It has often been demonstrated that the person gains a valuable experience who early in life is made acquainted with responsibility. The truth of this statement is exemplified in the life of Henry A. Killam, now one of the highly respected citizens of Macoupin county. Owing to the death of his father he was obliged to assume charge of the home farm when he was ten years of age, and he has ever since been actively and successfully engaged in agriculture and stock-raising. He was born in Carlinville township November 20, 1868, a son of Alfred and Elizabeth (Lee) Killam. The parents were both natives of Morgan county, Illinois, and were of English descent. The father was reared as a farmer and after arriving at maturity, purchased seventy-one acres in Carlinville township, Macoupin county, and twenty acres in Palmyra township. He was an industrious man and applied himself with good judgment to the cultivation of his farm, acquiring a reputation as one of the progressive men of the township. He was killed in 1871 by a stroke of lightening, which destroyed his horses at the same time.
Henry A. Killam received limited advantages of education as his services were needed in the support of his mother and three sisters. He took charge of the home place and as the other heirs reached maturity he purchased their interest in the estate and has continued to reside on the farm upon which he was born. The mother made her home there until her death, which occurred November 1, 1892. He has greatly improved the place by the erection of buildings and fences, the setting out of fruit and shade and ornamental trees, and the proper rotation of crops, making it one of the most pleasing features in the landscape of this region. Since 1894 he has made a specialty of raising Poland China hogs and usually markets each year about one hundred and fifty head. He is widely known as one of the most successful hog breeders of the county. He keeps seven head of horses, and also raises cattle and engages extensively in the poultry business. His record shows what can be accomplished by persistent energy backed by courage and clear judgment.
On the 22d of June, 1892, Mr. Killam was married to Miss Nana Vaughn, a daughter of James and Mary (Moore) Vaughn, the former of whom was born in Tennessee and the latter in Macoupin County, Illinois. Mr. Vaughn came to this county at the age of thirteen years and learned the mason's trade at which he worked for several years. He then turned his attention to farming, which he followed successfully until 1892, when he moved to Carlinville and purchased the home in which he and his wife are now living. Since taking up his residence in town he has resumed the trade which he learned many years ago and, although he has reached the advanced age of seventy-nine years, he is still working at the mason's trade. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Killam: Ollie May, who is eighteen years of age; Truman Henry, aged sixteen; Dorothy Irene, aged thirteen; and James Oliver, aged eleven.
Mr. Killam is a friend of the public schools, which he regards as the bulwark of the nation, and is now serving as a member of the school board. From the time of reaching manhood he has voted in Support of the Republican party but not through expectation of being a candidate for office, as his interest is centered in his business affairs which are in a highly flourishing condition. He attends the Baptist church, of which his wife also is a member.