McCURDY, farmer, Roseville Township (postoffice, Roseville); is a prosperous and influential, patriotic citizen, the son of James McCurdy, a pioneer of Warren County. James McCurdy was born in Venango County, Penn,,. and married Hannah Herring, a native of the same county. They became prosperous farmers, accumulated considerable property, exerted a good influence upon the community in which they lived, died lamented, and are buried in the cemetery at Roseville.

Their son, Benjamin F., was born near Kirkwood, Warren County, September 12, 1849, gained a substantial common school education and early received thorough instruction in practical farming, which lie has made his life work with considerable substantial reward. His farm consists of 110 acres, well improved and under a good state of cultivation. Mr. McCurdy married, at Monmouth, February 12, 1882, Jennie Eaton, who has borne him five .children: Rosa May, Leland Franklin, Florence Beatrice, Frances Gertrude, and Hale Demoss. Mrs. McCurdy was born in Warren County, Ky., a daughter-of James Eaton, whocame with his family to Galesburg in 1866. He died March 7, 1897, his wife, January 31, 1899. Mr. McCurdy is a Republican and, though not an office seeker nor an active Republican, wields a recognized influence in local affairs.


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