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township. In religious belief he was a Presbyterian and was ever ready to
aid in moral and educational work. His long life was one filled with credit-
able achievements. The mother of our subject was Martha Taylor, who was
born in 1820, in County Derry, Ireland, and who still survives, a member
of the family of her son Joseph. The children of Henry and Martha (Tay-
lor ) Morrison were eight in number, namely : George, of this sketch ; Joseph
and Henry, of Hilyard township; Mrs. Margaret Howell, of St. Clair
County, Missouri; Mrs. Martha Ellen Calloway, of Hilyard township;
Rebecca, who lives with her mother and tenderly cares for her; and Sam-
uel and Robert, both deceased, the former while young, and the latter in
1903, at the age of 41 years, leaving a widow and five children.

Our subject was four years old when he accompanied his parents to
America, and he was reared in Macoupin County, under pioneer conditions.
He readily recalls the days when all this smiling farming land was but a
wilderness, broken by but a few burned clearings and an occasional log
cabin. Farming presented many difficulties in the days of his young man-
hood and a very serious drawback to its success was the lack of transpor-
tation facilities. No railroads had yet been constructed and the ordinary
highways were in bad condition. The nearest market, at Alton, was 25
miles away. There were few schools or churches and, outside of the family,
almost no social life for a long period. Mr. Morrison became a practical
farmer and now owns much fine stock and large bodies of land. In addition
to his 200 acres in Hilyard township, he has 20 acres of timl^er in Gillespie
township.

In 1867 I\Ir. Morrison married P.ebecca Jones, who was born October
22, 1847, in Allen County, Kentucky, a daughter of Ambrose and Mary
Jones, who came to Illinois in 1851 and settled first in Greene County, re-
moved later to Jersey County and finally located in Macoupin County. Mr.
and Mrs. IMorrison have these children : Mary A., who married W. W. Dil-
lard of Hilyard township, and has two children, — Lois and Jesse; Jessie,
who married Lee Dillard, of Gillespie township, and has two children, —
Morrison and Meryl; and George J. and Flossie R., who live at home.



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Mr. Morrison is a Republican, an intelligent voter and a man of influ-
ence in political affairs. He has served on the School Board. He belongs to
the local Grand Army post, having been a soldier in 1864, serving under
Captain Edwards, in Company G, 133d Reg., Illinois Vol. Inf. He was
statined at Rock Island, engaged in guarding prisoners. Fraternally he
belongs to Plainview Lodge, No. 461, A. F". & A. M. With his family,
Mr. Morrison is a Presbyterian.



HENRY BOCK.



The death of Henry Bock, which took place March 31, 1903, at his home
in Girard, Macoupin County, removed from this locality a man who was valued
in business, political and fraternal life. Mr. Bock was born in Hanover,
Germany, July 25, 1842, hence was aged 60 years, eight months and six
days, at the time of his decease.

Mr. Bock came to America in 1856 and for a few years worked on the
farm of Samuel Thomas, east of Girard, and then made his home at Girard,-
with his brother, F. W. A. Bock. While there, he learned the trade of
cooper, and was working at that when the call came for volunteers, at the
opening of the Civil War. Among the brave youths who came forward and
offered their young lives in defense of the Stars and Stripes, was this Ger-
man IxDy, then only 19 years old. Through the years of peril, battle and
imprisonment, which followed, his faithfulness never wavered, and to the
full extent of his power lie did a soldier's duty.

Mr. Bock, on May 25, 1861, was enrolled in Company C, 14th Reg.,
Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged January 4, 1864, at Camp
Cervan, Mississippi, by reason of reinstatement as a veteran volunteer, and,
as such, was then enrolled as a veteran private in Company F, 14th Reg.,
Illinois Vol. Inf., wliich was then known as the 14th and 15th Illinois bat-
talions. He was discharged from the service of the United States, Septem-
Ijer 16, 1865, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, by reason of Special Order, No.
26, given by Major-General Pope, and he took part in the grand review in
the city of Washington.

Company C, of which Mr. Bock was an honored member, was organ-



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ized at Girard, Macoupin County, April 24, 1861 ; rendezvoused at Jackson-
ville, Illinois, May 11, 1861 ; joined the 14th Regiment, on its original or-
ganization in the State service, and on May 25, 1861, was sworn into the
United States service for the term of three years, unless sooner discharged.
From that date the history of the company was identical with that of the
regiment. Cyrus Hall was colonel and Augustus H. Cornman was cap-
tain. In the printed list of members of Company C, the sixth name on the
roll is Henry Bock. Tlie regiment was detained at Camp Duncan, Jackson-
ville, until the latter part of June and then proceeded to Quincy, thence to
Missouri, where, with the i6th Illinois, it assisted in keeping down the spirit
of rebellion. The Confederate force, under Martin E. Green, was dispersed
and Senator Green w-as captured, but later paroled. The regiment accom-
panied General Fremont on his memorable campaign to Springfield, Mis-
souri, in pursuit of General Price, and then went into winter quarters at Ot-
terville. In February, 1862, the regiment was ordered to Fort Donelson,
where it arrived the day subsequent to its surrender; went then to Fort
Henry, embarked on transports and proceeded up the Tennessee River to
Pittsburg Landing. In the sanguinar}' engagements of April 6th and 7th,
the loss in killed and wounded was fully one-half of the command engaged.
In the grand charge on the evening of April 7th, which was the consumma-
tion of that splendid victory, the 14th Illinois was in the advance and in the
official report was praised for its gallantry. The regiment took an acti\e
part in the battle of Shiloh and siege of Corinth. It constituted the right
wing of Grant's army in the march into Mississippi, through Holly Springs,
later went into winter quarters at Lafayette, Tennessee. Early in the fol-
lowing spring, the command was ordered to Vicksburg, where it took part
in all the operations there which resulted in the fall of that city on July 4,
1863; went then to Jackson, Mississippi; then to Natchez and formed a
part of the body which marched across the swamps of northeastern Louisi-
ana to Harrisonburg, captured Fort Beauregard and then accompanied Ger -
era! Sherman on his Meridian raid. Later, as a veteran regiment, it formed
a part of the army in its advance on Atlanta. The regiment was a part of
the body detailed to guard the railroad communications at and near Ack-
worth, Georgia, a dangerous duty, as this was the only route by which Gen-
eral Sherman could supply his imm.ense army. It was with General Sher-
man on his celebrated "March to the Sea." During the long and weary
march through North and South Carolina, the regiment was on duty, day



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and night, and the battahon was the first to enter Cheraw, South CaroHna,
Fayetteville, North CaroHna, and also took part in the battle of Bentonvilla.
After the capitulation of Johnston, the 14th Regiment marched to \\'ash-
ington, D. C, to take part in the grand review. During its four years and
four months of arduous service, the regiment marched 4,490 miles, trav-
eled by rail 2,330 miles and by river, 4,490 miles, making an aggregate of
11,670 miles.

Mr. Bock, while he shared in the glory which the achievements of this
regiment won, did not escape some of its misfortunes. He endured several
terms of imprisonment, being captured at Moon Station, Georgia, and taken
to Andersonville. After three months of wretchedness at that awful mili-
tary prison, he managed to escape and, after many dangers, reached the
Union lines and rejoined his company.

In the year following his return from the army, on December 25. 1866,
he was united in marriage with Bertha Bajohr, a daughter of Bernard
Bajohr. Three children were born to this marriage : Pauline, who is the
wife of Jacob Guth, of Girard; Emma, who is the wife of Henry C. Rath-
geber, of Girard ; and Fred B., one of Girard's leading merchants, w hose
sketch appears in this volume.

Although the late Mr. Bock never sought public honors, he was so
eminently fitted for the same, that his fellow citizens elected him to many
responsible positions. He was elected town trustee in 1873, 1874, 1875 and
was again elected in 1878. In 1878 he was elected alderman, and was re-
elected in 1884 and served continuously until 1887, and was again elected
in 1901 and in 1902. The confidence thus shown was never violated. While
he was a man of great public spirit, he was also careful and cautious, and his
advocacy of public measures was always tempered by good judgment. Upon
the news of his death, the city council of Girard immediately adopted res-
olutions of respect, one paragraph reading as follows :

"Whereas, By the death of Henry Bock, the council and city have lo.^t
one of the most honored, valued and esteemed members and citizens, one
who has been repeatedly called by public voice and demand, to serve in the
same official capacity as held by him at the time of his death, and whose
capacity, fidelity and unswerving integrity to the duties of his office and to
the citizens, was such as to endear him to the hearts of all."

