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Edgar County, Illinois
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[Source: "The History of Edgar County, Illinois, Containing a History of the County its Cities, Towns, &c" By William Henry Perrin, 1879]
Sub. by Mary Kay Krogman

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Grand View Township


Jacob Augustus

JACOB AUGUSTUS, deceased; one of the early settlers of this county, and whose portrait appears in this work; was born in the State of Virginia Oct. 21, 1793; when quite a small boy, he moved to Jefferson Co., Ky., where he resided until April, 1831, engaged in farming, when he moved to Edgar Co., settling in this township, where he lived upon his farm up to the time of his death, July 12, 1864. He was elected a member of the Board of County Commissioners August, 1838, for the short term, and re, elected in 1839, serving upon the Board until August, 1842. He married Miss Cornelia Owens, of Jefferson Co., Ky., in the year 1815; they had a family of eleven children, five living-Frederick R., Shapley O., Larz A., Henry Ward, Mary E. (now Mrs. H. J. Hogue, of Kansas, in this county). Mr. Augustus was a man of strong and vigorous mind; as a public officer, he was prompt in the discharge of his duties, and it might with truth be said, he was one of the best officers the county ever had; as a neighbor, he was kind, and beloved by all; positive in his opinions and convictions, strictly upright and honest in all his dealings, prompt in all his acts and business; a member of the Christian Church, in good standing, always ready to aid in the work of the Church, donating largely to the building of churches and support of the ministry; it can be truthfully said of him that he was an “upright and just man.”


John D. Augustus

JOHN D. AUGUSTUS, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Grand View; is another old settler and pioneer of the county, and a native of Jefferson Co., Ky.; was born Nov. 13, 1822, and lived at his native place until the age of 25; his chances of getting an education were very poor, his father dying in 1822; as Mr. Augustus grew up to be a young man, the duties of looking after the farm and family devolved upon him, so that he was left but little chance of going to school. He came to Edgar Co. in 1852; located at Dudley, where he remained about eleven years; then came to his present residence. Was married July 27, 1848, to Miss Mary Sisson, of his native county; they have a family of five children-two boys and three girls. Began business for himself with but little assistance; now, by hard work, economy and good management, he has a nice farm of 114 acres, of good land, well improved, valued at about $65 per acre; he is a man standing well in the community; has a good name and reputation, which he has earned by being honest and straightforward in his business transactions.


Henry Brinkerhoff

HENRY BRINKERHOFF, farmer and stock dealer, Sec. 11; P. O. Grand View; is a native of Bergen Co., N.J.; his father also was a native of New Jersey, and his grandfather, who was one of the first settlers of New Jersey, was a native of Amsterdam, Holland; Mr. Brinkerhoff was born March 3, 1813, he and his brother George being twins; left his native place at the age of 21, and came to Knox Co., Ind.; he remained in the State of Indiana. until 1847, when he came to Edgar Co. Was married Oct. 11, 1838, to Miss Calphurnia Helms, of Sullivan Co., Ind.; she passed away May 11, 1848, leaving a family of two children-Jacob (now deceased) and Ann; married his present wife in 1849, who was a native of Kentucky, but a resident of Edgar Co. at the time of marriage; her maiden name was Miss Rhoda Yowell; they have a family of seven boys. He began business for himself at the age of 21; learned the trade of manufacturing wagons and buggies; this he followed as a business until about 1852; then began farming; he has accumulated by his own efforts 1,080 acres of fine land, located in Edgar Co.; he is a man well known and respected by many friends, and is known as one of the more prominent and better class of citizens of Edgar Co.


George Brinkerhoff

GEORGE BRINKERHOFF, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 25; P. O. Grand View; is another of the old settlers and pioneers of Edgar Co., and a native of Bergen Co., N. J.; he was born March 3, 1813; lived at his native place until he was 22 years old; moved to Sullivan Co., Ind., in 1834, where he remained until 1848; then came to Edgar Co., and located on the farm he now owns; during his boyhood, he had but little chance of gaining an education, but by a considerable amount of perseverance on his part he became a fair scholar. Was married May 12, 1837, to Miss Sarah A. Hadden, of Indiana; they have a family of seven children, four boys and three girls. Began business for himself at the age of 22; never had but little assistance from his people; now, by hard work and good management, he has a nice property of 564 acres of good land, and has also given one son eighty acres, located in Embarrass Tp. Mr. Brinkerhoff is an old settler who has earned a good name and reputation by honesty and industry, and is known as one of the solid, substantial men of Edgar Co.


