WADE, SAMUEL G. (deceased). - When two people have lived together long enough to celebrate their Golden Wedding, the event is of sufficient moment to attract attention from the entire community. Samuel G. Wade, now deceased, and his excellent wife enjoyed this event, on August 28, 1909, and the memory of it will linger long with those who knew and loved them. The Wade home is on Section 16, Curran Township, and is always open to friends. Mr. Wade was born in Adair County, where the father was born in 1808, and she in the same year.
The father was a farmer and shoemaker, who spent his life in Kentucky, where he worked at his trade and farmed. His death occurred in 1850, his wife following him in 1852. The Wades are from Yorkshire, England, but they have been in this country for several generations, as the grandfather, Archie Wheeler, was born in North Carolina. On the maternal side, the extraction is from French stock.
Samuel G. Wade was educated in Kentucky and Illinois, working during his boyhood on his father's farm. In February, 1856, he came to Illinois, locating in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, where he farmed for a year, then went to Hancock County, living there three years. He then moved to Menard County, to engage in farming for many years. In 1874, he came to Sangamon County, locating near Pleasant Plains, where he resided for twelve years, farming all the while. In 1887, Mr. Wade moved to Curran, where he continued farming until his death. He also owned land in Captial Heights north of Springfield. For one term, he served as School Director of Curran Township, being elected on the Democratic ticket.
The marriage of Mr. Wade took place in Hancock County, August 28, 1859, when he was united with Lucinda Wilson, the Rev. Knight officiating. She was born in Floyd County, Va., October 18, 1839. Her parents came to Hancock County, Ill., to engage in farming, living there until both died, the mother at the advanced age of ninety-three years, and the father at the age of seventy years. Mr. and Mrs. Wade became the parents of nine children, six of whom survive: Alice L., widow of William Poor, who died February 2, 1907, leaving Ralph E., Effie and Frank; Albert, a carpenter of Springfield, married Hattie Barber; Lillie, wife of Harry Trimmel of Springfield, has four children - James H., Paul W., Raymond S. and Russell; Nora E., wife of William Gaton of Dawson, issue - Gladys F.; William E., at home; Lola E., wife of John B. Hamilton, a farmer of Loami, issue - Francis W. and Howard W.; and Archie, Mary and Charles deceased. In addition to the children and grandchildren present at the golden Wedding celebration, Mr. Wade had the pleasure of entertaining two of his sisters, so that the party was a remarkable one.
It would be impossible in so short a review as this, to give in detail the many excellent qualities which endeared Mr. and Mrs. Wade to so many. Suffice to say that when trouble came to a neighbor, they were appreciated most. Then it was that they showed their friendship, and gave of both time and sympathy to help the afflicted. Their lives were filled with hard work, they struggled hard to rear their large family, but they lived to enjoy peace and plenty, and the devotion and love of their children and grandchildren.
The Democratic party long had in Mr. Wade a faithful exponent of its principles, although aside from serving as School Director, he would not accept any office. His death occurred August 25th, 1911, and his remains were interred in Old Salem Cemetery.