Frederick B. Blanchard. The career of this gentleman, now a stock-shipper and dealer in
grain at Princeville, has been one of
undeviating integrity and unwearying industry. His labors have been rewarded by a fair share of this world's goods, among his possessions being two residences in the town which is now his home. He is of Southern ancestry, his grandparents having been born in Virginia and his parents in North Carolina.
Grandfather Blanchard, whose given name was Thomas, tilled the soil in North Carolina for some time, then journeyed to Logan County, Ky., on foot with packhorses, passing the remnant of his days there. He became wealthy, owning a large plantation. His son, William P. father of our subject was six years old when taken to Kentucky where he grew to maturity and engaged in farming. he married Mary Barham, daughter of Rev. Daniel Barham, who removed from Virginia to north Carolina and later to the Blue Grass State. He subsequently made an early settlement in Coles County, this state, dying there at a goodly age. He was a minister of the Baptist church.
The father of our subject was opposed to slavery and so in 1819 he removed from Kentucky to Illinois locating in Lawrence County. He bought Government land, farming there until 1836, when he changes his location Peoria County. Early in the spring he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land and building a log house brought his family hither in the summer. He was a prosperous farmer, was Justice of the Peace, and the organizing of Princeville Township, with the first election, was held at
his house. He finally retired to Princeville, where he died in 1868, at the age of seventy one years. His wife also died in this place. He was a consistent member of the Christian Church. He and his wife had a large family whose record is as follows: Louise, Elizabeth and Philena, died in Princeville; William K. and Thomas W. in Oregon, and James C. in Washington; Mary A. is also deceased and Daniel H., who lived to be but six years old: John L., Mason M., and Delilah live in
Princeville, the latter being an inmate of the household of our subject; Henry C. is mining near Joplin Jasper County, Mo; and Jemima, the widow of Benjamin Merritt, lives in Galva, this state.
The subject of this notice was born near Lawrenceville, Ill April 3, 1835 and was brought to Peoria County the next year. He was reared on a farm where he early assisted to break prairie and in other ways add to the worth of the parental estate. His limited educational privileges were enjoyed under the subscription plan, by which schools were kept up in the early days. When twenty years old he purchased sixty acres of land adjoining his fathers farm, operating it in connection with work on the homestead until 1866. He then located in Princeville and with his brother, Mason M., opened a general store which they carried on a year. Our subject then bought out his brother and continued the business alone, pursuing a successful mercantile career until 1883. He then sold out to devote his entire attention to the grain and stock business in which he had engaged some years before. In 1871 he built an elevator and in 1884 began buying and shipping stock also. These enterprises he is still successfully prosecuting.
Mr. Blanchard worked to secure the railroads through Princeville, the accomplishment of his purpose costing him much money as well as personal effort. Time has shown that his belief that the interests of the town would be much advanced was well founded. He was a member of the first council in this place and is now serving acceptably as School director. his strong adherence is given to the Republican party, his first Presidential ballot having been cast for Gen. John C. Freemont. In
religion he adheres to the principles promulgated in the Christian Church.
An important step in the life of our subject occurred in Princeville, March 12, 1857 when he became the husband of Miss Amy
Reeves. This lady was born in Stark county, October 30, 1838, but reared and educated in Princeville. She is well fitted to
discharge the duties which devolve upon her as wife and mother, while as a member of society she is highly regarded for her
pleasing social qualities and kindly nature. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Blanchard consists of five living children, viz:Ettie M., Hattie, William K., Lucius and Lois. Ettie was graduated from the Normal School at Valparaiso, Ind., and became the wife of A.D. Edwards, Supervisor of Princeville Township and a merchant in Monica; Hattie is the wife of Leroy Wear, of Princeville Township, and prior to her marriage was a school teacher. The other children are at home. The parents have lost three children: Ellena, Matilda and Freddie.
The father of Mrs. Blanchard was Jacob Reeves, a native of New York, who became a resident of Ohio when young. He was married near Cleveland to Hannah M.Scofield, likewise a native of the Empire State, but reared in Ohio. about 1837 this couple removed to Stark County, IL, settling in the spoon of the Spoon river, where Mr. Reeves followed farming and his
trade of a mason until his death in 1846. His widow supported and wisely reared her family, removing to Princeville the year after her husband's death, and dying here under the roof of our subject in 1888, at the age of seventy-nine years. She was a consistent member of the Christian Church. Mrs. Blanchard is the sixth of the eight children which comprised the family. Of these James died in Peoria, when a young man; John lives in Abilene, Kan; Mrs. Jane Cook, in Lyons County, Kan; Mrs. Harriet Miller, in Saline county, Neb.; Benjamin, in Pottawatomie County Kan; Jacob died when an infant and Mrs. Mary
Blanchard lives in Koloka, Washington County, Kan.
Submitted by Londie Benson.