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Harry L. Vail, farmer, P. O. Clay City, was born in Butler County, Ohio, on February 22, 1845, and is a son of Moses and Elizabeth (Vail) Vail. The parents were natives of Darke County, and of Scotch descent. Subject was the seventh of eight children, of whom seven are living, viz.Mrs. Ellen Smalley, in Montgomery County, Ind. ; Mrs. Sarah Murphy, of Randolph County, Ind.; Linus, in Butler County, Ohio; Mrs. Maria Enyart, of Louisville. Clay County; Mrs. Matilda Kinikin, of Butler County, Ohio; Mrs. Eliza J. Peak, of Portsmouth. Ohio; and Harry L., our subject.
The free schools of his native county furnished the latter his means of education. He remained at home until twenty, and then came to Schuyler County, Ill., where he remained but one year; then, in 1867, he came to Clay County, and first settled in this township. After a year's residence on the farm, he moved to Clay City, and purchasing a drug store ran it for two years. He next went to Mississippi, and there merchandized for two years. From this State he again returned to Clay County, and this time located at Louisville, where he merchandized for one year.
In 1872, he again came back to his farm in this township, and resided here for four years. The next two years he spent in his native county in Ohio, and then again came to this township. Here he now owns 740 acres in Sections 34. 35 and 36. He has about 700 acres in cultivation, and twelve acres in orchard. He also devotes some attention to stock-raising, handling about seventy -five head of hogs and 100 head of cattle per year.
Mr. Vail was married, in St. Louis, Mo., on December 1, 1867, to Miss Fanny Murphy. This lady was born on January 7, 1845.
Mr. Vail gives his support to the Democratic party. Both Mr. and Mrs. Vail are members of the Olive Methodist Episcopal Church South of this township. Subject is also a member of Clay City Lodge, No. 488, A. F. & A. M.
Excerpt from "History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois 1884 "

Elias D.Vickrey, the genial liveryman (stables located just back of John Erwin's hardware store), Louisville, was born in Bible Grove Township, this county, June 17, 1847. His father, Nelson Vickrey (deceased), was an early settler of this county. Our subject spent his boyhood days on the farm, and attended the common schools and the Xenia schools in this county. He then traveled ten years in the marble business, when, in 1878, he was elected Sheriff of Clay County, and was re-elected in 1880, the only Sheriff that ever succeeded himself in that office in Clay County. He engaged in the livery business, in Louisville, in partnership with J. J. Phillips, in 1881, and bought the latter's interest in March, 1883, and is doing a good business. His honest and upright dealings are meeting with the hearty approval of the people, and he is securing a large patronage. Mr. Vickrey also sells buggies, wagons and farm machinery. He was married, in January, 1881, to Mrs. Kate Brown, widow of the late P. P. Brown, by whom she has one child- Cora Brown. Our subject is a Mason, being a member of the Louisville Blue Lodge, and of the Gorin Commandery, No. 14, at Olney. Excerpt from "History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois 1884 "



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