Aside from his connections with the civic affairs of Clay county, the
subject of this sketch has long been an influential factor in the general
business and industrial interests of the county during his entire life,
which has been spent here, everything calculated to advance the community,
materially or otherwise, receiving his support and hearty cooperation. He is
unwavering in his allegiance to what he believes is right, and upholds his
honest convictions at the sacrifice, if necessary, of every other interest.
Conscientious in the discharge of his duties of citizenship, he is a valued
member of the body politic, and his aim has ever been to shape his life
according to the highest standard of excellence, therefore he has won the
esteem and confidence of all who know him.
Henry Hord, the popular Sheriff of Clay county, is a native of the same, having been born in Blair township, December 8, 1863, the son of Thomas B. Hord, who was a native of Indiana, and who came to Illinois when a boy, being one of the early settlers of Clay county, locating in Blair township, where he now lives and is a prosperous farmer, well known in his township. "Judge" George Hord, grandfather of the subject, was also a native of Indiana and a man of considerable influence in his community.
The subject's mother was known in her maidenhood as Alice Beal, whose people came from Tennessee. She passed to her rest when our subject was two years old. Two children were born to the parents of our subject, the other child dying in infancy. They gave their son all the advantages possible, wholesome home environment and a fairly good education, and he owes much of his subsequent success to his solicitous parents. He was reared on a farm where he laid the foundations for a hardy manhood, for he devoted the summer months to work in the fields and attended school in the winter in his native township, which was the only schooling he had; but he made good use of his time. After leaving school he continued farm work on the home place until he married when he went to farming for himself in Blair township.
Mr. Hord was united in the bonds of wedlock with Percilla Eytchison, the daughter of J. W. and Charity A. Eytchison, a well-known family of Blair township, the date of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Hord being October 18, 1884, and to this union nine children have been born, named in order of birth as follows: Jesse, deceased, having died when about thirteen years old; Lillie, William, Mimmie, Roy, Elbridge, Rolla, Everett, the youngest child died in infancy.
In 1906 Mr. Hord was elected Sheriff of Clay county, on the Republican ticket, and he is now serving his term of four years in a manner that elicits praise from everyone having occasion to know of his work, for he is discharging his duties in a most conscientious and able manner, and generally regarded as the best Sheriff the county has ever had. Previously Mr. Hord had faithfully served Blair township as Supervisor and Assessor. He owns a good farm in Blair township, which he rents. In his fraternal relations he is a Mason.
Mrs. Hord died of typhoid fever September 18, 1906 between the time Mr. Hord was nominated and elected Sheriff. Our subject was married a second time, his last wife being Miss Dora Manifold, a daughter of Reverend Manifold, now deceased. Mrs. Hord formerly resided in St. Louis, and she taught school in Clay county for five years.
In his career Mr. Hord has seen the gathering clouds that threatened disaster, but his rich inheritance, of energy and pluck has enabled him to turn defeats into victory and promised failures into success. He enjoys in the fullest measure the public confidence, because of the honorable methods he has ever followed, and is one of the prominent and honored men of Clay county.
Extracted 27 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1909 Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay & Marion Counties, Illinois, pages 130-131.