Pulaski County

Biography - C. A. Hosmer

C. A. HOSMER, retired attorney and counselor at law, Villa Ridge, was born at Avon, N. Y., June 14, 1818, and is the only surviving son of Hon. George Hosmer, who at the time of his death was one of the oldest and most prominent members of the bar in Western New York. He served for two terms in the New York State Legislature. Our subject is a lineal descendent of Revolutionary stock — one of his family and name, Rufus Hosmer, being among the first whose blood was shed at Concord. In Mr. Hosmer's parlor hangs the certificate of his grandfather, Hon. Timothy Hosmer, who was a surgeon in the Sixth Connecticut Regiment. He was a member of the society of the Cincinnati, a society formed at the close of the Revolution, by officers who had served during the war. George Hosmer, the father of our subject, was a Major in the war of 1812, and took part in the defense at the time Buffalo was burned. During the late unhappy rebellion, several of our subject's nearest kin shed their blood on the field of battle, in defense of the Union, and one brother was sacrificed, being made a prisoner at the time of Wilson's Cavalry Raid upon Richmond, in 1862. He died after months of suffering in Andersonville Prison. Mr. Hosmer studied law under his father, and was admitted to the practice in the courts of the State, and also of the United States. In 1855, he removed west and located at Lockport, Will Co., Ill., but soon found that the climate was too changeable and severe on himself and wife, so removed to his present residence in 1856. They soon found that the genial climate of Southern Illinois was beneficial, and they have both entirely recovered from their catarrhal troubles, with which they had been afflicted for years. Mr. Hosmer resides on a farm one mile west of Villa Ridge, on the place formerly the residence of Dr. Daniel Arter, known and distinguished forty years ago as the house with the "glass windows." This place is situated on the Thebes and Caledonia road, the finest continuous highway north of Cairo, running across the State from river to river, and is near enough to each river so that the whistle can often be heard from the boats. Mr. H. has long since retired from the arduous duties of his profession, and is trying to enjoy the latter days of an active life on a small fruit farm, where he can better rest from professional duties. He can now realize the words of the poet as applying to the pleasant clime he has chosen for his home:

"Look now abroad, the scene how changed!
Where fifty fleeting years ago,
Clad in their savage costumes, ranged
The belted lords of shaft and bow.

"In praise of pomp let fawning art
Carve rocks to triumph over years,
The grateful incense of the heart
We give our living pioneers.

"For our undaunted pioneers,
Have conquest most enduring won,
In scattering the night of years,
And opening forests to the sun."

Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 289-290.


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