|Sidney J. Hood
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 271, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing
Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical
Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Sidney J. Hood, of the firm of Allard & Hood, publishers and
editors of The Evening Star and The Star of the West of Beardstown, was
born in Spring Green, Sauk county, Wisconsin, October 10, 1864. He was
reared and educated at that place and acquired a knowledge of the
carpenter and mason trades, but later went into the newspaper business.
His father, Captain Thomas R. Hood, came from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin
when a small child with his parents, Moses and Sarah Hood, natives of
Pennsylvania, but who died in Wisconsin. Thomas R. Hood grew up as a
farmer and carpenter, and when the war broke out he enlisted in the
Sixth Wisconsin Regiment Light Artillery as a volunteer and served
three and one half years, and was honorably discharged as Captain of
his company. He had led his men through the battles of Corinth, Shiloh
and other active engagements, and was much beloved by the members of
his company. He had married Eliza A. Seiders, daughter of Joseph and
Elizabeth (Keifer) Seiders. They had come West at a very early day,
settling in Sauk county on Government land, and the same on which
Joseph Seiders and wife lived and where Mr. Seiders died, a very old
man, in the spring of 1888. His wife, who is yet living, at the age of
eighty, is yet very active and interested in her surroundings. She and
her husband were members of the United Brethren Church.
Our subject is the second of three children, and since his
thirteenth year he has supported himself. At the age of seventeen years
he began work at his native home at Spring Green on a paper known as
the Weekly Home News. He has always regarded these early days in Spring
Green as the palmy days of his life as well as of his newspaper work.
In 1889 he came to Arenzville, Cass County, Illinois, and started the
Arenzville Argus, and at the same time the Chapin Boomerang, and ran
the papers for about sixteen months, when he sold out and came to
Beardstown, where he has since lived. For some time, also, he was a
worker on the Laramie (Wyoming) Sentinel, Bill Nye's old "first love."
The first issue of the Daily Star took place March 7, 1892; present
firm was started February 24, 1892. Both the daily and weekly papers
are very prosperous. Mr. Hood is a very energetic man, and being a
practical printer understands thoroughly the management of a newspaper.
Mr. Hood is still unmarried. He is an ardent Republican.
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