BENJAMIN F. KABLE. Among the representative citizens of North Otter Township, prominent in business and religious circles and honored by everyone for his noble war record, we are proud to place high the name which we have just recorded. He is the eldest son of James Kable and was born in Greene County, Ohio, April 4, 1840. In his native home he grew to manhood and received the usual education and training which is given to a farmer's boy in an intelligent and practical family. Later in his boyhood he was a resident of Miami County, Ohio, and remained there until the war broke out. He was early interested in the struggle to maintain the honor of the old flag, and when he had barely reached his majority joined the army and nobly did his share in the struggle to maintain the institutions which were established by our forefathers.
The young man enlisted January 31, 1862, in Company I, Seventy-first Ohio Infantry. He served for nearly four years and did not take his discharge until 1866. Some of the important engagements in which he took part were Shiloh, Franklin and Nashville, Tenn. At the battle of Shiloh he was slightly wounded in the foot and at Clarksville, Tenn., he was taken prisoner by the rebel forces, but was not kept "in durance vile" as long as were many of his companions. He was soon sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, where he remained until he was exchanged.
It was in January, 1866, that the young soldier returned, bronzed by exposure and with honorable scars, to take up the pursuits of peace. He settled in North Otter Township, Macoupin County, and has since made this his home. He now owns about seven hundred acres in this township, which he is cultivating in a most thorough and systematic manner. On another page is presented a view of his home, which is a delightful one within and attractive without, and the excellence of his barns and sheds speaks whole volumes in praise of the man who can work as well as he can fight. Nothing in his whole life so sincerely gratifies this noble man as to review his days of hardship and suffering upon the battlefield and the march. His devotion to his country was a whole hearted one and he grudges nothing of all that he gave in time and strength.
Soon after his return from the war Mr. Kable was united in marriage with the woman whose true heart had followed him through all his wanderings and marches. His wedding was solemnized in North Otter Township, May 3, 1866, the bride being Elizabeth Mayer. She had the happiness of presenting her husband with one child, Theodore, and then died May 10, 1868, leaving the little one to mourn the irreparable loss of a mother.
The second marriage of Mr. Kable took place in North Otter Township, November 11, 1872, his bride being Miss Anna Freeman, by whom he has five children, namely: Mary Alice, James F., Russell F., Charles H., and Nellie A. The mother of these children was born in Chatham, Sangamon County, Ill., and is a lady of unusual culture and refinement as well as ability in managing the affairs of her household and training her children with wisdom and discretion.
Our subject has been Justice of the Peace for four years and has also filled the office of School Director and Highway Commissioner. He is a Director in the Farmers' Mutual Aid Association of Virden and North Otter. He has also been one of the School Trustees and takes an active part in political movements, being a Republican in his convictions and working for the interest of that party. The Methodist church is the religious body with which our subject is connected and where he is an active worker. He is also prominently identified with the John Baird Post, No. 285, G.A.R.