W. H. Ayresman is the owner of a farm of seventy-four acres on section 17, Drummer township. His fields are largely devoted to the raising of corn and he is also well known in the community in connection with his work in shelling corn, having a sheller and receiving the patronage of a large majority of the people of this locality.
He is one of the native sons of McLean county, Illinois, born July 25, 1854. His parents were Jacob and Julia Ayresman, natives of southern Germany, whence they emigrated to the United States and settled in McLean county. While spending his boyhood days under the parental roof AY. H. Ayresman gained practical knowledge concerning all the farm work and also acquired a good English education as a public-school student. He continued a resident of his native county until 1870, when he removed to Switch D, a corn market of Ford county. He has always been identified with agricultural interests and is now the owner of seventy-four acres of rich and productive land, from which he annually gathers a large corn crop. He likewise has a corn sheller and he work which he does for his neighbors keeps him busily employed through much of the year.
In 1889 Mr. Ayresman was married to Miss Jennie Favor, a daughter of Solomon Favor, of Ford county, and unto them have been born the following named: Frank Lewis, who is now deceased; Mryrtle and Clarence, both at home; Solomon, who has also passed away; and Loren and Ernest, yet at home.
Mr. Ayresman is a member of the Knights of Pythias fraternity and is also identified with the Modern Woodmen of America. His political views are in accord with the principals of the republican party, for he believes the platform of that great organization is best calculated to conserve the public welfare. He belongs to the Methodist church and his life is governed by its principles, fair dealing and consideration for the rights of others being numbered among his strong characteristics.

Extracted 16 Oct 2016 by Norma Hass from History of Ford County, Illinois, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1908, author E. A. Gardner, Volume 2, pages 631-632.

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