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Henry J. F. Edens. One of the younger men carrying the responsibilities of agricultural management in Raymond Township is Henry J. F. Edens, son of parents who were pioneers in this county, and he is now cultivating one of the best farms of Raymond Township.
Mr. Edens was born on the old farm in section 10 of Raymond Township, February 22, 1885. His parents, Peter and Mary (Kant) Edens, were both natives of Germany. His father on coming to America located in Champaign County, near Sidney, and from there moved to the homestead in Raymond Township. Though he began life with comparatively nothing, he prospered by his steady industry and is now owner of 400 acres of the rich and fertile acres of Champaign County. He and his wife are living retired in Urbana. They had only two children, Alvina and Henry. Alvina is the wife of Fred J. Mohr of Raymond Township.
Henry J. F. Edens grew up on his father’s farm, gained his instruction in the local district schools, and from an early youth was disciplined to handle the plow and do the other work of the farm. For several years he managed his father’s entire place, and then took charge of 240 acres, which he cultivates as a general farming and stock raising proposition.
On February 5, 1913, Mr. Edens married Mary A. Etter, who was born in Champaign County, daughter of Conrad and Anna (Mumm) Etter. Her parents are now living at Philo. Mr. and Mrs. Edens are members of the Lutheran Church at Philo, and their home is on Rural Route No. 36 out of Broadlands.