|Other People | Frank J. Bradley | Olive Rambo Cook | Jerry Litton ||
Past and Present of Livingston County
Volume 2. Biographies
by Major A. J. Roof. 1913
Perry Infield is living in honorable retirement, after many years of close identification with agricultural interests of Livingston county, where he owns a fine farm of ninety-seven acres on sections 5 and 6, Mooresville township. He has lived in this locality for many years and is a native of Pennsylvania, his birth having occurred in Somerset county, October 3, 1838. He is a son of John and Eve (Shulz) Infield, the former for many years a prosperous farmer. Both have passed away and are buried in the Sandusky cemetery, in Ohio.
The success which Mr. Infield has attained in agricultural pursuits is the more remarkable and the more creditable to him by reason of the fact that all the education he ever received was acquired in eleven days' attendance at a country school. He was prevented from further pursuing his studies by the demands of the pioneer times in which he lived and by the necessity of helping his father clear the timber and hew a farm out of the wilderness. As a small boy he assisted in cutting down trees from six tracts of timber land and engaged in this line of work until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he offered his services to the Federal government. He was, however, soon afterward discharged on account of an injury received on the battlefield and which disabled him for some time thereafter. When he had fully recovered he came to Livingston county and purchased a farm of ninety-seven acres on sections 5 and 6, Mooresville township, and from that time until his retirement gave all of his attention to agricultural pursuits. He improved his property in every possible way, building a fine residence, barns and outbuildings and making it one of the most attractive and valuable places in this section of the county. He has lived in retirement for twenty-one years, enjoying in well earned rest and comfort the fruits of his former toil.
In Holmes county, Ohio, on February 28, 1861, Mr. Infield was united in marriage to Miss Jana Moore who passed away in 1898 and was buried in the Mooresville cemetery. To this union were born six children: Mason, who is engaged in farming in Oklahoma; Collis, a farmer near Breckenridge; Homer, who met death by an accident in 1896; Mary, who became the wife of C. J. Johnson, a farmer in Washington; Addie, who married John Higgins, a farmer in Oklahoma; and Maud, the wife of Allan Mercer, a farmer in Mooresville township. In April, 1899, Mr. Infield was again married, his second union being with Miss Mary Fraser, of Cedar county. He is a member of the Christian church, and politically affiliates with the progressive party, being a stanch and loyal supporter of the men and measures for which it stands. Although he has now reached the age of seventy-five he possesses the health and vitality of a man of much younger years and can look back over a well spent, active and honorable life, richly meriting the respect and esteem which are uniformly accorded him.