Lying along the public highway, two and three-quarters miles from Wedron and seven miles northeast of Ottawa, is the fine farm owned and occupied by Charles W. Long, one of the well-known and popular citizens of Rutland township, LaSalle county.
Mr. Long belongs to a family that has for many years been identified with this county, his grandfather, Christopher Long, having been one of its early pioneer settlers. Lewis Long, the father of Charles W., was born in LaSalle county in 1825. He was married to Miss Emily Barber, a native of New York state, and a daughter of L. E. Barber. The fruits of their union have been eight children, seven of whom are living at this writing, viz.: Eugene C, of LaSalle county; Emma F., wife of G. J. States, of this county; Charles W., whose name initiates this review; Ruth Inez, wife of George Finkle, who resides on the old Long homestead, near Marseilles; Bertha A., wife of F, Spencer, of Rutland township, LaSalle county; Lewis Walter, and Arthur F. The father of this family has long been recognized as one of the successful and substantial men of the county.
Charles W. Long was born on the old Long homestead, in Miller township, LaSalle county, Illinois, August 8, 1862. He was reared and educated in his native township, and from boyhood has devoted his energies to farming. He has for some years past given no little attention to the stock business, making a specialty of raising a high grade of cattle. Politically he gives his support to the Republican party.
October 18, 1888, Mr. Long married Miss Mary Etta Clark, of LaSalle county, daughter of Richard and Mary (Parr) Clark. They have two children - Harry L., born July 23, 1891; and Ethel Esther, born January 7, 1899.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 184-185.