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

Page 845

ARTHUR NAVE, now one of the wide-awake and progressive farmers of Rochester township, was born in Indian Territory on the 13th of December, 1857. His father, Andrew J. Nave, was born in Mexico, of Mexican parentage, on the 1st of May, 1826, and for thirty years he was a scout in the service of the United States government. His career was often fraught with danger and brought him many interesting, varied and oftentimes exciting experiences, and at length he gave his life for the country, being killed with General Custer at Big Little Horn in 1876. He had served under General Crook, General Miles and many other distinguished military leaders, and his service was accounted extremely valuable because of his thorough familiarity with the western country, his knowledge of Indian warfare and his intrepid bravery. His wife, who bore the maiden name of V. E. Hurt, was born August 29, 1826, and died in 1885.

Arthur Nave spent his boyhood days in Texas and acquired his education in the common schools, and after attaining man's estate he was engaged in cattle-raising there for some time and he became a resident of Sangamon county in 1879. Previous to this time, however, he had visited central Illinois and had met the lady whom he afterward made his wife. On coming to Sangamon county to take up a permanent abode he settled in Rochester township, where he has since made his home, and here he has a good tract of land, to the further cultivation and improvement of which he is now devoting his energies, with the result that his place yields him a golden harvest, and everything about the place is neat and thrifty in appearance.

On the 26th of June, 1881, was celebrated the marriage of Arthur Nave and Miss Winnie Keyes, who was born October 8, 1858, in the house now occupied by herself and husband. She is a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Keyes, who were prominently identified with the early history of Sangamon county, having cast in their lot with the pioneer settlers when this district was largely unimproved. Mr. and Mrs. Nave have many friends in Rochester township and other portions of Sangamon county and enjoy the esteem of all with whom they have been brought in contact.

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