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Submitted by Gayle Putt

Edward Schwartz, a successful farmer and stock-raiser residing in Elkville, is a son of Edward and Sarah (Pyle) Schwartz. His father was numbered among the early settlers of southern Illinois, locating in the state in 1818, the year of its admission to the Union. In 1827 he removed to Jackson County and entered land from the Government at $1.25 per acre. Two years previous he had married Sarah, daughter of John Pyle, who settled near Carbondale in 1803, and subsequently located east of DuQuoin. Indians were still in the neighborhood and were quite troublesome, but eventually they retreated before the advancing steps of the white man. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz, Isabel, Eliza, Josiah, Hiram, Elizabeth, William (deceased), Edward and Horatio. The subject of this record was born on section 20, Elkville Twp, near his present farm, April 10, 1828. From his boyhood he was noted for his industry and enterprise and the raw prairie soon became productive and fertile under his skillful care. He gradually became the possessor of considerable valuable property as a result of his earnest efforts.

On the 30th of August, 1860, Mr. Schwartz was united in marriage with Miss Emeline, daughter of Eli and Rebecca Reno. Nine children were born to them, seven of whom are yet living. Ella A., born July 20, 1861, was married in 1887 to William Lemming, a carpenter of Elkville and they have three children, Addie, John E., and Albert. Mattie A., born April 27 1863 was married March 27 , 1884 to W. D. Kimmel, the well known horseman, and they have had four children, Mercy, Lucy, Ned and one deceased. Mary J., born September 24, 1868, became the wife of George Castleton, August 12, 1888 and they had four children, Charles (deceased), Clara, Christopher and Emma. Eva L. (Lucy) born December 9, 1870 became the wife of Everett Castleton November 19, 1892 and they have a son, Claude. Samuel M., born April 14 1877; John W. who is a twin brother of Samuel; and Josiah E. born July 8, 1878 are the younger members of the family. Those deceased are William A. who was born September 19 1864 and Edward H., born May 16 1866. Mr. Schwartz has frequently been solicited to become a candidate for public office, but has always steadily refused, unless it was for some minor position. He was commissioned by Richard Yates, the War Governor of Illinois, as Justice of the Peace November 29, 1864; he was elected Supervisor of Elkville Township in 1872, and was re-elected in 1874. For two years he also served as Town Treasurer, discharging his duties with rare fidelity and judgment.

In 1849, Mr. Schwartz, attracted by the discovery of gold, crossed the plains and for a short time engaged in mining. He recalls many incidents of pioneer life, both amusing and interesting for he has passed through all the experiences of the frontier, and knows its history well. In the early days of Jackson County he engaged in merchandising but later turned his attention to farming and in that business met with the most success. In March 1892, the Horse and Mule Protective Association was organized in Elkville Township, and its officers are as follows: C. Castleton, Chairman; J. D. Hays, Secretary, and Edward Schwartz, treasurer. The farm of our subject comprises four hundred and twenty acres of valuable land, and is considered one of the finest and best in the community. It stands as a monument to his thrift and enterprise and is the just reward of his labors. Both Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz are consistent members of the Christian Church of Elkville, contribute liberally to its support and are among its leading workers. Edward Schwartz was my great great grandfather. I descend from his son John W. This came for a book of biographical sketches on Jackson county residents but I don't have the exact name for it. I believe it was written about 1880 or so.  

Note by Gayle Putt:  Here's one more photo of the Schwartz home taken about 1890. The old gent in the front is Edward Schwartz, my gg gf, and he wrote of the building of the house in his 1870 diary. The house burned and is no longer there I understand. There were two brothers, Arth and Curren VanPelt who were carpenters in Elkville and they did the major part of the construction, according to Edwards's diary. In front are Samuel Marshall Schwartz and his brother John Walter, twins. John was my ggf. Next to John is his sister Ella Lemming, recently widowed with her three children...Adda, Bert and ??? I have it somewhere. The old lady at the far right is Emeline Reno Schwartz, Edward's wife.   Emeline was the d/o Eli and Rebecca Kirksey Reno and came to Jackson Co. from Randolph Co. when her widowed mother married Henry Kimmel in 1855. She and sister Rebecca are found in Henry's home on the 1860 census. She married Edward on Aug 30, 1860. After Edward's death, she married Freeman King who was the widower of her sister Rebecca. Henry Kimmel was a cousin to the Schwartzes so maybe that's how Rebecca Reno met Henry. It was his 2nd marriage



Submitted by Gayle Putt

Samuel Schwartz is the present Postmaster at Elkville, and is an efficient and faithful officer, who in the prompt discharge of his duties has won high commendation. Mr. Schwartz is a native of Elkville Twp. and is therefore all the more deserving of representation in this volume. He was born in 1847, and is a son of George and Sarah (Pyle) Schwartz who were numbered among the pioneers of the state, having settled in the southern part of Illinois in 1812, during territorial days. They were natives of Pennsylvania and Kentucky respectively and on leaving their childhood home became residents of Jackson County, Ill, locating south of Murphysboro. At that time the Indians still lingered along the Mississippi, and the entire district was in a wild and unimproved condition. Later Mr. Schwartz made extensive purchases of land in Elkville Twp. which subsequently became the property of numerous heirs of the family. Amid the wild scenes of frontier life, Samuel Schwartz passed the days of his boyhood and youth. He worked on a farm during the summer months and in the winter season attended the common school, where he acquired a good education. When he had arrived at man's estate, he took up the pursuit to which he had been reared and very successfully followed farming for some time. He still owns two hundred acres of valuable land, comprising one of the best farm properties in Jackson County. The land is highly cultivated and is improved with all the buildings and conveniences found upon a model farm.

In 1872, Mr. Schwartz was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Jane Hackney of Tennessee, who has proved to him a faithful companion and helpmate. She is a most estimable lady and has many warm friends throughout the community who esteem her highly. The Schwartz household numbers our subject, his wife and the three children who have graced their union. Charles E., the eldest, is now attending the State Normal University in Carbondale, Ill and is rapidly winning success as a correspondent of the St. Louis papers. Fannie B. and Chester R. are still at home. Mr. Schwartz has twice been elected Postmaster at Elkville and is now filling the office in a credible and acceptable manner. He votes with the Democracy and is a warm advocate of its principles. In 1891 he established a general store, and from the beginning this investment has proved a profitable one, increasing his income materially. He is a man of energy and enterprise and his success is the result of well directed efforts.

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