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vast throng who attended his funeral was an ovation, attesting the high estimation in which
he was held by the people of Henry and adjoining counties. A true friend, a kind husband
and father, an upright judge and citizen, an able lawyer, a faithful and heroic soldier, such
was Judge Howe, whose memory will ever be green in the hearts of all who knew him.

HOWLAND WM. Kewanee; blacksmith, Isle of Man; owns owns house and lot, val. $2,000.

HOWEY JOHN P. Kewanee; pastor of the Pres. Church; Ind; born Carrollton, Ohio, 1831.

HOWEY ROBERT, Kewanee; painter; Dem; Epis; born in Canada, 1824; $2,000.

HULSE HIRAM, Sec. 32; P.O. Kewanee; laborer; Rep; Meth; born Indiana.

HUNGER HERMANN, Kewanee; laborer; Bapt; born in Germany; four children.

HUNT EUGENE, Kewanee; laborer; Dem; one child.

HUNT L,AURENCE, Farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Kewanee; born in Ireland, Nov. 9, 1823;
came to this county in 1850; Dem; Oath; owns 230 acres of land, valued at $9,000; married
Bridget Shortal, Feb. 20, 1849; sne was born in Ireland in 1816; four children: Edward,
born Sept. 29, 1852; Mary Ann, born May 29, 1854; Henry M. born Jan. 26, 1856, and
Joseph M. born March 28, 1860; Mr. Hunt is School Director; has acted in that capacity
thirteen years.

HIPPERT JOHN, Kewanee; shoemaker; Dem; Cath; born in Germany; ten children.
HURD AMANDA, Kewanee; music teacher; Cong; born in Peru, Vt. Oct. 31, 1831.
HURD STEPHEN M. Kewanee; dealer in organs; Rep; Pres; born Oneida Co. N. Y. 1838.
HURST WM. Kewanee; retired; Rep; Meth. Epis; born in N. Y. City, 1825; five children.
HUTCHINSON JOHN G. Kewanee; justice of peace and notary; Dem; Ind; born N.Y.

T KES SAM'L, Sec. 20; Kewanee; Rep; Meth; born England.

INGLES GILES B. Kewanee; laborer; Rep; Meth. Epis; born in W. Va; four children.
IRVING EDWARD, Sec. 29; P.O. Kewanee; coal miner; Dem; Cath; born Ireland.
IRWIN THOMAS, Sec. 29; P.O. Kewanee; coal miner; Dem; Cath; born Ireland.

TADERSTROM LOUIS W. saloonkeeper; Dem; Luth; born in Sweden, 1845.

J JARMAN DAVID, Kewanee; retired farmer; Rep; born N. J. 1810; $15,000.

JACKSON STEPHEN H. Furniture Dealer and Undertaker, Kewanee; born in
Exeter, Pa. Dec. 3, 1827; came to this county in 1854; Rep; Meth; value of property
$2,500; married Errilly J. Lutes, Aug. 24, 1852; she was born in Wyoming Co. April 5, '27.

JACOBS MARY JANE Mrs. Weaver, Sec. 18; P.O. Kewanee; born in Mercer Co-
Pa. Dec. 13, 1833; came to this Co. in 1848; Meth. Epis; value of property, $1,000; she has
two children living, one deceased; the living are Sherman, born April 9, 1855, and Wm.
Sylvester, born March 16, 1859; lost one daughter, Violetta, born Jan. 10, 1857, died Oct.
15, I857-

JELLISON JOHN, Kewanee; painter; Rep; born in Ohio; one child.

TENNER BENJAMIN, Kewanee; gardener; Rep; Epis; born in England, 1822.

JOHNSON ALBERT T. Kewanee; clothing; Rep; Ind; born in 111. 1843; two children.

JOHNSON ANDREW, Photographer, Kewanee; born in Sweden, Oct. 31, 1833; came
to this Co. Sept. 185*7; Kep.

