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of Shetland ponies, also handles cattle and is the owner of one hundred and twelve acres of valuable land. In his family were three daughters: Mrs. Wike, who was educated in music; Mrs. Nora Taylor, who is living in Trinidad, Colorado; and Della, at home.

Mr. Wike is a member of Barry lodge, No. 34, A. F. & A. M.; also Barry chapter, No. 88, R. A. M.; Knights of Pythias lodge, No. 567, and the Mutual Protective league. He votes with the democracy and has been alderman of Barry since 1901, but is far from being a politician in the usually accepted sense, and his present office holding comes only from an earnest desire to aid in the promotion of the city's welfare and its progress along substantial lines of improvement.



Jacob Windmiller, ex-sheriff of Pike county and one of its prominent citizens, was born in Spring Creek township, January 3, 1849, and was the second son of Peter and Sevelia (Applegate) Windmiller. The father was born in Germany in 1816 and on crossing the Atlantic to the United States in 1832 settled in Pennsylvania, where he remained for two years. He then took up his abode on section 7, Spring Creek township; Pike county, Illinois, in 1834, and remained upon that farm for eight years, after which he purchased another farm, on section 19 of the same township. He was an energetic agriculturist and during his residence in Spring Creek township did much toward developing a good farm. His second property is now a part of the town of Nebo. He spent his remaining days upon that farm, passing away in the winter of 1876. In connection with general agricultural pursuits he carried on merchandising and he did his full share toward the agricultural and commercial development of the county. In his death the community felt that it had lost one of its most worthy pioneer citizens.

Jacob Windmiller was reared under the parental roof, remaining with his parents until twenty-five years of age, during which time he acquired a good practical education in the public schools and also learned the best methods of caring for the farm property. In the fall of 1870 (notation in pencil - Nov.27, 1873) he was united in marriage to Miss Mary S. Stone, who was born in Kentucky and was a daughter of Nathan Stone, who came to Illinois from the former state during the infancy of his daughter, Mrs. Windmiller. He located in Pike county, becoming one of its enterprising agriculturists.

Following his marriage Mr. Windmiller settled in Pleasant Hill township, where he carried on general agricultural pursuits, making his home upon his first farm for two years. He then purchased one hundred and twenty-nine acres of land near Nebo, which he managed and at the same time conducted a hotel and a livery barn in the town. Being a good practical farmer and a sound business man, he carried on both enterprises with success until 1886, when he was elected sheriff of Pike county and in the fall of the same year took up his residence in Pittsfield, where he lived for some time. He was eminently fitted for the office and his whole course during his incumbency showed him to possess rare tact, unfaltering bravery and sound judgement. He ever displayed the qualities of a public-spirited citizen, acting without regard to party affiliation or personal prejudices. He served as sheriff four years, filling the office in a most capable manner. Following his service in the office of sheriff he was elected county treasurer of Pike county for a four years' term. In politics he is a stalwart democrat and has filled a number of local positions, including that of coroner while residing in Nebo, a position which he resigned when elected sheriff.

Mr. Windmiller is still closely associated with the agricultural interests of Pike county, owning two hundred and seventy acres of valuable land on section 12, Pittsford township, where he resides. He has a beautiful home here with all modern improvements upon his farm, including commodious and substantial barns, well kept fences and other equipments. His land is richly cultivated and annually returns to him good harvests and he is also a successful stockman, raising horses and polled Angus cattle.

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