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Grant Duckels, a representative agriculturist and well known citizen of Macoupin county, is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 5, Chesterfield township. His birth occurred in that township on the 28th of October, 1863, his parents being Richard and Elizabeth (Morris) Duckels, of whom more extended mention is made on another page of this work in connection with the sketch of John H. Duckels, a brother of our subject.

Grant Duckels obtained his education in the public schools and was reared to manhood on his father's farm. He has lived on the home place from his birth to the present time, for when his father died the property came into his possession. It comprises one hundred and sixty acres of land and has been brought under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Duckels has erected several out buildings and his place is lacking none of the improvements and conveniences of a model farm of the twenties century. The residence, built sixty years ago, is a large red brick structure of colonial style and is surrounded by shrubbery and trees. Mr. Duckels raises the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also feeds stock, the latter branch of his business adding materially to his annual income. He is an industrious, energetic and enterprising agriculturist who takes pride in enhancing the value and productiveness of the old family homestead.

On the 18th of February, 1900, Mr. Duckels was united in marriage to Miss Mabel Lyon, a daughter of Charles and Emma (Harlan) Lyon. Her paternal grandparents, Dr. Samuel and Rebecca Lyon, came from Boston, Massachusetts to Jersey county, Illinois, settling at Delhi, where the grandfather practiced medicine throughout the remainder of his life. His son, Charles Lyon, the father of Mrs. Duckels, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 17th of April, 1854. After his marriage he followed farming in Macoupin county, Illinois, subsequently removing to Jersey county. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Emma Harlan, is a daughter of George and Sarah Harlan. George Harlan conducted a store at Kemper, Illinois, and was the son of Rev. Levin Harlan, a member of the famous Harlan family of Kentucky, who came to Macoupin county in an early day and entered government land. Rev. Harlan was a Methodist preacher and at one time also conducted a store at Chesterfield, Illinois. A few years ago a great reunion of the Harlan family was held in Kentucky, and the Illinois branch, including Mrs. Duckels, was invited to attend. Mr. and Mrs. Duckels have five children, namely: Emma, Richard, Mildred, Theodore and Delbert, all still at home.

In politics Mr. Duckels is a republican but his aspirations have not been in the line of office holding. Fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a man of exemplary habits and strict integrity, in manner unassuming, and all who know him entertain for him the highest regard and esteem.

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