2 May 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Elam R Grubb, farmer and blacksmith, resident on section 33, Genesee Township, was born April 1, 1842, in Lancaster Co., Pa. The sketch of is parents, Samuel and Mary (Rowe) Grubb, may be found on other pages. Of two sons, which comprise the entire number of children, Mr. Grubb is the younger. He attended school in his native county from a suitable age until he was 14, when his parents removed to Sterling. There he was engaged in study one year. Meanwhile, his father purchased a farm in Genesee Township, to which the family removed, and father and sons entered into the work of establishing a home, such as was possible on the prairie, that only needed the application of the commonest methods of agriculture to respond generously. Mr. Grubb worked on the farm summers and went to school winters for some years.
He remained unmarried until he was 28 years old. Feb. 27, 1870, he formed a matrimonial alliance with Eliza A., daughter of C.B. and Jane (Loudon) Peugh, of whom a personal account is inserted in this work. Mrs. Grubb was born Oct. 11, 1848, in Washington Co., Ind. She was a child of four years when her parents came to Illinois and settled in Genesee Township in its days of first things, a condition of things fully realized by Mrs. Grubb, as she was one of the oldest children. She is the mother of two children: Charles L., born Aug. 11, 1871, and Fanny A., Oct. 7, 1876.
Mr. and Mrs. Grubb settled on 40 acres of land, which had been purchased by the former previous to his marriage, and was then totally unimproved. He had made it ready for a home, and on removing thither pressed the work of improvement. He has purchased an additional tract of 80 acres, and has improved the entire quantity.
Mr. Grubb is a Republican. Mrs. Grubb has been a member of the Christian Church since she was 16 years of age.