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McLean County, Illinois
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GEORGE AGLE, a representative business man of Bloomington, is successfully engaged as a dealer in hides, wool, fur, leather and findings, and occupies Nos. 207 and 209 South Center street. Mr. Agle, whose name is spelled by the Germans Egle, was born in Erie County, N. Y., in 1843, and is the son of Frederick and Laney (Henry) Agle, both natives of Germany the father coming to America with his parents when a boy of eleven years. The grandfather of our subject, also George Agle by name, after reaching the United States, settled in Erie County, N. Y., and was a remarkable man in many respects. He never rode in a wagon or on horseback to the knowledge of our subject, and when past eighty years of age would walk, every Sabbath, five miles to church. He died at the age of eighty-seven, and every tooth was as perfect as when a child. Before coming to America he served as a soldier under the first Napoleon for a period of eleven years and six months, during which time he was at the memorable siege and burning of Moscow, Russia, and was the hero of many other thrilling incidents connected with his life as a soldier.

Frederick Agle, father of our subject, followed agricultural pursuits in Erie County, N. Y., until 1880, when he removed to Bloomington, and has since lived a retired life. The mother of our subject left her native land when a young girl, thirteen years old, and was married to Frederick Agle in Erie County, N. Y. They became the parents of eight children, of whom our subject was the third in order of birth.

George Agle was reared on a farm until sixteen years of age, in the meantime receiving a practical education. He then went to Hamburg, Erie Co., N. Y., and engaged to learn the tanner and currier's trade, at which he served three years, and then, at the age of nineteen, came to Illinois and opened up the business he now carries on. He first located on East Front street for eight years. In 1881 he purchased the grounds which he now occupies, and upon which he has erected a fine brick block, three stories in height, and occupying an area of 45x75 feet. He is also the owner of several houses and lots within the city limits, and a finely improved farm of 165 acres in Hudson Township, which is operated by a tenant.

Mr. Agle was married in 1869 to Miss Carrie W. Eckhardt, who was born in Erie County, N. Y., and is the daughter of George and Margaret (Bley) Eckhardt, also of the Empire State. Mr. and Mrs. Agle became the parents of three children: George F. is in the office with his father; Frank W. and Charles F. are at home. Mr. and Mrs. Agle are members in good standing of the German Lutheran Church, of which our subject has been a Trustee for the last eight years. He belongs to the Republican party, and is essentially a self-made man, to whom all credit is due for his worthy and persevering efforts, which have met with abundant success.

[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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