Samuel R. Dubs, the Police Magistrate of Freeport, is a native of Pennsylvania and was born in York Co., on the 17th of Feb. 1820. His parents were George and Sarah (Rider) Dubs, who were both born and raised in York Co. They moved to Centre Co., PA when Samuel R. was about two years of age, and the family remained in that county until 1843, when the father died. The mother,after the death of her husband, came to Stephenson Co. and made her home with her son, Samuel R., until her death, which occurred sudden in May 1863. She was the mother of two children, a daughter named Abigail, who married Daniel Machamer, and now resides in Jo Daviess Co, IL, and Samuel R.
The subject of this sketch passed his youth upon his father's farm in Centre Co, until twenty-one years of age, during that time obtaining as thorough a common-school education as it was possible and becoming skilled in the work required of a farmer. In 1854 he removed to Stephenson Co, where he opened and improved a farm, on which he remained until 1862, when he disposed of it and moved to Freeport, leasing what is known as the Pennsylvania House. After operating this house as a place of public entertainment for about a year, he purchased a dwelling north of the Brewster House, where he lived somewhat retired from business. In 1886, through the partiality of his friends, and the citizens generally, he was elected to the office of Police Magistrate for a term of four years. In the administration of this office he seems to be giving general satisfaction.
Mr. Dubs was married in 1840, to Miss Susannah Hockman, of Centre Co., PA. They became the parents of nine children, six of whom grew to maturity, but only four of whom are living, one daughter and three sons: Charles F., is deceased; Henry is an operator on the New Board of Trade, Chicago; Daniel, a blacksmith in the Stover Manufacturing Company; Samuel, a clerk; Jennie, the wife of George Dana, of Boone, Iowa; Sarah J. married Peter Bixler, and is now deceased.
In politics, Mr. Dubs is a Democrat, and is a strong supporter of Cleveland's administration. He is closely attentive to the cases brought before him, firm and prompt in his decisions, and dispenses justice without fear, favor or affection. The official record he is making reflects credit upon his judgment and his capacities.