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Full text of "A compendium of freemasonry in Illinois; embracing a review of the introduction, development and present condition of all rites and degrees; together with biographical sketches of distinquished members of the fraternity"

II B R.AR.Y 

OF THE 
UN IVER.5ITY 
OF ILLINOIS 



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I461W 
v.2 



Illinois HiSiDaicAL smsa 



ULIN018 HISTORICAL 



COMPENDIUM 



OF 



FREEMASONRY IN ILLINOIS 



EMBRACING^ 

A review of "he Introduction, Development and Present Condition of all rites 

and degrees; together with Biographical Sketches of 

distinguished members of the Fraternity. 



EDITED BY 

GEORGE W. WARVELLE. 



VOL. II. 



CHICAGO: 

THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY. 
1897. 



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 



Abbott, T. J 202 

Abbott, Wm. T 477 

Abel, Jonathan 201 

Abell, E. J 7 

Ackemann, H. F. H 113 

Adams, A. J 213 

Adams, J. M 634 

Adcock, A. W 213 

Aiken, Wm. J 663 

Albert, Stephen 608 

Albright, L. W 232 

Alexander, Wm. A 649 

Allen, R. S 248 

Ambler, F. W 283 

Amsden, Geo. W 736 

Andersen, A. J 706 

Anderson, J.H 310 

Anthony, Frank 323 

Arnold, D. A 338 

Arnold, Wm 346 

Arthur, James 348 

Arthur, John 391 

Ashley, E. M 800 

Atherton, A. C 691 

Atwell.J. W 741 

Austin, C. E 364 

Austin, Chas. S 484 

Avery, Samuel J 685 

Ayers, Samuel ... - 584 



B 



Babcock, H. A 534 

Bacon, M. W 19 

Baker, C. E 205 

Baker, J. M 597 

Baldwin, T. S 567 

Baldwin, S. Y 567 

Barber, James E 693 

Barmore, N. L 225 

Barnes, Wm. G 737 

Barney, F. N 650 

Barrett, Geo. J 545 

Bartholomew, E. S 189 

Bassett & Bassett 93 

Bast, Elmer E 232 



Batchelder, J. M 240 

Batschy, John 249 

Bauman, G. A 251 

Baume, James S 758 

Bay, George P 443 

Beaumont, James 730 

Beckwith, t. W 44 

Beebe, Geo. H 748 

Bell, J. Johnston 748 

Bench, J. C 257 

Bennett, James 259 

Benson, E. L 284 

Benson, Paul J 293 

Bent, Thomas B. 790 

Bent, Thomas J 704 

Bentley, A. L 707 

Bentley.H.D 320 

Bergquist, Benj 339 

Bergstresser, W. H 62 

Besore, Chas. A 639 

Besore, George. 570 

Best, Henry 539 

Best, Wm. 3 378 

Billings, Geo. W 393 

Billow, E. E 713 

Birk, W. A 728 

Bishop, C. A 77 

Bishop, Seth Scott 502 

Bixby, A. S 553 

Black, Wm. J 643 

Blanding, V. M 8 

Blass, J. H 749 

Blish, M. B 63 

Boldenweck, Wm 572 

Bond, L. L 51 

Borneman, H. F 758 

Bort, Frank B 629 

Bottenberg, T. E 463 

Bowen, L. W 593 

Bowley, H. F 403 

Bowman, J. R 411 

Boyd, John S 675 

Bradley, Wm. O'R 84 

Bradwell, J. B 14 

Braumoeller, H. M 686 

Braun, R. P 530 

Brittain, J. J 460 

Broberg, G. C 504 



Brookfield, L. E 413 

Brown, C. B 425 

Brown, Constant 678 

Brown, O. G 761 

Brown, W. C 728 

Brown, Warren M 505 

Brown, Wm. F 491 

Browning, Wm. F 416 

Brumback, A. H 435 

Brumback, T. B 439 

Bryant, F. L 797 

Buckingham, E 580 

Budd, Wm. O 509 

Buell, Frank W 597 

Buerkin, Joseph 148 

Buhoup, H. C 165 

Burkhart, Chas 712 

Burkhart, Ed F 167 

Burt, Edmund 371 

Burton, J. E 671 

Burn, Joseph B 588 

Buske, M. F 184 

Bye, Cornelius 767 

Byers, George C 376 



Calder, J.A 195 

Camm, E. 1 202 

Campbell, F.W 25 

Campbell, J.L 501 

Campbell, L. W 669 

Canfield.J. B 582 

Carl, James 212 

Carlock, W. B 577 

Carr, James 738 

Carr.M. S 767 

Carson, J.H 214 

Carter, F. St. L 230 

Castle, C. H 231 

Castleman, C. E 754 

Gate, Wm. M 666 

Catlin, Charles 710 

Catto.Wm. M 599 

Chambers, George 742 

Chandler, C.C 678 

Chandler, H.B 255 

Charlton, C. R 26 



101 1579 



IV 



INDEX. 



Chick, Thomas 283 

Christie, R. J. Jr 795 

Clark, Anson L 71 

Clark, Emerson 711 

Clark, S. A 523 

Clark, W. W 792 

Clarke, R. D 300 

Clavereigne, F. E . 425 

Claypool.H.C 466 

Cleaveland, H. C 88 

Cleaveland, H. H 302 

Clefford, A.B 453 

Clendenin, Wm 296 

Clifton, Arthur L 539 

Clithero, J. B 473 

Clizbe, W. J 698 

Coffin, G. B 313 

Cole, Marcus W 191 

Coleman, John 384 

Colley, Fred G 643 

Collins, L.C.Jr 675 

Comstock, H. F 394 

Cook.G. D 640 

Cooke.A. S 598 

Coppel, F. M 770 

Cornell, W. H 697 

Cory, Vincent P 495 

Cram, F. W 365 

Crane, A. M 460 

Crawford, J. A 803 

Crawford, Lewis G 735 

Crawford, M. S 27 

Crear.William 426 

Crego, David R 29 

Crilly, William M 426 

Cristy, W.A 796 

Cronau, Julius 436 

Cronkrite, E. L 438 

Cronkrite, William N 445 

Crooks, Smyth 126 

Cross, E. J 620 

Crubaugh, John 168 

Cudney, W. E 724 

Cunningham, T. C 519 

Curtiss, G. R 5 

Curtiss, G. W 79 

Cutting, C. S 674 

D 

Dallenbach, J. J. . . 767 

Daly.R. J 473 

Dana, EzraO 203 

Danne, Emile 727 

Darrow, F. E 211 

Davidson, J. M 757 

Davis, C. C 618 

Davis, George W 774 

Davis, Wilson H 750 

Dawson, George 778 

Deal, James 246 

Dean, D. H 47 

Decker, Judd 269 

Deeves, G. H 641 

Delhauer, J. B 278 

Demaree, Albert 282 

Demming, Charles R 771 

Dempster, Thomas 552 



Devore, A. A 804 

Dickson.W. F 399 

Dill, J. H. C 574 

Dixon, F. H 437 

Dixon, G. W 757 

Dixon, T. J 759 

Dodge, Orris B 445 

Dodge, S. S 294 

Don, William 302 

Dool, Edward 341 

Dorn, Charlie P 433 

Dostal, J. W 355 

Douaire, George F 360 

Dougall, William 359 

Dougherty, H. D 228 

Downing, F. E 383 

Dresbach, T. E 392 

Driver, A. J 694 

DuNah, Geo. W 544 

Dunkle, D. D 687 

Dutton, A. G 729 

Dyas, Joseph E 598 



Eager, A. M 740 

Eberle, Wm. H 520 

Eddy, Albert M 133 

Eddy, George Day 123 

Egler, Ernest E 206 

Eichenberg, Reinhold 742 

Eichholtz, Daniel 210 

Elder, Joseph 228 

Eldndge, D. M 259 

Elliott, Jay E 150 

Ellis, Edward D 463 

Ellsworth, U. S 627 

Elwell, E. H 537 

Elwood.J. G 592 

Enos, Zimri A 52 

Erfert, John 169 

Ertel, C. M '. 185 

Esaley.John H 679 

Evans, Charles W 490 

Evans, J. E 756 

Eveleth, S. H 474 

Everett, J. M 377 



Fahnestock, A. L. 
Fansler, Thos. L. . 
Faragher, R. S . . . 

Fager, H. A 

Faulkner, L. W. 



632 

219 

781 

193 

604 

Fehn, Oscar E 543 

Ferguson, V. S 244 

Fisher, Archibald 551 

Fisher, Charles 633 

Forbes, D. John 324 

Forbes, George R 391 

Ford & Peck 80 

Ford, Shelley B 612 

Forsyth, Wm. K 82 

Fox, J. Mason 401 

Fox, J. P 125 

Frary, O. D 471 

Free, Wm. C 154 



French, S. A 557 

Frisbie, N.W 170 

Fulks, F.M 377 



Gardner, E. A 744 

Gardner, R. A 124 

Garretson, P. H 791 

Gaunt, Sylvester 226 

Gehrke, Emil 4g9 

Geist, John W 605 

Gibler, J. H 243 

Gibons, R. R 64 

Gilbert, C. J 372 

Gilbert, E. B 78 

Gilbert, F. E 795 

Gilbert, J. H 119 

Gilbert, Z. L 46 

Clancy, E. J 82 

Gleason, William H 712 

Glennie, Albert E 87 

Goddard, Leroy A il 1 

Godel, Frank G 340 

Godley, Frank 648 

Goetz, Henry 787 

Good, Elmer S. 630 

Goodman, David 145 

Goodsell, B. W 348 

Goodwin, F. W 692 

Gordon, C. D 600 

Gorman, William H 677 

Graham, George W 354 

Graham, J. S 355 

Graham, W. H 695 

Grannis, Amos 53 

Grant, William W 112 

Green, H. H 16 

Griffith, C. B 421 

Griffith, R. C 421 

Griffith, William H 118 

Griggs, Clarence 127 

Gross, George M 155 

Grout, Joseph M 548 

Grove, C. E 187 

Grove, William A 117 

Gund, Frederick 33 

Gunderson, S. T 173 

Gutgesell, John, Jr 750 

Guthrie, John C 497 

Guthrie, Noah H 83 



H 



Haack, Lewis R 768 

Hadley, Abel G 116 

Hadley, Weymouth 116 

Halderman, N. H 356 

Haley, B. A....; 753 

Hall, W. D 696 

Hallenbeck, J. C 513 

Hamilton, E. B 55 

Hamilton, John B 41 

Hammel.L.J 584 

Hammond, Charles H 212 

Hammond, Peter 773 

Hampton, Benjamin 193 

Hance, F. W 61 



INDEX. 



Hancock, W. S Ill 

Handlin, William 652 

Handrup, F. F 483 

Hanke, H. F 229 

Hanna, William 247 

Harney, P. E 778 

Harper, R. C 644 

Harrington, R 110 

Harris, James P 760 

Harris, Squire Rush 449 

Hart, A. Vernon 251 

Hartman, E. F. L 23 

Hartman, Jacob 35 

Hartwell, E. J 35 

Harvey, Don S 48 

Hawley, James A 37 

Helmle, C. A 563 

Helmle, E. H 563 

Henderson, Alex 279 

Henderson, H. B 529 

Henderson, H. M 254 

Henderson, T. J 108 

Henn, Arnold 102 

Henney. J. W 106 

Henry, J. A 762 

Henthorne, G. F 478 

Herrick, Chas. K 10 

Herrick, R. Z 279 

Hershey, Frank 530 

Heschong, J. F 547 

Hewitt, T. D. 



Hibbard, H. N... 
Hicks, Thomas.. 
Higby, W. H.... 
Hill, F. J 



295 
95 
303 
689 
754 
790 



Hill, James T 

Hillinger, R. J 

Hills, F. E 591 

Hitchcock, C. F 481 

Hitt, Daniel F 105 

Hoag, Wm. J 610 

Hoagland, H. H 630 

Hoberg, F. E 572 

Hoblit, James T 99 

Hodgkins, J 304 

Hoelscher, J. H 594 

Hofenrichter, L 320 

Hoffman, J. R 4 

Hogg, David 322 

Holland, S. C 470 

Hollinger, I. V 384 

Holman, E. E 654 

Hopper, Geo. B 677 

Horrie, Chas. R 732 

Hosbury, John 475 

Hosteller, J. C 493 

Hotaling, G. W 407 

Hough, G. R 611 

Hough, J. W 18 

Hovnanian, G. H 273 

Howard, D 782 

Howard, L. 560 

Hoy, L. T 569 

Hubbard.A.A 409 

Hubert, J. Frank 658 

Hueffner, H. A 580 

Huehl, Harris W 422 

Huffman, Wm. H 743 



Hughson, M. B 125 

Huling, A. H 136 

Humbert, R. C 149 

Hummel, Ernst 124 

Hunter, Hugh D 696 

Hunter, J. M 178 

Hutchinson, H. C 186 

Hutchinson, J. M 650 

Hyler, Benj. B 375 

I 

Ickes, Wm. 1 198 

Ilg, Joseph E 233 

lllingworth, G. M 256 

Ingram, J. S 623 

Ireland, L. E 527 

Irvine, George L 268 

Irwin, Wm.T 482 

J 

Jackson, A. G 571 

Jackson, Wm. J 582 

Jarrett, James 276 

Jenkins, J. B 726 

Jenkins, Wm 763 

Jenkinson, F. E 306 

enks, F. M 769 

ewett, E. A 489 

oesting, F. W 690 

ohnson, C. A 651 

ohnson, G. W 336 

ohnson, Milton 504 

ohnston, Wm. M 91 

ohnstone, Thos. W 749 

Jones, Dayton E 617 

Jones, Edwin F 726 

Julian, E. W 689 

Julien, Wm. N 673 

K 

Kaercher, P. J 468 

Kaufman, A 258 

Keating, A. J 631 

Keats, James 396 

Kellogg, H.H 798 

Kelsey, C. E .' 301 

KerrJ.H 340 

Kimbell, Martin N 472 

King, Charles W 706 

Kirk, Edward, Jr 69 

Kitchen, C. A 73 

Knowles, F. J 431 

Konantz, Wm. H 450 

Kors, H. F 129 

Knudson, Larry 514 

Kopf, Charles W 470 

Kopf, Joseph 26 

Kreider, Geo. X 652 

Krueger, C. G 606 

Kuehner, Robert D 140 

Kuntz, Frederick 177 



Ladd, Charles K 766 

Lafferty, John H 245 



Lager, Carl 

Lamb, Wm. H 

Lame, Chas. E 

Lame, Chas. R 

Lamkin, J. B 

Lamont, B. D 

Lanning, Isaac 

Lantau, Karl A 

Larash, W. I 

Latham, Robert B.. 

Lawrance, R. N 

Lawrence, T. E. . . . 

Learned, F. E 

Leas, J. S. 



188 

768 

590 

589 

622 

286 

653 

523 

340 

496 

563 

346 

627 

349 

Lee, Maskel 15 

Lee, Richard H 381 

Leitch, Henry 398 

Leiter, Wm. M 647 

Leith, A. B 434 

Leonard, R. L 801 

Lester, Charles 511 

Lewis, Wm. H 488 

Linbarger, J. K 702 

Linden, F. C 786 

Lindley, A. M 768 

Lindley, H. W 475 

Lingo, John 801 

Lins, J. L 764 

Loehde, William H 606 

Lomax, George 153 

Lomax, R. D 484 

Loomis, E. E 87 

Loop.C. B 156 

Lorenz, Geo. W 534 

Lott, E. C 491 

Lott, E. L 506 

Love, R. A 180 

Low, W. W 739 

Lutz, A. D 465 

M 

Maas, Philip 196 

Macfall, Thomas W 197 

MacMillan, Hugh 308 

MacNab, W. B 779 

Magill, Wm. C 58 

Maguire, J. R 587 

Main, Wm. B 458 

Mann, R. H 215 

Mansure, E. L 549 

Marling, Franklin 527 

Marsh, Edward H 100 

Martin, Henry J ..761 

Martin, J. D 777 

Mason, Hugh 534 

Mastin, Jethro 429 

Matson, C. R 92 

Maxwell, J. W 704 

McAlpine, W. J 684 

McBean, James G 44 

McConochie, Wm 265 

McCracken, George 640 

McCune, Wm. A 679 

McDonald, H. W 260 

McFall, B. B 267 

McFall.T.W 776 

McFatrich, J. B 789 



VI 



INDEX. 



McFerson, Grant 337 

McGrath, J. M 60 

McGuire, R. L 642 

McHenry, M. E 267 

Mcllvaine, T. M 62 

McLachlan, Alex 487 

McLaren, John 292 

McLaren, John G 735 

McLaughlin, A. W 798 

McLaughlin, E. F 719 

McLean, Alex 467 

McLester, G. W 707 

McMahan, J. P 361 

McMunn, S. W 324 

McNaughton, Coll 23 

McPherran, J. E 327 

Miller, Thos. E 143 

Miller, VVm. H 642 

Milligan.W. L 1 

Milne, Geo. B 671 

Milner, Geo. E 691 

Milnor, J. K 498 

Misch, A. T 6 

Moffat, E. R 610 

Mohlmann, Wm. G 404 

Mohr, Albert 731 

Mohr, Joseph 731 

Monk, Chas. A 769 

Moncur, G. A 412 

Montgomery, E. W . . 784 

Montgomery, H. H 765 

Moon.O. W 12 

Moore, C. E 628 

Moore, D. G 683 

Moore, J. B 495 

Moore, S. S 639 

Moore, Wm. H 427 

Morey, Arthur G 708 

Morey, L. B 456 

Morford.T.T 135 

Morgan, Geo.B 137 

Morgan, Wm. R 637 

Morris, C. W 468 

Morrison, L. L 139 

Morrow, C. B 565 

Morrow, J. P 457 

Morton, Chas. E 464 

Moses, Chas. A 671 

Mueller, Carl 632 

Mueller, G. A 147 

Munn.E. J 176 

Munn, L. L 59 

Murphy, Robert W 179 

Muth, Christian 733 

Myers, J. D 173 

Myers, Wm. H 374 



N 



Nash, John K 638 

Nash, W. A 190 

Naylor, J. E 772 

Nell, W. B 224 

Xelles, J. M 249 

Nelson, John F 276 

Neumeister, Anton 311 

Newell, F. B 312 

Newkirk, M. C 755 



Newton, J. B 715 

Nichols, G. H 519 

Noble, W. L 727 

Norling, A. W 386 

Norling, P. 385 



O 



Oaks, J. F 402 

O'Connor, R. E 476 

Odell, Wm. M 400 

Olmsted, A. G 472 

Olmsted.C. E 459 

Onderdonk, J. L 379 

Oppenheim, A 361 

Osborn, E. H 419 

Osterman, H 570 

Otway, James E 32 

Owens, Alex 432 

Owens, J. H 715 



Parker, F. D 730 

Parker, R. E 804 

Parkinson, J. B 216 

Parks, H. H 195 

Patch, Benj. L 220 

Patten, E. S 722 

Pattison, Douglas 264 

Paul, Chas. E 266 

Pennington, L. E 207 

Perrin, Geo. H 284 

Pershing, James F 308 

Petrie, John 740 

Petrie, Philip 756 

Pettit, Wm. B 367 

Pickard, A. T 553 

Piel, William' 327 

Pollock, James 703 

Pond, Wm. L 291 

Port, Edward R 32 

Post, Herbert U 428 

Powell, H. B 722 

Powell, M. W 454 

Preble, Glen wood 799 

Pratt, Henry 146 

Price, James 160 

Pringle, J. L 493 

Puffer, Frank M 373 

Pursley, T. J 343 



R 



Raecke, W 465 

Ralston, James 745 

Ramsey, J. H 74 

Randall, Eugene 780 

Randall, T. D 389 

Rando, J. W 593 

Rankin, C. S 660 

Ream, Norman B 65 

Reber, T. D 774 

Redtield, G. E 672 

Reichardt, C 651 

Reichardt, R 234 

Reichert, Charles T 222 

Reid, William H 469 



Reinhardt, A.G 16 

Reininger, E. E 613 

Remington, Wm. A 234 

Renner, William H. A 264 

Rhineberger, William H 270 

Rhodes, J. B 288 

Rhodes, T. B 290 

Rice, A. A 328 

Richards, John T 382 

Richardson, J. E 687 

Richardson, R. E 395 

Richmond, F. E 466 

Ricker, N. C 603 

Riedle, Frank 558 

Riegel, Charles 529 

Rieke, August 620 

Riggle, M. F 546 

Rix, George K 607 

Roach, William L 705 

Robbins, Burr 237 

Robbins, Joseph 344 

Robinson, F. T 227 

Robinson, Henson 566 

Robinson, J. R 31 

Robinson, T. J 417 

Rogers, H. A 720 

Rogers, Thomas C 781 

Romberger, C. L 779 

Root, George A 437 

Roovaart, F. H 619 

Rosebrugh, J. R 420 

Rosecrans, C. A 720 

Ross, G. W 600 

Ross, Thos. H 473 

Rothgeb, Frank 430 

Rowins, J. F 434 

Rubin, H. H ... 444 

Ruedy, W. T 746 

Ruff, Henry 452 

Runnels, John F 6 

Runner, Z. T. F 134 

Ruth, T. P 166 

Rutledge, J. A 367 



Sampson, G. H 194 

Sanborn, J. H 583 

Sanders, Anthony C 221 

Sattley, W. N 263 

Saucerman, J. M 222 

Saunders, A. H 413 

Schadel.A. C 522 

Schill, Charles 223 

Schimpff, A. L 238 

Schmidt, W. E 239 

Schneider, Peter 549 

Schoch.Al F 250 

Schoch, D. A 550 

Schoettler, C 252 

Schorn, Chas 34 

Schott, Joseph 543 

Schramm, J. W 36 

Schryver, M. E 325 

Schultz, Fred 22 

Schutt, O. H 40 

Schwarz, August 183 

Scott, J. F 518 



INDEX. 



vn 



Seaver, Charles S 579 

Seghers, John B 371 

Serfass, F. E 277 

Shane, Lewis F 729 

Shaw, D. P 285 

Shaw, Geo. W 492 

Sheldon, C. L 318 

Sheperd, Robert A 775 

Shergold, H.R 319 

Sherman, E. B 2 

Sherman, W. P 777 

Shinn, James W 321 

Shope.S. P... 329 

Shorman, Chauncey 642 

Sievers, N. A 744 

Simmons, C. H 785 

Simpson, T. S 332 

Simpson, A. J 492 

Sipes, Wm.B 342 

Sloan, James 554 

Sloan, Wm.T 357 

Smiley, J. C 380 

Smith, M.V. B.- 716 

Snoots, Albert 660 

Snow, R. L 57 

Snyder.O. W. F 353 

Spauldmg, D. G 75 

Spies, Joseph 12 

Spreyne, F. G 22 

Sproul, E. W 409 

Starkel, Louis C 7 

Starkel, C. H 764 

Stearns, William M . , 28 

Stebbins, John G 30 

Steck, F. G 484 

Stedman, Frank 418 

Steffen, C. G 128 

Stevens, E. F 130 

Stevens, T. A 624 

Stickney, Walter 489 

Stickney, George E 774 

Stillwell, H.A 335 

Stiteley, George J 158 

Stokes, Thomas H 559 

Stone, H. H 159 

Stone, O. M 701 

Stoskopf , M ichael 166 

Strickler, R. R 641 

Strang, Neil 647 

Stuart, George 579 

Swain, J.W 175 

Swallow, C. M 281 

Swatek.J. W 366 



Taggart, Wesford 514 

Tallman, J.B 620 

Tallman, Wm. L 732 

Tarrant, Robert 548 

Taylor, Ernest C 699 

Templeton, John 208 

Tenley, James M 21 



Thackham, William H 239 

Thomas, A. L 721 

Thomas, A. S 528 

Thomas, J. H 275 

Thompson, Charles C 783 

Thompson, H. C 518 

Thompson, William H 287 

Thornborrow, J. A 330 

Thornton, C..S 614 

Timmerman B 724 

Timms, F. M 21 

Tinsley, William 622 

Tobey, J. D 20 

Tobie, E. L 357 

Toennigs, H. W 711 

Tole, John H 394 

Tomlin, Allan R 719 

Tousley, W. H 5 

Townsend, F. B . 415 

Townsley.J. T 140 

Trick, Carl 658 

Trimble, C. D 564 

Trimble, John W. 773 

Trimingham, R. N 554 

Tripp, 1). H 482 

Tripp, B. P 363 

Troldahl, R.J 317 

Trowbridge, Charles 770 

Tunk, Richard 628 

Turner, L. S 771 



U 



Updike, P. B 457 



Van Reed, M. A 362 

\ arnum, Clark 163 

Vaughan, S. 402 

W 

Waddle, S. W 544 

Wadsworth, L. L 192 

Wagner, Louis C 517 

Walduck.C.W 299 

Wales, H. W 209 

Wales, R. P 94 

Walker, James 521 

Wallace, W. W 773 

Walter, Gustave 205 

Walter, Wm. A 540 

Walther, S. A 686 

Walther, Ferdinand 714 

Ward, Elmer 224 

Ward, George L 240 

Ward, J. H 241 

Waterbury, E. M 494 

Watson, Wm. W 496 

Wayland, J. W 241 

Wayne, Wm. J 772 



Webber.S.T 560 

Webster, D."Q 39 

Webster, E. M 45 

Webster, J. P 76 

Weimer, Chas. A 458 

Weiser, S. Y 624 

Welch, Andrew 260 

Weldin, E. 613 

Wellman, J. N 274 

Wells, George 286 

Wenke, J. M 619 

Wentworth, C. J 528 

Werner, F.W 307 

Werno, Henry 314 

Westblade, J. A 476 

Weyrich, H. P 765 

Whalen, A. H 317 

Wheat, J. E 289 

Wheeler, John 532 

Whipple, A. A 17 

Whitaker, H. L 747 

White, J. W 709 

White.Robert B 331 

White, Thomas B 330 

Whitney, F. H 665 

Whitson, Geo. T 358 

Wilcox, J. M 572 

\Viley, William 723 

Willett, S.J 659 

Willoughby, J. A 493 

Wills, Geo. E 411 

Wilsey, O. J 24- 

Wilson, J. M 414 

Wilson, Lee H 451 

Wilson, Robert B 588 

Winans, John C 451 

Wmdom, Charles E '. 137 

Wing, D. A 138 

Wink, Henry 684 

Winn, James H 533 

Winslow, Chas. E 664 

Wolff, Christian J 101 

Wolff, John F 788 

Wood, J. D 714 

Wood, Wm. K 483 

Work, Wm. A 792 

Worthington, C. M 184 

Wright, O. P 25H 

Wyatt, G. A 364 

Wygant.Alonzo 497 

Wyllys, A. N 531 

Wyne, W. B 621 



Young, E. A., 
Young, F. S. . 



786 
693 



Z 



Zeis, Jacob H 734 

Ziemsen, Paul 745 

Zoller, J. J 520 



VIII 



TNDEX. 



PORTRAITS. 



Abbott, W. T 479 

Abel, Jonathan 200 

Ackemann, H. F. H 118 

Adams, J. M 635 

Avers, Samuel 585 

Baldwin, T. S. and S. Y 567 

Bay, George P 442 

Bishop, C. A 77 

Blanding, V. M 9 

Bond, L. L 50 

Brown, W. M 505 

Budd, W. O 508 

Campbell, F. W 25 

Campbell,]. L 500 

Carlock, W. B 575 

Cate, Wm. M 667 

Clavereigne, F. E 424 

Clefford, A. B 453 

Clizbe, W. J 699 

Cole, M. W 191 

Davis, Wilson H 751 

Dill, J. H.C 575 

Dorn, Charlie P 438 

Ueeves, G. H 641 

Eddy, Albert M 132 

Eddy, George D 122 

Ellis, Edward D 462 

ElweM, E. H 536 

Fansler, Thos. L 218 

Fehn, Oscar E 542 

Fisher, Archibald 551 

Frary, O. D 471 

French, S. A 556 

Glennie, Albert E 86 

Gordon, C. D 601 



Gund, Frederick 33 

Gunderson, S. T 172 

Hamilton, J. B 41 

Harper, Robert C 645 

Harris, S. R 448 

Hawley, J. A 37 

Henthorne, G. F 479 

Heschong, J. F 547 

Hibbard, Homer N 95 

Hills, F. E 591 

Hitchcock C.F 479 

Hitt, Daniel F 104 

Hoelscher, J. H 595 

Holman, E.E 655 

Hotaling, G. W 406 

Hough, G. R 611 

Hovnanian, G. H 272 

Hueffner, H. A 581 

Ireland, Louis E 526 

Irwin, W. T 479 

Jackson, A. G 571 

Johnson, C. A 651 

Keating, A. J 631 

Keats, James 397 

Kirk, Edward, Jr 68 

Lafferty, John H 245 

Lester, Charles 511 

Lomax, George 152 

Lott, E. C 491 

Mastin, Jethro 429 

McLachlan, Alex 486 

McLaughlin, E.F 718 

McLean, Alex 467 

McMahan, J. P 361 

Miller, T. E 142 



Milligan, Wm. L 1 

Moore, D. G 682 

Munn.L. L 59 

Onderdonk, J. L 379 

Pursley, T. J 343 

Randall, T. D 388 

Rankin, C. S 661 

Rix, George K 607 

Robbins, Burr 236 

Robinson, F. T 227 

Sattley, W. N 262 

Schryver, M. E 325 

Schwarz, August 182 

Seghers, John B 370 

Snyder, O. W. F 352 

Stevens, T. A 625 

Stillwell, H. A 334 

Swallow, C. M 281 

Thornton, C. S 615 

Townsend, F. B c415 

Tripp, D. H 479 

Troldahl, R.J 316 

Varnum, Clark 162 

Wagner, Louis C 516 

Walduck, C. W 298 

Wales, H.W 209 

Walker, James 521 

Webber, S. T 561 

Werner, F. W 307 

Wheat, J. E 289 

Whipple, A. A 17 

Wright, O. P 253 

Wyllis, A. N 531 

Wyne, W. B 621 



LIBRARY 

OF THE 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 



A COMPENDIUM 



...OF... 



FREEMASONRY IN ILLINOIS. 




-'iH|I L LI A M L. MILLI- 
GAN. One of the 
best known and high- 
ly honored Masons in 
Illinois, who has de- 
voted thirteen years 
to the study of Free- 
masonry, and whose 
knowledge of Masonic 
history, jurisprudence and ritualism is sec- 
ond to none, is Mr. W. L. Milligan, Past 
Eminent Commander of Ottawa Command- 
ery, No. 10, Knights Templar, and Thrice 
Illustrious Master of Oriental Council, No. 
63, Royal and Select Masters. He has al- 
ways been an industrious and enthusiastic 
f rater, and the result of his unabated labors 
is the present prosperous condition of the 
local bodies in Ottawa. Mr. Milligan was 
raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason 
October 13, 1879, in Occidental Lodge, 
No. 40; was exalted to the august degree of 
Royal Arch Mason December 17, of the 
same year, and passed the circle of perfec- 
tion March 2, 1881; was created a Knight 
Templar and a Knight of Malta April 28, 
1 88 1, and attained the ineffable degree of 
Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret in Ori- 
ental Consistory, Chicago, October 7, 1881. 
In recognition of his faithful and meritori- 
ous services in the order he was promoted 
to the office of Sovereign Grand Inspector 
General, the thirty-third and last degree, 
at Providence, Rhode Island, on Septem- 
ber 20, 1887. Mr. Milligan has made a 
successful pilgrimage across the sands of the 



desert, and has been constituted a Noble of 
the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic 
Shrine. 

Mr. Milligan has held many offices in 
the craft and has discharged the duties per- 
taining to them in a manner that has re- 
flected credit upon himself and with honor 
to the fraternity. The various chairs he has 
occupied are as follows: Worshipful Master 
of Occidental Lodge, No. 40, 188410 1886; 
High Priest of Shabona Chapter, No. 37, 
Royal Arch Masons, 1881 to 1887; Thrice 
Illustrious Master of Oriental Council, No. 
63, Royal and Select Masters, 1883 to 
1 887 ; Eminent Commander of Ottawa Com- 
mandery, No. 10, Knights Templar, 1886, 
1887, 1891, 1892. 

In 1886 Mr. Milligan was Val . . Grand 
Almoner, of Chicago Council, Princes of 
Jerusalem; was District Deputy Grand 
Master of the ninth Masonic district of Illi- 
nois, 1886 to 1888, and 1 896 and 1897, and 
was a member of the board of trustees of 
the Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home from 
1886 to 1891, and holds life membership 
certificate No. i, and is at present second 
vice-president of the Illinois Masonic Home 
for Aged Freemasons. He has represented 
the Grand Lodge of Freemasons of South 
Australia near the Grand Lodge of Illinois 
since 1887, with the honorary rank of Past 
Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge 
of Australia, conferred on him October 21, 
1886, by that grand body. He is also the 
Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons, of Quebec, and the 



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Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters 
of Tennessee, with the honorary rank of 
Past Deputy Illustrious Grand Master of the 
Grand Council of Tennessee. Mr. Milligan 
takes considerable pride in holding a certif- 
icate of honorary membership in Fortitude 
Lodge, No. 47, of La Grange, Kentucky. 
In 1895 he was elected Grand High Priest 
of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Illi- 
nois, and is Grand Illustrious Principal 
Conductor of the Work in the Grand Coun- 
cil, Royal and Select Masters. 

As a citizen and a brother Mr. Milligan 
is firm and true, never neglecting a duty or 
leaving a promise unfulfilled. As a friend 
his hospitality and considerate kindness are 
too well known to be commented upon. 

Mr. Milligan is a native of Fayette coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, came with his parents to 
Ottawa, Illinois, at the age of four years, 
where he attended the district schools until 
fifteen years old, then moving with his 
parents upon a farm, where he spent the 
next seventeen years, which he designates 
as the happiest of his life. In the fall of 
1 88 1 he came to Ottawa and secured em- 
ployment as a clerk in a hardware and im- 
plement store, and remained there for about 
a year, when his father, William R. Milli- 
gan, was elected sheriff of La Salle county, 
and our subject went into the office as first 
deputy. At the expiration of four years 
Mr. Milligan accepted a position as gen- 
eral agent for the W. A. Wood Harvester 
Company, his territory being located in 
Illinois and Iowa. 

In December, 1877, Mr. Milligan was 
united in marriage to Miss Louise Eichel- 
berger, and three sons and four daughters 
have been born to them, all of whom are 
bright and intelligent, and the joy and pride 
of their parents. 



ELIJAH B. SHERMAN. While its 
tenets are incapable of misconstruc- 
tion, its teachings clear and plain, its princi- 
ples decisive and binding, Masonry is still 
in harmony with all known agencies for the 
improvement of mankind. It emphasizes 



the truth of universal brotherhood, fosters 
a chivalrous devotion to woman, upholds 
patriotism, promotes benevolence, and has 
emblazoned on its standard truth and 
right. Catholic in its aim and spirit, Ma- 
sonry welcomes all the beneficent influences 
of the age, jealous of neither sect nor party, 
but silently enlarging the boundaries of 
human achievement and pouring into life 
streams of deeper and richer experience. 
It is practically universal, embracing in its 
membership men of every rank, faith, and 
tongue, but its vows bring before all a uni- 
form purpose and a noble aim. It there- 
fore logically follows that the representa- 
tives of the order are men of moral worth, 
and in all nations it has numbered among 
its members the greatest of the land. 

Among those who have won distinctive 
preferment in professional circles, whose 
superior abilities class them with the lead- 
ers in the walks of life which demand the 
highest intellectual endowments and attain- 
ments, and who follow the teachings of this 
ancient and honorable fraternity is Elijah 
B. Sherman, one of the foremost lawyers 
of Chicago. He is a Master Mason of Will- 
iam B. Warren Lodge, No. 209, A. F. & 
A. M., is interested in capitular Masonry as 
a member of Washington Chapter, No. 45, 
R. A. M. ; took the cryptic degrees and was 
greeted a Royal and Select Master in 
Siloam Council, No. 83; and was created a 
Sir Knight in Chicago Commandery, No. 
19. He received the grades and orders of 
the Scottish Rite in Oriental Consistory on 
July 29, 1886, and was proclaimed a Sub- 
lime Prince of the Royal Secret. 

For many years Mr. Sherman has also 
been prominent in the circles of Odd Fel- 
lowship and has been honored with distin- 
guished preferment in that order. In 1874 
he was elected Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge of Illinois, and in 1875 and 1876 he 
was its representative to the Sovereign 
Grand Lodge. In 1871, while the great 
fire which made so many hundreds homeless, 
was still raging, Mr. Sherman saw the ne- 
cessity for immediate aid and called upon 
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8 



assistance. The prompt response of the 
society to this appeal was of inestimable re- 
lief to the order in the city, and Mr. Sher- 
man, who was made secretary of the relief 
committee, assisted in the distribution of 
one hundred and twenty-five thousand dol- 
lars among the needy members of the 
society. 

Mr. Sherman is connected with various 
organizations for the promotion of knowl- 
edge and the advancement of social inter- 
ests, having served as president of the Oak- 
land, Alliance and Saracen Clubs, also of 
the National Association of the Delta Up- 
silon fraternity and the Illinois Association 
of the Sons of Vermont; and it has been 
said "that a Vermont dinner without Sher- 
man would be like a clan dinner without 
McGregor." He is a member of the Union 
League Club, and has been identified with 
the Chicago Philosophical Society and nu- 
merous other literary and scientific associa- 
tions. He was one of the founders of the 
Illinois State Bar Association in 1877, and 
was its president in 1882. He is also an 
influential member of the American Bar 
Association and for many years has held 
some official position in that organization. 
The associations of his army life are renewed 
through his participation in the meetings of 
the Grand Army of the Republic, and the 
Illinois Commandery of the military order 
of the Loyal Legion. There are few men 
of a more perfectly rounded character than 
Mr. Sherman. Though he may seem the 
life of a social gathering, he is none the 
less prominent in the domain of politics, 
using that much abused word in its best 
sense; and in the legal profession he stands 
among the foremost jurists of Chicago. 

Vermont, as the state of his nativity, 
numbers him among her sons, but Illinois 
claims him by adoption. He was born 
July 1 8, 1832, in Fairfield, Vermont, .of 
Anglo-Welsh ancestry, and is a descendant 
of Edmund Sherman, who came from Eng- 
land to America in 1634 with Rev. John 
Sherman, who was for forty years pastor of 
the Congregational church in Watertown, 
Connecticut. 



The life and work of the farm were fa- 
miliar to Mr. Sherman in his early youth. 
His elementary education acquired in the 
common schools was supplemented by study 
in Brandon and Burr seminaries, after 
which he entered Middlebury College, where 
-he was graduated with honors in 1860. In 
1884 he was called to deliver an address 
before the alumni of his alma mater, and a 
year later the honorary degree of LL. D. 
was conferred upon him, a compliment 
which he appreciated the more since that 
conservative college confers that degree 
upon few of its distinguished sons. While 
in college he had paid his way by teaching 
for a portion of the time, and during the 
year following the completion of his colle- 
giate course he taught school in South 
Woodstock, while the following year he 
served as principal of the Brandon Seminary. 
The war for the preservation of the 
Union was then in progress and the duties 
of the educator became irksome to one of 
Mr. Sherman's loyal nature. From his 
boyhood he had been reared in a liberty- 
loving atmosphere, the writings of William 
Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips and John 
G. Whittier were familiar to him, and 
his father's home was a station on the 
"underground railroad." Early in 1862 
he went to the front as second lieutenant 
of Company C, Ninth Vermont Infantry, 
which was, in the following September, 
captured by the Confederates at Harper's 
Ferry, and immediately paroled and sent 
to Camp Douglas, at Chicago. This forced 
inactivity, in connection with a desire to 
prepare for the bar, led Mr. Sherman to 
resign in 1863, and he entered the law de- 
partment of the University of Chicago, 
where he was graduated in 1864. For 
twelve years he was attorney for the aud- 
itor of Illinois and carried on the important 
litigation which resulted in the suspension 
of business by several irresponsible insur- 
ance companies of Chicago. In 1879 he 
was appointed master in chancery of the 
United States circuit court and is still hold- 
ing that position. 

From the organization of the Repub- 



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lican party Mr. Sherman has been unwaver- 
ing in the support which he has given its 
principles, and few men have a more accu- 
rate or comprehensive understanding of na- 
tional issues and party principles than he. 
But he is in no sense an office-seeker, and 
the positions he has filled have been given 
him in recognition of his merit and not the 
result of self-seeking. In 1876 he was 
elected to the state legislature, was chair- 
man of the committee on judicial depart- 
ment and a member of the judiciary com- 
mittee. In 1878 he was re-elected and be- 
came chairman of the committee on corpo- 
rations, and a member of the committee on 
militia. He aided in securing the passage 
of the act of 1877 organizing the National 
Guard, and was appointed by Governor 
Cullom judge advocate of the First Brigade, 
with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, a posi- 
tion which he held for six years. 

The high literary attainments, the cul- 
tured taste and the brilliant intellectual 
powers of Mr. Sherman, combined with a 
courteous, social nature, make him a fav- 
orite in all companies, and in the various 
societies with which he is connected he is 
held in the highest esteem. While he has 
attained marked prestige at the bar, his best 
work has been done in his official career of 
almost twenty years as master in chancery 
of the federal court. Here his patient in- 
dustry in the investigation of facts and clear 
comprehension of the principles of equity 
applicable thereto, have made his decisions 
models of perspicuous statement and legal 
acumen, and have won for him the esteem 
of the bar and the confidence and respect of 
the judges of the federal court, who have 
rarely overruled his decisions. 



JOHN RAYMOND HOFFMAN, M. D., 
is a successful practicing physician of 
Ottawa, Illinois. Greater than in almost 
any line of life is the responsibility which 
rests upon those of the medical fraternity, 
and he who wins success in that calling and 
gains eminence is possessed of careful dis- 



crimination, accurate and comprehensive 
knowledge and a broad and generous nature 
that has a keen sympathy for the sorrows 
and ills of life, resulting in a desire to alle- 
viate the same by practical and effective 
methods. Dr. Hoffman, although one of 
the younger representatives of the medical 
profession in Ottawa, has attained consider- 
able distinction and doubtless the future 
holds in store for him still greater successes. 

He is a native of the city which is still 
his home, his birth having occurred on the 
1 8th of June, 1865. He acquired his liter- 
ary education in the schools of Ottawa, 
completing the high school course and later 
entered the Chicago Medical College, where 
he prepared for the work to which he is 
now giving his attention. He conducted a 
general practice for four years and has since 
confined his attention to the treatment of 
diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. 
Studying closely along these lines he has 
attained a high degree of proficiency and 
has been very successful in his practice, 
which has been followed by most satisfac- 
tory results. 

The Doctor is at present serving as health 
officer of Ottawa, having filled that office 
for two years. For three years he has 
been a member of the Illinois National 
Guard, was assistant surgeon of the Third 
Regiment and is now examining surgeon, 
his term extending from 1895 to 1897. ^ n 
June, 1892, he married Miss Mary F. Hope- 
man, of Ottawa, and they have one son, 
Douglas T. Their pleasant home is noted 
for its hospitality and they have many 
friends in the city where their entire lives 
have been passed. 

Dr. Hoffman is numbered among the 
worthy representatives of Masonry in Otta- 
wa, having taken the degree of Entered 
Apprentice in Occidental Lodge, No. 40, 
A. F. & A. M., in 1892. In due course of 
time he passed the Fellow-craft degree and 
eventually was raised to the sublime degree 
of a Master Mason. He has been a con- 
stant and consistent member of the organi- 
sation and is accorded the esteem of his 
Masonic brethren, the regard of his pro- 



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5 



fessional associates and the warm friend- 
ship of many whom he meets in social cir- 
cles. 

WILBUR HARVEY TOUSLEY has 
for a third of a century been a mem- 
ber of the Masonic fraternity, united with 
that vast body which recognizes the broth- 
erhood of mankind and extends the helping 
hand to all. He was made a Mason in 
1863, in Jefferson Lodge, of Jefferson, Wis- 
consin, and took the Royal Arch degrees in 
the chapter of Fort Atkinson, that state. 
He joined the ranks of Knights Templar in 
Janesville Commandery, No. 2, of Janes- 
ville, same state, served as Worshipful Mas- 
ter of the blue lodge, and is a member of 
the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. His pres- 
ent affiliation is with Englewood Lodge, 
No. 690, Englewood Chapter, No. 176, and 
Englewood Commandery, No. 59, of which 
he is a charter member and has held the 
office of Senior Warden. He is one of the 
older Masons of the west and has ever been 
a zealous and loyal member of the frater- 
nity, doing all in his power to advance its 
interests and promote its welfare. 

Mr. Tousley is a native of Ohio, his 
birth having occurred in Wadsworth, Me- 
dina county, on the i9th of March, 1841. 
He spent his early boyhood in his native 
town and then removed to a farm, where 
he remained for six years. During that 
period he acquired his education in the 
common schools, after which he learned 
the painter's trade, serving an apprentice- 
ship at the same. When about seventeen 
years of age he came west to Illinois, where 
his parents had previously located, and fol- 
lowed his chosen occupation until after the 
inauguration of the Civil war. On the 4th 
of June, 1862, he responded to the coun- 
try's call for aid to crush out the Rebellion 
and joined Company K, Sixty-ninth Illinois 
Infantry, of which he was made first lieu- 
tenant. He participated in all the engage- 
ments of his command, serving until the 
close of the war, and was ever found at his 
post of duty, valiantly defending the old 
flag and the cause it represented. 



When hostilities had ceased and he was 
mustered out of service Mr. Tousley re- 
moved to Jefferson, Wisconsin, where he 
engaged in the publication of the Jefferson 
Banner until 1873. In that year he went 
to Fond du Lac, where for four years he 
served as foreman of a job office and from 
1877 until 1880 he was one of the publish- 
ers of the Janesville City Times. He then 
came to Englewood, where he has since 
made his home and for sixteen years he 
has been connected with the Englewood 
Eye. He is now its vice-president and gen- 
eral manager and has made it a leading 
journal of that section of the city. His 
political support is given the Republican 
party, and in 1870 he represented his dis- 
trict in the general assembly of Wisconsin. 

Mr. Tousley has been twice married. 
In 1 86 1 he wedded Miss Jennie Weed, and 
they became parents of three children, but 
only one is now living, Edward C. Mr. 
Tousley was again married in 1873, his sec- 
ond union being with Miss Genoa G. Fittz. 
They had four children, two yet living, 
namely: Victor H. and John H. 



GEORGE R. CURTISS, editor and pub- 
lisher at El Paso, is a "high" Mason; 
and one reason for this is that his intellect- 
ual acumen and his sympathy for human 
distress find proper exercise in the work of 
that ancient order, and a resulting satisfac- 
tion that cannot be obtained in any other 
way. He is a native of Galesburg, this 
state, born January, 17, 1859, and was 
reared and educated in the "College city." 
Coming to El Paso, he sought a knowledge 
of esoteric Masonry, and accordingly the 
first three degrees were conferred upon him 
here, in El Paso Lodge, No. 246, A. F. & 
A. M. Proceeding, he attained the Royal 
Arch degrees in Mackey Chapter, No. 130, 
R. A. M. , the cryptic degrees in El Paso 
Council, No. 62, R. & S. M., and the chiv- 
alric in Creur de Leon Commandery, No. 
43, K. T. Of the blue lodge he has been 
Senior Warden, in the chapter he has filled 
the office of Royal Arch Captain, of the 



e 



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council he has served as Thrice Illustrious 
Master, and of the commandery he was 
Eminent Commander in 1894 and 1897. As 
a Mason and as a citizen Mr. Curtiss is an 
influential and consistent example, and his 
work in the various lodges has been highly 
appreciated. 

Learning in his youth the printer's trade 
at Galesburg he has, ever since 1889, 
been the editor and publisher of an enter- 
prising journal at El Paso, which is the 
most influential paper in Woodford county. 
Politically he has been active and zealous 
in the Republican party. He has been a 
delegate to a number of nominating con- 
ventions, and has done much work for the 
success of those principles of public econ- 
omy in which he so sincerely believes. 

In 1889 he was united' in matrimony 
with Miss Catharine McLaferty, of Hutch- 
inson, Kansas. 



LBERT T. MISCH, manager of the 
A3L George A. Misch stained-glass estab- 
lishment, No. 346 Wabash avenue, Chi- 
cago, is a young man of much business 
ability, and has since his initiation into 
Masonry taken a deep and appreciative in- 
terest in the workings of this time-honored 
order. He has a membership in Lincoln 
Park Lodge, F. & A. M. ; Lincoln Park 
Chapter, R. A. M., and Lincoln Park Com- 
mandery, K. T., having received the degrees 
of the first two organizations in 1892 and 
having been knighted by St. Bernard Com- 
mandery the following year. Mr. Misch 
takes a pride in Freemasonry, is a regular 
attendant and in the chapter has filled one 
of the "Veil " offices. He was one of the 
petitioners for and charter members of 
Lincoln Park Commandery, which he helped 
to organize. Also he is a member of that 
popular auxiliary of Masonry, the Order of 
the Eastern Star, and is identified with 
Golden Rod Chapter. He is also a mem- 
ber of the Turngemeinde. 

Chicago is Mr. Misch's birthplace. He 
was ushered into life October 20, 1869, and 
in the public schools of his native place he 



received his early training, completing his 
education with a course in the Chicago 
Manual Training School. He learned the 
stained-glass business in his father's estab- 
lishment, and in 1894 was given the man- 
agement of the same, which he has since 
successfully conducted, this being one of 
the leading concerns of its kind in the city, 
and now furnishing employment to forty 
men. 

Mr. Misch was married in October, 
1896, to Miss Antoinette Stauber, a native 
of Chicago. 



DR. JOHN F. RUNNELS, physician 
' and surgeon, No. 233 Webster avenue, 
Chicago, was made a Master Mason on the 
evening of August 14, 1891, Lincoln Park 
Lodge, F. & A. M., conferring the degrees. 
His initiation into the blue lodge was soon 
followed by application for the Royal Arch 
degrees, which were duly given him by 
Lincoln Park Chapter, R. A. M., and still 
later he was made a Sir Knight by Lincoln 
Park Commandery, No. 64, K. T. , in all 
of which he maintains membership at the 
present time. He has also threaded the 
labyrinth of the Eastern Star, and for one 
year was Chaplain of the chapter to which 
he belongs. And while he has taken a 
deep interest in all the branches of Ma- 
sonry to which he belongs, he has not been 
an active worker officially, for the reason 
that his professional duties demand nearly 
the whole of his time. In addition to be- 
ing a Mason, Dr. Runnels is an Odd Fel- 
low and a Columbian Knight. 

Dr. Runnels was born in Huntington, 
Indiana, September 30, 1849, and his early 
associations are with Hillsdale, Michigan, 
where his youthful days were spent in toil 
upon the farm. The life of a farmer being 
distasteful to him, he turned to the profes- 
sions and made choice of medicine, taking 
up its study and entering a medical college 
at Louisville, Kentucky, where he graduated 
in March, 1879. His career as a practi- 
tioner began at Highland, Wisconsin, 
where, however, he remained only a short 



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time, coming from there to Chicago in De- 
cember, 1880. Here he has built up an' 
excellent practice, his specialty being chil- 
dren's diseases, and as a skilled and success- 
ful physician he stands high in the ranks of 
his profession. 

He was married in 1884 to Miss Geneva 
Harrison, a native of Union City, Indiana. 



EJ. ABELL, M. D., a practicing phy- 
sician of Joliet, has affiliated with the 
Masonic fraternity since 1880, when, as an 
Entered Apprentice, he was received into 
Braidwood Lodge, No. 704. He passed 
the Fellow-craft degree, was raised to the 
sublime degree of a Master Mason, and 
later was dimitted to Mount Joliet Lodge, 
No. 42. In 1 88 1 the secrets of capitular 
Masonry were revealed to him, when he was 
exalted to the august degree of a Royal 
Arch Mason in Wilmington Chapter, No. 
142. His membership is now with Joliet 
Chapter, No. 27; and from Blaney Com- 
mandery. No. 5, in which he was dubbed 
and created a Sir Knight in 1881, he was 
dimitted to Joliet Commandery, No. 4. 
While not an office-holder, his professional 
duties preventing him from taking an active 
part in the work of the lodge room, Dr. 
Abell is faithful in the practical part of 
Masonry, whereby charity often relieves 
the needs of the unfortunate and a sympa- 
thizing spirit lightens the burdens of the dis- 
tressed. Nor is his social connection con- 
fined alone to Masonry. He is also a mem- 
ber of Stevenson Camp, Modern Woodmen 
of America, the Order of Foresters of 
America, and the Sons of St. George, serv- 
ing as physician of the last named. 

Dr. Abell was born in Bloomington in 
1855 and completed his literary educa- 
tion by his graduation in St. John's Col- 
lege of Manitoba, Canada, in 1872. 
Having determined to make the practice 
of medicine his life-work he was afterward 
enrolled among the students of Hahnemann 
Medical College, of Chicago, where he was 
graduated in 1880. He first opened an 
office in Coles City, Illinois, where he re- 



mained in active practice until 1892, when 
seeking a broader field he came to Joliet. 
Here a high degree of success has attended 
his effort. His pronounced ability soon won 
recognition and as a result he has secured 
a large and lucrative patronage. He be- 
longs to the State Medical Society and the 
Joliet Medical Scientific Society, and is an 
assiduous student of his profession, util- 
izing every means at hand to perfect him- 
self in the science of medicine. He was 
married and has two living children Harry 
and Annie. His political belief is in har- 
mony with the principles of the Republican 
party. 



WON. LOUIS CHARLES STARKEL, 
of Chicago, has attained to a high po- 
sition of prominence in the Masonic fra- 
ternity and is one of its most consistent, 
zealous and active members. His connec- 
tion therewith has aided in forming the 
Masonic history of the state, for he has 
been instrumental in promoting the inter- 
est and upbuilding of the society through a 
quarter of a century. He was made a Ma- 
son in 1870, in St. Blair Lodge, No. 24, of 
Belleville, Illinois, and was raised to the 
sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason in 
Belleville Chapter, No. 106. After re- 
moving to Chicago he was dimitted from 
those organizations and is now affiliated 
with Lincoln Park Lodge, No. 611, F. & 
A. M., and Lincoln Park Chapter, No. 
177, R. A. M. He was knighted in Belvi- 
dere Commandery, No. 2, of Alton, Illinois, 
and dimitted in order to become a charter 
member and aid in the organization of 
Tancred Commandery, of Belleville, of 
which he served as Eminent Commander 
for five years. He is also a charter mem- 
ber of Lincoln Park Commandery, No. 64, 
of Chicago. In October, 1880, he became 
a member of the Oriental Consistory, com- 
pleting the thirty-two degrees of the Scot- 
tish Rite. From his earliest connection 
with the society he has been most deeply 
interested in its welfare and has done all in 
his power to promote its growth and insure 



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the adoption of its principles. His devo- 
tion has been recognized by his brethren of 
the craft who have frequently honored him 
with official preferment, and he has served 
as Senior Warden in the blue lodge, High 
Priest in the chapter and Eminent Com- 
mander in the commandery. He has had 
the Past High Priest degree, is a member 
of the Grand Commandery and therein has 
served as Grand Warden, Grand Sword 
Bearer, Grand Junior Warden and Grand 
Senior Warden. His close study of Ma- 
sonry has made him well informed con- 
cerning its various branches, its teachings 
and its fundamental principles, and he ex- 
emplifies in his life the practical workings 
of the order. Thus the name of Mr. Star- 
kel has become inseparably connected with 
Masonry in northern Illinois and in its an- 
nals is well worthy of mention. 

A native of Germany, Mr. Starkel was 
born in Prague, Bohemia, on the ist of 
September, 1839, and began his education 
in that land. He came to America in 1 850, 
when eleven years of age, and lived for a 
time in Columbus, Ohio, and later in Wash- 
ington Court House, of that state, where 
he completed his education in the high 
school. At an early age he took up the 
study of medicine, and was graduated at 
the Ohio Medical College, at Cincinnati. 
He began practice in Carlisle, Illinois, 
where he remained two years and then re- 
moved to St. Clair county, where he prac- 
ticed until 1869, when he was forced to 
abandon his chosen profession on account 
of muscular rheumatism. He was elected 
county clerk of St. Clair county, holding 
the office for nine years, and in 1886 he 
was appointed analytical chemist for the 
government and stationed at Washington, 
District of Columbia. In February, 1890, 
he resigned the position and came to Chi- 
cago, where he has since made his home. 
The following year he became manager of 
the Germania Life Insurance Company, of 
New York, which position he still fills, and 
his able administration of the affairs of the 
company have resulted to its profit and sub- 
stantial improvement. He is a progressive 



.business man, and his care and faithfulness 
in the performance of his responsible duties 
is recognized by the other officers of the 
company, who entertain for him the high- 
est regard and respect. 

Mr. Starkel is a member of the Germania 
Club of Chicago. Aside from the official 
duties before mentioned, he has filled the 
office of representative in the state legisla- 
ture, having been a member of the thirty- 
third general assembly of Illinois. He was 
married in 1859 to Miss Anna Bryant, a 
native of Ohio, and they have five sons, 
namely: Dr. Charles H., of Belleville, a 
Knight Templar Mason, the commandery 
degrees being conferred upon him by his 
father; Louis T., Walter B., Edgar and 
Ferdinand H. 



IRGIL MARION BLANDING, who 
was the first Eminent Commander of 
Everts Commandery, No. 18, K. T. , at 
Rock Island, has been closely identified 
with Masonry for a period of more than 
forty years. His entire life has been in 
perfect harmony with the teachings of the 
fraternity, and his support and influence 
have been potent factors in bringing about 
the present prosperity of the local branches 
of the great organization to which he be- 
longs. Mr. Blanding was made a Master 
Mason in 1855, in Honesdale Lodge, at 
Honesdale, Wayne county, Pennsylvania, 
from which he dimitted, and on February 
i, 1866, became a member of Trio Lodge, 
No. 57, in which he served as Worshipful 
Master from December 27, 1867, until De- 
cember 26, 1 868. He was exalted to the Royal 
Arch degree in Eureka Holy Arch Chapter, 
No. 179, at Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and 
was created a Sir Knight in Palestine Com- 
mandery, in the same city. He also dimit- 
ted from those bodies and affiliated with 
Barrett Chapter, No. 18, in which he was 
soon called upon to fill various chairs, in- 
cluding that of High Priest. When Everts 
Commandery, No. 18, was organized at 
Rock Island, Mr. Blanding was honored 
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members, serving as Eminent Commander 
while it was under dispensation, and has 
since been twice elected to that office. He 
received the ineffable degrees of the Scottish 
Rite in the southern jurisdiction from the 
hands of T. S. Parvin, of Iowa, who con- 
ferred all of them upon him, up to and in- 
cluding the thirty-second. Mr. Blanding 
as Thrice Illustrious Master was also an act- 
ive and prominent Royal and Select Master 
in Rock Island Council, No. 20, which is 
now defunct. 

Reverting now to the general history 
and genealogical record of Mr. Blanding 
and his family, we learn that he is a native 
of Pennsylvania, having been born in 
Wayne county on December 8, 1834. His 
ancestors in a direct line can be traced back 
to Upton-on-Severn, England, who came 
to this country and landed at Plymouth in 
1640, and who, according to tradition, 
were Huguenot refugees of French origin. 
His four great-grandfathers Noah Bland- 
ing, John Martin, Michael Grennell and 
Elijah Marshall were soldiers in the Revo- 
lutionary war, the last named being a mem- 
ber of Arnold's expedition against Quebec 
and one of the first inside the enemy's 
works. He was wounded, made a prisoner 
and exchanged, and afterward fought under 
General Wayne at Stony Point, continuing 
on active duty until the close of the war, 
from which he emerged with the honorable 
record of a brave, faithful, and gallant pa- 
triot. The maternal great-grandfather, 
Michael Grennell, was a participant in the 
battle of Saratoga and in that engagement 
distinguished himself by his courage and 
devotion. The early history of our subject's 
ancestors shows them to have been identi- 
fied with agriculture and the professions, 
and in their religious faith they were Prot- 
estants. Grandfather Joseph Blanding, 
son of Noah Blanding, was born in Attle- 
borough, Massachusetts, where he married 
Miss Hulda Martin and lived to the ripe old 
age of ninety years. Great-grandfather 
Michael Grennell attained the remarkable 
age of one hundred and six years. Reba 
Blanding, the father of our subject, was born 



in Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, in 
1801, and he and his wife whose maiden 
name was Beulah Ann Grennell, and who 
was a native c. Connecticut became the 
parents of seven children, of whom six are 
still living. The father spent his life in his 
native state, where he followed the voca- 
tions of farmer and lumberman. The vener- 
able mother is still living, in her eighty- 
first year. 

Virgil M. Blanding is the eldest of the 
children. He was reared and educated in 





the city of his nativity and received the 
degrees of A B. and M. A. in Bucknell 
University, completing his course there in 
1852. He read law in the office of Hon. 
William H. Dimmick, and later under the 
tuition of Hon. I. O. Wilkinson, and was 
duly admitted to the bar of Illinois, his 
license being signed by Hon. Sidney Breese, 
Hon. John Walker and Hon. John Dean 



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Caton. In 1857 he took up his abode in 
Rock Island, where he has since maintained 
his home and with the varied interest of 
which he has been closely associated. He 
served as county superintendent of schools 
of Rock Island county, was city attorney 
for several terms, and elected mayor of the 
city, serving in all of these positions with 
ability and intelligence. It was while he 
held the last named office that the street- 
paving ordinance was enacted, and besides 
inaugurating that enterprise he was also 
active in bringing about the paying of city 
bonds, his administration being marked by 
the payment of thirty thousand dollars of 
the debt, additional to the usual expendi- 
ture for city improvements. While he oc- 
cupied the mayoralty chair Rock Island was 
for the first time effectually protected from 
inundation by the annual floods of the 
Mississippi river at the west end, and the 
growth of the city in that direction has 
since rapidly developed. 

Politically Mr. Blanding affiliates with 
the sound-money Democrats, and his repu- 
tation as an accomplished parliamentarian 
and an impartial presiding officer has never 
been excelled in the history of the city. 
During the war he was stanch in his sup- 
port of the Union, and was among those 
who went forth to protect the old flag. At 
St. Louis he was a member of Company 

A, Missouri National Guards, under Colonel 

B. Gratz Brown, the company being com- 
manded by Captain George B. Kellogg. 
He was also enrolled in the militia and took 
part in the pursuit of General Price. 

Mr. Blanding's efforts in behalf of the 
common schools, especially in the city and 
county of Rock Island, have been a marked 
personal characteristic. As county super- 
intendent of schools he was the first to 
personally visit and inspect every educa- 
tional institution in the county, and as a 
member of the board of education he was 
equally zealous and interested. Various 
addresses delivered by him before college 
societies and literary institutes have re- 
ceived favorable commendation, none 
memorably more so, perhaps, than his eulo- 



gy before the conclave of Knights Templar 
on the death of President Garfield. 

During the greater part of Mr. Bland- 
ing's business career he has been more or 
less interested in railroad enterprises, con- 
tracting for and building roads, and in this 
way he has aided in the construction of the 
great net-work of railways that overspread 
Illinois and the adjoining states. He is 
connected, as a member, with the con- 
structing firm having the building of seven 
railroad bridges across the Mississippi, 
Missouri and Ohio rivers, and at present is 
a director and the secretary and treasurer 
of the Davenport & Rock Island Bridge 
Railway and Terminal Company. 

Mr. Blanding was married in 1861 to 
Miss Anna McNeil, who was born in Wheel- 
ing, West Virginia, and they have two chil- 
dren: Lowrie Church, who holds the po- 
sition of national bank examiner for the 
state of Iowa; and Mae Josephine, who is 
now pursuing her education in college. In 
his religious proclivities Mr. Blanding is an 
Episcopalian, and a devout believer in the 
Apostle's creed. 



fp\HARLES K. HERRICK, prominent in 
\J) business and political circles of Chicago, 
is also a Mason of high rank, having at- 
tained the Knight Templar degree of the 
York Rite and the thirty-second degree of 
the Scottish Rite. He is an ardent advo- 
cate of Masonry, which is as broad as the 
universe in its scope, in which hand clasps 
hand in a circle that bounds the globe and 
unites all races with the bonds of brother- 
hood. Masonry is coextensive with civili- 
zation, and from the earliest times the or- 
der has borne aloft its glorious banners em- 
blazoned with those inspiring and sacred 
words: God, Liberty and the Brotherhood 
of Man. Tyrants, usurpers and the en- 
slavers of man's spiritual freedom, in every 
age, have read those words in trembling, in 
fear and in hate. And the great army of 
Masons in every land beneath the sun, now 
constantly increasing in numbers and in 
power, steadily marches forward, bearing 



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those banners of light ever onward toward 
that glorious era of perfect freedom and 
justice for all men, to which the spirit of 
the age, now swiftly and now slowly, but 
inevitably, leads on. 

In Blair Lodge, No. 393, A. F. & A. 
M., the initiatory degree of Entered Appren- 
tice was conferred upon him. Having 
passed the Fellow-craft, he was later raised 
to the sublime degree of Master Mason and 
has since affiliated with that organization 
which first welcomed him into the grand 
brotherhood. In Chicago Chapter, No. 
127, he was exalted to the august degree of 
a Royal Arch Mason and the honors of 
chivalric Masonry were conferred upon him 
in Chicago Commandery, from which he 
has since dimitted to St. Bernard Com- 
mandery. He took the degrees of Van 
Rensselaer Grand Lodge of Perfection, of 
Chicago Council Princes of Jerusalem, Gour- 
gas Sovereign Chapter of Rose Croix, D. 
H. R. D. M. , and is a life member of Orien- 
tal Consistory, Sublime Princes of the Royal 
Secret. The thirty-third degree, or that of 
Sovereign Grand Inspector General, was 
conferred upon him in Boston, in 1888, and 
he became a Noble of the Ancient Arabic 
Order of the Mystic Shrine in Medinah Tem- 
ple. Mr. Herrick is also the oldest living 
member of Wayne Lodge, No. 11, I. O. 
O. F. 

A native of Posen, Prussia, he was born 
on the icth of January, 1835, and his life is 
remarkable for the success he has achieved 
in the face of many obstacles and without 
the aid of adventitious surroundings. He 
did not have the opportunity of attending 
school after nine years of age, but experi- 
ence in the practical affairs of life, reading 
and observation have made him a well-in- 
formed man, whose general information is 
extensive and accurate. In early life he 
was apprenticed by the Prussian govern- 
ment at the tailor's trade and worked at 
that pursuit until thirteen years of age, 
when in 1848 he came to America. Land- 
ing in New York he worked at his trade 
there for some time, dependent entirely 
upon his own resources for a livelihood, and 



securing advancement as he demonstrated 
his capabilities and trustworthiness. In 
1854 he came to Chicago and secured em- 
ployment in a hat store, but at the first call 
for troops entered the service of the Union 
and remained at the front until the govern- 
ment was established. 

After the war he embarked in business 
on his own account, in Chicago, and for 
thirty-one years has been proprietor of a 
hat store, having one of the oldest, most 
popular and most reliable establishments in 
his line in the city. With the growth of 
the city his enterprise has kept pace, and 
he is one of the leaders in his line of trade, 
a position which he has secured and 
maintained through his honorable dealing 
and the uniform courtesy which the patrons 
of the house always receive. 

In 1860 was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Herrick and Miss Margaret Kerr, and 
they have one son, William, who married 
Flora Gessey, and has one son, Robert, 
who is now attending the military academy 
at Highland Park. 

