BIOGRAPHIES published in
the "Biographical Record of Kane County, Illinois"
Originally printed by the S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, 1898
All biographies submitted by K. Torp
AUGUSTUS H. DETTMER is a representative of the German-American citizens who have done so much in developing the agricultural interests of the northwest. He resides on section 29, Hampshire township, where he has a fine farm of one hundred and eighty acres of well-improved land. He was born in the village of Langendahl, Hessen Cassel, Germany, December 7, 1835. His paternal grandfather, August Dettmer, was the keeper of an inn, near the River Weser, and owned a small farm. The inn was on a road along which drivers of teams which towed vessels up the river had to return, by a short cut, to their starting place. He was a good business man and quite prosperous. His wife was a Miss Albrecht. His son, William Dettmer, the father of our subject, was born in the village of Gretzbuerh, Hessen Cassel, in 1809. He was reared to manhood in his native country and there married Miss Wilhelmina Alberding, born in Langendahl, in 1807, and a daughter of Jacob Alberding, a farmer in the old country. They became the parents of seven children, as follows: Augustus H., our subject; Phillip, deceased; Caroline, living in Sycamore, Illinois; Herman, deceased; Charles, living in. South Grove township, De Kalb county, Illinois; Henry, deceased; Cornelia, who married Joseph Schnee, and resides in South Grove township, De Kalb county.
In 1849, William Dettmer came with his family to the United States, and, landing in New York, there resided one year, and then came west and purchased a farm in South Grove township, De Kalb county, Illinois, on which he resided until his death, in 1889, when in his eightieth year. He also followed agricultural pursuits in Germany, and, being an only son, he was required to work very hard when a boy, and therefore had but little educational advantages. Trained to hard work, he kept it up during his entire life, and became one of the most prosperous farmers in De Kalb county.
The subject of this sketch attended school in his native village, and also at Nassen, Germany. He was fourteen years old when the family emigrated to America, in the spring of 1849. Sailing from Bremen, in April of that year, on the ship "Hermena ", after a voyage of three weeks, they landed in New York, where he remained until 1856. At the age of twenty-one, he came to Illinois, first locating in South Grove township, DeKalb county, and worked for various farmers for about four years. On the 16th of September, 1861, he married, in Hampshire township, Miss Magdelena Munch, who was born in Tonawanda-, Niagara county, New York, about 1840, and died March, 1890. She was the daughter of Phillip and Magdelena (Scheur) Munch, the former a native of Alsace, Germany. By this union are five children- Lydia, who married Harrison Reams, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; George, who died at the age of nine months; Emma, who married Mark Devine, by whom she has one child, Dettmer; they reside in Elburn, Illinois; Matilda, who married Henry Rittel, and lives in Hampshire, Illinois; and Edward A., who married Alice Reid, daughter of Alexander Reid, whose genealogy is given in full elsewhere in the work. Mrs. Edward A. Dettmer has been one of the successful teachers of Kane and De Kalb counties, having taught one year in the Warner district, three years in the district where she now resides, in Kane county, and three years in De Kalb county. She graduated from the Hampshire High School in 1890.
In 1861, Mr. Dettmer rented a farm for one year in De Kalb county, and then bought eighty-five acres in South Grove, township, Dakota county, which he continued to operate for ten years. In 1872, he sold that farm, and purchased his present place on section 29, Hampshire township, Kane county, Illinois, rebuilt the house and barns, and has since continued to reside. For some years he was engaged in general farming and stockraising, but now gives more time to dairy farming, shipping the products from Hampshire to Chicago. His first presidential vote was cast for John C. Fremont, in 1856, and has since continued to act with the Republican party. He and his wife are members of the Evangelical church.
SAMUEL R. PLUMMER, who is operating a farm on section 20, Big Rock township, first came to Kane county in 1855, when a young man of twenty-four years. He is a native of Massachusetts, born in the town of West Newberry, Essex county, May 16, 1831. The family are of English descent, and of Quaker stock. His father, John L. Plummer, was a native of Maine, and the only son born to his parents. His father dying when he was but a small child, he was taken to Massachusetts and reared by some of his mother's family. He married, in Massachusetts, Miss Joanna Rogers, a native of Massachusetts, and a daughter of Captain Samuel Rogers. John L. Plummer was by occupation a farmer, and also a manufacturer of shoes. He spent his life and reared his family at West Newberry, Massachusetts, and there died in 1877, at the age of eighty-two years. His wife died about 1851. Of their three sons and six daughters, seven grew to mature years, our subject and three daughters being the only survivors.
In his native town, Samuel R. Plummer was reared and educated in its public schools. In his youth he learned the carpenter's and joiner's trade, and followed that occupation prior to his removal west. On coming to Kane county he located at Aurora, where he engaged in contracting and building, following that business at intervals for seven years. In 1862 he accepted a position with a Rochester, New York, nursery company, and for thirteen years was engaged in traveling, and selling nursery stock. His travels took him over twenty-one states, and also into New and Old Mexico, during which time he disposed of nearly a half million dollars worth of stock. While on the road he made his home at Aurora, and during which time he put out ten acres of strawberry plants in Aurora, and cultivated and sold the same to the trade.
On leaving the employ of the nursery company, Mr. Plummer worked for about two years at his trade, and then returned to Massachusetts, and located on the old homestead which he operated until in December, 1883, when he returned to Kane county, and located on the place where he now resides, and on which he has continued to live, engaged in agricultural pursuits. On the farm where he now resides, he was married, September 13, 1864, to Miss Matilda, a daughter of Alexis and Ophelia B. (Long) Hall, the latter being a daughter of Dr. Silas Long, who was the first physician in Big Rock township. He came from Massachusetts, but was a native of Vermont. In 1836 he located on the farm now occupied by our subject. Alexis Hall was also one of the honored pioneers of Kane county, who on coming here, purchased a tract of about five hundred acres, which he placed under cultivation. Squire Hall was a very prominent man in the early days, and held various positions of honor and trust. He died here January 15, 1883, at the age of eighty-two years; his wife survived him six years, dying February 26, 1889. Mrs. Plummer was reared on the farm here, and after attending the public schools of the neighborhood, finished her course at Jennings Seminary, Aurora. Her father was twice married, and she was one of the children by the second wife. On the division of the estate, after the death of the parents, she succeeded to the part on which they now reside. To Mr. and Mr. Plummer one daughter was born, Mary O., now the wife of H. Leon Cutting, who resides in Stamford, Connecticut, and is in government employ as postal clerk on the Hamburg and American line of steamers, running between New York and Hamburg and Berlin. He passed an examination among six thousand applicants for governmental positions, and is now one of sixteen engaged in that work.
Politically, Mr. Plummer is a lifelong Republican and a firm believer in the principles of that party. He was made a Master Mason in Aurora in 1859, and is now a Knight Templar. For forty-three years he has been identified with the interests of Kane county, and in its growth and prosperity he takes especial pleasure.
JOHN G. KIRK, who owns and operates a large farm on section 10, Burlington township, was born in the town of Lanarkshire, Scotland, December 31, 1843. He was fifth in a family of seven children born to Joseph and Charlotte (Schoulds) Kirk. Joseph Kirk and his wife were both natives of "Bonnie Scotland," as was also his father, Joseph Kirk, Sr., who for many years was an officer of the British army. He was born near the town of Bigger, in the eastern part of Lanarkshire, where he was engaged in farming until coming to America in 1851. After coming to the United States he again took up the occupation of a farmer, at which he continued until his death in 1858, when he had reached the advanced age of seventy-one years.
John G. Kirk left the land of his birth when a lad of eight years, and, coming direct to the United States, settled in Northport, near New Haven, Connecticut, in company with his parents. Here he resided for six years, attending school in the meanwhile. In 1857 the bright halo of success which surrounded the west at that time attracted him, and determining to succeed in life, he immigrated to Illinois, settling in St. Charles, Kane county, where he resided for a number of years, and then went to Chicago. After trying various kinds of employment he engaged in the meat-market business, at which he continued for two years, when he left the mercantile trade to take the position of fireman on the Illinois Central railroad, also later being employed by the Northwestern railway at the same work. Leaving the railroad, at which he had been engaged for over two years, he came back to St. Charles, where he bought a small farm and opened up a meat market in the town, which occupied his attention for the succeeding two years. He kept his farm for three or four years; then selling it, rented a farm in Virgin (sic -- s/b Virgil?) township for three years.
In 1881 Mr. Kirk bought the farm on which he now resides, consisting of one hundred and forty acres of finely cultivated farm land. This he ran as a dairy farm principally until 1896, when he commenced buying and selling dairy stock and fattening steers for the market in connection with his general farming. On purchasing his farm our subject rebuilt the house and moved the barns and other outbuildings across the road to a later purchase, in order to make the group of buildings one home place. The farm is well improved and is extremely fertile, being well tiled throughout.
To the father and mother of Mr. Kirk seven children were born, their order of birth being as follows: Jane, the wife of Samuel S. Lee, residing in St. Charles; Francis, married and residing with his children west of Batavia; Elizabeth, deceased; Joseph, residing near St. Charles, Illinois; John G., our subject; Margaret, deceased; and William, who is now living in Chicago.
On the 3rd of April, 1862, Mr. Kirk was united in marriage with Miss Louisa Pazen, a native of Germany, born at Ems, on River Lahn, in Hessen Nassen, April 20, 1839, and came to America in 1853, sailing from Amsterdam and landing in New York, being sixty-three days on the water. She came direct to Chicago, where the marriage ceremony was solemnized. The father of Mrs. Kirk died while they yet resided in their native land, and before leaving the old country Mrs. Pazen took all the children through Amsterdam, showing them the various points of interest, as more than likely they would never have the opportunity to again view the grand old town. Mrs. Kirk yet remembers well the line of demarkation where the muddy waters of the Lahn mingle with the clean green of the Rhine, as it flows into the latter.
To Jacob and Helen (Bensz) Pazen were born seven children: Frank C, a former resident of Wisconsin, is now deceased; Gertrude, deceased; Jacob, who now resides in Oskosh, Wisconsin; Sophie, deceased; Louisa, the wife of our subject; Susetta, living in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Joseph, who occupies a very prominent position with the Chicago fire department. He is the second assistant to the chief, and is well and favorably known in political and social circles, where he exerts considerable influence.
Mr. and Mrs. Kirk have been blessed by the birth of eight children, seven of whom are yet living. Frank, the eldest born is deceased. The living are: Ella, residing at home with her parents; Walter, who is a milk conductor on the Illinois Central railway, running to Chicago, married Laura Godfrey, a daughter of Charles B. Godfrey, of Burlington, Illinois, and by whom she has two children - Elmer and Verna; Lillie, residing at home; Jennette married Ennis Chapman, a blacksmith of Burlington, Illinois, and has three children - Florence, Ada and Frank; Mary, Gertrude and Adella, all residing with their father and mother in Burlington township.
In political faith, Mr. Kirk is an ardent Republican, and while not caring for official position, preferring to give his attention to his business interests, has been prevailed upon to accept the office of justice of the peace, which he has held since 1896, prior to which time he served as constable for four years. He was also a school director for six years. Fraternally, Mr. Kirk is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to the lodge at St. Charles, Illinois.
While a resident of Chicago, he was selected to drive and escort President Lincoln around through the city. He is president of the Annual Picnic Association of Burlington township, the meetings of which attract many thousands.
JOHN W. CRIGHTON, section 4, Geneva township, is one of the practical, representative farmers of the township in which he resides. He is what may well be termed "a native son of Illinois," born in Dundee township, Kane county, September 15, 1854. The father of our subject, William Crighton, was born in Scotland, where he attained his majority, and came to the United States a young man of twenty-one. Coining direct to Illinois, he located in Chicago, and there engaged in the butcher business for some years. He later removed to Kane county, where he purchased a farm near Dundee, which he opened up and improved. Mr. Crighton continued in agricultural pursuits for a number of years, and having acquired a competence, which enables him to live in ease and retirement, he moved to the village of Dundee, where he has since resided. William Crighton was united in marriage with Miss Grace Todd, whose land of nativity was Scotland, but who came to this country when a lass of seven. Her father, James Todd, was one of the early settlers of Kane county, locating in Dundee township.
John W. Crighton, our subject, grew to manhood on the old farm in Dundee township, and received his education in the district and high school at Dundee. He remained at home until he attained his majority, and then went to Chicago, and there worked one year for other parties in the milk business, then started in the same line for himself. For thirteen years he continued in the milk business in Chicago with gratifying success, having worked up a large trade. About 1886 he traded his Chicago property for seventy-eight acres of his present farm, and in the spring of 1889 moved to the place and has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits. Since locating on the farm he has built a good residence and large barn and made other substantial improvements. To his original purchase he has added sixty-five acres adjoining, and has now one of the best improved farms in the neighborhood.
Mr. Crighton was married at Glen Ellyn, Illinois, April 29, 1880, to Miss Mary Cooper, a native of Illinois, born and reared at Glen Ellyn, and a sister of Hon. L. C. Cooper, of that place. By this union there are three living children-Harry Leslie, Edith A., and John Wilbur. The first born, William, died when five years of age.
Politically Mr. Crighton is a life-long Republican, having cast his first presidential ballot for Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876. The principles of the party have ever been such that he could readily give his assent to, but he has never been a politician in the common acceptation of the term. Office seeking especially has been distasteful to him, his time and attention being given to his business interests. Religiously his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which she is especially interested. Socially they are both held in the highest esteem, and have many friends in Kane and "Cook counties. Success has crowned their efforts, and they are numbered among the well-to-do citizens of Geneva township.
HAROLD D. HEMMENS, editor and publisher of the "Daily and Weekly Courier," was born in Elgin in 1858. In 1882 he, with the late W. S. Doherty, began the publication of the "Courier," and has since continued the work up to the present time. He advocates all measures for the good of the city, and champions its progress along all beneficial lines. Journalism has been his life work, and in his chosen field of labor he has won a fair success.
THOMAS H. SOLOMON, who owns and operates a farm on section 16, Burlington township, was born in the city of Chicago, on State street, September 12, 1850, and was the second child to bless the union of Thomas and Emma (Pierce) Solomon. Thomas Solomon, the father of our subject, was born in Cornwall, England, and in early life learned the trade of a shoemaker. This occupation he followed in Cornwall, and also in Chicago after his removal to the United States. In 1854 he, desiring a change, moved to Burlington township, where he purchased one hundred and thirty-seven acres of farming land, and here resided until his death, which occurred in 1896, at the age of seventy-six years.
Thomas Solomon was united in marriage with Miss Emma Pierce, a native of Cornwall, England, and a daughter of John Pierce. Mrs. Solomon died in November, 1884, at the age of sixty-six. To this union was born five children, all of whom are yet living, and whose order of birth is as follows: John, residing in Sycamore, De Kalb county, Illinois; Thomas H., the subject of this review; Joseph, who is engaged in farming in Nebraska; William, now operating a grocery in Ottawa, Illinois; Mary Jane, who first married Dr. Morand, and after his death was again united in marriage, being wedded to William Heren, who is engaged in farming in Michigan.
The subject of this sketch was but four years of age when he came with his parents to Kane county, settling in Burlington township. Here he attended school until the age of fifteen, after which he aided his father in the cultivation of the home farm, but upon reaching his majority he was joined in wedlock with Miss Grace Munn, and rented a farm in Virgil township for one year. Returning to Burlington township, he leased his father's farm for three years, and then moved to St. Charles, Illinois, where he was employed in various capacities for the succeeding two years. Removing back to Burlington township, Mr. Solomon bought a small farm of twenty-six acres, where he resided twelve years. Selling this place, he again rented his father's homestead. In June, 1891, he purchased his present place, consisting of forty acres, which he operates as a dairy farm, also being largely interested in bees. In connection with his dairy business, he raises hogs and poultry for the market.
On the 24th of September, 1871, Mr. Solomon was united in marriage with Miss Grace Munn, as before mentioned. Mrs. Solomon was born in Virgil township, Kane county, Illinois, and is the daughter of John Munn, a native of East Kent, England. John Munn emigrated to America in 1845, and lived to the age of seventy-one years, dying about 1878. His father, John Munn, Sr., died in England, where he resided all his life. The father of Mrs. Solomon was united in marriage with Miss Thankful Northway, a daughter of Harmon Northway, a native of England. To John and Thankful Munn were born seven children, of whom Mrs. Solomon was third in order of birth.
The union of Thomas H. Solomon and Grace Munn, was blessed by the birth of six children: Fred, residing at home; Stella, wife of Wm. Van Doosen, a farmer of Burlington, and to whom have been born one child, Edith; Fannie is the wife of Edward Vogle, who is engaged in farming in Riley township, McHenry county, Illinois, and to them one child has been born, which died in infancy; Frank, Edna and Ida, all residing with their parents.
Mr. Solomon is an ardent supporter of Republican principles, and has been somewhat active in local politics. He was an efficient constable of the township for twelve years, and filled that office to the satisfaction of others as well as his partisans. He was also school director for a period of six years. Fraternally, he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Burlington camp, No. 471.
C.H. WAYNE, who has attained distinction as one of the able members of the Elgin bar, is now practicing as a member of the firm of Botsford, Wayne & Botsford. In this profession probably more than any other success depends upon individual merit, upon a thorough understanding of the principles of jurisprudence, a power for keen analysis, and the ability to present clearly, concisely and forcibly the strong points in his cause. Possessing these necessary qualifications, Mr. Wayne is accorded a foremost place in the ranks of the profession in Kane county, and stands today as one of the most esteemed members of the Elgin bar.
A native of Union, McHenry county, Illinois, he was born December 27, 1855, the only child of Harley and Ellen (Dietz) Wayne. His paternal grandfather, Anthony Wayne, a native of the Empire state, came to Illinois in 1842, locating in McHenry county, where he carried on agricultural pursuits. He had a family of three sons and a daughter, and died at an advanced age. The maternal grandfather, William Dietz, was also born in New York, and was of German lineage. He was a farmer by occupation, and died at the age of sixty years. Both the parents of our subject were born in New York. The father, locating in McHenry county about 1842, was a general merchant of Union for a number of years, and was a very prominent and influential citizen, especially active in affairs political. He became one of the ardent advocates of the Republican party on its organization, and in 1860 served as clerk of the house of representatives of Illinois. At the beginning of the Civil war he loyally responded to the country's call, mustering as a member of Company D, Fifteenth Illinois Infantry. He was elected to the rank of captain, and as such fell fighting at the battle of Shiloh, April 5, 1862 when thirty-eight years of age. Mrs. Wayne still survives her husband, and is a member of the Methodist church, to which he also belonged.
Charles H. Wayne was reared in the village of Union, and acquired his education in the public schools of that town and Marengo. Later he attended the Chicago University, where he was graduated in the class of 1880. Determining to enter the legal profession and make the practice of law his life work, he became a student in the law office of A. B. Coon, of Marengo, and was admitted to the bar in December, 1882. He came to Elgin in March, 1883, and has practiced here continually since with marked success. He was a deep thinker, a logical reasoner, strong in argument and forceful in delivery, and his addresses before court or jury never fail to carry great weight and seldom fail to convince, he having won some notable forensic triumphs when opposing some of the strongest members of the Elgin bar.
On the 17th of January, 1888, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Wayne and Miss Mary C. Smith, a daughter of Leonidas L. and Sarah (Stewart) Smith. She is a member of the Episcopal church and presides with gracious hospitality over their pleasant home, which is a favorite resort with their many friends. Mr. Wayne belongs to Marengo lodge, A. F. & A. M.; Lansing chapter, R. A. M.; Bethel commandery, No. 36, K. T., and Medinah temple of the Mystic Shrine of Chicago. He also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics is a Republican. He was president of the board of trustees of Elgin for one term and also mayor of the city for one year, and his administration of the municipal affairs was progressive and reformatory. He is deeply interested in all that pertains to the public welfare and is accounted one of the most valued citizens of Elgin.
JEROME B. ELLIS, who is engaged in farming and stock raising in Geneva township, first came to Kane county in the fall of 1856, and has here since continued to reside. He was born in Warrensburg, Tioga county, New York, November 12, 1838. His father, Samuel Ellis, was a native of the same county and state, born in 1805. He there grew to manhood and married Margaret Westbrook, also a native of Tioga county, New York. In 1844 he removed with his family to Canada, and there engaged in the lumber business, buying and shipping to various points. For eleven years he engaged in that business and in 1856 came to Kane county, Illinois, and bought the farm where our subject now resides, and which was a fairly well improved place. Here he engaged in general farming, and here spent the remainder of his life, dying in May, 1865, at the age of sixty years. His wife survived him for years, passing away in December, 1895, when nearly eighty-nine years old. Of their family of eight children, all grew to mature years. They were Joshua, who settled in Bay City, Michigan, where he engaged in business; Jerome B., of this review; Daniel, a farmer of Kane county; Mrs. Van Wert, of Geneva; Mrs. John Fick, Samuel, Edward and Mrs. Langs. The four last named are now deceased.
The subject of this sketch was a young man of seventeen when he came with his parents to Kane county. In the common schools of Canada and also in the schools of Geneva he received a good education. He remained with his father, assisting in the cultivation of the home farm until twenty-one years of age, when he left home, and spent two seasons upon the lake, and then spent two years roving around, principally through the east. His father being ill he returned home and took charge of the farm, taking care of his parents during the remainder of their lives. After his father's death he succeeded to the old homestead, on which he has since made some valuable improvements. In addition to general farming, for some years he has been engaged in breeding and dealing in pure-blood Jersey cattle, and also in Plymouth Rock poultry, in which he has built up a good business. He has also dealt somewhat extensively in blooded Berkshire hogs. His reputation for the purity of his stock has brought him customers from many of the states of the union. At present he has a herd of twelve pure Jerseys and about twenty-five Berkshires. While he still resides upon the old homestead, he sold the farm to James Swan, of Chicago, in 1891. He owns a farm on section 6, Geneva township, a well improved place of eighty-four acres.
Mr. Ellis was married in Chicago, February 14, 1871, to Miss Laura Powers, of St. Charles, Illinois, a native of Canada, but reared and educated in Kane county, and a daughter of James Powers, also a native- of Canada, but who emigrated from that country with teams at a very early day. By this union there are two children: Ernest J., a young man engaged in railroading with the Northwestern railroad; and Charles, a student of the Geneva High Schools.
Politically Mr. Ellis is a lifelong Democrat, and in 1860 cast his first presidential ballot for the "little giant", Stephen A. Douglas, since which time he has voted for every presidential nominee of that party. He does not consider himself a politician in the ordinary sense, but believes in every man exercising the rights of franchise. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Geneva. For forty-two years he has been a resident of Kane county, and has ever taken an interest in that which would add to its prosperity. He is well known as a man of good business ability and a practical farmer. His friends are many throughout the county.
