Location: Naperville Illinois

Biography of John D. Seltzer

John D. Seltzer, now living retired at Villa Grove, spent many useful and productive years in Champaign County. These years dealt pleasantly with him and in response to his energy and good judgment rewarded him with one of the finest farms in Raymond Township, which he still owns, and he is able to look back upon his past years with a great deal of satisfaction, born of practical achievement and the performance of the many duties that are assumed by public spirited citizens like Mr. Seltzer. He is of old Pennsylvania stock and was born in Schuylkill County of that state April 6, 1843. His parents, Michael and Mary (Fryer) Seltzer, were natives of the same county. His father was a farmer, later engaged in the hotel business and for nine years served as superintendent of the Alms House in Pennsylvania. Going west, he lived about three years in Kansas, and through the inducement of his son John finally located in Champaign County. He and his wife had seven children: Francis and Abraham, both deceased, were Union soldiers in the Civil War; Rebecca, now deceased; Charles, also a veteran of the Union Army; John D.; Amanda; and Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Borda, living in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. John D. Seltzer grew up in his native state, but early in life came west to Illinois and spent a year and...

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Biographical Sketch of William E. Merner

Merner, William E.; wall paper business; born, Ontario, Can., April 29, 1865; son of Christian Merner, mother’s maiden name Young; educated, Canadian High School, Commercial course at The Northwestern College, Naperville, Ill.; married, June 18, 1902, Effie S. Pratt; issue, two daughters; director The Western Reserve Land Co.; owner The Economy Wall Paper Co.; Mason, Ellsworth Lodge, Hillman Chapter; member Chamber of...

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Laura Jane Todd Bailey of Naperville IL

BAILEY, Laura Jane Todd7, (Uel6, Oliver5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 9, 1809, died Jan. 31, 1887, married Feb. 15, 1826, Lyman Bailey, who was born April 29, 1803, died Jan. 2, 1882. He was a farmer and drover. They lived in Carmel, N. Y., thence they moved to Napierville, Ill. Children: I. Sarah Jane, b. Dec. 2, 1826, d. Jan. 23, 1850, m. April 29, 1846, Samuel B. Morse, who d. in 1885. Issue: (1) Anna, b. Aug. 7, 1849, d. Feb. 19, 1850. II. Gilbert Uel, b. March 15, 1828. III. Laura Mead, b. Nov. 23, 1829, d. May 30, 1878. IV. Julia, b. Oct. 3, 1831, d. Sept. 1898. V. Calista, b. July 14, 1833. VI. Chauncey, b. Aug. 17,...

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Biography of George L. Beard

George L. Beard is an Arkansas City business man of thirty years’ standing, and owned and directs the largest exclusive athletic and sporting goods house in the State of Kansas. Mr. Beard first came out to Kansas in the early ’70s, and there is no one who knows the history and the people of Southern Kansas better than this veteran merchant. Mr. Beard is a native of Illinois, born at Naperville, about thirty miles from Chicago, on August 8, 1846. His father, Charles Beard, was one of the early pioneers in that section of Illinois. The Beard ancestry goes back to colonial times in New York State. The family is of Scotch-Irish origin. Mr. Beard’s grandfather, Abel Beard, spent his life in New York State and his activities were those of farming. Charles Beard was born at Steubenville, New York, in 1800, grew up there, but when a young man went to Boston, Massachusetts, where he married. Not long afterward he moved west and acquired 370 acres of raw land at Naperville, Illinois. Part of it was his homestead, and he developed it as a high class farm, made his prosperity as an agriculturist, and finally retired to the nearby City of Aurora, where he died in 1874. Charles Beard became a republican on the organization of that party and was one of the active supporters of the People’s...

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