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Andrew Olmstead
[Portrait and Biographical Album of De Kalb County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers (Chicago), 1885, p218]

Andrew H. Olmstead, farmer section 17, Genoa Township, is the son of Caleb and Samantha (Wager) Olmstead, whose biographical notice appears on another page.  He was born Jan. 12, 1836, in Delaware Co., N. Y.  His parents came to De Kalb County in 1846, and he has been a resident of Genoa Township since he was 10 years of age, with the exception of several months in 1874, which he spent in travel in Colorado and California for the benefit of his health.  He is one of the leading agriculturists of his township, where he owns nearly 1,000 acres of land, all under improvements.  His stock includes an average of 150 head of cattle, 10 horses, and he fattens for market about 75 hogs yearly.

He was married Dec. 29, 1859, in Genoa Township to Rebecca J. Eiklor, and they have been the parents of three children, - Cora M., born June 6, 1866; Ada M., Sept. 13, 1869; and Effie R., Jan. 15, 1879.  The latter died when two years and four months old.  Mrs. Olmstead was born Aug. 30, 1844, in Erie Co., Ohio.  She is the daughter of Frederick and Jeanette Eiklor, both of whom were natives of Ohio.  Mr. Olmstead is a Republican by principle and inheritance and has held several local offices. 

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