Lee County Biography
Champion Fuller
Dixon Township


Champion Fuller, a successful farmer and enterprising citizen of Dixon Twp. residing on section 27, owns a fine homestead. it is located on the east side of Rock River on the Grand Detour road a few miles from Dixon, and so complete is it in its appointments that it may well be termed a model farm. It is well stocked, having upon it some 40 head of milch cows, and is well watered with never failing springs.

Mr. Fuller has long made his home in this locality. On the 10th of sept. 1836 his family located in the county and from that time he has been identified with the interests of this community. His father, Stephen Fuller, was a native of Luzerne county, PA and came of an old New England family of Connecticut. In the Keystone State he married Anna H. Pratt, who was born in Hartford Conn. as were her parents. WIth their 3 children, Champion, Silas P. and Washington I., Mr. Fuller and his wife left PA in 1829, emigrating by team across the Alleghany Mountains to Paynesville OH. On the old stageroad, he engaged in farming until 1836 when accompanied by his family, he arrived in Lee County. They first located on the old Dr. Everett homestead, where the famour elm tree stands, under which the Indian chief, Black Hawk, made his treaty. It was not then surveyed, but a squatter's cabin was received as title in those days as willingly as a Government patent. In the spring of 1837, Stephen Fuller bought a squatters calim for $150, lying on the east side of Rock River, where is the well-known Fuller Cave that is often visited by people throughout this section of the county. When his financial resources enabled him to do so, Mr. Fuller added to this a 160 acre tract, the entire amount being now the property of our subject.

In a primitive log cabin, the family began life in the West in true pioneer style and their home was the second settlement on Rock River, between Dixon and Grand Detour. It was on this farm that Stephen Fuller lived and labored and at last passed away in 1882, at the age of 84 years. He had witnessed almost the entire growth of Lee County, from the days when a hamlet, known as Dixon's Ferry, marked the site of the present city of Dixon. One of those warm-hearted and generous-natured people, Mr. Fuller had many friends in whose regard he ranked high and his genial nature made him a favorite companion. He always had a tale to tell of the early days when he traveled overland with ox-teams, when one had to go many miles to mill, and when the county was almost in its primitive condition. His death was sincerely regretted by a large circle of acquaintances, and when called home he left behind him a memory of a well-spent life. Mrs. Fuller was a faithful companion and a true helpmate to her husband until her death in 1852, at the age of 50 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and ever took an active interest in its growth and welfare. In politics, Mr. Fuller was an old Jackson Democrat. The members of the family still living are Champion; Abraham, of this county; and Mrs. Caroline M. Poorman, now living in Clinton Iowa.

Champion Fuller was born in Luzerne County, PA., January 21, 1826, and in early childhood went to Ohio with his parents. He was a lad of but ten summers when he came to IL where he was reared to manhood and early inured to hard labor on a frontier farm. In April 1864, he drove a mule team overland to CA and spent 20 years in Humboldt County, that State during which time he met with good success in his business dealings. It was in Humboldt County that Mr. Fuller was united in marriage with Julia A. Reynolds, who was born in Luzerne County, PA and is a daughter of Elijah and Mary (Worthington) Reynolds. Her parents were also natives of the Keystone State and her father died in Luzerne County in the prime of life, after which the mother went with her children to CA. She is now living with her daughter Mrs. Fuller, at the age of 74 years.

The wife of our subject was liberally educated in the seminary of Luzerne County PA and is an accomplished lady. By her marriage she has become the mother of three children, but Joseph L. died in CA at the age of 18 months. Two sons, Theodore W. and Edward C. are yet at home. In politics, Mr. Fuller is a Democrat.

Portraits & Biograhpical 1892 Lee County Pg 411

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