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sides. At this place three children were born
to them: Harvey Russel, Jeannette, and Hazle
•June. Samuel D. is a successful merchant in
Chicago, and owns five hundred acres of land in
Marion County, Illinois. Ira E. is a former
railroad employe, and when a soldier in the
late war, was stationed in Porto Rico. Jean-
nette is a Normal student at Austin, Minne-
sota. Mr. Benson has been successful, and is a
highly respected farmer. In religion, he is a
Lutheran; in politics, a republican.

Sparta Township; born in Wataga, September
28, 1S66; his parents were Robert M.. and Catha-
rine (Dolan) Campbell of Ireland. He is of
Scotch descent. Mr. Campbell was married to
Mary A. Tiernay, in Galva, Illinois, October 26.
1892; they have one child, George Henry, born
September 8, 1894. Mrs. Campbell is the daugh-
ter of James and Mary Tiernay of Knox County.
Mr. George Henry Campbell was reared a
farmer, and educated in the common schools.
In 1890, he located on a farm, which contains
one hundred and sixty acres of choice land. Mr.
Campbell became a Mason in 1887, and is a
member of Wataga Lodge, 591, A. F. and A. M.
Mr. Campbell is a republican.

GEHRING, ALEX; Farmer; Sparta Town-
ship: born December 1. 1844. in Germany; edu-
cated in Germany and the United States; his
parents, Anthony Gehring, born March 12, 1821,
and Mary (Mosier) Gehring, born June 24, 1823,
came from Germany to Sparta Township in
1857; his paternal grandparents were Bennel
and Elizabeth (Closman) Gehring; his
great-grandparents. Mattice and Susan
Gehring, and his maternal grandparents, Jacob
and Mary Mosier. Mr. Gehring was married
May 30, 1867, in Sparta Township, Section 33, to
Jerusha, daughter of Ira and Caroline (Stewart)
Squires of Ireland and Scotland, respectively.
Mrs. Gehring was born August 1. 1847, in Vienna,
Trumbull County, Ohio. The children of Mr.
and Mrs. Gehring are: Mary Alice, born
October 29, 1871; Sarah Luella, born October 9.
1874; Carrie Lenora, born April 6, 1877, and Ira
Anthony, born December 15.' 1879. Mary Alice
was married June 11, 1P90. to James Parkinson;
they have two sons, Archie, born January 30,
1893; and Frank Donald, born September 10,


1896. Mr. Gehring is a member, and has been
a Trustee and Steward of the Methodist Episco-
pal Church. He is a republican and has been
School Director and Pathmaster.

GEHRING, JOSEPH; Farmer; Sparta Town-
ship; born March 16, 1856, in Knox County,
where he was educated. His father. Xavier
Gehring, was an early settler. He was married
January 29, 1880, to Cora, daughter of O. Peter-
son. Four children were born to them: Adella
Maud, Edna May, Arthur J. and Myrtle Irene.
Their mother died May 15, 1895. Mr. Gehriug's
second marriage occurred March 25, 1896, with
Harriet, daughter of Peter Knight, a native of
England. They have one son, Frank Earl. Mr.
Gehring has a valuable farm of one hundred and
seventy-seven acres besides one hundred acres
of pasture and timber land. He has been School
Director in Wataga for twelve years.

Wataga, Sparta Township; born in Peoria
County, March 28, 1861; his grandfather was an
English soldier, and one of the guards of Na-
poleon Bonaparte on the island of St. Helena.
He came to America in 1824. He studied for the
ministry, and had charge of a Baptist church.
He and his wife died in Peoria County. They
had five sons and two daughters, all of whom,
except Sarah, who was killed by lightning, have,
by hard work and economy, accumulated con-
siderable property. They are also very widely
and favorably known throughout Peoria County.
Thomas, the oldest child, was born on the
island of St. Helena February 28. 1814. He
moved, with the family, to England and from
there, when he was but ten years of age, to
this country, the family settling at Utica, New
York, where they lived until 1836. when they
moved West, settling at Peoria. He followed
steamboating for two summers, then, with his
brothers, William. Joseph, and Nathan, manu-
factured brick until 1849. when the two brothers,
William and Nathan, went to California, while
Thomas bought land six miles north of Peoria,
which he cleared and occupied until 1882, when
he retired and bought a home on the Bluff in
Peoria, where he died September 7. 1893. He
was the father of Dr. H. W. Giles and six other
children, two of whom died in infancy, the other
four now live in Peoria and vicinity, one of
whom, Dr. W. N. Giles, is practicing medicine
in that city. The mother of Dr. H. W. Giles
was Margaret (Poplett) Giles, of Knox County;
her father was Thompson Poplett. The Poplett
family came to Illinois from Indiana in 1835,
settling in the northwest corner of Sparta
Township, where they lived for about twelve
years, making farming their occupation. They
moved to Peoria County. Mrs. Margaret Giles
was born in Indiana June 15, 1828. and died in
Peoria County, August 7, 1875. Dr. H. W. Giles
was educated in Peoria County. He was mar-
ried to Christine Schildwachter in Peoria,
November 26, 1891.. Their children are: Clark
Webster, William Thomas, Ruth Helena. Be-
fore attending medical college Dr. Giles was in
the employment of Allaire Woodward and Co..
of Peoria. Illinois, in the Medical Laboratory.

Although his father was well able to furnish the
necessary funds to carry him through college,
he chose rather to be independent, and by per-
sistent effort and strict economy he was enabled
to keep his little nome, which he had paid for
in addition to his college course. Dr. Giles
graduated at Keokuk, Iowa, Medical College,
class of 1895, and practiced for nine months in
Iowa. He located in Wataga, Illinois, and has
built up a good practice, and is a careful and
conscientious physician. He is a member of the
Modern Woodmen of America, the Galesburg
Medical Society, the Military Tract Medical So-
ciety, and Illinois State Medical Association.
Dr. Giles is a member of the Methodist Church.
He is a prohibitionist.

