GEORGE H. COX, of Bloomington, proprietor of the Hungarian Roller Mill, is one of the rising young men of the city, and is rapidly attaining to a prominent position among its industrial interests. Mr. Cox was born in Dixfield, Oxford Co., Me., Nov. 22, 1848. His father, Thomas J. Cox, was a general merchant of Dixfield, and his mother, who before her marriage was Miss Almira Millett, was a native of Norway. Both are now deceased.
The subject of this history spent his boyhood in his native town, and there received his primary education. He soon afterward went to the city of Boston, Mass., and engaged as clerk in a store. In June, 1866, he started for the West, and landing in Bloomington, became book-keeper for his brother, Thomas J., who had preceded him to this locality and had set up in business for himself. After five years thus occupied young Cox purchased a one-fourth interest in the Eagle Mills, and later a half interest. He then sold out and purchased the Vienna Mills at Peoria, which he operated about five years, and until the property was destroyed by fire. This calamity involved a loss of nearly $16,000, but was insured for a little over $1 2,000. Mr. Cox then returned to Bloomington, and purchased the Union and Hungarian Mills, which he remodeled and enlarged, and put in a complete roller system. He is still operating these mills, the Union having been changed in name, being now known as the Crown Roller Mills, and which are located on the Illinois Central Railroad. The Hungarian Mills are on the Chicago & Alton Railroad, and to both are secured the best of shipping facilities, having a capacity of 350 barrels in twenty-four hours. The grades upon leaving this point go to local points, and the mill feed to Philadelphia, and includes the best grades of flour sold in the States of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri. The lower grades are shipped to New York City for exportation.
Mr. Cox was married, Sept. 1, 1872, to Miss Clara M. Bruner, of Bloomington, daughter of George Bruner, Esq. They have one child living, a son, Herman W.; a daughter, Lutie Dell, died when six years of age. Mr. Cox commenced business on a small capital, but by energy and close application has accumulated a handsome property. He is a practical and thorough business man, greatly respected by his friends and associates, and is contributing his full share toward the prosperity of this section.
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), 253. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards