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James M. Stine
McLean County, Illinois

JAMES M. STINE, of Saybrook, Illinois, after years of honest toil, is not living a retired life, enjoying the fruits of his industry and thrift. He was born in Monroe County, Indiana. May 15, 1847, and in his native county and state he grew to manhood, being reared to farm life. His educational advantages were fairly good, and he received a good common-school education. He remained with his parents until grown, in the meantime assisting in the farm work. He was married in Monroe county, Indiana, July 16, 1868, to Miss Margaret Lamen also a native of Monroe county. After his marriage, he located on a farm in that county and there engaged in farming for five years.

Believing he could better himself in the prairie state, Mr. Stine came with his family to McLean county in 1874, and located first in West township, where he rented a farm and there remained three years. He then moved into Arrowsmith township, rented land and farmed for nine years. At the expiration of that time he moved into Cheney’s Grove township, and purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres. He did not, however, locate on that farm, but rented it out, and on another rented farm he moved with his family. Four years later he sold the farm he bought at a nice advance, and later bought a farm of three hundred and twenty acres in Jasper county, Indiana. He did not move to his new purchase, but continued to reside in McLean county and still continued to farm. He later sold his Indiana farm, but continued farming in McLean county until his removal to Saybrook in 1898. In the meantime he bought some nice lots and built a good residence in Saybrook. In 1896 he purchased a hardware establishment in Saybrook and taking into partnership his son, H. D., he carried on that line of trade, the son taking the active business management. He continued in this line for about two years and then sold his interest to the son, the latter continuing the business.

Mr and Mrs Stine are the parents of six children, H. D., mentioned above, being the eldest. William R., the next born, is engaged in the draying business in Saybrook. J. B., Ila M., James and Daisy are at home.

Politically, Mr. Stine is an earnest and true Democrat, having supported the men and measures of that party since casting his first presidential vote for Horatio Seymour in 1868. He would never accept any local office save that of school director. For fifteen years he served as a member of the school board, the greater part of the time being clerk of the district. He is a member of the Christian church of Saybrook, of which body his wife is also a member. Socially, they are held in high esteem, and they have many friends in the eastern part of the county, where they are well known, and where they have resided a quarter of a century.

[The Biographical record of McLean County, Illinois - S.J. Clarke Publishing Company - (1899)]


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