JOHNSON AUGUST G. Kewanee; shoemaker; Prot; born in Sweden, 1853; $300.

JOHNSON CHARLES, Kewanee; carpenter; Rep; Meth. Epis; born N.Y.; $5,000.

JOHNSON JAMES, Kewanee; clothing; Rep; Ind; born Ireland, 1819; seven children.

JOHNSON JAMES, Kewanee; clerk; Rep; Ind; born Ills.

JOHNSON JOHN, Kewanee; section boss; Luth; born in Sweden; $200; four children.

JOHNSON NELS, Kewanee; coal miner; Rep; Luth; born Sweden; $700; four children.

JOHNSON NELSON, Kewanee; laborer; Rep; born in Missouri.

JOHNSON WM. S. Kewanee; sewing machine agent; Rep; Prot; bom in Ohio; one child.

JONES CORNELIUS E. Sec. 21; P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Latter Day Saints; one child.


JONES CHARLES W. Sec. 32; P.O. Kewanee; railroad hand; Rep; Meth; born in Va.
JONES GEORGE T. Sec. 28; P.O. Kewanee; miner; Latter Day Saints; horn in Wales, 1831.
JONES JACOB \V. watchman; Rep; Pres; born in England, 1806; $600; two children.
JONES JAMES M. Kewanee; engineer; Rep; Meth. Epis; born in Va.; two children.
JONES JOHN D. Sec. 21; P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Latter Day Saints; born in Wales.
JONES JOHN L. Sec. 32; P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Rep; Meth; born North Carolina.
JONES MOSES, Kewanee; teamster; Rep; born in England.
JONES MOSES, Sec. 29; P.O. Kewanee; laborer; Rep; Meth; born in England.
JONES NATHANIEL, Kewanee; wheelwright; Rep; Meth. Epis; born in Wales; $3,500.
JONES NATHANIEL, Kewanee; wagonmaker, Rep; Meth. Epis; born in Wales; $3,000.
JONES ROBERT, Sec. 28; P.O. Kewanee; miner; Rep; Meth; born in Wales.
JONES ROBERT, Sec. 28; P.O. Kewanee; coal miner; Rep; Meth; born in Wales.
JONES SAMUEL H. Kewanee; laborer; Rep; born Pa. 1844; $300.

T/"AHLER FREDERICK W. Kewanee; restaurant; Ind; Ii.d; born in Prussia; $2,000.
KALLIN JULIUS, Sec. 12; P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Rep; Luth; born in Germany.

KEARNS HARVEY, Kewanee; farmer; Rep; Meth. Epis; born in Ohio, three children.

KEARNS JAS. WESLEY, Kewanee; laborer; Rep.

KEARNS LEVI, Kewanee; laborer; Rep; born in Ohio; four children.

KEATIN THOMAS, Kewanee; saloon; Dem; Cath; born in Ireland, 1816; $2,000.

KEELER JOSIAH, Secretary Kewanee Manufacturing Co Kewanee; born in Clarendon,
N. Y. Dec. I, 1834; came to this county April 26, 1859; Ind; Univ; value property, $10,000;
married Lydia E, Morse, June 12, 1864; has four children : Ira B. born May II, 1865;
Harriett M. born Aug. 30, 1868; Andrew N.born Dec. 7, 1870; Delia E. born Dec. 14, 1873;
Mr. Keeler is Village Trus'.ee; has served three years on the Board.

KEELER P. B. Kewanee; sewing machines and musical instruments; Rep; Ind; born N.V.

KELLOGG HOSMER L. Cashier People's Bank, Kewanee, born in Canaan, Conn.
Nov. 30, 1833; came to this county in 1854; Rep; Ind; value of real estate and personal
property, $3.500; married Emily Platt, in Kewanee, Aug. 10, 1864; she was born in Fowler-
ville, N. Y. April 18, 1839; has three children: James L. born Sept. 15, 1866; Albert T.
born March 20, 1868; Louisa, born Dec. 3, 1872.

