ANDRUS, Henry & Sylvester Claude

Biography of Henry ANDRUS [father of Sylvester C. ANDRUS]
Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, IL, C. A. Church.   Chicago:  Clarke Publishing Company, 1905, pp 252-5

Henry ANDRUS, whose name figures in the history of legislation in IL, and who is today one of the most honorable and honored citizens of Winnebago County, was born in [p 255] Harlem [Winnebago County, IL] on 04 Nov 1844.  His youth was quietly passed, his time being largely devoted to the acquirement of an education in the public schools and to the work on the home farm, with which he early became familiar.  In early manhood his entire attention was devoted to agricultural pursuits, and he resided upon his farm up to the time of his marriage in 1868.  He then removed to Pecatonica [Winnebago County, IL], where he remained for six years, and on the expiration of that period, he resumed agricultural pursuits in Cherry Valley township, where he owned a productive tract of land.  That place continued to be his home until his removal to Rockford, and its further development and improvement occupied his energies with the result that the property became very valuable.

The devotion of Mr. ANDRUS to the general good and his fitness for leadership led to his selection for public offices of honor and trust.  He was elected supervisor of the township of Cherry Valley for 19 years, and during that period he was for seven consecutive years honored by the board with its chairmanship, a distinction that has not been conferred upon any other man serving as supervisor in Winnebago County.  In 1896 he was elected to represent his district in the general assembly of IL, and that he won the approval of his constiutents and the public in general is shown by the fact that he was re-elected in 1898, while in 1900 he was elected to the upper house, and represented the 10th senatorial district until 01 Jan 1905.  He has been actively concerned in constructive legislation and was an earnest working member of the senate.  Among the important measures which have been enacted into laws through his eforts is the enabling act, which gave the peole of Winnebago County the right and privilege of voting for an appropriation by the board of supervisors of a sum of money for the building of a memorial hall in memory of the soldiers and sailors of this county.  He also secured the passage of the act providing for the building of a monument at Stillman Valley.  He is a student of social economy and political questions and is thoroughly conversant with the more important issues of the day.  Every measure which was introduced received from him careful consideration and when once he determined upon a course that he believed would prove beneficial to the state he never wavered in his allegiance thereto.  He was one of the strong and able members of the senate, and although he did not seek the fame that arose from brilliant oratorical efforts, he was known as one of the earnest working men of the upper house.

Mr. ANDRUS was married in 1868, the lady of his choice being Miss Jennie LOVE.  They have two living children:  a daughter, Mrs. Edith SCOTT, who resides on a farm in Cherry Valley; and a son, Dr. S. C. ANDRUS, a prominent physician of Rockford.  [The biography of Sylvester Claude ANDRUS follows.]  Mr. ANDRUS' name is on the membership roll of the Elks lodge, the Modern Woodmen camp and the Masonic fraternity, and in the last named he has attained high rank, being now a 32nd degree Mason.  He has won distinction in the fields of political life and is today numbered among the leading influential and honored citizens of Rockford.  He is recognized as a leader in public thought and action, and is moreover known for his public-spirited devotion to all that pertains to the welfare of the county and the commonwealth. 

Biography of Sylvester Claude ANDRUS [son of Henry ANDRUS]
Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, IL, C. A. Church.   Chicago:  Clarke Publishing Company, 1905, pp 755-6

Dr. Sylvester Claude ANDRUS, who is accorded a gratifying practice in recognition of his learning and skill as a representative of the medical fraternity, and is now a physician to St. Anthony's Hospital of Rockford, and a member of the [p 756] hospital staff, was born in Pecatonica, Winnebago County [IL] on 20 Apr 1872.  He is a son of Henry and Jane (LOVE) ANDRUS.  He attended the public schools and passed through successive grades until he had completed the high school course, graduating with the class of 1890 at Cherry Valley.  His taste tended toward a professional life, and he became a student in the Northwestern University of Chicago, completing a course in the medical department with the class of 1897.

Thus well qualified for his chosen profession, he located in Rockford and almost immediately began a lucrative practice.  Since that time his business has constantly grown, and he is now a worthy and capable representative of the medical fraternity of Winnebago County.  He belongs to the Winnebago County Medical Society, the State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and through the interchange of thought and experiences in the meetings of those organizations, he keeps informed concerning the progress that is continually being made in the practice of medicine and surgery.  Always ready to adopt new methods which he believes will prove of benefit in alleviating suffering and checking the ravages of disease, he is at the same time slow to discard old and time-honored methods, whose value has been proven. 

Dr. ANDRUS was married to Miss Edna PRIEST, of Chicago, in which city she was born.   He is a member of the Knights of Pythias fraternity, a charter member of the Elks lodge, No. 64, has attained the 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite in Masonry, belonging to Freeport consistory, and he is also a member of a Greek letter society.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.