ORIN WATERS, a resident of the Prairie State since 1844, and now engaged as bookkeeper for Dr. C. Wakefield
& Co., ranks among the substantial citizens, and has a thorough understanding of the duties of his position
as an accountant, for which he has become well fitted by a good education and a large experience. The subject of
this biography was born in Watertown, N. Y., Oct. 3, 1832, and is the son of William and Betsey (Wakefield) Waters,
natives of the same place. William Waters was an official of his native county the greater part of his life, but
in later years removed to Illinois, and purchasing a farm in De Witt County, devoted himself to agricultural pursuits
and established a homestead which he occupied until his death, July 4, 1848. The mother died at the same place
two years later, in 1850. Their four children were as follows: Henry, a resident of Iola, Kan.; Orin, of our sketch;
Dr. Zera, of Bloomington, and Susan, Mrs. Andrus, of Bloomington, whose husband is engaged in mercantile pursuits.
The father of our subject was a stanch adherent of the Democratic party, and belonged to the Universalist Church.
He was generous and warm-hearted in his disposition, upright and honorable in his business transactions, a liberal
supporter of schools and churches, and greatly respected wherever he was known.
Orin Waters was a boy of thirteen years when he came to Illinois with his parents. He received his education principally in the district schools until he was eighteen years of age, and then became a clerk in the store of Dr. C. Wakefield. In 1849 he came to Bloomington in the capacity of a drug clerk for the same gentleman, and continued five years, after which he established in business for himself, being thus occupied for four years, after which he sold out and engaged with R. Thompson & Co., in the drug trade, until 1867. He then associated himself in partnership with J. S. Sibird, and they purchased the Bloomington Pantagraph, conducting it until the fall of 1869, and then selling out started the Leader, which they sold in 1874. Mr. Waters then engaged as book-keeper for Dr. Wakefield, which position he has occupied since that time.
Our subject was married on the 1st of December, 1853, to Miss Mary E. Richardson, of Watertown, N. Y., and the daughter of Josiah and Cynthia (Toleman) Richardson, natives respectively of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and her father was a farmer by occupation. Mr. and Mrs. Waters are the parents of three children, as follows: Frank R. married Miss Mamie Heaton, and they reside in Bloomington; Cynthia B. is the wife of Prof. George Hastings, of Santa Cruz, Cal.; Della is the wife of Harry N. Woods, engaged in the dry-goods trade at Bloomington, and they have one daughter, Lottie M.
The residence of our subject is located on East Washington street, at No. 517, where he dispenses hospitality to numbers of friends by whom himself and excellent lady are held in high esteem. They are both members of the Unitarian Church. Mr. Waters is Republican in politics, and socially belongs to the I. O. O. F.
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), 592. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards