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the republican party for many years. In 1880,
he was elected to the Legislature, representing
the counties of Warren and McDonough. At
the regular session of 1881, and the special ses-
sion of 1882, he was a member of several im-
portant committees, and rendered valuable and
efficient service. Mr. Davis is a pleasing and
Impressive public speaker, and has rendered
valuable service to his party during Presiden-
tial campaigns, both before and since coming to
Knox County. Mr. Davis has always taken a

lively interest in the advancement and im-
provement of the city of Galesburg. He is
now serving his second term as Alderman from
the Third Ward, which is but one of the many
evidences of the respect and confidence of the

He is a prominent member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, having held official positions
therein for many years, at present being one
of the Trustees. He is a member of Veritas
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; a
member of College City Lodge, Ancient Order
of United Workmen, having served in all the
chairs of these orders.

September 27, 1860, Mr. Davis was married
to Artimesa Stambaugh, daughter of Rev.
Adam Stambaugh. They are the parents of
nine children: Emma; Eva; Margaret; Elsy A.;
Steward A.; Alice J.; Louie May; James E.;
and Stella, deceased.


Loyal Case Field was born in Cornwall, Addi-
son County, Vermont, February 29, 1824. He
was the son of Luman and Abigail (DeLong)
Field. In early life, the father was a school
teacher, but afterwards devoted himself to farm-
ing. He left Vermont in 18.35 and lived in Yates,
Orleans County, New York, for two years. In
May, 1837, he came with his family to Knoxville,
this county, remaining there until October 8,
when he removed to a farm he purchased at
Center Point. Here he resided until his death,
September, 1846. In religion, he was a Baptist;
in politics, a republican. He was ever regarded
as a worthy and upright citizen.

Loyal's early educational advantages were
limited. He made the best use possible of all
the opportunities the common school of his na-
tive town afforded; but it was in the great
school of experience that he was fitted for the
active and responsible duties of life. While in
school, he manifested a decidedly artistic taste.
He had a fondness for drawing pictures of ani-
mals and natural scenery.

Soon after the arrival of the family at Knox-
ville, Loyal was engaged for four years as a
clerk in the dry goods store of Joseph Gay, of
Henderson. He was also clerk for Mr. Whistler,
of Davenport, Iowa.

After his father's death, he took care of the
farming interest; settled the estate, and farmed
for his mother's family and himself from Sep-
tember, 1846, to January, 1852. He then sold
the home farm and bought Mr. Wiley's stove,
tin. and hardware store in Galesburg, F. M.
Smith being his partner and E. C. Field a silent
partner and bookkeeper. This firm of Field and
Smith continued the hardware business for four
years. He then became a leading member in
the Frost Manufacturing Company, where he
remained as President until his death. As a
canvasser for jobs or contracts, or as manager
at the office desk, he always manifested a supe-
rior talent for business, and was always known
for honesty and fair dealing.

Under his advice and management, the firm
prospered and gained a wide reputation.

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Mr. Field was nt'ver a seeker after oflice.
Nevertheless, by reason of his ability and integ-
rity, his fellow citizens demanded his services.
In 1860-61, he held the office of Alderman, and
in 1S72, he was elected Mayor of the city of

In religious belief, Mr. Field was orthodox,
although not a member of any church. He was
generous almost to a fault, contributing liber-
ally to all churches where he atteiuled.

In political faith, he was an oulspolcen advo-
cate of the principles of the republican party.
No preferment ever biased his juilgment. He
espoused a cause, because he thought it was

He was married September 13. ISIS, to Clara
Armeda Davison, daughter of Artemas Davison
(who was accidently killed by his son-in-law
while hunting in Henderson Grove. November
17, 1842). To them were born five children:
Frank Smith, born February 24, 18.50, died July
8, 18.50; Edward Loyal, born January 4, 1855,
artist in New York City; Kate Elnora, born
April 28, 1859, married to Edward Russell
Grant of Cromwell, Iowa; Carrie Luella, born
June 12, 1862, died April 2, 1866; Charles, horn
January 26, 1866, died September 26, 1866. Ed-
ward Loyal was married November 3, 1S90. to
Flora Stark, in London, England.


John Huston Finley was born at Grand
Ridge, LaSalle County. Illinois, October 19,
1863. He is the son of James Gibson and Lydia
Maynard (McCombs) Finley, both of whom
were natives of Pennsylvania. His father, when
a young man. came West and purchased a tract
of land, then an unbroken prairie, for a farm.
He then returned to Pennsylvania and brought
his family to his new home in LaSalle County.
He was a man of intelligence and influence and
was prominent in the community in which he
lived. In church affairs, he took a great in-
terest, and for the common weal, he labored
faithfully. The mother of John H. was a
remarkable woman. In her domestic relations
and in her social functions, she never failed
to do her dutv.

The history of the ancestry of the Finley
family is brief. They are of Scotch-Irish
descent. By persecutions, they were driven out
of Scotland at an early day and settled in Ire-
land. They emigrated to this country about
the year 17.50. A member of one of the branches
of the family became President of Princeton
College. Another was the first minister to
cross the Allegheny Mountains, settling in
Western Pennsylvania. From this latter
branch descended Dr. John H. Finley.

Dr. Finley acquired the rudiments of his edu-
cation in the district school of his native town.
He received also private instruction from the
teacher and from the village minister. He at-
tended the High School at Ottawa for fourteen
months and graduated in 18S1. He then en-
gaged in teaching for Oie Winter of 1881-2. and
worked on the farm the following Summer.

In the Kail of KSS2, ho matriculated in Knox
College, remaining there six months. He then
worked on the farm and taught school for the
following Winter. In the Spring of 1884, he re-
turned to Knox College and gra

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