Lee County Biography


Elhanan D. Chandler, who has remained a resident of Lee county during the past fifty-seven years, is well known and highly esteemed as one of its representative and successful agriculturists, owning a farm of one hundred and forty-six acres on section 9, East Grove township. His birth occurred in Union county, Ohio, in 1838, his parents being Winthrop and Lucy (Hammond) Chandler, both of whom are deceased and he buried in the Walnut cemetery of Bureau county, Illinois. The father passed away in the year 1861, while the mother was called to her final rest in 1865.

Elhanan D. Chandler acquired his education in the schools of his native state and when twenty years of age put aside his textbooks and turned his attention to the buying and selling of cattle, also being engaged in farming on his own account for three years. On the expiration of that period he came into possession of a farm of one hundred and forty-six acres on section 9, East Grove township, in Lee county, the operation of which has claimed his time and energies continuously since. In addition to the cultivation of cereals he also devotes considerable attention to live stock, keeping about five horses, sixteen head of cattle and fourteen hogs. The residence and other buildings on the place were erected by him, and as the years have gone by he has won a gratifying and well merited measure of prosperity in the careful conduct of his agricultural interests.

Mr. Chandler has been married twice. In Princeton, Illinois, in 1859, he wedded Miss Martha A. Bradshaw, a daughter of James and May Bradshaw, both of whom are deceased and buried in Sublette, Illinois. By this union there were the following children: Lucy M., the widow of Olaf Nelson, who passed away in 1889 and is buried at Ottawa, Illinois; Edith, whose demise occurred at Rock Palls, Illinois, in 1892, and who was the wife of Robert Nicholls, a mechanic in the Keystone shop at Rock Falls; Minnie, who gave her hand in marriage to Phillip Boose, an engineer residing in Dixon; and Dorwin, an agriculturist of Lee county. In 1888 Mr. Chandler was united in marriage to Mrs. Annie Biggs, a daughter of Lawrence and Mary Ann (Lumry) McLeod. The father's demise occurred in 1878 and the mother passed away in 1874, the remains of both being interred in New York city. By his second wife Mr. Chandler has four children, as follows: Elliot, who is an engineer of Red River, Minnesota; and Myrtle, Lawrence and Pansy, all of whom are at home.

In his political views Mr. Chandler is a progressive, being a stanch admirer of Theodore Roosevelt and a firm believer in his policy of government. He has now passed the seventy-fifth milestone on life's journey and enjoys the respect and veneration which should ever be accorded one who has traveled thus far on this earthly pilgrimage and whose career has been at all times upright and honorable.

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

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