T. F. HARWOOD. The subject of the following sketch is one of the most highly respected and honored citizens of Bloomington. To rare executive ability and business tact he adds great kindness of heart, and universal sympathy with the adversities and misfortunes of life, which he strives to alleviate whenever he has opportunity. In short, the general verdict as applied to Mr. Harwood, is “Well done, good and faithful " citizen. Our subject is a member of the firm of Harwood & Sons, lumber merchants, dealing extensively in sash, doors, blinds, coal, etc., the business of which firm is located at No. 901 East Grove street. Mr. Harwood is a native of Orleans County, N. Y., and was born in 1838. He is the son of Chauncey and Lovisa (Bogue) Harwood, natives of Vermont.
Chauncey Harwood removed from his native State to New York before his marriage, traveling on foot from Chittenden, Vt., to where the city of Rochester, N. Y., now stands, much of this road lying through the heavy timber. After reaching his destination, he purchased 100 acres of land upon the present site of the city of Rochester, and erected a woolen-mill just below the falls of the Genesee River. After this was completed and equipped he superintended its operation until his health failed, when he abandoned it.
He then went to Orleans County, that State, where he purchased 146 acres of timber land, erected another woolen factory and built up a business which extended from Rochester to Niagara Falls, people coming from all directions on horseback with bundles of wool to be carded. He cleared his timbered tract and out of the wilderness opened up a valuable farm.
After retiring from active business he removed to the village of Holley, where the mother died in 1858, and her husband three years later. Of their family of nine children, six are now living, as follows: Jeffrey resides near Kalamazoo, Mich.; Dwight and Dan B. are in Bloomington; Hiland H. is in Clinton, Ill.; the next is our subject; Augusta, Mrs. B. F. Hoops, lives in Bloomington.
Chauncy Harwood was a man of great energy and perseverance and took a deep interest in the chief events of the day, although he steadily declined to become an office-holder. He was a stanch adherent of the old Whig party and the friend of every measure calculated to benefit his fellow-men. To each of his children he gave a fine education, which he esteemed better than money to fit them for the various duties and emergencies of life. Both parents were connected with the Presbyterian Church, in which the father of our subject was Deacon and one of the chief pillars.
T. F. Harwood came to Bloomington, Ill., when a young man twenty years of age. In 1858 he established himself in the hardware business on Center street, in which he was occupied until 1870, and then sold out to his brothers and engaged in his present business. He has prospered in his undertaking, his firm being now the most extensive operators in this department of trade in Bloomington.
The marriage of our subject and Miss Marietta Keys took place in Bloomington in 1862, at the home of the bride's parents. Mrs. H. is a native of Orleans County, N. Y., and the daughter of H. N. Keys, formerly of Connecticut. By her union with our subject she has become the mother of three children—Willis S., in the lumber business with his father, and Clara and Harry B., at home. Their handsome and hospitable home is at No. 410 East Douglas street, where they enjoy the society and esteem of hosts of friends.
Besides this property Mr. Harwood is a stockholder and Vice-President of the gas works and also has an interest in the Walton Plow Works and the Third National Bank. He owns several tenement houses in the city which yield him a fair income and has a valuable store building on Front street. He has also operated in western lands some in Kansas, and is also connected with a syndicate in Arkansas. In politics our subject belongs to the Republican party; he served one term as Alderman of the First Ward, and to whatever position he has been called has acquitted himself in a creditable and praiseworthy manner. Mr. Harwood may be classed as a good citizen in every sense that the term implies, and few name him but to praise.
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), 739. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards