Since 1867 the subject of this sketch, D. H. Wickwire, has been a resident of LaSalle county, Illinois, and since that time has owned and occupied his present farm near Ottawa, As one of the representative men of the county, some personal mention of him is appropriate in this work.
D. H. Wickwire was born in Litchfield county, Connecticut, January 3, 1844, the home of the distinguished Henry Ward Beecher, and his talented sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and comes of English ancestry, his grandsire, Daniel Wickwire, having been one of the early settlers of Connecticut. Chester Wickwire, the father of D. H., was born in Connecticut, May 27, 1810, and passed his life and died there, his death occurring in 1887, at the age of seventy-seven years. His wife, whose maiden name was Miss Mary A. Harrisson, was born October 2, 1816, and is still living. To them were born seven children, six of whom reached adult age, namely: Jennie Smith, of Cortland county, New York; D. H., whose name introduces this sketch; Julia J.; L. C; Eugene, of Berkshire county, Massachusetts; and Gertrude Hornbeck, of Falls Village, Connecticut.
D. H. in his boyhood attended the district and "select" schools of the neighborhood in which he was reared, and, his father being a dairy farmer, the boy found plenty of work to do at home when he was not in school. In the fall of 1867 he came to Illinois, and settled in LaSalle county, and has since been operating a dairy farm.
Mr. Wickwire was married in 1871 to Miss Isabella Grove. Her father, David Grove, was a native of Ohio, and was for many years a prominent citizen of LaSalle county, where he died in 1880. Mrs. Wickwire's mother, before marriage Miss Amanda Houser, was a native of Licking county, Ohio. She died in August, 1849, leaving seven children, six of whom are living, as follows: Elizabeth, widow of D. W. Conard; Catherine Grove, of LaSalle county; Samuel, also of this county; George, of Ottawa, Illinois; Isabella; and Eliza, wife of William Chapman, of Freedom township, LaSalle county. Mr. and Mrs. Wickwire have had two children: Gertrude, born October 26, 1882, died in May, 1885; and Herbert G., born October 18, 1876, is at home with his parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Wickwire are identified with the Congregational church, and politically he is a Republican.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 307-308.