Thomas W. Dawson

THOS. W. DAWSON, merchant, Conlogue; is a native of Edgar Co., Hunter being his native township; was born April 19, 1839; lived at his birthplace until he as 21; then enlisted in Co. H., 29th I. V. 1.; remained in the army three years; was mustered out at Natchez, Miss., Oct. 7, 1864. Upon his return from the army, he remained at home little over one year, then went to Topeka, Kan.; here he remained until 1874; then returned to Edgar Co. and began merchandising at his present location. Was married March 11, 1875, to Miss Florence E. Hearst, who, at the time of marriage was a resident of Henderson Co., Ill.; they have one child-Cora. He has been engaged in business at his present location about four years; has not attempted to do a larger business than his trade demands, but is conducting it on a safe and sound basis, and is representing Conlogue in the line of merchandise; is a man that has the confidence of the community, and as is claimed by many of them, the right man in the right place.


J. R. Francis

J. R. FRANCIS, farmer; P. O. Dudley; is a native of Kanawha Co., Va., his parents moving to Ohio when he was 2 years old; this was in 1828; he remained there until 1844, then came to Edgar Co.; has since resided here; lived at his present residence since 1858; he succeeded during his boyhood in securing a fair education, which was mainly by his own efforts. Was married April 3, 1849, to Miss Elizabeth C. Harbold, of Kentucky; she died in December, 1851, leaving one child-A. B.; at the time of marriage a resident of Edgar Co. Married his present wife in August 1852; her maiden name was Christina Clapp, a native of North Carolina; they have five children-Elizabeth C. (now Mrs. C. W. Clark, of Edgar Tp.), I. A., S. O., J. R. and Luro. Mr. Francis now has a nice farm of 210 acres of first-class land, well improved, located adjoining the town of Dudley; he is a man that has a reputation particularly of minding his own business and keeping his own counsel, and is known as one of the solid, substantial men of Grand View Tp., and at the time of marriage, a resident of Edgar Co.


John P. Gano

JOHN P. GANO, farmer and stockraiser; P. O. Grand View; is another of the old settlers of Edgar Co., and a native of Scott Co., Ky.; was born June 5, 1809; at the age of 16, he began serving an apprenticeship at the hatter’s trade; this he learned and followed as a business until 1833; while engaged in this business, he traveled over several different States; leaving his trade, he engaged in the lumber trade in Scott Co., which he followed until 1852; at this date he closed out his business and came to Edgar Co. and located on his present farm; he now owns a farm of 300 acres of first-class land, Well improved and valued at about $70 per acre; this he has accumulated by his own hard work, economy and good management. Was married Feb. 12, 1835, to Miss Eleanor T. Boyce, of his native county; they had a family of six children, four of whom are still living-two boys and two girls. Mr. Gano is a man that has a good name and reputation, which he has gained by having been honorable in his business transactions, and is known as one of the better and more prominent citizens of Edgar Co.


George A. Gilbert

GEORGE A. GILBERT, merchant, Dudley; is a native of Augusta Co., Va., his parents coming to Edgar Co. when he was one year old; this was in 1837; during his early life, he succeeded in getting a good education, which he has found of much advantage to him during his business experience. Was married June 18, 1878, to Miss Sarah C. Kime, of Edgar Co. Began business for himself at the age of 21, at carpentering, which he followed until 1871, then began his life at merchandising; this business he has followed for about five years; from the time of beginning, has had good success; now has a fine business, which he is conducting with credit to himself and his friends, and is already known as a merchant of considerable promise in Edgar Co.


Francis M. Huston

FRANCIS M. HUSTON, farmer and stock dealer, Sec. 26; P. O. Grand View; is another of the old settlers and natives of Edgar Co., Grand View being his native township; was born March 20, 1839; during his boyhood, he had but little chance of getting an education, there being nothing but the old system of subscription schools. Was married March 22, 1866, to Miss Elizabeth Zimmerly, also a native of Edgar Co.; they have three children- Charles E., Susan and John. Began business for himself at the age of 21; now, by hard work and good management, he has a nice property of 200 acres of good land, well improved. Mr. Huston is a man that has earned a good name and reputation by honest and straightforward dealing with his friends, and is known as one of the reliable and more prominent class of citizens of Grand View Tp.


Jonathan Hinds

JONATHAN HINDS, farmer and stock dealer, Sec. 23; P. O. Conlogue; is another of the old settlers and pioneers of the county, and a native of Washington Co., Ind.; was born Oct. 13, 1830; lived at his native place until the age of 19; then came to Edgar Co. and located at his present residence; during his boyhood, he had but little chance of going to school, having the advantage of nothing but subscription schools. Was married Aug. 7, 1851, to Miss Sarah Zimmerly, of Edgar Co.; have a family of eight children-six boys and two girls. He began business for himself at the age of 21; now, by hard work, economy and good management, he has 366 acres of fine land, 240 of which is his home farm; Mr. Hinds is a man full of life and energy; in 1877, he erected one of the finest dwelling-houses in Grand View Tp.; he is a man that has earned a good name and reputation by having been honorable in his business transactions, and is known as one of the solid, substantial men of Edgar Co.


