A. R. TERRY. One of the more active and enterprising business men in Menard county is A. R. Terry, who is now successfully controlling an extensive lumber business, thus contributing to the commercial upbuilding of the community as well as to his individual prosperity. His entire life has been passed in Menard county, where he was born on the 3d of February, 1863, the family home being situated on township 18, range 7. He is a representative of an old Virginia family that was established in the Old Dominion when it formed a part of the colonial possessions of Great Britain. The grandfather, Thomas Terry, who was born in Virginia, removed to Kentucky and there spent his remaining days. He was a blacksmith by trade but during the greater part of his life he gave his attention to the raising of tobacco. He had an extensive plantation and carried on a large business in the production of that commodity.
James L. Terry, father of A. R. Terry, was also born in Virginia, but when very young was taken to Kentucky and in early manhood came to Illinois, locating first in Mason county, where he made his home until 1856, when he came to Illinois, settling near the present town of Tice. He secured a tract of land there and engaged in farming, devoting his entire time and attention to agricultural pursuits throughout his active business career. He married Mary A. Scott, a native of this state, and they became parents of seven children, of whom A. R. Terry was the sixth in order of birth. The father died in October, 1881, and his wife is still living.
In taking up the personal history of A. R. Terry we present to our readers the record of one who is widely and favorably known in Menard county by reason of the fact that his entire life has been passed here and also because his business interests have been of an important character. At the usual age he entered the district schools, and through the period of vacation he was trained to work of the farm. He still continues on the old homestead and has always carried on general farming and stock raising, meeting with good success. His fields are well tilled and promise rich harvests and in his pastures and feed lots are seen good grades of stock. In addition to agricultural pursuits he has extended his labors into another field of activity, being now connected with the operation of a sawmill and the sale of lumber. He makes a specialty of hardwood lumber and is also extensively engaged in furnishing the timbers used by railroads and coal mining companies. His trade has become extensive and therefore profitable and makes heavy demands upon his time.
On the 11th of December, 1901, Mr. Terry was united in marriage to Miss Mary Rood, a native of Kansas, whose parents, James P. and Helen Rood, came to Illinois in 1888. The mother is now living in Kendall county, but the father is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Terry have one daughter, Zaffa Eloise. They have a pleasant home, noted for its generous and attractive hospitality, and they occupy an enviable position in social circles where intelligence and true worth are received as the passports into good society. In his fraternal relations Mr. Terry is connected with the capable and prosperous business men of the county, and his advancement is largely due to his recognition and improvement of business opportunities. There is no deplorable lack of energy or perseverance in his make-up; on the contrary those qualities are numbered among his salient characteristics and have made his business career one of signal success.