Farmer and stock- raiser; Floyd Township; (postoffice Berwick); is distinguished in local history as having been the first man in Knox County to employ a traction engine in threshing. He was quite extensively engaged in threshing for a number of years, and is well known as a breeder of fine horses and is, at this time, the owner of a Percheron that weighs twenty-one hundred pounds and is valued at two thousand dollars.

He is the proprietor of a fine farm of two hundred and ten acres, the nucleus of which was a fifty-acre farm in Section 34. This increase in his acreage and other evidences of his material prosperity bespeak the skill and energy with which he has carried on scientific farming.

Mr. Milward was born in Delaware County, New York, November 15, 1869, and was given a common school education. His parents were Thomas and Hannah (Wayne) Mil- ward, who were born in England, the father in 1807. They were married in their native land and two of their children born there. On coming to America, Mr. Milward, who was a veterinary surgeon, located at Cooperstown, Otsego County, N. Y., where he practiced his profession some years.

Eventually he removed to Delaware County, New York, and engaged in farming and dairying. His wife died there in 1895. As soon as he attained his majority, Frank S. Milward left his eastern home for the west, going as far as Kansas but returning to Illinois, where he married and settled down to farming. He has erected fine buildings on his homestead, and it is supplied with every appliance necessary to successful operation. He is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the order of Modern Woodmen of America.

He married in Floyd Township, October 31, 18S9, Berdella Armstrong, and has two children named Mabel E. and Walter D. Milward. Mrs. Milward was born in Floyd Township, April 13, 1865, a daughter of John and Jane (Wooden) Armstrong, who came early from Indiana to Illinois.

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