Lee County Biography

Frederick Watson


WATSON, Frederick A., shoe manufacturer; b. Dixon, IL. Oct. 3, 1854; s. James A. and Susan (Schermerhorn) Watson; ed. grammar school until 14 years old; m. Chicago, Mar. 20, 1880, Delia L. Fairman, 2 children, both now deceased. Train boy C & N.-W.Ry., 1869-71; teamster in Chicago fire ruins, 1871-2; clerk in country store, St. Joseph, Mich., 1873; salesman with C. M. Henderson & Co., wholesale boots and shoes, 1875-1883; in charge manufacturing dept. of same company until 1901, when he succeeded to the business, following the death of C. M. Henderson; pres. Watson, Plummer Shoe Co. manufacturers of general line of shoes. Built factories at Dixon, IL.; organized Dixon Power & Lighting Co. and Dixon Ice Co., and is pres. of both; and managed the affairs of the Riverside Shoe Co. of Allegheny, Pa., and Dixon, IL. Republican. Mem. Episcopal Church. Mem. Loyal Legion, 1st Class, by inheritance from father's Civil War record as Major 75th IL. Vol. Office: 230-232 Adams St., Residence: 30th St. and Michigan Av., and Dixon, IL.

The 1860 and 1870 census shows Frederick Watson living with his parents James and Susan Watson in Dixon, Lee Co., IL.

1880 census shows Frederick Watson age 26, boarder, b. IL., Parents: NY., occup: commercial trav., wife Delia 24, boarder, b. IL., Father b. NY., Mother b. Mass., living at 147 Jersey St., Quincy, Adams Co., IL.

1900 census shows Frederic Watson b. Oct. 1854, age 45, married 20 yrs., b. IL., Father b. Canada (English), Mother b. NY., occup: shoe manufacturer. wife Delia b. June 1859 age 40, married 20 yrs., 1 child, 1 living, b. IL., Father: Michigan, Mother: NY., Living on Jefferson Ave., along with 2 servants in Dixon, Lee Co., IL.

1910 census shows Fredrick A. Watson age 50, Widower, married 25 yrs., b. IL., Parents: IL., occup: manufacturer, boots & shoes, Employer. Living at 305 E. Everett St., Dixon, Lee Co., IL.

Illinois State Archives Death Index:
Frederick A. Watson died 8-8-1913, age 58 yrs. Chicago, Cook Co., IL.
Delia Watson died 3-15-1909, age 53 yrs. Chicago, Cook Co., IL.

Contributed by Elsie Harmon
The Book of Chicagoans: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of Chicago.
Edited by John W. Leonard, Editor of Who's Who In America Copyright, 1905 by A. N. Marquis & Company
Reproduction of original in the University of Ilinois (Urbana-Champaign Campus) Library

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