Carroll County Biographies

Mount Carroll

Willard D. Duffin, druggist and manufacturing chemist, established his present business in Mt. Carroll on the 6th of November, 1883 and is chiefly engaged in the compounding of his own medicines, which have a large local sale, and which, by unprejudiced judges, are pronounced to be a valuable specific in the cases for which they are recommended. He has a large and lucartive outside patronage also, including about 80 regular customers, located in five or six different States, where his preparations have become immensely popular. He seems naturally adapted to this line of business, an dis meeting with well-merited success.

Mr. Duffin was born in Sharon, Otsego Co NY May 10, 1851 and lived there until a youth of seventeen, acquiring a practical education. He then came to Morrison IL (Whiteside County) and engaged as a clerk in a drug-store, remaining there seven or eight years, and obtaining a thorough knowledge of the business. In the spring of 1873 he crossed the Mississippi to Maquoketa, Iowa and established in business for himself, where he operated very successfully until he was burned out, losing thereby $2,000; the accumulation of years.

Mr. Duffin now came to this county, and for two years following occupied himself as a clerk for Mr. G.M. Wherritt, with whom he remained until starting his present business. While a resident of Iowa he was married, Jan. 5, 1876 to Miss N. Alida VanEvera. This lady was born in Canajoharie NY Aug. 13, 1857 and is the daughter of James R. VanEvera, who married Miss Alida Ecker. He also was a native of the Empire State. The parental household comprised 8 children all living, except the eldest son. Mr. Van Evera came to Iowa about 1872 and engaged in the hardware business at Maquoketa, from which he retired in 1883 and with his estimable wife, is still living there. Mr. and Mrs. Duffin are the parents of one child, a daughter, Edith ALida who was aborn May 28, 1878 at Morrison, Whiteside Co. IL and who will be given the training and education suitable to her position in life.

Mr. Duffin, politically votes the straight Republican ticket, but has never been anxious for the spoils of office. Socially he belongs to the M.W.A. and A.O.U.W.

Bernard Duffin, the father of our subject, is a native of the same State - Cherry Valley NY where he was reared to farm pursuits, which he followed all his life, but was cut down in his prime being accidently killed at the age of 42 years, in 1861. He married Miss Lucy Ann Wickham, and to them were born four children of whom Willard D. was the second. The mother, after the death of her husband, removed in 1869 to Morrison, thence in 1873 to Maquoketa Iowa where she now resides with her eldest son, C.E. Duffin.

Portraits & Biographical Carroll County 1889 Pg 863

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