LEVI PROPST, carpenter and joiner, Sweetwater; was born in Greenbrier Co., W. Va., Aug. 9, 1828. His grandfather, Nicholas Propst, was a native of Germany, and came to Sugar Grove in 1829. John, his eldest son and the father of Levi, came to Menard Co. in 1840. Here our subject passed his youth assisting his father on the farm. His father taught him to read and write, and this was all the education young Propst received. Later in life, however, he applied himself to his books and became quite proficient. At 20 years of age, he began to learn the carpenter's trade, a business he has followed all his life except eight years, when he was engaged in the drug business in the village of Sweetwater, during which time he was also village Postmaster. He was married to Miss Elizabeth J. Swank April 10, 1851. She was born in Putman Co., Ind., July 1, 1829. From this union were six children, three of whom are now living - Elzina, David E. and James A. The names of those deceased are Mary E., Annie E. and Clara E. Mr. Propst is a Democrat and a self-made man.