JOHN PETERS, of Heyworth, is senior member of the firm of Slagel & Peters, manufacturers of all kinds of farm implements, repairing the same, and also in connection this, operating a feedmill. The firm was established in the spring of 1872, and has been successfully engaged since that time. Mr. Peters was born in Shenandoah County, Va., Aug. 8, 1845. His father, Daniel Peters, was formerly a shoemaker and later in life a farmer. He, also, was a native of the Old Dominion, and descended from excellent Irish and German ancestors. He was married in his native State to Miss Rebecca Blake, a Virginia lady, whose parents were among the earliest settlers of that region. They were natives of Pennsylvania and of pure German descent. The grandfather of our subject, William Peters, lived and died in the Shenandoah Valley. He was a shoemaker by trade and very ingenious with the use of tools.

The parents of our subject located in Virginia after their marriage, and the father died there in 1859. Seven years later the mother, with her family of seven children, emigrated West, and coming into McLean County, Ill, settled in Lexington Township. There the mother is yet living and there our subject learned his trade of blacksmith, serving his apprenticeship under the instruction of his uncle, L. C. Blake. After working five years for his board, clothes, and $150 in money, he decided to set up in business for himself. He first located in Martin Township in about 1866, and the following fall came to Heyworth, where he worked as a "jour" for about three years. In 1872 he became associated with his present partner, and they have since operated together harmoniously and successfully. Mr. Peters has a record as a shoe setter on horses which is seldom equaled or excelled. In the space of eight hours he has set and finished up ninety-six shoes, and in all departments of his business is equally skillful and expeditious. He has been industrious and made a wise investment of his profits. Besides his half interest in their large shop he also has eighty acres of land located on sections 34 and 17, and also has a nice village property.

Mr. Peters was married in Bloomington, Ill., Aug. 23, 1871, to Miss M. E. Slagel, who was born in Pendleton County, Va., Sept. 12, 1853. Mrs. Peters came West with her parents while yet an infant, and they first located in Coles County, this State, whence they removed to Randolph Township, this county. Of this marriage there is one child only, a son—Herbert J. Mr. P. is a member and chorister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Democrat and has been a Councilman in the village government. Mrs. Peters is an amiable and accomplished lady, finely educated, being a graduate of Wesleyan University [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University] in both classics and music.

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


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