HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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DAVID PROPST, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 1; P.O. Greenview; was born in Greenbrier Co., W. Va., Jan. 26, 1818. His father, Nicholas Propst, was a native of Germany. He came to the United States when he was a boy and located in Virginia, where he married. He was the father of eight children, three of whom are now living. In 1829, he removed to Illinois and settled in Sugar Grove, Menard Co. Mr. Propst in his lifetime was a great help to the early settlers of Menard Co. He had considerable means and he furnished many a settler with money, at a low rate, to enter land with. He was an "Old Line Whig," as were his sons, until the organization of the Republican party, when they became identified with it. Our subject passed his youth on his father's farm; received a limited education, as there were but few schools in that early day. He now owns and is living on the place settled by his father, in 1829. When he was yet a young man he purchased, with land warrants, 160 acres of land on Salt Creek, for which he paid 75 cents per acre; six years after, he sold the land for $20 per acre. This and like transactions are characteristic of his success in life. He now owns over 400 acres of well-improved land. He was united in marriage with Sarah Wilcox April 10, 1851. She was born in Menard Co., Ill., Aug. 11, 1829; her parents came from Green County, Ky., in a very early day. From this union there are two children - Ephraim, born Feb. 1, 1853, and Melinda, born March 26, 1855. Mr. Propst is a stanch Republican in politics and a firm believer and advocate of its principles.


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