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John S. & Evaline (Brown) Cole

Mrs. Evaline (Brown) Cole, widow of the late John S. Cole, as one of the pioneers of this county is worthy of more than a passingnotice in a work of this kind. Her childhood days were passed in the town of Stanstead, Province of Quebec, Canada, where her birth took place Feb. 1, 1826 and where she lived until 1841, when she went to Lowell, Mass., and was there married to Mr. Cole, Jan. 14, 1856.

John S. Cole, also a native Stanstead, Canada was born Nov. 3, 1815 and remained a resident of his native place until 1856. He received a practical education in the common schools, and afterward engaged in farming. In March following his marriage he came with his bride to Salem Township, this county, and purchased a tract of new land eight miles southeast of the present site of Mt. Carroll which was then but the beginning of a town. He broke a portion of the soil himself, and lived there until 1870, effecting excellent improvements, cultivating the land, building fences and puttingup the necessary structures required to carry on farming profitably and successfully. His first purchase was seventy acres, but in due time he became the owner of 245 acres in Salem Township, and 160 acres in Iowa. He still invested his surplus capital in additional land, and reserved fifty-four acres of the most choice for the home place, which is now within the corporate limits of Mt. Carroll, and where our subject now resides.

Mr. Cole had more than ordinary difficulties to contend with in hisyouth, and these served to develop a character of more than ordinary strength and worth. Before reacihng his majority he was left with a widowed mother and the care of seven brothers and sisters, the youngest not eleven months old. He staid faithfully with these until all had reached their majority, refraining from taking unto himself a wife until they were fully able to look after themselves. His mother often remarked that in business matters she never missed her husband, on account of the efficiency of her son. She lived to be 89 years old, passing away in October 1881, at the home of her son, John S.

Politically, Mr. Cole uniformly voted with the Republican party, but as far as possible avoided the responsibilities of office, preferring to give his time and attention to his family and farming interests. He was especially careful in regard to the education of his children, leaving the farm and removing to town in order that theym ight complete their studies as he desired. Of these there were three only, all of whom are living, namely; Waldo J., Luvia M., Mrs. D.M. Woodard of Buffalo NY and Emma who with the brother above mentioned, remains with her mother. MR. Cole departed this life at the present homestead of the family in Mt. Carroll Feb. 19, 1884.

Thomas Cole, the father of John S was a native of St. Johnsbury, VT and the first male white child born there. He removed with his parents to Canada in his youth and was there married to Miss Sally Davis. There were born to them eight children. The parents of Mrs. Cole were Levi and Jemima (Osgood) Brown, natives of New Hampshire. They spent their last years in Stanstead, Canada. The father died about 1843, and the mother in 1859. Their family consisted of five children.

Waldo Cole is a young man of excellent business ability, and has charge of the old home farm in Salem Township. As far as usefulness and work are concerned he bids fair to worthily bear the mantle of his honored father. The family occupies a high position socially and county their friends by the score throughout Salem Township, with whose interests they have been identified for so many years.E

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