Biography - Samuel Fuget

SAMUEL FUGET. Among the names held in honor in Shelby County, that which introduces these paragraphs has for many years had a place. He who hears it came hither in 1871 and has been a potent factor in the well-being of the citizens, bearing a worthy part in the battle of life as a private individual, and acting with ability in prominent positions to which he has been called. He is one of the number before whom discouragements flee, and who surmount obstacles that he in their way without letting the world into the secret of their existence. He has therefore gained a competency where many would have failed, and has pushed to a successful conclusion affairs that in other hands would have resulted far differently.

Many years ago William Fuget and Sarah Kunkle were united in the holy bonds of wedlock, and began their wedded life in Pennsylvania, of which State they were both natives. They resided for many years in Cumberland County, where both died at a goodly old age. Of their nine children the subject of this sketch was the fourth in order of birth, and he was born in Cumberland County, September 12, 1844. He passed his youth in the usual manner of farmer lads of that period, alternating attendance in the district schools with farm work. Until he was twenty-one years old he lived in the Keystone State, whence he removed in 1865 to Pana Ill., and engaged in different occupations.

In August, 1871, Mr. Fuget arrived in Shelby County, and locating in Tower Hill, began working in a flour mill. For a time he rented the mill and afterward bought a one-third interest in it. This interest he sold and became the head miller of the Anchor Mills in Tower Hill, owned by John Runkle & Son. This responsible position Mr. Fuget is still filling to the satisfaction of all concerned. His pleasant home is presided over by a lady of culture, with whom he was united in marriage in Pana Ill., in January, 1871. She bore the maiden name of Miss Shaffer and was a native of Pennsylvania. Her parents, John and Christina (Davis) Shaffer, were natives of Pennsylvania. The father is living with our subject and the mother is deceased. Mr. Fuget and his estimable wife have a family of three children — Minnie M., Lora E. and Grace E. Minnie M. is the wife of M. H. Fenton, of Tower Hill, and Lora E. is the wife of George E. Allen, of Arkansas.

Mr. Fuget has been called upon to fill various official positions and has honored every position which he has filled, by proving capable, faithful, and eminently trustworthy. He is at present serving as Supervisor of Tower Hill Township, has been Township Collector, and has held several school offices in the village. He also served as President of the village and Trustee for several terms. Politically he is an ardent supporter of the principles of the Democratic party, and takes a lively interest in everything that affects the prosperity of the city or county. Socially he belongs to the I. O. O. F., the K. of P., and the Modern Woodmen of America. With his wife, he has won a secure place in the affections of his associates and is highly esteemed for fine social qualities and noble character.

Extracted 27 Sep 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 711-712.

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