1845. in Bolnas, Sweden, of which 
])lace his parents, Erick and Betsy (Johnson) 
Erickson, were also natives. There the fa- 
ther followed farming througimut his acti\e 

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business life, dying there at the age of sev- 
enty-eight \-ears. His wife also died in 
IJolnas at the age of seventy-four. Their 
children were h'rick. of this review : Jonas, 
who died at the age of twenty-fi\e years; 
Olaf, who is engaged in the shoe business 
in Sw eden ; Betsy, who died at the age of 
four years: ami Peter, who died in Kewanee 
at the age of thirty-two. 

Mr. lu"ickson is indebted to the public 
schools of his native land for his educa- 
tional privileges. He assisted his father in 
the operation of the home farm until four- 
teen years of age and then worked as a 
farm hand in Sweden until his emigration 
to this country in 1868. He sailed from 
Guttenberg, and after fourteen dass spent 
upon the water landed in Xcw 'S'ork City, 
whence he proceeded at once to Altdniia, 
Knox county, Illinois. After four days 
spent at that place he went to Peoria, and 
was engaged in railroad work between that 
city and Bushnell for about a month. Fie 
then returned to .Mtoona. where he was 
emiiloyed as a farm hand for f(.)ur months, 
and at the end nf that time came to Ke- 
wanee. Mere he fmind employment in the 
coal mine of (i. L. Piatt, about a mile east 
of tiiwn. where he remained tw^o years, and 
then worked on the farm oi C. C. Blisli, in 
W'ethersfield townsliip,for the same length of 
time. ])uring the following year and a half 
lie was with Crawford & Gerhart, of Kewa- 
nee, and remained with his successor, .\. F. 
Bigelow, for twenty-three years. Mr. lu-ick- 
son was with Ma_\-bew Brothers a year and a 
half, and in 1900 bought the exi)ress line 
of J. R. Keggl\. which he is now carrying 
on with good success, doing a general ex- 
jiress business. 

On the _'5th of October. 187^), Mr. 
Erickton married .Miss Carrie Johnson, who 



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was also born in Bolnas, Sweden, a daugh- 
ter of John and Engburg (Peterson) John- 
son, natives of the same place. The mother 
died in Sweden at the age of thirt3'-nine 
years, but the father is still living in that 
country at the age of seventy-five. By oc- 
cupation he is a laborer. The children born 
to Mr. and Mrs. Erickson are Adolphie. who 
lives at home and is engaged in the millin- 
ery business; Ernest, who is assisting his fa- 
ther in business ; and Morris, who is attend- 
ing school. The family are members of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church, and are highly 
respected and esteemed by all who know 
them. In politics Mr. Erickson is a Repub- 
lican, and faithfully served his fellow citi- 
zens as tax collector in 1900. 



JAMES WARREX 

James Warren, deceased, was for many 
years one of the highly esteemed citizens ot 
Geneseo, Illinois. His early home was on 
the other side of the Atlantic, for he was 
born in county Clare, Ireland, in 1814, and 
was one of a family of thirteen children, 
v.hose parents never left the Emerald Isle 
and have long since been dead. His brother, 
Andrew, came to America and settled in 
Lima, Ohio. 

Our subject spent the first thirfeen years 
fo his life in his native land, and then re- 
solved to try his fortune in America. After 
his emigration to the new world he lived 
for seven years in the east, and then came 
to Henry county, Illinois, locating here long 
before the Rock Island railroad was built. 
His was the' first house built in Geneseo, 
and he witnessed almost the entire develop- 
ment of this region, in the work of which he 
bore an important part. In early manhood 



he engaged in farming, but spent the last 
forty j-ears of his life in Geneseo. 

On the 3d of October, 1887. Mr. War- 
ren was united in marriage with Miss 
Bridget Murray, also a native of county 
Clare. Ireland, and a daughter of Andrew 
and Mary (Sullivan) Murray, who were 
lifelong residents of that country. The 
mother died on Christmas day, 1898, but 
the father is still living. Their children were 
Kate, a resident of Ireland; Bridget, widow 
of our subject; Maggie, who is employed 
at the Geneseo House in Geneseo, Illinois; 
Anna, wife of Burford Howell, a barber of 
Geneseo; and two daughters, now deceased. 
Mr. and Mrs. \\'arren had two children, 
namely: James, who was born September 3, 
1887, and is now living with his mother 
while attending school in Geneseo ; and 
Mary, who died in infancy. 

In religious belief ^Ir. Warren was a 
Catholic, and in politics was a Democrat. 
He died March 17, 1899, honored and re- 
spected by all who knew him. As one of 
the pioneer and representative citizens of 
Geneseo, he is certainly deserving of prom- 
inent mention in this volume. 



DAVID L. PURVIAXCE. 

This well-known and highly respected 
citizen of Geneseo, was born near Paris, 
Preble county, Ohio, on the 4th of October, 
1833, and is a son of Levi and Sophia 
(Woods) Purviance. His paternal grandfa- 
ther was David Purviance, one of the found- 
ers of the Christian Church in Kentucky, 
being engaged in preaching in that state and 
Ohio for many years. His death occurred 
in Ohio. The father was a native of Tennes- 
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the Buckeye state. He, too, became a niiiii,ster 
•of the Christian Church, and followed that 
sacred calling in Ohio for almost half a 
century. In 1856 he came to Henry county, 
Illinois, and for a time engaged in farming 
in Osco township, t)ut returned to Ohio, 
where he died at the age of eighty-two years. 
His wife passed away in the same state. 
They were the parents of five children, of 
whom our subject is the youngest and only 
survivor; one died in infancy; Andrew made 
his home in Henry county for fifteen years, 
but spent his last days in Nebraska; Mary 
died at the age of twenty-one years; Sophia 
•died at the age of six. 

David L. Purviance received his educa- 
tion in the schools of Ohio, and after reach-- 
ing man"s estate he was engaged in general 
merchandising at Xew Paris for some years. 
Subsequently he was engaged in the dry- 
goods business with his brother Andrew at 
Indianapolis, Indiana, for a short time, and 
then returned to Ohio. Disposing of his 
interests there the same 3'ear, he came to 
Illinois, in 1855, ^"^ located near what is 
now Morristown, Osco township, Henry 
•county, where he followed farming for about 
seven years. He was next engaged in the 
grocery business at Morristown and in the 
fall of 1871 removed to Osco, where he also 
conducted a grocery store, and served as 
postmaster of the village for eighteen years 
under the administrations of Presidents 
■Grant, Hayes, Garfield and Arthur. Closing 
out his store in 1890, he came to Geneseo, 
where he has resided ever since. He has not 
engaged in any active business for himself, 
and is at present employed in the wall pa- 
per store of Mr. Johnson on South Main 
street. 

On the 2nd of June, 1853, Mr. Pur\i- 
ance married ^liss Hainiah M. ^lurton, a 



daughter of Thomas and Eleanor (Schenck) 
Morton, both natives of Ohio. Mrs. Pur- 
viance died November 2, 1875. leaving nine 
children, namely: Charles \V., a merchant 
of Wyoming, Illinois; Thomas L., who is 
employed in the freight office of the Monon 
railroad at Chicago; Frank M., general 
agent for the American Stock Food Com- 
pany at Jacksonville, Illinois; Annie M., 
wife of Albert Ankney, of Peoria; William 
G., station agent at Abingdon, Illinois; 
Xellie E., wife of Henry Bestor, a farmer 
of Osco township, this county; Kate, wife 
of D. O. Hinman, a farmer of Osco town- 
ship; Walter, an employe of Swift & Com- 
pany, packers, of Chicago; and Hannah L., 
a resident of Geneseo. Those of the family 
now deceased were Ella J., who died at the 
age of sixteen months; George J., who died 
at the age of two months; and Winfield S., 
v.ho died at the age of one year. ]Mr. Pur- 
viance was again married, July 31, 1890, 
his second union being with Mrs. Harriet 
Edwards, widow of Herbert R. Edwards, 
whose sketch appears on another page of 
this volume together with a more extended 
mention of herself and family, yh. and 
Mrs. Purviance have a pleasant home on 
South Oakwood a\enue, Geneseo, where 
they are surrounded in- a large circle of 
friends and acquaintances, who esteem tliem 
highly for their sterling worth. During his 
residence in Osco township Mr. Purviance 
v,as a member and constant attendant of the 
Christian Church. 



JAMES C.WAXAGH. 

The subject of this review is the owner 
of a well-imi)roved and highly-cultivated 
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antly located on section 23. W'ethersfield 
township, within six miles of Kewanee. He 
^vas born on an adjoining place, August 3>, 
1844, and throughout life has been identi- 
fied with the interests of this county, and 
has done mucli to ad\-ance its welfare, es- 
pecially along agricultural lines. 

Patrick Cavanagh, the father of our 
subject, was a native of county West Meath, 
Ireland, where he was reared upon a farm, 
and when a young man came to the United 
States, locating first in Xew York, where 
he learned the stone mason's trade, which 
he followed for some years. There he mar- 
ried Bridget Hunt, also of Irish birth, and in 
1840 they came to Illinois. After spending 
two years at Almira, Stark county, they 
removed to Henry county, Mr. Cavanagh 
having previously purchased a small tract 
of land in Wethersfield township. It was 
a piece of unbroken prairie, on which he 
erected a log cabin, in which the family lived 
for a few years while he fenced the land and 
placed it under cultivation. He added to 
his original purchase until he had three 
hundred and twenty acres in the home place, 
and also owned property elsewhere, becom- 
ing one of the substantial farmers of his 
communit}-. Here he died August 2"]. 1884, 
and his wife passed away August 17, 1886, 
both being laid to rest in St. Marx's cem- 
etery on the Cavanagh farm. They were 
the parents of six children, two sons and 
four daughters, all of whom reached years 
of maturity. 

On the home farm James Cavanagh 
grew to manhood, and was educated in the 
Saxon school. On the 20th of February, 
1872, he led to the marriage altar ^liss 
Bridget Joyce, who was reared and educated 
in Kewanee, of which place her father, 
^Matthew Joyce, was an early settler. For 



two years after his marriage he lived upon 
a part of the old homestead, and then lo- 
cated on the farm where he now resides. 
He has erected thereon a commodious and 
pleasant residence, good barns and other 
outbuildings, and now has one of the most 
desirable farms of its size in the community. 
As a farmer and stock raiser he has gained 
a well-merited success, and is to-day one 
of the well-to-do citizens of W'ethersfield 
township. 

Mr. and Mrs. Cavanagh are the parents 
of five children, namely : John P. and AlJjert 
M., both of whom now hold business posi- 
tions in Kewanee, although the latter was 
formerly a school teacher: and James M., 
Leroy D. and Lottie Ann. all at home. The 
family are communicants of the Catholic 
Church of Kewanee. and are people of the 
highest respectability. In early life Mr. 
Cavanagh supix)rted the Democratic party, 
but is now a Republican in politics, but 
at local elections votes for man and not for 
party. He is public spirited and progressive 
and gives his aid to all enterprises for the 
public good. 



\villia:\i OURS. 

-Among the honored residents and repre- 
sentative citizens of W'ethersfield township 
none are more deserving of mention in this 
volume than William Ours, who has been 
successfully engaged in farming and stock 
raising on section 29 for manv years. He 
was born near Clarksburg, \'irginia, on the 
26th of April, 1822, and is one of a family 
of three children, whose parents were Jacob 
and Xancy (Kushlipp) Ours. 

Our subject remained in his native state 
until he attained his majority and then re- 
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. Inwing eighteen years. Tlierejie was united 
in marriage December j. 1^49. with Miss 
Eliza (.icHulale. horn Oct.iher 15, iSjf), a 
ilaugiiter uf J<icl D. and i'diza Cioinhdc. Uy 
this unidU were horn six children, namely: 
Emma: William, who married Tillie Berge; 
Samantha, wife of John Lindstrom; Charles, 
who niarrieil Iila Metier: I-diza, wife of 
Dudley Craig: and Mary, wife of Frederick 
I'a-walk. 

On lca\ ing Indiana -Mr. Ours came to 
1 lcnr\- Count \', Illinois, and after renting a 
farm in W'etherstield township for one year 
he purchased one hundred ami sixty aci'cs 
Of partiall_\' hroken laud on section 29, the 
same township, which he lias since placed un- 
der a high state of cultivation and improved 
with good buildings. In connection with his 
farming operations he is engaged in stock 
raising, making a specialty of sheep ami 
hogs. Although he is now nearly eight)' 
\e;irs of age he is still remarkably acti\e and 
iii.iius his meul;d faculties unimpaired. He 
' i^t his tirst ])resi(lential vote for (ieuera! 
Ilai'risou. a Whig camlid;ite. an<l is now a 
■-t.inch supporter of the Uepiiblican party and 
ii^ principles. llis ha^ been an upright, 
honorable and useful life, and he lias gained 
the confidence and high regarti of those with 
whom he has come in contact either in 
business or social circles. 



JOIIX CROX.VU. 

For manv years this gentleman has been 
acti\el_\' itlentirted with the business and ag- 
ricultural interests of llem-y county, but 
is now li\'ing a retired life in Kewauee, hav 
ing acquired a comfortable competence, 
v.hicli enables him to la\' aside all business 



cares. His early home was on the other 
side of the .\tlautic, for he was l)orn in 
Hessen. Germany, February 4, iS_^o. and is 
a son of Peter and Elizabeth ( Tripp )Cronau, 
lifelong residents of that country, where the 
father followed farming as a means of live- 
lihood. He died at the age of forty-eight 
years, and his wife i)assed away at the age 
of forty- four. In their family were five 
children, namely : John, still a resident of 
(lermany : John, our subject ( there being tw^o 
bv the name of Jobu ) : Henry and l-'liza- 
betli. who both died in Ciermany : ;uid .\uuie. 
who continues to make her home there. 

