Author: Dennis Partridge

Champaign County, Illinois Biographies

The following biographies were collected from the manuscript A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois written in 1918 by J. R. Stewart. The fact that a citizen is mentioned in this manuscript with a biography doesn’t indicate anything more then they chose to “subscribe” to the publishing of the manuscript, or that somebody subscribed for them. The presence of a biography in these types of works however, can provide the family researcher a vivid look into the lives of their ancestors. For the historian, these works often provide a glimpse into the events that helped shape a community. One should remember that this type of work is not definitive in its proof, as it is taken from information collected at the time, and can often be misleading if not false. Stories handed down to children, may not be true; details of somebody’s life may be altered to make them appear greater then they actually were. It is important therefore for each researcher to verify the facts provided here with additional proof from other resources. Having said that, please enjoy! A search is provided on this page, or scroll using the name links below.   Alexander – Custer | Dale – Hyde | Inman – Myers | Nash – Swigart | Talbot – Zorger The following biographies were taken from A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois and represent many...

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Champaign County, Illinois Biographies (Dale – Hyde)

The following biographies were taken from A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois and represent many of the residents of Champaign County in 1918. The biographies on this page include the surnames of: Dale, Dallenbach, Daly, Davis, Decker, Delaney, Delong Brothers, Denhart, Dick, Divan, Dobbins, Dodds, Dodson, Downing, Downs, Driskell, Dunn, Eagleton, Ealey, Early, Earnest, Edens, Edwards, Ekblaw, Elaine, Elliott, Esworthy, Evans, Fagaly, Fairclo, Fairfield, Farlow, Fenimore, Fenwick, Finfrock, Fiock, Fisher, Flatt, Fowler, Franks, Freeman, Fuller, Fulton, Fultz, Funkhouser, Gallivan, Gehrke, Gehrt, Gilmore, Glascock, Golden, Gordon, Gorman, Graham, Gray, Greene, Gregg, Grimes, Groves, Hall, Hamilton, Hanson, Harper, Harris, Harry, Hartford, Hartsock, Harwood, Hawk, Hayes, Heinz, Henderson, Herbert, Herrick, Hess, Hessel, Hill, Hines, Hinton, Hixenbaugh, Holl, Hollingsworth, Holtapp, Hopkins, Howell, Hoy, Hoyt, Huckins, Hudson, Hummel, Hurst, and Hyde. Alexander – Custer | Dale – Hyde | Inman – Myers | Nash – Swigart | Talbot – Zorger Dale, Charles W. Dale, William Oscar Dallenbach, John C., M. D. Daly, Charles A. Davis, Jehu Everett Decker, Charles George Delaney, Frank Delong Brothers Denhart, Louis Dick, Jesse Newton Divan, Isaac Dobbins, Oliver B. Dodds, Joseph C., M. D., B. L. Dodson, Ira H. Downing, William J. Downs, Nancy Irene, Mrs. Driskell, George Dunn, J. B. Dunn, Matison F. Eagleton, Charles M. Ealey, W. M. Early, Thomas J. Earnest, William W. Edens, Henry J. F. Edwards, James Louis Ekblaw, Andrew Elaine, Scott Wilson...

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Champaign County, Illinois Biographies (Inman – Myers)

The following biographies were taken from A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois and represent many of the residents of Champaign County in 1918. The biographies on this page include the surnames of: Inman, Irle, Irwin, Jackson, Jaques, Jenkinson, Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Jurgensmeyer, Kariher, Keal, Keller, Kerr, Ketterman, Keusink, Kilbury, Kirby, Kirk, Kirkpatrick, Koch, Kroner, Kruse, Leas, Leathers, Leigh, Lester, Lewis, Liestman, Little, Livingston, Lloyde, Love, Lowery, Lowman, Lowry, Lyman, Lynch, Maddock, Madigan, Mahaffie, Mantle, Martin, Mason, McCabe, McCaskrin, McCullough, McElwee, McGath, McGurty, McHarry, McJilton, McKinsey, McMillen, McPherren, McQuaid, Means, Meharry, Mercer, Messman, Meuser, Miller, Mittendorf, Moehl, Mohr, Molloy, Mooney, Moore, More, Morehouse, Morris, Morrison, Morrissey, Moudy, Mulligan, Mulliken, Mullikin, Mumm, Murphy, and Myers. Alexander – Custer | Dale – Hyde | Inman – Myers | Nash – Swigart | Talbot – Zorger Inman, George L. Irle, George G. Irwin, Park T. Jackson, Cyrus E. Jaques, Francis G. Jenkinson, Elizabeth Clark Johnson, A. P. Johnson, Charles B., M. D. Johnson, Joseph C. Johnson, Joseph E. Johnston, Virgil W. Jones, Anna Marie, Mrs. Jurgensmeyer, Louis V. Kariher, Harry C., M. D. Keal, William Keller, Charles E. Keller, Henry K. Kerr, Joseph Ketterman, Salem L. Keusink, William Keusink, William B. Kilbury, Mortimer Kirby, George C. Kirk, Hugh A. Kirk, Mrs. Suzan Kirkpatrick, A. J. Koch, J. A. R. Kroner, Adam Kruse, John C. Leas, George N. Leas, Isaac T. Leathers, Thomas...

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Champaign County, Illinois Biographies (Nash – Swigart)

The following biographies were taken from A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois and represent many of the residents of Champaign County in 1918. The biographies on this page include the surnames of: Nash, Nelson, Norman, Nye, Odebrecht, Oehmke, Oliver, Olson, Paine, Parker, Parrett, Patterson, Patton, Paulus, Pearson, Peters, Peterson, Phenicie, Pinkston, Pittman, Place, Porter, Prather, Quinlan, Rankin, Rayburn, Raymond, Rea, Reardon, Redmon, Reed, Reese, Remley, Reynolds, Rice, Richards, Ricketts, Riemke, Ritchie, Rittenhouse, Robeson, Robinson, Rogers, Rose, Ross, Roth, Roughton, Rowland, Rush, Russell, Sayers, Schindler, Schluter, Schoon, Schowengerdt, Schumacher, Schwanderman, Scott, Seltzer, Shade, Shawhan, Sheridan, Shields, Silver, Singbusch, Six, Sizer, Skinner, Smith, Smoot, Somers, Souder, Southworth, Spalding, Spears, Sperry, Spoehrle, Sprague, Stevenson, Stevick, Stewart, Stipes, Stonestreet, Stout, Stover, Strahle, Strode, Strong, Stucker, Sturdyvin, Sturgeon, Sullivan, Swearingen, Swick, and Swigart. Alexander – Custer | Dale – Hyde | Inman – Myers | Nash – Swigart | Talbot – Zorger Nash, Howard Nelson, C. O. Nelson, Peter Hedrick Norman, U. G. Nye, J. E. Odebrecht, Carl Oehmke, Charles F. Oliver, Lewis D. Olson, Olof Paine, Benjamin C. Parker, Frank A., D. O. Parrett, Fred Roy Patterson, Otho Patton, Jane, Mrs. Paulus, Abraham Pearson, Joseph E. Peters, J. L. Peters, John M. Peterson, Peter Phenicie, William M. Pinkston, Joel Wood Pittman, Joseph Clinton Wampler Place, Charles Chester Porter, George M. Prather, Lewis Quinlan, William J. Rankin, James F. Rayburn, Bert Raymond, John...

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Champaign County, Illinois Biographies (Talbott – Zorger)

The following biographies were taken from A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois and represent many of the residents of Champaign County in 1918. The biographies on this page include the surnames of: Talbott, Taylor, Thomas, Thompson, Tomlinson, Tornquist, Trees, Trotter, Tucker, Umbanhowar, Van Vleck, Van Wegen, Varney, Wade, Wagner, Wallace, Walls, Warner, Watson, Watts, Webber, Wegeng, Welles, Wendling, White, Wiggins, Williams, Wills, Wilson, Windsor, Wingard, Wisegarver, Witt, Woodin, Wrean, Wright, Wyne, Yancey, Yeats, Yeazel, Youngblood, Zilly, Zombro, and Zorger. Alexander – Custer | Dale – Hyde | Inman – Myers | Nash – Swigart | Talbot – Zorger Talbott, James A. Taylor, Mary A., Mrs. Taylor, Shelby D. Thomas, James Quincy Thompson, Charles D. Thompson, James Thompson, William H. Tomlinson, William Tornquist, Andrew Trees, William Henry Trotter, John F. Tucker, S. C. Umbanhowar, James H. Van Vleck, Charles Frank Van Wegen, Lee M. Varney, Samuel B. Wade, Isaac Newton Wade, Luther C. Wagner, Peter John Wallace, Charles H. Walls, Arthur T. Warner, Claude B., A. B., A. M., D. D. S. Watson, George L. Watson, Mary E. Watts, Charles H. Webber, Charles M. Wegeng, John Carl Welles, Thomas B. Wendling, Charles F. White, David B. White, Joseph Wiggins, Charles B. Williams, Chester A. Williams, Clarence L. Williams, George Cephus Wills, James R. Wilson, David Wilson, James A. Windsor, Phineas Lawrence Wingard, L. Forney Wisegarver, Howard Witt, Charles W....

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Champaign County Water Supply

The splendid water supply of Champaign County is accounted for by the presence of the glacial drift, which forms the striking feature of the surface geology of Champaign County. Miss DeEtte Rolfe, who has written much and well on this subject, explains the matter thus: “Irregularly interspersed in this drift are long strips and beds of gravel which have their outcrops on the flanks of the moraines. These, being surrounded by the dense clay, form pockets which become reservoirs for the storage of water. It is on these reservoirs that the county must rely for its water supply. The water obtained from them is of good quality, except in the somewhat rare instances where the outcrop of the gravel bed is so situated as to be exposed to contaminating influences, or in those cases, which should never occur, where the wells themselves are contaminated. As these gravel beds are distributed through the drift at different depths, the well, even on adjoining lots, may vary in depth. The quantity of water furnished by a well is governed by the size of the gravel bed from which it draws its supply. The deep wells of the county generally draw from the beds deposited between the two sheets of drift; their difference in depth depends on the irregularities of the first drift surface.” What is termed the “Artesian Water Region of Illinois”...

