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shown by testimonials in possession of the
family. He was one of General Wayne's picked
men for storming Stony Point.

Matthew C. Willard received his elementary
training in the public schools of this city. He
then entered Knox Academy and prepared for
college. He ente'-ed college and graduated in
1864 with honor and distinction. After gradua-
tion, he was employed in mercantile business,
and afterwards in the sale of real estate. In
1872, his Alma Mater elected him a member of
the Board of Trustees, a position he held to the
day of his death, September 15, 1894.



Aside from his domestic relations, there were
two objects that were uppermost in his mind —
the college and the church. Of the former, he
was elected Secretary, serving for several years,
and was a member of the Executive Board. Its
interests and welfare were ever dear to his
heart. His good judgment and persistent ac-
tivity were acknowledged, and to these qualities
much of the success and prosperity of Knox
College is due. The old First Church also
claimed his attention. Here was the religious
home of his parents, and here he was consecra-
ted in May, 1858. His love and zeal are shown
by his strict attendance on all appointments of
the church. Divine service, prayer meetings,
and business meetings were not neglected. As
a Christian, he fulfilled his mission faithfully
and well. For several years he was Superin-
tendent of the Mission Sunday School.

Politically, Mr. Willard was a republican, but
he was not of that sort that would condone
wrong-doing in his jwn party. He was a strong
temperance man, and believed in purity of gov-
ernment, purity of home, and purity of life. He
lived a lite of honesty and integrity, and died
with the plaudits of every citizen — good and
faithful servant.

Mr. Willard was twice married. His first
wife was Helen Frances Dieterich, a daughter
of George Dieterich of this city, whom he mar-
ried May 9, 1872. Her father was a man of
great influence and note.

His second marriage was to Ideletta Henry, of
Princeville, March 30, 1886.

Of this last union, there were born three
children; one son and two daughters: Cordelia,
Silas, and Louise.

THOMAS RIGIVEY WILLARD.

Thomas Rigney Willard was born in Grove-
land Township. Tazewell County, Illinois, Nov-
ember 18, 1844. He was the son of Warren C.
and Caroline (Cottle) Willard. His parents
were natives of Vermont, and came West at an
early period; the father in 1834, at the age of
eighteen; the mother in 1820, when she was
three years old. Her father, Andrew Cottle, set-
tled at St. Charles, Missouri, where he died, and
she was reared in the family of her aunt,
Sophronia (Cottle) Hayes. Warren C. Willard
became a student in the Illinois College at
Jacksonville, with the intention of preparing
for the university, but failing health compelled
him to seek other work. After his marriage,
he built a log h^use and began life as a farmer.
By labor in the open air his health was re-
stored, and in 1847. at the invitation of his older
brother, Silas Willard, he moved to Galesburg,
and assumed the management of a general mer-
chandise business, which his brother had estab-
lished. He died in Florida, in March, 1871; his
wife died in 1879.

Thomas R. Willard graduated from Knox
College in 1866. and the next year taught Greek
and Latin in Knox Academy. In the Fall of
1867, he entered the Chicago Theological Sem-
inary, but took the middle and senior years of




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