Source: Thje Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois
Originally published 1896
S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., Chicago, IL
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Transcribed by Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
HARRISON T. IRELAND, who represents Richland township as a member of th board of supervisors of Marshall county, enjoys the reputation of being one of the most enterprising, though conservative, citizens of the county, one who never courts popularity, but one whom his friends and neighbors aree plased to honor with their respect and highest confidence. His residence is on sectin 35, Richland township, where he has lived as a boy and man for nearly forty years, not always upon the same farm, however, but on one of two farms on that section. He is a native of La Porte county, Indiana, born October 2, 1848, and is a son of Pleasant and Matilda B. (NEWELL) IRELAND, the former a native of Preble county, Ohio, born January 23, 1813, and the latter of Kentucky, born December 11, 1811, She was the daugher of John NEWELL, who came to Lacon about 1856, and later retured to La Porte, Indiana, where he died.
Pleasant IRELAND was the son of James IRELAND, who lived in Ohio, but late in life removed to Indiana, where his last days were spent. The boyhood and youth of Pleasant were spent in Ohio, where he grew tomanhood on a farm, and his education was received in the pioneer schools of his native state. He removed to Indiana with his parents, and was there married to Mstilda B. NEWELL, in 1833. Until 1855 he made La Porte county, Indiana, his home, and duriing that time was engaged in farming. Coming to Marshall county, Illinois, at that time, he resided for two years in the city of Lacon, then settled on a farm on section 35, Richland township. On this section the parents resided until their death, the mothr dying Novembe 15, 1890, and the father September 1, 1832. They were the parents of five children, two of whom are as follows: Frank N., a banker of Washburn, Illinois, Harriet, wife of Isaac WIKOFF, residing in Windfield, Kansas, and our suject. Frank N. was a member of the Seventy-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and sicharged his duties faithfully and well during the dark days of the civil war.
Pleasant IRELAND and his wife were members of the Crhistian church, having united with that body at an early day, and both were well grounded in the faith. He was a close student of the Bible and well versed in theological discussions of the times, able to hold his own with any opposed to his views. For some years he served as deacon in his local church. Politically, he was a republican from the orgnization of the pary, and in his political views was as strong as in his relious. He cared nothing for the honors of office, we believe served in no offical capacity save that of township assessor.
Mr. IRELAND, whose name introdues this sketch, was but seven years o age when he came with his parents to Marshall county, Illinois, and here his entire life has been spent. His education was received in the district schools, and like most farmer boys, he was early trained to work, and taught that he must do his part in the cultivation of the home farm. He continued to reside at home, assisting his parents until he reached hismajority, when he bagan life for himself, and his active career has made him one of the foremost citizens of the county of his adoption.
In 1869 Mr. IRELAND was united iin marriage withMiss Elizabeth M. OWEN, a native of Richland township, Marshall county, born July 16, 1849, and a daughter of Walter OWEN, and early settler of this locality, but who now resides near this township, and received her education in the district shools. By this union four children have been born, three of whom are now living - Frank B., a medical student; Walter O., now residing in Washburn, Illinois; Zylphia Ludell, at home. Each of these children have had good educational advntages, such as to prepare them for useful lives.
Mr. IRELAND has always been a farmer and success has crowned his efforts. From time to time he has added to his possessions until he now owns one thousand and sixty-four acres of well improved land, his home farm being well stocked and all the buildings of a most substantial character. He is thorough and systematic in all his work and gives personal attention to every detail.
Religiously, Mr. IRELAND is a member of the Christian church, of which body his wife is also an active member, both taking an active interest in the work of the church, aiding the cause in every way possible. For some years he has held official position in the church. Politically, he i a stanch republican, and has taken an actie part in the councils of the party. He has been township clerk, township coleector, school treasuere of his township for the past sixteen years, and for two years has been a member of the board of supervisors, re-elected second term of two years and chosen chairman of the board in 1896. In every position held he has been faithful to th trust reposed in him, and no man enjoys the confidence and respect of his fellow citizens to a greater extent.