Lee County Biography


The name of Pomeroy has been well known in Bradford township since pioneer times and its present representative, Edwin A. Pomeroy, is one of the most progressive and substantial agriculturists of his locality, where during the entire period of his active life he has been engaged in farming. He was born in this township February 14, 1868, and is a son of Edwin W. and Laura Jane (Adams) Pomeroy, the former a native of Massachusetts and the latter of New York state. The father came to Illinois in 1844, among the early settlers in Lee county, and bought land from the government, engaging in agricultural pursuits for many years thereafter. He later moved to Florida, where Ms wife passed away in 19U5. Following this he returned to Lee county and here died in 1908. In his family were three children: Mary E., the wife of Henry Wright, of Amboy, Illinois ; Elizabeth W., who married E. J. Gray, of this county; and Edwin A., of this review.

The last named was reared upon the farm and was familiar at an early age with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the grain and stock. When he was twenty-one he rented the homestead and after operating it for several years bought the adjoining property. He now owns one hundred and twenty acres on section 31, Bradford township, and section 36, China township. By his intelligent management and progressive methods he has surrounded himself with a comfortable degree of prosperity. In addition to this he owns a one hundred and sixty acre farm in Potter county, South Dakota.

In 1893 Mr. Pomeroy was united in marriage to Miss Adaline D. Thornton. Mrs. Pomeroy engaged in teaching in Lee county for several years previous to her marriage. She and her husband have six children: Philip E., who was born July 30, 1894; Richard T., whose birth occurred May 11, 3896; Helen L., born September 24, 1897; Edith E., December 27, 1901; Vernon S., December 6, 1903; and Floyd S., July 8, 1905.

Mr. Pomeroy is well known in fraternal circles, being a member of Lee Center Lodge, No. 146, A.P.&A.M., and Haskel Lodge, No. 1004, 1. O.0.F., of Lee Center. He is also affiliated with Lee Center Camp, No. 1036, M. W. A., and he and his wife belong to the Rebekahs and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Pomeroy gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has held the office of road supervisor. His attention is, however, largely confined to his farming interests and his success in their management places him among the representative and substantial men of the community.

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

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