From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler
and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 563-564, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Hon. William C. Reno, of Browning, Illinois, dealer in grain and
stock, is a native of this township, born in 1838. He is the son of
Jonathan and Louisa (Thornton) Reno, both natives of east Tennessee,
father born in 1811, the mother in 1813. The paternal grandfather, also
named Jonathan, came to Schuyler county in 1825, and was accompanied by
his son, Jonathan. The latter was married in 1834.
William Reno grew to manhood in Browning township, spent a year
traveling through Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, and on his return was
married to Rebecca A. Wallace of Browning township, in 1860. She was
born in 1841, grew up in the same neighborhood, as her parents were
very early settlers in this county. Mr. Reno was raised on a farm and
followed that occupation until nine years ago, when he went into his
present business. He has been an active man all his life.
In 1880, he was elected Representative to the State Legislature,
and served one term of two years, having been elected on the Democratic
ticket. For many years he has been an active worker in political
affairs, and on the national and State issues has always affiliated
with the Democrats, but in county and township affairs he has voted for
men rather than measures. Mr. Reno is a man of sterling integrity,
having the esteem of all with whom he has been associated, either
socially or in business capacity. He has been Justice of the Peace for
Browning township for the last sixteen years, and has represented his
township on the board of Supervisors for five or six years, and has
held the various offices of the county.
Mr. and Mrs. Reno have seven living children, having lost one,
namely: Samuel F. is cashier of the bank at Rushville, Illinois; Salina
and Jennie are at home, the former a teacher in the public schools;
Mark M. is a telegraph operator at Creston, Iowa; Minnie M. is a
teacher in the public schools; Jay and Fred are still at home. Mrs.
Reno belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Reno family are of
French ancestry on the father's side and of Welsh and Dutch on the
mother's. The family was established in America five generations ago
and all were given to agricultural pursuits. His father was a soldier
in the Black Hawk war.