Our subject receixed his education in 
the public schools of his native town and in 
carlv life he learned die shoemaker's trade, 
which he continued to follow until coming 
to this coimtry in 1S54. He sailed from 
Bremen and landed in .\'ew York after a 
good voyage of si.x weeks, during which 
time he was never seasick and thoroughly en- 
joved the trip. For about four mouths ha 
worked at his trade for a Mr. Coleman in 
Xew York City, and then proceeded to Chi- 
cago, which at that time was quite small. 
He remained there for eight months and then 
came to Kewanee, arriving tliere on the tirst 
of May, 1855, just one year after lauding 
on the shores of this country. After wdrk- 
ir.g for Enoch Mathews for a time, he start- 
ed a shoe shop of his own. which he car- 
ried on successfully until iS'').^ giving em- 
ployment to sex'cral men. He then turned 
his attention to agricultural inirsuits. having 
purchased sixty acres of wild prairie land 
ill Kewanee township, which he placed un- 
der cultivation, and to which he added until 
he had one hundred and ninety acres. In 
i88<S he returned to Kewanee and has since 
lived a retired life, though he still owns 
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He was engaged in general farming, and met 
with well-deserved success in his labors. 

September 29, 1857, Air. Cronau was 
united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth 
Wagner, also a native of Hessen. Ger- 
many. Her father, John \\'agner, came to 
this country in 1869, and made his home 
in Sheffield, Illinois, until his death. Four 
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cronau, 
namely: Henry, a teamster of Kewanee, 
who married Minnie Minks and has five 
children : Elizabeth, wife of Robert Pyle, of 
Kewanee township, by whom she has six 
children ; Caroline, wife of Henry Minks, 
of Kewanee, by whom she has two children, 
Bert and Harry; and Emma, wife of Will- 
iam Minks, of Kewanee, by whom she has 
three children. Mrs. Cronau died January 
25, 1888, and was laid to rest in the Ger- 
man church cemetery in Kewanee township. 
Our subject now makes his home with his 
daughter Caroline. He is a member of the 
German Lutheran Church, and is a stanch 
supporter of the Republican party, having 
voted for all its presidential candidates since 
Fremont. He has served as school director 
six years, and has also filled the office of road 
commissioner in a most creditable and satis- 
factory manner. 



JOHN H. FULPER. 

Among the representative farmers of 
Wethersfield townsliip is John H. Fulper, 
residing on section 25. He was born in 
Hunterdon county, New Jersey, January 9, 
1848, and on the paternal side is of Ger- 
man descent, his ancestors being numbered 
among the early Quakers who settled in 
Pennsylvania. His grandfather, John Ful- 
per, was a native of that state, and his fa- 



ther, Charles T. Fulper, was born there in 
1820, and when a young man went to NeAV 
Jersey, locating in Hunterdon county, where 
he worked at his trade as a wheelwright. 
There he married Aliss Sarah Hoppock, a 
native of Xew Jersey, and a daughter of 
John Hoppock, who owned and operated the 
old Hoppock homestead in Hunterdon coun- 
ty. The great-grandfather was John Hop- 
pock. who came from Germany before the 
Revolutionary war. He had one son, Peter, 
in that war, ^vho was wounded in the hand. 
The great-grandfather was a large land 
owner in New Jersey. In 1851 Mr. Fulper 
and his father-in-law came to Illinois and 
took up their residence in Henry county. 
The same fall the latter purchased a large 
amount of land in \\'ethersfield township, 
and at length became owner of thirteen hun- 
dren acres all in one body, around which he 
built a fence. He broke and improved thid 
place. Charles T. Fulper also purchased a 
tract of land, which he improved, and latei' 
bought more land, making a good farm of 
one hundred and sixty acres. There he died 
in 1884. His widow still survives him, a 
liale and hearty old lady of seventy-three 
years, and makes her home with a daughter. 
They were the parents of nine children, twa 
sons and seven daughters. The brother of 
our subject is W. T. S. Fulper, of Evanston, 
Illinois. 

During his boyhood and youth John H. 
Fulper assisted his father in the operation of 
the home farm, where he remained until 
grown, and then commenced farming for 
himself upon rented land. While thus em- 
ployed he saved nine hinidred dollars and 
invested his capital in forty acres of land 
on which he now resides. Subsequently he 
added to it an adjoining fortj^-acre tract; 
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wiiicli he has built a neat and substantial 
residence and good barns and outlniiklings, 
surrounding these with fruit and shade trees, 
which add much to the beauty of the place. 
Jn Wetherstield township, February J4, 
1 878, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. 
Fulpcr anti Miss Minta Claybaugh. Her 
father, X. H. Claybaugh. was born in Ohio, 
Decemlier 3. 1822. and in 1830 came to Illi- 
nois with his father. Nicholas Claybaugh, 
who was a native either of Pennsylvania 
or Ohio, and a son of Frederick Claybaugh, 
who was born in the former state in 1763. 
The Claybaugh family is of German extrac- 
tion and Mrs. Fulper's ancestors were among 
the first settlers of Pennsylvania. On com- 
ing to this state the family located in Schuy- 
ler county, where they improved a farm. 
There X. H. Claybaugh grew to manhood 
and married Rhotla Marr, a native of Ten- 
nessee, and a daughter of Rev. J. B. Marr, 
who was born in South Carolina. His fa- 
ther was a soldier of the Revolutionary war. 
Rev. J. B. Marr came to this state in pion 
neer days and was one of the first school 
teachers of Schuyler county, where he also 
engaged in farming. About 1873 Mrs. 
Fulper's father removed to Wethersfield 
township, Henry county, but spent his last 
years with his son, C. B. Claybaugh, in Stark 
county, where his death occurred. The chil- 
dren born to our subject and his wife are 
Mabel. Lena, \'irgil, Edna, Dean and John 
IL, Jr. They also have an adopted son, 
Cliarlcs l-'ulper, whom they took when a 
small child, and who has been reared and 
educated by them. He is now working at 
his trade as an interior decorator and paper 
hanger. 

Originally Mr. Fulper was a Rei)ul)li- 
can in politics and cast his first presitlential 
vote for General U. S. Grant in 1872. He 



continued to support that party until after 
the election of James A. Garfield, since which 
time he has been identified with the Prohi- 
bitionists, being a strong temperance man. 
He served three years as road commissioner, 
hut has never cared for political honors. 
He is one of the official members of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church of Saxon, with 
which his wife is also connected, and she has 
served as organist for over twelve years. 
They take an active part in all church work 
and their lives have ever been in harmony 
with their professions. 



PETER HYER. 

Among the prominent foreign-b< irn citi- 
zens who have aided so materially in the de- 
\elopment and upbuilding of Henry county 
is Peter Hyer, a well-known farmer and 
stock raiser residing on section 24. Weth- 
ersfield township. A native of Sweden, he 
was born in Skone. on the 27th of April, 
1852, and is a son of Pers and Bengta 
(Trulson) Hyer, who spent their entire lives 
in that country. In their family were four 
children, two sons and two daughters, all 
of whom are still living, with the excep- 
tion of one son. 

\\'ith the hope of bettering his financial 
condition in the new world, ^Ir. Hyer sailed 
from Guttenberg, in April, 1886, on the 
steamer Victoria of the Allen line, and, the 
weather being pleasant and favorable for 
such a voyage, he landed in Quebec, Canada, 
fifteen days later. He came immediately to 
the United States, and a week after reach- 
ing America he arrived in Galesburg, Illi- 
nois. He si)ent about two years at work- 
in various parts of this section of the state, 
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time he worked at the painters trade, wliicli 
lie liad learned in Sweden. , Suhsec|uently 
he engaged in farming upon rented land for 
about live years, and then bought one hun- 
dred acres of improved land, to which he 
added in i88g a tract of seventy acres, mak- 
ing a fine farm of one hundred and seventy 
acres, which he has since successfully op- 
erated. About eight years ago he erected 
a good residence, and has also built good 
barns, while everything about the place be- 
tokens the thrift and enterprise of the owner. 
In addition to the cultivation of his land 
he is extensively engaged in farming and 
stock raising, his specialties being Durham 
cattle. Shrojjshire sheep and Xorman horses. 
and to this branch of his business he givef. 
considerable attention. 

On the 24th of October. 1877, Mr. Hyer 
was united in marriage with Miss Eliza J- 
Rule, a daughter of Alexander and Beatrice 
(Oliver) Rule, both natives of Scotland and 
earl}- settlers of Wethersfield township, this 
county, where they located in 1848. The 
mi_)ther crossed the Atlantic from Green- 
nock to Illinois in about three months, while 
the father sailed from Liverpool to Boston. 
On reaching Henry countv, Illinois, he took 
up a government claim in Wethersfield town- 
ship, which he improved and placed under 
cultivation. His first house was 12x14 
feet. Ill later vears a more commodious 
and substantial residence was erected, but 
it was subsequently destroxed b\' fire. Mr. 
Rule was one of the honored pioneers and 
one of the most highly respected citizens of 
his community. He died at the age of sev- 
enty-nine years, his wife at the age of sev- 
enty, and both were laid to rest at Elniira, 
Illinois. They were faithful members of the 
L'liited Presbyterian Church, and in politics 
Mr. Rule was a Republican. 



Mr. and Mrs. Hyer have a family of five 
children, whose names and dates of birth 
are as folloSvs : Anna Beatrice, August 3. 
1878: George Alexander, February 28. 
t88o: Xellie Jean. April 10. 1883; John 
Walter. June 26, 1886: and Robert Leslie. 
December 7, 1891. The parents are both 
earnest and consistent members of the 
L'nited Presbyterian Church, and enjoy the 
good will and confidence of the entire com- 
munity in which they live. By his ballot 
Mr. Hyer supports the men and measures 
of the Republican party. He owes his pres- 
ent prosperity to hard labor and close at- 
tention to business. In 1882 he made a visit 
to his i>arents in Sweden, crossing the ocean 
on the steamer Algeria, in November. After 
three delightful months spent in his native 
land, he took passage on the steamer Bothnia 
for the return voyage. On the Xorth Sea the 
\essel encountered one of the worst storms 
known for years, and it retjuired six days' 
to cross that body of water, which is usually 
accomplished in twenty-four hours, from 
Copenhagen to Hull. 



OTIS W. HOIT. 

The subject of this rex'icw. who now 
owns and occupies a valuable farm of four 
I'.undred acres on section 24. Edfonl town- 
ship, has throughout life been actively iden- 
tified with the agricultural interests of Hen- 
1"}' county, and is a worthy representative 
of one of its oldest and most highly respect- 
ed families. On the paternal side his great- 
grandfather, John Hoit, was a Revolution- 
ary soldier, ami just after his return from 
the war moved from his early home in Hop- 
kinton to Canaan, that state. 

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ject, was 1)orn in Canaan, Xoveniher 15, 
1827, a son of Bartlett and Prudence (Wil- 
son) Hoit. Bartlett Hoit was a native of 
the same place and tliere spent the greater 
part of liis life. In 1854 he came to Illi- 
nois and located i>n the farm in lulford 
tcwnsiiip, Henry cnunty. whore 1 nn- suhject 
now resides, inakin,^' it his hdUic until his 
death, which occurred Xcxemhcr 3, !8()4. 
In his family were imly two children and 
one died in infanc}'. 

Reared in his native state, l,evi W. 
Hoit was educated at Canaan and Meritlen, 
New Hampshire, taking an academic course, 
and with liis father he learned the carpen- 
ter's and millwright's trades. .\l the age (if 
twenty-one he went to Louisiana with his 
father, working there fur two ur three 
years, lie came to this county with his 
parents in 1854, and assisted ir, hreaking 
and improxing the hume farm, consisting 
of twci hundred ;uul forty acres, on which 
not a furrow had been tiuMied or an im- 
pro\cment made when the family located 
therenn. Throughout life he successfull}' 
followed general farming and stock raising, 
and converted his place into one of the most 
liighly ciUtivated tracts and desirable farm.-, 
in the coimty. Jn 1881 he remo\ed to 
Geneseo and purchased a city home on the 
corner of West Main anil lienrv streets, 
but continueil to look after his farming anil 
stock raising interests. For some years he 
was a director of the First National Bank 
of that city. He was killed in a cyclone on 
the 1st of May, 1892, while returning home 
from the bank. Mr. Hoit was an exceeding- 
ly active man, was pre-eminently public- 
spirited and progressi\e, and took a deep 
interest in all that tended to the develop- 
ment and improvement of tlie conniiunity 
in which he lived. In his political \icws 



he was a Republican, and for many years 
served as supervisor n\ lulford townshi]), 
besides filling sexeral minor offices. In 
early life he was a Bajnist, bin later attend- 
ed the Congregational Church, and gave 
liberally to all denominations. He was a 
man of sterling worth and strict integrity, 
and wherever known was held in high re- 
gard. On the J2Ui\ of May. 185(1. at (ien- 
eseo. he was united in marriage with Miss 
Sarah 1'". Im-cucIi. a native of Coventry, 
Connecticut, and a daughter of Oliver B. 
and Jane K. ( h'rench ) h^rench. I ler father 
was also born in that state, where he con- 
tinued to make his home until i84('), when 
he removed to Branch county. Michigan, 
and was engaged in farming there uiUil com- 
ing to Henry county, Illinois, in 1853. For 
some years he followed the same occupa- 
tion in Geneseo township, but was living 
a retired life in the city of Geneseo at the 
time of his death, which occurred October 
_'5, 1890, when he was about seventy-nine 
\ears of age. His wife had passed away 
January 18, 1879, at the age of sixty-three. 
Of their four children two died in infancy, 
the others being Mrs. iloit and l^lla J., wife 
of Allen B. Cady, of (ieneseo. 

Otis W. Hoit, whose name introduces 
this sketch, is the only child of Levi W. 
and Sarah \'.. { ImcucIi ) Hoit. lie was born 
on the home farm in Ivlfonl tow nshii). May 
J4, 1857, and was educated in the common 
schools of Geneseo and the State I'niversi- 
ty at Champaign, where he pursueil the 
agricultural course and was graduateil in 
1879. Returning to his home he has since 
successfully engaged in general farming and 
stock raising, making a specialty of polled 
.\ngus cattle — a Ijreed from southern Scot- 
land. 

