Marshall County

RANSOM, Clement W.

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.

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