JAMES C. HULL. On the Hull gravel road about five miles northwest of Summitville, is a farm which represents the sturdy industry and good management of one of the best known farmer citizens of Madison County, Mr. Hull has lived in this County for more than forty years as a farmer and stock raiser, and beginning his career as a renter, and as a young man completely dependent upon his own resources for advancement he has made a success that might well be envied by his neighbors, At the present time he is the owner of one hundred acres of fine land in Boone Township, and has won all his prosperity as a result of his well directed efforts.
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James C. Hull was born September 18, 1848, a son of Jesse and Susan (Evans) Hull, His father, a native of Pennsylvania, first moved to Ohio, first locating in Marion County, and afterwards went out to Macon County, Illinois, where his death occurred, The mother also died in Macon County, Their children were: Eliza, Joel, Mary and Rosella, all deceased; James C.
James C. Hull spent a part of his youth in Macon County, Illinois, where he attended the public schools, but finished his education in Boone Township of Madison County, When he was twelve years old be began his first practical experience as a farmer, He soon afterwards leased some timber land, and cleared the trees and brush from seventeen acres of it and raised tw0 crops, With this beginning he went on from one step to the next higher, and has steadily prospered, He finally bought eighty acres of land, and after selling that moved out to Missouri, where he spent about two years, Then returning to Madison County, he bought his present farm in Boone Township, He has engaged in general farming, and has improved the land so that it is several times more valuable than when it first came into his possession.
On March 5, 1871, Mr. Hull married Elizabeth D. Ross, a daughter of John N. and Caroline (Douge) Ross. Her father was one of the first settlers of Madison County, having moved here from Rush County, Indiana, The five children in the Ross family were: Martha, deceased; James B.; Mrs. Hull, Josephine, deceased, Anna, deceased; and Mrs. Kate Hodson.
The family born to Mr. and Mrs. Hull are described as follows: Arthur V., who married Mabel Bair, and lives in Washington state, has four children, named Mildred, Forrest, Louis and Kenneth; John, who married Ida Clary, and their children are Edith C.; Helen Ferne; Joel H.; and Cecil Harold; J. Carey, at home; Maude M., deceased; Rosa Madge, who married Roy Higgins, and has children, Wayne, Wilma and Violet; Emma D., who resides at home; Harvey E., at home; and F. Ray at home, The family worship in the Church of God, Mr. Hull in politics is a Prohibitionist and a strong advocate of temperance.