Lord Byron Eacker

Carroll County Biography

Lord B. Eacker is a prominent citizen of Woodland Township, Carroll County, residing on section 10. His parents were John I. and Salome (Nichols) Eacker, both of New York State. The father was engaged in the mercantile business until the year 1853, and then, with his family, removed to Rock County, Wis. In 1857 the family came to Carroll County, Ill., where the father bought a fine farm of 600 acres, intending there to make a home for himself and his younger children. This farm he at once commenced to improve, and on it he erected a good residence, and, long before the death of the parents, had brought it to a fine state of cultivation. Here the father died, in June, 1877, at the age of seventy-seven years. The mother survived him eleven years, and died Dec. 24, 1888, at the age of eighty-eight years. In their family there were five children, all boys, and three now living.

The subject of our sketch was born in Herkimer County, N. Y., Oct. 23, 1829, and, when four years of age, went with his family to Chautauqua County, N. Y., living there until twenty-four years old. He received a good common-school education, and, after his school days were over, was taken into partnership with his father and elder brother in the mercantile business; the connection continuing until 1857, when the father removed to Carroll County. During this time he was Deputy Postmaster at Shopiere, Wis., for about two years.

While living at Shopiere, our subject was united in marriage with Miss Eveline Shultz, in 1854. His wife was a daughter of Cornelius and Susan Shultz, of Shopiere. The young couple removed to Illinois in 1860, settling in Woodland Township, whre he bought fifty acres of land, and began farming. He has also one-fourth interest in his father’s estate of 271 acres. Since locating here, Mr. Eacker has made farming and stock-raising his business, and has usually an average of thirty head of fine cattle upon his place. His home is very pleasantly situated on the southwest bank of the Plum River. His farm is one of the best cultivated and most fertile in the township.

Our subject is the father of three children – Mary M., his eldest child, is the wife of George C. Durham, farmer, of Woodland Township, and the mother of two children – Eva and Frances; Henrietta J., the second child, is married to Lester Robertson, and has had three children – Cora, Arthur, and Ada, the eldest being deceased; they formerly lived in Kansas, but have since removed to Carroll County. The youngest child is a son, Louis Edward, and is married to Mollie Kerneaghan, and lives in Woodland Township.

Mr. Eacker is a man of great prominence in the township, in which he has lived for so many years, and enjoys in a marked degree the confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens. A proof of this is the fact that they have for twenty-seven years in succession elected him to the responsible office of Town Clerk. For a number of years also he has been Town Trustee of Schools. In politics he is a stanch Democrat, and, religiously, is a sincere believer in the doctrines of Universalism. He formerly belonged to the I. O. O. F., being made a member at Fredonia, Chautauqua County, N. Y.

The father of our subject was also a prominent man in his lifetime, and he, too, enjoyed the confidence of the people among whom he was best known. For nearly all his life in this county he was Justice of the Peace, and for many years was also Township Supervisor, being Chairman of the Board at the time of his death, and he was greatly esteemed as an upright man and a good citizen.

Transcribed & Contributed by Carol Parrish from Portraits and Biographical Album Jo Daviess & Carroll Counties, IL (1889) pg 903

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