KEMPIN CARL, Sec. 12, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Rep; Luth; born in Germany; 60 acres.

KEMPIN CHRISTIAN, Sec. 23, P.O. Kewanee; retired; Rep; Lulh; born in Germany. 1810.

KEMPIN FERDINAND, Sec. 23, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Lulh; born in Prussia.

KEMPIN CHRISTIAN FREDERICK, Farmer, Sec. 1, P.O. Kewanee; born in
Prussia, Jan. 8, 1838, came to this county in 1856; Rep; Lulh; owns 140 acres of
land, valued at $2,500; married Rosella Kempin Dec. 27, 1864; she was born in Prussia,
Feb. 19, 1840; they have four children : Mary Louisa, born Oct. I, 1866, August Henry, born
Aug. 20, 1868, Walter Alexander, born Feb. 2, 1874, Antonie Veronaka, born Feb. 2, 1874;
Mr. K. is School Director and Trustee of Lutheran Churqh.

KEMPIN JOHN, Sec. 23, P.O. Kewanee; lives with his son, Ferdinand; Luth; born Prussia.

KEMPIN LEOPOLD A. Kewanee; butcher; Rep; Luth; born Germany; one child.

KEMPIN REIGNALD, Sec. 15, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Ger. Cong; born in Germany.

KEMVAL JACOB P. Kewanee; shoemaker; Dem; Meth. Epis; born in Maryland, 1833.

KENEGY CHAS. H. Kewanee; dentist; Rep; Meth; born in Ohio, 1842; two children.

KENNEDY WM. B. Kewanee; steam-fitter; Rep; born in Chicago, 1855.

KENT CHARLES. Farmer, Sec. 27, P.O. Kewanee: born in Greenfield, Saratoga Co.
N.Y., Aug. II, 1821, came to this county, Oct. 1844; Rep; Cong; owns 236 acres of land,
value of property $15,000; married Lucinda M, Hurd, Sept. 12, 1844; she was born in Cas-
tile, N.Y., Jan. 14, 1823; Mr. Kent was Supervisor of Neponsel Tp. Bureau Co. 111. in 1852.
and first Town Clerk and Collector of that Tp; has been School Director here.

KENT RICHARD, Agent Lathrop Coal and Mining Co. at Wyoming, 111; residence,
Kewanee; l-orn in Cornwall, England, Dec. 17, 1831, came to this county in 1855; Rep;
Meth. Epis; owns ho.use and lot, valued at $1,500, and 160 acres of land in Marion Co. Kan-
sas; married Rosetta J. Chambers, Oct. 20, 1861; she was born in Warren Tp. Jefferson Co.
Ohio, April 8, 1825; they have ihree children living: James M., born Oct. 6, 1865, George
B., born Sept. 2, 1867, Julius D., born Sept. 28, 1875; they have lost two children.

KENT WM. C. Kewanee; retired farmer; Rep; Cong; born in N.Y. 1825; five children.

KILMER GEO. Kewanee; plasterer; Dem; Cong; born Germany, 1824; four children.


KINRADE WM. Kewanee; blacksmith; Dem; born in Isle of Man, 1834; five children.

KING PIUS, Kewanee; tailor; born in Wurtemburg, Germany, June 7, 1825, came to this
country in 1854; came to this county July 14, 1863; Dem; Cath; owns house and lot and
6'4 acres in village, valued at 82,500; married Mrs. Elizabeth Hilbert, April 17, 1864; she
was born in France, Sept. 8, 1821; Mrs. King has three daughters by first marriage: Louisa,
Bertha and Emily Hilbert.

KIRLEY BERNARD, Sec. 32, P.O. Kewanee; miner; Dem; Cath; born in Ireland.

KITTRIDGE CHRISTOPHER, Kewanee; blacksmith; Rep.

KITTERMAN JASPER N. Kewanee; mechanic; Rep; born in Bureau Co. III. 1845.

