Knox County Illinois
Galesburg Biographies (continued)
George C. Lanphere
born in Oneida County, New York, June 30, 1814. He studied law at Rome, NY and Oct 20, 1835 at Boonville, NY, married Miss Matilda Kent.
He came to Monmouth, IL. in 1838 and was County Judge one term in Warren County; was also First Lieutenant in the Mexican War.
Judge Lanphere came to Galesburg in 1848; was influential in assisting to secure a railroad through Galesburg, which is now a part of the great Chicago, Burlington and Quincy system; was Attorney for that road many years; was Postmaster in Galesburg, and was County Judge.
Judge and Mrs. Lanphere celebrated their golden wedding. At the time of his death, he was Past Eminent Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of Illinois, and also an attendant of the First Congregational Church of Galesburg, where he died July 6, 1886.
Richard Austin Lawrence
Farmer; born in Littleton, MA, Sept 27, 1823, where he was educated. His father, George Lawrence, was born in Littleton; his mother, Rebecca Merriam was born at Concord, in the same State. On the paternal side, his grandfather, David Lawrence, was born in Littleton and his grandmother, Martha (Adams) in Lincoln, MA; his great-grandfather, David Lawrence, was born in Littleton, and his great-grandmother, Hannah (Sawtell) in Groton, MA. On the maternal side his grandfather, Joseph Merriam, was born in Concord, MA; his grandmother was Lucy Wheeler. His maternal great-grandfather, Josiah Merriam, was born in Concord, MA.
May 16, 1853, Mr. Lawrence married Ednah Miller in Littleton. There were seven children of whom four are living. George A. Lawrence, Fannie E. Vivion, Anna M. Linn, and Bernard P. Lawrence.
In politics he is a republican.
Samuel F. Lawrence
Superintendent of Supply Department of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad; Galesburg; born in New York, Nov 15, 1850. In 1865 he went with his family to Wisconsin, where he was educated in the common schools.
In 1871 he took a business position in Chicago, which he retained for seven years. He came to Galesburg in 1878, and entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company as a clerk in the supply department and was made General Superintendent of that department in 1893.
He is a member and an officer of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Galesburg.
Walter I. Leggett
Conductor; Galesburg; born Aug 10, 1849, in Dorchester, England. His parents were Isaac and Hannah (Reed) Leggett. He was educated in the common schools, and in the Galesburg Grammar School. In politics, he is a republican.
He married, first Sadie Thompson, now deceased; his second marriage was with Lizzie Thompson, in Galesburg, Feb. 25, 1880; they have four children, Lloyd C., Aubrey C., L. Marie, and Vivia T.
Mr. Leggett came to DeKalb Co, IL, in 1855; to Galesburg in 1864; for three years was with the Merchants’ Union Express Company. In April 1869, he began work for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as brakeman, afterwards serving as baggageman, and in 1873 he was made a conductor, which position he now holds; he has not been “laid off” for thirty years; for ten years he had charge of a construction train.
Mr. Leggett is a member of the Order of Railroad Conductors, and the Order of Modern Woodmen; he is a composer of music, and has patented several useful household articles. He is a member of the Baptist Church.
James H. Linsley
Retired; Galesburg; born July 11, 1823 in Wayne Co, PA; his father was Dan E. Linsley; his grandfather was James H. Linsley.
Mr. Linsley was educated in the common schools. He married Susan H. Albro at Galva, IL, July 3, 1856. The children are: Frank E.; James F.; and Cora Hettie, who graduated from Knox College in 1877 and is now the wife of Judge George W. Thompson.
Mr. Linsley moved with his father in 1836 to Wayne Co, NY and to Michigan in 1844. In 1848 he began work in the Bridge department of the Michigan Central Railroad. In 1853 he entered the service of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, working in the bridge and building department for five years; in the construction department for seven years. He was appointed road-master in 1865, which office he held till 1898, when he resigned his position and retired from active work.
Mr. Linsley was a charter member of the Galesburg Club, and is a member of the Masonic Order. He has served two terms as Alderman of the Sixth Ward. In politics he is a republican.
James Harvey Losey
Cashier of the Galesburg National Bank, Galesburg, where he was born Feb. 23, 1847; educated in the Galesburg schools. His father, Nehemiah H., son of Israel and Eleanor (Willson) Losey, was born at Montgomery, NY; his mother, Lucretia, daughter of Alured and Sarah W. (Stevens) Hitchcock, was born at Vergennes, Vermont.
Dec 24, 1873, he was married to Cornelia Maurice Ayres at Galesburg. Three children were born to them, Jessie Esther; Margaret Ellen, deceased; and Charlotte Elizabeth, deceased.
In 1864 at the age of seventeen years, Mr. Losey entered the Post office and served five years under Clark E. Carr, being chief clerk for two years. In 1869 he became teller and bookkeeper in the Second National Bank, where he remained for twelve years, being acting cashier the last year. Compelled to resign this position on account of his health, he moved to Peoria and accepted a position with the Avery Planter Company, for which firm he traveled three years. He returned to Galesburg in the spring of 1884, and assisted in the organization of the Galesburg National Bank becoming its first Cashier.
Mr. Losey, having been in the service twenty-seven years, is the oldest bank official in the city. He has been an Elder in the Presbyterian Church since 1871, and Treasurer for fifteen years. He was appointed a member of the Galesburg Public Library in 1896. In politics he is a republican.
Nehemiah H. Losey
probably no man has been more closely identified with the origin, growth and prosperity of the city of Galesburg and of Knox College than Professor Nehemiah H. Losey. He was born in Orange County, NY, in 1804, and graduated at Middlebury College, VT, in 1820. He taught for a time in Potsdam, NY and subsequently in Whitesboro. While in the latter place, he became interested in the project of founding and endowing a Christian college in the far west. He was one of the original incorporators of Knox College and the last survivor of them all.
He came west in 1836, and surveyed and laid out the town of Galesburg. Professor Losey was the town’s earliest Postmaster. He received his commission in 1837, and held the office for four years. He was Principal of Knox Academy until the institution was sufficiently advanced for the organization of college classes, when he was elected to the Professorship of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in the infant institution, which chair he held until 1861, when failing health compelled him to resign. He soon after returned to New York State, where he resided about three years when he again returned to Galesburg and accepted the elective office of Treasurer of the college, which position he held at the time of his death.
Professor Losey was a man of broad culture and well-trained mental faculties. He was thoroughly equipped for every department of work, and in the early days of the Galesburg colony, his services were indispensable. As a surveyor and accountant he was wonderfully accurate. He was a ripe scholar and a teacher of eminent ability, and it is not too much to say that it is due to him that Knox College has from the outset taken and held such high rank as a mathematical school, as well as in the department of Natural Sciences. Without apparatus to begin with he soon constructed the rudimentary appliances which he knew were needed, and through his lectures and experiments he attracted large numbers of students from the surrounding country.
His personal character was that of a Christian gentleman, retiring in disposition and amiable in character. He was faithful and efficient in the discharge of his duties, a good disciplinarian, yet taking a tender interest in the welfare of his pupils, and not few have been the testimonials which evince the esteem and affection in which they held him. He entered into his rest on June 1, 1875, in the seventy-second year of his age. Losey Street in Galesburg is named after this man. His son's bio if before this one.
William A. Lutyens
Conductor; Galesburg; born April 8, 1861 in Whiteside Co, IL. His parents were Nicholas Lutyens of Pennsylvania, and Ellen (Rowe) Lutyens of New York.
He was first married to Julia Welch; they had one child, Mabel. His second marriage was with Zora B. West, in Morrison, IL., Aug. 10, 1887; they have two children: Bula B. and Bana.
Mrs. Lutyens was the daughter of Isaac and Charlotte (Stocking) West of New York. Mr. Lutyens grandfather came from Germany and settled in Pennsylvania, where his father was born. Nicholas Lutyens moved from PA to a farm in Illinois about sixty years ago. He served in the Civil War for four years and was in ten battles. After his return from the war, he worked his farm until his death in March 1897.
Mr. W. A. Lutyens left his father’s farm when he was 22 years of age. He drilled wells for three years, and worked in a saw-mill one year in Clinton, Iowa. He entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as brakeman on the Clinton Branch, and moved to Galesburg in 1890; he became conductor in 1893, a position which he now holds.
He is a member of Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, and Burlington Volunteer Relief. Mr. Lutyens owns a pleasant home on South Cedar Street, Galesburg. In politics he is a republican.
Abijah P. Lyke
Engineer; Galesburg; born in 1838 in Columbia Co, NY. He is a son of James Lyke, who removed in 1840 to Wayne Co, NY, and thence to Wisconsin in 1855.
In 1856 Mr. A. P. Lyke entered the employ of the La Crosse and Milwaukee Railroad, which place he retained till 1860. He enlisted in the army in 1863, and served until the close of the war, after which he settled in Coldwater, Michigan.
He was married to Lucy E. Robbins, of Reading, Michigan in 1860. They have two children, James L. and Fred S.
Mr. Lyke came to Galesburg in 1888 and found employment with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company as an engineer, which position he now holds. He is a prominent member of Vesper Lodge, A. F. and A.M. and of the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 45, of Galesburg.
William Ernest Mabee
Dentist; Galesburg; born March 2, 1867 in Norfolk Co, Canada; educated in the Iowa State University.
He was married to Grace E. Widney at Alpha, Illinois, June 3, 1897.
Doctor Mabee’s father was born in Norfolk Co, Canada; his mother was born in Ohio; his paternal grandfather was born in St. Johns, New Brunswick; his paternal grandmother was a native of the State of New York; his paternal great-grandfather was a native of Holland; his paternal great-grandmother was born in New York City; his maternal grandfather was born in England; his maternal grandmother was born in the State of New York; his maternal great-grandmother was a native of New York State.
In religion, Dr. Mabee is a Baptist. He is a republican.
Ida Marissa McCall
Teacher; Galesburg; born near Galesburg, May 22, 1857; educated at Knox College. Her father, Henry Scott McCall, son of Daniel and Jane Scott McCall, was born at Philadelphia, PA, Daniel McCall being the son of Ozias and Elizabeth (Williams) McCall of Lebanon, CT. Her mother, Sarah M. (Miller) McCall, was a daughter of Elbert A. and Martha S. (Lounsbury) Miller, was born in Stamford, CT; graduated at Mt. Holyoke in 1851, afterwards teaching in Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Mississippi; married (1856) to Henry Scott McCall, a teacher, who died in 1863. An infant brother of Miss McCall, George Scott, died in 1863 and her sister, Rosa May in 1894.
From 1865 to 1876, Mrs. McCall taught in the Galesburg schools, being Principal of the High School from 1869. Since then she has been connected with Knox College most of the time, at present being Instructor of Latin and Algebra in Knox Academy.
Miss McCall’s maternal great-grandparents were James and Anna White Miller, both of Connecticut. In religion, Miss McCall is a Presbyterian.
John J. McHale
Engineer; Galesburg; born Dec. 3, 1862, in the Island of Jersey, to which place his mother was carried during the Rebellion while on a trip from Kentucky to New York by boat. He was educated in Michigan and the United States Naval Academy.
His parents were Anthony J. McHale, born in Chicago, and Ellen Rose (Kane) McHale, of Frankfort, Kentucky; his paternal grandparents were John J. McHale, of Detroit, Michigan, and Eliza E. (Kane) McHale of Ireland, his great-grandfather was Anthony J. McHale, of Ireland; his maternal grandparents were Thomas Kane of Charleston, S. C. and Anna (Ratchford) Kane of Kentucky.
He was married June 28, 1886 at St. Louis, Missouri, to Elizabeth Grace, daughter of J.T. and Mary (McAleer) Ryan of Belfast, Ireland, and Canada, respectively.
Mr. McHale’s great-grandfather came to America in 1811 to take up arms against England. He settled in Boston, MA, and served in the navy in the War of 1812; after the war he was assigned to the Division of the Lakes and settled at Detroit, MI, where he died.
Mr. McHale’s grandfather was engaged in the land surveys of Wisconsin and Michigan, and lived in Chicago, where Anthony J. was born. They moved to Detroit in 1846. Anthony J. entered the navy at the age of 16, and retired in 1865. He took up railroad work with the Canada and Great Western till 1882, and died in 1897.
John J. began his education in Michigan, and was an appointee at Annapolis, Maryland, where he took a course in the Construction Department. He spent much time in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and took a trip around the Horn to Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. He left the Navy Department in 1880 and entered the Revenue service on the lakes. After a year, he served on a merchant vessel, and then began as engineer with the Saginaw and North Western Railroad, and took charge of the engines of that line till it was absorbed by the Michigan Central Railroad. He came to Galesburg in 1887, and in 1888, became engineer on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, a position which he now holds. In religion he is a Catholic. He is a democrat.
Lewis Cass McKee
Conductor; Galesburg; born January 29, 1851, in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. His father was Richmond McKee, who died in 1871. Richmond McKee's father came from Scotland to Pennsylvania at an early day. L. Cass McKee was educated in the common schools. He was married to Charlotte Richardson at Savannah, Illinois, February 24, 1876. Their children are: Robert R., Bertha, and Mildred. Mr. McKee came to Bureau County, in 1857, with his father, who was a farmer and contractor. In 1873, he came to Galesburg and began work for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company as brakeman; he was made conductor in 1877, a position which he still holds. Mr. McKee is a member of the Baptist Church. In politics, he is a democrat. [tr. by K.T.]
Dairyman; Galesburg; born Dec. 31, 1870, at Hiresboro, Vermont; educated in Vermont and at Galesburg, Illinois.
His parents, Seth and Celia J. (Ferguson) Mead, his paternal grandparents, Orrin and Rodie (Willer) Mead; and his maternal grandfather, David Ferguson, were born in Vermont.
Mr. Mead is a republican.
Contractor and Builder; Galesburg; born Nov. 3, 1862 in Kent County, England, where he learned the carpenter’s trade.
He was married to Elizabeth Lass Spinner in England in 1884. They have four children, Harry W., Herbert L., Clement G., and Ethel L.
Mr. Miller came to Galesburg in 1887, with his family, and found employment for a time in the coach department of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. He afterwards engaged in contracting and building.
Patrick Henry Morrissey
Grand Master of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen of the United States and Canada; Cleveland, Ohio; born in Bloomington, IL, Sept. 11, 1862; a graduate of the High School in that city, class of 1878.
His father, John Morrissey, was a farmer in County Clare, Ireland; his mother, Mary Thornton, was born in County Limerick. His parents came to this country in 1856, and settled in Bloomington, IL.
When sixteen years of age, Mr. Morrissey entered the employ of a grocer in Chicago, but soon returned to Bloomington to accept a position as clerk for the foreman of the roundhouse of the Chicago and Alton Railroad, and after one year, he entered the Alton train service as a brakeman. In 1896, he obtained a clerkship in the office of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen in Galesburg, where he remained three years. He then resumed service as brakeman for one year. In 1890, Mr. Morrissey was elected First Vice Grand Master of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, an important office which he faithfully filled for six years. The duties of this position brought Mr. Morrissey in contact with railway employees all over the United States and Canada. His popularity and efficiency soon opened the way to higher honors, and in May 1895, he was elected to his present office, having been twice re-elected in 1897 and 1899. Under Mr. Morrissey’s careful and business-like administration, the organization has been perfected in all its branches, and is now the largest organization of railway employees in the United States.
Mr. Morrissey was married in Galesburg, Oct. 5, 1887 to Anna Breechwald. He is a charter member of College City Lodge, Knights of Pythias. In politics he is a democrat.
Charles J. Munson
Assistant Postmaster; Galesburg; born in Sweden, May 15, 1855; educated in Illinois. His parents, John M. and Olivia C., were born in Sweden.
Mr. Munson was married to Lottie C. Anderson in Galesburg, IL, June 21, 1893. He is a member of the First Lutheran Church. In politics, he is a republican.
Mr. Munson, in 1875, entered the service of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company, and continued in their employ until 1897. In 1885 he was appointed Assistant Train Master, which position he filled for twelve years, to the entire satisfaction of the company. Oct. 1, 1897, he was appointed Assistant Postmaster at Galesburg, in which capacity he has rendered faithful and satisfactory service.
Daniel C. Murphy
Plumber; Galesburg; born April 8, 1867 at Bellefontaine, Ohio, where he was educated. His parents were Patrick and Bridget (Brennan) Murphy, of Ireland.
Mr. Murphy was married to Emma Torticell June 15, 1897, in Galesburg, IL. He is a democrat.
Farmer and Nurseryman; Galesburg; born Sept. 16, 1833, in Marshall Co, IL; educated at the Liberal Institute, Galesburg, and the college at Mount Palatine, Putnam Co, IL. His parents, David Myers, born in 1792, and Drusilla (Simpson) Myers, born in 1795, came from Pennsylvania, as did his paternal grandparents, John and Elizabeth Myers, and his maternal grandparents, J. D. and Mary (Rose) Simpson.
Mr. Myers was married June 8, 1858, in Marshall Co, IL, to Celia H. Hamilton. Their children are: Oliney H., deceased; Lenora (Bower); David Samuel; Alvia, and Iva Dell.
Mr. Myers is a prohibitionist, and was School Treasurer in Roberts Township, Marshall County for twenty years, and Justice of the Peace for several terms. In religion, he is a Universalist.
Jacob W. Myers
Engineer; Galesburg; born Sept. 30, 1851, in Des Moines, Iowa; his father, George Myers, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. J. W. Myers was educated in the common schools of Iowa. In politics he is a republican. He married Emma Petre, in Iowa, Oct. 11, 1874; they have four children, Mentor; Charles; Wilbur; and Ada, now the wife of Orson Judson.
Mrs. Myers was a daughter of Joseph and Eliza (Wilson) Petre, and granddaughter of John Petre of Tennessee, who, with his family, settled at an early date in Warren Co, Iowa.
Mr. Myers was reared on a farm in Iowa. In 1877 he was a station agent on the Rhode Island Railroad and afterward an engineer. He came to Galesburg in 1882 and entered the service of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
Galesburg; born in Ellington, Connecticut, Feb. 12, 1825. He went to California in 1848, and in 1853 came to Galesburg. He was connected with the construction of the Abingdon Branch of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
He has held important municipal offices; was for several years Alderman, and was appointed Mayor to fill a vacancy. In 1871, he was elected Mayor of Galesburg. He was for a number of years Superintendent of Streets.
Mr. Nash was married October 20, 1868 to Lucy Gilbert. They have one son, William S. Nash.
Engineer; Galesburg; born Aug. 15, 1862, in Rush Township, Schuylkill Co, PA., where he was educated. His parents were Henry and Sarah (Ripple) Neifert of Pennsylvania; his grandfather was Jacob Neifert.
He was married in Chicago, IL., Feb. 28, 1889, to Carolina C., daughter of Jacob and Sophia Louisa (Eberhart) Hechler, of Germany. They have two children, Anna Elizabeth, deceased; and Ira E.
Mr. Neifert’s father was a sawyer by trade. He enlisted in the Civil War and came out without a wound, but with impaired hearing. For six years after the war, he was proprietor of a hotel at Quakake Junction, PA, and after his death his wife continued the business; she now lives at Tamaquak PA. Mr. Edward Neifert’s parents were married in Pennsylvania.
At thirteen years of age Mr. Edward Neifert began making powder kegs for the Dupont Powder Company, and after four years he began work in the powder mill, filling different positions till he became master of the art. In 1884, he went to Nevada and worked in a lumber camp, afterward going to California, where he drove a stage between Grass Valley and Nevada City. For a time he worked in a dynamite mill at Pinole, CA. He returned to Pennsylvania, and entered the employ of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company as brakeman; he afterwards became conductor and fireman. In 1888 he took a position as fireman for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and for nearly eight years has been an engineer. He is a member of A.O.U. W.
Mr. and Mrs. Neifert have a pleasant home on East Knox Street. In religion, Mr. Neifert is a Congregationalist. In politics, he is independent.
Isaac Price Norton
Funeral Director; Galesburg; born in Gloucester Co, New Jersey, April 9, 1859; educated in the country school at Nortonville, N.J. His father, Henry W., and his mother, Lavina (Price) Norton, were natives of New Jersey. His grandfather and grandmother on the paternal side, John D. and Sarah (Davison) Norton, and his grandparents on the maternal side, Thomas Price and Lavina (Sumeral) Price, were all born in New Jersey. His great-grandfather, John D. Norton, was born in Wales, and his great-grandfather, Thomas T. Price, was born in Scotland, and his wife Lavina, was born in New Jersey. One of Mr. Norton’s great-grandfathers came to Boston in about 1675.
Dec. 2, 1879, Mr. Norton was married in Woodstown, N.J., to Hannah B. Jones. There are two children, Albert H. and Marie A. In religion, he is a Congregationalist. In politics, he is a republican.
John C. Oberg
Conductor; Galesburg; born Oct 19, 1849 in Sweden; came to Knox County in 1855. He was educated in the common schools. In 1871, he was employed as brakeman by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company, and was afterwards made conductor of a construction train.
Mr. Oberg was married to Miss Matilda Jacobson, Sept. 24, 1879. They have two children: Lillie and Sophia. In 1893 Mr. Oberg was made passenger conductor.
Swan H. Olson
Grocer; Galesburg; born Aug. 4, 1844, at Blaking Sweden; educated in the common schools of Illinois. His parents, Peter and Celia (Martin) Olson, as well as his grandparents, were born in Sweden.
Oct. 20, 1872, he was married to Clara M. Burke. They have three children, Clarence; Grace, deceased; and Irene.
Mr. Olson came to Illinois in 1854, and farmed eight years. He enlisted in Company A., One Hundred and Second Illinois Infantry, and served three years in the Civil War. Coming back, he engaged in the grocery business, and has been on the corner of Chambers and Berrien streets for 35 years. He holds the office of Supervisor.
In religion he is a Methodist. In politics he is republican.
Dentist; Galesburg; born June 23, 1873, at Dover, New Jersey; educated at Moline, Illinois. His father, Magnus Olson, was born in Stockholm, Sweden; his mother, Hannah (Soderstrom), was born in Upsala, Sweden.
Doctor Olson came with his parents from New Jersey to Illinois when he was one year old. He received his professional education in Illinois, and took a special course in anatomy, and in dentistry, in Chicago and in Philadelphia, having passed with honors in each institution. Doctor Olson’s office is at 326 East Main Street, Galesburg.
In religion he is a Methodist. In politics he is a republican.
Albert J. Ostrander
Merchant; Galesburg; born in Indiana, March 6, 1846; educated in the common schools. His father, Harry B., and his mother, Mary A. (Woodworth), were born in New York State. His fathers’ family were of German descent, and his mother’s ancestors came from England. In 1855 the family moved to Missouri, and in 1862, to Iowa; they came to Galesburg in 1871.
Mr. Ostrander began his business career as a clerk, alternating between the hotel office and the store. He entered his present business as a dealer in hides and wool in 1877.
April 12, 1877, he was united in marriage to Susie V. Ulmer, of Monmouth, IL. There are three children: Eugene Claud, Frederick Earl, and Ethel Pearl.
Mr. Ostrander has been a successful business man, and has been prominent in politics. For ten years he was Chairman of the Knox County Democratic Central Committee. He filled the place of Postmaster at Galesburg for four and one-half years, having been appointed by President Cleveland, May 9, 1891. He has been a leading member of the Odd Fellows for 25 years, and for many years a member of the Masonic Order. In religion he is a Universalist. He is a democrat.
George W. Palmer
Conductor; Galesburg; born at Center Point, Knox Co, IL, July 20, 1847; educated in the common schools. His father was John B. Palmer of England; his mother was Arta M., daughter of Crolus Churchill of New York.
He was married in Victoria, Dec. 18, 1873, to Harriet M., daughter of Christopher LeValley, an old settler of Victoria Township. Their children are: Frank, Arthur C., Chauncey W., and Mabel G.
Mr. Palmer was reared on a farm. In May 1872, he was employed as brakeman by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company, and became a conductor in 1875, a position which he now holds. He is a republican, and in 1894, was elected Alderman of the First Ward, holding the office for three years. In religion he is a Protestant.
Conductor; Galesburg; born March 5, 1863, in Sweden, where he was educated. His parents were John and Bengta (Johndater) Palm, of Sweden.
He was married to Anna Matson, in Galesburg, May 1, 1889. They have two children, Ethel Elvira and Elmer Sidney.
Mr. Palmgren is a conductor on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. In politics he is a republican, and is Alderman of the Seventh Ward.
Carpenter and Builder; Galesburg; born in Pennsylvania in 1825. He came to Illinois in 1850, and to Galesburg in 1865, where he formed a partnership with J. R. Stevens. Mr. Parry began business as a contractor in 1868. Among the important buildings constructed by him are two school buildings; the County Jail; the Smith Block; the Triole Block, and many fine residences. Mr. Parry was Superintendent of Construction for the Court House, and for the Central Congregational Church.
Mr. Parry is a Congregationalist. In politics he is a republican.
Albert James Perry
President Second National Bank; Galesburg; born Dec. 10, 1841 at Alden, New York. His parents were James Perry of MA and Sophronia (Pengra) Perry of western New York. His paternal grandparents were Isaac and Mary (Tiffany) Perry of Massachusetts. James Perry was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and when he entered the army, was presented with a sword by the people of his town. His maternal great-grandfather, Stephen Hopkins, was Colonial Governor of Rhode Island from 1757 until 1767, and was one of the Congressmen who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Mr. A. J. Perry entered the sophomore class of Rochester University in 1857, and remained until 1861. He took the classical course and paid his tuition with his earnings as a telegraph operator. The death of his father in 1860, and the subsequent necessity for supporting his mother and invalid sister, compelled him to relinquish his intention of finishing the University course. As a means of support, he taught school for a time, and also acted in the capacity of railroad agent.
In 1865, he came to Galesburg, and until 1873, was employed by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as bookkeeper. During the winter of 1873, he again taught school. In 1874 he was appointed Deputy Circuit Clerk, serving until 1882, when he became County Clerk, which position he filled for eight years. He was then elected President of the Second National Bank. Mr. Perry is a republican, and has served two terms in the City Council. He is Vice-President of the Hospital Board, President of the Library Board of the Galesburg Public Library, and Treasurer of Knox College. Mr. Perry’s principal business is investments, and for the past eleven years he has been extensively engaged in selling real estate securities.
William L. Peterka
Engineer; Galesburg; born Nov. 14, 1856 at Collinsville, Illinois. His parents were John and Catharine Peterka of Germany. They came to America in 1849, and settled at Collinsville, where for many years his father carried freight on the National plank road from Greenville to St. Louis. He died in 1887. His mother died in 1862.
He was married in Peoria, IL., in 1887 to Frances T. Bachtold, daughter of Matthias and Stephania (Haunghs) Bachtold, who were old settlers in that part of the State. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Peterka: Ada R.; Clara V.; Blanche, deceased; William; John, deceased; and Willis Howard.
Upon the death of his mother, William L. lived with a farmer who sent him to school. At the age of twelve, he began to work at the top of a coal mine, and later became foreman for the engineer of the mine; he was afterward given charge of the pumping works at night. At the age of seventeen, he became engineer of the Abby, No 4 mine, where he remained a year and a half. He first began train service on the Illinois and Midland Railroad; afterwards entered the employ of the Indianapolis and St. Louis Railroad, and later the Wabash Railroad. In 1888 he began with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy as engineer, which position he still holds.
Mr. Peterka is a republican. He is a member of Alpha Lodge, No. 155, Masonic. He is a Protestant.
John L. Peterson
Engineer; Galesburg; born in 1859, in Champaign County, Ohio. His father was John W. Peterson, who came to Ohio from New York; his grandfather was T. W. Peterson; his great-grandfather came from Holland. Mr. Peterson was formerly foreman of the carpenter shops and had charge of the wrecking train for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company, as an engineer.
He was married to Alfaretta Wilson in 1879. There were two children, Blanche and Clarence. Mr. Peterson’s second marriage was with Sarah E. Tuthill, at Huntington, Indiana, March 30, 1887. Their children are: Jessie, Bessie, Grace, Clausie, and Gray.
Mr. Peterson is a republican. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church
Clergyman; Galesburg; born in Sweden, Nov. 21, 1866; educated in Gustavus Adolphus College at St. Peter, Minnesota, and in Augustana Theological Seminary at Rock Island, IL. His parents were Peter and Mary (Bengsten) Peterson of Sweden.
He was married to Matilda Johnson in 1894, at Vermilion, South Dakota. They have two children, Elmer Petri Theodor and Mildred Matilda Ingeborg.
Mr. Peterson’s parents went to Meeker County, MN., when he was two years of age. Six weeks later his father was drowned by the capsizing of a boat while fishing in Collinwood Lake, leaving the mother and seven children without means of support. When very young, Peter worked on the farm for his board while attending the public school. By constant labor and economy he had, at the age of nineteen, acquired $140.00, with which he started for college. He taught during vacations, and while a freshman, began preaching to aid in completing his college and theological course. He was ordained in 1894, and entered upon missionary work in Ogden, Utah. After a year he went to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex, Iowa, and after three years, removed to Galesburg, where he is now pastor of the First Lutheran Church.
William Irvin Phelps
Wood Machinist; Galesburg; born in Henderson, Knox County, March 29, 1851. Attended the Galesburg High School and Knox Academy until the age of fourteen, when his parents removed to Wheaton, IL, where he took a business course at Wheaton College. He learned the carpenter trade with Charles Miller, of Wheaton, and in 1871, was employed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company as bridge carpenter. In 1883 he returned to Galesburg and entered the service of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company, where he is now foreman of the wood machine shop, a position he has held for fourteen years.
June 27, 1876, he was married to Martha Jane Roe of Abingdon, IL. Her father, Silas Roe settled at Abingdon in 1841, being one of the early settlers of Knox County.
Mr. Phelps is a republican, and in 1898 was elected Supervisor on the republican ticket. In 1896 he ran for Alderman in the Sixth Ward, being defeated by but two votes. He is a member of Ezel Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of which order he was Deputy Grand Chancellor for six years, during which time he instituted four lodges in Knox County. He was one of the organizers of the Railroad McKinley Marching Club, which was 800 strong. In 1897 he, with Professor J. A. Newman, organized the now well known and popular Burlington Route Band of 30 musicians. Mr. Phelps takes a great interest in the advancement of musical organizations, and is at present manager of the College City and the Central Church orchestras.
Engineer; Galesburg; born June 29, 1839, in Luzerne Co, PA. His father, Brookins Potter, was born in Vermont; his grandfather, William Potter was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
Mr. C. B. Potter was educated in the common schools. In politics he is a republican; in religious belief, a Baptist.
He married Eunice House, in Kewanee, IL., Jan 1, 1868. Three children have been born to them: Ella; Albert; and Etta, who died in infancy; Albert died in 1886.
Mr. Potter came to Galesburg in 1865 and entered the service of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, working in the roundhouse two weeks, when he began firing an engine on the road. He moved to Galva in 1878. In 1895 he returned to Galesburg and bought a residence on West Tompkins Street.
Philip S. Post
Lawyer; born in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 10, 1869; educated at Knox College and National Law School, Washington, District of Columbia. His father, General Philip Sidney Post, was born in Florida, New York; his mother, Cornelia A. Post, was born in Elmira, New York. On the paternal side, his grandfather, General Peter Schuyler Post, was born in Warwick, Orange County, New York; his grandmother, Mary D. (Coe) Post, was born in Rochland Co, NY. His great-grandfather, Colonel Garrett Post, and his great-grandmother, Martinche (Bertolf) Post, were born in Orange Co, NY. On the maternal side, his grandfather was William Townsend Post and Catherine C. (Hathorn) Post, were born in Orange County.
P. S. Post was admitted to the Bar in 1892. He was elected County Judge of Knox County in 1898. In politics Judge Post is a republican.
Robert M. Plank
Farmer; Galesburg; born in Gettysburg, Adams Co, PA., Aug. 5, 1864. His parents, William and Mary (Shultz) Plank, were natives of Pennsylvania.
In religion Mr. Plank is a Presbyterian. In politics he is a republican.
Vice President and General Manager of the Purington Paving Brick Company, Galesburg; born Feb. 22, 1860 in Amesbury, MA; educated in Friends Boarding School, Providence, Rhode Island. His parents were Daniel S. Purington of Vassalbon, Maine, and Sarah (Varney) Purington of New Hampshire.
He was married at Porter, Indiana in 1884 to Nellie M., daughter of John K. and Sarah J. (Gill) Caldwell of Pennsylvania. They have three children, William C., Helen, and D. Stewart.
Mr. Purington’s ancestors were of early New England stock. His father was a farmer, and spent most of his life at Newburyport, MA, where Mr. W. S. Purington lived until 1880, when he came west to superintend the Purington-Kimball Brick Company’s works at Chicago, IL, and at Porter, IN. For three years he was Vice President and Secretary of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Pressed Brick Company. In 1890 he removed to Galesburg, where he established the plant now owned and operated by the Purington Paving Brick Company.
Mr. Purington is a member of the Royal Arcanum; was Vice President and is a Director of the Galesburg Business Men’s Club, which position he has held for seven years. In religion, Mr. Purington is a Presbyterian. In politics he is a republican.
Henry Ware Read
Teacher; born Dec. 31, 1849, at Newtown, Illinois. His father, Josiah, was born at Keene, New Hampshire, and his mother, Caroline A. (Strong), at Elmira, New York. His grandfather on the paternal side was David Read, and on the maternal side Samuel Strong. Professor Read was educated at Knox College, in which institution he is instructor in Latin and Greek.
June 24, 1876, he was united in marriage to Martha E. A. Hastings, of Galesburg. They are the parents of three children: Mary Amelia, Henry Hastings, and Robert Strong. Mr. Read is a successful teacher, and an influential member of the faculty of Knox College. He is closely connected with the Sunday school work of Knox County. He is an aggressive temperance advocate, having acted as Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee in the memorable campaign of 1899. He is a man of rare judgment and careful scholarship, and a devoted Christian. He is a member of the Congregational Church. In politics he is a republican.
Henry J. Redfield
Liveryman; Galesburg; born Dec. 31, 1860 in Galesburg, where he was educated. His parents were A. C. Redfield, of Connecticut; and Mary M. (Onderdouk) Redfield of Long Island. Mr. Redfield is proprietor of the Union Livery Stable. In politics he is a republican.
Bowman Franklin Reinmund
Secretary of the Covenant Mutual Life Association; Galesburg; born at Lancaster, Ohio, Nov. 11, 1857, where he was educated. His father, Benjamin F., was born at Bethlehem, PA; his mother, Isabel C. (Arnold) at Hagerstown, Maryland. His paternal grandfather, Joseph, was born in Prussia, and his paternal grandmother, Sarah (Wilhelm) at Reading, PA. His maternal grandfather, Henry Arnold, was born in Holland; his maternal grandmother Maria (Bowman) in Maryland.
Mr. Reinmund was married Dec. 4, 1877, at Lancaster, Ohio, to Ida B. Jackson. They have two children, Elizabeth S. and Bowman F. In religion he is a Presbyterian. In politics he is a republican.
Edward B. Reynolds
Retired Farmer; Blain Avenue, Galesburg; born in Hart County, Kentucky, Feb. 20, 1825; educated in his native state. His parents, Edward and Celia (Fuqua) Reynolds, were natives of Bedford Co, VA. They had eleven children, Willis, Jesse, Pamelia, Eliza, Jane, William, Mary, Celia, Edward B., Elizabeth, and Loren. The father died in 1848, and the mother in 1875. The paternal grandfather, Jesse Reynolds, was a native of England; his wife, Mary (Bright) of Scotland. Mr. Reynolds married Mary W. Gose, Jan. 25, 1849, in Knox Township; there were eight children, Lorenzo D., Josephine A., Laura V., Peter G., George E., Henry C., John, and Kate. Lorenzo D. married Frances Reynolds; they have seven children. Josephine was twice married; first, to Newton Callison, with whom she had one son, Ray. Her second marriage was with L. Judson Smith. Laura V. was first married to Benjamin Dermier; her second husband is Clarence Jones. Peter married Jennie Higgins; they had two sons, Ralph J. & John E. Peter Reynolds died Aug. 3, 1898. George was twice married; first to Sarah McNeil; they had three children, Clarence, Alice, and Mary. His second marriage was with Mrs. Ida (Smith) Moore; they have on daughter, Josephine. Henry C. married May Adams; they have two children, Irene and Edward.
The ancestry of the family is English, Scotch, French and German. Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Reynolds are members of the Christian Church. In politics Mr. Reynolds is a prohibitionist.
Superintendent of the Illinois lines of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Galesburg; born in Wayne County, New York, Jan. 10, 1844. His father, William A., and his grandfather, Chester E. Rice, went to Beloit, Wisconsin, where F. C. Rice received his education in the common schools and learned telegraphy.
In 1861 he enlisted in the Thirteenth Illinois Cavalry and served until 1863. In the spring of the same year he assumed charge of the telegraph station at Monmouth for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, and was soon transferred to Mendota as Station Agent and Operator, where he remained until 1866 when he came to Galesburg and was given the position of Chief Operator. He was then appointed Chief Train Dispatcher, and Train Master. In 1881 he was made Superintendent of the Galesburg Division, and in 1888 General Superintendent of the Illinois lines, which position he still holds. Mr. Rice is a Trustee of Knox College; member of the Library Board; member of the Business Men’s club, and is prominently identified with religious matters.
In 1867 he was married to Harriet A., daughter of L. Knox, a grandson of General Henry Knox, the first Secretary of War and of the Navy. Mr. and Mrs. Rice have one son, Robert, and one daughter, Carrie E., who is now Mrs. F. J. Bentley.
Retired; Galesburg; born in Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 20, 1825. He received his education in Illinois.
He was married June 7, 1855 to Adelaide J. Long of Adams Co., IL. They have had nine children, of whom six are living; Charles N., Vincent N., O. L., R. W., Clarence M., and Roy R.
In politics Mr. Ridgley is a democrat.
William Robert Rippetoe
Conductor; Galesburg; born Sept 20, 1853, at Colchester, Illinois, where he was educated. His parents were C. H. Rippetoe of Kentucky, and Mary C. (Barber) Rippetoe of McDonough Co, IL. The father died in 1882; his mother is still living in Galesburg; his grandfathers were John P. Rippetoe and John Barber of Kentucky.
He was married in Colchester, Dec. 26, 1873 to Mary A. Polonus. They have three children, William H., Mabel, and Jane.
William H. is an employee of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. From the age of ten to twenty-six, Mr. Rippetoe was a coal miner. In 1879 he began as brakeman on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, and was promoted to the position of Conductor in 1884. He is faithful and alert in his business, and has never met with an accident. In religion, Mr. Rippetoe is a Baptist. He is a republican.
William A. Robbins
son of Cyrus and Polly Maria Robbins, was born in Sparta Township, Knox Co, IL., Aug. 28, 1842. His parents, actuated by a sincere missionary motive, left their home in Eastern New York and came in 1836 to this western country, which was then almost a wilderness. Their children, growing up in such an atmosphere of self-sacrifice and devotion, became men and women of faith and unselfishness.
Henry’s first months in school were in an old shop on the Churchill place, West Main Street, Galesburg, and in the Robbins District School in Sparta Township. Here Miss Mary Allen West, who was prepared for Knox College, but who was too young to be admitted, was spending the waiting time in teaching. Later, Mr. Robbins attended Knox College for several years, and afterwards Bryant and Stratton’s Commercial College in Chicago.
In early manhood, the spirit of adventure took possession of him and he left the farm and went to California and Idaho, by way of New York and the Isthmus, where he spent some time in mining, prospecting and teaching. Some of his prospecting trips took him for months into the wildest portions of the west. But the unsettled condition of the country was not congenial to him, and he decided to return east. There was no railroad in that section of the country, the Union Pacific reaching only to the Missouri River, and the journey was a dangerous one. Mr. Robbins started with only one companion, but was soon joined by others until there was a company of about 100. In those days whole trains of travelers were sometimes annihilated, and they saw along their route traces of ruined goods, and sometimes the dead bodies of men. He returned to Knox County in December 1865, and settled on the old homestead in Sparta Township. In 1888 he came to Galesburg.
In early life Mr. Robbins united with the Baptist Church in Ontario Township, but later became a member of the Advent Christian Church.
In politics he was for many years a firm republican, but when that party would not declare itself against the liquor traffic, he voted with the prohibition party as a protest, hoping that the republican party would embody the issue in its platform.
In 1867 Mr. Robbins was married to Louisa Babcock, daughter of Ransom and Mary (Miller) Babcock, who were among the earliest settlers of “Old Henderson”. Three children were born to them: Jennie M., wife of W. T. Smith; Mary M.; and Frances Zilpha. Jennie and Mary are students at Knox College.
Mr. Robbins is Treasurer of the Galesburg Brick and Terra Cotta Company. He has served for two years as Supervisor for the City of Galesburg. He is an upright man, a fearless citizen, and enjoys the confidence and respect of all who know him.
Robert Alexander Ross
Carpenter, Builder and Millwright; Galesburg; born at St. Albans, Vermont, Jan. 7, 1850. His father, Robert Ross, of Belfast, Ireland, was of Scotch descent; his mother, Mary A. (Brison) Ross came from Londonderry, Ireland.
He was married to Nellie J. Turner at St. Albans, Vermont, May 22, 1875. Their children are: May, deceased; Edward James; Frank; Robert A.; and Anna May.
Mr. Ross learned his trade in St. Albans where he became a prosperous contractor. He came to Galesburg in May 1885, and became foreman of the firm of Dawson and Anderson, and to a large extent, had charge of the construction of the Knox County Court House. He had previously erected many imposing structures, including court houses in Michigan, at Kalkaska, Saginaw City, and Pontiac. He was foreman of the carpenter work in the high school building, Galesburg, and as millwright, had charge of remodeling the buildings of the Galesburg Brick and Terra Cotta Company; he had charge of the machinery and his services extended over a period of three years. In 1895 he became Superintendent of the Galesburg Vitrified Brick Company, and has satisfactorily conducted the plant, which has a capacity of 25,000 paving brick per day. In politics Mr. Ross is a republican.
C.B. Rowe, Jr.
Engineer; Galesburg; born Jan. 4, 1858 in Portland, Maine; educated in Massachusetts. His parents were C. B. Rowe, born in 1832 at Rockport, Massachusetts, and Clara (Morse) Rowe; his grandparents were Isaac Rowe of MA., and Martha (Abbott) Rowe; his great-grandfather was John Rowe of MA; his maternal grandfather, Captain Thomas Morse, was killed by Indians in Maine.
Mr. Rowe was married to Rose Ann Cavanaugh Nov. 21, 1879 at Fall River, MA; their children are: Hearlbert Henry; William Francis; Charles Buck; George Edward; John Zahn; Theodore Harwood; and Irene May, deceased.
Mrs. Rowe was the daughter of Michael J. Cavanaugh of Ireland, and Mary (Shannon) Cavanaugh of England. Mr. Rowe’s ancestors were Puritans; his great-grandfather, John Rowe, was a captain in the Revolutionary War, and five of his sons fought in his company at the battle of Bunker Hill; his grandfather, who was in the War of 1812, was made a prisoner, taken to England, and confined in the Dartmoor prison for eight months; he died at the age of 68 years. Mr. Rowe’s father was a railroad engineer for 33 years; he was injured in a wreck, and now has a position in the shops of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company.
During 1872, Mr. C. B. Rowe fired for his father on the Hartford and Erie, was employed on the Old Colony, running out of Boston, and after a year and a half he went to California. He was with the Southern Pacific from 1875-78; the Old Colony from 1878-80; and the Mexican Central for two years. His other engagements were with the Reading Railroad; Texas and Pacific; Little Rock and Fort Smith; New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (1888); Lehigh Valley (1894); and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (1895), where he is now an engineer.
Mr. Rowe is a Master Mason, Alpha Lodge, Galesburg.
Charles E. Rundquist
Carpenter; Galesburg; born in 1858 in Sweden, where he learned the trade of carpenter and mason; he came to Galesburg in 1885. For several years Mr. Rundquist has been a prominent carpenter and builder, and has erected many of the handsome dwellings and fine business blocks of Galesburg.
He was married in 1885 to Emma Johnson. They have one daughter, Olga.
Boston M. Shank
Yardmaster; Galesburg; born June 14, 1854 at Columbus, Ohio; son of John Shank of Ohio. He was educated in the common schools; he is a democrat.
He married Minnie Griffin at Trenton, Missouri, Nov. 27, 1888; they have one child, Stacy S.
Mr. Shank began railroad work when sixteen years of age, as brakeman on the Fort Wayne, Pittsburg and Chicago Railroad; went to Burlington, Iowa, and was employed by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, having charge of construction on the Mt. Air Branch. For four years he was with the Missouri, Iowa and Northern Railroad, and later with the Rhode Island Railroad. In 1892 he came to Galesburg, where he has since been employed by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, as night yardmaster. Mr. Shank is a member of the Catholic Church.
Conductor; Galesburg; born June 4, 1844 in PA, where he was educated. His parents were Jesse and Mary (Williamson) Shannon of Pennsylvania; his maternal grandfather was George Williamson. Jesse Shannon, the father, was captain of a packet boat on the Susquehanna canal. He died when Ellis was two years old.
Mr. Ellis Shannon was married in Charleston, South Carolina, Dec. 25, 1865, to Christine R., daughter of George Snyder of Baden, Germany, and Mary Frances (Scherer) Snyder. Mr. Snyder was in the regular army under Sherman for five years.
Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shannon: George E.; Lucetta B.; Maud S.; Harry D.; Mary, deceased; and Jesse, deceased.
When fifteen years of age, Ellis Shannon learned the trade of blacksmith. He enlisted Aug. 17, 1861, in Company D, Forty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers. After serving his term of three years, he re-enlisted and was discharged Nov. 28, 1865. He was in the following engagements: St. Bluff, Oct. 3, 1862; Pocotaligo, Oct. 22, 1862; Mansfield, April 8, 1864; Pleasant Hill, April 9, 1864; Berryville, Sept. 5, 1864; Winchester, Sept. 19, 1864; Fisher’s Hill, Sept. 23, 1864; and Cedar Creek, Oct. 19, 1864.
After the war, Mr. Shannon lived in Newport, PA, for one year, and then came to Buda, Bureau Co, IL. After farming five years, he entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as brakeman, and four years later became conductor. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Order of Railway Conductors. Mr. Shannon belongs to the Methodist Church. In politics he is a republican.
William E. Simonds
Professor of English Literature in Knox College, Galesburg. He was born in Peabody, Essex Co, MA, Sep. 10, 1860. His parents were Edward and Mary A. (Chase) Simonds. He received his education in the Peabody High School, Phillips Andover Academy, and Brown University, graduating from the college in 1883. Mr. Simonds taught two years in the high school at Providence, Rhode Island, and in 1885 went abroad for further study. He was for a half-year a student in the University of Berlin, and for two years a student in the University of Strassburg. From the latter institution he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1888. On returning to America (1888), he was made Instructor in German in Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. In the summer of 1889, he was called to the chair which he now holds in Knox College, entering upon his duties in the fall of that year. Professor Simonds has published several textbooks for school and college use, among them his university thesis on “Sir Thomas Wyatt and His Poems”, 1889, and an “Introduction to the Study of English Fiction,” 1894.
June 22, 1898, Mr. Simonds was married to Katherine L. Courtright, who, during the school year of 1896-7, was Dean of Women in Knox College. They have a daughter, Marjorie.
Charles Newton Smith
Engineer; Galesburg; born June 24, 1855, in Pennsylvania, where he was educated. His parents were Jeremiah and Catherine E. Miller Smith, of Pennsylvania, the latter of Reading; his grandfather, Jacob Smith, and his great-grandparents were also natives of Pennsylvania. He was married in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, September 16, 1878, to Isabella, daughter of Anthony Bets, of Germany, and Mary Jane Brown Betz, of Pennsylvania. Mr. Betz came to Tamaqua from Germany at the age of nine years. He was superintendent of a coal mine till his death at the age of forty-four years. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have four children, Jerry, Laura Jane, Robert Henry, and Edward Newton. Mr. Smith's father was one of the first locomotive engineers in Pennsylvania, and followed the business stile he retired of old age. He now lives at Tamaqua, Pa. his wife died in 1895. At the age of fourteen, Mr. C. N Smith began to work in a rolling mill, and when eighteen years old, began as brakeman on the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. After being conductor for two years he began as fireman on the same road, and after three years, became and extra engineer. He left during the Strike of 1887, but began running an engine on the C B & Q R. R. in March, 1888, which position he still holds. During his entire railroad service, Mr. Smith has lost but two weeks' time. By economy, he and his wife have built their home on East South street, Galesburg. Mr. Smith is a republican.
Freight Conductor; Galesburg; born in 1844; in Cleveland, Ohio, came to Kirkwood, Illinois, in 1855. In 1861, he enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-eight Regiment Illinois Volunteers, and served during the war. He came to Galesburg in 1877, and was employed as brakeman by Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company for about four years. He assisted in the offices of the company, and was afterwards made freight conductor, which position he now holds. He is a member of the Order of Railway conductors. In 1868, he was married to Elizabeth Carmichael. they have two daughters, Mabel and Bertha.
William N. Spake
Restaurateur and Confectioner; born in Princeton, IL., Oct 24, 1858. His father, L. M. Spake, was born in Sweden, and his mother, Eva (Olson) Spake, was also a native of Sweden. He was educated at Princeton, IL.
Nov. 14, 1888 he married Mary E. Olson at Galesburg. There were two children, Marie Louise and Richard William.
Mr. Spake’s parents were married in Sweden, and came to this country in 1847, settling in Princeton, where Mr. Spake engaged in the carpentry business, which he followed until his death. Mrs. Spake is still living in Princeton.
After finishing his education at Princeton, Mr. W. N. Spake came to Galesburg and commenced work in the restaurant of J. F. Anderson, where he remained for eighteen years, at the end of which time he purchased an interest in the business which was continued under the firm name of J.F. Anderson and Company. After seven years of partnership, Mr. Anderson disposed of his interest to Henry G. Hawkinson, and the firm name was changed to Spake and Hawkinson. They are located at 140 East Main Street, and are the leaders in the restaurant and catering business of this part of the country.
Mr. Spake is one of our most reliable and successful citizens. In religion, he is a Lutheran. In politics, he is a republican.
George M. Strain
Reporter for the “Republican-Register”; Galesburg, where he was born March 4, 1873; educated in Knox College. His father, David Newton Strain, was born near Greenfield, Ohio; his mother, Sarah A. Strain, was born at Russelville, Ohio. On the paternal side, his great-grandparents were David and Nancy (Montgomery) Strain. His grandfather, James Strain was born in South Carolina; his grandmother was Martha Garrett Strain. On the maternal side, his great-grandparents were John and Sabra (Witter) Bassett; his grandparents were George Bassett, born in Benton Township, New York, and Nancy (Wilson) Bassett, born in Russelville, Ohio.
After leaving the public schools, at the age of twelve, he worked for the O. T. Johnson Company for two years; attended Knox Academy three years; worked for Kellogg, Drake and Olson for three years; attended Knox College for three years, during which time he was special reporter for the Republican-Register, held a regular position as reporter on the same paper from June 1896 to August 1898; attended Knox College for the senior year, and after graduation, returned to his former position on the Republican-Register.
His parents came to Galesburg in April 1865, having residing in the State from 1854. His father, D. N. Strain, was a grocer for twenty years, but is now retired. One brother, Orves B. Strain, died in Galesburg in 1890. Another brother, Rev. H. L. Strain, returned from Germany in 1898, after a two years’ course of study under a Blatchford fellowship from the Chicago Theological Seminary, and is now assistant pastor of the New England Congregational Church, Chicago. In religion, G. M. Strain is a Congregationalist. In politics he is a republican.
Nels O. Stromberg
Cabinetmaker; Galesburg; born July 28, 1829, in Sweden, where he was educated. His parents, Olof and Cary Truedson Nelson, came from Sweden as did his paternal grandparents. Nels and Nilla Swenson Peterson. Mr. Stromberg was married to Bessey Matson, in Sweden, December 31, 1853; their eight children are: Peter, John, William, Arthur, Edwin, Celia, Bessy, and Mary. Mr. Stromberg is a republican. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.
Dennis E. Sullivan
Engineer; Galesburg; born Jan 31, 1861, in County Cork, Ireland, where he was educated in the common schools. His parents were William and Bridget Sullivan. He was married to Mary Minehan, in Shennandoah, Iowa, Jan. 22, 1887.
Mr. Sullivan came to America in 1868 and lived in South Boston till 1870, when he moved to Iowa, where he resided till 1886. He began work for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in Jan. 1876; in 1879 became fireman, and was made an engineer in 1884. From 1887 to October 1889, he worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and returned to the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, where he is an engineer at the present time.
In 1890 he moved to Galesburg, and in 1893, built his residence at 933 West Main Street. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Catholic Church. In politics he is a democrat.
Conductor; Galesburg; born March 17, 1858 at Glens Falls, NY; educated in Galesburg. His parents were Owen and Mary (Moynahan) Sullivan of Ireland. They came to this country when they were young, and were married at Glens Falls. His father was a railroad man, came to Galesburg in 1858, and was in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad until his death in 1876.
At the age of fourteen years, E. J. Sullivan became a clerk in a clothing store in Galesburg, and when sixteen years old, entered the boiler shops of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. At the age of twenty, he was a brakeman, and in 1881 was made a conductor, which position he still holds.
He was married to Kittie Conley of Galesburg, Sept. 29, 1891. Their children are: Henrietta, Helen Marie, Josephine, and Eugene. Mrs. Sullivan’s father, Mark Conley, born in Ireland, was a blacksmith, and an old resident of Galesburg; her mother, Anna (Gettings) Conley, came from Ireland to Galesburg when she was nineteen years of age.
Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Order of Railway Conductors. In religion he is a Catholic. He is a republican.
James Edward Sullivan
Brakeman; Galesburg; born Oct. 29, 1864 in Galesburg, where he was educated. His parents, Patrick and Anna (Ready) Sullivan, were born in County Kerry, Ireland; his grandparents, Jerry and Mary (Moyhinan) Sullivan, were born in Ireland; his great-grandmother was Julia (Dean) Sullivan.
Patrick Sullivan came to this country when a young man, and settled at Glens Falls, NY, where two of his children, Jerry and Mary, were born. He worked in a lime kiln. He came to Galesburg about 1857 and entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company where he remained until his death, May 28, 1883. After his father’s death, J. E. Sullivan purchased the homestead to which he has added other property. He entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company in 1881, as an apprentice in the paint shop, and after six years he became a brakeman, which position he still holds. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Catholic Church. In politics he is a democrat.
Conductor; Galesburg; born Nov. 11, 1855 in Ottawa, Canada; educated in Illinois. His parents were William Swain of Ireland and Rose (Barnes) Swain, of Canada.
He was married in October 1877 at Chillicothe, Missouri, to Ellen, daughter of Thomas and Ellen Hickey, who are old residents of Knox County. Mr. and Mrs. Swain have one child, Rosella.
Mr. Swain came with his parents to Bureau County in 1857, and removed to Cherokee County, Kansas in 1871. His father died in 1883; his mother is still living.
Mr. Swain was a farmer and coal miner until 1874, when he came to Knox County and entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company as brakeman. He became a conductor in August, 1878. He has passed through many strikes, and is one of the reliable employees of the road. Mr. Swain is a Catholic. In politics he is a democrat.
Conductor; Galesburg; born July 28, 1851 in New York; educated in Bureau Co, IL. His parents were William Swain of Wicklow County, Ireland, and Rosa (Barnes) Swain, of Toronto, Canada. They moved to Canada when R. F. was a year old; they moved to La Salle County, and came to Bureau County in 1857. In 1868 they went to Cherokee County, Kansas, where his mother now lives. His father died May 27, 1883.
Mr. R. F. Swain was married Oct. 14, 1880 at Galesburg, to Kate, daughter of Alfred and Elizabeth Emerson, who were early settlers in Knox County. They have two children, Eulalia F., and William A.
In 1873, Mr. R. F. Swain returned to Illinois, and located in Galesburg, and in 1874, entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company as brakeman. He became conductor in 1876, which position he holds at the present time. He has passed through several strikes, one of which was the “Q” strike, but has never had an incident. Mr. Swain is a republican.
Peter F. Swanson
Contractor and Builder; Galesburg; born in 1866, in Sweden, where he was educated. After coming to Galesburg he worked on a farm for four years, and then worked as carpenter till 1894; he then entered upon the business of contractor and builder, which he still follows. In the meantime, he took a course in the Galesburg Business College. Mr. Swanson was married to Anna Nellon November 27, 1895. They have a handsome home on Whitesboro Street.
Michael J. Sweeney
Engineer; Galesburg; born Nov. 20, 1856 in Schuylkill Co, PA; his father, Michael Sweeney, was born in Ireland. He was educated in the common schools. In politics he is a democrat.
He married in Schuylkill Co., PA. Nov. 20, 1884, Mary A., daughter of Patrick Carroll, who came from Ireland to Pennsylvania.
Mr. Sweeney was employed by the Reading Railroad in 1874, and came to Galesburg in 1888, where he entered the service of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. In 1892 he built a residence at 461 West Brooks Street, Galesburg, where he now resides. He is a member of the Catholic Church.
Harry I. Swigert
Dentist; Galesburg; born July 1, 1871 in Knox County, IL, where he was educated. His parents are I. W. and Lucinda (Turney) Swigert, of Ohio; his paternal grandparents were George and Catharine (Brewer) Swigert, of Franklin Co, PA.; his maternal grandfather was Philip Turney. Dr. Swigert’s parents were early settlers in Knox County, and lived on a farm till 1887, when they came to Galesburg, where they now reside.
Dr. H. I. Swigert, after graduating in the Galesburg high school and Knox College, took a full course in the Northwestern University Dental School, Chicago. He is practicing dentistry in the Holmes Building, Galesburg. In religion, Dr. Swigert is a Presbyterian. He is a republican.
William F. Tait
Physician and Surgeon; Galesburg; born June 21, 1836 in Scotland; educated in Illinois. His parents, William and Mary Ann (McDowell) Tait, were born in Scotland. His grandfather and great-grandfather, on the paternal side, were named John. His maternal grandfather was John McDowell.
Mr. Tait has been twice married: June 21, 1866, to Rhoda A. Speny at Camden, NY, and Dec. 25, 1896, to Ardath G. Copley at Walnut, Iowa. By the first marriage, there were three children, Cora L., Mary E., and Margaret S.
Dr. Tait’s literary education was obtained in public schools, Knox and Monmouth colleges; he graduated from Lee Centre High School in 1859. He received his medical education in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is Pension Examining Surgeon. In religion he is a Presbyterian. He is a republican.
James E. Taylor
Implement Dealer; Galesburg; born in Portland, Maine, April 5, 1859; educated in Oneida and Galesburg. On the paternal side, his grandfather, James Taylor, was born in Scotland; his grandmother was Lydia Wiles. His father, L. R. Taylor, was born in Norridgewock, Maine, and his mother, Grace E. (Carter), was born in Portland. On the maternal side, his grandfather, Thomas Carter, was born in England, as was also his grandmother.
Dec. 19, 1893, Mr. Taylor was married in Oneida to Maud Conger. They have one son, James Edwin.
Mr. Taylor lived near Oneida, IL. until 1895, and since then in Galesburg. While living in Oneida, he was engaged in farming. He is a member of the Congregational Church. In politics he is a republican.
Engineer; Galesburg; born June 18, 1851, at St. Andrews, Canada, where he was educated, and where he was married to Maggie Maloney, Oct. 27, 1875. They have seven children, George Emerson; Mary Elizabeth, deceased; Kate and Maude, twins; Kate, deceased; Nathan Guthrie; Anna Drew; and Gertrude.
Mr. Treadwell’s father, Nathan N., was born in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and his mother, Elizabeth (Miller), was born in St. Andrews, Scotland; his paternal grandfather, Reuben Treadwell, was born in Newport, Rhode Island; his paternal grandmother, Alpha Peck, was born in Eastport, Maine; his maternal grandfather, George Miller, married Anna Guthrie, who was born in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Mr. Treadwell began work on the New Brunswick and Canada Railroad in 1867, and continued in its employ for fifteen years. He afterwards entered the service of the New Brunswick Railroad, in Canada, where he remained for five years. He then moved to Boston, and soon after to Burlington, Iowa.
In 1888, Mr. Treadwell began service as a locomotive engineer on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which position he still holds. He went through the strike on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, and has long been one of the trusted engineers of the company. In religion, Mr. Treadwell is an Episcopalian. He is a republican.
Conductor; Galesburg; born July 15, 1856 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was educated. His parents were William and Emma (Haigh) Turner of Sheffield, England.
Harry Turner was married to Frances Rund, Jan. 1, 1883, at Princeton, Illinois. They have seven children: Harry George; Clarence, deceased; Octave, deceased; Lester; Grace A.; Gladys; and Gertrude.
His grandfather was John Turner, of England. Mr. Turner’s father learned the trade of pocketknife grinding in the Rodger’s Cutlery Works at Sheffield, England. He came to this country in middle life, and worked at his trade in Philadelphia.
Mr. Harry Turner began work in a sash and door factory in Philadelphia, at three dollars a week, and went to night school two hours each evening. At the age of twenty, he came to Princeton, IL., and began work for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company, where he has since been employed. In 1883, he began as brakeman, in Galesburg, and has been conductor for a number of years. He was a delegate to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Convention at Los Angeles in 1890.
Mr. Turner’s parents, and his sons, Clarence and Octave, are buried in Linwood Cemetery.
Mr. Turner has a pleasant home on Lincoln Avenue. He is a republican.
George W. Ulrich
Engineer; Galesburg; born Jan 12, 1850 in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he received his education in the common schools.
He married Margaret Sharp at Pottsville, PA., July 4, 1872; they have three children: Charles, Maggie, and Anna. Mrs. Ulrich is a member of the Methodist Church.
Mr. Ulrich, at the age of seventeen, entered the service of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. In 1881 he came to Galesburg and was employed by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as engineer, a position which he now holds. Mr. Ulrich is a republican.
Clarence A. Vincent
Minister; Galesburg; born in Geauga Co, OH., Dec. 17, 1859. After leaving the common schools he graduated from the Oberlin Preparatory School in 1880, and from Oberlin College in 1884, receiving the degree of B. A. In 1888, he received the degree of B. D. from Oberlin Theological Seminary. During his seminary course he spent one year in post-graduate work in Yale Divinity School. He was pastor of the First Free Baptist Church, of Buffalo, New York, from 1888 to 1892; National Secretary of the Free Baptist Missionary and Educational societies during the years 1889 to 1893; pastor of the First Congregational Church of Sandusky, Ohio, from Dec. 1890 to Oct. 1898, and is now pastor of the Central Congregational Church, Galesburg.
His father, Augustus R., and his mother, Lurancy A., were residents of Ohio; his father was a farmer.
Dr. Vincent was married in 1888 to Lucy Hall, a student of Oberlin College. There are four children, Hope, Ruth, Helen, and Clarence Hall.
In 1898, Mr. Vincent was given the degree of Doctor of Divinity by Hillsdale College, Michigan. He is the author of two books that have had wide circulation: “Acts of Modern Apostles”, and “Providence in America”.
While a pastor at Buffalo, he was elected President of the Baptist State Association; and in Ohio, he was President of the Congregational State Association. He has been honored many times in being chosen to preach the annual sermon at the State and National meetings of the Baptist, Congregational, and Christian Endeavor societies.
Mortimer O. Waggoner
Conductor; Galesburg; born in Dexter, Michigan, Aug. 24, 1853; educated in Michigan and in Toledo, Ohio. His parents were Edward E. Waggoner of Michigan, and Mary J. (Palmer) Waggoner of New York. His maternal grandfather was B. M. Palmer, and his grandmother’s maiden name was Griffin, of New York.
He was married to Jennie Fitzsimmons, Feb. 13, 1876 at Monmouth, IL. Their children are: Rose M., Edward James, Lulu Mertle, Bernice J., and Bernard M.
Mr. Waggoner’s parents were married in Michigan, and reared a family of six children. During the War of the Rebellion, the father enlisted, and died of fever in 1865 at his post on the receiving ship Great Western.
After attending school for three years in Toledo, Ohio, Mr. M. O. Waggoner returned to Michigan, and in 1871, came to Galesburg. In 1872 he entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company as brakeman. He has been conductor for twenty-four years. In politics he is liberal and independent. He is a Methodist.
John A. Walberg
Grocer; Galesburg; born April 24, 1848 in Sweden, where he was educated. His parents were J. M. and Maria C. (Jacobson) Jonsson.
Mr. Walberg was married to Susanna C. Munson at Galesburg, March 8, 1873. There were four children: Alma C., deceased; Robert J.; Mabel M.; and Laura A., deceased.
Mr. Walberg has been a grocer in Galesburg for eighteen years. He is a Methodist. In politics he is a republican, and has been Alderman of the Third Ward for two terms.
John Henry Washington
Engineer; Galesburg; born at Washington, Mason Co, Kentucky, March 8, 1847. His father was John Washington and his mother was Louisa Nelson, both natives of Kentucky. Mr. Washington was educated in Ohio.
He was married to Mary F. Smith, Nov. 25, 1869, at Galesburg. They have two children: John William and Hattie E.
Mr. Washington lived in Kentucky until 1863, when he removed to Clinton, Ohio. He made three attempts to enlist in the Union Army, but failed on account of his age. He came to Galesburg in 1868 and soon entered the employ of Dr. J. V. N. Standish, with whom he remained for seven years, a sufficient proof of his efficiency. For twenty-one years, he has been employed by the Republican Register in the capacity of engineer. He is also a good pressman, and is a member of the Pressmen’s Union of Peoria.
Mr. Washington is regarded as one of the leading colored men of Galesburg, and is highly esteemed by all with whom he has sustained business relations. He is a member of the African Methodist Church, and for ten years he was one of its Board of Trustees. He is a class-leader, and has been Superintendent of the Sunday school. He is a member of the Colored Masonic Lodge, No. 10., and has for the last three years been its Worshipful Master. He is Past Noble Father of the Little Bee Lodge, I.O. of O.F. In politics he is a republican, and has recently been chosen one of the Board of Supervisors.
James Henry Weidenhamer
Engineer; Galesburg; born March 12, 1850 in Schuyler Co, IL. His parents were John Jacob and Elizabeth (Glenn) Weidenhamer of Pennsylvania and Tennessee respectively; his grandparents were John Weidenhamer of Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth M. (Lindemyer) Weidenhamer of Germany.
He was married in Galesburg, Oct. 6, 1881, to Mary Etta, daughter of Jesse Stout of Ohio, and Caroline (Taylor) Stout of Pennsylvania. They have three children, Jesse Roy; Bessie Belle, deceased; and Freddie Glenn.
Mr. Weidenhamer’s grandfather was a farmer, and moved from Pennsylvania to Quincy, IL., at an early day. He endured many hardships, not the least of which was the dreadful scourge of cholera. He died at the age of thirty years. His family was supported by his son, the father of James H., who, upon his marriage, settled in Schuyler County, Illinois. After removals to Murray, Keokuk Junction, and Osceola, Iowa, he came to Galesburg in 1878, and retired from business. Nine of his thirteen children are living: John and William are railway conductors; James Henry and Charles are locomotive engineers; Fred D. is Chief Train Dispatcher at Lincoln, Nebraska, and Albert E. is a yardmaster at Kansas City.
James H. began work on his father’s farm in Schuyler County, then went to Fowler, Adams County, and continued farming for two years. In March 1878 he went to Cherokee, Kansas, expecting to obtain a position on the Memphis, Kansas and Colorado Railroad, but was disappointed. He sold his prospects and in August, 1878, came to Galesburg, where he engaged as brakeman on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. He became conductor in 1883, and engineer in September, 1888. He now runs on the “Kate” flyer between Galesburg and Quincy. Mr. Weidenhamer is independent in politics.
Amy Rooks West
Galesburg; born September 04, 1818, at Sempronius, New York; educated in the common schools. She was married to John Gibbs West December 29, 1836, at East Java, New York. Of this union six children grew to manhood: Charles, Lyman, Homer, Ira, Nehemiah, and Willard. John G. West, son of John and Sallie Woodcock West was born January 21, 1812. He came to Galesburg in 1836, with the first settlers, and died June 09, 1886. In religion, Mrs. West is a Congregationalist.
Harry Edmund Wheeler
Mechanical Engineer; Galesburg; born Dec. 29, 1863, in Monmouth, Illinois; educated at the International Correspondent’s School at Scranton, Pennsylvania. His parents were Elisha E. and Celestia (Hale) Wheeler.
Mr. Wheeler was married in Galesburg in April 1892 to Angie Corine Cummins. Their children are: Hazel, Blanch, and Erminie.
Mr. Wheeler is now chief engineer of the city waterworks.
Alfred N. Willsie
Engineer; Galesburg; born April 24, 1864; educated in the common schools. His parents were H. H. Willsie of Canada, and Betsy Nichols Willsie, of New York. He was married in Galesburg, November 21, 1888to Mata B. F. Baker. Mr. Willsie began work for the C B & Q R. R. in 1880, as errand boy in the master mechanic's office. He was promoted to foreman in 1890, he was made traveling fireman. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., No. 487, and also of the Forrester's. Mr. Willsie is a republican, and keenly interested in political affairs.
President of Galesburg Brick and Terra Cotta Company; Galesburg; born February 01, 1825, in Vermont; educated in Vermont and Illinois. His parents were John and Ada Wilard Wiswell, of Vermont, the latter of Wardsborough; his paternal grandparents, Samuel and Saloma Oaks Wiswell, and his maternal grandparents, Oliver and Asneth Wilard, were of Massachusetts. Mr. Wiswell was married November 18, 1851, at Berwick, Warren County, Illinois, to Martha Sheldon. She was born February 16, 1833, in Oneida County, New York. Their children are; Sarah Sophronia, Laurette Wilard, and Augusta Gates. Mr. Wiswell is a member of the Baptist Church. He is a republican.
Nels S. Young
Galesburg; born 1841, in Sweden; came to Galesburg in 1864. He is a mason by trade, and worked for T. E. Smith for twenty years. In 1886, he entered upon the business of contracting mason. He owns a valuable farm in Knox County, and has a handsome residence on Kellogg street, Galesburg. In 1876, Mr. Young was married to Hannah Akeyson; they have two children, Samuel and Anna.
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