EDWARD W. DAY. A well kept farm of two hundred and forty acres, is an indication of the business ability of Edward W. Day, of Virden township, who is also known as one of the enterprising citizens of Macoupin county. He was born in jersey county, January 7, 1863, a son of Ira T. and Fanny (Purdy) Day, the former of whom was a native of Vermont and the latter of New York State. The father was one of the pioneers of Illinois, arriving in this state in 1835. He traveled by wagon from Vermont, as there were no railroads in the country at that time, and about a month after he had established his home in the wilderness his horses disappeared but were afterwards found on their way back to their old home in the east, having traveled over one hundred miles before they were retaken. Mrs. Day died February 14, 1863, leaving one child, Edward W., the subject of this review, who was then only five weeks old. Mr. Day was again married, selecting as the lady of his choice Miss Catharine Magee, and to this union one child, Flora, was born. She is now the wife of Joseph Ebers of Virden. The father died in 1906 being then well advanced in years. He was a man of many admirable traits of character and was a worthy type of the brave spirits that founded the great state of Illinois and made possible the prosperous cities and beautiful homes that now dot the country from the great lakes to the gulf.
Edward W. Day attended the public schools and under his father became thoroughly acquainted with the details pertaining to agriculture and stock-raising. He continued on the home farm until twenty-two years of age and then began business on his own account by renting one hundred and twenty acres. Soon afterwards he purchased eighty acres and has since added to his farm as his resources permitted until he is now the owner of one of the most valuable places of its size in the township. He carries on general farming and stock-raising and through the application of sound judgment he has met with merited prosperity at the same time, through his straightforward business methods, commanding confidence and respect wherever he is known.
On the 14th of April, 1886, Mr. Day was married to Miss Anna Tagg, a daughter of Thomas and Mary A. (Luckman) Tagg. The parents were both born in England and came to America, settling at Virden. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Tagg three children were born, namely: Jennie, who si the wife of James Kitner, of Jacksonville, Illinois; William, deceased; and Anna, now Mrs. Edward W. Day. Mr. and Mrs. Day are the parents of two children: Howard W., a resident of Virden; and Henrietta, who lives at home. Mr. Day has for many years taken an active interest in politics and from the time of reaching manhood has been identified with the republican party. He is a valued member of the Christian church and is connected with the Woodmen and the Anti-Horse Thief Association. He and his wife are greatly interested in all worthy movements that aim to advance the permanent welfare of the region and are highly esteemed for their genial and unselfish qualities. He is fully imbued with the progressive ideas that have made Illinois one of the richest states of the Union and is recognized as a man of fine business judgment.