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were Martin and Margaret (Viers) Housel.
When a very young lad, he was dependent upon
his own resources. His father died when he
was three weaks old, and he was made an
orphan by the death of his mother when he had
reached his ninth year. He received his educa-
tion in the public schools, after which he found
employment in a match factory at Akron for
two years. He then ran an engine for a year
and a half and later worked as a millwright.
Although too young to participate in the Civil
War, his family was well represented at the
front, three brothers and two brothers-in-law
serving in the Union Army.

In 1877, Mr. Housel removed from Akron to
Galesburg, where he lived until 1880, when he
went to Peoria. In 1887-88 he lived in Altona,
Knox County, Illinois, where he managed a
farm, and in 1889, he returned to Galesburg,
and entered upon his successful career as con-
tractor and builder. Mr. Housel has built many
of the finest residences and most conspicuous
public buildings in Galesburg. Among the lat-
ter may be mentioned the Marquette Build-
ing, the Dick Block, the Craig and Johnson
buildings on Main street, the Central Congrega-
tional Church, the Universalist Church, the
Knox Street Congregational Church, and the
remodelling of the First Methodist Episcopal
Church. Nor have Mr. Housel's labors been
confined to the demands upon his skill in the




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KNOX COUNTY.



town where he resides. He was the builder of
the annex to the County .A.lms House at Kno.v-
ville. and of the annex to the State .Asylum
for the Deaf and Dumb at Jacksonville. At
present he is engaged in the erection of a Pres-
byterian Church at Davenport, Iowa.

Mr. Housel belongs to the Modern Woodmen
of America, and is one of the Knights of
Pythias. In 1S78, he became a member of the
M3thodist Episcopal Church. In politics, he is
a republican.

June 1. 1880. Mr. Housel was married to
Lenora Cummings. Her father. L. B. Cum-
mings. was a veteran of the Mexican War, and
one of the gold hunters of 1S49. Upon his re-
turn from California, in 1852, he settled on a
farm near Altona.

Mr. and Mrs. Housel have three children:
Ralph B., Alice Maree, and John Frederic.

REIBEN WILLI.VM HINT.

Reuben William Hunt, School Director, Alder-
man, member of Library Board, member of
Knox County Agricultural Board, City Treas-
urer, Supervisor, member of Executive Commit-
tee of Knox County, President of Republican
League, was born in Brooklyn, New York,
June 14, 1827. He was the son of Jeremiah
North and Elizabeth (Manley) Hunt.

His lather, the fourth child in a family of
thirteen, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in
1803. Considering the condition of the schools
in that early day. he obtained a good practical
education, and was well fitted to enter upon the
active duties of life. At different times, he be-
came a grocer, school teacher, farmer, and nurs-
eryman. He engaged in business in Brooklyn
and other places in the vicinity of New York
City, and about this time, married Elizabeth
Manley, daughter of Robert Manley, a minister
of the Dutch Reformed Church. In 1833, unat-
tended, he came West and opened a store in
Chicago. The next year he settled in Naper-
ville, Illinois, and sent for his family.

Young Reuben Hunt did not have the advan-
tages of a college education, but he drank deeply
at the Pierian fountains of knowledge. He
availed himself of the instruction of public and
private schools, and became, through untiring
energy and perseverance, a well educated man.
Both he and his brother were well verse'd in the
Latin grammar before they studied the English.
Notwithstanding his fondness for Latin, he was
a thoughtful reader and was well posted on the
current events of the day.

In youth, ho was sedate and studious, shy
and retiring. He was fond of music and nat-
ural scenery — a lover of flowers and the song
of birds. Replying to one who spoke of his
strength and activity, he said. "When I was
young in years. I was old. and now, when I am
old in years, I am young."

Mr. Hunt came to Illinois when only seven
years of age. In the Spring of 1857, he moved
from Naperville to Galesburg and established a
nursery and greenhouse.

In May of the following year, a severe wind
and hail storm destroyed his entire nursery



stock and swept away his greenhouse, leaving
him much in debt. Not despairing or discour-
aged, both he and his faithful wife took hold
with renewed energy, and finally their labors
were crowned with success.

Mr. Hunt was a member of the Masonic fra-
ternity, Vesper Lodge, A. F. and A. M., which
he joined about 1876. He was a member of the
Galesburg Horticultural Society and the State
Society, adding much to their life and interest
by his discussions and the papers that he pre-
sented and read on his practical experiments in
horticulture.