KLEE JOHN, Sec. 27, P.O. Kewaunee; gardener; Luth; born in Germany; 4 acres, 1,000.

KNIGHT WM. J. Sec. 12, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Dem; born in England; 180 ac. $6,000.

KNOX C. EDWIN, Sec. 2O.P.O. Kewanee; day laborer; Rep; Meth; born Ohio.

KNOX THOMAS, Sec. 7, P.O. Kewanee; tenant farmer; Rep; Prot; born in Ohio, 1847.

KOLLMANN JOHN, Kewanee; farmer; Cath; owns 80 acres.

KRAUSE AUGUST, Sec. II, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Dem; Luth; born in Germany; 106 ac.

KRAUSE WM. Kewanee; laborer; Rep; born in Germany; three children; $250.

KUESTER AUGUST C. Farmer, Sec. 23. P.O. Kewanee; born in Prussia, Aug. 26,
1851; came to this county in 1856; Rep; Luth; owns 128 acres of land, valued at 6,400;
married Johanna H. Kempin, Dec. 26, 1873; she was born in Prussia, Sept. 21, 1853; they
have one child living, Irena C., born June 19, 1875; lost one infant child. August L., born
May 5, 1874, died Nov. 26, 1874.

KUESTER GODFRED, Sec. 16, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Rep; U. Erang; born in Germany.

KUSTER AUGUST, Sec. 2, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Rep; Luth; born in Prussia; 78^ acres.

KU.STER WILLIAM, Sec. 14, P.O. Kewanee; farmer, Rep; Luth; born in Prussia, 1811.

KUSTER WM. Jr. Farmer, Sec. 14, P.O. Kewanee; born in Prussia, March 26, 1847;
came to this county in 1856; Rep; Luth; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $10,000; married
Antony Quort, Nov. 24, 1872; she was born in Prussia, March 18, 1852; they have one child,
Ines L., born July 30, 1875; Mr. Kuster is Deacon of German Lutheran Church.

T AIRD FRANKLIN, Sec. 27, P.O. Kawanee; works for John H. Ladd; Rep; born in 111.

LAY HIRAM, Kewanee; merchant; Rep; Cong; born Wis. 1839; & ve children.
LADD CHARLES K. Attorney, Kewanee; born in Wilmot, N. H. Feb. 26, 1839; came
to this county in March, 1855; Dem; Mr. Ladd has the only complete Abstract of Land
Titles in Henry Co.

LADD JOHN H. Farmer, Sec. 27, P.O. Kewanee; born in Wilmot, N. H. Sept. 21, 1851;
came to this county in 1859; Dem; Ind; married Caroline Laird, April II, 1874; born April
II, 1853; they have two children, Daisy May, born April 23, 1875, Frank Percival, born July
19, 1876.

LADD JOHN T. Kewanee; Retired Farm'er; born in Gilmanton, N. H. Jan. 21, 1813;
came to this state, March, 1853; came to this county in 1860; Dem; Ind; owns 425 acres of
land, valued at $80,000; married Lydia A. Pervier, June 15, 1833; she died Feb. 1856; had
five children by this marriage, one deceased; the living are Charles K., born Feb. 26, 1839,
Barbara A. (now Mrs. J. P. Currier), born April 4, 1843, Mary A. born July 10, 1849, John
H., born Sept. 15, 1850; present wife was Louise Wickum; married Nov. 22, 1876.

LAMB EDWARD, Sec. 28, P.O. Kewanee; miner; Rep; Latter Day Saint; born in England.

LAMB JAMES, Sec. 28, P.O. Kewanee; miner; born in England; two children.

LAMB WM. Sec. 28, P.O. Kewanee; miner; Rep; Latter Day Saint; born in England.

LARSON CHARLES P. Kewanee; Retired; born in Sweden, July, 1827; came to this
country in 1854; came to this county in 1856; Rep; Luth; owns house and lot worth $800;
married Anna C. Erickson, July. 1856.

LEESON JAS. W. Kewanee; laborer; Freewill Bapt.

LEGGETT JOHN, Kewanee; shoemaker; Dem; votes in Wethersfield.

LEGGETT ROBERT, Kewanee, carpenter; born in Ireland; seven children.

LEONARD C. P. Sec. 32, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Rep; Spiritualist; born in Mass.

LEOPOLD CHRISTIAN, Sec. 14, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Dem; Luth; born in Germany.

LEPPORT CHRIS. Sec. 22, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; born in Germany; 60 acres; four children.

LESTER THOMAS, Sec. 20, P.O. Kewanee; coal miner; born England.

LEWIS FRANK. Kewanee; hotel porter; Rep; Meth; born in Mo.

LINCOLN EDWARD P. Sec. 21, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Rep; Cong; born N.Y.; 25 ac.


LINCOLN GEORGE II. Sec. 21, P.O. Kewanee; farmer; Rep; Pros; born in New London, Ct.

LINKEN THOMAS, Sec. 29, P.O. Kewanee; coal miner; born in England.

LILLEY JOHN, Sec. 26, P.O. Kewanee; lives wilh liis father; Dem; born in this town, 1853.

LILLEY WILLIAM, Sec. 26, P.O. Kewanee. The subject of this sketch was born of
respectable and well-to-do parents, at Oldham, England, Jan. 22. 1817, and baptized at St.
Peter's, May 15, 1817; his mother was related to the well-known, wealthy, and aristocratic
English families Radcliffs. Mayalls, and Duckworths, of Mosley and Oldham; his parents
sailed from London on board the ship Susannah, of London, July It, 1818, for St. John,
New Brunswick, and from there to Boston, Mass, arriving in Boston Sept. S, 1818; his father,
after living in Mass, for a short time, formed a stock company, built and managed the first
cotton mill in Mass, at Andover [this mill is still standing, but not used for anything, and
fast decaying]; he was man-led Nov. i, 1843, at Albany, N.Y. to Miss Harriet Huntley; his
wife Harriet was born at Stanstead, Canada, Feb. 28, 1821; her ancestors were some of those
numbered on board the Mayflower, her great grandfather being the first white child born in
New England born the second day after the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers and, owing to
the wanderings of this band, he was named " Peregrine" Peregrine White. [Among other
curiosities shown the visitor at Plymouth, Mass, is the rude cradle used for this man when a
child.] Mr. Win. Lilley and wife moved from Lowell, Mass, to Henry Co. December 15,
1843, where they since have lived; they have been blessed with five children, Hellen, born
Jan. 6, 1845, and now married; George, born Feb. 7, 1850; John, born Feb. 8, 1852; Charles,
born Aug. 4, 1854; Laura, born Feb. 8, 1855; of these all are living except Laura, who was
taken away by death, Feb. 24, 1868. " Laura was seldom from home, as she was all her
natural life an afflicted child; hence they feel their loss the more. But Laura has gone
before not lost." Henry Co. Dial. Mr. Lilley has, by perseverance, industry, and labor,
accumulated a large property, his home farm consisting of 417 acres of very rich farming
land, the surface valued at $100 per acre; it has a good coal vein, 4 ft. thick, and 120 ft.
below the surface; the coal is leased, for a period of twenty-five years, to the Lathrop Coal
and Mining Co. office Kewanee, 111. "Our coal is superior in quality and cleanliness, burn-
ing freely, and leaving little or no soot, which is so objectionable in most Illinois coals. Our
facilities for mining and shipping are unequaled by any coal operators in this vicinity." A.
B. Ashley, Supt; E. C. Cheever, Cashier. Each cubic foot of coal will weigh fifteen pounds,
or 2,700 pounds for every square yard, which, multiplied by 4,840 (the number of square
yards in an acre), gives 6,5 34 tons per acre; and this, multiplied by the number of acres (417),
gives the enormous amount of 2,724.678 tons; this, again multiplied by 12^ cents (the
amount paid by the Co. for royalty on every ton of coal mined), will amount to $340,584 75.
The mine, when in full operation, is capable of mining and raising 300 tons of coal daily,
which, multiplied by 12% cents, gives, at the rate of $37 per day, $962 per month, and
$11,144 per annum, royalty. He also has another farm in Henry County, consisting of 120
acres of very rich and productive soil.

