Lee County Biography

South Dixon Township


John Wesley Hoyle is a representative of the farmers of the present generation who have within a few years, stepped to the frong to aid in carrying on the great agricultural interests of this county. His farm, comprising a quarter of section 35 South Dixon Township, is the old family homestead on which he has passed most of his life, and he keeps it up tot he same high standard that it had attained in the elder Hoyle's hands.

Our subject was born May 6, 1863 in Somerset County PA and is the third son of John and Emeline (Deeter) Hoyle, who are well known people of this county now living in retirement at Eldena. Their son of whome we write was but a few months old when they came to this county, and he was about two years of age when he removed to the farm he now owns and occupies. He was educated in the public schools, was carefuly reared under excellent home influences and during his boyhood and youth had an experience in farm work that has been valuable since, as he was taught to do things well, and never to neglect any opportunity to improve his finances by taking advantage of the markets. Since he attained his majority he has been actively engaged on ihs own accounty, having a good equipment of brain and brawn to start out with, and in 1889 he purchased the old homestead of his father. It is amply supplied with every convenience for carrying on agriculture and besides raising grain and other farm products, he has a good grade of stock on the place.

Mr. Hoyle and miss Belle Fritz were married in this township, where she was born August 17, 1866. She was reared and educated here, and resided with her parents until her marriage. Her union with our subject has brought them three children - Ray V., Hazel A. and Florence. Her father, Henry Fritz, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hoyle in the spring of 1891, at a ripe old age. He was of German descent, and was born and reared in PA. When a young man he came Westward as far as this State and was here married to Mrs. Nancy Howard nee Allen, a sister of Samuel Allen. The mother, who is an old lady, now makes her home at Eldena. Mrs. Hoyle is one of three children, all living, she being the eldest. Her sister Addie is the wife of Jerry Hoyle, who is employed in the shoe factory at Dixon, and her brother George W., lives with his brother-in-law Mr. Hoyle.

Our subject has done well in the past as a wide awake farmer, and has a promising future before him in his chosen career, as he has a clear understanding of his calling, is keen and prompt, decided in purpose and act, and carries his whole soul into his work. He is correct in his habits, and in him and his amiable wife the Evangelical Association of this township finds tow of its most earnest working members. His politics are of the Republican order.

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