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The Triumphs Of La Salle

Chevalier de La Salle came to America in the year 1667. Shortly after arriving in this country he established himself as a fur trader at a trading post called La Chine, on the Island of Montreal. Here he came in contact with the Indians from the far west. Within two years he had departed on an exploration. For the next two or three years he had probably visited the Ohio River and had become quite familiar with the country to the south and west of the Great Lakes. Count Frontenac built a fort on the shore of Lake Ontario where the lake sends its waters into the St. Lawrence River. La Salle was put in charge of this fort. He named it Fort Frontenac. The purpose of this fort was to control the fur trade, especially that from up the Ottawa, and prevent it from going to New York. In 1674 La Salle went to France and while there was raised to the rank of a noble. The king was greatly pleased with the plans of La Salle and readily granted him the seigniory of Fort Frontenac, together with a large quantity of land. For all this La Salle promised to keep the fort in repair, to maintain a garrison equal to that of Montreal, to clear the land, put it in a state of cultivation, and continually to...

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Champaign County, Illinois Topography

The topography of the county has been thoroughly delineated by the State Geological and the United States Geological surveys, as well as by experts connected with the University of Illinois, especially by Prof. C. W. Rolfe of the Illinois State Laboratory of Natural History. Based upon such authorities, it is found that the altitudes of the incorporated cities and villages in the county are as follows: Ludlow, 770; Champaign, 741; Rantoul, 756; Urbana, 718; Philo, 737; Tolono, 733; Thomasboro, 731; Fisher, 721; Pesotum, 715; Mahomet, 709; Sadorus, 691; Ivesdale, 679; Longview, 678; St. Joseph, 676; Sidney, 673; Homer, 661. Action of Glaciers A consideration of these elevations and others in other portions of the county indicates a general inclination of the land surface from northwest to southeast, although, as stated, there is a distinct water-shed which divides the Wabash system from that of the Illinois and the Mississippi. This general trend was determined by glacial action, the great ice sheet moving down from the north, scouring off the land, its successive onward stages being indicated by ridges or, geologically speaking, moraines, which rise above the surface of the surrounding country to heights varying from twenty to a hundred feet. The glaciers which moved across what is now Champaign County were portions of what have become known as the Bloomington and the Champaign systems, the former, which plowed across the...

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Swamp Lands Reclaimed

Until about forty years ago a class of Champaign County lands was as carefully avoided as the prairies of an earlier period; like the prairie lands, they also proved of unusual value. For years the swamps and lowlands were considered as tracts which were worse than valueless; as so many pestilential breeders of malaria and other diseases. But in the early ’50s much Federal and State legislation was directed toward the policy of donating such overflowed lands to the various counties. The result was to direct the attention of the county authorities more particularly to the subject, and cause them to consider whether after all they should not attempt to reclaim the swamp lands to conditions of productiveness. In 1853 Benjamin Thrasher was appointed to examine all the unsold lands in the county coming within the definition of the Federal Act as “swamp and overflowed lands,” and to submit a report thereof to the County Court. He reported that 85,000 acres in Champaign County answered to that description, and nearly 36,000 acres of such land was subsequently confirmed to the county. These lands were sold and the funds used, in part, for the erection of a court-house in 1860 and to increase the school fund. It was upon these lands that the great work of drainage was accomplished nearly twenty years thereafter. In 1878 the State Constitution was amended...

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Soil of Champaign County

The surface of Champaign County, as a general thing, is composed of black prairie soil, from one to five feet in thickness. This prairie soil is under-laid by a yellow clay subsoil. Below this clay subsoil occur alternate beds of clay, gravel and quicksand of the drift formation to the depth of from 120 to 250 feet, below which there are other alternations of shale, slate, soapstone and limestone, with one or more beds of coal. Much of the loose materials found above the rocky beds of Champaign County are composed of what is called “drift,” which consists of clay, sand, rounded and water-worn masses of granite and porphyry, together with the red sandstone of the Lake Superior region, all of which have been swept southward from their native beds with a force sufficient to obliterate the angles from the hardest fragments; and these have been rudely intermingled with the surface materials of the formations over which they were transported. This drift, as it was deposited, filled up the beds of the ancient valleys and covered much of the remaining surface to a greater or lesser depth. The transportation of this “drift” for such a long distance is probably due to the slow but powerful movement of immense glaciers from the frozen regions of the north, in the same manner as the glaciers of the mountain regions of Europe...

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