Lee County Biography

Alfred P. Porter
Harmon Township

Alfred Porter, who is actively engaged in farming in Harmon Township, is a native of Lee County, born in the city of Dixon April 16, 1858. He is a son of James Porter, Jr., who was a pioneer of the county, and for many years a prominent citizen of Harmon Township. He was a native of the Empire State, his birthplace being near the city of Buffalo. He was reared on a farm, and early in manhood was married to Miss Paulina Bowman, who was born in the same neighborhood.

In 1845 the parents of our subject emigrated to Milwaukee, Wis., which was then a small village, and the following year they came from there to Lee County and located at Dixon, where M. Porter was engaged in the construction of railroads and in other work as a contractor, employing severa1 men and teams, and doing a good business. In February, 1859, he removed to Harmon Township and turned his attention to farming. He located on section 25 purchasing two hundred acres of good farming land thereon, which be improved and occupied until February, 1880, when he took up his residence at Harmon Station. He did not live to enjoy his new home long, as his death occurred the following July. His wife survives him, and still resides at Harmon. They reared a family of seven children, namely Salena, who married Albert Sanborn, and died in Minnesota; George M., a grocer in Chicago; Cytha M.; Gulia E., wife of George W. Hill, of Harmon; Lane, who was accidentally shot; Gertrude, who died in childhood; Alfred P,; and Arthur, who died at the age of eleven years. Mr. Porter was a stanch Republican in politics, and he figured in public life as Supervisor of Harmon Township and in numerous minor offices, and always displayed commendable public spirit on all occasions where his assistance was needed in carrying out any scheme for civic improvement.

The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, and when he arrived at years of discretion he chose farming as his calling, and has become an excellent farmer, keeping his harvest fields well tilled, taking good care of his stock, and having everything about his place in good order.

Mr. Porter still resides on the old homestead where his boyhood days were passed. To the lady who presides over his home he was married February 4, 1880. Four children complete their household, of whom the following is the record: Ferris was born May 13, 1882; Lula October 8, 1883; Wayne H., February 4, 1886; and Erma Z., January 5, 1890. Mrs. Porter's name in her maiden days was Jemima D. Keith. She is also, like her husband, a native of Illinois, born at Rockford, November 14, 1860, to George and Ann (Eddy) Keith. Her parents were natives of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, whence they emigrated to Nova Scotia, and subsequently came from there to this State, and were early settlers of Winnebago County. They afterward removed from there to this county and settled in Marion Township, where the mother died in 1877. Mr. Keith is still living. Mrs. Porter is an active working member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is a sincere Christian.

Our subject follows in his father's footsteps in politics and gives his allegiance ot the Republican party. He has been School Director and in 1890 he took the census of Harmon and Nelson Townships. He is a young man of sound principles, bears a good reputation among his associates for fairness and strict honesty in money matters, and is in every way worthy of the citizenship of his native county.

Source: Portraits & Biographical Lee County 1892 Pg 332

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