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Calvin T. Bruce, who engages in general farming on section 21, Staunton township, was born on the farm where he now resides on the 25th of September, 1878. His father, Wallace Bruce, when a boy emigrated from Scotland with his parents, who were among the pioneers of southern Illinois. They located on a farm in Staunton township and there they spent the remainder of their lives. When old enough to begin work for himself Wallace Bruce bought an uncultivated and unimproved farm on section 21, Staunton township. Upon completing the necessary improvements he immediately began breaking the prairie, placing it under cultivation as he was able. Hard-working, thrifty Scot that he was he met with success in the intelligent direction of his affairs, and at the time of his death owned a homestead of three hundred and twenty acres, well improved and in a high state of cultivation. In addition to this land he had acquired four hundred acres in Madison county. He passed away on his homestead in 1905. For his wife Mr. Bruce chose Miss Elizabeth Jane Clarke, also a native of Scotland, whom he married in Macoupin county. She is still living and continues to make her home in Staunton township, but is now a resident of the village of that name. To Mr. and Mrs. Bruce were born eleven children: Charles, who is residi8ng in the vicinity of Hornsby, Illinois; Lizzie, who is unmarried and lives with her mother; Thomas, a resident of New Douglas, Illinois; Wallace, who lives in the vicinity of Gillespie, Illinois; Belle, the wife of James Early, of New Douglas, Illinois; Edward, who is living in Staunton; Agnes, the wife of August Kroger, of Staunton; William, who is also a resident of Staunton; Robert, living in New Douglas, Illinois; Calvin T., who is our subject; and May, the wife of Richard Cox, of Mount Olive, Illinois.

Calvin T. Bruce always lived upon the farm where he was born, having pursued his education in the district schools of the vicinity where he mastered the common branches. He remained under the parental roof until the death of his father following which he purchased one-half of the homestead and here he has ever since resided. He has wrought many improvements in the place during the period of his occupancy, having erected new barns and outbuildings, all of which he keeps in a good state of repair. His fields are devoted to general farming and in addition to the cultivation of these he is operating an eighty acre tract adjoining. One of the special features of interest on his farm are the full blooded Shorthorn cattle he is so successfully breeding and which promise to be a most gratifying source of income.

In 1907 Mr. Bruce established a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Mollie Russell, and to them has been born one child, Elmer.

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce are devoted members of the Presbyterian church and he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, being identified with the Staunton camp. His political support he has always given to the democratic party. Mr. Bruce takes much pride in his farm, which, having been the playground of his boyhood and the training school of his youth, is endeared to him by its association with all the deepest and greatest experiences of his life.

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