HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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COL. JAMES W. JUDY, dealer in stock, Tallula; was born in Clark Co., Ky., May 8, 1822, and, at the age of 14, his parents removed to Montgomery Co., where James spent his early life upon a farm; he began for himself at the age of 21; he came to Menard Co., Ill., in 1851, and began farming; Aug. 24, 1854, he made his first short-horn sale, which was for the late Judge Stephen Dunlap, of Morgan Co.; here he displayed a talent in that direction which surpassed all other salesmen, and he was frequently called upon to make sales in different parts of the state; his reputation as a short-horn auctioneer began in 1854, and has increased from that to the present time, and is not confined to this State, but extends from the far East to the far West, and now he enjoys the reputation of being the leading short-horn salesman of the United States; his reputation is the result of many years' study and practice, through which he has amassed a large property; his home farm consists of 565 acres, and is one of the finest places in Central Illinois. During the late war, he organized a company at Tallula, and was made Captain, and removed to Camp Butler, Ill., where he organized the 114th I.V.I., and was elected Colonel without opposition, and entered the army in 1862, serving one year, during which time he participated in a number of battles, including siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, and many skirmishes; his family needing his closest attention on account of sickness, he was compelled to resign. His wife is Catharine A., daughter of James W. and Emma (Hathaway) Simpson; they were married March 23, 1851; they are the parents of six children, two only of whom are settled and passed their lives upon the old homestead farm, which is now a part of the Judy place.


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