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Granville L. Wetzel

WETZEL, Granville L., who is the manager of a grain elevator in New Philadelphia, McDonough County, Ill., and also cultivates a farm in the vicinity, was born in Fulton County, Ill., September 21, 1849, a son of George and Sarah (Nebergall) Wetzel, of whom the former was born in Pennsylvania, and the latter, in Virginia. The father was, by trade, a cabinetmaker and carpenter, but when he came to Fulton County he engaged in agricultural pursuits. The subject of this sketch obtained his early instruction in the public schools of his neighborhood, and in 1876 came to Mound Township, McDonough County, where he was engaged in farming until 1900. At that period he took charge of Harris & Warren's grain elevator in New Philadelphia, in connection with which he also handles coal. The capacity of this elevator, which is situated on the Toledo, Peoria & Western tracks, is 30,000 bushels. Mr. Wetzel also operates a farm of eighty acres in Section 23, Mound Township. He is an intelligent and methodical farmer and his elevator management is efficient and successful.

On March 20, 1873, Mr. Wetzel was united in marriage with Sarah C. Butler, who was born in Virginia. Three children have resulted from their union, namely: Edward L., Orville G. and Sherman A. Politically, Mr. Wetzel is a Republican. He served five years as Assessor of Mound Township, was also a member of the Board of Trustees, and at present is serving a two years term as Supervisor of Mound Township. Fraternally, Mr. Wetzel is connected with the I. O. O. F. and the M. W.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 1042-1043, extracted 26 Oct 2020 by Norma Hass.

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