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Notable Phelps Family Members

Alfred Aaron "Squire" Phelps, Wild West Show Rider

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Alfred Aaron Phelps in 1901. Larger image
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Alfed Aaron "Squire" Phelps in full buckskins on Jefferson St in Peoria in 1902. Larger image

Alfred Aaron Phelps was born on 14 Feb 1849 in Wataga, Knox, Illinois. He grew up in Wataga and Peoria, Illinois. He married Addie Mary Cable, daughter of Ezra Cable and Martha Latimer in Berwick, Illinois, on 15 Jan 1879. Addie was born in Berwick, Illinois. Alfred and Addie had six children:

  • Leonard Aaron Phelps
  • Alfred Aaron Phelps
  • Sarah Latimer Phelps
  • Bertha J. Phelps
  • Salina L. Phelps
  • Richard E. Phelps

Alfred acquired the nickname "Squire" as he served as a justice of the peace. He was also a notary and real estate agent. He lived in Peoria, Illinois most of his life, and he rode in the Buffalo Bill's Wild West show for several years. He was a founder of the town of Averyville in 1890, along with his first cousin, Robert Avery (son of George M. Avery and Seraphina Princess Mary Phelps). Robert opened his plow-manufacturing company just north of the city of Peoria to save taxes.

Aaron and five others were the first board when the the Averyville Methodist Episcopal Church was organized on August, 1893, led by Rev. T. W. McVety.

Averyville was annexed by Peoria in 1928.


Wild West Show
The complete cast of the the Wild West Show on Playland on the Beach in San Francisco in 1902.

The pictures and information on the family of Alfred Aaron "Squire" Phelps are courtesy of his great-granddaughter Pat Phelps Broeker.