HIGGINS, Daniel M.—The career of Daniel M. Higgins is an expression of well directed and intelligent industry, of devotion to the best interests of the community, and promotion of the best tenets of agriculture. His financial standing is indicated by the possession of about 1,120 acres of land in Illinois and Kansas, all of which had come to him through the exercise of thrift, good management and business sagacity. Mr. Higgins, whose home place consists of 240 acres in Section 25, Deerfield Township, is a native of Cass Township, Fulton County, where he was born October 25, 1852. He is the fourth in order of birth of seven sons and two daughters of Hiram and Elizabeth (Baughman) Higgins, the former of whom was born in Ohio in 1820, and the latter in Cass Township, this county, in 1828. Hiram Higgins came in a wagon from Ohio to Cass Township about 1844, where he was married in February of the same year, and soon after set up housekeeping in a log cabin on Section 32. He later bought land in this section and Section 29, in time owning a farm of 400 acres, the greater part of which was under cultivation. After his death, October 27, 1883, his widow remained on the homestead a couple of years, and then spent the balance of her life with her daughter, Mrs. Ellen Landis. Mr. Higgins was a public-spirited and enterprising pioneer, and eventually filled various offices of trust and responsibility.
Average opportunities accompanied Daniel M. Higgins to the threshold of his independent career. He early was taught to make his energies of value around the home farm, and was largely concerned with its management at the time of his marriage, in 1883, to Sarah E. Heller, a native of Deerfield Township, and born September 17, 1858. Mrs. Higgins is a daughter of John J. and Lydia (Zimmerman) Heller, natives of Ohio and Deerfield Township, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins are the parents of the following children: Hayward C., Charles Meredith, Boyd V., Gladys May and Audrey M. for the two years following his marriage Mr. Higgins lived on the home place, and then went to Missouri, where he experienced indifferent agricultural success for three years. Returning to Illinois with renewed appreciation of its advantages of soil and climate, he lived on the farm of his father for about four years, then purchased part of the place, which he sold two years later. He then became owner of his present home place of 240 acres, formerly the property of N. S. Johnson, in Section 25, and later bought eighty acres in Section 35, also 164 acres skirting the river, which latter property he disposed of in 1905. He also owns 800 acres of land in Kansas, and on all of his property is engaged in general farming and stock-raising, making a specialty of the latter occupation, however. While many improvements existed on his farms at the time of purchase, he has built and rebuilt extensively, and has kept pace with the advance in agriculture through the various mediums at the disposal of intelligent students of land culture.
A Democrat in political affiliation, Mr. Higgins has avoided the thorny and uncertain ways of the office-seeker, contenting himself with the casting of an intelligent and well-thought-out vote. At the same time he is not unmindful of his duty in promoting clean and fair local government, and he has acceptably served as Tax Collector and Supervisor of Deerfield Township. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America. A man of sterling general worth, he is respected by all with whom he is associated, and presents, in the variety and extent of his success, an example worthy of emulation by the youth of the rising generation.
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