Farmer and stock-raiser; Cold Brook Township (post-office Galesburg); has had an interesting experience which covers much of the period of our modern development in transportation, embracing, as it does, the days of the slow-moving packet boat and these of the swift rushing express train.

He is of old New York Dutch stock in both lines of descent, and was born in Columbia County, N. Y., December 7, 1829. His parents were Joseph and Catherine (Deitrich) Rhykerd, and his father was born in the Mohawk valley. He received a scanty education in the common schools and, until he was fifteen years old, assisted his father on the farm. After that for three years he was employed on the Erie Canal as a cook and driver.

He then came to Ilinois with his father, journeying to Buffalo by canal, from Buffalo to Chicago by steamer and thence to Peoria by wagon. The elder Rhykerd bought half of Section 35, Cold Brook Township. His son has been a hard-working farmer and a good manager, and is now the owner of about 775 acres of fine land, which he devotes to general farming and stock-raising.

Mr. Rhykerd is a Republican in politics. He married, at Monmouth, Ill., in 1854, Anna Ostrom, who was born at Castile, Wyoming County, N. Y., December 3, 1833, a daughter of Andrew and Joanna (Holmes) Ostrom. Mrs. Rhyberd's father was born in Canada and came to Illinois in 1838, settling in Section 25, Cold Brook Township, where he farmed successfully until his death in 1863. His wife, who was born in Albany County, N. Y., died in December, 1864. Charles Augustus and Anna (Ostrom) Rhykerd have had children as follows: Lillie J., who married Isaac Mecuin, of Cold Brook Township; Ward J., who married Nellie C. Squires and lives near his father; Mark K. and Earl C., who died in infancy, and Clark A., who died July 7, 1900


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