DANIEL CASE is a man whose genial temperment, sound judgment and well-proved integrity have brought to him the esteem and friendship of a host of acquaintances far and near. On coming to the county in March, 1874, he located on section 8, Marion township, and for some time his attention was entirely occupied by agricultural pursuits, but since 1888 he has made his home in Stillman Valley, and in connection with his farming interests he has since dealt in all kinds of farm machinery.
Mr. Case is a native of New Jersey, born in Hunterdon county, June 22, 1842, and is a son of Hon. John H. Case, whose birth occurred in the same county in 1807. His grandfather, Daniel Case, commanded a company and served with distinction in the war of 1812. From wild land he developed the farm in Hunterdon county on which our subject and his father were both born. On attaining to man's estate the latter married Miss Elizabeth Bennett, a native of Warren county, New Jersey, and a daughter of Isaac Bennett, who was an early settler of Warren county, but spent his last days in Hunterdon county. Throughout life John H. Case followed farming on the old homestead and was one of the most prominent and influential men of his county. He was called upon to fill many local positions of honor and trust and for two or more terms represented his district in the state legislature with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. He died in 1869, at the age of sixty-two years, and his wife who survived him for some time, passed away in 1893, at the age of eighty-three. They were the parents of eight children,"four sons and four daughters, namely: Sarah, wife of ,'Jonas Robins, of Hunterdon county, New Jersey; Phrebe, deceased wife, of Joseph Hart; Isaac B., who owns and operates the old homestead; Catherine died at the age of twenty-eight years; Daniel, of this sketch; Dr. Nathan, who was engaged in the practice of medicine in Rigglesville, New Jersey, for several years, but is now deceased; Howard, a commission merchant of New York city; Elizabeth, wife of Anderson Conover, of Foreston, Ohio.
In the county of his nativity, Daniel Case grew to manhood and had the advantages of a good education, completing his studies at the Raraton high school. On leaving the school room he assisted his father in the labors of the home farm for some years, and thus obtained a good practical knowledge of the occupation which he has made his life work. In Hunterdon county, September 23, 1873, he led to the marriage altar Miss Mary M. Smith, a native of the county, and a daughter of Robert Smith, one of the substantial farmers of that locality. Three children have been born of this union: Robert G., Elizabeth and Emma, all of whom have been well educated and are now at home.
In the spring following his marriage, Mr. Case came to Ogle county, Illinois, and in Marion township purchased one hundred and sixty acres, to which he subsequently added an adjoining one hundred and twenty acres, making a fine farm of two hundred and eighty acres, which he placed under a high state of cultivation and improved until it is one of the most desirable places of the community. In connection with general farming he also engaged in breeding and raising a good grade of stock—horses, cattle and hogs. In 1888 he rented the farm and removed to Stillman Valley, where, as previously stated, he is now doing a successful business as a dealer in farm machinery, mowers, binders, etc.
Mr. Case has been called upon to mourn the loss of his estimable wife, who passed away May I, 1898, and was laid to rest in Stillman Valley cemetery. She was a faithful member of the Congregational church, to which he and his family also belong. Socially he affiliates with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Knights of Pythias, and has held office in both orders. Politically his support has always been given the Democracy since casting his first vote for General George B. McClellan in 1864. In Marion township he served on the school board for a number of years, and since coming to Stillman Valley has occupied a similar position. He has identified himself with every enterprise for the public good and is justly numbered among the valued and useful citizens of the community.
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