Biography - Adam Buck

ADAM BUCK, retired merchant, Cobden. Prominent among the leading, honorable, upright citizens of Cobden is Mr. Adam Buck, a native of Cork, Ireland, born December 24, 1824. His parents, Frederick and Harriet (Craig) Buck, were never residents of America, as will be noticed' in the sketch of John Buck in another part of this work. Adam emigrated to this country in 1848, on board the "Thomas Worthington." Immediately on his arrival at New York, he began working in the navy-yard at that city, where he remained one year and then took charge of the construction of a plank road connecting Newberg and Ellenville, a distance of forty miles. This completed, he acted as Surveyor of a railroad from Chester, N. Y., to Delaware Water Gap. In 1852, he was appointed Assistant Surveyor on the Illinois Central Railroad from Centralia to Cairo. He took charge of the construction of twenty miles of the same, extending from Centralia. In 1854, he was elected Surveyor of Dallas County, Iowa. He remained in that borough until 1857, when he engaged in the general dry goods business at Cobden, Ill., having traded his farm in Iowa to William H. H. Brown for said stock of goods. From this he withdrew in 1880, and is living somewhat in the quiet enjoyment of his little fortune, of which he is the artificer. He, however, devotes some time to his farms in this county, and orange groves in Florida. He was married, August 1, 1852, to Hannah E. Sheppard. She died January 24, 1865, being the mother of Frederick, Mary A., Harriet, Hannah and Adam. His second union was with Clara M. Griffin, born April 25, 1837. The result of this marriage has been Clara, Fred, Harry and Walter. Mr. Buck is serving as Village Trustee; is a member of the A., F. & A. M.; votes the Democratic ticket. He takes a deep interest in educating his children in both literary and musical lore.

Extracted 30 Aug 2019 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 121.

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