Bureau County, Illinois Biographies

CASTNER Frank H, Minneapolis. Res 2616 Taylor st N e, office 715 Temple court. Lawyer. Born June 12, 1862 in Bureau county Ill, son of S M and Mary (Hildebrandt) Castner. Married Minnie E Van Valkenberg. Attended graded schools at Iowa City, Le Claire and Stuart Ia until 17 years old; Minneapolis Academy 1879-81; law dept U of M 2 years graduating in; 1893. Practice law 1893 to date. Alderman 9th Ward Minneapolis 1905 to date. Member Masonic fraternity, I O O F, United Workmen United Foresters, Modern woodmen, and the East Side Commercial Club Minneapolis. [Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Renae Donaldson]

Elder Chenoworth

October 11, 1866

Elder Chenoworth of Arispe, Bureau county, one of the oldest pioneer Baptist ministers of this part of Illinois, was gathered to his fathers some three weeks since, like a shock of corn fully ripe and ready for the garner.  The elder was well known and very much respected by the early Christian settlers of Marshall, Bureau, Putnam and Stark counties, and they who survive him, who received the heavenly manna from his lips in those early days, when they learn that he "sleeps in Jesus," will drop a tear over the grassy tomb of this good, godly man.

Unobtrusive, modest in manner to all, gentle and genial in the social qualities of his life, Elder Chenoworth was a father and a brother to all he met, and he made everybody his friend, and the hearthstone of every log cabin was ready to welcome his presence and to this warm-hearted man every "latch-string hung out."

The elder was an Anti-Missionary Baptist, so called from the peculiar "rule of faith" that ministers should not be paid for their preaching; and a society of this persuasion was formed near the Lone Tree, and one at Arispe, while quite an association was made up of them in the state.  The elder settled in Arisipe some 35 years ago, built him a log cabin, made a fence, broke ground for a farm, and set out theron a large orchard, which in a few years made an attractive home with a good supply of fruit, and with neighbors surrounding him on all sides.

During the week he labored, as farmers do in Illinois to get a living, with his hands upon the farm, and when Saturday night came, or very early Sunday morning, would mount his trusty horse, Bible in hand, and ride off 10, 15 or 20 miles to fill an appointment to preach, and nearly every neighborhood near here has he visited to "tell the story of Jesus", asking nothing, expecting nothing, unwilling to receive anything save the presence of a goodly congregation of hearers, a warm gretting, and the occasional invitation to dinner, supper, and to stay the night,so common in those days, and which was almost a matter of necessity to accept.

The elder's sermons was generally doctrinal, extemporaneous, earnest, forcible, argumentative and logical, and the spirit of his zeal carried it home to the hearer.  He loved to discourse upon the atonement, the trinity of three persons in one God, baptism in immersion, the resurrection, foreordination, the glorious reward prepared for the good, and the "fire and brimstoen" that awaited those who died without hope; he believed and loved thses old docrines, and he constantly meditated upon them, and made them the burden of his sermons from week to week in his extended circuit.

His conversation was in keeping with his "holy office", without levity and jest, but  warm, intelligent, sensible, elevating, gentle, pleasing, winning, approachable, and his manner was in armony thereto.  His wife, a true pastor's helpmeet, passed from earth a year ago at an advanced age, and now the husband is called to the spiritual world to join her, and to go up higher. He must have been 75 years of age.  "Be ye also ready!"


Like many of the families who once lived here, the Caughey family is gone. A daughter lilly was married to Charles Hoppler. There were two brothers, John and Sam, and their home was the present Ben Searl residence at 201 Lake st.


G. M. "Matt" Clarke was born on a farm near Van Orin, Illinois, in 1851 and was married to Laura Ann Bryant, who also was born near there. They came to De Pue in 1899. Their daughter, Mayme Rhyne, still lives here at 601 Willow St.

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