GEORGE MICHAEL SCHNEIDER, deceased, was born near Prospect Park, Du Page county, Illinois, September 23, 1853. He was reared in DuPage county, and attended the German school at Naperville, Illinois, and the public schools in the Bonapart district in Du Page county. Our subject was the son of Adam Schneider, a native of Bavaria, and who came to America in 1840. He is yet living on a farm in Du Page county at the age of seventy years, a fine, hearty, hale old gentleman, who is getting the best out of life. Adam Schneider married Margaret Schulz, daughter of Peter and Mary A. (Eisenhutt) Schulz, both of whom were natives of Baden.
At the age of sixteen years, George M. Schneider became his own master, and was employed on farms till twenty years of age. On reaching his twenty-first birthday he started to learn the blacksmith trade at Prospect Park, Illinois, under William Wagner, and worked for him five years and ten months. He came to Burlington township in 1880, and purchased a shop and residence and here continued in business until his death, which occurred October 27, 1893. Mr. Schneider was a devout member of the Catholic church and died in the full assurance of faith. In politics he was a Democrat, and though not desiring official position served as school director for eight years, and as school trustee for four years. Fraternally he was a member of Kane camp, No. 471, M. W. A., of Burlington, Illinois. He was a man of many lovable traits, genial, whole-souled and friendly to all whom he knew, and a man much missed by his friends and acquaintances, as well as by his neighbors and family. He was always a kind parent and affectionate husband, and no man has been more sincerely mourned.
The subject of this review was united in marriage with Miss Mary Schlick in Milton township, Du Page county, Illinois. She was born in Prospect Park, and is the daughter of Casper Schlick and Margaret Wiedneder, the latter a daughter of Michael Weidneder, a native of Bavaria and a cooper by trade. Caspar Schlick was for many years employed on the railroad at Prospect Park, and died at the residence of his son, Joseph Schlick, in Burlington township, August 13, 1895, at the age of seventy-six. His wife died some years previous, passing away March 26, 1887, aged sixty-seven.
To Mr. and Mrs. Schneider six children were born as follows: Annie E., Frank J., George P., Margaret K., Laura Mary and Carl Michael. Mrs. Schneider is a member of the Catholic church, and is also an active member of the Ladies of the Maccabees, Burlington Hive. Her father made his home with her during the last eight years of his life, up to a few months of his death, when he went to live with his son, Joseph, as before stated. He was a fine, noble-hearted old gentleman and was most highly respected by all who knew him.
DENISON R. JENCKS, a well-known and prominent citizen of Elgin, is a representative of one of the honored pioneer families of Kane county. Not only is there particular interest attaching to his career as one of the early settlers of this section, but in reviewing his genealogical record we find his lineage tracing back to the colonial history of the nation, and to that period which marked the inception of the grandest republic the world has ever known.
Mr. Jencks was born October 13, 1837, in North Adams, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, and is a son of Henry and Amelia B. (Bowles) Jencks. He is a descendant of Governor Jencks, of Rhode Island, who was of English ancestry. His grandfather, Thomas Jencks, was a native of that state and a farmer by occupation. A certificate given to him for service in the war of 1812 is now in the possession of our subject, it being for twenty-one dollars and drawing interest at seven per cent, until paid.
Henry Jencks, our subject's father, was born in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and from that state removed to Massachusetts, where at different times he was engaged in business as a merchant and hotel-keeper. He was also connected for a time with the Fink & Walker stage line. Coming west in April, 1841, he located in Dundee, Kane county, Illinois, where he took up a claim from the government and engaged in its cultivation for a few years. In 1849 he gave up farming and removed to the town of Dundee. Politically he was first an old-line Whig, and later a Republican, taking quite an active and influential part in local politics. He died in Elgin April 7, 1877, his wife in Dundee in October, 1871. Both were charter members of the Baptist church at the latter place, and were earnest, consistent Christian people. She was a native of Utica, New York, and a daughter of Frederick and Amelia Bowles, who were also born in that state. Our subject is the younger of two children, the other being Elizabeth, now deceased. By a former marriage the father had seven children, all of whom have departed this life.
Amid pioneer scenes Denison R. Jencks was reared, and in the public schools of Dundee acquired his early education, which was supplemented by a three-years' course in Drury Academy, at North Adams, Massachusetts. Returning to his home in Dundee, he engaged in merchandising, and during President Lincoln's administration was appointed postmaster at that place, serving as such for six years, when he resigned in favor of a crippled soldier. He also filled the office of township treasurer for three years. In March, 1872, he came to Elgin, where he has since made his home. At first he was engaged in mercantile pursuits, but on account of ill health he gave up that business and accepted the agency of a number of reliable insurance companies. He continued in that business for about twenty years, and then turned it over to his son, while he lives retired.
On the 25th of October, 1859, Mr. Jencks was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth A. Hollister, who was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and was a daughter of A. S. and Elizabeth Hollister, natives of Connecticut. Mrs. Jencks, who was a faithful member of the Baptist church, died January 18, 1897. The only child born to them died in infancy. Later they adopted Fred W. Jencks, who has succeeded his father in business.
Politically Mr. Jencks is identified with the Republican party. For three consecutive years he served as assistant supervisor, and in 1878 was elected alderman, holding that office for thirteen years, and uninterruptedly for eleven years. He was then succeeded by his son. He is a charter member of the Sons of the Revolution. His public and private life are above reproach, for his career has been one characterized by the utmost fidelity to duty. He receives and merits the high regard of the entire community.
MICHAEL J. GETZELMAN, a retired farmer living in the village of Hampshire, comes from the Fatherland, and the strongest and most creditable characteristics of the Teutonic race have been marked elements in his life, and have enabled him to win success in the face of opposing circumstances. Possessing the energy and determination which marked the people of Germany, and by the exercise of his powers he has steadily progressed, winning not only a handsome competency but has commanded universal respect by his straight-forward business methods. He was born in Ober-Altenheim, Bavaria, Germany, October 22, 1832, and is the son of Malachi and Mary Getzelman, both of whom were natives of the same country, the former born in 1801, and the son of Andrew Getzelman, a farmer who died in Germany when eighty-two years of age. Malachi Getzelman was a mason by trade, which occupation he followed in his native land. On coming to America, in 1848, he settled in Hampshire township, Kane county, Illinois, where he first acquired forty acres of land, and began agricultural pursuits. Before his death, in 1862, he had acquired one hundred and seventy acres.
The subject of this sketch attended the public schools of his native land until fourteen years of age, when he was confirmed and taken into the church. Two years later he came to America with his parents, the family sailing from Havre, France, April 29, 1848, and landing in New York after a voyage of twenty-nine days. Our subject came to Hampshire township and remained with his parents until after attaining his majority. He began life for himself by renting the farm of S. K. Williams for one year, and then the farm of Mrs. Smith for one year, after which he bought from the latter eighty acres, which he proceeded to improve. This was the foundation of the fortune that has attended him, and he now owns four hundred and ninety acres, divided into three farms, all of which is under the highest state of cultivation.
Mr. Getzelman was married in Hampshire township to Mary Frederick, a native of Germany and a daughter of Mathias Frederick, who was also a native of the same country, but who emigrated to America- when his daughter was but two years old. By this union nine children have been born, as follows: William, who married Mary Wreshe and lives in Chicago; Elizabeth, deceased; Susan, at home; Cyrus, who married Sophia Schrader, and lives in Hampshire township; John, who married Emma Brenner, and also lives in Hampshire township; Annie, the wife of Frank Brenner, living in Hampshire township; Julius, who married Maggie Hass, and also resides in Hampshire township; Andrew and Emma, who yet reside with their parents and are students in the Hampshire schools.
The farms of our subject are cultivated by his sons, who have been reared to agricultural pursuits and. are thorough practical farmers. The entire family are members of the Evangelical church, and in politics Mr. Getzelman is a Republican. The only office which he has ever held has been that of school director.
SYLVESTER SHERMAN MANN, deceased, was for many years one of the most prominent citizens of Kane county. He was of an old New England family, the members of which were all of strong mentality, of fine education, and above the average in brain and influence in the communities where they lived. His father, James Mann, was born in Massachusetts January 1 1794,and died in Burlington township, Kane county, Illinois, September 22, 1878. He lived in Massachusetts until he attained his majority, when he removed to Wyoming county, New York, where he purchased a farm and erected a hotel at North Java, which he ran for fourteen years, in 1844 he came west, by lake from Buffalo to Chicago, and thence to Burlington township, Kane county, where he purchased twelve hundred acres of land, built a large frame house and at once commenced its improvement. Some years later, while on a visit to his old home in New York, the house was burned. On his return he built a larger and more substantial residence of brick, large enough to serve as a hotel, in which he kept a public house for many years. The building was demolished in 1897 by our subject and a fine frame farm house erected in its place.
James Mann was quite prominent in the early history of Burlington township, and was a man of strong personality, politically a Whig in early life, later a Republican, and religiously a Congregationalism He was the son of William Mann, a native of Massachusetts. James Mann married Lucy Sherman, a native of Java, New York, born March 18, 1798, and who died September 24, 1870. Of their ten children four only survive, as follows: Lucy, wife of Amos Brown, of Lockport, New York; Parmeno, living in Nebraska; Alfred, living in Elgin; and Sherman D., of Burlington, Illinois.
Sylvester S. Mann was born May 30, 1827, in North Java, New York. His education was obtained while yet living in New York, and he came west with his parents in 1844. While yet in his twentieth year he opened a store in the village of Burlington, and under the firm name of Mann & Brown engaged in a general mercantile trade, and also at the same time engaging in farming. Later the firm name was changed to Mann, Hapgood & Co., and the business continued, while he was also interested in a store in Hampshire, run under the name of Hathaway & Co.
Mr. Mann was married May 18, 1850, in Burlington township, to Caroline Young, born in the town of Plainfield, Monroe county, New York, July 17, 1826, and a daughter of Simon and Betsy (Meyers) Young. Her parents moved from New York to Ohio in 1833, where they resided some five or six years, and then came to Kane county, Illinois. Simon Young was born in America of English parents, and was second of a family of three sons, the others being Nicholas and Emanuel. The latter was a bachelor and died at a very old age. Betsy Meyers was born in Cayuga county, New York. To Simon and Betsy Young nine, children were born, of whom Caroline was seventh in order of birth. Nearly all attained old age. The living are: Daniel, who lives at Elgin, at the age of eighty-six years; Stephen, who also resides in Elgin, at the age of eighty-four years; John, living in Waukegan, Illinois, at the age of seventy-six years; and Caroline, widow of our subject. To our subject and wife six children were born, the first dying in infancy. The others are: Elvira, who married C. H. Potter, of Elgin; Alice; Irvin, who died at the age of five years; John S., of whom further mention is made in this sketch; and Nellie, wife of Dr. O. A. Chappell, of Elgin.
Sylvester. S. Mann, from the time he attained his majority, occupied a prominent position in the political affairs of his township and county. He served as supervisor in 1858, and several succeeding years. In 1863, he was elected a member of the legislature, and in the session of 1863-4 assisted in bringing about the disagreement between house and senate, which enabled Governor Yates to prorogue the legislature. He was re-elected in 1865, and during this term secured the location of the Northern Illinois Hospital for the Insane, at Elgin, and when additions were made necessary, his constituents re-elected him in 1872. Others seemed unable to accomplish the results required, but he secured an appropriation sufficient to make the necessary changes. For some years he was an official in the management of the Hospital. In 1866, he was appointed and served as collector of Internal Revenue of his district.
