Lee County Biography

South Dixon Township


Joshua P. Hoyle devotes his time and energy to general farming, conducting his operations on sectons 26 & 27, South Dixon Township, where he has eveyr convenience in the way of modern improvements and good machinery for facilitating his work, and is doing a prosperous business. He is the second son and third child of the eight children of John & Emeline (Deeter) Hoyle , well-known residents of the village of Eldena, who were formerly connected with the farming interests of this section, but are now living in retirement.

Our subject was born December 4, 1851 in the county of Somerset in the township of the same name, in the State of Pennsylvania. The first twelve years of his life were passed amid the scenes of his birth, and since then he has lived in Lee County, growing to man's estate on his father's homestead, which is now under his management. He here gained his first actual experience in farming, and was well inured to the labors of his chosen calling when he entered upon his independent career as a farmer. He has had charge of his father's farm since 1886, and keeps it up to the same high standard it had attained when in the hands of the elder Hoyle. He raises a good class of stock, his cattle, horses and swine being of fine breeds that always command a ready market when for sale.

Mr. Hoyle was married to Miss Julia Fritz in this township, and has found in her a most estimable wife, who is a veritable helpmate, and has been an important factor in his success in life. She has borne him seven children, of whom all are living but WIlson who died at the age of one year. The others, who still form a part of their pleasant household, are Hattie, Lester, Clara, Bird, Fred and Jennie. Mrs. Hoyle is a native of this county, born in South Dixon Twp. July 12, 1852, a daughter of one of the pioneer families of this section. Her parents were born, reared and married in Somerset County PA whence they came to IL in 1851. Mr. Fritz obtained a tract of land in South Dixon Twp. and improved a good farm. His first wife died here in 1864 and he was subsequently married to Miss Mary Meyers, a native of PA who came to IL when a young woman. In 1883 Mr. Fritz removed with his family to Kansas, and is still living there on a farm near Topeka. He and his wife are active members of the Lutheran Church.

Our subject and his amiable wife hold a high place in the estimation of their fellow-townsmen as they possess those rare qualities of head and heart that beget confidence and friendship, are are hospitable and entertaining in their home, besides being always willing to extend ahelping hand to anyone who is in want or trouble. Mr. Hoyle keeps himself well informed in regard to politics, as wella sin other matters of general interest, and is steadfast in his loyalty to the Republican party.

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