Mr. Herrick is numbered among Illinois' 
patriots. No native son of America dis- 
played more loyalty in the hour of the 
country's peril than he, when at the firing 
on Fort Sumter in April, 1861, he joined 
the three-months volunteers to aid in crush- 
ing out the rebellion. When it was seen 
that the south was not to be easily con- 
quered, he re-enlisted in June as a member 
of Company K, Nineteenth Illinois Regi- 
ment, and participated in all the service of 
his company until November 9, 1862, when 
being disabled he was honorably discharged. 
He has been prominent in the Grand Army 
of the Republic and is past commander of 
Columbia Post, one of the most prominent 
in the organization in the United States, 
and by that post was presented with a very- 
expensive and handsome badge. He also 
belongs to the Veteran Union League, the 
Army of the Cumberland and the Cumber- 
land Gun Club. 

From the time when the Republican 
party became the champion of the Union 
cause during the war of the Rebellion, Mr. 



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Herrick has been one of its supporters and 
stanchly advocates the principles of reci- 
procity, protection and sound money. He 
has been an active worker in party ranks in 
this city, and in July, 1896, was elected to 
the important position of secretary of the 
Cook county Republican central commit- 
tee, in which capacity he has since served 
with marked fidelity and ability. 



0W. MOON, M. D., a leading and suc- 
cessful physician, surgeon and drug- 
gist, is a pioneer of Will count}' and also of 
the Masonic fraternity in Lockport, where 
he makes his home. He joined the order 
in Joliet, becoming a member of Joliet 
Lodge, No. 42, A. F. & A. M. In 1867, 
on the organization of Lockport Lodge, 
No. 538, he became one of its charter 
members and is one of its most honored 
and able representatives. He is thor- 
oughly informed concerning its methods of 
work and has served as its Worshipful 
Master and as Treasurer. His connection 
with capitular Masonry came through his 
identification with Wilmington Chapter, 
No. 176. He passed the circle and was 
greeted a Royal and Select Master of Joliet 
Council, No. 2, and was constituted, cre- 
ated and dubbed a Sir Knight in Joliet 
Commandery, No. 4. Carefully guarding 
the ancient landmarks, following the teach- 
ings of chapter and council and serving 
with fidelity the vows of knighthood, he is 
a worthy exemplar of the ancient and hon- 
orable fraternity which in point of age ante- 
dates all other societies and in the measure 
of its usefulness also passed all other or- 
ganizations of a fraternal nature. He also 
belongs to Sarah Moon Chapter, Order of 
the Eastern Star, which was named in 
honor of the Doctor's wife. He also be- 
longs to the order of Knights of Pythias, 
has filled all the chairs in the local lodge 
and is now Past Chancellor. 

Dr. Moon was born in Monroe county, 
New York, August 19, 1840, and when fif- 
teen years of age became a resident of 
Lockport, where he completed his literary 



education in the high school. Hardly had 
the smoke from Fort Sumter's guns cleared 
away at the outbreak of the Rebellion, when 
he offered his services to the government, 
enlisting in April, 1861, for three months' 
service in the Lockport Light Artillery. 
This organization became Company D of 
the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, with which Dr. 
Moon served throughout the war, having 
re-enlisted on the expiration of his first 
term and again when three years had 
passed away. He was honorably dis- 
charged in June, 1866, and having partici- 
pated in all the engagements of the Western 
army returned with a most honorable war 
record. His meritorious conduct won him 
promotion, and he rose from the rank of 
sergeant to second lieutenant, afterward to 
lieutenant and later to major. 

After his return home the Doctor began 
the study of medicine and was graduated at 
the Chicago Medical College, in 1870. He 
practiced in Braceville, Illinois, for about 
twenty years, and in 1884 returned to 
Lockport, where he has since carried on a 
drug store and successfully followed his 
profession. He is a member of the State 
and National Medical Societies and is a 
skilled physician whose ability and natural 
aptitude for the profession has gained him 
a large and profitable patronage. In poli- 
tics the Doctor is a Republican and has 
served as a member of the Lockport school 
board and as mayor of the town. In 1871 
he married Miss Sarah A. Dart, who died 
July 28, 1891, leaving one son, Harry B. 
The" Doctor is an old resident of Will 
county and is widely and favorably known 
in social, professional and Masonic circles. 



JOSEPH SPIES. There is perhaps no 
greater satisfaction to be felt than for a 
man who has reached the top round of 
the ladder of success to look back upon the 
weary road over which he has toiled in or- 
der to reach the goal at which he aimed. 
Success brings its own reward. The work 
of years is forgotten or only serves to cause 
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life than it has brought to the possessor. 
The record of Mr. Spies will no doubt 
prove interesting, showing as it does how 
an indomitable will, and a desire to get 
ahejd, will overcome all obstacles and se- 
cure the desired end. 

Mr. Spies was born in Coblentz, Ger- 
many, in 1843, and was brought to Chicago 
by his parents when a child of eighteen 
months. His education was acquired in 
the public schools of this city, which he 
attended until fourteen years old, when, 
having an ambition to begin life in the 
business world, he secured employment 
with Frank Newhall, a dealer in fruit, who 
is still in business here, and with whom Mr. 
Spies remained for sixteen years. His first 
compensation was a dollar and a half a 
week for two years, after which time he 
received an increase to five dollars. 

At the outbreak of the Civil war Mr. 
Spies enlisted in Company C, One Hundred 
and Thirteenth Illinois Volunteers, which 
was one of the Board of Trade regiments. 
At that time he was a member of a volun- 
teer fire department of Chicago Supply 
Hose No. 7 consisting of about sixty 
members. A meeting was held one night, 
at which it was agreed that they should all 
enlist as a body with the Board of Trade 
regiment, which they did, with one excep- 
tion. Out of the fifty-nine who went to 
the front only eighteen returned. Mr. Spies 
served in the army over three years and 
was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He 
was in the secret service under General 
Washburn for about two years and was in a 
number of engagements, including Nashville 
and Vicksburg. After the close of the war 
he went back to his old employer and re- 
mained a few months, when he opened a 
commission house at No. 127 South Water 
street in 1865, and has been continuously 
in that business ever since. He has the 
proud distinction of being the oldest com- 
mission man now on the street. 

During the great Chicago fire, which 
plunged so many thousands of people into 
sorrow and despair, Mr. Spies was in Mis- 
souri buying apples. He was apprised of 



the disaster and was told that both his busi- 
ness and his home were destroyed by the 
dread element. He immediately started for 
the doomed city, leaving his force of men 
in Missouri, asking them to remain at work 
one week more and leaving them their pay. 
Upon going to the steamboat landing he 
found that no vessels would leave for the 
north for several days, so he bought a 
canoe and paddled down the river to Alton, 
a distance of twenty miles, and there caught 
the Alton & St. Louis train for Chicago, 
landing here on Sunday morning. He at 
once went in search of his family, and was 
fortunate enough to find them about two 
o'clock Sunday afternoon, homeless and 
penniless, and almost overcome with grief, 
as Mr. Spies had been reported as being 
killed in the fire. The meeting between 
him and his loved ones can better be im- 
agined than described. With a strong 
hand and a willing heart, his family first in 
his thoughts, he went to look for a house 
to shelter his dear ones. After a long 
search he found a two-story building and 
tried to rent a part of it, but the landlord 
told him he would have to take all of it or 
none at all, and that the rent would be fifty 
dollars a month, which Mr. Spies gladly 
paid, and furnished up the lower part as 
well as he could. Shortly after he had 
been settled a police officer came along and 
pleaded for a place to shelter his family. 
Mr. Spies, out of the kindness of his heart, 
gladly gave him the use of the upper part 
of the house. In a few days one of the 
officer's children was taken with the small- 
pox, and Mr. Spies' favorite child, a son, 
contracted the disease and died. The 
officer's family was obliged to come down 
stairs for their water, but kept secret the 
fact that the dread disease was in their 
midst until the death of their little girl 
obliged them to reveal the truth. Mr. 
Spies moved to the West Side before the 
month's lease, for which he had paid rent, 
expired, and located in more permanent 
quarters. He rented an old blacksmith 
shop on Clinton street, and he says he 
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he did that winter. He remained there 
about eighteen months, and his trade in- 
creased so rapidly that he was obliged to 
rent two other places, 52 and 72 West Lake 
street. In 1873 he moved to 165 South 
Water street, being one of the first merchants 
to locate there after the fire. Mr. Spies has 
met with success from the beginning of his 
career, and to-day he is the largest com- 
mission merchant in Chicago. He does an 
immense business and occupies the greater 
part of the building at 101 South Water 
street, which is four stories high. The 
firm name is Joseph Spies & Company. 

Fraternally Mr. Spies is prominently 
connected with Freemasonry, and there is 
perhaps no man in Chicago who has taken 
a greater interest in the workings of that 
organization than he, and he is as favorably 
known in Masonic circles as in business. 
He is a Master Mason in Apollo Lodge, No. 
642, was exalted to the august degree of 
Royal Arch Mason in Washington Chapter, 
No. 43, about 1880; was made a Royal and 
Select Master in Palestine Council, No. 66; 
was created a knight in Apollo Command- 
ery, No. i ; and is one of the Sublime 
Princes of the Royal Secret in the Oriental 
Consistory of the Scottish Rite. He has 
taken an active part in the workings of the 
order, which has given him considerable 
pleasure. He has taken the thirty-third 
degree, being elected in Boston, and the 
degree conferred upon him in New York 
city in 1885. 

Mr. Spies was married in 1867 to Miss 
Mary Barcal, a native of Chicago, and they 
have five children, Mrs. Schurrel Prickett, 
Edna, Walter, Delpin and Helen. They 
are all members of a church. Mr. Spies 
owns his beautiful home in Kenwood, where 
he frequently entertains his host of friends. 



HON. JAMES B. BRADWELL, editor 
of the Chicago Legal News, bears a 
name that is too well known to need intro- 
duction here; but as an honored member of 
the Masonic order it is fitting that his life 
history be given a place in this work, and 



we turn with pleasure to a resume of his act- 
ive and useful career, showing first his 
prominence as a Mason. 

Judge Bradwell was made a Master Ma- 
son by Blair Lodge, No. 393, F. & A. M., 
of Chicago, and at the organization of 
Union Park Lodge, No. 610, his name was 
among its charter members. He still 
maintains membership in this lodge. He 
was exalted a Royal Arch Mason by Chi- 
cago Chapter, No. 127; was knighted by 
Apollo Commandery, No i ; and was given 
the Scottish Rite degrees up to and includ- 
ing the thirty-second by Chicago Consistory; 
with all the above named bodies he still 
affiliates. He was Treasurer for several 
years of Apollo Commandery, was Grand 
Orator of Chicago Consistory, and in the 
Lodge of Perfection he served as Senior 
Grand Warden, Thrice Potent Grand Mas- 
ter, and Treasurer. Also he is an honorary 
member of the Supreme Council with its 
Grand East at Boston, and sustains the 
same relation to the Ancient Ebor Precep- 
tory at York, England. 

The Judge is an Englishman by birth, 
having been born at Loughborough, Eng- 
land, April 16, 1828, but from his infancy 
has been a resident of America. His par- 
ents were Thomas and Elizabeth Gutridge 
Bradwell. They left England with their 
family when James was sixteen months old 
and made the voyage to America, locating 
at Utica, New York, where they maintained 
their home until 1833, when they removed 
to Illinois and settled at Jacksonville. In 
May of the following year they made an- 
other move, this time to what is now Wheel- 
ing, Cook county, Illinois. On a farm in 
Cook county young Bradwell spent a num- 
ber of years, years filled with various 
kinds of hard work as then found on the 
farm and which served to develop a strength 
of both mind and body. His primary edu- 
cation was received in a log school-house. 
Later he attended Wilson's Academy, of 
Chicago, and completed his studies at Knox 
College, Galesburg, supporting himself 
while in college by sawing wood and work- 
ing in a wagon and plow shop afternoons 



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and Saturdays; and for a number of years 
before his admission to the bar he worked 
as a journeyman at several differenj; trades 
in Chicago, being a natural mechanic and 
turning with ease from one trade to another, 
always finding something to occupy his time 
and attention. Indeed, after he had en- 
tered upon a professional life he made it a 
practice for years to devote a portion of 
each day to some kind of manual labor. 
It is said of him that "he could earn his 
living to-day at any one of seventeen trades. 
As a process artist he has few superiors. 
He invented a process of his own for doing 
half-tone work, and has the honor of hav- 
ing made the first half-tone cut ever pro- 
duced in Chicago: that of Chief Justice 
Fuller, of the United States Supreme 
Court." 

Nearly four decades ago the subject of 
our sketch was admitted to the Illinois bar, 
and as in other things so in law, he proved 
himself a hustler and soon established a pay- 
ing practice. In 1861 he was elected coun- 
ty judge of Cook county, receiving a larger 
majority than any previous judge of the 
county, and four years later was re-elected 
for another term. In 1873 and 1875 he 
was elected a member of the Illinois state 
legislature, where he figured prominently 
as one of its most influential members and 
aided in securing the passage of a number 
of measures for the benefit of the state and 
the city of his adoption. He holds advanced 
views as to the rights of women, and intro- 
duced a bill making women eligible to all 
school offices, which bill was passed, large- 
ly through his efforts; also a bill making 
women eligible to be appointed notaries 
public. He has held many offices in char- 
itable and other institutions; presided at 
Cleveland during the organization of the 
American Woman Suffrage Association; 
was president of the Chicago Press Club; 
president of the Chicago Rifle Club, and for 
many years was considered the best rifle 
shot in this city; president of the Chicago 
Bar Association; president of the Illinois 
State Bar Association and for many years 
its historian; president of the Chicago 



Soldiers' Home; chairman of the arms and 
trophy department of the North West San- 
itary Commission and Soldiers' Home Fair 
of 1865; one of the founders of the Union 
League Club of Chicago, and president of 
its board of directors the first year; and was 
president of. the Chicago Photographic So- 
ciety for three years. 

As is well known, Judge Bradwell is at 
the head of a family of lawyers. His wife 
Myra, now deceased, was the founder and 
editor of the Chicago Legal News. His 
son, Thomas Bradwell, his daughter and 
son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Helmer, 
and his nephew, James A. Peterson, are all 
members of the Illinois bar. 



MASKEL LEE, M. D., one of the 
leading physicians of Atlanta, Illi- 
nois, has been a Master Mason for nearly 
twenty years and has advanced through 
other degrees of the Masonic order up to 
and including those of the commandery. 
The degrees of ancient-craft Masonry 
were conferred upon him by Wayne Lodge, 
No. 172, F. & A. M., in 1877. In 1886 he 
was made a Royal Arch Mason in Atlanta 
Chapter, No. 1 89, while the degrees which 
made him Royal and Select Master were 
given him in Bloomington, Illinois, and he 
was knighted at Lincoln, this state, in Con- 
stantine Commandery, No. 51- He main- 
tains membership in all of these organiza- 
tions except the first named, he having 
been dimitted from Wayne Lodge in order 
to affiliate with Atlanta Lodge, No. 165, 
where he now belongs, and of which he has 
been Worshipful Master since 1893, during 
this time representing his lodge in the 
Grand Lodge of the state; and during the 
years 1890 to 1893 inclusive he filled the 
office of High Priest in the chapter, and 
those years represented it in the Grand 
Chapter. In the commandery also he has 
been honored with official position, having 
been elected and served in 1 894 as Warder. 
Dr. Lee is a native of Illinois. He was 
born in Fulton county, near Atlanta, Oc- 
tober 7, 1855, and was educated at Lincoln 



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University, Lincoln, this state. He entered 
Rush Medical College in 1886, graduated 
in 1888, and immediately after his gradua- 
tion entered upon the practice of his pro- 
fession at Atlanta, where he has since lived 
and prospered. 

August 31, 1881, near Waynesville, Illi- 
nois, was consummated Dr. Lee's marriage 
to Miss Ruth Shipley, and their happy 
union has been blessed in the birth of three 
sons, Don, Je~n and Burch. 



UGUST GEORGE REINHARDT, 

B. who has recently assumed the man- 
agement of the National Hotel, at Peoria, 
Illinois, is a gentleman whose high rank in 
Masonry entitles him to personal considera- 
tion in this compendium. A. resume of his 
life is as follows: 

August George Reinhardt was born at 
Battenburg, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, 
September 15, 1862, and comes of a re- 
spected family, many representatives of 
whom have been in the hotel business. His 
father was for years in the hotel business 
at Battenburg, and for forty years his grand- 
father ran the Solnser-Hof Hotel at Hun- 
gen. In 1880, on account of the military 
requirements of Germany, the subject of 
our sketch left his native land and went to 
Paris, where he spent nine months and a 
half in the study of French, and from there 
came that same year to America, landing 
in New York. In New York city he was 
employed as storekeeper in different hotels 
until 1884, when he came west as far as 
Cleveland, Ohio. There he accepted a 
position as steward in the Stillman House, 
which place he occupied for seven years, 
severing his connection with that hotel in 
order to accept a similar position with the 
Union Club, with which he remained six 
years. After the death of J. B. Moore, of 
the National Hotel, Peoria, Mr. Reinhardt 
resigned his stewardship at the Union Club 
and came to Peoria to take charge of the 
National Hotel, the date of his arrival here 
being July i 5, 1896. 

Mr. Reinhardt was married in Cleve- 



land, Ohio, in February, 1887, to Miss 
Harriet B. Brown, of that city, and to them 
has been given a daughter, whom they have 
named Hilda Romaine. 

To Mr. Reinhardt 's Masonic history we 
would now turn. His connection with this 
ancient and honored order covers only a 
brief period of time, but is marked by rapid 
progression, he having taken all the degrees 
from that of Entered Apprentice up to and 
including that of the thirty-second of the 
Scottish Rite. He was created a Master 
Mason in Iris Lodge, No. 229, A. F. & A. 
M., of Cleveland, in March, 1895; joined 
Webb Chapter, No. 14, R. A. M., in May, 
1895; became a member of Cleveland 
Council, No. 36, R. & S. M,, in June, 1895; 
was knighted in Oriental Commandery, 
No. 12, K. T., in September, 1895, and 
shortly afterward attended the conclave 
at Boston. On his return to Cleveland 
from his eastern trip, he joined Lake Erie 
Consistory, the thirty-second degree being 
conferred upon him on the evening of De- 
cember 13, 1895. October 16 of that year 
he received the degrees of Al Koran Tem- 
ple, Mystic Shrine. 

On leaving Cleveland to come to Peoria, 
in July, 1896, Mr. Reinhardt was the re- 
cipient of handsome tokens of appreciation. 
His comrades of Al Koran Temple pre- 
sented him with a beautiful tiger-claw 
badge, and a second badge equally beauti- 
ful was given him by the Union Club, both 
of which, it is needless to say, are highly 
appreciated by him. 



H 



J'OMER HERSCHEL GREEN, the 
JuL leading druggist of Bloomington, Illi- 
nois, was born in Crawford county, this 
state, December 31, 1854. He has been 
in the drug business for a period of twenty- 
three years, excepting two years he was 
engaged in the practice of law. In 1889 
he went to Ann Arbor, and after graduat- 
ing in the law department of the Univer- 
sity of Michigan at that place located at 
Bloomington and for two years practiced 
law here. The legal profession, however. 



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was not to his liking and at the end of the 
two years he returned to the drug business. 
He was appointed by the governor to a 
position on the state board of pharmacy in 
1 890, and has been on the board ever since, 
in 1895 serving as its president. Mr. Green 
is interested also in other business enter- 
prises, notably the Pantagraph Printing and 
Stationery Company, of Bloomington, of 
which he is president. 

He was married in 1876 to Miss Belle 
Barnes, a native of Illinois and a daughter 
of Dr. A. T. Barnes, of Bloomington. 
They have one daughter, Maurine by name. 

Mr. Green has been an active Mason 
for twenty years. In 1 876 he joined Anna 
Lodge, at Anna, Illinois, afterwird was 
dimitted and united with Bloomington 
Lodge, No. 43, with which he now affili- 
ates. In 1885 he took the chapter degrees 
in Bloomington Chapter, No. 26, of which 
he is a Past High Priest, having served as 
High Priest in 1888. He joined Bloom- 
ington Council, No. 43, in 1891, and De 
Molay Cominandery, of Bloomington, in 
1885. In 1889 he was Eminent Com- 
mander of De Molay, and in 1895 was 
elected Grand Warder of the Grand Com- 
mandery of the state of Illinois. In his 
annual address to De Molay Cominandery 
in 1889, at the close of his term, he touched 
upon the policy of succession, stating that 
a tenure of office beyond a year was, in his 
opinion, unnecessary and ill advised. He 
spoke of the year being the happiest of his 
life and wished his successor the greatest 
blessing that he could conceive of, namely, 
that he be surrounded by the same loyal 
hearts that had supported him. It is only 
just to Mr. Green to state here that he is 
perfectly adapted to the commandery work, 
being military in bearing and a thorough 
student of Masonry. 



dence in the goodness and mercy of a 
Supreme Being are the qualities necessary 
to the successful practice of the medical 
profession. Brought daily face to face 
with the sterner side of life, in constant 
juxtaposition with sickness and suffering, 
the physician must possess a character con- 
sistent with the duties inseparable from his 
life and whose predominating attribute 
must necessarily be a generous considera- 
tion for his fellow men. For over a quar- 




LFRED AUGUSTUS WHIPPLE. 
JJ4& Closely allied to the principles upon 
which is based the brotherhood of Free- 
masonry charity, unselfishness, the frater- 
nal relationship between men, and a confi- 



ter of a century Dr. Whipple has followed 
the noble calling which in his youth he de- 
termined to devote his future career, and 
that he has succeeded in his laudable am- 
bition is amply attested by his present hon- 
orable standing in the medical world; and 
now, in the prime of life, he can look back 
upon the unrecallable past with a calm 
sense of having conscientiously performed 
his duty to his God and to humanity in 
general. 

Dr. Whipple's connection with the Ma- 



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sonic order dates back thirty years. Ap- 
preciating the fact that by becoming asso- 
ciated with a society which had for its 
object the mental and moral elevation of 
the human race he would be more fully 
equipped for the exigencies of his profes- 
sion, he applied for admission in Cattarau- 
gus Lodge, No. 239, and after receiving 
the first two degrees was raised to the sub- 
lime degree of Master Mason on May 30, 
1868. He was exalted to the august 
degrees in cryptic Masonry, which he re- 
ceived as follows: Mark Master, March 10, 
1870, Past Master, March 24, Most Excel- 
lent Master, April 28, and Royal Arch 
Mason, May 12. Obtaining a dimit from 
these two bodies the Doctor became affil- 
iated with Quincy Lodge, No. 296, in 
Which he has held the office of Worshipful 
Master, and Quincy Chapter, No. 5, in the 
latter being elected to the office of High 
Priest. His further membership in the 
York Rite is with Quincy Council, No. 
15, serving as its Illustrious Deputy Master, 
and El Aksa Commandery, No. 55, receiv- 
ing the degrees of Red Cross Knight on 
August 30, 1882, and of Knights Templar 
on the following September 14. In this 
body he presided most efficiently as Emi- 
nent Commander, and is a courteous and 
accomplished Sir Knight. In the Scottish 
Rite Dr. Whipple has attained to the in- 
effable degree of Sublime Prince of the 
Royal Secret, which was conferred upon 
him in Quincy Consistory on January 19, 
1 887, and he was subsequently elected 
Commander-in-Chief. In the Grand Chap- 
ter of Illinois the Doctor has filled the fol- 
lowing offices: Grand Master of the First 
Veil, 1893-94; Grand Master of the Second 
Veil, 1894-95; Grand Master of the Third 
Veil, 1895-96; and Royal Arch Captain, 
1896. Mr. Whipple was the first Principal 
Sojourner of Salamanca Chapter, No. 266, 
at Salamanca, New York, while under dis- 
pensation in 1871 or 1872, and has held 
the appointment of Surgeon of the Second 
Regiment in the Tenth Division at the 
Triennial Conclave held in Boston in 1895. 
He has been a faithful, enthusiastic and 



consistent member of the fraternity, always 
ready to accept any duties that he may be 
required to assume, and rendering to the 
different bodies any service of which his 
energetic nature is capable. Thoroughly 
well versed in the laws and usages of Ma- 
sonry, he is a most valued brother, and well 
merits the high consideration and fraternal 
affection with which he is universally re- 
garded. 

Dr. Whipple is a native of New York, 
his birth having occurred in Cattaraugus 
county on October 31, 1845. Although 
not a member, he is a regular attendant of 
the Baptist church. 



JOSEPH W. HOUGH, a prominent and 
I enthusiastic Mason who makes his home 

in Chicago, where he takes an abiding 
interest in the local lodges of which he is a 
member, was initiated in Englewood Lodge, 
No. 690, on the 29th of September, 1892, 
passed October loth, and was raised to the 
sublime degree of Master Mason on the 
24th of October. The degrees of capitular 
Masonry were conferred upon him in En- 
glewood Chapter, No. 176, in the following 
order: Mark Master, October 27, 1892, 
Past Master, Most Excellent Master and 
Royal Arch, November 10. He received 
the degrees of Royal and Select Masters in 
Temple Council in 1895 or 1896, and the 
orders of knighthood were conferred upon 
him in Englewood Commandery, No. 59, 
he being created a Red Cross Knight on the 
26th of January, 1893, and constituted a 
Sir Knight Templar on the 27th of that 
month. Mr. Hough has attained to the in- 
effable degrees of Scottish Rite, including 
that of thirty-second, and on the 29th of 
June, 1893, he was proclaimed a Sublime 
Prince of the Royal Secret. In 1 892 he 
performed a successful pilgrimage across 
the sands of the desert and became a No- 
ble of the Ancient Arabic Order of the 
Mystic Shrine, his affiliation being with 
Medinah Temple. 

A native of the Dominion of Canada, 
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province of Ontario, on the 6th of Janu- 
ary, 1852, and is a son of George and 
Mary Hough. Reared upon the paternal 
country homestead, the first eighteen years 
of our subject's life were spent in pursuing 
his studies in the district schools and in 
performing such duties as were required of 
him on the farm. Upon attaining his 
eighteenth year Mr. Hough began learning 
the carpenter's trade, serving an appren- 
ticeship at Prescott, Ontario, with his 
brother, Alfred, with whom he worked 
until the fall of 1879, coming to Chicago 
in that year and securing an engagement 
as a carpenter at the Stock Yards. In 
1888 he was appointed superintendent of 
construction, and such was his ability, as 
displayed in performing the duties of that 
office, that he has continued to fill that po- 
sition down to the present time to the emi- 
nent satisfaction of all concerned and in a 
manner that redounds greatly to his own 
credit. In his social relations Mr. Hough 
is a member of the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, in which society he has 
passed all the chairs, and in his political 
faith he is an ardent supporter of the Re- 
publican party. 

In 1882 was celebrated the marriage of 
Brother Hough to Miss Jessie L. Buell, of 
Morristown, New York, and two children 
were born to them Walter B. and Ida J. 
Mrs. Hough departed this life in 1889, and 
in 1892 our subject contracted a second 
marriage, this time with Miss Laura J. 
Sproul, of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Hough 
have one child, named Cora J. They are 
adherents of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and contribute liberally to its sup- 
port. 



WARTIN W. BACON, physician and 
surgeon, Chicago. The professional 
man, as well as the humblest mechanic or 
gardener, finds great satisfaction in the in- 
stitution of Freemasonry. The reasons for 
this are repeated in this volume in various 
phraseology, so that we can say, as the 
Church of England says to the public con- 



cerning the great architect of St. Paul's 
church, London, Sir Christopher Wren, 
Si monumentum requiris, circtunspice. By 
paraphrase we might say: If you wish to 
find a table spread with intellectual and 
moral dishes, here they are in the lodge 
room; and if you wish to see the work of 
Masonry in the cold world, look around you, 
and, although not able to trace the bene- 
fits seen to the individual hand of the donor, 
you can rest assured that you will be right 
in attributing many of them to the benevo- 
lence of the brethren in the noble institu- 
tion of Masonry. 

But we are digressing, only, however, 
to revive some idea of the grandeur of the 
institution with which the subject of this 
biographical outline is connected. Dr. Ba- 
con received the ancient-craft degrees in 
Auburn Park Lodge, No. 789, A. F. & A. 
M., in 1892, the capitular degrees in Au- 
burn Chapter, No. 201, R. A. M. , the 
chivalric in Englewood Commandery, No. 
59, also the same year, and the cryptic in 
Imperial Council, No. 85, in 1896. His 
present affiliations are with the same blue 
lodge, council and commandery in which he 
was initiated, and with Normal Park Chap- 
ter, No. 210, R. A. M. He has also crossed 
the sands of the desert and been accepted 
in Medinah Temple, Ancient Arabic Order 
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Chicago. 

Dr. Bacon was born in Geauga county, 
Ohio, May 13, 1845, and when seven years 
of age his parents moved to Michigan, 
where he was reared and educated, gradu- 
ating at the high school. His medical ed- 
ucation he received in the medical depart- 
ment of the Michigan State University at 
Ann Arbor, graduating in 1875. After prac- 
ticing his profession in Michigan three years 
he came to Chicago, and for seven years he 
had his office on the North Side. In 1882 
he moved to Englewood, where now he has 
for over fourteen years remained in the 
practice of medicine, enjoying that success 
which attends the career of but few medi- 
cal men, and having also a wide reputation 
as a surgeon. He is a member of the Chi- 
cago Medical Association, the American 



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Medical Association, the South Side Medi- 
cal Society and the Physicians' Club. In 
his religious relations he is a communicant 
of the Protestant Episcopal church. 

May 10, 1873, he was united in matri- 
mony with Miss Dora Green, of Kalamazoo, 
Michigan, and they have two accomplished 
daughters, Rose and Edith. 



JOHN D. TOBEY. Cosmopolitan is the 
never-ending procession of travelers 
which one sees on the highway of suc- 
cess. All classes and conditions are repre- 
sented as the individual presses forward 
with the hope of ultimately reaching the 
goal of prosperity. The race often becomes 
fast and furious, and the rights and priv- 
ileges of others are frequently -forgotten by 
those who are making rapid progress, but 
there is an influence working among men 
which often causes the fortunate to extend 
aid to his less fortunate fellow traveler. 
The Masonic fraternity has for countless cen- 
turies inculcated among men the spirit of 
helpfulness; it is this imperishable institu- 
tion that takes by the hand the brother 
who has fallen in the battle of life, that 
kindly raises him to his feet again, that 
gently brushes from his brow the dust of 
defeat and encourages him to enter again 
the race with renewed strength and a 
fiirmer determination to accomplish some- 
thing in life. It is an axiom of the craft 
that one should be a Mason not for what he 
may get but for what he may attain, what 
he may do for others. This is the glory of 
Masonry; this is what makes it the syno- 
nym of charity throughout the civilized 
world; this is what will shed brighter and 
yet still brighter luster upon her fair name, 
as the centuries, one by one, shall be added 
to the past, even down to the ' ' last sylla- 
ble of recorded time." 

Mr. Tobey has for five years been affili- 
ated with the ancient and noble fraternity, 
being initiated into the order as an Entered 
Apprentice of Golden Rule Lodge, F. & 
A. M., in 1892. The same year he re- 
ceived the Fellow-craft degree, was raised 



to the sublime degree of Master Mason, 
and became a companion of the chapter, 
his membership being in Wiley M. Egan 
Chapter, R. A. M. With these organiza- 
tions he has since retained his connection 
and also taken the Knight Templar degrees 
in Chicago Commandery, No. 19, in 1892, 
and the Scottish Rite degrees in Oriental 
Consistory, S. P. R. S. Of the com- 
mandery he is a life member. He has 
never held office in these lodges, his time 
being occupied with his business interests, 
but is a worthy and faithful member of the 
craft, his fidelity to its principles and teach- 
ings being above question. He is also 
connected with the social division of the 
order, through his membership in Medinah 
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the No- 
bles of the Mystic Shrine. 

John D. Tobey, who is now president 
of the Tobey Hay & Grain Company, of 
Chicago, is one of the native sons of Cook 
county, his birth having occurred in the 
township of Worth, on the 3d of Septem- 
ber, 1859. He is indebted to the common 
schools for the educational privileges which 
he enjoyed, and his business training was 
along the line of his present business. 
When only thirteen years of age he became 
connected with hay and grain dealing and 
has since followed that pursuit. He worked 
for others for some time and applied him- 
self assiduously to the mastery of the busi- 
ness, the principles which govern it and the 
best methods to follow in conducting a 
successful enterprise. As time passed his 
industry was rewarded by a constantly 
increasing capital, and to-day he is at the 
head of a thriving business, which is con- 
stantly growing in extent and importance. 

Mr. Tobey was united in marriage to 
Miss Clara Burt, of West Point, New York, 
and by this union have been born two chil- 
dren, Gracie and Daisy. In connection 
with the Masonic fraternity Mr. Tobey is 
also a member of Henry W. Longfellow 
Council, Royal Arcanum; the order of 
Knights of Pythias and the American Na- 
tional Union. 

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and inspiration in the life of the man, who, 
without other means than a clear head, a 
strong arm and a true heart, conquers ad- 
versity, and toiling on through the work-a- 
day years finds that he has won not only a 
handsome competence but also something 
far greater and higher, the deserved re- 
spect and esteem of those with whom his 
years of active life placed him in contact. 
Such a man is Mr. Tobey, and the Masonic 
society of Chicago may well be proud to 
number him among her representatives. 



JAMES MALCOLM TENLEY, well- 
known as the popular furniture dealer 
and undertaker of Farmington, Illinois, 
and equally well known and popular in 
Masonic circles, is a native of McConnells- 
burg, Pennsylvania, but has never known 
any other home than that of Farmington, 
Illinois, having been brought here from the 
east when a child of two years. He was 
born June 27, 1847, and it was in 1849 
that he accompanied his parents and other 
members of the family to this state; and 
here for many years he has been engaged 
in his present occupation. 

