Walter Henry Teel
Biography

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 942-943, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Teel, Walter H. - An industry of incalculable benefit to the stock raiser of the Unites States, yet one which in earlier years was neglected to a deplorable degree, is that of the breeding of thoroughbred stock.  While countries in the old world have made a specialty of this business for years, our own country failed until recently to grasp the opportunity this presented.  It is a source of gratification to all concerned that the twentieth century has witnessed a remarkable change in the opinion of agriculturists concerning grades of stock, and now thousands are spent to bring up herds where formerly hundreds were denied.  No stock breeder of Schuyler County attained more widespread fame for the superior quality of his importations and the fine points of his herds than did James A. Teel, whose death deprived the State of one of its most influential stockmen.  Fortunately, under his experienced oversight, a son, Walter H., had been trained to a careful and thorough knowledge of stock, and the latter has successfully carried on the business of raising and selling thoroughbred Shot-horn cattle so well established by the father.
  Born on the home farm, March 28, 1877, Walter H. Teel received his education in the district schools and the Rushville Union School, supplemented by attendance at the Rushville Normal, from which he was graduated in 1898.  Meanwhile he had devoted his summer months to aiding his father on the farm, and this early in life had gained a practical knowledge of the stock business, which is now of invaluable assistance to him.  His father had been one of the first to import stock and for forty years, had stood at the head of the Short-horn industry in the State, so that a study of the business under him was in itself an education.  Under his supervision were more than fourteen hundred acres in Rushville and Buena Vista Townships, the family residence being situated on Section 18, Rushville Township.  After the death of the father in 1902, the son assumed the entire management of the stock, and since then he has added to the fame of the herd, in which at times he has had as many as one hundred and twenty-five head of registered cattle.  the part of the home farm, which now belongs to the subject of this sketch, consisting of 320 acres on Section 17 and 18, Rushville Township, is one of the finest estates in Schuyler County.  Since the present owner assumed control in 1902 many improvements have been made, chief among which is a hay and stock barn, sixty feet square, furnishing ample accommodations for hay stock and machinery.
  The determination of Mr. Teel to establish and sustain a stock industry surpassed by none in this part of the State has kept him busily engaged in the work on the home farm and left him little leisure for participation in outside matters, in which, indeed, he takes no part aside from voting the ticket of the Democratic party and identifying himself with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  Among acquaintances he is respected for those qualities that win the admiration of all, while in stock raiding circles he is regarded as an expert judge and an authority concerning Short-horns.  His pleasant country home is presided over by Mrs. Teel, whom he married January 5, 1899, and who was Miss Josephine Knock, daughter of Daniel Knock, one of the early settlers of Schuyler County.




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