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Milton B. Peddicord, an energetic and influential farmer of Rutland township, LaSalle county, Illinois, was born in this county, January 22, 1857, his parents being E. S. and Elizabeth (Johnson) Peddicord. His father was a Virginian, having been ushered into existence in that state July 9, 1829. He left his native state when a lad, traveling on foot to Licking- county, Ohio, where he remained ten years, going thence to Delaware county, that state, where he worked two years. In 1870 he came west to Illinois, and during his life was known as one of the most successful business men of LaSalle county. September 20, 1842, he was joined in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Johnson, a native of Ohio. Nine children were born to them, - six sons and three daughters, namely: William D., of Dallas county, Iowa; Lewis E., of Chicago, Illinois; Willis P., who died in boyhood; Charles J. of Miller township; Isabella, deceased; Milton B., of this sketch; Edward P.; Jennie L., of Marseilles, Illinois; and Ami J., of Nevada, lowa.

Milton B. Peddicord was educated in this county, where he grew to manhood and adopted the vocation of farming. He is one of the progressive farmers of the county and takes a pride in the appearance of his property. He was married February 23, 1882, to Miss Clara E. Gibson, daughter of George W. Gibson of this township, and took his bride at once to the farm he now owns. This contains one hundred and sixty acres, and is located one and three-quarters miles from Wedron station. The house in which they formerly resided was replaced in 1896 by a new building of modern architecture, one of the finest country residences to be found in the county. They have two children, - a daughter and a son: Myrtle M., born August 29, 1886, and George E., born May 12, 1890.

Mr. Peddicord takes an intelligent interest in politics, and is a strong Democrat. He has been an able member of the school board for more than sixteen years, and has lost no opportunity of furthering the cause of education. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and has the respect of the entire community.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 302-303.

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