Levi M. Eaton, of Sheridan, Illinois, was born in Freeport, this state,
April 4, 1848, a son of William and Eliza (Hunt) Eaton, the former a native
of Cortland county, New York, the latter of Massachusetts, and both of
English lineage. Mr. Eaton's maternal grandfather was a soldier in the
Mexican war and served as a drummer. The snare drum used by him is now owned
by Mr. Eaton, who is himself a fine drummer; and to this day it is as fine
an instrument of its kind as can be found.
Mr. Eaton was reared on a farm, his only educational advantages in early life being those of the country school. In the broad school of experience, however, he has acquired a large stock of useful information, and, being a good reader and a close observer, keeps himself well posted on the general topics of the day. He began the battle of life for himself at the age of seventeen years. At twenty-three he went west and had considerable experience in mining. Afterward he spent three years in the iron mines of Michigan. In 1882 he returned to Freeport, his native town, and for several years thereafter his occupation varied. June 11, 1890, he started out on the road, with horse and wagon, selling Dr. Ward's Remedies, and in this business he has since continued with success. Dr. Ward's name and remedies are too well known to need further mention here. Suffice it to say that Mr. Eaton as a salesman in this line has met with more than ordinary success. For several years he has resided in Sheridan, where he is well and favorably known.
Mr. Eaton was married, in 1884, to Miss Lena Olsen, and they have one daughter, named Eva J. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., the Modern Woodmen of America, the Home Forum and the Royal Circle.
Extracted 13 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 632-633.