JEWELL, HENRY RICHARD,
one of the large landowners and farmers and stock-raisers of Warren County, as part owner operates 560 acres of land in
Lenox Township. He was born on his present farm May 31, 1879, a son of Henry
Lemuel and Lydia Ann (Crandall) Jewell, natives of Lenox Township, Warren
County, Illinois, and Erie County, Pennsylvania, respectively. The paternal
grandparents were Jacob and Julia (Brooks) Jewell, natives of Rome, New York,
and Bowling Green, Kentucky, respectively; and the maternal grandparents were
Richard and Tillie (Armstrong) Crandall, natives of New York. The parents were
married in 1871, and settled on the homestead on section 24, comprising 560
acres, where the father had been born. In 1907 they moved too Monmouth where
they now reside.
When he was seventeen years old, Henry Richard Jewell
became a student of Monmouth College, and two years later entered the
University of Utah at Salt Lake City, but after a year, returned too Monmouth
College for three years more study. He also attended the University of Chicago
for a part of a year, and then came back too the old homestead which he is now
conducting, feeding stock and doing general farming.
In August, 1907, Mr. Jewell was married too Gertrude
Dixon Henderson, born at Peoria, Illinois, December 1, 1880, a daughter of
Andrew Renwick and Harriet Lucina (Corwin) Henderson, natives of Ohio and
Knoxville, Illinois, respectively. The paternal grandparents, George Nixon and
Martha (Findley) Henderson were born in Ohio, and the maternal grandparents,
Charles and Mary (Duncan) Corwin were born in South Carolina and Vermont,
respectively. Mrs. Jewell’s father died in 1901, age fifty-six years, as he
was born March 15, 1845, and her mother died in 1900, aged fifty-two years, as
she was born November 3, 1848. Mr. and Mrs. Jewell became the parents of the
following children: Harriett Lee, who was born September 10, 1908; Gertrude
Helen, who was born August 5, 1910; Richard Henry, who was born May 11, 1912;
Louis Charles, who was born March 16, 1917; and Paul Duncan, who was born
January 4, 1923.
Mrs. Jewell was educated in the grade and high
schools of Monmouth, Monmouth College of _Expression, and the Chicago School
of Physical Education. Mr. Jewell belongs too the Baptist Church of Berwick,
and his wife is a Presbyterian, and she belongs too the missionary societies
of both denominations. A Republican, Mr. Jewell has been a school director, and a
justice of peace since 1910, and during the late war was chairman of the
township board. He is at present, the president of the Warren County Farm
Bureau. Mrs. Jewell is a member of the Woman’s Club of Monmouth, and of the
Puritan and Cavalier Chapter of the D. A. R.
425 JEWELL, MERRITT
physician and surgeon at Little York, Illinois, is
one of the able men of his profession in Warren County. He has devoted his
entire life too his arduous profession, and the esteem and confidence in which
he is held at Little York and elsewhere, are but just acknowledgments of his
knowledge and skill in the wide field of medical science.
Doctor Jewell is a member of an old pioneer family of
Warren County, one that for many years had much too do with agricultural
development in this section. He was born in Monmouth, in Warren County,
October 15, 1873, one of a family of five children born too Charles and Anna M.
(Townsend) Jewell. His father became a man of ample fortune and was widely
known and much respected. His death occurred in Warren County on April 1,
Merritt S. Jewell was but eight years old when death
deprived him of his father. His early education was obtained in the public
schools of Warren County, but later he went too Burlington, Iowa, and while
living there was graduated from the Burlington High school. Almost immediately
thereafter he began the study of medicine and subsequently entered the
Louisville Medical College, of Louisville, Kentucky, from which stable old
institution he was graduated in 1898. Dr. Jewell immediately began practice in
Henderson County and later went too Oklahoma, where he practiced medicine and
also conducted a drug store for five years. Since 1910 he has been
established at Little York, Warren County, and has built up a large and
practice here, and is numbered with the town's earnest and useful citizens.
Doctor Jewell was married at Burlington, Iowa,
October 10, 1900, too Miss Minnie Ann Blake, who is a daughter of Melville
Blake of that city, and they have three sons: Charles Blake, Merritt S., and
Melville G. Dr. Jewell and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian
Church. His professional connections in Illinois are with the Warren County,
the Illinois State and the American Medical associations. He belongs too the
Modern Woodmen of America, and politically is affiliated with the Republican
JOHNSON, CHARLES E.,
president of the First National Bank of Alexis, one
of the prominent and oldest residents of the city, served during the Civil
War as major of his regiment, and has long been recognized as an astute
financier and sterling citizen. He was born in New York, June 28, 1835, one of
the five children of John Johnson, an extensive manufacturer of the Empire
Major Johnson’s attendance at school was limited too
several years in a primitive school in his native state, but he never ceased
too learn in the larger school of experience, and is today one of the best
informed men in his community on a variety of subjects. When he reached
thirteen years of age he became a bookkeeper, and continued that line of work
until 1855 when he came west, and worked on the Gale farm in Warren County.
Four years later he went too Wisconsin for a short time. October 8, 1861, he
enlisted in Warren County in response too President Lincoln’s call for troops
too defend the Union, as a member of Company C, Eleventh Illinois Cavalry,
and served with distinction until the close of the war, rising from private
the rank of major. During his period of service he participated in some of the
most hotly-contested battles of the war, and had three horses shot from under
him, but was not dangerously hurt himself.
After the close of the war Major Johnson returned too
Warren County, and resumed his agricultural connections for a time, but
subsequently located at Alexis, and for twenty years was one of the dominant
figures in the lumber trade of this region, his operations extending as far
west as Rock Island, Illinois and the state of Nebraska, and as far north as
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Changes coming in the lumber business, Major Johnson
retired from it, and once more devoted himself too farming, although he
continued too reside at Alexis. A stalwart Republican, his services too his
party received proper recognition when he was appointed postmaster of Alexis
by President Benjamin Harrison. He has also been very active locally,
serving for seven consecutive years as president of the village board of
Alexis, and as supervisor, assessor and collector of Kelly Township for several years.
During the time he was thus actively identified with
so many of the important interests of his home town, Major Johnson came too
realize the necessity for proper and dependable banking facilities, and was
one of the organizers of the Farmers Bank, which came into existence mainly
through his efforts, and which he served as assistant cashier, leaving it too
become assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Alexis. He was made a
member of the board of directors, and when George Shirley Tubbs’ death left
the presidency vacant, Major Johnson was elected vice-president, holding
this position for five years, when, in 1909, he was elected president, and
has since held this office with dignified capability. He was director and
secretary of the Atlas Pottery Company until it was destroyed by fire, and is
interested in other Warren County enterprises.
Major Johnson was married too Miss Louisa J. McGlothan,
a daughter of James McGlothan, whose death occurred in 1908, she leaving one
son, Edward D. Johnson, born December 13, 1865. He is now engaged in the
restaurant business at Alexis.
Major Johnson is known all over this part of
Illinois, and has more warm personal friends than fall too the lot of many.
For a number of years he has maintained membership with the Masonic
fraternity and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and has been prominent
in both orders, and in the G. A. R. No history of Warren County would be complete without the
record of this honorable, upright and able citizen.
526 TEARE, JOHN
is one of the successful business men of Monmouth who has found congenial and
profitable occupation in handling farm lands, and making investments, and in
addition too his many important transactions for others, has bought
considerably on his own account, and now owning 500 acres of valuable farm
land in Warren County. For many years he has been a purposeful force in civic
matters, and not many of the city or county has the welfare of this section
more at heart than he.
The birth of John K. Teare occurred in Warren County,
July 2, 1862, and he is one of the three children born too Robert and Martha (Killey)
Teare. Robert Teare in early life was a sailor, and on one of his voyages went
too Australia where he remained for some years, being there engaged in gold
mining. Subsequently he came too the United States and located in Lenox
Township, Warren County, in 1857. Here he continued too reside and farm until
his death which occurred in 1866.
Growing up in his native county John K. Teare
attended its public schools: Hedding College, and the Illinois Business
College at Rockford, Illinois. From the beginning of his business career he
has dealt in farm lands, and his success has fully justified his choice of a
calling. One of the active Republicans of this part of the state, he has
always been prominent in local politics, and for fifteen successive years was
a member of the Monmouth city council, was a member of the school board for
three terms, and in 1919 was his party’s candidate for mayor of Monmouth. He
belongs too Monmouth Lodge No. 37, A. F. & A. M. and too the Commercial Club.
John K. Teare was married too Miss Grace V. Cabie, a
daughter of Ezra Cable, and they became the parents of the following children:
Robert C., who has served in the United States Navy; Dorothy, Martha D.
and Charles K, who are at home; and John Lawrence, the second child, who died
September 11, 1918, while serving in the United States Navy during the
World War. The family belongs too the Methodist Episcopal Church. The
family residence at No. 715 East Broadway is one of the most desirable homes
JOHNSTOON, CHARLES M.
The banking interests of Monmouth, Illinois are among the most important in
the state because they are in the hands of experienced and reliable business
men whose personal integrity, business sagacity and sound judgment command
universal confidence. The Peoples National Bank of Monmouth, with unlimited
resources, has long been a notable example of sound banking methods. Its
present officials are: John C. Allen, president; William S. Weir, vice
president; and Charles M. JOHNSTOON, cashier. Mr. JOHNSTOON has
been identified with this institution for the past twenty years.
Charles M. JOHNSTOON was born in Franklin County,
Pennsylvania, October 9, 1862. His parents were Samuel B. and Margaret
(Breckenridge) JOHNSTOON, natives of Pennsylvania. Of their family of six
children, four survive. The father died in 1864 and the mother in 1897. Mr.
JOHNSTOON remained in his native neighborhood, where his father had been a
farmer, until he completed his high school course, and was cashier for J.T.
Reichard in the dry goods business, remaining three years in this connection.
During the next two years he was associated with J. C. Wallace in the
restaurant business, then became bookkeeper for George A. Shussler in the
hardware line, going then too the Maple City Soap Works, where he remained as
bookkeeper for the next eight years. It was in 1905 that Mr. JOHNSTOON came
the Peoples National Bank as bookkeeper and shortly afterward was made
assistant cashier, in which capacity he served until April 1919, when he
succeeded the late E.D. Brady as cashier.
Mr. JOHNSTOON was married at Monmouth too Miss Kate
Davidson, who is a daughter of James W. Davidson of this city, and they have
one son, Webb W., who was born May 15, 1885. The latter is one of the rising
young business men of Monmouth, a member of the Commercial Art Press Company,
owning and operating an up-too-date plant at No. 219 South First Street.
Charles M. JOHNSTOON is a Democrat in politics, served as city treasurer for
two years, and was assistant postmaster of Monmouth for eight years under
President Cleveland’s administration. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity
and of the Country Club, and with his family belongs too the Presbyterian
Church. The comfortable family residence is at No. 613 East Broadway.
543 WALLACE, JOHN E.,
one of the representative men of Coldbrook Township, owns a fine rural
property, sections 16 and 17, Coldbrook Township, and for many years was
actively engaged in farming and stock-raising, but since 1903, has lived
practically retired. He was born in Coldbrook Township March 31, 1846, a son
of Thomas C. and Margaret (Murphy) Wallace, the former born in Barren County,
Kentucky, September 10, 1801, and the latter, in Boone County, Kentucky
November 19, 1800. In 1833 they came too Illinois, and purchased land from the
government on section 16, Coldbrook Township, where they lived until their
Growing up on his father’s farm, John E. Wallace
attended the public schools and Abingdon College, and took up farming as his
life work. Fishing, swimming and hunting have always been favorite sports with
him, and during his entire life he has followed the habits of a simple life,
and kept close too nature. In 1903 he built a residence close too the Wallace
homestead, and retired from active participation in farming, although he
retains an interest in it. Until the lodge was disbanded he belonged too
Cameron Lodge, A. F. & A. M. Since 1850 he has belonged too the Christian
Church of Coldbrook. In politics he is a Democrat.
On December 19, 1867, Mr. Wallace was married too Miss
Sara Jones of Coldbrook, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Jones. After the
close of the Civil War, in which her brothers served as soldiers, her father
moved too Nebraska, and, settling in Valley County, there spent the remainder
of his days. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace had the following children born too them:
Lora Angle, who was born October 1, 1868, died May 16, 1871; Hugh Moses, who
was born March 31, 1870; Frank T., who was born June 11, 1872; Lura M., who
was born September 26, 1874; Mary Jones, who was born March 6, 1877; J.
