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Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company

Page 793

WILLIAM STORY. It is with ever increasing interest, as the years go by, that we trace the story of the early settlers of the Prairie State and more and more we feel that to visit the home of one of these pioneers is a pilgrimage to a shrine which well repays us for the effort involved. Among those who are thus worthy of our interest and attention is the mother of our subject. Her maiden name was Harriet Hettick, and she was born in Fayette County, Ohio, April 7, 1811, a daughter of Andrew and Mary Hettick. In those early days when she first came to Illinois manufactured goods were almost unknown among the farmers and this worthy woman used to card, spin and weave, wool, flax and cotton for the homespun clothes in which she arrayed both herself and her children. She is still living and enjoys a fair degree of health and is in full possession of her mental faculties. She is one of the very oldest settlers of Macoupin County, now living, and is well known throughout the county and highly respected.

The subject of this sketch was born in Barr Township, this county, May 6, 1842. His father who also bore the name of William Story was a native of Alabama as was the grandfather, James Story. The latter removed from Alabama to Tennessee and after a few years' residence there came to Illinois, and settled upon a farm in Morgan County. He resided there until his death.

The father of our subject was five years old when his parents removed to Tennessee and he came from there to Illinois with them when they made that journey. They traveled by team and brought with them all their earthly possessions. His marriage in 1834 gave him the brave and worthy helpmate of whom we have already spoken. He entered a tract of farming land in Barr Township and there built the log house in which they made their happy home and where the subject of this notice was born.

The worthy pioneer rived boards to cover the roof of his house and split lumber for the floor, building the chimney of sticks and mud. At that time deer and other kinds of game abounded and the prairies of Illinois were indeed a wilderness, although a fair and fertile one. The hardships of pioneer life were cheerfully undergone by this estimable and brave couple. They lived at this old homestead until 1845 at which time they sold it and bought the place where the family now resides and here the father died, February 15, 1866 in the fifty-fifth year of his age.

William Story was reared upon the farm and attended the pioneer schools which were taught in the log schoolhouse which was no more elegant in its construction that the homes of its patrons. It had a stick and mud chimney, slab benches without backs, and a notable lack of desks. The marriage of the young man took place August 15, 1872, his bride being Emma Frances Anderson. She was born in Morgan County, Ill., and was a daughter of John and Melvina Anderson. She passed away from earth April 25, 1887, leaving four children, Edward, Evert, Hattie and Jessie.

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