Lee County Biography

GEORGE F. PRESCOTT


George F. Prescott, who since 1909 has been secretary and treasurer of the Leake Brothers Company, Inc., of Dixon, his native city, was born in 1875, his parents being Hollis and Nancy Adams (Williams) Prescott, the latter a daughter of George Williams, who brought his family to Lee county during the pioneer epoch in the history of this part of the state. Hollis Prescott arrived in Lee county when a young man of about nineteen years, following his brothers, who had previously come here from Salem, Massachusetts. He was a representative of one of the old New England families and, attracted by the opportunities of the growing west, he made his way to Dixon, where for a long period he was engaged in business as a mason and contractor. In this connection he was prominently identified with building operations for a number of years and substantial structures of the city still stand as monuments to his enterprise and skill. In 1877 he went to Cherokee, Iowa, where he remained for eleven years and then returned to Dixon in 1888. Here he still makes his home but is living retired, spending the evening of his life in the enjoyment of a well earned rest.

George F. Prescott supplemented a public-school course by a year's study in the Northwestern University, where he prepared for work along pharmaceutical lines. He then came to Dixon and was connected with the drug house of J.W. Watts for several years, during which time he thoroughly acquainted himself with all the practical phases of the business. In 1909 he was made secretary and treasurer of the Leake Brothers Company, Inc. This business was established in 1898 by Frank E. and Charles R. Leake, the former now deceased. He was identified with the business until 1910, when he sold out to his brother Charles and went to California, where his death occurred in 1912. His widow is still a resident of that state. Charles R. Leake has since sold a part of his interest in the business to George P. Prescott and B. S. Schildberg and the former is now secretary and treasurer of the company. His experience in the drug business has well fitted him for the responsibilities which now devolve upon him, making him one of the enterprising and successful merchants of the city.

In 1904 Mr. Prescott was united in marriage to Miss Myrtle J. Bryan, of Dixon, a daughter of Milton Bryan, of Bureau county, Illinois, and unto them have been born three children. The parents are members of the Christian church and shape their lives according to its teachings. Mr. Prescott?s political views are in harmony with the principles that constitute the platform of the republican party and he has filled some local offices, serving as township assessor four years, or from 1905 until 1909, and also as township supervisor from 1911 to 1913. He possesses a genial nature, his sociability finding expression in many warm friendships.

"The friends thou hast and their adoption tried. Grapple them to thy heart with hoops of steel," has been a precept which he has ever followed in spirit and he is today thus widely and favorably known in Dixon.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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