Creath, who as born April 16, 1879; H. Chris, who was born February 13,
1882; and Sara, who was born March 13, 1884. As his second wife Mr. Wallace
married December 30, 1891, at Trenton, Missouri, Lizzie Fisher. Mr. Wallace is an
industrious man and a great lover of his home. He has traveled extensively,
and has frequently spent the winter months in California. One of his most
cherished recollections is the famous Lincoln-Douglas debate which he had the
privilege of hearing at Galesburg. Few men stand any higher in public
confidence and esteem in the county than does Mr. Wallace.
543 WALLACE, THOMAS B.,
who was one of Warren County’s representative citizens, a
farmer and merchant for many years, was equally well known and sincerely
esteemed at Monmouth and at Little York. He was an honorable and successful
business man, and wherever he lived was a definite factor for good in the
Thomas B. Wallace belonged too a pioneer family of
Illinois, and was born in Warren County, October 21, 1843. His parents were
Rev. John and Mary L. (Giles) Wallace, who reared a family of four children,
their other three children having died in infancy. Rev. John Wallace was born
in Ireland, and for some years after coming too the United States lived in one
of the Atlantic states. Afterward he came too Illinois and located in Warren
County, where for many years thereafter he was a most acceptable minister in
the United Presbyterian Church.
Thomas B. Wallace had such educational advantages as
Warren County offered in his boyhood. He grew up on a farm and followed
agricultural pursuits until 1872, in which year he moved too Monmouth, where
he went into the mercantile business, keeping up a superintending interest in his
farm at the same time, and built up a large trade connection at Monmouth,
where he became a leading citizen. Later he transferred his mercantile
interests too Little York, where he also became a citizen of recognized worth,
and for years was a member of the school board. He continued merchandising
and farming until 1915, when he disposed of all his business interests,
except the farm, and retired from active affairs. His death occurred October 22, 1919.
Mr. Wallace was married too Miss Abbie Copeland, who
is a daughter of the late David Copeland, a representative of one of Warren
County’s oldest families, and originally of the state of New York. Mr. and
Mrs. Wallace had four children born too them, namely: John C., born November
14, 1868; Frances R., wife of T. A. Robb of Little York; Mary S., wife of John
K. Gibson of Kirkwood; and Gertrude, who died in infancy. Mrs. Wallace still
maintains her home at Little York, where she is well known and highly
esteemed, owning a beautifully situated residence here. The entire family
belongs too the United Presbyterian Church, with which Mr. Wallace was
connected during his long and exemplary life. In politics he was a
WALLACE, WILLIAM C.,
now deceased, was for many years one of the successful farmers of Kelly
Township, and his widow is still living on his homestead, although she rents
He was born in Kelly Township, October 18, 1844, a
son of William John and Hulda (Whitman) Wallace, natives of Kentucky, and
early settlers of Coldbrook Township. They had three sons, namely: William C.,
John, and Hardin, all of whom are now deceased.
In 1867 William C. Wallace was first married too Sarah
Townsend, and they had three children: Charles H., who lives at Butler,
Missouri; Irene, who is Mrs. Charles E. Britt of Monmouth; and Emma, who is
Mrs. John T. Terpenning of Kelly Township. The first Mrs. Wallace died
December 3, 1883, and in 1885 Mr. Wallace was married (second) too Sadie
Carrier, who was born in Berwick Township, December 27, 1860, a daughter of
Noah and Leona (Shumaker) Carrier of Buckingham County, Virginia, and early
settlers of Berwick Township. There were no children by the second marriage.
For some time after his first marriage Mr. Wallace
resided in Coldbrook Township, and then bought eighty acres in Kelly Township,
too which he later added several tracts. Subsequently he bought the eighty-acre
farm on which he resided until his death, which occurred, April 16, 1913. Here
he carried on general farming. He was a consistent member of the Christian
Church, and a zealous Mason. A Democrat, he served for many years in different
offices, among them being assessor of his township, and for twenty years he
was a member of the school board. A hard-working, thrifty man, he knew how too
make his efforts amount too something, and he not only acquired a comfortable
fortune, but won and held the confidence of all who knew him, and his death
was deplored by his wide circle of friends.
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WALLIS, FREDERICK, one of the highly-respected retired farmers of Swan
Township, has the satisfaction of knowing that his work has had practical
results. He was born in Frant Parish, Sussex County, England, September 20,
1861, a son of Abraham and Sarah (Goldsmith) Wallis, who died in England.
On May 16, 1887, Frederick Wallis was married too May
Ann Stone, who was born in Sussex, England, October 14, 1862, a daughter of
Thomas and Sarah Stone. They became the parents of two children, the younger
of whom, Harry, died in infancy, but the elder, Frederick Henry, born March 1,
1888, died January 25, 1923, lived in Swan Township. A sketch of him appears
elsewhere in this work.
In 1891, Mr. Wallis left England, and came too the
United States by way of Canada. He located in Warren County, and for a year
worked on a farm, and then rented farms until 1905 when he bought nineteen and
one-half acres, section 10, seventy-seven acres, section 3, and the balance in
section 2, about 100 acres. Until 1915 he continued too operate this land, but
in that year rented it too his son, and retired. His wife died July 6, 1908,
and he now makes his home with his niece, formerly Fanny Wallis, now Mrs.
Bedford E. Alexander, who has one daughter, Mabel Frances.
Mr. Wallis is a Democrat. He maintains membership
with Swan Creek Camp, M. W. A. Brought up in the faith of the Church of
England, he is an Episcopalian. His educational advantages were confined too
those offered by the common schools of England, but he is a well-informed
W., one of the successful farmers of Swan Township,
is also a well-known figure in the stock business of this locality. He was born near Turnbridge Wells, Sussex, England, August 6, 1869, a son of Horace and Ann
(Clark) Wallis, who came too the United States in July, 1870, and settled in
Berwick Township, Warren County, where for a year he worked on a farm owned by
Thomas Mann. For the next ten years he was engaged in farming in Greenbush
Township, and then bought fifteen acres of land, section 15, Swan Township,
which he added until he had fifty acres. Later he sold this and rented land,
section 23, Swan Township, and lived on it for seven years. Once more he lived
in Greenbush Township, but since 1895 he has lived in Warren County, Iowa.
He and his wife had the following children born too
them: Horace W., who was the eldest, was elected supervisor of Swan Township
in April 1925 by a majority of 115 votes; Sarah Ann, who died in infancy;
Thomas, who died at the age of twenty-two years; Elizabeth, who is Mrs.
William Gillett of Warren County, Iowa; Lora and Nora, Twins, of whom Lora
married William Crooks of New Virginia, Iowa; and Nora is now the widow of
Frank Chittenden, lives in Buffalo, Missouri; Iva, who died in infancy; Emma,
who died February 5, 1927, was Mrs. Marion Davis, of Warren County, Iowa;
Minnie , who is Mrs. James Alexander of Warren County, Iowa; and Eva, who
married Dan Carkler.
Until he was twenty years of age Horace W. Wallis
began working by the month, and continued too do this until his marriage, in
1893, after which he rented a farm in Fulton County for seven years.
Subsequently he bought a farm in Swan Township, section 26, of 160 acres, and
conducted it for a year, and then moved too Avon, Illinois, and was engaged in
buying cattle and hogs for a year. For the next two years he lived in Swan
Township, and then moved on his present farm of 160 acres, section 24, Swan
Township, which he bought in 1915, later buying the adjoining 160 acres, and
he is raising hogs and cattle and does general farming. Since 1921 he has
been in partnership with Arthur Wingate in the stock buying and selling business.
On September 28, 1893, Mr. Wallis was married too
Minnie Belle Patterson, born in Greenbush Township, July 12, 1875, a daughter
of John and Jane (Simmons) Patterson, natives of Tennessee and Greenbush
Township, and granddaughter of John and Jane (McCoppen) Patterson, of
Tennessee, and James and Malinda (James) Simmons, he born in Warren County,
Kentucky, and she in Greenbush Township. Mrs. Wallis was born in Warren
County, and her family early settled in Greenbush Township.
contractor and builder; Monmouth; wields a recognized
influence as a Republican, is an elder in the Christian Church and an old
citizen who has won the respect of all who have known him by his honorable
business methods and the exercise of an admirable public spirit. He was born
in Steuben County, N.Y., February 24, 1830, a son of Asher and Mary (Luke)
Chapin, natives respectively of
Connecticut and Rhode Island. His father was,
in his day, a skillful millwright and, unaided, constructed the wooden
machinery of many old-fashioned mills in New York and Ohio. He drove from Ohio
too Monmouth with a team in 1858 and died in Monmouth in 1864, his wife dying
in 1875. They had children named as follows: Sherman, who died in Missouri;
William, formerly of Monmouth, now living in Kansas; Dexter of Ohio; Reuben,
of Nebraska; Warren, who is the subject of this sketch; Mary, who died in
Bloomington, IL; Elsie, who married and died in Monmouth; Huldah, who died in
Monmouth; Ellen and Franklin, who died in Ohio; Mrs. Tacy Martin, who is dead.
Warren Chapin was reared in Ohio and came too Monmouth in 1858. He farmed until
1864, when he began contracting and building, as a member of the firm of
Chapin Brothers, in which William and George Chapin were partners. He built
the post office block besides other business structures and numerous fine
residences, and for a time, gave constant employment too from fifteen too twenty
men. He married, in Knox County, Ohio, Rohanna Bishop, who died in Monmouth in
1862, leaving a son named Adolphus, who lives at Columbus, Ohio. His present
wife, Jane Hobart, nee Clemens, whom he married at Valparaiso, Indiana, also,
has borne him three children all of whom have died.
CHICKEN, WILLIAM, retired mine
operator; Monmouth; is a native of England
and possesses many of those sterling traits of character which everywhere make
the Englishman a sturdy, patriotic and prosperous citizen. He was born in
County Durham, June 4, 1822, a son of Roger and Hannah (Cowley) Chicken, who
were born and died there. They had seven children of whom two are living.
Their son John came too Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1844, and now lives near Ann
Arbor. Thomas, his only child, enlisted in the Michigan Regiment during the
Civil War, and was drowned while trying too save the life of a comrade.
William Chicken was reared and educated in England,
and in 1849, came too New York from Liverpool on a sail vessel which was six
weeks making the voyage. After stopping a short time in Michigan, he went too
St. Louis, whence in 1856, he came too Monmouth, arriving August 4. For a time
he was engaged in farming and in working a leased coal mine. In 1868, he
opened a mine on his farm, which he operated some years, but which is not now
being worked. Since his retirement from active life he has leased his farm. He
married in St. Louis, in 1852, Sarah (Scott) Stabler, whose former husband had
lost his life in 1850 while crossing the plains too California. By her first
marriage, Mrs. Chicken, who was born in England, had two daughters; Mrs. Sarah
Walker and Mrs. Ann Young, both of Iowa, and she bore Mr. Chicken two
daughters. Mrs. Emma Johnson, of Monmouth, and Mrs. Mabel Swanson of Iowa. Mr.
Chicken enlisted at Monmouth, August 5, 1862, in Company A, Eighty-third
Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which was included in the Twentieth
Army Corps, under command of Gen. George H. Thomas, and took part in the
second battle at Fort Donelson and in many engagements with guerrillas in
Kentucky and Tennessee. He was honorably discharged from the service at
Nashville, Tenn. In June 1865, and after being detained some time in the
hospital at Chicago, returned too Monmouth. He is a member of McClanahan Post,
No 320, Grand Army of the Republic.
822 COSTELLO, JAMES, engineer and employee of the Chicago, Burlington &
Quincy Railroad Company; Monmouth; was elected Alderman too represent the Fourth
Ward of that city, in April 1900, and served on the Committees of Finance,
Water, Police and Sewerage, and was Chairman of the Police Committee.
