1925 Biography - James Heaton

James W. Heaton was born in Kentucky 1832. Came to this county in 1863, settling in Burnside Township. He dealt in tobacco which was one of our staples at that time, but as only a few made fortunes at that business he later settled down to farming. In this he was quite successful. He opened up a large farm and built the present home of Norman Casper. He married Laurinda J. Lindsey, had children J. C. B. and J. W. who are the pioneer apple growers of this county and also reside in New Burnside. Another son, N. T. and two daughters, Elmiretta and Effie live in California. "Uncle Jim" as he was familiarly called was a devout member of the Baptist Church and an uncompromising prohibitionist. He was charitable, conscientious and was always ready to defend his position on any married Alice Mathis, they had Fred, Roy and Jeanette. Fred married Maud Trovillion; their children are Alice, Pauline, Robby, Fred and Samuel; J. C. B. married second Delia Hawkins; W. J. Heaton married Ella Whitnel and they have Lindorf, Herman and Clara. The Heaton brothers are very famous as fruit growers and have taken prizes at every exposition in the United States in the last twenty-five years, as well as Paris, France. Their orchards are wonderful and one is well paid for a visit to them. They have exemplified the adaptability of the Ozarks for orchards and have set the pace which is being followed not only in this neighborhood but in many parts of this and adjoining counties.

Extracted 06 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, pages 392-393.

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