WORKMAN, ALFRED C. - The Workman family has been well-known and highly respected in Loami Township, Sangamon County, since 1830, when the grandfather of Alfred C. Workman brought his family to that location from Tennessee, making the trip overland. Four generations have lived in the neighborhood of this early settlement and the present homestead, occupied by the subject of this sketch, has been the family home since 1850, when a small frame house was the dwelling of the parents of Mr. Workman. Alfred C. Workman was born on his present farm May 12, 1874, son of John and Caroline (Campbell) Workman, the father a native of Tennessee and the mother of Chatham Township, Sangamon County, to which place her father had emigrated from Tennessee. The Campbell family is of Scotch descent.
In his boyhood Alfred C. Workman attended the village schools in his neighborhood, remaining at home until he was twenty-six years of age, when his father gave him 320 acres of land in Curran Township to which he moved, living there until 1897. He then purchased a farm, which he conducted two years and then returned to the home farm, as his father was growing old and needed someone to take charge. Mr. Workman now owns the old home farm of 280 acres, and besides this land owns 400 acres elsewhere in the county. He was married, November 5, 1905, to Miss Ora Dodd, who was born in New Berlin Township, Sangamon County, daughter of Theodore Dodd.
Mr. Workman carries on his work according to modern ideas and methods and has made a specialty of high grade stock, having fine Percheron horses, well bred mules and a flock of about ninety head of Shropshire sheep. In politics he is a stanch Republican and takes a commendable interest in public affairs, although he cares nothing for office himself. He has become well known as a successful breeder of stock and has been fortunate in his investments and operations. He is proud of the part his family has taken in the settlement and development of Loami Township, and fully appreciates the care with which his father carried on his enterprises so as to provide for his children. The work begun on the home farm by John Workman has been continued by his son, who has added many improvements and developed the estate in many ways.
Mr. and Workman and his wife have children, Howard and Halbert.