Transcribed by Larry Fearneyhough
This gentleman is one of the very substantial farmers living in the immediate neighborhood of Bluffs. He has resided there all his life and is known as one of the thrifty, prosperous men of the county. Mr. Sawyers was born one mile north of Bluffs, Scott county, Illinois, August 31, 1871. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Sawyers, and was reared upon the farm on which he is now living. He was educated in the country schools and suited his education to his needs in life. He was industrious, economical and honest, and when he earned a dollar he managed to save a portion of it. When he was quite a young man he purchased the old homestead, embodying 234 acres, of his father, and has since lived in his boyhood home. That he has been successful in his undertakings there can be no question - there is every outward evidence of this fact.
November 3, 1891, Stonewall J. Sawyers and Miss Myrtle Merris, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Merris, natives of Illinois, were married at Chapin, Rev. Fox, pastor of the M.P. church at that place, officiating. Mrs. Sawyers was born July 27, 1871, near Decatur, in Macon county, Illinois. They are the parents of three children: Inez, aged nine, Charlie, aged seven, and Bessie, aged four.
The home life of Mr. and Mrs. Sawyers has been very pleasant, indeed. Since their marriage they have worked harmoniously together in all things and have shared alike in whatever crosses have come to them. There has been perfect trust and confidence and a desire to build together for the future. They have been kind and sociable to their neighbors and friends and love to entertain; in fact, their home is ever open and a welcome is assured to all who come that way.
Mr. Sawyers is a democrat and one of the wheel horses of the party in Bluffs precinct. He is a good worker, a pleasant gentleman and is one of the men calculated to put his home neighborhood in the forefront of the county's prosporous communities.