From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 370-371, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Richard J. Osborn, of Lee township, was born in Adams county,
Illinois, November 2, 1838. His father, David N., was born in
Connecticut in 1806, and his father died in early life. David learned
the shoemaker trade, and worked at it many years in the East. He
married Martha Stafford, of Maryland, in Ohio, wither he had come by
degrees, working at his trade as he went from town to town, always in a
westerly direction. They came with one child to Adams county, Illinois,
in 1837. They possessed some means and bought 160 acres of unimproved
land, on which they built a small log house, and in which Richard was
born. They resided in Adams county fourteen years, and then sold and
came to Lee township, Brown county.
When they built their first home the nearest neighbors were five
miles, and Mr. Osborn had never seen them, but that did not prevent
them from coming to help him. When they reached Lee township, they
bought 160 acres of prairie and eighty of timber. They paid $2,400 for
these lands, which included a cabin and seventy-two acres broken. This
was his life long home, though he died at Mound Station in 1883, in his
seventy-eighth year. He left a widow and six children. She still
survives him, making her home with Richard. The latter has been reared
to farm life, and obtained only a fair amount of schooling. After Mr.
Osborn married he settled here, where he has 198 acres of prairie land
and forty of timber. He grows a mixed crop, - corn, wheat and grass. He
keeps about fifteen head of horses and thirty of cattle. He turns off
about seventy hogs a year, and has a small dairy in operation. He
bought his first eighty acres in 1879, and has added to it from time to
time. In 1860 he went to Denver, Colorado, and on to the gold mines
forty miles west. He went with an ox team over the plains and followed
mining in company with one other. While there he met with a sad
accident, by which he lost his left hand and his left eye. It was
caused by an accidental discharge of powder, February 11, 1861, hence
his trip was not a financial success.
He was married in 1882 to Ella Long, of Brown county, Illinois.
She was the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Buxton) Long. They are
both natives of Illinois and farmers of this township. Mr. and Mrs.
Osborn have two daughters, Edith M. and Alta P. Mrs. Osborn is a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Osborn is a Republican, first,
last and all the time. He is School Treasurer of Lee township, and has
been Town Clerk. He and his wife are worthy people, and are highly
esteemed by all who know them.