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
FRANK W. JOSLYN, the efficient state's attorney for Kane county, now serving his second term, is the senior member of the firm of Joslyn & Schultz, with offices in the Spurling block, Elgin, Illinois. He was born in that city April 27,1860, and is the son of Edward S. and Jennie (Padelford) Joslyn, the former a native of New York and the latter of Massachusetts.
Edward S. Joslyn was by profession a lawyer, and in 1835, when but seven years of age, was brought by his parents to McHenry county, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. His primary education was ob-tained In the subscription schools of McHenry county. When fifteen years of age he went into a blacksmith shop to learn the trade, and there continued for five years. He then took a course in Elgin Academy, later read law in the office of Paul R. Wright, and after examination was admitted to the bar. Like all attorneys of an early day, he mixed politics with his legal business, and in 1856 stumped the state for Fremont, the first presidential candidate of the Republican party. For some cause, in 1859 he endorsed the views of Stephen A. Douglas, and was known as a Douglas Democrat during the remainder of his life.
Like his lamented leader, Edward S. Joslyn was a strong Union man, and when the south attempted to secede he took up arms in defense of the Union. He was first commissioned captain of Company A, Seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which was the first company of the first regiment from Illinois, with which he served six months. Resigning his commission, he came home and assisted in organizing the Thirty-sixth Regiment of Illinois Infantry, and was commissioned lieutenant-colonel. With his regiment went to the front, and was actively engaged until the battle of Pea Ridge, where he was wounded. Soon after the battle, and on account of his wound, and also from having contracted dysentery, he received a furlough and returned to his home in Elgin. His health not being restored as soon as anticipated, he tendered his resignation. His bravery being recognized by his superior officers, the resignation was not accepted, but the time of his furlough was extended. This extension was made several times with the hope that he could return to his post of duty, brave men and efficient officers being then in great de-mand. On the statement of his physician, his resignation was finally, but reluctantly, received, and his discharge granted in the fall of 1862.
It was some time, however, before he regained his usual health. In the meantime he gradually resumed his law practice, and for many years was recognized as one of the ablest criminal lawyers in Illinois, and as a general practitioner had few superiors. Among the most noted cases in which he figured was that of the Emma mine case in Utah, involving some three million dollars, which he won for his clients.
As an orator, his reputation extended far and wide. While in Utah obtaining evidence in the case just mentioned, he dressed as a mountaineer, in buckskin breeches, jacket, wore a sombrero hat, and went in and out among the natives as one of them.
Col. E.S. Joslyn
His oratorical ability was soon discovered, and was often called upon for a speech, and responding spoke upon various subjects to the edification of all. By the citizens of that region he was dubbed "the old man eloquent of the mountains." While there he defended the accused in two murder cases, winning them both. At home he was often called upon on short notice for a speech, and it mattered not what the subject, he was always ready. His imitative powers were great, and few were the public men but what he could imitate their style of speech. His speeches always abounded in apt illustrations, bright witicisms, and caught the crowd.
As a citizen he was at all times progressive and devoted much time to advancing the material interests of his adopted city. For a number of years he served as alderman and for two terms was mayor of Elgin. A friend of education he helped establish the free school system for the state. Religiously he was a Baptist, of which church his wife is also a member. His death occurred at the age of fifty-eight years, and his loss was felt most deeply, not alone by his good wife, who still survives him, but by many friends throughout the county who knew his worth as a lawyer and as a man.
Then paternal grandfather of our subject, Lindsey Joslyn, was a native of Vermont, of English origin. In early life he followed farming and the millwright trade. About 1858 he came to Kane county, where he practiced law and served as justice of the peace some years. He was better known among the settlers of Crystal Lake and around Woodstock, McHenry county, where he lived many years. His death occurred in Elgin, when seventy-three years of age.
The maternal grandfather, Rodolphus W. Padelford, was born at Savoy, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, in 1806, and came west in 1842, locating in Elgin. He was of English descent, a descendant of Jonathan Padelford, who came across the water in a very early day. In early life he followed farming, but learning the daguerreotype business he established the first gallery in Elgin, and followed that profession until 1866, when he was burned out. A friend of liberty, while residing in Buffalo, New York, he conducted a station on the underground railroad, and many a poor colored person owed his liberty to Mr. Padelford's watchful care. Owen Lovejoy, Wendell Phillips and other noted abolitionists were numbered among his personal friends.
Few men were ever better known in Kane county than Adolphus Padelford. On the organization of the city of Elgin in 1854, he was elected its first city clerk, and continued in that office for twenty years consecutively. In 1866 he was elected clerk of the city court of Elgin, and served as such until 1889. In 1886 he was elected police magistrate of Elgin and held that office two terms. A strong Baptist, he was clerk of the Baptist Association of Illinois from 1850 until his death, and was clerk of the First Baptist church of Elgin for over forty years, and deacon for the same length of time. He was clerk of the board of trustees of the Northern Illinois Hospital for the Insane for twenty years, and township treasurer of El-gin for twenty-five years. As a bookkeeper and accountant he had few superiors. His death occurred at Elgin in 1894 at the age of eighty-eight years, four months and twenty-four days.
Frank W. Joslyn, our subject, was born and reared in Elgin, and here has spent his entire life. His primary education was obtained in the public schools of the place, and his higher literary education in the Elgin Academy, from which he graduated in 188I. The succeeding three years he spent in teaching, and during his leisure moments read law, passed a successful examination, and was admitted to the bar in 1884. He commenced practice in his native city and while as a rule it is true that "a prophet is never without honor, save in his own country," here where he grew up and was well known in boyhood and youth, he began his life work and success has crowned his efforts. Since 1894 he has been in partnership with Fred W. Schultz.
On the 7th of December, 1886, Mr. Joslyn was united in marriage with Miss Carrie A. Mead, daughter of F. W. and Emma (Colby) Mead, and one son - Paul - has been born unto them.
Religiously Mr. and Mrs. Joslyn are identified with the Baptist church. Fraternally he is a member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen, Home Forum, Maccabees, and Sons of Veterans. In woodcraft he has taken especial interest and from 1886 to 1890 he was consulting attorney for the Modern Woodmen. In behalf of that order he has made addresses in four or five states of the union.
Politically, he is a Republican and for the principles of the party he has taken an active part in several campaigns, speaking in Kane and adjoining counties. In 1885 he was elected city attorney of Elgin and served two terms. In 1889 he was appointed master in chancery in the city court of Elgin, and in 1892 was elected state's attorney for Kane county, and re-elected in 1896, and is now serving his second term. As a prosecutor he discharges his duty faithfully without fear or favor, and has had remarkable success, securing the conviction of a very large proportion of those prosecuted. Inheriting the talents of his father as a public speaker, he makes a good impression before a jury, and in the trial of cases holds his own with the best.
DANIEL TUTTLE, a substantial and enterprising farmer of Kane county, first came to the state in 1847. He's a native of New York, born in Oswego county, February 11, 1824, and is the son of Ethel Tuttle, a native of Vermont. His grandfather, David Tuttle, was a native of Tuttle Hill, England, and in 1816 settled in Oswego county, New York, where he purchased a farm and lived until the age of ninety-four years. Ethel Tuttle grew to manhood and in Oswego county married Rhoda A. McAlpine, a Scotch lady. Her father, John McAlpine, was an early settler of Oneida county, New York, and when Mrs. Tuttle was a child moved to Oswego county. After their marriage Ethel Tuttle and his wife resided in Oswego county a few years, and in 1829 moved to Madison county, New York, and located' on a farm, where he reared his family. In the spring of 1849 he moved west, and settled in DeKalb county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming for a few years. In 1852, accompanied by one of his sons, he went overland to California, where he remained five years, engaged in mining and freighting. He was only fairly successful, and in 1857 returned home, but soon went to Missouri, where he purchased land to which he later removed with his family. He there spent the last years of his life, dying in 1863. He was an old Jackson Democrat in his political views. His wife died in De Kalb county in 1860.
Daniel Tuttle is the oldest of five sons born to Ethel and Rhoda A. Tuttle. Milo, the next in order of birth, settled in De Kalb county, and some years later moved to Iowa, bought a large tract of land near Webster City, engaged in stock-raising, and there died. George W. married in De Kalb county, where he lived some years, and later removed to Kansas, and now resides in Eldorado, that state. Joel grew to mature years, went to California with his father, and there died some years ago. David married in De Kalb county, there resided for a time, but later moved to Iowa, locating at Clear Lake, where he now resides.
In Madison county, New York, our subject spent his boyhood and youth, and received a fair education in its common schools. When eighteen years of age he began life for himself, purchasing his time from his father, giving him there for one hundred and fifty dollars. For several years he engaged in lumbering in his native state, with fair success. He then determined to come west, and in 1847 moved to De Kalb county, Illinois, where he purchased eighty acres of land, and later went to Wisconsin, and for a few years engaged in lumbering, going back and forth during the time. In 1852 he made a permanent settlement on his land in De Kalb county, and also bought out his father's improvements, and began farming. This land was located near the present village of Waterman, and by subsequent purchase he made a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres, on which he erected a good, substantial residence, good barn, and made of it one of the best-improved places in that vicinity. He there remained until 1870, when he rented the place and moved to Aurora, to give his children the advantages of its public schools. Some years later he sold his De Kalb county farm and purchased the Lawton farm of one hundred and sixty acres, just outside of the corporate limits of the city, since which time he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1889 he bought the residence where he now resides, but still gives his personal attention to his farm.
In February, 1854, in De Kalb county, Illinois, Mr. Tuttle was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Piatt, a native of Scotland, but who removed with her father, John Piatt, to Prince Edward Island in early childhood, where she was reared and educated, and came with him to De Kalb county, Illinois, in 1853. By this union are four children: the oldest, John, is now married and engaged in business in Aurora; Rhoda remained at home; Margaret is the wife of Frank Minard, of Aurora, and Jane Elizabeth, also at home.
In early life Mr. Tuttle was a Democrat, but believing in the principle of liberty for all men, he became a Republican on the organization of the party, casting his vote for its first presidential candidate, John C. Fremont, in 1856. While residing in DeKalb county he served as highway commissioner and assessor, and also served for some years as a member of the school board. Since that time he has steadfastly declined all official honors. Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle are members of the United Presbyterian church, in which he has been actively engaged for nearly forty years. In the work of the Master they have always taken great interest, giving of their time and means to advance the cause.
JAMES ROCKWELL, of Batavia, Illinois, has spent sixty-four years of a long and useful life in Illinois, and all but four years of that time in Batavia. He is a native of Connecticut, born at Ridgefield, November 9, 1812. His father, Thomas H. Rockwell, was also born in the same town and state, May 21, 1776. The Rockwell family are of English descent, the first coming to this country some years prior to the Revolutionary war, locating in Connecticut. Thomas H. Rockwell, the father of our subject, at Ridgefield, Connecticut, married Polly Smith, a daughter of Capt. David Smith, of the Revolutionary war. He built the home residence at Ridgefield, which was first used for a hotel. Observing the tendency of the liquor traffic, even in that early day, he took out the bar, destroyed the liquor and soon gave up the hotel business. He was an influential man at Ridgefield, where he reared his family and spent his entire life. He died there September 25, 1865, and his wife died February 27, 1869.
To Thomas H. and Polly (Smith) Rockwell ten children were born: Harry Smith, who died in infancy; Phebe M., grew to mature years, married Rev. Moses Hill, and died March 18, 1832; William S., born February 24, 1806, died at sea about 1823. Rev. Thomas Burr, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, came west, locating in Batavia, where he died; David S. married and died in New Canaan, Connecticut; James of this review; George, who died in 1865, in Junction City, Kansas; Francis A., who died in Ridgefield, Connecticut; John, who died in infancy; and John Wesley, who lives in the old homestead.
In his native town, James Rockwell grew to manhood, and there learned the cabinet-maker's trade and at the age of eighteen went to New Haven, Connecticut, where he remained about one year, working at his trade. The wages being small and the opportunities for advancement very meager, he determined to try the west, of which he had heard such glowing accounts. Arriving at Detroit, Michigan, he set out on foot from that place for Chicago, and was eight days in making the trip. Chicago at that time was composed of but a few shanties, but he there went to work at his trade and in a short time built a factory, where he employed twelve men. He remained in Chicago about four years, until the failure of the state banks and then discontinued his business and came to Kane county, arriving in Batavia, in February, 1838.
Soon after coming to Batavia, Mr. Rockwell was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Van Nortwick, a native of Argyle, New York. Her father, William Van Nortwick, was one of the first settlers on the Fox river. In 1840, Mr. Rockwell again commenced working at his trade, and for a few years was a manufacturer of furniture. He then retired from business three or four years and then engaged in general merchandising, in which he continued up to 1885.
Mr. Rockwell lost his first wife, who passed away September 30, 1857, leaving two children-Frances Minerva, who married J. M. Davidson, and now resides in York county, Nebraska; and Martha Jane, who died in 1850. In 1848 Mr. Rockwell married Miss Susan Grow, who was born at Clyde, New York, where she was reared and educated. The children by this marriage are: Margaret, married N. C. Twining, now living in Batavia, and who has been librarian of the public library about ten years; Anna Maria, living with her parents; and Hattie L., who died in childhood.
Mr. Rockwell is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and assisted in the organization of the first church of that denomination in Chicago, and also in Batavia; he served as superintendent of the Sunday-school, both in Chicago and Batavia, and was very active in church work Until his health failed. On April 18, 1898, he attended the sixtieth anniversary of the First Methodist Episcopal church, Chicago, and with Rev. J. P. Brushingham and G. W. Dixon, took part in the exercises. As the first superintendent of the Sunday-school of that church he gave an historical account of its organization and progress. From the organization of the party, he has ever been a stanch Republican. For more than sixty years he has gone in and out among the people of Batavia, and is one of the oldest and honored citizens, well-known throughout Kane and adjoining counties. The poor and needy have ever found in him a friend, and no man in Kane county is more highly honored.
C. DALLAS MONROE, superintendent of the Illinois Creamery Company, at Elgin, was born in Hazleton township, Shiawassee county, Michigan, June 1, 1875. His father, Hiram Monroe, is a native of Tompkins county, New York, and is the youngest in a family of three children whose parents were Isaiah and Phoebe Monroe, worthy representatives of old colonial families. On reaching manhood Hiram Monroe married Miss Louisa, daughter of Marvin Monroe, a distant cousin of President Monroe. Her parents moved to Michigan, where her father resides at the age of eighty-three years, the mother at the age of seventy-eight, after having celebrated their golden wedding. The mother of our subject was a native of Tioga county, New York, and although bearing the same name as her husband, they were not related previous to their marriage. He is a stanch supporter of the Republican party.
The subject of this sketch obtained a good practical education in the public schools of Owosso, Michigan, which he attended until sixteen years of age. On starting out upon his business career, he was employed for two years as a glazier in a casket factory in Owosso, and for a year and a half held a position in the electric light station. Coming to Chicago March 10, 1896, he remained in that city until June, experimenting for the company with which he is now connected, perfecting their system for reworking country butter to convert it into creamery butter. A member of the firm while traveling in Michigan met Mr. Monroe, was pleased with him, and recognizing his business qualifications thought he would make a good manager for their business in Elgin. This resulted in his engagement, and on coming here he rebuilt the old factory at North Elgin, where they conducted operations until May, 1897, when they removed to their present large factory, built under the direction of our subject. The main building is one hundred feet square and two stories in height, while the engine room is forty by sixty feet. Here thirty thousand pounds of common butter can be converted into creamery butter in one day.
The idea of reworking the butter is not original with Mr. Monroe, but the peculiar method of doing so is his invention and is a secret process. The development of the business is due not a little to his energy, activity and excellent management, for he is a wide-awake young business man of sound judgment and progressive ideas.
In Owosso, Michigan, Mr. Monroe was united in marriage with Miss Anna, daughter of M. A. and Helen (Whimple) Parks, the former a carpenter and builder by occupation. Mrs. Monroe's uncle, Davis Parks, a pensioner of the war of 1812, lived to the extreme old age of one hundred and four years, dying in 1894. At the age of one hundred and two, he and his wife, aged ninety-six years, visited Owosso, Michigan, and walked quite a distance from the depot to the residence of relatives. Mrs. Monroe's great-grandfather Whimple, a friend of General Washington, served as an Indian interpreter for that commander during the Revolutionary war, and for his services received a large grant of land.
HENRY RANG, the efficient superintendent of streets of Aurora, was born in Bavaria, Germany, October 3, 1838. His father, Adam Rang, and his mother, Margaret (Hoffeker) Rang, were also natives of Germany, were there married, and there the father died in 1844 when about forty-eight years of age. He was a potter by trade, and ran a pottery in Bavaria. A progressive and enterprising man, and a good and worthy citizen, he was honored with several local offices. They were the parents of seven children.
In 1852 two of the children, Fred and Minnie, came to the United States and located in Aurora. They were so favorably impressed with the country that the remainder of the family determined to come, and on the 10th of March, 1853, our subject and his sister, Margaret, set sail for America. They were on the ocean fifty-six days, and had a good time, good treatment, plenty to eat, and plenty to see of seastorms, sharks, almost by the acre. While encountering some terrible storms, no accident occurred. They landed at New York Saturday, May 21, 1853, and left the Monday evening following, and arrived in Aurora on Saturday. They came all the way by rail, except from Buffalo to Detroit. The same trip can now be made in twenty-five hours. The train ran slowly, stopped at about every station, and from Detroit to Chicago required an entire day.
In the fall of 1853 the mother and the other children came to America, and joined the others at Aurora. A few weeks after their arrival Barbara, aged ten years, and Christina, aged twenty-seven, died from fever. This was a very sad event, and was a hard blow to the mother, coming so soon after their arrival here. Of the other children, William now resides in Aurora; Fred, who for many years was shoe merchant ip Aurora, died in 1890; Henry is the subject of this sketch; Margaret is now the wife of John Grometer, of Aurora; Minnie married Fred Kehrn, a wagon-maker by trade, who removed to Chicago, where his death occurred May, 1894, she surviving him, dying November, 1895, when about sixty-five years of age. The mother died in Aurora in July, 1868, when sixty-six years of age.
Henry Rang received his education in the schools of Bayerberg, Bavaria, where he completed a course. On his arrival in Aurora, he worked four weeks on a farm near the city, and on the 4th of July, 1853, began working for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, carrying water, running errands, and doing such work as a boy of fifteen could do. The road at that time was in process of construction, and he continued to be thus employed until it was finished to Mendota. In the winter of 1853-4 he was unemployed on account of sickness, but in the spring began working on the railroad again, continuing until September. He then found employment in a dry-goods store as a clerk, where he remained a year and a half. Believing it essential that he should have a trade, he engaged with a carpenter and served three years. He then worked three years in the bridge department of the railroad company, and from 1866 to 1891 he was in the building department, becoming quite proficient, and a valuable man. During the years that had passed he mingled more or less in society, and served his city as alderman for some time, and thus familiarized himself with the needs of the city. On leaving the railroad company in 1891 he was appointed by Mayor Fisher superintendent of streets of Aurora, which position he still holds. He has rendered a very efficient service, as is evinced by the time he has thus been employed.
On the 28th of June, 1858, he married Miss Margaret Muchler. By this union are six children, as follows: Maggie, now the wife of W. C. Fickenscher, is the mother of four children, Metha, Paul, Arthur and Hugo, the latter being twins, and the family resides in Buffalo, New York, where Mr. Fichenscher is employed in the parochial school; Henry, who died at the age of ten months; Carl H. married Josie King, by whom he has one son, Carl, Jr., and they reside in Rockford, Illinois; August, who died at the age of two and a half years; Bertha and Pauline, at home. The mother died January 28, 1891, at the age of fifty-six years. She was a member of the Lutheran church, a devout Christian, a good mother, and did much to make a happy home. Mr. Rang's second wife was Mrs. Catherine Kemerle, native of Germany, and widow of Christian Kemerle. Their marriage was celebrated November 5, 1896. Both Mr. arid Mrs. Rang are members of the Lutheran church, in which he has held the office of trustee since 1862, with the ex-ception of one or two years. He is now the treasurer of the church. Politically he is independent, giving more attention to the man to fill the office than the party to which he belongs. He is a good citizen, true to the best interests of the community, and represents the progressive element of the German population of Aurora.
Arthur A. Bennett
ARTHUR A. BENNETT, the efficient mayor of St. Charles, Illinois, now serving his fourth term, has been a resident of the city since 1885. He is of English and Scotch descent, the first of the family coming from England about 1700 and locating in Massachusetts. His great-grandfather, Andrew Bennett, was a native of Vermont and served as a soldier in the Revolutionary army. William Bennett, the grandfather, served in the war of 1812, and was in the battle of Plattsburg. He was also a native of Vermont. George H. Bennett, the father, was born in Montpelier, Vermont, where he married Emeline Young, a daughter of Rev. Zebina Young, a minister in the Baptist church, and pastor of the church at Montpelier. To Mr. and Mrs. George H. Bennett were born six children, of whom three are yet living, our subject being the eldest. The second, Professor William Z. Bennett, is a graduate of Harvard University, and was seventh in a class of one hundred and ninety-two. He now occupies the chair of physics and English literature in Wooster University, at Wooster, Ohio. Adela E. Bennett now resides with her brother. The mother died in 1865, and the father, who was well known in business circles throughout Vermont and Massachusetts, passed away in August, 1896.
