BENJAMIN G. FALKINGHAM, a dealer in grain at Towanda, and one of her prominent citizens as well as thorough-going business men, is a son of George and Eliza (Marsh) Falkingham, natives of England. Soon after their marriage the parents crossed the briny waters to make their home in the free Republic of the United States, and made their way direct to this county, locating in Towanda, where the father died Feb. 28, 1878. The mother survives. They had four children, three sons and one daughter. One died in infancy, and those living are Benjamin G., John H. and George W.
The subject of this notice was born at Towanda, Ill., June 14, 1858. He received a good education in the schools of that place, and when old enough became a clerk in his father's store. He continued to act in that capacity until about eighteen years old, when he worked at farm labor for about four years. He was then occupied in running a cornsheller for two years, and since 1883 has been engaged in the buying and shipping of grain and stock, in which he has met with more than ordinary success.
Mr. Falkingham was married at Bloomington, Ill., Oct. 13, 1879, to Miss Mary Burnes, a native of Wisconsin. Their union has been blest by the birth of two children Eliza and Clarence. Our subject has held the offices of Town Assessor, Township Trustee, and Street Commissioner of Towanda, and in politics he is a stanch Republican.
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), 647. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.