Lee County Biography

James Quick
Ashton Twp.

James Quick a mason and a farmer now residing in the village of Ashton, has acquired a handsome property by the judicious managementof his affairs, and is numbered among the moneyed men of Lee County. Mr. Quick was born in Devonshire, England, December 11, 1828. His father, whose name was the same as his own, was also a native of Devonshire. He was married there to Rebecca Hedges, who was likewise born in that English shire land in 1830 they came to Canada with the children that had heen born to them in old country. In the spring of 1833 they again set forth on another im­portant journey which brought them to this state and on the 10th of May they arrived in Ogle County. They settled here in what is now Rock­ville Township, being among its first pioneers, and there they dwelt until about 1850, contributing their quota to the growth of the country. In the year last mentioned they removed to Hazel Green, Wis., and in that town their life was bronght to a close at a venerable age. .

Our subject was the third of nine children born to his worthy parents. He was but a small child when the family crossed the ocean to seek a new home on American soil, and he was scarcely five years old when they came to IIlinois. He grew to a strong and active manhood under the pioneer influences that prevailed during his youth in Ogle County, and he continued to live there until November, 1855, when he settled in the village of Ashton, Lee County. During his nineteen years residence there at that time, he was engaged as a mason, carrying on quite an extensive business in that line as he was very skillful and rapid in his work, and never failed to give full satisfaction on any kind of work that required durable masonry. Retuming to Ogle County, he located in the town­ship of Lafayette in the month of May, 1874, and was there profitably engaged in farming several years, having always given considerable attention to agriculture hefore that. In his younger days he began working out by the month and made quite a business of driving oxen to break prairie. His circumstances have greatly improved since then, and he is now wealthy, his career fully illus­trating what a man may accomplish with plenty of push and determination in his composition, backed by industrious habits and an active mind. He has four hundred and twenty-seven scres of choice land, located in Ogle and Lee Counties, besides his fine village property, and an ample income. February 27, 1891, he again took up his residence in the village of Ashton, where he and his family are very pleasantly situated.

Mr. Quick was married in Rockville Township, Ogle County, to Miss Emily F. McMaster. Unto them have been born three children, Thomas How­ard, Helen M. and Willie D.

Mrs. Quick is a native of Lockport, N. Y., her birth occurring there August 21, 1832. Her parents were Alva and Sally (reasoner) McMaster. The father was probably born in Chemung County, N.Y. and the mother in Dutchess County, the same State. They were married in Lockport, and from there subsequently removed to Delaware County, Ohio, whence they came to Illinois in 1842. They were pioneers of Ogle County, settling first in what is now Rockville Township and afterwards in Lafayette Township, where Mrs. McMaster died. The father spent his last days in Oregon, Ill. They had five children of whom Mrs. Quick was the second in order of birth.

Mr. Quick possesses and active, intelligent mind, those traits of character that command genuine respect. He is regarded throughout his community as a thoroughly conscientious, upright man, who is helpful and generous in his relations with all about him. He is loyal in his citizenship, and as School Director and Highway Commissioner has always done good service for his township. His political opinions are in line with the principles of the Republican party. Both he and his wife are liberal in their religious views.

Source: Portraits and Biographical 402-3


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