Mr. Lilley has been eminently successful in obtaining his share of this world's goods
thus are his patience, industry, and fortitude rewarded; coming, as he did, to Henry Co. one
of the earliest settlers, when all was a wide, vast, unbroken, and wild prairie, he has con-
tributed his best talent and judgment to the advancement of his county, and made it what it
it is, one of the foremost in the state. He has seen his county in the possession of the wild
beasts of the field, and now it is possessed by a cultivated and intelligent people, churches,
and schools. Thus is he rewarded. " By their fruits ye shall know them."

LINTNER CHAS. W. Kewanee; harness-maker; Rep; born Pa.

LINTON ROBERT, Kewanee; retired farmer; Rep; Meth; born Ireland; $2,000.

LITTLE HENRY Gr. Kewanee. The following biographical sketch was furnished for
this work by an old settler of Henry County, and intimate friend of its subject :

Henry G. Little was born in Gofftown, N. H. March 31, 1813; in March, 1835, he left
the rugged New England hills to seek his fortune on the fertile prairies of Illinois, and set-
tled temporarily in Peoria. March I, 1836, he married Fidelia M. Stodd.trd, a daughter of
the Puritans, a descendant of the redoubtable Gen. Miles Standish, and brought his young
wife from the comforts and refinements of her plea_sant home in the staid old town of New-
ington, Conn, to endure, uncomplainingly, patiently, and cheerfully the privations and dan-
gers of frontier life. They came to Henry County in November of the same year, and the
following Spring set up their household gods in a log cabin, near the present home of C. C.
Blish, Esq. of Kewanee, and commenced farming on the lands now owned by Dr. Lewis
Hurd and Asa Cole. Three months later (June 19, 1837), Mr. Little, accompanied by his
brother, C. J. T. Little, rode thirty miles across the trackless prairie, utterly destitute of
road, bridge, or dwelling, to the house of George Brandenburg, where he took part in the
organization of Henry County.

The first election in Wethersfield Precinct was held at Mr. Little's house, in August of
the same year. The single room, sixteen feet by eighteen, which the dwelling contained,
was at that time the residence of three families, Col. S. Blish and Mr. W. H. Blish having



just arrived from Connecticut and taken up temporary quarters with Mr. Little. There were
also two men, \V. II. ISlish and llazelton Page, lying sick ol fever in the same room. When
election day arvived, even Mr. Littie himself, who always dwells with a sort of regretful
pleasure upon the enjoyments of those early days, and finds it difficult to remember any-
thing worthy of being termed ''hardship," admits that they were "a little crowded." Sulli-
van Howard, H. G. Little, and Norman Butler acted as judges of election. Sullivan How-
ard and H. G. Little were elected Justices of the Peace, an office which Mr. Little held for
more than fifteen years in the county.

As a farmer, Mr. Little shaved to the full all the labors and inconveniences inseparable
from that calling during the settlement of the county, and, in addition, was often called to
occupy posts of trust and responsibility involving public interests. In 1850, he was elected
Sheriff and Collector of the county, and for two years performed the duties of those offices.
Though there was no jail in the county and he sometimes was obliged to keep prisoners for
weeks in his own house, chaining them at night to the cooking stove, no prisoner ever
escaped from his hands. Though there was neither safe nor bank in the county, not a dol-
lar of the revenue of those years was ever lost. All taxes were paid in gold and silver, and
the coin was deposited with trusted friends in various parts of the county. Mrs. Francis
Loomis was for months the keeper of two shot-bags of gold, hidden in a rag-bag hanging
from the rafters of a chamber, with hired men sleeping near. Mr. Little tells thrilling stories
of long rides across the wild prairies with no companion but a desperate thief or murderer
chained and manacled by his side, whom he was conveying to the penitentiary at Alton ; or
bearing the scarcely less dangerous charge of a carpet-bag of gold to be deposited with the
State Treasurer at Springfield.

