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McLean County, Illinois
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JOHN N. KILGORE, a successful agriculturalist of Lawndale Township, owns a good homestead on section 22, and is numbered among the enterprisingyoung farmers of McLean County. He is a native of Franklin County, Ohio, born Nov. 12, 1859, being the youngestof a family of four children. He attended the common schools and fortwo years pursued a thorough course of study in the Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio. He remained under the home roof until twenty-four years of age, then started for the prairies of Illinois. He arrived in this county in the fall of 1883, and in the spring following located on his present homestead. This now comprises 240 acres of finely improved land, with a good house, barn, and all necessary outbuildings.

Mr. Kilgore was married in Plain City, Madison Co., Ohio, Dec. 31, 1884,to Miss May L., daughter of Edmund and Lavinna Smith, natives respectively of Vermont and New York. Mrs. K. was born in Union County, Ohio, May 19, 1864, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of one child, a son, Clyde S., born Dec. 13, 1885. Mr. Kilgrove is a stanch adherent of the Republican party and socially belongs to the K. of P.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits andbiographical 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),629. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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