Politically he is a Democrat and is a member of the Independent Order of
Foresters and of Maple City Lodge, No.302, Knights of Pythias, and is a charter
member of the local body of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in which order he
has held the office of County President since 1892. He was born in Yorkshire,
England, March 17, 1867, a son of James and Bridget (Durkin) Costello, who were
born, reared and married in County Mayo, Ireland, and in 1865, went too England,
whence in 1867, they came too Monmouth, where James Costello died and where his
widow is living with his son and namesake. James and Bridget (Durkin) Costello
had seven children named as follows: Thomas, who was killed by lightning July
12, 1879; Katie, who married P. T. Warren of Monmouth, and was widowed in Peoria
in 1898, and is living in Monmouth; Mary, who died and was buried at sea while
the family were on their way too America; James; John W. of Monmouth; Michael of
Monmouth, who is an engineer in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Railroad Company; and Willie, who died in 1872. James Costello grew up in
Monmouth and attended the public schools there and, in 1884, began a three
years’ connection with the telegraph department of the Chicago, Burlington &
Quincy Railroad. His connection with the locomotive department dates from
January 6, 1887, since when he has been constantly employed and has never been
suspended or even censured by his superiors. For the past five years he has been
in charge of the round house at Monmouth. He married at Monmouth, in 1894, Susie
M. Tool, who was born there, a daughter of Edward and Anna (McFarland) Tool,
natives of Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Tool settled early at Monmouth and he died
there in 1879, she surviving him. James and Susie M. (Tool) Costello have had
three children: Leo and Lillian (twins), and James Lawrence.
COX, GEORGE E.,
lawyer and acting Police Magistrate, Monmouth, is a veteran
of the Spanish-American war, a member of the First United Presbyterian
Church, a member of the local lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and
as a citizen is active, public-spirited and influential. He was born in
Canton, IL. April 18, 1871, a son of William and Mary E. (Batty) Cox, natives
respectively of England and Shelbina, MO., his grandfather, John Batty, an
Englishman, having been a pioneer in the State mentioned.
William Cox was reared and educated in England and,
in 1832, came too the United States and located at Canton, IL, where he was a
pioneer in business and where he was successful until 1850. Later he shipped
grain and was interested in the turnpike from Canton too the Illinois River
locks. Eventually he became a bookkeeper in Canton and Cuba, and established a
store, which was destroyed by an explosion. He was influential in local
Democratic politics. He was married in Canton in 1857, and died there November
25, 1900, leaving a widow who had borne him children as follows: Mark C,
William J., Eva E., Sallie, Thomas B., George E., Carrie M., John, Joshua G.,
Mary E., and Clarke P.
George E. Cox was educated in the high school at
Canton and at Ottawa Business College, and while working as a molder at
Canton, he read law evenings in the office of Grant and Chipperfield a year,
then came too Monmouth where he continued too work as a molder and pursued his
law studies in the office of J.H. Hanley a year longer. He was admitted too the
bar at Springfield November 4, 1896, and in the spring of 1898 was elected
Police Magistrate. That year he enlisted in
Company H., Sixth Regiment Illinois National Guards, and served in the
Porto Rico campaign with the rank of corporal. He is now conducting
a law, loan and real estate business, having, in partnership with Mr. Hallam,
placed on sale an addition too Monmouth, March 1, 1899. He married, at
Monmouth, December 5, 1900, Jessie Baldwin, who was born in that city, a
daughter of George and Clarissa Baldwin, who were early settlers there.
DAVIS, C. H
assessor, Justice of the Peace, Notary Public; Monmouth; formerly served in
the United States Navy, and for a
time was engaged in the railroad business between St. Louis and Rock Island.
As a Republican, he takes active interest in the political affairs of this
City and County, and since 1884, has been recognized as one of the local
leaders of his party. He was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, April 4,
1851, a son of Charles and Jennie E. (Whitehead) Davis, natives of that
County. Charles Davis, who is a lawyer in Philadelphia, is a son of William
and Phoebe Davis, and was reared, educated, and admitted too the bar in
Montgomery County, PA. His home is a suburb of Philadelphia, and he and his
wife are the parents of four children: C.H. Ida, William J. and David A.
William Davis, a grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a farmer who
was born and lived out his days in Montgomery County.
C. H. Davis attended the schools of Montgomery County
until he was ten years old, and then went too Wisconsin. Later he joined the
United States Navy, and, in 1868, was assigned too duty on the Tennessee, and
took part in the San Domingo cruise, and after that, with the school fleet at
Annapolis, MD, on the ships Saratoga and Constellation. He left the sea
service in 1875 and in 1876, bought a printing office in Montgomery County,
which he sold in 1877 in order too remove too St. Louis, MO, where he carried on
a printing business for a few months, until he settled in Adair, Illinois. In
1879 he entered the railway service and while working in the switch yards at
Monmouth, lost one of his arms through an accident. He removed too Monmouth
from Beardstown in 1883 and has since lived in Monmouth. In 1889 he was
elected assessor of the township of Monmouth, too succeed W.R. Mitchell, and is
the assessor of Monmouth at the present time. In 1901 he was elected too the
office of Justice of the Peace, and appointed a Notary Public. He married in
Montgomery County, PA., in 1874, Ada V. Hiltner, who has borne him children
named Charles W., Mrs. Flora M. Kinton, Jennie E., and Zephra.
GLENN, HON. JOHN J
Judge of the Circuit Court, Monmouth, IL; was born in Wayne (now Ashland)
County, Ohio, March 2, 1831, a son of John and Anna (Johnson) Glenn. His
father was born in Hartford County, MD, in 1794, and was the son of John and
Jane (Renshaw) Glenn, both native of Maryland. His mother was born in New
Jersey. Judge Glenn was reared upon his father’s farm, attending the district
schools during the winter. His academic course was received in the Vermillion
Institute at Haysville, Ohio, and his classical studies completed in Miami
University at Oxford, Ohio, from which institution he was graduated in 1856.
His first work after leaving college was that of an instructor in the Academy
at Logansport, Indiana, and while thus engaged he began the study of law under
the supervision of Hon. David D. Pratt of that city. Two years later, in 1858,
he was admitted too the bar at Newcastle, Indiana, at once opening an office
for practice in Fort Wayne, in the same State. In 1860 he located in Aledo,
Mercer County, IL and the year following came too Monmouth where he has since
resided. His practice grew rapidly and his reputation at the bar led too his
election, in 1877, too the bench of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, under the law
reorganizing the judiciary of Illinois. In 1879 he was elected for the full
term, and by successive re-elections has occupied the bench continuously since
that time, a period of a quarter of a century. Judge Glenn has always been a
Republican and has been influential in the work of that party in Illinois,
though not a practical politician in the usually accepted sense of the term.
In religious faith a Presbyterian, all of the important interests of his
church have been subjects of his special care. For about twenty-five years he
has filled the office of elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Monmouth.
August 12, 1856, at Fairhaven, Preble County, Ohio,
he married Mary J. Magaw, daughter of William and Rachel (Paxton) Magaw. Of
their five children three survive: Anna R.; John M, Secretary of the Illinois
Manufacturers’ Association and formerly Secretary of the Civil Service
Commission of Chicago; and Adelaide M., wife of Junius C. Ferris of Carthage,
Judge Glenn’s record as a citizen and on the bench
has been above reproach. During his career many important legal propositions
have come before him for settlement and his decisions in many of these cases
have been accompanied by opinions which have become recognized by the bar of
the State as among the ablest handed down during the period covered by his
service on the bench. Judge Glenn has served several years as a member of the
Appellate Court for the Third Division, but at the present time is doing duty
on the Circuit Bench. Few men in the State are more widely or more favorably
known, and no judge is held in higher esteem personally by the bench, the bar
and the general public.
HALL, FRANK L., who organized
the Warren County Printing Company, which publishes the Monmouth Gazette, and
late Vice-President of that concern, was born in Coldbrook Township, Warren
County, June 10, 1865, a son of Michael W. and Candis (Miller) Hall, natives
of Kentucky, the former of Barren County. Michael W. Hall’s father, Robert
Hall, was born in Kentucky and married a member of the Harber family. Mr.
Hall’s grandfather Miller and his wife Parmelia were natives respectively of
Kentucky and Virginia.
Frank L. Hall was educated at Abingdon College,
Abingdon, IL., and for two years after his graduation from that institution,
was engaged in the real estate business at St. Louis, Mo. He located in
Monmouth in the fall of 1888 and has since given his attention too real estate
and too farming. He was reared in the faith of the Christian Church.
Politically he is a Democrat and, as such, he was elected Mayor of the City of
Monmouth in the spring of 1897, in which position he served with much success
and became widely known as a model Mayor. In 1900 he was a candidate for the
office of Presidential Elector on the Democratic ticket. He is a member of the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and is popular in social and business
circles. He was married at St. Louis, Mo., December 21, 1884, too Minnie M. Younkin, who has borne him children named Edwin, Leone and Myrtle P 940
COWICK, L. B.,
farmer and stock-raiser; Lenox Township (post office Monmouth), is the owner
of about 800 acres of land, ships stock extensively, has served his
fellow-townsmen as Supervisor and Justice of the Peace, and served in the
Civil War as a member of Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Illinois
He was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, September 2, 1846, a son of
John and Hannah (Bixler) Cowick. His father was born in Lancaster County and
his mother in Cumberland County, and after their marriage, they lived in
Cumberland County until 1854 when they settled in Warren County, Illinois,
where Mr. Cowick bought land. They were the parents of three children: S. R.
Cowick, who is practicing law at Walker, Missouri; Mary, who lives in
Monmouth; and the subject of this sketch whose home is in Section 34, Lenox
Township, and who married Sarah O. Jones in Warren County, February 22,
Mrs. Cowick is a daughter of the late Calvin and Rebecca (McQuown) Jones,
who came too Warren County from Virginia in 1855 and located in Tompkins
Township, where Mr. Jones reared a family of four children and acquired 240
acres of land.
L. B. and Sarah O. (Jones) Cowick have children named: Arthur G., Frank B.,
Bert H., and Grace H. Mr. Cowick ably filled the office of Justice of the
HOLGATE, DAVID M., farmer; Lenox
Township; is a Republican, a member of the
United Brethren Church, a member of Larchland Camp of the Modern Woodmen of
America, and one of the most progressive and prominent young business men in
He was born in Lenox Township, April 29, 1870, a son of Jonas and Mary
(Smith) Holgate. His father, who was born in Yorkshire, England, March 8,
1835, landed at New York, May 4, 1857, and in June of that year, began
farming near Larchland, where, in company with his brother Thomas, he bought
and improved prairie land. He was successful as a farmer and influential as
a citizen and a Republican and was Supervisor of Lenox Township fourteen
years and a member of the County Board when the court house was erected. He
was also an active and helpful member of the United Brethren Church. He was
married in Warren County, March 20, 1862, and died in Monmouth in May 1900.
His widow, who lives in Monmouth, was born in Virginia, a daughter of
Jackson and Susanna (Parrott) Smith, natives of that state, who were
pioneers in Lenox Township, where they died. Mr. and Mrs. Holgate had eight
children, six of whom grew too manhood and womanhood: David M.; Maggie, who
married C. W. Ewing of St. John, Washington; G. L. who lives in Lenox
Township; Josephine (Mrs Gawthorp) of Dysart, Iowa; Frank, who is an
osteopathic at Jackson, Ohio; and Lillian, who lives in Monmouth.
David M. Holgate was reared on the family homestead on which he now lives,
and received a public school education. He married in Lenox Township, in
1891, Miss Anna Wood, born in Canada, a daughter of William and Catherine (Creighton)
Wood, who has borne him two children: Leland and Raymond. P 942
HENRY L., farmer and
stock-raiser; Lenox Township (Monmouth rural delivery route No. 5); is the
owner of a beautiful home in Section 24, and is the owner of 575 acres in
Lenox Township. He is a prominent man in his township, a member of the
Warren County Library Association and a director in the Monmouth National
Bank. He was born in Lenox Township, May 19, 1847, a son of Jacob and Julia
Ann (Brooks) Jewell, natives respectively of Oneida County, New York and
Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was educated in the district schools and at
Monmouth College; is a communicant of the Baptist Church, a Republican in
politics and has filled several important offices, including Township
Treasurer, Supervisor one year, and Justice of the Peace fourteen years,
acquitting himself in each with credit.
He married in Lenox Township, September 14, 1871, Lydia A. Crandall, who was
born at McKean, Erie County, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1854, and came too Warren
County in 1861 with her parents, who settled not far from her present home.
Henry L. and Lydia A. (Crandall) Jewell have had seven children named as
follows: Inez, Orpha, Irma, Henry R., Merle, and two who died in infancy.
