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Biographical Sketch of Albert Lehman Southworth

Albert Lehman Southworth, living retired at Longview, represents one of the old and substantial families of Champaign County, his people having located here more than sixty years ago and having played worthy and active parts in the development and transformation of Raymond Township. Mr. Southworth was born in Erie County, Ohio, August 14, 1850, son of John Randolph and Anna (Akers) Southworth. His father was a Connecticut man by birth while his mother was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was in 1855 that the family came to Champaign County and settled on a tract of raw and unimproved land in section 29, Raymond Township. The father lived there and cultivated the soil until his death in 1885, while the mother passed away in 1893. They were the parents of six children: Mary Adelaide, widow of Martin B. Reed, living in Colorado; Julia Ann, deceased; Horace Franklin, deceased; Albert L.; John J., of Danville, Illinois; and May Lilly, wife of James Watts, of Fairland. Albert L. Southworth has had an active career, was reared on the home farm in Raymond Township, attended the local schools, and at the age of twenty-three left home and went to Parsons, Kansas, where he lived on a farm for seven years. His next experience was near Soda Springs, Colorado, where he spent three years as a miner. On returning to Champaign County he rented the home place for about three years, and again went back to Kansas and did farming for seven years. Since then he has lived at Longview and is retired. Mr. Southworth is a Democrat in...

Biography of Park T. Irwin

Park T. Irwin. Ever since the early ’70s the name of Irwin has stood for agricultural and commercial integrity and good citizenship in Champaign County, for faithful performance of duty in peace or war, and for helpful support of progressive measures. Particularly is this true in the community of Longview, a town which was laid out by James W. Irwin, father of Park T. Irwin, the latter one of the representative young business men of this place. Park T. Irwin was born at Longview, July 13, 1881. his parents being James W. and Margaret (Fisher) Irwin. James W. Irwin was born in Ohio, and during the early ’70s came to Champaign County. At that time he was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted in his native state in the Seventeenth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, at the outbreak of hostilities, and subsequently being connected with the heavy artillery. He served three years and three months in the Union army, taking part in numerous important battles, and on one occasion being captured by the enemy but subsequently paroled, and had a fine record as a soldier. On coming to Champaign County he secured land and engaged in farming, accumulating 200 acres, on which was later laid out the present town of Longview, the founders of which were Mr. Irwin and J. W. Churchill. Mr. Irwin was a man of excellent judgment, and his foresight enabled him to choose for his location a property which would later be in a position to attract settlement and business enterprises. He is now retired from active pursuits and makes his home at Longview....

Biography of Patrick T. Madigan

Patrick T. Madigan In the erection of a substantial business structure in the field of insurance Patrick T. Madigan of Longview, Illinois, was able to build upon a foundation formed by a good business education, a worthwhile and practical training and an inherent ambition. These have formed the real concomitants of his success, although combined with them have been the accompanying desirable factors of perseverance and natural ability. Mr. Madigan was born on a farm in Raymond Township, Champaign County, Illinois, July 8, 1878, a son of John F. and Katherine (Foley) Madigan, natives of Illinois. John F. Madigan came to Champaign County in 1874 and took up his residence on a farm on section 27, Raymond Township, where for many years he carried on successful agricultural operations, developing a good property and winning prosperity by industry and good management of his investments. He has now retired from active pursuits and is residing at Philo, where Mrs. Madigan died September 30, 1911. Mr. Madigan is one of the well known citizens of his locality who has the confidence and esteem of his fellow men, and while residing on the farm held township offices on various occasions. He and his wife were the parents of three children: Patrick T.; Dennis F., born November 21, 1879, and died May 15, 1899; and Josie, born in 1882, who is now the wife of Edward O’Neill of Philo. Patrick T. Madigan was reared on the home farm and received his early education in the rural schools. He was prepared for a commercial career by a course at the Quincy Business College, and in...

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