Biography - Fred Randle

Fred A. RANDLE, attorney, Hillsboro, was born at Bunker Hill, Ill., January 21, 1854, to E. B. and Mary E. (POWERS) RANDLE, she a graduate of Oberlin College, Ohio, and sister to A. G. POWERS, deceased, the artist, and a cousin to Hiram POWERS, the sculptor; she was born in Otto, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., in 1826, and was the youngest daughter of a family of seven sons and four daughters; her death occurred October 10, 1857, when the subject of this sketch was about four years of age; she was a very intelligent lady and a kind and loving mother. E. B. RANDLE was born at Bellville, Ill., September 8, 1826, and is now engaged in the hardware and drug business at Bethalto, Ill.; he was one of a company who went to California in 1849, locating near Sacramento City, where he engaged in mining, and was quite successful; on his return home in 1851, by way of the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, where upon the latter sea he was shipwrecked, and, when in a perishing condition, he was picked up by a friendly vessel, and returned home and engaged in mercantile pursuits. He married his second wife, Marietta NELSON, of Gillespie, Ill., January 6, 1859, by whom he has two living children - Mattie and Mary E., who was married, June 13, 1880, to W. F. NEISLER, of Bethalto, Ill., by whom she has had one child, Lottie E.; he is engaged in business with his father-in-law, who is a son of Rev. Richard RANDLE, one of the pioneer preachers of the State, a native of Georgia, and still living, at eighty-three years of age. Our subject was the only child by his father's first marriage; he lived upon the farm and attended district school in winter. In 1874, he entered the Preparatory Department of McKendree College, at Lebanon, Ill.; there he worked for his board, and surmounted the many obstacles in the way of a smooth educational advancement, until completing his Junior year, having passed by examination the course of Freshman; during the Junior year, he also took the first year in the Law Department, and, in the year 1879, graduated from that institution, and came to Hillsboro, where he, in July of that year, began the practice of his profession, in which he has to the present time met with flattering success. In May 1881, he was elected for a term of four years to the office of Justice of the Peace, which position he is filling to the satisfaction of his constituency. He is a member of the M. E. Church, and is a young man of good moral and religious habits.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 116-117.

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