Freedom Township

The unnumbered loads of grain and cars of live-stock which have been sent from Northern Illinois to vairous points, both East and West, are a sufficient indication of the industry which has distinguised the farmers of this section of country. Those who have contributed most generously to develop these almost natural products of the soil are men who came to tihs and adjoining counties during the period of their early settlement battled with the elements of a new soil, prepared the land for cultivation and brought it to its remarkable fertility. Among them may be mentioned in most respectful terms the subject of this sketch.

Although a native of this county, Mr. Rowland has done a large amount of pioneer labor. He was born in Freedom Township Aug. 5, 1855 and is the son of Isaac Rowland, an old and well known resident, whose biography appears on another page of this work. He remained uner the parental roof until a man of 25 years; then, starting out for himself, began operating in grain and stock and was successful from the start. he wisely invested his capital in land, and is now the owner of 320 broad acres in Freedom Township which he has brought to a high state of cultivation. Not only has he acquitted himself as a thorough and skillful farmer and business man, but occupies a high position in his community, both in business and social circles. In the spring of 1883, after filling other positions of trust and responsibility among local affairs, he was elected President of the Exchange Bank in Lanark, and aided in superintending the operations of this institution with rare good judgment and forethought. Aided by his supervision it has become one of the solid institutions of the county, and enjoys the patronage of its leading farmers and business men.

The marriage of our subject with Sadie E. Lichty was celebrated in Somerset County PA Jan. 11, 1883. Mrs. Rowland was born Dec. 14, 1857 in that county and is the daughter of Samuel J. & Catherine Lichty, who were natives of PA and are now living at Salisbury, Somerset Co PA. Of this union there are three children - Delta E., C. Earl and Grace D. They occupy a neat and tasteful home at Lanark, and enjoy the friendship and acquaintance of its best people. Mrs. Rowland a very estimable lady is a member in good standing of the Progressive brethren Church; and our subject politically, uniformly supports the Republican Party.

Portrait & Biographical Pg. 981

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