Pulaski County

Biography - Daniel Stringer

DANIEL W. STRINGER. Today scientific farming is not looked upon as it was in the days of Horace Greely, as a sure means of depleting a bank account, but is looked upon as the only way for a cultivator of the land to attain financial success. At any rate, Daniel W. Stringer, of Pulaski, Illinois, has assumed that attitude in directing the affairs of his farm. How well he has succeeded is attested by his standing as one of the progressive and substantial farmers of Pulaski county and by the appearance of the farm itself. He has followed this one vocation throughout the whole of his independent career. At the outset forty acres, two ponies, and the personal qualities of industry, thrift and self-reliance constituted his chief assets, and that forty now comprises a portion of his tract of one hundred and twenty-five acres forming his splendidly improved homestead. His is one of the attractive farms of this section, and its substantial improvement is the embodiment of the progressive ideas of its owner. He has given his attention chiefly to grain raising and fruit growing and has been very successful along both lines.

Mr. Stringer is a native of Kentucky, born in Livingston county, that state, August 4, 1855. He is a brother of William M. Stringer and a son of William and Mary (Elmer) Stringer. The parents were married in Kentucky and had resided in that state a number of years before their removal to Ripley county, Missouri, from whence they returned eastward to Pulaski county, Illinois, in September, 1862. This vicinity remained their home until their deaths, both having passed away in the nineties in advanced years, the father having reached the age of seventy-seven.

Daniel W. Stringer was one of the younger of their eight children, the other members of the family being: Jane, who married William Tomerlin and died in Missouri; Lucilla, who became the wife of Noah Tomerlin and died in Pulaski county, Illinois; Wesley, deceased; Sarah, now Mrs. William Atherton and a resident of Pulaski; William M., a successful farmer in this vicinity; Malinda, who died as Mrs. James Axley; and Mary M., the deceased wife of Cyrus Lacky, of Pulaski.

In June, 1874, Mr. Stringer was united in marriage to Miss Mary Atherton, a daughter of John and Margaret (Soney) Atherton. Mrs. Stringer was the second in order of birth and is the only one living of four daughters born to her parents, the date of her birth having been February 5, 1857. Her sisters were: Catherine, who died at Seymour, Missouri, as the wife of A. M. Fruster; Lucy, who became the wife of Webster Dille and died in Pulaski county, Illinois; and Emma, who married John McCormick and is buried at Pulaski. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Stringer are: Ira, who married Myrtle Thornton and resides at Pulaski; Charles, who is still in the parental home; Oscar, who married Miss Rena Rife and is a farmer near Pulaski; and William, Lucy, Ella and Ernest comprise the remaining children. The family are members of the Christian church.

Politics has not interested Mr. Stringer further than the exercise of his right of franchise as a Republican. He sustains fraternal membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is a past noble grand of his lodge and has been a representative to the state Grand Lodge.

Extracted from A History of Southern Illinois, 1912, Volume 3, pages 1553-1554

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