Joseph GREENLEE is practically a retired
farmer, living in a very desirable home on a farm of fifty-five
acres adjoining the village limits of
Our subject remained at home with his
parents, assisting in the farm work, and as the opportunity was
afforded him attended the public schools, receiving therein a
fair English education. Being of an enterprising spirit, and
believing that in Illinois he would stand a much better chance
for future advancement, he determined to follow the advice of
the lamented Horace Greeley and come west. Accordingly, in 1855,
shortly after attaining his majority, he came to
For seven years after Mr. GREENLEE came to
Some three years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. GREENLEE moved from the farm on section 21, which they sold, to one on section 14, in the same township. To his original purchase of one hundred and six acres, he later added one hundred and sixty acres adjoining on section 13, giving him a fine farm of two hundred and sixty-six acres. The farm was fairly well improved when he purchased, but he made more extensive improvements, including a large and fine barn. On this farm he continued to live, engaged in mixed farming until 1882, when he purchased the fifty-five acre tract adjoining Henry, to which the family moved, and where they have since continued to reside.
Mr. GREENLEE attained his majority about the time the republican party sprang into existence. Being by nature a liberty loving man and conscientiously opposed to the further extension of slavery, which then cursed this fair country, he naturally allied himself to that party, and has ever since voted its ticket in all general elections. His interest in political affairs was never such as to make him aspire to any office in the gift of the people, but he has shown his faith in the principles of the party by attending its conventions and voting its ticket. While not a member of any church, he endeavors to live in such a manner as to bring no reproach upon his name and to live peaceably with all men.
Extracted March 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.