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Bishop, whose biography appears among the sketches of Empire Township. In 1861, Mr. Hammond engaged in farming for himself in Empire Township, and, in 1867, he located upon his present place, where he has since lived and where he has 120 acres of land upon which he has good farm buildings. He has held the office of Town Clerk, one year ; School Director, nine years in succession, and some other petty offices. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having joined in 1871.
GEO. W. HEDRICK, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 5 ; P. O. Arrowsmith ; born in what is now Empire Township, McLean Co., III., Oct. 6, 1836. His father, Elijah Hedrick, was born in Fleming Co., Ky., Oct. 19, 1801 ; he emigrated to Sangamon Co., in 1824, and to Randolph's Grove, McLean Co., about the year 1828 or 1830; he lived in McLean Co., until 1871, when he removed to Kansas, where he now lives. He married Susanna Lake ; she was born in Virginia, and is now living in Kansas. The subject of this sketch commenced farming for himself at 21 years of age, and, after two years' labor, he passed one winter in Texas, after which he returned to McLean Co., where he followed school-teaching on account of ill-health, and the balance of the time has been engaged in farming and dealing in stock. In 1865, he located upon his present place, where he has 320 acres of well-improved land, and 200 acres in other parts of the township; he is largely engaged in farming, stock-raising, feeding and shipping to the Chicago market. He keeps 100 head of cattle, 160 sheep and some horses; he has fed hogs largely, and within two years has lost upwards of two hundred by the cholera, and his bad luck with hogs has led him to turn his attention more to the feeding of cattle and sheep. Upon the 20th of September, 1865, he was united in marriage with Martha West; she was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., July 1, 1834 ; they have four children now living by this union, having lost two by death ; the living are-Nellie, Frank, Emma and May. Mrs. Hedrick is a daughter of Henry West, who is prominently mentioned in the sketch of Moses H. Cawby, in another part of this work.
GEO. W. HILL, farmer, Sec. 15; P. 0. Sabina. Mr. Hill was born in ('lermont Co., Ohio, on the 31st day of January, 1838; he emigrated with his parents, when two years of age, and located in Pike Co., Ill. His father, Wm. L., was born in Madison Co., Ky., in the year 1810, and emigrated to Ohio in 1830, where, the following year, he was married to Sarah Salter, who was born in Clermont Co., Ohio; they were the parents of nine children, of whom five are now living. Mr. Hill's decease occurred in Pike Co., Ill., in the spring of 1865 ; his wife having died two years previous. The subject of this sketch remained with his father and followed farming until 23 years of age, when, on the 13th of March, 1861, he was united in marriage with Almira J. Cohenour; she was born in Pike Co., III., Feb. 15, 1839; her parents emigrated from Pennsylvania to Pike Co., in 1836. Upon the marriage of Mr. Hill, he rented land and followed farming in Pike Co. until 1863, when he came to McLean Co., and, after farming one year in Dry Grove Township, he purchased 140 acres in Bloomington Township, which he improved until 1868, when he sold out and purchased 80 acres of his present place, which now contains 120 acres, and upon which he then located, and where he has since lived. The children of George and Almira Hill were seven in number, of which one is deceased ; the living are—Wallace H., born Jan. 22, 1862; Effie D., Aug. 30, 1865; Almira J., March 31, 1868; Winnie M., Aug. 26, 1870; Nellie, Nov. 16, 1873, and Annie, Feb. 23, 1877; the deceased died in infancy.
