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CHARLES LAMP, of the firm of E. H. Rood & Co., proprietors of the Bloomington elevator, has been a resident of this city for many years, and is a fine representative of the reliable and substantial German nationality. He was born near Kiel, Germany, an important port on the Baltic Sea, the date thereof being April 1, 1834. His parents, Henry and Silke (Wiese) Lamp, had a family of eight children. Our subject commenced attending school at an early age and continued until sixteen years old. After that he was variously engaged for three years, when he set sail for the United States, landing at New York City, whence he came to Bloomington in June, 1853. Here he first engaged in assisting to construct the road bed of the Illinois Central Railroad at the wages of $1.25 per day. After the road was completed, he became a baggage man at Winona, Ill., and continued in the employ of the company until 1857. He then engaged in farming until the outbreak of the late war.

In July, 1862, Mr. Lamp enlisted as a Union soldier in Co. I, 104th Ill. Vol. Inf., serving until the close of the war in the 14th Army Corps, under Gen. Thomas. He participated with his comrades in the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, and marched with Sherman in the Atlanta campaign, which lasted 125 days, and afterward to the sea under Gen. Sherman. Soon after entering the service he was captured with the whole brigade by Morgan's Raiders, and held as a prisoner several days, being then exchanged. He served through the war without receiving a scratch and was honorably discharged in June, 1865. He then returned to Bloomington and engaged with the commission firm of Ludington & Rood, with whom he remained through its various changes until he became a partner, and is engaged with them successfully and extensively as a grain dealer, their elevator being located on the Indiana, Bloomington & Western Railroad.

Mr. Lamp was married in 1855, to Miss Eliza Rice of Bloomington, and they have eight children, four sons and four daughters. Mr. Lamp is a straightforward and thorough-going business man, highly esteemed among his friends and fellow citizens, and belongs to the I. O. O. F., Uhland Lodge No. 305, also to G. A. R., Post No. 146.

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), 693. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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