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Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company

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JOHN T. PEMBROKE, who has charge of the grain business of G. B. Carrico at Womac, where he has been residing for the past four years, was born in Jersey county, Illinois, on the 27th of October, 1863. He is a son of Wesley N. and Sarah E. (Sumner) Pembroke, the father being a native of Illinois and the mother of Indiana.

Wesley N. Pembroke was born in Jersey county, this state, and there he was reared and educated. When old enough to begin to work for himself he rented some land in Jersey county that he operated for a few years and then came to Macoupin county. Upon his arrival here he located in Shaws Point township int the vicinity of Atwater, where he rented and cultivated land until 1897, when he withdrew from active work. He has ever since lived retired in Atwater where he owns a very pleasant residence. Seventy-five years have elapsed since the birth of Wesley N. Pembroke, during the last two of which he has been traveling life's journey alone, his wife having passed away on the 9th of January, 1909.

Reared in the country the educational advantages of John T. Pembroke were limited to the district schools, which at that period were both limited and inefficient. He remained on the farm with his parents, assisting his father in tilling the fields and caring for the crops, until he was nineteen years of age. He then began his career as a wage earner by going out to work by the month as a farm hand, and later he joined a threshing crew. This served to enable him to acquire the means to begin his independent agricultural career, so at the expiration of a few years he went to Butler, Illinois. There he rented a farm that he operated for two years, subsequently returning to Macoupin county where he continued to farm as a renter. In 1907 he withdrew from agricultural pursuits and came to Womac to take charge of the elevator and grain business of G. B. Carrico, which position he now fills.

On the 22d of November, 1884, occurred the marriage of Mr. Pembroke and Miss Lena K. Henderson, a daughter of John and Carrie (Hill) Henderson, natives of Indiana. The father was a blacksmith and followed his trade in Indiana for several years. He came from there to Jersey county, Illinois, during the early days and established a shop that he operated for eight or ten years. Disposing of his business at the end of that time he came to Macoupin county, first locating at Medora, but later he removed to Shaws Point township. After conducting a shop there for about eight years he went to Litchfield, where he was actively identified with his trade until 1900, when he retired. He has now attained the venerable age of eighty-five years and continues to make his home in Litchfield. The mother, however, passed away on the 22d of December, 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Pembroke were the parents of six children: Hallie R., who is twenty-two years old, the wife of Edward Lyons, of St. Louis, Missouri; Alta B., now twenty years of age, who became the wife of H. T. Smith, a farmer of Shaws Point township; Hazel May, eight years old; Dale M., a youth of sixteen years; Ross H., of the age of thirteen; and Joy Vernon, who has attained the age of nine years. The four last named are all living at home.

The religious views of the family are manifested through their affiliation with the Christian church, while fraternally Mr. Pembroke is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America and is clerk of the camp, in which he holds membership. His political support is given to the republican party and he is serving at the present time as township collector; he has also acted in the capacity of school director. He is very comfortably situated and has a pleasant residence and three and a half lots in Womac.

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