At Champaign, Mr. Hoit was married, 



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in 1879, to !Miss [Maggie E. Stewart, a 
daughter of John P. Stewart, a retired far- 
mer of Champaign county. The only child 
born of this union died in infancj- unnamed, 
and Mrs. Hoit departed this life May 19, 
1885, being laid to rest in Oakwood cem- 
etery, Geneseo. Our subject was again 
married, in Edford township, October 11, 
1888, his second union being with Miss 
Henrietta P. ^l. Schroeder, a daughter of 
Henry and \\ilhelmina (^W'eigandJ Schroe- 
der. For many years her father has been 
one of the prominent farmers of Edford 
township. ;Mr. and [Mrs. Hoit ha\e one 
child, Maurice E., born June 2;^, 1893. 

Religiously [Mr. Hoit is a Congregation- 
alist, and i)olitically is an ardent supporter 
of the Republican party. He has held a 
nimiber of minor offices in his township, 
and for the past seven years has ser\-ed as 
supervisor, with credit to himself and to 
the entire satisfaction of his constituents. 
He takes an active interest in promoting the 
welfare of his county, aiding all enterprises 
tending to benefit the public, and enjoys in 
a high degree the confidence and esteem of 
his fellow men. 



PATRICK O'DAY. 

Among the old and honored residents of 
Geneseo we take pleasure in mentioning the 
name of Patrick ODay, who was for many 
years prominently identified with the busi- 
ness interests of this locality, but is now liv- 
ing a retired life. He was born eight miles 
from the city of Limerick, county Clare, 
Ireland, and is a son of Patrick and Biddie 
(O'Connor) ODay, who spent their entire 
lives in that countrv. He had six half 



brothers and sisters, John, Donald, Thomas, 
Bridget, Catherine and Xora, all of whon> 
came to America and died in this country. 

During his boyhood and j'outh our sub- 
ject had no educational advantages, but he 
has always made the best use of his oppor- 
tunities and is a well informed man. At 
the age of twentj-three he crossed the At- 
lantic on a sailing vessel named the 
"Breeze," which dropped anchor in the har- 
bor of Quebec, Canada, after seven weeks 
and three days upon the water. He spent 
two days in Montreal and then went tcr 
Waterloo, where he worked on the farm ot 
a Mr. Foster until fall when he returned to 
[Montreal. By boat he proceeded to St. 
John's, and then went to \'ermont, and on 
to Boston, where he met [Michael Crosby, 
who had driven into the city with a load of 
wood. He returned home with him and 
worked on his farm for a time. The fol- 
lowing spring he returned to his native land 
with a man taking a load of horses to Eng- 
land, and remained in Ireland four years. 

At the end of that time [Mr. O'Day 
again came to the new world, bringing with 
him his brother, Donald O'Day. On land- 
ing in Xew York they proceeded at once tc 
Fetlock Falls, and from there went to 
Goshen, Connecticut, where both found em- 
plo}'ment at farm labor. Our subject's 
duties were principally in connection with 
the manufacture of cheese. About 1855 he 
came to Henry count)', Illinois, and pur- 
chased eighty acres of land from John [Mc- 
Coy, for which he paid one thousand dol- 
lars, and upon which he lived for fifteen 
years. On disposing of this farm he bought 
seventeen acres of land now within the 
city limits of Geneseo, and there he has since 
made his home. 

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discernment and g-ood Inisiness al)ility. Mr. 
O'Dav made considerable money during the 
Civil war by taking advantage of the rise 
in prices. He bought three thousand bushels 
of corn for six cents per bushel, and after- 
ward sold it for one dollar and ten cent.s 
per bushel, investing the proceeds in a farm 
of one hundred and sixty acres near Cam- 
bridge. Half of this he subsequently sold 
at a great profit. He put up two large ricks 
of hay when it was practically worth noth- 
ing, and before the close of the war he 
shipped the same to St. Louis, where he re- 
ceived fifty-five dollars per ton. He also 
got a good price for his straw, fifty dollars 
per ton. Hogs were then worth twelve dol- . 
lars per hundred, live weight, and he dis- 
iwsed of a herd of one hundred and fifty, 
for which he received twenty-six hundred 
dollars, selling the same to two men from 
Chicago, who were packing pork to ship to 
the West Indies. 

Mr. O'Day has been twice married. 
His first wife having died, he married, in 
February, 1871, Miss Isabella McXally, who 
was born in Port Lanone, county Derry, 
Ireland, a daughter of Hugh and Isabella 
(^ Carney; McXally, the former a native of 
county Antrim, the latter of county London- 
derry. Of their eight children only Mrs. 
O'Day and Catherine came to the United 
States, the latter being Mrs. Peter Heninan, 
of Dwight, Illinois. The others died in Ire- 
land. 

The Republican party has always found 
in Mr. O'Day a stanch supporter of its prin- 
ciples, and he cast his last presidential vote 
fur \\'iniam McKinley. Both he and his 
wife are devuut members of the Catholic 
Church, and are highly respected and es- 
teemed by all who know them. Although 
nearly ninety-five years of age, Mr. O'Day 



still possesses an excellent memory and is 
able to sing a number of old Irish Ijallads 
with a voice that denotes the fact that in his 
prime he must have been a splendid singer. 
His life is a living illustration of what ability, 
energy and force of character can accom- 
plish, and to such men the west owes its 
prosperity, its rapid progress and its ad- 
vancement. 



TOHX REDUS. 



After many years of active labor as an 
agriculturist this gentleman is now living 
a retired hfe in Geneseo. He was born in 
Holstein, Germany, on the 17th of Novem- 
ber, 1837, and was seventeen years of age 
when he came to the United States. His 
parents, John and Johanna (Luren) Redus, 
spent their entire lives in Germany, where 
the father followed the blacksmith's trade, 
and also conducted a country inn near Olden- 
burg. He died at the age of seventy-two 
vears, having survived the mother of our 
subject some years. John is the oldest of 
their three children. Henry entered the 
cavalry service of his native land, and al- 
though he took part in no war he died while 
on garrison duty in the city of Schleswig. 
when about twenty-three years of age. Eliza 
is now the wife of a Mr. "Wolff and has 
charge of the inn which her father con- 
ducted during his life time. She was Iwrn 
after our subject came to the United States- 
and he has never seen her. 

It was in 1854 that Mr. Redus crossed 
the ocean and took up his residence in Dav- 
enport, Iowa, where he worked for nearly 
a year. In April, 1855, he came to Geneseo. 
Illinois, and was employed in the city and 
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lnoke out. Feeling- that his adopted country 
needed his services he enHsted in Septem- 
lier. 1861. for tiiree years, or during the 
war. as a member of Company E. Forty- 
third Tlhnois X'olunteer Infantry. He par- 
ticipateel in tlie Ixittles.of Fort Henry, Fort 
Donelson. Shiloh. Corinth and \'icksburg, 
and also many skirmislies. He was dis- 
charged from the Veteran Reserve Corps in 
tlie city of Wasliington, Septeml)er 23, 
18(14. and returned to his liome in Geneseo. 
He resided there until the spring of 1867, 
when he rented a farm and turned his atten- 
tion to its operati<in. Later he purchased 
land on section 2. Munson township, and t" 
tliis eighty-acre tract he subsequently added 
until he now has a fine farm of two hun- 
dred acres, a part of which is on section 3. 
He continued to actively engage in general 
farming and stock raising until i8c;5, when 
he returned to Geneseo and has since lived 
a retired life at his present home on South 
State street. 

On the jjnd of January. 1 8(^)8. in iMun- 
son township. Mr. Redus married Miss 
INIaranda C. Goleanor. a native of Lebanon. 
Indiana, and a daughter of David and Jane 
(^ Smith) Goleanor. who dietl in Boone coun- 
tv. that state, of which locality the father 
was a prominent farmer. Of their eight 
children four are still li\ing. Sexen chil- 
dren blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. 
Redus, all born in ^lunsmi township, with 
the exception of the two eldest, whose births 
occurred in Geneseo township. They arci 
as follows: Hattie. born .\o\-ember 13. 
1868, is the wife of Edward Kla\-ohn. who 
wons and operates one hundred and sixty 
acres of land in Cornwall township, this 
* county, and they have four children, Elmer, 
1 lenry, Lewis and Re Roy. Annie L., born 
January 19. 1870. is the wife of Fred Peter- 



son, a farmer living on section 36, Geneseo 
township, and they have one child, Florence 
R. ]\Ialvina F.. born October 11, 1871. died 
in Munson township, March i. 1890. Henry 
\\'.. born April 28. 1873. married ^linnie 
Saupe and lives on the home farm in Mun- 
son township. Ernest D.. liorn June 21, 
1875. aids in the work of the farm during 
the summer season, and lives with his par- 
ents in Geneseo during the winter months. 
Cora, born January 5, 1879. died January 
21, 1881. Elva L., born August 24. 1883, 
is at home. 

In politics Mr. Redus is independent; 
and has ne\er taken a \ery active part in 
public affairs, although he served as school 
trustee and director for many years. He 
i.- a supporter of the F'resbyterian Church, 
of which his wife is a member, and he holds 
membership in E. V. Jenkins Post, Xo. 452, 
G. A. R. During his long residence in this 
county he has made a host of warm friends, 
and is highly respected and esteemed by all 
who know him. 



THOMAS WALKER. 

Among the leading farmers and highly 
respected citizens of Kewanee township is 
Thomas \\'alker. whose home is on section 
TQ. He was born near Hull. Yorkshire. 
England, on the loth of December. 1833, 
and is a son of Harison and Sarah ( Moore ) 
Walker, who spent their entire lives in that 
country, the father being engaged in agricul- 
tural pursuits. He was born July 23. 18 10. 
and died July 16, 1883. while his wife was 
born May 8, 1808, and died June 10, 1898. 
In their family were seven children, all of 
whom remained in England with exception 
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John, who was born Xovember ii. 1842, 
and died unmarried : and Edward, wlio was 
born April 13. 1847, ^nd died at the age of 
sixteen years. The others are Frank, who 
was born August 26. 1837, and is unmar- 
ried ; Phcebe. who was born Septeml^r 7, 
1840, and is the wife of Henry Foster, of 
Yorksliire. England ; William, wlio was born 
April 2, 1845, a'lJ 's married; and Harriet, 
who was born June 26, 1835, is now Mrs. 
Z^IcBride. of Hull, England. 

Thomas Walker grew to manhood in his 
native land, but had no educational advan- 
tages. With the hope of bettering his con- 
dition in the new world, he crossed the At- 
lantic, landing in Xew York on the iith 
of January, 1854. It had taken him seven 
years to save enough money to pay his pas- 
sage. When he set foot on American soil 
he hail but two dollars in his pocket, and by 
tlie next morning only forty-seven cents re- 
mained. Realizing the need of finding em- 
ployment immediately, he set out on foot 
for Xew Jersey. Meeting an old farmer on 
the road, he told him his circumstances, and 
was given two weeks board by that gentle- 
man, who then hired him for ten dollars 
per month. There he cradled grain, mowed 
grass for the stock, and plowed corn with 
a one-horse shovel plow. After eight months 
devoted to such labor in Xew Jersey. Mr. 
\\'alker came to Kewanee, Illinois, in Octo- 
ber, 1854. at which time the village con- 
tained only two general stores, the.se being 
owned by the firms of Morse & Willard 
and Tenney & Brother. Most of the sur- 
rounding country was unbroken i)rairie, 
and the Pratt form extended to the site of 
the present Congregational church of Ke- 
wanee. As there was no warehouse in the 
place the grain for shipment was piled along 
the side of the railroad track. Mr. Walker 



at once became identified witii the agricul- 
tural interests of the county, and in a few 
years purchased eighty acres of land on sec- 
tion 19, Kewanee township, paying for the 
same seventeen hundred dollars. His wife 
also owned eighty acres, making a good 
farm of one iiundred and sixty acres, upon 
which he still lives. He also has another 
farm t)f one hundred and eighty-nine acres, 
on which his son William now resides. He 
makes a specialty of stock raising and feeds 
most of the grain raised upon his place to 
his stock. 

January 20. 1856, Mr. Walker was mar- 
rieil on his present farm to Mrs. Delia .\. 
Folsom, a native of Xew York, who came 
to Henry county in 1840 with her parents, 
Samuel and Emma Lester Folsom. She was 
one of a family of six children, of whom one 
died in infancy. The others, Sylvester, Syl- 
\ illian, William. Champley and Charles, are 
al now deceased except Charles, who li\es 
in Mineral. Bureau county. Illinois. Mrs. 
Walker, who was an earnest and consistent 
member of the Christian Church, died at 
Kewanee, on the 31st of December. 1895. 
leaving seven children, namely : ( i ) Will- 
iam, born Xovember 13, 1856, a farmer, 
living si.x miles north of Kewanee. married 
Alice Bates and they have one child. Ray- 
mond. (2) Henry, born October 24. 1858, 
an engineer of Xew Mexico, married Emma 
Hill, and they had two children. Carl, de- 
ceased, and Jessie. (3) Matilda, born Jan- 
uary 20, 1861. is the wife of A. P. Engles. 
a resident of Rock Island, who is a fireman 
on the Rock Island railroad running from 
that city to \'alley Junction, and they have 
one child, Mabel. (4) Sarah, born May 
18, 1863, is the wife of John Archer, a 
farmer of Burns township, this county, and 
they have one child, Grace. (5) George. 



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born December 15, 1865. \vho is engaged 
in the transfer business in Kewanee, mar- 
ried Celia Carrins, and the}' have two chil- 
dren, Orville and Hazel. (6) Myrtie, born 
January 5, 1868, is the wife of William 
Leonard, a fireman un the Rock Island 
railroad and resident of Rock Island ; they 
have one child. Paul. (7) Richard, born 
October 15, 1870, who operates the home 
farm, was maried in Burns township, Jan- 
uary 18, 1894, to Lizzie Carwin. Air. 
\\'alker is a member of the Christian 
Church, and is highly respected and es- 
teemed by all who know him. Looking 
l.iackward through the vista of the past 
we see a friendless young man who came 
tf> the new world in search of home and for- 
tune, and at present we see his ambitious 
dreams realized, for he is in possession of a 
handsome property. For the success that he 
has achieved in life he deserves great credit 
for it is due to his untiring labors, perse- 
A-erance and good management. 



