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By Joseph Wallace, M. A.
of the Springfield Bar
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, IL

CAPTAIN H. C. GARVEY.-Captain H. C. Garvey owns and operates a farm of one hundred and forty-seven acres and another of one hundred and sixty acres adjoining Buffalo. This is a well improved and valuable tract and in the tilling of the soil and the management of his property Mr. Garvey manifests excellent ability. He was born in Mechanicsburg township, Sangamon county, August 13, 1863. His father, Samuel Garvey, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work, is one of the few remaining first settlers and is known as a "snow bird," having lived in this county during the memorable deep snow of 1831-2. Captain Garvey was reared to manhood on the old homestead farm and pursued his education in the public schools and also in the Quincy Business College. He remained with his father until twentyfive years of age and assisted in carrying on the home farm.

Captain Garvey was married in Buffalo October 4, 1867, to Miss Hattie Elder, who was born, reared and educated in Sangamon county, pursuing her studies in Springfield. She is a daughter of James Elder, one of the early settlers, who was living a retired life in Buffalo at the time of his death, which occurred January 15, 1904, when he was eighty-two years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Garvey began their domestic life where they now reside, having here a quarter section of land, on which Captain Garvey built a neat residence. He also erected substantial barns and other buildings for the shelter of grain and stock, planting an orchard and fencing and tiling his place. He now owns a second farm of one hundred and sixty acres south of Buffalo, which is valuable land under a high state of cultivation, and to the supervision and operation of both these places he now devotes his energies. He is quite extensively engaged in the raising and breeding of cattle and hogs, making a specialty of Berkshire and Chester white hogs. Unto him and his wife have been born two children: Harriet and Robert Henry, both of whom are at home.

Politically, Captain Garvey is a stanch Republican, unswerving in his allegiance to the party. He was a member of Governor Tanner's staff, with the rank of captain, and was inspector of rifle practice in the Fourth Regiment, Illinois National Guards. Prominent and influential in political circles, he has served as treasurer of the Sangamon county central committee for the past six y-ears and he takes an active part in campaign work, doing all in his power to promote the growth and secure the success of his party. He has served to some extent in local office, but prefers to give his time and attention to business affairs outside the duty he can render the party in a private capacity. Both he and his wife are members of the Christian church and he belongs to the Masonic fraternity at Dawson and the Knights of Pythias fraternity at Buffalo. He is also a charter member of the Elks Lodge in Springfield. Both he and his wife are well known in the county and are greatly esteemed by a large circle of friends.

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