Mr. Hunt was naturally a religious man. He
united with the Baptist Church at Naperville in
1843. On his removal to Galesburg, both he and
his wife connected themselves with the Bap-
tists, but when the old church was divided they
did not join the present organization.

Politically, he was a whig until the organiza-
tion of the republican party. From that time
until his death, he was an earnest republican,
never opposing party measures or party meth-
ods.

He was united in marriage, November 18,
1856, to Mary (Wolcott) Hunt, his brother Rob-
ert's widow, daughter of Asa and Elizabeth
(Stanton) Wolcott, who was born at Coburg,
Canada, October 2, 1825. To them were born
three daughters aod one son, Mary Elizabeth,
Julia -{Rogers), Lillie. and Reuben W., Jr.

Mr. Hunt possessed many Christian graces.
He was always generous and kind, aiding those
around him by his counsel, and bestowing his
sympathies upon the unfortunate and despair-
ing. He was: charitable and hospitable, true to
his friends and ever ready to serve them. He
was fond of his home and home joys, uniformly
sweet-tempered and loving in his family, and
thoughtful of their welfare and comfort. He
was always cheerful and always had a pleasant
word for every one.

He was fond of both prose and poetry and
could express his thoughts clearly in either.
His writings were of the incisive and laconic
style, as the following extract will show: "Faith
reaches, prayer opens, but purity of heart alone
enters the portals of Heaven."

Mr. Hunt had two marked characteristics:
honesty of purpose and purity of action. He
lived the life of a Christian and died universally
lamented.

ALBERT in l{l>.

Albert Hiird. A. M., Ph. D., son of Tyrus and
Charlotte (Heck) Hurd, was born in Kempt-
ville, Ontario, November 6, 1823. His father's
ancestors came from England to Connecticut.
His great-grandfather moved to Arlington. Ver-
mont, in 17C4, and about 1812, his grandfather,
Phineas Hurd, moved from Vermont to Canada
West, now Ontario.

His mother's ancestors were among the 6,000
Protestants, who. near the close of the seven-
teenth century, fled from the Rhine Palatinate
to England in consequence of the religious per-
secutions of Louis XIV. A number of these
Palatine Teutons finally formed a settlement in
Ireland, where her grandmother was born in



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1734. In 1758, John Wesley visited the settle-
ment, and many of them became Methodists;
her grandmother, Barbara Ruckle, and her
grandfather. Paul Heck, were among the num-
ber. They, with many other "Irish Palatines,"
emigrated" to America, landing in New York,
August 10, 1760. There, Barbara Heck began
the organization of the first Methodist service
and the first Methodist church in the New
World. Her name is first on the list, and to her
is given, by the entire Methodist Church of
America, the exalted honor of being their spirit-
ual mother and founder. "Wesley Chapel," the
first church structure of the denomination in the
Western Hemisphere, came from the heart and
head of this devoted woman. It stood on the
present site of the John Street Methodist
Church, New York. The family afterwards
moved to the neighborhood of Troy, New York,
and finally to Canada.

The early educational advantages of Albert
Hurd were tne customary ones of that period.
He obtained a good English education in the
common schools. He fitted for college, partly
in the preparatory department of Victoria Col-
lege at Coburg, Ontario, and partly at Ogdens-
burg Academy, New York. He matriculated at
Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1846, and grad-
uated in 1850. Subsequently, he studied chem-
istry and the natural sciences, at the Lawrence
Scientific School of Harvard University under
Professors riorsford and Louis Agassiz.

Professor Hurd, whose father was a farmer,
passed his youth upon the farm at home. Like
many a New England boy, he worked on the
farm in the summer and attended school in the
winter. He was always fond of books, and when
he was seventeen years of age, had read thought-
fully and lovingly much of the best English
poetical literature. Before reaching the age of
sixteen, he was the teacher of a district school
near his home, and for the next five years con-
tinued that work, more or less.

For the first year after leaving college. Pro-
fessor Hurd became Principal of the Vermont
Literary and Scientific Institution, located at
Brandon. At the end of the year, he accepted
an invitation to become Tutor and Lecturer on
the Natural Sciences in Knox College, Gales-
burg, Illinois. Since the Fall of 18-51, he has re-
mained in this institution, pursuing the quiet
and uneventful, but laborious life of a Western
College Professor. For three years, 1851-1854, he
was Tutor and Lecturer on the Natural Sciences;
for forty-three years, 1854-1897, Professor of
Chemistry and Natural Science, and from 1897
to the present time, he has held the Latin Pro-
fessorship, having previously, for nearly twenty
years, been the acting Professor of Latin in ad-
dition to his other duties. He says of himself:
"I am not conscious of having ever deliberately
chosen the profession of teaching for my life-
work. I have always been of the opinion that
an over-ruling Providence decided that matter
for me. From boyhood, I loved books and
study. The door of the teacher's life was al-
ways open wide before me. Other doors did not
invite my entrance. I merely passed through the



open door and have been led along through a
life of contentment and satisfaction, teaching,
more or less, every year for sixty years."

Sixty years of earnest toil with the mind of
youth! Sixty years of untiring energy and labor
in erecting the temple of manhood and woman-
hood! Sixty years in developing the latent
powers of the human soul! How full of inter-
est, how full of thought the reflection! What
joys, what hopes, what ambitions were inspired
during the recital of the daily lessons! How
many can look back and say, the inspiration
and impulse of my life-work and life-deeds were
given, when receiving instruction from this
teacher of sixty years' experience! How many
can say, then was opened to me my pathway of
life! Truly, sixty years, as a teacher and Pro-
fessor, is a holy sacrifice on the altar of devo-
tion. It is almost impossible, in any depart-
ment of labor, to accomplish a greater life-work.

As a teacher in the class room. Professor Hurd
stands pre-eminent. He has but few equals. He
is clear and logical in thought and expression,
and has a most incisive way of imparting in-
struction. His lessons are always well learned,
and he never meddles with subjects that are
hazy in mind or not well understood. He is
positive and commanding, and no student can
tail to see the lucidness of his teaching and
illustrations.

As a man and citizen, he has never made him-
self popular by his sociability. In the broad
sense, he is not social, and yet, when thoroughly
acquainted, he is one of the most social of men.
He is especially known for his decision of char-
acter, purity of motives, and fair-mindedness in
his relation with his fellow-men. He despises
all shams and detests all sycophancy and dema-
gogism. In a word, he is acknowledged as a
man of ability, of sound learning, and as one
who always acts with prudence and discretion.

Professor Hurd has always shown a com-
mendable interest in the prosperity and welfare
of this city. At the comm.encement of the legal
existence of the Y''oung Men's Library Associa-
tion in January, 1860, he was elected its Presi-
dent. After holding that office for a year, he
became its Librarian and served in that capac-
ity until April, 1867, when the continued exist-
ence of the Association had become assured and
it was possible to pay the Librarian a small sal-

in religious faith and belief. Professor Hurd
is a Congregationalist. On his arrival here in
1851, he became a member of that church. He
never has been identified with any of the various
secret or social organizations. Politically, he is
a republican, believing, in the main, in repub-
lican principles and republican doctrine. Some-
times, he has voted the prohibition ticket be-
cause of his life-long and earnest opposition to
the use of intoxicating drinks.

He was married January 11, 1855, to Eleanor
Amelia Pennock, who died August 11, 1895. To
them were born two children, Harriet Sophia
(McClure), wife of the founder of McClure's
Magazine, and Mary Charlotte, teacher of
French in Knox College.



K N «) X C O U N 'i' V.



I'AIL KAYMOM) KKNDAl.L.

Paul Raymond Kendall was born in Phillips-
ton. MassacluisPtts, August 27, 1822. He was
the son of Paul Raymond and Jane (Nickerson)
Kendall, both of whom were natives of Massa-
rhusetts.

The Kendall family are of English descent
and came to this country in IGSii. settling in
Woburn. Massachusetts. They are of a strong
and sturdy race and are endowed with superior
intellectual powers.

Paul Raymond, in his youth, had all the trials
and experiences of the average New England
boy. He was not born into luxury and wealth;
but even in his early years, he had to do his
part to earn the means of subsistence. He laid
the foundation of his education by attending
the district school of his native town. Having
a quick mind, and naturally studious, he soon
became a proficient scholar. He next entered
an academy at Swanzey. New Hampshire,
where he fitted for college. He then matric-
ulated in Norwich University, which was under
the charge of General Truman B. Ransom, who
fell in storming the heights of Chapultepec,
Mexico, and graduated with very high honors,
July 7, 1847.

