DANIEL W. MASON. This gentleman may be numbered among the intelligent and successful farmers of Downs Township, where he has a fine estate of 120 acres, located on section 27. The land is under a good state of cultivation and supplied with a modern residence with handsome grounds and good outbuildings. The dwelling stands on a rise of ground which commands a fine view of the surrounding country. The farm is conducted with system and good order and everything is kept up in the best style. The machinery is after the most improved pattern and the live-stock includes the best grades of domestic animals. Mr. Mason took possession of his present home in March, 1868, having purchased it the previous year. He came to this county in October, 1839, and has been a resident here most of the time since.
Daniel W. Mason was born in Preble County, Ohio, April 15, 1833, being the son of Solomon Mason, who was a native of Kentucky, but is now living with his son, S. B. Mason, in Downs Township. The grandfather of our subject is supposed to have died in Kentucky. Solomon Mason removed from his native State to Ohio in 1805, several years before it was admitted into the Union as a State. He settled in what is now Darke County, thence he removed to Preble County, and from there to McLean County.
Our subject was the eighth of a family of eleven children, six sons and five daughters; three of each are still living and all have been married. The early life of our subject was spent at home with his parents until 1852, when he went to Ohio and attended the Audubon University to complete his education. The school was carried on under the auspices of the United Brethren Church, of which his parents were members. After returning home he engaged in teaching for a time and then took up the carpenters' trade. His first purchase of land was in Story County, Iowa, and consisted of 285 acres, unimproved. This he sold later and purchased sixty-nine acres in Downs Township, this county, where he went to live and which remained his home until his removal to his present farm.
The marriage of Daniel W. Mason and Miss Susan F. Richardson was celebrated at the home of the bride's parents in Downs Township, Aug. 14, 1860. Mrs. M. is the daughter of Samuel T. and Mary (Welch) Richardson. The parents of Mrs. M. were natives respectively of New York and Pennsylvania, and their marriage took place near Ft. Harrison, Ind. They came to McLean County in 1838 and located in Downs Township, where the mother died in 1870, aged fifty-seven years and six months. The father is now living in Bloomington, being seventy-eight years of age. Their children were seven in number, of whom Mrs. M. was the fourth. One daughter is deceased.
Mrs. Mason was born in Downs Township, this county, July 28, 1839. She commenced her education in the public schools and completed it in Bloomington. Mr. and Mrs. Mason have become the parents of the following children: Orville H., who assists his father on the homestead; Cornelia, who was formerly a teacher in the public schools, and is now at home with her parents; Mary E., at home; Celia A., who died at the age of nine months, and Stanley L., at home. Mrs. Mason and two daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics Mr. Mason is Republican and has held the office of Commissioner of Highways, and also been a member of the Board of Education. His first vote for President was for Fillmore, and the first vote he ever cast was for David Davis for Circuit Judge.
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), 215. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards