Biographical Sketch of Truman O. Cord

Truman O. Cord has made a success of farm management and has in active operation one of the fine places in Sidney Township, located on Rural Route No. 58.

While Mr. Cord has spent most of his life in Champaign County, he was born in Indiana, October 26, 1872, a son of Simon and Milcah (Cawthorn) Cord. Both parents were natives of Indiana, and both are now deceased, the mother having passed away in 1884 and the father on July 13, 1890. They came to Champaign County about 1876 and the father was also a farmer. There were seven children: Charles E., in Iowa; Roma, wife of John C. Meyers of Mayview; Frank of Urbana; Truman O.; Benjamin, deceased; Rose, wife of U. S. Thompson of Homer; and Allen, in Chicago. For his second wife Simon Cord married Nancy Bettis, and there is one child of this union, Pearl, wife of Ernest Lyons of Madison, Illinois.

Truman O. Cord received a district school education and at the age of eighteen entered upon an active career as a farmer, renting eighty acres. He worked that for a number of years, then spent two years in Michigan, and since returning to Champaign County has had the active management of 280 acres in section 8 of Sidney Township. He is devoting this to general farming and stock raising.

On March 17, 1899, Mr. Cord married Media Lockwood. They have five young children: Joy, Thelma, Lenora, Edith and Robert T. Mr. Cord is a Republican in politics and is affiliated with the Masonic order and with the Court of Honor.



Stewart, J. R. A Standard History of Champaign County Illinois. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York. 1918.

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