Marshall County

GREGG, Daniel H.

Hon. Daniel H. GREGG, county judge of Marshall county and recognized as one of the learned and able members of the bar of this section of Illinois, makes his home in Wenona, where he is also engaged in the real-estate and insurance business. He was born in Rodman, Jefferson county, new York, August 15, 1867, and is a son of Joseph and Margaret (IRWIN) GREGG, who were of Scotch and Irish descent. They were married before coming to America and upon reaching the United States settled in the state of New York. The father, a farmer by occupation, came to Illinois in 1872, locating in La Salle county, Illinois, where he and his wife are now living. He is retired from business cares, however, and they make their home in the village of Harding. They have seven living children, five sons and two daughters: Mrs. Anna GOODMAN, a widow; James, at home; Mary, the wife of Charles H. OSTRAND, superintendent of the Kelvyn Grove school, of Chicago, which position he has occupied for about fifteen years; Daniel H.; Joseph W., who is engaged in the hardware business in Earlville; Robert, an attorney at law of Denver, Colorado, and a teacher in a law school of that city; and William, a farmer.

Judge GREGG was educated in the country schools and in the Northwestern Normal School at Geneseo, from which he was graduated with the class of 1887. He then engaged in teaching for several years in the district schools and also in the city schools of Chicago. He spent six terms in one school and was a capable educator, imparting clearly and readily to others the knowledge that he had acquired. In April, 1898, he came to Wenona and entered the law office of J. H. JACKSON, with whom he pursued his preliminary reading. Subsequently he took a law course in Kent College of Law at Chicago,, from which he was graduated in June, 1902. A month prior to that time he successfully passed the examination that secured his admission to the bar and after entering upon the practice of law he soon secured a good clientele and also obtained a good clientage in the real-estate and insurance business. With the exception of the first year of his residence in Wenona he has continuously held office since locating here. When twenty-one years of age he was elected town clerk and justice of the peace, filling those offices in a republican township. When he had been in Wenona for a year he was elected police magistrate, from which office he resigned a year later. He was then elected mayor of Wenona and gave to the city a public-spirited, practical and progressive administration. In 1902 he was chosen county judge and is now a candidate for re-election. On the bench he has made a most creditable record as one whose decisions are strictly fair and impartial and are moreover based upon a thorough knowledge of the law and a correct application of legal principles to the points in issue.

Judge GREGG was married on the 3d of March, 1903, to Miss Martha MISSAL, a native of enona and of German descent. They now have one son, Neal Ellsworth, born May 7, 1905. The judge is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to both the lodge and chapter. He has made many warm friends in Wenona among both the republicans and democrats, for he has a nature that transcends partisan prejudice and recognizes character, nobility and worth. Community interests elicit his deep attention and if he regards a movement as beneficial he does not hesitate to give hit his hearty support and endorsement. His attention is thus given to fraternal, social and municipal interests and yet his time is most largely devoted to his profession and his business interests, and at the bar he has gained a leading place that brought to him a large clientele and has now gained for him judicial honors.

Extracted 12 June 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.

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