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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
CASSIUS B. TRACY, a photographer of Pana, and one of the well-known and representative business men, was born in Illinois, his birth having occurred near Carthage, in Hancock County, on the 31st of August, 1856. He is the only son of Elias and Damaris (Lemon) Tracy, the former a native of Ohio, and the latter of this State.

The father was a lumber-dealer, carrying on business in Carthage and Augusta for some years. He died in Independence, Kan., about 1881, at the age of fifty. His wife survives him and is now living in Denver, Colo. Like her husband, she is a member of the Christian Church.

Besides our subject they had two daughters, Mintie, and Candace, wife of Col. A. M. York [ed., Alexander M. York], ex-Senator of Kansas, now living in La Porte, Tex.

The Tracy family is of Scotch origin and was founded in America at an early day. The grandfather of our subject, George Tracy, was a native of Virginia. By occupation he was a farmer, and also a Close-Communion Baptist preacher. He died in Illinois at the age of fifty years.

The maternal grandfather, Hardin Lemon, was a native of Kentucky and was born of Irish parentage. He, too, followed agricultural pursuits as a means of livelihood. He reached the allotted age of threescore years and ten.

The subject of this sketch resided in the county of his nativity until sixteen years of age and there acquired the greater part of his education. His boyhood days were spent midst play and work, but when a youth of sixteen he began learning photography which he has since followed, making it his life labor.

He is a young, wide-awake and ambitious man, and his business career will no doubt prove one of success. On the 6th of September, 1882, Mr. Tracy was united in marriage with Miss Carrie Davis, daughter of Duane T. and Frances A. (Dudley) Davis, who are natives of Pennsylvania but now reside in Pana. The union of this young couple has been blessed by two children, a son and daughter, Ralph D. and Ione T.

Socially, Mr. Tracy is connected with Pana Lodge No. 226, A. F. & A. M., and is a member of Lithia Lodge No. 159, K. P. He also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America.

He has some good property in the city, including his own residence. The Tracy household is the abode of hospitality, its doors being ever open for the reception of the many friends of our subject and his wife, who are widely and favorably known in this community and rank high in social circles. Mr. Tracy is now well established in business and has a well-appointed and equipped gallery, where he does all kinds of first-class work in his line.


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