Carlisle M. Pool is a member of that large and popular family of Pools that settled in Freedom township, LaSalle county, at a very early day in the history of this section and have been prominently identified with it ever since.

The Pools are of English origin. Joseph Pool and William, his son, grandfather and father of Carlisle M., were both born in Yorkshire, England, the former in 1798; the latter June 16, 1823. In 1830 Joseph Pool emigrated with his family to the United States, locating first in Clinton county, New York. In 1846 he came west to Illinois, making the journey by canal and lake route, and selecting a location in Serena township, LaSalle county, where he bought a farm and soon took rank with the leading and successful farmers of the county. Here he lived and labored until his death, which occurred in 1874. Politically he was a Democrat, active and influential in local affairs. He and his wife were the parents of the following named children: Thomas, Mathew, William, Mary E. (who married Gilbert Dominy), Joseph, George and Ann Eliza (who married Augustin Dominy).

William Pool was seven years old at the time he came with his parents and other members of the family to America, and at the time of their removal from New York to Illinois was twenty-three. He was reared a farmer, receiving only limited educational advantages. In 1844, at the age of twenty-one, he came west on a prospecting tour and was so well pleased with LaSalle county that he decided to locate here. Hence the coming of the family a short time later. He was married May 28, 1846, just before they all started west, the lady of his choice being Sarah, daughter of David Smith, a Vermont farmer. Of the Smith family we record that John Smith, the father of David, was born at Needham, Massachusetts, October 9, 1758. He fought in the battle of Lexington April 19, 1776, and was an artilleryman in the battles of Bunker Hill and Ticonderoga. His second enlistment was at West Point in 1779, and it is fair to presume he served through the war. He married Sarah Mastick in 1780, and died at Grafton, Vermont, in 1838. His children were Clarissa, Hannah, John, Sarah. Walter, Elijah, Nahum, Joseph, Nathan and David. David Smith, born in 1794, went to Plattsburg, New York, in 1812, and married Phebe McCreedy, August 2, 1818. He died in 1837, and his widow in 1843. Their children were Sylvia, who married Benjamin Barber, died in 1846; Sarah, born July 13, 1825; Esther M., wife of Isaac Winters, died in 1857; Phebe, deceased; and Ann, a resident of Joliet, Illinois, is the widow of Benjamin Barber.

William Pool and wife are the parents of the following named: Albert J., a prominent farmer and stockman of Ford county, Illinois, married Lucy Crook and has four children — Willie C., Harry A., Ralph W., and Ethel May. Arthur S., a resident of Freedom, Illinois, has been twice married, his first wife being Eliza Ball, and his second wife Hester Hinchman; Carlisle M., born March 10, 1855; and Sarah, wife of J. W. Hall, of Eldon, Iowa; they have two children — Clarence L. and Lyle W.

Carlisle M. Pool has thus far passed his life on the farm on which he was born. His opportunities for obtaining an education were limited to the district schools. Under his father's training and with experience as a teacher, he became a first-class farmer and has always taken a pride in keeping his place in the best condition. His farm and home are among the most attractive in the township, giving every evidence of the fact that the owner is a man of industry and careful management. He has always taken an active interest in the public affairs of his township and has rendered efficient service in some of its public offices. He comes from a line of Democrats, politically, but claims to be an independent during the events of the present time. He has been a town clerk and commissioner of highways. Fraternally he, as well as Albert and his father, is identified with the Masonic order, having his membership in Freedom Lodge, No. 194. Albert and Carlisle have also taken the Chapter and Commandery degrees — Carlisle in Ottawa Chapter, No. 40, and Ottawa Commandery, No. 10.

Carlisle M. Pool was married in 1885 to Louisa Fogg, who was born August 7, 1858, a daughter of Ezekiel Fogg, of Ottawa, Illinois. She has two brothers and two sisters: Dr. Charles Fogg, of Wenona, Illinois; Leander Fogg, of Freedom, also in Illinois; Sophia, wife of Frank Smith, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Anna M., of Ottawa, this state. Mr. and Mrs. Pool have two children, a daughter and a son: Irene Bertha, born October 23, 1886; and Ernest Howard Carlisle, June 5, 1894.

Extracted 13 May 2019 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 628-630.

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