Biography - G. W. Casper

G. W. CASPER, farmer, P. O. Cobden, is a native of Union County, Ill., born January 18, 1841, to Henry and Eliza (Rich) Casper. His early life was spent at home, assisting to till the soil of the home farm. He, in the meantime, received the benefit of the common schools. At twenty years of age, he left his home and engaged in farming on his own account on his present farm, which at the time was unimproved. It now contains 124 acres of good land, of which eighty-five are under a high state of cultivation. He was married January 7, 1861, to Miss Margaret Culp, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of Henry and Mary Culp, the former of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Ohio. Mrs. Casper died October 8, 1875, leaving five children as the result of their union, viz., Quitman S., Henry W., Lucinda A., Robert F., Alvan. In November, 1879, he married a second time Mrs. Marietta Gifford, daughter of A. Leroy, a resident of near Chicago. The result of this union is the following two children — Etta May and Effie Maud. Mr. Casper commenced life a poor man, and by his honesty, industry and economy, he has succeeded in accumulating a good property, and a name and reputation which is beyond reproach. He served as Deputy Sheriff under William C. Rich, Jacob Hileman and Joseph McElhany, and was Constable over fourteen years. In politics, was formerly a Democrat, but now is identified with the principles of the Republican party.

Extracted 30 Aug 2019 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 122.

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