Lee County Biography

William H. Mossholder

South Dixon Township

William H. Mossholder is one of the foremost of the enlightened and wide-awake farmers and stock raisers who are carrying on the great agricultural interests of Lee County. He is an extensive landed proprietor, having at least four valuable farms, and upon one of these on section 18, South Dixon Township, he makes his home.

Mr. Mossholder was born in Somerset County PA March 27, 1841 a son of Jacob and Mary (Flamm) Mossholder, natives respectively of PA and Germany. The father was born in Somerset County of parents who were also natives of the Keystone State, and were of German blood. They were prosperous farmers and came to this county in 1854 and here died. The mother of our subject came to this country from the German Fatherland when she was 13 years old with her parents who settled in Somerset County and there died when full of years. After their marriage and the birth of all their children but one, the parents of our subject came to IL in 1854, and were valued citizens of this county until their death, he dying in 1873 when past 61 years, and she in 1884 at the age of 72. On coming here they had settled on a new farm of 240 acres of wild land, located on section 17, and they developed it into a finely improved piece of property. They were prominent in the moral and religious uplifting of their community as leading members of the Evangelical Assoc. of South Dixon, helping to organize the church, and Mr. Mossholder gave the land on which the house of worship was built.

William Mossholder wsa a boy 13 years when the family came to this county from his early home on a Pennsylvania farm and here he attained manhood. He and his brother, Nicholas and sisters, Eve, now Mrs. Samuel Allen, and Catherine, now the wife of Levi Heckman are the only survivors of a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters of whom he is the third in order of birth. He early showed that he was well endowed with the qualifications so necessary to a farmer in order to assure success. He has a keen, discerning mind, is quick to grasp details and forethought and business accumen are his in a large degree. As before mentioned, he has several farms. The one on which he resides on section 18, South Dixon, contains 80 acres, highly cultivated and supplied with a good set of farm buildings, including a pleasant, roomy residence. He has another farm in the same township of 153 acres, which is all under the plow, and Mr. Mossholder has erected a good barn, dwelling and other necessary buildings. In Nelson Twp., he has a farm of 80 acres on section 24, upon which is a comfortable house and good buildings; and he owns a good farm of 120 acres in Adair County Iowa which is well improved. Besides the income derived from his farms Mr. Mossholder makes money by raising fine blooded stock.

In the accumulation of his property, Mr. Mossholder has not been without the assistance of a good wife, who has co-operated by her able management of the household affairs, and her devotion to family. His marriage with Catherine Lievan was celebrated in South Dixon Twp at the Lutheran parsonage, June 21, 1874. Mrs. Mossholder is a daughter of Mathias Lievan of whom a biography appears in this book. She was born January 11, 1847 in Somerset County PA and was but a girl when she came westward with her parents. This happy home circle of herself and her husband is completed by the three children born to them - Nora J, aged 15; Inez G, 12 years old and Clinton E. age 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Mossholder are members of the Evangelical Assoc. and are identified with its every good work. They are people of fine social qualities, genial, open hearted and charitable. Mr. Mossholder takes a keen interest in politics, although he is no office - seeker, and his preference is for the Republican party.

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