Lee County Biography


William H. Bend, engaging in mixed farming upon three hundred and fifty acres of land on section 2, Wyoming township, was born in Shabbona township, DeKalb county. Illinois. January 11, 1877. He is a son of Richard and Aurelia (Kittle) Bend, the former a native of England, who came to America about the year 1868, settling in DeKalb county. After renting land for a number of years he became the owner of a fine farm and is now in possession of three hundred and forty acres. He and his wife still reside in DeKalb county, where they are well known and highly respected.

William H. Bend acquired his education in his native county and also in the public schools of Paw Paw, Illinois. He laid aside his books at the age of eighteen and afterward assisted his father with the work of the farm until 1896. In that year he became salesman for L.W. Wheeler & Company, implement merchants, and after holding this position for one year rented a farm in Lee county. He afterward rented land in DeKalb county and after developing this for four years returned to Lee county, buying his present property. He owns three hundred and fifty acres of excellent land in Wyoming township and here raises grain and stock, both branches of his activities proving important and profitable under his able management.

On the 7th of October, 1898, Mr. Bend married Miss Lura Roberts, a daughter of Henry and Eva (Cornell) Roberts, the former for a number of years a prominent farmer of Lee county. He died May 30, 1910, having survived his wife three years, and both are buried in Wyoming cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Bend have four children: Evelyn, Harold, Bertha and William, all of whom are attending school.

Mr. Bend is a republican in his political views and takes an intelligent interest in the welfare and growth of the community. His success is directly attributable to his industry, enterprise and capable management and he holds the esteem and respect of an extensive circle of friends.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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