Having been all his life a Whig, and in earnest sympathy with the anti-slavery cause,
Mr. Little naturally became identified with the Republican party from its organization, and
as a Republican, represented the three counties of Mercer, Rock Island and Henry, with a
population of over 50,000, in the exceedingly busy and laborious session of the Illinois Leg-
islature of 1856-7. At this time he formed the acquaintance of Abraham Lincoln, John A.
Logan and others who were afterward distinguished in the state and the nation. Among
the acts passed by this Legislature were those for the removal of the county-seat of Mercer
Co. from Keith^burg to Aledo; for enlarging the city limits of Rock Island; and for the
incorporation of the town of Kewanee.

Mr. Little was from its organization an active member of the Henry County Agricultural
Society : was elected President the second year of its existence, and again in 1866. He has
been an extensive land-holder in the county, entering from the government in iSsoand 1851 a
large body of land, besides purchasing from other parties. For many years he dealt largely
in lands, and the records show that few men have passed through their hands so large a por-
tion of Henry County.

Kewanee owes much to the energy and public spirit of Henry G. Little. He was one
of the four original proprietors of that town, as he was also of the neighboring town of
Neponset. More than one pleasant residence in Kewanee and many a spreading tree bear
witness to his enterprise and taste. The dwelling now owned and occupied by Dr. Hiram
Nance was built by him, and was for some 'years his home. During his residence in the
town, he was identified with all efforts for the material, educational and religious improve-
ment of the place, giving liberally of his time, his strength and his means for the benefit of
town and school and church ; and the same was true of him while living in Wethersfield.
The early settlers of this county would not have been true to their Puritan ancestry had
they made less thorough provision for the fostering and culture of intelligence and morality,
and no one labored more earnestly, or made more cheerful sacrifices for those ends than the
subject of this article. The love of learning and Christian culture, whose foundations he
and his colaborers laid broad and deep while yet the wilderness looked wondering on, have
risen into fair and stately structures all over the land ; and the graduation records of many
a college and seminary bear the names of those who have entered into the labors of these
early toilers.

A sketch of the life of Henry G. Little, however brief, would be incomplete without at
least a reference to the genial and generous hospitality always seen in his home. Equally in
the log-cabin of one room and in the spacious comfortable home of later years friends and
strangers were always sure of cordial welcome, and guests were rarely wanting. For reli-
gious meetings, for benevolent organizations, for the entertainment of ministers and others
whose calling or circumstances appealed to their sympathies, Mr. and Mrs. Little held
always an open door. Their house was often called " the ministers' hotel," and to their
ungrudging hospitality to strangers they owe many a valued friendship whose end is not

All of Mr. Little' - children were born in Henry County. Two of them died in infancy,
and one son, Frank H., in 1863, at the age of sixteen. Of the five remaining, Louise S.
married Henry S. Viels, of Oberlin, Ohio, now in business in Grinnell, Iowa; Mary Maude
married Prin. Jesse Macy, of [o,\a College, Grinnell ; Flizabeth H. married J. P. Lyman, a



lawyer of Grinnell; Fannie R. and Henrietta G. reside with their parents. In 1867, the
whole family removed to Grinnell, Iowa, where they still remain. Mr. Little has been for
four successive years elected Mayor of that city. His efforts in laying out and beautifying
the Grinnell cemetery, in promoting various improvements in the town, and in building his
present substantial home, show that he did not lose his taste and energy in crossing the

Though for ten years past residents of another state, he and his wife have not lost

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