22 Aug 2007
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Walter H. Scott, of Hume Township, represents a pioneer name which is connected with the days of first things in Whiteside County. Josiah Scott, his father, was born May 18, 1819, in Ohio, and he came to Whiteside County in 1839. He was married March 13, 1846, to Harriet J. Coryell, and they had 12 children, of whom two died in infancy. Mr. Scott, Sr., became the owner of a valuable farm on section 12, and attained prominence in the agricultural development of the township. He is now living in retirement at Rock Falls.
Mr. Scott was born in Delaware County, Ohio, in 1847. He was two years of age when his parents removed to Hume Township. He obtained all the education possible from the facilities afforded by the public schools of the period. When he was 18 years old he entered college at Adrian, Mich., where he was a student nearly four years in the classical course. On his return to Whiteside County he engaged in teaching. He went, in the spring of 1873, to Macon Co., Mo., where he engaged as a teacher in the winter season, and during the remainder of the year managed a steam grist and saw mill. After a residence there of nearly 11 years, he returned to Hume Township, where he assumed control of the homestead estate, on section 12, in which he has since engaged. In his professional relations he attained gratifying prominence. In his political belief and connections he is a Republican. He has officiated to a considerable extent in local affairs, and is Township Clerk, and also Clerk of the Board of School Directors in his district.
He was married in Allegan, Mich., to Mary G. Wilcox, and the have had four children: George D., Edith, Harriet and Hiram G. Mrs. Scott was born May 21, 1849, in Blissfield, Lenawee Co., Mich., where her parents were prominent farmers. She was educated at Adrian.