McLean County, Illinois
GEORGE McINTOSH, plumber, and carrying on a good trade in gas and steam-fittings, is contributing his full share to the business interests of Bloomington, and thus fulfilling the obligations of a good citizen. He is a native of Scotland, born in the city of Brechin in May, 1844. His parents were George and Agnes Mclntosh, by whom he was reared and sent to school, where he received a good education.
He learned the trade of a plumber in his native city, serving an apprenticeship of six years, and at the expiration of this time proceeded to the city of Glasgow and worked as a "jour" for one year. From there he went to Dublin, where he spent one year, and thence to the city of London, England, where he worked at his trade two years. From there he sailed for America, and after spending a week in Montreal, Canada, where work was dull, set his face Westward, and soon found a job in Chicago, Ill., from which he derived a handsome salary of $4.75 per day.
Mr. Mclntosh spent two years with one firm in that city, and was then detailed to go to Bloomington, where he completed a contract for the firm, and where he decided to locate. He became a permanent resident of the city in 1868, and established himself in business.
Three years later his stock was destroyed by fire, and having no insurance he lost everything. His credit, however, was good, and he soon recovered from this disaster. He once more opened up a stock of fixtures, his business place being located under the First National Bank, at the corner of Washington and Main streets, where he operated successfully, and in due time was enabled to put up the present convenient and commodious building. This occupies an area of 22x90 feet, with two stories and basement.
Mr. Mclntosh is a straightforward business man, and takes a genuine interest in the prosperity of his adopted city, and there are few worthy enterprises that have not received his encouragement and support. He was married in 1870 to Miss Helen, daughter of John McGregor, of Bloomington, and they have two children George and Adella.
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), 325. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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