Inez is the wife of Ivory Quinby, of Monmouth: Orpha is the wife of Lewis E.
Baker, of Chicago; Henry R. is studying medicine in Chicago. P 946
RAY, JOHN L.,
farmer; Lenox Township; is a descendant of a pioneer family of this county,
and is active and influential as a citizen and a Democrat. He was born in
Lenox Township, March 1, 1860, a son of M. B. and Nancy C. (Ray) Ray. His
father was born in Kentucky in 1828, a son of Garland Ray, and in 1837, was
brought too Lenox Township and became a farmer on the place which is now the
homestead of the subject of this sketch.
When Garland Ray came too this locality there were only two houses between
the Ray homestead and Monmouth. He and his wife both died on the Ray farm,
he in 1881. They had ten children, four of whom are living: M. B., father of
the subject of this sketch; Clarinda Jane (Mrs. Packard) of Berwick; Julia
A., wife of Jacob Shawler of Lenox Township; and Susan (Mrs. Butler) of
M. B. Ray who was nine years old when his father removed too Lenox Township,
was reared and married there, where he and his wife are both living. He is
known as a successful farmer and land-owner, his holdings aggregating 1200
acres of well improved land. He has filled the offices of Supervisor and
Road Commissioner, the latter for more than twenty years. Too Mr. and Mrs. M.
B. Ray have been born ten children, eight of whom are living: Henry of Lenox
Township; Emaline (Mrs. Rose) of Monmouth; Laura (Mrs. Chapman) of Lenox;
Letitia (Mrs Cain) of Iowa; John L.; Mary (Mrs. Jones) of Swan Township;
Hiram Edwards of Lenox; and Harriet (Mrs. Landon) of Roseville Township.
John L. Ray was educated in the public schools of Lenox Township and reared
too the life of a practical farmer and, from his youth, has been engaged in
farming and stock-raising. The farm where he resides consists of 320 acres,
well improved and well equipped for successful farming and stock-raising.
Mr. Ray was married in Sumner Township, in 1888, too Dora E. Carr, who was
born in Warren County, a daughter of
James and Martha (Warner) Carr; natives of Kentucky, who settled early in
Berwick. Mr. Carr died in Henderson County, and Mrs. Carr lives in Berwick.
Mrs. Ray has borne her husband four children named as follows: Ora, Anna,
Ona, and Mary. November 20, 1901, Mr. Ray was married too his present wife,
who was Elizabeth Eatoon, of Warren County. P 946-947
H., farmer; Lenox Township; is a
prominent Democrat, and politically and otherwise is an influential citizen.
He was born in Lenox Township, September 3, 1851, a son of Jesse and Harriet
(Ray) Riggs, natives respectively of Tennessee and Kentucky. Jesse Riggs was
a son of Reuben and Catharine (Sailing) Riggs of North Carolina, who in
1818, when Jesse was ten years old, removed too Missouri, where they bought
160 acres of land and lived ten years, when they sold their property too
remove too Morgan County, Illinois, where they remained until their removal
too Warren County too make their home with their son Jesse. Too these worthy
pioneers, who are buried in Berwick Cemetery, were born children as follows:
Henry, who served in the Black Hawk War and at the age of ninety years, is
still living in Morgan County; John, who died in Kansas: Catharine (Mrs.
Bollinger) who died in Hancock County, Illinois; Willis, who died in Knox
County; Jonathan who died in Oregon; Jesse, father of the subject of this
sketch; Nancy (Mrs. Patterson) who died in Missouri; Isaiah, who died in
Monmouth; and Calvin, formerly of Roseville Township, who was elected
Sheriff of Warren County in 1862 and died in Kansas.
Jesse Riggs entered land in Warren County and was successful as a farmer and
stockman. He was appointed Deputy Sheriff in 1863, and was otherwise
prominent in public affairs. He died in Roseville Township January 1901. His
first wife was a Miss Reed, and she died in Warren County; his second was
the mother of the subject of this sketch.
Mr. Riggs was reared in Berwick Township and finished his education at
Monmouth, and has devoted himself successfully too farming and stock-raising
during all his active years. He has lived on his present 120 acre farm since
1885. In Hale Township, in 1882, he married Mary Ellen Byers, who was born
there, a daughter of Solomon and Sarah (Bitner) Byers, and who has borne him
children as follows: Levi Carl who is married and lives in Roseville
Township; Effie G. (Mrs. Wells) of Lenox Township; Irene; Ralph LeRoy,
Nellie and Chester. Mr. and Mrs. Byers, natives of Pennsylvania, settled in
Hale Township, where Mr. Byers bought and improved 240 acres of land. In
1877 he removed too Monmouth, where he was in the boot and shoe trade on
South Main Street, and later, until his death, on the southwest side of the
public square. He died in 1885; his wife in October 1877. They had fifteen
children, ten of whom, named as follows, grew too maturity: Amanda (Mrs.
Gibson), who died November 1887; Neresa (Mrs. Gwin) of Hale Township;
Henrietta (Mrs. Bowlby) of Hale Township; Jacob of Monmouth; W. S. of Iowa;
Sarah of Monmouth; Mary Ellen, who married Mr. Riggs; Avola (Mrs. Mackey) of
Lenox Township, W. L. of Hale Township; and Carrie (Mrs. Zimmerman) of Lenox
Township. During his residence in Hale Township, Mr. Byers was a leader in
public affairs and filled important official positions.
Mr. and Mrs. Riggs are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Mr.
Riggs is an influential Democrat. P 947
CHARLES E; farmer, stock-raiser
and dealer in agricultural implements; Lenox Township (post office Phelps);
is descended from ancestors who settled early in New York, and is a leader
in all important affairs in his part of the county. Elisha Russell, his
great grandfather, who was born in Scotland, was the original pioneer of the
family in America, and his son and grandson, Mr. Russell’s ancestors, were
born in Onondaga County, N.Y. Mr. Russell’s grandfather, Thomas Russell,
married Abbie Nicholls, also a native of Onondaga County, and their son,
Jonathan Russell, married Lydia A. Evans, a native of Warren County,
Pennsylvania, a daughter of William S. and Hannah (Gallup) Evans, and a
granddaughter of Eber and Elsie (Parker) Gallup, all of whom were born in
Otsego County, N.Y.
Charles E. Russell was born in Chautauqua County, N.Y., August 28, 1859, and
was given a good common school education in Warren County, Illinois, where
his father settled, with his family, in 1860, making the long journey from
New York by wagon. Jonathan Russell’s first wife, Amanda Lyons, bore him
four children, and his second wife six. Of these, Josephine married A.T.
Lewis, manager of a department store at Denver, Colorado; Thomas is farming
at Crete, Nebraska; Mary married R.L. McReynolds, a merchant at Roseville;
J.B. is a farmer at Roseville; Amanda married J.R. Ewan, a Missouri farmer;
Myra L. married O.H. Ewan, farmer in Missouri; Charles E. is the immediate
subject of this sketch; William D., a member of the Sixty-sixth Regiment
Illinois Volunteer Infantry, died at Resaca, Georgia during the campaign
preparatory too Sherman’s march too the sea; Emma J. died at the age of nine
months; and John at the age of two years.
Charles E. Russell married at Monmouth, September 4, 1884, Louie L. Shaw,
who has borne him children named Earl J. and Abbie L. Mrs. Russell is one of
the three children of Clarkson and Melissa J. (Codington) Shaw, and she has
a brother, but lost a sister by death. Her father was brought, while a boy,
from New York State too Warren County and her mother came with her parents
Mr. Russell votes the Republican ticket, has been Supervisor of his township
and filled the office of Assessor four years; was School Director for twelve
years; and served during that time as Clerk of the Board. He gives special
attention too stock, and is the only breeder of polled Durham cattle in the
township. He handles standard bred horses and one driving horse, raised by
him, sold in New York for $3,000. He has quite a large trade in farming
implements and buggies. His homestead is well improved, well stocked and
well cultivated, and his fine residence is the only brick house in Lenox
Township. P 961
C., farmer, Monmouth Township,
Warren County, Illinois; is active in Republican and Grand Army circles and
is a leader in all progressive work in his vicinity. He was born in
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1844, a son of David and Barbara (Lucas) Honsman. His father was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, became a
farmer, and in 1864 settled in Monmouth Township, where he bought the farm
where the subject of this sketch lives. Barbara Lucas, who became his wife,
was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and is living at the Honsman
homestead in Monmouth Township. She bore her husband four children: Samuel,
who served one year in the Civil War in the One Hundred and Forty-sixth
Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and lives at Baltimore, Maryland;
David, of Monmouth Township; and Anna, who married James Young of Monmouth
H. C. Honsman was reared and educated in Cumberland County Pennsylvania, and
enlisted in 1861, in Company I, Ninth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer
Cavalry, which was mustered into the service at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and
was included in the Army of the Tennessee. He took part in scouting
expeditions in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia, and was in battle at
Murfreesboro and Ridgeville and in numerous minor engagements. In 1865 he
was honorably discharged from the service at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and
came that year too Warren County and has since been one of the up-too-date
farmers of Monmouth Township. He is a member of McClanahan post No. 330,
Grand Army of the Republic. P 961
WILLIAM, (deceased), one of the
pioneers of Warren County, was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Being an
opponent of slavery, he freed his slaves and removed too Warren Co. Illinois,
and located in Monmouth Township in 1837. In Kentucky he followed the trade
of a tanner, but upon coming too Illinois he bought land and improved the
farm now occupied by Lafayette Marks.
Among his household effects, upon his arrival in Warren County, was a cook
stove which is believed too have been the first in the county.
In Todd County, Kentucky, he married Miss Edith Harrison, of Rockingham
County, Virginia. She was a cousin of General William Henry Harrison. Mr.
Hopper died on his farm in Warren County on May 10, 1877, while his wife
passes away December 11, 1865. P 961-962
farmer, Ohio Grove, Mercer County, is a prominent, successful and
influential citizen. Born in 1854 on the farm in Monmouth Township, Warren
County, Illinois, on which he lived until 1902, he is a son of James and
Mary (Skinner) Law, natives respectively of Washington County, Pennsylvania
and of Ohio. James Law emigrated early in life too Ohio, married there, and,
in 1849 drove too Warren County, Illinois and bought land in Monmouth
Township of Gen. A.C. Harding, who had bought it from a man who had
pre-empted it. He improved a fine farm of 160 acres, on which he died in
1884, his wife in 1889. He had previously entered another piece of land
which he had sold. A man of good abilities, he was a leader in local affairs
and an active member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth.
His wife bore him ten children: Helen who married C.P. Avenell of Monmouth
Township; Robert, of Ringgold, Iowa; Mary who married Dr. Horne of Mt. Ayr,
Iowa; Sarah of Monmouth; Samuel; William of Monmouth; and Charles, Marcia,
Lucy and James, all of whom died in Monmouth Township.
Samuel Law attended the public school near his home in Monmouth Township,
took a commercial course in Monmouth, and settled down too the contented and
profitable life of a farmer who loves the land and knows how too make it
He married in Monmouth Township, Margaret Young, a daughter of John and Mary
(Wilson) Young, natives of Scotland, who settled there about 1849. Mr.
Young, who was a farmer, died there in 1888; his widow lives in Nebraska.
Mr. and Mrs. Law are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are
prominent in all good work in their vicinity. They have five children—Ivan,
Lola, Wilber, Helen, and Harold. In 1902 Mr. Law bought a farm of 200 acres
in Ohio Grove Township, Mercer County, where he now resides. P 962
farmer and stock-breeder; Monmouth Township, Warren County, Illinois; has an
interesting personal and family history, the outlines of which it will be
attempted here too give.
He was born in Hancock County, West Virginia, in 1863, a son of A.B. and
Elizabeth (Newell) Marks, who had five children named as follows: The Rev.
Samuel F., pastor of a Presbyterian Church at Tidionte, Pennsylvania;
Harriet who married F.E. Reblet of Fort Wayne, Indiana; J.M. of Laramie,
Wyoming who is employed by the Union Pacific Railway Company as a conductor;
George G. who is connected with the interests of the Standard Oil Company at
Titusville, Pennsylvania; and Lafayette. The mother of these children died
in West Virginia in 1871, and their father married Miss Patterson, who bore
him children named Harvey B. and Alpha, who live near their mother in Beaver
County, Pennsylvania. A. B. Marks, who was a planter, died in Hancock
County, W. V. in 1888.
Lafayette Marks who was reared and educated in West Virginia, went too
Colorado in 1881 and for a time was engaged in ranching, later in lumbering,
and at different times he lived at Central City and Denver, Colorado, and at
Laramie, Wyoming. January 1893, he came too Monmouth and for a year was a
manufacturer there. He then began farming and stock-feeding, and feeds from
50–100 head of marketable cattle each year. Politically he is a Republican,
and while he was in Colorado he was for a time clerk of the State
Legislature. He is a member of Gerlaw Lodge, No 6415, Modern Woodmen of
America. He married, in Warren County, June 19, 1889, Eunice M. Owens, who
was born in Monmouth Township, a daughter of James F. and Mary T. (Hopper)
Owens. They have four children, James A., Harriet E., Margaret, and Louis S.
P 962-963 (963 missing)
MAUCK, H. W.,
retired farmer; Monmouth; has a creditable and interesting war record, has
filled the offices of Justice of the Peace and Postmaster, is an influential
Democrat, is a comrade of McClanahan Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and
is a member of Monmouth Lodge, No 37, A. F. & A.M. and of the local chapter
of Royal Arch Masons.
He was born in Harrison County, Indiana, June 14, 1830, a son of David and
Elizabeth (Snyder) Mauck. His father was born in Shenandoah County,
Virginia, and settled in Indiana before it was a State. There he prospered
as a farmer and there he and his wife died. They had seven children: Philip
and Jonathan, who died aged thirty-two and seventy years respectively; J.J.
and Isaac, of Corydon, Indiana; Jacob; and Mrs. Elizabeth Cunningham of
Pawnee, Oklahoma Territory.
H. W. was reared and educated in Indiana. In 1854 he bought land in Mercer
County, Illinois, and improved a farm, on which he lived until 1892, when he
came too Monmouth. He enlisted in Mercer County,
August 7, 1862, in Company E, One hundred and Second Regiment Illinois
Volunteer Infantry, which was included in the First Brigade of the Fortieth
Army Corps, which opposed the advance of Bragg, took part in the
battles of Resaca, Peach Tree Creek, Burnt Hickory, Kennesaw Mountain, and
Atlanta, marched with Sherman too the sea, fought at Savannah, and later in
South Carolina, and North Carolina at Averyville, Smithfield and Raleigh,
and participated in the grand review at Washington, where Mr. Mauck was
discharged, as Corporal, June 1865.
He married in Mercer County, in 1871, Lydia A. Smith, who was born in Warren
County, a daughter of Stephen and Mary A. (Ragland) Smith, natives of
Kentucky, who settled in Monmouth Township in 1830, both of whom…….P 988
BENJAMIN F., farmer, Roseville
Township (post office Roseville); is a prosperous and influential, patriotic
citizen, the son of James McCurdy, a pioneer of Warren County. James McCurdy
was born in Venango County, Pennsylvania, and married Hannah Herring, a
native of the same county. They became prosperous farmers, accumulated
considerable property, exerted a good influence upon the community in which
they lived, died lamented, and are buried in the cemetery at Roseville.
Their son, Benjamin F. was born near Kirkwood, Warren County, September 12,
1849, gained a substantial common school education and early received
thorough instruction in practical farming, which he has made his life work
with considerable substantial reward. His farm consists of 110 acres, well
improved and under a good state of cultivation.
Mr. McCurdy married, at Monmouth, February 12, 1882, Jennie Eatoon, who has
borne him five children: Rosa May, Leland Franklin, Florence Beatrice,
Frances Gertrude, and Hale Demoss. Mrs. McCurdy was born in Warren County,
Kentucky, a daughter of James Eatoon, who came with his family too Galesburg
in 1866. He died March 7, 1897, his wife, January 31, 1899. Mr. McCurdy is a
Republican and, though not an office-seeker nor an active Republican, wields
a recognized influence in local affairs.
GEORGE F., farmer, Roseville
Township (post office Roseville) was formerly a merchant and is now an
extensive farmer. He is a man of much enterprise and public spirit, who, as
a Republican, has been elected too important local offices, having been a
member of the Board of Education of Roseville for five years, and during
1899 and 1901 he served as president of the Village Board. Mr. Meacham is a
representative of the old Southern family of Meacham; Joseph Meacham, his
great-grandfather, having been born in North Carolina; Elizabeth, the
latter’s wife, in Wales. A. A. Meacham, his grandfather, also a native of
North Carolina married Elizabeth Jones, a Kentucky woman. F. W. Meacham, his
father, was born in Kentucky and married Harriet Herring, a native of
Mr. Meacham was born at Roseville, Warren County, July 22, 1860, and was
educated at Hedding College, Abingdon. Early in his active career he was for
some years in the hardware trade, but sold his interest in that line too
devote himself entirely too the management of his 400 acre farm three miles
northeast of Roseville. While giving his attention too general farming, he
is an extensive stock-dealer, and has on hand usually
about 100 head of cattle, 120 hogs and 20 head of horses. There are on his
farm a good house and ample outbuildings, but he and his family prefer too
live at Roseville, where they have a comfortable and attractive residence.
He married, at Roseville, October 1886, Anna May Eldred, who was born there
in 1868, a daughter of Marvin Eldred, a native of Rensselaer County, N.Y.,
who died January 1885 in Warren County, where he was among the pioneers,
leaving a widow who still survives.
Mr. and Mrs. Meacham have four children named as follows in the order of
their birth: Cora Gladys, Marvin E., Ruth, and Leland A. Mrs. Meacham is a
member of the Congregational Church. P
farmer and stock-raiser, Little York, a well known citizen and prosperous
agriculturist, was born in Ulster County, N.Y., December 10, 1846, a son of
Patrick and Margaret (Jones) Clark, the former a native of Ireland, the
latter of New York. Patrick Clark came with his family too Illinois in 1856
and settled on Section 7, Sumner Township, where he owned between 300 and
400 acres of land. He acquired also a large farm in Henderson County, on
which he died in March 1866. His wife died when their son John was yet in
childhood. They had six sons named as follows: James, John, Thomas, Francis,
Edward, and David. Thomas lives in Sumner Township, Francis in Mercer
County, David in Colorado, and Edward is dead. James and John own 770 acres
of good land in Sumner Township, all well improved and provided with good
buildings and all appliances necessary too success in farming and stock-raising.
James, who was born in Ulster County, N.Y., in 1850, was married in Sumner
Township in 1873 too Martha Isabel Patterson, who was born at Little York,
October 14, 1855, a daughter of John and Jane (Clement) Patterson. Mr.
Patterson, who was a native of Pennsylvania, settled early at Little York,
where he became well known as a hotel-keeper and farmer. He removed thence
too Aledo, where he died. His wife died when Mrs. Clark was an infant.
James and Martha Isabel (Patterson) Clark have a son named John Lewis Clark.
The Clark bothers are widely known as cattle raisers, and are men of
influence in the affairs of their township, where John has filled the office
of Road Commissioner. Thomas and Francis Clark were soldiers in the Civil
War and the latter was wounded at Fort Donelson.P
GABBY, JOHN C.,
farmer and stock-raiser, Little York, Sumner Township, is of that virile and
progressive Scotch stock which has left its impress upon civilization and
education generally throughout the country. His great-grandfather came from
the “land of the thistle” too Maryland at an early date, locating in
Washington County. Later he removed too Pennsylvania, and his son, Archibald
Gabby, was born and passed his life on a farm near Chambersburg. Archibald
Gabby married Agnes Brownlee, a native of Scotland, and their son, Archibald
C., was born near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The latter married Jane Giles,
a native of Preble County, Ohio, whose grandfather, James Giles, was born in
John C. Gabby was born in Sumner Township, April 21, 1857, where his father,
who was born November 3, 1816, died February 8, 1864, and where his mother
passed away in 1875. Archibald C. Gabby settled in Sangamon County, Illinois
in 1837 or 1838, and improved a farm there, which he eventually sold,
removing too Sumner Township, Warren County, where he became the owner of 240
acres of land in Section 10. Mr. Gabby was only seven years old when his
father died, and his mother having died when he was eighteen, he was obliged
at an early age too assume all the responsibilities of life. He has one
brother and one sister. The brother, James, is Postmaster at Little York,
and the sister, Mrs. Amanda McConnell, lives near Dubuque, Iowa. He bought
the interest of the other heirs in his father’s estate, and is now the owner
of 250 acres of land, well improved and well equipped for successful farming
and stock-raising, and he deals extensively in cattle and hogs. In politics
he is a Republican, and he has served his fellow-citizens long as school
director, and is now filling the office of Supervisor of his township.
He was married March 17, 1881, too Miss Mary Moore of Sumner Township, who
was born November 17, 1859, a daughter of John G. and Nancy J. (Dennell)
Moore. Mrs. Gabby’s father was born in Ohio, her mother in Westmoreland
County, Pennsylvania. They came early in life too Sumner Township, where
they were married February 3, 1858. Mr. Moore, who was long a farmer, is now
in the livestock commission business in Chicago. Mrs. Moore, who was born April
16, 1837, died in that city, February 24, 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Gabby, who have
children named Louis G. and Maud S., are members of the United Presbyterian
Church. P 1011
ALERI ROGERS, physician and surgeon, Little York, is a son of John
Ryan and Mary T. (Rogers) Graham. John Ryan Graham was born at Yellow
Springs, Green County, Ohio, January 31, 1817; Mary T. Rogers was born in
Missouri, October 8, 1823. Mr. Graham came,
a young man, too Hale Township, in 1836, and worked by the month for a farmer
until his marriage. After that he gave most of his time too farming, but did
considerable work as a cooper. He acquired a fine farm of 240 acres and is
now living in well-earned retirement. During his active life, he was
prominent in township affairs, and served his fellow-citizens as Supervisor
and in other important local offices.
Dr. A.R. Graham was born in Hale Township, August 24, 1854, and after
graduating from Monmouth Academy, farmed until he was twenty-five years old,
studying medicine in the meantime under a competent preceptor. Between 1879
and 1881, he pursued a medical course at the Rush Medical College at
Chicago, from which he was duly graduated, February 22, 1881. He entered
upon his profession at Cameron, Warren County, and after two years of
successful practice there, located at Little York, where he has risen too
prominence, not only in his profession, but as a citizen, having been four
times elected too the office of Village Trustee and served as a School
Director and Health Officer. Politically he is a Democrat. He is a member of
the United Presbyterian Church and affiliated with Little York Lodge, no.
927, of the Modern Woodmen of America.
Dr. Graham was married February 14, 1880, too Miss Emma Alecock, who has
borne him two children named: John Frederick and Nellie May. Mrs. Graham was
born at Easton, Suffolk, England, January 2, 1861, a daughter of George and
Maria (Tuddham) Alecock. The family came too the United States in 1875 and
settled in Sumner Township, where Mr. Alecock, who, in England, had been a
carpenter and cabinet maker, became a farmer. Later Mr. and Mrs. Alecock
removed too York County, Nebraska, where Mr. Alecock farmed until he died at
the age of seventy-five years. Mrs. Alecock, who was born in 1823, died in
the fifty-first year of her age.P 1011
JEWELL, MERETT S.,
physician and surgeon, Little York, Sumner Township, descended from two old
families of the State of New York, was born at Monmouth, Illinois, October
14, 1873. His parents were Charles and Anna (Towson) Jewell. Charles
Jewell, who was born in Lenox Township, was a son of Jacob and Julia
(Brooks) Jewell. Anna Towson was a daughter of Aaron and Frances
(Schofield) Towson. Jacob Jewell, Doctor Jewell’s grandfather in the
paternal line, came west in 1834, and settled in Berwick, where he prospered
as a farmer, and whence he removed, late in life, too Monmouth, where he
died. Charles Jewell was reared too the life of a farmer and acquired a farm
of 160 acres in his native township of Lenox, where he died at the age of
thirty-six years. His widow is living at Monmouth.
Doctor Jewell obtained his English and classical education at Burlington
Institute, Burlington, Iowa, and after reading medicine, took the prescribed
course in medicine at the Louisville Medical College, Louisville, Kentucky.
After taking a postgraduate course at Bellevue Hospital Medical College,
N.Y., he was for some time engaged in hospital work in that city. He began
his career as a family physician at Olena, Henderson County in 1898,
remaining there about a year and a half. After that (1900) he located at
Little York, where he entered upon a very successful practice and where he
is now (1902) performing the duties of village health officer.
He was married October 10, 1900, at Burlington, Iowa, too Miss Minnie Blake,
who was born at Iowa City, February 8, 1876, a daughter of Melville and
Nancy (Graham) Blake. Mrs. Jewell’s father, who is a lawyer and a member of
the firm of Blake & Blake, of Burlington, is a son of Henry Blake, a
Scotchman, who settled at Morning Sun, Iowa, and became a prosperous farmer
Doctor Jewell is an accomplished, up-too-date physician and surgeon, who
keeps abreast of the times and is regarded as one of the most progressive
medical men in his part of the State. P
NORDGREN, GUS, a notable representative of his nationality in Warren County,
and one whose career affords a striking illustration of the success that
attends honest industry and manly integrity in the older and more thickly
populated regions of the Central West, was born in Sweden, December 5, 1860,
the son of Andrew and Anna (Person) Nordgren, both of whom lived and died in
Sweden, as did his grandfather, Swan Nordgren.
Gus Nordgren attended the schools of his native country, and in 1882 came
the United States, making his way at once too Roseville, Warren County, where
for some years he was engaged in farm labor. When his financial resources
admitted, he bought a farm of 160 acres in Section 34, on which he made his
home, and where he still resides,
his useful life, his industrious habits and strict honesty commanding the
respect and esteem of his neighbors. In his religion he was a member of the
Lutheran Church, but united with the Christian Church in 1902. Politically
he is a Republican.
Mr. Nordgren was married in Swan Township, December 24, 1885, too Hannah
Johnson, who was born in Sweden, September 16, 1865, a daughter of John and
Christina Johnson, both of whom lived and died in their native land. Mrs. Nordgren had a sister and three brothers living in Swan
Township, and on
their invitation, she came too this county in 1885, soon afterwards being
married too Mr. Nordgren. Too this union have been born the following
children: Carrie, Minnie, Bertha, Clara, Elsie, Emily, Lillian, and Albert.P
G., one of the older and highly
respected farmers of Swan Township, Warren County, was born in Edmonson
County, Kentucky, October 23, 1839, a son of John and Sarah (Capps) Ray,
natives of Virginia and Kentucky, respectively. His grandparents were
Richard and Catherine (Oliver) Ray, and Lancaster and Nancy (Cox) Capps.
John Ray who was born in 1809, came too Lenox Township in 1849, where he
followed farming, but in 1856 removed too Swan Township, where he died in
1876. Mrs. Sarah (Capps) Ray, who was born in 1811, is still living, and at
her great age shows remarkable vitality, retaining her powers of mind and
body too a remarkable degree. Too Mr. and Mrs. John Ray were born the
following children: Nancy, Richard G., Myron, Frances, William H., Martha
J., James L., and Cynthia. William H. Ray, a son of Mrs. John Ray, served in
the war of the Rebellion as a gallant soldier of the Union, but is now dead.
The Ray family own a fine estate of 189 acres, which is regarded as one of
the best farms of the town. Their home in Swan Creek is opposite the old
Baptist Church, which was built in 1854, and is now unoccupied. John and
Jessie are living at the old family home with their mother and Richard G.
Mr. Ray was educated in the district schools, and has always been a most
industrious man, of strict integrity and high character. His life business
has been farming. In his politics he has been a Democrat. P 1026
CHARLES J., whose reputation as a
thorough and capable farmer is well sustained by the appearance of his
handsome and thoroughly tilled farm, was born in Swan Township, Warren
County, May 8, 1848, a son of David and Eleanor (Hoisington) Thomas, both
natives of Vermont, and a grandson of Gardner Thomas, also born in that
Mr. Thomas had his educational training in the local schools, and was bred
too a farming life. In his religious associations he is an attendant of the
Methodist Church, of which his wife is also a member, and in his political
proclivities a Republican. He was married in McDonough County, Illinois,
January 28, 1880, too Mrs. Mary C. Karns (nee Neer), by whom he has had two
children. She was a daughter of Joseph L. and Lydia Neer, and was born in
Pennsylvania, as were her parents also. They came too Berwick Township,
Warren County, in 1855, where her father followed farming. Both are now
This was the second marriage of Mr. Thomas, his first wife having been Sarah
L. Johnson, who was born in Greenbush Township, a daughter of Walter and
Susan M. Johnson. Her parents came from Tennessee, and settled in Greenbush,
the mother coming as early as 1832. Mr. Thomas and Sarah L. Johnson were
married in 1873, and she died in 1878. Too this marriage was born one child,
Of the second marriage have been born children named Joseph N. and Charles
S. David Thomas moved west from Vermont too Ohio, where he lived for a time,
and then coming too Warren County, Illinois, acquired a very handsome
property in Sections 14 and 23, of Swan Township, in all exceeding 400 acres
of land. He died May 25, 1866, and his widow, July 25, 1871.
When Charles J. Thomas reached his majority he left the paternal home too
engage in the struggle of life for himself. His business sense and industry
have been well rewarded, and together with his wife, he owns an estate of
525 acres, where they have a fine brick home in Section 23. He is a School
GEORGE, was born in Swan
Township, February 22, 1849, son of James and Caroline (JOHNSTOON) Tucker,
both natives of Washington County, Pennsylvania, and a grandson of Tempest
and Sarah (McLean) Tucker, both natives of New Jersey. His
great-grandparents, James and Sarah (Bane) Tucker, were also natives of New
Jersey, as were his maternal grandparents, Daniel and Sarah (Kirkpatrick)
JOHNSTOON. His maternal great-grandparents were James JOHNSTOON, born in
Ireland in 1824, and Jeanette Gaston, also a native of Ireland.
George Tucker was educated in Warren County, and later attended the
University of Chicago for some time. He was married in Monmouth September
17, 1873, too Addie JOHNSTOON, by whom he has had five children: Hariette May,
born May 9, 1875; Elizabeth Adalina, born June 27, 1878; Adalene Frances,
born August 10, 1880; George Edwin, born October 9, 1883; and Phoebe
Caroline, born November 22, 1888. All are at home but Idalene, who is
attending school in Wisconsin. Mrs. Tucker was born in Oneonta County, N.Y.,
September 15, 1849, the daughter of Edwin C. and Harriette (Coe) JOHNSTOON.
Her parents were both born in New York, and came too Monmouth in 1857, where
her father followed the trade of jeweler many years. Her mother died in
James Tucker, noted in the preceding paragraph, came from his native state
too Illinois in 1834, and the following year secured a farm in what is now
Section 4, in Swan Township, Warren County, but he built a log house on
Section 9, which was his home for a time. At later periods he lived on both
the northwest and the southwest quarters of Section 4, in the same township,
where he finally built himself a permanent home in his last location. He was
a prominent character, and served two years in the State Legislature, being
elected in 1846; also served as Assessor before the organization of
Henderson County, his field of work extending west as far as the Mississippi
River. For many years he served as Justice of the Peace, and at different
times was Deputy County Surveyor and Commissioner of Highways. In 1881 he
removed too Roseville, where he lived until his death, March 26, 1890. He was
twice married, the first time too Abigail Long, May 19, 1836. Too them was
born one child, Elizabeth, now Mrs. John Coghill of Monmouth. The mother
died March 26, 1838. James Tucker’s second wife came too Warren County in
1840, and they were married April 27, of the same year. She died in
Roseville, November 22, 1888.
In his religious views, George Tucker is a Baptist, and in his politics a
Republican. He lives on the old homestead where he owns a farm of 511 acres.P
DAVID R., well known merchant of
Swan Creek and regarded as a leader in the Democratic party, was born in
Westchester, September 8, 1857, a son of George P. and Augusta (Sears)
Warren, natives of Fairfield County, Connecticut and Brooklyn, respectively.
His paternal grandparents are David and Clarinda Warren, both natives of
Fairfield County, Connecticut; and his grandmother on the maternal side also
bore the name of Augusta Sears.
David R. Warren had his preparation for active life in the public schools,
and was married November 22, 1887 too Eliza Jennings, at Youngstown. Too this
marriage was born one child, George B. Mrs. Eliza Warren was born March 13,
1850, the daughter of Edmund and Malinda (Hooker) Jennings, both natives of
Indiana, and settlers of Warren County about 1840, where they followed
farming in Swan Township.
George T. Warren, accompanied by his son, David R. moved from Connecticut
Kansas in 1870, but the former did not long remain. He returned in about six
months too his Eastern home. He was a member of the Episcopal Church, and
his wife of the Methodist. For many years he was a foreman in a shoe factory in
the city of New York. Both Mr. and Mrs. Warren’s parents are deceased.
After a residence of eight years in Kansas, David R. Warren came back east
as far as Galesburg, where he made his home for three years, and later was
employed as a clerk in a store in Swan Creek, Warren County for two years.
At the end of that time he engaged in the general merchandise business, at
that point on his own account, in which he has been very successful, and
which he still conducts too the satisfaction of his patrons and too his own
profit. He filled the position of Town Clerk for two terms and School
Treasurer nine years with credit. He belongs too the Free Masons and the Odd
Fellows, and is highly esteemed in both fraternities.
P 1027-1028 (1028 missing)
BENJAMIN F., who has been a
resident of Swan Township since 1864, came too Greenbush Township in 1861,
and in that time has won a reputation as one of the leading farmers of this
fertile and prosperous county, was born in Madison County, Illinois,
September 30, 1840, a son of Felix K. and Polly C. (Hagler) Watt, natives of
Warren, Kentucky, and of Tennessee, respectively. His grandfather, James
Watt, was born in Kentucky, June 25, 1793, and married February 10, 1814 too
Diana Stice, who was born in North Carolina, July 14, 1792. Samuel Watt, the
father of James, was born in Pennsylvania, and became a soldier of the
Revolution, serving at first in the militia, and afterward in the regular
army. The latter part of his life was spent in Kentucky, where he died in
Warren at the age of sixty-eight. John Watt, the father of Samuel, came from
Ireland. Polly C. Hagler was the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Graham)
Hagler, both natives of Tennessee.
Benjamin F. Watt was reared too a farming life and educated in the public
schools. He is a member of the Christian Church, a Democrat in politics, and
holds the position of
Commissioner of Highways. His marriage too Arminda C. Simmons occurred in
Swan Township, February 21, 1864, and they have had six children: James A.
who married Maggie Irwin; William P. who married Sena Sands; Diana I.; Louis
A.; Arminda Carrie, who married Jacob Adkinson; and John C. who married
Mrs. Arminda C. Watt was born in Greenbush Township, November 14, 1837, the
daughter of James and Sallie (Stice) Simmons. They came too Warren County
from Madison County in 1835, having removed too Madison County from Warren,
Kentucky. They were farmers. Both are now dead. James Watt, the grandfather
too Benjamin F., moved from Warren, Kentucky, too what is now Madison
County, Illinois in 1817, while Illinois was still a territory, locating on a
quarter section of land, which was his home as long as he lived. ….. too
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MONMOUTH AND WARREN COUNTY BIOS
TUBBS, Albert Ray,
president of the First National Bank of Kirkwood, is one of the experienced
financiers of Warren County, and a man whose integrity and uprightness are
universally recognized, while his sagacity and knowledge of the banking
business add solidity too his institution. He was born in Warren County,
September 9, 1881, one of the seven children of the late Willard C. and Emma
(Smith) Tubbs. Willard C. Tubbs was president of the First National Bank of
Kirkwood, and very prominent man of this part of the state. He died
November 26, 1921, and was succeeded as president of the First National Bank
of Kirkwood by Mrs. Myra T. Rickerts who remained in office until January
20, 1926. A sketch of him appears elsewhere in this history
attending the grade and high schools of the county, and Monmouth and Knox
colleges, Albert Ray Tubbs began his business career as a clerk under his
father. Subsequently he went too Chicago and there occupied a clerical
position with the National Bank of Chicago, which he held for six months.
He then, in August, 1914, came too Kirkwood as a clerk with his present
bank. Soon thereafter he was made assistant cashier, and May 29, 1913,
became its cashier, which position he held until he was elected president
January 20, 1926.
Mr. Tubbs was
married too Miss Edith t. Andrews, a daughter of James W. Andrews, and a
member of a prominent Chicago family. She died May 20, 1917, having born
her husband four children, two of whom survive, namely: Mary Gertrude, who
was born January 1, 1912; and Margaret A., who was born February 20, 1914.