THOMAS HUDDLESTONE, deceased, farmer. This gentleman was born in Yorkshire, Eng., Dec. 30, 1806; he was the son of Thomas Huddlestone, who died in Yorkshire about the year 1860. The subject of this sketch lived with his father until 28 years of age, when, on March 8, 1834, he was united in marriage with Mary Frank, in Yorkshire, Eng., where he followed farming until 1840, when he emigrated to Canada and followed farming until about the year 1852 ; he then emigrated with his family to Illinois, and followed farming in Cook Co., until the fall of 1857, when he came to West Township, McLean Co., and entered 160 acres of land upon Section 33; here he lived until his decease, which occurred Sept. 26, 1865. The father of Mrs. Huddlestone was Francis Frank; he emigrated from England and died in Canada ; her mother was Mary Ann Dobson, born in England, and also died in Canada. Mrs. Huddlestone was born in Yorkshire, Eng., in Oct.,1817; she still lives upon the old place, and, although 62 years of age, in possession of all her faculties, and daily performs her household duties. Mr. Huddlestone lies buried in the beautiful cemetery, one mile east of Le Roy. Their children were three in number—Elizabeth, born in November, 1835; Frank, born in January, 1843; Mary Jane, born in 1846. Frank Huddlestone now lives upon the old place. His marriage with Mary Warren was celebrated Jan. 28, 1873 ; she was born in Jefferson Co., N. Y., Feb. 20, 1844 ; they have four children by this union-Charles L., born Jan. 10, 1874; William T., Jan. 2, 1875 ; Edmond W., Aug. 1, 1876 ; M. F., Jan. 23, 1879. The father of Mrs. Frank Huddlestone, Martin L. Warren, was born in Jefferson Co., N. Y., where he died in April, 1872; her mother's maiden name was Hannah J. Overton; she was born in New York State, and died in Jefferson Co., May, 1872.
JAMES JACKSON, farmer and plasterer ; P. O. Farmer City, De Witt Co.; born in Manchester, Eng., Feb. 3, 1846 ; his father, Joseph Jackson, emigrated from England and landed in New York in the spring 1850; after living upwards of five years in Rochester, N. Y., he came West in 1856, and located in Le Roy, McLean Co., where he lived until 1863, when he removed to
Farmer City, De Witt Co., and followed milling and the dairy business until his decease, which occurred in Farmer City in April, 1875; his widow, who survives him, still resides in Farmer City, ; her maiden name was Hannah Higginbottom; she was born in Derbyshire, England. The gubject of this sketch remained with his father, and followed plastering and farming until June 9, 1862, when he enlisted in the 68th Regt. I. V. I., and was sent to the Eastern army, where, after five months service, he received his discharge; and upon the 12th of February, 1863, he re-enlisted in Co. I, 39th Regt. I. V. I, and was forwarded to the army of the James, and was in twenty-seven different engagements, among which were Ft. Darling Darbytown Roads, and for one month under fire in front of Petersburgh, and remained in active service until the capture of Richmond and surrender of Lee's army, in April, 1865; he then remained in Richmond until August ; was mustered out of service at Norfolk, Va., and received his discharge at Springfield, M., Dec. 16, 1865; he then returned home and followed farming and plastering until 1876, when be purchased his present place of 110 acres, where he has since lived. His marriage with Martha J. Weedman was celebrated Dec. 24, 1868; she was born in Kankakee, II., May 20, 1849; four children were the fruit of this union, viz. : Nellie, born April 26, 1872; John t.. born May 19, 1876; Bertha, born June 18, 1879, and one who died in childhood.
