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McLean County, Illinois
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GEORGE W. GASTMAN is a native of the city of New York, where he was born on the 12th of July, 1837. He is the son of E. A. and Margaret Ann Gastman, who, with their family, came to Illinois in 1838.

On the 8th of April of the same year, they located in McLean County, where their son, our subject, grew to manhood, in the meantime receiving careful home training and a fair education in the common schools. His studies were completed at Eureka College, but having been bred to farm life, he engaged in agricultural pursuits after his marriage, and was thus occupied until 1885, when he removed into the village of Hudson.

Mr. Gastman was married, April 5, 1860, to Miss Elizabeth J. Woolen, a native of McLean County, and the daughter of James and Catharine Woolen. Of this marriage there were born four children: Margaret Ann, the wife of William A. Hitch; Francis M., Angenetta and Hattie E. They have a pleasant residence in the village, and Mr. Gastman still owns his farm of 145 acres in the township of Hudson.

In politics Mr. Gastman is usually Democratic, but in local affairs endeavors to cast his vote for the men best fitted for the offices. He served as Deputy County Surveyor four years in McLean and eight years in Livingston Counties, although at the same time residing in this county continuously. He served as Justice of the Peace for many years, and has held the various local offices. The brother of our subject, E. A. Gastman, is Superintendent of the city schools of Decatur.

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), 365. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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