Edward S. Haas was born in Spring Lake Township, Tazewell County, Ill., December 1, 1862, and received a common-school education. His paternal grandparents were Valentine and Mary (Mauck) Haas, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. On the maternal side of the family his grandparents were John and Hannah (Nixon) Orr, the former of whom was born in Virginia. His parents were Eli and Anna C. (Orr) Haas, the former being a native of Union County, Pa., and the latter of the State of Virginia. Eli Haas, the father, was one of the first settlers in Spring Lake Township. Tazewell County, and by perseverance and intelligent industry became the owner of 2,000 acres of land. His location was on Section 30, Spring Lake Township, where he resided until his death in 1882, his wife dying in 1896.
Edward S. Haas has spent his entire life on the old homestead in Spring Lake Township, where he has erected a very fine house. He is the proprietor of 2,000 acres of land, and is a thrifty and progressive farmer.
Mr. Haas was married to Miss Lucie L. Patterson, at Jacksonville, III., and they have two children—Eli and Catherine G. Mrs. Haas is the daughter of Frank and Catherine (Gest) Patterson, the former of whom came from Kentucky at an early day and settled in Morgan County, Ill., where he engaged in farming. Both of Mrs. Haas’ parents are now deceased. In religion, Mr. Haas is a member of the Methodist Church, and politically is a supporter of the Republican party
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1012
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