WALLACE A. BRUCE, one of the largest and most progressive farmers of Macoupin County, has attained a leading position among the farmers and business citizens of his county, and is now the owner of over 1,700 acres of land. Mr. Bruce resides on his handsome homestead farm of 320 acres situated in section 27, Staunton township. He was born in County Derry, Ireland, September 20, 1838, and is a son of Samuel and Matilda (Patterson) Bruce.
Samuel Bruce, the father of our subject, came to Macoupin County from Ireland and was an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He died at the age of 55 years, when his son Wallace was nine years old. Mr. Bruce was married to Matilda Patterson, who was a native of Ireland, and 10 children were born to them, namely: Alice (Sawyer), deceased; Nancy (Sawyer), of Staunton township, Macoupin County; Tilly (Hagins), of St. Louis, Missouri; Sarah (Gates), deceased; Lovina, who died at the age of 17 years; Samuel, who died in Macoupin County; Wallace, our subject; Hug, who died in infancy in Ireland; and Elizabeth Ann, who died in Staunton when three years old.
Wallace A. Bruce came to America when nearly two years of age in company with his parents and the other children of the family then born. His parents settled in Staunton township, Macoupin County, where he has since lived. Mr. Bruce when a youth had little or no opportunity to gain an education but has worked himself up in the business world through his own energy and perseverance. Mr. Bruce has always been a hard working man and withstood many hardships when he first began his most remarkable career, starting with almost nothing and building up a vast estate by his own exertions with the aid of his wife and boys. In political circles, Mr. Bruce is a member of the Democratic party.
In February, 1860, Mr. Bruce was married to Eliza J. Clark, a daughter of William and Eliza (Little) Clark, both natives of Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce are the parents of 11 children, namely: Charles, of Macoupin County; Thomas, of Madison County, Illinois; Elizabeth, who resides with her parents; Belle, who is the wife of James Early of Madison County, Illinois; Wallace, of Gillespie township, Macoupin County; Edward, of Staunton township, Macoupin county; Agnes, the wife of Gustave Kreoger; William, of Madison County, Illinois; Robert, of Madison County, Illinois; Calvin, who resides with his parents; and May, the wife of Winifred Cox.