George W. Page
GEORGE W. PAGE, whose sketch now claims attention, is one of
the representative farmers of Spring Garden Township, Jefferson
County, and a gentleman highly respected alike for his good business
qualifications and his upright character. He is at present engaged
in the cultivation of one hundred acres of land on section 21, which
he manages in a manner to yield him a fine income.
Our subject was born in the above township May 17, 1847, and is
one in a family of six children born to his parents, of whom those
living besides himself ar Thomas D. and Ruth M., the latter now
Mrs. F.M. Miller), both of Jackson County, this state.
The parents of these children were William R. and Betsey (Burrows)
Page, the former of whom was born in Virginia in 1825. He was the
eldest of the seven children born to his parents, and was a lad of
ten years when he accompanied them on their emigration to the Prairie
State, at which time they located in Spring Garden Township. This was
in 1835, and the family then were classed among the early settlers of
the township. They settled on Congress land, which was later deeded
to them, and there the father spent his entire life, passing away in
1881, when fifty-six years of age. His good wife, who was also a
Virginia by birth, died there in 1876.
George W. Page, of this sketch, spent his early life on his father's
farm and aided in the support of the family until 1867, when, having
attained his majority, he started out in life for himself. February
1 of that year he apprenticed himself to learn the blacksmith's
trade, and after a service of two years went to Nashville, this state,
where he was engaged for a year in that line of work, and later worked
in Batesville, Ark. On returning to Illinois, he opened a shop in the
village of Spring Garden, which he conducted until about six years ago.
Eight years prior to this time, however, he purchased the farm on which
he is now residing, and which was then known as the James Vaughn place.
He took up his abode on his estate in 1880, and soon thereafter erected
a fine residence, and blacksmith and wagon shops. In connection with
farm pursuits, he is also carrying on a prosperous business working at
his trade, and besides the manufacturre of wagons and carriages, handles
all kinds of agricultural implements, and thus supplies the farmers of
this region with all things needful for the carrying on of their farms.
The lady to whom Mr. Page was married August 10, 1869, was Miss
Jemima J. Addison. She was born in Kentucky and is the daughter of
Jonathan Addison, who reared a large family of children. Her parents came
to Illinois about 1854 and located in Pendleton Township, Jefferson County,
where she met and married our subject. Their union has been blessed by
the birth of three children: William R.; Cora Belle, Mrs. Ed McCullum,
of Thompsonville, Franklin County; and Roland W.
In politics, though formerly a Populist, Mr. Page in 1888 voted for
Benjamin Harrison, and since that time has been a strong Republican.
Socially, he is a member of Williams Lodge No. 242, I.O.O.F., with which
he has been connected for the past eighteen years. He is public spirited
and takes great delight in advancing the interests of his community.
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Clinton,
Washington, Marion and Jefferson Counties, Illinois"
Published by Chapman Publishing Company of Chicago in 1894
Submitted by Sandy (Whalen) Bauer