Lee County Biography


Walter B. Merriman, County Treasurer of Lee County, Dixon, Ill., was born on his father's farm in South Dixon Township, Lee County, Nov. 5, 1859, son of Dr. Joel B. and Elizabeth (Smith) Merriman. Dr. Joel B. Merriman, whose biography may be found elsewhere in this volume, came to Lee County in 1855, where he practiced medicine and conducted a farm for many years. Walter B. Merriman remained on his father's farm until twenty-four years of age, and in the meantime received his educational training in the district schools of South Dixon Township, the public school at Dixon, and the Dixon College. He married for his first wife Mattie Lee, who died Feb. 27, 1893, leaving four children--Verna E., Guy H., Grace E., and Walter Earl. In 1896 he married his second wife, Ida Mackin, and of this union there were three sons--Glen wood B., George C. and Clifford F. Mr. Merriman retired from active farm life in 1896, but is still an extensive land owner, his farms aggregating 970 acres, and during his connection with the agricultural interests of the county, was well known as a breeder of thoroughbred Norman horses. In political views he is a Republican, and is serving as County Treasurer, having been elected to that office in 1902.

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

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