George Wasson

Stark County, Illinois and its People:  A Record of Settlement,
Organization, Progress and Achievement, (1916)
Pages: 302-304
Submitted by Danni Hopkins


George A. Wasson owns the Sylvan View Farm on section 25, West Jersey township, which consists of two hundred and forty acres and is there successfully engaged in raising both grain and stock. He was born in Peoria county, Illinois, on the 20th of November, 1856, and is a son of John Wasson and grandson of George Wasson, both natives of the state of New York. The last named met death by an accident. John Wasson grew to manhood in Cayuga county, New York, but in 1850 located in Peoria, Illinois, then a small village. After devoting some time to getting out ties for the railroad and to working as a farm hand he rented land for three years and also did some teaming. Subsequently he purchased forty acres of land for twelve hundred dollars, buying the property on time as he had no capital. The first year was so rainy that crops were poor and he was unable to make any payment upon the farm and wished to give up the place. However, the people from whom he had purchased it told him to continue to cultivate it and to pay when he could. He eventually discharged all his indebtedness upon the farm, which he operated for a number of years. At length he disposed of it and bought a one hundred and sixty acre tract of land which he broke and fenced and improved with a good house and a substantial barn. He also set out an orchard and in time the place became one of the most highly developed farm properties of the locality. He also purchased an adjoining eighty acres and an additional sixty acre tract and likewise owned property in the city of Peoria. His last years were spent in that city, where he lived retired. He suffered a stroke of paralysis on Thanksgiving Day and died on Sunday, and his wife died on Sunday of the following week from the same cause, she being stricken on the day of his funeral. They were both members of the Methodist Episcopal church and he served on the official board. They were the parents of ten children, five sons and five daughters.

George A. Wasson was reared upon the home farm in Peoria county and is indebted for his education to the district schools. He remained with his father until he reached mature years and through assisting with the work gained valuable training in agricultural pursuits. Subsequently he purchased eighty acres of land in Princeville township, Peoria county, and for five years engaged in farming that place, his sister Ella keeping house for him. At the end of that time he sold the farm at a good profit and bought his present place, the Sylvan View Farm, which comprises two hundred and forty acres on section 25, West Jersey township, Stark county. In order to purchase it he went into debt seven thousand dollars. He took up his residence upon the place in 1903 and has since engaged in its operation. He raises good crops annually and also derives a gratifying profit from the sale of his high grade stock. He has paid off the indebtedness upon the farm and ranks among the substantial residents of West Jersey township. He has erected a large and modern residence provided with acetylene light, furnace heat, hot and cold water and the barns and other farm buildings are all substantial and well designed. The value of the farm is also increased by a fin e orchard which Mr. Wasson set out. In addition to the Sylvan View Farm he owns three hundred and twenty acres in Traverse county, Minnesota, which is improved and is rented.

Mr. Wasson was married on the 6th of April, 1903, to Miss Emma White, a daughter of James E. White, a resident of Toulon and a veteran of the Civil war. Mrs. Wasson was born and reared in Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Wasson have one son, Orville J. who is his fatherís partner in the operation of the home farm. He received a high school education in Toulon and his wife, who bore the maiden name of Ruth Lyon, also attended high school there. They have one daughter, Flora Emily. He has a great deal of mechanical ability and is an expert blacksmith and machinist although he never served an apprenticeship. He has a well equipped shop and works in both steel and wood. He understands thoroughly the construction of an automobile and is able to make needed repairs upon his car.

Mr. Wasson, of this review, was formerly a member of the Patrons of Husbandry or the Grange and took an active part in that organization, serving for several years in the office of lecturer. In politics he is independent, but although he manifests a commendable interest in public affairs he has never sought office. He has gained a wide circle of friends in Stark county and is recognized as one of its most up-to-date and successful farmers and stock raisers.


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