GILBERT KEIRLE. The calling of agriculture promises a peaceful life and assured maintenance to the careful student of natural economy. Such an one is Gilbert Keirle, residing on section 10, Bunker Hill township, where he has lived for ten years and now owns one hundred and fifty acres of land, that is for the most part highly cultivated, well stocked and supplied with good buildings. Mr. Keirle came here from Hilyard Township, where he lived on a farm five years. Prior to that time he resided for three and a half years in Brighton township, coming in August, 1871, to Bunker Hill Township where he has since resided.
Mr. Keirle was born in Somerset shire, June 3, 1853. He was reared and educated in London and Bristol while he was still young, being only eighteen years of age when he came to the United States. The lad took passage at Liverpool on the steamer "City of Washington" of the Inman line, landing in New York and coming thence to Brighton Township, Macoupin County, where he has since been engaged as a farmer. He worked for the first two and a half years as a laborer.
He parents of our subject, Job and Mary (Baker) Keirle, were natives of Somersetshire, England, and they came of English parents who lived and died at that place. Job Keirle and his wife, after the birth of all their children, decided that the New World offered inducements not to be found in the Old, and there upon came to the States in 1881, bringing with them all their children excepting two married daughters who yet live in England. One sone and one daughter were buried in England. They settled in Hilyard Township and later came to Bunker Hill Township and are yet living here, having attained to a good old age. Mr. Keirle is sixty-five years of age and Mrs. Keirle sixty-one years of age. The latter is a member of the Episcopal Church.
The subject of this sketch is the eldest of the large family born to his parents. He was married in Brighton Township to Miss Emma Reader. The lady was born in Dorsetshire, England, October 3, 1848, and was the daughter of Robert and Sarah (Rawlings) Reader, natives of Dorsetshire. All of the family on the maternal side were born and reared in England, though all but one are now in the United States. The wife and mother is deceased, having died August 15, 1891; she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Keirle. She was eight-two years old and with the exception of the loss of her sight was still smart and active.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Keirle, the subject os this sketch, has been blessed with six children. The second, Harry L. is deceased; the remainder all living at home, are Albert, Frank R., Otto H., Oscar F. and Eph. Mr. Keirle is an efficient member of the Congregational Church and is a Republican in politics. Mrs. Keirle is a devoted Baptist.