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Jason Eugene Churchill. One of the good farm homes in Philo Township is found in section 25, where Mr. J. E. Churchill shows his ability as a farmer and stockman and by dint of hard work and good management has acquired the ownership of a tract of land which he first farmed as a renter.
Mr. Churchill is a native of Champaign County, having been born in Crittenden Township April 3, 1892. His parents were Jason M. and Jennie E. (French) Churchill. His father was born in New York State and his mother in the State of Kansas. His father came to Champaign County when twenty-five years of age and lived an active life as a farmer until his death on July 16, 1911. The mother died in September, 1916. They had three children: Lottie J., Agnes E. and Jason Eugene, and all are living in Philo Township.
At the age of nineteen, in 1911, J. E. Churchill graduated from the Philo High School and almost at once began farming on the home place. A little later he transferred his operations to a rented farm of 160 acres in section 25. Each year brought him added capital as well as experience, and he is now the owner of eighty acres of land in section 25, and his accomplishments promise still greater achievements before he comes to the full maturity of his career. He is both a farmer and stock raiser.
Mr. Churchill was married January 1, 1913, to Fern Spencer, of Crittenden Township. Their three young children are: Jason Spencer, born June 1, 1914; Esther Marie, born July 7, 1915; and Mildred Jean, born September 12, 1916. Like many of the young men of modern times, Mr. Churchill chooses independently in matters of politics. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Philo and also of the Modern Woodmen of America, and he and his wife worship in the Methodist Episcopal Church.