Clement W. RANSOM is a young man of good business ability,
who is now successfully conducting general agricultural pursuits
upon a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Henry township.
His birth occurred on Christmas day of 1876 in Magnolia
township, Putnam county, Illinois, and he is a son of Benjamin
F. and Augusta (SHEILDS) RANSOM. Both are representatives of old
families of the state, having been born in Putnam county, the
father on the 29th of January, 1857, and the mother on the 27th
of February, 1857, and there they still reside. The father
devotes his time and energies to general farming and the
live-stock business. Fraternally he is a member of Marshall
lodge, No. 63, I. O. O. F. In his family were ten children, and
with one exception all are yet living. The record is as follows:
Clement W. is the oldest. James C., born December 30, 1878,
follows farming on the Peter SCHMITT farm in Henry township,
Marshall county, and is also a member of Marshall lodge, No. 63,
I. O. O. F. He wedded Miss Myrtle SMITH, by whom he has one son,
Eugene. Roy F., born December 13, 1880, is carrying on
agricultural pursuits upon the farm generally known as the Dry
Hollow farm, in Putnam county. He married Miss Minnie SMITH and
they have one child, Lawrence. Edna B., born February 12, 1883,
is the wife of Chauncey PETERS, of Whitefield township, by whom
she has two children, Benjamin and Nellie. Mabel S., born March
3, 1885, Bertha M., born February 22, 1889, and Irl B., born May
1, 1892, are all at home. Myrtle is deceased. Henry W., born May
15, 1896, and Guy C., born September 7, 1901, are also at home
with their parents.
Clement W. RANSOM acquired his education in the district schools of La Salle county and was reared to the work of the farm, assisting his father through the period of his boyhood and youth. He has desired no other occupation and is now giving his time and energies to the operation of a farm of one hundred and sixty acres belonging to Mrs. James GILTNER. The entire place is under cultivation and responds readily to the care and labor he bestows upon the fields, so that he is now conducting a prosperous business, meeting with a measure of success that many an older man might well envy.
In 1899 Mr. RANSOM was united in marriage to Miss Grace McBRIDE, a daughter of Michael McBRIDE, of Henry. This union was blessed with three children: Marjorie, who died in infancy; Mildred, three and a half years of age; and Clara, deceased. Mr. and Mrs. RANSOM hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, and in the community where they reside they have a large circle of warm friends. Mr. RANSOM belongs to Marshall lodge, No. 63, I. O. O. F., and he gives his political support to the democracy, having advocated its cause since age conferred upon him the right of franchise.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.