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Source: The Biographical Record of Rock Island County, Illinois, 1897, Page 324-325

Edward F. Arcularius

The material advancement of the Prairie state is the wonder of the world, and it has been largely secured through the sturdy and intelligent manhood of citizens from the eastern states, with their moral, intellectual and physical stamina; but their work is nearly complete, and every year sees more new graves filled by those who helped to build an empire, and soon, too soon, will the last of those sturdy pioneers be laid away; but their memory will forever remain green among those who loved them and appreciated their efforts. The late Edward F. Arcularius was among the honored pioneers of Rock Island county, and bore an important part in its upbuilding and progress.

He was born in Albany, New York, February 15, 1803, and was of German descent, his father having been a native of the fatherland. During his boyhood the family removed from New York city, where he learned the tanner's trade, and after his emigration to Pike county, Illinois, he continued to work at the same for some time. He was first married in that county, and by that union had five children, two now living - Mrs. Jennie Hebberd, of Galesburg, Illinois, and Mrs. Lucy Lamore, of Sydney, Nebraska. In 1834 he removed to Rock Island county, when most of the land was still in its primitive condition and the settlements were few and far between, and he erected the first house on the road between Rock Island and Dixon, it being a log structure in which the family lived while he cleared and developed his new farm. He prospered in his undertakings and became one of the well-to-do citizens of this community.

His first wife died after the removal to Rock Island county, and on the 11th of July, 1853, he wedded Miss Emily Axelson, of Rock Island county, who was born in the eastern part of Sweden and had come to America with her brother and sister in 1852. She had received a fair education in her native tongue, but on reaching this country was unable to speak a word of English. She can now speak and read the latter language. Of the six children born of the second union, one died in infancy, and the others are as follows: Hettie, wife of Jason Cox, of Moline, by whom she has three children; Ellen, wife of Ernest Rathburn, of Chicago, by whom she has two children; Margaret, wife of Cassius Cox, of Moline, by whom she has three children; Theresa, wife of Adelbert Abrams, of Lawrence, Michigan, by whom she has three children; and Martin L.

For many years Mr. Arcularius was an active and prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal church and served as class leader, trustee, steward and Sunday-school superintendent. He was also called upon to fill a number of public positions of honor and trust, including that of school director, and proved a most faithful and capable official. His career was ever such as to commend him to the confidence and esteem of the entire community, and his death, which occurred October 2, 1887, was widely and deeply mourned, as he had a host of friends and acquaintances throughout the county.

Martin Arcularius, the only son, was born October 6, 1871, on the old homestead in Hampton township, and remained at home until he had attained his majority, acquiring his education in the public schools of the neighborhood. On starting out in life for himself he worked as a farm hand for one year, and then was in the express business in the city for the same length of time, after which he returned home and worked with his brother-in-law until 1897, when he took entire charge of the farm. He is a thorough and skillful farmer and is meeting with a well deserved success in his operations. He cast his first vote for Harrison in 1892 and four years later supported McKinley, being unwavering in his allegiance to the Republican party. He is a charter member of the Home Forum at Moline and is a most progressive, enterprising young man, of industrious habits and excellent business ability.

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