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Henry Olmstead

Henry N. Olmstead, farmer, section 16, Genoa Township, is a native of the place where he has passed his entire life to the present date.  He was born March 4, 1851, and is the son of Caleb and Samantha (Wager) Olmstead, natives of the State of New York.  (See sketch of Caleb Olmstead.)

Mr. Olmstead obtained a fair common-school education, which he completed by attendance at the High School at Sycamore.  When he was 22 years of age he embarked in his career of independent manhood, and in 1844 purchased the family homestead, which included 160 acres of valuable land, nearly all being under cultivation.

Mr. Olmstead has been identified throughout his career in political matters with the Republican party, and has officiated in the discharge of the duties pertaining to several local offices.

His marriage to Jane Wright took place at Genoa March 4, 1877.  They have four children, viz.: Caleb, born Oct. 23, 1878; Olin H., June 22, 1879; Nellie and Jay G.  The two youngest are not living.  Mrs. Olmstead was born Aug. 9, 1857, in Sycamore, and is the daughter of Royal and Mary (Siglin) Wright, the former a native of New York, the latter born in Pennsylvania.  Her parents located at Sycamore soon after marriage, and her father there engaged in farming.  He died March 1, 1872.  Her mother lives in Iowa.  Mrs. Olmstead is the eldest of eight children.  Her brothers and sisters were named Frank, Asa, Charles, Amos, Jacob, Flora and Hiram.  

[Portrait and Biographical Album of De Kalb County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers (Chicago), 1885, p210]

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