Perry Logsdon
Biography

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 203-204, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Hon. Perry Logsdon, a citizen of Schuyler county, is a man whose name is honored where it is known. He was born in Madison county, Kentucky, July 8, 1842, a son of Joseph and Lucy (Parker) Logsdon (see sketch of Joseph Logsdon). Until the age of eighteen years he passed an uneventful life amid the scenes of his childhood, but this quiet was then rudely disturbed by the breaking out of the Civil war between the North and South. In 1861 he enlisted in Company H, Fiftieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served his country faithfully until the cessation of hostilities, July 13, 1865, being the date of his discharge. He participated in every engagement of his company, and when the war was ended he returned to his home, with the rank of First Lieutenant.
  Mr. Logsdon was married September 5, 1867, to Miss Lizzie Byers, who was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, March 12, 1850, a daughter of William and Eleanor (Stutsman) Byers (see sketch of John S. Stutsman). Mr. Byers was born in the Blue-grass State, and removed to this county in 1847, where he spent his last days; the date of his birth is May 22, 1826, and his death occurred February 24, 1862; his wife was born August 23, 1828, in the State of Indiana. The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Logsdon were John and Elizabeth Byers; he died in 1827, and she survived until 1857. After his marriage, Mr. Logsdon settled on land which is a portion of his present farm; the dwelling was a log house which was raised the day General William Henry Harrison was inaugurated President of the United States; there he lived six years, and then removed to his present home. He first bought 106 acres of choice land, to which he added 120 acres later on; to this he added two eighty-acre tracts, and is now the owner of one of the most desirable farms in the county; a portion of this land is rented, and the rest is devoted to general farming.
  To Mr. and Mrs. Logsdon have been born seven children, four of whom are deceased: Luella was born on the home farm, August 5, 1869; Julia was born July 31, 1873; Charles P. was born January 6, 1880. Mr. Logsdon has for many years been identified with the political movements of his county; he has been Assessor, was Supervisor two years, and has been School Director; in 1884 he was elected a member of the State Legislature, and in 1888 was re-elected by a large majority. He is a Republican, but carried a Democratic district. While a member of the Legislature he was on several committees of importance, among which were those on Penal and Reformatory Institutions, Canals and Rivers, insurance, Drainage, and Farm Drainage. He discharged his duties with marked ability, and such was the dignity and courtesy of his bearing as to command the respect of his allies as well as opponents. Throughout all his career, Mr. Logsdon has borne himself with a deep sense of honor which has insured a name above reproach, a credit to his ancestry and a legacy of great worth to his posterity. In the terrible conflict of this nation he was a brave, courageous soldier; in the private walks of life he has been as much the hero. He is a prominent member of the G.A.R. at Rushville, and takes an active interest in this organization.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Illustrated 1908,  Volume II, Schuyler County, by Newton Bateman, LL.D. and Paul Selby, A.M.,  Edited by Howard F. Dyson, page 870-871, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Logsdon, Hon. Perry
  It would be difficult to find an old resident of Schuyler County to whom the name of Perry Logsdon is unfamiliar, for Mr. Logsdon has been long and intimately associated with the agricultural and political life of the county, and has been especially prominent in Woodstock Township, long his home and headquarters.  Thirty-five years and more have passed since he acquired his first landed estate in the township, the date of his purchase having been Decemeber 23, 1871, and the amount, 120 acres of Section 11.  About two years after acquiring his first property he erected a commodious residence on Section 1, and in this attractive home he has since remained, welcoming to its hospitable walls the many friends whom he has won in a long and honorable career.  At this writing he owns 393 acres, all within Woodstock Township except an eighty-acres tract in Bainbridge Township.
  Born in Madison County, Ky., July 8, 1842, Perry Logsdon is a son of Joseph and Lucy (Parker) Logsdon, also natives of Madison County.  When he was eighteen months old he was brought to Illinois by his parents, who settled in Brown County and remained there from 1844 until 1865.  During the latter year they removed to Schuyler County, settling in Woodstock Township, where the father died June 11, 1900, at the age of ninety-one, and the mother May 30, 1892, at the age of seventy-eight years.  Nothing of especial importance occurred in the early life of Perry Logsdon until the outbreak of the Civil War turned his mind from the studies of school and the work on the farm to graver duties connected with citizenship.  December 1, 1861, his name was enrolled and he was mustered in as a member of Company H, Fiftieth Illinois Infantry at St. Joseph, Mo.  The date of his enlistment papers should have been one month earlier, as he had been accepted as a volunteer at that time.
  The Fiftieth Regiment took part in many long marches and hard-fought battles, and Mr. Logsdon endured all the vicissitudes incident to a soldier's life.  Among his first engagements in which he participated were those at Forts Henry and Donelson, at Shiloh and Corinth, Miss., and Resaca, Tenn., after which he fought at Altoona and Bentonville.  From January of 1864 the history of his regimant is that of Sherman's army in its march to the sea.  At the close of the war the regiment participated in the Grand Review at Washington, and Mr. Logsdon was mustered out July 13, 1865, as First Lieutenant of his company.  During his absence in the army his parents had removed from Brown to Schuyler County, and hither he came ater receiving an honorable discharge.  On Friday he arrived at the new home of his parnets and, on Monday following, began work in the harvest field, after which he continued actively engaged in farming pursuits.
  The marriage of Perry Logsdon and Miss Lizzie Byers was solemnized September 5, 1867, in a log cabin erected on the day of the inauguration of Wilkliam Henry Harrison as President of the United States.  They are the parents of three children: Luella, at home; Julia, widow of George Howell, and now living with her parents; and Charles, who married Grace Cox of Cooperstown, had one son, Russell, and one daughter, Greta Corine.  The son is engaged in farming on Section 2, Woodstock Township.  Mrs. Logsdon is an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Logsdon is a contributor to the same, as well as to all religious movements, although not personally identified with any denomination.  Politically he has been a local Republican leader for years.  During the 'seventies he was Township Assessor and a member of the Board of Supervisors from Woodstock Township.  It is evidence of his popularity that he was several times elected Supervisor in face of a customary Democratic majority in his township.  Among all classess of people and all parties, he is admired and honored as a able citizen and honored veteran of the war.  A high honor came to him during 1884, in his election as Representative in the Thirty-fourth General Assembly, comprising the counties of Schuyler, Cass, Mason and Menard, and four years later he was again chosen to the same position.  During his sevice as Representative he was a member of many important committees and always  voted for the interest of the people, winning an enviable position in the confidence of his constituents.  One of the most memorable incidents in connection with his membership in the Legislature, was his attitude as one of the patriotic "One Hundred and Three" who determinedly and persistently stood for the election of Gen. John A. Logan to the United State Senate.  In that critical period Mr. Logsdon acquitted himself with honor and fearlessness, and won a reputation by no means limited to his own district.  The county which, for so many years, has benefited by his loyal citizenship, is dear to him by the ties of long association, and he has been a persistent champion of all measures for its benefit.  In the city of Rushville, where he is a Bank Director, he has a large number of friends among the most honored social circles, and his pleasant country home has been the scene of many reunions of the old friends of the family.


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