Biography - Harry M. Rawlings

HARRY M. RAWLINGS. Among the agriculturists of Shelby County who are so capably carrying on their affairs, both as farmers and citizens, as to be deserving of representation in a biographical work, may be mentioned Mr. Rawlings, an esteemed citizen of Ridge Township. His home of one hundred twenty acres is on section 9, and being well managed, is the source of a better income than some of much greater extent. It affords a good maintenance and enables Mr. Rawlings to make some provision for the future, and as a home, it is comfortable and pleasant. The owner is industrious and prudent, and care is taken to make the best possible use of the acreage that he cultivates and to supply it with modern inprovements, such as befit the home of a cultured and intelligent family.

John Rawlings, father of our subject, was born in Cecil County, Md., in 1817 and upon reaching man's estate was married to Martha E. McMaster, a native of Maryland. After their marriage the worthy couple located in Guernsey County, Ohio, in 1856. After a sojourn in that county of nine years, they came to Shelby County, Ill., in 1865, and located on section 9, Ridge Township, where their son, our subject, now resides. After improving this farm and making it their home for a period of sixteen years, they removed to Pickaway Township, where the father died September 30, 1887. The mother still survives. Their family comprised eight children, five sons and three daughters, our subject being the second in order of birth.

The birthplace of our subject was Cecil County, Md., and his natal day August 10, 1855. He was a mere babe when his parents took him to Ohio, where he remained until he was ten years old, in the meantime gaining the rudiments of his education in the district schools. In 1865 he accompanied his parents to this county, where he has since resided. He has from childhood been engaged in agricultural pursuits and his thorough knowledge of agriculture in all its departments has fitted him for an honorable and successful career. He was married in Ridge Township, February 24, 1885, to Miss Katie Weakly, daughter of the late Samuel Weakly. For further information in regard to her parents the reader is referred to the sketch of Edson B. Weakly. Mrs. Rawlings was born in Ridge Township, September 6, 1861,and is universally esteemed for her noble qualities.

In politics Mr. Rawlings gives his support to the Democratic party; religiously he and his estimable wife are consistent members of the Presbyterian Church. His farm is embellished by all buildings necessary for the shelter of stock and storage of grain, as well as a comfortable residence, and such arrangements are made for sowing and reaping as show that the owner possesses progressive ideas and a worthy ambition. He is a judicious and successful agriculturist and deservedly commands the confidence of the business community.

Extracted 16 Feb 2019 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 584.

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