Lee County Biography

FINCH, Gilbert F.

Gilbert M. Finch, the owner of a well improved farm of two hundred and forty acres on sections 10 and 15, Amboy township, devotes his attention to general agricultural pursuits with excellent success. His birth occurred in Lee county on the 11th of March, 1867, his parents being Gilbert P. and Helen J. (Mead) Finch. The father, one of the early pioneers and highly esteemed citizens of this county, still survives and makes his home at Amboy. The mother, however, is deceased, having passed away on the 9th of September, 1904.

Gilbert M. Finch attended school in Amboy until sixteen years of age and subsequently assisted his father in the operation of the home farm for about six years. After having attained his majority he started out as an agriculturist on his own account, coming into possession of a farm of two hundred and forty acres on sections 10 and 15, Amboy township, which he has operated to the present time with gratifying success. He has followed modern and progressive methods of agriculture and has long enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the substantial, representative and respected citizens of his native county.

On the 16th of November, 1887, in Amboy, Mr. Finch was united in marriage to Miss May Belle Maine, a daughter of William L. and Harriet (Santee) Maine. The father passed away in 1907 and his remains were interred in the Prairie Repose cemetery of Amboy. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Finch have been born four children, as follows: Gilbert P. and William M., who are engaged in farming in Amboy township; Helen A., at home; and Harold M., who died in infancy.

Mr. Finch is a stanch republican in politics and at present ably fills the position of highway commissioner. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. He has a wide circle of acquaintances in the community where his entire life has been spent and is best liked where he is best known --a fact indicative of qualities of character that are commendable, ever commanding respect and regard.

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


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