One of the pioneers of LaSalle county, Thomas T. Mosey, has been a
citizen of this county for fifty-five years and has been actively interested
in its upbuilding and progress. His life has been quiet and unmarked by
so-called great events, but he has ever endeavored to perform his full duty
toward his fellow men, and has found his chief pleasure in extending a
helping hand to the poor and needy and in caring for his family.
One of the native sons of Norway, Mr. Mosey inherited from a long line of worthy ancestors the sterling traits of character which he possesses in no unstinted measure. He was born August 21, 1827, was reared upon a farm, and was early instructed in the thrifty, industrious methods pursued by his father. The latter, Knute Mosey, emigrated to the United States with his family, in 1845, and entered a tract of land from the government, in Freedom township, LaSalle county. During the scourge of cholera which swept away so many of the inhabitants of this country in 1849, he succumbed to the dread disease, as also did the wife and mother and their two daughters.
Thomas T. Mosey was thus left as the mainstay of the younger members of the family, and faithfully did he carry out the plans which had been made by the father. Having been thoroughly familiar with farming labor since his early years, he was equal to the task of carrying on the homestead, and continued to give his entire attention to agriculture for forty-three years. By that time, he had amassed a modest competence, and not being ambitious for wealth he took up his abode in Leland, where he has since dwelt. While a resident of Freedom township he served as a member of the school board for sixteen years, and since coming to Leland he was one of the town councilmen for three years. Politically he is a stalwart Republican. In his church affiliations he is a Lutheran, and has officiated as deacon in his church.
When a young man of twenty-three years, Mr. Mosey married Betsy Hanson, a daughter of Hans Hanson, of Adams township. They became the parents of eight children, namely: Sarah, the wife of the Rev. Gjertsen, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Josephine, the wife of Dr. Laws, of Minneapolis; Mary, the wife of the Rev. Guldbrandsen, of Blair, Wisconsin; Charles, a hardware merchant of Leland; Henry T., a farmer of this county; Hannah, the wife of Andrew Klove, of Leland; Lila and Esther, who are unmarried and are at home. The children have received an excellent education and are worthy citizens of the various communities in which their lot is cast.
Extracted 19 Dec 2018 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 568-569.