H. W. MASTERS, State's Attorney, Petersburg; is a native of Morgan Co., Ill., born Sept. 11, 1845; son of Squire D. and Lucinda (Young) Masters, who were pioneers of this county. He was raised upon a farm, and received his early education at a district school. In 1861 and 1862, he attended the North Sangamon Academy; after which, he attended Illinois College at Jacksonville; thence to Michigan University, where he completed a fine academical education; then taught school for several years. In 1867, he began to read law under the direction of W. McNeely; was admitted to the bar in 1868, and began the practice of his chosen profession in Garnett, Kan., and, after one year, he returned to Menard Co. and took upon farming, but through his ability and popularity was, in 1872, elected to the office of State's Attorney for Menard Co., and re-elected in 1876. He married Emma J., daughter of Rev. D. Dexter, of Brattleboro, Vt., Sept. 10, 1867; they have a family of three children living.