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JOHN WADE, farmer, Sec. 30; P. 0. Chenoa ; was born at Oberlin, Lorain Co, Ohio, Western Reserve, in September, 1840, where he followed agriculture with his father, and, at the age of 14 years, he entered Oberlin College, where he remained two and one-half years, and, at the end of that period, he returned to farming, which he followed until he left home, in the spring of 1861, in which year he enlisted in the 16th Ohio Battery (Capt. James A. Mitchell commanding), for three years, serving two years in Missouri and the Southwest, under Gen. Curtis, and participating in all actions under that General. In the spring of 1863, he returned from the army, and, after a trip to England, returned to this country, and, in the spring of 1864, went to McLean Co., II., when he settled upon Sec. 19, where he had formerly purchased eighty acres. From Sec. 19, he removed to Sec. 30, Yates Township, and purchased 160 acres, all of which he has placed under a high state of cultivation, and said to be as well-improved as any farm in Yates. Mr. Wade's land is all underdrained, and valued at $40 an acre. He contemplates further improvements in the way of a new dwelling, barn, etc. He also uses the best agricultural implements, and believes in improvements in every way. In 1863, he married Miss Susan Squire, born at Oberlin, Lorain Co., Ohio. They had three children-Lydia, Eddy and Emma. Mrs. Wade died Aug. 9, 1871. Mr. Wade was married March 19, 1874, to Miss Mary Lewis, who was born near Washington, Tazewell Co., Ill., in the year 1840. He dates his descent from the Pilgrim Fathers, who landed at Plymouth Rock in the winter of 1620, and bears the sturdy, large-hearted characteristics of that race. He is a thorough farmer, and works bis farm upon true scientific principles, resulting in a high state of improvement thereof.
JAMES E. WIKOFF. farmer, deceased; P. O. Chenoa. Among the many self-made men of McLean Co., who have risen to eminence in the affairs of their own township by their enterprise, intelligence and integrity, and who take rank among the best in their sphere, was James E. Wikoff, who was born in Adams Co., Ohio, in 1828, where he followed farming. with the exception of four years previous to his leaving Adams Co., during which period he was superintendent of his brother's saw-mill. In 1854, he left Adams Co., and went directly to McLean Co., Ni., settling upon Sec. 33, Yates Township, where he entered 200 acres of land, and bought (in Sec. 32) forty acres, all of which, except forty acres of pasture, is under cultivation. During the war, he was elected a Justice of the Peace, holding that office for several years.
He was also elected Supervisor of Yates Township, holding office several terms. At the time of the organization of the township, he was elected School Trustee, and held that office until the date of his death, Aug. 23, 1878. He was a prominent and respected citizen of McLean Co., and leaves a large circle of friends, who sincerely mourn their loss. On July 20, 1854, Mr. Wikoff married Miss Phoebe Holderness, who was born March 25, 1838, at New Marion, Ind., but was raised in Adams Co., Ohio, to which place she went with her father at the age of 1 year. She went to McLean Co., II., with her husband, the year of their marriage. There are four children livingOrra, Sarah E., Hattie and James Grant. Mrs. Wikoff lives upon and conducts her late husband's farm, assisted by her sons, Orra and James. Their farm and residence is located on Sec. 33, with the exception of eighty acres on Sec. 32, and eighty acres in Sec. 10.
W. G. ANDERSON, farmer ; P. O. Lexington ; was born in 1818, in Jefferson Co., Ind., and came to this State in the year 1855, settling in Randolph Township, this county, where he remained two years, when he removed to the place he now occupies. His homestead consists of 350 acres, in a good state of cultivation, and worth about $35 per acre.
WM. BENSON, farmer; P. (). Lexington ; was born in McLean Co. in 1830; he is the son of James Benson, who emigrated from Indiana and settled in Blooming Grove, this county, at a very early day. He received his education in what was known as the Bloomington Academy (Rev. G. W. Mivier, Principal); he taught school some two years, after which he moved onto and improved a farm in White Oak Township; in the spring of 1867, he moved to his present location, and was among the first settlers on the open prairie in the northeastern part of the township; his homestead consists of 160 acres, well situated and improved, and worth about $35 per acre.
WILLIAM HURT, farmer; P. O. Arrowsmith; was born in Kentucky in 1841 ; came to this State in 1854, and resided in Bloomington for one year afterward. He was married, in 1863, to Miss Mary C. Rason, and settled in Dale Township, where he resided six years; he moved to his present location in 1869, and turned his attention exclusively to farming until fire years ago, when he began the breeding of Norman horses, and has continued in the business, with success, ever since. He has one child-Charles W. Hurt, who was born in April, 186-). Ilis farm is finely located, well improved, and worth about $40 per acre.
