Robert G. Neville, who devotes his time and energies to farming and the raising, feeding and shipping of stock, makes his home on the northeast quarter of section 29, Osco township. He was born on a farm in Kickapoo township, Peoria county, Illinois, on the 22d of June, 1862, his parents being George and Catharine (Moorehead) Neville. The father passed away when his son, Robert G., was but ten years of age and the latter at once went to work to assist in the support of the family, receiving a wage of ten dollars per month.

When but fourteen or fifteen years of age he was able to do a man's work, but his salary was not always in proportion to his services. At the age of seventeen, however, he received a man's wages. He had but very limited educational opportunities in his youthful days and after he had attained the age of eighteen years he sent only a part of his wages home, saving the remainder in order that he might procure enough funds to enable him to continue his studies. It was at this time that he came to Henry county and during the first year worked in Munson town­ ship for a Mr. Hadley. Subsequently he was in the employ of a Mr. Harriman in Osco for five years and it was while thus engaged that he spent two winter seasons as a student in the Davenport Business College.

On the toth of February, 1886, in Osco, Mr. Neville was united in marriage to Miss Margaret McCurdy, of Osco township. She was a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, but came to this county with her parents, Alexander and Catharine (Coneghy) McCurdy. Soon after his marriage Mr. Neville re­ moved to Kearney, Buffalo county, Nebraska, where he was engaged in the operation of a rented farm for two years. In the spring of 1888 he returned to Osco township, taking up his abode on the farm which has remained his home to the present time and which was given to him by his father-in-law, Alexander McCurdy. There was a small house on the place but he has since made many, substantial improvements and it is now lacking in none of the equipments and accessories of a model farm of the twentieth century. He is a man of untiring industry and good business ability, and has won a gratifying measure of success in his undertakings.

Unto Robert G. and Margaret (McCurdy) Neville were born four children, as follows: Alexander, whose birth occurred January 3, 1887, and who spent two years at the Geneseo Collegiate Institute; Robert, born August 4, 1888, who attended the Geneseo Collegiate Institute for three years after graduating from the grammar schools and is now a sophomore in the Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois; Harold, born February 13, 1890, who is a grammar school graduate and has spent one year in the high school at Cambridge; and Margaret, whose natal day was July 4, 1896. The eldest child was born in Nebraska but the other three are all natives of Henry county, Illinois. The mother was called to her final rest on the loth of July, 1896, just six days after the birth of her daughter Margaret, her remains being interred in Osco township. On the 2d of January, 1901, in Western township, Mr. Neville was again married, his second union being with Miss Jennie Carson, a native of that township and a daughter of William and Agnes (Ferguson) Carson, who were born, reared and married in Scotland. After the birth of their eldest child they crossed the Atlantic to the United States, settling in Western township, this county. Wil­ liam Carson passed away on the loth of March, 1909, but his wife still sur­ vives and makes her home with her children in Western township.

Mr. Neville is a stanch democrat in his political views and has held every public position within the gift of his fellow townsmen except those of collector and supervisor, ever proving most faithful and capable in the discharge of his official duties. Fraternally he is identified with Sherman Lodge, No. 535, A. F. & A. M., in which he has been junior deacon and junior warden, declining, however, to serve as worshipful master. Both he and his wife belong to Eastern Star Lodge, No. 96, at Orion, in which he has acted as worthy patron, while his wife has filled all of the offices, including that of associate matron.

He is likewise a charter member of Maple Stump Camp, No. 2248, M. W. A., of which he was first venerable consul, thus serving continuously for four years. He was twice sent as a delegate to the state camp. Mr. and Mrs. Neville also belong to the Royal Neighbors, in which organization the latter has filled all of the offices except that of oracle. In religious faith Mr. Neville is an Episcopalian and a valued and consistent member of Grace church, in which he has served as vestry. man. Both he and his wife are widely and favorably known throughout the entire community, having gained many friends during the long period of their residence here.


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