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Alfred Warner

WARNER, Alfred.— One of the most thorough and reliable farmers of New Salem Township, McDonough County, Ill., is Alfred Warner, who was born in Onondaga County, N. Y., July 7, 1842, a son of James and Densie (Rust) Warner, the former a native of Chenango County, N. Y., and the latter of Connecticut. The subject of this sketch is the youngest of twelve children. In boyhood he attended the common schools and, in 1855, came with his parents to Illinois and settled on a farm in Blandinsville Township, McDonough County. In 1858 he changed his residence to Eldorado Township, making his home with J. E. Harris until September, 1861, when he enlisted in Company H, Twenty-eighth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served throughout the war. He was in the Western Army, operating along the Mississippi River, until September 10, 1864, when he was honorably discharged. On his return to McDonough County, he bought eighty acres of land in New Salem Township, to which he moved a year later and on which he has since lived. He had added to the extent of his farm until it now comprises 160 acres of the choicest farming land in the State.

On October 28, 1875, Mr. Warner was united in matrimony with Priscilla Cox, who was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, where she attended the common schools in her girlhood. Mr. and Mrs. Warner became the parents of five children, namely: Mary, who lives on the home farm; Alice, Mrs. Horace Harris; and Delphine, Harold and Carl, who remain under the parental roof. In politics, Mr. Warner gives his support to the Democratic party, and for a number of years he held the office of Road Commissioner. Fraternally, he is a member of the G. A. R. He is a man of correct habits and faithful to his obligations, being esteemed by his neighbors as a useful member 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 1036-1037, extracted 26 Oct 2020 by Norma Hass.

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