JAMES KENNEDY, farmer ; P. O. Arrowsmith ; was born in 1803, in Jessamine Co., Ky., moving to this State in April, 1852, and settled two miles west of Bloomington, remaining in that locality eight years, at which time his wife died, and, breaking up housekeeping, he spent several years in traveling, after which, he settled, in 1873, upon the place he now occupies. He has been thrice married, first, to Miss Leaner Freeman ; in 1827, to Miss Asenath Gentry, and, in 1871, to Miss Maggie Elkin. His homestead consists of 160 acres, finely located and being rapidly brought to a high state of improvement, and is worth about $35 per acre.
JACOB H. RITCHIE, farmer; P. O. Arrowsmith; was born in Rockingham Co., Va., in the year 1838, emigrating to Dale Township, this county, in 1855, where he remained ten years, when he removed to the place he now occupies in 1865. He was married, in 1859, to Miss Sallie Hurt. He has served the people in the capacity of School Trustee, Road Commissioner or Supervisor, almost continuously since his settlement in the township. His homestead consists of 160 acres, well improved and worth about $35 per acre, and which represents the accumulations only of the time which he has been in the State ; like others of that time, he braved the hardships and dangers of the Western wilds in search of a competence for his family and which he has secured by diligent application. He has seven children-Ida, George, Annie Bell, Emma, Addison, Jay and Mary Alice.
JOHN W. RITTER, farmer ; P. O. Arrowsmith ; born in Ross Co., Ohio, in 1821, emigrating to this county in 1854, settling in the vicinity of Le Roy, where he remained one year, and then removed to the place which he now occupies ; he was the first settler in the southern part of Martin Township. He was married, in 1854, to Maria Dawson, daughter of Henry Dawson, one of the early settlers of Old Town, this county. His education was of necessity limited, as but few facilities existed for acquiring an education in the vicinity in which he lived at that early day, but by observation and diligence he has acquired business capacity sufficient to successfully conduct his present extensive business ; he is the owner of one section of land, well stocked and improved and worth about $40 per acre.
SOLOMON K. WALDON, farmer; P. 0. Ellsworth ; was born in Empire Township, this county, in 1835; he is the son of Thomas Waldon, a Virginian, who emigrated to Ohio, thence to this State, settling in this county as early as 1833; he first settled in Sangamon Co. in 1828, and was a soldier of the Black Hawk war; in the early days of Empire Township, he was a prominent citizen of that locality, and one of the hardy and industrious pioneers who helped to pave the way to the better state of things now existing ; he remained a citizen of Empire Township for forty years, when he removed to Downs Township, and thence to this township one year ago. He has been twice married; first in 1860, to Miss Mary Eddy, who died in 1870 ; and next, in 1873, to Miss Lydia A. Ingersol. Mr. Waldon has had five children, viz., Alfred T. (died in 1864), George E., James H., Samuel M. and John L.
JOSEPH M. WILSON, farmer; P. O. Arrowsmith ; was born in Posey Co., Ind., in the year 1837, and was married in 1868, to Miss Eliza Popple; he came to this State in 1854, settling in Stout's Grove, this county, where he remained seventeen years, removing to this township in 1870, and to the farm he now occupies in 1877. He served three years in the army, enlisting as private in the 94th I. V. I., in August, 1862, and received an honorable discharge from the service in August, 1865. He has a homestead of 160 acres, where he resides, and which is being rapidly improved, and is now worth about $35 per acre. He was elected and served as Tax Collector in 1876.
JAMES E. WOOD, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Arrowsmith; one of the old settlers of McLean Co.; was born in Monroe Co., Ind., June 6, 1831, and came to McLean Co., Oct. 30, 1854; he had about $500 of the wild-cat money of that time in his possession, when he came to McLean Co., but could not dispose of it for 30 cents on the $1, the consequence was, he had to commence in a new country without any means; but, by hard work and economy, he is now the owner of 324 acres of land all under a good state of cultivation. He was united in marriage with Nancy Puett Oct. 30, 1853 ; from this union there were eight children, six of whom are now living, viz., Robert P., William E., James E., Ellsworth, John A. and George W. ; the names of those deceased were Nancy E. and Sarah D. Mrs. Nancy Wood died Nov. 23, 1872. Nov. 12, 1873, Mr. Wood was married to Martha Horr, whose father was one of the pioneers of McLean Co. Mr. Wood is a strict temperance man; a Republican in politics, and a great admirer of that party
POPULATION OF MCLEAN COUNTY BY TOWNSHIPS.
