GEORGE W. BLANE, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 24; P.O. Greenview; was born in Menard Co., Ill., July 12, 1836; son of George Blane, who came to Sugar Grove, Menard Co., in 1819. Irish Grove derives its name fro the fact that in that year Mr. George Blane, his mother, three brothers and a sister stopped for some time in that grove. They were all natives of Ireland, and were the first white persons who ever lived in that grove. He was married soon after settling in sugar Grove to Miss Mary M. Alkire, sister of Leonard Alkire, one of the early settlers of Sugar Grove. The subject of this sketch was brought up to farming, in which he has always continued. He received a good education - much better tan most of the boys of that period who lived in the country. He remained with his father on a farm until 27 years of age. He was married to Harriet Cleveland Dec. 18, 1862, daughter of Asa and Experience (Avery) Cleveland, who was born in Menard Co., Ill., May 11, 1841. Her parents came to Menard Co. in 1840. Mr. Cleveland was a native of Vermont, and his wife of New Hampshire. From this union there were ten children, seven of whom are now living - Minnie V., Jennie K., Lizzie B., Mary A., Jessie M., Geo. W. and Jay E. The names of those deceased were Herbert, Emma A. and Sadie A. Mr. Blane is a Republican, and at president a candidate for County Commissioner.