Profile of Thomas A.
|"Thomas A. Whiteside, a farmer of St. Clair Township, was born in St. Clair County January 8, 1843, the son of Joseph O. and Margaret (Badgley) Whiteside, natives of Illinois, and grandson of William L. Whiteside, of North Carolina, and Ichabod Badgley, a typical New Englander. Mr. Whiteside received a public school education, and remained with his parents until after the breaking out of the Civil War. On August 12, 1862 he enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Seventeenth Illinois Infantry, serving until discharged, on August 5, 1865. Having participated in twelve battles and thirty-five skirmishes, and being at last wounded in the head by the explosion of a shell, he returned with honor to St. Clair County, and began farming on Section 10, two miles northeast of Belleville. In 1876 he purchased fifty-three acres of land, and later bought an additional fifty-six acres, the chief products of his farm being fruits, butter, and cream, in which articles he dealt since 1884. On December 26, 1866, Mr. Whiteside was married to Olive Messenger, of St. Clair Township, a daughter of Matthew Lyon Messenger, and a cousin of General Lyon, the well known Commander in the Civil War. Of this union nine children were born: Lillian, Maud, Ora, Raymond, Daisy, Donald, Lawrence, Olive, and Dorothy. In his political views, Mr. Whiteside was a Republican and was closely identified with the G.A.R."|