FRANK L. HOLLINGSWORTH, an energetic and successful young farmer of Downs Township, is the owner of 170 acres of valuable land on section 5, which includes fifty acres of timber. He took possession of this farm in March, 1886, and already has made some excellent improvements, having in contemplation more and greater ones as time progresses. He possesses that spirit of industry, enterprise and resolution which is not satisfied with ordinary achievements but is ambitious to excel, and bids fair to become one of the representative citizens of this prosperous and progressive county.
Mr. Hollingsworth is a native of Champaign County, Ohio, and was born June 7, 1862. His father, Samuel W. Hollingsworth, a native of Columbus, Ohio, in early life removed to Champaign County, where he met and married Miss E. Helen Lyon, who was born in Champaign County, where she was reared and educated. Her parents are of American birth and of Scotch-Irish ancestry. After his marriage, Samuel W. Hollingsworth located near Lewisburg, Ohio, and was there engaged in farming until 1872, when became to Illinois, taking up his abode at Monmouth, Warren County. Two years later he went to Missouri and located near Hopkins, whence he removed later to Taylor County, Iowa. From there he went to Lincoln, Neb., where he engaged in merchandising. In 1882 he recrossed the Father of Waters, locating in Bloomington, this county, and is now retired from active labor. Our subject was the eldest of his father's family and received his early education at Lincoln, Neb. He commenced doing for himself at the early age of fourteen years, his first experience in the business world being as a stock-raiser in Nebraska. He came to Bloomington with his father in 1882, and was connected with him for a time in the wholesale notion trade. Later he became interested in farming.
The marriage of Frank L. Hollingsworth and Miss Lizzie Welch was celebrated at the home of the bride's parents in Downs Township, Dec. 17, 1884. Mrs. H. was born in Downs Township, June 6, 1805, and completed her education at Wesleyan University, Bloomington. Of her marriage there has been born one child, a daughter, Helen May. Mrs. H. is a lady of more than ordinary intelligence and fine social qualities. Our subject is a sold Republican in politics, and gives his earnest support to the principles of his party.
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), 212-13. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards