ABRAM P. GOEWEY, Esq., worthily represents the farmers and stock-growers of Calhoun County. He came here nearly forty years ago ere he had attained man's estate, and though not one of the earliest settlers of this section of the county he may be classed among the practical energetic pioneers who laid the solid foundation of its present prosperity. He has large farming interests in Belleview Precinct, having an extensive well-ordered farm in that locality where he makes his home.
A native of Wayne County, N. Y., our subject was born September 18, 1832, and is a son of Solomon and Alida M. Goewey, natives of New York. The Squire is the youngest son of his parents' family and passed his boyhood in the county of his nativity where he was bred to the life of a farmer, which occupation he has pursued nearly all his life. He had but few educational advantages which he eagerly seized, as he was a bright scholar and fond of his books. He has been a student and a leader all his life and has a mind well stored with useful information. In the fall of 1851, he came to Calhoun County, wisely thinking that in this newly settled region a youth who had any ability, energy and ambition about him could make his way to prosperity perhaps better than in the older States of the Union. He first purchased forty acres of land to which he has since added more until he is now the owner of one of the largest and finest appearing farms in Belleview Precinct.
Our subject was married in Calhoun County, Ill., to Miss Mary A. Phillips, who bore him six children of whom two are living: A. P. and Minerva A. wife of Thomas Blackstone of this county. He married for his second wife Ursula Peters, who presides over her home with grace and tact and contributes greatly to the comfort of her household.
Mr. Goewey is one of the most useful and public-spirited citizens of Belleview Precinct. He is Justice of the Peace, and that he discharges the duties of his office with ability and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents, is shown by the fact that he has held it for over twenty years. He is well posted in regards to all law points in the cases that come under his notice and he transacts much legal business and does a great deal in the way of collecting for four different companies. He possesses a cool clear intellect and his integrity is never questioned. He is a firm supporter of the Democratic party and has done much in promoting the various schemes that have been devised for the advancement of the township and county. He is one of our self-made men as he has risen to his present honorable position by his own efforts.
Extracted 16 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 445-445
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