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McLean County, Illinois
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THOMAS P. GARRETT, one of the most skillful photographers of Bloomington, may be found in a handsome studio at No. 221 North Main street. He is a native of Delaware, and was born in Stanton, July 10, 1846. His parents, Benjamin and Mary (Haines) Garrett, were natives of Pennsylvania, whence they removed to Delaware in 1841, and engaged in farming. In 1872 they returned to Pennsylvania, where the father retired from business and departed this life in 1884. The mother lives in Pennsylvania, making her home with her sons. Of these they had three David H., a banker of Philadelphia; Isaac P., a farmer of Delaware County, Pa., and Thomas P., our subject. Benjamin Garrett held the offices of County Commissioner and School Director, and with his wife belonged to the Society of Friends.

Thomas P. Garrett remained at home with his parents until sixteen years old, his earlier years being spent upon the farm. After completing his primary studies he attended the Normal School for three years and then went to Wilmington, Del., and learned photography. At the age of eighteen, July 10, 1864, he enlisted in Co. E, 7th Del. Vol. Inf., and after a few months was transferred to the 1st Delaware Artillery, being in service one year and with the Army of the West in Louisiana and Arkansas.

After receiving his honorable discharge from the army young Garrett went to Kansas and resumed his chosen occupation, remaining there for six years. He then returned East to Philadelphia and pursued his calling in the Quaker City from 1871 until 1877. He then went to Harrisburg, and eighteen months later to Illinois, reaching the Prairie State in 1879, and locating in Bloomington, where he has since remained and successfully pursued the calling of his choice.

Mr. Garrett was married in 1878, to Miss C. A. Etherington, a native of Maryland, and the daughter of William G. Etherington, of Cecilton. Of this union there were born two children Elsie and Marjorie. The pleasant family residence is located at No. 608 East Grove street, and is the resort of the cultured people of the city. Our subject is Republican in politics and a member of the G. A. R., the Seven Wise Men, the National Union, the Red Men [ed., Improved Order of Red Men], and Royal Arcanum.

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), 556. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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