The substantial and respected farmer whose name introduces this sketch —
George C. Hupp — has been identified with LaSalle county all his life and
for nearly three decades has made his home on his present farm in Northville
township. The record of his life, which includes honorable war service, is
George C. Hupp was born in Serena township, LaSalle county, Illinois, June 9, 1836. His parents, John and Mary (De Bolt) Hupp, were natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively, and were married in the latter state. Early in the year 1836 they came to Illinois and first made a settlement in the township of Serena, LaSalle county, where their son George was born, as already stated, and where they lived one year. The next year they removed to Adams township. John Hupp went to California in 1850, and as no news was received from him after 1853 it is believed that he died there about that time. His wife died in February, 1892, at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. Their family comprised the following named members: Sedrick W., Wilson, Havila S., A. Jane, Samantha, Stephen, George C., Riley E. and Louisa B. Wilson went west with his father and was drowned.
George C., the direct subject of this article, was reared on a farm and has followed farming all his life, with the exception of time spent in the Union army during the civil war. He enlisted in September, 1861, in Company K, Eighth Illinois Cavalry, in 1863 re-enlisted for the rest of the period of the war, and accordingly his service lasted until the conflict was ended and peace restored. During the first three years of his service he held the rank of sergeant, was then promoted to the position of second lieutenant and later to that of first lieutenant, which rank he held at the time he was honorably discharged, July 17, 1865. He participated in a number of prominent engagements, always bravely ready for duty, prompt to obey or command, and at the end of the war came home with a record of which he may justly ever be proud. For a number of years he was a member of the G. A. R., but on account of his hearing failing him he withdrew his membership.
At the close of the war Mr. Hupp returned home and resumed farming. Since 1871 he has resided on his present farm of two hundred and ninety-seven acres, in Northville township. In addition to this farm he has another tract of one hundred and twenty acres, making four hundred and seventeen in all, and has also given land to his children, assisting them to get a start in life. He gives his political support to the Republican party.
Mr. Hupp was married in February, 1866, to Miss Mary Jane Callagan, who was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, August 3, 1842, a daughter of William and Jane (Flemming) Callagan, both natives of the north of Ireland. William Callagan was born September 9, 1817, and died in Adams township, LaSalle county, Illinois, February 17, 1896. His wife, born February 2, 1813, is still living, making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Hupp. They were married in Ireland and in 1839 came to the United States, settling first in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where they resided until 1845, that year removing to Adams township, LaSalle county, Illinois. Their family comprised the following named children: Mary, Mary Jane, Anna, William, Samuel and Martha. All of this number are deceased except Mary Jane and William. Mr. and Mrs. Hupp's children are as follows: Clara I., Harley G., William E. (deceased), Euretta M., Fred E. and Arthur C.
Extracted 19 Dec 2018 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 558-559.