Biography of George W. Rose
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George Washington Rose, section 17, Brookfield Township, was born in Otsego County, N. Y., April 10, 1821. He is the eldest son of William and Ruth (Comstock) Rose, both of whom were natives of that State, where they resided until their death. At the age of twelve years the subject of this sketch commenced the battle of life for himself, working for different families. At sixteen he provided a modest home for his parents, who had before been obliged to rent, leaving them comfortable in a home of their own. Oct. 8, 1849, he came West, reaching Chicago, thence to the end of the railroad, Wheaton, where he was engaged in chopping cordwood through the winter. The following spring he came to La Salle County, where he rented what is now known as the old Rugg farm. His first land purchase was eighty acres on section 31 of this township; he afterwari bought eighty acres of school land, and improved his property quite rapidly. After residing there three years Mr. Rose bought 160 acres in section 17, and made his home there. The naked prairie has been converted into finely cultivated fields, and now he occupies one of Brookfield's fine residences, which he erected in 1877. He now owns 240 acres of improved land. In 1844 he married Miss Baich, daughter of Henry and Catharine Baich, of New York State. Mrs. Rose's parents are now deceased. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Rose, who are all living - William H., Catharine (now wife of James Getchell), George W., Jr., Albert, Emma J. and Truman D. Although not having many educational advantages in his youth, Mr. Rose has, by exercising common sense, observing keenly passing events and being self reliant, compensated very largely for his deprivations. Mr. and Mrs. Rose are consistent and long standing members of the Methodist Episcopal church, Mr. Rose doing good Christian work as Class Leader and Steward for many years. No family in the township are more respected for good, kind, neighborly qualities than the family of G. W. Rose.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886