The Record of Olden Times Biographical Department - Putnam County
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Joseph B. Albert, J. P.

Page 641

Mr. Albert is a Pennsylvanian by birth, having been born in Dauphin county in 1836 and came to Putnam County in 1842. In 1865 he enlisted in Co. E. of the 124th Ill. vol. and served until the close of the war. At the Grange to the sea while on duty he met with a injury that incapacitated him from further service and he was honorably discharged, May 15, 1865 arriving home June 1. In 1867 he married Eliza Oderkirk Davis, a native of Steuben, New York to whom one child had been born Jessie Estella. he has served several terms as school director and filled other offices. He is proprietor of the Putnam County Nurseries and an extensive grower of trees of all kind. Mr. Albert is building a fine residence in the present season.

Joseph Allen

Page 645 Hennepin Township

Mr. Allen has been postmaster of Florid twelve years. His native state is Pennsylvania where he was born in Dauphin county in 1826. He came to Illinois in 1841, locating in Putnam county. His first job was shaving oak shingles at which he worked three years, and then began coopering, following it eight years. Then he tried farming, following the plow fifteen years, and next became a merchant. After four years service he sold out and went to butchering and dealing in produce. For some time he worked for Mr. Hedrick in the store. Is a member of the Methodist church and of the Local Protection Association of Putnam county.

William Allen

Page 643 Hennepin Township

Mr. Allen is a farmer and stock raiser who was born in Devonshire, England in 1812 and came to America in 1832. He first located in Philadelphia, where, after a stay of seven years, he came to Putnam county, reaching here in May, 1839. In 1838 he married Mary Fairgraves of Edinburg, Scotland. They have five children living, John, Mary, Martha, Annie J. and Willie. His family are members of the M. E. church. He has been a successful stock raiser and dealer for twenty years; is a good farmer, and is president of the Buel Institute. He has served as supervisor of the township several times. Mr. Allen is also an apiarist, and has about fifty stands of bees.

James Anderson

Page 661 Magnolia Township

Mr. Anderson was born in Delaware county Pennsylvania in1828, moved with his parents to Ohio in 1829, and from thence to Putnam county. He married Mary B. McCabe of Trenton, New Jersey, in 1852, who was born in 1826. They have two children living - Ann E. and Philip B. Mrs. Anderson is a member of the M.E. church. He owns eighty acres of land under excellent cultivation, with good improvements, and was one of the first to see and appreciate the advantages of using drain tile.


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