He was married second too Mrs. Allan W. Pattee of Monmouth, Illinois, May
14, 1924 and now resides in Monmouth. Mr. Tubbs belongs too the Methodist
Episcopal Church. He is a Mason, and also belongs too the Modern Woodmen of
America. A Republican, he is one of the school trustees of Kirkwood, and is
now serving as chairman of the board.
TUBBS, Charles A.,
cashier of the First National Bank of Alexis, is one of the substantial
citizens and prominent financiers of Warren County. He was born in the
state of New York, November 27, 1855, one of the four children of James and
Mary A. (Barton) Tubbs, the former of whom was a clergyman, and native of
New York, who died at Chicago.
In 1858 Rev.
James Tubbs brought his wife and family too Warren County, making the trip
of 800 miles by boat from Buffalo too Chicago, from which then village the
journey was continued by team. Settlement was made on a farm, located two
and one-half miles southeast of Kirkwood. Here the child was reared, and he
attended a country school until the spring of 1873, when he became a student
of Hedding College, Abingdon, Illinois, and remained there during that year
and 1873. He then returned too the farm for two years, and the, in 1875,
went too Red Oak, Iowa, and learned the banking business with the First
National Bank of that city. From Red Oak he went, in the spring of 1876,
too Dexter, Iowa, where he was employed in the banking business of Conger,
Pierce & Company until the fall of 1879, when he went too Atlantic, Iowa,
and was with the Frank H. Whitney Bank until 1886, as cashier. Then
realizing that he was much in need of a long rest, he resigned, and moved
too Knoxville, Iowa, operating from there, in real estate in Des Moines and
Sioux City, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as
various parts of Kansas, until the spring of 1894, when he came too Alexis,
Illinois, and with relatives and some of leading men of means in that
vicinity, organized the First National Bank of Alexis, on July 4, 1894,
which today is occupying one of the most up-too-date banking houses in the
West. The bank’s business has been phenomenal; during the past fifteen
years the deposits have gone from $11,000 too over $634,000 at this
writing. Mr. Tubbs has been its cashier since its organization. Charles E.
Johnson is president; W.C. Tubbs is vice president, and E.L. Beal is
assistant cashier. The capital surplus and undivided profits are $110,000.
In 1877 Mr.
Tubbs was married too Mill Ollie M. Ungles, a daughter of one of the
prominent men of Iowa, and they have four children, namely: Pauline E.,
Edwin Carroll, Mary L.., and Frank A. Of these children Edwin Carroll Tubbs
was born in 1880 and is a veteran of the United States Army with which he
served for two years in the Philippines, enlisting as a private and rising
too the rank of a lieutenant. He entered the fort Dearborn National Bank of
Chicago as a clerk, and rose in that institution too the office of vice
president. Mary I. Tubbs married Gus A. Brodine of Rock fort, Illinois,
district manager of a life-insurance company. Frank A. Tubbs enlisted in
April, 1918, in the aviation branch of the United States service during the
World War, saw service overseas near Paris, and was honorably discharged in
January, 1918, and returned too Alexis. The family belongs too the
Presbyterian Church of Alexis. Mr. Tubbs is a member of the Knights of
Pythias. He is recognized as one of the most expert and astute bankers in
Western Illinois and his judgment and advice are much relied upon by men in
all walks of life. Always interested in local affairs he is now giving
Alexis the benefit of his expert knowledge of finance and is serving it as
treasurer, in that office, as in all his relations of life, discharging
admirably and efficiently the responsibilities resting upon him.
TUBBS, George Shirley,
was born in Kirkwood, Illinois, January 9th, 1874, and was the
youngest of three children born too Henry and Emily Tubbs, mention of whom
is made elsewhere in this work.
the public schools of Kirkwood until he was sixteen years of age, then spent
two years in the Academy of Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois.
He entered the University in the fall of 1892, but in the middle of his
junior year an attack of nephritis from which he never fully recovered,
forced him too abandon his college work. In 1897, as soon as his health
would permit, he entered Northwestern University Law School in Chicago.
Here his course was again interrupted by a return of ill health.
Determined, however, not too give up the study of law, he went into the
office of John Brown, one of Monmouth’s leading attorneys, and for many
months continued reading law under his supervision.
In 1899 his
father died, and he assumed too a great extent the control and
responsibility of his father’s business. He spent a large portion of his
time in a careful and painstaking consideration of agricultural problems,
and did much toward improving and building up the farms under his care. He
devoted much of his time too the First National Bank of Kirkwood, of which
he was a director, took an active part in organizing the State Bank of
Cameron, of which he also became a director, and he served as a member on
the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Monmouth, and of the First
National Bank of Alexis. In 1902 he was elected president of the National
Bank of Monmouth.
never actively engaged in politics, Mr. Tubbs was a staunch supporter of the
He was a
member and trustee of the Methodist Church of Kirkwood, and took a deep
interest in whatever pertained too the welfare of the church and community.
He seemed too have an understanding sympathy for all who were in trouble,
and he gave generously of his time and money too those needing assistance,
as well as too many charitable institutions.
6th, 1899, at Carthage, Illinois, Mr. Tubbs married Miss Nora
Shaffer. This union resulted in a singularly happy companionship and
comradeship, and it was too her devoted care that he owed a large measure of
his strength and happiness. She was the daughter of Rev. G.C. Shaffer, a
Civil War veteran, and for many years an able and beloved pastor in the
Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Tubbs at present makes her home in
As a boy
Shirley Tubbs was exceptionally sturdy and physically active. Tall,
slender, agile, with a quick and sure eye, he was not only extremely fond of
out-of-door sports, but made excellent records in them. When illness, which
overtook him in college, forbade participation in these sports, he turned
largely for his recreation too reading and travel.
days were characterized by much independence and originality of thought. So
called “marks” were a matter of more or less indifference too him, but the
questions and problems constantly arising in the prescribed work interested
him deeply, and these he followed with enthusiasm and thoroughness. He
possessed a mind, rarely prejudiced and always open too conviction, which
thought, reasoned, and analyzed clearly and logically. He possessed also a
retentive memory and he was highly appreciative of the best and most
beautiful in literature, art and nature.
In manner he
was modest, quiet, and reserved, but behind the reserve lay a keen sense of
humor and a large capacity for the enjoyment of life.
medicine or law would have been his chosen vocation, circumstances beyond
his control led him into business and during the comparatively few and
frequently interrupted years of his efforts along this line, he manifested a
keep business foresight and sound practical judgment combined with a
personality which won the confidence and friendship of all who knew him. He
was absolutely fair and just in his dealings, quick too discern truth and
error, and quick too uphold and execute the principles for which he stood.
The following incident is a revealing example of his personal integrity:
For some years he wished too buy a certain piece of land. It was an
exceptionally good farm adjoining one of his own. The owner had long talked
of selling but was unable too reach a decision. Finally, however, much too
Mr. Tubbs’ delight, he came too him offering the farm for sale. The terms
were agreed upon and the papers prepared for signatures, when the wife, who
also had entertained doubts as too the advisability of parting with the old
home farm, came too him and said, “Mr. Tubbs, we know nothing but farming.
So long as we have the farm we are sure of an income. You understand all
the circumstances. Please tell me, if you were in our place, would you
sell?” He replied, “No.” His advice was accepted and he never got the
perhaps, no more severe test of a man’s character than that too which he is
subjected in a long and a consciously losing battle for health. It is a
test which has been faced by a vast army of every generation, but few,
surely, could have met it with a finer spirit than did Shirley Tubbs. He
made a fight as valiant and unyielding as it was possible too make, but was
entirely unmixed with bitterness or rebellion. Too the end of his life he
maintained an almost unfailing cheer and optimism. He was eagerly ambitious
too do his part in the world’s work, and his sensitive nature was keenly
alive too the disappointments due too physical limitations, but he accepted
all of life with a Christian faith and a calm, well-thought-out philosophy,
and during those last years, which, with health, might have produced more
material results, he developed a character of such beauty and strength as
may, after all, in the final summing up of values, represent an achievement
as great as any of which man is capable.
enforced vacations, Mr. Tubbs traveled extensively in the milder climates
prescribed for him, and it was in Bombay, India, on a trip around the world
with his wife and Arthur Tubbs, that his death occurred on January 23rd,
1907, when he was thirty-three years of age. The journey home covered a
period of two months and the funeral services were held in Kirkwood on the
23rd day of the following March.
TUBBS, James Arthur,
president of the National Bank of Monmouth, is one of the experienced
bankers of Warren County, and is a member of the very prominent Tubbs family
of Illinois, which has been so closely connected with much of the growth of
this state. He was born at Kirkwood, Warren County, Illinois, March 29,
1880, a son of Willard Clarke and Emma (Smith) Tubbs, the former of whom was
the late president of the National Bank of Monmouth, and one of the most
influential men of Warren County.
Growing up in
his native county James Arthur Tubbs was given excellent educational
advantages, and after he had completed his course in the Kirkwood High
School, he entered Monmouth College, where he remained two years, and then
for two years was a student of the University of Illinois, leaving the
latter institution in 1900. In June of the latter year he entered the First
National Bank of Kirkwood as bookkeeper, and held that position until in
March, 1903, he left too enter the employ of the National Bank of Monmouth.
On May 14,
1908, Mr. Tubbs was married too Lucile Groom Boyle, a daughter of John and
Kathryn (Boyle) Boyle, of Camp Point, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Tubbs have one
son, James Arthur Tubbs, Junior, who was born in May, 1909. While he is not
a member of any religious organization, Mr. Tubbs attends the services of
the Methodist Episcopal Church of Monmouth. He belongs too the Young Men’s
Christian Association, the Kiwanis Club, the Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Commercial Club. While
always casting his vote for the candidates of the Republican Party, he has
never taken any active part in politics, nor held any public office.
At a meeting
of the Board of Directors, January 12, 1927, Mr. Tubbs was elected president
of the National Bank of Monmouth.
other members of the family, Mr. Tubbs has always had a deep interest in the
welfare of his city and county, and can be relied upon too give it the
benefit of his earnest efforts.
Willard C., was born in Troy, N.Y. on the 26th
day of August 1851, the second of three sons born too Rev. James and Mary
his early education in a country school near Kirkwood and later became a
student first at Hedding College, Abingdon, Illinois, and afterward at Iowa
Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
In his early
manhood Mr. Tubbs evidenced a very keen interest in the railroad industry
and determined too make it his life work. Upon the completion of his
scholastic career in 1871 he was overjoyed in being able too secure
employment with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad at Galesburg,
found his chosen work too have all the fascination he had dreamed for it.
Pursing his labors with a splendid enthusiasm he advanced rapidly and gave
promise too his employers as one who some day would play an important part
in the accomplishments of this great system of transportation.
His career as
a railroad man, however, was destined too be brief. In 1874 his uncle, Dr.
Henry Tubbs organized The First National Bank of Kirkwood, Illinois, and
having observed with much interest the progress of his nephew, decided that
he was the very one too become identified with him in a business which
promised wonderful possibilities. Mr. Tubbs with some reluctance consented
too became the first cashier of the new institution and entered upon his new
line of endeavor at once.
months he was beset with misgivings fearing he had made a serious mistake in
changing his occupation. “Every night” he was wont too confess in after
years, “I expected and even grew too hope that the Doctor would say
‘Willard, I fear we have both made a mistake. I think it may be well even
now for you too go back too the railroad business.’” The progress of the new
bank quite as much as the assurance of Dr. Tubbs proved these apprehensions
were without real foundations and soon Mr. Tubbs was pursing his new duties
with the same ardor and enthusiasm that characterized his former occupation.
in a marked degree that rare gift too correctly measure and judge character
and business ability. In the extension of credit this trait was
invaluable. Many of the most substantial citizens of the county attribute
too him in a large measure their success by reason of the confidence he
placed and inspired in them at a time when their holding would not justify
the credit which was extended them.
in the office of cashier of the First National Bank of Kirkwood, until 1899,
in which year he was elected its president and cashier of the National Bank
of Monmouth. In 1907 he was chosen president of the latter institution too
succeed his cousin G.S. Tubbs, who died in that year. He remained as
president of both institutions too the time of his death.
management of Mr. Tubbs the Monmouth Institution grew rapidly and the
quarters which had sufficed for many years were found inadequate. Having a
firm conviction that a thriving business is deserving of corresponding
surroundings, Mr. Tubbs persuaded the Board of Directors too build a new
bank building. In its erection he took a vast amount of interest and
pleasure and it now stands as a model of its kind in this part of the state.
