PETER PAPINEAU, of Paxton, is numbered among the early settlers of Ford County. He was born in Montreal, Canada, on the 20th of June, 1837, and is a son of Joseph and Maria Papineau. Both of his parents were of French extraction. The subject of this sketch is a self-made man, and whatever success he has achieved in life is due entirely to his own efforts. He had very limited school privileges, only attending until about eleven years of age, and no special advantages of any kind. He remained under the parental roof until seventeen years of age, when he left his father's home and started out to earn his own livelihood. His choice of an occupation fell upon the blacksmith's trade, and after learning that business, he followed it for some years in his native land.

It was in 1857 that he came to the United States, and his first location was made in Illinois. He became a resident of Kankakee, where he worked at his trade for three years, and then went to Galena, Ill., where the succeeding year of his life was passed. He then spent one year in St. Ann, and in 1863 we find him a resident of Ford County. He made a location in the city of Paxton, and soon afterward erected a blacksmith shop and began business. Since that time he has engaged in blacksmithing and carriage-making continuously, and, being an expert workman, has secured a liberal patronage, which he retains by his courteous treatment and earnest efforts to please his patrons.

On the 6th of July, 1859, Mr. Papineau led to the marriage altar Miss Caroline Beaugard, who is a native of Canada, and is also of French descent. Their union has been blessed with a family of thirteen children, who, in order of birth, are as follows: Peter, Edward, Charles, Josephine; George, who died in infancy; Joseph, River, Reener, Arthur, John, Amy, Leo and Loraine. The parents and the children are members of the Catholic Church, and throughout Ford County the family is well and favorably known. Mr. Papineau is an enterprising business man, who by his own efforts has made his life a successful one. He is wide awake to the interests of the city, faithfully performs all his duties of citizenship, and is well worthy of representation in this volume.

Extracted 14 Dec 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, pages 217-218.

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