Edward J. Wormley
7.5 in (width) x 7.5 in (height)
Photo of the house where Edward J. Wormley was born, built by his great-grandfather. It is a fieldstone farmhouse, built in a series of additions, with a grain silo and several out-buildings. Taken during winter; there is snow on the ground and a sedan from the late 1950s/early 1960s in the background.
FIELDSTONE HOUSE [^WHERE I WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 31, 1907] BUILT BY MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER WILLIAM WORMLEY IN 1831-32. (PROBABLY THE LITTLE WAS BUILT FIRST.) ENLARGEMENTS CAME ALONG LATER. HE WAS BORN IN 1810 IN OSWEGO, NEW YORK AND 5 BROTHERS AND COUSINS, 6 IN ALL [^IN THE SPRING OF 1829] RODE THEIR HORSES TO STAKE OUT ACREAGE ALONG THE FOX RIVER IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS 5 MILES SOUTH OF AURORA IN AN ADVERTISED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LAND SALE AT $1.25 PER ACREA, IN A KIND OF SUNRISE TO SUNSET CONTEST. EACH OF THE LADS, ALL NAMED WORMLEY, HAD TO PLOW A SINGLE FURROW OF VIRGIN PRAIRE FROM THE LAND-AGENTS PISTOL SHOT AROUND ALL FOUR SIDES OF HIS SELECTED PIECE BEFORE THE FINISH SHOT AROUND ALL FOUR SIDES OF HIS SELECTED PIECE BEFORE THE FINISH SHOT ARWAS FIRED AT SUNDOWN, OTHERWISE THE CHANCE TO BUY WAS LOST. ALL SIX MADE IT, HAVING BY FOREPLAN LEFT GENEROUS GAPS BETWEEN THEIR SEVERAL PLOTS WHICH THEY LATER BOUGHT UP. THEY RODE THEIR PONIES BACK TO N.Y. STATE, MARRIED THEIR GIRLS, OUTFITTED COVERED WAGONS, AND RETURNED TO BUILD LOG CABINS BEFORE WINTER SET IN.
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