LITTLE, Sam, editor of the Hillsboro Journal, was born in Hillsboro, Ill., September 10, 1881, a son of John H. and Hannah (Burnett) Little, natives of Illinois and New Jersey, respectively. The mother has lived at Hillsboro since she was eighteen months old. They had three children, namely: Oliver, who died at the age of twenty-one years; Sam, whose name heads this article; and Cecelia, who died at the age of six years. The father was reared on a farm, but for the past twenty-five or thirty years has been engaged in sheet and metal work, and is now senior member of the firm of Little & Hendricks at Hillsboro. He and his wife are Presbyterians. The paternal grandfather was Arthur A. Little, who with his wife became an early settler in the vicinity of Staunton and Mt. Olive, Ill. They were farming people, and he died on his farm and she at Hillsboro. They had three children, namely: John H., Samuel and William. The maternal grandfather was John O. Burnett, a native of New Jersey. He came to Hillsboro sixty years ago and died when past middle life. The grandmother lived to be eighty-five years old. Their children were as follows: Henrietta Young, Hannah J. Little, George M. and Emma Phillips.
Taken From: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Vol II - Montgomery County (1918)
Sam Little was reared at Hillsboro and was graduated from its high school in 1900. He then went into the newspaper business, and since 1907 has been publisher of the Hillsboro Journal, with which he has been connected since 1901. It is a semi-weekly Republican newspaper, and he also carries on a general job printing business.
On April 22, 1908, Mr. Little was married to Miss Florence R. Adams, a daughter of Clayton H. and Mary E. (Willis) Adams. Mr. and Mrs. Little are members of the Presbyterian Church. He belongs to the Odd Fellows and Moose fraternally, and in polities is a Republican. Mrs. Little was born at Harvel, Ill., April 5, 1881. Her father was born in Ohio, but lived practically all his life in Illinois. Her mother was born at Carmi, Ill., and died in 1903, but the father survives and lives at Riverton. Wyo. They had three children, namely: Charley Willis, who died in infancy; Florence Rosanna, and Willis. The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Little was John Adams, and he was married to Sarah Kelsey. The maternal grandfather was James E. Willis, and he was married to J. Rosanna Short. He was born in New Hampshire and she in North Carolina, and they became early settlers of Macoupin County, Ill. They had a family of six children.