D. M. Bales, Sheriff of county, Robinson. The subject of this sketch was born in Monroe County, Ind., December 1, 1825, and was brought up principally in Lawrence County, Ind., on a farm. His educational facilities were limited, and comprised the ordinary schools of the neighborhood, which in that day were rather poor. He removed to Crawford County, Ill., and located about four miles southwest of Robinson. He purchased a tract of wild land, comprising 160 acres of prairie and forty acres of timber. He built a cabin on it, into which he moved on the 31st day of December, and the first year put into cultivation sixty acres of ground-forty acres of it in corn, which matured well and in good time. He improved his farm and put it in fine condition, and in 1864 sold it for $4,000. He bought another farm, and continued farming and milling, having purchased a steam saw mill, and bought and sold several farms, until the present time. He is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has the strongest faith in his politics and his religion. In 1882, he was elected Sheriff of the county, which office he now holds. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace and Supervisor of his township (Martin); the latter he held for two terms. He was married in Lawrence County, Ind., to Miss Hannah Henderson, who died of spotted fever January 24, 1872, at which time he lost three members of his family within a month. Of a family of ten children, eight survive, viz.: Sarah J., Mary E., Andrew J., Martha, Ellen, Euphemia, William T., and David M. Dead-Charles N. and James L. He was married a second time in this county in 1875, to Sarah Winger, by whom he has one child-A. A. Bales.