EUGENE W. EADS, Deputy County Sheriff, Petersburg; was born in Menard Co., Ill., May 10, 1850; son of Wesley T. and Mary A. (Brassfield) Eads, who were early settlers of this county. They settled at what is known as Indian Point. His father died while he was quite young, and at the age of 9 his mother began traveling for her health, and Eugene accompanied her through the Southern States. He returned to Menard Co. in 1865. He attended Illinois College, at Jacksonville, and there acquired a good business education. In 1872, he embarked in the livery business at Petersburg. In 1874, he visited his mother in California, spending quite a time in the Western country, returning in 1875, and then visiting the Eastern States. He returned to Petersburg and, in 1876, was appointed upon the police force and elected City Marshal in 1877. In the spring of 1879 he was appointed Deputy Sheriff.