JOHN S. HURIE. The subject of this sketch was born May 14, 1854, and is a son of Josiah and Nancy Barker (Hawthorn) Hurie. The father was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on the 15th day of December, 1812, and came to Illinois in April, 1843, settling in the eastern part of Cass county, near the Menard county line. He was joined in marriage to Miss Nancy Barker Hawthorn on the 6th of August, 1846, near Newmanville, Illinois. She was born in Green county, Kentucky, nine miles from Greensburg, June 17, 1824, and came with her parents to Illinois in September, 1835. Unto Josiah Hurie and wife were born the following children: George Curtis, born June 3, 1847, died September 3, 1848; Frances Catherine, born March 1, 1849, was married February 14, 1869, and married a second time July 22, 1887; Alice Emily, born August 22, 1851, was married September 1, 1868, and died March 14, 1873; John Solomon, born May 14, 1854, was married October 22, 1878; Mary Melissa, born October 4, 1856, was married September 12, 1876, and a second time November 24, 1897; Emmet Josiah, born December 9, 1860, died March 8, 1888; Ida Belle, born November 17, 1863, was married October 2, 1887, and died November 3, 1896. The father of this family died February 7, 1901, but the mother is still living, in December, 1904.
John Solomon Hurie was married October 22, 1878, to Miss Ann Maria Houghton, on Rock creek. She is the only daughter and the only living child of Andrew M. Houghton, who was born on Rock creek on the 12th of October, 1826, and was married to Miss Barbara Ann Renshaw on the 9th of April, 1856. She was born in Richland, Sangamon county, Illinois, September 18, 1829, and became the mother of two children, namely: Ann Maria, now Mrs. Hurie; and Wiley P., who was born June 6th, 1861, and died October 4, 1864. Andrew M. Houghton died January 2, 1891, in a house located within one hundred feet of the cabin in which he was born. No better man ever lived in Menard county. He was a man of most excellent judgment on almost every subject and no man in this section of the country was counseled more than he. When any of his neighbors were in trouble or were perplexed over any matter of any kind they were almost sure to go to "Uncle Hickory", as he was almost universally called. No man could be more missed from a neighborhood than was "Hickory" Houghton, and although he has been dead fourteen years his name is still a household word in this section of the country. His is truly a blessed memory.
Mr. and Mrs. Hurie have four children: Andrew Emmett, born November 16, 1879; Earl J., born April 10, 1882; Wiley Linn, born March 17, 1885; and John Frank, born September 3, 1891. Andrew E. Hurie was married to Miss Elizabeth Ellen Stout on the 10th of October, 1900.
John S. Hurie is extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising and makes a decided success of it. He owns a farm of fourteen hundred and thirty-six acres of as good land as there is in central Illinois. Upon the property is a rock quarry in operation and he has recently sunk a coal shaft, which will, when fully developed, be a source of ceaseless income. Taken on the whole, Mr. Hurie is one of the best and most enterprising citizens of the country. In politics he is a Democrat of the old mossback type, always found with his party and in the forefront of the fight, but in this direction he could not influence his eldest son, who has followed in the steps of his grandfather, who was a stanch Republican, and young "Hickory" is as strong in the faith as his grandfather ever was.