Mr. Tenley's Masonic history covers 
more than a dozen years, dating back to 
1883, and has all along been attended with 
ardent interest. Having been duly elected 
to receive the degrees in Farmington Lodge, 
No. 192, he was initiated on the evening of 
June 15, 1 88 3; August 10 he was passed to 
the Fellow-craft; and August 24 became a 
Master Mason. December 30, 1887, he 
was first elected Senior Warden, was re- 
elected and served for three successive 
terms in the same office, and December 26, 
1890, was honored with election to the east. 
December 2, 1892, he was again elected 
Worshipful Master, and served a second 
term, both being prosperous years in the 
history of the lodge. Nor has Mr. Tenley's 
interest in Masonry stopped with the blue 
lodge. He has advanced through the chap- 
ter, council and commandery to the Scot- 
tish Rite, having affiliations with Eureka 
Chapter, of Yates City, of which he became 



a member April 9, 1884; Canton Council, 
No. 23; Peoria Commandery, No. 3; and 
Peoria Consistory, having taken the Scot- 
tish Rite degrees November 6, 1895. In 
Canton Council, No. 23, he has served as 
Deputy Master, having twice been elected 
to this office and without a dissenting vote. 
Mr. Tenley's religious belief is that of 
the Baptist church, of which he is a con- 
sistent and active member. 



F-RANK M. TIMMS, secretary of the 
Mallory, Son & Zimmerman Company, 
live-stock commissioners of Chicago, is 
identified with the Masonic fraternity, in 
which he has risen to the Knight Templar 
degree. He took the initiatory degree of 
Entered Apprentice in Englewood Lodge, 
No. 690, A. F. & A. M., passed the Fellow- 
craft degree and was raised to the sublime 
degree of a Master Mason. His identifica- 
tion with capitular Masonry came through 
Englewood Chapter, No. 176, in which he 
was exalted to the degree of Royal Arch 
Mason. He joined the Englewood Com- 
mandery and has since been a worthy fol- 
lower of the beauseant, and with all these 
organizations he is now affiliated as a con- 
sistent and loyal member. His relationship 
with the Knights Templar permitting his 
membership in the Ancient Arabic Order of 
the Mystic Shrine, he is now a Noble of 
Medinah Temple. 

Mr. Timms is also well known in busi- 
ness circles and possesses the true western 
spirit of progress and enterprise. He is a 
native of Michigan, born in Hillsdale, Feb- 
ruary 25, 1859. There he remained until 
seventeen years of age, his time being 
passed midst play and study. The public 
schools afforded him his educational privi- 
leges. On leaving Hillsdale he came to 
Chicago, and in the fall of 1876 began deal- 
ing in live stock, a business which he has 
since followed with good success. He has 
been the architect of his own fortunes, and 
has builded wisely and well, for by his own 
exertions he has accumulated a handsome 
competence. The company of which he is 



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now secretary is doing a very extensive 
business, its sales reaching a high figure, 
and to the capable management, sound 
judgment and indefatigable industry of Mr. 
Timms this is largely due. 

In 1884 Mr. Timms was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Mable Brach, of Hillsdale, 
Michigan, and they have two children, 
Grace and Gladys. He is a member of the 
Harvard Club and the Royal Arcanum. 



FRED SCHULTZ, of Chicago, is a 
Royal Arch Mason who takes an act- 
ive part in the work of the fraternity and is 
an ardent and zealous adherent of its ten- 
ets. The history of the past furnishes 
many illustrations of the beneficent work of 
the order, and to-day its utility in the af- 
fairs of men is even greater than before. 
With the new conditions of civilization 
have arisen new conditions of life, that re- 
quire the ameliorating influences of some 
humanitarian organization, and extending 
the field of its labors to meet these Ma- 
sonry has become one of the most potent 
elements for the uplifting of the race, for 
doing away with the asperities of life and 
making smooth the many rough places on 
life's journey. In this work Mr. Schultz 
has ever borne his part and is numbered 
among the valued adherents of the order in 
the metropolis of the west. He was made 
a Mason in 1885, taking the degrees of 
Master Mason, Fellow-craft and Entered 
Apprentice in Waubansia Lodge, No. 160. 
His fidelity is recognized by his brethren of 
the craft, who have three times honored 
him with election to the office of Worship- 
ful Master, in which he served in 1892, 
1893 and in the present year, 1897. In 
1886 he was advanced as Mark Master, in- 
stalled as Past Master, received as Most 
Excellent Master and exalted to the august 
degree of Royal Arch Mason in La Fayette 
Chapter, No. 2, of Chicago. 

Mr. Schultz is a native of Prussia, born 
on the 25th of February, 1848. When a 
child of four years he was brought to Chi- 
cago, where he was reared and educated. 



His business training was in the line of mer- 
chandising, and in 1880, as a member of 
the firm of Schultz & Hirsch, he began the 
manufacture and sale of mattresses, and the 
handling of feathers and upholsterers' sup- 
plies. His plant is located at No. 260 
South Desplaines street, and he has built 
up an excellent trade, to which he is justly 
entitled by reason of his honorable dealing, 
his enterprise and close application. On the 
2 ist of December, 1881, was celebrated 
the marriage of Mr. Schultz and Miss Mary 
Shaffer, a native of Pennsylvania. They 
have two daughters. 



'RANCIS G. SPREYNE, a faithful and 
energetic adherent of the craft in Chi- 
cago who governs his life according to the 
twenty- four-inch gauge, was initiated in 
Constantia Lodge, No. 783, and raised to 
the sublime degree of Master Mason in 1 882. 
In 1896 he attained to the grades and or- 
ders of the Scottish Rite in Oriental Con- 
sistory, Valley of Chicago, and, having con- 
ferred upon him the thirty-second degree, he 
was proclaimed a Sublime Prince of the 
Royal Secret. He made a successful pil- 
grimage across the burning sands of the 
desert and became a Noble in the Ancient 
Arabic Order, his membership being in Me- 
dinah Temple. He exemplifies the honor- 
able teachings of the order in his daily life, 
and is esteemed as a worthy and acceptable 
frater. 

A native of Germany, Mr. Spreyne 
was born in Hanover on July 8, 1848, and 
was reared and received an excellent educa- 
tion in the public schools of that country, 
which are noted for the thoroughness of 
their system, and in his youth he was appren- 
ticed to the confectioner's trade. In 1866 
he went to Paris, France, remaining in that 
city for a year, and then came to the United 
States, locating in Jersey City, New Jersey, 
for a year and a half, going thence to 
Omaha, Nebraska, and from there to Kan- 
sas City, Missouri. In 1873 he came to 
Chicago, and here, through the influence of 
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the position of confectioner at the Grand 
Pacific Hotel, filling that position most ac- 
ceptably for a period of two years. His 
father-in-law was an undertaker, and our 
subject became interested in that business; 
subsequently, after careful study and prep- 
aration, he joined Mr. Podolsky in that 
calling, the firm name being known as Po- 
dolsky & Spreyne, they being among the 
first in the city to make a practical use of 
embalming and to introduce it in their pro- 
fession. This partnership continued until 
1892, when Mr. Podolsky retired, and our 
subject has since conducted the business 
alone, meeting with the success that is a 
natural result of industry, integrity and a 
thorough knowledge of his work, in the 
pursuance of which his adaptability and 
honorable methods have placed him in the 
foremost ranks among his confreres. Mr. 
Spreyne's prosperous career is the sequence 
of a life spent with an honest purpose in 
view, in consequence of which his present 
position is the outcome, resultant from 
most praiseworthy motives. He is a pro- 
gressive, energetic citizen of whom Chicago 
may well be proud, and he richly merits 
the success he has attained in the country 
of his adoption. 

The marriage of Mr. Spreyne was 
solemnized in 1876, when he was united to 
Miss Helen Podolsky, who is a native of the 
Garden City. This union has been blessed 
with six children, three sons and three 
daughters. Mr. Spreyne is of a genial dis- 
position, domestic in his habits, and obtains 
a great deal of enjoyment from his home 
life. Numerous friends extend to him their 
good will and warm regard, and as a man 
and a Mason he is a credit to himself and 
his fraternity. 



F. L. HARTMAN, of Chicago, has 
been for three years a member of the 
fraternity whose record forms the subject 
of this volume, having taken the degrees of 
Entered Apprentice, Fellow-craft and Mas- 
ter Mason in Waubansia Lodge, in 1894. 
He is still an affiliate of that organization, 



and at the last election was honored by his 
brethren of the craft by being chosen for 
the office of Junior Warden, in which in- 
cumbency he is now serving. 

Mr. Hartman is a son of Erin. He was 
born on the Emerald Isle, November iS, 
1864, but was chiefly reared in England, 
whence he came to the United States at the 
age of fifteen years. In his youth he re- 
ceived the business training of a mercantile 
establishment. He came to Chicago in 
1891 and for the past five years he has 
been in the employ of the firm of Rand & 
McNally as chief janitor, and in that posi- 
tion has earned a well-merited reputation 
for efficiency and fidelity to the interests 
committed to his care. He was married in 
1890 to Miss Florence Lewis, a native of 
Chicago, and they have two children 
Chester and Gladys. 



OLL McNAUGHTON, of Joliet, is a 
' worthy and talented member of the 
Masonic order who has since his initiation 
taken a great interest in the workings of the 
blue lodge and has been active in advancing 
its welfare and giving it the benefit of his 
energetic support. He was made a Master 
Mason in Matteson Lodge, No. 175, and 
quickly acquiring the ritual and thoroughly 
informing himself on the subject of Masonic 
ethics and usage, he was elected to the 
chair of Senior Warden, which he held 
with credit to himself and to the honor of 
the fraternity. He was advanced to the 
degrees of capitular Masonry and ex- 
alted to the august degree of the Holy Royal 
Arch in Joliet Chapter, No. 27, received 
the degrees of Royal and Select Masters in 
Joliet Council, No. 82, and was constituted 
a Sir Knight in Joliet Commandery, No. 4, 
serving as its Junior Warden for one term 
with ability and circumspection. By his 
enthusiasm and unremitting labors he has 
won the good will and kindly consideration 
of all his _/ 'raters. 

A native of Scotland, Mr. McNaughton 
was born in Campbellton, Argyleshire, on 
August 11, 1860, receiving his elementary 



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education in the public schools of that city, 
pursuing his studies until 1878, when he 
set sail for the United States and subse- 
quently located in St. Clair, Michigan, se- 
curing work on a farm and in the pine 
woods of that state. In 1880 he moved to 
Oswego, Illinois, and for the succeeding 
five years taught school in Kendall county, 
making the best possible use of his leisure 
time by borrowing books and reading law, 
which he had determined to follow as a pro- 
fession; and in 1885 he entered the office 
of Flanders & Shutts, of Joliet, under whose 
guidance he studied with such diligence that 
in May, 1887, he was admitted to practice, 
and since then he has succeeded in building 
up a large and lucrative business, and oc- 
cupies a position in the front ranks of the 
leading attorneys in Illinois. In 1888 he 
was appointed deputy postmaster at Joliet, 
serving as such one year; in 1891 he was 
elected town supervisor, and in 1895 he 
was chosen city attorney, holding that of- 
fice for a term of two years. 

Mr. McNaughton was married in No- 
vember, 1888, to Miss Agnes Conlon, of 
Joliet, and they are the parents of two 
children, Bessie and Jean. Mr. McNaugh- 
ton is a member of the Modern Woodmen 
of America, and is a consistent adherent of 
the Universalist church. As a self-made 
man the record of Mr. McNaughton is one 
deserving the highest commendation, com- 
ing, as he did, to this country with no ad- 
vantages and possessing no other capital 
than a pair of strong arms and a willing 
heart. By the perseverance and indomit- 
able energy that characterize his race, he 
has steadily worked his way up until he has 
acquired a comfortable competency, and 
enjoys the sincere respect of a large num- 
ber of friends. 



RRIN J. WILSEY, one of the most 
active blue-lodge members residing in 
the city of Lena, has the following com- 
mendable record: He was made a Master 
Mason in Lena Lodge, No. 174, in 18/6, 
and served two years each as Senior War- 



den, Junior Warden, and Senior Deacon, 
and then finished the term of a brother who 
had served as Master, since which time he 
has been elected and officiated in that ca- 
pacity for fourteen years, taking a great in- 
terest in the order and accomplishing a 
large amount of work, not only in his own 
lodge, but giving also his able assistance to 
the brethren in the adjoining towns. Dur- 
ing his long administration brother Wilsey 
has contributed no little to the gratifying 
success attending his lodge, which is out of 
debt, possesses a membership of sixty fra- 
tres, is well stocked with excellent appara- 
tus, and has one of the best floor teams in 
the country. Mr. Wilsey has been a close 
student of the ethics of Masonry, is one of 
the most thoroughly informed men in the 
ritual, and enjoys the high esteem and re- 
gard of his confreres. His record is one 
that not only redounds to his personal credit 
but to that of his lodge, and is deserving of 
the most exalted encomiums of praise. 

On the 3d of September, 1857, occurred 
the birth of Mr. Wilsey in the city of Syra- 
cuse, New York, his ancestors being Hol- 
land-Dutch. His father, Hoffman Wilsey, 
was a native of the Empire state, where he 
married Miss Eliza Baldwin, and in 1859 
emigrated to Illinois with his family, con- 
sisting of his wife and five children ; and 
here he pursued an honest, industrious life, 
dying in November, 1891, at the venerable 
age of seventy-four years. His wife had 
preceded him to their eternal rest at the 
age of sixty-two years, survived by three of 
their children. Our subject was educated 
in the public schools of Lena and Rockford 
until old enough to attend college, when he 
was sent to Wisconsin State University at 
Madison, at which he was subsequently 
graduated. Returning to Lena, he en- 
gaged in business and now has a large farm- 
implement store, which he has conducted 
successfully for a number of years and oc- 
cupies a prominent place in the front ranks 
among the merchants of his home city. 

Politically Mr. Wilsey is an adherent of 
the Democratic party, and has been justice 
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sessor, a member of the board of trustees 
of Lena, and has the honor of having been 
appointed postmaster of the city by Presi- 
dent Cleveland, and is now serving in his 
fourth year. In every position in life it has 
been his duty to fill he has been faithful, 
energetic and efficient, giving eminent sat- 
isfaction to all with whom he has been as- 
sociated. 

In 1882 Mr. Wilsey was married to Miss 
Nellie Howard, also a native of Lena, and 
they have one son, Grover H. Mr. and 
Mrs. Wilsey are valued members of Isa- 
bella Chapter, No. 322, Order of the East- 
ern Star, in which he is Worthy Patron and 
she is Assistant Worthy Matron. Both of 
them are residents of whom Lena may well 
be proud, and they are held high in the re- 
spect and kindly consideration of their nu- 
merous friends. 



FRANK W. CAMPBELL, Chicago, who 
holds the distinction of being Past Em- 
inent Commander of Apollo Commandery of 
Knights Templar in Chicago, has long been 
conspicuously identified with the business 
life of the western metropolis, and his con- 
nection with Masonic affairs has been such 
as to render particularly consistent a review 
of his life in this connection. 

Mr. Campbell's initiation as a member 
of the Masonic order occurred on the 3Oth 
of September, 1865, when he was inducted 
into William B. Warren Lodge, No. 209, 
A. F. & A. M., since which time his ad- 
vancement in rank has been consecutive 
and creditable. He has attained the thirty- 
second degree of the Scottish Rite and at 
present holds the distinguished fraternal 
preferment of being Most Eminent Junior 
Grand Warden of Chicago Council, Princes 
of Jerusalem. He is also Junior Deacon of 
the Nineteenth Grand Pontiff and Past Em- 
inent Commander of Apollo Commandery, 
No. i, K. T. , this being the oldest com- 
mandery in the state of Illinois. As a No- 
ble of Medinah Temple of the Mystic Shrine 
he holds official position as Ceremonial 
Master. The first office which he filled in 



the fraternity was that as Prelate of Apollo 
Commandery, and later he was elected 
Commander of the same, and in 1895 he 
attended the conclave in Boston as Emi- 
nent Commander of this commandery. He 
is a member of La Fayette Chapter, No. 2 ; 
of Palestine Council, No. 66, and a life 
member of William B. Warren Lodge. 
During his term of office in 1895 Mr. Camp- 
bell knighted fifty-three members in Apollo 
Commandery, this being the second largest 
number ever knighted in that commandery 
in one year, while among the number were 
not a few of the prominent and well-known 
business men of the citv, including D. K. 
Hill, of Willoughby, Hill & Co. ; George H. 
Moncur, general manager of the firm just 
mentioned; Walter Bogle, a well-known 
politician and coal dealer; Mr. Kent, assist- 
ant cashier of the National Bank of Illinois, 
and many others equally prominent in busi- 
ness circles. In addition to his distin- 
guished association with this great frater- 
nity Mr. Campbell is also a member of the 
Hamilton Club and of the Veteran Union 
League, being held in the highest esteem 
in both business and social life. 

Frank W. Campbell is a native of Scotts- 
ville, Monroe county, New York, where he 
was born on the 25th of August, 1843, and 
where he received his elementary educa- 
tional discipline, removing with his parents 
to the west in 1852, at which time he was a 
lad of nine years. The family took up their 
abode on a farm near Elgin, Illinois, where 
they remained for the period of three years, 
after which they resided for one year on a 
farm in Fayette county, Iowa. In the year 
1857 Mr. Campbell came to Chicago and 
here apprenticed himself to learn the jew- 
elers' trade, serving for a period of seven 
years, under the direction of an older 
brother, Mark Campbell. 

In 1868 he identified himself with that 
line of enterprise with which he has ever 
since been so prominently concerned and in 
which he has done much to further the sub- 
stantial growth and prosperity of the city. 
He associated himself with his brother, 
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the twelfth ward, in the conduct of a general 
real-estate business, and the firm name of 
Campbell Brothers was a familiar one in 
Chicago for a period of more than twenty 
years. Within this period the brothers 
erected and sold over eight hundred houses, 
utilizing their own capital for this purpose. 
Our subject has been continuously in the 
real-estate business since 1868, and is one 
of the oldest and best known operators in 
this line in Chicago, where his unvarying 
honor and integrity and his correct business 
methods have gained and retained to him 
the respect and confidence of the public. 
The Campbell Brothers platted a number 
of subdivisions to Chicago and thoroughly 
improved the same. Campbell avenue was 
named in their honor, while Campbell Park, 
which was donated by them to the city, will 
ever stand in evidence of their public spirit 
and well-directed generosity. Our subject 
has individually conducted his real-estate 
business since 1889, and is still the owner 
of a considerable amount of valuable realty 
in the city and its suburbs. 

On the yth of February, 1872, was 
solemnized the marriage of Mr. Campbell 
to Miss Laura E. Remington, a native of 
Cleveland, Ohio, and they are the parents 
of four children: Frank W., Jr., Ella D., 
Laura Blanche and James L. 



CHARLES R. CHARLTON. Masonry, 
in its moral foundation, being as strong in 
its obligations as it can be made by the Holy 
Bible, the system of its philosophy is prac- 
tical, as it does not rely on the dicta of 
church creeds, orthodox ceremonies or 
pious memberships. The fraternity has an 
enthusiastic following in Wilmington, the 
lodges of which receive firm support from 
many loyal and zealous Masons, among 
whom may appropriately be mentioned the 
gentleman whose name heads this sketch. 
Mr. Charlton was initiated in Gardner 
Lodge, No. 573, from which he was dimit- 
ted to become affiliated with Braidwood 
Lodge, No. 704, in both of which bodies 
he served as Worshipful Master. He was 



exalted to the august degree of Royal Arch 
Mason in Wilmington Chapter, No. 142, in 
which he held the office of King, and was 
knighted in Blaney Commandery, No. 5. 
He is a member of the Mystic Shrine, his 
association being with Medinah Temple. 

Mr. Charlton was born in Westchester 
county, New York, September 6, 1840. 
His father having died when he was four 
years old, he was placed on a farm and 
there remained until eighteen years of age, 
working for five dollars a month during the 
day time and attending school at night, and 
in this way acquired his education. On 
emigrating to Illinois he located near Gard- 
ner, at the time the Chicago & Alton Rail- 
road track was being laid through that sec- 
tion. Subsequently he drifted into the drug 
business at Gardner, and later went to 
Braidwood, where he conducted a drug 
store for thirteen years. In 1886 he came 
to Wilmington and has ever since been 
successfully engaged in the same business. 
Mr. Charlton is a self-made man in every 
respect, and deserves great credit for the 
energy and enterprise that has resulted in 
his present prosperous condition. He is in 
comfortable circumstances and is now able 
to enjoy the fruits of his early industry. 

In 1862 our subject was married to Miss 
Mary Atkinson, who has since deceased, 
survived by her husband and two children. 
Mr. Charlton is a member of the Order of 
the Eastern Star, and is anmiversal favorite 
both socially and in his business relations. 



JOSEPH KOPF. The institution of Free- 
masonry is a grand and glorious cause, 
consecrated by oft repeated vows, by 
many a solemn pledge and a holy tie, teach- 
ing its lessons of love and charity, and 
earnestly striving to secure the consumma- 
tion of a universal brotherhood of mankind. 
Mr. Kopf is one of the consistent and loyal 
members of the craft in Streator, Illinois, 
and has always taken a keen interest in the 
workings of the local bodies. He was made 
a Master Mason in Streator Lodge, No. 607, 
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Arch Mason in Streator Chapter, No. 157, 
and served as its Secretary for a term, re- 
ceived the degrees of Royal and Select 
Masters in Streator Council, No. 73, hold- 
ing the chair of Secretary in that body also, 
was created Knight Templar in Ottawa 
Commandery, No. 10, and has attained the 
ineffable degree of Sublime Prince of the 
Royal Secret, in Peoria Consistory. In all 
his dealings with the fraternity Mr. Kopf 
has evinced that spirit of charity and friend- 
ship that ever characterizes the true believer 
in the ritual. 

Mr. Kopf is a native of Lahr, Germany, 
where he was born November 19, 1852, and 
there attended the public schools until the 
age of sixteen, when, hearing of the won- 
ders of the new world, he decided to try 
his fortunes there and consequently took 
passage for the United States. He located 
at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and there fin- 
ished his education. In 1875 he came west 
and stopped for a while at Chicago, where 
he became engaged as a tonsorial artist for 
about a year and then moved to Streator, 
following the same occupation there for a 
time. He later established a meat market, 
which he conducted for a brief space of 
time, after which he embarked in the insur- 
ance and building and loan business, and 
now holds the position of secretary of the 
Streator German Building Association. 

Politically Mr. Kopf is a Democrat, and 
has taken an active interest in the local 
condition of his party. In the spring of 
1895 he had the honor of being elected 
mayor of his home city, and is the present 
incumbent of that office. His administra- 
tion has been clean and praiseworthy and 
has given entire satisfaction to his constit- 
uents. He has also been collector and as- 
sistant supervisor, and discharged the duties 
of those positions in a most efficient man- 
ner. Mayor Kopf is one of the most prom- 
inent men in La Salle county, and has 
risen to his present high place among his 
fellow citizens through his personal merits, 
unaided by the powers of wealth or in- 
fluence. Coming to this country while yet 
a youth, a stranger to the habits and 



language of the people, he manfully strug- 
gled against all obstacles, overcame all dif- 
ficulties that beset his pathway, and has 
secured to himself a place of honor in the 
home of his adoption. 



! ARCUS S. CRAWFORD, who is now 

JPOI residing in Rockford, placed his name 
on the roll of Masons in 1894, a t which 
time he took the blue- lodge degrees in 
Rockford Lodge, No. 102. He is now fill- 
ing the office of Junior Steward therein and 
he is classed among those whose time-tried 
devotion to the order has made them 
valued members. He also belongs to the 
Knights of Pythias fraternity, has passed 
all the chairs in the lodge and is now serv- 
ing as Past Chancellor. 

Mr. Crawford has for many years made 
his home in Rockford and has a wide ac- 
quaintance here, embracing many friends. 
A native of Pennsylvania, he was born in 
Tyrone, Blair county, on the i8th of 
August, 1848, and is of Scotch- Irish ances- 
try, the founders of the family having 
sought a home in America during the early 
days of settlement in the Keystone state. 
His father, Thomas Crawford, was born on 
the family homestead in Tyrone, and after 
attaining to years of maturity married Miss 
Harriet Wilson, also a native of Tyrone. 
They were industrious and respected farm- 
ing people who left to their children little 
wealth, but endowed them with the better 
heritage of an honorable name. The father 
died in 1853, when comparatively a young 
man, leaving a family of four children, who 
were carefully reared by the mother. By 
her practical training she fitted them for 
life's duties and lived to see them become 
respected men and women. Her death oc- 
curred in 1879, at the age of fifty-five 
years. 

Marcus S. Crawford was the youngest 
of the family and was but seven years of 
age when the father died. He completed 
his literary education in the Methodist Col- 
lege of Mount Morris, Illinois, after which 
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followed for a period of twelve years. He 
first came to Rockford in 1868 and resided 
continuously in this city until 1880, en- 
gaged on the construction of a number of 
its important buildings. He then was in 
Pennsylvania for a time, until 1891, when 
he returned to Rockford and accepted a 
clerical position in the office of the Emerson 
Manufacturing Company, with which he has 
since been connected. 

He is a reliable, progressive business 
man and enjoys the confidence of all with 
whom commercial or social relations have 
brought him in contact. In his political 
adherency he is a supporter of the Repub- 
lican party, and though he keeps well in- 
formed on the issues of the day has never 
sought or desired political preferment. 



WILLIAM M. STEARNS. M. D., oc- 
cupies a conspicuous place among 
the most able medical practitioners of Chi- 
cago and stands equally high in Masonic 
circles. There could probably be no greater 
harmony between business and social inter- 
ests than there is between the profession 
which he follows and the Masonic fraternity, 
both having for their object the help of hu- 
manity; therefore the society connections 
of Dr. Stearns form a complementary sup- 
plement to his business life. His fidelity 
to the obligations of those who hold mem- 
bership in this ancient order is most marked, 
and he is indeed a consistent, worthy mem- 
ber of the craft. He was made a Mason in 
Mount Joliet Lodge, No. 42, of Joliet, Illi- 
nois, in 1 88 1, and was exalted to the sub- 
lime degree of Royal Arch Mason in Joliet 
Chapter, No. 27, in 1882. The same year 
he was knighted in Joliet Commandery, No. 
4, and in 1885 he affiliated with Apollo 
Commandery, No. i, of Chicago. In 1886 
he took the Scottish Rite degrees in Orien- 
tal Consistory and was also made a Noble 
of the Mystic Shrine, his membership being 
in Medinah Temple. His advancement in 
the order has been rapid, but he has made 
its principles fully his own and its teachings 
he closely follows. Such is one of the 



worthy representatives of Masonry in Illi- 
nois, a man well deserving of mention in 
the history of the order in the state. 

Born in Dale, New York, on the 2Oth 
of June, 1856, the Doctor is a son of George 
W. and Harriet N. (Chaffee) Stearns. The 
father was a native of the Empire state, 
and the grandfather and great-grandfather 
were soldiers in the war of 1812. The re- 
mote ancestry, however, lived in New Eng- 
land and the family was founded in America 
by one of the name who came to this coun- 
try in the ship Arabella with George Win- 
throp in 1630. The Doctor's mother was 
also born in New York, where her ances- 
tors located in the early part of this cen- 
tury, removing from Boston to the Empire 
state. George W. Stearns removed with 
his family to Will county, Illinois, during 
the infancy of the Doctor, who was reared 
and educated there, attending the common 
and high schools. At the age of eighteen 
he began teaching, a profession which he 
followed for three years, and during two 
years of that time he was in charge of 
classes in Latin, geometry and physiology. 
A man of studious habits, he has carried 
his research far and wide into the fields of 
science and general literature and possesses 
such a high degree of general learning as 
makes him one of the scholarly men of the 
city. 

At the age of twenty-one the Doctor 
took up the study of medicine and was 
graduated at the Chicago Homeopathic 
Medical College with the class of 1880. 
He then spent nearly three years as house 
physician and surgeon in the Illinois state 
penitentiary, in Joliet, but desiring to still 
further perfect himself in his chosen calling 
he resigned his position in order that he 
might have the opportunity to go abroad 
and study in the centers of medical learn- 
ing in the old world. In 1883 he crossed 
the Atlantic and spent two years in the best 
clinics of Berlin and Vienna, studying the 
methods of practice by the best physicians 
and specialists of Europe. His knowledge 
of German and French enabled him to 
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merit the many personal certificates of pro- 
ficiency given him while abroad. He gave 
particular attention to the diseases of the 
eye, ear, nose and throat, and has made a 
specialty of the same in his practice. In 
1885 he returned to his native land and 
soon after reaching; Chicago was appointed 
assistant to the chair of otology and oph- 
thalmology in the Chicago Homeopathic 
Medical College. In 1890 he was elected 
professor of rhinology and laryngology in 
the same institution, and is still filling that 
position. He is a member of the Homeo- 
pathic Medical Society, of Chicago, Chi- 
cago Academy of Medicine, the State 
Homeopathic Medical Society and the 
American Institute of Homeopathy, and has 
been secretary of the College Alumni Asso- 
ciation since its organization. 

His standing in the profession is among 
the foremost; he has ever been a close 
student of the science of medicine, and his 
comprehensive knowledge thereof has won 
him a merited prestige. He is especially 
eminent in the line of his specialties and is 
considered authority on all matters per- 
taining to diseases of the ear, nose and 
throat. He is still comparatively a young 
man and his laudable ambition to still fur- 
ther perfect himself in his chosen calling 
will undoubtedly win for him added fame 
and fortune in the future. His business 
has already grown to extensive proportions 
and well attests his superior ability. 

In 1887 was celebrated the marriage of 
Dr. Stearns and Miss Fannie Foote, daugh- 
ter of Dr. William S. Foote, a prominent 
dentist of Belvidere, Illinois. They have 
one daughter, Helen. Mrs. Stearns is a lady 
of intelligence and culture, fond of art, and 
her painting in oil and water colors far ex- 
ceed in quality those of the amateur. The 
Doctor and his wife spend much of their 
leisure time in travel and have visited all 
parts of this country and many of the places 
of beauty and historic interest in Europe. 
Fond of mountain climbing, he has spent 
considerable time profitably amid the Alps. 
In politics he is a Republican in principle, 
but does not feel himself bound by party 



lines. He belongs to the Royal Arcanum 
and several other social clubs of the city, 
and his genial, courteous manner makes 
him a favorite in all circles. In his earlier 
life he took a very prominent part in the 
work of the Masonic fraternity and was 
honored with various offices in the different 
lodges with which he was connected, but 
while he still feels a deep interest in the 
order, meeting fully its obligations and ex- 
emplifying in his daily life its teachings, his 
many professional cares prevent him from 
working in the society as he once did. 



BAVID R. CREGO, a trunk manufact- 
urer of Chicago, is one of the repre- 
sentative business men of this city and one 
who stands high in Masonic circles, his 
connection with Masonry covering a period 
which reaches back to 1864. That year he 
was made a Master Mason in Garden City 
Lodge, No. 141, A. F. & A. M. , and the 
following year he was exalted a Royal 
Arch Mason. He was knighted in Apollo 
Commandery, June 3, 1871, of which he is 
a life member, and November 10, 1876, he 
received the sublime degrees of the Scot- 
tish Rite in Oriental Consistory, with which 
he has since affiliated. During the more 
than thirty years he has been a Mason his 
interest in the order has been unabating. 
From time to time he has been honored by 
his Masonic brothers with various official 
positions, has discharged his duties in the 
same with the strictest fidelity and in a 
manner that has reflected credit both upon 
himself and Masonry, and in his daily life 
as well as in the lodge-room he has exem- 
plified many of the teachings of this the 
greatest of all civic societies. He has 
filled the offices of Captain-General seven 
years, Generalissimo two years, and Emi- 
nent Commander, the last named position 
having been occupied by him in 1894. At 
the Triennial in 1881 he assisted in laying 
out the encampment, and his work at that 
time was pronounced as nearly perfect as it 
was possible to make it. 

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history, we find he is a native of Albany, 
New York, and was born February 17, 1832, 
son of Francis and Charlotte (Ray) Crego, 
the former a native of New York and the 
latter of Massachusetts. When David R. 
was about one year old his parents removed 
from Albany to Buffalo, New York, where 
he was reared and educated, the educational 
advantages he enjoyed being those of the 
public schools. In Buffalo he learned the 
trade of trunk-maker, a business he has fol- 
lowed throughout life. In 1853, on reach- 
ing his majority, he came west to Chicago, 
coming by way of the lakes and on the 
steamer which was afterward known as the 
ill-fated ' ' Lady Elgin. " Here in 1 862 he en- 
gaged in business on his own account, from 
that time to the present being at the head 
of a trunk manufactory, and in his opera- 
tions has met with signal success. 

During the late war Mr. Crego was 
among the brave Union men who gave 
stanch support to the old flag. He was a 
member of the Chicago Mercantile Battery, 
won an enviable reputation as a private, and 
was commissioned second lieutenant, an 
honor most fittingly bestowed; and, like 
most veterans of that sanguinary war, he is 
an enthusiastic and active member of the 
Grand Army of the Republic. 

Mr. Crego was married in 1854 to Miss 
Sarah Hughes, a native of Wales. 



JOHN G. STEBBINS, superintendent of 
the Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home, is 
devoting his life to the practical work of 
the honored fraternity which in the early 
dawn of civilization had its origin, and 
which has come down through the centuries 
as one of the most potent agencies for the 
amelioration of the woes of life. His kindly 
nature and humanitarian principles find ex- 
pression in his tender and wise care over 
the homeless little ones whom fortune has 
left unprovided for, but who through the 
beneficence of the Masonic order have the 
attention and the mental and moral train- 
ing which will fit them to become useful 
men and women and important factors in 



society. Such is the work that Mr. Steb- 
bins is doing in the Illinois Masonic Or- 
phans' Home. In May, 1887, he was ap- 
pointed to this position and has since 
acceptably filled the same, discharging his 
duties with marked ability and zeal, such as 
has won him the high commendation of all 
who have an oversight of the institution. 

Mr. Stebbins has affiliated with the Ma- 
sonic order since 1872, when he was made 
a Master Mason in Newton Lodge, of Wil- 
braham, Massachusetts. In 1883 he placed 
his membership in Star of the Lake Lodge, 
No. I 58, of South Haven, Michigan, and the 
same year he took the degrees of capitular 
Masonry in South Haven Chapter, No. 58. 
In 1895 he passed the circle of cryptic Ma- 
sonry and was greeted a Select Master of 
Tyrian Council, No. 78, of Chicago. In 
1893 he was constituted, created and 
dubbed a Sir Knight in Columbia Com- 
mandery, No. 63, and in 1897 attained the 
thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite in 
Oriental Consistory and was proclaimed a 
Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret. 

