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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.

J.C. SHAFER, a merchant and undertaker of Assumption, is one of the early settlers of Christian County. He is a native of Ohio, born in Fairfield County July 7, 1853. His father, G. A. Shafer, was also born in the same county, the date of that event being November 14, 1827. The latter on his arrival at mature years wedded Miss C. A. Myers, also of the same county. For many years Mr. Shafer engaged in farming in Ohio, and in 1854 removed to Illinois. His first location in this State was Shelbyville, where he remained only a short time, however.

He purchased some land in Christian County, but engaged in farming in Tazewell County until 1872, at which time he sold his farm and bought land adjoining Assumption. For the succeeding fourteen years he devoted his energies to improving and cultivating this farm. He has now retired from business affairs, and though well along in years is hale and hearty, bidding fair to live many years longer.

The boyhood of our subject was passed without any unusual event, in the manner of farmer lads, his time being divided between work on the farm and attendance at the district schools. He was studious and made the most of his advantages, and in later years has been an extensive reader, thus becoming well informed on all the leading questions of the day. He came to Christian County when a young man and engaged in farming for some time with his father. He afterward sold farm machinery for the Walter A. Wood Manufacturing Company, and next worked for his brother in the hardware business. Mr. Shafer next became agent for the Glidden Barb Wire Manufactoring Company. In 1884, he left the road and went to Kansas, where he engaged in farming for three

years. In 1887 he bought his present business and has since added sewing-machines and organs. He makes a specialty of undertaking and embalming. He owns a large farm in Kansas and has a pleasant home in Assumption.

The marriage of Mr. Shafer was celebrated in 1871, in Litchfield, Ill., with Miss Clara C. Benope, who was born in Ohio, but grew to womanhood and was educated in Illinois. She passed away in 1872. In 1874, Mr. Shafer wedded Miss Tranna Ellis, the ceremony being performed in Tazewell County. The lady was born in Tazewell County, Ill., and passed her girlhood and was married in the house she was born in. She has become the mother of two children: Royal and Ethel. Mr. and Mrs. Shafer are members of the Christian Church.

Our subject is greatly interested in civic societies, belonging to the Odd Fellows, in which he has served as Past Grand, and is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and is Chief Executive of his lodge, also of the Knights of Honor. In politics, he supports the principles and nominees of the Republican party, and is zealous in the cause. He is recognized as a man of good business ability, and with his estimable wife has the high esteem and respect of all.



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