Past & Present


Unto Mr. and Mrs. Windmiller have been born five children, three of whom are now living: Loren O., Lena B. and Laurel L., while Olaf E. and Harry J. died in infancy. Mr. Windmiller is a prominent and influential Mason, belonging to Pleasant Hill lodge, No. 565, A. F. & A. M.; Pittsfield chapter, No. 10, R. A. M.; and Pittsfield commandery, K. T. He has a wide and favorable acquaintance in the county in which his entire life has been passed, possessing a cordial disposition, genial manner and enterprising spirit which render him popular socially as well as in business and political circles.

                                        STEPHEN M. HOLT

Stephen M. Holt is the owner of a valuable farm of one hundred and ten acres of finely improved land in New Salem township, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation. The place is improved with an attractive and comfortable residence and good buildings for the shelter of grain and stock. In fact none of the equipments of a model farm of the twentieth century are lacking here and Mt. Holt is recognized as a leading representative of agricultural interests in Pike county. He was born in Sullivan county, Tennessee, on the 5th of September, 1855, his parents being George and Elizabeth (Lots) Holt, who were married in Tennessee, where the father followed the occupation of farming. His death occurred in that state in 1864 and his wife, long surviving him, passed away in Tennessee in 1898. In their family were six children, of whom three are now living: Stephen M.; Jesse E., who resides in Tennessee; and Noah D., also of that state.

Stephen M. Holt acquired his education in the common schools of Tennessee and in early life became acquainted with all the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He arrived in Pike county in 1876, when a young man of twenty-one years and here began his business career as a farm hand, being thus employed for two years. He was then married and took up his abode upon a farm owned by his wife, but after two years that property was sold and Mr. Holt purchased one hundred and ten acres on section 36, New Salem township, where he now resides. He raises cattle and hogs and his fields are devoted to the cultivation of corn and other cereals. He is practical in his methods, accomplishing much by his close application and unfaltering industry, and he is deserving of considerable credit for what he has done, because he started out in life empty-handed and all hat he now possesses has been obtained through his earnest and well directed labors.

On the 29th of December, 1878, Mr. Holt was united in marriage to Miss Melvina Willsey, who was born July 4, 1860, in Pike county, Illinois, and was a daughter of Charles and Lydia Willsey. Her father's birth occurred in New York in 1827 and when a young man he came to Pike county with his father and family, his father being one of the early settlers here. Charles Willsey gave his attention to agricultural pursuits in Pittsfield township and for many years was a respected and worthy agriculturist of the community. He died in the year 1874 and is still survived by his wife, who is now living west of Pittsfield and is nearly eighty years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Willsey were the parents of seven children: Mrs. Holt; Barnett Willsey, who is living in Kansas; Margaret, the wife of T. F. James, a resident of Pittsfield township; Emily, the wife of Robert Salee, who resides west of Pittsfield; Louisa, the wife of Richard Woolfolk, who is living in Martinsburg township; Edward, who resides in Pittsfield; and Della, the wife of William Underwood.

Mr. and Mrs. Holt have a family of six children: George Walter, who married Anna Brauer and resides at Chapin, Illinois; Grace V., who married Floyd Carnes and is living in Phillips, Nebraska; Maud, Dora Dell, Ross and Cecil, all at home. The family occupy a fine residence situated in the midst of a splendidly improved and valuable farm. Mrs. Holt is a member of the Christian church. Mr. Holt gives his political support to the democracy and belongs to lodge No. 790, A. F. & A. M., of Pittsfield, to the Modern Woodmen camp, the Protective League and the Fraternal Army. His earnest labors have


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