Hardin County

Henry Winders

HENRY M. WINDERS, attorney at law and postmaster, Eltzabethtown, Ill., is a native of the county where he now lives, having been born near Cave in Rock, April 14, 1848. His grandfather, George W. Winders, was born in Logan county, Ky., about 1787, and there grew to manhood. He married Mary Hughes, whose parents came from Ireland, and settled in Crittenden county, on what is now known as the "Wilson Farm," almost opposite Cave in Rock. They had nine children, viz.: William, Washington, Richard, Timothy, Charlotte, Francis M., Melvina, Mary, and Henry. George W. Winders was a farmer by occupation, and was a zealous worker for the advancement of the Methodist church. After the death of his wife he made his home among his children, and died in 1857, while staying with his son, Francis Marion. This son was born in Crittenden county, Ky., May 30, 1822. While still a young man he crossed the river into Illinois, where he was employed in various occupations until his marriage in 1845 to Miss Elizabeth J. Scarborough, who was born Nov, 29, 1829, in Morgan county, Tenn. Her father was John Scarborough, and her mother's maiden name was Clay. They came to Illinois soon after her birth and settled in Hardin county. Francis M. and Elizabeth Winders located on a farm near Cave in Rock, and lived there all their lives. In his day he was one of the active Democrats of that section of the county. They had two children, Silvester, now deceased, and Henry M. Francis M. Winders died on April 26, 1876, and his widow made her home with the subject of this sketch until she, too, passed away in 1889. Henry M. Winders obtained such an education as most farmers' sons do in the public schools, but to this he added by self-study at home. On July 27, 1863, he enlisted in Company D, Forty-eighth Kentucky mounted infantry, went into camp on August 29th, and was mustered into service on October 26th. From that time until Dec. 16, 1864, the regiment was on guard duty at various points in the State of Kentucky, among them Russellville, Bowling Green, on Elkhorn Creek, Bacon Creek, Munfordville, Cave City and Fredonia. Young Winders remained with his command all the time, with the exception of eight days spent in the hospital at Munfordville with the mumps, although at the time of his enlistment he was but fifteen years of age. After his discharge from the army he returned home, continued his studies, and in 1867 commenced teaching, which occupation he followed in connection with farming until 1880. On Dec 28, 1868, he married Mrs. Mary J. Caltrin, nee Dunn, and located on a farm five miles north of Cave in Rock, where they lived for six years, when they separated. Subsequently he married Mrs. Mary F. Irrion, nee Lamb, and in 1886 removed to Elizabethtown, where he began the study of law. In 1889 he was admitted to the bar and practiced his profession until Aug. 1, 1902, when he was appointed postmaster, which position he still holds. Mr. Winders has been active in the political affairs of Hardin county ever since he became a voter, and is one of the Republicans who always has a voice in shaping the destinies of his party. He has served as county surveyor four years; was township treasurer for three years ; township trustee for two years; was four terms justice of the peace; has been his party nominee for state's attorney and county judge, but was defeated with the rest of the ticket. He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic and has served as commander of his Post; is a Past Master m the Masonic Fraternity, and for five years was treasurer of his lodge. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. They have no children.

Extracted Feb 2015 from Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley, Personal and Genealogical with Portraits, published in 1905, Volume 1, page 389

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