From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 153, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William Buracker was born on a farm in township 17, range 9, Cass county, Illinois, September 14, 1846.
His parents, Philip A., and Jane (Holzman) Buracker, were born,
reared and married in Page county, Virginia, and in 1844 came to
Illinois, making the journey with a team. They located on the farm on
which their son William was born, and there resided six years. They
then moved to a farm in range 10, of the same township, where they
passed the rest of their lives. The father died May 28, 1891, at the
age of sixty-eight years. The mother passed away in 1873. They reared
three children, William, Alfred and George. Alfred is deceased.
William Buracker was reared and educated, and has passed his
life thus far, in his native county. He was brought up on the farm, and
has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits. When he attained his
majority he commenced farming for himself on his father's land, and in
1870 his father gave him the farm he has since occupied, which is
located in section 27, township 17, range 10. In connection with his
agricultural pursuits he is also engaged in stock raising.
In 1868 Mr. Buracker was united in marriage with Helen C.
Heslep, a native of Cass county, and a daughter of Thomas and Catherine
Heslep. Mr. and Mrs. Buracker have two children, Philip T. and Katie.
Politically, Mr. Buracker has always affiliated with the
Democratic party, and is a most efficient member of the same. He was
elected a member of the Board of County Commissioners in 1885, and was
re-elected in 1888. In this capacity he has always worked for the good
of the entire county, ever taking a bold stand in favor of the right.