Micajah C. Macy Page 826 Portrait and Biographical Album Peoria Co. 1890
Manly courage and energy are exemplified in the career of this gentleman, whose days are given to industrious and well directed labors on a farm in Elmwood Township. The estate consists of one hundred and sixty acres on section 1, in one body, forty acres of timber and the balance improved and devoted to mixed farming. A visitor will find thereon an attractive residence, commodious barns and other needful structures, together with all which goes to make up a well-regulated farm property. The dwelling was erected in 1886, and the new barn in 1887, at a joint cost of $2,800. A view of this elegant residence will be found elsewhere in this work.
Mr. Macy was born in Indiana, October 14, 1840 and came to Illinois in 1853. His parents Thomas and Sarah (Petty) Macy, were natives of North Carolina and resided in that State until 1828 when they took up their abode in Indiana. Upon coming to Illinois some years later they settled in Fulton County, but in 1856, removed to Elmwood Township, Peoria County. The father who was a shoemaker and farmer, lived until 1874, but his wife died in 1863. They had eight children, five of whom are now living.
The subject of this brief review received a common-school education only, having his own way to make from his fifteenth year. At that time, he took charge of the family, continuing at its head until he was twenty-six years old. In August, 1862, he enlisted in company I, Seventy-seventh Illinois Infantry, and after serving five months was discharged on account of illness. He then returned to the farm to the cultivation of which he has devoted himself with unflagging perseverance. This is the more creditable as in 1864, he lost the thumb of his right hand while oiling a threshing machine and in 1874, he was crippled by the loss of his left hand in almost the same manner. While oiling a threshing machine which was in motion his left hand was caught in the gearing and so badly mashed that it was necessary to amputate it above the wrist. Since that time, Mr. Macy has used a hook in place of the missing member.
The efficient companion of Mr. Macy, who has shared in his joys and sorrows since February 28, 1867 was formerly Miss Rachel Runyon. Her parents, James C. and Nancy (Smith) Runyon, natives of the Buckeye State, came to Illinois in 1848 settling in Adams county. There Mrs. Macy, who is the eldest of five children, four now living, was born December 14, 1848. The following year her parents removed to Brimfield Township, Peoria County, where she acquired a common-school education, together which much useful knowledge not included in the curriculum of the schools. Her mother died in 1884, but her father survives at the age of sixty-four years.
Mr. and Mrs. Macy are the parents of five children, three now living and named respectively, Mattie I., Harry A. and Clyde C. They form an intelligent and interesting group, all having attended the common school and having been carefully reared by their good parents. Miss Mattie is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is a devoted attendant at the Sunday-school. Mr. Macy has always taken an interest in politics and votes the Republican ticket. He has served as Township collector two terms and is at present Director of School District No. 1. He is classed among the best citizens, not alone for his industrious pursuit of his chosen vocation, but on account of his fine character and interest in the welfare of those about him.
Submitted by Londie Benson.