Samuel L. Huston

SAMUEL L. HUSTON, farmer; P. O. Conlogue; is a native of Edgar Co., and son of Samuel and Mary Huston, who were old pioneers of the county. He was born May 7, 1842; has always been a resident of the county since his birth. In May, 1861, being then 19 years old, he enlisted in Co. K, 34th I. V. I., and remained in the service three years and eight months, or until the close of the war. Was married January 18, 1866, to Miss Mary E. Brinkerhoff, of Edgar Co; they have a family of four children-George M. C., Emma J., Eddie E. and Ida M. Began business for himself at the age of 24. He engaged in farming, which business he has since followed; by hard work and economy he now has a nice farm of 100 acres well improved, valued at about $60 per acre. He is a man standing well in the community; has a good name and reputation, and is known as one of the straightforward, honest men of Grand View Township.


Cornelius Hickman

CORNELIUS HICKMAN, Sr.,farmer; P. O. Grand View; is a native of Loudoun, Co., Va.; lived at his native place until the age of 15; his people then moving to Preble Co., Ohio; this was in 1832. In 1846, Mr. Hickman came to Edgar Co.; he has a good business education which he has gained by experience, having been put behind the counter selling goods when he was 10 years old. Was married May 26, 1836, to Miss Catharine Sherer, of Ohio; they have a family of eight children, three boys and five girls. He began business for himself at the age of 20; had no assistance from his father. Now, by hard work and good management he has, after giving his children 500 acres, his home farm of 160 acres of fine land well improved. He is a man that has always helped any public enterprise; he has built mills and solicited railroads; in fact, has done anything and everything that would build up the country. Has a good name and reputation which he has gained by having been honest and honorable in his business transactions. Now, in his old age can look back with satisfaction on his efforts to educate his children, and accumulate property for them.


Peter Huston

PETER HUSTON, farmer, Sec. 26; P. 0. Grand View: is another old settler of the county, and a native of Washington Co., Va., as was also his father; they came to Edgar Co. in 1834; Mr. Huston, at this time was about 4 years old; during his boyhood, he had the advantage of nothing but subscription schools, and those sometimes three miles from his home; began business for himself at the age of 24, at carpentering, which he followed for eleven years, then began farming; at the time of beginning business for himself, he had no assistance; now he and his brother Robert own the principal interest in the old home farm of 240 acres, to which they have added 70 acres; they are men standing well in the community, and classed among the honest, straightforward men of the county. Their mother, now nearly 75 years old, is living with them, as is also his only sister; the family relations are kept up as in years gone by, and but for their ages and old business qualifications, would still be as they were in childhood.


Samuel Jackson

SAMUEL JACKSON, merchant, Grand View; is another of the natives of Edgar Co., Grand View being his native township; was born March 26, 1832; lived at his native place until the age of 23; then made a trip to Warren Co., Iowa, where he remained about six years; while there, was engaged in various kinds of business; also held the office of Constable for six years while there; in 1861, he came back to Edgar Co., and engaged in farming and school-teaching until 1868, when he engaged in his present business; he began merchandising with but little money or goods; now he has a nice little business, which he is conducting on a good basis. Was married in May, 1856, to Miss Elizabeth Rhoads, of Edgar Co., Sims being her native township; they have a family of ten children, three boys and seven girls. Mr. Jackson is a man well known in the county; has a good name and reputation, which he has gained by having been honest and straight forward in his business affairs.


David R. Kime

DAVID R. KIME, miller, Grand View; the subject of this sketch is a native of Randolph Co., N. C.; was born Jan. 14, 1824; left his native place at the age of 21 and came to Edgar Co.; this was in 1845; has been engaged in the milling business the principal part of the time since he has been in the State. Was married March 14, 1850, to Miss Tempe M. Clapp, of Orange Co., N. C.; they have a family of three children-Sarah C., John O. and Mary M. He began business for himself at the age of 21; now he has 586 acres of land located in different parts. Has always been a friend to the churches and schools; has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for the last twenty-five years; is a man that has a good name and reputation for honesty and square dealing, and is one of the solid, substantial men of Grand View Township.


Strodder King

STRODDER KING, physician and surgeon, Grand View; is a native of Clark Co., Ill.; was born Oct. 31, 1852; he is only a recent settler in Edgar Co., but being one of the professional men and one of good ability, is destined to rank high as a physician and surgeon. After having completed his literary studies at Marshall, Ill., he began the study of medicine at the age of 21, attending the Chicago Medical College; he graduated in 1874, his first practice being at Martinsville, where he remained nearly one year, and in July, 1877, be located at his present residence; here by a close attention to business, though he has had much competition, he has secured the principal practice; though he has not been in the county long, he is still well and favorably known by the old, reliable physicians of the county; this alone is a guarantee of his ability.


