GEORGE A. TRYNER, of the Pork Packing Company, is a representative citizen of Bloomington, and intimately identified
with its business and industrial interests. The headquarters of this company are on the I.B. & W. R. R., corner
of Gridley street, where they are transacting an extensive business with profit and success. Mr. Tryner is also
connected with the firm of Tryner & Richardson, cigar manufacturers, located on East Front street, and delights
in nothing more than to have his head and hands full of business. Our subject was born in New York City, Nov. 13,
1836, and is the son of George F. and Elizabeth (Roberts) Tryner, natives of England. George F. Tryner emigrated
to America in 1833, locating in New York City, and was there engaged in merchant tailoring for eleven years following.
He then began in the clothing and furnishing business and was thus occupied until 1857. Subsequently he came to
Salem, Ill., and after a residence there of twenty years removed to Bloomington and followed mercantile business
until his death, which occurred in 1879. The parental family included five children, three now living—George A.;
Alice, Mrs. Rawson, of Bloomington, and James, engaged in the jewelry trade in Colorado. The mother died in 1848,
at Perth Amboy, N. J. She was a member of the Baptist Church and her husband of the Presbyterian.
George A. Tryner graduated at Perth Amboy Seminary in New Jersey and commenced bookkeeping in New York City. He came with his parents in 1857 to Salem, Ill., and there began farming. This he abandoned after three years, when he secured a clerkship in Salem and was thus occupied until his enlistment in the army, during the late Civil War. He became a member of Co. G, 21st Ill. Vol. Inf., was commissioned Sergeant, and after six months was on detached service with the Adjutant-General's department for three years and two months. He participated with his comrades in the battles of Stone River [Stones River] and Chickamauga, and was with Sherman in his march as far as Atlanta, at which time his term of service expired.
After retiring from the army Mr. Tryner engaged in business one year at Chattanooga, Tenn., and in 1866 went to St. Louis, Mo., where he engaged in the drug business. After six months he sold out and came to Bloomington and was engaged in the grocery trade for a period of eight years. He then began building the packing-house in 1873, and has since had charge of the books and finances. The company gives employment to about seventy-five men in Bloomington and has three men on the road. In 1879 Mr. Tryner formed a partnership with Mr. Richardson, and under the firm name of Tryner & Richardson they have transacted a good business in cigars and tobacco, giving employment to about thirty men.
The marriage of George A. Tryner and Miss Jennie Dunham was celebrated in 1864. Mrs. Tryner was born in Perth Amboy, N. J., her parents being Edmund and Clarissa (Ross) Dunham, natives of the same State. Of her marriage with our subject there were born three children, two only living—Alice and Ethel. Mr. Tryner is one of the energetic and enterprising men of this section who have so materially aided in its growth and development. He has held various local offices, is now a member of the Board of Supervisors, the City Board of Education, Director of the Third National Bank, and a stockholder in the Bloomington Building and Loan Association, being also one of the Directors of the latter. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor in 1868.
Mr. Tryner has been largely interested in the purchase and sale of Kansas lands. As may he supposed he carries a level head to be able to manage successfully his various interests, and he is uniformly successful. In politics our subject affiliates with the Republican party, and is a 32d Degree Mason. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias and the G. A. R. The handsome and substantial family residence is located at No. 504 East Front street, where our subject and his amiable lady dispense a fine hospitality to hosts of friends.
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), 548. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.