James Edward MONIER is a farmer and stockman, residing on section 33, Milo township, where he owns two hundred and forty acres. He was born April 18, 1864, in Marshall county, Illinois, and possesses the typical spirit of enterprise and progress which has been the dominant factor in the rapid and substantial upbuilding of the middle west. His parents were William and Wilmina (DORAN) MONIER. The father was born on the Isle of Man, and, with his parents, came to America when sixteen years of age. He married Miss DORAN, a native of Massachusetts. Locating in Peoria county, Illinois, he afterward removed to Camp Grove, Marshall county, where he has since resided. He is an extensive and wealthy farmer, now owning a thousand acres of fine land in Marshall county and one hundred and sixty acres in Bureau county. He engages in stockraising on a large scale, and his dealings in fine stock have made him a leading representative of this line of business in Illinois. He displays excellent business judgment, keen discernment, sagacity and unfaltering diligence, and thus the success which he has acquired has been most honorable as well as gratifying, for it has come as the legitimate result of his own labors. Prominent in political circles, he gives a stalwart support to the republican party and does everything in his power to promote its growth and insure its success. His home is pleasantly located six miles west of Lacon, Illinois.
James Edward MONIER is the only member of a family of seven children, five sons and two daughters, who is not a resident of Marshall county. His youth was there passed and his education was acquired in the district schools and the high school of Sparland. He always lived at home until 1894, when he was married and came to Bureau county, where he has since resided. The occupation to which he was reared he has made his life work, and he now owns and operates two hundred and forty acres of fine land in Milo township, where he raises both grain and stock. He is a breeder of shorthorn cattle, is breeding first-class stock and has fifteen head of registered cattle. He also breeds Percheron horses, and has about twenty-five head upon his farm most of the time. Success seems an attendant to his business efforts, for whatever he undertakes he accomplishes, and he has not lacked the financial return which is the desired reward of all business endeavor.
In 1894 Mr. MONIER was married to Miss Clara L. CASEY, of Marshall county, Illinois, a daughter of Charles CASEY, a farmer now residing in that county. Mr. and Mrs. MONIER have become the parents of four children, and the family circle yet remains unbroken by the hand of death. These are Nellie, Margaret, Lura and Wilbur MONIER. The parents hold membership in the Methodist church, and Mr. MONIER belongs to the Masonic lodge at Bradford and to the Modern Woodmen camp at Whitefield, Illinois. Politically he is a republican, and in 1902 was elected supervisor of Milo township, which office he is still filling. He has been a member of the school board for years, and is still the incumbent in that position. He regards a public office as a public trust – and no trust reposed to him has ever been betrayed in the slightest degree. He is loyal and patriotic in his citizenship, is progressive and diligent in business, and in friendship he is ever faithful and true.
Extracted 06 Jun 2011 by Norma Hass from 1906 Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois