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John Matthew Logan

LOGAN, John Matthew. — A man of strong character, sound Judgment and earnest personality is John M. Logan, who has been engaged in farming in the vicinity of Macomb, McDonough County, Ill., for a number of years. In firm self-reliance, diligent perseverance and upright dealing, he is a worthy representative of the sturdy Scotch-Irish ancestors from whom he is descended, and who were among the early settlers of Virginia. Mr. Logan is a native of Kentucky, where he was born at Columbia, Adair County, in 1857. His father and mother, Henry and Annie Elizabeth (Johnson) Logan, were also Kentuckians by birth, the former having been born at Lebanon, in that State, in 1828, and the latter at Columbia in 1833. Grandfather Johnson, a lawyer of some note, removed to Kentucky from Maryland in the pioneer days. Henry Logan was a farmer by occupation. He and his wife were the parents of six children, five of whom were boys.

John Matthews Logan was favored with educational advantages in the common schools of Kentucky, which he attended during the winter season, meanwhile assisting his father in the routine of farm work, and toiling in the tobacco fields in summer time. After leaving home he became a book agent, and was engaged for three years in selling "Hitchcock's Analysis of the Bible," in the States of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Although successful in this undertaking, he felt inclined to try his fortunes in the North, and in 1888, located at White Hall, Greene County, Ill., where he remained three years. At the end of that period he went to work in the vicinity of Macomb as a farm hand, continuing thus five years. Since then he has been successfully engaged in farming operations on the William S. Bailey property, which consists of 500 acres.

In 1894, Mr. Logan was united in marriage with Minnie Owens, who was born in Macomb, and whose father served three years in the Civil War. Two children have resulted from this union: Mabel, born in 1900, and Hazel, born in 1904.

In religion, Mr. Logan adheres to the faith of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Politically, he is a Democrat, and has rendered acceptable public service as Tax Collector and School Trustee, acting in each capacity two terms. In fraternal circles, he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America, having become a member of the order in 1905. Like all of this branch of the Logan family, Mr. Logan is a man of liberal and tolerant spirit, maintaining amicable relations with his neighbors and acquaintances, keeping aloof from the troubles and entanglements growing out of contentions and litigation, and cultivating the amenities of life without sacrifice of principle. He is respected by all who know him.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 941-942, extracted 15 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass.

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