Mr. Bennett, whose name introduces this sketch, was born in Montpelier, Vermont, July 31, 1847, and was educated at Dartmouth College. When his school days were over he engaged in farming in Vermont for several years, also became interested in the creamery business, establishing about thirty creameries in the Province of Quebec, which he successfully operated for seven years. That business naturally led to the manufacture of sugar of milk, and for three years he carried on operations along that line in Burlington, Vermont.
In 1885 at the end of that time he came to St. Charles, removing his plant to this place, where he has since successfully engaged in business. This is the only manufactory of the kind in the state, and three-fourths of all the sugar of milk manufactured in the world is now made in St. Charles. From the beginning Mr. Bennett's business has rapidly increased until it has assumed extensive proportions and has become quite profitable. His refinery is located at St. Charles, and he has five other evaporators, all in the Elgin district.
In 1869, in Brookfield, Vermont, Mr. Bennett was united in marriage to Miss Harriet French, a native of that state, who was reared and educated in Brookfield. Her father, Otis French, was a business man and early settler of Barre, Vermont. Mrs. Bennett died in 1879, leaving one daughter, Clara E., who was provided with a good education, and is now the wife of Rev. W. E. Clark, of St. Charles, an evangelist, professor and teacher now located in Boydton, Virginia. In Montpelier, Vermont, Mr. Bennett was again married, in 1883, his second union being with Miss Eleanor C. Needham, also a native of the Green Mountain state, and a daughter of Captain Sidney' R. Needham, of Montpelier, who for twenty years was captain of a merchant vessel sailing between Liverpool and Sidney, Australia. Two sons have been born of the second marriage, namely: Edward Ellsworth and Sidney Royal.
Since casting his first presidential vote for General Grant in 1868, Mr. Bennett has been an ardent Republican, and earnestly advocates a protective tariff and sound money. He has taken quite an active and prominent part in local politics, is a recognized leader of his party in his community, and in 1891 was elected mayor of St. Charles, to which office he has been continuously reelected up to the present time, plainly indicating his popularity and the confidence and trust reposed in him by his fellow-citizens. The reins of city government have never been in more capable hands, for he is a progressive man, pre-eminently public-spirited, and all that pertains to the public welfare received his hearty endorsement. Mr. Bennett is a Master Mason, having joined Seneca lodge, No. 40, F. & A. M., of Milton, Vermont, many years ago, and both he and his wife are active and prominent members of the Congregational church of St. Charles.
HON. WILLIAM F. DICKINSON, president of the Aurora Silver Plate Manufacturing Company, but who is practically living a retired life, has been a resident of Kane county since 1866. He is a native of Vermont, born in the town of Washington, Orange county, April 19, 1814. The family was originally from England, the first of the name, Nathaniel Dickinson, coming to the New World in 1629. In England the family occupied a prominent position and had its coat of arms. Gideon Dickinson, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Massachusetts, and in his day was quite prominent. His son Joshua Dickinson was also born in Massachusetts, where he grew to manhood and married Mrs. Prudence Stone, nee Fuller, who was then a widow and a daughter of Simeon Fuller. They became the parents of six children, of whom Emily married Nehemiah S. Tinker and settled in Chelsea, Vermont, afterwards moving to Derby, Vermont, where her death occurred; Joshua B., who removed to Mt. Clemens, Michigan, and married Katherine Lee of that city. He was elected first mayor of the city, and died while the incumbent of that office; William F., of this review; Prudence, who married Judge Thurston, removed to Mt. Clemens, Michigan, and there died; Franklin, who married a daughter of Judge Peasley, located in Chelsea, Vermont, was sheriff of his county for some years and died at that place; Fannie who married Judge Porter Kibbey, of Randolph, Vermont, and who afterwards removed to Detroit, Michigan, where he served as judge of the probate court; Persis Jane, who married Edward Blackwell, of New York; he is now deceased, while she is living at Montpelier, Vermont; her son-in-law, James C. Houghton, is vice-president and general manager of the National Life Insurance Company.
Joshua Dickinson, soon after his marriage, removed to Washington, Vermont, where he engaged in merchandising for some years. About 1815, he moved to Chelsea, there engaged in business, and was elected judge of the county court, and held other positions of honor and trust. He subsequently removed to Mt. Clemens, Michigan, where he and his wife both died. He was a man of prominence wherever he lived, and was held in high esteem.
William F. Dickinson grew to manhood in Chelsea, Vermont, and there received his education in the public schools. His youth, when not in school, was spent in his father's store, where he received a thor-ough, practical business training. After arriving at manhood, he engaged in the mercantile business, at Plainfield, Vermont, and was there two years. He then returned to Chelsea, where he succeeded his father in business, and was thus engaged for twenty-six years. During this time he look an active part in public affairs, and filled various official positions.
Mr. Dickinson was married in February, 1837, at Tonbridge, Vermont, to Mary Helen Hall, a native of Vermont, and a daughter of Jonathan C. Hall, a business man of Tonbridge, where she was reared and educated. Three children were born of this union, as follows: Chase Hall, who grew to mature years, married Ruth S. Pitkin, of Delavan, Wisconsin, and for some years was a merchant at Kalamazoo, Michigan, and there died in 1897. He was a prominent and successful merchant and had the reputation of being one of the best business men of the place. He left a wife and son, Bartlett C. Dickinson, now a student in the Michigan University, Ann Arbor. His daughter, Helen Louise, met her death by drowning, while bathing in a lake near Kalamazoo, Michigan. Helen Louise, married Henry B. Towne, November, 1871. She died in April, 1873. Henry B. Towne died in Chicago in 1885. Marcia Isabel, who remains with her father at home.
In October, 1866, Mr. Dickinson moved with his family to Aurora, where he engaged in the lumber business. For some years he had been interested in the lumber interests at South Haven, Michigan, having invested largely in pine lands in that region. After continuing the business some eight years at Aurora, he sold his lumber interest and accepted the position of secretary and general manager of the Aurora Silver Plate Manufacturing Company, in which capacity he served for several years. He was then elected president of the company, which position he still continues to hold. The factory is one of the important industries of Aurora, and much of the credit of its success is due to Mr. Dickinson.
Mr. Dickinson cast his first presidential ballot for Martin Van Buren. He continued to act with the Democratic party until the organization of the Republican party, and in 1856 was a delegate to the first National Republican Convention, at Philadelphia, and assisted in the nomination of the "Great Pathfinder," General John C. Fremont. For several years he served as treasurer of Orange county, Vermont, and in 1859 was elected judge of probate for the district of Randolph, and re-elected in 1860, serving two terms in that office. He was also elected in 1860 a member of the state legislature, and, being re-elected, served two terms. While a member of that body, he served on several important committees, including that of banking. He was later elected state railroad commissioner, in which position he also served two terms. Since coming to Aurora he was elected and served two terms as alderman of the city, and for some years served as assistant supervisor on the county board. In whatever position he was called upon to fill, he made a faithful and efficient officer.
Mr. Dickinson was one of the organizers of the Second National Bank, of Aurora, and was elected director, a position he held during its existence. He also served as a director of the Old Second National Bank, which succeeded the former organization. While residing in Orange county, Vermont, he was also a director in a bank, being associated with Senator Morrill. For more than fifty years he was a bank director, a term of service of which there are but few equals.
Mrs. Dickinson died in Aurora, in March, 1872. She was a woman of great refinement and lovable character, and her friends were many wherever known. Mr. Dickinson and his daughter, who are members of the New England Congregational church, reside in a beautiful home on Downer Place, where they delight to entertain their many friends. For almost a third of a century he has been a resident of Aurora, and in that time has done much to advance its material interests. Few men have more or stronger friends.
DIETRICH LAUE is one of the leading farmers of Hampshire township, his large farm lying in sections 2 and 3. Of the many races that make up the component parts of our mixed nationality, none, perhaps, have added more to the national wealth than the sturdy sons of the Fatherland. Germany has furnished to America many who have become prominent in the councils of the nation. In her fleets and armies, and in her works of peace, many have risen to places of honor and trust. In the commercial world and upon the farm, many have obtained wealth and prominence.
The family from which sprang the subject of this sketch was one of wealth and prominence in the old kingdom of Hanover. In the days prior to its absorption by Prussia, Hanover was the richest of the German kingdoms. The public treasury was so well filled that interest of the kingdom's capital was sufficient to sustain their army, and the peaceful avocations of life were not as heavily taxed as now to keep them on a war footing. All its sons were not then required to spend three or four years in the army, and their time was not, therefore, withdrawn from the pursuits of peace. This was the condition of affairs when Dietrich Laue, grandfather of our subject, removed from France to the kingdom of Hanover with his parents, who were French. When an old man it was his delight to call his grandchildren around him and relate incidents of earlier times, and talk to them in French, in which he was a fluent speaker, much to their amusement, their ears being accustomed only to the German tongue. He was a man of wealth and prominence, a large land owner for the time in which he lived and one having a fine education. For many years he was a magistrate, and the leading man of Hemsem, the village and district in which he lived. It is related that it fell to his duty to find quarters for some thousands of French soldiers who were stationed there during the Napoleonic wars. During this time, at noon each day, he was required to act as escort to the women who took food to their husbands in the field, they fearing the troops of the foreign invader. He attained a good old age, passing away when eighty-two years and four months old, revered by several generations of the Hemsem villagers. He was twice married, first to a widow lady, and to extinguish title to property, of the former husband's estate, he gave the daughter a thousand dollars as a settlement, a very large sum of money at that time, showing him to be a man of more than ordinary wealth at the time. After her death he married a Miss Pinne, who became the mother of Henry Laue, father of the subject of this review.
Henry Laue was born in the village of Hemsem, in 1812, and attended the schools conducted by the Lutheran church, and at the age of fourteen was confirmed and admitted to membership in the church. He devoted himself to farming and lived most of his life on a comfortable farm of sixty acres, which in that county, under their system of cultivation, amounts to two or three times that number of acres in this country. In 1881. he came to America, and for seven years made his home with his son near Harmony, Illinois. But it is hard to transplant an old tree into new soil. Thoughts of the fatherland crowded themselves upon him, and finally the longing for the old home became too great to be withstood. In 1888, he returned to the home of his childhood, and in January, 1891, went to his rest, having lived a long and useful life of which his children may well be proud.
Henry Laue married Mary Vogel, daughter of Dietrich Vogel, who was a farmer in comfortable circumstances in Hemsem.
The mother died at the age of sixty-one, a woman full of Christian virtues. To them were born seven children as follows: Henry, who lives on the old home farm; served during the Franco-Prussian war, and was detailed for service at the officers' quarters because of his faithfulness and steady habits; Louisa, who married Henry Deusing, and lives in Germany; Fred, who also served during the Franco-Prussian war, and, like Henry, because of his faithfulness, was retained at headquarters with the paymaster receiving mail, and handling money; he came to America in 1882, and now owns a fine farm in McHenry county, near Harmony; Dietrich, our subject, who was named for his grandfather; August, who is engaged in farming in the old country, and who never came to America; William, who came to America some years after our subject, and now owns two fine large farms in McHenry county, not far from the Kane county line; and Sophia, who married Patrick Kain, and lives in Chicago.
Dietrich Laue was born in the village of Hemsem, near the market town of Nienburg, July 29, 1848, the year of the revolution of the German states. He attended the parochial school as usual, but owing to the family residence having been burned, and the necessity of his being employed in some capacity, he was passed through the school a year earlier than common, though he passed all the examinations to the satisfaction of the teacher in charge. At an early age he was employed on a large estate, keeping watch over the cattle in the fields for several years, when he was appointed, and for four years had full charge of the sheep of a large estate. The last six months before sailing for America he was employed at ordinary farm work. When it came to breaking home ties, the grief of the family was profound. The aged grandfather threw his arms around the neck of his favorite grandson, named for him, and implored him to remain. Sailing from Bremen October 16, 1868, in the Hansen, the largest and safest vessel of the line, after a fair voyage of ten days our emigrant landed at New York, and came directly west to Chicago, the time occupied by the emigrant train, in which he took passage, being five days. At this time he was thirteen dollars in debt, and this is the start he had in this country.
From Chicago, Mr. Laue went to Bloomingdale, Du Page county, securing work with Henry Harmoning, with whom he remained one year. The four following years he was employed on the farm of Lewis Bartlett, and then returned to his former employer, remaining two years. It is a noticeable fact that Mr. Laue remained for a long period of time at each place, and received from forty to fifty dollars a year more than others working for the same person. His employers could rest easy when away from home, knowing that Dietrich Laue was in charge and that everything would be as well cared for as if they were on the place. One of the secrets of Mr. Laue's success, was that he always endeavored to take as careful interest in his employer's affairs, as if they were his own.
Mr. Laue was married in Chicago, February 24, 1875, to Miss Sophia Reinking, a native of Ontarioville, Illinois, daughter of Dietrich Reinking and Dora (Fisher) Reinking. By this marriage, have been born seven children, all of whom yet remain under the parental roof. They are - Frederick, Emma, William, Herman, Tillie, August and Lena.
At the time of his marriage Mr. Laue had saved fourteen hundred dollars. He then came to Hampshire township and purchased two hundred and sixty acres on section 2, on which he made a payment of twelve hundred dollars. He then began a career of unusual success, which has made him the owner of a large tract of as fine land as lies in the state of Illinois. Before he had completed the deferred payments on his first purchase he bought one hundred and fifty acres adjoining his farm on section 3, on which stands a substantial house and barn. On the first tract he erected a large two-story frame house and a fine basement barn, 36x80. He follows dairy farming' and keeps on hand from one hundred to one hundred and ten milch cows, the products of which he ships to Chicago. A man of unusual good business management, he is training his sons in the same energetic ways.
The family are all members of the Evangelical Lutheran church, of Harmony. In politics Mr. Laue is a Republican, and sees no present reason why he should ever make a change. He has served a number of years as school director for his district, which extends into McHenry county, and in the spring of 1898 was. elected one of the road commissioners of Hampshire township. His life of patient industry, should be an incentive to others who would succeed in life
JOHN A. McQUEEN, residing on section 1, Plato township, Kane county, has spent almost sixty years of his life in this county. The McQueen family is one of the oldest and most respected of the Scottish yeomanry. For many generations, representatives of the family were to be found in southwest Scotland. The first to come to America was George McQueen, who was born in Wigtonshire, Scotland, in 1805, and was the youngest of a family of ten children. He was educated for the ministry, but feeling no call for clerical life, became an ironmonger in Scotland. His father was well-to-do and owned a large farm, on which George was reared. The latter was also a farmer, as well as a merchant.
In 1836 George McQueen sold his property in Scotland and came to America, and for three years lived at Croton Point, New York, on the Hudson river. In 1839 he came west by boat to Troy, New York, thence by canal to Buffalo, and from there to Chicago by lake. He came at once to Kane county and purchased two hundred and thirty acres in section 1 in Plato township, where the remainder of his life was passed, he dying in 1859. Before leaving Scotland he married Margaret McCornack, born in Scotland in 1807, and the eldest of a family of six children born to Andrew and Helen (McGeogh) McCornack. Her parents came to America in 1837 and her father died here at the age of ninety-nine years. She died in 1860 at the age of fifty-three years. To George and Margaret McQueen seven children were born, as follows: Ellen, who married Alexander Caskey, of Chicago Heights, and is now deceased; William, who died at the age of nineteen years; Andrew, living in Adams county, Washington; John A. of this review; Elizabeth, wife of James Rosborough, of Plato township; Janet, wife of W. J. Christie, of Elgin; and Mary H., wife of W. J. McEldowney, of Chicago Heights.
John A. McQueen was born at Croton Point, April 14, 1839, and was but three months old when his parents came to Kane county. He grew to manhood on his father's farm and attended the public schools at Udina and also Elgin Academy until the age of eighteen years. He then taught school for two years, and on his father's death, in 1859, he took charge of the home farm until his mother's death, one year later. He continued to remain on the farm until the outbreak of the rebellion, when he enlisted August 17, 1861, in Company B, a calvary company attached to the Thirty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. His company was mustered in at Camp Hammond, Aurora, and was from there sent to Benton Barracks, where the regiment remained one month, engaged in drilling. It was then sent to Camp Rolla, where it remained until January, 1862, and was in the battle of Pea Ridge, under Curtis. It then marched to Cape Girardeau, where it took a steamer to Pittsburg Landing, and marched thence to Corinth, participating in the siege of that place. The regiment was then sent to Nashville and took part, under Buell, in the race with Bragg for the Ohio river at Louisville, Kentucky. It was in the battle of Perryville, and later in the battles of Stone River and Murphrysboro. In the Chattanooga campaign it participated in the battles of Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain, under Hooker, in that engagement so graphically described as the battle above the clouds. It was then in the campaign and the battles around Atlanta.
While in Lookout Valley, Mr. McQueen's time expired, and he re-enlisted for three years or "until the close of the war." From Atlanta, under Howard, the regiment marched to Savannah, on the world famed march to the sea. With the division that moved to Beaufort by the steamer and thence to Pocotalico, the regi-ment moved on to Columbia and Goldsborough, where Sherman and Scofield made a junction. After leaving Beaufort Mr. McQueen had charge of General Howard's scouts, and was recognized as one of the most daring of men in that service of the many fearless ones who made enviable records during the war.
Two days after leaving Columbia, while out with a scouting party, Mr. McQueen was riding a white horse that he had picked up, his own having become disabled. This made him conspicuous, and in consequence he was an easy mark for the enemy, and received a severe wound in the groin. After lying twenty-four hours in a nearby cabin he was captured. From this time on his experience reads like a romance. During the time of the disorder, when Columbia was burned during its occupancy by the federal troops, Mr. McQueen used every effort to restrain the troops and posted a guard to protect the residence of an aged couple. It proved to be that of Rev. A. Toomer Porter, chaplain of a confederate general and a man of great influence in the south. Because of this fact the minister gave him a letter addressed to Gen. Wade Hampton or any confederate officer into whose hands it might fall, stating the fact and commending him to their consideration. After receiving the wound, Mr. McQueen was removed to the home of a southern soldier who had lost an arm in the battle of Petersburg, under General Lee. He carried our subject one mile to his home, and there cared for and protected him. That letter secured for him the consideration he received. A noted guerrilla came to the cabin with the intention of killing him, but was prevented by the owner, who would have protected him with his life.
When Rev. Porter learned of the wounding of Mr. McQueen he came to him and secured his removal to a confederate hospital at Camden. Here he was commended to the favor of Bishop Davis, of South Caro-lina, and by his own generosity to fellow inmates in dividing the food sent him by friends of the Bishop, won their hearts and was given better treatment than he would have otherwise received. When somewhat recovered he was removed to the military prison, and here the Bishop's son came to him and secured for him the best to be had. While here he saw Dr. Todd, a brother-in-law of President Lincoln, who was serving as surgeon in the confederate army. Bishop Davis and Rev. Porter also visited him while in the prison, and as soon as he was able to travel Rev. Porter took him to Chester, South Carolina. Their only conveyance to Chester was a rickety old buggy and a condemned army mule. The latter was so weak that he could not draw both men in the buggy, so Mr. Porter walked the greater part of the way.
At Raleigh Mr. Porter secured the parole of our subject, and he there waited the arrival of Sherman's army. The pages of history do not record a greater expression of gratitude for favors shown than that exhibited by Rev. Porter to Mr. McQueen. He traveled with him more than thirteen hundred miles, the greater part of the distance on foot, and using his influence with superior officers, finally secured his parole. On several occasions he was instrumental in saving our subject's life. At a G. A. R. reunion at Washington, some years after the close of the war, there was a very affecting meeting of Mr. Porter and Mr. McQueen. The reverend gentleman now conducts a school for orphans of the war, both union and confederate, and for its maintenance secures large sums of money from the north. Beginning as a private, Mr. McQueen was later commissioned first lieutenant, and was known as a fearless and daring scout of great service to Sherman's army.
On his return home Lieutenant McQueen purchased from the other heirs the old homestead and has now one hundred and ninety-five acres under a high state of cultivation. On the place he has erected two dwellings and three large barns. For some six years after the close of the war he made a specialty of sheep raising, but that industry becoming unprofitable he abandoned it. About, 1871 he began dairy farming, and keeps upon the place about one hundred head of cattle. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad cutting through his farm, a station was there located, which he named Plato, but which name was changed by the railroad company to McQueen's Station. Here for a time he engaged in the mercantile business. The farm is now conducted by his sons.
