Name: Nathan Garrison
From: The Times Leader,
Date: Thursday, July 11, 1907
Judge Nathan Garrison - Born Aug 21, 1817, died Sept 4, 1905. He was 88 years and 14 days old at death. He leaves 5 children, 30 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren, besides a host of friends to mourn his loss.
He came to the state before it was organized and Hamilton county before it was organized. He came to Hamilton county in 1818. He was associate judge 2 years, and assessor and treasurer 8 years. He helped to organize the Long Prairie Baptist Church in 1852. He lived in the same house 57 years and his was the second death which occurred in it. He lived with his present wife 51 years. He owned the first lumber yard in Dahlgren and was in business continually from this formation of Dahlgren until 1892.
He had a partial stroke of paralysis Jan. 8, 1893. The second stroke occurred in Sept 1901.
He once sold a man to a widow for 87½¢ per year under the old vagrancy law of the state of Illinois. He was then Justice of the Peace. His last vote was for Cleveland in his second term in 1892.
He leaves over 500 acres land and considerable money for the comfort of his aged widow and children.