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Richmond & Arnold
Chicago, Illinois

Page 353


Gideon B. Loper, one of the extensive farmers and substantial citizens of Western Mound township in Macoupin County, owning a fine farm of 913 acres in Macoupin County, was born in Western Mound township, June 3, 1842. He is a son of Adrian W. and Susan (Keller) Loper.

James Loper, the grandfather of Gideon B., was probably born in New Jersey; he was a sea-faring man, and his two vessels did good service for his country during the War of 1812, which, however, resulted in his losing them. He then turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, and with his wife and two children started for Indiana, crossing the Allegheny Mountains with his household goods packed in a one-horse wagon. For a time he lived in the vicinity of Fairfield, Indiana, but in 1829, he removed to Greene County, Illinois. In 1831 he became one of the first settlers of Chesterfield township, Macoupin County, Illinois, where he passed his remaining years.

Adrian W. Loper, father of Gideon B., was the second member of his parents' family of seven children. He became a large land-owner and prominent farmer, leaving an estate of 215 acres at the time of his death. On December 22, 1837, he married Susan Keller, who was born in Crawford County, Indiana, September 14, 1818, and died June 6, 1896. She was a daughter of John Keller who was born in Maryland and accompanied his parents in youth to Kentucky. There he was reared and married, removing to Crawford County, Indiana, in 1800, being one of the earliest settlers. There he purchased a tract of wild land and later bought land in Coles County, Illinois, which he sold in 1836 to remove to Chesterfield township, Macoupin County, Illinois, where he was also a pioneer. Here he developed a fine farm.

Gideon B. Loper obtained his education in the schools of his native township and remained at home, assisting his father on the homestead farm, 120 acres of which he owns. In addition to this valuable property, Mr. Loper owns 1,493 acres throughout the States of Illinois and Kansas, and also numerous town lots in various cities.

In 1867, Mr. Loper was married to Virginia Carr, who is a daughter of Macabus and Mary (Bates) Carr, who were born in Tennessee. Mr. Carr came to Macoupin County and at the time of his death, in 1874, in his 59th year, he was a large farmer of Western Mound township. Five children were born to this marriage: Ary O., Annetta, Mattie V., Orin B., and Horace G. the eldest son is operating the homestead farm. He married Ella Brennan, who is a daughter of James T. and Sarah Ann (Hinkle) Brannan, and they have reared two children - Ora and Oma. Annetta married A. C. Chism, a farmer of Bird township, who is a son of Bostick Chism of Western Mound township, and they have four children - Frank, Floyd, Henry and Evelyn. Mattie V. married William Henry Dams, a merchant at Chesterfield, and they have one child - Cressa Viola. Orin B. Loper, a general merchant at Chesterfield, married Mabel Moore, who is a daughter of Louis P. Moore. Horace G. Loper assists on the homestead farm. He married Ora Regsbey, daughter of a large stock buyer of Chesterfield township, and they have two children - Rhea and Corinne.

In politics Mr. Loper is identified with the Republican party. Fraternally he is a Mason. In religious belief he is a Baptist.

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