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GEORGE R. BLAIN, interested in general farming and successfully conducting his business affairs, was born on the old family homestead in Menard county, February 8, 1861.† He is a son of William and Ann (McCrudden) Blain, both of whom are natives of Ireland, whence they emigrated to Canada, and about a half century ago they took up their abode in Menard county, where they spent their remaining days.† In their family were four children, two sons and two daughters, William J., a resident of this county; Annie, who died at the age of twenty years; George R.; and Matilda J., the wife of Frank Denton, a resident of Conway, Iowa.† Throughout his business career the father carried on his agricultural pursuits and was classed with the respected and substantial farmers of Menard county, enjoying the warm friendship and high regard of many.† He died October 19, 1902, and his wife, surviving him almost a year, passed away on the 13th of October, 1903.
Under the parental roof George R. Blain was reared and his boyhood days were passed in the usual manner of farmer lads of that period.† He attended the public schools during the sessions and in the periods of vacation he assisted in the work of the farm, thus gaining a practical knowledge of the business which he has made his life work.† He continued to assist his father until after he had attained his majority and later they were associated in business together until the fatherís death.† He still resides upon the old homestead and is now farming two hundred and twenty acres of land.† His fields are well tilled, yielding to him rich harvests, and he is also engaged in the raising of cattle, hogs and horses for the market.† This branch of his business is likewise profitable and he now secures a good financial return each year for his untiring and well managed labors.
On the 20th of August, 1902, Mr. Blain was united in marriage to Miss Susie Graham, a daughter of† Robert and Sarah (Goodpasture) Graham, both of whom are still living in Menard County.† The father was born in Ireland in 1827 and in early life came to the United States.† In Illinois he was married to Miss Goodpasture, whose birth occurred in this state in 1840.† For a long period he engaged in agricultural pursuits, but during the past four years he has lived retired in the enjoyment of his former toil.† Unto Mr. and Mrs. Graham have been born six children, but three of the number died in early childhood, and the others are Lizzie, now the wife of James Burrus, who is living near Greenview, Menard county; Mollie, a resident of Athens, this county; and Mrs. Blain, who by her marriage has become the mother of one daughter, Erma, born on the 27th of July, 1903.
Mr. and Mrs. Blain are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and are interested in its work and in the moral development of the community.† In fact, their influence is ever on the side of right, justice, reform and progress.† In his political views Mr. Blain is a Republican, having always supported the party since casting his first presidential ballot, but he never seeks or desires office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, which, being capably conducted, are now bringing to him desirable prosperity.