Calhoun County

1891 Biography - Chittic Lammy

CHITTIC C. LAMMY. A progressive and enlightened member of the agricultural community of Calhoun County, this gentleman is pleasantly located on his father's homestead in Point Precinct which the latter redeemed from the wilderness in pioneer times. This place our subject is now managing with skill and ability so as to leap good financial results.

Mr. Lammy was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, December 10, 1848. He is a son of Solomon Lammy, who was a native of the same county, and his father, bearing the same name as himself is thought to have been born in Ireland, while the paternal great-grandfather of our subject was a native of France. He was a Huguenot who, during the persecution of his sect in his native land took refuge in Ireland and there passed the remainder of his days in quietness and peace. The grandfather of our subject was a farmer and spent his entire life on Irish soil, dying at the remarkably advanced age of one hundred and five years.

Solomon Lammy was reared in Ireland and worked at weaving during the winter season, farming the rest of the time while he remained a resident of the old country. In 1849 he emigrated to America with his wife and five children, setting sail from Londonderry and coming by the way of Liverpool to New York. He then made his way by the Hudson River and Erie Canal to Buffalo, from there by the Lakes to Chicago, thence by the Illinois Canal and Illinois River to Calhoun County, and soon after his arrival bought the farm joining the one on which our subject lives on section 35, and later bought this farm also. It was all timber at the time and Mr. Lammy was for some years engaged in getting out staves, hoop poles, saw logs, etc. He finally turned his attention to farming, in which he was quite successful and resided here until death closed his mortal career February 9, 1886.

The mother of our subject was a daughter of Dr. John and Sarah (Forbes) Robb, natives of Scotland, and her given name was Jane. Her father was a surgeon in the British army and spent his last years in Aberdeen, Scotland. .Mrs. Lammy departed this life in the month of August, 1851, leaving the following children: John who was murdered by brigands September 26, 1881, while he was in the performance of his duties as Sheriff of this county; William, who died June 25, 1890; Mary, who died March 16, 1883; our subject, and Sarah J., the wife of Peter Loonam of Point Precinct.

He of whom these lines are written was given fine educational advantages in his youth. He obtained his early schooling in Calhoun County, and then entered Chaddock College at Quincy. Subsequently he became a student at the Northwestern University at Evanston, Cook County, Ill., and when he entered upon the profession of a teacher at the early age of eighteen years he was well prepared for the work before him. In 1877 he abandoned that calling to give his attention to the mercantile business at Pearl, Pike County, and after conducting it until 1884, returned to the old home farm. He brings to his labors a well-trained, acute mind, has readily adopted the best modern methods for carrying on agriculture, and his farm is conceded to be one of the best managed estates in this part of the country. He has here one of the most attractive and delightful homes in Calhoun County. His commodious dwelling, a view of which may be found on another page, occupies a beautiful situation on a bluff on the east bank of the Mississippi River which commands an extensive view up and down the stream and across into Missouri. The pen of a poet would be needed to do full justice to the charms of its location. It is the seat of a refined and pleasant hospitality, and the gracious hostess and courteous host are often called upon to entertain friend or stranger beneath its roof.

The maiden name of the wife of our subject, to whom he was married in 1879, was Emma Hess. She was born in the town of Pearl, Pike County, and is a daughter of Hiram and Adeline Hess, natives respectively of Pike and White Counties, this State. Mr. and Mrs. Lammy have one child, named Clyde. Mr. Lammy is a member in good standing of Milton Lodge No. 275, A. F. & A. M. in Milton, Pike County, Ill., and his wife is a member of the Christian Church.

Extracted 23 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 673-675

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