CHARLES W. SQUIER who is a native of Calhoun County, is an extensive landowner residing on section 10, of Gilead Precinct, of which he is one of the leading agriculturists. He was born in Hardin Precinct, December 22, 1851, and is the son of a well-known pioneer of this county, Asher Greene Squier. His father was born in Chautauqua County, N. Y., and was the son of Charles and Azuba (Green) Squier. For an extended sketch of the Squier family see biography of Charles Carlton Squier.
Asher Squier was but nine years old when he came to this county with his parents. He commenced very early in life to assist in the support of the family, taking advantage of each opportunity offered to secure an education, as he was fond of books. He inherited traits of industry, sound judgment and good personal habits, which were important factors in making him one of the most successful farmers of this county. He acquired a large landed estate, and may rightly be classed among the pioneers of this section of the county who were instrumental in its development. He was extensively engaged in the pursuit of agriculture and horticulture, and resided in Hardin Precinct until death rounded out his life at a ripe age January 23, 1883. He had married in early life, taking Miss Fanny Gilman as his wife, and they reared two children, Charles W. and Nancy A. The mother of our subject died, and the father was subsequently married to Sarah H. Brown, who resides in Jerseyville. She has two children, Alice E. and Maud.
The subject of this biographical notice was reared and educated in this county, and when quite young commenced to assist in the farm work. He remained with his parents until his marriage, when he settled on one of the farms which he now owns, located in Gilead Precinct. He is proprietor of two farms in this precinct comprising a large tract of four hundred and seventy-eight acres of bottom land, which are the most rich and productive in this part of the State. His farms are well tilled, and are improved, having neat and well-ordered buildings, and everything necessary for carrying on agriculture advantageously and profitably. Mr. Squier was married November 23, 1873, to Miss Sarah Elizabeth Joslin, a native of this county, and a daughter of William and Sarah (Howell) Joslin. For an extended history of her parents see sketch of Mrs. Sarah J. Smith on another page of this Album. Mr. and Mrs. Squier have established a cozy home, where comfort predominates and hospitality reigns. Their pleasant household is completed by two children, Walter G. and Clarence C.
Mr. Squier is in every way a credit to the citizenship of his native county, as he is a man of fine personal character, whose habits are exemplary, and he deserves the confidence and respect accorded to him by his fellow-citizens, who have watched his honorable career with satisfaction. In him the Republican party finds one of its stanchest champions. He is a member of Calhoun Lodge, No. 796, A. F. & A. M., and he and his good wife are members of high standing in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Extracted 16 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 589-590
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