^Ir. Bock was the oldest member of Girard Lodge, No. 192, Indepen-
dent Order of Odd Fellows, and this lodge and branches passed resolutions



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of respect and esteem. Mr. Bock was also an honored member of Luke
Mayfield Post, No. 516, G. A. R., and of Greenridge Local Union, No. 763,
United Mine Workers. These organizations took charge of the funeral, and,
with the city council, followed his remains to their last resting place in
Girard cemetery. In addition to these bodies, the concourse was so great,
that it seemed as if almost every dwelling in the city had sent a representative
to assist in paying a last token of respect to one who was so universally
esteemed.



JOSEPH J. DUFNER.

Joseph J. Dufner, deputy sheriff of Macoupin County, Illinois, and a
prominent citizen of Carlinville, was born in 1864, at Springfield, Illinois,
and is a son of the late Joseph and Amelia (Fehr) Dufner.

Joseph Dufner, whose death took place on his fine farm of 240 acres, in
section 14. South Otter township, July 6, 1894. was one of the most highly
respected citizens of this part of the county. Born in Germany in 1831, at
the age of 22 years he came to America, where through his industry and
thrift, he soon secured enough capital with which to send for a younger
brother and sister, in order that they, too, might enjoy the wider advantages
offered in the United States. After two years spent at Cleveland, Ohio, he
removed to Springfield, Illinois, where he was engaged for farm work by
Gen. John Williams, with whom he remained many years. Steady, plod-
ding, reliable, the young man was advanced to a responsible position on the
Williams estate. In 1858 he returned to Germany in order to bring to his
home his aged mother.

In 1862, when Mr. Dufner married Amelia Fehr, he united with his
life an estimable woman, who, like himself, had unselfishly remembered the
claims of kindred, assisting her mother for years. Mrs. Dufner was born in
Germany and came to America in 1854, with her mother and seven other
children. For six months the family lived at Louisville, Kentucky, moving
from there to Madison, Indiana, and 18 months later to Missouri. Amelia
then removed to Alton, Illinois, where a brother was located, and to that
place she brought her mother and, after seeing her installed as her son's
housekeeper, secured work for herself. This was the admirable wom?n Mr.



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Dufner married and who became the estimable mother of his nine children,
namely: Joseph J., deputy sheriff of Macoupin County; Caroline, wife of
Joseph Bartch of Salt Lake City; Alfred, who resides with his widowed
mother and attends to the farm; Frank, a resident of Carlinville; Helen, who
married Frank Klaus and died February 21, 1903, leaving a son. — Paul;
Henry, who resides at home; Mary, who married James Cooper of Carlin-
ville, and has two children, — Mildred and Cyril Oswald; and Amelia and
William, both of whom reside on the home farm. In politics Mr. Dufner
was a Democrat. After his marriage, he and wife remained at Springfield,
where he worked after the close of the war, engaged in hauling for the
United States government, until he was prepared to purchase his farm in
South Otter township. He was a man of the highest integrity and was a
prominent member of the Catholic Church.

Joseph J. Dufner, the eldest son of the late Joseph Dufner, was edu-
cated in Macoupin County and worked on his father's farm until after his
marriage, when he went to St. Louis and for a time was associated with his
father-in-law in business. He has always taken an active part in politics
and has held many responsible positions. From 1887 to 1888 he was col-
lector for South Otter township and for a number of years has been a mem-
ber of the Democratic Central Committee. He has served as deputy sheriff
since December, 1903.

Mr. Dufner married Annie S. Warner, who was a daughter of Charles
H. Warner, a merchant of St. Louis. She died May 26, 1898, aged 32
years, leaving two children, — Robert, born in August, 1891 ; and Amelia
Marie, born in September, 1895. Mr. Dufner is a member of the Catholic
Church



JAMES L. TIETSORT.

The death of the late James L. Tietsort, at his pleasant home in Girard,
Illinois, removed from this city a citizen whose presence had lent added im-
portance to the place on account of his sterling traits of character. Mr.
Tietsort was born January 30, 1822, on a farm in the vicinity of Middle-
town, Butler County, Ohio, and was a son of William and Sarah (Huff)
Tietsort.



MACOUPIN COUNTY. 177

The Tietsort family is of Holland extraction and was founded in
America by the grandfather of our subject, who spent his whole life in New
Jersey. There William Tietsort was born, but later removed to Ohio, and
in Butler County married Mrs. Sarah Huff, who was born in Virginia, and
was a daughter of James Law, who was one of the early settlers of Butler
County.

When the late James L. Tietsort was about 10 years of age, his parents
decided to remove to what was then the wilds of Michigan. The only means
of transportation available at that time was by horses and strong wagons,
and thus the long journey was made and the family and household effects
carried. Mr. Tietsort was one of the earliest settlers in Volinia township,
Cass County, and there he spent the remainder of his life. He came to be
recognized as one of the leading men of his township and he accumulated a
large property there, where he passed away in 1872. His estimable wife
survived him but one year. She was a most admirable woman, and became
the mother of a large family, worthily rearing to maturity 14 children.

Our late subject passed his boyhood in hard work and his schooling was
necessarily limited. His treats were trips to St. Joseph, 30 miles away, when
he was permitted to accompany his father to market. Game was so abundant
in the vicinity at that time, that no provision of any other kind of meat was
necessary, and hunting and fishing were the diversions of the region,
although somewhat dangerous on account of the presence of roving bands
of Indians, who were not always friendly. The large family were reared
in habits of industry, the parents setting the example. The out-door life
and the bracing climate of the locality developed a strong and sturdy con-
stitution, which kept Mr. Tietsort until the close of his life vigorous and
alert in both body and mind. He always loved to recall the pioneer days of
his youth in Cass County and his reminiscences could always claim inter-
ested listeners.

By the time he was prepared to begin his own domestic life, he was
already a good farmer, and for two years after his marriage he continued to
manage the homestead farm for his father. In 1856 he decided to remove
to Illinois, a less rigorous climate in the more southern State, with other
advantages, attracting him and causing the severing of old ties. After
farming as a tenant for 10 years, Mr. Tietsort purchased a tract of 80 acres
of good land situated within two miles of Girard, and to this he later added
an adjoining 80-acre tract. This farm, through continued improvement and
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intelligent cultivation, is now justly considered one of the most desirable in
Macoupin County and is now under the management of Mr. Tietsort's son,
Melvin Harvey. In 1887 the late Mr. Teitsort left the farm and bought a
comfortable residence in Girard, where he resided until his death, August
16, 1903.

Mr. Tietsort was united in marriage on November 30, 1854, with Har-
riet E. Gould, who was born February 11, 1838. in White Lake County.
Michigan, and is a daughter of James Harvey and Elizabeth (Ouimby)
Gould, both of whom were born in Massachusetts, the latter being a daughter
of a Revolutionary patriot. Later Mr. and Mrs. Gould moved to White
Lake County, Michigan, and while Mrs. Tietsort was still an infant moved
to Xew York State and still later to Cass County. Michigan, where the
father died in 1864 and the mother in 1876. Mrs. Tietsort still survives.
Her interests are carefully looked after by her son, Melvin Harvey Tietsort,
who is a most highly esteemed citizen of Girard. He married Edna Thacker,
who is a daughter of Zachariah Thacker. a prominent citizen of Macoupin
County for many years. They have two children: James H., who is ciiief
bookkeeper of the People's Bank of Girard ; and Nona E.

The late Mr. Tietsort had been a member of the Masonic fraternity for
many years, and belonged to both Blue Lodge and Chapter and both he and
his wife were members of the Eastern Star. Early in life they united with
the Baptist Church and both have been generous in its support. They were
accorded a long life of companionship and it was sweetened by mutual affec-
tion, love of kindred and the warm friendliness of all who knew them.



JACOB Z. BECHTOLD.

Jacob Z. Bechtold, one of the well known business men of Girard,
Illinois, where he conducts a real estate and renting agency, is a citizen
whose business capacity and enterprising spirit make him valued in the
town's commercial circles. He was born October 15, 1868. near Mount Joy,
Pennsylvania, and is one of a family of seven children born to his paresUs,
William and Elizai)eth (Brubaker) Bechtold.



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Our subject attended the common schools m his native locahty and in
1881 accompanied his mother to Illinois. She settled in Girard, where she
died January 18, 1882. In 1889 Mr. Bechtold came to Macoupin County,
where he followed farming during the daytime and completed his education
in the night schools.

In 1894 our subject came to Girard from Divernon, Illinois, and en-
gaged in the grocery business in partnership with J. W. and J. F. Stutzman,
continuing until 1898. In December, 1898, he became the manager of a
business enterprise known as the Model Grocery, which he conducted until
1901. In the following year he began to deal in real estate and on Decem-
ber 23, 1903, opened his present convenient offices in Girard. Mr. Bechtold
has a wide acquaintance and a circle of friends who have known him in a
business way for years. He has their confidence and esteem and has had
much encouragement in his present enterprise. He handles both city and
country property, rents, sells, buys and exchanges, and some of the choicest
city and farming lands have been profitably placed in his hands.

