Hosea Foote, one of the enterprising business men of Earlville, LaSalle
county, is one of the honored pioneers of this state, his arrival in
Illinois dating back fifty-five years. A witness of almost the entire
development of the county, he has contributed his share toward its welfare,
and is well and favorably known throughout this section.
The parents of our subject were Nicholas Floyd and Catherine (Beagle) Foote, who were natives of New York state. The former was one of the five children of Isaac Foote, of English extraction, likewise born in the Empire state, and a farmer and lumberman by occupation. His latter years were spent in Illinois, and his death took place upon the homestead of a son, south of Earlville, when he was in his eighty-sixth year. Mrs. Catherine (Beagle) Foote, who died in 1839, was a daughter of John Beagle, a farmer, whose birthplace was in New York state, and who was of Dutch ancestry. In 1833 Nicholas F. Foote and family removed to Steuben county, Pennsylvania, and eleven years later came to Illinois. For two and a half years they dwelt upon a farm situated about three miles from Aurora, and then, coming to LaSalle county, they resided upon a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, in Earl township, three miles from Earlville. A few years prior to his death. Mr. Foote retired from active labor and made his home in Earlville, where he departed this life in July, 1893, in his eighty-ninth year. His second wife bore the maiden name of Mary Miner, and of the sons and daughters born to them four survive: Nancy, Lucinda, Martha and Almira. To the first marriage of Mr. Foote three sons and two daughters were born, but only Floyd and Hosea survive.
Hosea Foote was born in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, January 15, 1832. Thus he was twelve years of age when the family came to this prairie state, and in the district schools he completed his education. After leaving home upon attaining his majority, he worked for farmers by the month for a period, after which he was employed for a number of years on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, as a foreman of construction of the road-bed, part of the time doing contract work. In 1858 he took charge of a sawmill near Freedom, and operated it for the proprietor for about three years. Afterward he was employed by Sutman & Lighthall, of Earlville, for several years, and finally, in 1892, he purchased the sawmill here which was owned by Frank Atherton, and has managed it successfully ever since, also running a feed mill in connection. A public-spirited citizen, he takes a loyal interest in local enterprises. For two terms he served in the capacity of alderman, being elected on the Democratic ticket.
On the 17th of March, 1855, Mr. Foote married Miss Isabel, daughter of Thomas and Isabel (Beggs) Holgate, and after about a quarter of a century of happy wedded life she was called to the home beyond. She was then forty-six years of age, a devoted member of the Methodist church. Of their five children, Charles H. died at the age of six months, and Mabel, who was the wife of Robert Horr, of Mendota, died when her baby girl, Mabel, was a week old. Etta is the wife of William Buck, of Earlville; and Alice, Mrs. Joseph Schrecengost, also of this town, has five children: May, Bert, Carl, lone and Ada. Floyd H., unmarried, is in the employ of his father. On the 7th of August, 1885, Hosea Foote wedded Mrs. Mary Bosard, widow of George L. Bosard and daughter of Cornelius and Fannie (Hammond) Beagle. The latter were natives of New York and Pennsylvania, respectively, the father, of Dutch extraction, having been born and reared in Broome county, and the mother in Tioga county. Both died when in their fiftieth vear, on the old farm in Tioga county, where they had commenced keeping house, death separating them little more than a year. In religious faith he was a Baptist, while she was a Presbyterian, but they were liberal enough to allow each other perfect freedom of opinion. His father, John Beagle, was a native of New York state, a farmer, and his death occurred when he was still in the prime of manhood. David Hammond, father of Mrs. Fannie Beagle, was a hero of the war for independence. He was born in Connecticut, followed farming as a means of livelihood and lived to pass the three-score and ten years spoken of by the Psalmist. Mrs. Foote is one of eight children, of whom seven survive. Kate is the wife of George Buckbee; Elsie is Mrs. John Brimmer; Lizzie is unmarried; Fannie is the widow of Frank Dodge; Jennie is the wife of John Houck; and John Beagle is the only brother living. Mr. and Mrs. Foote are consistent members of the Methodist church and in their daily lives they strive to mirror the noble principles which they profess and in which they earnestly believe.
Extracted 17 Jul 2017 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 506-507.