Lorenzo D. Aldrich (Noah, David Jr, David, Jacob, George)
Lorenzo D. Aldrich, a retired farmer, living in the village of Meriden, was born in Hartland, Windsor Co., Vt., March 4, 1817.His parents, Noah and Lydia Aldrich, were natives of that State, living all their married life on the old homestead, where they are now buried.Of their nine children, two died in childhood.Lorenzo, the subject of this sketch, was their fourth child and was reared to a farm life, having the opportunities for education common to the New England farmer boys.Jan. 22, 1840, he was united in marriage with Laura Strank, born in Avon, Livingston Co., N.Y., Aug. 5, 1816, and daughter of Peter and Louisa (Cartwright) Strank.They lived in Hartland, following farming until 1851, when they came to La Salle County, locating on eighty acres on section 12, Mendota Township.He now owns a farm of 375 acres on section 12 of Mendota and section 7 of Meriden townships, the original eighty-acre homestead making a part of this property.Of the nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich six are now living – Harrison H., a resident of Nebraska; Henry D., residing near the old homestead; Herbert C., living near Sioux Falls, Dak., Clarence M., a resident of Kansas City; Abbie L., wife of Charles Strong, living in the village of Meriden, near her parents; Eugene L., at the old home.Two children, Louisa, the third, and Martha, the sixth child, died young in Vermont.Emma, their eighth child, died in Mendota Township.In April, 1852, Mr. Aldrich left the farm in charge of his youngest son, Eugene, and moved to Meriden Village.In politics Mr. Aldrich affiliates with the Republican party, casting his vote for General Harrison in 1840.He has been active in developing the county, and is and has been identified with all its best interests.For the past thirty years or more of his active life he made stock breeding and raising a specialty.
History of LaSalle County, Illinois, Vol. II, Interstate Publishing Co, Chicago, 1886, Meriden Twp, p399.