Lieutenant McQueen was united in marriage at Chicago Heights November 28, 1865, with Miss Martha E. Eakin, born May 22, 1845, and a daughter of Stewart B. and Catherine (McEldowney) Eakin, both of whom were natives of Ireland. By this union five children were born as follows: (1) Catherine Margaret, who attended the Elgin academy, and later graduated from the Rockford Female College, and who is now holding a position in the Gail Borden Library at Elgin. (2) Alice J., a graduate of both the Elgin Academy and Rockford Female College. She is a teacher of great ability. When Professor Welch resigned as principal of the Elgin Academy and took charge of Lake Forrest Seminary, he insisted on Miss McQueen receiving an appointment, and she was the first female teacher in that institution. (3) William Charles, a graduate from the Elgin Academy and who spent one year at Knox College, Galesburg, married Irene McCornack, daughter of Andrew H. and Isabella M. (Eakin) McCornack. The latter was a daughter of Samuel and Jane (Christy) Eakin, Jane being a daughter of William Christy. Andrew H. McCornack was the son of William and Eliza (Frazer) McCornack, the former from Wigtonshire, and and the latter from Invernessshire. She was the daughter of William and Isabella (McLean) Frazer. William McCornack was the son of Andrew and Ellen (McGeough) McCornack. To William C. McQueen and wife two children have been born, one dying in infancy, the other being Martha Isabelle. (4) George Stewart, who attended the public school and Elgin Academy, now engaged in farming at McQueen's Station. He married Jenny Mink, daughter of Leander and Marcia (Woodward) Mink, by whom he has two children, Margaret and Harry. Leander Mink was the son of Robert and Jane (Vantine) Mink. His wife, Marcia, was the daughter of Robert and Mary (Crandall) Woodward. (5) John Walter, a graduate of the Elgin Academy, is now a student in Beloit College.
Lieutenant McQueen is a member of Elgin post No. 49, G. A. R. No man stands higher in the community. He is conscientious and uptight, a good citizen, thrifty and energetic.
M. T. BARROWS, now living a retired life in Dundee, Illinois, has been a resident of the state since January, 1856.His life is an exemplification of the fact that there are no rules for building characters, and none for achieving success. The man who can rise from the ranks to a position of eminence is he who can see and utilize the opportunities that surround his path. The essential conditions of human life are ever the same, the surroundings of individuals differ but slightly. When one man passes another on the highway of life it is because he has the power to use advantages which probably encompass the whole human race. Among the most prominent men of Kane county, is the one whose name heads this sketch. He was born in the town of Corinth, Saratoga county, New York, July 15, 1834, and is the son of Theron Barrows, born in the same town in 1812. His grandfather, Joseph Barrows, was also a native of New York, and one of the early settlers of Saratoga county, where he was for many years one of the leading farmers. The family are of English descent, three brothers coming to this country at an early day, one locating in Connecticut, one in Massachusetts, and the ancestor of our subject in New York.
Theron Barrows was a blacksmith by trade, which occupation he followed in his native state. He there married Marietta Grippin, a native of Saratoga county, New York, and a daughter of William Grippin, a pioneer farmer of that county. Both received the common-school education of early days, gleaning their greatest knowledge in the stern school of experience. They were brought up believers in the Baptist faith, arid joined a church of that denomination in the town of Corinth, New York. They never changed from this belief, but continued firm to the end of their lives. At the early ages of nineteen and seventeen years, respectively, they joined hands in the holy bonds of matrimony, and started forth on life's journey, spending nearly sixty years together.
In 1854 Theron Barrows moved with his family to Dundee, Illinois, where he engaged in the hardware business, which he successfully conducted for a number of years. Closing out his stock, he removed to Elgin, and became a stockholder and vice-president of the Home National Bank, with which institution he was connected until his death, in December, 1892. His wife survived him a few months, passing away in 1893. They were laid to rest in the Dundee cemetery. In early life he was a stanch Whig and an enthusiastic supporter of Henry Clay. He believed in maintaining a high tariff and was unalterably opposed to slavery. After the change of political parties, he remained a firm Republican to the end of his life. In his business relations he was ever accounted honest and upright, valuing his word higher than written guarantee. Socially he was a man of genial and pleasant manners, making and retaining many friends.
Mrs. M.T. Barrows
M. T. Barrows, our subject, grew to manhood in Greenfield Centre, Saratoga county, New York, and there learned the blacksmith's trade, at which he worked and carried on a shop for some years. In January, 1856, he came west, locating first in Dundee, where he operated a blacksmith shop for two years, when he sold out and removed to Barrington, Cook county, where he carried on a shop for five years. Returning to Dundee he took an interest in the hardware store, in partnership with his father, which connection was continued for eight years. He then purchased his father's interest and continued the business with gratifying success, until 1888, when he sold out and has since lived a retired life. He has also dealt somewhat extensively in real estate, buying and selling farm land. He now owns several farms, one in Kane county, two in Cook county, one in Lake county, one in Boone county and one of nine hundred and sixty acres in Howard county, Iowa, and a plantation in Monticello, Jefferson county, Florida, of over five hundred acres. The farms are all for stock and dairy purposes, and are all well improved places, comprising a total of three thousand, five hundred acres.
Mr. Barrows was united in marriage at Dundee, Illinois, in December, 1856, to Miss C. L. Oatman, only daughter of Jesse Oatman, a pioneer settler of Kane county. There were ten children born of this union, five of whom died in infancy and early childhood. The living are Clara M., wife of Dr. Briggs, of Elgin; Herbert A., in the insurance business at Dundee; Elta V., wife of A. C. Crawford, of Freeport, Illinois; Lucy B., wife of Alfred Ketchum, a farmer of Dundee township; and L. Gertrude, now taking a course of music in Newport, New Hampshire.
M.T. Barrows -- Theron C. Barrows -- Theron Barrows
L. Gertrude Barrows
Politically Mr. Barrows is a Republican, and cast his first presidential ballot for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. From that time to the present he has voted for the nominees of that party for president at each election. While preferring to give his time and attention to his extensive business interests, he was elected and served as president of the town board three terms. When a young man he united with the Odd Fellows and passed all the chairs, but is now an ancient Odd Fellow. He is a member of the Baptist church, of which body his wife and children are also members.
Mr. Barrows commenced life for himself a poor boy, working for twenty-five cents a day, and later four dollars a month. At the age of eighteen he had saved one hundred and forty-nine dollars, with which he commenced blacksmithing for himself at Greenfield Centre, New York. By his own industry and thrifty habits, he has acquired a competency, and is able to live a retired life. When he came west he had about twelve hundred dollars, which he invested in business, and success has crowned his efforts in a remarkable degree. For forty-two long years he has been a resident of this vicinity, and is well known in Kane and adjoining counties, and those who know him best hold him in the highest regard.
JOEL GOODELL, who for twenty years has been the efficient assessor of St. Charles township, has made his home in the city of St. Charles almost continuously since January 24, 1857, and, as a public-spirited and progressive citizen, he has given his support to all measures for the public good.
Mr. Goodell was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, March 25, 1832, a son of Levi and Elizabeth (Covey) Goodell. The father was born in Salem, Massachusetts, about 1796, and died in 1858, while the mother died in Jefferson county, New York, when our subject was about twelve years old. In their family were five children - four sons and one daughter - all of whom are still living in New York, with the exception of our subject, and are heads of families, and Levi, Daniel. Hiram and Lucinda are all residents of Lewis county, that state.
About 1837 Joel Goodell accompanied the family on their removal from St. Lawrence county to Jefferson county, New York, locating sixteen miles from Watertown, where he grew to manhood. As his educational advantages were limited, he is almost wholly self-educated. At the age of sixteen he began learning the tanner's and currier's trade, in the village of Champion, New York, serving a four-years' apprenticeship, but after working as a journeyman for one year in Carthage, his health failed, and during the following year he spent most of his time in hunting and fishing with the hope of regaining his lost strength. He then engaged in farming for a year or two.
In Jefferson county, New York, Mr. Goodell was married to Miss Mary Orrinda Everden, September 1, 1855. She was born at Clayton, Thousand Islands, in the St. Lawrence river, a daughter of G. W. Everden, who was captain of a vessel, and was drowned the night of November 11, 1835, when his ship was lost. In his family were only two children, his son being E. G. Everden, a farmer and business man of Benona, Oceana county, Michigan, who is married and has a family. Mr. and Mrs. Goodell have one son, Ernest F., cashier of the banking house of Bowman, Warne & Stewart, of St. Charles. He is a well educated and successful business man, of sterling worth and many excellent traits of character. He is married and has two sons, Harry and Ralph, and a daughter, Charlotte M.
After his marriage, Joel Goodell continued to engage in farming in his native state until 1857, when he emigrated to St. Charles, and began the practice of veterinary surgery, with which he was perfectly familiar, his father having been connected with that profession. At the end of a year he returned to New York to care for his father who was ill, and while there he enlisted, in 1861, in the Seventeenth New York Artillery, stationed at Sackett's Harbor, but on examination he was refused. Returning to St. Charles, in 1863, he was for about a year in the government employ, treating horses at the government corral in Chicago. Subsequently he practiced veterinary surgery in St. Charles for a number of years.
The Republican party has always found in Mr. Goodell a stanch supporter, having voted for every presidential candidate since casting his vote for John C. Fremont, in 1856, with the exception of once when not at home during the election. He has been a delegate to many county conventions, has taken an active interest in local politics, and for four years served as collector of St. Charles township, since which time he has been assessor. For a number of years he was also a member of the school board, and has most capably and faithfully discharged the duties of whatever office he has been called upon to fill, including that of deputy sheriff of Kane county, in which he served for three years. Although not a member of any religious organization, Mr. and Mrs. Goodell attend the Congregational church, and they have the respect and esteem of all who know them.
E.J. BOLDT is one of the important factors in the business circles of Elgin, and his life is an exemplification of the term "the dignity of labor." The possibilities that America offers to her citizens he has utilized, and though he came to this country in limited circumstances he has steadily and perseveringly worked his way upward, leaving the ranks of the many to stand among the successful few. He now conducts in Elgin a store which would be a credit to a city of much greater size, dealing in wall paper and paints and doing a general painting and decorating business.
