MRS. HATTIE ENLOW, widow of James Enlow, owns and occupies a fine homestead in Bloomington, and is a member of a prominent family in McLean County, who were among the pioneer settlers of the Prairie State. Mrs. Enlow was born in Rossville, Ind., in 1849, and is the daughter of Robert and Eliza (Harvey) Campbell, natives of Pennsylvania. They were married in Franklin County, that State, in 1849, and located for a short time upon a farm there, whence they soon afterward removed by wagon to Indiana, and located in Clinton County upon rented land for a period of five years. They then removed to Illinois and purchased eighty acres of unimproved land in Dale Township, this county, upon which Robert Campbell built a comfortable house, planted an orchard, and made other improvements as time went on. The parents still occupy the old homestead, which now comprises 240 acres, and is one of the most valuable farms in this section. Their family consisted of four children, of whom Hattie, Mrs. Enlow, was the eldest; Newton married Miss Dora Culp, and lives on the homestead; William was married to Miss Anna McCoy, March 28, 1867, in Bloomington, and is engaged in the grocery trade, and Crawford is at home.

Robert Campbell, in 1881, rented his farm, and coming to Bloomington engaged in the grocery trade for three years, then sold the building and stock and moved back to the farm. He has been a good citizen and a prominent man, holding the office of Supervisor and other minor positions. He is Republican in politics, an Elder and Trustee in the First Presbyterian Church, and one of the wealthy and influential men of Dale Township. The faithful and affectionate mother has stood bravely by her husband in his labors and duties, and is also connected with the church of his choice in Bloomington.

The marriage of James Enlow and Mrs. Hattie Campbell took place on the 19th of November, 1868, in Covell, this county. The husband of our subject was the son of John and Catharine (Lander) Enlow, natives of Kentucky, who came to McLean County, Ill., in 1835, and settled on a farm in Dale Township, which remained their home the balance of their lives. Their family included eight children, of whom James was the third in order of birth. He was born in Kentucky in 1833, reared to farming pursuits, and given a practical education. At the age of twenty-nine years, the late war being then in progress, he enlisted in 1862, in Co. H, 94th Ill. Vol. Inf., became Sergeant of the company, and served until the close of the war. Upon his return from the army he engaged in farming on eighty acres of land which had been given him by his father. Two years later he sold this and purchased 160 acres in another part of the township. After his marriage with our subject they occupied this farm until 1878, and then, Mr. Enlow wishing to extend his farming operations, removed to Russell County, Kan., where he purchased 160 acres, and besides the improvement and cultivation of this engaged in mercantile pursuits, continuing thus jointly engaged until his death in 1880. The bereaved widow returned to Dale Township to her friends, with the body of her husband, which was buried in the cemetery here. Mr. Enlow was a man of good business capacity, an upright and straightforward citizen, Republican in politics, and a member of the A. O. U. W.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Enlow, the following year, erected her present fine residence in Bloomington at a cost of over $2,000, and has continued the management of the property which her husband left to her with rare judgment and business tact. The four children born to her and her husband are: John R., Robert, Mamie and Irma. Mrs. E. belongs to the First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington, and. is a lady highly esteemed for her womanly virtues, kindness of heart, and many other excellent traits of character.


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), 242-3.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards




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