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This gentleman is one of the popular citizens and successful farmers of Otter Creek township, LaSalle county, Illinois, and also belongs to that class of brave men whose ranks are each year being thinned, - the veterans of the civil war.

William S. Reddick was born in Washington, D. C, in 1841, and is of Irish descent. His father, James Reddick, was born on the Emerald Isle, son of William Reddick, and when a lad of six years accompanied his parents to America. In this country he grew up, and here married Miss Margaret Wise, who was born and reared in Georgetown, across the river from Washington, D. C. They made their home in the east until 1858, when the family came west to Illinois and settled in LaSalle county, north of Ottawa. On his father's farm William S. was early taught lessons of industry and economy, and soon after he came to this state he engaged in farming on his own account, an occupation in which he has since been engaged, his location being in Otter Creek township.

At the age of twenty-eight Mr. Reddick married Miss Matilda Wakey, who was born near South Ottawa and who is the daughter of William Wakey, an early settler of LaSalle county. Mr. and Mrs. Reddick have six children, viz.: Lulu Weber, a successful music teacher; Maggie, wife of James Armstrong, of Streator, Illinois; Birdie, wife of Charles Gerry, of Otter Creek township; Mamie, at home; William Clifford, of Streator; and James, who married Miss Carrie L. Baker, daughter of Christian Baker. The Reddick family attend worship in the Methodist Episcopal church, and politically Mr. Reddick is a Democrat.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 193-194.

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