George E. Lee owns and operates an excellent farm of one hundred and
sixty acres in Coffins Grove township, this county,
and has been identified with the welfare of this part of the state during his
entire life as he was born in Delaware county. His birth occurred May 18, 1877,
and his parents were James and Mary (Rowe) Lee, the former a native of Ireland,
born April 10, 1884, and the latter born in Apple River, Illinois, January 22, 1842.
Lee is one of a family of thirteen children, of whom mention is made on another
page of this work in connection with the sketch of the
father. George E. Lee attended the public schools in the acquirement of
his formal schooling and in the meantime aided his father in the work of the
farm, thus familiarizing himself with practical methods of agriculture. When a
young man of twenty three he started out in life for himself and has during his
independent career followed the occupation to which he was reared. In the fall
of 1907 he was enabled to purchase one hundred and sixty acres of land situated
on section 20, Coffins Grove township. He raises
grains and also graded stock and as he is located but two and one half miles
from Masonville he has a convenient market, which
facilitates the disposal of the products of his farm. As his land is fertile and
as he uses modern methods of cultivation his yield of grain per acre is high and
since he understands the raising of stock his cattle and hogs are in fine
condition and bring a good price upon the market.
13th of March, 1901, Mr. Lee was united in marriage to Miss Lois Smith, a
daughter of John N. and Anna (Keith) Smith. Her father was a native of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her mother of this county, their marriage
occurring in Hazel Green township. To Mr. and Mrs. Lee have been born two children, George H.
and Mildred H.
is a member of Camp No. 587, I. O. O. F., of Masonville
and is popular not only in that organization but in the community at large. He
is prospering as the years pass and his resources are constantly increasing and
all who know him concede that his success is due entirely to his able management
and tireless labor.