Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
JAMES B. MICHAEL, a member of the firm of Michael Brothers, dealers in hay and extensive shippers of the same product, is located in Assumption, Ill. He has made his home here since 1865, and has long been numbered among the substantial business men of the place. He has been a witness of its growth and prosperity, in which he has been an important factor.

The birth of Mr. Michael occurred near Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, March 23, 1856. His father, Jacob Michael, was a native of Maryland, and there grew to manhood. He then removed to Ohio, settling in Muskingum County,
where he met and wedded Miss Mary Walters, whose birth occurred in that county.

For several years, Mr. Michael carried on a farm in the Buckeye State, and in 1865 proceeded to Illinois, making a settlement in Shelby County, where he bought a good farm. He afterward removed to Iowa, but after a residence there of some four years returned to this village and led a retired life until his death, which took place in 1885. His wife passed away in 1872.

James B. Michael is one of a family of three sons and four daughters, who grew to mature years. One sister is now deceased. Our subject was a lad of only eight years when with his parents he came to Illinois, and his youth was spent in Shelby County.

His educational advantages were very good and he improved them with commendable zeal. He remained under the parental roof until eighteen years of age, when he started out to acquire his own fortune. As he had been brought up to life on a farm, it was natural that he chose to become an agriculturist, and his first undertaking in this line was on a rented farm in Christian County.

This he carried on successfully for ten years, or until 1877, when he went to Iowa, and bought a farm in Ringgold County. At the expiration of four years he returned to Christian County, which has since been his place of abode.

In the year 1884 he engaged in the hay business in Assumption and has built up an extensive trade. The firm annually ships about four hundred car-loads of this commodity. Mr. Michael has shown good executive ability in the management of his business interests and has made wise investments of his profits.

A marriage ceremony was performed June 9, 1885, which united the fortunes of our subject and Miss Celena Andibert. Mrs. Michael was born in Christian County, Ill., near the village of Assumption, and is a daughter of Peter Andibert, one of the early settlers of the county.

Three children have blessed the union of our subject and his wife. In order of birth they are as follows: Ina, Eva and Leila Lorena. Mrs. Michael is a member of the Catholic Church.

Our subject belongs to Hackberry Camp No. 251, M. W. A. [ed., Modern Woodmen of America]. He has spent almost his entire life in this part of Illinois, where he is well known and highly esteemed. He is a man of upright character and sterling worth. To his well-directed efforts and business ability he owes the fact that he possesses to-day a comfortable fortune and modern home. In his political faith he is a Democrat and has always cast his ballot in favor of the nominees of that party.


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