Compiled by Genevieve Mary McCabe Ladwig
NOTES FOR CHART XIX
WILLIAM RICHARD McCABE and EMMA MARGARET BURDEN
WILLIAM “BILLY” RICHARD McCABE 1860—1938
IN A 1906 VOLUME INCLUDING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF MANY OF BUREAU COUNTY’S “PROMINENT AND LEADING CITIZENS”, THE FOLLOWING IS RECORDED:
William McCabe, owning and operating six hundred and eighty acres of land in Gold and Alba townships, is a native son of Bureau county, his parents being Michael and Hannah McCabe, both natives of Ireland. The parents emigrated to America in 1850, settling in Bureau county, where the father followed farming throughout his remaining days. Both the father and mother are now deceased.
William McCabe, whose name introduces this review, was reared to farm life, assisting his father in the task of cultivating the home place and thus receiving practical experience which fitted him to later carry on business on his own account. He received his education in the schools of his home township and later attended a normal school for three terms at Geneseo. He later started out in business on his own account, following the occupation to which he had been reared. He has been very successful in his farming operations and each year has added to his financial resources, until today he is the owner of extensive landed interests, having six hundred and eighty acres of valuable land situated in Gold and Alba townships. On his place are found good buildings for the shelter of grain and stock and he uses the latest improved farm machinery to facilitate his work.
In 1893 Mr. McCabe was united in marriage to Miss Emma Burden, of Fairfield township, and unto them have been born three children. Mr. McCabe was apointed to act as supervisor of Bold township, filling out the unexpired term of F. W. Morrasy, in which capacity he served for eight months, and on the expiration of that period he was elected to the office, having served altogether for the past two years, and is the present incumbent. In politics he is a democrat and in religious faith he and his wife are catholics. Page 174
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