STRATTON, William R.
William R. STRATTON, a well known resident
of Toluca, was born on the 25th
of August, 1854, in Richland
township, Marshall county,
Illinois, and is a worthy representative
of one of its honored and highly respected families. His
parents, James and Marcia (CHALCRAFT) STRATTON, were both
England, the former born in
1820, and the latter in 1826. When children they accompanied
their respective parents to
America, and both became residents of
Indiana, where they met and were
married. The paternal grandfather, John STRATTON located near
Evansville, where he engaged in farming
until his death.
For some time after their marriage, Mr. and
Mrs. STRATTON continued to reside in the hoosier state, and
there two children were born to them, while the birth of our
subject occurred the year after their arrival in
a few years the father rented land here, and then purchased a
tract on section 9, Bennington
township, near the present site of
became a well-to-do and prosperous farmer, making the most of
his opportunities, and in politics was an adherent of republican
principles. He has now passed away, but his excellent wife still
survives him, making her home near Toluca.
Ten children were born to this worthy
couple, nine of whom are still living, namely: Mrs. Ruth A.
BALL, now a widow, living west of
Toluca, and the mother of four children;
James, who died at the age of eight years; William R., of this
sketch; David, a resident of Memphis, Missouri, who is married
and has four children; Mary E., wife of Marion J. FRENCH, of
Evans township, Marshall county, by whom she has three children;
Marcia Louisa, wife of Frank L. CARITHERS, of Bennington
township, by whom she has three children; Sarah L., wife of J.
P. LITCHFIELD, of Toluca, by whom she has two children; Ada
Naomi, Wife of R. I. LITCHFIELD; and James L. and Emma M., still
at home with their mother.
During his boyhood and youth our subject
attended the common schools near his home, and remained under
the parental roof until thirty-four years of age. For his
faithful service there his father gave him eighty acres of land,
on which there was an indebtedness of one thousand dollars. For
three years he continued its cultivation and improvement and
then removed to Toluca,
where he has now made his home for over five years. At first he
was employed in a lumber yard.
On the 2d of November, 1887, was celebrated
the marriage of Mr. STRATTON and Miss Martha J., daughter of
John and Emily LITCHFIELD, whose sketch appears elsewhere in
this work. Four children have come to bless this union, namely:
Arthur, born February 26, 1890; Lucile, born February 5, 1892,
and Earl, born February 3, 1894.
Mr. STRATTON has been a strong republican in politics
since voting for R. B. Hayes in 1876, but cares nothing for the
honors or emoluments of public office. He is a straightforward,
honorable citizen, and has made many warm friends throughout the
Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from
The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.
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