Isaac W. Black
Among the wide-awake and progressive farmers of Emmet Township, McDonough County, Ill., is the subject of this sketch. He was born January 24, 1863, in Sciota Township, McDonough County, the son of Samuel H. and Mary Bosler Black. His father was born in Clark County, Ohio, and his mother a native of Indiana. The father came to McDonough County in 1848, and lived eight years in Macomb, working at the carpenter's trade. He then bought a farm in Sciota Township, where he lived until 1903, when he retired from farming, taking up his residence in the village of Good Hope, McDonough County.
Isaac W. Black is the eldest of nine children born to his parents. In boyhood he attended the public school, and. later, the Macomb Normal School, but remained on his father's farm until he was twenty-nine years old. He then spent nine years in business at Good Hope, after which he conducted his father's Emmet Township farm one year, and also spent a year on the paternal farm in Walnut Grove Township. In 1905 he returned to the farm in Emmet Township, where he is still engaged in general farming and raising full-blooded Shorthorn cattle and also horses and hogs. He is an energetic and systematic farmer, and success has attended his efforts.
On May 16, 1894, Mr. Black was married to Jennie E. Brown, who was born in Walnut Grove Township, McDonough County, and received her mental training in the public and Macomb Normal Schools. Mr. and Mrs. Black have one child, Helen G., born April 4, 1895. In religious faith Mr. Black is identified with the Baptist Church. Politically, his influence and vote are cast in behalf of the Republican party. Fraternally, he is associated with the I. O. O. F. and M. W. A.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 826, extracted 19 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass.