| HATCH, Arthur E., one of the most extensive farmers
and stock-raisers in Union Township, Fulton County, Ill., and a very
prominent and influential citizen of his locality, was born the township
where his farm is situated, December, 1861. Mr. Hatch is a son of Jerome
B. and Mary (Woods) Hatch, respectively natives of Ohio and New York.
The birthplace of the father was Gilford, Medina County, in the former
State, where he first saw the light. March 9, 1827, and the mother's
birth occurred in Madison County in New York, June 21, 1826.
Jerome B. Hatch was one of fourteen children born to his parents, and lost his mother at the age of thirteen years. Her death disrupted the family circle and young Jerome was soon obliged to exert himself to earn a living. When eighteen years old he journeyed over land from Michigan to Avon, Fulton County, arriving utterly without financial resources. He went to work as a farm hand and in course of time bought farming land, following this occupation In Union Township until 1892, when he retired to Avon, having acquired a handsome competency. His wife, Mary (Woods) Hatch, was a daughter of Asa and Mary Woods, being the fourth in succession of eight children. Her father's family came by wagon to Fulton County, Ill., in 1836, and settled on a farm called the "Mings place," a little north of Avon. There Mary Woods spent her school days and grew up to womanhood. On November 7, 1852, she became the wife of Jerome B. Hatch, the ceremony that united the couple ushering in a union which lasted fifty-three years. Their first housekeeping was on what was known as the Chatterton place, and after a number of removals they eventually settled down on the farm lying southeast of the village, where thirty-one years of their lives were spent. In 1892 they established their home in Avon, where both passed away, the father dying April 9, 1905. and the mother October 22d of the same year. They were the parents of six children, three of whom died in infancy. Those surviving are: Warren W., George A. and Arthur E. The mother of this family had seven brothers and sisters. In politics Jerome B. Hatch was an unswerving Republican. The religious connection of both husband and wife was with the Universalist Church.
In early youth Arthur E. Hatch received his education in the Avon schools, and on reaching mature age began farming in partnership with his father. Thus he continued for about twelve years, but since that period has conducted farming operations alone. He has the 320-acre homestead, located on Sections 29 and 30, Union Township, where he was born and where he has lived for forty-three years. The improvements on this farm were made by his father and himself. In addition to general farming he is a prominent and successful feeder. In order to be more convenient to school he bought an eighteen-acre home adjoining the village of Avon, on which he has made his home since 1904.
Mr. Hatch was married October 15, 1885, at the home of the bride's parents in Union Township, Fulton County, to Cornelia Adaline Yeoman, daughter of Samuel and Catherine Maria (Hopper) Yeoman, and four children have been born to them, namely: Oral, Walter, Hazel and Arthur. Mrs. Hatch was born in Paterson, N. J., April 10, 1865, and at two years of age came to Illinois with her parents, who located in Union Township, which has been her home ever since. She is the youngest of a family of eight children, and has two brothers--J. B. and G. H. Yeoman, and two sisters, Mrs. S. J. Brinkerhoff and Mrs. A. Snyder--still living. Mr. Samuel Yeoman, the father, was born In New Jersey August 22, 1822, came to Illinois in 1867 and died at Avon, November 9, 1896, while his wife was born in Bergen County, N. J., December 1, 1828, and died at Avon, September 15, 1895.
In politics Mr. Hatch is identified with the Republican party and has held the office of Township Supervisor four years, having been first elected in 1904.
Source: Anonymous. Historical encyclopedia of Illinois. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1908, c1905, p. 908.
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