Pioneers of Menard & Mason Counties|
Including Personal Reminiscens of
Abraham Lincoln & Peter Cartwright
By T.G. Onstot, 1902
A Pioneer Gone
We learn by the daily papers that William Green died at his home in Tullula last Sunday. As we haxe known him for sixty years, we may be pardoned for a few recollections. We remember him first as a young man when Salem was in the height of its glory. His father lived one mile west of that historic town, and had a large family - mostly boys. William was the second son and never worked on the farm, but took a course at Illinois college, Jacksonville. We recollect him at Salem as connected with the immortal Lincoln. He always had a tact and talent for making money - what the world terms shrewdness. From Salem he went to Tennessee, where he lived a number of years and married. He returned to Illinois, and in 1848 settled where William Neikirk now lives and built the house that that now stands there. He was the money king of this county, and any man who needed money could always be accommodated, though the rate was often 5 per cent a month. He told us that he scarcely ever lost a debt, and that the man would always find him on hand early in the morning. He was identified with early religious organizations in this section, and when the first Sunday school was organized here, at a private house, Mr. Green, by his presence and financial aid, helped the good work along. Born and raised a Democrat, he voted that ticket until the beginning of the war when his personal friendship for Lincoln made him an ardent Republican; and during the war he was one of the President's trusted advisors. As a business man he was strict and exacting; as a neighbor he was kind and accommodating, as all the early settlers here will testify. He died at the ripe age of over four score years.
Transcribed by:Brenda Hamilton Johnson