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Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers


JACOB W. STRAWN is a young man whose clear, well-balanced intellect, and practical knowledge of farming in all its branches, with his ability to do well whatsoever he undertakes, have already gained him a high place among the substantial members of his calling in Morgan County, and give promise of a bright future. He has an excellently improved farm of 120 acres on section 31, township 16, range 9, in one of the richest agricultural regions in this part of the county, all under a high state of cultivation and capable of producing large crops. It is fenced, and everything about the place is neat and orderly, denoting system and industry on the part of the owner. He has recently erected a handsome, commodious frame house, and has a substantial set of farm buildings to correspond. He has his farm well stocked with cattle, horses, and hogs of good breeds, as he carries on general farming.

Mr. Strawn is a son of Isaiah Strawn, a pioneer of the county (of whom see sketch on another page of this volume), and he was born and reared on the farm where he now makes his home. He was given a liberal education, and after leaving the local school was sent to Jacksonville to pursue his studies in the business college. He was a close student and stood high in his classes and left college with honor to himself and credit to the institution. He wisely concluded that a good business education would profit him as much in agriculture as in any other vocation, and having a natural taste for that calling he adopted it, and is pursuing it with the success before remarked.

The marriage of our subject with Miss Jennie, daughter of Richard Lambert, of Jacksonville, was consummated May 22, 1877. Into their pleasant home six children have been born to them, four of whom are living, as follows: Josiah died at the age of fourteen months; Jacob, Julius, Elizabeth, Lambert (deceased), and Harry. The pleasant roomy home of our subject and his wife is tastefully fitted up, and is rendered attractive to their many friends by the open-hearted hospitality so cordially extended by the amiable hostess and genial host.

Mr. Strawn stands well in the estimation of the people among whom he has always lived, and who have watched his career with friendly interest. He is gifted with foresight, firmness and tact in a large degree; his life is guided by principles of truth and honesty, and he is an honor to the citizenship of his native township.

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