Biography of Clyde L. Busey

Clyde L. Busey, whose active part as a citizen of Champaign County is farming and managing one of the fine farms in Sidney Township, is one of the sturdy representatives of a name that has been identified with this section of Illinois since pioneer times.

His father, Simeon Fountain Busey, was born in Sidney Township, February 12, 1854, a son of Fountain J. and Maria (Sheppard) Busey. Fountain J. was born in Kentucky and his wife in Ohio. Fountain Busey came to Champaign County in the early ’40s and acquired and developed a handsome estate of farming land. His death occurred July 24, 1894, and his wife passed away October 2, 1889. They were the parents of thirteen children, five of whom are still living.

Simeon F. Busey has always had his home in Sidney Township and his practical life has been spent in agriculture and its related activities. He is a Democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On January 16, 1879, he married Fannie B. Wilson, who was born in Ohio. They had only two children, Clyde L. and Ruth. The daughter was born April 6, 1387, and died June 9, 1908, at the age of twenty-one.

Clyde L. Busey was born on his father’s farm in Sidney Township, March 4, 1880, and besides the rural schools he attended the high school at Sidney. His early experiences were as a farmer with his father and for two years he was in the wholesale grocery business at Danville, Illinois. Since then he has been at home and is now working 160 acres as a general farming and stock raising proposition.

On January 5, 1909, he married Leah Fisher. Mrs. Busey was born at Sidney, daughter of Luther and Eunice (Gard) Fisher, her father a native of Champaign County and her mother of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Busey had one child, a daughter, who died in infancy.

Mr. Busey is a Republican, a member of the Masonic order and the Knights of Pythias, and with his wife attends the Methodist Episcopal Church.



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

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