Jasper County, Illinois Biographies
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CHARLES L. RIGDON, attorney; United States attorney for Wyoming; (Democrat); born March 2, 1876, in Jasper county, Illinois; son of David and Mary (Coan) Rigdon. He received his early education in the public schools of Plainville, Kansas. He came to Wyoming in 1898, and located in Wheatland. In 1902, Mr. Rigdon graduated at the University of Wyoming, with the degree of B. A., and then went to the University of Kansas, where he graduated in 1904, with the degree of LL. B. He returned to Wyoming in that year and located in Wheatland in the general practice of law, and remained there until 1908, when he was elected as the county and prosecuting attorney of Laramie county. This office took him to Cheyenne, the county seat, and he has since remained there in the active practice. He served his county until 1913. In 1914, he received the appointment of United States attorney for Wyoming for a term of four years. Mr. Rigdon is a member of the Masons and the Elks. Address: Cheyenne, Wyoming. [Source: "Men of Wyoming...", By C. S. Peterson, Publ 1915;- Tr. By Sandra Stutzman]
HARRY VAN BRUNT, who resides at Wauconda postoffice in Okanogan county, is one of the thrifty and well-to-do young men of the county. He is certainly making a very commendable showing, in that he commenced four years ago with practically no property, and now has a good holding, being one of the leading stock men of his vicinity. Harry Van Brunt was born on November 28, 1868, in Jasper county, Illinois, the son of John and Nancy G. (Britton) Van Brunt, natives of Indiana. He grew up in Illinois, and in April, 1880, started across the plains in wagons, with his parents. They made their way direct to Spokane county, and the father settled near Cheney, being one of the pioneers there. The mother died in the spring of 1883, and her husband is still living on the old homestead. At the age of sixteen, our subject began the conflict of life for himself, making his initial entry in riding after stock in the Palouse and Big Bend countries. Later, he came to Okanogan county and was teamster at the Indian school. On October 16, 1895, Mr. Van Brunt married Miss Annie Ingrim, who was born at Fort Colville, in 1877. In June, 1896, Mr. Van Brunt made settlement on his present place, which consists of two hundred and forty acres of first class land. He has a fine timothy meadow, and the estate is well improved with house, barn, outbuildings, and fences, and has plenty of good water. Mr. Van Brunt started with a very few head of cattle that he was enabled to pick up, and now has a large band of stock, being one of the heaviest stockholders in this part of the country. To Mr. and Mrs. Van Brunt, three children have been born, Ralph E., Grace M. and Henry R. [Source: "An illustrated History of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan, and Chelan Counties in the state of Washington" Western Historical Publishing Company, 1904 - Tr. by Helen Coughlin]
One of the leading lawyers of Coles County, Ill., and a citizen of Mattoon, was born at Rose Hill, Jasper County, Ill., April 3, 1868, the son of William T. and Harriet E. (Harding) Andrews, natives, respectively, of Fayette County, Ind., and Taylor County, Ky. His grandparents, William P. and Catherine (Lee) Andrews, and Abram and Lydia (Hardin) Harding, on the paternal side, natives of Virginia, and on the maternal side, of Kentucky. His great-grandfather, Samuel Andrews, was a Virginian, and his great-grandfather, Aaron Harding, was born in Kentucky.
William T. Andrews was a farmer by occupation, and the boyhood of the subject of this sketch was spent in making himself serviceable on the farm and in attending the district schools of his neighborhood. In early manhood he applied himself to school teaching, continuing this until 1887, when he commenced the study of law under Hon. H. S. Clark, of Mattoon, and in May, 1890, he was admitted to the bar, and began the practice of law in Mattoon during that year. He soon acquired a large clientele, and became known as one of the leading lawyers of Coles County. In 1895 he entered into partnership with James Vance, Jr., which firm still continues. The firm is the legal representative in Coles County of the American Surety Company of New York, and of other corporations and prominent concerns. In November, 1896, Mr. Andrews was elected State's Attorney of Coles County, serving as such from 1896 to 1900 with such ability as to win the general commendation of the public. On July 4, 1890, Mr. Andrews was united in marriage with Melvina Crum, who was born at Cook's Mills, Coles County, and in girlhood received her mental training in the district schools of that vicinity. Five children have resulted from this union, namely: Harriet B. aged fourteen; Roscoe C, aged twelve; Martha Louise, aged eight: Genevieve, aged six, and Lola, an infant. Although not member of a church, Mr. Andrews is sympathetically disposed towards all religious denominations. In politics he is an earnest and influential Republican, and in fraternal circles is identified with the K. of P., I. O. O. F., A. F. & A. M. and M. W. A. [Source: "History of Coles County, Illinois" By Charles Edward Wilson, 1905]
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