THOMAS T. HAXXOX. 

For many years Thomas T. Hannon was 
actively identified with the agricultural in- 
terests of this county, and having acquired 
a handsome competence he is now able to 
lay aside all business cares and spend the 
sunset of his life in ease and retirement from 
active labor at his pleasant home in Gene- 
seo. Like many of our best citizens, he 
comes from across tlie sea, his birth having 
occurred in county Kerry, Ireland, Decem- 
ber 24, 1823. His parents, Thomas and 
Hannah (Ouilter) Hannon, were also na- 
tives of the Emerald Isle. In the famih- 
v.ere four sons and four daughters, all of 



whom are now deceased with exception of 
our subject. His brothers and sisters who 
came to America were Mathew, who mar- 
ried IMary Callahan, and made his home iia 
CJeneseo, Illinois, and is now dead. Han- 
nah, wife of Thomas Callahan, of Terre 
IrTaute, Indiana; and Catherine, wife of 
Timothy Carroll, of Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

Mr. Hannon grew to manhood in his na- 
tive land, and in 1850 came to the United 
States on a sailing vessel, which was five 
weeks and three days in making the pas- 
sage from Cork to New York. He first 
located at Elizabethtown, Xew Jersey, where 
he worked on a farm for four weeks, 
and then went to Buffalo, X'ew York, where 
he remained a short time while in the em- 
ploy of the X'ew York & Erie Railroad 
Company. In the fall of 1850 he went to 
Strasburg, Ohio, near Cleveland, where he 
worked for the railroad three years, and 
subsequently made his home at Terre 
Haute, Indiana, for four years. 

Later Mr. Hannon conducted a store at 
St. Marys, Indiana, and while there he was 
married, July 2, 1853, to ]\Iiss Hannah Cro- 
nin, also a native of county Kerry, Ireland, 
who came to this country in 1850, sailing 
from Cork and landing at Boston. Her 
father, John Cronin, died in Ireland, but her 
mother, who bore the maiden name of Ella 
Scanlin, came to America and settled in In- 
diana. She was accompanied by her chil- 
dren, consisting of five sons and three 
daughters, all of whom are now deceased 
with the exception of Mrs. Hannon and 
John, who married }tlary McCarthy and 
lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Han- 
non are as follows: (i) Thomas F., born 
in Lacon, Illinois, December 19, 1856, mar- 
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and. They liave two daugliters, Regina and 
Blanche. (2) Mar}^ born in Peru, Illinois, 
September 26, 1858, lives with her ])arents. 
(3) Ellen, born September 27, i860, is the 
wife of John Hughe.s, of North English, 
■ Iowa. (4) Kate, born October 27, 1S62, is 
the wife of Robert Summit, of Xorth Eng- 
lish, Iowa, and they have fnur children, 
Frank, Cirace, Thomas and .Mary. (5) 
Mathew, lx)rn October 23. 1864, married 
Catherine Boyle and resides on a farm in 
Geneseo township, this county. They have 
one child, Evaline. (6) Patrick, horn July 
16, 1870, married Anna Weimer, and is en- 
gaged in farming in the same tiuvnship. 
They have one child, Adley. 1 7) William, 
born .\pril 23, 1872, married Delia Weimer 
and is a resident of Geneseo. They ha\e 
one child, Raymond. (8) Lucy, horn 
March i, 1874, is the wife of James Law- 
ery, a farmer of Geneseo township. (9) 
Edward, born December 24, 1875, married 
Susie Oil and is engaged in farming in Gen- 
eseo township. 

On coming to Illinois, Mr. Hannon 
spent two years in Peru, and then remo\ed 
to Bureau county, where he was engagetl in 
the grocery business for a time. Having 
saved some money he purchased forty acres 
of land in Geneseo township, Henry county, 
to which he subsequently added tracts of one 
hundred, twenty and eighty acres. This 
was either raw prairie or swamp land when 
it came into his possession, antl he kept a 
skiff, in which he rowed over parts of his 
farm shooting wild ducks. After tiling and 
draining his place, he put it under excellent 
cultivation, and iiad one of the best im- 
proved farms in the locality. He continued 
to actively engage in farming until 1896, 
when he sold the place to his sons and re- 
moved to Geneseo, where he bought a lot 



and built a good residence. Here he is now 
enjoying a well-earned rest. He is a man 
of affluence and has provided for each mem- 
ber of his family in a substantial manner. 

In his political views I\Ir. Hannon is a 
stanch Democrat, but has cared nothing 
for public office, having served only as 
school director. He and his family are de- 
vout Catholics. While he has not sought 
nor desired prominence in public life, he is 
a man the weight of whose counsels has been 
felt throughout his community, and he is 
pre-eminently public-spirited, taking an ac- 
ti\c interest in all that tends toward the ad- 
vancement of his town anil county. His 
faithful labors have won for him the ease 
and comfort which should always follow 
a well-spent and useful life. He is e.xceed- 
ingly generous and is ever ready to relieve 
the poor or distressed. 



PHILIP SIIAXER. 

The subject of this re\iew is one of the 
oldest and most honored citizens of Henry 
county, his home being on section zj, Weth- 
ersfield township. Years of quiet useful-, 
ness and a life in which the old fashioned 
\-irtues of sobriety, industry and integrity 
are exemplified have a simple beauty that 
no words can portray. Youth has its 
charms, but an honorable and honored old 
age, t(j which the lenghtening years luu-e 
added dignity and sweetness, has a brighter 
radiance, as if some ray from the life beyond 
already rested upon it. 

Mr. Shaner was born in L\-coming coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, -Vpril 14, 18 14, and is a 
son of Jacob Shaner, a native of Germany, 
who came to America with his parents 
when a young man of nineteen years and 
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the remainder nt his life. He was married 
near Philadelpliia. and reared his family 
upon a farm. 

On leaving the old homestead at the age 
of seventeen vears. Philip Shaner went to 
Cattaraugus county, Xew York, where he 
worked upon a farm for a few years, anil 
while there he was married January i8. 
1S35. the lad\' of his choice being Miss Me- 
Hnda Jackson, who was born near W'ilkea 
Barre, Luzerne county. Pennsyhania. Jan- 
uary 2. 1 81 8, a ilaughter of Cyrus and 
Zeraviah (Winters) Jackson, but was reared 
in Cattaraugus county, Xew York, whither 
her parents removed when she was ([uite 
young. 

For a year or so after his marriage Mr. 
Shaner engaged in farming upon rented 
land in that county, and in 1838 came west by 
team, the journey occupying about a month. 
He located in what is now Stark county, 
Illinois, where he engaged in farming for 
about eight years, and in 1846 came to Henry 
county and purchased eight)' acres of land 
in Wethersheld township, on which was 
erected a small frame house and stable. To 
the further improvement and culti\ation of 
his place he at once turned his attention, and 
in his pioneer home experienced all the 
hardships and privations of frontier life. 
Prosperity at length crowned his well-di- 
rected efTorts and he added to his original 
purchase until he now has three hundred 
and twenty acres of land in one body. He 
has erected thereon two sets of good build- 
ings, has planted shade and fruit trees, and 
to-day has a \ery valuable anil wel-im- 
proved farm. In his labors he has always 
been aided and encouraged by his estimable 
wife, and to their combined efiforts is due his 
success, for he started out in life for him- 
self without capital. 



Mr. and Mrs. Shaner have lived to- 
gether as man and wife for the long period 
of sixty-six years, being the oldest married 
couple in the county. They are the parents 
of ten children, all of whom reached adult 
age. namely : Mary became the wife of .\lex- 
ander Johnson and died, leaving five chil- 
dren: Sarah Jane married Draper Hitch- 
cock and died, leaving one son : John is mar- 
ried and lives in Nebraska; Charles is mar- 
ried and carries on a part of the home farm ; 
William is a resident of Kewanee; Eliza is 
the wife of John Peterson, of W'ethersfield 
township; Oliver is a farmer of the same 
township: Washington is also a farmer of 
this county : Electa is the wife of George 
Paterson. of Wyoming. Stark county. Illi- 
nois; and Albert is a farmer of Henry 
county. 

In 1840 Mr. Shaner voted for "Tippe- 
canoe and Tyler, too." and continued to sup- 
port the W big party until the organization 
of the Republican party, when he joined its 
ranks and has since been an earnest advocate 
of its principles. He and his wife are con- 
sistent and faithful members of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church and receive and 
merit the liigh regard of the entire comnui- 
nity in which they live. Although both have 
passed the eightieth milestone on life's jour- 
ney, they are still hale and hearty, and now 
in the evening of life are surrounded l)y a 
large circle of friends and acquaintances 
who have for them unljounded respect. 



ISAAC THORP. 

The well-known farmer, residing on sec- 
tion 7, Kewanee township. Henry county, 
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occurred in Belpre townsliii), W'asliingtou 
county, February i6, 183^. His father, 
Moses Thorp, was born in Bedford, i'enn- 
syivania, in 181 7, and came west in 1848 
by steamlioat to Peoria, his destination being 
Burns, IlHnois. By trade he was a cooper 
but devoted the greater part of his hfe to 
fanning, and on his arrival in tiiis county 
settled on a farm in Burns township. Tlie 
country at that time was nearly all wild 
prairie and wild game was very plentiful, 
prairie chickens even roosting upon trees 
near the house. They endured all the hard- 
ships and privations incident to pioneer life, 
and in the development of the county they 
bore an important part. The father died in 
1880, and his wife passed away in 1870. 
She bore the maiden name of Sarah Clark, 
and was born in Ohio in 181 5. 

In the family of this worthy couple were 
eleven children, namely : ( i ) Hannah, now 
a resident of Altoona, Jllinuis, has been three 
times married, her first husband being Elias 
Thrasker, the second Thomas Weeks and 
the third a Mr. Foster. Her children are 
Jane, Mira, Julia, Emma, Evelyn, Ada, 
Rose and Elias. (J) Jonas, deceased, 
served through the Civil war as a member 
of the Si.xty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infan^ 
try. He married first Sarah Wybrough, by 
whom she had three children, Emma, Will- 
iam, and Elsie, and for his second wife mar- 
ried Elliza Mort, now* a resident of Kewa- 
nee, by whom she had the following chil- 
dren, John, Edward, Cora, Sarah, Ger- 
trude, Charles, Lewis, Maggie and Maud. 
(3) Samuel, who was also a member of the 
Sixty-fifth Illinois regiment, and is now a 
resident of Burns township, this count)', 
married Jane Mooney, and has one child, 
Lillie. (4) Isaac, our subject, is next in or- 
der of birth. (5) Sarah Ann is the widow 



of Edwin Vincent and resides at Stromburg, 
Nebraska, with her family, consisting of five 
children, Albert, John, Frank. Hetlie and 
Lottie. (6) Tact lb a re>i(lent ni llurns 
township, this county, married Sarah Clark 
and they have two children, Eugene and 
Flora. (7) Mary died at the home of her 
father, in Burns township. (8) Arthur, 
deceased, married Loretta Folsoni, now a 
resident of (Colorado, and they had three 
children, Ernest, Ira and Asa. (9) Lydia 
married Joseph Mooney, and they died, 
leaving luur children, Sarah, Alice, Pearl 
and Alva, now residents of Munson town- 
ship. Henry county. (10) Frank, a resi- 
dent of Decatur county, Iowa, married 
Sarah \Vhitehouse and they have three chil- 
dren, William, Cynthia and Thomas. (11) 
Hettie is the wife of Robert Garland, of 
Decatur count}-, Iowa, and they have si.x 
children. Bertha, Elizabeth, Ethel, Pearl, 

Harrison and . 

Isaac Thorp was a lad of twelve years 
on the removal of the family to Henry- 
county, and amidst pioneer scenes he grew 
to manhood. He remembers when the town 
of \\'ethersfield had but one store, that o£ 
McClure & Penny, and the early settlers did 
most of their trading at Peoria, while most 
of the lumber was hauled by ox teams from 
Chicago, it requiring one week to make the 
trip. His father first rented a farm of Pat- 
rick Neville, in Burns township, on which 
a log house had been built, but later pur- 
chased forty acres of land at the govern- 
ment price of one dollar and a ijuartcr per 
acre, but so rapidly did land rise in value 
that the second year it was worth eight dol- 
lars per acre, and is today worth eighty dol- 
lars. Mr. Thorp entered the service of his 
country during the dark days of the Rebel- 
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Illinois Infantry. In 1879 he purchased 
forty acres of land in Kewanee township, 
for which he paid fifteen hundred dollars, 
and to its improvement and cultivation he 
has since devoted his energies. As time 
has passed he has prospered in his labors, 
and has added to his landed possessions 
from time to time until he now has one hun- 
dred acres. He is a supporter of the Re- 
publican party, but has never cared for po- 
litical honors, preferring to give his entire 
attention to his business interests. 

On the 27th of February, 1861, in Burns 
township, was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Thorp and Miss Eliza Adams, a daugh- 
ter of Charles and Mary Ann (Sims) 
Adams. The father, who was a native of 
Xew Jersey and a farmer by occupation, 
came to Kewanee with. his family in 185::. 
Of his twelve children, Rhoda, Jano. Maiy 
Ji.., John, Martin, Caroline, Samuel and 
Harriet, are all now deceased. John desert- 
ed the Rebel army and joined the Union 
iorces during the Civil war; Martin was a 
jnember of the Missouri Volunteer Cavalry; 
and Samuel of the One Hundred and Twen- 
ty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Those 
of the family now living are as follows : ( i ) 
James, a resident of Weiser, Idaho, mar- 
ried Ellen Clark, and they have six children, 
Elias, Charles, James, Madison, Ida and 
Xora. {2) Eliza, wife of our subject, is the 
next of the family. (3) Lucy is the wife of 
Alonzo Collins, of Geneseo, Illinois, and 
their children are Alfreta, Carrie, Lee, 
Wealthy, Annetta, Edith, Clyde, Addie. 
;Mary, Kate, Harry, Grover and John. (4) 
Louisa married first William Kiser, of Ke 
wanee, by whom she had two children, Sam- 
uel and Clara, and for her second husband 
married John Wolf, by whom she had four 
children, Robert, Bertha. Xellie and Minnie. 



