Lee County Biography


William S. Frost, Jr., is a native of Bradford township, a representative of a prominent pioneer family of this locality and one of the most progressive and successful farmers and stock-raisers of Lee county. For a number of years he has been closely and influentially associated with agricultural interests here and his success places him in the front rank of men of marked ability and substantial worth in the community. He was born September 22, 1872, and is a son of Captain William S. and Sophia E. (Shaw) Frost, the former a native of Maine and the latter of Niles, Michigan. The father came to Illinois in 1837, one of the early settlers in the state. He purchased land in Lee county, where he was connected with agricultural interests for many years. In 1871 he moved to Bradford township and there he has since resided, now living retired. He and his wife became the parents of six children: Frank E.; Malinda S., the wife of A. Aschenbrenner; S. D., a resident of South Dakota; William S., of this review; Mary Adelia, the wife of M. R. Warnick, of South Dakota; and a child who died in infancy.

William S. Frost, Jr., spent his childhood and youth upon the family homestead in Lee county and acquired a public-school and a college education. When he was twenty-six he rented a farm and he operated this for two years, following which he bought the property which he now owns. This is known as the Rising Sun Farm and comprises two hundred and eighty acres of valuable land on section 32, Bradford township. The fields are under a high state of cultivation, the buildings are substantial and in good repair and the machinery is of the modern, labor- saving type. Nothing about the place is ever neglected and the property is in every respect a credit to the owner, who is an intelligent and progressive agriculturist. He makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock and his interests along this line are extensive and important. In addition to his home farm he owns also a three hundred and twenty acre tract in South Dakota.

On the 12th of October, 1898, Mr. Frost was united in marriage to Miss Genevieve Bodine, who was born in Lee Center, November 9, 1874, a daughter of A. Z. and Katherine Bodine, in whose family were three children: Mary A., the wife of Fred Starks of Los Angeles, California; Leslie A., a resident of Hut- tig, Arkansas, and Genevieve, the wife of the subject of this review. Mr. and Mrs. Frost have three children: Harold W., born May 27, 1902; Lyle B., born July 13, 1908, and Katherine Berenice, born August 27, 1911. Mrs. Frost is a lady of excellent education and was a teacher in a business college in Dixon previous to her marriage. She was also a stenographer and correspondent for several years in Chicago prior to her marriage. She is noble grand Abigail of Rebekah Lodge, No. 759, of Lee Center, belongs to the Woman's Club of Amboy and to Arbutus Chapter, O. E. S., Amboy, Illinois. Her many excellent qualities of mind and character have made her widely and favorably known and she is very popular in social circles.

Mr. Frost is connected fraternally with Lee Center Lodge, No. 146, A. F. & A. M.; with Haskell Lodge, No. 1004, I. 0. O. F.; with the Modern Woodmen of America of Lee Center and with the Order of the Eastern Star. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has served for several years as school trustee. He is vice president of the Northern Illinois Electric Railroad Company, which was organized about 1911 and which has completed twelve miles of rail between Amboy, Lee Center and Rochelle. Mr. Frost's ability is known and recognized in business circles and he is regarded as one of the most deservedly successful farmers and business men of Lee county.

History of Lee County 1914 by Frank E. Stevens


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