CALEB CAPPS. There is probably no farmer of North Palmyra Township who has at once a better farm, better buildings and a higher reputation as a man of ability and intelligence than he whose name stands at the head of this paragraph. The beautiful farm attracts the eye of every passerby. Its neat and commodious buildings speak well for the management of the farm and the neatness and productiveness of the land attest thorough cultivation and rich soil. Mr. Capps is not content with mere material prosperity, however, for he devotes much time and thought to matters of general intelligence, being a great reader.
John Capps, the father of our subject, was a Virginian, and his wife, Sallie T. Gilmer was born in Kentucky. Their marriage took place in Adams County, Ill., where he carried on a woolen factory in Columbus, that county. After engaging in this business for some two or three years he returned to Kentucky on account of failure of health and died there in 1843. His bereaved widow long survived him and finally passed away while with her children in this county in February, 1888.
This son Caleb was born in Winchester, Clarke County, Ky., March 23, 1840. When he was three years old he went with his mother to Adams County, Ill., and lived there three or four years and then came to Greene County, Ill., and after a few years removed to this county. At the age of fourteen years he learned the trade of machinist, at which he worked until he reached his majority. In 1861, he engaged in farming settling on a tract of land on section 31, North Palmyra Township, a farm that was entered by his father prior to marriage. Since his location in this township he has devoted himself exclusively to farming and stock raising with the exception of time which he spent in the army in the service of his country.
Our subject enlisted in October, 1864, in Company A, Thirty-second Illinois Infantry in the defense of the old flag. He served about one year and was with Sherman in his march to the sea. During the latter part of his service he was detailed as acting Commissary Sergeant for his regiment. His marriage in Barr Township, took place January 3, 1872 and made him the happy husband of Elizabeth Maxfield, a daughter of Robert H. and Sarah J. (Petefish) Maxfield. Mr. Maxfield was a Kentuckian and his wife a Virginian, and they were early settlers in Barr Township, whither they came in the ‘30s. He followed the carpenter's trade when he was a young man although farming was his chief business through life. He died in Barr Township, June 15, 1876, and his wife still resides at the old homestead, where Mrs. Capps was born February 11, 1844.
The political views of Mr. Capps are in accordance with the declarations of the Democratic party and in its progress and prosperity he takes a great interest, for he believes its teaching and policy are those best fitted to insure the welfare of the country and the prosperity of the citizens. Upon his fine farm of two hundred and eighty acres he has erected a good home, excellent barns and such outhouses as are needed to carry on farm work in the best way. He has himself done most of the work upon this farm and upon the buildings.