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Torture also was powerless. As a citizen, Mr.
Runkle has always shown the same manly
character. Firm in the principles of justice and
right, kind in disposition, benevolent in his
sympathies, and full of charity and good deeds,
he has lived a long life above reproach.

In politics, Mr. Runkle in early years was a
whig. Afterwards he became affiliated with the
republican party. He has never been a poli-
tician, but has exercised the right of suffrage
as his conscience dictated. He is not a mem-
ber of any church, but has contributed largely
to the support of the Christian religion.
Mr. Runkle was never married.

FRAXCIS (iEAStTiER SAXBUR>.

Francis Granger Sanburn was born in Knox-
ville, Illinois. October 4, 1843. His father was
John Goold Sanburn, and his mother's maiden
name, Althea Owen.

The genealogy of the Sanburn family reaches
back to Lieutenant John Sanburn, who was
born in 1620. The next in the line of descent
■was Nathaniel Sanburn, who was born in 1666.



The third generation reaches Jedediah San-
burn, Francis' great-grandfather, who was bora
in 1757. He was one of the patriots of the
Revolution, and was on the Lexington "Alarm
List," living at Wethersfield, Connecticut. In
the fifth generation is found the name of John
Goold Sanburn, the father of Francis Granger
Sanburn.

John Goold Sanburn was a distinguished man,
intellectually, and morally. To his name is
linked much of the early history of Knox
County. He was born in Canandaigua, New
York, March 13, 1797— the home of Francis
Granger, Postmaster-General under the first
Harrison and the namesake of his son. His
parents were New Englanders, and were thor-
oughly schooled in industry and economy
among the rugged, barren hills of their nativity.
They were among the earliest pioneers of west-
ern New \ork, then the home of the savage
Indians and wild buffalo. The spirit of enter-
prise was in the son, and in the Autumn of
1817, he came to Ohio, where he spent the win-
ter in teaching school. In the Spring of 1818,
he embarked in a skiff at Pittsburg with his
brother and three other young men, and sailed
down the Ohio River, landing at a point op-
posite St. Louis. He then, with his companions,
made his way on foot to that city. He then
went to St. Charles, Missouri, where he spent
the summer in teaching. The following winter,
he returned to Canandaigua, making almost the
entire journey on toot. His diary kept on this
journey is in the possession of his children and
is highly prized. It shows his spirit, enterprise,
and sturdy endurance. After spending two or
three years in western New York, he again re-
turned West, locating at Vandalia, then the
capital of Illinois. He remained here until 1830,
when he again visited his native home, mak-
ing the journey both ways on horseback.

About this time, the Military Tract was at-
tracting great attention on account of the fer-
tility of its soil and other natural advantages.
Mr. Sanburn saw here an opportunity, and in
1830, opened a store in Henderson Grove. In
this year, the new County of Knox was organ-
ized. At the same time Knoxville became the
county seat. Mr. Sanburn, by reason of his gen-
eral intelligence and accurate business hak



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