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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Albert L. Kuder

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887

SURNAMES: KUDER, LAYTON, WATKINS, WOOD


ALBERT L. KUDER, a sketch of whose parents appears on another page in this volume, lives on a part of his father’s farm, on section 28, in Kerr Township, although he is himself owner of 150 acres in Kerr Township, located in the very northeast corner of Champaign County. He prefers to rent his own property while he follows stock-raising on his father’s land. He has a fine herd of fifty cattle, his favorite breed being the Short-horn, and he also gives considerable attention to Chester White hogs, while his stables contain some fine specimens of Norman horses. His agricultural operations are carried on mostly in partnership with his father, the former having the muscle and endurance and the latter the matured judgment essential to success.

Our subject was born in Kerr Township, on the 6th of June, 1858, and was the sixth child in a family of nine, the offspring of Lewis and Susanna (WOOD) KUDER. He received his education in the common schools near his home and continued with his parents until his marriage. The young people then established themselves in a dwelling adjoining his father. His wife was formerly Miss Ella WATKINS, a native of Vermilion County, this State, born Jan. 20, 1802, and the daughter of Isaiah and Mary E. (LAYTON) WATKINS, also natives of Illinois and still residents of Vermilion County, where the father owns a good farm property.

Isaiah Watkins during the late war served three years as a Union soldier and was in many of the hard-fought battles of that desperate struggle, receiving, however, but one wound. In 1876 he took up his residence in Champaign County, but removed to Ford County three years later. It was during the residence of the family in this county that our subject became acquainted with his future wife. They were married Dec. 19, 1882, and have one child, a daughter, Gracie, born July 21, 885. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Watkins, six in number, namely, Ella, Elon, Charles, Katie, Benni and Maggie, are all living, and with the exception of Mrs. Kuder, are at home with their parents.

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