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FRANK BARNARD, capitalist, of Bloomington, and abstract and loan broker, is a native of this county, and was born in June, 1860; he is the seventh son of Amos and Averstia C. (Moulton) Barnard. The former was an Ohioan by birth, in which State he was reared and educated and spent his youth upon a farm. He came to Illinois in 1846, and located west of the city of Bloomington, whence he afterward removed into the city, in 1867. After leaving the farm our subject's father turned his attention to brokerage and loans, in which he was eminently successful and accumulated a fine property. He departed this life April 20, 1880, leaving to his family a large estate. The mother is still living. Their seven children included four boys and three girls, all living, and of whom Frank, our subject, was the second in order of birth.

Mr. Barnard completed his studies at Normal University [ed., now Illinois State University] and upon leaving school, took a trip to California where he remained two years, then returning to Bloomington engaged in abstracting three years, and subsequently purchased the interest of J. W. Compton & Co., which he conducted with success and profit. He now owns a half interest in the abstract books of the firm of Tillotson & Fell, from which business he derives a fine income. Considering that our subject is still a young man, he has already gained a good position in the business world. Socially he is a member of Wade Barney Lodge, A. F. & A. M.

[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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