A. B. Browning is a farmer of Drummer township who cultivates two hundred and eighty acres of land, of which he owns one hundred and twenty acres. He lives on section 8 and his home place is indicative of his enterprising methods, showing the care and labor which he bestows upon it.
Mr. Browning was born at Fairmount, Vermilion county, Illinois, October 3, 1869, his parents being George and Mary (Riley) Browning. The father, a native of Shropshire, England, crossed the Atlantic with his parents when ten years of age and became a resident of Springfield, Ohio. At the time of hostilities between the north and the south concerning the question of secession he enlisted for service with the Union army in 1861, as a member of the Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry, and continued at the front until the close of the war. He died in the year 1897 and is still survived by his wife.
A. B. Browning pursued his education in the public schools between the ages of six and sixteen years, and afterward worked with his father upon the home farm until his marriage in 1892 to Miss Lucy F. Wilson, daughter of W. J. and Lydia Wilson, of Ford county. They have become the parents of three children: Howard, fourteen years of age; Carl, a little lad of five years; and Ethel Marie.
Mr. Browning owns now one hundred and twenty acres of land and in addition to the further development and improvement of this place at the present time he also cultivates another tract of one hundred and sixty acres, which he rents. With the care of two hundred and eighty acres of land his life is a busy and active one, characterized by energy and unfaltering diligence. The success that he has achieved is attributable entirely to his own labors. He is, moreover, a public-spirited citizen, and cooperates in measures for the general good. He is now a member of the Modern Woodmen camp at Gibson City, also belongs to the Presbyterian church and champions the cause of education as a school director. His political support is given to the republican party, and he is a popular man who has many friends in this community and well deserves the regard in which he is held.

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 623-624.

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