Lee County Biography

Ashton Township

The village of Ashton is the home of a number of gentle­men who operate farnis in the surrounding country, and among these may be mentioned the subject of this biographical notice. From early years interested in agricultural pursuits, it is not strange that lie is a thorough-going, practical farmer, and supervises his estate with excellent judgment. He owns two hundred and ninety acres in Ashton Township, and since he purchased it, has placed it under good cultivation and erected a substantial class of buildings for the prosecution of his work.

The paternal grandfather of our subject, Thomas by name, emigrated from England to Canada at an early day, and from there removed in 1833 to Ogle County IL. Afterward he and his wife settled in Grant County, Wis., where both passed to their final rest at an advanced age. When they emi­grated from England they were accompanied by their son, James, whose native home was in the Mother Country, and who spent his youth in Can­ada and Ogle County, this State. He married Miss Adelia McMaster. a native of Ohio, who came to Ogle County with her parents, Alvah and Sarah (Reasoner) McMaster, when she was quite young. She grew to womanhood in Ogle County, where her parents spent their last years.

After their marriage the parents of our subject settled in Ogle County, where James Quick engaged at his trade of a mason, and also operated as a farmer. In 1855 he removed from Ogle County to Ashton, and here he sojourned for almost twenty years. In 1874 he returned to Ogle County, where he made his home until his second removal hither in February, 1891. He has established a pleasant home here, and shares with his wife the esteem of the residents of Ashton. Their three children are: Thomas howard, Helen (better known as Dollie) and Willie. The eldest of this family, our subject, was born in Ogle County, September 22, 1850, and spent his boyhood days in this cthinty, assisting his father as soon as he was old enough to engage in manual labor.

Mr. Quick accompanied his parentswhen in 1874 they returned to Ogle County, but returned to Ashton in the spring of 1883, and has since here made his home. He has always been engaged in farming, and now owns two hundred and ninety acres in Ashton Township. He was married in Reynolds Township, this county, December 27, 1882, his bride being Miss Anna Shippee, daughter of Silas and Phiann (Millard) Shtippee, natives of Vermont. Mr. and Mrs. Shippee were married January 1, 1854, and during the following year came to Kane County, from which place they removed to this county, and settled in Reynolds Township, where they still reside. They had a family of eight children, two sons and six daughters, Mrs. Quick being the second. She was horn in Reynolds Township, December 1, 1860, and was there reared to womanhood in her father’s home. One child has blessed the union of our subject and his excellent wife, a son, Harry L.

A prominent place in the ranks of the Republican party at Ashton is held by Mr. Quick who has served his fellow-citizens in various official capacities. For some time he served with efficiency as Highway Commissioner, and has also been Trustee of the village, doing all in his power while thus occupied, to advance the interests of his fel­low-townsmen. He possesses in a marked degree the characteristics of enterprise and industry, which traits together with the use of sound judgment in his business affairs, have brought him success.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co

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