WILLIAM WILFORD KARRAKER is now living virtually reired at Dongola, Union Co. In his years of activity he made a record of successful achievement as one of the promineth farmers in this county and also as an efficient and popular teacher in the public schools in rural districts. Mr Karraker was born in Pulaski County, Illinois, in the year 1851, but was reared form childhood in Union County. He is a son of the late Rev. Jacob and Mary Peeler Karraker, and is representative of a sterling family that founded in southern Illinois more than a century ago. Jacob Karrakerwas born in Union County, on the ancestral farmstead on which his son William W was reared, and he was a son of Daniel and Rachel Blackwelder Karraker. Daniel Karraker was born in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and was reared to manhood in that historic old commonwealth. In 1818 he made the overland journey, with a team and wagon, to Illinois and in what is now Union County, He entered clam to a quarter section of timber land in Township Thirteen, Range One, East. He reclaimed this tract into a productive farm and here he remained, one of the highly esteemed pioneer citizens of the county, until his death in 1861. He was born in the year 1793, his wife having likewise been a native of North Carononna, where she was born in 1794. Surviving him by a score of years, she was eighty-seven years of age at her death in 1881. Mrs Mary Peeler Karraker mother of him whose name initiates this review, was a daughter of Christian and Rachel Brown Peeler, who bere born and reared in Tennessee and who thence made the overland journey to Illinois in the year 1817, they having been numbered among the earliest settlers in Union Couny, whear their old homestead farm layu near the Johnson County line, on the main road between Dongola and Metropolis, and near Bethany Chruch, which was erected many years ago. The marriage of Jacob Karraker and Mary Peeler was solemnized in 1842, and they estabished their home on a farm in Pulaski County, Where they remained several years and where their son William W of this sketch, was born. After their return to Union County they settled on the farm near Dongola, in that village they passed the closing years of their earnest and useful lives. Jacob Karraker was born in 1822 and died in 1910, his wife having been born in 1823 and having passed to the life eternal in 1900. Of their children the first two, Rachel and Malinda, are deceasecd; William Wilford, of this review, was the next in order of birth; David W is deceased, Henry W is a residence of Dongola; Julius and Calvin are deceased; Ella is the widow of Dr. George W Ausbrooks and maintains her home at Dongola. The parents were devout members of th Baptist Chruch in the faith of which they carfully reared their children William W Karraker gained his rudimentary education by attending district schools, thereafter he was for two terms a student in the public schoold at Anna, besides which he profited by the advantages of a select school at De Soto, Jackson County, and a school of norman order at Irvington, Washington County, the later institition having closed when the Southern Illinois Norman University was established at Carbondale. At the age of twenty years Mr Karrakar began teaching in district schools during the winter tearms and attending school durnig the summer. After his marriage Mr Karraker passed five years on the farm that he had acquired near Mount Olive Chruch, in 1880 and in 1880 he purchased the old homestead farm that had been originally entered by his paternal grandfather. He continued to give his attention to farm enterprise and teach schood during winter terns during a total period of twenty-sevem, and to the old Karraker homestead he added until the place is now a fine farm of 190 acres. He now rents this farm to an approved tenant, and in the same section of county he owns likewise another well improved farm of 100 acres and which is rented. In a general way Mr Karraker still maintains an executive supervision of his farm estate, but when he retired from the farm he purchased a modern house, with five acres of land at Dongola, where he and his wife now reside and where in June 1925 their children and grandchildren helped them celebeate their fiftieth wedding anniversary.l Mr Karraker has been progressive in his association with community affairs. He is townshop treasurer of schools for his home township and save for an interval of three has held this office continuuously since 1878. He has been interested in the work of the local Farm Bureau, and he and his wife are earnest members of the Baptist Church in which he is a deacon In the year 1875 was solemnized the marriage of Mr Karraker and Miss Sarah E Richardson, who was born in 1853 in Williamson County, near Marion and from the age of five years lived in or near Dongola, Union County, IL.
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