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McLean County, Illinois
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CHARLES E. COX, of the firm, of Hasenwinkle & Cox, of Hudson, owns and operates the Hudson Elevators, which are a great convenience to the citizens of this locality, and yield their proprietors a handsome income.

The subject of this history is the eldest son of James H. and Mary A. (Chadbourne) Cox, and was born in Waterford, Me., Sept. 25, 1848. The family came to Illinois in the fall of 1851, settling at Hudson in this county. Here Charles E. grew to manhood and completed his education in Shurtleff College, at Upper Alton, where he took a three years' course.

His tastes were inclined to mercantile pursuits, and he had previously clerked in the store of his father, beginning, in fact, as soon as he was large enough to reach the top of the counter. His school days ended in the spring of 1866, and he then established a drug business in Hudson, which he operated for one year and then became associated with his father, the firm name being J. H. Cox & Son, and afterward Cox & Aldrich. Then Charles E. Cox and J. W. Aldrich formed a partnership under the firm name of Cox & Aldrich, in the drug business, while at the same time they operated in live-stock, lumber and grain. On the 11th day of November, 1884, our subject having withdrawn from the aforesaid business, became a partner of William Hasenwinkle, with whom he has continued since that time.

The marriage of Charles E. Cox and Miss Effie Dart was celebrated in September, 1871, at Hudson. Mrs. Cox is the daughter of William Dart, and was born in this State in 1854. By her union with our subject she became the mother of six children, one of whom died in infancy, and the five living are Merton D., Lena Mabel, Claude Herbert, James H. and Charles W.

Mr. Cox is Republican in politics and has been School Treasurer of the township for several years, although he prefers to give his attention to his own private concerns. Religiously he is connected with the First Baptist Church, and as a man and a citizen he is held in the highest esteem by the people of his locality.

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), 350. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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