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stacles, has overcome these by determined purpose and laudable endeavor, working his way steadily upward.

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                                 WILLIAM  ALLEN  PECK

   William Allen Peck, residing on section 20, Hadley township, is a native son of Ohio, his birth having occurred near Chillicothe, Pickaway county, May 27, 1842. His parents, Jesse and Jane (Reeves) Peck, were both natives of Virginia and were married subsequent to their removal to Ohio. The mother was married three times, her first husband being Mr. Shanton and her second, Mr. Hines. The father of our subject was married twice, and it was after losing his first wife that he wedded Mrs. Hines. By this marriage there were born five children, two sons and three daughters, namely: Mrs. James Davis, who is now living in Barry; Mrs. Ella Sweet, whose home is in Denver, Colorado; Jesse F. Peck, who is living in Little Sioux, Iowa; William A.; and Minnie, the deceased wife of Arthur Gillum. The parents came to Illinois in 1847, settling south of Pittsfield. They had traveled across the country with a wagon and team, and they remained at their first location from the fall of 1847 until March, 1848, when they removed to a farm which the subject of this review now resides. Later they bought the farm where William Allen Peck lived for fifty-six years, its location being one mile east of his present place of residence. Jesse Peck was the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land, which, owing to his care and cultivation, became a very productive and valuable tract. He spent his remaining days thereon, passing away in 1876, at the age of eighty-five years, while his wife died January 25, 1881, in her eighty-fifth year. Mr. Peck was a democrat in his political views, and both he and his wife held membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.

   The educational privileges which William A. Peck enjoyed were quite limited. To some extent he attended the public schools, but his services were largely needed on the home farm and he worked in the fields from the time of early spring planting until the crops were harvested in the late autumn. He continued to reside upon the old home property until October, 1905, when he removed to his present place of residence. Here he carries on general farming and stock-raising, making a specialty of the raising of hogs and cattle. He and his son are now managing and improving the farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres of arable land. In all of his work he is systematic and methodical, and his labors have been attended with the success which crowns active, persistent and practical effort.

   In 1864 occurred the marriage of Mr. Peck and Miss Jessie B. Wilson, who was born in Scotland, May 27, 1840, and came to the new world when fourteen years of age. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Peck have been born eleven children, but four died in infancy. The others are as follows: Arena, now the wife of John McTucker, a resident of Hadley township; Minnie, the wife of John McConnell, who is living in Jacksonville, Illinois; Willie, who resides in Oklahoma; Katie, who became the wife of Elmer Furniss, and at her death left five children; Mell, who married Louis Brown and lives in Barry; Harry, who is associated with his father in business, and is now serving as supervisor of Hadley township; and Charles, who is living at home.

   Mr. Peck is a member of the Modern Woodmen camp and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, while his wife belongs to the Baptist church. He is a genial, whole-souled man, well liked by all, upright in his business dealings and has the cultured, genial nature that wins warm friendships. He has long been known as a leading representative of agricultural interests in this county, and as such deserves mention in this volume.

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                               ALEXANDER COUCH

   Alexander Couch, who follows farming on section 14, Spring Creek township, was born in Hardin township, Pike county, April 26, 1858, his parents being Lewis and Sarah J. (Daniel) Couch. The mother of Lewis Couch was a native.

 

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