Archibald Job came to the area that is now Cass County around 1820, first settling in the present-day Beardstown area and later moving to Sylvan Grove, near Virginia, IL.
The law relocating the seat of Illinois government from Vandalia to Springfield was passed in 1837 and Archibald Job was later selected as one of three commissioners to oversee construction of the new (now old) statehouse in that city.
He was also involved with the Beardstown and Sangamon Canal, which would have extended from the Illinois River at Beardstown to Miller’s Ferry on the Sangamon. A portion of the bill incorporating the canal company was written by Abraham Lincoln. The plan was delayed by financial hard times and eventually scrapped. Beardstown’s Canal Street is a reminder of the abandoned project.
Mr. Job was instrumental in the formation of Cass County, served in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly and was present at the Republican convention in Springfield during June, 1858 when Lincoln gave his famous “House Divided” speech.
DEAD – Archibald Job, died at the residence of his son-in-law Wm. Douglas, in Ashland, on last Wednesday morning. At the time of his decease Mr. Job was aged 90 years and one day, and had been a resident of Cass County for more than 40 years. He was one of the earliest settlers in this part of the state, having come here when the country around Virginia – and the present site of the town – was nothing but a wilderness. He lived to see it blossom like the rose, and what was then an unbroken waste, become a garden in fertility and productiveness.
There is a gang of boys in town who “make the night hideous” by yelling and otherwise disturbing the peace, and who either turn loose horses hitched to the rack, or frighten them until they break loose. Last Monday night, Harry Stribling’s horse was served in this way, and this is the second time within a few weeks. Parents are to blame for allowing their boys to run wild every night.
The Virginia Gazette – Friday, March 13, 1874