PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TAZEWELL & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS, 1894
JOHN D. MOUNT is a prominent resident of Delavan. It is said that the history of a place is best told in the lives of its people, and in giving the sketch of Mr. Mount mention will be made of several of the leading industries of Delavan with which he has been connected. He is now owner of the electric plant and is serving as City Marshal. He was born on a farm in Dillon Township, six miles from this place, March 6, 1860, and is a representative of one of the honored pioneer families of Tazewell County.
His father, Mathias Mount, was born in Kentucky in 1810, and in 1831 became a resident of Jacksonville, where he worked for an uncle. He served in the Black Hawk War with the rank of First Lieutenant, after which he went to Indiana, whither his family removed during his childhood. Soon afterward he came to Tazewell County, settling on a farm in Dillon Township. He served as Supervisor of this township for eighteen consecutive years, and was one of the most prominent and influential citizens of the community. In his business dealings he won success, becoming quite well-to-do. He was three times married and died in 1888, at the age of seventy-eight years. His father, Mathias Mount, Sr., was a son of Thomas Mount, a Revolutionary soldier, and was born March 11, 1767. Thomas Mount was a native of Holland and with three brothers came to America. He settled in Maryland, his brother Mathias in Pennsylvania, while Ezekiel made his home in Ohio, and Elijah went to Louisiana. During the struggle for Independence Thomas Mount carried an old flintlock musket, which is now in possession of our subject. Clayton Mount, an uncle of our subject, is a prominent Methodist preacher, and it will thus be seen that he comes of a respectable and honorable family.
The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Eliza J. Bennett, and was born in Tazewell County, where her people settled at a very early day. She is now living on the farm left her by her husband. She was his third wife, and by their marriage were born three sons and two daughters. William M., a farmer of Dillon Township, for a number of years has been a member of the County Board of Supervisors and served as its Chairman one term; Mary E., a twin sister of John D., died several years ago; Nathan G. operates his mother's fam; and Ida is the wife of William Evans, an extensive farmer and stock dealer living near Lincoln, Ill.
Mr. Mount whose name heads this record was reared in the rural manner of farmer lads. His early education, acquired in the public schools, was supplemented by study in the Commercial College of Keokuk, Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1886. He then embarked in the hardware business in Delavan, but after two years retired from that enterprise and served on the City Council. In 1888 he was appointed City Marshall of Delavan, a position which he has filled with marked ability. He is one of the most popular officers that ever held the position, and his efficient service has won him universal commendation.
Mr. Mount was married in December, 1885, to Miss Eliza A. Crawford, daughter of James Crawford, one of the wealthiest farmers of Boynton, and a pioneer of Tazewell County. Three children graced their union, Alice A., James Mathias and Bessie. The family has a wide acquaintance in the community and its members rank high in social circles.
In addition to his official duties, Mr. Mount is half owner of the Delavan Electric Light and Power plant, one of the best in the state, and has other possessions, having had a considerable competence left him by his father. At this writing he is the Democratic candidate for the nomination for Sheriff with good prospects of success. He is a Knight Templar Mason and an Odd Fellow, and both fraternities recognize in him a prominent member. He has a wide acquaintance throughout his native county and all who know him hold him in high esteem.
Submitted by Betty Doremus