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Robert Elliott Campbell. Radnor Township contains no better example of quiet, efficient pursuit f an agricultural calling than that afforded by our subject. Early in life he determined to become a farmer, and giving all the strength of his mind to becoming proficient in his chosen work, he has succeeded well, having an estate which, although not so large as some, produces abundantly of various crops in their season, and is furnished with such improvements as make it a place of most attractive appearance and a home of great comfort. It consists of two hundred and forty acres on section 36.
Mr. Campbell is a descendant of two Pennsylvania families of great respectability, his parents being Robert and Catherine (Fasnacht) Campbell, who spent several years after their marriage to their native state. In 1840 they came West, residing in Peoria for a short time, and then removing to Richwoods Township, this county changing their residence to Radnor Township in 1845. Settling on section 36, they continued to reside there until the early part of the 80s. When they removed to California, the husband and father dying there April 23, 1890. The widowed mother is still living.
The paternal family consisted of eight sons and two daughters, the surviving members being William W., a resident of California; Margaret C., widow of Horace Ferris, of California; Robert E., the subject of this sketch; Hattie R.; Caleb B., residing in Los Angeles, Cal; David F., also living in the Golden State and Charles, C. who likewise resides there. The deceased children died young, with the exception of John F., who gave is life for his country, having been killed in the siege of Vicksburg. He was a member of Company A. Seventy-seventh Illinois Infantry.
The subject of this notice was born in Richwoods Township, this county, January 5, 1844, but became of age in Radnor Township, where he has spent the greater part of his life. For thirteen years he lived in his native township in the neighborhood where his parents resided. As has been intimated, he is one who has attended to his own affairs not seeking public office or a prominent place among his fellow men. He is sufficiently interested in politics to keep himself well posted regarding the issues of the day, voting the Republican ticket whenever election day comes around. He is a man of decided public spirit, deeply interested in the progress of education, every benevolent work, and all which will increase the material prosperity of this country. His private character is an upright one, his disposition genial and his manners courteous. He is therefore highly respected by those who know him.
At the home of the bride in Medina Township, May 3, 1873, the rites of wedlock were celebrated between our subject and Miss Clara E. Case. This lady is a daughter of Jerome H. and Maria (Howe) Case, both of whom were born in Oswego County. N.Y, but were living the West prior to their marriage. That event was celebrated in Peoria, after which they settled in Medina Township, Mrs. Case dying there in April 1870. Their family consists of five children-Albert, N., Charles N. Clara E., Flora J. and Irving J. The eldest and youngest sons live in this township which was their birthplace, and the second son in Radner Township. The younger daughter is now the wife of E.H. Divelbliss.
The birth of Mrs. Campbell took place May 30, 1849. She received an excellent education, and having been carefully reared by her parents, grew to womanhood in the possession of many womanly virtues and accomplishments. She was formerly identified with the Methodist Church,, but is now a Presbyterian. She has borne her husband five children, whom they are endeavoring to rear in such a manner as to fit them for useful and honorable careers. The interesting group bear the names of Robert J., Walter E., Alice M., Fred C., and Flora M.
Submitted by Londie Benson.