MOORE, WILLIAM EATON (deceased). - One of the leading factors of success among the farmers of Sangamon County is their growing interest in high grade stock. Probably no man in the region made a wider reputation for his fine strain of horses than William Eaton Moore, whose farm, now within the city limits of Springfield, was one of the finest stocked in the Mississippi Valley. Mr. Moore was an extensive importer of the finest breeds, making a specialty of the German coach horse. He made semi-annual rips to Germany for the purpose of purchasing the finest grade to be found in European markets. His hordes were sold throughout the United States at high prices, averaging about twenty-five hundred dollars each. Mr. Moore became known among breeders and horse dealers throughout the country, both as an importer and as a dealer, and achieved the highest reputation for enterprise and business integrity, as well as ability in his line of operation. He was successful to a large degree, and had one of the fines suburban homes of Springfield, where he and his wife delighted in entertaining their many friends.
Mr. Moore was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 27, 1848, a son of W. H. and Anna Jane (Eaton) Moore, the former a book publisher. The family came to Illinois in 1876. William E. Moore attended high school in cincinnati and later took a course in Sewickley (Pa.) College. After coming west he located in Sangamon County, where he secured a farm adjoining the city of Springfield, and now within its corporate limits.
Mr. Moore was married in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 10, 1870, to Miss Mary B. McGechin, a native of that city, and they had five children, three of whom are living: Gertrude, Mrs. DeWitt Smith of Springfield; Willa, at home; and Jeanette, the wife of J. Russell Yates, of Springfield. The family are prominent in social and other circles, and have the esteem and regard of their friends and acquaintances, being well known in the city and vicinity, their home for so many years. Mr. Moor departed this life, July 15, 1907.