Mr. Mann was largely interested in the improvement of cattle, and in 1883 went to Europe, on the steamer City of Chester, which was later sunk in the Golden Gate, San Francisco. While abroad he purchased one hundred and sixty head of Holstein cattle, and one year later, two hundred and ninety-eight head, which he imported in two shipments. He was one of the first importers of this valuable breed in Illinois. For some years he was a member of the Holstein Breeders' Association, in which he rendered valuable service. Fraternally he was a member of the old Masonic lodge at Burlington. In 1866, he moved to the city of Elgin, where his death occurred August 14, 1885.
John S. Mann, son of Sylvester S. Mann, grew to manhood in Kane county, and in Elgin, married Mattie L. B. Arnold, a native of that city, and a daughter of Marshall Newton Arnold, who was born in Wellesley Hill, Massachusetts, and who came west in 1871, to assume a position as expert watchmaker, in the factory at Elgin. He was the son of Thomas Ambrose Arnold, who died when a young man. His grandfather, Thomas Arnold, was a large property owner in Chicago. The Arnolds are members of an old colonial family,- who first settled near Farmington, Maine, and who trace their descent from Myir, King of Kent, in the twelfth century. Marshall N. Arnold married Mary Sharpe, a native of Jackson, Mississippi. His death occurred in 1884. To John S. Mann and wife one child was born, Alice Caroline.
In 1890, five years after the death of our subject, the family moved back to Burlington, occupying the old homestead. The farm being managed by John S. Mann, who is a practical farmer, and a member of the Holstein Breeder's Association of America. Fraternally he is a member of Kane camp, No. 471, M. W. A., of Burlington.
CHARLES M. PIERCE, who is engaged in farming on section 27, Burlington township, was born in Sycamore township, De Kalb county, Illinois, April 30, 1861, and came with his parents in the fall of that year to the farm which he now occupies. His father, Daniel Wesley Pierce, was second in a family of six children. He was born in the village of Shavertown, Delaware county, New York, on the 20th of September, 1834, and came west by boat from Buffalo to Chicago with his parents when about the age of twelve. His father, Martin Pierce, a native of New York, settled three and a half miles north of Genoa, Illinois, dying in 1890 at the age of ninety-eight years, at the residence of his son William, near Genoa, De Kalb county, Illinois.
Daniel Pierce attended school in his native village until coming west, and for one year in Genoa township. When quite a young man he rented a farm in Sycamore township, De Kalb county, where he resided until his removal, in 1861, to Burlington township. Here he lived until 1885, when he rented his farm to our subject and moved back to the Sycamore township farm, where he lived retired until his death in 1887. He was united in marriage to Miss Delia Ann Dayton, October 8, 1857, who was born in De Kalb county, June 18, 1836, and the daughter of Alvin Dayton, a native of Vermont. Her father died on a farm three and a half miles east of Sycamore, Illinois, in August, 1887. He married Abagail Wyman, who resides on the old home place at the advanced age of eighty-five years. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, as were their parents.
Charles M. Pierce is the only son of his parents, and was only one year old when he moved with them from De Kalb county. He attended the district schools of his neighborhood until eighteen years of age. He then worked for his father until the age of twenty-one, when he rented his father's farm for one year. Mr. Pierce married the girl of his choice and removed to Elgin township, where he resided for one year. Returning, he rented his father's farm for the following five years, after which he again moved to Elgin, and for two years was engaged in the hay and grain business, and also in teaming. Having fallen heir to his father's farm in the spring of 1889, he rented it during his residence in Elgin, coming back in September, 1892, where he has since resided. The farm consists of one hundred and thirty acres of land, which is used principally as a dairy farm. Mr. Fierce keeps from fifteen to twenty-five head of cows, the product of which he sells to the creamery. He also raises stock for sale and large quantities of grain. It is a highly improved farm, most of which were made by his father in his lifetime. He has a large house and barn and good outbuildings on the place and everything is up to date, and shows the work of a practical, farmer.
Our subject was married to Miss Ida Wright, the eldest of four living children born to Solomon and Caroline (Pease) Wright, who are residing in Elgin. The three younger ones are George, Frank and William. They had one other child who died young. Solomon Wright was born in Putnam county, New York, March 10, 1836, and is the son of Baldwin and Elizabeth (Foster) Wright. Baldwin Wright is the son of Solomon Wright. Caroline Wright, the mother of Mrs. Pierce, was born in, the state of New York, in 1848, and is a daughter of James Pease, who married, Salome Cottrell.
To Mr. and Mrs. Pierce were born three children, Roy Alvin, Charles Wesley and Fred Solomon. He is a Republican in his political views, and has been a school director since 1896. Fraternally Mr. Pierce is a member of K. O. T. M., of Burlington, while his wife is an active member of the Ladies of the Maccabees of the same town.
ORSON L. WEAVER, residing on section 30, Batavia township, Kane county, owns and operates a farm of two hundred and forty-eight acres. It lies four miles southwest of the city of Batavia, and is a well-improved and valuable farm. He is a native of New York, born in the town of Ellisburg, Jefferson county, September 22, 1836. His father, George Weaver, was a native of the same county and state, born in 1811. He there married Abigail Colvin, also a native of the same county and state. In 1840, with his wife and children, he drove through with teams to Kane county, Illinois, where, he arrived in September of that year. First entering a tract of forty acres, in Blackberry township, he later traded that place and located in Batavia township, where he opened up another farm, on which he resided for some years, after which he purchased the farm on which our subject now resides. When he purchased the land it was entirely uncultivated, but with him it was but a short time before he developed a fine farm, on which he later erected good buildings, and, buying more land, had at the time of his death three hundred and seventy-seven acres. He died there in June, 1891, at the age of eighty years. His first wife died some ten years previously, and he later married again.
George and Abigail Weaver were the parents of three sons and four daughters, who grew to mature years. Electa married Edward Brown, and they located in Vermont, where he engaged in the hotel business. Later they moved to North Dakota, where they now reside. Adelia Ann married H. P. Brown, of Vermont, a brother of Edward Brown, the husband of her sister. Luella A. is the wife of Charles Knox, and they reside in Kansas. Celesta died at the age of fifteen years. Orson L., our subject, and D. R. are both substantial farmers residing in Batavia township, the latter being now retired. Alvaro died at the age of nineteen years. George grew to manhood, married and died when only twenty-two years old.
Orson L. Weaver grew to manhood on his father's farm, and attended the public schools during the winter months, and assisted in the cultivation of the farm the remainder of the year. He remained under the parental roof until twenty-two years of age. In 1860 he married Augusta Bodine, a native of Seneca county, New York, where her parents lived and died. She was a lady of good education, and was a teacher, both in New York, and after her removal to Kane county. By this union there were four children: Hattie grew to womanhood, married and resides in Iowa. Charles died at the age of six years. Celesta married and resides in Sac county, Iowa. William H. engaged in farming in Iowa.
After marriage, Mr. Weaver located on the home farm, and after raising one crop, on the 1st of August, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and at Springfield, Illinois, was mustered into the United States service. He participated in the battles of Raymond, Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi, Champion Hill, and Vicksburg. For some time he was on provost duty in the latter place, after which he participated in the battle of Spanish Fort. He was then taken sick, and sent to the hospital at Fort Gibson, where he remained about one month. On the 4th of August, 1865, he was discharged at Chicago, and returned to his home. Soon after he went to Clinton county, Iowa where he bought a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, on which he remained until November, 1875. Selling that place he returned to Kane county, to the old home farm, where he remained two years, then went west to Fort Kearney, and there engaged in farming for about two years, when he again returned to Kane county, and resumed his place on the old home farm. After the death of his father, he and his brother bought out the other heirs, and later divided the place, our subject taking one hundred and eighty-seven acres. Here he has since continued to reside, and in addition to dairy farming, has been engaged in breeding and dealing in full blooded Short-horn cattle, and Poland China hogs. The Old house has been remodeled by him and a large barn erected, with a slate roof, being one of the best in the township.
At Fairbury, Nebraska, in December, 1878, Mr. Weaver was united in marriage with Miss Marietta Finch, born in Whiteside county, Illinois, but reared and educated in Clinton county, Iowa. Her father, Samuel Finch, was a native of Canada, of English descent. He married Lydia Clawson, and later moved to Whiteside county, Illinois, from which place he moved to Minnesota, where his Wife died, and he later married again and settled in Clinton county, Iowa. By trade he was a cooper, as was his father and three brothers, all of whom engaged in that business in Whiteside county, Illinois. To Mr. and Mrs. Weaver, three children have been born - Adam L., Edith L. and Brayton L.
Politically Mr. Weaver is a Republican. His first presidential ballot was cast in 1860, for Abraham Lincoln, while his last one, in 1896, was cast for William McKinley. For several years he served as highway commissioner, and has also served for some years on the school board. With the exception of the time spent in Iowa and Nebraska, he has been a resident of Illinois for fifty-eight years, and in his adopted county has done his full share in developing its various interests.
WILLIAM H. ELLITHORPE
Among the representative farmers of Burlington township none are better known or more widely respected than he whose name heads this sketch. The subject of this review was born on the farm where he now lives, and here he has spent his entire life, coming into this world May 31, 1848. He is third in a family of six children born to Stephen R. and Emily (Smith) Ellithorpe.
Stephen R. Ellithorpe is the son of John Ellithorpe, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, who was a captain in the war of 1812, being in the engagement at Plattsburg and other battles of the war. He married Eliza Chapman, daughter of a veteran captain of the same war. To this union were born six children: John, who settled in Burlington township, dying at about the age of sixty-five years; Oliver died in Elgin, aged seventy years; Timothy died in Burlington, Illinois, at about the same age; Stephen, the father of our subject; Jeddediah is actively engaged in the mercantile business at Russell, Russell county, Kansas; Albert O, who is a wagon-maker by trade, resides in Chicago, and is the inventor of the air cushion elevator. He served in the war for the Union with a regiment from Chicago, and among the various battles was engaged in the one at Pea Ridge. He was the chief of the commissary.
Stephen R. Ellithorpe was born in the town of Sheldon, Franklin county, Vermont, April 16, 1819, and in 1841 concluded to come west, driving overland fifteen hundred miles to Illinois. Landing in Chicago, Mr. Ellithorpe found himself with only thirty cents and a strong determination to succeed, in his possession, but with that steadfast industry which has characterized the ."Yankee" ever since the word was known, he set to work at whatever he could find to do. For one year he engaged in cutting and hauling wood to Chicago for market, at that time there being an abundance in the near vicinity. In 1842 he removed to Burlington township and settled on the farm where he now resides with his son, our subject, he being one of the first pioneers in that township.
The father of our subject was married to Miss Emily Smith, born in Colwell's Manor, Canada, April 15, 1821, and the daughter of Nathan Smith, born February 9, 1786, and a soldier in the war of 1812. Nathan Smith was united in marriage with Miss Phoebe Huxley, born August 28, 1795, and to this marriage were born thirteen children: Uziel, Emily,William, Mary A., deceased, Elizabeth, John G., Malcolm, Lafayette, Henry, Mary, Frank and Lorenzo. The marriage of Stephen R. and Emily (Smith) Ellithorpe was blessed by the birth of six children, as follows: Franklin, who died in 1875; Marion wedded Mary J. Smith and is now residing in Iowa; William H., the subject of this review; Phoebe, wife of J. B. Reser, lives in Algonquin, McHenry county. Illinois; Antoinette married Alva Ashcraft and is now residing in De Kalb, De Kalb county, Illinois; Nathan S. was united in marriage with Miss Lulu Doty and is living in Iowa.
