& Biographical Record of Tazewell & Mason Counties, IL 1894 pub. CHICAGO:
Biographical Publishing Co.
PERRY W. STEVENS, agent of the Illinois Central Railroad at Easton, is one of the worthy citizens that Ohio has furnished to Mason County. He was born in Fairview, Guernsey County, March 31, 1846, and is a son of Joshua Stevens, and a grandson of James Stevens. The former was born in Maryland in 1802, and having attained to mature years was united in marriage with Caroline McCartney, who was born in Virginia in 1803. There they resided until 1856, when they came to Illinois. After a year spent in Clayton County, however, they returned to Waverly, Pike County, Ohio, where the mother died in 1879, while the father's death occurred in 1893. They were the parents of eleven children, six sons and five daughters, and with the exception of one son all are yet living. They are, Elizabeth, James, Sophia, Mrs. Rachel Frey, Thomas M., Mrs. Mary J. Taylor, John W., Mrs. Nancy Bishop, Perry W. and Lewis. Three of the sons served in the Civil War. Thomas M. was a second Lieutenant of the One Hundred and Eighty-sixth Ohio Infantry, and John W. was a Corporal of the Ninety-first Ohio Infantry. The parents were life-long members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Stevens usually served as Class-leader. They had many friends, and all who knew them held them in high regard.
Perry W. Stevens was reared on a farm, and was educated in the city schools of Waverly, Ohio, and in the Iron City Commercial College, of Alleghany City, Pa. Later he engaged in teaching, following that profession for two years in the Buckeye State, and for four years in Illinois. The country found in him one of its faithful defenders during the late war, and on many a southern battlefield he followed the Old Flag.
Mr. Stevens entered the service on the 18th of December, 1863, enlisting as a member of Company D, Seventy-third Ohio Infantry. He joined the company at Chillicothe, its members being then at home on a veteran furlough. He went to Chattanooga, Tenn., participated in the Atlanta campaign under Gen. Joe Hooker, and at the battle of Resaca he was struck in the left fore-arm by a musket ball, which shattered both bones. He was then sent to Bridgeport, Ala., and there remained in the hospital until he was granted a sixty days' furlough. After his return to Louisville, Ky., he did provost duty until January, 1864, when he went to Charleston, S. C., by the way of New York City. He joined his company at Raleigh, N. C., the day after President Lincoln's assassination, marched with the regiment to Richmond, and on transports went to Alexandria. He took part in the Grand Review in Washington, D. C., and carried the regimental colors. He then went to Louisville, Ky., where he was discharged in June, 1865. He now draws a pension of $12 per month.
When his country no longer needed his services, Mr. Stevens returned to his Ohio home, completed his education and fitted himself for teaching. In 1871 he came to Illinois, and for two years taught school in Lawrence County. In 1873 he taught school in Mason County, and in the same year came to Easton. He was appointed agent for the Illinois Central Railroad Company, and has held that position continuously since.
On the 8th of October, 1871, Mr. Stevens was united in marriage with Harriet Irene Thompson, a daughter of Abraham and Cynthia A. Thompson. She was born November 8, 1853, in Shelby County, Ohio, and was killed by a runaway horse October 21, 1893.
precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
"God in His wisdom has recalled
A boon His love had given,
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in Heaven."
By their union were born six children, five of whom are yet living: Ada May, Oliver Perry, Hugh Thompson, Edna S. and Lloyd. The children have all received good educational privileges, and Miss Ada is a graduate of the Mason City High School.
Mr. Stevens is a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which his wife also belonged. Socially, he is a Royal Arch Mason, and is a member of J. Q. A. Jones Post, G. A. R., of Havana. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican party, and is now serving as a member of the School Board of Easton. For twenty-one years he has been station agent at this place, and his long continued service shows how faithfully he has performed his duties, and indicates the confidence and trust reposed in him. His life has been well and worthily passed, and a straightforward, honorable career has won him the esteem of all with whom he has been brought in contact.
Submitted by Betty Doremus