Lee County Biographies

David G. Book
Palmyra Twp.


David G. Book Residence

David G. Book, who is engaged in general farming on section 8, Palmyra Township where he owns a highly improved farm of one hundred and eighty-six acres, claims Pennsylvania as the State of his nativity. He was born in Lancaster County, on the 18th of March, 1887, and is the third in a family of nine children, numbering six sons and three daughters, of whom four sons and the daughters are yet living. The father, John Book, was born in Lancaster County, and throughout his life has made farming his chief occupation. He is yet living at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. The family is of German origin and was founded in America by David Book, the grandfather of our subject, who, on emigrating to America, settled near Lancaster City, Pa., where he spent the remainder of his days, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He married a lady of German birth and both reached an advanced age. In religious faith they were Dunkards. John Book was married in Lancaster County, PA., the lady of his choice being Miss Anna Geist, a native of the Keystone State, of German descent. They began their domestic life upon a farm in Lancaster County, where they continued to make their home until called to their final rest. Both were members of tbe Mennonite Church. Mrs. Book, the mother of our subject, died at her home in Pennsylvania at the age of seventy-three years. She beld membership with the Dunkard Cburch, as does her husband, who in politics is a Republican, having supported that organization since the dissolution of the Whig party.

The advantages which our subject received in his youth were limited. His educational opportunities were such as the common schools afforded and tbese he could not attend all the time. He came to lllinois in 1852, locating in Whiteside County, where he worked as a farm hand. At length, by industry, economy and good management, having acquired a sum of money, he purchased a farm on Rock River. While residing in Whiteside County he was joined in wedlock with Miss Mary A. Weaver, a native of Lancaster County, PA and a daughter of Everhart, and Eliza (Hershey) Weaver. Her father was a native of Germany and when he crossed the Atlantic took up his residence in Lancaster County, Pa., where he married Miss Hershey. They spent their lives as farming people and continued to reside in that county until called to the home beyond. In her maidenhood, Mrs. Book came to Whiteside County, IL, with her uncle and aunt, with whom she resided until her marriage,

Our subject brought his wife to Lee County in 1865, when he purchased the farm on which they yet reside. It comprises one hundred and eighty­six acres of highly improved land and along its southern boundary flows the Rock River. It is well improved with a good residence. The fields are well tilled and the stock which he raises is of good grades. An enterprising and industrious farmer, Mr. Book has achieved success, and a good income derived as the result of his labors places him in comfortable circumstances. He and his worthy wife are ranked among the best citizens of this community, being well and favorably known througout the township and county. In politics he is a Republican but has never sought or desired public office, preferring to devote his entire attention to his farm work and the enjoyment of his home.

In the family circle of Mr. and Mrs. Book were once numbered twelve children, but three, Elam, Saloam and Benjamin, died in early childhood. Aaron, who weeded Fannie Ebersol and is now living on a farm in Whiteside County; Leander wedded Mary Fay and is an agriculturist of Palmyra Township; Ann Eliza is the wife of Henry Stauffer, a farmer of Adams County, Neb.; Franklin married dora V. Lee of California, where they now live; Harry is a farmer of Whiteside County; Mary Alice is the wife of Thomas Shannon, who is engaged in farming pursuits in Whiteside County; Edward, Ida May and David Gay, who complete the family are still under the parental roof.

Although Mr. Book has met with many reverses in life, he has used the obstacles as stepping stones to something higher, and throughout his business career he has been regarded as an honorable and upright man, worthy of the confidence of all.

Portraits & Biographical 1892 Pg 718

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