EDWARD EVERET CLAYPOOL, who, as the most extensive shipper of horses and mules in Menard county, is an important factor in its business circles, was born July 19, 1865, upon the farm on section 18, township 19, range 5, upon which his father, William Claypool, now resides. The latter was born near Athens, March 14, 1831, which indicates that the family was connected with the county in its pioneer epoch. The grandparents of our subject were Levi and Melinda (Rollins) Claypool, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Kentucky. They were married in Kentucky, whence they removed to Ohio, and in 1827 they came to Menard county, Illinois, settling on a farm two miles south of Athens, which Levi Claypool entered from the government. There he carried on agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred February 2, 1867, while his birth occurred February 19, 1793. His wife, who was born May 8, 18901, died February 16, 1892, at the very advanced age of ninety-one years.
William Claypool was educated in the subscription schools, for the public school system had not then been established. Upon the home farm, amid the environment of the frontier, he was reared and after attaining his majority he chose as a life work the occupation with which he had become familiar in his youth. He has for many years successfully engaged in general farming and stock raising and during the period of the Civil war he bought and sold horses for the government, making purchases throughout this section of the country. After the war he returned to the farm upon which he now resides and he has placed all of the improvements upon it, for when he took possession it was a tract of raw prairie. He now has five hundred and sixty acres of as highly cultivated land as can be found in the county, and that his farm is one of the most productive, and therefore one of the most valuable, is due entirely to his own labors, guided by sound business judgment and experience. He has always raised very high grades of horses and cattle and now has a fine herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle of about fifty head.
On the 30th of September, 1863, William Claypool was married to Miss Elizabeth Engle, a daughter of William Engle, a native of Virginia. Mrs. Claypool was born in Ohio and with her parents came to Menard county in 1823, the family home being established in Sugar Grove, where the father engaged in farming and stock raising. He also conducted the first store in that part of the county, its location being on the present site of Sweetwater, Illinois. He was born April 1, 1800, and died November 8, 1870, while his wife, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Alkire, and was born April 27, 1898, died March 30th, 1900. She was a member of the Christian Church.
Edward Evert Claypool, son of William and Elizabeth Claypool, pursued his more specifically literary education in Greenview and afterward attended Brown's Business College of Jacksonville. He then returned to the farm and has since conducted a general stock business, buying and selling horses, mules and cattle, but making a specialty of the first. He ships a carload of horses and mules each week and employs three men in buying horses. His business has reached extensive proportions and is profitable, his sales annually returning to him a good income. He ships to St. Louis and Chicago, but finds the former city the best market for mules, a large number of mules being sold there annually than in any other market of the world. He has a barn that will contain one hundred and twenty head of horses and mules, and his other equipments on his farm are in keeping with that fine structure. He also has from one to two carloads of Aberdeen Angus cattle upon his farm all the time. In 1890 he erected a nice residence on the farm, which he now occupies.
On the 23d of July, 1899, Mr. Claypool married Miss Emma Simmons, a daughter of A. P. and Nancy (Stackhouse) Simmons, who removed from England to Canada in early life, living there when the country was so wild that they had to continually watch their wheat crops to keep them from being destroyed by the deer and had to build pitfalls for the bears, so numerous and troublesome were they. Mr. and Mrs. Simmons removed to Bloomington, Illinois, at the time the Chicago & Alton Railroad was being built and he acted as superintendent of construction. He afterward removed to Dwight, where he conducted a large blacksmith shop and wagon factory. He was run over and killed by a train on January 7, 1902, when seventy-three years of age, and his widow is still living in Dwight. Mrs. Claypool is a graduate of the high school of Dwight and taught school in and near that place for twelve years.
In his political affiliation Mr. Claypool is a Democrat and for two terms he served on the school board, but has never sought office as his business affairs have fully occupied his time and in the development of his business he has found ample incentive for the exercise of his powers and the employment of his best efforts. He affiliates with the Christian Church of Greenview.