EDIE, Aleck, who is successfully engaged in farming in Walnut Grove Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born on the farm where he now lives, in 1871. His father, William Edie, was a native of what is now West Virginia, and his mother, Evellyn (Harris) Edie, of Ohio. About the year 1865, William Edie came to McDonough County and purchased a farm in Section 8, Walnut Grove Township. He continued buying until he had obtained 440 acres of land on a portion of which (280 acres) he followed farming until his death in 1899. He served as County Surveyor for a number of years.
Aleck Edie was reared on the home farm, and, in his early manhood, pursued a course of study in Bushnell College. On the death of his father, Mr. Edie assumed charge of the homestead property, which since has been under his management. He makes a specialty of raising full-blooded Shorthorn cattle and blooded horses, and has met with success in this line.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.