HENRY C. DEAHL.
One of the finest improved farms of Macoupin county pays tribute to the energy and ability of Henry C. Deahl who, as a dairyman dnd stock breeder, has gained a reputation which extends far beyond the lines of the state of Illinois. He has shown remarkable activity and progressiveness, and is recognized by his friends and acquaintances as an ideal farmer and business man. He takes special pride in his dairy and his blooded cattle, and is building up one of the finest herds in Illinois. Born at Shipman, June 24, 1868, he is a son of Adam Deahl, an interesting record of whom is presented in another part of this work.
Henry C. Deahl received his early education in the public schools of Shipman and subsequently attended Bushnell College at Bushnell, Illinois. He remained with his parents until twenty-one years old, and then rented eighty acres of land upon his own account and also engaged in buying and shipping livestock. In 1893 he moved to Girard and opened a meat market, which he conducted for a year. having disposed of this business, he took up his residence on a farm north of Piasa but, after the close of a year, moved to another farm east of town where he continued for ten years, also purchasing and shipping livestock. In 1905 he started in the dairy business on his father's farm, in section 23, Shipman township, and later began breeding thoroughbred Holstein-Friesian cattle, He is thoroughly up-to-date in his methods, having taken advantage of the ver latest advancements in the line to which he devotes his attention. He has expended nine thousand dollars upon silos for his dairy business, and the feed lots have all been concreted at a cost of fifteen hundred dollars. That his herd is one of the highest grade is indicated by the fact that he paid one thousand dollars for a calf two months old, being satisfied with nothing short of the best that the market affords. The mother of this calf is the champion butter producer of the world. He ships milk direct to St. Louis and is now the largest shipper in this section of the state. He is also selling blooded stock, reared under his supervision, to buyers throughout the United States, and is a prominent and successful exhibitor at the Illinois State Fair and other exhibitions, where stockmen are attracted in large numbers. Being actively interested in the promotion of the great work that engrosses his attention, his ability has been recognized by leading stock breeders and he is second vice president of the Holstein0Friesian Association of Illinois and a valued member of the National Holstein-Friesian Association.
On the 18th of May, 1892, Mr. Deahl was married to Miss Sarah Davies, a daughter of Charles and Emily (Boswell) Davies, and to this union two children have been born, Irene E. and Mildred, both of whom are living at home. the paternal grandfather of Mrs, Deahl was Thomas Davies, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, who married Isophena Crane. The Davies came to Illinois and located in Hilyard township, Macoupin county, becoming one of the prominent men of this county and the owner of a beautiful farm of four hundred acres. He had six children: Charles; Thomas, deceased; John, of Alton, Illinois; Margaret, the wife of Dr. Perlee, of Camden, Ohio; Daniel, a resident of Camden, Arkansas; and Edward, who died in infancy.
Charles Davies, the father of Mrs. Deahl, was born at Hamilton, Ohio, December 9, 1844, and was educated in the public schools of that city. He came west with his father and after renting land for several years purchased a farm in Hilyard township, which he now owns. He gives his attention to the dairy business. In 1868 he was married to Miss Emily Boswell, a daughter of John G. Boswell, of London, England, who settled in Hilyard township, Macoupin county, Illinois, in 1851 and became known as one of the substantial men of the community. To the union of Charles Davies and Emma Boswell were born four children, namely: Sarah C., now Mrs. Henry C. Deahl; Margaret M., the wife of Frank Stevenson, a farmer of Woodburn, Illinois; William, who went to Alaska as a gold seeker and died at Dawson, at the age of twenty-six years; and Howard, who is living at home.
Mr. Deahl of this review is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church of Shipman and in politics is an earnest supporter of the democratic party. His principal interest is centered in his business and as he knows how to direct his efforts so as to produce tangible results, he has made rapid progress and is to be found near the head of the line in anything in which he is interested. In all matters pertaining to citizenship he is loyal and progressive, and it is the unanimous opinion of his friends that no man in Macoupin county is more worthy of the favors of fortune than Henry C. Deahl.