Carmi SWARTZ, the concentration of whose energies and powers upon the work of the home farm has resulted in the development and improvement of an excellent property, was born in Marshall county and is a son of William and Elizabeth (PAGET) SWARTZ. The father was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, in 1814, and became a resident of Illinois in 1835, settling on what was called Sandy creek, in Evans township, Marshall county, where he developed a good farm, experiencing in the early days the hardships and privations of pioneer life. He afterward became the owner of three hundred and forty-five acres of land and also owned a tract of twenty-seven acres belonging to home farm, a quarter section in Osage township, La Salle county, Illinois, and a section of land in Morris county, Kansas, his entire life being devoted to farming. His political allegiance was given to the democracy, and his religious faith was indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. He passed away in 1897, having for three years survived his wife, who died in 1894. She was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, in 1821, and their marriage was celebrated in Evans township, Marshall county, Illinois. Their children are: Zephaniah, a farmer living near Wymore, Nebraska; Daniel W., a resident of Wenona; Albert, who resides in Wellingford, Emmet county, Iowa; Charles and Sarah, both residents of Wenona; Artemesia, deceased; Artemis, of Wenona; James, deceased; Carmi; and Arthur; and also Mary Jane by a former marriage.
Upon the old homestead farm which came into possession of the father in pioneer days Carmi SWARTZ was reared and attended what is now called the Hamilton school. He early assisted in the arduous labor of developing the home place, and when twenty-one years of age began farming for himself on the old homestead. He today owns one hundred and eighty-six acres of valuable land, which is a part of the old home property, and here he has spent his entire life, so that the farm is endeared to him through the recollections of his boyhood as well as through the associations of later years. In connection with the raising of Cereals best adapted to climatic conditions here found, he also raises some stock.
Mr. SWARTZ was married in 1887 to Miss Anna ANTHONY, who was born in Evans township, Marshall county, in 1869, and is a daughter of Charles and Lena ANTHONY. Her father is now deceased, but her mother is living in Wenona. This union has been blessed with three children: Clifton, Charles and Louise, all at home. The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. SWARTZ is a republican. He and his wife are prominent socially, the hospitality of many of the best homes in this locality being cordially extended to them in recognition of their genuine personal worth.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.