Lee County Biography

Emanuel H. Rickard
Palmyra Township


On section 5, Palmyra Township, Mr. Rickard and his wife own a fine farm of 136 acres,highly cultivated and improved with first-class buildings and there they have resided since 1883. He also owns 19 acres of timber land in another part of the township, and has large landed interests, the value of which is rapidly increasing.

Mr. Rickard was born in Medina County, Ohio, November 14, 1857, and there remained until coming to Whiteside County, this State in 1880. His parents, Daniel and christina (Hunker) Rickard, were natives of Pennsylvania, the former born Feb. 9, 1825 in Bucks County and the latter June 12, 1822 in Westmoreland County, both being of German or Dutch ancestry. They were married February 5, 1846, in Westmoreland County and began their wedded life on a farm. After the birth of two children - John and Isaac, they removed to Medina County, Ohio where they carried on farming and where the mother died May 23 1888, at the age of 66. She was an excellent woman and an earnest member of the Lutheran Church. The father is still living on his farm in Medina County, with his daughter, Mrs. E.G. Tinstman. He is a Republican in his policical views and a prominent man in Montville Township where he has resided for a number of years and where he has held various local offices.

Our subject is the fifth child in a family of six sons and three daughters, all of whom but one are now living in Medina County, Ohio, our subject being the only representative of the family in this state. He was married in Jordan Township, Whiteside County IL September 28, 1882, to Miss Anna E. Williams a native of that township where she was reared and educated. Her parents Osborn and Martha (John) Williams, were born in Columbia COunty PA, married July 27, 1848 and some six years afterward removed to IL and settled in Ogle County. A year or two later Mr. Williams purchased a tract of 160 acres in Jordan Township, Whiteside County, and afterward became the owner of two large farms in Lee County, upon which he placed fine improvements. He died July 8, 1884 in the 61st year of his age, his birth having occurred October 20, 1823. He came of an old Pennsylvania family, descendants of Roger Williams and his parents, both of whom wer Quakers died when he was a boy. He was diligent, generous and industrious; loved to see peace among all men and no discord among churches. A successful farmer he acquired a comfortable fortune in that calling. He was a Republican and was prominent in local politics, having held the office of Justice of the Peace for many years and serving as Assessor of his township and also as Supervisor for some years. Mrs. Williams, who survives her husband and lives ont he old homestead in Whiteside County, was born March 12, 1823 of Quaker parents. Mrs. Rickard is the youngest of three children, and was born on the 7th of May 1862; her brothers, Comley and Reuben are both farmers and are married, the former residing in Lee County and the later in Whiteside County. She is a lady of culture and refinement and well educated; before her marriage she followed the profession of a teacher for some time. She is the mother of one child - Clark, born July 14, 1885. Mr. and Mrs. Rickard hold a prominent place int he social circles of the community and their pleasant home is the favorite resort of the young people. In politics he belongs to the Republican party.

Portrait and Biographical Record - Lee County Pg 848

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