Lee County Biography


C. D. Hussey is a representative of one of the best known pioneer families of Lee county and one of the most progressive and enterprising native sons of Franklin Grove. For many years past he has been engaged in the lumber business here and by intelligent and careful management of his interests has surrounded himself with a gratifying measure of success. He was born September 4, 1852, and is a son of Amos and Jane P. (Holly) Hussey, the former a native of York county, Pennsylvania, and the latter of Fredonia, New York. She was the first white child born in that community. The parents were married in Pennsylvania and in 1838 came to Illinois, making the journey in a covered wagon. They settled upon a tract of land adjoining Franklin Grove and this farm is now in the possession of the subject of this review. After the mother's death the father moved to Amboy and there lived retired until he passed away. Of the six children born to their union only one now survives.

C. D. Hussey remained at home until he reached the age of twenty-one and then moved to Amboy, where for a year and a half he worked in a hardware store. At the end of that time he secured a position as cashier in a bank, resigning this after one year in order to enter the employ of C. M. Butler. One year later he returned to Franklin Grove and in 1876 went into the lumber business in partnership with B. F. Dysert. They conducted this enterprise together until 1881, when Mr. Hussey bought his partner's stock, continuing alone for four years. He then sold the yard to his brother but five years later repurchased the enterprise, with which he has since been connected. He is a progressive, farsighted and resourceful business man and, understanding his own particular line of work in principle and detail, has gained a success which places him among the substantial and progressive men of the city. He has valuable property holdings in this vicinity, owning ninety acres of the old homestead upon which his father located in 1838 and he has also a half interest in three hundred and twenty acres of land in South Dakota.

In 1883 Mr. Hussey was united in marriage to Miss Maud H. Secrist, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1856, a daughter of Jacob and Margaret (Nicademus) Secrist, natives of that state. The parents came to Lee county, Illinois, in the '50s and both passed away in Franklin Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Hussey have become the parents of seven children: Blaine C., a farmer of Lee county; Margaret, the wife of C.W. Trostle of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Amos J., now a resident of Long Beach, California; Donald C., in business with his father; Mary L., and Medrick, at home; and Jennie Y., deceased.

Mr. Hussey gives his political allegiance to the republican party, has served for five years as supervisor and is now school trustee. He has proven a capable and conscientious public official and in this and all other relations of life has adhered to high ideals, so that he commands and holds the esteem and confidence of his associates and friends.

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


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