Joseph C. Quinn
"Examples of unremitting zeal, strict integrity and financial success
may be met with in every agricultural district in our country.
Especially is this the case in Jefferson County, where the farmers are almost
invariably well-to-do and enterprising.
As a representative of this class we mention the name of Mr. Quinn, the
owner and occupant of a valuable farm located on section 24, McClellan
Township. Here he engages
in general farming and stock-raising, and is especially successful in
the latter branch of agriculture.
The parents of our subject were Washington Quinn and Mary (Robinson)
Quinn, the former of whom was born in South Carolina, and was three years
of age when his parents removed to Virginia. There he resided until
reaching his thirteenth year, when he went to Tennessee, and seven
years later came to Illinois, locating at Shawneetown, where he remained
for a twelvemonth and then came to this county. In the meantime, his
had come to Illinois and located on land near where the father of our
subject is at present residing.
Washington Quinn has been a resident of Jefferson County since 1839,
and although now well advanced in years, is in the enjoyment of good
health. He is a quiet unassuming man, and has never aspired to prominence,
preferring to devote his attention exclusively to his private
affairs. The maternal grandparents of our subject were natives of
Missouri, and died when Mrs. Quinn was quite young.
Joseph, of this sketch, attended the common schools of Jefferson
County, and aided his father in the care of his farm until reaching his
eighteenth year. Being desirous of obtaining a good education he taught
school the following year, and with the money thus earned went to
Carbondale, this state, and attended one term in the normal. Returning home
at the end of that time he began farming on his own account, which
occupation he has since followed. In connection with raising of the cereals
he devotes considerable time to stock-raising, and each year buys and
ships large numbers of animals.
October 12, 1875, Miss Laura, the daughter of James E. and Mary Z.
(Daniels) Bradley, became the wife of our subject. Her parents were eastern
people, and Mrs. Quinn was the recipient of a fine education. In
April, 1883, our subject was married to Miss Lou E., daughter of John and
Lucy Jones, natives of Georgia. Their union has been blessed by the
birth of five children, as follows: Robert M., Daisey May, William, Alvin
C. and Julia Agnes.
Mrs. Quinn, a lady of worth, is a valued member of the United Brethren
Church and is ever ready to assist in religious work or benevolent
enterprises of her vicinity.
Our subject takes a deep interest in both local and national politics
and always votes with the
Democratic party. He has filled many important positions within the
gift of his fellow citizens, and has been Township Clerk, Town Collector,
Supervisor and Justice of the Peace. He acted as foreman of the United
States Grand Jury in 1893.
Mr. Quinn is very popular wherever known, and
as one of the leading citizens of this township it gives us pleasure to
here present a history of his life."
Submitted By: Karen Rogers
SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Clinton, Washington, Marion
and Jefferson Counties, IL", Chapman Publishing Co, c1894