Mr. Stebbins was born in Wilbraham, 
Massachusetts, on the 23d of February, 
1851, obtained his education in the com- 
mon schools and remained on his father's 
farm until fifteen years of age, when, not 
wishing to devote his life to agricultural 
pursuits, he began learning the machinist's 
trade, at which he worked for five years. 
He then removed to Michigan, locating 
near South Haven, where he engaged in 
fruit-raising for seven years. In 1884 he 
came to Chicago, and since May, 1887, has 
occupied his present position as superin- 
tendent of the Illinois Masonic Orphans' 
Home. 

In June, 1882, Mr. Stebbins was united 
in marriage to Miss Carrie A. Height, who 
was born in Chicago, and is a representa- 
tive of one of the pioneer families of this 
city. She ably assists her husband in his 
work, furnishing the motherly care so much 
needed by the little orphaned ones, and 
giving that womanly touch and dainty su- 
pervision to the Home, without which it 
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Stebbins belong to the Order of the East- 
ern Star, the former becoming a member 
of Siloam Chapter, No. 119, while Mrs. 
Stebbins is a charter member of Queen 
Esther Chapter, No. 41. They are most 
estimable people, well fitted for the benef- 
icent work which they are doing, and in Ma- 
sonic circles they have many warm friends. 



JOHN R. ROBINSON has for almost 
forty years been identified with the Ma- 
sonic fraternity and is thoroughly in 
sympathy with the principles of this order 
which for centuries has been perfecting a 
system of moral education for the upbuild- 
ing and perfection of human character. He 
is a true man and Mason and his labors in 
behalf of the society in this section of the 
state have been most efficacious. In 1862 
he became identified with the order and is 
now one of the three charter members of 
Mississippi Lodge, No. 385, A. F. & A. M., 
who are still connected with the organiza- 
tion. In the charter which was granted 
the lodge he was named as its Junior War- 
den, in which capacity he served for several 
years. He was also honored with the 
office of Worshipful Master on several dif- 
ferent occasions and has been one of the 
most active and reliable members of the 
lodge. The other charter members of this 
lodge now known to be living are F. M. 
Jenks, of Savanna; Frank Steadman, as- v 
sistant cashier of the Bank of Savanna; and 
C. G. White, of Hanover. Having passed 
the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow- 
craft and Master Mason, Mr. Robinson 
joined Freeport Chapter, being exalted to 
the august degree of Royal Arch Mason in 
1863. He was a charter member of Lanark 
Chapter, No. 139, R. A. M., and later he 
was dimitted and became one of the charter 
members of Savanna Chapter, No. 200. 
He served as Captain of the Host under 
dispensation, and is a worthy companion of 
the order, who faithfully follows its teach- 
ings. A Templar Mason, the order of 
Knighthood was conferred upon him in 
Freeport Commandery, No. 7, on the 2/th 



of February, 1867. He is now a life mem- 
ber and also one of its oldest members. 
Mr. Robinson is thoroughly informed on 
the ritual and is one of the representative 
brethren of the order who daily strives to 
regulate his life by its tenets. 

John R. Robinson is one of the native 
sons of Jo Daviess county, Illinois, born in 
Elizabeth township on the I3th of January, 
1841. His father, William J. Robinson, 
was born in the town of Petigo, county Don- 
egal, Ireland, on the 3ist of October, 1804, 
and on attaining his majority came to the 
United States, in 1825. He located in Ga- 
lena, Illinois, in 1835, and was united in 
marriage there to Miss Sara A. Oliver, who 
was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, and was 
the daughter of John Oliver, a veteran of 
the war of 1812. He was born and reared 
on a Virginia plantation adjoining Mount 
Vernon, and knew George Washington. 
When the second war with England was 
inaugurated he entered the service of his 
country and was with General Hull's forces 
at the time of the surrender, but with some 
companions he succeeded in making his 
escape and returned to his home. William 
J. Robinson carried on farming until 1852, 
when he removed to Hanover in order to 
provide his children with better educational 
advantages than could be obtained in the 
country schools. For several years he en- 
gaged in merchandising. He died in 1868, 
at the age of sixty-four years. The mother 
still survives and makes her home with her 
son John, being now in the eightieth year 
of her age. He was an Episcopalian in re- 
ligious belief, and Mrs. Robinson holds 
membership in the Methodist church. 

The gentleman whose name forms the 
caption of this article obtained his edu- 
cation in the public schools of his native 
county, and on laying aside his text-books 
joined his father in the mercantile business. 
He was thus engaged until April, 1864, 
when he put aside all personal considera- 
tion and offered his services to the govern- 
ment, enlisting as a member of Company 
E, One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Illinois 
Infantry. In October of the same year he 



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was mustered out, but afterward served for 
thirteen months in the commissary depart- 
ment. 

On returning to his home, Mr. Robin- 
son became prominently identified with the 
business interests of Savanna, and for a 
number of years devoted his energies to 
steamboating and railroading. Since 1882 
he has carried on a coal and wood yard in 
Savanna and has built up an extensive busi- 
ness. He did not have wealth to aid him 
in the beginning of his business career, but 
placed his reliance in the more substantial 
qualities of perseverance, untiring enter- 
prise, resolute purpose and commendable 
zeal, and, withal, his actions have been 
guided by an honesty of purpose that none 
have questioned. He possessed the true 
spirit of western progress and enterprise 
and his prudent business methods and relia- 
ble sagacity have combined to make him 
one of the ablest business men of Savanna. 

In 1868 was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Robinson and Miss Louisa Steadman, a 
native of Illinois. They have a pleasant 
home in the city and are valued members 
of the Episcopal church, in which Mr. 
Robinson has been an active worker since 
its organization. His political support is 
given the Republican party, and he has 
been township collector of his town for a 
number of terms. 



E.DWARD R. PORT is one of the younger 
/ representatives of the Masonic frater- 
nity in Chicago, his identification with the 
order dating from 1893, when he joined 
Englewood Lodge, No. 690. The same 
year he became a member of Englewood 
Chapter, No. 176, R. A. M., and was 
knighted in Apollo Commandery, No. i. 
He has served as Warden in the command- 
ery and is a member of the Mystic Shrine. 
He is a most loyal and devoted member 
and has advanced rapidly through the vari- 
ous degrees. 

Mr. Port is numbered among the native 
sons of Chicago, his birth having occurred 
in this city on the 23d of November, 1871. 



He was reared and educated here, attend- 
ing the public schools, and was only fifteen 
years of age when he laid aside his text- 
books and entered upon his business career, 
joining his brother in the shoe trade. The 
firm of Port Brothers was formed and has 
since existed. They deal in boots, shoes 
and men's furnishing goods, their establish- 
ment being located at No. 5046 State street. 
It is one of the finely appointed up-town es- 
tablishments, well equipped with an excel- 
lent stock of goods to please all classes of 
patrons, and they are now enjoying a good 
trade. Our subject is regarded as one of 
the enterprising, progressive young men of 
the city, a typical representative of the Chi- 
cago thrift and advancement, and his pres- 
ent honorable course followed in the future 
will undoubtedly bring to him splendid suc- 
cesses. 



JAMES EDWARD OTWAY, the popular 
clerk of the Union Hotel, Galesburg, 
Illinois, is well known as a devoted 
member of the ancient and honored frater- 
nity of Masons, in which he has advanced 
through the several degrees up to and in- 
cluding that of Knight Templar. He main- 
tains a membership in good standing in Ves- 
per Lodge, No. 584; Galesburg Chapter, 
No. 46, R. A. M. ; Galesburg Council, 
No. 15, R. & S. M. ; and Galesburg Com- 
mandery, K. T. , in three of which bodies 
he has been honored with official position. 
He has served as Junior Warden of the 
lodge, Principal Sojourner and King of the 
chapter, and Senior Warden of the com- 
mandery. His household of religious faith 
is that of the Protestant Episcopal church. 
Mr. Otway is of Canadian birth and 
dates his nativity in the city of Toronto, 
August 24, 1860, being the eldest of five 
children born to James Hunt and Sarah 
Jane (Woolley) Otway, both natives of En- 
gland. They are both deceased, the fa- 
ther dying at the age of forty-seven, the 
mother at the age of forty-three, devoted 
members of the Protestant Episcopal 
church. 



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FREDERICK GUND, deceased. The 



JT Masonic fraternity has included within 
its membership some of the most promi- 
nent business men of the country, among 
whom was Mr. Gund. In studying the 
lives and characters of prominent men we 
are naturally led to inquire into the secret 
of their success and the motives that 
prompted their action. A study of the life 
work of those whom the world acknowledges 
as successful shows us that success is not 
the result of genius, however bright, or of 





a fortunate combination of circumstances, 
but it is a matter of experience and sound 
judgment, combined with thorough prepa- 
ration for a life work. Those that have 
won prominence are in almost every case 
the ones who have risen gradually by their 
own efforts, their diligence and perseverance. 
These qualities were undoubtedly possessed 
in a large measure by the gentleman whose 
name introduces this sketch, and added to 
them was a devotion to principle which 



might well have been termed the keynote of 
his character. Thus he won the confidence 
which was so universally given him; thus he 
gained a success that was most creditable 
in its extensive proportions. 

Mr. Gund was a native of Germany, 
born in 1842, and when five years of age 
was brought to the United States by his 
parents. His father, George Gund, settled 
with his family at Silver Creek, Stephenson 
county, where in 1852 both he and his wife 
died of cholera. Our subject was the 
youngest of six children. After the death 
of his parents he lived with a sister in Ga- 
lena, Illinois, and received his education in 
that town. When a youth of fifteen he 
came to Freeport and lived with his brother- 
in-law, M. Hettinger. Here he pursued a 
course in commercial college, and then be- 
gan to earn his own living by clerking 
in a clothing store. When twenty-one 
years of age he was elected secretary of the 
German Insurance Company, an institution 
then in its infancy. He was connected 
with it from that time, serving continuously 
in the capacity of secretary up to the time 
of his death, and during that period it be- 
came one of the most important, extensive 
and reliable insurance companies in the en- 
tire west, while its assets were increased to 
two and a half million dollars. Much of 
the success which attended this corporation 
is attributable to the splendid executive 
ability and business capacity of Mr. Gund. 
He was far-sighted and possessed an ener- 
getic spirit that pressed forward in the face 
of stern obstacles that would have utterly 
discouraged a less resolute man. He was 
the soul of honor in all business trans- 
actions, and thus the company became 
known as one of the most reliable and 
trustworthy in the country. The efforts of 
Mr. Gund were not confined alone to the 
insurance business, but were extended to 
other fields of labor wherein he prospered, 
for he carried forward to successful com- 
pletion whatever he undertook. He was 
the president of the German-American Trust 
Company of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 
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many interests in Freeport. He was one of 
the organizers of the German Bank at this 
place, was vice-president of the Freeport 
Water Company, was secretary and treas- 
urer of the Telephone Company, and a 
stockholder and director in various other 
enterprises which have aided in the growth, 
development and prosperity of Freeport. 

Mr. Gund was united in marriage with 
Miss Josephine Hettinger, a native of this 
city, and theirs was a most happy married 
life; and their home was blessed with five 
children. In 1879 Mr. Gund purchased a 
delightful home at the head of Carroll street, 
where they resided until called to the home 
beyond and where their children are still 
gathered. These are Frederick, Erastus 
Torry, Joseph, Bessie and Margaret Gund, 
and the family is one of the most highly es- 
teemed in the city, its members occupying 
an enviable position in social circles. Mr. 
Gund was a member of the Evergreen 
Lodge of Masons, and his brethren of the 
fraternity entertained for him the warmest 
regard. He died February 21, 1 889, and 
his wife survived him only a brief period, 
her death occurring on the iith of July, 
1894, when she had reached the age of forty- 
four years. 

Frederick Gund, the eldest son, is a 
wide-awake, energetic young business man 
and holds a responsible position with the 
German Insurance Company. He was born 
in Freeport, November 17, 1871, was edu- 
cated in its public schools and in the Michi- 
gan State University at Ann Arbor. He 
has followed his father's example in affiliat- 
ing himself with the Masonic order, with 
which he united in April, 1894, taking the 
Consistory degrees in 1895, and the Mystic 
Shrine degrees in 1 896. In manner he is un- 
assuming, but those essential qualities of 
the honorable, straightforward practical 
business man are his, and he commands the 
respect of all with whom he is brought in 
contact. 

CHARLES SCHORN. The life record 
of this gentleman will be the history 
of one who for thirty-one years has been a 



worthy representative of the business inter- 
ests of Rockford, while the crowning points 
of his career have been energy, industry 
and integrity. The period of his residence 
in this city only surpassed by ten years the 
time of his connection with the Masonic 
fraternity. Twenty-one years have passed 
since, as an Entered Apprentice, he crossed 
the threshold and became one of those who 
form the hosts of Masonry. He has since 
marched in the ranks of that honored fra- 
ternity, which is constantly being augment- 
ed by the addition of men of noble purpose 
and sterling worth, men who uphold the 
true and good, and who recognize the ties 
of universal brotherhood and the claims of 
the weak upon the strong. Charles Schorn 
has ever been a consistent Mason since he 
took the initial degrees in Rockford Lodge, 
No. 102, A. F. & A. M., in 1875. He was 
afterward created a Royal Arch Mason and 
is very familiar with the working of both 
blue lodge and chapter, while to their 
teaching he closely adheres. He is also a 
member of the Germania Lodge and has 
served as its president. 

Mr. Schorn is a native of Germany, born 
on the 4th of March, 1841. His parents, 
Frederick and Mary (Urlau) Schorn, were 
also natives of the same country and de- 
scended from old families of that land. 
The mother died there, and in 1851 father 
and son emigrated to America, settling on a 
farm near Chicago, Illinois. After a resi- 
dence there of three years they moved to a 
point near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where 
the father continued to reside the remainder 
of his days, dying at the age of seventy- 
nine years. The parents were members of 
the Lutheran church. 

The subject of this sketch was reared 
and educated in Illinois, and in the city of 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, learned the butcher- 
ing business, which he has since followed. 
In 1865 he came to Rockford, then a young 
man without capital, but energetic, earnest 
and determined. For a year he was in the 
employ of a butcher in this city and then 
embarked in business on his own account 
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achieve success, and his honorable dealing 
and his courteous treatment of his patrons 
at length brought to him a liberal patronage. 
He worked on and fortune dealt kindly with 
him, so that he is to-day numbered among 
the substantial citizens of the community. 
As his financial resources increased he pur- 
chased land and has erected thereon an ex- 
cellent two-story brick business block, and 
he also built a comfortable and commodious 
residence, which stands as a monument to 
his thrift and enterprise. Purchasing the 
land many years ago he secured the same 
at a low rate, but with the building up of the 
city the property has steadily increased in 
value and now commands a high figure on 
the market. 

Mr. Schorn was united in marriage to 
Miss Louisa Stigman in 1 866. The lady is 
also a native of Germany and their mar- 
riage was celebrated in Rockford, where all 
of their children have been born. The 
eldest, Clara, is at home; Frank is his 
father's assistant in business and is an oblig- 
ing, capable business man; Ida is now the 
wife of M. A. Banks, of Detroit, Michigan; 
and Louie is also with his father in the mar- 
ket. This family possesses considerable 
musical talent, and the proficiency that 
they have attained in this art has enabled 
them to add to the enjoyment of many 
social functions. Mrs. Schorn is a consist- 
ent member of the Congregational church 
and the family attend services there. In 
politics Mr. Schorn is a Republican, but has 
never sought or desired office, preferring to 
give his time to his business, in which he 
has met with a well merited success. 



tion in this volume. He is one of the na 
tive sons of Rockford, his birth occurring in 
this city on the /th of January, 1865. His 
parents were David and Eliza (Fuller) Hart- 
well, the former a native of Canada and the 
latter of Vermont. 



,, '\DWARD J. HARTWELL, of Rock- 

J// ford, is an active and esteemed mem- 
ber of E. W. F. Ellis Lodge, No. 633, 
A. F. & A. M. He joined the fraternity in 
1893, taking the degrees of Entered Ap- 
prentice, Fellow-craft and Master Mason 
within three weeks, and at once became a 
most enthusiastic and active member of the 
lodge. 

Mr. Hartwell well deserves representa- 



JACOB HARTMAN. Clearly defined pur- 
pose and consecutive effort in the affairs 
of life will eventuate in the attaining of 
a measure of success; but in following out 
the details of a career of one who has at- 
tained success by his own efforts there comes 
into view the intrinsic individuality which 
makes such accomplishment possible, and 
thus is granted an objective incentive and 
inspiration, while there is created a feeling 
of respect and admiration. The subject to 
whose life history we now direct attention 
is one who has for many years been asso- 
ciated with important business industries in 
the city of Freeport, has made his own way 
in the world and has attained to distinction 
as one of the most able, honorable and pro- 
gressive citizens of the community with 
whose interests and normal development he 
has been conspicuously identified. 

Jacob Hartman, whose residence in Free- 
port dates from 1 849, is a native of Union 
county, Pennsylvania, born on the 1st of 
February, 1820. He is of German lineage 
and his parents were George and Barbara 
(Fry) Hartman, also natives of the Key- 
stone state. Removing westward they lo- 
cated in Sandusky county, Ohio, in 1833, 
and there spent their remaining days, the 
father dying in 1844, the mother in 1855. 
They were industrious and respected peo- 
ple and were members of the Evangelical 
church. They were the parents of twelve 
children, of whom only three are now living. 

Mr. Hartman, of this review, was a youth 
of thirteen years when, with the family, he 
went to Ohio, where he was reared to man- 
hood. His educational privileges were lim- 
ited, for at that early day public schools 
were widely scattered. However, ex- 
perience and observation have proved val- 
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his early years has been replaced by 
the broad knowledge that comes of busi- 
ness life and sound judgment. When 
very young Mr. Hartman learned the 
carpenter's trade, which he followed con- 
tinuously for many years. The rapidly de- 
veloping west attracted him, and thinking 
that he might have better opportunities for 
the pursuit of his chosen vocation in Illinois, 
he came to Stephenson county, in 1848, 
and in the spring of 1849 located in Free- 
port, where he has since resided. Almost 
half a century has passed years in which 
he has attained to an eminent degree of 
success in business and in which his upright, 
unblemished career has drawn to him the 
esteem and confidence of all with whom he 
has been brought in contact. He began 
work at carpentering and soon became one 
of the leading contractors of the city, a 
position which he maintained until he re- 
tired from business to enjoy the competence 
that his years of labor had brought. For 
thirty-five years he was connected with the 
building interests of the city and on all sides 
stand handsome buildings which are as 
monuments to his handiwork. The faith- 
fulness with which he lived up to the terms 
of a contract, the fine workmanship which 
was executed by those in his employ and 
his honorable dealing at all times won him 
a reputation which enabled him to com- 
mand a large share of public patronage. 
He has erected three residences on Clay 
street for himself, in one of which he resides 
with his family. 

Mr. Hartman was married in 1852 to 
Miss Malvina Thomas, a native of Pennsyl- 
vania, and they became parents of three 
children, but only one is now living, Lu- 
cinda, wife of J. W. Anderson. Their 
friends throughout the community are many 
and they occupy an enviable position in the 
circles of society where true worth is received 
as the passport. 

Mr. Hartman exercises his right of fran- 
chise in support of the Republican party, 
and on that ticket has been elected to the 
city council, where he has labored for the 
best interests of Freeport with a singleness 



of purpose that makes his fidelity to duty 
above question. His connection with Ma- 
sonry has been most honorable and long 
continued. For a third of a century he has 
been identified with this grand fraternal 
order and his life embodies its principles of 
fellowship and charity. He was made a 
Master Mason in 1863 and has taken all the 
York and Scottish Rite degrees up to and 
including the thirty-second. He has been 
a faithful member of the fraternity, has 
efficiently served in various offices and is 
now V. G. A. of Freeport Council, P. of F. ; 
R. P. K. H., Freeport Chapter Rose Croix, 
and in the Consistory is I. G. H. 



JOHN WILLIAM SCHRAMM. A com- 
munity peopled wholly or even in great 
part by members of the Masonic frater- 
nity cannot but possess a high standard of 
morals and an exalted degree of excellence, 
and the city of Elgin is favored by having 
within its corporate limits a large share of 
the brotherhood, among whom none is 
better known or is regarded with greater 
consideration than the subject of this review, 
who, in 1884, was initiated in Elgin Lodge, 
No. 117, A. F. & A. M., and in less than 
five years all the degrees of the York Rite 
had been conferred upon him. Besides the 
blue lodge Mr. Schramm now holds mem- 
bership in L. L. Munn Chapter, No. 96, R. 
A. M., and Bethel Commandery, No. 36, 
K. T., and having accomplished a success- 
ful pilgrimage across the sands of the desert 
he became a Noble in the Ancient Arabic Or- 
der of the Mystic Shrine in Medinah Tem- 
ple, Chicago. Otherwise socially consid- 
ered Mr. Schramm is a member of Bethel 
Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; Lochiel 
Lodge, No. 105, Knights of Pythias; Silver 
Leaf Camp, No. 60, Modern Woodmen of 
America; the National Union, and the Elgin 
Turners. Mr. Schramm's connection with 
the fraternity has been of the most agree- 
able kind, his genial nature, sociable dis- 
position and kindly consideration, added to 
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making him a valued and much respected 
frater. 

In referring to the past life of Mr. 
Schramm we learn that he was born in El- 
gin, Illinois, on July 19, 1857, and is the 
eldest child of Conrad and Margaret (Da- 
misch) Schramm, the former of whom died 
in 1871: the mother is still living. Our 
subject received his mental discipline in the 
public schools of Elgin until attaining the 
age of fifteen years, when his father's death 
threw the burden of supporting the family 
upon his youthful shoulders, and with in- 
trepid courage and a brave heart he went 
out into the world, seeking the means to 
gain a livelihood and assist the loved ones 
at home. He was willing to accept any 
work by which he could earn an honest 
dollar, and finally secured employment on a 
farm, where he performed the various duties 
required of him until nineteen years old, 
when he obtained a position in the insane 
asylum and remained there for three years, 
at the end of that time entering the employ 
of the National Watch Company. In 1884 
he gave up his position there, and, in com- 
pany with his brother George C. , he opened 
a confectionery and ice-cream store on a 
small scale, all the capital at their command 
being the sum of two hundred and fifty dol- 
lars; but by steadfast application, honest 
dealing and strict integrity, their business 
rapidly increased, their stock was added to, 
and their room increased to such an extent 
that they are now the leading firm in their 
line in the city, dealing in fruits and oysters, 
and being wholesale manufacturers of con- 
fectionery and ice cream, with a large and 
commodious establishment at No. 15 Doug- 
las avenue. Mr. Schramm is a man who 
possesses the highest qualifications for busi- 
ness esterprises, as is evidenced by the suc- 
cess that has accrued to him during the past 
thirteen years of his career in Elgin; his 
standing and reputation for honesty in this 
city is of the highest order, and he retains 
the confidence and respect of all with whom 
he comes in contact in the mercantile 
world. 

As a representative and public-spirited 



citizen, Mr. Schramm has been instrumen- 
tal in greatly advancing the interests of El- 
gin, and stands for anything that will ma- 
terially add to the city's welfare. In this 
respect his loyalty, zeal and energetic ef- 
forts in behalf of his home place has been 
publicly recognized and for the past nine 
years he has been an active member of the 
city council, where his services have been 
of the most varied and valuable character, 
and no movement that has had for its ob- 
ject the development and progress of the 
community, has been projected without Mr. 
Schramm giving to it his strongest support; 
and in everything pertaining to public affairs 
his opinions are always consulted by his fel- 
low citizens. 

In 1882 Mr. Schramm was married to 
Miss Alida M. Simonds, of Belvidere, Illi- 
nois, the daughter of Platt Simons, one of 
the early settlers of that town. They had 
one child, Deviven, who is now eleven 
years of age. Mrs. Schramm was called to 
her eternal rest on February 14, 1896, her 
demise being mourned by a large circle of 
friends. She was a member of the Order 
of the Eastern Star, in which she acquired 
considerable popularity, and was a woman 
of many charming qualities of character, a 
true wife, and a kind, loving mother. 



JAMES ANDREW HAWLEY, a leading 
citizen of Dixon, is one of the few thirty- 
third-degree Masons of Illinois. He has 
sounded all the depths of the order and has 
found its beautiful and symbolic truths well 
worthy of the highest commendation and 
most faithful emulation. It has been said 
that Masonry is grand because it is old; but 
Masonry is old because it is grand. It has 
withstood the ravages of time, the revolu- 
tions of ages and the unrelenting crusades 
directed against it, because it is founded 
upon a philanthropic basis; and, unimpeded 
in its progress by opposition, it has gone on 
and on carrying with it the spirit of benev- 
olence, helpfulness and brotherhood, bring- 
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For more than forty years Mr. Hawley 
has been a follower of Masonic banners, 
having as an Entered Apprentice been ad- 
mitted to Lee Center Lodge, No. 146, 
A. F. & A. M., in 1856, wherein he passed 
the Fellow-craft degree and was raised to 
the sublime degree of Master Mason. A 
year later he dimitted to Friendship Lodge, 
No. 7, of Dixon, with which he has since 
affiliated. From his reception into the 
lodge he has manifested a deep and active 
interest in its work, is thoroughly familiar 
with the ritual and all Masonic observances, 
and his zeal and diligence have led to his 
election to various offices. He served for 
nine years, from 1859 until 1868, as Wor- 
shipful Master of the lodge, which period 
proved an era of growth and prosperity to 
the organization. 

The symbols of the Apprentice, Fellow- 
craft and Master Mason contain the germs 
and are the foundation of all Freemasonry, 
and when Mr. Hawley had mastered the 
teachings of blue lodge he took up the 
study of capitular Masonry, which illustrates 
in its beautiful and impressive legends the 
history of the past. In the fall of 1859 he 
was exalted to the august degree of Royal 
Arch Mason in Nachusa Chapter, No. 56, 
of Dixon, in which he was shortly after- 
ward honored with the office of Secretary. 
He was later elected to the position of 
Principal Sojourner, was Captain of the 
Host, and for three years was High Priest. 
In 1871-2 he was Grand High Priest of the 
Grand Chapter of Illinois, thus being hon- 
ored with the highest office within the gift 
of the Companions of the state. Through 
the two succeeding years he was Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge, of which he 
he has been a member since 1859, and since 
1874 has served on the committee on juris- 
prudence. He passed the circle and was 
greeted a Royal & Select Master of Peru 
Council, No. 12, and was Grand Master of 
the Royal & Select Masters in 1866-7. He 
received the grades and orders of knight- 
hood in Sycamore Commandery, No. 15, 
and in 1866 aided in the organization of 
Dixon Commandery, No. 21, becoming one 



of its charter members and its first Eminent 
Commander. He had that office at differ- 
ent times for seven years, and in the autumn 
of 1873 was elected Eminent Grand Com- 
mander of the Grand Commandery of Illi- 
nois, a position in which he served with 
marked ability and where he made many 
pleasing acquaintances and lasting friend- 
ships. In 1869 he received the grades and 
orders of the Ineffable Lodge of Perfection 
and was proclaimed a Sublime Prince of the 
Royal Secret in Occidental Consistory, now 
Oriental Consistory, inthe Valley of Chicago, 
of which he is now a member. In 1875 he 
attained the highest degree in Masonry the 
thirty-third which was conferred upon him 
in Portland, Maine, by the Supreme Council 
of Sovereign Grand Inspector General of 
the thirty-third and last degree of the 
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the 
Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United 
States of America; and in 1893 was crowned 
an active member of the Supreme Council. 

Having thus completed the circle of Ma- 
sonry and been honored with the highest 
offices within the gift of the brethren of 
Illinois, it will be seen that Mr. Hawley 
occupies an eminent position in the fra- 
ternity. He is known in the order through- 
out the country, and is held in the highest 
esteem everywhere, for his life is an exem- 
plification of Masonic teachings and virtues. 
A good man is a better man for adding 
to his other qualities those of a true Free- 
mason as Mr. Hawley has done, and he 
may well be mentioned as a worthy rep- 
resentative of a fraternity which is catholic 
in its aims and spirit, welcoming all the 
beneficent enterprises of the day, jealous 
of neither sect nor party, but ever toiling to 
enlarge the boundaries of human progress 
and to pour into life the streams of deeper 
and richer experience. 

Mr. Hawley came to Illinois from the 
Empire state. He was born in \Yebster, 
Monroe county, New York, August 20, 1830, 
and is descended from a prominent English 
family that settled in Connecticut in early 
colonial days. His father, James Hawley, 
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in Connecticut in 1791. He married Miss 
Sarah Stratton, and gave his attention to 
agricultural pursuits, which, however, were 
interrupted by his service in the war of 1812. 
He reached the age of four-score years, and 
his wife lived to the advanced age of ninety 
years. Although the ancestors of the fam- 
ily were connected with the Presbyterian 
and Episcopal churches, they were devout 
members of the Methodist church, and their 
righteous lives won them the good will and 
confidence of all with whom they came in 
contact. They had a family of six children, 
of whom five are still living. 

James Andrew Hawley, the youngest of 
the family, was educated in the Genesee 
Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, now the Gen- 
esee College, and also attended the Roches- 
ter Institute. In his early life he was for 
some time engaged in teaching school, and 
from that profession turned his attention to 
the book business. For some time he was 
in the employ of Wanzer, Beardsley & Com- 
pany, of Rochester, New York, and in 1855 
became the representative of A. S. Barnes 
& Company and Ivison, Phinney & Company, 
of New York city, introducing their school- 
books into the schools of Illinois. He located 
in Dixon in 1855 and continued with those 
houses until 1861. Since that time he has 
been prominently connected with the busi- 
ness interests of this city. For a short time 
he conducted a book-store here. From that 
time forward for many years his time was 
filled with official duties. For twenty-one 
years, from 1861 until 1882, he served as 
county clerk of Lee county, discharging his 
duties in a manner that was above reproach 
and secured his continued re-election to that 
office. He was a member of the board of 
education for ten years, and for two years 
was county superintendent of schools, large- 
ly promoting the educational interests of the 
locality by the faithful discharge of the 
trusts committed to his care. As mayor of 
Dixon for two years he promoted the best 
interests of the municipality and gave his 
aid and influence to all measures calculated 
to advance the material, moral or social 
welfare of the city. His unswerving recti- 



tude and determined loyalty in all civic posi- 
tions was unquestionable, and he ever re- 
tired from office as he had entered it with 
the good will and confidence of the public. 

In 1878, however, Mr. Hawley turned 
his attention to private business interests, 
and for fifteen years occupied the position 
of cashier of the Dixon National Bank. He 
was also one of the organizers of the Dixon 
Water Works Company, was its first presi- 
dent, and is now its secretary and treasurer. 
He owns considerable stock in this concern, 
which controls one of the best and most 
thoroughly equipped plants of the kind in 
the state, affording every facility for fire pro- 
tection and for supplying pure water for 
house purposes. 

On the 2Oth of June, 1855, Mr. Hawley 
was united in marriage to Miss Mary Au- 
gusta Gardner, a daughter of Dr. Charles 
and Mary A. Gardner. Their union has 
been blessed with five children, as follows: 
Mary A., wife of Judge Powell, who occu- 
pies the bench of the circuit court at Omaha, 
Nebraska; Charles G., of New York, who is 
a Knight Templar; Lloyd R. , who is living 
in Chicago; George W. , of Dixon; and Laura 
S., who is with her parents. They are 
members of the Episcopal church. Mr. 
Hawley is a man of strong character and in- 
tellectual force, of superior executive and 
business ability, and the success he has 
achieved is the merited reward of well di- 
rected efforts guided by sound judgment. 



DAN QUINCY WEBSTER, Worshipful 
Master of Monmouth Lodge, No. 37, 
A. F. & A. M., Monmouth, Illinois, is one 
of the highly respected young men of this 
city, where he has passed his whole life, hav- 
ing been born here February 20, 1865. His 
Masonic history dates from 1890. In the 
summer of that year he made application 
for admission to Monmouth Lodge, No. 37, 
was in due time elected to receive its de- 
grees and July I was initiated, August 15 
was passed, and October 14 was raised. 
(.)uick to appreciate the beauty and impres- 
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self with the ritual, he was soon chosen to 
fill official positions, and as an officer has 
been of strength and value to the lodge. In 
1 892-3 he was Senior Deacon, in 1 894 was 
Junior Warden, and in 1895-6 filled the of- 
fice of Worshipful Master. The year 1 894 
marked his exaltation in Warren Chapter, 
of Monmouth. The Mark Mason's degree 
was conferred upon him June 15; Past 
Master's, June 15; Most Excellent Master's 
September 25; and Royal Arch, October 12. 
In the chapter also was he soon honored 
with official station, being elected to the 
Principal Sojourner's chair for the years 
1895-6, and filling the same with his usual 
fidelity and dignity. Also he has been the 
recipient of honors in Monmouth Chapter, 
No. 277, Order of the Eastern Star, the 
labyrinth of which he threaded in 1 894, and 
in which at this writing, 1896, he is the in- 
cumbent of the office of Worthy Patron. 
Mr. Webster is a most zealous Mason, never 
shirking a duty, always at his post, prompt 
to do and direct, and, loving the order, he 
strives earnestly to live up to its teachings. 
At present Mr. Webster is employed as 
clerk in the hardware store of George A. 
Schussler, where he has been for some years 
and where his promptness, his courtesy and 
his genial manner make him a favorite and 
a valued employee. 



