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Frank Moore

MOORE, Frank, an enterprising farmer of Eldorado Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in that township March 2, 1864, and there attended the common school in his neighborhood. He is a son of George and Mary J. (Snowden) Moore (married in 1852), of whom the former was born in Kentucky and the latter in Virginia. There were ten children in the father's family: George, William, Rosa, Theodore, Middie, Alice, Martha, Simeon, Ray and Elva. The father died in 1873, at the comparatively early age of forty-four years, and the mother in 1890, aged flfty-six. Frank Moore's paternal grandfather, William Moore, was a Kentuckian and married Elizabeth Greenup. David and Jane (Woodrow) Snowden, his grandparents on the maternal side, were natives of Virginia. They were married February 15, 1820, and Jane Snowden died in 1885, aged eighty-three years, and David Snowden, in 1874, aged seventy-five years. Grandfather Moore came with his family to McDonough County in 1835, and settled in New Salem Township, where he entered 300 acres of Government land. He died in February, 1892, at the age of eighty-nine years, nine months and seven days. George Moore was born in 1827, and died September 24, 1873, on his farm on Section 22, in Eldorado Township. He bought land there after his marriage, and was the owner of 240 acres at the time of his death.

Frank Moore worked away from home more or less for fifteen years, and finally struck out for himself, working by the month until the time of his marriage. After his father died he had to work hard to assist in supporting his mother, who died March 21, 1890, and his oldest sister, Middie, who died August 4, 1889. After his marriage he bought a farm of seventy-six and one-third acres in the northwest corner of Eldorado Township, Section 6.

Mr. Moore was married September 8, 1892, to Irena Alice Dailey, who was born in Eldorado Township, and received her preliminary education in the public schools and later attended Abingdon College and the Macomb Normal School. One child, George Wilkinson, was born of this union, November 26, 1894. In political matters Mr. Moore takes sides with the Republican party. He has served the township as School Director since 1895. His religious connection is with the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he officiates as Trustee. The subject of this sketch bears an excellent reputation as an individual and as a citizen, and is regarded as one of the most useful members of the community.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 961-962, extracted 12 Sep 2019 by Norma Hass.

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