Carroll County Biographies

Calvin Henry Sword
Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co. IL

Calvin H. Sword, a successful photographer now located at Mt. Carroll, has built up an excellent business through his ability in his profession and his careful and conscientious work at all times. He is a native of Carroll count, born at Lanark, October 12, 1867, a son of Jacob B. and Sarah (Reed) Sword. He father was a native of Maryland, and was at one time in the furniture business at Hagerstown, that state. He brought his family to Lanark in 1864 and Calvin was the only one of the children born in the west.

The boyhood of Calvin H. Sword was spent on his fatherís farm and he received a common school education in local schools. Having considerable artistic taste and ability, he decided to study photography, which he did in his native town, completing his course in 1888. He engaged in business there and remained in his home town until 1903, when he moved to Mt. Carroll, where he has a remunerative business. Mr. Sword pays special attention to the finishing of his photographs and is fortunate in posing his subjects in a pleasing and lifelike manner, very gratifying to them and their friends. The patronage he enjoys is liberal, and fairly earned. He is a Republican in political faith, and fraternally is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees.

On June 21, 1888, Mr. Sword married Anna Persis Crippen, a daughter of Rufus Crippen, of Lanark. They had no children, but adopted Julia Cecil, when she was four years of age. She recently graduated from the Francis Shimer Academy, of Mt. Carroll, and is a credit and comfort to her foster-parents. (pg. 910)

Contributed by Carol Parrish from The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and the History of Carroll County, Vol. II published 1913 by Munsell Publishing Company, Chicago, IL

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