Lee County Biography


Among those who have made a success of agriculture in Lee county is Benton P. Drummond, who was born in Ogle county. Illinois, November 11, 1852, and is a son of Andrew J. and Electa (Martin) Drummond, the father a native of Pennsylvania, born October 20, 1821, and his wife a Canadian. Andrew J. Drummond came to Illinois when but seventeen years of age, in 1838, and located in Ogle county, taking up a claim. He lived on this land until retiring from active farm labor and now makes his home with his son, Benton P. To the parents', union six children were born, of whom four are living. The father is a democrat and has held various public offices of local nature. His wife passed away many years ago, her death occurring about 1858.

Benton P. Drummond was reared under the parental roof and received his education in the public schools in the neighborhood. He remained at home until of age, acquiring under his father a fair knowledge as to the best methods to be pursued in achieving success along agricultural lines. After leaving home he rented land for a number of years and subsequently bought a farm in Ogle county, which he cultivated until he made removal to Lee county, buying the forty acres upon which he now lives. He also owns a small piece of farm land in Ogle county. Mr. Drummond is entirely successful and is numbered among the progressive farmers of his section. He specializies in feeding cattle for the market and has also made a success of raising asparagus. His farm (photo above) is in excellent condition and in its productiveness reflects the care and good management of its owner.

In 1875 Mr. Drummond married Miss Henrietta M. Tilton, who was born in Ogle county, February 12,1854, and is a daughter of James and Susan (Hardesty) Tilton, natives of Ohio. They came to Illinois during the pioneer period and both passed away in this state. Mrs. Drummond was one of a large family of children born to her parents. She became the mother of four children: Nora M., born February 26, 1877, who is the wife of E. Shippy, of Ashton; Clarence E. Drummond, born July 9, 1878; Birdella, born Auggust 13,1880, who is the wife of Carl Alberston, of Rochelle, Illinois ; and Lucy E., who was born November 14,1895, and married Ray Olig, of Lee county.

Mr. Drummond is a democrat in his political belief and has always strictly upheld party principles. In 1895 he was appointed postmaster at Ashton under the Cleveland administration and filled this position to the great satisfaction of the general public. He is widely and favorably known in Ashton township and, while he has attained individual success, has been a factor in the general progress and advancement that has made Lee county one of the foremost farm sections of this state.

History of Lee County 1914 by Frank E. Stevens


Son of Benton P. Drummong

Clarence E. Drummond, a successful farmer of Lee county, owning and operating forty acres of excellent land in Ashton township, was born in Ogle county, Illinois, July 9, 1878. He is a son of Benton P. and Henrietta (Tilton) Drummond, also natives of Ogle county.

Clarence E. Drummond was reared at home and remained upon his father's farm until he was of age. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits upon rented land for ten years and at the end of that time moved to Lee county and bought the property upon which he now lives. He has forty acres in Ashton township and has made substantial improvements upon this farm, providing it with modern buildings and equipment. The place is in a high state of cultivation and its owner is ranked among the successful and progressive farmers of his locality.

In 1903 Mr. Drummond was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Trainor, who was born in Lee county, Illinois, a daughter of Charles and Emily (Plantz) Trainor, the former a native of Canada and the latter of Lee county. Both have passed away. To their union were born five children, of whom four are yet living. Mr. and Mrs. Drummond have two children: Helen A. and Verl Otto. The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Drummond gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. He holds the office of school director and he is at all times progressive and public-spirited in matters of citizenship, taking an active interest in community affairs. He is accounted one of the extensive landowners and progressive farmers of Ashton township and has the unqualified confidence and esteem of the entire community.

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

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