Stephen R. Ellithorpe built the first board shanty in the township and was also the first man to erect a frame house and school house. He at one time paid fifty per cent interest for the use of money needed. He takes the Democratic side of the political question and has served in numerous positions of honor and trust, among which, that of assessor and town clerk. He is now living with his son, our subject, on the old homestead, and as he comes of an extremely long-lived race, he bids fair to reach the century mark, having already lived to the age of eighty years, with all his faculties, mental and physical, unimpaired. He still has in his possession deeds from the government for the old homestead. His wife is now in her seventy-eighth year, and will no doubt continue to accompany her husband on life's journey for many more years, as she is enjoying life with .good health, and has a zeal that is surprising.
William H. Ellithorpe attended the district and common schools of his neighborhood, where he received his education, and is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College, of Chicago. He, unlike many boys,' was content to remain on the farm; and now, as he gets on in years, can realize the wisdom of his course more fully than he could in the past. He has purchased eighty acres on section 26, which makes a total of four hundred acres. The latter, however, is leased to tenants. Mr. Ellithorpe operates his farm as a dairy, as well as a general farm, and milks from eighteen to twenty head of cows. He is also engaged in breeding full-blooded Durham cattle.
On the 20th of October, 1875, our subject was united in marriage with Miss Martha Worden, a native of De Kalb county, Illinois, and a daughter of Benjamin and Martha (Ferguson) Worden, the former a native of Chautauqua county, New York, and the latter of Scotland. To our subject and wife were born two children: Benjamin F., born June 23, 1876, and Stephen R., born August 25, 1879.
In political issues he has been very prominent, especially in local elections. He is a Democrat, the principles of which party being instilled into his mind from boyhood up. He has served in various positions-, being township treasurer for fourteen years, town clerk for the same length of time, notary public for a period of twelve years, town trustee of schools and held other minor official positions. In his political- as well as social and business life, Mr. Ellithorpe made many friends, and no one in the township where he has so long resided is held in higher or more sincere respect.
JAMES A. RUTLEDGE, M. D., room 19 Spurling block, Elgin, is a physician and surgeon of acknowledged skill, one standing high in the medical profession. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, August 21, 1861, and is a son of Thomas and Abigail J. (Richardson) Rutledge, the former a native of Canada, the latter of Illinois. They were the parents of four children: William, of Kansas City, Missouri; Emma, of Rockford, Illinois; James A., of this sketch; and Joseph, of Elwood, Indiana.
Thomas Rutledge, the father, was by trade a carpenter, an occupation chosen before coming to the States, at which he worked for some years in Canada. In 1860 he located in St. Louis, and during the war was foreman of the St. Louis arsenal, during which time he also superintended the construction of a number of gunboats at Cairo, Illinois. About the close of the war, being still in the employ of the government, he was ordered west to superintend the building of some forts on the frontier. While engaged in that work his death occurred at Cheyenne, in 1866, while comparatively a young man.
On the death of her husband, Mrs. Rutledge moved with her four fatherless children to the city of DeKalb, DeKalb county, Illinois, and three years later to Rockford, Illinois, where she still lives, and where she reared her family, giving them all the advantages possible in securing an education and becoming honored members of society.
The paternal grandfather of our subject, Joseph Rutledge, was a native of Canada, where his entire life was spent. The maternal grandfather, Benjamin Richardson, was a native of New York, a blacksmith and farmer by occupation. He was one of the first settlers of Winnebago county, Illinois, and one of his sons was the first white child born in that county. He had a large family and died in old age.
The boyhood and youth of our subject were spent in DeKalb and Rockford, and his literary education was completed in the high school of the latter city, from which he graduated in 1879. He then studied pharmacy, and later entered Rush Medical
College, graduating therefrom in 1886. Soon after graduating he located in Fielding, Illinois, where he commenced the practice of his profession. His success was gratifying, but wishing a more extended field he came to Elgin in 1895, and here he has since continued in practice. While a general practitioner he has made a specialty of the diseases of women and children, in which line he is considered authority. Since his graduation the Doctor has taken two courses in the Polyclinic in Chicago, and in all ways endeavors to keep posted in the improvements being constantly made in medicine and surgery. His practice is constantly growing, and patients coming from various points are being constantly treated by him.
In Fairdale, Illinois, April 13, 1887, Dr. Rutledge was united in marriage with Miss Mary H. Crill, an adopted daughter of Isaac Crill, of that place. They now reside at No. 370 Chicago street, Elgin, where their many friends are given a cordial welcome. Mrs. Rutledge is a member of the First Congregational church of Elgin, and does considerable church and Sunday-school work.
The Doctor is a member of the Kishwaukee lodge, No. 402, F. & A. M., of Kingston; Sycamore chapter, No. 49, R. A. M.; and Sycamore commandery, K. T. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen, Court of Honor, and Home Forum, of Elgin, and in the three last named is examining physician. Socially, he is a member of the Century Club, of Elgin. Politically, he is independent in the best sense of the term, voting for such men and measures as at the time he believes will best conserve the interest of the people. Professionally, he is a member of the Fox River Medical Society and of the American Medical Association, in both of which he takes an active interest, taking part in the discussion of subjects brought before the societies and contributing to them papers on various subjects. As a citizen the Doctor is greatly esteemed, and as such he takes a lively interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of his adopted city.
CHARLES E. GREGORY, city editor of the "Daily News," of Elgin, was born in that city, in the '50s, a son of Samuel E. and Mary Ann (Moffatt) Gregory. The father was born in Orange county, New York, in 1812, in which county his parents spent most of their lives. In their family were ten children, namely: Noah, Hiram, James, John, Sylvester, Benjamin, Samuel, Mrs. Hannah Van Duzer, Mrs. Katy Stevens and George, all of whom are now deceased with the exception of John. The mother of our subject was also a native of Orange county, New York, born in Blooming Grove, September 27, 1811, and was a daughter of Thomas and Deborah Moffat, of Orange county, New York.
During the '40s Samuel E. Gregory emigrated westward and located in Elgin, Illinois, where he engaged in business as a manufacturer of carriages and wagons, and also as a dealer in agricultural implements. On the formation of the Republican party he joined its ranks and became one of its stanch supporters. Beth he and his wife were leading members of the early Presbyterian church of Elgin, and took an active and prominent part in its work. He died September 27, 1872, and she passed away October 19, 1896, honored and respected by all who knew them. In their family were six children: William M., Mary H. and Henry S., all now deceased; Emma L., wife of George E. Hawthorne (see sketch elsewhere in this volume); Kate E., wife of Dr. Daniel H. Whitford; and Charles E., of this review.
The early life of our subject was passed in Elgin, obtaining his education in the public schools of the city. Throughout his active business life he has been interested in journalistic and newspaper work, and for the past twelve years has been connected with the "Daily News." Prior to this he was for a time associated with the same paper. In politics he is a Republican.
On the 20th of July, 1884, Mr. Gregory was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Slade, a native of Polo, Illinois, and a daughter of Stephen M. Slade, who is now living retired in Elgin. Her mother died some years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Gregory have two children: Carl E. and Bessie A.
ERWIN C. CONNER, postmaster and general merchant at Richardson, Kane county, Illinois, although not numbered among the early settlers of Kane county, is a well-known citizen and popular business man. He was born in Holland, New York, June 7, 1848, and is the son of Caleb and Margaret (McCarther) Conner, both of whom were natives of Vermont, and who were the parents of twelve children, of whom our subject is ninth in order of birth. From Vermont, Caleb Conner moved to Holland, New York, in an early day, and there engaged in agricultural pursuits.
On the home farm in Holland, New York, the subject of this sketch spent his boyhood and youth, and received a fairly good education in its public schools. In 1874 he came west to Elgin, Illinois, remaining there three months and then returned to Holland, New York, in order to care for his mother. He continued in that filial duty until her death, July. 16, 1881. In 1883 he returned to Illinois, since which time he has been a resident of Kane county. On the 3rd of October, 1876, Mr. Conner was united in marriage with Miss Fannie Crystal, a native of Canada, and they have one child, Harry, born February 22, 1890. Mr. Conner located at Richardson, in 1886; engaging in the mercantile trade. February 15, 1887, he received the appointment of postmaster, and served in that position until April 15, 1898. In the years that have passed he has succeeded in building up a good, substantial trade. In politics he is thoroughly independent, voting for men rather than party. In his business relations he has been quite successful, and is numbered among the well-to-do men of Kane county. As a citizen he is greatly esteemed and those who know him best trust him the more implicitly.
PHILIP SCHULZ, deceased, was for years one of the leading citizens of Kane county, and a farmer whose ability was unquestioned. He was born in the village of Obergimper, Baden, Germany, May 25, 1838. His father, Peter Schulz, was born in the same place September 21, 1798, and died in DuPage county, Illinois, January 1, 1867. He was a farmer all his life. He married Mary Eva Eisenhutt, a native of the same village, born in 1797, and who died in 1867. They were the parents of four children, as follows: Julia, who married Jacob Miller, but is now deceased; John, who lives near Glen Ellyn, Du Page county, Illinois; Margaret, who married Adam Schneider, and Philip, our subject.
Philip Schulz came to America with his parents in the fall of 1846. By boat they went from Mannheim, Germany, to Havre, France, from which place they sailed, landing at New York city, and coming west by way of the Hudson' river, Erie canal and the lakes to Chicago, certainly a long distance by water. The family settled between Wheaton and Lisle, Du Page county, where the father engaged in farming and where our subject grew to manhood, in the meantime assisting in the cultivation of the-home farm and receiving his education in the public school. He was married in the city of Chicago, September 15, 1861, to Miss Caroline Delles, who was born in the village of Mensdorf, Luxemburg, Germany, January 18, 1843, and who came to America, with an uncle, in March, 1858, sailing from Havre, France, to New York, being twenty-eight days on the water. From that city she came west to Chicago, where she lived until her marriage. She is the daughter of Phillip and Catherine (Koehler) Delles, both natives of Germany, the former being a son of Jacob Delles, who lived and died in Germany. Phillip Delles was an inn-keeper and merchant during early life, and later became an official on a state railroad, from which he retired after twenty-five years service, with a small pension from the government. His death occurred in his native land, December 20, 1893, at the age of seventy-seven years. His wife is yet living in the old home in Germany, and is now seventy-nine years old. They were the parents of eleven children, seven of whom are yet living, as follows: Caroline, widow of our subject; John living in Sycamore, Illinois; Michael, living in Iowa; James and Joseph in Chicago; Pierre, making his home with his mother in the old country; and Margaret, now Mrs. Olivier, living in Paris, France.
To Mr. and Mrs. Schulz ten children were born, all of whom are living save one, Annie, who died at the age of eight years. The others are Mary, Caroline, Philip, Katherine, Rosa, Elizabeth, Odelia, Frank and Emma. Of these, Katherine married Michael Rineck, and lives in Chicago; Rosa is a teacher in the Hampshire schools, while Elizabeth is engaged in teaching at Lily Lake; Frank is attending the Metropolitan Business College, Chicago; and Emma is in school at Hampshire.
After marriage, Mr. Schulz lived for two years on his father's farm, then rented a farm near Naperville for three years, and in December, 1866, came to Burlington township, where he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land, and there for sixteen years was actively engaged in agricultural pursuits. From time to time he added to his original tract, until he was the owner of three hundred and thirty acres. In the fall of 1882, he retired from active farming, and in December of that year moved to the village of Hampshire, where he resided until his death, July 1, 1896. His death occurred in San Francisco, California, while on a tour through the west. Religiously he was a Catholic, and in politics was a Democrat. About the only offices that he held was that of school director and that of city alderman. The family still make their home in Hampshire.
