LEAVITT, Owen, a thriving and progressive farmer of Blandinsville Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in this township on January 17, 1867. He is a son of Sewell W. and Dorothy Leavitt, of whom the father was born in Maine and the mother in England. Mr. Leavitt is the oldest son in a family of two children born to his parents. The farm which he now owns and cultivates was his birthplace, and on it he was reared to manhood, assisting in the work and at intervals receiving suitable mental instruction in the public schools of the vicinity. On reaching mature years he engaged in general farming on his own account and has been thus occupied ever since. His farm, which is located in Section 14, consists of 105 acres. Besides general farm work he devotes considerable attention to stock-raising. He has made all the improvements on the property, and, in the fall of 1904, built the fine residence which he occupies. In 1890 the subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Dora Campbell, who was born and educated in McDonough County. Mrs. Leavitt is a daughter of P. D. Campbell, a contractor in this county. The children resulting from this union are: Myrna Fay and Dorothy Marie. Politically, Mr. Leavitt upholds the principles of the Democratic party.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 934, extracted 15 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass.
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