Centennial History of Mason County
By Joseph Cochrane
Springfield, Ill., 1876


Page 136

JOHN H. HAVIGHORST was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1820, emigrated to America in 1836, settled at Havana in 1837, and has since resided in Mason county; was one of the persons present at an election held at Havana in 1837, at which there were but twelve voters in the precinct -- Mr. Havighorst not being of sufficient age to vote. He as elected sheriff in 1848, served two years, was re-elected in 1858 for two years, and in 1862 for a third term of two years.

In 1846 he was elected circuit clerk; served four years. Between these several official terms he has been engaged in farming.

Mr. Havighorst has, in all these positions, made a prompt and efficient officer, as these frequent re-elections testify. Though now the years have crept upon him, it has been almost imperceptible, and he yet bids fair for many more. Active and vigorous in his habits, h e is in no danger of rusting out, and the care he takes and has taken to preserve his frame in its present vigor, he may still be expected to keep it from wearing out.

To Mr. H.ís long residence, familiarity with public affairs, and splendid memory of early events, and his kindness in communicating them to us, we are indebted for many facts contained herein .

These families have been ever prominently identified with Mason countyís interests.

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