TRIMBLE, JAMES A. - Responsible action and careful management are accountable for the success in life attained by James A. Trimble, now residing at No. 712 South English Avenue, Springfield, but still interested in farming. He was born in Curran Township, Sangamon County, July 27, 1846, and there grew to manhood's estate. While attending school he had the privilege of studying under the instruction of William Head and John Kincade. When he was twenty years old his school days ended.
On October 13, 1870, he was married in his native township to Miss Mary Barbre, of that township, and immediately thereafter located on 170 acres of farm land. For thirty years he devoted himself to its cultivation, but finally retired in February 1903, but retains his farm. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Trimble are as follows: Lucy J., married Robert Baughman, of Springfield; Thomas O., at home; William married Maud Myers and operates the home farm; Martha Alice and Lydia Florence, both at home.
Mrs. Trimble was born in Curran Township, August 20, 1852, and comes of an old and honored family of that locality. She was educated in the same school as her husband and their marriage grew out of a school-day attachment. She and her children belong to the West Side Christian Church. Mr. Trimble is not a member of any religious denomination, but attends worship with his wife. A stanch Democrat, he served his party as School Director and Trustee of Curran Township. It is such men as he who make up the backbone of this great country of ours - men who have labored long and successfully, and who now have the time and inclination to give attention to civic matters and bring about much needed improvements.