C. M. Stiarwalt
STIARWALT, C. M., formerly a successful farmer in Walnut Grove Township, McDonough County, Ill., and now retired from active business pursuits and residing in Good Hope, McDonough County, was born in Weston, Mo., on July 22, 1850, a son of G. M. and Amanda (Merritt) Stiarwalt, natives of Ohio and Missouri, respectively. G. M. Stiarwalt went from Ohio to Missouri at an early period, and served as a soldier in the Mexican War. He was a carpenter by trade, and followed that occupation at Weston, Mo., moving subsequently to Knox County, Ill., where he spent the remainder of his life. He was twice married, and was the father of two children by his first wife, six children resulting from the second union.
C. M. Stiarwalt received his early educational training in the public schools of Knox County. Ill., where he was brought by his parents when he was five years of age. At the age of eight years, he began working on a farm, and in 1874 engaged in farming on his own account in Walnut Grove Township, continuing thus for a few years. In course of time he bought eighty acres of the farm he had rented, and is now the owner of 267 acres in that township, on which he has made nearly all the improvements. He carried on general farming and stock-raising, shipping cattle to market. The farm is now operated by his son. In February, 1905. Mr. Stiarwalt moved to Good Hope, where he built a two-story and basement residence, thirty-two by fifty-two feet in dimensions, with all modern improvements, in which he makes his home.
On November 6, 1873, the subject of this sketch was united in matrimony, in Fulton County, Ill., with Hester Tuttle, who was born and educated in that county. Her parents, John and Elizabeth Tuttle, were former residents of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Stiarwalt have a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Charles M. In politics, Mr. Stiarwalt is identified with the Democratic party, and served in the capacity of Town Clerk for a few years. In religious belief he accepts the doctrine of the United Brethren Church. At the age of fifty-six years, in the unimpaired vigor of his bodily powers, he is now fortunate in being able to enjoy exempt from care, the fruits of his early toil. He is a man of blameless life, and has an excellent standing as a citizen.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 1010, extracted 30 Jul 2020 by Norma Hass.
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