W. J. KIMLER, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 35 ; P. O. Weedman; born in Bloomington Township, McLean Co., Nov. 10, 1838. His father, Caleb Kimler, was one of the early settlers of McLean Co, locating in Blooming Grove, about the year 1828 or 1830; here he lived until his death, which occurred Jan. 9, 1848. The subject of this sketch engaged in farming until 22 years of age, during which time he taught school one season, and on Aug. 29, 1862, he enlisted in the 4th I. V. C., and went forward to battle for the Union: he was sent to the front at once, and was in active service in Mississippi and Tennessee until December, 1863, when he was sent to Natchez, Miss., where he remained one year; they were then engaged in scouting through Mississippi and Louisiana, and were afterward engaged in scouting through Tennessee, during which time they destroyed the Memphis & Charleston R. R.; and was engaged in Tennessee and Louisiana in scouting, destroying railroads, etc., until the close of the war, when he returned to Springfield, and received his discharge the latter part of June, 1865, having served in the Union army nearly three years, during which time he was neither wounded, taken prisoner, nor sent to the hospital nor guard-house. He then returned to Blooming Grove and followed farming and stock business one year; and in the spring of 1867, he purchased 120 acres in West Township, upon which he lived until 1873, when he located upon his present place, where he has since lived; he has 200 acres of land on Sec. 35, upon which he has good farm buildings. His mar. riage with Ellen Hoover was celebrated April 2, 1867; she was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Feb. 13. 1839. They have five children now living, baving lost one by death; the living are: Cora May, born Jan. 4, 1868: Olie E., Aug. 26, 1869; Mary F., Aug 24, 1871; William B., Oct. 13, 1875; Jessie P., June 7, 1877. Mr. K. has had his share of town and school offices, having been Town Clerk four years, which office he now holds, as well as Trustee of Schools since 1871, School Director, School Treasurer, and other petty offices.
JAMES KINCAID, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Farmer City. The subject of this sketch was born in Menard Co., II., Jan. 3, 1841, where he attended school and assisted his father in farming until 1862, when he was united in marriage, May 2, 1862, with Ann E. Lukins; she was born in Menard Co. July 3, 1841. He then engaged in farming for himself in Menard Co., until the winter of 1871, when he came to McLean Co,, and located upon Sec. 34, West Township, where he has since lived, and where he owns 160 acres of land, upon which he has good buildings. His father, Andrew Kincaid, now lives in Menard Co.; he was born in Bath Co., Ky., in 1810; his wife was born in the same county in 1820; both parents are now living; they emigrated from Kentucky to Menard Co. in 1836, and were among the oldest living settlers of that county ; his first patent for 160 acres of land is signed by Van Buren, as President. Mrs. Kincaid is the daughter of Jesse Lukins, who emigrated from Kentucky and located in Menard Co. in 1831, where he died in 1855 ; his widow survives him, and lives in the same county. The children of James and Ann Kincaid were six in number, of which five are now living, siz: William T., born Jan. 4., 1864; Andrew D., Feb. 3, 1865; John G., June 7, 1866; Laura A., Oct. 22, 1867, and Martha E., April 25, 1870. In politics Mr Kincaid is a Republican, and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln for President; he has held several offices, among which is School Director, six years in succession, and as Town Collector he successfully handled the funds of West Township for four years.
JOHN T. LUKINS, farmer; P. O. Farmer City; born in Fleming Co., Ky., Feb. 14, 1836; he was the oldest son of Jesse Lukins, who emigrated from Kentucky and located in Venard Co., 11., in 1837, where he followed farming until his decease, which occurred in March, 1855; his widow survives him, and now lives in Menard Co. The subject of this sketch remained with his father until 15 years of age, after which he and a younger brother carried on the farm until 22 years of age, when he purchased eighty acres of land, which he farmed until 1871, when he sold out and came to West Township, McLean Co., where he purchased 160 acres, upon which he has since lived. His marriage with Mary C. Hughes was celebrated Dec. 8, 1859; she was born in Menard Co., Ill., March 14, 1841; they have eight children by this union-Thomes, born Sept. 30, 1860; William E., Feb. 15, 1862; Eva, April 26, 1866 ; Ida, Feb. 15, 1808; Susie, Nov. 4, 1869 ; Jennie, Dec. 22, 1871; Minnie F., April 18, 1875; John E., Feb. 7, 1877. Mrs. Lukins is the daughter of Hugh D. Hughes, who emigrated from Kentucky and located in Menard Co., Ill., at a very early day, where he died in 1862 ; his widow survives him, and lives in Menard Co.
S. R. MITCHELL, farmer and capitalist ; P. (). Farmer City; born in Franklin Co., 0., Aug. 29, 1832; he was brought up to milling until 18 years of age, when he engaged in farming for his father until 21 years of age; he then emigrated to Illinois and located in Lexington Township, McLean Co., in the fall of 1853, where he followed farming and milling uutil the loss of the mill by fire in 1857, when he devoted his time to farming until 1865, when, selling out, he purchased eighty acres upon Sec. 17, Empire Township, upon which he lived until 1875, when he again sold out and purchased his present place of 100 acres, wbere he has since lived ; he also rents other land, upon which he raises large amounts of grain, etc.; he also makes a specialty of loaning money. He was married to Elizabeth Horner, March 12, 1857; she was born in Pennsylvania Feb. 8, 1838; they have ten children now living, having lost one by death; the living are—Joseph, William, Samuel, Homer, Harry, Ollie, Milton, Mattie, Benjamin, and Henry. Mr. Mitchell has held many offices, among which we mention : Supervisor, two terms ; Road Commissioner, nine years while living in Empire Township, and School Director, many years, of District 4.
J. M. MOON, farmer. Sec. 10; P. O. Delano ; was born in Sheffield, Lorain Co., Ohio, June 22, 1835; he remained with his parents until he was 19 years of age, receiving a liberal education, first attending Berea Institute, in Cuyaboga Co., Ohio, for one year, then the Folsom Commercial College, Cleveland, and afterward for one year in Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College, perfecting himself in penmanship; after leaving ihat institution, he taught penmanship in Ohio and Kentucky. In the year 1855, he became engaged in buying and shipping horses from Ohio, and in 1857 engaged in the grain and mercantile business, in the village of Malta, De Kalb Co., Ill., and continued in such until the year 1861 ; his health becoming impaired, he disposed of bis business and became the traveling agent of William B. Young & Co., of Chicago, manufacturers of agricultural implements, and remained with them for five years; during this time having, with bis brother George W. Moon, purchased a tract of 1,040 acres of land in West Township, of this county, in the year 1867 settled upon it and improved it; being mostly swamp lands, he made over thirty miles of ditch, rendering them to-day the best corn lands in this county. Mr. Moon has held the office of Supervisor for two terms. He married Miss Mary Jewett, daughter of Charles Jewett, of De Kalb Co., II., Feb. 16, 1857 ; they had six children, four living-Charles 0., Jennie E., Beatrice Y. and Lucina, and two that died in infancy. Mr. Moon has always taken an active part in politics, as a Republican, and has been a member of the McLean County Republican Central Committee.
WILLIAM MORRIS, farmer and insurance agent; P. 0. Sabina ; born in Sussex Co., Del., June 10, 1814; at 12 years of age, he emigrated with his parents to Preble Co., Ohio, where he followed farming until 1839, when he emigrated to Illinois and located in Morgan Co., where he rented land and followed farming for eight years. In 1847, he purchased a form of 200 acres in Macoupin Co., upon which he farmed until 1865, when he sold out and purchased 160 acres of land in West Township, McLean Co., upon which he then located, and where he has since lived during a period of fourteen years. During the past seven years, he has been local agent for the Rockford & Forest City Insurance, contining his business to territory within fifteen miles of his residence. His marriage with Sarah Ayton was celebrated Aug. 2, 1837; she was born in Preble Co., Ohio, Sept. 10, 1812; they were the parents of ten children, five of whom are now living-James B., Isaac N., Mary C., Lydia M. and Eliza W. Mr. Morris has taken a deep interest in the cause of religion, having been a member of the M. E. Church for the past forty years; has been local agent for the American Bible Society for twenty years, and Treasurer of the same for twelve years. Mrs. Morris' maiden name was Sirah Johnson; she has two children by her previous husband, Henry Ayton-Benjamin F., living in Le Roy, and Jane E., living in Greene Co., III.
EDWIN M. MURPHY, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Le Roy; born on Sec. 2, Empire Township, McLean Co.. May 23, 1836, where he lived with his parents, attended school and followed farming until when he, with his father and brother, emigrated to Oregon, but not being pleased with the country, he returned to McLean Co., and purchased 152 acres of land upon Sec. 6, West Township, upon which he located and where he has since lived. He was the youngest son of Isaac Murphy who emigrated from Ohio and located in Bloomington about the year 1826 or 1827; he was married to Mary Whitney, in Bloomington; she was born in Meigs Co., Obio, and came to Illinois at a very early day; she died in McLean Co., in 1869; Mr. Murphy entered the land where Mr. Dooly now lives, when the Land Office was at Vandalia ; his first team was a yoke of steers; he afterward raised a team of colts, and in this way obtained bis first team of horses; he worked at carpentering in Bloomington, and put up some of the first building+ of that town, among which was the first jail, using the fruits of his labor to pay for his land; he then followed farming and stock-raising until he had accunulated 980 acres of land, which he sold out and went to Oregon, where he died April 14, 1872 ; his oldest son, Charles, was the first white boy born in Bloomington, in December, 1830. Edwin M. Murphy was married to Jane Howell, in September, 1862 ; she was born in Kentucky, and died in McLean Co., in November, 1870, leaving two children-John, born Nov. 12, 1863, and Isaac L., born June 20, 1866. His marriage with Margaret Oliver was celebrated Oct. 26, 1871; she was born in County Derry, Ireland, Feb. 19, 1838, and emigrated to America with her parents when 15 months old ; her father, William Oliver, located in De Witt Co. in 1853, and died May 12, 1875, at the age of 96 years. The children of E. M. Murphy by his second wife are Mary Jane, born Dec. 5, 1872 ; Laura Bell, Dec. 11, 1876,
PERRY ORENDORFF, farmer; P. O. Kumler; born in Bloomington Township, MeLean Co., July 7, 1842; he is the second son of James K. Orendorff, who was born Dec. 28, 1812, in Kentucky, and came to Illinois with his parents about the year 1817; he located at Blooming Grove in 1823, and was one of the early settlers of this county; he endured all the hardships and privations of frontier life; he served in the Black Hawk war; was a member of Merritt Covel's company. He was united in marriage with Lavina Sales May 4, 1837; she now lives upon the old homestead ; Mr. Orendorff died Jan. 31, 1875, in Bloomington Township, where he had lived for upward of half a century. The subject of this sketch attended the common schools until the fall of 1863, when he entered the Wesleyan University, which he attended until the following spring, when he engaged in farming with his father until the spring of 1869, when he located upon his present place, where he has 240 acres of well.improved land, upon which he has good farm buildings. His marriage with Elizabeth J. Bellville was celebrated April 4, 1859; she was born in Galena, Ill., May 14, 1847; they have three children by this union-James D., born April 5, 1872; Carrie L., born Dec. 9, 1876, and Lillie, born Sept. 11, 1878. Mrs. Orendorff is the daughter of C. D. Bellville, who has an extended sketch among the biographies of this township.
ROBERT POLK, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Farmer City. This gentleman was born in County Derry, Ireland, upon the 24th of June, 1828; at 16 years of age, he, with an older sister, emigrated to America, and landed at Philadelphia in July, 1845; after following teaming here a short time, he went to Delaware, where he followed farming six years, and, in the spring of 1858, he emigrated to Illinois, and lived in Chicago three months, when he came to Empire Township, McLean Co., where, after obtaining employment for a time, he rented land and followed farming ten years, during which time he purchased thirteen acres, upon which he erected a residence, which he disposed of in 1871, and leased 160 acres of land in West Township, upon which he lived five years; in the spring of 1876, he removed upon his present place, which he had previously purchased, and which contains eighty acres of land, all under fence, and in a good state of cultivation, and upon which he has good farm buildings. Mr. Polk landed in Le Roy in 1858 with a capital of but 40 cents, and, for lack of means, his family were left in Chicago; he has, since the above date, with the asssistance of his wife, by their united efforts, strict economy and hard labor, accumulated a good property. His marriage with Martha Green was celebrated Feb. 1, 1855; she was born in County Donegal, Ireland, Dec. 11, 1830, and emigrated to America when quite young; they have six children by this union, viz., Robert J., Mary J., Sarah E. (non Mrs. John Conn, of Belleflower Township), Martha B., William S. and Margaret E. Mr. and Mrs. Polk are both believers in the Protestant religion, and educate their children in that belief.
