William Nelson OSBORNE, who carries on general farming on
section 36, Whitefield township, was born in Armstrong county,
William Nelson OSBORNE began his education in the public
Few men of Mr. OSBORNE’s years can claim a military record of service in the Civil war. In his sixteenth year he enlisted in the Twentieth Illinois Infantry and he served for three months in the One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Regiment of Illinois Infantry, being too young to enter the army prior to that time. His years, however, were no bar to his valor and loyalty, which were equal to that of many a man twice his age.
On the 6th of July, 1873, Mr. OSBORNE was married to Miss Clara BONHAM, a daughter of William and Amanda BONHAM, both now deceased. Her parents were early settlers of this part of the state and her father was a farmer and merchant of Sparland. Unto Mr. and Mrs. OSBORNE have been born five children: Edna, the wife of John RIDDELL, of Sparland; Louis, also of Sparland; Scott, at home; Mary, who is engaged in teaching school in Sparland; and Flora, who is yet under the parental roof.
Mr. OSBORNE is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Sparland lodge, No. 212, in which he has filled all of the chairs. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party. These associations indicate much of the character of the man, who is true to the teachings of the fraternity. It is no unusual thing for the American citizen to work his way upward from a humble financial position to one of affluence but the record is none the less worthy, for it indicates a force of character that at all times merits admiration and respect. Such has been the history of William Nelson OSBORNE.
Extracted 18 May 2011 by Norma Hass from
Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties