JOHN E. BROOM
is a prominent and well-known citizen of Effingham. He is a conductor on the Vandalia Railroad and is also a dealer
in furniture. He established business in his present line in March, 1885, and occupies four floors of a building
24x55 feet. These are his present salesrooms. He also utilizes two floors in another building near by, the dimensions
of which are 90x25 feet, and is doing a prosperous and constantly increasing business. Mr. Broom carries a stock
of furniture valued at $5,000, and has one of the most complete assortments of goods in his line to be found in
the city. He earnestly desires to please his customers and is well deserving of a liberal patronage from the general
Mr. Broom is widely and favorably known in this community, we feel assured that a record of his life will prove
of interest to many of our readers. He was born near Mason, in Effingham County, July 28, 1853, and is a son of
Rev. William A. and Nancy (Bishop) Broom, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. His grandfather, Judge
John Broom, was one of the very earliest pioneers of Effingham County. He was the second son of Miles and Edith
(Vincent) Broom. The family was originally from North Carolina, whence they removed to Virginia and afterward to
Tennessee. Miles Broom was a brave and distinguished soldier in the War of 1812, and died while on his way home
after receiving his discharge. Judge John Broom wedded Mary Allen, and in 1829 came to Illinois with his family
and his father-in-law. They settled on Fulfer Creek, in Effingham County, in what is now Mason Township. Judge
Broom was the father of nine children, the eldest of whom was William, the father of our subject. He was a distinguished
man of his time and held many official positions of honor and trust.
subject was reared upon his father's farm, and acquired his education in the public schools of his native town.
When nineteen years of age he left home and started out in life for himself, to earn his own livelihood. He worked
out until October 2, 1872, when he entered the service of the Vandalia Railroad as brakeman. He was thus employed
until the 6th of December, 1877, when he was made conductor, which position he has held continuously since, covering
a period of sixteen years, and making his term of service on the Vandalia Road twenty-one years. In March, 1885,
as previously stated, he embarked in the furniture business in Effingham, and placed the details of local management
in the hands of his younger brother.
the 14th of August, 1877, Mr. Broom was married in Highland, Ill., to Miss Ada Booth, a daughter of John Booth,
and a native of St. Louis, Mo. Two children grace their union, a daughter and son: Bertha M. and John S.
parents are both members of the Methodist Church, and Mr. Broom is a member of its official board. He is also a
Steward of the Effingham Church and the District Steward. In politics, he was a supporter of the Democratic party
until 1889, since which time he has voted for the Prohibition party. Socially, he is a member of Hero Lodge No.
991, K. of H., of Effingham, and the order of Railway Conductors. He has made his own way in the world by hard
work and enterprise and has achieved success. His long continuance in the responsible position which he holds with
the Vandalia Railroad Company speaks well for the estimation in which he is held by its managers.
and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago:
Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 522.