ISAAC HORN. An honorable citizen and a thorough business man, a practical mechanic, and the
representative of a worth family is to be found in Isaac Horn, who is now a farmer and stock-grower
residing on section 29, Sullivan Township. He was born in Washington County, Pa., July 30, 1832.
His parents John and Mary M. (Gantz) Horn, as well as his paternal grandparents were natives of
Pennsylvania, while the great-grandparents on that side came from Germany.
The subject of this sketch worked with his father upon the farm in Pennsylvania until he reached
the age of nineteen years, when he worked at the carpenter's trade until 1870, at which time he
made his permanent home on a farm in Moultrie County, Ill. It was in 1865 when he came to Illinois
and on account of failing health being obliged to stop his mechanical work he decided to settle
upon a farm. For several years past he has done but little more than to superintend his various
interests in Moultrie County.
The marriage of Mr. Horn, February 13, 1870, united him with Miss Barbara A. Hudson, a daughter
of J.J. Hudson, for whose family history, the reader will please see the sketch of Isaac
Hudson upon another page. Of the Horn family there were twelve children born, seven sons
and five daughters, namely: Martin, who resides on a farm in Knox County, Ohio; George C.,
who lives on the old homestead in Washington County, Pa., which was entered from the Government
by the great-grandfather of our subject; two girls who died in early childhood; Hugh N., who
resides in Henry County, Iowa and is engaged in farming; our subject; Mary M., the widow of
W. M. D. Price, who resides in California; Hannah, who married first Eleven Alva, who
died in 1868, and is now Mrs. Squire Woodruff; Jacob, who enlisted in a cavalry organization
afterward known as the Ringold Cavalry, and having served three years died a few days
after the expiration of his term of service, passing away in Clarysville Hospital, Md.;
John, who died in Pennsylvania when sixteen years old; Sarah Maria, wife of George Coogle
who resides in her native county and William M. who owns a portion of the old homestead
in Pennsylvania a fine tract of three hundred and four acres which was divided between
George and William.
Isaac Horn was the financier of the family and in his early days undertook the difficult
task of saving the old homestead from the relentless hand of a security debt which was
contracted by the father. By dint of a tremendous effort and the sacrifice of years of
his early manhood the property was saved and he afterward sold his interest, as did the
other heirs, to the two brothers. The parents passed away in Pennsylvania.
To our subject and his estimable wife six children came: the eldest, a son, died in early
infancy; the second a girl died when nine months old; Leslie C., was born August 3, 1877;
Doy O., February 3, 1882; Earl A., April 12, 1881; and Chester July 3, 1886. When Mr.
Horn came to Illinois in 1865, he brought with him the results of his savings at the
carpenter's bench and his share from the sale of the old homestead, making in all about
$7,000. This he invested in lands and improvements in Sullivan Township. Mrs. Horn had
inherited two hundred and seventeen acres and to this her husband has added at times by
purchase until they now own eight hundred and sixty-two acres of fine farming and timber
lands. Fine improvements and good buildings are now upon the place. One of their farms, a
tract of three hundred and five acres, located near Sullivan, is usually rented out on shares.
This gentleman has ever taken a thoroughly intelligent interest in public affairs and his
political convictions have led him to ally himself with the Republican party, but office
he has never sought and has often declined, as he prefers home-life and the quiet pursuit
of agriculture to the turmoil of the political arena. He has accumulated a fine property,
the income from which will afford him and his family a good living during their lives.
Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, 1891 - p. 208/209
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