Mr. Bechtold was married October 9, 1895, to Barbara Catharine
Pefley, who was born December 18, 1869, and is a daughter of Daniel B.
Pefley. Mrs. Bechtold's father was born September 14, 1819, in Virginia
and died at his home in Girard, February 7, 1879. He married Aneliza
Wrightsman, who was born in Virginia, October 6, 1829; she resides with
our subject in Girard. Our subject and wife have. three children, viz: Paul
F., born August 17, 1896; Ray H., born April 22, 1898; and Frank, born
February 6, 1900. The family belong to the German Baptist Brethren
Church. They have a pleasant home in the northwest part of the city, where
they have many agreeable social connections. In politics, Mr. Bechtold is a
Prohibitionist.



JOSEPH LANCASTER.

Joseph Lancaster, an experienced and successful general farmer and
extensive breeder of fine stock, owns one of the finest farms of Bunker Plill
township, consisting of 220 acres in section i. Mr. Lancaster was born in
Cohokia township, Macoupin County, Illinois, and is a son of Francis and
Elizabeth (Collins) Lancaster.



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Francis Lancaster was for many years one of the most prominent men
and largest land-owners of Macoupin County, although he came here with
little capital. He was born in 1813 in Buckinghamshire, England, and came
to America in the early part of 1841. He located first in Lancaster Count)^
Pennsylvania, and came- to Macoupin County in August of that year. He
was a man of great energy' and business foresight and soon had established
a brick-yard and aroused interest in other enterprises which served to benefit
the community as well as himself. In September, 1856, he purchased the
farm now occupied by his son, and added to his first purchase until he owned
900 acres in Bunker Hill township, all of which is still in the possession of
his heirs. Francis Lancaster moved on the farm now occupied by our sub-
ject in 1857 and improved the whole body of land. He made extensive im-
provements, building the handsome brick residence his son occupies, and all
the surrounding substantial buildings. He devoted 20 acres to an apple
orchard and 10 acres to small fruits and shade trees. He enjoyed the com-
forts of this beautiful home he had provided until his death, November 2,
1895. In political sentiment, he was a Democrat, but he always refused to
accept office, although few men in his township were better qualified. He
married Elizabeth Collins, who was born in England, and died on the home-
stead. May 12, 1882, aged 69 years. They had seven children : Francis \V.,
who died in May, 1883, in St. Louis, Missouri, leaving a family; William
who died December 4, 1898, at Girard, Macoupin County, leaving a large
family; Mrs. Elizabeth (Mercer) Weis, who is a widow living at Bunker
Hill; Joseph, of this sketch; Mary M., who is the wife of Dr. Asaph H.
Barnes, a dentist of Girard, Macoupin County ; Matilda, who is Mrs. J. H.
Brown, of Milton, Kansas; and John, who died January 14, 1895. In addi-
tion to the seven children named above, Francis Lancaster had three who
died in infancy.

Joseph Lancaster was reared in Macoupin County and remained at
school until he was 20 years of age, finally completing the high school course
at Bunker Hill. He then went into business, buying feed and shipping live
stock, in which he continued until May 6, 1876. when he made a trip to
Texas and Indian Territorj', in the same line, and in 1879 went into the live
stock commission business, at Kansas City. Missouri, where he remained
for eight years. This experience fitted him for his next work, that of buyer
for a packing house in that city, and three years later he became financially
interested in a packing house at St. Joseph, Missouri. During his five years'



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residence there, he bought a ranch in Nebraska, on which he hved for a
time and then returned to his early home to settle down permanently. In
February, 1896, Mr. Lancaster took possession of his present farm, which
he devotes mainly to stock raising and feeding and to the breeding of Short-
horn and Durham cattle, taking a great interest in making them eligible to
registration. In addition to his own agricultural labors, he has the man-
agement of 600 acres belonging to his sisters.

Mr. Lancaster was married June 2, 1869, to Almira Parmenter, who
was born near Bunker Hill, a daughter of Charles A. and Mary M. (Barnes)
Parmenter, natives of New Hampshire, who came to Illinois in 1836. Six
children have been born to them : Delbert, a traveling salesman living in Ne-
braska ; Milton, a farmer and stockman living in Franklin County, Nebraska ;
William Francis, a traveling salesman, whose home is in Nebraska ; John F.,



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