Lee County Biography


Frank K. Emmons, specializing in the breeding and raising of high-grade stock upon a farm of two hundred acres on sections 2 and 3, May township, was born in Lee county, June 12, 1873. He is a son of Abe and Mary (Hall) Emmons, the former of whom came to this part of Illinois from Kendall county about the year 1870 and settled upon a farm about half a mile from the property upon which his son now resides. He is now living retired with the subject of this review. The family is of English origin and of old American establishment, the first representative in this country having settled in New Jersey in the early part of the seventeenth century.

Frank K. Emmons acquired his education in private schools in Amboy and Dixon Normal College, later taking a course in a business college at Amboy. After laying aside his books he assisted with the operation of the home farm for some time. In 1895 he made his first purchase of land but after a few years sold this and bought the property which he now owns. He has two hundred acres on sections 2 and 3, May township, and concentrates his attention upon the breeding of high-grade stock. He has met with a gratifying measure of success and is known as one of the representative stockmen of his locality.

In Lee Center, on the 26th of September, 1900, Mr. Emmons married Miss Lena Keller, a daughter of Frank and Della (Avery) Keller, the former for many years a well known farmer in Lee county and now a resident of Amboy. His wife has passed away and is buried in Prairie Repose cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Emmons have two children, Gertrude and Helen, who are attending school.

Mr. Emmons is a republican in his political beliefs and interested in the progress of the community, although his attention is concentrated upon his business affairs, in which he has met with a success which is the natural result of his constant labor and intelligent management.

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

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