Marshall County

IRELAND, Harrison T.

Harrison T. IRELAND, who represents Richland township as a member of the board of supervisors of Marshall county, enjoys the reputation of being one of the most enterprising, though conservative, citizens of the county, one who never courts popularity, but one whom his friends and neighbors are pleased to honor with their respect and highest confidence. His residence is on section 35, Richland township, where he has lived as a boy and man for nearly forty years, not always upon the same farm, however, but on one of two farms on that section. He is a native of La Porte county, Indiana, born October 2, 1848, and is a son of Pleasant and Matilda B. (NEWELL) IRELAND, the former a native of Preble county, Ohio, born January 23, 1813, and the latter of Kentucky, born December 11, 1811. She was the daughter of John NEWELL, who came to Lacon about 1856, and later returned to La Porte, Indiana, where he died.

Pleasant IRELAND was the son of James IRELAND, who lived in Ohio, but late in life removed to Indiana, where his last days were spent. The boyhood and youth of Pleasant were spent in Ohio, where he grew to manhood on a farm, and his education was received in the pioneer schools of his native state. He removed to Indiana with his parents, and was there married to Matilda B. NEWELL, in 1833. Until 1855 he made La Porte county, Indiana, his home, and during that time was engaged in farming. Coming to Marshall county, Illinois, at that time, he resided for two years in the city of Lacon, then settled on a farm on section 35, Richland township. On this section the parents resided until their death, the mother dying November 15, 1890, and the father September 1, 1892. They were the parents of five children, two of whom died in infancy. Three are still living, who are as follows: Frank N., a banker of Washburn, Illinois; Harriet, wife of Isaac WIKOFF, residing in Winfield, Kansas, and our subject. Frank N. was a member of the Seventy-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and discharged his duties faithfully and well during the dark days of the civil war.

Pleasant IRELAND and his wife were members of the Christian church, having united with that body at an early day, and both were well grounded in the faith. He was a close student of the Bible and well versed in theological discussions of the times, able to hold his own with any opposed to his views. For some years he served as deacon in his local church. Politically, he was a republican from the organization of the party, and in his political views was as strong as in his religious. He cared nothing for the honors of office, we believe served in no official capacity save that of township assessor.

Mr. IRELAND, whose name introduces this sketch, was but seven years of age when he came with his parents to Marshall county, Illinois, and here his entire life has since been spent. His education was received in the district schools, and, like most farmer boys, he was early trained to work, and taught that he must do his part in the cultivation of the home farm. He continued to reside at home, assisting his parents until he reached his majority, when he began life for himself, and his active career has made him one of the foremost citizens of his adoption.

In 1869 Mr. IRELAND was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth M. OWEN, a native of Richland township, Marshall county, born July 16, 1849, and a daughter of Walter OWEN, an early settler of this locality, but who now resides near Lexington, Illinois. She grew to womanhood in this township, and received her education in the district schools. By this union four children have been born, three of whom are now living – Frank B., a medical student; Walter O., now residing in Washburn, Illinois; Zylphia Ludell, at home. Each of these children have had good educational advantages, such as to prepare them for useful lives.

Mr. IRELAND has always been a farmer and success has crowned his efforts. From time to time he has added to his possessions until he now owns one thousand and sixty-four acres of well improved land, his home farm being well stocked and all the buildings of a most substantial character. He is thorough and systematic in all his work and gives personal attention to every detail.

Religiously, Mr. IRELAND is a member of the Christian church, of which body his wife is also an active member, both taking an active interest in the work of the church, aiding the cause in every way possible. For some years he has held official position in the church. Politically, he is a stanch republican, and has taken an active part in the councils of the party. He has been township clerk, township collector, school treasurer of his township for the past sixteen years, and for two years has been a member of the board of supervisors, re-elected second term of two years and chosen chairman of the board in 1896. In every position held he has been faithful to the trust reposed in him, and no man enjoys the confidence and respect of his fellow citizens to a greater extent.

Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

Hon. Harrison T. IRELAND, whose position in public regard and whose prominence in political circles is indicated by the fact that he is the present representative of his district in the state legislature of Illinois, is, notwithstanding the honors that have been conferred upon him, a man of rather diffident nature who shuns ostentation and display. His election, therefore, was even a greater compliment to his personal worth and his fidelity in citizenship. He is perhaps equally well known because of his extensive agricultural interests in Marshall county, where he owns seven hundred acres of fine farming land and is engaged extensively in raising, buying and shipping live stock. His home is on section 35, Richland township, and he is a native son of the middle west, his birth having occurred in La Porte county, Indiana, October 2, 1848.
His paternal grandfather, James IRELAND, was for some years a resident of Ohio, but spent his last days in Indiana. His son, Pleasant IRELAND, was born in Preble county, Ohio, January 23, 1813, and was reared upon the home farm in that state, while his educational advantages were such as were afforded by the pioneer schools of the locality. He accompanied his parents on their removal to Indiana and was there married to Miss Matilda B. NEWELL, who was born in Kentucky, December 11, 1811, and was a daughter of John NEWELL, who after some years' residence in the Hoosier state removed to Lacon, Illinois, about 1856, but subsequently returned to La Porte, Indiana, where he died. Mr. and Mrs. Pleasant IRELAND began their domestic life in La Porte county, where he devoted his energies to farming until 1855, when he came to Marshall county and for two years was a resident of Lacon. He then took up his abode on a farm on section 35, Richland township, where he continued to engage actively in agricultural pursuits until he put aside the more arduous duties of a business career. He retained his residence in Richland township, however, up to the time of his demise, which occurred September 1, 1892, when he was seventy-nine years of age. He had for almost two years survived his wife, who died in 1890, at the age of seventy-nine years. They were the parents of five children, of whom two died in infancy, the others being Frank N., a banker and farmer of Washburn, Illinois; Harriet, the wife of Isaac WIKOFF, a retired druggist living at Winfield, Kansas; and Harrison T. The elder son was a member of the Seventy-seventh Illinois .Volunteer Infantry during the Civil war. The parents were members of the Christian church, with which they united at an early day. Mr. Pleasant IRELAND was a very close student of the bible and was always able to uphold his side of an argument concerning religious questions. For some years he served as deacon in his church and his political support was unfalteringly given to the republican party, for he believed that its principles best conserved good government.
Harrison T. IRELAND spent the first seven years of his life in the state of his nativity, after which he accompanied his parents on their removal to Marshall county. He was a student at different times in the public schools of Lacon and of Washburn and in the district schools near his father's farm. When not occupied with his text-books his time and energies were largely given to the work of the farm, so that he became thoroughly familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil. He has never sought to change his vocation, but has continued actively in farm work, adding to his property as opportunity has offered, until his landed possessions are now extensive, comprising seven hundred acres in Marshall county. He raises the crops best adapted to climatic conditions and to the soil and is also extensively engaged in raising, buying and shipping live stock.
On the 28th of October, 1869, Mr. IRELAND was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth M. OWEN, a native of Richland township, Marshall county, and a daughter of Walter Owen, one of the early settlers of this locality. They became the parents of four children, three of whom are now living. Dr. Frank B. IRELAND, the elder son, is successfully engaged in the practice of medicine at Washburn, Illinois. He married a Miss STUBERT and they have one son, Harrison B., now six years of age. Walter O., who married Miss Anna LUTZ, is a traveling salesman with headquarters at Washburn. Ludell is a graduate of the Washburn high school and is at home.

Both Mr. and Mrs. IRELAND hold membership in the Christian church, in the work of which they take an active part, while contributing generously to its support. Mr. IRELAND also belongs to Washburn lodge, No. 421, A. F. & A. M., and to Lacon chapter, R. A. M. His position is never an equivocal one upon any question. He stands firm in support of his honest convictions and over his private life and public career there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil. Recognized as one of the leaders in the ranks of the republican party in Marshall county, he has filled various local offices, acting as school treasurer for eighteen years, as supervisor of Richland township for four years, and as chairman of the board for two years. In 1904 he was the choice of the republican party for the state legislature and received the endorsement of the public at the polls. On November, 1906, he was re-elected as a member of the Forty-fifth general assembly, so that he is now representing his district in the state legislature, where he has made such a creditable record. Faultless in honor, fearless in conduct and stainless in reputation, Mr. IRELAND commands the respect of his political adherents and opponents alike, while personally he is popular, winning friends wherever he goes. His life has been actuated by high and honorable principles and characterized by the utmost integrity as well as activity in his business affairs.

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

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