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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

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 by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

DAVID RIDGE.  Among the enterprising farmers of Assumption Township has long been numbered our subject, who dates his residence here from 1859. He now resides on section 27, where he carries on general farming. He has spent nearly his entire life in this county, as he was a child of only five years when his father settled here. From his youth he has been engaged in farming, and has made a great success of agricultural pursuits.

Our subject was born in Greene County, Ill., April 28, 1854, and is a son of James Ridge, who was born in Devonshire, England. The father married in his native county Miss Sarah Tucker, and in 1851 crossed the Atlantic, settling in Greene County, this State, where he engaged in farming for several years. In 1859 he purchased land and opened up a farm on section 21, Christian County, where he still resides. David Ridge remained with his parents until arriving at his majority, and was given good common-school advantages. In 1878 he purchased the farm which he is still engaged in cultivating, a tract of one hundred and six acres, located two miles from the village of Assumption. This farm is fenced with a nice and well-trimmed osage hedgerow, and the fields are divided in like manner. The owner has erected a large barn and remodeled and otherwise improved the house on the place. He has put in considerable tiling, planted orchards, and now finds himself in the possession of a valuable farm. He may truly be called a self-made man, for he started out in the business world with very limited means, and his success is due entirely to his own labor and enterprise.

On the 9th of February, 1876, the marriage of Mr. Ridge and Miss Rebecca Corzine was celebrated. Mrs. Ridge is a native of Guernsey County, Ohio, and is a daughter of Allen Corzine, of Assumption. To our worthy subject and wife have been born two children, William Oscar and James Allen.

Mrs. Ridge holds membership with the Presbyterian Church of Assumption, and is a lady well received in social circles. Our subject has been a supporter of the Republican party since casting his first ballot in 1876 for Rutherford B. Hayes. He gives his hearty support to our public-school system, and for ten consecutive years has served as a member of the School Board.



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