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GEORGE FREDERICK STAINBROOK

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George F. Stainbrook, the efficient County Sheriff of Lee County, is one of the wide-awake and ambitious young men of Dixon who will undoubtedly make of life a success, as he is possessed of energy, industry and a perseverance that overcomes all obstacles, he claims the honor of being a native of the county, his birth having occurred in Viola Township, September 11, 1858, his father, Isaiah Stainbrook, a native of Meadville, Crawford County, Pa., comes of an old Pennsylvanian family of German origin. His grandfather, Fred Stainbrook, was born and reared in the Keystone State, and is yet living in PawPaw, Ill., at the advanced age of ninety years. The infirmities of age, however, rest lightly upon him, he still retaining much of the physical and mental vigor of middle life. his father, the great-grandfather of our subject, a Revolutionary hero, lived and died in Pennsylvania, and was a son of the founder of the familv in America, a German emigrant who on leaving the Fatherland crossed the Atlantic and settled in Crawford County, Pa., where his descendants have now lived for several generations. The family have been a farming people.

In the usual manner of farmer lads, Isaiah Stainbrook was reared to manhood, and in an early day accompanied his parents to Illinois, the family locating in Willow Creek Township, Lee County where he attained his majority. In Viola Township, he formed a matrimonial alliance with Isabel Davidson, who was born in Canada. On her father's side she was of Scotch descent, and on her mother's side was of Scotch-Irish lineage. During her girlhood she accompanied her parents to New York, and from there the family came to Illinois, locating on a farm in Viola Township, where both her father and mother spent there remaining days. They were members of the Presbyterian Church. After his marriage Isaiah Stainbrook enlisted for the late war in August, 1864, as a member of the Seventy-fifth Illinois Infantry, and was assigned to Company F. The regiment served with the armies of the Cumberland and Tennessee, and Mr. Stainbrook was with his Cornmand in all the engagements in which it participated. lie was never wounded or taken prisoner, but still suffers from rheumatism caused by exposure. When the war was over he was honorably discharged, and at once returned to his home in Viola Township, where je has since engaged in agricultural pursuits. He is one of the successful farmers and well-known citizens of that community, and exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican party. His parents were members of the Methodist Church, and he and his wife attend its services. Our subject is the eldest of their four children, two sons and two daughters. The second son, William, wedded Rosa Johnson and is a resident farmer of Viola Township; Mary is the wife of Charles Stout also a farmer of that township; and Jennie married William Phillips, an agriculturist of Viola Township.

George F. Stainbrook acquired a good practical education in the public schools, and early became acquainted with the labors of the farm from whence his experienccs of life in early years were all obtained. He possesses a nature extremely practical yet progressive, and is ambitious. To farm work he devoted his energies until a little more than eight years ago when he was made Deputy Sheriff of Lee County, and removed to Dixon. He proved one of the most faithful and efficient public servants, and for eight years filled that office. In 1890 he was elected Sheriff, and is now discharging the duties of that position with promptness and fidelity. He is the youngest Sheriff that Lee County ever had, a fact which speaks well for the confidence reposed in him by his fellow citizens and also for his personal popularity.

A marriage ceremony, performed in Dixon on the 16th of October, 1890, united the destinies of Mr. Stainbrook and Miss Anna B. Mulkins. Her parents, Lemuel and Helen Mulkins, are residents of this city, where their daughter was born on the 6th September 1863. She is an intelligent and cultured lady and possesses no small artistic skill, her landscape and portrait paintings both being worthy of high commendation. Mr. and Mrs. Stainbrook attend the Methodist Church. He is connected with several civic societies, being a member of the United Workmen, the Modern Woodmen, and the Illini Tribe of Red Men. In politics he is a stalwart Republican, and takes considerable interest in political affairs, keeping himself well informed on the issues of the day.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co Pg 198

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