MCINTIRE, JAMES W. - Farming in Sangamon County has always been profitable, but never more so than now, when there are so many appliances to assist the agriculturist in his work. James W. McIntire, on Section 5, Cooper township, was born in Mechanicsburg, April 6, 1856, a son of Sanford and Theodora D. (Maddox) McIntire, the former born in Scott County, Ky., in 1832, and the latter in Owen County, Ky., May 4, 1834. The parents came to Illinois in 1847, settling in Mechanicsburg, where they lived until 1865, when they moved to farm where James W. McIntire now lives. There the father died July 25, 1888, but his widow survives, making her home in Kansas. The father bought a soldier's claim on the present site of the city of Bloomington.
Mr. McIntire early commenced working in a brick yard for his father, thus continuing until he was twenty-two years old. He then started farming, and has continued in that line ever since. He owns a portion of the old homestead, comprising nineteen acres of land, and has lived on it nearly a quarter of a century.
On November 20, 1883, Mr. McIntire was married in Springfield to Mary Hanmann, born December 15, 1864, daughter of Chris. And Louise (Stuhlman) Hanmann. The parents came to America from Germany, in 1859, and spent two years in Springfield, after which they went to Clear Lake Township, settling on a farm, which continued the family home until the death of the father, April 21, 1908. The mother passed away thirty-four years ago. Mrs. McIntire has a sister living six miles east of Springfield, but her brother F. W., is deceased. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. McIntire: Christian H., of Buffalo; Anna F., wife of Forest Gabbert, living in Mechanicsburg; Clara Inez.