La Salle County IL Biographies































WALTER REEVES was born near Brownsville Pennsylvania, September 25, 1848, and died April 9, 1909. His parents, Harrison and Maria (Leonard) Reeves, moved to a farm in LaSalle County, Illinois, in 1856, and the son grew up in that county and was a teacher before he qualified for the law by examination before the Supreme Court in 1875. His home throughout his professional career was Streator.

Walter Reeves was a splendid type of the political leader when the Republican party was supreme in Illinois. In 1894, he was nominated to succeed the late Gen. Thomas J. Henderson as candidate for Congress for the Eleventh Illinois District, and in the election received a plurality of nearly 5,000 votes, and a majority over his three opponents. His majorities were increased in the succeeding elections. Of his work in Congress the following has been said: "Regarding himself as a public servant whose duty it was to advance the best interests of those he represented, he began devoting his energies to the work of internal improvement in the country and was appointed a member of the committee on rivers and harbors. In the river and harbor bill passed by the Fifty-fourth Congress he obtained from the general government for improvements in the State of Illinois between eight and nine million dollars. His position was that in the midst of exceedingly hard times the laboring people should be assisted through providing work in these internal improvements and that the farmers and business men would also be benefited by the internal development of our country."

[Biographies from "ILLINOIS, The Heart of the Nation" by Hon. Edward F. Dunne, Volume IV,1933,  Transcribed and Donated by Kim Torp ]


David W. Stall
The subject of this personal reference is one of the early settlers of Neosho county and an enterprising and thrifty farmer of Shiloh township.
He accompanied his parents to the state in 1870 and, with the exception of two years spent in the Rocky Mountains, has been a permanent resident here since.

Mr. Stall was born in Noble county, Indiana, February 23, 1853, and his parents were John and Louisa (Weimer) Stall, the father of Pennsylvania birth and the mother of Ohio. The former came into Ohio with his parents at four years of age and grew up in Star county on a farm. As a young married man he settled in Noble county, Indiana, where he resided till
1870 when he joined the throng westward bound and settled in Kansas. He entered a claim two and one-half miles southeast of Thayer, in Neosho county, where he remained and prospered there till his death in 1890 at the age of sixty years. He accumulated a body of three hundred and twenty acres of land, improved it handsomely, building his last residence in a pretty grove which he planted during his first years in the state. He attained prominence not only as a successful farmer but in public affairs of Neosho county, also. He was an active Republican, was reliable and capable as a citizen and was, in consequence, taken up by his party to represent the county in the legislature. He was twice elected to the office and his service in the lower house was up to the full measure of party expectancy.

John Stall died at three score years. He was the father of five children and his widow still survives at the age of seventy-three. The children are Elmira, wife of Borda Cole, of San Francisco, California; David W.; Mattie, who married Nicholas Hardy, of Cottage Grove, Oregon; L. Albert is a merchant of Thayer, Kansas, and Charles, of Los Angeles, California.

David W. Stall aided his father in the development and improvement of the family homestead in Kansas and remained a member of the parental household till past his majority. Going west he spent two years as a wage worker in Colorado and then returned to his home county and made a hand by the month on a farm til his marriage when he became a tenant on a rented farm. He now occupies the family homestead and is engaged in its cultivation and management.

Mr. Stall was married December 25. 1882, to Miss Avis Butterfield, daughter of Franklin Butterfield, who came to Kansas from Lacelles county, Illinois, when Mrs. Stall was seventeen years of age. January 18, 1892, Mrs. Stall passed away leaving motherless four small children, viz., Iva, Arthur, Harry and John. Iva was then a child of seven years and has taken a prominent part in the care of her younger brothers. She is her father's mainstay as housekeeper and gives daily evidence of one having an old head on young shoulders.

Our subject is more than passively interested in politics. He is an ardent admirer of the principles of Republicanism and supports the party of Abraham Lincoln at each recurring election. [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; tr. by VB]

E. B. Stiles

E. B. Stiles, as editor and proprietor of the Ransom Review, is a worthy representative of the journalistic interests of this section of Illinois. On the 17th of March 1899, he took charge of his paper, which was founded by a Mr. Ford and was known as the Ransom Republic. Later the name Of this journal was changed to the Ransom News and it was edited for a number of years by J. H. Brown, now of Blair Nebraska, who sold out to Mr. Stiles. When this change occurred the present name was adopted, and the Ransom Review has steadily gained favor with the public. It is a bright, newsy sheet, devoted to local interests and to the circulation of domestic and foreign news. It is an excellent advertising medium and has a splendid patronage along that line. Its circulation list includes more than four hundred names and the paper is now in a prosperous condition. The office is well equipped for turning out a high grade of newspaper and job work and the owner is well worthy the liberal support of the public.

Mr. Stiles has been a resident of the county since 1881. He was born in Mendon township, Monroe county, New York, in 1836, and with his parents removed to Boyd’s Grove, Bureau county, Illinois in his youth. There he was reared and educated and after attaining to years of maturity he married Miss Sarah Wilson of Bureau county, who was born in Peoria, Illinois. Four children grace their union: Harry C., who was formerly connected with the Review, but is now a resident of Chicago; Minnie, wife of G. G. Hoover, express messenger for the Santa Fe Railroad Company at Streator, Illinois. Charles L., a railroad bill clerk at Streator, Illinois; and Ray E., of Ransom, who was a soldier in the Spanish-American war, as a member of Company A., Third Illinois Infantry, under command of Colonel Bennett.

[Source: Biographical and genealogical record of La Salle County, Illinois. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1900. Page 16-17 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

In politics, Mr. Stiles is independent, supporting the measures which he believes will best advance the country’s interests and voting for the man whom he thinks will execute those measures. He is a prominent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with which he has been connected for more than thirty years and for three terms has been a representative to the grand encampment of that society.


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