Lee County Biography


John A. Church, a representative and successful agriculturist of Amboy township, owns and operates a farm of one hundred and nine acres on section 15. His birth occurred in Lee county on the 5th of September, 1865, his parents being John and Cyrene (Farwell) Church. The father, a native of Oxford, New York, came to this county in 1838 and here spent the remainder of his life, passing away in August, 1890. The period of his residence in this county covered more than a half century and he was widely recognized as one of its substantial farmers and esteemed citizens. Both he and his wife were laid to rest in Prairie Repose cemetery of Amboy. The latter's demise having occurred in January, 1890.

John A. Church attended school in Amboy until fourteen years of age and after putting aside his text-books assisted his father in the operation of the home farm until the latter's death. At that time he came into possession of the property, embracing one hundred and nine acres of land on section 15, Amboy township. where he has since carried on mixed farming. The residence and other buildings were erected by our subject's father and the neat and thrifty appearance of the place indicates the supervision of a practical and progressive owner.

On the 31st of December, 1889, in Chicago, Mr. Church was united in marriage to Miss Alice L. MacCarron, her parents being W.P. and Mary L. (Corbin) MacCarron, residents of the western metropolis. Mr. and Mrs. Church have three children, namely: John C, who assists his father in the operation of the home farm; Albert L., who is a stenographer in the service of the Illinois Central Railroad, being employed in the office of the master mechanic at Freeport, Illinois; and Charles A., who also assists in the work of the home farm.

In his political views Mr. Church is a progressive, advocating the principles set forth by Theodore Roosevelt at the time of the birth of the new party. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekahs, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Congregational church. Well known in the county where he has resided from birth, he has won the uniform trust and good-will of all by reason of his pleasant and attractive personality, and all his life he has been straightforward and honorable.

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


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