WILLIAM IRELAND, carpenter and hotel keeper, Hodge's Park, was born in Western Virginia April 10, 1815, and is a son of Alexander and Betsey (Ragin) Ireland. He attended the schools of his native State, and at the age of nineteen went to Guernsey County, Ohio, where he followed farming. In 1848, he went to Missouri and settled in West Prairie, Stoddard County, but only remained there one year, and then came to Alexander County. He settled first at Clear Creek, but only remained there a few months, when he came to Santa Fe and there followed the trade of a carpenter, also bought and sold lumber. At this point, he remained twenty-seven years, and in 1877 he came to Hodge's Park, where he has since run a hotel. He also has an undertaking establishment. Our subject was married February 5, 1835, in Guernsey County, Ohio, to Minnie Hutton, a daughter of William and Catharine (Peters) Hutton. She is the mother of ten children, eight of whom are living, viz.: Jesse and John F. (both following the carpenter's trade in Hodge's Park), Sarah (wife of William B. Anderson, St. Louis), Amanda (wife of Eli Sowers, of Pulaski County), Nancy (wife of John Cook, Hodge's Park), Alexander (now in business in Santa Fe), W. W. and Alonzo (now in Commerce, Mo.). Mr. Ireland is a member of the Olive Branch Methodist Church. He has acted as Justice of the Peace most of the time since 1851, and is at present serving in that capacity. He was Postmaster for fifteen years at Santa Fe. In politics, he is a Republican.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 241.
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