Lee County Biography


Peter A. Kelley, Jr., a prominent and successful farmer and stock-raiser of Bradford township, was born in this part of Lee county, December 28, 1872. He is a son of Peter and Katherine Kelley, the latter of whom was born in Germany and came to America at an early date. The father was a native of Ireland. The parents are now residents of Franklin Grove. To their union were born ten children, seven of whom are still living.

Peter A. Kelley, Jr., was reared upon his father's farm in Bradford township and early became familiar with the best and most practical agricultural methods. For the past eight years he has been operating the old homestead and he has met with excellent success in the conduct of his affairs, having extensive and important general farming and stock-raising interests. The farm comprises one hundred and sixty acres of valuable and productive land and is kept in excellent condition. Mr. Kelley being a practical and progressive agriculturist.

Mr. Kelley married Miss Mollie Utz, who was born in Maryland, a daughter of Archie and Jennie Utz, now residents of Ashton. Mr. Kelley is a member of the Masonic lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. He is one of the successful and progressive native sons of this township and he has been carried forward by the force of his ability and energy to a place among substantial farmers and useful citizens.

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


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