Samuel R. Murphy

SAMUEL R. MURPHY, farmer and stock dealer; P. O. Conlogue; is another of the old settlers and pioneers of Edgar Co., and a native of Wood Co., Va., was born Jan. 24, 1824; lived at his native place until the age of 13, his parents then moving to Edgar Co.; this was in 1837. During his boyhood, he had but little opportunity of going to school, though by home study he became a fair scholar. Was married in March, 1859, to Miss Mary Cline, of Virginia, but at the time of marriage a resident of Edgar Co.; they have a family of five children, two boys and three girls. Began business for himself at the age of 21; had but little assistance from his father. In 1850, he took a trip to California, remaining there nearly four years mining and merchandising; here he was quite fortunate, and but for sickness, had good opportunities of accumulating money; after several misfortunes, he still owns a nice farm of 175 acres of good land and has lately built one of the finest residences of Grand View Tp. He is a man standing well in the community and known as one among the more prominent and better class of citizens of Edgar Co.


Robert Mosley

ROBERT MOSLEY, retired, Grand View; is a native of Montgomery Co., Ky.; his father was a native of Buckingham Co., Va.; the name of Mosley being of English origin; he was born Sept. 23, 1818, and lived at his native place until the age of 23; then came to Illinois; this was in 1838; he has since spent his time in Coles and Edgar Cos.; he has been engaged in mercantile business the principal part of the time during his residence in these two counties. Was married Aug. 19, 1844, to Miss Isabel Smith, of Belmont Co., Ohio, but at the time of marriage a resident of Edgar Co.; they have five children, four boys and one girl. Mr. Mosley has always given his support to any enterprise that he deemed for the public good; has been unfortunate in business several times, but still owns a good property; is an old settler and pioneer of the county, and one that has done much to develop her resources.


Samuel Mink

SAMUEL MINK, farmer; P.O Grand View; is a native of Loudoun Co., Va.; was born Dec. 9, 1824; lived at his native place until about 6 years old; his parents moved to Preble Co., Ohio, 1830; Mr. Mink lived in Ohio until he was 22; then; made his first trip to Edgar Co.; remained here about five years; moved back to Ohio in 1849; remained there about ten years; then came to Edgar Co., where he has since resided; he never had but little opportunity of gaining an education, having the advantage of nothing but the old system of subscription schools. Was married in November, 1846, to Miss Anna Sherer, of Ohio; she passed away March 28, 1864, leaving a family of eight children, four boys and four girls; married his present wife in 1867, who was Miss Mary Miller, a resident of Edgar Co. at the time of marriage; they have six children by this marriage, two boys and four girls. Mr. Mink began business for himself at the age of 15; had no help from his people; now, by his own hard work, he has a farm of 186 acres, where he lives, and 100 acres in Dent Co., Mo.; he is an energetic, go ahead man, and known as one of the solid, substantial men of Grand View Tp. ,


Daniel McMullen

DANIEL McMULLEN, farmer; P. O. Grand View; is a native of Loudoun | Co., Va.; was born April 14, 1816; lived at his native place until the age of 19; then came to Edgar Co.; this was in 1835; , had but little chance of getting an education, but by home study and good observation he became a fair scholar. Was married Nov. 18, 1839, to Miss Mary Tipton, of Madison Co., Ky.; they have a family of four children-Martha A., Henry C., Daniel W. and Sophronia. He began business for himself at the age of 23; had but little assistance from his people; now, by his own hard work, economy and good management, he has a nice farm of 125 acres; he is an old settler that has earned, a good name and reputation by having been honest and upright in his business, affairs, and is known as one of the straightforward men of Grand View Tp.


Allen K. Moseley

ALLEN K. MOSELEY, physician and surgeon, Grand View; is a native of Coles Co., Ill.; lived at his birthplace until about 15 years old, his people then moving to Edgar Co.; this was in 1859; they located in the town of Kansas. In 1861, being 17 years old, he enlisted in Co. H, 68th I. V. I.; had been in the service but a short time until he was discharged, on account of having received a sunstroke, July 4, 1861. Upon his arrival home, he began the study of telegraphy, which he learned and followed until the spring of 1864, then engaged with J. M. Lyons, hardware merchant, of Terre Haute; here he remained but a short time, when he enlisted again, this time in Co. C, 43d Ind. V. I.; remaining in the service this time until the close of the rebellion. Began the study of medicine July 1, 1866, attending the Chicago Medical College; began his first practice in his native place, Oakland, Coles Co.; practiced there two years, and then went to Martinsville, Clark Co.; remained here also about two years; from there, came to his present residence, where he has been practicing nearly five years; through energy and a close attention to business, he now has a fine practice; though a young man, he is already known as one among the better physicians of the county, and bids fair to stand among the first of his profession.


A. W. Newton

A. W. NEWTON, physician and surgeon, Grand View; is a native of Westmoreland Co., Va.; was born June 27, 1806; left his parents at the age of 13, and made his home with an older brother, Wm., a resident of Albany, N. Y.; this brother gave him the advantage of a good literary education, he being possessed of nearly five millions of money; Isaac Newton, of steamboat notoriety, was also an older brother. Began the study of medicine at the age of 18, under old Dr. Rogers, of New York City; in 1832, he graduated at the old Pennsylvania. University of Medicine; in 1835, he emigrated to Kentucky and took up his residence near Paris, Bourbon Co.; he practiced medicine in that State about twenty-eight years; has been in constant practice forty-one years; was in the army of the rebellion as a surgeon nearly two years; came to Edgar Co. in 1870; though not so old a settler as many, is still known as one among the prominent men of his class; has already, by his pleasant genial ways, won a large circle of friends; his name being mentioned with that of the prominent men and old physicians of Edgar Co.


