MCKEE, NOAH - The younger generation of agriculturists in Sangamon County are proving the value of scientific farming. Under the management of some of the efficient young farmers of this part of the State, because of the advancement made in the adoption of modern methods and the use of improved machinery, farm lands have advanced to prices that would have been deemed impossible even a decade ago. One of those who have devoted their lives to the perfecting of their agricultural knowledge and the development of choice farms, is Noah McKee who belongs to the old and representative McKee family, than which there is no better within the confines of Illinois.
Noah McKee was born November 19, 1862, on the McKee home farm in Cotton Hill Township, a son of the late lamented James Lemuel McKee and his wife, Mrs. Levina (Snodgrass) McKee, whose lives are treated of elsewhere in this volume. Growing up amid healthy country conditions, Mr. McKee attended the New City school, and carefully learned farming from the beginning. With the exception of a short time spent in Kansas, he has lived on the homestead which he is now operating for his mother. To her he is a great comfort, and she rejoices in his companionship and that of Miss Leta McKee, her unmarried daughter. While not a member of any religious denomination, Mr. McKee recognizes the good accomplished by churches, and is very liberal in his views, only asking to be allowed to retain his own ideas. As an advocate of Democratic principles, Mr. McKee is active and never neglects the opportunity to maintain his views and support measures which he believes to be for public advantage. Like his sister, he is very popular and, with her and his mother, enjoys a delightful home life.