Philip Schulz, Jr., son of Phillip and Caroline Schulz, was born near Naperville, July 10, 1865. He was reared on the farm, on section 8, Burlington township, and received his education in the district schools,
He moved with the family to Hampshire, in 1882, and there resided until 1883. He married Lena Fidler, October 29, 1894, who was born in Garnet, Kansas, and a daughter of Nicholas and Angelina (Hasterd) Fidler. By this union there is one child, Martha Angeline. For a number of years he has rented two hundred and ten acres, a part of the family estate, and has since been engaged in dairy farming with gratifying success.
JOSEPHUS DAVENPORT, who resides on section 19, Batavia township, is a native of Du Page county, born in Downer's Grove, March 3, 1845. His father, Theron Davenport, was born in Seneca county, New York in 1825. He there married Deborah Swarthout, who was born in the same year, and in the same county and state, and who was the daughter of James Swarthout. The Swarthouts are of Holland ancestry, and one of that name was of the first four families to locate in Seneca county, New York. The Davenports are of English ancestry, and were also among the early settlers of that county. Stephen Davenport, the grandfather of our subject lived to be over one hundred years old. With his son Theron, he came to Illinois, in 1844, and first located in Du Page county, where they took up a half section of land, and opened a farm. The following year Theron Davenport came to Kane county, Illinois, and located near Aurora, where he engaged in farming, and where he resided some years. He later moved to South Dakota, locating at Washington Springs, where he now resides.
Josephus Davenport grew to manhood in Kane county, near where he now resides, and had fair school advantages, attending first the common school, then the Aurora High School and Jennings Seminary. He remained with his father for several years after attaining his majority and assisted him in the farm work. He was first married in Aurora in 1868, to Louise Bodine, of Seneca county, New York, and who died on the farm in May, 1875, leaving one daughter, Nina L., now the wife of Elmer Given, a railroad conductor, residing at Huron, South Dakota. They have one son, Harold W.
In Sugar Grove township, June 22, 1876, Mr. Davenport married Helen Niles, a native of Kane county, born in Sugar Grove township, and a daughter of Williams Niles, one of the first settlers of Kane county. She was educated in the common schools and Aurora Seminary, and was a teacher for twelve years previous to her marriage.
In 1876 Mr. Davenport bought the farm where he now resides, which was the old homestead of his father, and has here since been actively engaged in farming and dairying. Since residing here he has built a substantial residence, good barn, and various outbuildings, and has now one of the best improved farms in the township. Politically he is a lifelong Republican, his first presidential ballot being cast for U. S. Grant in 1868. While always taking a commendable interest in political affairs, office seeking has not been to his taste. He is a farmer pure and simple, and is recognized as one of the best in Kane county. Religiously Mrs. Davenport is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Batavia, and fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of that place. A life-long resident of the county, he is well known, especially in the southern part and wherever and by whoever known he is held in the highest esteem. He is a man of good business ability, of exemplary habits and upright character.
DANIEL J. MYERS, of the village of Big Rock, and who is there living a retired life, was for over forty years actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in Kane county. He was born in Chenango county, New York, April 26, 1823, and is the son of Nathan and Elizabeth (Fowler) Myers, the former a native of Vermont and the latter of New York. Nathan Myers grew to manhood in his native state and when a young man moved to New York, where his marriage was solemnized. For years he engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes, saddles and harness, at Columbus, New York, where his last days were spent.
The subject of this sketch grew to manhood in Chenango county, and was educated in the schools of Columbus, supplemented by two terms in New Berlin Academy. In 1845, be came to Kane county, Illinois, a young man, and first located in Blackberry township, where he entered one hundred and twenty acres, which he partially improved, and there resided for three years, going thence to Sugar Grove, where he remained two years, and in 1850 moved to Big Rock township. All his lumber for building purposes he hauled from Chicago, where nearly all his necessary supplies were obtained. All the products of his farm he hauled to Chicago, and there disposed of them, either for cash or trade. In Big Rock township, he bought one hundred and sixty acres of raw land, which he fenced and improved and on which he resided and engaged in farming until 1886, when he leased the place to his son, but yet made it his home until 1896. To his original tract he added one hundred and thirteen acres adjoining. The improvements on his place were all of a most substantial character, and in all his undertakings he met with a fair degree of success. In addition to his other landed interests, he purchased two farms in Sugar Grove township, both of which are well improved, and on which his sons reside.
Mr. Myers was united in marriage in Kane county, November 16, 1846, with Miss Sarah M. West, a native of Chenango county, New York, and a daughter of David West, also a native of the same county, and who was one of the early settlers in Kane county. By this union there are three sons. The oldest, William West, now owns and operates a valuable farm in Sugar Grove township. Lucien P., married, owns and operates a well improved place in Sugar Grove township. The third son, Charles D., is also married, and owns a valuable farm in Sugar Grove township. The mother of these children died December 11, 1884. On the 29th of September, 1896, Mr. Myers was again married, in Big Rock township, his second union being with Mrs. Ellen Crouse, who was born in Big Rock township, Kane county, Illinois, and who is the daughter of Mark Seavey, one of the honored early settlers, who located in Big Rock township, in 1843, coming from Wyoming county, New York, where he grew to manhood, and married Lucy Ann Campbell, a native of Wyoming county, New York, and a daughter of Roger Campbell, of that county. Mr. Seavey was one of the prosperous farmers of Kane county, and here spent his last days, dying about 1852. His widow is yet living, at the age of seventy-six years, and makes her home with Mr. Myers. Of the two sons and four daughters of Mary and Lucy Ann Seavey, all are yet living and are married. Mrs. Myers grew to womanhood, and September 16, 1865, married Egbert Crouse, a native of Duchess county, New York, who came to Kane county with his parents, and here made his home until his death, October 4, 1881. His widow lived on the farm for a number of years after his death, and then purchased a lot in the village of Big Rock, on which she built a residence, and where she has since continued to reside.
Politically Mr. Myers is a Republican, and cast his first presidential ballot for John C. Fremont, in 1856. He has never wavered in his support of Republican principles from that time to the present. He has held various positions of honor and trust, the duties of which he has fulfilled in a satisfactory manner to all concerned. A firm believer in the public school system, he has for years cheerfully served as a member of the school board. For fifty-three long years he has been a resident of Kane county, and has contributed his full share towards its development. He is honored, trusted and respected by all who know him.
WILLIAM J. GILBERT, who resides in a beautiful home at No. 330 Division-street, Elgin, Illinois, was born at Brimfield, Illinois, January 9, 1847, and is the son of James and Lucy (Jaqueth) Gilbert, the former a native of Vermont, and the latter of Indiana. They were the parents of twelve children, nine of whom are living, as follows: Arnold, of El Paso, Illinois; Christopher, of Peoria, Illinois; Charles, of Verona, Mississippi; Frank, of Indiana; William J.; Emma; Mrs. Alice Campbell, of Champaign, Illinois; Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Radbone, of Elmwood, Illinois; and Erastus, of Elgin, Illinois.
James Gilbert was by trade a carpenter and came to Illinois at an early day, locating in Peoria. He now resides in Brimfield, Peoria county. For some years he worked at his trade, then became a farmer, and for the past few years has been living a retired life. In his business operations he has been quite successful, and is now the owner of several farms. His wife, who was a member of the Free Will Baptist church, passed to her reward many years ago.
The paternal grandfather of our subject was a native of England, who came to America with three other brothers and they separated in New York. On coming west, while on the Mississippi river with his wife, they took the yellow fever and died. He owned land in the south, which he traded for land warrants in the west, but all knowledge of this has been lost. They had several children, but only one son. The maternal grandfather was a native of one of the eastern states.
William J. Gilbert, our subject, was reared in Peoria county, on his father's farm. In the district schools of that county he began his education, and later attended the public schools of Elgin, to which place he came in the fall of 1866. After leaving school he clerked for Bartlett & Waldron, in a book and stationery store, and remained in that store until Mr. Bartlett sold out, and then went with him into a grocery store, where he remained until 1872. He then started in the book and stationery business for himself, in which he remained until 1893, when he sold out and is now engaged in the real-estate and renting business.
In January, 1894, Mr. Gilbert was united in marriage with Mrs. Rebecca Burritt, widow of Peter Burritt, and daughter of Thomas and Rebecca McBride. In 1896, they erected one of the handsomest residences- in Elgin. Fraternally, he is a Mason and a member of Bethel commandery, K. T., and also of the Knights of Pythias. Politically, he is a Republican. At present he is secretary of the Elgin Packing Company, which is one of the most valuable industries of Elgin. A lifelong resident of Illinois, and a resident of Elgin since 1866, he is well and favorably known.
PHILIP RAMER, a veteran of the war for the Union, and an enterprising farmer of Virgil township, has been a resident of this state since 1846, and of Kane county since 1866. He is a native of Ohio, born March 13, 1840, and is the son of Henry and Susan (Troupe) Ramer, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania, and who located in Ohio at an early day.' They were the parents of ten children-Peter, Levi, John, deceased, Henry, Phillip, Anthony, George, Maria, Catherine, and Lovina, the latter being deceased. From Ohio, Henry Ramer moved with his family to Illinois in 1846, and purchased five hundred and sixty acres of Government land, eighty acres for each of his seven sons. He located in De Kalb county, just across the line from Kane county, and there engaged in farming extensively, becoming quite prosperous, and adding materially to his stock of this world's goods. He gave special attention to stock-raising in connection with general farming. His death occurred on the old homestead when he was eighty-six -years old. Well known throughout Kane and De Kalb counties, he was a man universally respected, and enjoyed the reputation of being an honest man.
Phillip Ramer, our subject, was reared on the farm, and received his education in the old log .school house in De Kalb county, Illinois. While his school life was limited and the education received therein not of the best, he has yet become a well informed man, gaining knowledge by reading and observation. He has always followed the vocation of a farmer, having a taste for it, and having no desire to change.
The war for the union being in progress, Mr. Ramer enlisted November 9, 1861, as a member of Company G, Fifty-eighth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, at Aurora, and with his regiment went to the front. He participated in the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh, and after the latter engagement was taken sick and for three months was in the hospital. He was then discharged from the service and returned home. After spending some time in regaining his health, he again engaged in farm work. In consequence of ill health, caused by disease contracted while in the army, he now draws a pension from the general government.
After his return from the front, Mr. Ramer located in De Kalb county, where he remained until 1866, when he purchased eighty acres of land in Virgil township, near Maple Park, and at once began its improvement, and has there remained until the present time. He also owns three hundred and twenty acres in Ottawa county, Kansas.
On the 1st of January, 1866, Mr. Ramer was united in marriage with Miss Olivia Watson, of Kaneville, Illinois, but a native of New Jersey. By this union were six children, two of whom are deceased. The living are Alvin, Harley, Charlie and Lloyd. Those deceased were Fielding A. and Gertrude. Fraternally Mr. Ramer is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and religiously he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a Republican and a firm believer in the principles of the party. As a citizen he is enterprising, and as a farmer his ability is recognized by all. Socially he is greatly esteemed.
NATHAN PERRY COLLINS, M. D., was for years one of the best known physicians in Kane county. He was the grandson of Solomon Collins, and the son of Dr. Nathan Collins, probably a native of New Hampshire, who came to Kane county in November, 1835, locating at Clintonville, now South Elgin. In company with Dr. Joseph Tefft and P. C. Gilbert, he drove through by wagon from Madison county, New York, the two Doctors bringing with them their families, but sending their furniture and household goods by lake. They did not find them in Chicago until June, 1836, although they made frequent trips of inquiry. On their arrival they left their families at "Yankee settlement," on the Des Plaines river, in Cook county, and on horseback rode over the prairies searching a place of settlement. They visited settlements at Aurora, Blackberry, Geneva, and that of Ira Minard, where the insane asylum now stands. Descending the river a few miles to the present site of South Elgin, Dr. Collins took up a claim on the west side, and Dr. Tefft on the east side, of the river. The next spring, however, Dr. Collins removed to St. Charles, and the first brick building erected in that place was for his use as an office. It was erected in 1837, and is still standing, but now used as a stable. The Doctor died in 1841, a few months prior to the birth of our subject. He was one of the most prominent of the early settlers, very influential, and of a genial disposition.
Dr. Nathan Collins married Miss Fannie Gilbert, whose birth occurred in De Ruyter, New York. She was a member of one of the three families so intimately connected in the early settlement of Kane county the Teffts, the Gilberts and the Collinses. Of their family of five children, four reached years of maturity, as follows: Adeline, who married Thomas Orcutt; Marian, who married Manley Morgan; Lydia, who married Adolphus Brown, and Nathan Perry. Dr. Nathan Collins was a cousin of Commodore Perry, from whom our subject received his middle name.
Nathan Perry Collins was born in St. Charles, Illinois, July 9, 1841. After the death of his father, his mother resided for a time at Elgin, at Clintonville and St. Charles, where our subject attended school, as well as at Aurora. The mother died when he was about twelve years old, and he then lived in the family of P. C. Gilbert, a relative for whom he worked for his board. He early evinced the desire to make the medical profession his life work, and to that end read medicine with Dr. Whitford, in Elgin, some two or three years, after which he began practice in a small town in Illinois. Later he took a course in the Cincinnati- Eclectic Medical College, from which he was graduated February 11, 1868. He then began practice in Earlville, Illinois, and in a short time secured a patronage that kept him so constantly employed that his health broke down. For rest and recreation he took a trip to Minnesota, and there met the woman who was later to become his wife.
Dr. Collins was married near Lyle, Mower county, Minnesota, May 5, 1870, to Miss Mary A. Whitford, a native of Erie county, Pennsylvania. Her father, Asahel Whitford, was born in Otsego county, New York, and was by occupation a farmer. From Otsego county he moved to Erie county, Pennsylvania, and later returned to New York, locating in Madison county, where he married Eliza Mitchell, born in De Ruyter, Madison county, and a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Mosher) Mitchell, both of whom were natives of New York. Joseph Mitchell followed the occupation of a farmer during his entire life. When a boy he lived on Nantucket Island, and many were the stories told around the fireside of his early life among the fisher folks and seafaring men. His father was a native of the Isle of Wight. After the death of Joseph Mitchell, his widow made her home with Mrs. Collins, passing to her rest November 30, 1896. ,She was the mother of five children, Mrs. Collins being the only survivor. Religiously she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In the spring of 1866 Asahel Whitford, who was the son of Ezekiel and Aurilla (Ruggles) Whitford, removed from Madison county and settled near Lyle, Mower county, Minnesota, where he lived until a short time before his death, when, believing a change of climate would be beneficial, he came to South Elgin, and made his home with our subject until his death, May 9, 1887, at the age of sixty-nine years.
Returning to Earlville, our subject resumed practice, but again broke down, when he closed his office and left with his wife for Minnesota. Joining a surveying corps, he remained with the party during the summer and fall, but spent the winter with his wife at the home of her parents. In the spring following he came to Clintonville, now South Elgin, and built a house on part of his father's old claim, with the intention of locating here but temporarily. His practice grew so rapidly that he decided to remain and so rebuilt the house, which is now the home of the family. It is a large, commodious dwelling on Main street.
To Dr. Collins and wife three children were born. Fannie died in infancy. Cornelia W. married Rev. Thomas Ream, the present pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Barrington, Illinois, and they have two children, Dorothy H. and Mary A. William P. is a student in a Chicago medical college, but makes his home with his mother. During his vacations he finds employment in the Malleable Iron Works in St. Charles. In politics he is a Republican.
Dr. Collins was a martyr to his profession. His practice was very large in the country, and calls came to him day and night. On the 22nd of December, 1895, he had a hard drive all day, during which time he was suffering great pain in his heart, but made no complaint at home, not even mentioning it. That night, however, the pain grew so severe a physician had to be called. He grew rapidly worse and expired during the early hours of the morning of December 24. Dr. Collins was a man of decisive character-facts were quickly considered and decision quickly rendered. He was unerring in his judgment of cases coming under his care; kind, but firm in his directions and management of a case. He was a man whose place in the community can scarcely be filled. While not a church member, he was a religious man. In politics he was a Republican, but his professional duties kept him from accepting an official position but that of school director, which was forced upon him for many years. Fraternally, he was a member of the old Clintonville lodge, A. F. & A. M., which was afterwards merged into one of the Elgin lodges. He was also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, of South Elgin, for which he was medical examiner.
D.J. HOGAN, member of the Democratic state central committee, now residing in the beautiful city of Geneva, is a native of the Prairie state, born in Chicago, December 7, 1856. He is a son of John Hogan and wife, both of whom were natives of Ireland, but who emigrated to this country at an early date, locating in Chicago about 1837, where he successfully engaged in mercantile pursuits until the great fire in October, 1871. His death occurred in that city in 1873, while his wife survived him some ten years, dying in 1883. They were the parents of two sons, our subject and his brother, Dr. Hogan, who for seven years was engaged in the practice of his profession in Paris, France. He is now deceased. Both parents were earnest and devout members of the Roman Catholic church and died in that faith.
Our subject grew to manhood in his native city, and after receiving his education in the primary and parochial schools, entered the University of Notre Dame, near South Bend, Indiana, from which institution he graduated. Later he entered the Union College of Law, at Chicago, and after pursuing the prescribed course received his degree and was admitted to the bar in 1875. For some seven years he engaged in active practice, securing a good and valuable clientage, but other interests demanded his attention and he therefore abandoned the law.
While on a visit to Ireland, Mr. Hogan was united in marriage May 20, 1879, with Mary Agnes Duhig, who was born, reared and educated in that country. Returning home he brought with him his bride and they began their domestic life in Chicago, which was their home until 1887, when they removed to the more quiet city of Geneva, where they have since continued to reside. Two children have come to bless their union - Mary E., a young lady now attending Mrs. Rice's Girl's Collegiate School of Chicago, in the class of 1899, and John P., a student in the University of Chicago, Mr. Hogan is very fond of travel and has visited the various. European countries eleven times, taking in most every place of interest in England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany. While visiting the old world so many times, he has not neglected his own country, but has been in almost every state and territory of the union. As might be expected, his knowledge of various, countries is extensive, and it is a rare .treat to .listen to his description of places and men that he has seen.
A life-long Democrat, Mr. Hogan has taken a lively, interest in political affairs and has. given much of his time and means in advocacy, of, the principles of his party. His reputation as a party worker, thorough and systematic organizer, is well known throughout the length and breadth of the land and has brought him into prominence and deserved recognition. Few men are better posted in regard to the relative strength and weak and strong points of the various parties. That knowledge he utilizes in strengthening his own party and weakening the opposing one. While working for his party, giving to it his best efforts, he has never himself sought or cared for official position. He has served as alderman and mayor of his adopted city, and for some years has been a member of the board of trustees of the Northern Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Elgin. He is one of the oldest members of the Democratic state central committee, and the services of no man are more highly appreciated.
Fraternally Mr. Hogan is a member of the Elks, and religiously he and his wife are members of the Catholic church.
ROBERT GEDDES EARLEY, junior member of the firm of Lovell & Earley, with offices in the Spurling block, Elgin, is a young man whose record appears to be creditable. He is one of Illinois native sons, having been born in Rock Island, August 26, 1866, his parents being John Hertmann and Laura (Grover) Earley. His father was also a native of Illinois, and the grandfather, Robert Early, was a native of Virginia, whence he came to this state at an early day; he was a "Henry Clay Whig" in politics, and his memory is revered by all who live to remember him at that time. John H. Earley, father of our subject, was the only son of Robert Earley, and now lives in Woodstock, Illinois, where he is engaged in the hardware business. He married Laura Grover, daughter of G. L. Grover, who comes from Pennsylvania and is now living with his daughter, Mrs. John H. Earley, in Woodstock, Illinois, at the advanced age of ninety-two years. Mrs. John H. Earley was a native of Pennsylvania, where her parents resided for many years and thence removed to Rock Island, Illinois, where her father was elected to and filled the office of sheriff for a number of terms. Both the Earleys and Grovers are of Revolutionary stock, the great-grandfather, Joseph Grover, having come from England in colonial days, and joined the American army when the colonists renounced any and all allegiance to the British crown, and served with credit to himself during nearly two years of that terrible campaign and fight for liberty of the American people. Mr. and Mrs. John H. Earley are the parents of two children, Hattie, who died in infancy, and Robert G., the subject of this sketch.
It was in the common schools of Woodstock, Illinois, that Robert G. Earley acquired his primary education, supplemented by a course in the Woodstock High School, from which he graduated at the age of sixteen years, being one of the youngest students who at that time had completed the course.
A short time after laying aside his textbooks he obtained a position in the abstract office of Richards & Arnold, at Woodstock, Illinois, where he remained for upwards of three years, acquiring a splendid post-graduate course under the able tutorship of one of the best, if not the best, abstracter in the state of Illinois, Hon. Emery E. Richards. From Woodstock Mr. Earley was called to Geneva, Kane county, Illinois, and there took a position in the office of the county and probate clerk; in these positions he gained considerable knowledge of law and acquired an ambition and desire to enter the legal profession.
In 1891 Mr. Earley came to Elgin and entered the office of Judge Edward C. Lovell, who directed his law studies until his admission to the bar, in May, 1896, and thus well equipped, began his chosen work,
Mr. Earley was married July 9, 1892, to Miss Elsie A. Forrest, a daughter of James E. and Adelaide (Morse) Forrest, early residents of Kane county, Illinois, in the vicinity of LaFox. Mr. and Mrs. Earley have only one surviving child, Caroline, an interesting little sunbeam of twenty-one months. Mrs. Earley is a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist; is an officer of the Key Note Club, a musical society of Elgin, and shares with her husband in the warm regard of many friends.
In politics Mr. Robert G. Earley is a stalwart Republican, and is, and has been since its organization, chairman of the executive committee of the Lincoln Republican Club, an organization which now numbers over eight hundred members, and has also been an executive committeeman for his county for several years in the National League of Republican clubs, and to the national conventions, of which he has been three times elected a delegate.
Mr. Early also belongs to, and is a committeeman, in the Society of the Sons of the Revolution, and is also a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is also a member of the Hamilton Club, of Chicago.
EVELYN E. RICH, Hampshire, Illinois. One of the oldest, as well as most honorable, families in Kane county, is that from which the subject of this sketch has sprung. The family in America is descended from four brothers who came together from Wales in early colonial days, the ancestor of this branch of the family settling in one of the New England states. The grandfather of our subject, Elijah Rich, Sr., was born in Wiliamstown, Massachusetts, and after serving through the Revolutionary war settled in Vermont, where he died at the age of seventy-seven years.
