Lee County Biography


John H. Grove, serving in a creditable and able manner as supervisor of Willow Creek township and connected with agricultural interests through the operation of his father's farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 21, is a native of Lee county, born in the house in which he now resides July 19, 1874. He is a son of William H. and Amanda N. (Gee) Grove, the former of whom came from Ohio to Lee county in October, 1865. He purchased a farm near Scarboro and improved this until 1867, when he sold the place and bought the property which he still owns. He is a veteran of the Civil war, having volunteered for service in the Union army and having been at the front for two years. He was wounded in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee. William H. Grove resides retired in Willow Creek township and has survived his wife since 1895. The family is of German origin, the name having been changed from Graaf to Grove during the lifetime of the grandfather of the subject of this review. Through his grandmother Mr. Grove is a direct descendant of Henry Clay.

John H. Grove acquired his education in the district schools of Willow Creek township, attending until he was seventeen years of age. He afterward assisted his father until he was twenty four and then rented the homestead, which he has since operated. In April, 1911, he was elected supervisor of the township, and he has since served in that capacity, discharging his duties in a way which reflects credit upon his ability and his public spirit.

In Rochelle, Illinois, July 1, 1899, Mr. Grove was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Mae Wilson, a daughter of Richard and Anna (Dugan) Wilson, the former at one time a well known farmer of Earlville, Illinois, and now a resident of Rochelle. Mr. and Mrs. Grove have the following children: Luella, who is attending school; Richard H.; and Helen.

Mr. Grove gives his political allegiance to the republican party and in addition to the office which he now holds has been township clerk, tax collector and president of the board of education. He has proved efficient and capable in positions of public trust and responsibility, and he holds the esteem and confidence of all with whom he has had official or business dealings.

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

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