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GEORGE W. STITELEY

This name represents one of the oldest and best known families in Northern Illinois, and which located in Carroll County during the pioneer days. There were the father and five sons, who were fine illustrations of manly vigor and strength and four of the latter are now engaged in mercantile business in Mt. Carroll. The fifth is connected with a bank at Leaf River, and a daughter follows the profession of a teacher. One daughter became the wife of Thomas Fritz, a well to do farmer of Freedom Township, and without exception all are in comfortable circumstances and well to do.

G.W. Stiteley, the father of our subject, was born in Carroll County, Md., Jan. 1, 1828 and when five years of age was taken by his parents to Frederick County. He sojourned there until a youth of eighteen, then took up his residence in Washington County, where he completed his education. Subsequently he engaged as clerk in a store at Lapham's Cross Roads, and later learned the trade of a plasterer, which he followed most of the time until 1855. In the meantime he also learned coopering, at which he worked during the winter seasons. On the 20th of January 1851 he took unto himself a wife and helpmate, Miss Mary M. Buser. This union resulted in nine children of whom seven are still living.

In 1855 G.W. Stiteley set out for the West with his family, then consisting of his wife and three sons. Coming directly to this county they settled in the embryo town of Mt. Carroll, where the father followed his trade of a plasterer, putting in many a day eighteen hours hard labor. The eight hour movement was then unthought of. Mr. Stiteley operated as a plasterer the long period of forty-two years and it is hardly necessary to say, became quite an expert at the business. He was possessed of more than ordinary intelligence, and accumulated a comfortable property. He occupied now, with his family, a fine home in East Mt. Carroll, which, with its surroundings, is an ornament to the city. The dwelling was completed in 1888.

With the exception of one season spent at farming in Salem Township, Mr. Stiteley has been a resident of Mt. carroll since first coming to Illinois over thirty years ago. The first residence which he owned was a good brick house, which he built himself, and which is still standing. He assisted in plastering the first court-house, and nearly all of the Mt. Carroll Female Seminary building, besides many of the important buildings which gradually sprang up in the city, including all of the churches except the old small Presbyterian. In religious matters he is a member of the Church of God. Socially he belongs to the I.O.O.F., and the A.O.U.W. He keeps himself well posted upon current events, and gives his support to the Prohibition party. In addition to his other acquirements Mr. Stiteley also learned broom-making, which he followed for a time, when other business was dull. For the last few years he has been mostly confined to the finer work of his regular trade, as the necessity for the arduous labor of other years has long gone by.

Mrs. Mary M. (Buser) Stiteley was born in Washington County MD Sept. 3, 1832 and is the daughter of George Buser, who was a native of maryland, and who spent his entire life in his native state. Mr. Buser was a miller by trade, and the parental household consisted of six children. To Mr. and Mrs. Stiteley there were born the children recorded as follows: William H. has been for twenty years engaged in the grocery trade at Mt. Carroll; he married Miss Emma Evans, and they have three children living. Winfield S., also a groceryman, married Miss Ruhamah Mitchell, and they have two children. George J., junior member of the firm of Roderick & Stiteley, married Miss Eunice Edward, who died leaving two children, and he was then married to Miss Tipton; Elias Franklin is unmarried and is Cashier of the bank at Leaf River; Kate is the wife of Thomas E. Fritz, and the mother of three children, two sons and a daughter; Ella May is unmarried and occupies herself as a teacher. Mr. Stitely is pardonably proud of the fact that his children have been given first-class educations. His youngest son, Charles Howard is a trusted clerk of McKenny Bros., at Mt. Carroll; he is a very bright and promising young man, and much is expected of him in the future.

The paternal grandfather of our subject was George W. Stiteley, a native of Frederick County Md., who married Miss Sarah Sheets, daughter of Capt. Jacob Sheets, who won his epaulets in the Revolutionary War, serving from the beginning untilt he close. After his marriage he settled in Carroll County, Md., but later removed to Frederick County, where he became owner of considerable land, and spent his last years as a riding Constable of Mechanics town. He was the father of seven children, and died some years ago. His widow is still living, making her home with her eldest daughter, Mrs. Mumford in Mt. Carroll.

Mr. Stiteley has had very little to do with political affiars but has always taken an intelligent interest in State and National events, giving his support for many years to the Republican party. His warm interest in the temperance movement led him, about 1884, to identify himself iwth the Prohibitionists. He is regarded as a man of the strictest integrity; one quiet and unobtrusive in his manner of living and one whose word is considered as good as his bond.

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