(5) Joseph, a resident of Bureau county. 

lilinois, was also a member of the One Hun 
dred and Twenty-fourth Illinois regiment 
cUiring the Civil war. He married Wait- 
still \\'ilsey (known as Dot), and they have 
six children, Roxey, William. Frank, Hat- 
tie, Agnes and Grover. 

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Thorp have been 
born nine children : ( i ) ^lary, born June 
24, 1862, is the wife of Oran De Witt, who 
lives near Arispee, Iowa, and they have two 
children, ^Myrle and Oma. Samuel, born 
January 11, 1864, is a carpenter of Kewa- 
nee. He married Lena Whetzig, and they 
have two children, Mabel and Lloyd. (3) 
John, born December 4, 1865, is represented 
on another page of this volume. (4) 
Stella, born April 6, 1868, has been three 
times married, her first husband being Grant 
\\'illiamson, the second Charles Kern, and 
the third Robert Wolf, a resident of Burns 
township. Her son Clifford resides with 
our subject. (5) Carrie, born June 14, 1871, 
is the wife of William Carter, of Lahonta, 
Colorado, and they have three children, 
Etha, Emmet and Helen. (6) Xellie. born 
July 13, 1874, is the wife of Charles Buftat, 
of Kewanee, and they have one child, Hazel. 
(7) Xorman, born July 9, 1877, married 
Emma Whetzig and lives in Kewanee. (8) 
Xora, born February 16, 1880, died May 
10, 1880, and was buried in Burns township. 
(9) Jessie, born July 9, 1881, resides in 
Kewanee. 



JOHX THORP. 

John Thorp is one of the energetic and 
progressive farmers of Kewanee township, 
V. here he is now successfully engaged in the 
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land, wliich he has placed under a high state 
•of cultivation. His entire life lias heen spent 
in Henry county and he is indebted to its 
district schools for his educational privi- 
leges. He was lx)rn in Burns township, De- 
ceml)er 4, 1865, a son of Isaac and Eliza 
(Adams) Thorp, whose sketch rqipears 
elsewhere in this work. 

May II. 1890. Mr. Tiinri) was united in 
Jiiarriage with Miss Hattie Williamson, of 
Kewanee. Her father. Chester William 
son, was horn and reared in \ew ^"ork state 
and there married Miss Electa Jane Rogers. 
They came to Illinois at an early date and 
took up their residence in a log cabin on a 
farm in Bureau county. Mrs. Williamson 
is still a resident of that comity, but her hus- 
band died there in April. i89(;. Their fam- 
ily numbered ten children, namely: Lafay- 
ette, who died leaving a family living in 
Oregon; Seymour, a resident of Iowa, who 
married Melissa Hackett, and has four chil- 
dren, Gertrude, Roy, Blanch and an infant; 
Sarah, a resident of Iowa and widow of 
Samuel Keppler, by whom she four ciiil- 
dren, Josie, ^ilaud, Tillie and Cecil ; Par- 
don, deceased, who resided in Oregon, but 
was buried in Kewanee; Lousetta, wife of 
Frank Lewis, of Kickaixxi, Peori.i count}-. 
Illinois, by whom she has fi\e children. Mav, 
Ira, Elmer, Fred and Eddie: (iilbert, a resi- 
dent of Bureau county, Illinois, who mar 
ried Augusta Knight and has five children. 
Nellie, Myrtle, Knight, May and Ray; 
Grant, deceased, who married Stella Thorp, 
now a resident of Burns township, by whom 
he had one child, Clifford ; Chester, who 
died unmarried in Bureau county, in July. 
1900; Hattie, wife of our subject, and Effie, 
who died unmarried in Bureau county in 
May, 1900. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Thorp were born four 



children, Blanch, Ruby. Roy and Xora, but 
Roy and Nora are now deceased. Mr. Thorp 
casts his ballot with the Republican party 
and has efficienth' served as school director 
in his district. Socially he is a member of 
the Modern W^oodmen of America, and is 
one of the most highly esteemed citizens of 
bis community. 



GEORGE W. FERGUSON. 

Success is determined 1)\- one's abilitv 
to recognize opportunity, and to pursue this 
with a resolute and unflagging energy. It 
results from continued labor, and the man 
who thus accomplishes his purpose usually 
becomes an important factor in the business 
circles of the community with which he 
is connected. Through such means Mr. 
I'erguson has attained a leading place 
among the substantial citizens of Western 
township, his home being on section 11. He 
was born near Quincy, Adams county, Illi- 
nois, June 18, 1847, :"id is the son of Rob- 
ert G. and Nancy (^WilsonJ Ferguson, the 
former a native of Ohio, born near Steuben- 
\ille, Jefferson county, the latter part of 
December, 18 15, and the latter at Chelsea, 
hve miles from Boston, Massachusetts, De- 
cember 13, 1825. 

When a young man Robert G. Ferguson 
left his native state and came to Illinois, 
becoming one of the pioneers of Adams 
county. He there married Nancy Wilson, ' 
daughter of Benjamin and ilary (Webster) 
Wilson, pioneers of Adams county, locating 
there in 1836, when their daughter was but 
eleven years of age. For some years after 
their marriage, Mr. Ferguson engaged in 
farming in Adams county, but in 1850 he 
made an overland trip to California, and 



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after working in the mines of that state 
for about ten months he returned to Illi- 
nois by way of the Isthmus of Panama and 
New Orleans. After his return he followed 
farming in Adams county until 1863, when 
he removed to Henry county and purchased 
a farm of two hundred and forty acres on 
section 1 1 , Western township, where our 
subject now resides. This place he improved 
and operated until called to his final rest, 
October 10, 1869, at the age of fifty-three 
3'ears. His widow survives him and makes 
her home with our subject. He was a mem- 
ber of the Free Will Baptist Church. In 
politics he was first a Whig and later a Re- 
publican. As road commissioner he as- 
sisted in laying out the roads in an early 
day. 

In the public schools of Adams county, 
and in Prairie Academy, at Orion, George 
W. Ferguson was educated, and after the 
death of his father he took charge of the 
farm and business, and has since added to 
the original farm until he now has four 
hundred acres, which he has converted into 
one of the best improved places of the town- 
ship. He has erected a large and pleasant 
residence, two barns and other outbuildings, 
has set out fruit and shade trees, and has 
a most attractive country home. Besides 
his valuable property he owns another well- 
improved farm of two hundred and forty- 
seven acres on section 4, Western township. 
He has always given considerable attention 
to the raising and feeding of stock for mar- 
ket, and annually ships from six to eight 
carloads of cattle and hogs. As a farmer 
and stock raiser he has been eminently suc- 
cessful, but has not confined his attention 
alone to these industries. On the re-or- 
ganization of the Farmers Bank of Orion 
he became a stockholder and was elected 



president of what is now one of the most 
substantial financial institutions in the coun- 
ty and not a little of its success is due tO' 
his business ability and sound judgment, as 
he is one of the ablest financiers of his com- 
munity. He was one of the charter mem- 
bers of the Osco, \\'estern and Rural 
I\Iutual Insurance Company, and at its or- 
ganization was elected one of its directors 
and treasurer of the same. He has not 
missed a meeting of the board since its 
organization, and it is not too much to say- 
that much of its success is due to him. In 
1897 he was one of the promoters of the 
Western Telephone Company, which has- 
an instrument in nearly every home in 
Western township. 

In Osco township, Henry county. Mr. 
Ferguson was married, January 20. 187J, 
to Miss Inez E. Hitchcock, a native of 
Fulton county, Illinois, and a daughter of 
Walker L. Hitchcock, who came to this 
state at an early day and finally located in 
Henry county. By this union were born six 
children as follows : Grace, wife of 'SI. I-. 
Love, a farmer living near Orion ; Roy T., 
who assists in the operation of one of his 
father's farms; Helen M.. now a student at 
Knox College, Galesburg; Harry, who is 
attending the high school in that city ; and 
PTarriet and Alice, both at home. 

Politically Mr. Ferguson has been iden- 
tified with the Republican party since cast- 
ing his first presidential vote for General 
U. S. Grant, and has ever taken an active 
interest in political affairs, though he has 
never sought office. For some years, 
however, he efificiently served on the school 
board, and has always been a friend of 
education. With the Methodist Episcopal 
Church of Orion he and his wife hold mem- 
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munity tliey occupy an enviable position. 
His strict integrity and honoral)le dealing 
in business commend bim to tbe confidence 
of all; his pleasant manner wins him 
friends and he is one of the popular and 
lionored citizens of the section of the 
•county. 



P. H. NEVILLE. 

The subject of this sketch is one of the 
most prosperous farmers and stock raisers 
of Burns township, as well as one of its 
most popular and influential citizens. He 
was Ijorn near his present home, Xovem- 
l)er II. 1848, his j)arents being Patrick and 
Jane (Pounds) Xeville. the former a na- 
tive of Ireland, tbe latter of Pennsyl\-ania. 
In 1833, when about twenty-two years of 
age, the father emigrated to the new world 
and spent some time in Baltimore, Mary- 
land, and from that state removed to Illinois 
prior to 1835. In early life be was vari- 
ously employed, hut afterwards be turned 
his attention to agricultural pursuits. He 
jnirchased one iiundred and sixty acres of 
government land on the southwest quarter 
of section 24, Burns township, Henry coun- 
ty, and to its cultivation and improvement 
■devoted the remainder of his life. He owned 
one hundred and seventy acres of land at 
the time of his death, which occurred in 
April, 1849. He was one of tlie earliest 
settlers of this county, and was a man hon- 
ored and esteemed by all who knew him. 
His wife long survived bim and died at tbe 
home of our subject. February 14, 1897. 
Their children were T. P., a resident of 
Stewart Iowa; J. L., of Republic county, 
Kansas; P. H.. of this review; and W. A., 
of Kewanee. Illinois. 



Our subject attended the public schools 
if this county and grew to manhood uix)n the 
home farm. On reaching maturity he 
took charge of the family affairs and cared 
for his mother until her death. Through- 
out his active business life be has followed 
farming and stock raising extensively, 
and now feeds about one hundred and fifty 
head of cattle and alxnit five hundred hogs 
per year. He ships his own stock to the 
city markets. In business affairs he is 
energetic and progressive, and has met with 
most excellent success. He is now the 
owner of seven hundred and ten acres of 
valuable farming land, whicb is under a 
high state of cultivation and improved 
with good buildings. He has been one of 
the directors and stockholders of tbe Ke- 
wanee National Bank since its organiza- 
tion. 

On the 31st of August, 1886, Mr. Ne- 
ville was united in marriage with Miss 
Frances Ann Tossell, a native of Devon- 
shire, England, and a daughter of Thomas 
and Grace (Berry) Tossell. Her father is 
still a resident of that country, but her 
mother is now deceased. Of the four chil- 
dren lx)rn to Mr. and Mrs. Neville, the eld- 
est, George Henry, is deceased. Those 
living are Nora Edna, born November 26, 
1889; Florence E., May 16, 1891; and 
Olive Myrtle, March 8, 1896. 

Fraternally Mr. Neville is a member of 
tbe Knights of Pythias, and politically is a 
stanch supporter of the Republican party. 
For over twenty years he has served as 
school director in his district ; filled tiie of- 
fice of assessor two years; and is at present 
supervisor of his township, to which re- 
sponsible position he was elected in 1899. 
He is connected with the Kewanee District 
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considerable interest in the agricultural ex- 
liibits of the county. He was one of the 
organizers of the fair and has for the past 
two years been director and has every year 
had some official position. He is puljlic- 
spirited and progressive, and gives a cheer- 
ful support to all enterprises calculated to 
advance the interests of his community along 
any line. 



DAVID M. MARTIN. 

Throughout iiis business career this 
gentleman has been identified with the ag- 
ricultural interests of Henry Cdunty, and 
is now successfully engaged in general 
farming and stock raising on section 5, Ke- 
wanee township. He was born in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, on the i8th of Feb- 
ruary, 1862, and was only a few weeks old 
when brought to this country by his par- 
ents, Joseph and Mary Ann Martin, natives 
of Ireland, mIio emigrated to America in 
1856, landing in Philadelphia. On the 
Emerald Isle the father had followed carpet 
weaving and continued to carry on that 
business during his residence in Phila- 
delphia, but in this county he engaged in 
farming. Plis death occurred in Cornwall 
township on the 7th of July, 1892, but his 
wife is still living and continues to reside 
there. They were the parents of nine chil- 
dren, namely: (i) Robert died in Annawan 
township, in January, 1869. (2) Eliza is 
the wife of A. S. Cosner, a farmer of Corn- 
wall township, and they have one child, 
Sarah, now the wife of Mart Farnum. 
(3) John, a resident of Burns township, 
married Luella Potter and they have two 
children, Marion and Elsie. (4) Joseph, 
who is engaged in the stock business in Ke- 



wanee, married Hulda Dunmyer, and they 
had two children. Clair and Carl, deceased. 
(5) David M., our subject, is next in order 
of birth. (6) Samuel, a farmer and stock 
raiser of Annawan township, married Alice 
Wright, and they have five children, Leah, 
Wilbur, Ehncr and Roy. and an infant son. 
(7) George, who is engaged in the cream- 
ery business in this county, married Ella 
Girkin. and they have two children, Arthur 
and Earl. (8) Mary Jane died in Burns 
township in 1862. 

The father of t)ur subject was one of a. 
family of seven children, tiie others being 
as follows: (2) John was married in Ireland 
to Elizabeth McKrell and on coming to 
this country settled on a farm in Burns 
township, Henry county, Illinois. He died 
in October. 1899. lea\ing five children, 
Hugh, Robert, John. William J. and Sarah 
J. (3) Hugh, a retired farmer of Kewanee, 
married Jane Graham and has five children,. 
Henry, Anna, Robert, Da\id and Mary. 
(4) Robert, a retired farmer of Cliarles 
City, Fhiyd county, Iowa, married Belle 
Anderson, and they have eight children, 
George, Anna, Hugh, Albert, Jennie, David, 
William and Samuel. (5) Samuel, a 
farmer, who died in 1898, married Kate- 
Walker, now a resident of Eldora, Iowa, 
and they had five children, Wallace, Harry, 
William, Charles and Effie. (6) William, 
unmarried, was a soldier of the Civil war 
and died in the ser\-ice at Cairo, Illinois. 
(7) Mary Ann wedded Hugh Hawthorn, 
of Wethersfield, and died in Galesburg, Illi- 
nois, in 1877, leaving six children. Eliza- 
beth, Robert, Martin FI., David, Anna and 
James. 

Mr. ?^Iartin, wlmse name introduces this 
review, was reared upon a farm and ac- 
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scliools, l)ut in 1876 went to Iowa, wliere lie 
completed his studies, returning home in 
1882. He then commenced farming in 
Iiurns township, hut a year later removed 
to Ciirnwall township. He suhsequently 
spent another year in Burns township, and 
at the end of that time returned to Corn- 
wall township, where he made his home for 
thirteen years. Since then he has been a 
resident of Kewanee township. In 1894 he 
purchased a good farm of one hundred and 
si.xty acres in Cornwall township, which 
lit still owns. In connection with general 
farming he is still engaged in raising stock 
for market, and as he thoroughly imder- 
stands his chosen calling he is meeting witli 
marked success in his undertakings. 

On the 23d of February, 1888, in Burns 
township. Mr. Martin married Miss Sarah 
C. Anderson. Her father, David Anderson, 
was born in Ireland, in 1818, and came to 
America with his parents, locating on a farm 
in Ohio. There he married Sarah Hen- 
derson, and shortly afterward remo\-ed to 
Wisconsin, but after a year spent in that 
state he came to Henry county, Illinois, and 
made his home on a farm in Burns town- 
ship throughout the remainder of his life, 
dying there May 18, 1895. His widow is 
still residing ujjon that place. In their fam- 
ily were seven children, namely : ( 1 ) ^laggie 
is the wife of Samuel Warner, of Burns 
township, and they have four children, Burt, 
Lartie, Margaret and Lowell. (2) George, 
a farmer of Burns township, married Esther 
Corkrell, of Kewanee, and they have two 
children, David and Lolla. ( t,) Mamie 
died in 1867. (4) Sarah C.. wife of our 
subject, is next in order of l)irth. (5) 
Ollie Belle is the wife of Ernest Couve, a 
farmer of Burns township. ( 6 ) Mary is the 
wife of \\'illiam Rol)Son. a farmer and stuck 



raiser of Burns township, and they have one 
child, Wilbur. (7) Albert lives on the home 
farm with his mother. 

Since casting his first presidential vote 
for Grover Cleveland, Mr. Martin has affil- 
iated with the Democratic party, but has 
never sought nt)r desired public office, 
though as a pul)lic-spirited and progressive 
citizen he takes a deep and commendable 
interest in public affairs and gives his sup- 
port to all enterprises for the good of the 
community. Airs. Martin is a member of 
the Presbyterian Church. 



DANIEL SELXER. 

Among the practical and progressive ag- 
riculturists of Edford township is this gen- 
tleman, who resides on section 36. He was 
born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, on the 
2ist of May, 1842, and is a son of John and 
^Margaret (Yothers) Seiner, both of whom 
were Dunkards. The father, who was a 
native of Germany, came to the L'nited 
States at an early date and settled in Bucks 
county, Pennsyhania, where he engaged in 
farming throughout the remainder of his 
life. He died in 1856, at the age of fifty- 
tv,'o years, honored and respected by all who 
knew him. J lis wife, who was born in 
Pennsylvania, of German parentage, sur- 
\-i\ed him ior some years, dying in Bucks 
county in 1882, at the ripe old age of 
enty-eiglit. This worthy couple were the 
jjarents of seven children, namely: Alary 
Ann, deceased wife of Richard Corson, a 
carpenter of Bucks county; Elizabeth, wife 
of Isaac Wolfe, a farmer of the same coun- 
ty : Hiram, a farmer of Bucks county, who 
died at the age of about fifty years; Bar- 



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iwra, wife of James Flack, a carpenter and 
contractor of Bucks county; Wilhelmina, 
wife of Henderson Van Pelt, a farmer of 
Maryland; Daniel, our subject; and 'Cath- 
erine, widow of Alfred Boileau, a merchant 
of Southampton, Pennsylvania. 

During his boyhood and youth Daniel 
Seiner attended the public schools of Bucks 
county, Pennsylvania, and remained at the 
place of his birth until 1865. In the mean- 
time the Civil war broke out, and he enlisted 
in July, 1864, in Company D, Thirty-first 
Pennsylvania Volunteer State ^lilitia, and 
was honorabh- discharged at Philadelphia, 
in July of that year. Returning home, he 
remained on the farm until the following 
spring, and then came west, locating in 
Geneseo township, Henry county, Illinois, 
where he engaged in farming upon rented 
land for eleven years. His first purchase 
consisted of eighty acres of land on section 
31, that township, where he made his home 
for nine years, and then operated a rented 
farm of eighty acres for the same length 
of time. In 1894 he bought eighty acres of 
land on section 36, Edford township, and 
to its development and cultivation has since 
devoted his energies with marked success. 
He has made all the improvements oi: the 
place, and its neat and thrifty appearance 
plainly indicates his careful supervision. 

At Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Mr. Seiner 
was married September 19, 1864, the lady 
of his choice being Miss Annie ^I. Brown, 
also a native of the Keystone state, and a 
daughter of George and Maria (Closson) 
Brown. The father, who was a retired 
farmer, died in Bucks county, Pennsylvania. 
To ^Ir. and Mrs. Seiner were born three 
children, namely: Jennie, born in Osco 
township, this county, is now the wife of 
Frank L. Butler, who is engaged in the 



creamery and poultry business in Geneseo. 
Kate married William Frank, of Geneseo, 
a son of Jacob Frank, and is now a farmer 
of Alabama, and she died leaving one child, 
Leonard Ray, who resides with our subject. 
Arthur Bertram, born in Geneseo township, 
is now twenty-four years of age and assists 
his father in the operation of the home farm. 



JAMES S. HADSALL. 

Burns township has no more honored 
or highly esteemed citizen than James S. 
Hadsall, whose home is on section 34. He 
was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, 
September 26, 1822. His ancestry were 
of English descent and among the very 
earliest settlers of the Wyoming valley, 
owning a large tract of land at the mouth 
of Sutton's creek, four miles up the Susc|ue- 
hanna river from the head of the \\'yoming 
valley. There his great-grandfather, to- 
gether with his negro servant, was killed by 
the Indians while hoeing corn, in 177.6, the 
da\' before the Wyoming massacre. His 
brothers, Stephen and John Hadsall, were 
serving in the Colonial army and were then 
located at Wyoming, where they were cap- 
tured by the Indians, but their lives were 
saved by reprie\'e. To Stephen was al- 
l()tted the task of carrying a keg of paint 
to Connecticut, it being used to paint the 
reprieved prisoners every morning. 

Edward Hadsall, the grandfather of our 
subject, removed from Connecticut to the 
\\'yoming valley prior to the massacre, but 
fortunately was away when that terrible 
crime was committed, having gone to Xew 
England for some cattle. Subsequently he 
returned and made his home on the original 




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Hadsall farm at the iiioutli nf Suttmi's 
creek until 1803, when he sold his jJrDperty 
there an<l with other members of the family 
removeil to ]\rartiiisville, Oliio, jitst across 
the ri\er from W'heeliiii;'. where lie spent 
the remainder of his life. He was twice 
married and reared a lar^e family. By his 
lirst union he had three sons: James, Ed- 
ward and lienjamin. Tiie latter came west 
a! an early day and built the tirst tavern in 
Rock Island, Illinois, at which place he later 
erecteil a large hotel. By profession he was 
a physician. After his wife's death he went 
to Calil\)rnia and there died. 

James Hadsall, our subject's father, was 
born in E.xeter township, Pennsylvania, 
^ larch _'0, 1787, and spent his early life in 
the Wyoming valley, ^\'hen his father re- 
mo\-ed to Ohio, he remained in Pennsyl- 
vania, being engaged in farming in Luzerne 
county. On the 4th of February, 1810, he 
niarried ]\liss Elizabeth Smith, who w-as 
born in Connecticut, December 29, I795> 
and died in 1885. His death occurred the 
same year. All of their fourteen children 
w ere born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania. 
The tW'O eldest died in infancy. Edward, 
born January 26, 1813, married Jane Dia- 
mond, of Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, 
and in 1856 removed to Michigan, where 
he now resides. 

In the county of his nativity James S. 
Hadsall grew to manhood, and after com- 
pleting bis education in the local schools he 
learned the carpenter's trade, which he fol- 
lowed until i8y6. In 1852 he first canie 
to Henry county, Illinois, and entered the 
Miuthwest quarter of section 34, Burns 
township, but spent the following four 
years in Pennsylvania, locating permanently 
here in 1856. In connection with farming 
he has engaged in contracting and building, 



and has also operated a coal bank located on 
the southern part of his farm. He first dis- 
covered coal and opened up his first bank in 
1857, since which time he has worked the 
mines, and at times has employed as many 
as twenty men. He has done a large amount 
of building in liurns and adjoining town- 
ships, as well as in .\el)raska and L.nva, and 
has built many bridges in this and other 
It.icalities. This w as bis principal occupation 
during the summer months, during which 
time he emjjloyed from four to eight men. 
He has thoroughly improved the home farm, 
and also owned a farm in Saunders county, 
Xebraska, that he later gave to his daughter. 

Mr. Hadsall was married January 13, 
1848, in New Trov, now Wyoming, Penn- 
sylvania, to Miss Malinda Brace, wdiose 
parents, William rmd Anna (Munson) 
Brace, were natives of New York state. 
l-"ive children were born to this imion : ]Me- 
dora, who died in infancy; Anna E., wife of 
Edgar Kimerling, of Xebraska; Henry, 
who was born September 2t„ 1855, and was 
killed by falling from a Iniilding December 
3, 1882; one who died in infancy; and 
Smith, a farmer of Burns township, wdio 
was born September 12, i860, and married 
Julia Zeigler, of Kewanee. 

During the Civil war ^Ir. Hadsall en- 
listed in the spring of 1864, in the One 
Hundred and Thirty-fourth Illinois Volun- 
teer Infantry, being mustered into the 
United States service at Chicago. He was 
honorably discharged in the fall of the same 
year and is now a member of the Grand 
Army of the Republic. He is also connected 
with the ^Masonic fraternity. • He cast his 
first presidential vote for Henry Clay and 
supported the \\'big party until the organiza- 
tion of the Republican party, with which 
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to Henry ccmiity he l.as taken an active and 
prominent part in public affairs, and has 
been honored with several local offices, hav- 
ing served as school trustee and director 
and commissioner of highways. In i860 
he was first elected justice of the peace, 
which position he creditably filled for six- 
teen years and then declined to longer 
serve. He was appointed postmaster of 
Hawley, June 16, 1879. and filled the office 
for the long period of twenty-two 3'ears to 
the entire satisfaction of all concerned. . 



AUGUST WALTERS. 

Residing on section 2, Burns township, 
is one of the representative German- Ameri- 
can citizens of Henry count}-. He was born 
in Prussia, Germany, on the 2d of October, 
1824, his parents being Martin and Hannah 
(\\'ithaus) Walters, also natives of Prussia, 
where they spent their entire li\es. In their 
family were five children. Our subject had 
one brother who came to America but after- 
ward returned to the fatherland, and a sister 
who became a resident of Michigan, where 
her death occurred. 

During his boyhood Air. \\'alters at- 
tended the public schools of his native land, 
and continued to live in the land of his birth 
until after reaching man's estate. There 
he was married March 31, 1850, to Miss Au- 
gusta \\'olgost. who was also born in Prus- 
sia, July 16, 1825. In 1857 *^'^^3' came to the 
United States, taking passage at Bremen on 
the Augusta, which after a pleasant voyage 
of six weeks dropped anchor in the harbor of 
New York. By way of Chicago Mr. \\'al- 
ters came direct to Kewanee, Illinois, where 
he was employed at general labor for a 



time. In 1861 he made his first purchase of 
land, but the tract was unbroken and covered 
with brush; four year later he added to it 
forty acres of timber land. He cleared and 
placed under cultivation the entire tract witlj 
exception of five acres, and in 1869 traded 
it for eightv acres of improved land on sec- 
tion 3, Burns township, to which he subse- 
quently added another eight}' acres on sec- 
tion 2. He still owns the latter tract and to 
its cultivation and further improvement is 
now devoting his time and attention. He is 
also engaged in stock raising. 

]\Ir. and ]\Irs. Walters became the par- 
ents of six children : August F., born in 
Germany, Feliruary 20, 1851, married Hel- 
ena Spengel and is engaged in farming; two 
others, both of whom were born in Ger- 
many, died in infancy; Amelia, born in Ke- 
wanee, Illinois, November 18. 1858, is the 
wife of W. F. Berg, a native of Germany, 
and a farmer of Burns township, living 
with our subject; they have three children. 
Carl, Hulda and ^^'illian■l; Carl, born Oc- 
tober 2, i860, died from the eff'ects of a 
sunstroke and was buried in Cosner ceme- 
tery ; and Lizzie died in Kewanee and was 
buried at \\'ethersfield. 

Politically Mr. ^^'alters is identified with 
the Republican party, and for two years he 
capably filled the cfiice of pathmaster in his 
township. Religiously he and his wife are 
Ijoth members of the Gerinan Lutheran 
Church, and are highly respected and es- 
teemed 1.1V all who kn<nv them. 



:\IRS. JULI.V E. DUNHAM. 

