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Biography of George C. Fairclo

George C. Fairclo. Champaign County is rapidly becoming noted for the excellence of its roads, and at the present rate of progress will before long rank with the leading counties in the state in this direction. A number of years ago the people came to a realization of the fact that progress and prosperity, both in the country districts and in the cities and towns, depended largely upon the condition of the roads, but it has been only in comparatively recent years that steps have been taken to improve in the fullest degree the highways of this section. In this work one who has been and is very active is George C. Fairclo, who since December, 1913, has occupied the office of county superintendent of highways of Champaign County. A man of comprehensive training and broad experience, he has brought to his labors an energy and enthusiasm that have aided greatly in the accomplishment of big things, and some of his vim and spirit has been caught by the citizens, a number of whom have been awakened to existing conditions. Mr. Fairclo is a product of the agricultural country of Illinois, having been born on a farm near Kingston in De Kalb County, May 13, 1877, his parents being Isaiah D. and Sarah E. (Parker) Fairclo. His father, a native of New Jersey, was a lad when he came from that State to Illinois, about 1850, and at that time located on a farm in De Kalb County. There he developed into a first-class agriculturist and developed a good property, accumulating at the same time a competence that allowed...

Biography of J. Homer McCall, M. D.

Dr. J. Homer McCall, physician and surgeon of Fort Gibson, was born in De Kalb county, Illinois, April 2, 1859, and is a son of Alfred and Catherine (Durham) McCall, who were natives of Ohio and of New York respectively. The father was of Scotch-Irish descent, while the mother came of German lineage. In early manhood Alfred McCall devoted his life to the ministry but later became a railroad promoter and was active in connection with the building of the Florida, Memphis & Columbia River Railroad, which is now a part of the Santa Fe system. He was also active in promoting the Neosho Dam project at Chanute, Kansas. At an early day he went to De Kalb County, Illinois, where he acted as minister for the Methodist church and later he became presiding elder of the Rock River conference. Subsequently he removed to Kansas, residing at Galesburg, that state, to the time of his death. During the Civil war period he acted as recruiting officer for the government. On one occasion he was urged to accept the nomination for governor of Kansas on the republican ticket but declined the proffered honor. He died in 1875 at the age of fifty-six years, while his widow long survived, passing away in 1917 at the advanced age of ninety years. Dr. McCall was reared and educated at the Osage mission in Kansas, at what is now the town of St. Paul. He afterward took up the profession of teaching, which he followed in Kansas for seven terms, and later he went to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he entered upon the study...

Biography of D. P. Bullock

D. P. Bullock, a farmer of Douglas Township, Ida County, was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, July 21, 1838, a son of Daniel B. Bullock, a native of Fulton County, N.Y. His father, also named Daniel, was a soldier in the War of 1812. His mother, nee Eunice Buckley, was born in New York, a daughter of Peter Buckley, a native of Connecticut. Mr. Bullock was reared and educated in New York to the age of 15 years, when he located near Sycamore, De Kalb County, Ill., and was employed in farming until the fall of 1861. When at St. Charles, Illinois, he enlisted in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry, Co. K, under Captain E. J. Farnsworth, in the well-known fighting regiment which was stationed in Virginia. Mr. Bullock took part in 300 battles and skirmishes, notably those at Antietam, 7 days’ fight before Richmond, Gettysburg, where his captain was killed. D. P. Bullock was honorably discharged in 1864, as Corporal. He then remained in Lee County, Illinois, one year, next located on Indian land in Cherokee County, Ks. Seven years later commenced work in the car-shops of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, in Aurora, Illinois, and in 1880 purchased 80 acres of land in Douglas Township, Ida County, Iowa. Mr. Bullock was married December 1, 1870, in Cherokee Co., Ks., to Delia E. Lake, a native of Somonauk, De Kalb Co., Illinois. She was the daughter of Thomas D. and Sarah A. (Skinner) Lake, the former a native of St. Lawrence Co., New York, and the latter of Pa. Her father was a soldier in both...

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