From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 432-433, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Lyman Hager, a successful farmer and stock raiser living near
Beardstown, was born in Sullivan county, New Hampshire, August 30,
1828. His father, Reuben Hager, was also a native of New Hampshire, and
died in 1871. His parents had died when he was fourteen years of age.
He was afterward reared by a Mr. Town until he was of age. While yet in
Sullivan county he had become owner of a small farm, which he sold in
1835, and with his wife and children came West, by canals and rivers,
until he landed in Beardstown. He made a settlement on a farm
consisting of Government land, and later added to it from time to time
until he owned a farm of several hundred acres. He spent his last years
in quiet comfort in Beardstown. He was a genial, good man, well known
for his good judgment. He had been for years a member of the Grand Jury
of Beardstown, and was often called upon to arbitrate in difficulties.
His wife, who had died in 1846, was named Sarah Reed, and was born in
New Hampshire. She had been a good woman and a consistent member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. Lyman Hager could not help being the fine man he is, after
having such a good father and mother. He has lived in this county since
he was six years of age, and has spent his entire life since then near
where he now lives, with the exception of five years spent in
California during the ‘50s. Since early boyhood days he had been a hard
worker and he has been fairly successful. He was not able to obtain
much early education in the new country.
He was married in this county, to Cordelia Spalding, of Posey
county, Indiana. She died at her home, December 23, 1878, at the age of
thirty-eight years. She was the mother of seven children. They are:
Rose Phelps, living in this county; Douglas, a farmer near this city;
Clara Phelps, of this township; Emma Crum, of this county; Christina
Redshaw, also of this county; Mary Thompson, of the same; and Joseph at
home helping on the farm.
Mr. Hager was a second time married, in Beardstown, to Mrs.
Annie Coort. She was born in 1847, in Dublin, Ireland, and came to the
United States in 1853, with her parents, who are not living at the
Mr. and Mrs. Hager have three children. One, William was fatally
scalded when five years old. The living ones are Charles and Eva.
Mr. and Mrs. Hager are good and intelligent people, and she is of the Catholic faith. Mr. Hager is a Democrat.
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