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Dell, John T.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 437-438


John T. Dell, who is carrying on general agricultural pursuits in Newburg township, where he is engaged quite extensively in raising and feeding stock and also farms from eighty to four hundred acres of land, his own farm comprising one hundred and twenty-two acres of land in New Salem township, was born in Pittsfield township, September 10, 1856. His father, James T. Dell, was a native of Maryland, born in 1818, and was there reared. When a young man he came to Illinois and here he was married to Miss Anna Cooper, a native of New York. The father located in Pike county in 1850, settling in Pittsfield where he followed the tailor's trade, which he had learned in early years. Later, however, he purchased a farm in Pittsfield township and spent his last years upon that property, giving his attention to general agricultural pursuits. He died in the year 1900, while his wife passed away in 1899. John T. Dell is one of a family of thirteen children, ten of whom, five sons and five daughters, reached years of maturity, while three sons and four daughters are yet living. Mr. Dell spent his youth in Pittsfield township and was educated in the district schools. To his father he gave the benefit of his services until he had attained his majority, when he made arrangements for having a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Anna Fearey, whom he wedded in Pittsfield township, September 15, 1887. She was born in that township and is a daughter of John Fearey, a native of England and one of the early settlers of Pike county. Following his marriage he rented a farm in Newburg township, first operating eighty-five acres of land, and he also farmed other lands. He remained upon one farm for twelve years and is still engaged in the cultivation of that place. For five years he has resided upon the place which is now his home and he is one of the active, diligent and prosperous agriculturists of this part of the county. He makes a specialty of the raising of Aberdeen Angus cattle and Poland China hogs and he is quite successful as a stockman, feeding about one hundred head of hogs per year.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Dell have been born ten children. Orien H., Orville H., Dora S., Nellie P., Elsie E., Pearl E., Nola M., William J., Theodore and Elmer F. Mr. and Mrs. Dell are widely known and have many warm friends in the community where they reside. Politically M r. Dell has been a lifelong republican but is without aspiration for office, content to do his public duty as a private citizen. He served on the school hoard for several years, during which time he did effective work in behalf of the cause of education, of which he is a warm and stalwart friend. His entire life has been passed in this county, where he is recognized as a useful and valued citizen.

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