W. B. STOCKDALE, of the firm of Brown & Stockdale, of Heyworth, this county, is, with his partner, carrying
on an extensive and lucrative trade in hardware, tinware, pumps, paints, oils, glass, etc. They also sell farming
implements of all kinds. Mr. Stockdale established the present business in 1874, with his partner, Mr. Mann, but
after two years sold out to Mr. Mann. Our subject then started in for himself, in another location, and after two
years took in his present partner, Mr. Brown, and they have operated together successfully since that time. They
carry a good stock and have among their customers the best people in this locality.
The subject of this history was born in Washington, Washington Co., Pa., near Monongahela City, on the river of the same name, Dec. 28, 1847, and is the son of John and Margaret (Corry) Stockdale, a sketch of whom appears in another part of this work. He is the eldest of the three children of his parents, all now living, viz., James C. and Alice V., who still live with their parents.
Our subject was married near Heyworth, Jan. 30, 1873, to Miss Anna B. Wakefield, whose father, William W., is a retired farmer and lives in the village. Mrs. S. was born near Ft. Wayne, Ind., Sept. 5, 1852, and was ten years of age when her father came to Randolph Township. She was reared by her parents, receiving a fair education, and remained with them until her marriage. Of her union with our subject there have been born three childrenóJames E., Porter and Blanche. Mr. S. is Republican in politics and takes an active interest in upholding the principles of his party. He is also, with his wife, a member of the Presbyterian Church.
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), 687. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.