One of the well-known and highlv es- 
teemed ladies of Geneseo, Illinois, is Mrs. 
Julia E. Dunham, who was born in Char- 
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I'uUighter of Erastus and Xaiicy ( DiinniDck) 
Foot, botli natives of Stafifonl. Connecti- 
cut, tlie former born July ^5, 1794. the lat- 
ter August 15. 1801. Her maternal grand- 
father. Amzi Dimmock, was chajjlain of a 
regiment in Washington's army dtning the 
Revolutionary war, and returned to his home 
bare-footed and penniless when hostilities 
ceased. Mrs. Dunham's parents were mar- 
ried at their birth place. June 10. iSji. and 
eight children blessed their union, namely: 
Eliza X. married James Current, and died 
on Christmas day. 1870, in I'ainesville. 
Ohio. Her liusband died in Cle\eland. that 
P state. His son Warren is now chief clerk 
in the United States railway jwstal service. 
Sophronia M. married Daniel Warner, and 
died in Osco township, while here on a visit, 
October 20, 1888, having survived her hus- 
band some years. Francis E. married Har- 
riet Eldridge and lives in Munson. Ohio. 
Martha J. married Harding Stoughton and 
died in Osco, this county, in 1892, while 
her husband died in 1890. Wealthy C. is 
the wife of John Folder, of Rock Creek, 
Ohio. Cyrus S. married Catherine Potter, 
now a resident of ^lenlow, Iowa, and he 
was killed by a cannon ball at the battle of 
Knoxville, Tennessee, November 18, 1863. 
Julia E. died at the age of sixteen years. 
Julia E. (second) completes the family. 

Reared in Chardon, Ohio, Mrs. Dun- 
ham acquired her education in its public 
schools. On the i8th of August, 1863, she 
gave her hand in marriage to Addison A. 
Dunham, who was a native of Union City, 
Erie county, Pennsylvania, who was born 
February 5, 1844, a son of George and Cath- 
erine (Wilson) Dunham, natives of the 
Buckeye state. He was one of a family of 
eight children, the others being Sidney, a 
resident of Union Citv. PennsvKania; 



Adolphus. who died at the age of eighteen 
years ; Charles, an oil merchant of Sisters- 
ville. Ohio; Samuel, a resident of the same- 
place; Henry, of Warren, Pennsylvania; 
\\'illiam, who died at the age of five years; 
and Lilly, wife of Frank Zinn, Sistersville, 
Ohio. 

During the Civil war Mr. Dunham en- 
listed at L^nion City, Erie county, Pennsyl- 
A'ania. in Company L. Twelfth IV-nnsyhanin 
C'avalry, and was discharged at Piiiladel- 
pbia, June 20, 1862, on account of disabil- 
itv. He never recovered from the effects of 
h.is military service, and died February 24,, 
1 87 1, at the age of twenty-seven years, from 
illness contracted shortly after his enlist- 
ment. He was engaged in the Hour and 
feed business in Union City. He was rive- 
feet, seven and a half inches in heigiit. and 
of dark complexion, gray eyes and dark hair, 
and as a man was highly respected and es- 
teemed by all who knew him. 

In 1871, after her husband's death, Mrs. 
Dunham same to Henry county, Illinois, and 
located on a farm in Osco township, where, 
she made her home until 1890. Since then 
she has resided in (ieneseo. In the man- 
agement of her affairs she has displayed 
excellent business and executi\e ability, ruid 
those won-ianly qualities which have en- 
deared her to all. She is a member of Col- 
onel Galligan Circle of the Grand Army of 
the Republic, and is an active and faithful 
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
and Aid Societ}'. 

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Dunham were born 
three children, namely : (, i ) William, born 
November 11, 1864, died January 22. 1896. 
(2) Warren, born September 26, 1866, is 
a farmer of Geneseo township, and a mem- 
ber of Eutopia Lodge, No 312. K. P.. of 
Geneseo. He was married laiuiarv 2, 1N94- 



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to iliss Lotta Lewis, who was born Feb- 
ruary 12. 1873, ^"t' is the only child of 
Aliram and !Mary (Reese) Lewis, natives of 
01ii(i and Illinois, respectively. By this 
union tliere are two children : Blanch, born 
February i. 1895. and \\'illiam. bom Oc- 
tober 6, 1899. (3) Nettie, the youngest 
child of our subject, was lx>rn November 7. 
1870, and died ^lay 15. 1871. 



ELIJAH STOREY. 

The stock raising interests of Henr\' 
county find in Mr. Storey a worthy repre- 
sentative. He has owned some of the most 
noted animals in this section of the state, 
and in his chosen line of occupation has been 
eminently successful. He was born in Ke- 
wanee on the 29th of October, 1851, and 
belongs to one of the honored pioneer fam- 
ilies of the county. His father, janus Sto- 
rey, was born in Oneida county. New York. 
jMarch 18, 1828, and attended the common 
schools of that locality. At the age of twelve 
years he removed to Canada with his par- 
ents, Elijah and Louise (^Vheeler) Storey, 
also natives of Oneida county, New York. 
While in Canada the father of our subject 
worked for a man who was in the emplo}- of 
the English government as Indian agent and 
trader, and remained with him until se\en- 
teen years of age. Two years later he came 
with his parents to Illinois, reaching Ke- 
v.-anee on the 23d of July. 1S47. Here his 
father died in 1850, and his mother passed 
away soon afterwards. Her parents were 
natives of Dutchess county. New York, and 
spent their lives in that state. The paternal 
greatgrandparents of our subject were also 
born in this country. 

On coming to Henry county, Jarius 
Storey entered forty acres of land on sec- 



tion 4, Kewanee township, and later entered 
two other forty-acre tracts. At that time 
there was not a single building on the present 
site of Kewanee, it being covered with tall 
prairie grass. A few Indians were still en- 
camped here, and deer and other wild game 
was plentiful. About four times a year i[r. 
Storey would go either to Peru or La Salle, 
on the Illinois river, to obtain provisions, 
these being the nearest market places at that 
time. In those early days he cut all his grain 
with a cradle and threshed it with a flail. 
Throughout life he has successfully engaged 
in farming and is still living on the land 
which he entered from the government. He 
was married in Kewanee, in 1850, to ^Miss 
Nancy Dingman, who was born in Canada, 
and came to this county with her parents in 
1849. They were also natives of that coun- 
try and had eleven children, of whom Mrs. 
Storey was seventh in order of birth. The 
others were as follows : ( i ) Mary, wedded 
James Bradford, a blacksmith of Annawan, 
who during the Civil war enlisted in the 
One Hundred and T went}'- fourth Illinois 
Regiment, but was confined in the hospital 
at Indianapolis during the most of his ser- 
vice. He and his wife died, leaving three 
children, Lucy, Lovina and Josephus. (2) 
David, a farmer by occupation, married 
Mary Showers, of Kewanee, and moved to 
Kansas, where both died, leaving a family. 
(3) William married a Miss Hodge, and 
they died, leaving four children who arc 
residents of Dayton, Iowa. (4) Joseph 
married Jane Rockey and lived in Kewanee 
when the Civil war broke out. In 1864 he 
enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty- 
fourth Illinois Infantry, and was wounded 
during Morgan's raid. After the war he 
removed to Kansas, where he followed 
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dren. (.5) Jennette married George Min- 
ord and they died, leaving- nine children, 
who reside in Iowa. (6) Margaret wedded 
George Mesker, and at their deaths they left 
four children, IMerritt, Hattie, Elizabeth 
and George, residents of Kewanee. (7) 
Nancy was the mother of our subject. (8) 
Eliza married James McXeal and they died, 
leaving two children, \\'illiam and John, of 
Alba township. (9) James and his wife 
died in Iowa leaving no family. (10) Law- 
rence was married in Abingdon, lllino'S, 
and at his death left a family. He was a 
contractor and was killed in the erection of 
a building, (ii) Frank enlisted in 1861 
in Company I, Twenty-seventh Illinois In- 
fantry, was wounded in the battles of Look- 
out Mountain and Chattanooga, and was 
mustered out in 1865. He first married Hat- 
tie Aikens and, second, Ella Kelsey, and with 
liis family now resides in Iowa. !Mrs. Xancy 
Storey, who was a consistent member of the 
Baptist Church, died December 30, 1865, 
and was buried on the ist of January, 1866. 
Elijah, our subject, was the oldest of her 
seven children. David L., born in 1853, 
died at the age of eleven years; Josephus 
died at the age of four months; and three 
died in infancy. Jane, born in 1861, is the 
wife of Geoge Ditto, of Keithsburg, Iowa, 
and they have tiiree children living, Dora, 
Jarius and Laura Pearl, and one deceased, 
Ray. The father was again married April 
25, 1867, his second union being with Eliz- 
abeth Swyhart, whose parents were na- 
tives of Ohio. By this union two children 
were born, but the older died at the age of 
two months. Tessa, born October 4, 1872, 
is with her parents. Since casting his first 
presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln, he 
has been identified with the Republican 
party, and has served as overseer of high- 



ways and school director for a number of 
years, but has never sought office. He is 
one of the honored and highly respected 
citizens of his conniuniity. 

Since attaining man's estate Elijah 
Storey, of this review, has engaged in farm- 
ing and stock raising and now successfully 
operates eighty-five acres of land, but he 
gives especial attention to the other branch 
of his business and is to-day one of the mosr 
extensive stock raisers of Illinois. The first 
colt he raised won first premium at Cam- 
bridge in 1876 and afterward won pre- 
miums wherever shown for the four years. 
He owned the French draft horse, Sultan, 
who was also shown at four county fairs 
and won first and sweepstakes at each exhi- 
bition, and won first prize for two succes- 
sive years at the Illinois state fair. He was 
then sold to a party in Iowa. His next 
horse, Arimus, a Percheron, won twenty- 
four first prizes in Henr}- county, and also 
won prizes at the state fairs. He now owns 
a French coach stallion, L'rbin, which won 
first premium and a gold medal in his class 
at the World's fair in 1893. ^Ir. Storey 
owned the celebrated horse, \'oltaire, also a 
prize winner, being considered the best 
horse in his class in the state. He is now 
engaged in breeding Percheron, Clydesdale 
and French coach horses, and also registered 
cattle and hogs. He thoroughly under- 
stands his business, and the success that 
has crowned his well-directed efforts is cer- 
tainly justly merited. 

On the 27th of February. 1872, Mr. 
Storey was united in marriage with Miss 
Lavina ^IcClennan, who was born in Ken- 
dall county, Illinois, September 2^, 1852. a 
daughter of David and Resinda I, Call j Mc- 
Clennan. Her father was born in Xiagara 
county, Xew York, September 5. 1820. antl 



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■came to Henry county, Illinois, in 1855. lo- 
cating first in Annawan, and later removing 
to Alba township. He died December 9, 
1898. His wife, who was born in Canada, 
November _'_>, 1820. died December 29. 
i860. They were married August 29. 1844. 
and became the parents of four children, 
namely : George, the eldest, died in infancy. 
John married Retta Blake and lived for a 
time in Alba to\vnshi|j. and then removed 
to Iowa, where she dietl. Of their four 
children, two are now deceased. For his 
second wife he married ]\Irs. Sabina Ben- 
son, and they now live in Ruthven, Palo 
Alto county, Iowa. Lavina is the wife of 
our subject. Ella married George Andrews. 
^vho died November 9, 1899, and she has 
since married Chris Jorgensen, of Pipestone, 
Minnesota. To Mr. and Mrs. Storey were 
born five children, namely: Nellie, born 
September 19, 1874, died October 5, 1875; 
Jarius L., born July 12, 1876, Clarence L., 
born October 7, 1882, are all at home, with 
exception of Ida, who stays with her grand- 
parents much of the time, being a great fa- 
vorite with them. Politically ]Mr. Storey is 
a stanch supporter of the Republican party, 
.and religiously is an active and prominent 
m-ember of the United Brethren Church, and 
is now serving as trustee and steward of 
the parsonage and church. 



JONAS WESTERLUND. 

A brilliant example of a self-made 
American citizen and a grand exemplifica- 
tion of the progress that an ambitious for- 
eigner can make in this country of unbound- 
ed opportunities, is shown in the case of 



Jonas Westerlund. who is now living a re- 
tired life in Orion. Success in any walk of 
life is an indication of earnest endeavor and 
persevering effort — characteristics that he 
possesses in an eminent degree. 

Mr. Westerlund was born in Hasela, 
North Hilsingland, Gafleburgsland, Swe- 
den, March 31, 1830, and is a son of Eric 
Abraham and Elizabeth (Johnson) Wester- 
lund. botli of whom were natives of Swe- 
den, the father horn in 1801. In 1850, the 
family sailed for the new world, and after 
spending a year or two in Andover, the 
father purchased eighty acres of land in 
Lynn township, which he improved and 
where he spent the remainder of his life, 
dying in 1867. He was one of the early 
members of the Swedish Lutheran Churcli 
in Andover, uniting with it on his arri\al in 
the county. 

Our subject grew to manhood on a farm 
in liis native land, and there attended school 
but his educational advantages were very 
limited, and his knowledge of English has 
been acquired through his own unaided ef- 
forts since coming to this country. In 1850. 
with the other members of his father's fam- 
ily, he took passage on the Oden, a sailing 
vessel, which was eleven weeks and three 
days in crossing the ocean. The}- exper- 
ienced some very severe storms, during 
which the masts, railings and nearly every- 
thing on deck was washed overboard. The 
captain, who was an old sailor, said that he 
had never seen as rough a sea or as bad 
a storm, and Mr. Westerlund says that he 
would not have returned to his native land 
ii\ such a storm for all Sweden. His mother 
and one sister died during the voyage and 
were buried at sea. On reaching New York 
the remainder of the family proceeded at 
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to Albany; hy railroail to Buffalo; by the 
Great Lakes to Chicago; by canal to Peru, 
Illinois; and by team to Andover. Our 
subject, however, walked from Peru to his 
new home in this county, arriving here the 
middle of November, 1850. On the way 
his father's brother, Andrew W'esterlund. 
was killed while crossing the bridge at 
Princeton. Illinois. 

