ARTER, Daniel, formerly an energetic and successful farmer in Prairie City Township, McDonough County, Ill., where he now lives in comfortable retirement, was born on January 6, 1836, in Richland County. Ohio. He is a son of Henry and Susanna (Musselman) Arter, natives of Pennsylvania. The subject of this sketch moved from Ohio to Iowa in 1858, and in 1859 came from Iowa to Illinois and settled in Warren County. In 1878 he came to McDonough County, buying 120 acres of land in Section 8, Prairie City Township, and later, 240 acres west of the first purchase and eighty acres in Section 16. He followed farming and stock-raising with success, but has now practically left the operation of the farms to his sons. All the buildings on his land were put up by him, and he made all the improvements on the place where he now lives.
On September 21, 1865, Mr. Arter was married in Richland County, Ohio, to Samantha Mitchell, who was born in that county, and attended the common schools in her youth, as did her husband. Six children blessed their union, of whom the following are living: Frank L., Roy, Pearl B. and Guy. Politically, Mr. Arter is an adherent of the Republican party, and both he and his wife affiliate with the Methodist Church. Mr. Arter is a man of upright character, and bears an unblemished reputation. Mrs. Arter is a daughter of Ephraini and Cynthia (Eustick) Mitchell, both born in Ohio and passed their lives in their native State. She was the fifth in a family of eleven children and came west after her marriage.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 816. Extracted 11 Oct 2018 by Norma Hass.
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