Source: History of Whiteside County, Illinois - Edited by Charles Bent, Morrison, IL 1877
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin, Tampico Area Historical Society
JOHN SMITH LOGAN was born in Yates county, New York, in 1815. He came to Portland in 1836, and settled about a mile west of Spring Hill. It would be hard to find a single enterprise in his neighborhood, that has not received his aid and encouragement. The year after his arrival he greatly assisted in building the first schoolhouse in the township, and in 1841, to his efforts in a great measure was due the erection of the first and only church in the town. As Justice of the Peace, Town Clerk, Assessor, and in other town offices, he has served the people, and always with satisfaction. In 1876, he sold his farm and purchased a home in Prophetstown, where he now resides. In the year 1844 he married Miss Elizabeth WARREN, who died in 1863. In 1865 he was untied in marriage to Mary ASHTON. The children of Mr. LOGAN are: Herman, who served as a volunteer in the 34th Illinois regiment, and now resides in Nebraska; George E., who was a volunteer in the 140th Illinois regiment, and also resides in Nebraska; Addis G., and Robert E., who reside in Portland.