HOMER JENISON TICE, an agriculturist living within ten miles of his birthplace, was born February 5, 1862, in Athens, Menard county. His entire life has been devoted to agricultural pursuits and a review of his career brings to mind the remark of George Washington that "Agriculture is the most useful as well as the most honorable calling of man." That Mr. Tice has enjoyed the fullest confidence and respect of his fellow citizens is indicated by the fact that he has three times been elected to represent his district in the state legislature and on other occasions, both by appointment and election, he has been called to positions of public trust.
Mr. Tice is a son of Jerman and Mary (Jenison) Tice, whose sketch appears on another page of this volume. Upon the home farm he was reared, developing a love for agricultural life that has been one of the strong elements in his character. A sincere attachment for nature in all its phases has led him to continue in the walk of life in which his early youth was passed and his farm represents one of the most attractive features of the landscape with its well tilled fields, modern buildings and good equipments. He is progressive in all of his methods, also extremely practical, and while quick to adopt new methods his judgment is rarely at fault in determining their usefulness as resultant factors in making his labor a success. His present home is near Greenview, within ten miles of his birthplace, and his entire life has been passed in this community.
Another salient element in the character of Mr. Tice is his love of books. From boyhood his books have been his constant companions and he claims as his best friends some of the master minds in literature. His interest in political questions is that of the public-spirited citizen who recognizes the obligation as well as the privilege that comes with the right of franchise. He has made a close and thorough study of the many issues which divide the two great parties and has been unfaltering in his advocacy of Republican principles, while at the same time earnestly opposing any misrule in municipal or state affairs and the modern methods too often practiced by the politician who places self-aggrandizement before the general good. Three times he has been the candidate of his party for the general assembly and represented his district in the house in the thirty-seventh, thirty-eight and forty-third legislative sessions of Illinois, where he became recognized as an able and active working member, concerned largely with constructive legislation. He was appointed a member of the Illinois and Michigan canal board by Governor John R. Tanner. He has a wide acquaintance among the leaders in politics in Illinois and no one receives more favorable regard. He managed the campaign of Lawrence Y. Sherman for governor in the spring of 1904 and made many warm friends by his manly course. While doing everything possible for his candidate he did not antagonize party leaders. The same year he was elected by the Republican state convention as a member of the state central committee at large, and was chairman of the committee which framed the primary election laws of Illinois.
In community interests Mr. Tice also figures prominently and is the champion of many measures that have proven of marked value. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Old Salem Chautauqua of Petersburg, Illinois. He was a delegate to the National Corn Congress held in Chicago for the purpose of devising plans for introducing corn products as food in the different countries of Europe, and as a delegate represented Illinois in the Trust Conference, composed of delegates from every state in the Union, held in Chicago in September, 1899, for the purpose of considering and discussing the problem of trusts, both the above delegateships being by appointment of the chief executive of the state. In Masonry Mr. Tice has attained high rank, belonging to the blue lodge, chapter, commandery, consistory and shrine, and of the first named he is a past master. He also affiliates with the Cumberland Presbyterian church.
On the 23d of May, 1883, Mr. Tice was married to Miss C. M. Emilie Warnsing. They have two sons living: Evert Homer and Karl Jerman, and have lost one son, Herman Warnsing. Mr. Tice stands as a representative of our best type of American manhood. He is widely and favorably known throughout the community, his ability well fitting him for leadership in political, business and social life. In political thought and action he has always been independent, carrying out his honest views without fear or favor. He commands the respect, confidencve and good will of men prominent in the state, but in his home community where he is best known he has the love and unqualified esteem of those with whom he is constantly associated, and who have broadest knowledge of his personal worth.