Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
PANGLE, Sylvester - Many of the farmers of today are specializing in gardening, having proven that this branch of agricultural industry is one productive of satisfactory results. Sangamon County land is so fertile and valuable that much of it is divided into small tracts which are devoted to the growing of small fruits and vegetables. One of the men who is successfully engaged in this line of work is Sylvester Pangle of Woodside Township, owner of eleven acres of as good land as can be found in the entire county. He was born in Bates County, Mo., December 14, 1857, a son of Joseph K. and Sarah (Robertson) Pangle, natives of Virginia and Effingham County, Ill., respectively.
Joseph K. Pangle, who was a cabinet-maker by trade, migrated to Illinois at a very early day, settling near Springfield. Later the family moved to Bates County, Mo., where the father continued working at his trade, and manufactured some fine handmade furniture. Owing to the disturbances occasioned by the war, the family returned to Illinois, settling in Effingham County, where the father lived for twenty-five years, at the expiration of which period he moved to Springfield, and there his death occurred. There were seven children in his family, four of whom survive: McClelland, a tile manufacturer, resides in Sangamon County; Mrs. W. Y. Sanford, lives in Danville, Ill., her husband being connected with the Frank Sanford Furniture Company; Mrs. George Summersgill, whose husband is also connected with the above mentioned concern, and the above mentioned Sylvester.
Sylvester Pangle first attended school at Altamont, Effingham County, and finished his education in that place. During the life of his parents Mr. Pangle devoted himself to their care, his father surviving until he was seventy-six years of age, passing away in 1892. The mother survived him until 1905, when she died, being then also seventy-six. This good son, during all these years, did some farming and gardening, and clerked in a store for a time. His knowledge of his work was thorough, and he felt that in gardening he could obtain the best results. In 1904, he came to Woodside Township, where he bought his present home, and proceeded to develop it until he now has an estate of which he may well be proud. It has been his practice to work along scientific lines, using improved machinery, and enriching his land so as to produce the best results. His products are of so superior a class that he secured the highest prices for them, shipping to distant markets.
The marriage of Mr. Pangle occurred in Springfield, April 9, 1902, when he was united with Mrs. Susie (Childers) Hughey born in Auburn Township, Sangamon County. Later her folks moved to Curran Township, where she resided until her marriage. She was a daughter of William and Mirilda (Deper) Childers. They were native of Tennessee and Chatham Township, Sangamon County. They resided in Chatham Township where he farmed until his death June 11, 1910. Mrs. Childers is now living with her daughter, Mrs. Pangle. Her parents were settlers of the locality, and highly respected in heir neighborhood. No children have been born of this marriage.
Mrs. Pangle is a consistent member of the Seventh Day Adventists Church and a most charitable lady, who presides with dignity and housewifely skill over her household. Mr. Pangle is a Democrat, but has never been willing to give his name for use on the party ticket. Absorbed in his work, he has no time for public matters, aside from voting for the men he believes will produce the best results. He and his wife have many friends in the neighborhood, and his business associates esteem Mr. Pangle highly because of his honorable dealings and strict adherence to the letter of any agreement into which he may enter.