Henry J. Baker has been identified with the interests of Vienna Township for more than a quarter of a century and has contributed to its material progress and prosperity to an extent surpassed by but few of his contemporaries. One of the large land owners of the township, he has also advanced the general welfare by his connection with public interests, and his life furnishes a striking example of the wise application of sound principles and safe conservatism. Mr. Baker is a native of La Salle County, Ill., and was born October 14, 1864, a son of Henry T. and Lena (Gebeke) Baker, of Hanover, Germany
Theodore R. Bahner, of Morris, Illinois is a native of the Hoosier State, having been born in the city of Logansport, December 16, 1861, a son of Christopher and Elizabeth (Heileman) Bahner.
Albert Babcock, one of the veterans of the civil war and an honored pioneer of Grundy county, has been a resident of this section of the state for more than half a century and is familiar with its history from the days when its wilds were, traversed by deer and prairie chickens, and when the greater part of the land had not yet been reclaimed for the purposes of cultivation.
Johnson Babcock, farmer, P. O. Coal City, was born August 12, 1800, in Rensselaer County, N. Y., is a son of Johnson and Zilpa (Green) Babcock, natives, the father of Connecticut and the mother of New York.
William H. Ayres, farmer, P. O. Morris, was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, June 17, 1811, son of Frederick and Rebecca (Seymour) Ayres.
Samuel Porter Avery is one of the leading attorneys of Joliet. During the eighteen years he has made his home in this city he has become thoroughly acquainted with its resources and conditions, and is a stanch friend to improvement and progress here, along all lines. As an attorney he possesses unusual ability and knowledge, and to each and every case placed in his hands he gives earnest attention and care, neglecting no point that may be turned in favor of his client. In his profession he commands the respect and high regard of all who know him, his record being that of an upright, just man, who under no circumstances will stoop to deceit or chicanery.