CAMPBELL, Arba Z. & Zeno A.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 303-304 & 1107

Biography of Arba Z. CAMPBELL (pp 303-304)

No finer farm is to be found in Pecatonic Township, Winnebago County [IL] than that owned and occupied by the subject of this sketch, and which is located on section 3.  It is justly considered one of the finest places in the county, as it is under the most thorough tillage and the buildings upon it are of the best class in construction and design.

A native of Durand Township [Winnebago County, IL], our subject is a son of David and Erixna (BARKER) CAMPBELL, and was born 27 Nov 1852.  The father was a native of Grand Isle [Grand Isle County], VT, and was 20 years of age when coming to this county.   His birth occurred 24 Mar 1815, and his marriage to Miss BARKER, who is also a native of the Green Mountain State [VT], was celebrated 16 Feb 1840.  Mrs. CAMPBELL departed this life in Durand Township when 69 years of age [p 304], having been born 10 Feb 1823.  She was the daughter of Asa and Molly (MARS) BARKER, natives of New England and of Scotch descent.  Asa died in Laona Township, Winnebago County, 14 May 1865, having been born 30 May 1781.  His wife, who was born 24 Nov 1781, also died in Laona Township, 06 Sept 1864.  They were the parents of 11 children.

The father of our subject is the only one living of a family of 12 children.   Deciding to see something more of the Western country, he came on foot from Lockport, PA, to LaPorte [LaPorte County], IN, thence overland by teams to Pecatonica.   Here he pre-empted 160 acres of land and marketed the products therefrom in the mining districts of WI and Chicago.  David CAMPBELL is one of the few pioneers left who came here as early as 1836, and he has consequently been an eyewitness of the wonderful growth and development of this section.

Arba A. CAMPBELL was one of six children born to his parents, four of whom are living:   Adeline, who was born 30 Jun 1847, is married and has three children; Louis I., who was born in 1858, is also married and has four children; Zeno A. [his bio follows], who was born 14 Jan 1843, died 31 Oct 1891, leaving a wife and three children.  Our subject remained at home until reaching his 19th year, when he cultivated rented property for a short time and then purchased a tract of land, to which he added from time to time until he is now the possesor of a magnificent estate of 567 acres.

Miss Eliza C. HULSE, who was born in Pecatonica Township, 01 Apr 1856, became the wife of our subject 28 Jul 1872.  She is the daughter of P. and Elizabeth (WOODRUFF) HULSE, the former of whom was born in Clarke County, OH, and came to IL in a very early day.   He located on a farm in this township, where his demise occurred when 40 years of age.  The paternal grandfather of Mrs. CAMPBELL, Henry HULSE, departed this life when 60 years of age; his wife, Mary HULSE, died in Salina [Saline County], KS, when in her 70th year.  [See also the Winnebago County IL biography of Joshua HULSE.]  The mother of Mrs. CAMPBELL was born in Hamilton County, OH, and reared six children, all of whom are living, as follows:  Mary M., who was born 03 May 1850; Enos S., 31 Jan 1852; Mrs. CAMPBELL; Jasper J., 18 Aug 1858; Ella L., 07 Sep 1860; and William H., 05 Nov 1864. 

To Mr. and Mrs. CAMPBELL have been born five children, four of whom are living:  Ward D., whose birth occurred 07 Feb 1873, is attending college at Rockford; Burt P. was born 25 Dec 1877; Homer W., 27 Mar 1880; Floss A., 25 Mar 1885; and Starr H., who was born 03 Jan 1876, died 05 Feb 1877.  Mr. CAMPBELL, as before stated, has one of the finest farms in northern IL, and with his estimable wife is most highly respected in this community.  They have a beautiful home and a happy and intelligent family of children.  Mr. CAMPBELL is engaged in mixed farming, devoting his attention principally to breeding stock.  In politics he is a Democrat, to which party he gives his support at the polls.

Biography of Zeno A. CAMPBELL (p 1107)

Although our subject has passed to the land beyond, he is remembered by the citizens of Pecatonica Township, Winnebago County, IL, as a man of progressive and enterprising spirit, as well as a prominent farmer and stock raiser of that section.  His death 31 Oct 1891 was deeply mourned by those among whom he had lived and labored during his entire active life.

A native of Winnebago County, our subject was born 14 Jan 1843, and was therefore still in life's prime when his death occurred.  His father, who was born in 1812, is still living; his mother, whose birth took place 10 Feb 1820, passed away 31 Oct 1891.   Their family numbered four children, namely:  Zeno A., Adeline A., Arba Z. and Louis.

After passing his boyhood days in much the usual manner of farmer lads amid rural scenes, alternating study in the pioneer schools with work at home, Mr. CAMPBELL was married, 29 Dec 1864, to Miss Kate C. HULSE.  This lady was born in Rock Run Township, Stephenson County, IL, 20 Feb 1842, and is a daughter of Henry and Susan (GLYNN) HULSE.  Her father was born in 1818, and departed this life in IA, in 1848; her mother is still living.  [For additional information see the Winnebago County, IL, biography of Joshua HULSE, brother of Kate C. (HULSE) CAMPBELL.]

These children were born to Mr. and Mrs. CAMPBELL, of whom the following may be mentioned:   Walton H., born in Winnebago County [IL], 26 Dec 1866; Merton D., born 09 Oct 1876; and Vida, 15 Jun 1883.  The eldest son was married to Miss Nellie, daughter of David MITCHELL, and they are the parents of two children, David M. and Jeanie.

In politics Mr. CAMPBELL was a strong Republican, and held many positions of trust among his fellow townsmen.  He was a general farmer by occupation, making a specialty of stock raising and keeping on his place some splendid animals.  In his agricultural operations, he introduced modern methods, and the latest improved machinery, hence sucess rewarded his efforts.  Socially he was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and enjoyed the acquaintance of the best citizens in Pecatonica Township.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.