A.R. HOUGHTON, farmer; P.O. Petersburg; son of Chas. P. and Elizabeth (Vandeventer) Houghton; was born near where he now resides Feb. 7, 1825; he has followed farming, and served one year in the Mexican war. He married Miss Elvira Stevenson, of Menard Co., May 29, 1855, and shortly afterward settled where he now resides; they have raised three children - James F., born Aug. 19, 1856, and died Feb. 12, 1877; William C., born Oct. 22, 1859; Mary a., April 23, 1862. His farm consists of 230 acres of land.