Mr. Boldt was born in Tessin, Mecklenburg Schwerin, Germany, November 6, 1858, a son of Ernest J. and Mary (Hoffman) Boldt, also natives of Germany. The former was an officer on board a German vessel and followed the sea during the greater part of his active business life, making a number of trips to India on merchant marines. At the age of sixty-five he laid aside business cares and lived retired in the enjoyment of a well-earned rest until his death, in 1862. He was at the time in his sixty-ninth year, his birth having occurred in 1791. In religious belief he was a Lutheran. Mrs. Mary Boldt, who was his second wife, is now living in Elgin, at the age of sixty-three years. They had three children: E. J.; Adolph, employed in the postal service of Germany, and Caroline, wife of John Wagner, who resides on a farm near Dundee, Illinois.
Mr. Boldt, of this sketch, completed his literary education by his graduation in a high school at Tessin, about 1873. He then entered upon an apprenticeship to the painter's and decorator's trade under William Toellner, painter and decorator, completing his term at the age of nineteen, but remaining with his employer through the following year. When twenty years of age he entered the German army and on the expiration of his two years' term went to Hamburg, where he worked at his trade for six months. He then again entered the army, being called for a drill of six weeks. On once more returning to civil life, he determined to seek a home in America, and on the 22d of October, 1881, landed in New York, whence he came to Elgin. He made this place his destination by reason of his uncle, F. O. Hoffman, living on a farm near here. After visiting his uncle for two weeks he secured employment with the firm of Day & Fencher, painters and decorators. After eight months Mr. Day removed to Syracuse, New York, and Mr. Boldt entered into partnership with Mr. Fencher, a connection which was maintained for a year.
Since that time Mr. Boldt has been alone in business, and has met with a splendid success, which he well merits. He carries a large and well-selected stock of wall paper, and has taken contracts for papering, painting and decorating some of the finest structures that have been erected in this part of the state. His business has constantly grown in volume and importance, and has now assumed extensive proportions. The frescoing in some of the churches in Elgin, Barrington, Hampshire and Geneva has been done by him and able assistants. He has taken contracts for painting many of the public buildings, and now has a contract for such work in the new park pavilion in course of construction; also a large new club-house at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He has painted and tinted the inside walls of most of the Elgin school buildings, and in papering and decorating private residences he has a very large business. His artistic taste at once recognizing harmony in colors and tints, and grasping almost intuitively the effect that will be produced by certain combinations proves a very valuable factor in his work. He keeps always on hand a force of employees, and during the busy season frequently has as many as sixteen skilled workmen.
On the 4th of October, 1884, Mr. Boldt was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie, daughter of Fred Yurs, an agriculturist living near Elgin. They now have an interesting family of three children: Walter A., A. Herbert and Hazel Esther. The parents are members of the Evangelical Lutheran church, and in social circles occupy an enviable position, their generous hospitality being enjoyed by many friends. Mr. Boldt gives his political support to the Republican party, but has never aspired to office, preferring to devote his time and energies to his business, in which he has met with signal success.
EBENEZER P. EATON, deceased, was widely and favorably known throughout various sections of the west, with whose business interests he was prominently identified. He was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1821, and when a lad of ten years removed to Waterloo, New York, with his parents, Ebenezer and Mary (Stuart) Eaton. His father was a descendant of Francis Benjamin Eaton, a Pilgrim who came to this country in the Mayflower.
About 1843 or 1844 Mr. Eaton came west and first located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was employed as a clerk in a hotel for three years. Becoming thoroughly familiar with that business, he opened a hotel in Chicago, which he conducted for two years, and subsequently he was successfully engaged in the same business at Elkhorn, Walworth county, Wisconsin, for sixteen years. In 1865 he removed to Clinton, Iowa where he engaged in hotel keeping and also conducted a livery stable for ten years. Removing to Dixon, Illinois, in 1875, he carried on a livery there until 1880, when he retired from active business, enjoying a well earned rest at his pleasant home in Elgin, where he lived for two years. A pleasant, genial gentleman, he made a most popular and successful landlord, and his house was always a great favorite with the traveling public. His political support was always given the men and measures of the Democratic party, and fraternally he affiliated with the Masonic order, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In Clinton, Iowa, on the 23d of January, 1891, he was called to his final rest, and his death was mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances as well as by his immediate family.
In early manhood Mr. Eaton married Miss Julia Harriman, a native of Canada, born at Jerusalem, thirty miles from Montreal. She is a representative, however, of some of the oldest and most highly respected families of the United States. Her paternal grandfather, Rufus Harriman, was born in Vermont of New England parentage, and married Lucinda Davis, a native of Connecticut, and a daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Clark) Davis, who were also descended from old Colonial stock. Mrs. Eaton's father, Noah Harriman, was born in Vermont, but spent much of his early life in Canada and New York, coming west in 1844 and locating in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, where he died in November, 1894, at the ripe old age of eighty-eight years. By occupation he was a farmer, and he had the respect and esteem of all who knew him. Mrs. Eaton, who is a most estimable lady, has a pleasant home at No. 363 Park avenue, Elgin, where she expects to spend her declining years.
Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Eaton, as follows: (1) Orien C. who makes his home with his mother in Elgin, was in the one-hundred-days' service during the Civil war, and is now a traveling salesman for a Chicago house. He married Eva Babcock, now deceased. Politically he is a Democrat, and socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity. (2) Edgar Stewart, a grocer of Elgin, is a Republican in political sentiment, and is also a Mason. (3) Dora Louisa is living with her mother. (4) Stella M. is the wife of Walter Bates, a traveling salesman of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and has one child, Dorothy.
CHARLES J. ANDERSON, farmer and. station agent at McQueen Station, Plato township, is a native of Kane county, born in Elgin, October 31, 1855. He attended the public schools of that city until about fourteen years of age, when it became necessary that he should find some useful employment, and for about six years he worked in the condensing factory, planing mill and in other places. In 1875 his father bought a farm of ninety acres, lying in Plato and Rutland townships, to which the family removed. For his father Charles worked until he purchased the farm to which he has since added twenty additional acres, bought of Andrew McCornack. The farm is used for dairy purposes, Mr. Anderson shipping the products to Chicago.
John Anderson, the father of our subject, was born in the city of Boroas, Sweden, and came to America in 1854, sailing from Gottenberg, and landing at Boston, where he remained six months. He then went to Chicago and thence to Elgin, and labored at what he could find to do. For a time, he followed mattress making, and worked in the condensing factory until he purchased his farm in 1875. He has now retired from active work and makes his home with our subject. While residing in Sweden, he married Anna Peterson, by whom he had seven children, five of whom reached maturity - Andrew, who was born in Sweden, six months before sailing, died in Elgin, at the age of forty-seven years; Sophia, living in Chicago; Louise, now Mrs. Peder Rovelstad, of Elgin; and Charles J., our subject, and his twin brother, William, who resides at South Manchester, Connecticut.
The subject of this sketch was married at McQueen's Station, February 10, 1887, to Miss Christine Caroline Johnson, a native of Sweden, who came to America with her brother in 1880. By this union five children have been born - Agnes, Anna, Antonia, Clara, and Carl William. The first named died at the age of three years and eight months. Mrs. Anderson died April 15, 1898. Her funeral was held in Elgin, and was attended by many friends who knew her in this life and who grieved with husband and motherless children. Her remains were laid to rest in Bluff City cemetery.
Since September, 1882, Mr. Anderson has served as station agent at McQueen's Station, and has been postmaster since Harrison served as president. He is a member of the Swedish Lutheran church of Elgin, of which body his wife is also a member. In politics, is a thorough Republican. As a citizen, he stands high in the estimation of his fellow men.
LABAN HAYWARD, who is now living retired in Aurora, but who for over forty years was one of the active, enterprising and representative business men of the city, dates his residence in the state since 1849, and in Aurora, Kane county, since 1865. The Hay ward family are of English descent, the first of the name settling in Vermont at a very early day. In that state Asa Hayward was born in 1784, and died in 1868. His son, Willard Hayward, was born in Rutland county, Vermont, in 1808. He was there reared, and married Betsy Bradish, the youngest of a family of eight children of Jonas M. Bradish, who was also a pioneer of Vermont. After his marriage Willard Hayward engaged in farming in Rutland county, Vermont, where he remained until 1849, and then moved west by way of the Erie canal and the lakes to Chicago, where he secured teams to haul his family and personal effects to Will county, Illinois. He there purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, and commenced the improvement of the place. For thirteen years he resided there, engaged in agricultural pursuits, then moved to Aurora and purchased residence property, where his death occurred in 1880, at the age of seventy-two years.. His good wife survived him for over eleven years, being called to her reward in 1892. Their remains lie buried in Spring Lake cemetery, where a substantial monument marks their last resting place. They were the parents of two sons and one daughter: Henry, who for some years was an invalid, died in 1855; Mary E. married William Hattery, who is a business man residing in Waterloo, Iowa; Laban, the younger son, completes the family.
Laban Hayward was born in Rutland county, Vermont, August 21, 1836, and was a lad of thirteen years when he came with the family to Will county, Illinois. He there grew to manhood, and assisted in the cultivation of the home farm. His educational advantages were limited, but he acquired sufficient knowledge to pass an examination, and for two winters engaged in teaching in the public schools. . He has been twice married, his first union being with Miss Emerancy Moore, a native of New York, where she was reared and educated, and who for' some time was a teacher in the public schools. The wedding ceremony took place August 19, 1858. On the 30th of November, 1861, she was called to her final rest, leaving two children - Ada, wife of James A. Cook, of Waterloo, Iowa, and Eva, wife of Mr. Banister, of near Dwight, Illinois.
Mr. Hayward's second marriage was in Will county, September 24, 1863, when he wedded Elizabeth Barclay, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, born November 18, 184J, and who came with her father, James Barclay, to this country in 1857. Her father was for years a prominent farmer in Will county, but now resides in Aurora, living a retired life. By this union there were six children, of whom one is deceased, Clara, who died in childhood. The living are: Mary, wife of S. D. Brown, who holds a position with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad; Martha, formerly a teacher in the Aurora public schools, residing at home; George, Arthur and Charles, who succeeded their father in the grocery business at the old stand.
After his first marriage, Mr. Hayward took charge of the old homestead, and for nine years was there engaged in farming. He then moved to Aurora and engaged in the butchering business on the east side. Three years later he built a business house on Broadway, and continued in the meat business, later adding a stock of groceries. For five years he engaged in meat packing, in connection with his other lines of trade, also in buying and handling fruit and vegetables. Until January, 1898, he was actively engaged in business, when he was succeeded by his sons. Success crowned his efforts in every respect, his trade at all times being quite extensive, due in a great measure to his public spirit and the determination to succeed. He is now a stockholder, and for several years was a director in the First National Bank of Aurora. He is also a stockholder in the Home Building and Loan Association, the Aurora National Loan Association, and the Ice Company. In many of the business enterprises of Aurora, in the past thirty years, he has lent a helping hand.