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A large stock of Forfeited Pledges for
sale at half value. Cash paid for Gold
and Silver. Fine Jewelry and Watches
repaired in better manner and at lower
rates than any house in city.
Dealers in Hides, Tallow, Leather and Behr, Henry, Dealer in Groceries,
Provisions, Fruits, Canned Goods, &c.,
1009 West Chestnut street.
sale and Retail Dealers in Provisions, Benjamin, Judge R. M., County
Benson, H., Attorney at Law.
office corner of Main and Washington
Buggies, Spring and Platform Wagons, Blanchard, E. H., Dealer in Drugs,
work, 305 West Washington street. Paints, Oils, Varnishes and Dye-Stuffs.
Staple and Fancy Groceries, 115 South Bloomington Stove Co., Manu-
facturers of 115 different styles of
stoves. Grand Central Cook and the
Royal Crown Base-Burner, specialties.
Manufacturer, 103 East Olive street. Bradshaw, C. G., Attorney at Law.
Brand, George, Manufacturer,
stantly on hand all kinds of Fresh and ture, 112 West Front street. Low
rates given and satisfaction guaranteed.
213 West Washington street. Estab- Brechbeller, John, Saloon, Whole-
Brown & Gray, Grocers and Com- Chrisman, F. W., Dealer in Family
mission Merchants, Staple and Fancy Groceries and Provisions, 507 West
Cochrane, W. G., Manufacturing
Boots and Shoes, 116 West Washing- Fruits and Nuts, Cigars and Tobaccos, ton Street, South of Court House.
218 North Center street, West Side Bryant, J. H., Contractor and Builder. Square.
Shop on East street, between Jefferson Condon, William, Dealer in Groand North.
ceries, Provisions, &c.; also Bread. Bufinan, K., Plain and Ornamental Pies, Cakes, &c., 800 West Chestnut
street. Painting, Graining, Paper-Hanging, Calcimining and Bronzing, corner Main Cox, N. W., House and Sign Painter, and Washington streets.
114 South Main street. Bunn, T. J., Banker.
Cox, T. J., Proprietor Union and Eagle Burke, Jeff, Horse-shoeing and Job Mills, Dealer in Flour, Feed, Meal and Work, corner Center and Olive streets.
Grain. Custom and merchant milling
done to order. Buxton, W., Dealer in Staple and Fancy Groceries, 701 West Chestnut st. Creed, Dudley, Editor and Publisher
of the Democrat News. Caldwell, R. M., Dealer in Groceries,
Provisions, Canned Fruits, &c., 1005. Daniels & Logan, Dealers in Fresh
and Salt Meats, Lard, Sausages, &c.,
515 North Main street. Camp, Charles, Dealer in Staple and Fancy Groceries, Provisions, Canned Denison, Joseph, County Treasurer
of McLean Co. Fruits, &c., 317 North Center street. Carlock, W. B., Attorney at Law.
De Webber, Dr. P., 607 West Mar
ket street. Money to Loan. Agency for the Cunard Line of Steamships.
Dias, E., Manufacturer of Cigars, ToPeople's Bank
bacco and Pipes, Cigar-Cases, TobaccoCamp, C. L., Dealer in Furniture No- Pouches, Stems, &c., and sole manufac
tions, Queensware, Glassware, Wood and turer of the Cyprus Cigar, 103 North Willow Ware, and a general assortment
Main street. of House-Furnishing Goods, 106 East Diedrich, N., Proprietor of the Union Front street.
Foundry and Machine Shop. Iron Carlton & Kerr, Livery, Feed and
Fronts, Fencings, Grating, Shutters, Sale Stable, 12, 14 and 16 East Wash. ! Window Caps and Sills, 407 and 409 ington street. Carriages furnished for
South Center street. funerals.
Dillingham, L. C., & Co., ManuCoultar, Thomas, Contractor and facturers of and Dealers in Plain,
Builder. Shop corner Douglas and East Stamped and Japanned Tin Ware, Glass streets.
and Wooden Ware, 3223 Main street. Carr, Dr. C. R. Office 711 North Dillon, E., & Co., the oldest and most
Main street. Residence, 707 North extensive Importers and Breeders of
Norman French Horses.