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Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers


CHARLES B. JOY. Those who are familiar with history and biography can scarcely fail to notice the fact that the most solid and substantial families are they, who, reaping wisdom from the maxim, that, "a rolling stone gathers no moss," have clung to the property of their forefathers, each generation effecting additional improvements, and usually increasing its value. An extended residence always give dignity to a family or individual, and this fact is finely illustrated in the subject of this notice, who occupies the old homestead, comprising land which was entered by his paternal grandfather, John Joy, in 1837, from the Government. Here Charles B. was born, Jan. 31, 1859, and here he has spent the greater part of his life. He is the owner of 320 acres of cultivated land, besides forty acres of timber and also operates the farm of his mother, comprising 150 acres. To successfully conduct these various interests, requires no small amount of judgment and management, and the indications are that Mr. Joy is proving himself quite equal to the task.

While carrying on general agriculture, Mr. Joy, is likewise largely interested in fine stock, especially horses, having the celebrated young stallion, "Mayroc," a registered animal No. 15,819, three years old and imported one year ago by J. W. Ramsey, the noted breeder of Springfield, Ill. This animal weights about 1,700 pounds, has a coat of shining black, and has already made for himself an enviable reputation. Mr. Joy has also a number of thorough-bred mares, and in fact is able to exhibit some of the best specimens of the equine race in this county. All his operations are characterized by that thoroughness, method and system which is indispensable to and is almost invariably followed by success.

The Joy family is represented elsewhere in this volume, and is recognized as occupying a leading position in its social and business circles. Charles B., our subject is the son of John P. and Jane B. (Bridgeman) Joy. The maternal grandparents of our subject were also natives of the Buckeye State, where Grandfather B., carried on farming and died. The mother, later, came to the home of her daughter in this county, where her death took place. To the parents of our subject there were born four children, two of whom - Walter and Clarence died in infancy. James Allen, the elder brother of our subject, is a resident of Pueblo, Col., where he is engaged as a wholesale grocer; he is also interested in a stock ranch in Arizona.

The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood and youth at the parental homestead, his life passing in a comparatively uneventful manner, until assuming the graver duties attendant upon man's estate. He is more than ordinarily intelligent, keeps himself well posted upon current events, and in politics gives his unqualified support to the Republican party. He is a regular attendant of the Congregational Church, to which his mother belongs, and is regarded as one of the rising young men of this county. His mother, who has now nearly attained her threescore years, makes her home in Jacksonville, with out subject.

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