Lee County Illinois



Almon W. Rosecrans needs no introduction to the readers of this volume, for his connection with educational, vocational and political interests has made him widely known. Nevertheless he is a man of unassuming manner, free from ostentation, yet the sterling worth of his character has gained him high regard, while his activities have brought him a wide acquaintance. Ogle county numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred in Lafayette township, September 5, 1851, his parents being Crandall and Emily Rosecrans.

Mr. Rosecrans' early education, acquired in the public schools, was supplemented by study in Iowa College at Grinnell, Iowa, and in early manhood he entered upon the profession of teaching, becoming principal of the public schools of Ashton in 1878. For four years he continued at the head of the educational system of Ashton and the schools under his direction made continuous advancement. In 1883 he retired from the profession and turned his attention to commercial pursuits, establishing a business in Ashton, where he has since remained. More than thirty years' connection with merchandising here indicates not only something of his success but also the confidence and trust reposed in him as the result of his business integrity, his progressive methods and his unfaltering enterprise. He has always carried a good line and his reasonable prices and fair dealing have been the secret of his growing success.

On the 8th of August, 1880, in Ashton, Mr. Rosecrans was united in marriage to Miss Westanna E. Glenn, a daughter of George Glenn, and unto them have been born two children, Glenn C. and Miriam E. The parents hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and are interested in its work and upbuilding, doing much to further its interests and extend its influence. Mr. Rosecrans was elected president of the Illinois State Sunday School Association at Dixon, May, 1908. He presided during the session at Dixon and the following year at Peoria.

When age conferred upon Mr. Rosecrans the right of franchise he joined the ranks of the republican party, to which he gave stalwart support for many years. He is now identified with the progressive movement, feeling that it is a forward step in politics toward securing a cleaner government that shall be more the expression of the will of the people and not of the opinions of a few. His fellow townsmen, appreciative of his worth, called him to the office of mayor and gave evidence of their satisfaction with his manner of conducting the office through his first term by reelecting him. He is indeed well known in Ashton and his part of the county, where he has now lived for about thirty-six years.

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

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