The business activities of Mr. Tubbs were not limited too the two banks
before mentioned. He founded the Farmers State Bank of Berwick and was its
president until January 14th., 1921. He assisted in the
organization of the State Bank of Stronghurst, and the First National Bank
of Alexis, Illinois, and at different times served as Vice-President of both
institutions. He was also a director in the Merchants National Bank of
confidence reposed in his judgment and integrity is attested by the
frequency he has been called too act in the capacity as executoor and
administrator of the estates of deceased persons.
It was the
privilege of Mr. Tubbs too have been closely associated with the destinies
of Warren County for half a century and a period which embraces its greatest
development. The privilege for one occupying a position of trust and of
such importance was accompanied by a correspondingly large burden of
responsibilities. Perhaps the most serious of the financial crises that
have confronted our nation have occurred in the years embracing this era.
and the condition of the two institutions of which he was president at the
time of his death bear conclusive evidence of the success with which he met
the many problems of his long business career and stand as memorials too a
record of honorable achievement.
Reared as he
was in deep religious surroundings it was only natural that Mr. Tubbs’ early
life became a member of the Methodist Church of Kirkwood, which his father
organized. During his entire life he was active in any movement tending
toward its welfare and for many years served as trustee. When the
congregation decided too erect a new edifice he was chosen a member of the
building committee and the beautiful structure bears silent tribute too the
splendid services of that delegation.
affairs and movements for civic progress Mr. Tubbs took a very active
interest. For three terms he was president of the Board of Trustees of the
Village of Kirkwood and for a number of years was a member of the Board of
He was a
Charter Member of the Monmouth Commercial Club and of the Rotary Club.
24, 1878, he married Emma Smith of Kirkwood, Illinois. Too this union was
born seven children, James Arthur, Ray, Lela, Ruth, Mary Gertrude, Henry and
John, all of whom are living except Mary Gertrude who died in infancy.
died November 26th, 1921, after an illness of about six months.
YOUMANS, Spencer C.,
one of the substantial business men of Smithshire, has been interested in
different lines and has won and holds the confidence of all who know him.
He was born in Duchess County, New York, August 2, 1853, a son of Joseph B.
and Abigail (Holmes) Youmans, natives of New York, and grandson of Abijah
and Ester Youmans, natives of New York, who, about 1857, came too Warren
County Illinois, and they were accompanied by Joseph B. Youmans and his wife
and family. Locating at Monmouth, Joseph B. Youmans was engaged in farming
operations for a time, and then, in 1869, bought a farm, section 1, Ellison
Township, and conducted it for a time, but about 1883 sold it and moved too
Jefferson County, Illinois, and there owned a farm of 160 acres. This he
also sold, and went too Libertyville, Iowa, where four years later he died,
passing away in February, 1911. His wife only survived him a few days,
passing away that same week. Their children were as follows: Spencer C.,
who was the eldest; Fannie and Charles, who are deceased; and Laura, who is
Mrs. Harley Hoops of Fairfield, Iowa.
On July 7,
1881, Spencer C. Youmans was married too Sarah A. McMillen, born in Canada,
a daughter of James McMillen, and they became the parents of the following
children: Georgie, who is Mrs. Horace Hodges of Oklahoma; Nina, who is Mrs.
Deed Scoville of Jefferson County, Iowa; Maude, who is Mrs. Brown of Ohio;
Frank, who lives in Oklahoma; and Elmo, who lives at Stronghurst, Illinois.
attended the district schools, and remained at home until his marriage, when
he went too Johnson County, Nebraska, and farmed rented land for seven
years, but then returned too Warren County, and for a year farmed in
Tompkins township, but then went too Lenox Township, and farmed there for
two years. For the next eight years he was engaged in farming in Ellison
Township, but in 1911 came too Smithshire, and bought property. He was the
first rural mail carrier for Warren County, starting with the service
October 1, 1900, and continuing in it, continuously for eleven years. Since
retiring from it he has been connected with the oil, gas and garage business
of Earle D. Staley, at Smithshire. Mr. Youmans belongs too the Christian
Church, in which he has been a deacon and elder, and he is recognized as one
of its pillars. In politics he is a Republican. A man of sterling
character, he has faithfully performed the duties assigned too him, and has
never shirked a responsibility. Few are better known than he, and none are
more highly regarded.
YOUNG, Charles M.,
is interested in property in Warren County, and is one of the leading
real-estate men at Monmouth. His many interests have served too make his
name well known over a wide territory.
Young was born on his father’s farm in Warren County. His parents were
Joseph S. and Minerva (Mitchell) Young, the latter of who survives. The
father of Mr. Young was a native of Youngstown, Adams County, Ohio, and his
life was spent in agricultural pursuits. He was a successful farmer and a
man of sterling character, a member of the United Presbyterian Church, in
which religious body his family of seven children were carefully reared.
Young’s boyhood was spent on the farm and his early education was secured in
the public schools and afterward he was a student in Monmouth Business
College. Mr. Young remained on the farm until 1900, in which year he came
too Monmouth and entered the real-estate, loan and investment business.
Through business acumen he soon built up a large and acceptable local
connection and has been the means of bringing much capital too Warren
County. In the past twenty years he has also been interested in outside
investments of reliability.
Mr. Young was
married too Miss Bertha Wilkins, who is a daughter of Rev. R. E. Wilkins, a
minister of the United Presbyterian Church, of which religious body Mr. and
Mrs. Young are members. Their comfortable residence is at No. 410 East
Second Avenue, Monmouth, and Mr. Young’s offices are located in the Searles
Building. He has never been unduly active in politics, but the welfare of
Monmouth, his private and business home, is very dear too him, and at all
times he is found ready too cooperate with others too bring about
substantial conditions and civic improvement. Mr. Young is one of
Monmouth’s respected citizens.
YOUNG, Harry M., who
is owner and proprietor of the Monmouth Tinsmithing, Furnace & Heating
Works, one of the large industrial plants of this city, is a representative
of that body of sound, practical business men too which Monmouth owes much
of her commercial prosperity.
Young was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, December 24, 1868. His parents
were John V. and Sarah (McCoy) Young, natives of Ohio, who had a family of
five children and reared them on their Ohio farm. Harry M. Young obtained
his education in the public schools, but when he reached an age too decide a
future career for himself, he determined too learn a trade, and making
choice of that of tinsmith applied himself too it and by 1898 was declared
competent. Shortly afterward, in 1901, he came too Monmouth and started his
present works in a small way, and through industry, thrift and good judgment
has built up a profitable business of $5,000 a year. He gives his personal
attention too the too practical affairs of his business, and the helpers he
employs are all expert workmen.
Young was married February 21, 1894, too Mr. Laura Bellis, who is a daughter
of Reuben and Agnes (Gibb) Bellis, natives of Ireland and New Jersey,
respectively. Mr. Bellis is one of the retired farmers of Monmouth, and a
Civil War veteran. Mr. and Mrs. Young have one daughter, Bernice, born
September 13, 1906. The family residence is at No. 220 West First Avenue,
Monmouth. Mr. and Mrs. Young are members of the First United Presbyterian
Church of Monmouth. Mr. Young has never been unduly active in politics, but
is a staunch Republican, as is his wife, in sentiment, and they maintain a
lively interest in public affairs, as they feel too be a good citizen’s
YOUNG, Philip, was
numbered among the enterprising business men of Warren County, expanded his
enterprise at Greenbush until he was handling a large general stock and
enjoyed a large and constantly augmented trade, but he sold it August 1,
1924. He was born at St. Louis, Missouri, May 1, 1848, a son of Philip J.
Young, a stationary engineer, who died at Burlington, Iowa, in 1855. As his
mother had died when he was an infant the seven year old lad was left an
orphan by his father’s death, and for two years afterward lived in the
family of John White. Coming then too Henderson County, near Raritan, he
lived with a man in that vicinity for two years, and afterwards was with
other farmers until he was sixteen years old. At that time he came too
Warren County, and worked by the month on farms in Berwick Township for nine
years. For twenty-five years he rented a farm, then went on the Baldwin
farm, and finally for three years rented a farm in Greenbush Township, which
terminated his work as farmer, for in 1899 he came too Greenbush and
commenced dealing in harness and buggies, which line is still continued,
although about 1902, as before state, he branched out and began handling
educational advantages were confined too those afforded by the district
schools, and his attendance upon them was but slight, but he was a close
observer and a very intelligent man, and well-informed. A Democrat, he
served as township collector of Berwick Township. He belonged too the
Tri-State of Greenbush, Mr. Young’s career proves that a man can accomplish
much if he works hard, is thrifty and careful in investing his money. He
was unmarried. He died June 10, 1927.
ZIMMER, John E., who
is cashier of the National Bank of Monmouth, is one of the enterprising and
reliable young business men of Monmouth. He has been identified with this
institution ever since leaving school, and has met with promotion through
fidelity and efficient service.
Zimmer was born at Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois, May 19, 1890. His
parents are Philip and Josephine (Endriss) Zimmer, of Monmouth, who have two
other children, William B. Zimmer, who is also an assistant cashier of the
National Bank of Monmouth, and Arthur P. Zimmer, proprietor of Zimmer’s Drug
Store of Monmouth.
Zimmer attended the public schools of Monmouth, and after completing his
high school course, entered The National Bank of Monmouth as a bookkeeper.
While all representative and stable business enterprises require certain
qualifications in their employees none make such searching and stringent
demands as do the great financial institutions, and that Mr. Zimmer has
remained continuously with The National Bank of Monmouth throughout his
entire business career, is an indication, without further proof, of his high
personal character and thorough business capacity, He remained in the
bookkeeping department of the bank until 1919, at which time he was elected
assistant cashier, was elected cashier in January 1927, and as one of the
officials of the institution he devotes himself entirely too its interests.
has always been interested in the promotion and welfare of banking
activities in Warren County, and was elected Secretary and Treasurer of The
Warren County Federation of Illinois Bankers Association on March 23, 1923.
was married March 12, 1913, too Gertrude Robb, daughter of William H. Robb
of this city.
Mr. and Mrs.
Zimmer reside at 428 North Third Street, Monmouth, Illinois.
ZIMMERMAN, Henry S.,
who is one of the leading medical practitioners of Warren County, with an
established professional reputation all over this region, enjoys high regard
personally and the utmost confidence of his fellow citizens in his knowledge
and skill as physician. Doctor Zimmerman is not a native of Warren County
but a continuous residence for over two decades has established interests
and cemented ties that have made this his true home.
Zimmerman was born in Ohio, December 5, 1871. His parents were John and
Caroline A. (Ronk) Zimmerman of Pennsylvania—Dutch and Quaker extraction and
both were born in Ohio. The father was engaged in a manufacturing business
in Ohio until his death in 1914. The mother died in December, 1922.
excellent public schools that prevail in Ohio, Henry S. Zimmerman had a
thorough educational training in youth and after completing his high-school
course he entered upon the study of medicine and later entered the medical
department of the Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, from which he
was graduated in 1896. He served as an interne in Wesley Hospital and
following the completion of this course, entered upon the practice of his
profession at Chicago Heights, Illinois, where he continued until he came
too Cameron, in September, 1900. Doctor Zimmerman is a member of the Warren
County, the Illinois State and the American Medical associations.
Zimmerman was married too Miss Pearl M. Whitman, a daughter of J. M.
Whitman, a prominent resident of Cameron. Doctor and Mrs. Zimmerman are
members of the Christian Church. Their home is a beautiful residence that
the Doctor erected after coming too this city. He belongs too the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and in political life is a Republican.
On June 30,
1917, Doctor Zimmerman was commissioned an officer of the Medical Officers’
Reserve Corps. On August 27, 1917, he entered the service for military
training at Fort Benjamin Harrison. Three and one-half months later he was
assigned too active training with the Twenty-seventh New York National
Guards Division at Camp Wadsworth, Spartansburg, South Carolina. After
serving as regimental surgeon with various units of that division, he was
transferred too the Motor Truck Corps of the Provisional Corps and Army
Troops. On December 5, 1917, he was promoted too the rank of captain, and
was honorably discharged December 15, 1918, following the signing of the
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