Even in an age that expects much from its young men in the profession, public life and business, and in a state which has become noted for the men of the younger generation who are holding places of importance in every field, few have achieved the success that has come so early to Dawson Manon Farris, who with his father is engaged in dealing in implements at Vienna, Illinois. Mr. Farris was born April 16, 1889, on a farm in Vienna township, Johnson county, Illinois, and is a son of James Franklin Farris.

The education of Dawson M. Farris was secured in the public schools which were located in the vicinity of his father's farm, and from which he graduated at the age of sixteen years, and the Southern Illinois Normal University, where he was a student during the years 1906 and 1907. He then associated himself with his father, who had entered the farming implement business at Vienna, and this association has continued unbroken to the present time with the exception of about one year. In October, 1909, Dawson M. Farris decided to take a trip through the western and northwestern states to find out if he could get a better locality in which to settle and establish himself in business, but in October, 1910, returned to his home county, fully confident that it was the best field for his activities. He is possessed of more than ordinary business ability, and the success which he has gained has come through the medium of his own efforts. Fraternally he is connected with the Masonic Lodge and the Modern Woodmen of America, at Vienna, in both of which he is very popular.

On October 10, 1910, Mr. Farris was married at Vienna to Miss Zona Allard, of Simpson, Illinois, daughter of W. C. and Gertrude (Huffman) Allard. Mr. 'and Mrs. Farris are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church and are well and favorably known in religious and social circles of Vienna.

Extracted 07 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from History of Southern Illinois, by George Washington Smith, published in 1912, volume 3, page 1336.

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