JORDAN W. McALISTER. Among the rising citizens in the southwestern part of this county may be properly numbered the subject of this notice, who is still young in years but who has made a good start in life, being the owner of a 100-acres farm in section 22. He has a neat and substantial brick residence, a good barn and the other outbuildings necessary to complete the rural homestead. Although perhaps not the hero of any very thrilling event, he is looked upon as a thorough and skillful farmer, an honest man and a good citizen, and is thus amply worthy of representation in a work designed to perpetuate the record of those who took part in the growth and development of this county.
The McAlister family is of ancient origin and has borne an honorable name as far back as the records go. The father of our subject, Jordan W. McAlister, Sr., was born in Anderson County, Ky., May 5, 1818, and came to Illinois in his youth, settling with his parents in this county. Upon reaching man's estate he married Miss Lucy Henry, a native of this county, and they settled in Township 14, where they established a comfortable homestead, and became the parents of four children, of whom our subject was the second born. He spent his earlier years in a manner similar to that of the sons of pioneer farmers generally, and chose agriculture for his life occupation. He acquired a common-school education, while his natural adaptability to business has sufficed for all his later needs in the educational line.
Perhaps the most important event in the life of our subject was his marriage, which occurred in West Quincy, Mo., Aug. 26, 1877, the bride being Miss Eliza Harney. This lady was born in township 14, this county, Aug. 12, 1860, and is the daughter of Francis and Mary (Kitner) Harney, both natives of this county, and who are now residing near Jacksonville. They are the parents of three children, of whom Mrs. McAlister is the eldest. She remained under the home roof until her marriage, acquiring her education in the common school, and being trained to those housewifely duties, a knowledge of which has so much influence in the happiness and comfort of a home.
To our subject and his estimable wife there have been born five children, namely: Grace E., Henry C., Bessie L., Carl F. and Oliver D. The eldest is ten years old and the youngest two. Mr. and Mrs. McAlister are connected with the Christian Church, attending services at Woodson, and our subject, politically, is an unwavering supporter of Republican principles. His father possessed considerable inventive genius, and is the patentee of the Tile Ditching Machine, which has become quite extensively known among the farmers of this part of the State where it has been used to excellent advantage.