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George W. Standard

STANDARD, George W., a successful farmer in Section 19, Eldorado Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in this county, August 11, 1867, and here received his education in the public school of his locality. He is a son of John Barrett and Sarah Jane (Lutton) Standard, natives, respectively, of Kentucky and Pennsylvania. John Barrett Standard came with his parents to Industry Township, McDonough County, when eight years old. He lived under the paternal roof until his marriage, and spent the remainder of his life in this vicinity. He died April 1, 1889, his wife having passed away in 1877.

George W. Standard is the youngest of the nine children which constitute the family of his parents. He remained at home, working on one of his father's farms, until he was nineteen years old. After his marriage he lived for two years on Section 17. Eldorado Township, and in 1889, moved to his present location. He is the owner of two farms, one containing 120 acres, and the other 159 acres. He is engaged in general farming, conducts his operations with intelligent and progressive methods, and succeeds in securing the best results.

Mr. Standard was married March 4, 1886, to Sallie Merrick, who was born in Industry, Ill., and attended the public school in her neighborhood, and the Normal School at Rushville, Ill. Her father, John D. Merrick, a native of Vermont, Ill., was a soldier in Company H, Fifty-fifth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil War. He died January 17, 1903. Her mother was, before marriage, Mary C. Leach, a native of Brandonville, W. Va. Mrs. Merrick lives in Industry, having had four children, three girls and a boy. Mr. and Mrs. Standard have six children, namely: Harry A., born April 15, 1887; Virgil T., born May 8, 1889, and now a student in Hedding College, at Abingdon, Ill.; Jeremiah, born April 21, 1891; Edness, born March 2, 1895; Daniel Carroll, born August 20, 1897, and a son born April 19, 1906. In politics, Mr. Standard maintains an independent position, supporting both men and measures according to the best interests of the public. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 1009, extracted 30 Jul 2020 by Norma Hass.

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