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.
RICHARD B. TEMPLE, the efficient and popular Mayor of Taylorville,
is a man of sterling worth, whose excellencies of character and fitness for the position have placed him at the
head of municipal affairs in his adopted city. He claims Tennessee as the State of his nativity, and was born in Knoxville April 4, 1846, being a son of James and Mary
Our subject was educated in the public schools, and remained
at home until sixteen years of age, when he began earning his own livelihood. Since that time he has been dependent
upon his own resources, so that whatever success he has achieved is due entirely to his own industry and enterprise.
He entered upon his business career in a grocery store in Rockbridge, Ill., where he was employed as a salesman for two years. He then went to
At the age of twenty-three he came to Christian
In the latter line of business Mr. Temple has since continued. Removing to St. Louis, he continued in the live-stock commission business for one year, and was live-stock agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, having charge of the Kansas business, with headquarters at Wichita, Kan. He opened up the Kansas territory for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company and secured a fine share of the trade in that line.
Returning to Christian County, Mr. Temple resumed business in his own interest, and continued his residence in Stonington until September, 1891, when he came to Taylorville. He yet continues to make extensive shipments of stock from Stonington, Willey, Taylorville and Owaneco. He handles about $75,000 worth of stock per year, and in some years his sales of cattle, sheep and hogs have reached $150,000. For four years he has been engaged in feeding from five hundred to eight hundred head of cattle annually, and from five hundred to two thousand hogs.
On the 1st of May, 1872, Mr. Temple married Miss Hattie A. Peabody, of Stonington, daughter of W. S. Peabody, deceased. Their union has been blessed with two daughters: Maud, who is a student in the High School; and Edith G., deceased. Mrs. Temple and her daughter are members of the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Temple is a member of the Modern Woodmen. In politics he is a Republican, for two years served as Supervisor of Stonington, and in April, 1893, was elected Mayor of Taylorville over J. B. Ricks. He has never had a law suit, but has lived a quiet, unassuming life, that has gained him the confidence and high regard of all with whom business or pleasure has brought him in contact.
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