Immediately after his graduation, he entered
upon his life-work as an educator. He first
took charge of an academy in Sharpsburg. Ken-
tucky, where he remained about two years. In
1849. he became the Principal of the Western
Liberal Institute, located at Marietta. Ohio.
The success of this institution led to the
founding of a similar one at Galesburg, Illinois,
and in the Autumn of 1852, Professor Kendall
became its Principal. The following year, col-
lege powers were granted to it, and he became
its first President. He soon conceived the idea
of converting it into a real college. He stood
alone. There was not a single Trustee that
favored his project. In June, 1854, he invited
the Rev. Dr. Weaver, who was then pastor of
a church in St. I.ouis. to plead the cause of
the prospective college before the Board of
Trustees. Dr. Weaver came, and a day was
spent in discussion of the subject. At last
consent was given under the conditions that
Professor Kendall should raise the necessary
funds for an endowment and for the erection
of buildings. He invited Dr. J. V. N. Standish
to become the Acting President while he was
in the field canvassing for funds. During his
three years' work, he secured from $80,000 to
?75,000. and from the largest contributor. Ben-
jamin Lombard, for whom the institution was
named. $20,000. The college charter was se-
cured February 14. 1857. No college ever had
a more indomitable worker than President
Kendall. His zeal always outran his execution:
and yet. his execution was two-fold. Without
his mighty efforts, assisted by Drs. Weaver
and Standish. Lombard University would never
have been. It stands to-day as a monument
to his brain and labors.

President Kendall had not only a military
education, but a heart full of patriotism. In
1861. he engaged in the volunteer recruiting



service in Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri, and
raised the greater part of the Eighth Kansas
Infantry Volunteers, the Eighty-third, Ninety-
second, and One Hundred and Second Illinois
Infantry Volunteers, and the Twelfth Missouri
Cavalry. In 18tJ3, he was commissioned I'Mrst
Lieutenant and Quartermaster of the Twelfth
Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. In 18G4, he was
assigned to General Hatch's staff as Quarter-
master of his division of the Army of the
Tennessee. At the close of the war, he was
ordered to Fort Leavenwoith, as recorder of
a military commission, and remained till ISGii.

In lSfi8. he became a teacher again, taking
charge of Clinton Liberal Institute in Central
New York. In 1870. he was invited to the Presi-
dency of Smithson College at Logansport. In-
diana, where he remained for four years.
Again, he became connected with Clinton In-
stitute and effected its removal to Fort Plain.
New York. For this institution, he raised a
large fund and served one year as Professor.
He then retired to private life, crowned with
many honors.

Intellectually, President Kendall was a supe-
rior man. He had a diversified talent and was
a superior scholar. He was known for his
quickness of perception, kindness of heart, sin-
cere affection, and true friendship. He labored
for others rather than for himself, anil was
constantly making personal sacrifices for the
public good. He believed in every kind of im-
provement and spent his life in working for the
elevation of humanity.

la 1894, he was stricken with partial paralysis,
from which he never recovered. He lived with
his daughter in Canton, New York, where he
died, April 4, 1897, in the seventy-fifth year of
his age.

President Kendall was twice married. First.
November 6, 184 1, to Abby A. Weaver, of Rock-
ingham, Vermont, who died a few years later,
leaving one daughter, Mrs. Abbie S. Cleveland.
His second marriage was November 6, 1853, to
Caroline S. Woodbury, of Bethel, Vermont. Of
this union three daughters were born: Marion,
Flora, and Gertrude. The first two are living.

WILMA.M (nVi;\ LOVKJOY.

William Owen Lovcjoy. whose name imme-
diately suggests relationship with one who
was famous in the earlier annals of Illinois,
was born near Quincy, February 13, 1841. His
father. Jabez Lovejoy. was a farmer, and a
cousin of Owen and Elijah Lovejoy. The
mother of William Ix)vejoy was Catherine
Waldron. a descendant of a German baronial
house. In 1830, the parents removed from
Schoharie County. New York, to Adams Coun-
ty, Illinois, and settled on one hundred and
sixty acres of land deeded to Mr. Lovejoy by
his sister, the widow of General Leavenworth.
When William was a hoy ten years of age. his
parents died, and he was sent to live with an
uncle in Dutchess County. New York. He re-
ceived a common school education, and spent
one term in the Oxford Academy, Oxford, Con-
necticut. He afterwards took the entire four



KNOX COUNTY.



years' Chautauqua course, in the "Pioneer"
class.

William O. Lovejoy's first employment after
leaving school was as a clerk in a store at
Brooklyn, New York, and later in New York
City. He was afterwards employed as clerk
on his uncle's steamboat, which carried freight
on the Hudson River, between Red Hook and
New York. In 1862, Mr. Lovejoy returned to
the old homestead in Illinois, and for several
years managed the farm. In 1870, he entered
the Galesburg offices of the Chicago, Burlington
and Quiney Railroad, as a telegraph operator.
Since 1894, he has-been President of the Even-
ing Mail Publishing Company.

Mr. Lovejoy has filled important positions.
Including those of Town Clerk and Collector,
In Honey Creek Township, Adams County, and
for nine years he has been City Assessor of
Galesburg. He is a member of the Masonic
Fraternity and is a Knight Templar; he also
belongs to the Order of United Workmen; and
to the Modern Woodmen of America. In these
various organizations, he has been honored
with high official work; he is Generalissimo in
the Galesburg Commandery, K. T.; Secretary,
Royal Arch Masons; Master Workman, A. 0.
U. W.; Venerable Counsel, M. W. A.; and Rep-
resentative to the Grand Council in both orders.

In his religious connection, Mr. Lovejoy is a
member of the Central Congregational Church
of Galesburg. He has always been a republican
in politics.

September 3, 1862, Mr. Lovejoy was married
to Elizabeth A. Near, a native of Dutchess
County, New York. She is of German descent.
Their only child, a son, died in infancy.

CAPTAIN THOMAS LESLIE MiOIRR.

Captain Thomas Leslie McGirr, son of Mahlon
and Sarah Lodema (Barbero) McGirr, was born
in Maquon, Illinois, January 12, 1854.

His father was born in Stark County, Ohio,
afterwards moving to Washington County, and
then in 1851, to Maquon. For a while. Be worked
at the carpenter's trade, and later, in company
with his brother, established a general store
of merchandise, continuing in the business until
his brother's death in 1855. He then engaged in
farming.

His mother, a native of New York, came to
Illinois at a very early date, 1839.

The McGirrs are of Scotch descent. Arthur
M. McGirr, Leslie's great-grandfather, was born
near Glasgow, Scotland. He was a linen draper,
and on a visit to Ireland, became acquainted
with Nancv McClintic, whom he married Octo-
ber 22, 1783, in the County Tyrone. They then
came to Dover, Delaware, and of their numerous
family of children, the seventh, Thomas Mc-
Girr, was the grandfather of the subject of this
sketch. He married Ann Wileman in Stark
County, Ohio, December 12, 1821. They were
Quakers, and in language, simplicity of man-
ners, and style of dress, they adhered strictly
to their faith.

On account of the newness of the country and
a want of proper facilities, Leslie's educational



advantages were somewhat circumscribed. He
attended the public schools of several different
townships and received what instruction they
were able to give. Besides the branches pur-
sued in school, he studied chemistry, physics,
botany and history. , He began teaching in Elba
Township in December, 1873. Afterwards, he
taught in Haw Creek and Maquon townships —
was principal of school at St. Augustine, taught
a summer school at Greenbush, and was princi-
pal at Prairie City for several years. For some
time he was a student in the college at Abing-
don, but left in 1876.

After leaving college, he made a tour of some
of the Western States — Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas,
Missouri — and visited the Centennial at Phila-
delphia. He then became a law student under
the late Judge Douglas, of the Knox County
Bar, and was admitted to general practice in all
the Courts of the State, November 13, 1882. He
first opened a law office at Maquon and practiced
there until he moved to Galesburg, August 4,
1887; he afterwards visited New Mexico, Ari-
zona and Mexico.

March 14, 1891, he was elected Captain of
Company C, Sixth Illinois National Guards, re-
elected in March, 1894, and again in March, 1897.

Captain McGirr has always shown a patriotic
spirit. At his country's call, he has never hesi-
tated or wavered. On June 10, 1894, he was
ordered by the Governor to Pekin to guard and
protect the town against mob violence and mob
rule. He was ordered to Spring Valley, July 8,
1894, to enforce the law and maintain order
against the striking miners. Here he had com-
mand of Company A, of Rock Island and Com-
pany C, of Galesburg. He also entered the
United States Volunteer service in the late war
with Spain and marched to the front. Septem-
ber 1, 1899, he received notice of his appoint-
ment to a captaincy in the Fortieth Regiment,
United States Volunteer Infantry, to rank from
August 17, 1899. The appointment was accepted
by him, and he was assigned to recruiting serv-
ice for his regiment on September 8.

Captain McGirr has been an honored member
of the following societies: Has passed through
all the chairs in the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, Past Grand; A. F. and A. M.; Sachem
of Tribe two terms. Improved Order of Red
Men; Great Keeper of the Wampum two years;
and Great Sachem one term for States of Illi-
nois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Captain McGirr is a man of commanding pres-



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