For a year Jonas Wcsterlund worked 
as a farm hand in this county, and in the fall 
of 185 1, went to Minensota, where he was 
employed in the pineries, sawmills and on 
the river for five years, during which period 
he visited the family in Henry county thre>.' 
or four time. He ran numerous rafts of 
logs and lumber down the river to St. Louis 
during which time he would call at home. 
In 1854 he made his first purchase of land, 
consisting of eighty acres of wild prairie 
on section 2, Lynn township, which he hired 
broken and which he leased until his return 
to the county in 1856, when he took up his 
residence thereon and turned his attention 
to farming. Prospering in this undertak- 
ing he was able to add to his property fmm 
time to time until he now owns four hun- 
dred and forty acres of ricli and arable land. 
upon which he has erected a large frame 
house, good barns and other outbuildings. 
set out one of the early orchards, and ma(L* 
many other improvements which add great- 
ly to the value and attractive appearance of 
the place. Since 1895, however, he has 
rented his farm and has lived a retired life 
in Orion, where he owns a good residence 
and where, surrounded b'- all the comforts 
of life, he is enjoying a well-earned rest. 

While in Minnesota, Mir. Westerlund 
was married, in 1856, to Miss Ellen Nelson, 
who was born in Skona, Snoarp Brobyso- 
ken, Gynehard, Christiansladt, Sweden. 



December 23, 1835, and daughter of Nels 
Olsen and his wife, Manuel E. Peterson, 
who died in Sweden. With two brothers 
she came to Minnesota in 1853, locating in 
Stillwater, which was her home until her 
marriage. By this union were born five 
children, who are still li\ing: Lizzie, wife 
of John W. Anderson, of Dayton, Iowa; 
Neils Hennings, a farmer ; John Edwartl, a 
farmer of Lynn township; Joseph E., a 
practicing physician of Cambridge; and 
Luther, who operates his father's farm. Two 
sons died; Charles died shortly after his 
marriage; and Nathan died at the age of 
twenty years. 

When the family first located in Henry 
county, labor was cheap, and a man could 
earn but twenty-five to fifty cents a day, 
and that usually had to be taken in "store 
pay," the party receiving an order on a 
store for the amount. On one occasion, the 
family needing some groceries, Mr. Wes- 
terlund started for Rock Island, the near- 
est trading point, with twenty bushels of com 
on the ear, which he sold for nine cents a 
bushel. He had to pay twenty cents toll 
across Rock river, and a storm coming up 
he had to remain all night in Rock Island. 
When he i)aid for his meals and lodgings he 
liad but twenty-five cents left, and that he 
spent for tobacco. Returning home, he 
again loaded his wagon with corn, and this 
time met with better success, as he sold it 
promptly and was enabled to return home 
the same night with the much needed 
groceries. 

Politically Mr. Westerlund was origi- 
nally a Whig and cast his first presidential 
vote for Millard Fillmore in 1856, in Min- 
nesota, but four years later he supported 
.Abraham Lincoln for the presidency, and 
has since been a stanch Republican, but 



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never an office seeker. However, he has 
taken an active interest in educational af- 
fairs and was a member of the school board 
for several years, during- which time he did 
much to secure better schools and compe- 
tent teachers. He has also served as com- 
missioner of highways, and in the discharge 
of his public duties has displayed the same 
fidelity that has ever marked his private life. 
He and his wife are active and earnest 
members of the Evangelical Swedish Lu- 
theran Church, ha\ing been reared in that 
faith, and are among the most highly re- 
spected and esteemed citizens of their com- 
munity. His remarkable success in life, is 
due to his own energy and capable man- 
agement, and his career has ever been such 
as to win for him the confidence and high 
regard of those witli whom he has been 
brought in contact. 



JULIUS CHARLET. 

This prominent and influential agricul- 
turist residing on section lo, Burns town- 
ship, Henry county, Illinois, was born on the 
25th of July, 1839, in Klein Ziethen, a 
small \illage of Germany, not far from Ber- 
lin, and is a son of Abraham and Dorothy 
Charlet, also natives of that country, where 
the father died in 1848. In 1856 the mother 
came to America, bringing the family with 
her. She had six children, fom- sons and 
two daughters, namely : John, now de- 
ceased; August, who is represented on an- 
other page of this \olume; Dorothy, de- 
ceased; Julius, our subject; William, de- 
ceased; and Louisa, widow of Oscar Fischer 
and a resident of Burns township, whose 
sketch also appears in this work. 



Julius Charlet was sixteen years of age 
when he came with the family to this coun- 
try and became a resilient of Henry county, 
Illinois, where he was employed at general 
labor until after the Civil war broke out. 
Feeling that his adopted country needed his 
services he enlisted at Kewanee in 1862, in 
Company F, One Hundred and Twenty- 
fourth Illinois Vohuiteer Infantry, under 
Captain M. B. Potter. The regiment was 
organized at Springfield, Illinois, and saw 
considerable active service. Mr. Charlet 
participated in the battles of Port Gib- 
son, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hills, 
Brownsville, Chunkey Station, Benton, 
Jackson Cross Roads and the siege of Span- 
ish Fort. He was wounded at the battle of 
Vicksburg, and after three years of faithful 
service on southern battlefields he was hon- 
orably discharged and returned to Kewanee. 

In 1866 Mr. Charlet married Miss Au- 
gusta Couve, a native of Prussia, Germany, 
and a daughter of David and Mary (Ouart ) 
Couve, who were also born in that country 
and came to the United States in 1855, lo- 
cating in Wethersfield, this county. She' 
was one of a family of five children. Of the 
eight children born to ^Mr. and Mrs. Char- 
let, five are still living, namely: William; 
Edward, who married Louisa Lehman; 
Lena, wife of Gustaft' Gutchlag; Bernard; 
and Leonora. 

After his marriage ^Ir. Charlet was en- 
gaged in farming near Kewanee until 1871, 
and then purchased eighty acres of his 
present farm on section 10, Burns township, 
the boundaries of which he has since ex- 
tended until they now enclose one hundred 
and thirty-five acres of well improved land. 
Flaving mastered the carpenter's trade he 
has done considerable work along that line 
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Religiously Mr. and Mrs. Charlet arc 
members of the Christian Science Church ; 
socially he is an honored member of Kewa- 
nee Post G. A. R. His political support is 
given the men and measures of the Republi- 
can part}-, and he has taken (|uite an active 
and prominent part in local politics. For 
four years he acceptably served as supervisor 
of his township, and has filled the office of 
school director for fifteen years in a capable 
and satisfactorv manner. 



WILLIS F. EVANS. 

Among" Henr}- county's native sons none 
have been more prominently identified with 
her agricultural interests than Willis V. 
E\ans, who was born I\Iay jo, 18O5, on the 
old homestead on section jo, Pheni.K town- 
ship, where he now resides, liis parents be- 
ing Thomas and Christnia (liorshmanji 
Evans. His father was also a native of this 
county, his birth having occurred in Phenix 
township on the 14th of October, iS4_'. 
During his minority he remained upon the 
farm where he was born, and then purchased 
the place now occupied by our subject. His 
first purchase consisted of ninety-six acres, 
on which he built a large and substantial 
farm hou.se and other buildings. He placed 
his land under a high state of cultivation and 
continued to successfully engage in agricul- 
tural pursuits until his death, which occurred 
on the home farm November 22, 1891, after 
a long illness. He always engaged in gen- 
eral farming and stock raising and took 
great pride in making his place one of the 
model farms of the couiity. In his political 
views he was a Republican, and for three 
years he capably filled the office of highway 



commissioner, but never cared for political 
preferment. In early life he was a supporter 
of the Methodist Church, but afterward at- 
tended the United Evangelical Church, and 
always led an upright, honorable Christia:?, 
life. His wife died on the _'7th of Septem- 
ber, 1886. They were married in (ieneseo 
and became the parents of four children, 
of whom Willis F., is the oldest, the others 
being Alta M., now a resident of Kansas; 
Charles, who died at the age of fourteen 
years; and Thomas M., who is employed in 
a cannery at Washington. 

Willis F. Evans spent the days of his 
boyhood and youth upon the home farm and 
under his father's able direction actjuired an 
excellent knowledge of agricultural pursuits, 
which now numbers him among the most 
thorough and skilled farmers of his commu- 
nity. In the winter of i8yo, he was mar- 
ried in Phenix township to Miss Cora E. 
Siebcn, a daughter of Valentine and Caro- 
line (Butzer) Sieben. The father was boru 
in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, October 
14, 1839, a son of Joseph and Aboline Sie- 
ben, and came with his family to the United 
States in 1852. The parents located in 
Whiteside county. Illinois, but he came to 
Henry county, where he obtained work as 
a farm hand, being thus employed until his 
marriage July 10, i860. Later he engaged 
in breaking prairie and threshing, he and 
his brother-in-law, Jacob Butzer, buying a 
threshing machine together in 1862. The 
following year he purchased two hundred 
acres of land on section 3, Phenix township, 
where he continued to make his home until 
(*allcd from this life in 1886. His wife 
sur\i\ed him for a number of years and at 
the time of her death, which occurred in 
1898, was living in Geneseo. She was a 
native of this county, anil a daughter of 



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George Frederick Butzer, one of its pioneer 
settlers. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Sieben were George, who died at the age of 
eight years ; Fred ; Annie ; Ella ; Cora E. : 
Frank; and two wlio died in infancy. Mr. 
and ^Irs. Evans have one child, Glenn L., 
born on the old homestead, September 15. 
1894. 

As a Repnblican 'Sh. Evans takes quite 
an active and prominent part in local poli- 
tics, and has held die office of collector two 
years; assessor of Phenix township for five 
years; and at present is a school trustee. 
which position he has filled most creditably 
for six years. Religiously he is a member 
of Ebenezer United Evangelical Church. 



AUGUST F. SPIEGEL. 

Germany has furnished to America 
many of her most enterprising and thrifty 
citizens, who in this land of the free have 
gained for themselves and family a com- 
fortable competence. Among those who 
have settled in Henry county, and are to-day 
numbered among her best citizens is Au- 
gust F. Spiegel, who is successfully engaged 
in farming on section 21, Burns township. 

He was born in German}', July 19, 1837, 
a son of Frederick and Foeder Spiegel, who 
remained in Prussia until 1861, when they 
emigrated to the new w-orld and took up 
their residence in Kewanee township, Henry 
county, Illinois. Here the father followed 
farming, though in his native land he had 
worked at the miller's trade. He died Feb- 
ruary 2, 1889, and his wife departed this 
life in 1880, the remains of both being in- 
terred in the Kewanee cemetery. In their 
family w'ere eight children who came to this 



country, our subject and his brother, Fred- 
erick, being the first to cross the Atlantic. 

August Spiegel grew to manhood in his 
native land, and received a good practical 
education in the German language. In 
1857, at the age of twenty years he and his 
brother took passage on a sailing vessel at 
Hamburg, and after a stormy voyage of 
five weeks and three days landed in Xew 
York. He came at once to Kewanee. Illi- 
nois, where he worked as a farm hand for a 
time. In 1865 he bought sixty acres of land 
in Neponset township. Bureau county, Illi- 
nois, to which he subsequently added sixty 
acres. On disposing of that property in 
18S3 "he purchased a half section of land in 
Burns township, Henry county, but has 
since sold eighty acres of this. The remain- 
der he has placed under a high state of cul- 
tivation and supplied with all the conven- 
iences and accessories of the model farm of 
the present day. 

On the 19th of June, 1862, [Mr. Spiegel 
was united in marriage with iliss Carrie 
Custer, also a native of Germany, who 
came to America in 1856 with her parents, 
\\'illiam and Caroline (Nuebert) Custer, 
landing in New York. The family located 
ill Kewanee, Illinois, where the father 
worked at the mason's trade for about five 
years, and then purchased property in Ke- 
wanee township and turned his attention 
to agricultural pursuits. He prospered in 
his labors and accumulated a valuable prop- 
erty. He died in 1897, at the age of eighty- 
six years, and his wife passed away in 1876, 
at the age of seventy-six, their remains be- 
ing interred in Kewanee township. Of 
their eight children four are still living. 
]\Irs. Spiegel began her education in the 
schools of Prussia, and after the emigra- 
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school liere to some extent. By her mar- 
riage she has become the mother of twelve 
<:hildren, but only five are now living. 
Louisa died at the age of nineteen years 
and was buried in Kewanee. The surviv- 
ing members of the family are as follows : 
Edward, born in 1863, luarried Emma 
Lehman, and is engaged in fruit farming 
near Milan, Illinois: Mary is the wife of 
Henry Kempin, of Kewanee; Clara is the 
wife of Peter Verstrette, who is employed 
in the shops at Kewanee; and Carl and 
Theodore assist their father in the opera- 
tion of the Jiome farm. 

By his ballot Mr. Spiegel sui)p«)rts the 
juen and measures of the Republican party, 
and for two years he efficiently filled the 
office of school director. He is a member of 
the German Lutheran Churcii, and is a man 
highly respected and esteenied l)_v all wlm 
Jinow him on account of his sterling worth. 
His wife is also a member of the German 
Lutheran Church. 'Sir. Spiegel has a fine 
home, furnace heated, and a barn 40x60 
ftet. with large cribs and outlniildings. 
In addition to general farming he raises 
considerable stock. 



H. J. STEWART. M. D. 

Although but a recent ac(|uisition to 
the goodly array of enterprising professional 
ir)en of Kewanee this well-known physician 
and surgeon is already building up an ex- 
cellent practice, his specialties being the dis- 
eases of the eye. ear, nose and throat. He 
was born in Warren county, Illinois, March 
21, 1868, a son of David B. and Sarah E. 
(Pilkington) Stewart, natives of Pennsyl- 
•\ania and early settlers of this state. Tiie 



fatlier, who is a farmer by occupation, is 
still living in Warren county, at the age of 
seventy-six years, while his wife is sixty- 
three j'ears of age. For many years lie 
served as justice of the peace in Spring 
Grove, that township. On account of a 
cancer the Doctor recently assisted in re- 
moving his father's left ear with the hope 
of stopping that terrible disease. In the 
family were nine children, of whom five 
sons and three daughters are still living. 

Dr. Stewart was reared on a farm and 
began his education in the country schools. 
Later he attended the high school at Alexis, 
Illinois, and the Northwestern University 
at Chicago, graduating from the medical 
department of that institution in 1893. He 
de