OH. SCHUTT. Freemasonry is vitally 
concerned in building higher ideals and 
loftier standards of manhood. When a 
brother has once mastered the ritual of the 
blue lodge and has gained a full apprecia- 
tion of its precepts, he is better and more 
fully equipped to undertake life's burden 
and to abide with his fellow men in a spirit 
of friendship, charity and truth. What- 
ever his vocation in life may be, political, 
professional, or mercantile, the ragged 
edges of competition are worn smooth by 
the gavel of this grand brotherhood, every 
day's duties are made plain by the twenty- 
four-inch gauge, and devotion to God and a 
distressed brother, faithfulness to one's 
calling, and the blessings of rest and re- 



freshment are the powerful lessons taught 
by the fraternity. Since Mr. Schutt's ad- 
mission to the order he has evinced a deep 
interest in all the work pertaining to his 
lodge, and has proved himself in every way 
worthy of the confidence reposed in him by 
his brothers. He was initiated in Waldeck 
Lodge, No. 674, and in 1894 was raised to 
the sublime degree of Master Mason. In 
the same year he attained the ineffable de- 
grees of the Scottish Rite in Oriental Con- 
sistory, Valley of Chicago. He is also af- 
filiated with the social branch of Masonry, 
having made a successful pilgrimage across 
the sands of the desert, thus becoming a 
Noble in the Ancient Arabic Order of the 
Mystic Shrine, his membership being in 
Medinah Temple. 

Mr. Schutt is a native of Germany, his 
birth taking place in that country March 12, 
1853. He received an excellent education 
in the public schools, and then turned his 
attention to making a place in the mercan- 
tile world. He secured employment in a 
meat market, where he remained until nine- 
teen years of age, when he decided to seek 
a larger field for his labors, and consequent- 
ly in 1872 he set sail for the United States, 
landing at New York, which he made his 
home for the following eight years. In 
1884 he came west and located in Chicago 
and engaged in the same business he had 
previously learned in the old country. In 
1 890 he established a meat market and gro- 
cery store of his own, which he has since 
conducted in a most successful manner. 
Mr. Schutt possesses the characteristic 
traits of his ancestors thrift, industry and 
perseverance and bears an enviable repu- 
tation for integrity and honesty in all his 
business dealings. He is one of the enter- 
prising and progressive citizens of Chicago, 
loyal to the country of his adoption, and 
retains the friendship and respect of all who 
know him. 

On October 10, 1875, Mr. Schutt was 
united in marriage to Miss Emelia Siebels, 
who is also a native of Germany. Two 
daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Schutt, Annie and Emelia. 



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JOHN B. HAMILTON, M. D. The in- 
fluence of Masonry is a potentiality 
which is immeasurable, but through 
many centuries, and especially in this latter 
development its force is strongly felt, and it 
has become an important element in the 
civilization of the race. Quietly but strongly 
it has cemented the ties which bind man to 
his fellow man and made manifest the uni- 
versal truth of brotherhood. The order 
embraces within its membership the highest 
and the humblest of the land united in one 
harmonious effort for the common good. 

Among those whose marked abilities 
have gained them distinctive preferment in 
the affairs of life, and who in the ranks of 
Masonry stand for the promulgation of its 
ennobling principles, is Dr. John B. Ham- 
ilton. He was made a Mason in Jerseyville 
Lodge, No. 394, of Jerseyville, Illinois, in 
1869, and was exalted to the sublime degree 
of Royal Arch Mason in the chapter in Car- 
rollton, Illinois. In 1870 he dimitted to 
King Solomon's Lodge, No. 197, where he 
was successively Senior Warden, Worship- 
ful Master, Secretary and Senior Deacon. 
In October, 1874, he was knighted in Hugh 
DePayens Commandery, of Carrollton, 
with which he maintained his relationship 
until 1888, when he joined Washington 
Commandery, No. i, of the capital city. 
In 1891 he received the ineffable degrees of 
the Scottish Rite in Albert Pike Consistory, 
of the Southern Jurisdiction, at Washing- 
ton, District of Columbia. 

Dr. Hamilton is known throughout the 
country as one of the most distinguished 
members of the medical profession in the 
United States, and his opinions are recog- 
nized as authority throughout a great por- 
tion of America, not a man whose labor has 
had local significance and value alone, but 
one whose reputation, whose work and its 
practical results, and whose precedence, be- 
long not to any one place or period, but go 
to enrich and dignify and vitalize through- 
out the world the cause he represents. 

John B. Hamilton was born in Jersey 
county, Illinois, December i, 1847, being 
the eldest of the nine children of Benjamin 



B. and Mary (Chandler) Hamilton. He de- 
scends from an ancient and honored Scot- 
tish family, whose memoirs and deeds are re- 
corded on numerous pages of Scotch history. 
The great-grandfather of the Doctor, Nathan- 
iel Hamilton, was one of the heroes of the 
Revolution, serving under the gallant Ethan 
Allen. When the war was over he located 
at Point Harmer, in Ohio, now the city of 
Marietta. His son, Thomas McCluer, was 
drafted for service in the Indian wars, but 
in his stead the father went forth to battle. 
After the battle of Tippecanoe he served as 
a member of the second Ohio legislature 
and became a very prominent and influen- 
tial citizen. 

Thomas M. Hamilton spent his early 
years in the Buckeye state, and in 1818 re- 
moved with his family to Monroe county, 
Illinois. He married a daughter of Captain 
Benjamin Brown, who served throughout 
the Revolutionary war and was a captain in 
Washington's body-guard. The Brown fam- 
ily, also, was well represented by valiant 
soldiers battling for their country's freedom, 
four brothers participating in the battle of 
Bunker Hill, where one was wounded. 
Thus from sturdy, honored ancestry is the 
Doctor sprung, and in the affairs of the na- 
tion which his ancestors helped to found he 
has been alike prominent in the line of his 
profession. The Hamilton family removed 
from Monroe county, Illinois, to Greene 
county, same state, in 1830, there joining 
Dr. Silas Hamilton (a younger brother of 
Nathaniel), who founded the first free 
school in the state of Illinois. 

Benjamin B. Hamilton, father of the 
Doctor, acquired his elementary education 
in the free school mentioned, and later was 
a student in Shurtleff College. He became 
one of the leaders in the anti-slavery move- 
ment, and in 1835 was the secretary of the 
Loftoris Prairie Anti-slavery Society, of 
which William Palmer, father of Senator 
John M. Palmer, was president, and of 
which Elihu Palmer was also a member. 
Benjamin Hamilton wedded Mary Chand- 
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from Captain John Chandler, who was 
a colonial sheriff of Worcester county, 
Massachusetts, receiving his commission 
from the crown. Benjamin Hamilton died 
in October, 1 894, at the age of seventy-two 
years, but his widow is still living and makes 
her home at Upper Alton, Illinois. He was 
a regularly ordained minister in the Baptist 
church and preached in Jersey, Greene and 
Scott counties up to the time of his death. 
He served with distinction in the Civil war, 
having been chaplain of the Sixty-first Reg- 
iment of Illinois Infantry from 1 862 until 
1865. 

In the state which is yet his home Dr. 
Hamilton was reared, acquiring his early 
education in the Hamilton school, after 
which he obtained a classical education 
under the instruction of Professor John 
Grant, a famous Latin teacher from Edinburg, 
Scotland. In vacation time he worked on a 
farm, in a printing office or at whatever else 
he could find to do. A man of his mental 
caliber naturally turns to professional life, 
and his choice led him to take up the study 
of medicine. He began his preparation in 
1863, in the office of Dr. Joseph O. Hamil- 
ton. In 1864 he enlisted as a private in 
Company G, Sixty-first Illinois Infantry, 
but being a minor was never mustered in. 
In 1867 he entered Rush Medical College, of 
Chicago, where he was graduated in Feb- 
ruary, 1869, and from March of that year 
until 1874 he engaged in general practice. 
In the latter year, having passed an exami- 
nation before the army examining board, he 
received the appointment of assistant sur- 
geon, and was first lieutenant of the United 
States army and served at the barracks in St. 
Louis and in the department of the Colum- 
bia, at Fort Colville, Washington, resigning 
this position in 1876. In September of 
that year he entered the United States ma- 
rine hospital service as assistant surgeon, 
and was ordered to Boston, where, in June, 
1877, he was promoted to the rank of sur- 
geon. His fitness for responsible position 
and his superior merit and skill were thus 
recognized, and in April, 1879, he was again 
promoted, being made supervising sur- 



geon-general to succeed General John M. 
Woodworth, who died on the loth of March 
of that year. General Hamilton immediately 
began the reorganization of the service, and 
congress finally passed a law placing the 
corps upon practically the same footing as 
the medical corps of the army and navy. 
He caused the first visual examination of 
pilots to be made, and the first physical ex- 
amination of seamen as preliminary to 
shipment. During his incumbency of the 
office he succeded in having the national 
quarantine acts passed, most of which passed 
as drafted by him; successfully managed 
the campaign against two epidemics of yel- 
low fever, and in 1 889 established the famous 
Camp Perry near Jacksonville, Florida. In 
June, 1891, the house of representatives 
having for the second time failed to pass 
the senate bill providing for the equaliza- 
tion of the salary of the office with that of 
the surgeon-general of the army and the 
surgeon-general of the navy, Dr. Ham- 
ilton resigned his commission and once more 
returned to the ranks of the service. 

The appreciation of the service of Dr. 
Hamilton as surgeon-general is shown in 
the action taken by the senate, resulting in 
the passage of the senate bill mentioned, 
and the official records stand in evidence of 
the high appreciation placed upon the 
labors of the Doctor, while endorsement 
came to him from the most distinguished 
individual and official sources. 

In connection with his other work the 
Doctor served as professor of surgery in the 
University of Georgetown, which conferred 
upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws, in 
1889, and was also surgeon of the Provi- 
dence Hospital, where he attended the 
charity surgical ward for eight years. On 
returning to Chicago he was made professor 
of the principles of surgery in Rush Medical 
College and surgeon in the Presbyterian 
Hospital, and was also professor of surgery 
in the Chicago Polyclinic. He holds a weekly 
surgical clinic at the college. On the I2th 
of October, 1896, he resigned his commission 
in the Marine Hospital Service, his res- 
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then opened an office in the Reliance Build- 
ing, and his well known ability always in- 
sures him a liberal patronage. 

In 1887 he was unanimously elected 
secretary-general of the Ninth International 
Medical Congress, which convened in Wash- 
ington, and in 1890 was sent as a delegate 
by this government to the International 
Medical Congress held in Berlin, where he 
made the response on behalf of the Ameri- 
can delegates to the address of welcome. 
In 1 892 he established Camp Low on Sandy 
Hook, New York harbor, on account of the 
threatened introduction of cholera. 

The Doctor is the editor of the Journal 
of the American Medical Association, a paper 
that is regarded as authority on all matters 
connected with the science and practice of 
medicine and surgery. Its high standing 
made it desirable to have one of the most 
able men of the medical fraternity at its 
head, and the eminent abilities of Dr. Ham- 
ilton at once recommended him to the posi- 
tion he now fills. The standard of the paper 
has been raised still higher under his man- 
agement, until it is now without a superior 
in that line of literature in America. As a 
graceful recognition of the Doctor's appoint- 
ment as editor, he was unanimously elected 
president of the American Editors' Associa- 
tion in 1894-5. 

His researches and investigations have 
been extensive, and he is the possessor 
of a very fine library of ten thousand vol- 
umes, the greater part of which are works 
on surgery, some being exceedingly rare and 
of great value, probably the largest private 
library on surgical subjects in the United 
States West of the Alleghanies. This 
library now includes not only his own 
collection, but also the library of the late 
Dr. Frank Hastings Hamilton, of New 
York, who died in April, 1887, one of the 
most noted surgeons of the day. With gen- 
eral literature in English and French Dr. 
Hamilton is also familiar, an accomplish- 
ment which he finds exceedingly valuable 
and which he has utilized on the lecture 
stand. 

With various societies, professional and 



social, Dr. Hamilton is connected, a valued 
and highly esteemed member. He was 
once an active worker in the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows; he belongs to the 
Loyal Legion and is a member of the Army 
and Navy Club of Washington, the Chicago 
Press Club, the Union League Club and the 
Illinois Press Association. Since 1873 he 
has been a member of the Illinois State 
Medical Society and was for five years its 
permanent secretary; is also a member of 
the District of Columbia Medical Society, 
the Medical Association of the District 
of Columbia, the National Associations 
of Military Surgeons and the British 
Medical Association, is an honorary mem- 
ber of the Kentucky and \Vest Virginia 
State Medical Societies, the Medico-Legal 
Society of Chicago, and an honorary mem- 
ber of Societe Francaise d'Hygiene, of 
Paris, France. He introduced the system 
of merit appointments into the marine hos- 
pital service, and made it a strictly non- 
partisan service. His original recommen- 
dation for merit appointments was contained 
in his first report as supervising surgeon- 
general, made to Secretary John Sherman 
in 1879, and was transmitted to congress by 
that officer with his approval. Every suc- 
ceeding secretary of the treasury renewed 
the recommendation, and it finally became 
a law in 1889. The regulation of 1879 
drawn by General Hamilton, however, con- 
tained the provision of merit appointment 
after thorough examinations, and its final en- 
actment in statute form did not require any 
change in the regulations in this respect. 

He was appointed a director of the pub- 
lic library of Chicago, in 1896, and consult- 
ing hygienist of Chicago, by Mayor Swift; 
was appointed superintendent of the Illi- 
nois Northern Hospital for the Insane by 
Governor John R. Tanner, March 23, and 
he is a professor of the principles of surgery 
in Rush Medical College. 

Dr. Hamilton was united in marriage 
with Miss Mary L. Frost, and they have two 
children, Ralph Alexander and Blanche. 
Mrs. Hamilton is a lady of rare intellectual- 
ity, culture and refinement, and is a most 



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charming hostess in their pleasant home, 
which is noted for its hospitality. She is a 
granddaughter of Judge Richard I. Lowe. 
Doctor Hamilton is a social, genial gentle- 
man, interested in all that pertains to the 
welfare of the metropolis of his native state, 
is charitable and benevolent, and the 
worthy demands of the needy are seldom 
made in vain. He has a large circle of 
warm friends, and his friendship is most 
prized by those who know him best. In his 
professional capacity as a surgeon he is 
known throughout the country, and he hon- 
ors the profession by which he has been es- 
pecially distinguished. 



JAMES G. McBEAN, president of the 
Garden City Paving and Post Company, 
is a gentleman well known in Chicago 
and neighboring towns and cities. He 
wears the Masonic emblems and wherever 
he goes is recognized as a member of this, 
the greatest of all civic organizations, the 
A. F. & A. M. Both as a Mason and a 
business man his name is worthy of a place 
in this work, and to a brief history of his 
life we now turn. 

Mr. McBean has for years been a Mas- 
ter Mason and has climbed step by step up 
the Masonic ladder until he has neared the 
topmost round, having taken the thirty-sec- 
ond degree of the Scottish Rite, and having 
penetrated the mysteries of the Mystic 
Shrine. He maintains a membership in 
Washington Chapter, R. A. M., and Chi- 
cago Commandery, K. T., both of Chicago. 
In his every-day life he has striven to live 
up to the time-honored teachings as set 
forth in the various branches of this order. 

By birth and early association Mr. Mc- 
Bean is a Canadian. He was born in Glen- 
gary county, Canada, January 25, 1841, son 
of John McBean, and was reared and edu- 
cated there, retaining his home in Canada 
until September 22, 1857, when the family 
came to the United States. Young McBean 
started out in life on his own account at the 
age of twenty-one, going then to a mining 
camp in British Columbia, and spending 



three years in the mines. His next venture 
was in the mercantile business at New 
Westminster, British Columbia, where at 
the end of two years he was overtaken by 
reverses and failed. The following two 
years he was in Memphis, Tennessee, en- 
gaged in contracting and street paving, and 
in 1869 he became a resident of Chicago. 
Here he gave his attention to the same line 
of work in which he was interested in the 
south, and has continued contracting and 
paving ever since. He was four years a 
member of the firm of McBean Brothers, 
ten years a member of A. J. McBean & 
Company, and since 1890 has been at the 
head of the Garden City Paving and Post 
Company, which he organized. This firm 
has done an extensive business in this and 
other cities, including St. Paul, Kansas 
City and Springfield. 

Mr. McBean adheres to the principles 
advocated by the Democratic party, but is 
not a politician, nor has he ever been an 
office-seeker or holder, his extensive busi- 
ness demanding the whole of his time and 
attention. His family are members of the 
Reformed Episcopal church. 

Mr. McBean was married in 1870 to 
Miss Lizzie A. Hawley, of Lockport, Illi- 
nois, and they have children named as fol- 
lows: LeRoy Hawley, George Martin and 
James Archibald. 



WESLEY BECKWITH, a 
JL prominent practicing dentist of Ster- 
ling, Illinois, is the present Eminent Com- 
mander of Sterling Commandery, No. 57, 
and occupies a high place in Masonic cir- 
cles in this section of the state. He has 
studied closely the teachings and tenets of 
the craft and gives to its beneficent and up- 
lifting principles his hearty indorsement, 
while his loyal service in its interests has 
materially promoted its growth and prog- 
ress. On the 1 7th of February, 1882, he 
became an Entered Apprentice in Rock 
River Lodge, No. 612, A. F. & A. M., 
passed the Fellow-craft degree on the 7th 
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raised to the sublime degree of a Master 
Mason. He has served as Junior Deacon 
of his lodge and is most faithful in his ad- 
vocacy of the fundamental truths upon 
which the ancient fraternity rests. He re- 
ceived the Royal Arch degrees in Sterling 
Chapter, No. 57, becoming Mark Master on 
the 5th of July, 1882, Past Master and Most 
Excellent Master on the 3ist of July, and 
was exalted to the august degree of Royal 
Arch Mason on the 3Oth of October. In 
1884 he was knighted and became one of 
the charter members of Sterling Command- 
ery, No. 57, with which he is still affiliated. 
He has filled various offices in the chapter, 
and for the past three years has been Cap- 
tain of the Host. In the commandery he 
has filled nearly all of the offices except 
those of Prelate, Recorder and Treasurer, 
and in 1891 was elected Eminent Command- 
er. Again he was called to that office in 
1895, and is now (1896) serving his third 
term therein. He takes great pride in the 
order and in the efficient work of the so- 
cieties with which he is connected, and his 
unswerving fidelity is deserving of praise 
and cheering commendation. 

Mr. Beckwith is a native of Sycamore, 
Illinois, and of English descent. The first 
of the family to leave their native England 
home was Mathew Beckwith, who emigrated 
in 1635 to the United States and established 
a home in Connecticut, and representatives 
of the family were numbered among the 
pioneers of Ohio, where the father, Chaun- 
cey Beckwith, was born. Having arrived 
at years of maturity, he married Miss Mary 
A. Woolsey, a native of Ohio. They were 
married in Sycamore, Illinois. She was a 
daughter of Thomas Woolsey, a prominent 
Methodist minister. They took up their 
residence in Sycamore, where they became 
widely known and were held in the highest 
esteem. Mr. Beckwith was an active mem- 
ber of the Masonic fraternity and Past 
Master of the lodge in Sycamore. 

Thomas W. Beckwith was the eldest of 
their three children. He acquired his edu- 
cation in the common and high schools of 
his native town and in the Michigan State 



University, where he was graduated in the 
dental department with the class of 1880. 
Immediately afterward he came to Sterling, 
entered upon the practice of his chosen 
profession and has since remained in this 
city, practicing dentistry for sixteen years 
with satisfactory success. He has been a 
close and thorough student, keeping abreast 
with all the improvements and theories 
which are advanced in connection with 
dentistry, and his superior skill and ability 
has gained him an eminent position in the 
ranks of his professional brethren. The 
public accords him a liberal patronage, and 
his excellent methods and honorable deal- 
ings well entitle him to the prosperity which 
has crowned his labors. 

The Doctor was happily married in 1884 
to Miss Hattie K. Tracy, a native of Mas- 
sachusetts and a daughter of John D. Tra- 
cy, a prominent business man of Sterling. 
Their union has been blessed with three 
children Clara, Louise and John Tracy. 
Mrs. Beckwith departed this life in 1892. 
She was a lady of great beauty of character 
and her death is deeply mourned by all who 
knew her. The Doctor devotes his time to 
his profession and the care of his children. 
In politics he may be said to be a Democrat, 
for he usually votes with that party, but he 
does not blindly follow party leaders; his 
opinions are the result of careful investiga- 
tion and sound judgment. His pleasant, 
courteous manner and social disposition 
have won him the regard of all with whom 
he has been brought in contact. 



^DGAR M. WEBSTER, M. D., a well- 
known physician of Chicago, was made 
a Mason in Triluminar Lodge, No. 767, 
about 1888, and has since been most active 
in support of the order, most loyal to its 
teachings and most earnest in his advocacy 
of its principles. He is now holding the 
office of Senior Warden therein. In 1889 he 
was exalted to the sublime degree of Royal 
Arch Mason in Sinai Chapter, No. 185, and 
in 1891 was knighted in Englewood Com- 
mandery, but was dimitted in order to be- 



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come a charter member of Calumet Com- 
mandery, No. 62, in 1892. He served as 
Captain of Cavalry in Calumet Commandery 
while working under dispensation. He took 
the Scottish-Rite degrees in Oriental Con- 
sistory in 1895, and since 1891 has been a 
member of Medinah Temple. Thus with 
various branches of Masonry he is con- 
nected, active in support of one and all, 
and, though the pressing duties of his pro- 
fession sometimes prevent his work in the 
order to the extent that he might otherwise 
carry it, he is known as a most consistent 
Mason, and the basic principles of the order 
find in him a worthy exponent. 

In December, 1896, he was elected Wor- 
shipful Master of Triluminar Lodge, No. 
767. 

Dr. Webster is a native of Ohio, born 
in St. Marys on the 15th of December, 
1859. His boyhood days were spent in Van 
Wert, that state, where in addition to the 
time spent in school he was variously em- 
ployed. His father died when he was only 
six years of age, and from that time he was 
not only largely dependent upon his own 
labors for a livelihood, but as soon as able 
he also aided in caring for his mother's 
family, sharing this task with an older 
brother. The school of adversity, however, 
often seems to bring forth the best and 
noblest in nature and to strengthen a man 
for future battles. Mr. Webster became 
self-reliant, energetic and purposeful, and 
his life, following in this course, has been 
earnest, helpful and strong. He served as 
deputy postmaster for a time in Van Wert 
and after making choice of the medical pro- 
fession as one which he wished to enter as 
a life work he began his studies in the Star- 
ling Medical College, of Columbus, Ohio, 
where he was graduated in March, 1884. 
He began practice in Mercer county, Ohio, 
where he remained three years, and in 1887 
he came to Chicago, since which time he 
has been a member of the medical frater- 
nity in this city. It did not take long for him 
to demonstrate his ability and his right to be 
classed among the most able physicians of 
the city, and he is a very popular and suc- 



cessful practitioner, enjoying a large busi- 
ness. Such is the outcome of the well 
directed efforts of a poor boy who, from 
earliest childhood almost, has been de- 
pendent upon his own resources. He may 
truly be called a "self-made man," a proud 
American title. In politics he has always 
been an ardent Republican. 

In 1889 Dr. Webster was joined in wed- 
lock to Miss Allura J. Beam, who was born 
in Celina, Mercer county, Ohio. They 
now have three children, two sons and a 
daughter. 

ZECHARIAH LACY GILBERT, book- 
; keeper for the Elmwood Coal Com- 
pany, Elmwood, Illinois, and city clerk of 
this place, has been a Mason four years, and 
his interest in the order is such that it en- 
titles him to personal mention in this work, 
devoted to members of the Masonic order 
in Illinois. 

Mr. Gilbert was made a Master Mason 
in Elmwood Lodge, No. 363, in 1892, re- 
ceiving the first degree of the blue lodge 
October 18, the second November 29, and 
the third December 20. The Royal Arch 
degrees were conferred upon him in Yates 
City, in Eureka Chapter, No. 93, in 1894. 
He was made a Knight Templar in Peoria 
Commandery in 1896, and June 9, same 
year, was received in Mohammed Shrine at 
Peoria, where the beauties of that exalted 
branch of Masonry were made known to 
him. He is now serving as Senior Warden 
of his lodge. 

Mr. Gilbert is a native son of the 
" Prairie State." He was born in Astoria, 
Fulton county, Illinois, April 19, 1846, and 
was reared and educated in this state. 
Since becoming a resident of Elmwood he 
has been employed as bookkeeper and clerk 
for the Elmwood Coal Company. His in- 
terest in local affairs has been appreciated 
by his fellow citizens and he has on several 
occasions been elected to fill official position. 
For three years prior to 1892 he served as 
a member of the board of trustees of the 
town. In May, 1892, by special act of the 
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became incorporated as the city of Elmwood, 
and he was elected the first city clerk, and 
April 1 8, 1893, was re-elected for two years; 
also again in April, 1895 an d '897. For 
three successive years he has been elected 
township clerk, and is filling both positions 
most acceptably. 

Mrs. Medora L. Gilbert, his wife, is also 
interested in esoteric work. In 1 893 she was 
one of the charter members and the first 
Worthy Matron of Elmwood Chapter, Order 
of the Eastern Star. The present year, 
1 896, she was elected a second time to be 
the presiding officer of this auxiliary branch 
of Masonry, and is filling the same with be- 
coming dignity and in her usual charming 
manner. She indeed performs her duty in 
this responsible position "in a spirit of faith 
and prayer," and the success of Elmwood 
Chapter is largely due to her discretion and 
her earnest and untiring labors. 



BANIEL HAWKINS DEAN is one of 
Princeton's prominent Masons and is 
one of the oldest and most highly respected 
members of the fraternity in the city. The 
Masonic creed is brief and all-embracing 
the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood 
of man and its far-reaching influences are 
immeasurable. It began at a period when 
tradition had not been superseded by au- 
thentic history, and it will end with time 
itself, for its basic elements are truth, and 
truth is eternal. On the gth of March, 
1858, Mr. Dean was made a Master Mason 
in Bureau Lodge, No. 112, of Princeton, 
and at once entered upon the active work 
of the order, serving as Secretary from Feb- 
ruary of that year until the close of 1861, 
and again in 1863. He was dimitted from 
Bureau Lodge to assist in the organization 
of the Princeton Lodge, No. 587, of which 
he became a charter member as well as one 
of its most efficient and useful workers. He 
has faithfully served in all its offices except 
those of Secretary and Treasurer; he was 
Master during the years 1893 and 1894. 
On the 23d of March, 1859, he had the 
Royal Arch degrees conferred upon him in 
Princeton Chapter, No. 28, and the same 



year was created a Select Master in Orion 
Council, No. 8. In the chapter he has held 
almost all the offices, being Royal Arch 
Captain, Captain of the Host, and in 1895 
was its Excellent High Priest, while in the 
Council he was Captain of the Guards ten 
years, Master two years, and Recorder for 
seven years. He was admitted to the Or- 
der of Scottish Rite in Princeton Valley 
Consistory in 1867, and has taken all the 
degrees up to and including the thirty-sec- 
ond. His intention in joining the order 
was for the good that he might do to his 
fellow men, and he has therefore proved 
one of the best and most worthy members 
of the fraternity. He has mastered the 
work of the order in all of the bodies, can 
give the whole of the ritual verbatim, and 
has the upright tenets of the order written 
upon his heart. His is true Masonry, and 
he enjoys the highest confidence and esteem 
of the brethren. 

Mr. Dean was born on the 3d of Janu- 
ary, 1834, in Keene, Chester county, New 
Hampshire, and is descended from an old 
English family who were among the earliest 
settlers of Taunton, Massachusetts, William 
Dean being the progenitor of the family in 
America. The noted Silas Dean, of Revo- 
lutionary fame, was also a member of the 
same family. The paternal great-grand- 
father of our subject married a Miss Haw- 
kins, the daughter of Colonel Hawkins, 
who also aided the colonies in their strug- 
gle for independence. George Grossman 
Dean, the father of our subject, was born 
in Taunton, Massachusetts, and spent his 
entire life in that state and in New Hamp- 
shire. By occupation he was a merchant 
tailor. He married Miss Dolly Bennett, a 
daughter of Thomas Bennett, of Massa- 
chusetts. The father lived to be only 
thirty-five years of age, and at his death 
left a widow and eight children, of whom 
all of the sons and one daughter still sur- 
vive. The mother, who was a Unitarian in 
religious belief, departed this life in July, 
1856, at the age of fifty-six years. 

Our subject was the youngest of the 
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his father's death. He received very lim- 
ited educational privileges, and at the age 
of eighteen began learning the printers' 
trade, which he has since followed. While 
at his work he has acquired a good stock 
of general information, and may truly be 
called a self-educated man. In September, 
1856, he came to Princeton, where from 1861 
until 1863 he rented the job rooms of the 
Bureau County Republican, and since that 
time has successfully engaged in job print- 
ing, by close attention to his business secur- 
ing a large and lucrative trade, which is 
justly merited by the high class of work 
which he turns out. 

In November, 1855, was celebrated the 
marriage of Mr. Dean and Miss Mary Eliza- 
beth Anderson, by whom he had five chil- 
dren, but only one grew to years of ma- 
turity: Elizabeth, now Mrs. George D. 
Foster, of Preston, Jackson county, Iowa. 
The wife departed this life in 1876, when 
in her thirty-ninth year. Subsequently Mr. 
Dean wedded Miss Elva Ann Masters, a 
native of Dover, Illinois, and they have 
had five children, three living, namely: 
Winona Eliza, Dolly Isabelle and Henry 
Richard. The family occupy one of the 
most pleasant residences of the city and 
hold an enviable position in social circles. 
The parents are both consistent and ear- 
nest members of the Methodist Protestant 
church, and also belong to the Knights and 
Ladies of Honor. Ever since the organi- 
zation of the party, Mr. Dean has been a 
stalwart Republican. 



DON STUART HARVEY, M. D., has 
attained a high degree in Masonry and 
his advancement in the order has been very 
rapid. He joined the fraternity on the loth 
of May, 1893, the degrees of Ancient Craft 
Masonry being conferred upon him in Tri- 
luminar Lodge, No. 767. In 1894 he re- 
ceived the degrees of Mark Master, Past 
Master and Most Excellent Master, and was 
exalted to the august degree of Royal Arch 
Mason in Sinai Chapter, No. 185. The 
same year he took the vows of knighthood 
in Calumet Commandery, No. 62, and in 



1895 passed the circle and was greeted a 
Royal and Select Master of Calumet Coun- 
cil, No. 76. He received the grades and 
orders of the Scottish Rite in Oriental Con- 
sistory in 1896 and was proclaimed a Sub- 
lime Prince of the Royal Secret. He also 
became a member of Medinah Temple, An- 
cient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic 
Shrine, in the same year. Such is the his- 
tory of his affiliation with the most ancient 
and 1 useful of all the fraternities. Through 
the dim, misty regions of the past its his- 
tory can be traced, permeated by the noble 
purpose of teaching universal brotherhood. 
While its basic principles remain the same 
it has adapted itself to the needs of advanc- 
ing civilization and become an important 
factor in the amelioration of human suffer- 
ing and distress. 

The physician in his noble work of min- 
istering to the needs of humanity finds 
ample opportunity to put into practice the 
beneficent teachings of Masonry, and Dr. 
Harvey has in this respect been a worthy 
exemplar of the order. He is one of the 
younger physicians of the city, but has al- 
ready by his skill and ability won recogni- 
tion in medical circles and from the public. 
He was born in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, on 
the 1 8th of November, 1867, and obtained 
his literary education in the public schools 
of that town. With a natural predilection 
for the science of medicine he entered Rush 
Medical College, of Chicago, to prepare 
himself for practice, and after completing 
a thorough course was graduated on the 
3istof March, 1891. He began practice in 
South Chicago and soon won a liberal pat- 
ronage. With a laudable ambition he has 
embraced every opportunity to add to his 
college lore and has continued his studies 
until his knowledge of the science of medi- 
cine is comprehensive and accurate. He is 
a member of the Chicago Medical Society, 
the American Medical Association and the 
Medico-Legal Society. He now enjoys a 
good practice and his devotion to the inter- 
est of his patrons is proverbial. He is con- 
scientious and earnest in his work and is 
rapidly traveling the road of advancement. 



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Tf ESTER L. BOND. Proportionately 
I/ with the growth of Chicago has been 
that of the Masonic fraternity in this city. 
Not long after the founding of the little vil- 
lage on the site of old Fort Dearborn a 
Masonic lodge was established, and the or- 
der has grown and developed until its fol- 
lowing in Chicago now forms a vast army, 
whose mission, however, is peace. Among 
its early members in the metropolis of the 
west is Mr. Bond, who for more than forty 
years has been identified with the craft, 
having been initiated into William B. War- 
ren Lodge in 1856. Passing the Fellow- 
craft he was raised to the sublime degree of 
Master Mason, and in the blue lodge was 
elected to the office of Senior Warden. He 
was exalted to the august degree of Royal 
Arch Mason in Washington Chapter in 1873, 
and the same year was dubbed and created 
a Sir Knight in Chicago Commandery, of 
which he is Past Commander. In 1885 he 
passed the circle of cryptic Masonry and 
was greeted a Select Master in Palestine 
Council. He received the grades and order 
of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite 
in 1867, and was proclaimed a Sublime 
Prince of the Royal Secret in Oriental Con- 
sistory. 

Lester L. Bond has won national fame 
as a patent lawyer. No country has made 
as great advancement in invention as Amer- 
ica. Since the establishment of the Repub- 
lic it has given to the world the most useful 
machinery and the most utilitarian imple- 
ments that civilization has known capable of 
producing in a maximum degree at a mini- 
mum cost; but while its inventions far ex- 
ceed in number and utility those of any 
other country, in consequence of the great 
number of productions in this line, there 
have arisen conflicting claims, which has 
developed a new and intricate branch of 
law, known as patent-right law. So im- 
portant has it become that it has long 
ceased to be classed under some general 
head, and now forms a most distinct and 
prominent branch of jurisprudence, and has 
formed the field of labor wherein the ef- 
forts of Mr. Bond have won him renown. 



