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JAMES C. VIRTUE, farmer, P.O. Guy’s Mills, was born in Upper Canada, now Ontario, July 19, 1844, son of Edward and Mary A. (Hall) Virtue, natives of Canada, former deceased, latter still living. His educational privileges were limited to the common schools. At the age of ten years he was deprived of a father’s care, and being the oldest of seven children, a large burden fell upon his young shoulders in assisting to care for the family. He has accumulated a large estate by his own efforts, and the property he now owns represents many hours of hard labor performed by his own hands. In 1865 he came to Pennsylvania and located in the oil regions, where he engaged in the wood business for three years, at the end of which time he came to Randolph Township, this county, and bought a farm. He is universally termed the first farmer of the township, and the appearance of his farm, upon which he has made nearly all the improvements, does not in any respect belie the assertion. His cattle are of thoroughbred Jersey and short-horn families, and his sheep full-blooded stock. He always buys the best and consequently has the best to sell. He helped build the Methodist Episcopal Church at Guy’s Mills, of which he has been a leading member for years. Our subject married, March 4, 1869, Lucetta Frankenberger, who was born in Venango County, this State, in 1848, and by this union are three children, viz.: Clair W., Ernest E. and Mabel E. In politics Mr. Virtue is a Republican.