Meigs Wait Kendall
Meigs Wait Kendall is the owner of an excellent farm of two hundred and twelve acres on section 16, Perryton township, and there engages in general farming and stock raising. He was born in Preemption township, this county, on the 26th of January, 1870, a son of Augustus Kendall. The latter was numbered among the well known farmers of Mercer county and owned and operated the farm on which our subject lives. His birth occurred in Chatauqua county, New York. January 4, 1836, and his parents were Hazzard Kendall and Mary (Smith) Kendall, both natives of Connecticut. Hazzard Kendall was a son of Ebenezer Kendall, a native of Scotland. Augustus Kendall was married March 18, 1863, to Miss Lucretia Wait, a sister of Meigs Wait, one of the pioneers of Perryton township, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. Kendall became one of Perryton township's active and progressive farmers and stock raisers and there his death occurred February 9, 1914. He survived his wife but a few years, her death having occurred November 8, 1908. To their union four children were born, of whom Meigs Wait Kendall was the only son. The daughters are: Lettie, the wife of George Dunn, a farmer of Perryton township; Ida, the wife of Benjamin Halstead, of West Liberty, Iowa; and Viola, the wife of Robert Candor, a lumberman and thoroughbred cattle breeder of Cogswell, North Dakota. Mr. Kendall of this review was reared on the home farm and attended the common schools of the neighborhood. He supplemented his public school education with one year at the Presbyterian College at Geneseo, Illinois. After leaving school he returned home and took charge of the farm. In the intervening years he has carefully devoted his attention to the many branches of labor which together constitute agriculture and has improved his place, putting up woven wire fences and erecting the needed farm buildings, including engine house, silo, and garage, so that altogether his is one of the well managed and attractive farms of the township. He has engaged in buying and feeding stock for the market as well as in the cultivation of the fields and annually sells three carloads of cattle and one or two of hogs. He is a well known breeder of short-horn cattle and pure blooded Duroc Jersey hogs and finds this branch of farm work a very profitable one. Mr. Kendall is a member of the Hamlet Presbyterian church and is quite prominent therein, serving as one of the trustees. He is a man of independent judgement in political affairs, feeling that the interests of the county can be be served by the election of the men best suited for office without regard to their party affiliations. In wisely directing his business affairs and in seeing that his task is well performed, he has aided in the agricultural development of the county and has gained for himself an honorable place in the estimation of his fellow citizens.
-"Past and Present of Mercer County Illinois", Vol. II, SJ Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago 1914
Meigs Kendall, only son of Augustus and Lucretia Kendall, lived on the home farm of his parents southwest of Reynolds. After their death he continued to make that his home. In 1914 he married Miss Winnefred Boyles at the home of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Wheaton in Longmont, Colo. Augustus and Lucretia Kendall had taken Winnefred into their home at the age of fourteen and raised her with as much love and affection as if she were their own. After their marriage, Meigs and Winnefred returned to Illinois and to the farm in Hamlet where they lived all their lives.
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