Biography - John Reber

JOHN REBER, whose handsome brick residence built after modern architectural design attracts the eye of every visitor to Prairie Township, Shelby County, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, January 2, 1838. His parents, T. V. and Rachel (Allen) Reber were natives of the same county, the father being born in 1807 and now living in Wyandot County, that State, and the mother, who was born in 1809, having died in the county just named in October, 1890.

Of the family of T. V. and Rachel Reber, there were eight children, and our subject was the second in age. Like thousands of young men from Ohio he came to Illinois, arriving here October 5, 1867 and locating on the farm where he now resides. He has since that time efficiently carried on the business of farming and stock-raising. This State was visited by his father about the year 1850, and he then entered the land from the Government, which afterward came to this son by inheritance. Mr. Reber has a splendid farm of four hundred and eighty acres, and upon this he has recently erected a new home, a view of which appears on another page.

March 23, 1891, was the happy wedding day of John Reber and Mrs. Clara Thompson. Mrs. Reber is a native of Shelby County and a daughter of the Rev. Mr. Stamper, of Herrick, this county. She was first married to William Thompson, of Shelby County, who died in 1890. Mr. Reber always voted the Republican party until 1890, when he broke away from party lines and became independent in his political view and vote. He makes a principle of casting his ballot for the man and the measures which in his judgment will best subserve the good of the community and the prosperity of the commonwealth. He is not a professor of religion but cheerfully gives of his means to the support of the Gospel. He is looked upon by his neighbors as one of the valuable and solid members of the social and industrial community of Prairie Township.

Extracted 12 Jan 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 419-420.

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