From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 331-332, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William K. Shupe, one of the most intelligent and enterprising
agriculturists of Woodstock township, is a native of the State of
Virginia and a son of Peter and Sarah (Wright) Shupe; the date of his
birth is October 9, 1824. The father was also born in Virginia and
emigrated to this county in 1843; later he went to Iowa, and died there
in his fifty-fourth year; his wife was born in Virginia and died in
Iowa; they had born to them a family of fifteen children, six of whom
are now living. The family is of German lineage, the first ancestors in
this country emigrating previous to the war of the Revolution. William
K. remained at home until he was twenty years of age, and then worked
at the cooper's trade several years. He was united in marriage October
19, 1846, to Miss Mary A. Hoffman, a native of Ohio and a daughter of
Joseph and Mary A. (Myers) Hoffman; her parents removed to this county
about 1837, and here passed the rest of their lives; they reared a
family of eight children, five of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Shupe
are the parents of six children: Samuel L. is married and has one son;
Sarah A. is married and the mother of four children; George H. is
married and has eight children; Mary F. is married and the mother of
four children; Martha M. is married and has five children; William J.
married his wife died leaving two children.
After his marriage Mr. Shupe settled on the farm he now
occupies; he has 120 acres, which he has improved and brought to a high
state of cultivation. For many years he lived in a little log cabin,
but in 1862 erected his present comfortable dwelling. He carries on
general farming business, manages all branches with much wisdom, and
reaps the reward of success.
Peter Shupe, father of William K., was in the war of 1812, and
several members of the family participated in the late Civil war.
Formerly Mr. Shupe was identified with the Democratic party, but now
casts his suffrage for the man rather than the party. He has been
Assessor for a number of years, and has held other positions of trust
and responsibility. He has given attention to the matter of public
education, and has served on the school board. He is now practically
retired from active business pursuits, the care and management of the
farm being in the hands of the younger son.
The first years our subject spent in this section of country
were fraught with trials and hardships, such only as are possible in a
new and undeveloped community. The journey from the East was made
overland; the funds of the family being exhausted, they stopped and the
sons split 1,000 rails to secure money to continue the trip which
consumed two months. Mr. Shupe is a self made mad in every sense of the
word; he has never received financial aid, and his present property has
been accumulated entirely through his own efforts. It was through the
influence of Mormon preachers that the father was induced to come to
the West, and two of his sons pushed their way to Salt Lake, and
pitched their tents on the present site of Salt Lake City, July 24,
1847; one of them still lives there, and celebrates the twenty fourth
day of July. Mr. Shupe is a man who si fully posted upon current
events, is a wide reader, and thoroughly loyal to the interests of his
county and State.