G. W. S. BELL, merchant, Tallula; son of Abraham B. and Mary (White) Bell, who were early settlers of Menard Co.; was born in Menard Co. Oct. 15, 1830, and is the third son of a family of seven boys. During his early life, he began to study for the ministry; in 1849, he entered Shurtleff College, of Alton, Ill., and the same year was licensed to preach in the Baptist Church. March 10, 1854, he married Miss Matilda N. Clayton, after which they removed into Scott Co., where he was ordained a minister and there preached for about three years; he then resigned and removed to Richmond, Iowa, where he had charge of a church until 1860, thence to Coffey Co., Kan., and took up agricultural pursuits. In 1862, he enlisted in the 12th Kan. V.I., and was mustered in as First Lieutenant and afterward promoted to Captain. He served in the army some three years and escaped without a scratch. After the war, he returned to Kansas, where he remained until 1868, then came to Scott Co., Ill., and took charge of the Baptist Church at Winchester, where he preached until his health began to fail. He came to Tallula in 1870, where he has since lived an enterprising merchant and farmer. He has a family of five children.