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Biography of George C. Gordon

George C. Gordon. From farm renter George C. Gordon has progressed on the road of prosperity until he now owns one of the best farms in Urbana Township, located in section 13. He has a model country home and has all the facilities and conveniences of country life in Champaign County, including the daily delivery of mail over Rural Route No. 12.

Mr. Gordon was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1872, a son of Clinton and Mary (Henneberger) Gordon. His parents were both born in Pennsylvania and are still living there, his father being retired from active business, and during the Civil War he was a Union soldier. They had seven children: Addie, wife of Jacob Stine, of Pennsylvania; Celia, deceased; Ross, of Pennsylvania; Isaac H., who lives in St. Joseph Township of Champaign County; George C.; Susan Virginia, wife of George P. Gray, of Berkeley, California; and Charles Clinton, of Urbana Township.

George C. Gordon spent his early youth in Pennsylvania, attending the common schools, and finished his education in the Central Normal College at Danville, Indiana. He came to Champaign County in 1892, at the age of twenty, and for several years rented farm lands in St. Joseph Township. In 1896 he was able to buy his first land, sixty-three acres in section 24 of Urbana Township. ‘He subsequently bought the fine farm he now lives on in section 13, comprising 132 acres. Here he has built a modern two-story home and has surrounded himself with many comforts such as his industry has well justified.

Mr. Gordon married Clara McClain, a native of Champaign County. Her parents, James H. and Nancy (Truman) McClain, were early settlers in this county, both being now deceased. There were five children in the McClain family, two of whom died early. Those still living are: Hattie, wife of William Albertson, of Warsaw, Indiana; Martha, wife of Alfred Frankenberg, of St. Joseph, Illinois; and Mrs. Gordon.

To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon were born four children: Glenn H., Mary Fannie, Herbert McClain and Hilda Lavone. Mr. Gordon is a member of the school board of his district and for years was a director of the Champaign County Fair Association. He is a Republican, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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