WILLIAM E. REID, farmer; P. O. Weedman; born in Champaiga Co., Ohio, Oct. 31, 1850; he is the youngest son of R. S. Reid, who was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Nov. 8, 1811; he emigrated to Illinois and located at Randolph Grove, McLean Co., in the fall of 1875, where he now lives. The subject of this sketch attended the common schools until 18 years of age, after which he attended the High School and Normal School, a: Urbana, for three seasons, and one season at the Teachers' Institute, at Bloomington ; at 21 years of age, he engaged in schoolteaching, which he has followed for the past eight years, in connection with farming, in which, for the last six years, he has been an equal partner with his father; upon the 14th of March, 1879, he removed upon his present place in West Township, which he intends to make his permanent home. His marriage with Eliza M. Welch was celebrated March 19, 1878; she was born in Danvers Township, McLean Co., Oct. 8, 1852; she is a daughter of Henry and Minerva Welch, who are among the early pioneers of McLean Co., and whose biographies appear in of Downs Township.
JOHN B. SAVAGE, merchant, Postmaster and Justice of the Peace, Sabina ; residence. Sabina Station ; was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Jan. 10, 1814; his father, Whalen Savage. died when the subject of this sketch was but 10 years of age, and he, with his mother, emigrated to Mlinois and located in Downs Township in the spring of 1854; he there worked at farming during the summer, and attended school during the winter until 20 years of age, when. in the spring of 1864, he enlisted in the 68th Reg., I. V. I., and served with the Army of the Potomac until he received his discharge; he then returned to Downs Township and was employed by John McConnell seven years in succession. He was then engaged in farming a short time upon rented land in Downs Township, and, in 1872, he removed upon his present place in West Township, where he has since lived, with the exception of two years' residence in Le Roy, one year of which he was engaged at milling, and one of which he was engaged in the merchandising trade for himself. During Mr. Savage's residence in Downs Township, he held the office of Highway Commissioner, Constable, and, as Collector, he successfully handled the funds of the Township for the year 1871. He was elected Justice of the Peace in 1876, and, at the completion of the railroad through Sabina, he was appointed Postmaster, both of which above offices he now holds. He is also engaged in the merchandise trade, handling lumber, coal, salt, lime, etc., and buying grain for Barnum & Keenan, of Le Roy. His marriage with Sarah L. Crumbaugh was celebrated Oct. 1, 1868; she was born in Empire Township Dec. 17, 1848 ; they have two children by this union-Herbert, born Sept. 14, 1872, and Annie, April 11, 1875. Mrs. Savage is daughter of Montgomery Crumbaugh, who emigrated from Kentucky and located in McLean Co. in the year 1841. Her mother was the daughter of Henry West, in whose honor this township received its name. He was the first Supervisor, which office he held for many years.
