TOBIAS S. STAUFFER is the owner of a fine farm of 160 acres of land on section 15, Old Town Township, and has been prospered in the vocation which he has followed thus far in life. The parents of our subject were Tobias and Anna (Shank) Stauffer, natives of Lancaster County, Pa., and of Swiss and German ancestry. Their married lives were passed in Lancaster County, and the father died there Sept. 17, 1884, in his eighty-first year. They had eight children, four sons and four daughters, and Tobias S. was the fourth in order of birth.

Tobias S. Stauffer was born in Lancaster County, Pa., April 21, 1836. He lived at home until he was about twenty-one years old, having received his education mostly in the common schools. After attaining man's estate he taught school for eight terms in his native county, and after coming to this county taught one term in Danvers Township. After leaving the parental home the time of our subject was passed in teaching and clerking in a store, and also in working out on a farm for a number of years. He commenced life with naught but a firm determination to succeed, and his first purchase was a small place in Lancaster County, Pa., where he continued to reside, engaged the while in farming, until the spring of 1867. From 1862 to April, 1867, he was Justice of the Peace in Lancaster County, and was also Assessor in 1865 in the same county. He then came to Alton, this State, and the following summer moved to this county and took up his abode in Dry Grove Township.

Mr. Stauffer's means were limited on arriving in the county, and he at first purchased only forty acres of land, which he cultivated until 1877, when he sold his place and purchased an eighty-acre tract in Normal Township. There he lived for six years and disposing of his farm by sale, bought 160 acres of land in Old Town Township, the same being that on which he is at present residing. All his land is under a high state of cultivation and he is succeeding as well in his vocation as labor, energy, good judgment and economy will permit.

Mr. Stauffer was married in Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 20, 1860, to Miss Mary Bishop, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Shely) Bishop, natives of Lancaster County, Pa., and of Scotch lineage. The mother died in Madison County, Ill., and the father in Sangamon County, this State. Their children were ten in number and Mrs. Stauffer was the fourth in order of birth. She was born in Lancaster County, Pa., Jan. 1, 1843, and of her union with our subject seven children have been bornóLineas B., Anna M. B., David M., Henry B., Fannie E., Benjamin F. and Albert T. Lineas is a resident of Kansas and a farmer by calling; Anna M. B. died in Lancaster County, Pa., in infancy. While a resident of Dry Grove Township our subject held the office of Collector and was also Township Clerk of Old Town Township. He and his good wife are members of the Protestant Methodist Church, and in politics he is a stanch Republican. The publishers are pleased to present a portrait of Mr. Stauffer in this work, and his many friends and acquaintances will readily recognize it, on another page.

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


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