Orlando F. Crill – Residing on section 15, Monroe Township, is an active and enterprising farmer, a life long resident of the township and one who stands high in the estimation of his fellow citizens. His farm which consists of two hundred and fifty-seven acres of well improved land is always kept under a high state of cultivation. He was born in Monroe Township, May 30, 1850 and is the son of John and Margaret (Keith) Crill, the former a native of Herkimer County, New York, born May 12, 1825 and the latter of Morgan County, Ohio born in 1830. Henry Crill, the paternal grandfather, a native of New York, married Betsy Wilkins and both lived and died in York state. The great-grandfather, Thomas Crill, was a native of Hessen, Darmstadt, Germany and at an early day emigrated to America, where he passed his latter days. John J. Crill, the father, was among the honored pioneers of the county and came to Monroe Township in 1844.
On the home farm our subject grew to manhood, assisting in is cultivation and attending the district schools as the opportunity was afforded him. He remained under the parental roof until twenty-two years of age, when he began life for himself. He was united in marriage December 17, 1873, with Miss Julia Matthews, daughter of John T. and Alvira P. (Garvin) Matthews. She was born June 1, 1852 in Franklin County, New York and when a child of six years came with her parents to New Milford, Winnebago County, Illinois and there grew to womanhood. By this union three children have been born. Perry J., born March 27, 1877 after receiving his education in the public schools, took a course in a commercial college of Rockford, thus preparing himself for an active business career. Edna, born May 10, 1883 and Margaret, born October 24, 1885 are yet attending the home school.
When Mr. Chill removed to his present farm the sod only had been broken but with the characteristic energy of the family he went to work to further improve the place, and has now one of the best improved farms in the township, with a good orchard and an abundance of shade and ornamental trees, substantial dwelling, good barns and other outbuildings, and the land is kept under the highest state of cultivation. He has no special hobby in the management and cultivation of his farm, but gives his attention to general farming and stock-raising. He has met with a fair degree of success and feels that he has no just grounds of complaint. The short-horned cattle and Poland-China hogs which he annually raises upon the place he ships to Chicago, thus realizing the entire proceeds of their sale.
Politically, Mr. Crill is a Republican, and with the Republicans Party he has continued to act since attaining his majority. Fraternally he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, holding membership with the camp at Monroe Center. A friend of education, he has always lent his aid to the public schools. In fact to every enterprise calculated of the public good he is ready to extend a helping hand.
Transcribed by Denise Border
Biographical Record of Ogle County
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