The first ballot cast by Mr. Hayward for president of the United States, was in 1860, when he voted for Abraham Lincoln. From that time to the present, he has been an earnest advocate of the principles of the Republican party, and has voted for each of its presidential nominees. For two years he served as alderman of his ward, during which time he was on several important committees, including the railroad committee, that secured the building of the viaduct over the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad. In his second year he was chairman of the committee on sewers, and was instrumental in having built the large sewer on the east side. He has ever been a friend of education and the public schools, and has given earnest support to every effort calculated to advance the school interest. While not a member of any church, he has assisted in the erection of several of the church buildings in the city, and has contributed of his means to other benevolent purposes. Mrs. Hayward is a consistent member of the Presbyterian church. Fraternally he is a Mason, a member of the blue lodge and chapter, and has represented the former several times in the grand lodge of the state.
Mr. Hayward has been a resident of northern Illinois for forty-nine years, almost a half a century. For thirty-three years he has resided in Aurora. He has witnessed the growth and development of this part of the state, seen it change from a wilderness, and in its transformation has borne no inconsiderable part. Identified with the institutions of the city, and the prosperity of its people, he is numbered among the honored old settlers of Kane county. He is a man of good business ability, of exemplary habits, of tried integrity and worth, and he and his most estimable wife and family are esteemed and respected by all, and their many friends will be pleased to read this short sketch in the Biographical Record of Kane county.
John Henry Karl
JOHN HENRY KARL, deceased, was for years one of the active business men of Aurora, and one of its most highly-esteemed and valued citizens. He was of foreign birth, but his duties of citizenship were performed with a loyalty equal to that of any native son of America, and, when this nation was imperiled by the hydra-headed monster, Rebellion, he went at once to its defense. Mr. Karl was born in the principality of Reis, Germany, November 15, 1835, f which place both his father and mother were natives. The father was by trade a builder and contractor and emigrated to America in 1850, settling in Buffalo, New York, soon after, and there engaged in business, very extensively, in contracting and building.
John Henry Karl had attended school in Germany and continued his studies in Buffalo, principally at a night school, working during the day. In that city he learned the drug business thoroughly, then removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he carried on the business for a time. In 1859 he came to Aurora, in response to a call from John Stout, and entered the drug business with that gentleman, on Broadway street. There he continued in active operation until the breaking out of the war in 1861, when he hired a man to represent him in the business and joined the Thirty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, under Colonel Grisel, his position being that of hospital steward. After serving eleven months, on account of sickness, he was discharged for disability. Returning home to Aurora, and after recuperating, he entered into the active duties of his business again, still in partnership with Mr. Stout. The business was continued until 1870, at which time the stock was sold and the partnership dissolved.
In the spring of 1872, Mr. Karl bought the undivided half interest in the Aurora stone quarry, in partnership with Blasius Berthold, and the business was carried on under the firm name of Berthold & Karl. The same year Mr. Berthold was killed by the explosion of a pump engine, and the widow of Mr. Berthold and Mr. Karl carried on the business in partnership for a time, until she sold her interest to Mr. King. The partnership of Karl & King was very brief, a brother of his former partner, Mr. Berthold, Antone Berthold, buying Mr. King's interest, and for eight years Karl & Berthold successfully worked the quarry. Ever since his return from the army Mr. Karl had experienced delicate health, and in 1880 he sold out his interest in the quarry to his partner, and in April, 1881, he died and was buried in Spring Lake cemetery, his death being mourned by a large circle of friends.
The marriage of Mr. Karl to Elisabeth Leppert, daughter of John and Helena (Baum) Leppert, was solemnized in June, 1867. To this union five children were born, all of whom are yet living - Robert Henry, Edward George, Oda Leonora, Louis William and Harry Herman. All are yet residing in Aurora, and Robert H. was married to Martha Swartz, of Columbus, Ohio. Louis and Harry are conducting a drug store in the Coulter block.
Mr. Karl served several years in the volunteer fire department of Aurora, and was a member of the Aurora Rifle Company. In 1867 he erected a residence on Broadway, which he afterward sold, and then erected a beautiful home at 189 South LaSalle street, in which the family yet reside, and also a prominent business block, and was the owner of other business property in the city. A good business man, conscientious in all his dealings, his death left a void in business circles. Mrs. Karl and the family occupy a prominent position in the social circles of Aurora and are held the in highest esteem.
S. N. HOOVER is numbered among the ablest young attorneys of Kane county, and although but a few years a citizen of the county he has attained high rank at the bar. His office is in the Mercantile Block, Aurora, He was born in Clermont county, Ohio, and is the son of Peter H. and Augusta A. (Prather) Hoover, both of whom are natives of Ohio. The father has been a farmer for a number of years. He came to Illinois, in 1868, locating in Randolph township, McLean county, where he purchased a quarter section of land, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He is now living retired in the city of Bloomington. Although an ardent Republican, and one who in almost every campaign has made many public speeches in the interest of his party, he has never aspired to office. He favored a vigorous prosecution of the war, and was a strong Lincoln man. Although about seventy-six years of age, he is a well-preserved man, physically and mentally, and is yet strong in the faith of his party, being a great admirer of William McKinley. His wife died January 5, 1892, at the age of sixty-three years. Both parents were of the Methodist faith and communion. The Hoover family of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, are of the same stock, and were originally from Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany. Our subject is the youngest of five children, born to Peter H. and Augusta A. Hoover, the others being Orlando J., a resident of Paoli, Kansas; Nettie, now Mrs. W. P. Jones, of Bloomington, Illinois; Thomas Henry, a resident of San Fran-cisco, California; and William W., who resides at Manson, Iowa.
The subject of this sketch was educated at the Illinois Wesleyan University, at Bloomington. Leaving college, he studied law with Brock & Holly, of Bloomington, and then taught school at Rankin, for two years. Removing to Red Cliff, Colorado, he there engaged in teaching for two years, and on June 1, 1891, was admitted to the bar, and began the practice of his profession at that place. Soon after his admission to the bar, he was elected district attorney for the fifth judicial district of Colorado; was re-elected, but resigned the position to come to Aurora, in 1893. In July, 1892, he was chairman of the committee on resolutions in the silver convention of the Pacific states in Denver, and introduced a resolution by which the convention declined to co-operate with any political party. This resolution being carried and Mr. Hoover having taken a decided stand in a speech before the convention in its favor, he was antagonized by Governor Waite and the Populists who were seeking to commit the convention to the support of their candidates. While in Colorado he was a candidate for the legislature on the Republican ticket, and during the campaign of 1892 he stumped that state for General Harrison. While attending the Columbian exposition at Chicago, in 1893, he determined to cast his lot with the people of Aurora, and removed to the place in the fall of that year. He then formed a partnership with Senator George E. Bacon. Mr. Bacon died in 1896, since which time Mr. Hoover has been alone in the practice. His ability was soon recognized by his fellow members at the bar, and he was appointed in 1894, assistant state's attorney for Kane county, which position he resigned in July, 1896, at which time he left the Republican party, on account of his position on the silver question, which was antagonistic to the party platform, adopted at St. Louis, in the convention which nominated William McKinley. His position on the silver question, and the ability displayed by him, in presenting his views to the people, secured for him the nomination for congress, in the Eighth congressional district, by the free silver Republicans and the. Democratic party. At the convention, where his nomination was made, in Aurora, he made a speech, that was attentively listened to by the large crowd assembled, and which carried conviction to the minds of many persons. Notwithstanding the strong canvass made, and that he ran ahead of his 'ticket, he was defeated for election by Mr. Hopkins, the candidate of the Republican party, which has an overwhelming majority in the district.
Mr. Hoover was married August 29, 1888, to Miss Carrie I. Lowry, a daughter of James B. Lowry, of Yorkville, Kendall county, Illinois, to which place Mr. Lowry removed from Erie county, Pennsylvania, where he had attained prominence, and had served as the first county clerk of Erie county. He came to Illinois, in the latter part of the forties, and was numbered among the early settlers of Kendall county. To Mr. and Mrs. Hoover one child, James Blaine Hoover, was born, January 23, 1893.
Fraternally Mr. Hoover is a Mason, and in politics is a silver Republican, and is a committee man at large for the state of Illinois. He is recognized as an able orator, and since coming to Aurora has built up a large and profitable practice, and occupies a position second to none as a member of the Kane county bar.
JAMES W. HIPPLE, an enterprising farmer residing on section 32, Elgin township, was born in Landisburg, Perry county, Pennsylvania, September 11, 1835. His father, Jesse Hipple, was a native of Pennsylvania, as was his grandfather, John Hipple. The latter dying when quite young, but little is known of his ancestry, save that the family, consisting of five brothers, came to this country prior to the Revolutionary war. John Hipple was a blacksmith by trade, and was employed in that capacity during the war for independence. He owned a farm which he sold about the close of hostilities and was paid in Continental money, which proved to be worthless, so all was lost. Our subject has some of the old money yet in bills of twenty dollars, eight dollars, one dollar and other smaller denominations.
Jesse Hipple, our subject's father, was born October 11, 1800, and died at the age of eighty-three or eighty-four years, at Geneva, New York. In early life he learned the tailor's trade, which occupation he fol-lowed until retiring at an advanced age. He married Miss Mary Stone, born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, and daughter of Richard Stone, who came from London, England, and who was an only child of his parents. He left his native land when quite young, and never but once visited his parents in the old country, since which time all trace of them was lost. Their estate is still due the heirs. To Jesse and Mary Hipple were born six children - George, living retired in Chicago; Catherine, who died at the age of six years; Jane, wife of Israel Knettle, of Elgin; Martha, widow of Lysamder Stowell, now living in Elgin; Ann, wife of David R. Shively, of Chicago; and our subject.
