John J. Bristle is one of the most progressive agriculturists of Whiteside
county. He owns about four hundred and sixty seven acres of rich farming land in
Union Grove and Ustick townships, has remodeled the buildings upon his place and
has a well furnished modern residence. Everything about his farm bespeaks the
supervision of a practical, progressive owner and the success which he has
achieved attests the value of the methods he has followed in carrying on his
work. He is one of the county's native sons, his birth having occurred near
Sterling, September 29, 1858.
His father, George J. Bristle, was born in Germany in 1828 and came to America
at the age of twenty-six years, first settling in Ohio, whence he afterward came
to Illinois and entered the employ of Dr. Pendleton of Sterling. In 1843 he made
his first purchase of land, becoming owner of ten acres, and when he had saved a
sufficient sum from his earnings he bought forty acres in Ustick township, upon
which he resided until 1867. He then removed to Clyde township, where he lived
for a number of years, after which he invested in property in Morrison and
retired to private life, enjoying throughout his remaining days the fruits of
his earnest and unremitting toil. There he died April 27, 1904, and his genuine
worth as a man and citizen made his death the occasion of deep regret to many
friends. He has one brother residing in the middle west, Simon Bristle, who is
now living retired in Boone, Iowa, while another brother, Fred Bristle, died in
Sterling. The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Dorothy Eslinger.
She was born in Germany in 1831 and was married in Ohio, where her parents
continued to reside until they were called to their final rest. Unto Mr. and
Mrs. George J. Bristle were born four children: John J.; Lewis, who is now
living retired in Morrison; Lizzie Landis Bristle, who died in Coleta in 1903;
and Mrs. Susan Deeters, of Morrison.
As a farm boy John J. Bristle spent the period of his minority and in assisting
his father in carrying on the home farm he laid the foundation for his present
success. He has always followed general agricultural pursuits and is today the
owner of valuable property of neat and attractive appearance. In his business
career he accomplishes what he undertakes and brooks no obstacles that can be
overcome by determined, persistent effort.
On the 25th of December, 1882, Mr. Bristle was married to Miss Adda Body. Her
father, Isaac Body, was born July 12, 1837, in Iroquois county, Illinois, where
his parents, Isaac and Mary (Myers) Body, had located on coming from
Pennsylvania. Isaac Body was reared to the occupation of farming, which he chose
as his life work, and when twenty-six years of age he started out on his own
account. In 1863 he came to Whiteside county and for a year cultivated a rented
farm in Ustick township. In the succeeding year he purchased eighty acres of
land, which he cultivated with satisfactory and substantial results. He has
erected here an excellent class of buildings and the farm is most pleasantly
located, while its improvements make it a valuable property. His interests
include two hundred and twenty acres in Ustick township and one hundred and
twenty acres in Clyde township, all of which is cultivable.
On the 13th of November, 1860, Isaac Body was married in Carroll county,
Illinois, to Miss Cyrena Dyson and they became parents of seven children: Adda,
the wife of John Bristle; Charles C., a farmer and stock-raiser living in
Trumbull county, South Dakota; Della E., the wife of George Tyson, of Portland,
Oregon; Mary L., the wife of Herman Dykema, living on a farm in Ustick township;
Samuel M., a resident of Portland, Oregon; Elmer J., who died September 26,
1804; and Etta C., the wife of Albert Mathews, also a resident farmer of Ustick
township. The father of this family died August 12, 1887, being killed in a
wreck. He was a republican in his political views and both he and his wife were
members of the Methodist church. Mrs. Body was born November 15, 1839, in
Carroll county, Illinois, and is still living. Her parents were Hezekiah and
Ruth (McIndoo) Dyson, natives of Indiana, whence they removed to Carroll county,
Illinois, when it was still a frontier district. Their children were James,
Charles, William, Cyrena, Hezekiah, Ruth, Cornelius, Margaret A., Dimmis D. and
Mary E. Dyson.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bristle located on the old home place in
Ustick township, comprising one hundred and sixty acres of land, upon which Mr.
Fish now resides, having rented the property for sixteen years. In 1893 they
removed to Morrison, where they resided for nine years and then purchased the
farm which is now their home, becoming the owners of this property October 11,
1898. Since that time Mr. Bristle has remodeled all of the buildings and now has
a nice, well furnished modern home and also ample shelter for grain and stock.
His possessions aggregate four hundred and sixty-seven acres of rich and
productive land in Union Grove and Ustick townships and the farm is productive
and valuable. He is also extensively engaged in stock-raising, feeding on an
average of three carloads of cattle and hogs per year. He grinds his grain with
a new gasoline engine, which he has lately installed, and he uses all of the
latest improved machinery to facilitate the work of the fields and the farm.
Everything about the place is indicative of his progressive spirit and the
wisdom of his judgment concerning business matters is manifest in his success.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Bristle have been born two daughters and a son. May, who was
born November 27, 1883, is now the wife of Paul Wilson, a farmer of Ustick
township. Ruth, born August 14, 1885, died November 12, 1893. George E., born
December 5, 1889, attended school in Morrison and is now assisting his father in
carrying on the home farm, being a young man of good business ability and
Mr. Bristle votes with the republican party and is in thorough sympathy with its
principles and purposes, but is not a politician in the sense of office seeking.
His ambition has been to acquit himself of life's duties honorably before all
men, to improve his capabilities and opportunities and to become of use in the
world; and it is to this spirit mainly that he owes his advancement.
SOURCE: History of Whiteside County, Illinois : from its earliest settlement to
Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1908, 1493 pgs.