Mr. Hartshorn, named above, is a progressive farmer who adds skill and science to agricultural art, and is not slow to forsake old methods when they are improved by modern appliances. He has one of the finest and best improved farms in LaSalle county, due to his intelligent and judicious management. He is a son of Alfred I. and Amelia (Dean) Hartshorn, and was born in Waltham township, LaSalle county, August 17, 1860. His father, a native of New York, and his mother, of Connecticut, came to this county in 1837, their location being chosen probably because his aunt, Mrs. Hannah B. Burnham, had preceded them and made her home in Waltham township, this county. They purchased a farm in that township, and there Frederick P. Hartshorn grew to manhood, attending the district schools and later entering the high school in LaSalle. He had a natural ability for farming and assisted his father in the care of his land. In 1882 the family moved to LaSalle township, and about seven years ago he took charge of his father's large farm of four hundred and fifty acres. He carries on general farming, raises horses and hogs, and conducts a dairy. His dairy herd consists of about sixty cows, whose feed and comfort are carefully looked after, and the returns he receives from them clearly demonstrate the success of his methods.
Mr. Hartshorn was married, September 8, 1885, to Miss Juliet Bushnell, daughter of Washington and Phoebe (Charles) Bushnell, of Ottawa. One child, Alfred Burnham, has blessed this union. They are communicants of the Episcopal church, and Mr. Hartshorn is a prominent member of Wakham Lodge, No. 384, A. F. & A. M., and the Peru Chapter, R. A. M. He is also a member of St. Elmo Lodge. No. 70, K. of P., of Ottawa; and of the Modern Woodmen of America, Home Forum, Royal Neighbors and the Court of Honor.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 353-354.