Elijah Rich, Jr., an only son, was born in Massachusetts, June 10, 1795, and when a child removed with his parents to Vermont, where he was reared. Here he married and some of his children were born. Early in 1834 he started west on horseback, and after traversing four or five states arrived in Naperville, Illinois, at the house of his friend, Hiram Goodrich, whom he had known in his native state. From here he rode over much of the northern part of Illinois, through several counties, finally selecting a tract on section 31, Deerfield precinct, now Rutland township, and returned to Naperville. Leaving his horse here, he returned to Vermont by way of the lakes in the summer, and sent his nephew, E. R. Starks, who was living with him, to come west to hold the claims he had made for them, which Mr. Starks did that fall.
In the spring of 1836, Mr. Rich again turned his face westward bringing his family with him, coming as he had returned, by water. From White Hall, New York, they came by the Erie canal to Buffalo, coming thence by lake to Chicago, and by wagon to Naperville, where the family was left while Mr. Rich and his nephew built a house to shelter them. Coming to their claims as early as the season would permit, the two first built a cabin on Mr. Starks' claim which they occupied, until some ground could be broken and a crop planted. Later a larger and more commodious dwelling was erected on Mr. Rich's claim, probably the largest log house in the county, and as soon as completed the family came out from Naperville and here the venerable pioneer made his home until his death November 10, 1871.
On this homestead he reared a family of sons and daughters, who have lived as he lived, honored and respected by all who knew them. His passing carried, from among us one of the grand old men who fearlessly faced the hardships of the wilderness to provide for their families a greater heritage than the flinty hills of New England could afford, and leave them sufficient of this world's goods to save them from the many privations which he endured.
Mr. Rich was twice married, first to Triphosa Fowler, daughter of Thomas and Betsey Fowler, natives of Vermont. She bore him four children, two of whom survive: Thomas F., of Hampshire, Illinois; and Melissa, widow of Charles Bradford, living in South Dakota. His second marriage was to Anise Meacham, to whom six children were born: Anise, deceased, married N. R. Sanford; Clarissa, wife of Albert Shurtleff, lives in South Dakota; Venelia, who married E. B. Arnold, and also lives in South Dakota; Delia died at the age of fourteen years; Evelyn E., our subject, a twin brother of Eveline, deceased, who married John Gage, also deceased, of whom more is said elsewhere in this work.
Evelyn E. Rich, the subject of this sketch, was born on the old home farm in Rutland township, April 26, 1839. He was reared on the homestead, attending the district schools until the age of sixteen, at which time he began life for himself. Renting a farm for two years, he discontinued farming, at the end of that time and for an equal period was engaged at carpentering, when he again took up his regular calling, and was employed on the farm until going into the Union army to help suppress the Rebellion, enlisting May 2, 1864, in Company K, One Hundred and Forty-first Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for the one-hundred-day service. He remained nearly twice his enlisted time, being mustered out October 10th, of the same year. The regiment to which Mr. Rich was attached was assigned to garrison duty and stationed most of the time along the Mississippi river.
On his return from the war Mr. Rich resumed farming, and after the death of his father, in 1871, purchased the old homestead. Here he resided until 1888, when he retired from active farming, purchased a fine property in the village of Hampshire, where he takes the world easy, while still in the prime of life.
The old homestead, consisting of two hundred and fifty acres of unusually fertile land, is not excelled by any farm in Rutland township. The wide lawn stretching down to the highway, with its magnificent old trees, patriarchs of the original forest, with the woodland across the way, makes a picture of rural beauty pleasing to every eye that beholds it, be he artist or ploughboy. The residence, an unusually large and commodious building, one of the most substantial in the country, was erected by the first proprietor of the estate, while the present owner built the large barn, 112x44, and many of the minor buildings on the farm. Dairy farming is the present industry, a fine herd of some sixty head of cattle being kept there at all times, and frequently many more find shelter there.
Mr. Rich has been by no means idle since leaving the farm, but has been an extensive dealer in live stock of all kinds. He buys and ships milch cows, having at all times a large number on hand for sale. He is an excellent judge of the horse, and no one in Kane county drives a finer pair of high-spirited, handsome roadsters than Mr. Rich.
For a companion in life Mr. Rich chose the daughter of one of the most honored of Kane county's pioneers, Miss Helen Doty, a native of Ohio, where the family was residing a few years prior to continuing their migration westward in the early days when Illinois was emerging from the wilderness. Henry Doty, father of Mrs. Rich, was born in Delaware county, New York, October 16, 1813. In early life he removed to Ohio, where he lived a few years, and then came further west, spending one year at Kenosha, Wisconsin. On his advent to Illinois his whole capital was two and one-half dollars-a small beginning from which he made a success in life that is a credit to any man, and one of which his descendants may well be proud.
October 10, 1843, he settled upon the farm now owned by his son, William E., and for fifty years lived upon and cultivated it. His deed, direct from the government, signed by President James K. Polk, is in possession of the family still. Mr. Doty died October 28, 1893, having lived on the farm fifty years and eight days.
The grandfather, Elijah Doty, was a native of New York state. He died in Ohio aged sixty-seven years. His wife, who was Polly Hodges, attained the age of ninety-seven, passing away on the home farm in Kane county. Her marriage occurred at the age of sixteen, and she became the mother of fourteen children, five of whom survive.
Henry Doty first married Persis F. Burrington, a native of New Hampshire, daughter of Chauncey and Roxina (Folkner) Burrington, who lived to be ninety-five and ninety respectively. Of Mr. Doty's first marriage four children were born, the mother dying when they were very young. The three surviving are Henry S. Doty, of Sauk county, Minnesota; Mrs. Rich and Mrs. C. T. Campbell, living in Crowley county, Kansas. Of Mr. Doty's second marriage to Maria Page, three children were born, only one of whom survives, William E. Doty, occupying and owning the old home farm.
To Mr. and Mrs. Rich seven children have been born: Addie E., who married Frank Ball and is living on the home farm in Rutland township. To them eight children have been born. May E., who married A. D. Brown, of Forks, Wyoming Territory, is the mother of one child. Milton, died in 1890, aged twenty-three years. Henry E. lives in Wyoming on a large ranch, and with him is Ralph, who employs part of his time teaching. Arthur died at the age of eighteen months; Ethel, the youngest, is a successful teacher of Hampshire township.
In politics Mr. Rich is a stanch Republican, having supported that party and its principles since attaining his majority. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Hampshire post.
CHARLES H. STRINGER.- The world instinctively pays deference to the man whose success is worthily achieved, over-coming the obstacles and difficulties in his path until he has reached a high position in the business world. This is a progressive age, and he who does not advance is soon left far behind. Mr. Stringer, by the improvement of opportunities by which all are surrounded, has steadily and honorably worked his way upward until, at the time of his death, he was one of the large landed proprietors of Elgin township, Kane county.
Mr. Stringer was born near Montreal, Lower Canada, October 31, 1834, a son of George Stringer, a native of Yorkshire, England, who was in the Canadian militia during the rebellion, and suffered captivity. The father came to the United States in 1835, which was during the infancy of our subject, who never saw him until nearly grown. The mother died when he was about six or seven years of age. As his school privileges were limited, he was mostly self-educated, but acquired a good practical knowledge of men and affairs. In his native land he learned the trade of a harness and trunk maker, but never followed those occupations after coming to Kane county, Illinois, in 1855, at the age of twenty-one years.
Joining His father in Kane county, where he settled at a very early day, Mr. Stringer remained with him until his marriage with Miss Fannie Bishop, daughter of John Bishop, a native of England. They have become the parents of five children, namely: Kate, now the wife of Robert Canada, a farmer of Big Stone, Minnesota; George, deceased; Carl, who married Cora Griffin, of Mitchell county, Iowa, and now lives on his father's farm in that state; Daisy, the wife of John McGary, of Elgin; and Harry, a resident of New Mexico.
After his marriage, Mr. Stringer purchased one hundred and fifty acres at Youngsdale, Elgin township, where he lived for twenty years, and then removed to Mitchell county, Iowa, purchasing three hundred twenty acres there. He continued the cultivation and improvement of that place until 1888, when he leased it to his son and returned to Illinois. He owned his father's old homestead on the western boundary of the corporation of Elgin, it being a valuable tract of four hundred twenty acres, formerly a stock farm and now a dairy farm supplied with one hundred milch cows. Mr. Stringer was always a lover of good horses, was an excellent judge of the noble steed, and since 1895 was interested in fine trotting stock. Being pleased with the famous "Loafer," the fastest horse in Chicago-he bought, trained and developed him, and then sold to the present owner. As a business man Mr. Stringer was always prompt, reliable and energetic, and as a citizen commanded the respect and confidence of all with whom he came in contact. In his political affiliations he is an ardent Republican, but has never cared for the honors or emoluments of public office.
HERBERT Z. BERRY, who for more than a quarter of a century was connected with the "Aurora Beacon," has been a resident of the city since the age of two years. He was born in Medina, Ohio, November 7, 1855, and is the son of Thomas E. and Ann (Pierce) Berry, the former a native of Ireland, born in 1821, and who came to America when about nineteen years of age, and the latter a native of England, born in 1829, and who was fifteen years of age when with her parents she emigrated to the United States. In 1857 Thomas E. Berry, with his family, located in Aurora, which was his home during the remainder of his life. He died July 22, 1896, his wife preceding him to their heavenly home some fifteen years, dying April 5, 1881. Of their eleven children, five are yet living, three of whom make their homes in Aurora, one in Beardstown, Illinois, and one in Chicago. The living are O. Adelbert, Herbert Z., A. Doc, William H. and Bertram. The first four named are married.
Herbert Z. Berry grew to manhood in Aurora and was educated in its public schools. In 1868, when but thirteen years of age, he commenced work in the "Herald "printing office in that city, and was connected with that establishment for three years and two months. He then engaged with Dudley Randall, who commenced the publication of the "Illustrated City Life," and was Mr. Randall's principal assistant. The paper survived but ten months, the material of the office being sold to the proprietors of the "Aurora Beacon." Mr. Berry was tendered and accepted a situation in the latter establishment, where he remained until March, 1897, over a quarter of a century, a faithful workman with progressive ideas. For fifteen years he held the responsible position of superintendent and manager for the "Beacon."While connected with that establishment he won an enviable reputation for being prompt and reliable in all matters pertaining to his business, and the well-deserved popularity of the "Beacon "as a newspaper publishing office and as a job printing office in a large measure was due to him.
Politically Mr. Berry is an ardent Republican, and for the promulgation of the principles of the party has contributed of his time and means. He has held several positions of honor and trust, non-remunerative, and has at all times been a public-spirited and loyal citizen. He has been on the board of public works, and is at present secretary and treasurer of the West Aurora Cemetery Board of Managers.
On his retirement from the "Beacon," March 3, 1897, Mr. Berry spent eleven months in travel, in an attempt to regain his worn-out condition, and so admirably did he succeed that on February 1, 1898, he formed a partnership with A. G. Wormwood, to do general book and job printing, and February 20, 1898, they left the place of business which Mr. Wormwood had occupied in a like capacity for several years, and moved to their present elegant new quarters at Nos. 79, 81 and 83 Main street, where they have one of the finest general printing offices in the state of Illinois. For thirty years Mr. Berry has been identified with the printing and publishing interests of Aurora, and is well and favorably known throughout Kane and adjoining counties.
On the 10th of November, 1880, Mr. Berry was united in marriage with Miss Martha W. Hoyt, of Aurora, daughter of A. J. and Caroline Hoyt, for many years residents of the city. Both Mr. and Mrs. Berry are held in the highest esteem by all who know them.
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