Lee County Biography

W. I. GUFFIN


Grain and coal dealer, Paw Paw, Ill., was born at Carlisle, Schoharie County, N.Y., Jan. 17, 1840. He came to Lee County in the fall of 1868, locating at Melugin's Grove, where he conducted a dairy farm until 1872. Locating at Compton, Ill., in the latter year, he engaged in the grain and stock business at that village until 1889, when he removed to Paw Paw, where he has since conducted his present enterprise. In 1869 he married Laura W. Fisk, who died in 1870, leaving one son, Edward F. In December, 1879, Mr. Guffin married Mary E. Bradshaw of Compton, and they have two children-Homer and Grace.

In political sentiment Mr. Guffin is a Republican and served eight consecutive years (1892-1900) in the Lower House of the Illinois General Assembly. Fraternally he is a member of Corinthian Lodge, No. 205, A.F.&A.M.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell

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