ARCHIE S. KINCAID, whose fine modern residence stands in the midst of a well improved tract of land constituting one of the fine farms of township 18, is a representative of the young generation of agriculturists who are proving to what a high state of development the land of Menard county can be brought through modern farming methods. A native of this county, he was born February 24, 1877, and is a son of John A. and Etta G. (Simpson) Kincaid, who are also natives of Menard county, the father born March 24, 1845, and the mother April 8, 1845. In his youth John A. Kincaid assisted his father in breaking the prairie land with ox teams and otherwise assisted in the arduous task of developing a new farm. He was but twelve years of age when he went to Iowa, where he became connected with the cattle industry, assisting in driving cattle from that state to Illinois. He was thus engaged for two years. The cattle thus brought to Menard county were fed by his father and others and afterward sold in the city markets. His father was extensively engaged in feeding both cattle and hogs, having from one hundred and fifty to two hundred head of cattle each year. John A. Kincaid remained at home until twenty-five or twenty-six years of age, when he began farming for himself, and for many years he figured as one of the more progressive and successful agriculturists of this county. At the age of twenty-eight years he married Miss Etta G. Simpson, and they began their domestic life on his farm. He continued to carry on the work of the farm until 1895, when, in order to educate his children, he removed to Champaign, where he lived until 1902, when he took up his abode in Springfield, where he is now living a retired life. In 1897 he met with the misfortune of losing his right hand in a planer, being engaged in the planing mill business in Champaign at that time. After the accident he sold his planing mill and removed to Springfield, where he is now enjoying a well merited rest from further labor.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. John A. Kincaid have been born eight children, four sons and four daughters: Charles H., who was born May 8, 1875, and is now living in Arkansas; Archie S.; Laura, who was born October 20, 1879, and is living at home with her parents; Frank B., who was born September 10, 1880, and who has recently returned from the Philippines, having served as a member of Troop A, Fifteenth United States Cavalry; Hugh S., who was born October 23, 1882, and is living in Colorado; Edna M., born August 23, 1885, Maud, born June 12, 1888, and Pearl, born May 9, 1891, all at home.
Archie S. Kincaid was provided with liberal educational privileges. After attending the public schools at Indian Point he attended the high school at Champaign, Illinois, from which he was graduated, and then entered the State University there, in which institution his education was completed, well qualifying him for the conduct of his business interests and the discharge of life's practical and responsible duties. He was always interested in athletics, and while attending the high school was a member of the football team and also of the Athletic Association. The Champaign was the champion high school team of the state and mr. Kincaid won several medals in athletic meets.
After completing his education Mr. Kincaid purchased his brother's interest in some live stock and farm implements, which he had owned conjointly with Jack Flanigan, with whom our subject remained in partnership for a year. Their business and relationship was then dissolved and Mr. Kincaid has since been in business alone, raising cattle, hogs and horses. He is also extensively engaged in the raising of grain and sells from two to three thousand bushels of corn and from ten to fifteen hundred bushels of oats each year. He has just completed a commodious modern residence upon his farm, which was built after plans which he drew and which is one of the most attractive homes of his part of the country.
Mr. Kincaid married Miss Idella Mellinger, a daughter of William C. and Jennie (Wiggins) Mellinger. Her father, born December 8, 1848, is still living, but her mother died August 25, 1888. Both were natives of Sangamon county and Mr. Mellinger was educated in the public schools there and remained at home with his parents until twenty-two years of age, after which he began farming on his own account, and has continued in this business down to the present time, now operating two hundred acres of land in Menard county. He has also engaged in the raising of hogs and cattle and has a good property, which his labors have made a profitable investment. Unto him and his wife were born four children: Idella, born October 5, 1880; Clarence, born January 17, 1883; Annie, born August 29, 1885; and Florence, August 21, 1887. After losing his first wife Mr. Mellinger married Mrs. Anna L. Cantrall, and they have one son, Sherman S., born December 14, 1891.
Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid are well known in social circles, having many friends, and they enjoy the unqualified regard of all who know them. In politics mr. Kincaid is a Republican and in public matters he is interested, especially where they have direct bearing upon the county and its welfare.