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

WILL H. WORKMAN. - Will H. Workman, a son of B. F. Workman, of Sangamon county, was born in Talkington township, September 24, 1875, and is now successfully engaged in farming in that township, a wide-awake, enterprising young business man. He is indebted to the common schools of his locality for the early educational privileges he enjoyed. He afterward entered the Dixon Business College at Dixon, Illinois, in which he was graduated with the class of 1894, and was thus well qualified for the practical and responsible duties of life. He assisted his father upon the home farm for a short time after his graduation, and then became bookkeeper in the People's Bank at Girard, Illinois, where he remained for six months. On the expiration of that period he returned and joined his brothers-in-law, Cyrus and E. A. Bigler, in the conduct of a canning factory in Auburn, Illinois, being thus engaged up to the time of his marriage. He afterward rented eighty acres of land in Talkington township, whereon he engaged in farming for three years, and on the expiration of that period he built a nice home on a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, constituting the east end of the old homestead. At this place he has resided during the past four years and is successfully engaged in general agricultural pursuits. His fields are well tilled and annually he harvests good crops, using the latest improved machinery to facilitate his farm work. His equipments are all modern, and in addition to the raising of grain he makes a specialty of the raising of Duroc Jersey hogs, whereby his income is materially increased each year.

On the 23d of September, 1896, Mr. Workman was united in marriage to Miss Laura Van Doren, a daughter of C. P. and Eliza (Stebbs) Van Doren. They now have two interesting children: Vernon Franklyn, born August 22, 1898; and William Harold, born November 5, 1902. Mr. Workman belongs to the Adventist Church, while his wife holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. He is also connected with Bad Ax Tribe, No. 132, I.O.R.M., and with Court of Honor, NO. 1, of Auburn. Politically he is a Democrat and has served on the school board and also as assessor of Talkington township. He is imbued with the progressive spirit that has been the dominant factor in the upbuilding of the west, and in his business affairs is meeting with desirable success.

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