THOMAS A. SAXTON, farmer, Sec. 5, Town 21; P. O. Farmer City ; born in Harrison Co., Ohio, Dec. 12, 1826 ; at 11 years of age his father died and Thomas. being the oldest son, devoted all his energies toward the support of the family ; at 21 years of age, he commenced as farm laborer, being employed by one party seven years in succession. He then rented land and followed farming and threshing until 1864, when he sold his threshing-machine, some farm machinery and stock and located upon the farm of J. Keenan, West Township, McLean Co., III., and followed farming and stock-raising until 1872, when he purchased his present place of 160 acres on Sec. 5, and, in 1875, settled upon the same, where he has since lived ; he has brought the same to a good state of cultivation, divided in forty-acre lots, and upon which he has good farm buildings. His marriage with Mary Jane Healea was celebrated Nov. 11, 1852 ; she was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, April 19, 1827; they were the parents of five children, of whom one is deceased ; the living are-Mrs. Sarah M. Grizzell, born Jan. 22, 1854, living in Barton Co., Kan.; Mary M., Feb. 3, 1858, married and lives in Ohio ; Joseph F., Jan. 11, 1860, and William F., Jan. 27, 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Saxton, with their two oldest children, are members of the M. E. Church, the parents having been members for the past eighteen years, and Mr. S. having filled the office of Steward of the church both in Ohio and Illinois as well as several town and school offices.
J. D. SCOTT, farmer; P. O. Kumler ; born in Butler Co., Ohio, Feb. 14, 1842, where he attended school and assisted his father in farming until he attained his majority, when he enlisted in May, 1864, in the 167th Reg., Ohio V. I., and went forward to battle for the Union. He was in the campaign of West Virginia during his term of service, and was mustered out and received his discharge in the fall of 1864; he then returned to Ohio, and, upon the 11th day of January, 1865, was united in marriage with Susan A. Kumler ; she was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Sept. 20, 1844 ; they have four children by this union-Otto G., Ord E., Ollie M. and Nellie. Upon his marriage, he continued farming for himself in Butler Co., Ohio, until 1868, when he removed to Union Co., Ind, where he engaged in the dry goods trade until 1872, and, in the summer of 1873, he came to Illinois and located upon Sec. 1, Town 21, West Township, McLean Co., where he has since followed farming.
GEORGE W. SNOOK, farmer and grain-dealer; P. 0. Delano. This gentlemau was born in Maryland, on the 25th of January, 1823; he was the son of John Snook, who was born in the State of Maryland, and died in Ohio, in the spring of 1839, At 15 years of age, the subject of this sketch started out with an older brother, to seek his fortune, his capital consisting of $2.45; his first labor was working upon the turnpike in Clark Co., Ohio, upon which he labored three months, without receiving his wages, when the contractor fuiled and fled, and Mr. Snook lost his three months labor; during the following winter, he performed various duties upon a farm, receiving from 30 to 50 cents per day, and in the spring his capital invoiced one ax, a new suit of clothes and $15 in money. He was then confined to the house two months with a broken leg. After which he was employed as a farm laborer, until 1842, when he was united in marriage with Mary M. Fuller, Sept. 15, 1812; she was born in Clark Co., Ohio, April 6, 1822. He then rented land for two years, and in the winter of 1844, he labored at $8 per month, and in this manner he supported his family, which at that time consisted of himself, wife and one child. He then farmed on shares two years, when he hired out in a distillery, where he worked for eight years, his wages varying from $15 to $30 per month ; during this period of labor he made his first land purchase by investing $500 in Indiana land, which he held tbree years, when he realized a profit of $1,000. He continued dealing in land while working by the month, until he had realized a profit of $3,500. In 1854, he purchased a farm, for which he paid $4,000, upon wbich he located and engaged in farming and dealing in land, until 1861, when he sold out, and coming West, located in Logan County, I., in the fall of 1861. Here he followed farming and dealing in real estate, until he came to McLean Co., and located upon Sec. 23, West Township, in 1868, where he has since lived. He now owns 1,100 acres of land, upon which he has ten sets of good farm buildings, all of which he has accumulated by his own hard labor, economy and careful business management, in which he has been nobly assisted by his amiable wife, and to her efforts he generously attributes the greatest share of his success. In politics, he is a Republican. His religious belief is Universalist. Has been a strong temperance advocate for the past thirty years. He is a public-spirited man, and considers well the interest of his township; to his efforts the township of West may feel truly grateful for what has heen accomplished for