JAMES F. SPEER JR., better known as Frank Speer, was born in Menard county, on the 4th of February, 1874, and is a son of James F. Speer, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume. During his boyhood and youth he attended the Codington school in Tallula township and assisted his father in the work of the home farm. In 1899 he began renting land of his father in Tallula township and now operates one hundred and sixty acres, which is highly cultivated. He is a progressive farmer and is meeting with good success in his chosen occupation.
On the 19th of April, 1899, Mr. Speer was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Stitch, who was born in Sandridge township, this county, May 16, 1874, and is a daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Smith) Stitch, also natives of Menard county and now residents of Tallula. There were only two children in the Stitch family, Mrs. Speer's sister being Julia, wife of Edgar Dobbs, of Tallula. By his ballot Mr. Speer is a supporter of the Democratic party and he is a member of the Christian Church.