Past & Present of Bureau County 1906
23 Apr 2008
James E. Stothard, engaged in farming and stock raising in Clarion township, was born in Michigan, November 20, 1863. His parents were James E. and Mary E. (Headland) Stothard, who were natives of England and came to America at an early age, settling in Michigan. In their family were twelve children. Their son, James E. Stothard, the fourth in order of birth, was, like the other members of the household, educated in the common schools of Bureau county. He was early trained to farm labor and instructed in the value of industry, frugality, and diligence as factors in the acquirement of success. Throughout his entire life he has carried in general agricultural pursuits and he now has charge of fifty acres of land, owning the stock thereon. He is well known as a stock raiser and one whose opinion is seldom at fault in his valuation of farm animals. Possessing energy and unfaltering determination, he carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes and has thus gained a good living for himself and family as the years have passed by.
It was on the 12th of September, 1894, in La Moille, that Mr. Stothard was married to Miss Leah D. Dougherty, who was born in Ohio, May 2, 1866. By this marriage there are two children: Dale E., born February 13, 1903; and Chester N., born August 28, 1904. Mrs. Stothard is a daughter of John J. and Martha T. (Norman) Dougherty and a native of Coshocton county, Ohio. She became a resident of Illinois in 1878, when her parents removed to this state, bringing with them their four children, of whom Mrs. Stothard was the eldest.
Interested in the political questions which affect the welfare of community, state and nation, Mr. Stothard gives his support to the republican party, the principles of which he has advocated since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He is a man of genial, pleasant disposition and kindly spirit, recognizing the rights of others and never taking advantage of the necessities of his fellowmen in any business transaction. He works for the best interests of the community at large, while at the same time laboring for his individual success in business affairs and during his residence in this county h e has eagerly availed himself of the opportunities which may always be secured by those who desire a prosperous business life and have the will to dare and to do.