Evaline O’Hair

EVALINE O’HAIR, farming; P. O. Grand View; widow of John H. O’Hair (now deceased), who was one of the old settlers of the county, and a native of Kentucky; he was a man of energy and ability; beginning business for himself at the age of 21. Was married March 27, 1859, to Miss Evaline Swango, of Kentucky. Mrs. O’Hair now has a nice home and good property of 140 acres, 100 acres of which Mr. O’Hair left at the time of his death, which occurred Oct. 7, 1872. He was a man well known in the community; had a good name and reputation, which he had gained by honesty and integrity.


M. Rowe

M. ROWE, Dudley; physician and surgeon; is a native of Yorkshire, England; came to the United States when he was 18; this was in 1852; his first residence was in Dubuque, Iowa; here he remained about ten years; in 1862, he removed to La Salle Co., Ill., where he lived about three years; spent one year at Cincinnati attending medical college; in 1866, he located in Grand View, where he remained about one and a half years; then came to his present residence, where he has lived nearly eleven years. He began the study of medicine at the age of 27; began studying with L. B. Larkin and Francis Bry, of La Salle, Ill.; then attended the Eclectic Medical College, of Cincinnati, where he finished his medical education. to Miss Elizabeth P. Kennedy, of Dubuque, Iowa; she died in October, 1861; married his present wife Sept. 21, 1865, who was Miss Rosa E. House, of Washington Co., Vt.; they have a family of four children-Anna E., Charlie K., Nellie D. and Herbert B. Mr. Rowe is a well-known physician; socially, mentally and physically he is certainly fitted for the profession he has chosen; though not so old in years and practice as some other physicians of the county, he is looked upon as one among the better men of his profession.


B. A. Ringland

B. A. RINGLAND, merchant, Dudley; is a native of Washington Co., Penn.; was born July 29, 1825; lived at his native place until the age of 24; his first journey from home was to California, where he remained two years, mining and prospecting; returned to his native place in 1851; here he remained until the spring of 1853; when he went to Alfonte, Ind.; remaining there three years; then came to Coles Co., Ill.; lived there two years; in the fall of 1858, he came to Edgar Co. In 1854. he engaged in mercantile business at his present location; this he has since followed in connection with grain-buying and attending the duties of Postmaster, with the exception of being on his farm a portion of the time; Mr. Ringland is the leading business man of Dudley; has a good name and reputation, which he has earned by being honest and upright in his business transactions, and is known as one of the substantial men of Grand View Tp. Was married June 23, 1853, to Miss Mary E. Smith, of Edgar Co.; They have a family of eight children-four boys and four girls.


E. Swarts

E. SWARTS, physician and surgeon, Grand View; is a native Wayne Co., Ohio; was born July 24, 1835; began the study of medicine in 1850, at Attica, Ind., with Dr. Whitehall; after a few years’ practice he concluded not to follow his profession any longer; he engaged in different enterprises for a space of twelve years; and then began reviewing with Dr. A. M. Henry, of Mattoon, Ill., and began practicing again in 1874; located at his present residence in 1875. Was married March 9, 1856, to Miss Hannah Randall, of Danville, Vt., but at the time of marriage a resident of Williamsport, Ind; they have one child-James A. Though he has not been located very long at his present residence he is well known, and, through energy and a close attention to business, he has a good practice, and is already known as one among the leading young physicians of the county.


D. J. Sherer

D. J. SHERER, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Grand View; is a native of Preble Co., Ohio, and son of D. J. Sherer, an old Revolutionary soldier, who died at Grand View, June 14, 1866, aged 82 years. He was born May 4, 1827, and lived at his native place until the age of 21; at this age, he began the study of medicine at New Hope, Ohio, with Dr. G. W. Dickey; he remained with this gentleman about three years. During this time, he attended and became a graduate of medicine at the E. M. Institute of Cincinnati. In 1852, he began practicing in Eaton, Ohio, but remained only a short time, when he went to Madison Co., Ind., where be practiced a little over three years. Though he had a fine practice, he became tired of his profession; gave it up entirely, and, in 1856, returned to Ohio, where he remained about nine years. In 1865, he came to Edgar Co., and located on the farm where he now resides; he has a nice little farm and a good home; has devoted a portion of his time of late years to grape culture. Is a pleasing and congenial gentleman, not at all of a penurious nature; he has not made so much of an effort to accumulate property as he has to enjoy life; but is still known as one of the responsible, reliable men of Grand View Tp.


Demetrius Sims

DEMETRIUS SIMS, farmer and stock dealer, Sec. 13; P. O. Grand View; is another old settler and a native of Monroe Co., Ky.; was born Oct. 22, 1837; lived at his native place until nearly 21; then came to Edgar Co., and located in Paris, where he engaged in mercantile business; this, he followed about thirteen years; then bought the farm where he now lives. He began business for himself at the age of 21. Now, by hard work and economy, after several losses, he has a nice farm of eighty-two acres, valued at about $75 per acre. Mr. Sims is a business man that has a good name and reputation for honesty and square dealing, and is known as one of the straightforward men of Grand View.


Jefferson Shroder

JEFFERSON SHRODER, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Dudley; is another of the old settlers and pioneers of Edgar Co.; a native of Oldham Co., Ky.; was born May 22, 1822; his parents moving to this county when he was 6 years old; they located one mile east of Mr. Shroder's present residence. He was married in February, 1848, to Miss Sarah J. Flack, of Lincoln Co., Ky.; she passed away in the fall of 1849. Married his present wife, who was a younger sister of his first wife, in April, 1852. Began business for himself at the age of 25, his father giving him some unimproved land, which he has improved and erected nice buildings upon; so, that now it is valued at about $70 per acre. Mr. Shroder is an old settler that has done much to improve and develop the country; has always done his share toward supporting any public enterprise that be deemed for the public good. Has been a member of the M. E. Church for about twenty-five years, and is known as one of the solid, substantial men of Grand View Tp.


James M. Sluss

JAMES M. SLUSS, farmer; P. O. Grand View; is an old settler of Edgar Co., and a native of Clark Co., Ky.; was born Feb. 21, 1809; lived at his native place until he was about 22 years old; leaving home at this age, he went South; engaged in buying and selling horses; in 1834, he engaged in mercantile business in Bloomington, Ind., with a younger brother; this he followed until 1842; then engaged in farming, a few years, in Clark Co., and in 1850, came to Edgar Co. During his early life, he had but little opportunity of getting an education, though by his own efforts he succeeded in becoming a fair scholar. Was married in February, 1840, to Miss Martha J. Moore, passed away in December, 1856, leaving five children (four still living)-three girls and one boy. He began business for himself at the age of 18; after many misfortunes losses, he still owns a nice little farm of seventy-four acres of good land; he is a man that has earned a good name and reputation by having been honorable in his business affairs, and is known as one of the straightforward, honest men of Grand View Tp.


E. B. Smith

E. B. SMITH, farmer and stock dealer; P. O. Grand View; is a native of Edgar Co., Grand View being his native township; during his boyhood, he had but little chance of getting an education, but by home study, close observation, and business experience, he now has a good, practical education. Was married Feb. 15, 1860, to Miss Catharine J. Bratton, of Washington Co., Penn.; they have a family of four children-Edward M., Minnie E., William O. and Anna D. Mr. Smith, by his own hard work and economy, coupled with good management, has accumulated, principally by his own efforts, 240 acres of land that in point of improvement is not equaled in the township; he is a man that has earned a good name and reputation by having been honorable and upright in his business transactions, and is known as one of the more prominent and better class of citizens of the , county.


Harrison Shroder

HARRISON SHRODER, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Dudley; is another old settler and pioneer of Edgar Co; is a native of Oldham Co., Ky.; was born July 2, 1818; came from his native place in Kentucky when he was 12 years old; received, principally by his own efforts, a common-school education. Was married Feb. 18, 1839, to Miss Elizabeth Perisho, of Indiana; they have had three children-John L., Nancy C. (now deceased) and Rosann M. Began business for himself at the age of 21; had no assistance from his father; now, by hard work and economy, he has a fine property of 200 acres of fine land, 40 acres of timber, and his home farm of 160 acres, which is well improved, and good buildings; he has always helped any enterprise that he deemed for the public good; has given freely to churches, schools and the poor; has been a member of the M. E. Church for the last forty years; is a man that has earned a good name and reputation by being honest and upright in his dealings, and is known as one of the more prominent and better class of citizens of Edgar Co.


James M. Steele

JAMES M. STEELE, retired physician, Grand View; is another of the old settlers and pioneers of Edgar Co.; is a native of Monroe Co., Va.; was born May 6, 1806; leaving his native place in 1835, he came west as far as Warren Co., Ohio, where he remained but a short time; he removed from there to Clinton Co., and lived there nearly one year and then came to Edgar Co.; this was in the fall of 1836; here he has since made his home. He began the study of medicine when he was 26, and attended the old Pennsylvania University of Medicine; he has been a practicing physician where he now lives for forty-two years; during this time, when in constant practice, he never refused to attend a case though he knew he would never receive pay for his time and trouble; he always tried to help young physicians who were worthy of help, and now, since he has ceased to practice, he has attended local and State societies and the National Conventions whenever possible for him to do so. He was married Sept. 12, 1838, to Miss Margaret I. Tate, of Augusta Co. Va., but at the time of marriage a resident Edgar Co.; they have a family of four children-Nancy T. (now Mrs. H. Baker, of Abilene, Kan.), Anna E. (now Mrs. J. B. Lord, of Kansas, Edgar Co.), John M. (deceased) and James M. The Doctor is an old settler, that has earned a good name and reputation by having been honorable and upright in his business affairs, and is well known as a man ready to help any public enterprise that he deems for the public good. Has given his children the benefit of a thorough education, his girls being college graduates; his son, James M., now attending the Wabash College, of Indiana. He is known as one of the wealthy and more prominent class of citizens of Edgar Co.


A. J. Smith

A. J. SMITH, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Grand View; is a native of Edgar Co., Grand View being his native township; he had no opportunity of going to college, but by improving what opportunities he had, has become a fair scholar; his father, Charles Smith, was one of the old settlers; came to the county in an early day; was an energetic, go-ahead man, leaving at his death, which occurred Feb. 11, 1868, nearly one thousand acres of fine land. A. J. was married Sept. 17, 1878, to Miss Anna Milburn, of Edgar Co., Sims being her native township. He is now living on the old home farm, of 308 acres, 108 of which belongs to him; he is a young man of good standing and reputation which he has earned by having been honorable in his dealings thus far in life, and is already known as one of the substantial men of Grand View Tp.


Charles A. Smith

CHARLES A. SMITH, farmer and stock-dealer; P. O. Grand View; is another of the natives of Edgar Co., Grand View being his native township, was born Aug. 17, 1838; has always made his home in Edgar Co.; there are four brothers of them, sons of Charles and Maria Smith, who were early settlers and pioneers of the county, having come to the county about 1822. Was married Nov. 7, 1861, to Miss Susan A. Zink, also of Edgar Co. He began business for himself at the age of 21; has always been an energetic, go-ahead man; now owns a property of 290 acres, 160 of which is his home farm, nicely improved with good buildings; he has always interested himself in any public enterprise tending to the public good; has a good name and reputation, Which he has gained by honesty and square dealing, and is known as one of the solid, substantial men of Grand View Tp.


Nancy Stoneburner

NANCY STONEBURNER, farming; P. O. Grand View; widow of Jacob Stoneburner (now deceased), who was one of the old pioneers of Edgar Co; he was a native of Loudoun Co., Va.; he lived at his native place until the age of 16, his parents then coming to Edgar Co.; this was in 1833; in the spring of 1834, his father located on the farm where Mrs. Stoneburner now resides; Mr. Stoneburner at his death, which occurred April 20, 1875, was aged 56; he had been a resident of the county for forty years; he was a man who had earned a good name and reputation by having been honorable and honest in his business affairs; was an energetic business man, leaving, at his death, 287 acres of fine land, well improved; he was a man ready to help any public enterprise that he deemed for the public good, and was known as one of the representative men of Grand View Tp.


Z. Frank Shultz

Z. FRANK SHULTZ, merchant, Dudley; is a native of Edgar Co., Grand View being his native township; he has acquired a good, practical education, by close observation and experience; this, coupled with a firm determination on his part to succeed, has helped him already to establish himself a nice business; began business for himself at the age of 22, at the manufacture of wagons, buggies, etc.; this he followed little over one year, and then began a general merchandising business, which he has since followed. He was married Dec. 17, 1874, to Miss Callie Jones, of Edgar Co.; they have one child-F. Willard. Mr. Shultz is still a young man; has already succeeded, by his own efforts, in establishing a good business; is full of life and energy, and bids fair in time to become one of the prominent business men of his native county.


James M. Tate, Sr.

JAMES M. TATE.SR., farmer and stock dealer; P. O. Grand View; is a native of Augusta Co., Va.; was born Aug. 11, 1830, his parents coming to Edgar Co. when he was 7 years old; he succeeded during his boyhood in securing a good education; this, coupled with his experience, has made him a sharp, shrewd business man. Was married April 23, 1852, to Miss E. M. Alexander, of Rockbridge Co., Va.; they have a family of five children-John, Joseph R., Luther M., James R. and William R. He has been engaged in the stock business since the age of 15, which has made him very efficient as a judge of stock; Mr. Tate has accumulated by his own efforts a fine property, now owning a fine farm of 188 acres of first class land, well improved, and valued at $70 per acre; he is an old settler and pioneer that has earned a good name and reputation by having been honorable and upright in his business affairs, and is known as one of the solid, substantial men of Grand View Tp.


R. M. Tate

R. M. TATE, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Grand View; is another of the old pioneer settlers of this county; he is a native of Augusta Co., Va.; left his native place when he was 21, and came to Illinois; located on his present farm, which he has owned for forty-two years; during his boyhood, he acquired a good common school education. Was married Aug. 8, 1837, to Miss Susan W. Gold, of his native county; they have a family of five children-Mary E., John W., James M., Emma G. and Nancy M. Mr. Tate has been a very energetic man, having accumulated principally by his own hard work and economy a nice property of 439 acres of first-class land, well improved, and valued at about $60 per acre; having in his home farm 280 acres which is located exactly on the divide between Big Creek and the Embarrass River, which makes it a very desirable piece of land; Mr. Tate is now 63 years old and a very pleasant, congenial gentleman; during his life, has always been a friend to churches, schools and the poor; always willing to do his part toward forwarding any enterprise that he deemed for the public good, and is known as one of the solid, substantial men of Grand View Tp.


Barnet Thomas

BARNET THOMAS, farmer and stock dealer; P. O. Grand View; is another of the old settlers of the county and a native of Hamilton Co., Ohio; was born Jan. 10, 1815; his parents moving to Franklin Co., Ind., when he was a year old; here Mr. Thomas remained until 1839, then moved to Clark Co., Ill.; he lived there about nine years, and in 1848 came to Edgar Co.; during his boyhood, he had but little chance of getting an education, there being; nothing but the old subscription-school system at that time. Was married Dec. 3, 1835, to Miss Ann M. Morrow, of Kentucky; she passed away Jan. 6, 1852, leaving a family of four children, three of whom are still living-two boys and one girl. Married his present wife, who was a Mrs. Sarah Beatty, a native of Hampshire; Co., Va., Nov. 14, 1852; by this marriage he has one child-Samuel B. He began business for himself at the age of 21; had but little assistance from his father; now, by hard work, economy and good management, he has a fine farm of 219 acres of good land, well improved, valued at about $70 per acre; he is an old settler that has earned a good name and reputation by having been honest and honorable in his business transactions, and is known as one of the solid, substantial men of Grand View Tp.


John A. Walz

JOHN A. WALZ, manufacturer of cabinet-ware and coffins, Grand View; is a native of Germany; was born Feb. 6, 1826; he lived at his native place until the age of 12; at this age, his father gave him $50 to make a visit to Hamburg; he remained in that city until his money was nearly gone, then shipped as a cabin-boy for New York City; upon his arrival there, being young, he could find but little to do; about nine months after his arrival, he went to Philadelphia and learned the trade of a cabinet-maker; this he has since made a business; he traveled over different States, working at his trade, until 1855, when he located in Grand View, and has since been a resident of this place. Was married Sept. 5, 1855, to Miss Mary S. McLaughlin, of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; they have a family of three children-Annie C., Catharine A. and Rosa E. Mr. Walz has been a resident of this county twenty-three years; has always been an honorable, upright citizen; by hard work and a close attention to business, he now has a nice trade; he is known as one of the straightforward, honest men of Grand View Tp.


H. C. Wilson

H. C. WILSON, merchant, Grand View; is a native of Ohio Co., Ind.; was born Aug. 9, 1844; when he was 4 years old, his parents left his native place and removed to Perry Co., Ind.; their method of transportation was by a flatboat, the distance being 225 miles down the Ohio River; they were over two months making the voyage; here Mr. Wilson remained until in August, 1862, when he enlisted in Co. K, 81st Ind. V. I.; he remained in the army until the close of the rebellion; was mustered out June 13, 1865, at Nashville, Tenn., and discharged June 26, 1865, at Indianapolis. When he left the service, he returned to Jefferson Co., Ind., where his mother had removed to while he was in the service, his father having died in 1856; his mother dying at her home in Jefferson Co., May 4, 1868. He was married Feb. 6, 1868, to Miss Maggie Parmer, of Boone Co., Ky.; she was born Dec. 25, 1843; they have two children-Ella B. and Henrietta. He began business in Grand View April 1, 1870; began in a room 16x36; had but a small stock of goods; in 1872, he enlarged his room capacity an addition of 20x20; in 1874, he rebuilt, this time changing his building to 20x66; he continued to do a good business until Jan. 29, 1878, when his store-building and whole stock of goods, valued at $5,000, was burned, the whole being a total loss, as he had not a penny of insurance; but he had developed such business capacity that as be rebuilt this time a fine brick building, two story, 23x70, the wholesale men that he had been dealing with sent him a short but pointed letter, saying, “Send in your orders.” He is a man standing well in the community; now has a fine business, which he is conducting in a business-like manner, and is known as one of the representative men of the county.


John R. Young

JOHN R. YOUNG, physician and surgeon, Redmon; son of A. A. and Margaret Young, who were natives of Virginia; John R. is a native of Edgar Co.; was born Aug. 31, 1851; he had the advantage of a college course, which he improved, and at the age of 23, began the study of medicine with Dr. M. Rowe, of Dudley; in 1877 he attended the Eclectic Medical College, of Cincinnati upon returning from college, he passed the examination before the State Board of Health of Illinois; in February, 1878, he began practicing; though still a young physician, he is well and favorably known in the county among the old physicians: socially, mentally and physically, he is well adapted for the profession that he has chosen.




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