2 Sep 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside Co., Illinois
Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
Ezekiel Olds, resident at Albany, is the fifth child of Cheney and Amma (Walker) Olds, of whom a full and detailed account is given in connection with the sketch of Warren Olds. He was born Oct. 24, 1826, in Sturbridge, Worcester Co., Mass., and was a child of nearly two years when his parents removed to the State of New York. In his 12th year the memorable transit of the family to Whiteside County was accomplished, the events of which made a lasting impression on the remembrance of the lad, who found its novelty entertaining, notwithstanding its tedious length.
At the age of 18 Mr. Olds began to work with his brother Warren as a carpenter and joiner, operating in that avenue of business continually until 1880, when he became interested in the grwing of small fruits, which enterprise has since occupied his attention. He is engaged in the cultivation of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and grapes.
The marriage of Mr. Olds to Sarah Pease took place Dec. 29. 1852. Mrs. Olds is the daughter of Henry and Mary (Warburton) Pease, of whom a sketch appears on another page. She is the mother of six children: Mary Elizabeth is the wife of George Van Beb Ber, of Savanna, Ill.; Fanny P. Edwin L., Edith H., Louisa W., and Albert H. are unmarried. In 1873 Mr. Olds bought his present residence, which is pleasantly located on a bluff over-looking the river.