Sparta Township, where he was born March 5.
1858, on the old Lee homestead, Section 6; edu-
cated in Knox County. His parents, William
A. and Betsey (Knowles) Lee, were natives of
New York State; his paternal grandfather was
Amos Lee. His father settled in Knox County
at an early day, and the son was reared on
the farm where he became a practical farmei-
and stockman; he received a good business edu-
cation at the Galesburg Business College. When
he was married he lived on Section 5, where his
father formerly resided, and in 1882, moved to
his present farm of one hundred and sixty
acres. September 9, 1880, Mr. Lee was married
to Jennie May Patterson, in Sparta Township.
There are four children: Freddie P., Bessie K.,
Jennie May, and George Edward. Mrs. Lee's
father, William Stephen Patterson, came at an
early day from Ohio to Knox County and settled
at Henderson with his parents. There he learned
the cooper's trade, but after his marriage he
became a farmer and stockman and was very
successful. He gave his daughter. Jennie, the
advantages of an education at St. Mary's, Knox-
ville. Mrs. Lee is not only an accomplished and
talented lady, but also a devoted mother. Mr.
Lee is a republican. He holds the office of
School Director.

MASTERS, WILLIAM; Farmer; Sparta
Township; born in Ontario Township, March 5.
1855; educated in Oneida. His parents were
Joseph and Phebe (Fookes) Masters; they were
born in Somerton, Somersetshire, England. Mr.
Masters was married to Lida Nation, in Wataga.
December 27, 1883. Their children are: Fred.
N.; and Don C, died May 22. 1896. Mr. Masters
is a republican. He has been School Director
for thirteen years.

NILES, DAVID PRATT; Sparta Township;
Farmer; born in Columbia County, New York,
October 20, 1824; educated in New York. He was
married July 9, 1870, in Knox County, Illinois, to
Helen C. Johnson; she was born in Smalland.
Sweden, and is a daughter of John Swanson and
Helen Johnson. His parents were land-owners
whose ancestors had. for several centuries, lived
on the same farm. The family were Lutheran
in religious belief. Mrs. Niles was educated in
Sweden and came to the United States in 1869.
Mr. Niles worked on the home farm in New
York till in 1856. he came West with his brother.



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George K., aiul they bought a iiiill m Wataga.
They made a fine quality of tiour. and had .1
large patronage from the surrounding lountry.
They traded their mill for land in Heniy County.
Illinois, and engaged in farming near Wataga.
where David Niles owned three hundred acres
of land which he bought in 1862 and 3. He con-
tinued farming and atock raising and in 18.4
entered into partnership with his brother with
a herd of seventy-five short-horns. They con-
ducted a large and profitable business until IsaU.
when the partnership was dissolved so far as
stock and lands in Sparta Township were con-
cerned; they retained, however, over one thou-
sand acres of land south of Villisca. Iowa, and a
(luarter section of land in Henderson Township.
Knox County. Illinois. In politics, Mr. Niles is
a republican.

OLSON, JONAS; Farmer; Sparta lownship;
born Jetleborg Lan, Sweden, December 31, 1841,
where he was educated. His parents were Olaf
and Elizabeth (Larson) Nelson; his grand-
fathers were Nels Olson and Jonas Larson. Mr.
Jonas Olson was married in Knox County.
February 5, 1869, to Anna C. Donaldson. Then
children are: Elizabeth L. (Mrs. Williamson);
\nsfried (deceased); William C; Alvin Arthur;
Andrew E. Mr. Olson came from Sweden with
his parents at the age of fifteen and settled on a
small farm, afterwards moving to a farm ot
sixtv-two acr;s. The father died within a year,
leaving seven children largely dependent upon
Jonas. He bought his farm before his marriage,
and has greatly improved it. Mr. Olson is a
man of good standing in the community. H^-
has been a member of the Lutheran church for
forty-one years. He is a ieP"'j'''"',>- „^^,^_,.
Sparta Township; Firmer and stockman; born
near Columbus. Ohio, December 13, 182u. His
parents, John S. and Mary (Stevenson) Patter-
son, were natives ot Washington County,
Pennsylvania, and were married March
S 18''4 Mr. Patterson was reared in Ohio, and
came to Knox County November 7, 1838,
with his father and stepmother. They set-
tled at Henderson, where he learned the coop-
ers trade, which he worked at until he went on
a farm. September 30. 1846, in Henderson, he
married Matilda Miller, after which he bought
three hundred and twenty acres on Section 18,
where James Barry now lives. He was pros-
perous and owned a large tract of land. He was
one of the best known men in Knox County,
where he bought and sold and shipped stock on
a large scale. He finally moved to Stockham.
Hamilton County, where he engaged in the
same business with his usual success. His chil-
dren received most of their education in Gales-
burg His accomplished and talented daugh-
ter. Jennie May, was educated at St. Mary's.
Knoxville, and has decided artistic talent. She
is a devoted mother and is an influential mem-
ber of society. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson had
four children who reached maturity: Edwin
W Mrs. Clara Smith, Mrs. Wm. A, Lee, Jr.
(Jennie May), and Fred A. With the exception
of Mrs. Lee all are residents of Nebraska. Mr.

I'atterson received his education in Ohio and in
Knox County. In politics he is a democrat.

REED, JAMES DURHAM; l''armer; Sparta
Township; born in Kentucky, June 27, 1825;
died in Wataga, December 8. 1883; his parents,
Jonathan and Polly (Newell) Reed,

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