ARGENBRIGHT, Isaac, who is successfully engaged in farming in Hire Township, McDonough County, Ill., and one of the most substantial representatives of the agricultural element in this region, was born in Crawford County, Ind., April 30, 1847, a son of Augustus and Catherine (Bryles) Argenbright, natives also of that State. The subject of this sketch came to McDonough County, in 1870, and worked at farming here and there for six years. Being economical and frugal, he accumulated a sufficiency to begin farming on his own responsibility, and bought forty acres of land in 1877, locating in Section 1, Hire Township. To this he has made additions, as opportunity offered, until he is now the owner of 600 acres of choice land. On this he has made most of the improvements, having built his present residence twelve years ago. He follows general farming and stock-raising, breeding Shorthorn cattle and Percheron horses, and ranks among the most extensive and successful agriculturists in McDonough County.
On November 19, 1876, Mr. Argenbright was joined in wedlock with Harriet F. Locke, a native of Indiana. Four children have blessed their union, namely: Vernon, Zella, Hazel and Genevan. The religious connection of Mr. Argenbright is with the Christian Church. Politically, he is a supporter of the Democratic party. He has rendered good service to the township as Road Commissioner, and held the office of Supervisor in 1900-02.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 815-816. Extracted 11 Oct 2018 by Norma Hass.