George Lewis WABEL, deceased, who at one time was connected with the farming interests of Marshall county, was born in Uniontown, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, on the 14th of February, 1865. His parents were Andrew Jackson and Mary Ann (DEAN) WABEL, both of whom have passed away, the father having died on the 30th of September, 1904. Following the removal of the family from Pennsylvania to Illinois and the establishment of the family home near Magnolia, George Lewis WABEL pursued his education in what is known as the Dayton school in that locality. When not busy with his text-books he aided his father in the work of the home farm and thus gained practical knowledge of the best methods of tilling the soil. He worked at home until seventeen years of age, when he started out in life on his own account, being employed as a farm hand for about three years. When twenty years of age he rented land, securing one hundred and twenty acres on the north edge of Henry township. He devoted his time and energies to general fanning and stock-raising throughout his remaining days and died upon the .Dry Hollow farm a stock farm which he was renting and which belongs to Mrs. Law. He lived a life of industry and enterprise, working diligently year after year, and whatever success he achieved and enjoyed was attributable entirely to his own labors.
Mr. WABEL was married on the 22d of February, 1887, in Whitefield township, Marshall county, to Miss Alice BLACKBURN, a daughter of J. A. and Sarah (CLAWSON) BLACKBURN. Her father was at one time a farmer of Whitefield township, but is now living in Henry. The home of Mr. and Mrs. WABEL was blessed with four children: Gerald, who was born July 4, 1889; Mildred, born April 4, 1892; Marian, born August 2, 1897; and Bernice, born April 29, 1900. Since her husband's death Mrs. WABEL has removed to the farm upon which she now resides and which is being operated under her direction. She is a lady of excellent business ability, executive force and keen discrimination and is carefully managing her farming interests, so that they produce a good living for herself and children. Mr. WABEL was a republican in his political affiliation and was recognized as one of the stalwart supporters of the party in his locality. He served as collector of Whitefield township for two terms and at the time of his demise was filling the office of school director and of road commissioner. He led a busy and useful life, and all who knew him respected him for his genuine personal worth, so that his death was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, not only among his immediate family, but also among his friends, who were many.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.