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Nelson, Theodore A. - one of the reliable business men of Jersey County, has built up a valuable connection as a contractor and resides at Jerseyville. He was born at the county seat, January 7, 1875, a son of Conrad and Jennie (McCann) Nelson, natives of Sweden and Jersey County, respectively. Conrad Nelson came to the United States in young manhood, in 1863, upon his arrival, enlisted in the Union Army in the Civil War, being then twenty years old. He and his wife had the follwing children: Gussie E., Dora E., Theodore A., Edwin, Catherine, Carl, Frank, Charles, Orlan S., Mae. After his discharge from the army, Conrad Nelson began working at his trade of a plasterer which he had learned in Sweden, and was thus engaged for many years. He is still living in Jersey County, but his wife died April 24, 1914.

Theodore A. Nelson attended the Jerseyville schools until he was sixteen years old, when he began an apprenticeship under his father, and remained with him until 1900, when he went to Lamar, Col., and worked at his trade. Later he returned to Jerseyville, but in a short time went to Springfield and worked at his trade there for five years. Once more he came back to Jerseyville, and has since resided here, being still engaged at working as a plasterer, and now contracting.

Mr. Nelson was married July 3, 1903, to Miss Mabel A. Ballow, who was born in Greene County, Ill., July 6, 1885, and comes of French and German extraction. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson have one son, Winifred R., who was born November 23, 1910. Mr. Nelson is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Republican, and fraternally he belongs to teh W. O. W. and the Owls.

Newland, Joseph W. - Mayor of Grafton, and an agent of the C. O. & St. Louis Railroad, is one of the sound and reliable men of Jersey County, and stands high in public esteem. He was born at Crab Orchard, Ky., July 4, 1880, a son of John A. Newland, born in Kentucky. A civil engineer by profession, he was in the service of the government and stationed at Hot Springs, Ark., and later assissted in locating the route of the L. & N. Railroad in eastern Kentucky. Politically he was a Democrat, while his fraternal relations were with the Masonic Order. He was married to Virginia Alice Thomas, who was born at Madison, Ind. Their children were as follows: Frederick Dudley, who is deceased; Anna Martha, who resides at Cincinnate, Ohio; Joseph W.; and Allie May and Bessie, both of whom are deceased. The father is deceased but the mother survives and is agent for the C. P. & St. L. Railroad at Elsah, Ill., having formerly been agent for the L. & N. Railroad at Crab Orchard, Ky., for twenty years, and the first agent telegrapher employed by the L. N. Railroad.

Until he was sixteen years old, Joseph W. Newland attended school, and then began learning telegraphy, and his first position was at New Haven, Ky., with the L. & N. Railroad, with which he remained as agent and operator until 1906, when he entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad at McHenry, Ill. Later, he was with the C. H. & D. Railroad as division agent, at Dayton, Ohio, and in 1912, came to Grafton to assume his present position. In 1916, Mr. Newland was elected Mayor of Grafton, and is giving the city an extremely good administration. It has always been his practice to cast his vote for the man best suited for office, rather than hold himself down by party lines. Fraternally he is a Mason, and the Methodist Episcopal Church holds his membership. Mr. Newland was married to Miss Maude Render, who was born at McHenry, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. Newland have two children: Virginia Belle, who was born December 11, 1911; and Joesph W., wo was born July 29, 1913.

Nitschke, Paul J. - one of the most successful meat packers and farmers of Jersey County, has a farm that is a model of its kind in every respect. He was born in Germany, May 6, 1869, a son of Frank and Louisa (timpner) Nitschke, natives of Germany, who died in that country.

In 1889, Paul J. Nitschke came to the United States, landing in New York City, from whence he made his way to Syracuse, N. Y., where he worked for a butcher for a year. He then went to Kansas City, Mo., working there at butchering for six months, after which he came to Jerseyville. From February 29, 1892, until 1896, he was employed in a meat market, and then on May 21 of the latter year, he embarked in a meat business for himself, doing all his own butchering. Since then he has increased the capacity of his plant, and has everything modern in every respect, and controls the largest trade in the country. This plant was erected by Mr. Nitschke and is one of the finest of its kind, with cold storage facitlities. He feeds 100 head of cattle and the same number of hogs, and constantly buys live stock in Jersey and Greene Counties, and ships prinipally to St. Louis markets. He also breeds and raises fancy chickens. His farm of twenty-two and one-half acres on the edge of Jerseyville, contains his residence, slaughter houses, silos and other buildings. The silos are two fine concrete structures of modern design. In addition to his own land, he farms about fifty acres adjoining.

On Apirl 20, 1893, Mr. Nitschke was married to Anna C. Schattgen, born at Jerseyville, a daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Schattgen, natives of Germany and New York, respectivley. Mr. and Mrs. Nitschke have the following children: Louisa, who is a public school teacher; Frank, who is serving his country in the World War; and Josephine, Catherine, and Paul, who are at home. In politics, Mr. Nischke is a Republican, and he served as a member of the city council from the Second Ward for two terms. He is a Catholic. Mr. Nitschke attributes his success to the fact that he has always kept busy, has never wasted time or money, and has always given an active, personal supervision to every department of his business.

Noble, George W. - one of the representative residents of Jerseyville, has been successfully engaged in farming in Jersey County all of his mature life. He was born in Otter Creek Township, in April, 1861, a son of Caleb and Ruth (Cadwalder) Noble, he born in Adams County, Miss., and she in Fulton County, Ill. The paternal grandparents, Henry and Mary (Swayze) Noble came to Jersey County in an early day, having previously freed slaves. The maternal grandparents were John and Mary (Branson) Cadwalder, natives of Fulton and Sangamon Counties, Ill., respectively. On April 3, 1833, Henry Noble and his wife came to Grafton, Ill., and settled on a farm he had bought, located three-quarters of a miile northwest of Otterville. Henry Noble died on his farm.

Soon after his marriage Caleb Noble located on a farm east of Otterville, and continued to operate it for many years. In the fall of 1865 he was elected associate judge of Jersey County. He and his wife were spared to live together for thirty-two years, having been married in 1858, and he died in 1890. Since his demise, the widowed mother and two of her daughters and her son George W. Noble, have lived together. There were ten children born to Caleb Noble and his wife, namely: C. W., who lives in Otter Creek Township; George W.; Mary, who is Mr. C. C. Calhoun, of Otter Creek Township; Oliva, who is Mrs. John Lurton, of Fargo, N. D.; Addie F., who is living with her mother; F. H., who is living in California; Jay M., who lives in Otter Creek Township; Clark, who lives at Portland, Ore.; Ruth, who is living with her mother; and Lillie, who died in childhood.

George W. Noble attended the primary school founded by Dr. Silas Hamilton at Otterville. When his father died he received ninety acres of land as his share of the estate and he conducts this farm, together with the remaining 260 acres of the homestead. Until 1914, the family lived on the farm, but that year they moved to Jerseyville, where they have since made their home. Mr. Noble has never married. He belongs to the Otter Creek Methodist Church, which he has served as trustee and steward, and he has also taught in the Sunday school. Politically he is a Democrat, and has served Otter Creek Township for one year as supervisor.

Source: History of Jersey County Illinois, 1919
Edited by Oscar Hamilton
President Jersey County Historical Society, 1919
(Actual Book Pages 497 - 664)(PDF Pages 632 - 799)