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Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company

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R. K. Alderson, now living retired but for many years identified with the agricultural activities of North Palmyra township, was born in North Otter township, Macoupin county, on the 20th of February, 1849. His parents were Robert and Elizabeth (Clarke) Alderson, who were natives of Tennessee but were married in Kentucky. They were among the first settlers of the county, locating on government ground which Mr. Alderson cleared and cultivated until 1890, when he and his wife removed to Kansas. There Mrs. Alderson passed away in 1894, but he survived for three years thereafter, his demise occurring at the age of seventy-four years. He always took a deep interest in all public questions and political issues and voted for the democratic party.

The family in common with other pioneers shared in the hardships and privations incident to life on the frontier, and at the age of eight years R. K. Alderson began to assist with the work on the fields and the care of the stock. Such education as he acquired was obtained during the brief and somewhat irregular period of the district school, which he attended during the winter sessions at such times as his services were not required at home. In 1869 he came to North Palmyra township and settled on two hundred and forty acres of land owned by his wife. The cultivation proved lucrative and he was able to add to his tract from time to time until he had acquired five hundred acres, all of which he improved and brought to a high state of cultivation. In connection with the tilling of his fields Mr. Alderson made a specialty of the feeding of stock for the market, netting him a very gratifying income. Although he and his wife still continue to reside upon their homestead, he has withdrawn from active farm work, having rented his land, and is now living practically retired. He has been most successful in his undertakings and in addition to his own extensive holdings he has presented each of his children with a one hundred and twenty acre tract of land.

In North Otter township on the 20th of February, 1868, was celebrated the marriage of R. K. Alderson and Miss Lucy Nevins, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Sims) Nevins. The father was a native of Kentucky and the mother of Tennessee but they were long residents of Macoupin county and here they both passed away. To Mr. and Mrs. Alderson were born the following children: Minnie, who married Edward Walkington, a farmer of North Palmyra township, and has one child; Mrs. Robert Chapman, who husband is a farmer of North Palmyra township, and who has five children; Maude, deceased; Mettie, who became the wife of Owen Nevins, a farmer of North Palmyra township, and has one daughter; Mattie, who married a Mr. Tumbell, also a farmer of this township; Millie, who married Steve Chandley, who is cultivating a farm adjacent to that of her parents, and has two children; Melvin, who is married and living on a farm in North Otter township; and Myrtle, the wife of Howard Plowman, a farmer.

In political belief Mr. Alderson is a stanch democrat, considering the policy of that party best adapted to subserve the interests of the majority, while in matters of faith both he and his wife affiliate with the Christian church, the principles of which have ever served to guide their daily lives.

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