James W. Hipple remained under the parental roof until sixteen years of age, and during that time received a good common-school education. He then went to Geneva, New York, and worked at the tailor's trade and was there engaged in business. He later formed a partnership with his brother, which continued a few years, and, being dissolved, he went to New York City and for a time was engaged as a traveling salesman for a wholesale house dealing in men's furnishing goods. While residing in Geneva, New York, he was united in marriage, February 15, 1859, with Miss Arrietta T. Becker, a native of New York City, and daughter of Vrooman Becker, who was born in Schoharie county, New York, July 4, 1808, and died July 16, 1865, in Chicago. In early life he learned the carpenter's trade, and in 1855 came west to Chicago, and became an extensive lumber merchant in that city, his business being later transferred to his son and our subject. He was four times married, becoming the father of ten children. His first marriage was with Eliza Van Dolson, daughter of Garrett Van Dolson, a soldier of the war of 1812. She was born February 24, 1814, in New York City, and died in Geneva, New York, March 19, 1842. His second marriage was with a Miss Ansley, and his third one with Martha Van Dolson, a sister of his first wife, who became the mother of two children, both deceased. His fourth marriage was with Miss Cornelia Dodge, by whom he had four children: Edwin D., Sarah L., Albert and Kate. Of the four children by his first wife, two survive: Helen, wife of George Hipple, of Chicago; and Arrietta, wife of our subject. The deceased were Gideon L., who was a partner with our subject in the lumber business; and John William, who served during the late war and was wounded at the siege of Vicksburg, and who died in Chicago in 1897.
To our subject and wife five children were born: (1) Jesse Vrooman, born January 30, 1862, married Lena Peterson, daughter of Peter Peterson, by whom he has three children, James David, John Becker, and Annie Elizabeth. (2) Gideon Becker, at home. (3) James Stone, a student of mechanical engineering in the state university at Champaign, Illinois. (4) Marietta, a graduate of the Elgin Academy, and in the class of 1898, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. (5) Annie Louisa, a graduate of the Nurses' Training School of Elgin.
After being upon the road for some time Mr. Hipple decided to again go into business, and located at Watkins, New York, but soon removed to Geneva, at the other end of the lake, and opened a store next to that of his brother. After remaining there a short time he sold out to his brother, removed to Chicago, and worked for his father-in-law in an agricultural implement factory for one year, at the expiration of which time he engaged in the lumber business until the great fire of 1871 wiped him out. Soon after the fire, in partnership with Jacob Oestmann, he opened a lumber yard and conducted the same until 1875, when our subject disposed of his interests, and in the spring of that year moved to his present farm which he had purchased some time previous to the fire.
The experience of Mr. Hipple and his family were thrilling during the fiery ordeal. Owning teams for delivery of lumber, he was enabled to move his household effects to vacant property at a safe distance, and by strenuous efforts saved his house from burning and prevented robbery by the lawless thugs that infested all parts of the city, from which the inhabitants had fled.
On coming to his farm, a fine tract of three hundred acres, Mr. Hipple began its improvement. He rebuilt the barn, which is now forty by one hundred and forty-eight feet, with high basement stables for nearly one hundred head of cattle. He also built an addition to the dwelling house making it one of the most comfortable country residences in the county. A good tenant house was also erected, a residence for his married son. A horse barn was also built separate from the main cattle barn, and a nice milk house, where milk is cooled before taking to market. The farm is now thoroughly under-drained, with some twenty miles of tiling, main and lateral. Two-thirds of the land is under cultivation and all crops are used on the farm. He keeps an average of eighty milk cows in addition to young stock.
In his political views Mr. Hipple is a Republican. He would never accept public office save of that of school director, which he filled for six years, preferring to give his entire time and attention to his private business interests. The family is held in the highest esteem throughout the community. Religiously, Mrs. Hipple is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which our subject is an attendant.
THERON BAKER, a well-known resident of St. Charles, is a man whose successful struggle with adverse circumstances shows what can be accomplished by industry and economy, if guided by sound judgment and good business ability. From the early age of fourteen years he was obliged to make his own way in life without the aids which are usually considered essential to success, but now in his declining years he is able to live retired and enjoy the fruits of his former toil.
Mr. Baker was born in Genesee county, New York, November 7, 1817, a son of George and Phoebe (Hall) Baker, also natives of the Empire state, the latter born in the town of Hartford, Washington county. The Baker family is of Welsh descent, and was founded in New York at an early day in the history of this country. Our subject's father was a soldier of the war of 1812, and for his services he subsequently received a pension. In Genesee county, New York, he followed farming until 1843, when he came to Illinois and settled in Waukegan. Later he removed to Bureau county, this state, but spent his last years in Wichita, Kansas. In his family were nine children-five sons and four daughters - all of whom reached years of maturity, and three sons and two daughters are still living.
The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood and youth in Genesee and Wyoming counties, New York, acquiring .a very meager education, but his training at farm work was not limited. In Wyoming county he was married, December 22, 1842, to Miss Isabella Culberson, a native of Ireland, who came to the New World when a child of ten years. Coming west in 1843, they first located in the town of Delavan, Walworth county, Wisconsin, where Mr. Baker had entered a tract of forty acres the year previous. Upon the place he built a log house, and to the improvement and cultivation of his land he devoted his energies for thirteen years, transforming it into a good farm. He then sold and removed to Green county, Wisconsin, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of wild land and opened up another farm, making this place his home for fifteen years. On disposing of that property he came to Kane county, Illinois, in September, 1870, and bought a farm of forty-one and one-half acres in St. Charles township, on the Elgin road, two miles from St. Charles. He completed the house, built a good barn and substantial outbuildings, set out an orchard, and made many other improvements upon the place which added greatly to its value and attractive appearance. After successfully operating the farm for twenty-two years, he sold it and bought a residence lot in St. Charles, on which he erected a comfortable home, where he is now living. Besides this property he owns one good residence which he rents, and also seven building lots.
Mr. Baker lost his first wife December 12, 1887, and in Kane county was again married, September 12, 1888, his second union being with Miss Harriet Butler, a sister of O. M. Butler, an early settler and prominent manufacturer of St. Charles. She was born in Rochester, Windsor county, Vermont, and was reared in Essex, Chittenden county, that state. She obtained a good education, and in early life was a successful teacher in Kane county, Illinois, having come to the west in 1847. Religiously she is a member of the Congregational church of St. Charles and takes an active interest in its work.
Politically Mr. Baker is a stanch Republican, and has never failed to cast his ballot for its candidates at every presidential election since voting for John C. Fremont in 1856. He has never aspired to office, however, preferring to give his attention to his private affairs. His business undertakings have been crowned with success, and he has not only secured a comfortable competence, but has gained the respect and esteem of all who know him.
LYMAN D. MORGAN, who resides on section 25, Hampshire township, was one of the "boys in blue," who, at their country's call, went out in defense of the Union, and gave between two and three years of his young life to the service of his country. He was born in Coral township, McHenry county, Illinois, May 9, 1845, and is the son of
Lyman Morgan, Jr., who was born in Pompey, Onondago county, New York, and who married Polly Thomas, also a native of Pompey and a daughter of John Thomas, of that place. The paternal grandfather, Lyman Morgan, Sr., was likewise a native of Pompey, New York, and there died when about eighty years of age. Lyman Morgan, Jr., left his native state in 1839, came west and settled in McHenry county, Illinois, and there engaged in farming, and where he died in 1866, at the age of fifty-six years. His family consisted of seven children of whom two only are now living - LeRoy, who is living at Platte, Michigan, and who served during the war in the Fifty-second Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; and Lyman D., our subject.
The subject of this sketch grew to manhood on his father's farm and attended the district schools until the age of fourteen years. In 1859 the family moved into Kane county, Illinois, locating on the farm which is now owned by our subject. Mr. Morgan enlisted October 17, 1862, as a member of Company B, Seventeenth Illinois Cavalry, and served until December 15, 1865. He went first to Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis, Missouri, and thence to Alton, Illinois, guarding prisoners. At that place he was taken ill, from impure water and food, and would have died but for the kindness and care of an old Scotch woman. He was next sent to St. Joseph, Missouri, thence to Weston, south of St. Joseph, doing scouting duty, which kept him out most of the night in order to prevent bushwhackers and thieves from depredation. From Weston he went to Macon City, Missouri, then to Brookfield and Laclede. For a while he was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, and then sent to do scouting duty around Fort Scott and west of that place to Humboldt, Kansas. While there they learned that their command had been ordered to Lawrence, Kansas, at the close of the war to be discharged. The troops became incensed at the officers for not complying with orders. The officers desired promotion before disbanding and for that reason withheld the orders. The troops mutinied, when they learned that instead of being mustered out they were to be sent west to fight Indians, and many of them deserted. Those who stayed went west to guard the Butterfield overland dispatch and the government mail. Some stole cavalry horses and escaped with them. Our subject was sergeant of the guard during the last days and tried to hold deserters in check. He was at last mustered out, at Fort Leavenworth and was discharged at Springfield, Illinois.
After receiving his discharge, Mr. Morgan returned home and worked for his father until the latter's death in 1866, about the time he attained his majority. He promised his father on the latter's deathbed to remain with his mother. He intended to study for a profession, having a thirst for learning, and was well fitted, mentally, for success in any profession. His life work, however, was changed by the death of his father. After returning home he attended school for two years in winters, one year of which time he was in Elgin Academy, and being a diligent student he secured a teacher's certificate and taught in the old village of Hampshire.
Mr. Morgan was promised the home farm on condition that he take care of his mother, but had to buy the interest of the other heirs in the estate. He secured sixty acres of the original farm and bought ten acres additional. In 1871 he went to Otter Creek, Michigan, and went into the wood business in partnership with an uncle, supplying wood to be used in an iron furnace. The iron company failed and they had thirteen hundred cords of wood left on their hands, which was a severe financial loss. In 1874 he returned to the farm and has here since resided.
On the 9th of May, 1874, at Platte, Benzie county, Michigan, Mr. Morgan was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Ann Helmer, born at Rainham Centre, Haldiman county, Canada, and a daughter of Jonas E. and Sophie (Miller) Helmer. The father of the latter, Joseph E. Miller, was a soldier under the great Napoleon. Jonas E. Helmer was born in Ohio, from which state he moved to Canada, where he lived several years, and in 1858 returned to Ohio. In the latter state Mrs. Morgan grew to womanhood. To Mr. and Mrs. Morgan seven children were born: Alice M., deceased, was burned to death, her clothes taking fire while burning brush; Ora, Mabel L., Izo T., Ambert Delos, Eugenia and Lyman Judd. Ora attended the State Normal school two years and has taught school in the district in McHenry county, where his father attended when a boy. Mabel has also engaged in teaching, and for three years had charge of a school at Old Hampshire, where her father taught when a young man.
Fraternally, Mr. Morgan is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Knights of the Globe, and of the Royal Neighbors. In the latter order Mrs. Morgan also holds membership. They attend the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics he is a Republican. Among the local offices held by him is that of school trustee and school director. As a citizen he is held in the highest esteem and is ever ready to do his part in whatever tends to advance the interest of his county and state.
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