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R. H. Sperry

SPERRY, R. H., a very successful farmer in Mound Township, McDonough County, Ill., is still living on the homestead farm which his father purchased in 1859. He was born in Fulton County, Ill., in 1858, and is a son of Clark and Elizabeth (Humphrey) Sperry, of whom the father was a native of the State of Ohio, and the mother, of Fulton County, Ill.

R. H. Sperry came with his parents to McDonough County in 1859, when he was about one year old. He grew up on his father's farm, attended the public school in his boyhood and assisted in cultivating the place. Since he came into possession of the estate he has greatly increased its extent, buying more land from time to time, until he is now the owner of 400 acres. It is all in one tract situated in Sections 3, 10 and 11, Mound Township. Here he has been engaged in general farming and stock-raising for many years. He is a careful and thorough farmer, and his work has been attended with the best results.

Mr. Sperry was married in 1885, to Emma Ditmore, who was born and schooled in New Jersey. Six children have been the result of this union, namely: Verne, Clarence, Zee, Harvey, Helen and Ben. Fraternally, Mr. Sperry is identified with the K. of P. 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, pages 1007-1008, extracted 30 Jul 2020 by Norma Hass.

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