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Biography of Edwin S. Swigart

Edwin S. Swigart, a former mayor of the city of Champaign, is a thorough business man, and his reputation as a successful manager of large and important interests was one of the chief reasons why the people of Champaign desired him as their mayor. A native of Illinois, he was born near Farmer City in DeWitt County, December 11, 1861. His parents, Jacob and Rebecca (Davis) Swigart, were both born in Ohio. Jacob Swigart, who was born in 1827 and died in 1907, removed to DeWitt County, Illinois, in 1847. Rebecca Davis was taken to DeWitt County in 1837, when a small child, and she is still living, being now one of the oldest settlers of that county. Jacob Swigart followed farming during his active career, and became well known in politics and business affairs. In 1868 he was elected a member of the State Legislature. In a family of nine children, Edwin S. Swigart was the sixth in order of birth. His early advantages were those of the common schools of DeWitt County and for three years he was a student in Lombard College at Galesburg. He had considerable experience as a farmer, and after his marriage in 1885 he remained on the home place for a year. Mr. Swigart was one of the organizers of the Creamery Package Company, then located at Morrison, Illinois, and for a time he gave this business his entire time and energies. The company has since grown to very large proportions, and now has its main offices in Chicago. For six years Mr. Swigart was associated with his father in the management...

Adair, Wistar Morris “Wis”, Jr. – Obituary

Wistar Morris “Wis” Adair Jr., 75, of Dundee, a former Baker City resident, died June 10, 2001, at his home. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Pleasant View Cemetery at Sherwood with Pastor Walter Dingfield officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Attrell’s Newberg Chapel. Mr. Adair was born on Dec. 9, 1925, at Portland to Wistar M. Adair Sr. and Margaret L. Weeks Adair. He moved to Sherwood at the age of 9 and was reared on the family farm. He attended the local schools and was a 1943 Sherwood High School graduate. He entered the U.S. Navy on Dec. 8, 1943, and was called to duty in the Asian campaign in the Pacific, including Okinawa, during World War II. He was honorably discharged on May 16, 1946. He then attended Oregon State College, now known as Oregon State University, graduating in agricultural engineering in 1950. He was called again to serve his country on Nov. 7, 1950, during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Dextrous, mine sweeping along the Korean Coast. He was honorably discharged on May 16, 1954. He was a recipient of these medals: Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United National Service Medal. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY...

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