J. L. SHORT, farmer; P.O. Petersburg; was born in Menard Co., Ill., Oct. 6, 1827; son of Elias and Sarah Short, of English and German origin. He obtained what education he could, at home schools, and began life for himself at the age of 18. Mr. Short was married, April 8, 1861, to Ada Potter, daughter of John and Lucy C. Potter of Menard Co., Ill., their children are - John R., Leslie M., Ada O., Meloint, Ollie, Mollie May. Mr. Short has a fine farm of 300 acres, and raises some stock, but is not termed a shipper.