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LEVI DEISINGER, one of the intelligent and industrious citizens of Cheney s Grove Township, formerly a miller and carpenter, is now engaged in the occupation of a farmer, and has a pleasant homestead located on section 3. This comprises eighty acres of good land, which is watered by three fine springs, and Mr. D., beside his other employments is quite extensively engaged in the breeding of foreign horses and cattle, of which he makes a specialty, and in which he takes great pride. His horses are Morgan and Clydesdale, and his cattle graded Short-horns. Of the latter he has eleven head, and also fifty-one head of hogs.

Mr. Deisinger may be properly termed a self-made man in every respect. He was but fourteen years old when he was obliged to look out for himself, but he had been trained to habits of industry and honesty, and found friends wherever he made his home. He was born in York County, Pa., in 1833, and is the son of John and Lydia Deisinger. He remained in his native State until twenty years of age, then proceeded to Dayton, Ohio, where he worked one year at milling, and then came to this county. He was engaged as a carpenter for eight years following, and was then enabled to purchase forty acres of land in Anchor Township, which, however, he sold two years later. He then purchased his present homestead, and since that time has been industriously engaged in its improvement and cultivation. He has performed faithfully all the duties of a good citizen, and contributed his share toward the business and agricultural interests of his township. Mr. Deisinger has never married. He has been prominently connected with the Saybrook Methodist Episcopal Church for a period of over twenty years, and has contributed liberally and cheerfully to its support.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 462. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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