Biography of Arthur Lee Wingate
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WINGATE, ARTHUR LEE, farmer and stockman. Greenbusb Township. Warren County, Ill., (postoffice address. Avon), comes of a long line of ancestors who, for many generations, have lived in Maine, a State which has given to the country at large some of its best business and political blood. His grandfather. Edwin Wingate, married Rebecca Whitney, also a native of Maine. Their son John Wingate, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Maine, February 1, 1815, and Annis Dibble, who became his wife, was born in Chenango County, N. Y., March 1, 1820. They were married in Greenbush Township, March 5. 1844. John Wingate came to Greenbush Township in the fall of 1838, while a young man, and for four years was a teacher of district schools. About 1849 he bought forty acres of the Wingate homestead, and, some three years later, bought the other forty acres which. with his first purchase, is included in the present 525 acre farm of Arthur Lee Wingate. On that farm John Wingate died, March 22, 1891, and his wife May 22, following, and on that farm Arthur Lee Wingate was born. December 10, 1851. He was educated in the district schools and brought up to the hard but useful labor of tbe farm. He has never lived anywhere except on the old Wingate homestead, which, since his father's death, has been under his exclusive management and which he has managed with considerable success.

John Wingate was a man of influence in the township, who for thirty nine years filled the various offices of Justice of the Peace, Town Clerk, Assessor and Treasurer of the School Board the latter during the entire period of tbe others sometimes one, sometimes several of them simultaneously. Besides the subject of this sketch, he had another son, named John J., who died at the age of eleven years, and daughters named Ann Eliza (deceased), Laura Ella and Martha Eva. Laura Ella married Cardon Johnson, of Monmoutb, and Martha Eva, Edward Singleton, who lives in California, Arthur Lee Wingate married in Greenbush Township, December 25. 1873. Susan Jane Link, who has borne him children named as follows: Arthur Henry, born October 14, 1874; Martin Luther, born February 19, 1876; John Wesley, born December 20, 1877; Giles G, born January 19, 1880; Effie Viola, born December 24, 1881; Lulu L,, born November 17. 1883; Rosa May, born January 1, 1886: Emma Z., born October 16, 1887; Edwin Lee, born September 28, 1889; Annis Pearl, born June 6, 1892; Alta Arminta, born October 30, 1894; David Edison, born November 11. 1897. Mrs. Wingate was born March 25, 1855, in Kingston Township, Delaware County, Ohio. She was the eldest daughter of D. S. and Elizabeth Ann (Quick) Link, natives of Virginia, who moved to Ohio in an early day, coming to Greenbush Township in 1866. Her father now lives in Avon, while her mother died August 24, 1894, aged sixty-two years, seven months and two days. Arthur Henry Wingate married Lena Palmer and Martin Luther Wingate married Lula Davis.

Mr. Wingate is a member of the Christian Church. Politically he is a Republican and has long held the office of School Director; is President of the Western Illinois Christian Confereace, first elected September, 1896, has been re-elected every two years since; has served the township as Road Commissioner for eight years: also President of one of the first Telephone Companies in the county.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois
and the history of Warren County.
Edited by: Newton Bareman, LL. D. & Paul Selby, A. M.
Published by: Munsell Publishing Company
Chicago 1903.