Lee County Biography

Wyoming Township

Stephen H. Uline is one of the leading farmers and stock-raisers of Wyoming Township, who has done valuable work in helping to redeem Lee County from its original wildness. He was born at Sand Lake, Rensselaer County, N. Y., December 15, 1829. his father, Bernhard Uline, was a native of that same town, while his grandfather was of German birth. He came to America before the Revolution, and leasing land from the Van Rensselaer estate, built a grist-mill, which lie operated many years, residing there until death terminated his useful career. He reared four sons: Adam, who settled in Canada; and Andrew, Bernhard and John, who remained life-long residents of Sand Lake.

The father of our subject assisted his father in the mill, and also worked on the farm during his youth. After marriage he opened a hotel at Ulinesville, now West Sand Lake, and managed it in connection with farming several years. His whole life was passed on the farm that was his birthplace, his death occurring at the venerable age of eighty years. The maiden name of his second wife, the mother of our subject, was Lucy Holmes Doty. It is thought that she was born in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, of which her father was a pioneer farmer, clearing a good farm from the forest wilds, whereon he dwelt until his demise. She died on the home farm at Sand Lake at a ripe age.

Stephen Uline, the subject of this life-record, passed his boyhood on the old homestead where he was horn, and obtained his education in the local schools. A capable, sturdy, self—reliant lad, at the age of fourteen he commenced to earn his own living by working in the mill owned by his uncle, and he was engaged in milling until 1856, when he came to Illinois to enter upon his successful career as a farmer. He selected a suitable location in what is now Wyoming Township, buying forty acres of wild prairie land on section 29, and became actively identified with the intelli­gent, hard-working, energetic pioneers who had preceded him to this region and were laboring to reclaim the rich prairies and timber lands around them from a state of nature. His first work was to erect a small frame house for the shelter of his family, and he then devoted his energies to devel­oping his land into a farm. He has made it his home ever since, for a period of thirty-five years, and has prospered exceedingly in his undertak­ings. He has bought other land, has erected a neat and commodious set of frame buildings, and has greatly increased the attractiveness of his place by planting with his own hand beautiful shade and fruit trees.

Mr. Uline was married in 1854 to Miss Gertrude Sharp, a native of Greenbusli, N. Y., and a daugh­ter of Nicholas and Mary (Craver) Sharp. Our subject has found in her a true wife, whose encouragement and constant help have been important factors in the making of their home, where comfort abides and a generous hospitality awaits the coming and speeds the parting guest. They have five children all living: Frank N., Elva, Mattie, Sadie and Eva. Elva married Philip Niebergall, of Wyoming Township, and they have two children, Glenn and Baby Wayne, Mattie married B. P. Edwards, of Earlville,and they have one child, Orin. Frank, who lives in Polk County, Neb., married Miss Emma Kirby, and they have two children, Gertie and Sadie.

Stability of character, hoimesty of purpose and good business habits have had much to do with Mr. Uline’s success in life, and have placed him among our best citizens. He is public-spirited, and has always given generous support to all schemes devised for the good of the community. As a stock—raiser, he was, of course, very much inter­ested in the formation of a society to put an end to the depredations of the horse thieves in this part or the country, and was active in the organization of the Wyoming Protective Anti HorseThief Association, being one of the original members. This society was thoroughly organized and did effective service during its existence of upwards of twenty-five years, as in that time not a horse was stolen from its members that was not recovered. In politics, Mr. Uline is a true Demo­crat. Religiously, he and his estimable wife are members in high standing of the Methodist Epis­copal Church.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co

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