SAMUEL WADDLE, an esteemed resident of Normal, is a native of the Prairie State, having been born in Monroe County on the 10th of August, 1835. His father, James H. Waddle, of Kentucky, was reared in his native State to farming pursuits, and after arriving at years of manhood, was married to Miss Elizabeth Mundy, also a native of the Blue Grass State. Soon afterward, in 1827, they emigrated to Illinois, and were thus among the pioneer settlers. They located in the southern part of the State, and there passed the remainder of their lives. Of their family of twelve children, only two sons and two daughters are now living, and three of the children died in infancy.

The subject of this narrative was reared on his fatherís farm, and received his education in the school of forty years ago. After attaining his majority, he purchased a farm in Monroe County, Ill., which he occupied and cultivated until 1874. Then, desiring better opportunities for the education of his children, he removed to Bloomington, and one year later to Normal. Since residing in McLean County, he has given considerable attention to the buying and selling of stock, which yields him a handsome income. Mr. Waddle still owns real estate to the extent of 500 acres, 350 of which are in a fine state of cultivation. The land lies near old Ft. Charter, on the American Bottoms in Monroe County. While living there he chiefly gave his attention to the raising of wheat.

The subject of our sketch was married in September, 1857, to Miss Christine Cline, who died in 1864, leaving three children, two now living: John A., book-keeper of a wholesale house at Portland, Ore., and Wellington, Assistant Postmaster at Normal. The second marriage of Mr. Waddle occurred in 1865, when he was united with Miss Jane C. Morris, who bore him four children, of whom one daughter died in infancy; James is a book-keeper in Chicago; Herbert C. is engaged in teaching, and Leman is attending the Illinois State Normal University [Illinois State University].

Our subject and his family occupy a handsome and comfortable home, and enjoy the friendship and esteem of a large circle of acquaintances. Mr. Waddle ranks among the representative citizens of Normal, and is a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with which he has been connected for the past thirty years. Socially he is a Knight Templar [ed., Knights Templar], and politically casts his vote with the Democratic party. He has steadily declined becoming an office-holder, although several times solicited to take the responsibility. He is essentially the architect of his own fortune, and his possessions have been acquired solely by his industry and wise management.

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




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