S. J. MOORE, farmer, P. O. Pulaski. Among the more active, upright, and highly respected citizens of Pulaski Precinct is Mr. S. J. Moore, whose name heads this sketch. He was born on the 3d of June, 1836, to John and A. M. (Wallace) Moore. The elder Moore was born in Edinburgh, Scotland; was twice married, his marriage to Miss Wallace occurring when he was sixty years of age; he emigrated to America and settled in Iredell County, N. C., and there followed the occupation of a planter, and was Judge of the same county; he died at the age of ninety three years. S. J. Moore was reared on the farm, and educated in the common schools. In 1851, he emigrated to Illinois and settled in Union County, and engaged in farming. He was for three years the station agent for the Illinois Central R. R. Co. at Makanda, and was afterward transferred to Mound City Junction, where he acted as operator and agent for the company. In 1865, he resigned his position and went to Ozark Mountains, Mo., for the benefit of his health, and remained there nearly two years, when he returned to Pulaski County and engaged in the railroad tie trade in the employ of Porterfield Bros., who were at the time furnishing ties for the South Division of the Illinois Central Railroad. He afterward engaged in the sawmill business for one year and sold his mill to H. H. Porterfield. He then again resumed his position as telegraph operator, working for different companies through the State, and was agent and operator at Pulaski Station for about ten years, resigning his position in April, 1880, when he went to Leadville, Colo., and remained for a few months. For the last three years, he has been giving his attention to his farm and timber business; his farm contains 320 acres of land. He is also a breeder of fine stock. In 1861, he married Miss Martha A. Ardery, who died in 1862. In 1865, he married a second time, Miss Cynthia A. Littlejohn, who has borne him six children, viz.: Ida, William A., Franklin, Ada, John and Burd. Mr. Moore is an active member of the A., F. & A. M., at Cairo, and a stanch Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 332-333.