HORACE E. RUTHERFORD was born in Girard township, Macoupin County, Illinois, December 9th, 1852; his father, Julius Rutherford, was also a native of Illinois. He married Malinda Landon, who was a native of the state of Vermont. The Landons settled in Jersey county, and are an influential family. Four children were born to them, two boys and two girls. The father died in 1856; after his death, his wife and mother of the subject of the present sketch, married David McGee. Five children were the fruits of this latter marriage, two of whom are now living. Horace E. Rutherford spent his boyhood days in the common schools, and when at the age of sixteen years, he entered the Normal school at normal, Illinois, where he remained a year and a half, after which he entered the State Normal School at Kirksville, Missouri, remaining one and a half years. His object was to fit himself for the profession of teaching. After he left the Normal school in Kirksville he went to Texas and taught school one year; he then returned home and went to Greene county and taught school for one term, after which he abandoned teaching and engaged in farming. He found this more profitable, and it suited him much better. In the spring of 1874 he commenced farming on section five; in 1876 he purchased his present residence and five acres of land, near the town of Girard, where he at present resides. On the 31st of August, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Mima King. She was born in Palmyra, Macoupin county. The King family were natives of Kentucky; Mrs. King was a Stidley before her marriage, and was a native of Ohio. Two children have been born to Horace and Mima Rutherford - Cecil and Daisy. In politics Mr. Rutherford is a democrat, and cast his first vote for Samuel J. Tilden, in 1876. He is a member of the Odd Fellows' order. His mother, Mrs. McGee, is still living at the old homestead. Addie and Drucilla Rutherford, his sisters, remain with her, and Edgar J., his brother, is a merchant in the western part of Kansas. The grandfather of the subject of our sketch is still living, and at present is a resident of Jersey county, Illinois; he has nearly reached one hundred years of age. He was a soldier of the war of 1812. He was a large land owner in this county and is now possessed of large landed property in Jersey county. Mr. Rutherford's step-father, McGee, died in June, 1876. He was one of the first settlers of Girard township; he was known as Squire McGee. He was widely known and respected, and was Justice of the Peace for many years.