Biographical Sketch of Bert E. Lynch
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Bert E. Lynch has made his career one of fruitful endeavor amid the scenes and associations of his early childhood and youth. He is leading a very active and enterprising life as a farmer in Sidney Township, and has a well ordered farm and good country home on Rural Route No. 57.
Mr. Lynch was born in section 14 of Sidney Township, March 17, 1870, a son of William F. and Cynthia E. (Lunger) Lynch, both of whom were natives of Indiana. His father came to Champaign County in the fall of 1862 and located his cabin home on section 14 of Sidney Township. In the course of years he converted a large section of prairie land into fertile fields, and spent his last years with ample comforts after making a generous provision for those dependent upon his labors. He and his wife are now deceased, his death occurring September 3, 1902. They had five children: Greeley I., living in southwest Missouri; Ida M., wife of Camuel Stewart of Philo, Champaign County; Emma of Sidney; Bert E.; and Etta of Sullivan, Illinois.
Bert E. Lynch remained a factor at the homestead until he was twenty-one and in the meantime secured a substantial education from the district schools. He had become a farmer on his own account before reaching his majority and has gone steadily ahead in this vocation until he now controls the operation of 180 acres and is individual owner of 125 acres.
December 24, 1891, Mr. Lynch married Ida Belle Brown of Homer, Illinois. Three children were born to them: William Ealph, who died at the age of eighteen months; Opal J. and Arthur Dean, both at home. Mr. Lynch is a Republican, is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and he and his family worship in the Methodist Episcopal Church.