LaSalle County

Biography - GEORGE W. LEE

Thirty-six years ago, on the 21st of February, 1864. George W. Lee was born in Utica township, and in this immediate vicinity his industrious. peaceful life has thus far been spent. His father, Dwight F. Lee, was a native of Connecticut, and after residing in LaSalle county for many years he was called to his reward, in June, 1883, at the age of sixty years. The wife and mother, whose maiden name was Isabella Piercy, was born in England, April 7, 1829, and when twelve years of age came to the United States with her parents, James and Jane Piercy, who located upon a farm in Utica township, and there Mrs. Lee continued to dwell until her marriage.

George W. Lee is one of six children, his three brothers being: Gilbert, now a citizen of Harvey, Illinois; Walter, of McHenry county, this state; and John, of Utica. A sister, Nettie, became the wife of Edward Allin, of Marseilles, Illinois, and Nellie, the youngest of the family, resides in Utica.

Reared to agricultural pursuits, George W. Lee decided to continue in the pathway marked out for him, and surely has no occasion to regret his decision. He received a liberal public school education, and has increased his fund of knowledge by observation, experience and reading. Upon arriving at his eighteenth year, he started out to make his own independent way in the world, and at present is cultivating a snug little farm of twenty-seven acres, conveniently situated near the corporate limits of Utica. Mr. Lee rents a considerable amount of farm lands and carries on farming extensively, being one of the most successful farmers of Utica township. In 1896 Mr. Lee was elected to serve as a highway commissioner, and in 1899 was again called to occupy this important office. Fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America.

In 1887 Mr. Lee wedded Miss Achsa Leech, a daughter of Joseph and Prudence (Brown) Leech, of Utica. Mrs. Lee died November 26, 1889, and left two sons, Warren and Du Fae, to mourn her loss.

Extracted 22 Dec 2017 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 539-540.

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