He was born in Revenna, Ohio, on the 
27th of October, 1829, and traces his an- 
cestry back to John Bond, who located in 
Massachusetts soon after the historic little 
band of Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. 
The name has become well known through 
the worthy achievements of several who 
have borne it in different generations, and 
the maternal ancestor of Mr. Bond is no less 
distinguished. Having attended the public 
schools of Ravenna, Ohio, he afterward 
spent some time as a student in several 
well-known academies, but his education 
was acquired under disadvantages which 
would have disheartened a man of less 
resolute will and strength of character. His 
own labor had to furnish him the means 
whereby he paid his tuition, and at mechan- 
ical work he found the avenue to knowledge. 
His boyhood comprehended the almost in- 
variable conditions from which the energy 
of our large cities is each year recruited. 
He had ambition without apparent oppor- 
tunity, but what he then supposed were 
limitations upon his life were in reality the 
highest opportunities. In his mechanical 
work to secure an education he acquired an 
insight into invention and machinery which 
has influenced him in his practice as a law- 
yer and has proven an important factor in 
his successful handling of patent-right cases. 

Determining to enter the legal profes- 
sion, Mr. Bond began the study of law in 
the office of F. W. Tappan and completed 
it under the preceptorage of Bierce & Jef- 
fries. He was admitted to the bar on the 
I5th of October, 1853, and with keen sagac- 
ity chose the new but rapidly developing 
city of Chicago for the scene of his profes- 
sional labors. He arrived on the 8th of 
May, 1854, and for five years engaged in 
general practice, steadily and surely winning 
a reputation which would grow brighter and 
brighter with the passing years. About 
this time some patent cases were entrusted 
to his care, and his knowledge of mechanics, 
combined with his masterful understanding 
of the law, made him the victor in the for- 
ensic combats and won him an enduring 
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other practice and devoted himself exclu- 
sively to the law of patents, copyrights and 
trademarks, a branch of practice in which 
he has won a reputation second to that of 
no other lawyer in Chicago. 

From the organization of the Republican 
party Mr. Bond has been unfaltering in his 
advocacy of its principles, believing that 
the tenets which it promulgates are best 
adapted to the welfare of the majority of 
citizens who form this vast republic. At 
the beginning of the Civil war he offered his 
services to the government as a defender of 
the Union, but the examining surgeons re- 
jected him on account of the impaired con- 
dition of his health and he had to content 
himself with upholding the cause of the 
north at home. He has been very promi- 
nent in municipal affairs and few men have 
shown a more devoted and unselfish attach- 
ment to the welfare of Chicago than he. 
From 1862 until 1866 he was a member of 
the common council and for' two years was 
chairman of the finance committee. In 1868 
he was a presidential elector from Illinois 
and supported General Grant; in 1871 he 
was again elected to the common council 
and during a portion of his two years' service 
was acting mayor of Chicago. In 1 866 he 
was elected to the Illinois house of repre- 
sentatives, remaining a member of the legis- 
lature for four consecutive years, during 
which time he was instrumental in inaugu- 
rating legislation that has been of incalcu- 
lable benefit to the west side of Chicago. 
The issue of the campaign had been the es- 
tablishment of the South Side park system, 
and Mr. Bond had been elected on the anti- 
park ticket. Soon after reaching Springfield, 
however, he saw how futile would be his 
efforts to oppose the establishment of the 
South Side park system and therefore de- 
termined to secure for the west side the 
same privileges as would be conceded to the 
other district. He labored indefatigably to 
this end and at last accomplished his pur- 
pose, the beneficial results of which are ac- 
knowledged by all. His labors on the board 
of education have produced some needed 
changes and improvements in the school 



system of Chicago, and in many other direc- 
tions he has promoted the educational and 
material welfare of the city. 

Mr. Bond was married, October 12, 
1856, to Miss Amy S. Aspinwall, daughter 
of Rev. N. W. Aspinwall, of Peacham, Ver- 
mont. They have one daughter, Mrs. John 
L. Jackson. Mr. Bond is an esteemed mem- 
ber of the Union League and Illinois Clubs 
and is a liberal contributor to the Methodist 
Episcopal church, in which he has long held 
membership. Charitable and benevolent 
enterprises acknowledge his ready assist- 
ance, and thus he exemplifies the spirit of 
universal brotherhood as taught by the noble 
order of Freemasonry. His most pleasurable 
source of recreation is travel, and with one 
exception he has visited every state in the 
Union. He has twice gone abroad, visiting 
many points of interest in the old world and 
gaining that knowledge and culture which 
only travel can impart. 



ZIMRI A. ENOS, one of the best known 
j and most highly respected citizens and 
zealous Masons of Springfield, Illinois, is a 
native of St. Louis, Missouri, born Septem- 
ber 29, 1821. He is a son of Pascal P. and 
Salome (Paddock) Enos, natives of Ver- 
mont. When Mr. Enos was two years old 
his parents moved to Sangamon county, 
Illinois, and located on the present site of 
Springfield, and here his early education 
was received in an old-fashioned log school- 
house. Later he had better educational ad- 
vantages. He was a student in Springfield 
Academy, the Jesuit University of St. Louis 
and the Illinois University at Jacksonville, 
and after completing his course in the last- 
named institution he began the study of law 
under the instructions of Col. Baker and 
Albert T. Bledsoe, of Springfield. Here he 
passed a creditable examination and was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1845, immediately after 
which he entered into legal practice in this 
city. For a time he was associated in 
practice with James H. Matheney and Vin- 
cent Ridgely. The law, however, was not 
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gaged in the commission business. For 
three years he was a commission merchant 
in Springfield. Then he turned his atten- 
tion to the original purpose of his education, 
namely, civil engineering and surveying, en- 
tering this field of labor in 1854 and from 
that date to the present giving his time to 
it. Twice he has been elected and served 
as county surveyor. 

Mr. Enos was married in Springfield, 
Illinois, June 10, 1846, to Miss Agnes D. 
Trotter, who was born February 15, 1825, 
in New York city. They had six children, 
four sons and two daughters. 

It is more especially, however, to Mr. 
Enos as a Mason that we would make refer- 
ence in this connection. His identity with 
the Masonic order has been long and honor- 
able. He has passed through all the de- 
grees of Masonry up to and including that 
of the thirty-second degree, Scottish Rite, 
eighteen degrees having been conferred 
upon him in Springfield and the rest in Chi- 
cago. He affiliates with Lodge No. 71, A. 
F. & A. M. ; Springfield Chapter, No. i, R. 
A. M. ; Springfield Council, No. 2, R. & S. 
M. ; Springfield Commandery, No. 6, K. T. , 
all of Springfield, and Oriental Consist- 
ory, of Chicago. In his lodge he served 
several years as Worshipful Master and in 
the chapter filled the office of High Priest 
in 1892 and 1893. He is familiar with the 
lodge ritual from beginning to end, can fill 
any office and also perform the work on in- 
stallation and funeral occasions, and is fre- 
quently called upon to do so. It being a 
recognized fact that Mr. Enos never does 
anything by halves, his services are in de- 
mand, and his brother Masons are justified 
in the pride they take in his ability and 
willingness to perform any of these duties. 



MOS GRANNIS, deceased, a thirty- 
<3L second degree and Knight Templar 
Mason, was for many years identified with 
the Masonic fraternity, and his connection 
therewith was most honorable, embracing 
on his part a most efficient service in the 
interests of the order, and a high apprecia- 



tion of his efforts on the part of his fellow 
members of the craft. He was thoroughly 
familiar with its teachings, conformed his 
life to its beneficent principles and fully dis- 
charged every obligation that his member- 
ship in the ancient fraternity imposed upon 
him. His life and good works will stand as 
an everlasting monument to the sublime 
principles of the magnanimous order. Its 
various branches many times called him to 
positions of trust and responsibility therein, 
and his labors materially promoted the wel- 
fare of the organization. He passed all the 
chairs in the blue lodge and for three years 
served as Worshipful Master of Home Lodge, 
No. 508, A. F. & A. M. He has been Treas- 
urer since 1877. He was exalted to the 
august degree of Royal Arch Mason in Chi- 
cago Chapter, No. 127, and for twenty con- 
secutive years held the office of Treasurer 
therein. In 1867 the order of Knighthood 
was conferred upon him in Apollo Com- 
mandery, No. i, K. T. , and in 1881 he was 
chosen Eminent Commander. He faith- 
fully observed the vows of Knighthood, was 
a loyal defender of the beauseant, and to 
Templar Masonry has left a rich legacy of 
noble deeds and high ideals. A Scottish 
Rite Mason, he received the Ineffable De- 
gree of Perfection in Oriental Consistory, 
Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret, in 
1868, and with the various branches of the 
order continued to affiliate until 

" Night came, 
Releasing him from labor, 
When a hand, as from the darkness, 
Touched him, and he slept." 

He was also active in those organiza- 
tions which were the outcome of the prac- 
tical workings of the society, was a director 
and vice-president of the Masonic Fraternity 
Templar Association, and was prominently 
connected with the Northwestern Masonic 
Aid Association, the largest of the kind in the 
world, having more than fifty-five thousand 
members. For several years he served as 
one of its trustees, was vice-president, 
served as chairman of the executive com- 
mittee and for about fourteen years held the 
office of Treasurer. 



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The life record of Amos Grannis is one 
that contains many valuable lessons; it is a 
history of successful accomplishments, and 
demonstrates in an unmistakable way the 
possibilities open to the ambitious man, 
who has a genius for earnest and persistent 
labor. Moreover, his name is inseparably 
connected with the history of Chicago, 
where for sixty years he made his home. 
He resided in Cook county before the city 
was incorporated, and was a most important 
factor in its upbuilding, being prominently 
connected with its industrial interests. It 
seems hardly probable that within the life- 
time of one man this marvelous metropolis 
should have been planted on the swampy 
soil of northeastern Illinois and grown to 
such gigantic proportions that it largely 
controls the commerce of the New World 
and rivals in size and importance the Knick- 
erbocker city of the east, which for more 
than two hundred and fifty years has flour- 
ished; yet this wonderful development oc- 
curred within the memory of Mr. Grannis, 
and was largely advanced through his labors. 

He was born in Attica, Genesee county. 
New York, April 17, 1825, a son of Samuel 
Johnson and Clarissa (Ford) Grannis. His 
father was a native of Fair Haven, Con- 
necticut, and on removing to the Empire 
State located in Marcellus, whence he after- 
ward went to Batavia and later to Attica. 
There his wife died in 1829. On the 25th 
of August, 1836, he started with his six 
children for Chicago, making the journey 
by steamer from Buffalo to Detroit, Michi- 
gan. During that time they encountered 
such severe gales that they put ashore and 
continued the journey overland by team, 
reaching their destination on the 25th of 
September, just one month after leaving 
their New York home. The family were 
in limited circumstances, but they located 
in a pioneer settlement where all the 
people around them were also trying to 
secure homes and fortunes in the new and 
undeveloped west. They located on a farm 
\v liich had previously been entered by Henry 
( iani.jp, a brother of our subject, who had 
entered the land from the government two 



years previously. It was situated in the 
township of Maine, a half mile from the 
Des Plaines river. Neighbors were widely 
scattered, and from their own log cabin but 
one other was in sight. Prairie wolves 
were numerous and hardships plentiful. 
Amos Grannis went to live with his brother 
and had ample opportunity to assist in the 
arduous task of transforming the wild 
prairie into richly cultivated fields. After 
two years his sister married and he went to 
live with her on a new farm near the pres- 
ent site of Oak Park. Three miles across 
a bleak prairie he made his way to a dis- 
trict school, which he attended for three 
months during three successive winter 
terms. He profited by the simple instruc- 
tion there given and received no other save 
in the school of experience, where he 
learned many valuable and practical les- 
sons. Thus for several years he worked at 
farm labor, while his boyhood days passed, 
bringing him near man's estate, where still 
greater duties awaited him. His early 
trials, however, served to develop a self- 
reliance and determined purpose that char- 
acterized his entire business career and led 
to much of his success. 

On leaving home Mr. Grannis went to 
Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he was em- 
ployed for several months by the Peshtigo 
Lumber Company. Returning then to Chi- 
cago he served a three-years apprenticeship 
at the carpenter's trade, during which time 
he received only one hundred and twenty- 
five dollars in compensation for his services; 
but he mastered the business in all its de- 
tails, becoming a very proficient workman; 
and this practical knowledge of the trade 
served not only as a stepping-stone to some- 
thing higher but also enabled him in later 
years to superintend his men more efficiently 
and manage his extensive building interests 
so that they would bring the best returns. 
He began business for himself in 1851 
and steadily worked his way upward until 
he had secured a large and lucrative patron- 
age. He was a leading factor in the build- 
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architecture from the log cabin and the little 
frame dwelling to the magnificent office 
buildings of the business districts, and the 
highly ornate and beautiful residences that 
adorn the boulevards of the city. He has 
erected all kinds, including some of the 
most important structures of Chicago and 
its suburbs. He was progressive, and kept 
abreast of the growth in architectural de- 
signs. After the great fire of 1871 he was 
especially active in the building of the new 
Chicago, which arose with new grandeur to 
cover the tomb of the old city. He erected 
the first Rock Island depot, the Trinity 
Methodist and Grace Episcopal churches, the 
American Express Company's buildings, the 
Grannis Block and the Calumet Block, and 
his contracts in the beautiful suburban town 
of Riverside in one year aggregated eighty 
thousand dollars. His business life was an 
era of prosperity, and he made judicious 
investments in various enterprises which 
brought to him rich returns. He was finan- 
cially interested in the Globe National Bank, 
and for many years was one of its directors. 
He was one of the organizers and at the 
time of his death was treasurer of the Chi- 
cago Mechanics' Institute; was a charter 
member and for several years treasurer of 
the Builders & Traders' Exchange; was 
treasurer of the Masonic Building & Loan 
Association at the time of his death. His 
sound judgment, keen discrimination, hon- 
orable methods and capable management 
brought to him success, and the poor boy 
who came to Chicago was transformed 
through the medium of his own labor into 
one of the substantial citizens of Chicago, 
which relation he sustained for the long 
period of nearly fifty years. 

On the 24th of December, 1850, Mr. 
Grannis was united in marriage to Miss 
Jane Taylor, and erected a little cottage 
on a lot where the ruins of the government 
building now stands. Their home was 
blessed with six children, four of whom are 
yet living, namely: Albery A., Harry A., 
Frank L. and Mrs. Charles Murray. Mr. 
Grannis with his family attended the serv- 
ices of the Methodist church and although 



not a member he contributed liberally to its 
support, and for some years prior to his 
death served as trustee of the Trinity Meth- 
odist churcrj. In his political adherency he 
was a Republican, supporting that party 
from the time of its organization. He 
served as a member of the city council from 
1878 until 1880, and in 1886 was elected a 
member of the reform board of county com- 
missioners, serving out an unexpired term 
of three months, after which he was elected 
for a full term. This was at a time when 
the exposed villainy of county officials had 
awakened a popular demand for officers who 
were men of known integrity, probity and 
high business character, and as a member 
of the reform board Mr. Grannis did effect- 
ive service for the county in the administra- 
tion of its public affairs. He passed away 
November 20, 1896. His life was devoted 
to his family, his friends and to the support 
of those principles which he believed to be 
right. His unswerving purpose, his un- 
questioned fidelity, his unfaltering honesty 
and his unchanging will commanded the 
highest respect of all. 



ELISHA BENTLEY HAMILTON, who 
has attained honorable distinction at 
the bar of Quincy, is a Knight Templar 
Mason who wears the insignia of the order 
with a dignity that fully sustains the lofty 
purpose of the temple. His identification 
with Masonry dates from 1887, when, on 
the 8th of April, he took the Entered Ap- 
prentice degree in Quincy Lodge, No. 295, 
A. F. & A. M. ; on the i3th of May he 
passed the Fellow-craft degree, and on the 
4th of May was raised to the sublime de- 
gree of Master Mason. He began the study 
of the lessons of capitular Masonry the same 
year and on the 22d of December was ex- 
alted to the august degree of a Royal Arch 
Mason in Quincy Chapter, No. 5. He took 
the vows of the Temple in 1897, and was 
constituted, created and dubbed a Sir 
Knight in El Aksa Commandery, No. 55, of 
Quincy. There is no weak indecision in 
the character of Mr. Hamilton, and when 



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he became a member of the Masonic order 
the fraternity felt that it had gained a valu- 
able acquisition to its ranks. Although his 
professional labors have prevented his offi- 
cial service in any of its branches, he is 
most faithful to its teaching, and his upright 
life is in harmony with his Masonic pro- 
fessions. 

Mr. Hamilton was born in Carthage, 
Illinois, on the 5th of October, 1838, and is 
a descendant of the prominent Massachusetts 
family of that name. His father, Artois 
Hamilton, was a native of that state and 
was married there to Miss Atta Bentley, a 
native of New York. In 1835 they removed 
to Carthage, Illinois, then a pioneer settle- 
ment. Mr. Hamilton became proprietor of 
the village tavern, then a most important 
institution of the town, and entertained in 
his hostelry Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. 
Douglas and other noted men of his day. 
At the time of the great Mormon excite- 
ment in that locality the Mormon prophets, 
who were killed by their opponents, were 
laid out in his tavern. He was prominently 
connected with many of the historic events 
that centered in that section of the state 
and was most widely known. His wife 
died in her fiftieth year, and he passed away 
in the eightieth year of his age. In early 
life he was a member of the Methodist 
church, and his wife belonged to the Bap- 
tist church. 

Mr. Hamilton, of this review, was the 
youngest of their six children. After at- 
tending the public schools he continued his 
education in the Illinois College, of Jack- 
sonville, where he was graduated in 1860, 
and received the honorary degree of A. B. 
in June, 1878. On the I3thof August, 1862, 
he offered his services to the Union and en- 
listed in Company B, One Hundred and 
Eighteenth Illinois Infantry, as a private. 
Upon the organization of the regiment he 
was made quartermaster sergeant, and on 
the 8th of November, 1863, was commis- 
sioned first lieutenant of his company. He 
was with his regiment in Sherman's cam- 
paign in the vicinity of Vicksburg, partici- 
pated in the capture of Arkansas Post in 



January, 1863, and was in Grant's cam- 
paign in Mississippi, and at the capture of 
Vicksburg. He afterward participated in 
the vigorous and continued service in Lou- 
isiana and was stationed at Baton Rouge, 
that state, when news was received of Gen- 
eral Lee's surrender. He was at that time 
adjutant-general on the staff of General 
Funda. He remained in the army until the 
1 3th of November, 1865, when he was 
honorably discharged and returned to his 
home. He was a valiant soldier, never 
shirking any duty, and since the war he has 
been prominently connected with the mili- 
tary affairs of the state. 

For three years prior to the war Gen- 
eral Hamilton was a fnember of the state 
militia, and from 1872 until 1877 he was 
again a member, during which period he 
held the offices of lieutenant, captain, 
colonel and brigadier-general, being suc- 
cessively promoted. He was in command 
of the Eighth Illinois Regiment when it was 
ordered to St. Louis to quell the insurrec- 
tion of the strikers at that point in i 877, and 
his service in that regard was most highly 
recommended. A man of the highest cour- 
age and fearless in his devotion to duty, he 
nevertheless exercised the caution and calm 
judgment so necessary in such a crisis and 
as far as possible had his men protect rather 
than take life. He was appointed brigadier- 
general and chief of artillery on the staff of 
Govenor Cullum, and was later inspector 
general of the state under the administra- 
tions of Governors Hamilton and Oglesby. 
He was appointed surveyor of the port of 
Quincy by General Grant. A prominent 
member of the Grand Army of the Republic, 
he has served as commander of the post in 
Quincy and was senior vice commander of 
the state. He also belongs to the Loyal 
Legion and further continues his association 
with his comrades of the "blue" through 
his membership in the society of the Army 
of the Tennessee. His office is largely 
adorned with swords, guns and other relics 
of the great strife whereby the men of the 
north maintained the sovereignty of the 
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with interesting incidents which give to 
them great value. 

While Mr. Hamilton has long been 
prominent in military circles, all this is but 
supplementary to his real work, which is as 
a member of the bar. He is a leading and 
one of the most able lawyers in practice in 
this section of the state, and began prepara- 
tion for his profession as a student in the 
law office of Warren & Wheat, the suite of 
rooms used by the firm being the same in 
which he has since performed all of his legal 
work outside the court-room. He was ad- 
mitted to practice in the United States courts 
in 1869 and became a partner in the firm 
with which he had previously studied. After 
a time Mr. Warren withdrew and was suc- 
ceeded by Judge Ewing, while the firm name 
of Wheat, Ewing & Hamilton, was assumed. 
This connection was continued until the 
death of Mr. Wheat. Mr. Ewing afterward 
removed to Chicago and for three years Mr. 
Hamilton was in Kansas City, but with the 
exception of that period our subject has 
been continuously at the bar of Quincy. In 
July, 1891, the present law firm of Hamil- 
ton and Woods was formed, and is now 
recognized as one of the strongest in this 
section of the state. Mr. Hamilton's mental 
characteristics and training have peculiarly 
and eminently fitted him for the prosecu- 
tion of his chosen profession, and he is im- 
bued with a cordial and sincere love of his 
work, which largely contributes to render it 
facile and thorough. An intellect unusually 
acute and discriminating enables him to em- 
ploy, with precision and effect, the store of 
information gathered by constant and indus- 
trious research. Faithful and untiring ap- 
plication and the most scrupulous attention 
to detail have characterized the preparation 
and conduct of his cases, and he has earned 
a high and well-merited reputation. 

On the loth of September, 1878, Mr. 
Hamilton was united in marriage to Miss 
Mary E. Fisk, a native of Cambridge, Mas- 
sachusetts, and they have two children, a 
son and daughter, Elisha Bentley, Jr., now 
a student in the high school of Quincy; and 
Lucy Atta, at home. 



lOBERT L. SNOW, M. D. Few men 

EL of his years have attained to such dis- 
tinction as has fallen to the lot of Dr. Snow, 
demonstrator of anatomy in Hahnemann 
Medical College, of Chicago, who is without 
a superior in his special line. In his pro- 
fession he is known not only throughout 
Chicago, but his reputation extends to all 
parts of this country. The social side of 
Dr. Snow's nature, however, is less familiar 
to the general public, but in Masonic circles 
he is a general favorite and has many warm 
friends in that fraternity. He was made a 
Mason in Cambria Lodge, No. 278, of 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on the I3th of 
January, 1891 ; and the teachings of univer- 
sality, mutual kindness and brotherly aid 
found ready acceptance in his broad and 
generous nature. His study of capitular 
Masonry was continued until he was exalted 
to the august degree of Royal Arch Mason 
in Delta Chapter, No. 191, of Chicago, in 
1893. The same year he was constituted, 
created and dubbed a Sir Knight in Calu- 
met Commandery, No. 62, and received 
the grades and orders of the Scottish Rite, 
attaining the thirty-second degree in Orien- 
tal Consistory, whereupon he was pro- 
claimed a Sublime Prince of the Royal 
Secret. He is also a Noble of Medinah 
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic 
Shrine. He is thus identified with almost 
every degree of Masonry, and his hearty en- 
dorsement of its purposes and his practical 
fulfillment of its teachings makes him an 
acceptable member of the craft. 

The years of Dr. Snow's connection 
with the science of medicine are not many, 
but within the period he has attained to 
eminent distinction. He is a native of 
Ohio, born on the 9th of April, 1865. The 
greater part of his youth was passed in 
New York city, where he acquired his pri- 
mary education. He made choice of the 
medical profession as a life calling and be- 
gan preparation for his work in the College 
of Physicians and Surgeons, of New York. In 
1891 he came to Chicago and further pur- 
sued his studies in Hahnemann Medical Col- 
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of 1892. For five years he has held the 
position of demonstrator of anatomy in his 
alma mater. His study of the subject has 
been most thorough and comprehensive, 
and has not included alone the knowledge 
that is gained in textbooks, but he has also 
carried his investigation into unexplored 
fields of knowledge along original lines. 
His superior skill and ability led to his se- 
lection for the performance of some of the 
most difficult anatomical dissections during 
the World's Columbian Exposition, a work 
that made him renowned among the medical 
fraternity throughout the country. In ad- 
dition to his college work he has a most ex-, 
tensive private practice and enjoys a hand- 
some pecuniary remuneration as well as the 
fame that comes from his superior ability. 
The Doctor was married on the Qth of 
October, 1896, to Miss Nellie Christman, a 
native of Ottawa, Illinois, and their home 
is the center of a cultured society circle. 



r/AlLLIAM CHARLES MAGILL.- 
JgJE The vast army that follows the 
standard of Masonry goes not forth for pur- 
poses of conquest and plunder, to bring 
into subjection the weak or to overthrow 
the powerful: its mission is peace, frater- 
nity and benevolence. Its cardinal princi- 
ples, perpetuating all moral teaching, have 
awakened the respect and admiration of 
thousands and gained a following whose 
strength is as the force of gravitation, 
silent, unseen, but irresistible. It has been 
one of the chief agencies in humanizing 
mankind, lifting its followers to a higher and 
nobler plane. 

Among those who have advanced the 
cause of Masonry in Chicago is William C. 
Magill, who for fifteen years has been num- 
bered among its members. He was in- 
itiated March 2, 1881, becoming an Entered 
Apprentice in A. O. Fay Lodge, of High- 
land Park, Illinois. On the 6th of April he 
took the Fellow-craft degree and on the i $th 
of June was raised to the sublime degree of a 
Master Mason. On the I ith of April, 1882, 



he was dimitted to Evans Lodge, No. 524, A. 
F. & A. M., of Evanston, with which he is 
now affiliated. He took the Royal Arch de- 
grees in Evanston Chapter, No. 144, being 
advanced as Mark Master, August 18, 1882: 
installed as Past Master, September 23; re- 
ceived as Most Excellent Master, Septem- 
ber 29, and exalted to the sublime degree 
of Royal Arch Mason on the same date. 
He was made a Sir Knight in Montjoie 
Commander}', No. 53, K. T. , of Chicago, 
but is now affiliated with Evanston Com- 
mandery. He took the Scottish Rite de- 
grees in Oriental Consistory and is now a 
Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret. On 
the 23d of October, 1891, he became a 
member of Medinah Temple, Ancient Ara- 
bic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. 
He has held the office of Junior Warden in 
Evans Lodge, and Captain and Secretary 
in Evanston Chapter, is deeply interested in 
the fraternity and is one of its most worthy 
and acceptable members, conforming his 
life to its principles and following closely its 
honored teachings. 

Mr. Magill was born in Buffalo, New 
York, on the i4th of June, 1850, was edu- 
cated in its public schools and after his 
graduation engaged in the commission busi- 
ness on the Chicago Board of Trade. In 
April, 1875, he first became connected with 
the fire-insurance business, as an employee, 
but since 1879 as a principal, and at the 
head of the firm of William C. Magill & 
Company since October, 1895. With pleas- 
ant headquarters at No. 168 La Salle street, 
they are now doing an extensive business. 
In the extent of business written, this is one 
of the largest as well as one of the oldest 
and most reliable insurance agencies in Chi- 
cago. Mr. Magill is also a member of the 
Chicago Fire Underwriters' Association. 

For the past twenty-three years he has 
maintained his residence in Evanston, and 
from 1888 until 1892 he served as a mem- 
ber of the board of trustees there. In pol- 
itics he has always been a supporter of 
the principles of Republicanism, but has 
steadily avoided public office, wishing noth- 
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He is a member of the Episcopal church, of 
Evanston. 

On the 1 2th of November, 1873, Mr. 
Magill was united in marriage to Miss Mary 
C. Montgomery, the wedding being cele- 
brated in Buffalo, New York. They have 
six children, two sons and four daughters. 
In his varied relations Mr. Magill has main- 
tained a manly bearing and by reason of his 
integrity of purpose, his splendid abilities 
and his nobleness of character, he enjoys 
well-merited confidence and esteem. 



LOYAL LEVI MUNN. Of the vast 
number of Masons in the United States, 
but comparatively few have attained to the 
thirty-third degree, but the gentleman whose 
name introduces this review is thus distin- 
guished. He is one of the honored repre- 
sentatives of this noble fraternity in Amer- 
ica and his name occupies a conspicuous 
place on the pages of Masonic history by 
reason of what he has done for the advance- 
ment of the order, for its introduction into 
new communities and for the inculcation of 
its benevolent and grand principles among 
his fellow men. 

Mr. Munn was made a Mason in Excel- 
sior Lodge, No. 97, F. & A. M. , and was 
raised to the sublime degree of Master 
Mason, October 27, 1853. For almost 
forty-five years, therefore, he has been iden- 
tified with the fraternity, advancing step by 
step through its various degrees until he has 
reached the highest plane. He was exalted 
to the Royal Arch in Freeport Chapter, No. 
23, June 27, 1856, and received the degrees 
of the Royal and Select Masters in Spring- 
field Council, of Springfield, Illinois, in 
1862. He was dubbed and created a Knight 
Templar in March, 1857, in Janesville Com- 
mandery, No. 2, of Janesville, Wisconsin, 
and received the degrees and grades of the 
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, thirty- 
second degree, in April, 1864. He was 
crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector Gen- 
eral of the thirty-third and last degree of 
Masonry and made an honorary member of 
the Supreme Council for the Northern Ma- 



sonic Jurisdiction, U. S. A., June 18, 1870, 
at the session of that body held in the city 
of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been honored 
with various official positions, has filled all 
the offices in the blue lodge, chapter and 
commandery, and is now Commander- 
in-Chief of the Freeport Consistory, S. P. 
R. S. , thirty-second degree, located in the 
valley of Freeport. In 1865-6 he was Most 
Excellent Grand High Priest of Royal Arch 
Masons of Illinois, and has been President 
of the order of High Priesthood continu- 




LOYAL LEVI MUNN. 

ously from 1 867 up to the present time, 
1896. He was also Right Eminent Com- 
mander of the Knights Templar of Illi- 
nois in 1 88 1. During his incumbency as 
president of the council of High Priesthood, 
he has had the honor of anointing to the 
order nine hundred and eighty-nine com- 
panions, while the number anointed since 
the formation of the council has been one 
thousand, one hundred and thirty-five, show- 
ing how efficient and eminent has been the 
service of Mr. Munn. At all times and in 
all places he has been found ready to fill any 



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of the offices of the order, and his intelli- 
gent and efficacious labors have been pro- 
ductive of great good. His service for twelve 
years as Grand Secretary of the order 
was most capable and received the highest 
commendation of all connected with the 
fraternity. He is an enthusiastic worker, 
whose untiring labors and active promotion 
of Masonry amounts to an inspiration, and 
while Masonry occupies the most honored 
place among fraternal societies his name 
will appear as one of its most worthy ex- 
ponents. 

Mr. Munn is a native of Madrid, St. 
Lawrence county, New York, born Septem- 
ber i, 1829, a son of Abel and Susanna 
(Barnum) Munn. He comes of a family of 
long identification with American interests, 
his ancestors having been early settlers of 
Massachusetts and Vermont. Among them a 
number were participants in the Revolution- 
ary war, who valiantly fought for the inde- 
pendence of the colonies. The grandfather, 
Daniel Munn, served as a captain under 
Ethan Allen and had the distinction of be- 
ing the third man to enter Ticonderoga 
when that place surrendered to the Conti- 
nental army. 

The subject of this review acquired his 
early education in his native town and when 
seventeen years of age came to Freeport, 
Illinois, having now made his home in Ste- 
phenson county for half a century. For three 
summer he was engaged in farm work and 
during that time spent the winter season in 
attendance on the public schools. He aft- 
erward engaged in school-teaching in the 
northern part of the county, and in 1850 
became the agent of several New York in- 
surance companies for the states of Illinois, 
Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana. In 1853 he 
became one of the organizers of the Ste- 
phenson Insurance Company, was elected its 
secretary and served in that capacity until 
1865. In 1857 he aided in the organization 
of the American Insurance Company, in 
Freeport, and in 1867 was chosen its presi- 
dent, being the incumbent of that office un- 
til 1870, when the company removed its 
headquarters to Chicago and Mr. Munn re- 



tired from the presidency, but continued as 
one of its directors. From 1 866 until 1 869 
he was successfully engaged in the dry-goods 
business. He has for many years been a 
most prominent factor in the commercial 
and industrial interests of Freeport, and 
has been the leading spirit of many enter- 
prises which have materially promoted the 
welfare and prosperity of the city. 

Mr. Munn became a Republican on the 
organization of the party, and during the 
exciting times of its early history rendered 
it much important assistance, and is still 
one of its reliable adherents, although he 
has never sought or desired office. He and 
his family are valued members of the Pres- 
byterian church, in which he is now serving 
as elder, and his practical Christianity is 
seen in his benevolence and sympathy which 
are so frequently extended to his fellow men 
less fortunate than himself. 

Perhaps the true character of the man, 
however, is seen in his home, where he is 
the tender husband and father, the gracious 
host and the courteous, genial gentleman. 
He was married in 1857 to Miss Lenora 
Lott. Her married life, however, was soon 
terminated by death, and in 1861 he wedded 
Mrs. Mary Louisa Hardy, a native of Hav- 
erhill, New Hampshire, who in her maiden- 
hood was Miss Ladd. Their family in- 
cludes four children: Ella E., at home; 
George Ladd, now a prominent lawyer in 
Tacoma, Washington; Loyal Levi, who is 
secretary of the Arcade Manufacturing Com- 
pany; and Florence L. , at home. They 
have a beautiful and commodious residence 
in Freeport, and it is the center of a brill- 
iant, cultured, though quiet, society circle. 
Mr. Munn, though nearing the age of three- 
score years and ten, is still a man of fine 
physical force and business ability, and a 
splendid representative of the American 
gentleman, independent, true and pro- 
gressive. 

BEV. JOSEPH MCDONALD MC- 
GRATH, a clergyman of the Protest- 
ant Episcopal church, residing in Morgan 
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tive of Detroit, Michigan. He was raised 
to the degree of Master Mason September 
10, 1878, exalted a Royal Arch Mason 
December 2, 1879, and constituted, created 
and dubbed a Sir Knight May 13, 1880. 
His present affiliations are with Tracy 
Lodge, No. 810, at Tracy, Illinois, and with 
the Englewood Commandery. He has 
served as a Worshipful Master of Corunna 
Lodge and Prelate of the Corunna Com- 
mandery. He was appointed Grand Prelate 
of the Grand Encampment of Knights Tem- 
plar of the United States of America at 
Denver in 1892, and officiated as such at 
Trinity church and the Twenty-sixth Trien- 
nial Conclave at Boston in 1896. 



FRANCIS WATERMAN HANCE, M. D. 
The record of a busy life must ever 
prove fecund in interest and profit as scanned 
by the student who would learn of the in- 
trinsic essence of individuality, and who 
would attempt an analysis of character and 
trace back to the fountain head the widely 
diverging channels which mark the onward 
flow, consecutively augmentive progress, if 
we may be permitted to use the phrase, of 
such individuality. All human advance- 
ment, all human weal or woe in short, all 
things within the mental ken are but mir- 
rored back from the composite individual- 
ity of those who have lived, and the history 
of a nation, a state, or a community is but 
the record of the lives of its inhabitants. 
One of the residents of Freeport, whose 
eminent connection with its leading interests 
makes him a fit subject for biographic 
honors, is Dr. Hance, a pioneer physician 
of the city who for forty-three years admin- 
istered to his fellow men, winning their 
gratitude and respect by his ever thought- 
ful kindness and consideration. The history 
of one who is so widely and favorably known 
cannot fail to prove of interest. 

The Doctor is a native of Barnsville, 
Belmont county, Ohio, born July 23, 1822, 
and is a descendant of one of the old south- 
ern families long resident in the state of 
Maryland, where its representatives were 



honored and influential people. John 
Hance, the father of the Doctor, inherited 
a large number of slaves, but, becoming 
convinced of the wrong of holding any in- 
dividual in bondage, he removed to Ohio in 
1818 and liberated his slaves in that state. 
His wife, who in her maidenhood was Mary 
Ann McKall, was also a native of Maryland 
and sprung from an equally well-known 
family there. In Ohio the family of four 
sons and a daughter were born, and in 1853 
the parents came with their children to 
Stephenson county, Illinois, locating on a 
farm near Freeport, where the father con- 
tinued to live until his death, which occurred 
in the seventy-ninth year of his age. His 
wife survived him and reached the very ad- 
vanced age of ninety-eight years. They 
were devout Methodists in religious belief, 
and in early life the father was a Whig in 
politics, but on the organization of the Re- 
publican party he joined its ranks and gave 
it his ardent support. He was a man of 
pure motive, generous impulses and lived a 
conscientious and most honorable life. 

Such was the parentage of Dr. Hance. 
He was the eldest child of the family and 
was educated in Athens, Ohio. He ac- 
quired his medical education in the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania, where he was grad- 
uated with the class of 1849, and then be- 
gan the practice of his profession in the east. 
In 1853 he came to Freeport, where for 
forty-two years he cared for the sick and 
suffering, performing his duty in sunshine 
and in storm, by day or by night, never 
stopping to ask of the patient's financial 
standing or thinking of the pecuniary reward 
which he might receive, but answering each 
call for assistance that came to him from a 
pure, unselfish interest in his fellow men 
and a desire to bring to them relief. His 
own personal comfort was ever sacrificed 
for the good of others, and many a house- 
hold has reason to cherish, next to the 
sacred place the mother occupies, the mem- 
ory of their family physician, Dr. Hance. 
In 1895 Dr. Hance retired from active prac- 
tice and is now living quietly in the enjoy- 
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The Doctor was married in 1 849 to Miss 
Mary B. Chamberlin, a native of New York, 
who departed this life in 1873, and he has 
since remained true to her memory. It was 
in 1 862 that he was made a Mason in Moses 
R. Thompson Lodge, which was afterward 
consolidated with Excelsior Lodge, No. 97, 
of which he is now a member in full stand- 
ing. He is in politics a Republican, and by 
election has been called to the mayoralty 
of the city of Freeport, wherein he labored 
zealously for the interests and upbuilding of 
the city. Few men in Stephenson county 
are better known than Dr. Hance, and none 
are held in higher regard. His public life 
and private career are alike above reproach, 
and he is honored and esteemed by a very 
large circle of friends. 



of the city. At this writing he is one of the 
directors of the public library of Peoria, 
and member of board of education. 

His religious creed is that of the Pres- 
byterian church. 



T'HOMAS McGIFFIN McILVAINE, 
M. D. , is one of the prominent and 
influential practicing physicians of Peoria, 
Illinois, and, like many of the leading mem- 
bers of the medical profession, has thought 
it worth his while to give a portion of his time 
and attention to the mystic teachings of Ma- 
sonry and to enjoy the secret communion of 
its inner chamber. He was made a Master 
Mason in Peoria, in Peoria Lodge, No. 15, 
with which he has ever since affiliated, and 
he is also a member of the Scottish Rite in 
Peoria, in the workings of both of which he 
takes an active and enthusiastic interest, 
finding pleasure and profit therein. 

Dr. Mcllvaine is a native of the Key- 
stone State and was born in the city of 
Pittsburg in the year 1853. His medical 
education was received at Rush Medical 
College, Chicago, of which institution he is 
a graduate with the class of 1881. Of a 
warm, sympathetic nature, with an earnest 
desire to alleviate the sufferings of humani- 
ty, and untiring in his labors, he has built 
up a large practice in Peoria and enjoys the 
confidence and high esteem of all who know 
him; and he is known here not only as a 
skilled and popular physician, but also as a 
public-spirited citizen, one interested in and 
ever ready to promote the general welfare 



WILLIAM HOWARD BERGSTRES- 
SER. There is perhaps no one in 
the State of Illinois who has been more en- 
thusiastic in his fealty to Freemasonry, or 
who has performed more arduous labor on 
its behalf, than the brother whose name ap- 
pears at the head of this sketch; and his 
record as a member of the fraternity re- 
dounds greatly to his credit. Mr. Berg- 
stresser was elected an Entered Apprentice 
in Olive Branch Lodge, No. 38, on July 23, 
1884, passed January 13, 1885, and was 
raised to the sublime degree of Master Ma- 
son February 3, 1885. He was exalted to 
the Royal Arch degrees in Vermilion Chap- 
ter, No. 82, being made a Mark Master 
March 24, 1885, Past Master and Most Ex-' 
cellent Master on March 30, and Royal 
Arch on April 13; received the degree of 
Royal and Select Masters in Danville Coun- 
cil, No. 37, at the time of its organization; 
was ordained a Sir Knight in Athelstan 
Commandery, No. 45, the degree of Red 
Cross being conferred upon him September 
17, and that of the Black Cross September 
25, 1885; and he attained the ineffable de- 
gree of Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret 
in Oriental Consistory, November 12, 1886. 
Mr. Bergstresser has filled many offices 
of importance in the order with credit to 
himself and honor to the craft. He was 
elected Worshipful Master June 30, 1891, 
serving two terms, and is the present Dep- 
uty Grand Master for the sixteenth district. 
On June 30, 1890, he was placed in the 
chair of High Priest, which he occupied for 
one year; was Thrice Illustrious Master for 
two terms, and is the present incumbent of 
that office; and was Eminent Commander 
for one year, dating from June 30, 1889. 
He is a Noble in the Ancient Arabic Order 
of the Mystic Shrine in Medinah Temple, 
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the Eastern Star, and a charter member of 
Iris Chapter. 

Brother Bergstresser was born in Flat 
Rock, Seneca county, Ohio, November 17, 
1856, and attended the district schools of 
that place until sixteen years of age, when 
he began to learn the carriage-painting 
trade, and followed that for seven years. 
In 1872 his parents moved to Ladoga, 
Montgomery county, Indiana, and five years 
later came to Danville, where our subject 
took up the art of photography, which he 
has followed most successfully ever since. 
For eight years Mr. Bergstresser served as 
first sergeant of Battery A, Illinois National 
Guards. He is a loyal citizen and popular 
in both business and social circles. 



MATTHEW B. BLISH, one of the 
prominent members of the Masonic 
fraternity at Kewanee, is at present High 
Priest of the chapter, and is still a resident 
of his native town. He was made a Mason 
in Kewanee Lodge, No. 159, in 1876, and 
being an intelligent and appreciative stu- 
dent, at once became a capable worker in 
the fascinating craft. His first office was 
that of Senior Deacon for one year; then he 
was Junior Warden a year, and Senior 
Warden two years. These offices were of 
course satisfactorily filled by him. In 1877 
he joined Kewanee Chapter, in which he be- 
came equally active as a Royal Arch Mason, 
and as such, after election, served in the 
offices of Principal Sojourner, Captain of 
the Host, Scribe and Most Excellent High 
Priest. In the last named position he 
served from 1886 to 1891 and from 1895 to 
1897. He has given the order much of his 
time and energy, and, being a man of judg- 
ment, his services have been efficient; he is 
a good instructor. He was the first mem- 
ber " raised " in the lodge after the election 
of A. B. Ashley (now Grand Deputy) as 
Worshipful Master, from whom he received 
a good training and became an expert in the 
work. He was made a Knight Templar in 
Temple Commandery, No. 20, at Princeton, 
in 1882. 



He was born on his father's farm near 
Kewanee, December 5, 1848, and received 
his education in that town, which meantime 
grew from village to city; and he has always 
made Kewanee his residence, and is there- 
fore one of the best known citizens. 

His father, C. C. Blish, was born in 
Glastonbury, Connecticut, in 1812, and 
came to Illinois in 1837, a single man, and 
was one of the charter members of Weth- 
ersfield Lodge, No. 1 59, which received its 
charter October 3, 1855, and afterward 
changed to Kewanee Lodge, same number. 
He had previously been made a Master Ma- 
son at Cambridge, was prominent in bring- 
ing about the organization of the lodge at 
Kewanee, and had the honor of being its 
first Worshipful Master by election. Dur- 
ing his younger life and in the early history 
of the lodge he was one of its firmest and 
most helpful adherents. He inherited the 
three hundred and twenty acres of land ad- 
joining the present city of Kewanee which 
his father, Sylvester Blish, had taken from 
the government in 1837. He married Miss 
Elizabeth Boner and resided on this fine 
farm to the time of his death, which oc- 
curred in 1890, when he was about seventy 
years of age. He had been one of Ke- 
wanee's most worthy citizens, and being a 
pioneer was one of the active citizens in the 
organization of Henry county. His wife 
survives, being now seventy-six years of 
age, an esteemed member of the Congrega- 
tional church, as was her husband. They 
had six children four daughters and two 
sons. 

Matthew B. Blish, one of the sons, has 
been a farmer all his life, having inherited 
the fine homestead of his father and grand- 
father; but while he still owns it he rented 
it in 1893 and erected one of the beautiful 
and commodious residences in the western 
portion of Kewanee, where he now resides. 

December 23, 1868, he was united in 
matrimony with Miss Martha E. Morrill, a 
native of Ripley, West Virginia, and they 
have three children, viz. : Katie Elizabeth, 
now Mrs. Charles D. Handley, residing in 
Kewanee; Charles B. and Dwight M. Mr. 



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and Mrs. Blish are members of Harmony 
Chapter, No. 43, Order of the Eastern Star, 
of Kewanee. 

Mr. Blish has been a life-long Democrat, 
and during the recent presidential campaign 
sustained the "gold-standard" wing of the 
Democracy. 



ROBERT RALPH GIBONS, a Sir 
Knight Templar residing in Princeton, 
Illinois, is a leading and prominent law- 
yer of that city and also ex-county judge 
of Bureau count}'. When the past and 
present of Freemasonry is considered, 
whether the founding of the order is attrib- 
uted to one or another, all will admit that 
the wisdom of those who founded the so- 
ciety is entitled to the admiration of all the 
wise and good through the centuries. The 
strength of the order is to-day greater than 
ever, and many are its faithful followers in 
Illinois. Mr. Gibons was initiated into the 
esoteric doctrines of the craft in Princeton 
Lodge, No. 587, F. & A. M., in 1886, and 
has the honor of being raised to the sublime 
degree of Master Mason by General J. C. 
Smith. He has also taken the Royal Arch 
degrees, in Princeton Chapter, No. 28, the 
council degrees in Orion Council, No. 8, 
Geneseo, and was created a Knight Tem- 
plar in Temple Commandery, No. 20, Prince- 
ton. His devotion to his large law practice 
has somewhat interfered with his active 
work in the different bodies to which he 
belongs, but he justly prizes the order and 
its teachings and has shaped his course in 
harmony with the same. 

Mr. Gibons was born in Allentown, Penn- 
sylvania, December 7, 1840, and is a son of 
John S. Gibons, a native of Brattleboro, 
Vermont, who was a prominent member of 
the Masonic order, serving as Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge of the State of Pennsyl- 
vania in 1820. By profession he was also 
a lawyer, and was one of the most influen- 
tial and distinguished citizens of his com- 
munity, representing his district in both the 
lower house and senate in Pennsylvania, 
where he introduced and championed the 



free-school law of that State. He married 
Miss Sallie Rupp, a native of Lehigh coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, and to them were born 
seventeen children, of whom fourteen 
reached years of maturity, and of the five 
sons and one daughter who are still living 
our subject is the eldest. The father died 
in 1850, at the age of forty-eight years. 

Judge Gibons, of this review, received a 
good academic education, and as his family 
were faithful members of the Presbyterian 
church they tried to induce him to enter the 
ministry. It was in 1857 that he took up 
his residence in Princeton, Illinois. In 
August, 1 86 1, he enlisted in Company B, 
Yates' Sharpshooters, which was a part of 
the Sixteenth Army Corps, and was in the 
Mississippi and Atlanta campaigns. At the 
battle of Kenesaw mountain he was wounded 
both in the head and side, and for merito- 
rious conduct was promoted from second 
lieutenant to captain of his company, in 
which capacity he was serving at the end of 
his term in the fall of 1864, when he was 
mustered out, at Chattanooga. 

Returning to Princeton, the Judge pre- 
pared for the legal profession, reading law 
in the office of Stipp & Gibons, the junior 
member being his brother G. G. , who later 
moved to Chicago and there died. Under 
their instruction he pursued his studies, and 
was duly admitted to the bar after a 
thorough examination before the supreme 
court at Ottawa, Illinois. On the removal 
of his brother to Chicago, he was admitted 
to partnership by Major Stipp, under the 
firm name of Stipp & Gibons, the partner- 
ship continuing until the election of Mr. 
Stipp to the bench. The son of Judge Stipp 
was then his partner for a time, and later 
M. U. Trimble, who is now deputy county 
clerk. In 1886 the present firm was con- 
stituted, under the firm name of Gibons & 
Gibons, the junior member being Ira C. 
Gibons, a graduate of the Chicago Law 
School, and a son of our subject. The firm 
have a large practice in the various state 
courts, and rank among the ablest practi- 
tioners at the bar. 

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judge and faithfully discharged the duties of 
that office for four years. He is an attorney 
of marked ability, a public-spirited, enter- 
prising citizen, and his party recognizing 
his worth made him their candidate for 
congress; but as they were in the minority 
that year he was defeated, though he made 
an active and strong canvass. He has ac- 
ceptably served as trustee and mayor of the 
city, and has always done all in his power 
to promote the best interests of the com- 
munity. His powers as an advocate have 
been demonstrated by his success on many 
occasions. He is an able lawyer of large 
and varied experience in all the courts, and 
his career as judge won the commendation 
of all. Thoroughness characterizes all his 
efforts, and he conducts all his business 
with strict regard to a high standard of pro- 
fessional ethics. He was at one time in 
partnership with Judge Stipp. 

In 1862, Judge Gibons led to the mar- 
riage altar Miss Margaret M. Thompson, a 
native of Princeton and a daughter of Rob- 
ert E. Thompson, a pioneer, who located 
in that city in 1839, becoming one of its 
first merchants. One child blesses this 
union, Ira C., who is also a member of 
the Masonic fraternity, and is now success- 
fully engaged in the practice of law as his 
father's partner. 



MORMAN B. REAM. Freemasonry 
has drawn to itself the allegiance of 
strong men and true in all the walks of life, 
and in the fact that it appeals to such lies 
the intrinsic element of its perpetuity from 
the remote past. There is a symmetry in 
the make-up of a man who, having attained 
to a splendid success in connection with the 
material affairs of life, yet finds it a cher- 
ished privilege to lend his aid in fostering 
that broad fraternal spirit and that deeper 
humanitarianism with which the time-hon- 
ored institution of Masonry is so vitally in- 
stinct. The subject of this review stands in 
marked exemplification of that alert intel- 
lectuality and almost stubborn determina- 
tion which have made the magnificent me- 



tropolis-of the west what it is, the great- 
est and most absolute representative of the 
progressive American spirit, and to-day he 
holds place among the leading citizens and 
most successful business men of Chicago, 
where he took up his permanent residence 
just prior to the ever memorable fire of 
1871. He has rendered to his country the 
loyal service of a patriot when treason and 
rebellion would trail her flag in ignominious 
dust, and his career as a citizen has shown 
him to be animated by the same principles 
of honor and integrity which prompted him 
to go forth to do battle for a righteous 
cause. Such a man honors the great fra- 
ternal order of Masonry, which does not 
deny its quota of honor in return. 

Mr. Ream was made a Mason in the 
year 1867, when he became an Entered 
Apprentice in Princeton Lodge, No. 587, 
A. F. & A. M., at Princeton, Illinois, and 
in this body he was duly raised to the de- 
gree of Master Mason. He was subse- 
quently dimitted and placed his affiliation 
with the lodge at Osceola, Iowa, where he 
still retains his membership. He was ex- 
alted to the Royal Arch in Pantalfa Chapter, 
at Osceola, and is still identified with that 
capitular body. Mr. Ream received the 
grades and orders of Knighthood in Apollo 
Commandery, No. i. Knights Templar, in 
Chicago, eventually withdrawing from the 
same and becoming a charter member of 
Montjoie Commandery, No. 53, in which is 
represented his only local affiliation at the 
present time. He has shown himself thor- 
oughly appreciative of the teachings and the 
exalted aims of Masonry and is a consistent 
member of the great crafthood, though he 
has never sought or accepted official ad- 
vancement in the same. 

Norman Bruce Ream is a native of the 
old Keystone State, having been born in 
Somerset county, Pennsylvania, on the 5th 
of November, 1844, the son of Levi and 
Highly (King^ Ream, the ancestral line trac- 
ing back several generations in that state. 
The paternal lineage is of German origin, 
and that on the maternal side of blended 
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this review has been favored by heredity, 
for through the sources named America has 
gained many of her most prominent charac- 
ters, men and women of intellectual and 
physical vigor and of utmost integrity in all 
the relations of life. Levi Ream was a 
prosperous farmer in Somerset county for 
many years, having recently resigned his 
more active labors and taken up his abode 
in Sacramento, California. Norman B. re- 
ceived his preliminary educational discipline 
in the common schools of his native county, 
supplementing this by effective study in local 
normal institutions and so profiting by the 
opportunities afforded him that he was 
enabled to take charge of a district school 
when but fourteen years of age, successfully 
coping with the obstacles he had to encoun- 
ter in his pedagogic endeavors and mani- 
festing that determination and self-reliance 
which have conserved his pronounced success 
in later years and in fields of magnificent 
scope and importance. After teaching for 
one term he learned the art of making por- 
traits by the ambrotype process, which 
was at that time just coming into public 
favor. To this line of enterprise he devoted 
his attention, in connection with work on 
the farm, until he had attained the age of 
seventeen years. His intrinsically loyal na- 
ture was now roused into decisive action, 
for the nation called upon her sons to de- 
fend her honor and integrity against armed 
rebellion. He enlisted as a member of 
Company H, in the Eighty-fifth Regiment 
of Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, in the 
year 1861, being assigned with his command 
to the Army of the Potomac, then in North 
Carolina. His regiment was a part of Key's 
corps, with which he served throughout 
General McClelland's peninsular campaign 
of 1862, in December of which year and in 
the month following, he was with General 
Foster in his campaign against Goldsboro, 
North Carolina. Soon after his enlistment 
he was made sergeant, and for meritorious 
service at the battle of Kingston, North 
Carolina, he received commission as second 
lieutenant. About this time his command 
joined that of Genenal Gilmore in South 



Carolina, and he thus participated in the 
siege of Charleston, within which interval 
he was promoted first lieutenant. While 
acting adjutant of his regiment, he was 
severely wounded in the groin, in an engage- 
ment which took place near Savannah, 
Georgia, on February 22, 1864, the result 
of his injuries being that he was incapacitat- 
ed for service until the following June, 
when he rejoined his command, which 
had been transferred to the Army of Vir- 
ginia, under General Butler. Immediately 
after his return to his regiment it was at- 
tacked by the enemy, and Mr. Ream was 
again unfortunate, receiving severe wounds 
in his knee. His valor could not be subor- 
dinated, and in the August following he 
again presented himself for service with his 
regiment, but his physical condition was 
such that he was now compelled, with man- 
ifest reluctance, to withdraw from active 
service. He received an honorable dis- 
charge, after which he returned to his 
home. 

After completing a course of study in a 
commercial college at Pittsburg, Pennsylva- 
nia, Mr. Ream was employed for a brief in- 
terval as a clerk in a general store. In 
1866 he determined to try his fortunes in 
the west, and he located at Princeton, Illi- 
nois, where he eventually engaged in the mer- 
cantile business, in company with Charles 
Mosshart. About a year later he disposed 
of his interests to his partner and removed 
to Osceola, Iowa, where he engaged in the 
grain, live-stock and agricultural-implement 
business, in connection with farming opera- 
tions. His efforts were attended with ex- 
cellent success for a period of three years, 
when a failure of crops in the state caused 
him to encounter severe losses and to event- 
ually close out his business. The integrity 
of the man was such that he did not seek to 
avoid any obligation or one implied, and 
his adjustment of his affairs was such that 
he suffered no loss. 

Mr. Ream arrived in Chicago just before 
the great fire of 1871, locating at the Union 
Stock Yards, where he engaged in the live- 
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coming an extensive dealer on his own 
account. From this time his success was 
consecutive and of no uncertain order. He 
for a time operated quite extensively in 
railroad stocks, having been a member of 
the New York Stock Exchange. In 1888 
he ceased to operate on the exchanges, 
though retaining a membership in the Board 
of Trade. He has made large and eminently 
judicious investments in Chicago realty, and 
also in property outside the city and state, 
his manipulation of such important inter- 
ests having resulted in the erection of such 
grand and magnificent buildings as the 
Rookery, in Chicago, and the beautiful 
Midland Hotel in Kansas City. Of his 
broad capacity for business of the widest 
scope it is hardly necessary to speak in this 
connection, but an idea of the prestige which 
is his as one of the substantial capitalists 
and business men of the west may be gained 
by reference to certain of his associations. 
He is a heavy stockholder in city railways 
and has large interests in cattle ranches in 
the west, as well as in fine agricultural 
lands and valuable timbered tracts. He is 
a director of the First National Bank of 
Chicago, of the Illinois Central Railroad, 
and of numerous other important corpora- 
tions in the city and elsewhere. 

As to the personal characteristics of Mr. 
Ream, we can not do better than quote 
from a previously published review of his 
life, which pronounces him "a valuable 
citizen, realizing to the fullest degree that 
citizenship under a popular government 
means individual responsibility. He belongs 
to that class of typical western business 
men who think for themselves and can not 
be led by the demagogue and will not sub- 
mit to the party lash. He is an independ- 
ent Republican in politics, taking deep in- 
terest in all public questions, but despising 
politics as a profession. The best candidate 
is sure to receive his support, on whatever 
ticket the name of such candidate may be 
found." 

In addition to his relations with the Ma- 
sonic fraternity Mr. Ream is identified with 
the Chicago, Calumet, Washington Park, 



Athletic and Commercial Clubs, of Chicago, 
and with the New York and the Union 
Clubs, of New York city. 

In 1876 was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Ream to Miss Caroline Putnam, daugh- 
ter of Dr. John Putnam, of Madison, New 
York, and they are the parents of six chil- 
dren four sons and two daughters. 



EDWARD KIRK, JR. That broad fra- 
ternal spirit which permeates and has 
solidified the noble order of Freemasonry, 
and which, as a logical result, has extended 
its scope until it encompasses all of human 
kind, has been exemplified in so marked a 
degree in the person of him whose name 
initiates this paragraph, that there can be 
no element of incongruity in referring to the 
same in this connection, even though the 
innate modesty of the subject himself might 
fail to sanction the indulgence. His inter- 
est in the work and well-being of the great 
fraternity has been so pronounced and of so 
long duration that he can not but be con- 
sidered as one of the leaders in the Masonic 
circles of the state, while his personality is 
such as to have gained him not only the es- 
teem but the affection of his confreres. 
This statement has enthusiastic voucher in 
the words of one of the prominent members 
of the commandery with which Mr. Kirk is 
so conspicuously identified, and the tribute 
is not one of individual opinion but of gen- 
eral application. 

Mr. Kirk's identification with the Masonic 
order dates from the time when, as a young 
man of twenty-five years, he became an En- 
tered Apprentice in Abrams Lodge, No. 20 
(now Pioneer Lodge), of New York city, his 
initiation having occurred on the 1 3th of 
January, 1863. That his zeal and interest 
were of more than cursory sort is manifest 
in the fact that in December of the same 
year he was elected Senior Warden of his 
lodge and that he served as Worshipful 
Master of the same during the years from 
1864 to 1867, inclusive, thus being honored 
with the highest office in the lodge for three 
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in Zetland Chapter, No. 141, R. A. M., of 
New York city, and upon removing from 
the metropolis to Westchester county, in 
the same state, he assisted in organizing 
Ivy Chapter, No. 238, in which he served 
as Most Excellent High Priest for the three 
first years of its existence. Prior to his re- 
moval from New York city he had become 
a Royal and Select Master in Adelphia 
Council, and had received the orders of 
knighthood in Morton Commandery, No. 4, 
Knights Templar, in the year 1867. He 
was concerned in the organization of Con- 
stantine Commandery, of New York, of 
which he was a charter member and in which 
he was the incumbent as Senior Warden for 
a period of three years. 

In 1873 Mr. Kirk came to Chicago, where 
he remained for a time and then went to 
La Salle county, where he aided in the or- 
ganization of a lodge at Sheridan, serving as 
its Worshipful Master under dispensation. 
In January, 1877, he became a resident of 
Englewood, one of Chicago's most attract- 
ive suburbs, and he has since been promin- 
ent in the Masonic bodies of Chicago. He is 
an honorary member of Englewood Lodge, 
No. 690, A. F. & A. M. , and has been one 
of the most zealous members of Englewood 
Chapter, No. 176, to which he transferred 
his affiliation. The Sir Knights of Engle- 
wood Commandery, No. 59, must ever hold 
Mr. Kirk's efforts in highest estimation, 
since to him was very largely due the organ- 
ization of the commandery, ir> 1885, while 
its affairs have ever been since a matter of 
peculiar interest and solicitude to him. Not 
only is he one of the most prominent and 
influential members, but he has been aptly 
termed the father of the commandery. He 
is devoted to its interests, untiring in the 
work of its upbuilding and most zealous and 
enthusiastic in its support. His peculiarly 
buoyant and happy temperament and his 
never-failing courtesy have gained him a 
distinctive popularity in the commandery, 
where his friends are in number as his ac- 
quaintances. Mr. Kirk was for two years 
Eminent Commander of this truly represent- 
ative commandery. Having passed the vari- 



ous degrees in the York Rite, Mr. Kirk ad- 
~vanced through the Scottish Rite bodies, 
until he had attained the thirty-second de- 
gree, becoming a Sublime Prince of the 
Royal Secret in Oriental Consistory, on the 
1 9th of March, 1884, while in the succeed- 
ing year he penetrated the barren wastes 
of the desert and gained title of nobility in 
Medinah Temple of the Mystic Shrine. 

Edward Kirk, Jr. , is a native of Eng- 
land, having been born on the 5th of June, 
1837, the son of Edward and Ann (Hefford) 
Kirk, who came to America while he was 
still a very small boy, taking up their abode 
in New York city. There he was reared, re- 
ceiving his educational discipline in the pub- 
lic schools, after which he began the practi- 
cal duties of life by becoming connected 
with the hardware business, with which 
he has ever since been identified in some 
one of its branches. At the present time he 
conducts an extensive business in the man- 
ufacture of sheet-metal cornices. The out- 
put of his finely-equipped establishment 
finds demand in an extended trade territory, 
and the enterprise has assumed so extensive 
proportions as to place him among the rep- 
resentative business men of the great indus- 
trial city of the Union. There is an element 
of peculiar interest attaching to the record 
of his success in temporal affairs, since Mr. 
Kirk is to be held distinctively as the archi- 
tect of his own fortunes. At the outset of 
his business career he was not fortified by 
financial resources or influential friends, but 
his equipment was adequate without these 
adventitious aids, as results have clearly 
demonstrated. Resolute purpose, persever- 
ance, indomitable industry and unswerving 
integrity joined forces with mature judg- 
ment and keen business sagacity to enable 
him to compass desired ends and to attain 
a measure of success which has placed him 
among the substantial citizens of the com- 
munity, while the methods employed were 
ever such as to retain to him the confidence 
and esteem of all with whom he had to do. 

Mr. Kirk is thoroughly American in 
character and spirit, and his sterling pa- 
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supine order, as was shown at the time of 
the late war of the Rebellion. At the time 
he was a member of the Twelfth Regiment 
of the National Guard of New York, and his 
active service in the Union army covered a 
period of three years. He held the rank of 
adjutant, and in 1863 he was promoted to 
the office of first lieutenant. He partici- 
pated in the ever-memorable battles of Bull 
Run and Gettysburg and in others of minor 
importance, being signally faithful to the old 
flag and the cause it represented. He 
maintains a lively interest in all that con- 
cerns his old comrades in arms, being a 
prominent member of George E. Meade 
Post, No. 444, Grand Army of the Repub- 
lic, and having served as its commander in 
1889-90. Though not an aspirant for the 
honors and emoluments of political office, 
Mr. Kirk has a thoroughly proper and in- 
telligent interest in the questions of the 
hour, and in furthering good government in 
every department of public service. He 
renders allegiance to the Republican party, 
and is thoroughly fortified for defending his 
opinions and beliefs. 

In the year 1859 was consummated the 
marriage of Mr. Kirk to Miss Kate Cunning- 
ham, and they have three children now liv- 
ing, James C. , Grace E. and Edward J. 
Mrs. Kirk's death occurred in 1874, and in 
the Centennial year our subject was united 
in marriage to Miss Elvira A. Weston. 
They have two children, Corona W. and 
Hazel C. Mr. and Mrs. Kirk are communi- 
cants of the Reformed Episcopal church, 
and their home is one in which is dispensed 
a gracious and refined hospitality to a large 
circle of friends. 



Jf NSON L. CLARK, M. D. There are 

J&L none who can more fully appreciate 
the beauties and exalted principles which 
form the basic elements of Masonic teach- 
ings than those who have been called upon 
to minister in a professional way to their 
afflicted fellow men. As the physician must 
invariably come into close contact with 
pain and suffering, so he naturally gains the 



higher regard for the kindly offices per- 
formed by and in the name of the great 
craft whose history traces back into the re- 
motest past. The true, earnest physician is 
ever a deep humanitarian, and the teach- 
ings of Freemasonry are intrinsically along 
this line, so that it can not be held as 
strange that the great fraternity holds in its 
membership rolls the names of many of the 
most eminent medical practitioners, not 
only of this end-of-the-century period, but 
through the many years that have been told 
into the realm of yesterday. 

The immediate subject of this review 
is known as one of the old and honored 
physicians of Illinois, and as one of strong 
intellectuality and high professional attain- 
ments, one to whom a full measure of suc- 
cess has come as the natural result of abili- 
ty, well directed effort and conscientious or- 
dering of every thought, word and deed of 
his active and useful life. His identifica- 
tion with the Masonic order dates back to 
August, 1858, when he became an Entered 
Apprentice in Palatine Lodge, No. 314, at 
Palatine, Cook county, Illinois, entering the 
same while under dispensation, and duly ad- 
vancing to the Master Mason's degree. 

In 1867 he received the capitular de- 
grees in L. L. Munn Chapter, No. 96, 
R. A. M., at Elgin; and also became a 
Royal and Select Master in the local coun- 
cil, his lodge membership having been 
transferred to Elgin Lodge, No. 117, A. F. 
& A. M., where it has since remained. In 
1868 the Doctor passed onward to receive 
the chivalric degrees, becoming a Sir Knight 
of Bethel Commandery, No. 36, Knights 
Templar, of Elgin. He has held official 
position in the various Masonic bodies of 
which he is a member, having been Wor- 
shipful Master of the blue lodge for seven 
years, Principal Sojourner of the Chapter 
and Eminent Commander of Bethel Com- 
mandery, in which last-mentioned position 
he served one term, proving a most popular 
and signally efficient officer. He is also 
identified with Bethel Chapter, Order of the 
Eastern Star. The Doctor is an earnest 
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proved himself worthy as an exemplar of 
the sublime teachings of the order. He is 
well known in the Masonic circles of the 
state, and a review of his life is altogether 
consistent in this connection. 

Anson L. Clark was born in Clarksburg, 
Berkshire county, Massachusetts, in Octo- 
ber, 1836, being the son of Thomas S. and 
Almedia (Ketchum) Clark. His parents re- 
moved to the west in 1841, locating at Pal- 
atine, Illinois, where our subject received 
his preliminary educational training in the 
public schools, after which he became a 
student in Lombard University, at Gales- 
burg, Illinois, where he completed his more 
purely literary discipline, receiving the de- 
grees of A. B. and A. M. He had early an- 
nounced his desire to become a physician, 
and to some considerable extent had direct- 
ed his studies with this end in view. He 
began his techinal or professional study in 
the Eclectic Medical Institute at Cincinnati, 
Ohio, where he graduated in February, 
1 86 1. He forthwith 1 established himself in 
practice at Franklin Grove, Illinois, remain- 
ing for one year, when, in May, 1862, he 
took up his residence in Elgin for the pur- 
pose of continuing his professional work. 
But a higher duty called, and it was but the 
nature of the man to respond. He promptly 
determined to contribute his quota in de- 
fending the nation against impious rebellion, 
and thus, in September, 1862, he enlisted 
as assistant surgeon of the One Hundred 
and Twenty-seventh Illinois Volunteer In- 
fantry, with which he served until the close 
of the war, the regiment being assigned to 
the Army of the Tennessee. After the war 
he returned to Elgin, to resume the labors 
so summarily laid aside, and here he has 
ever since maintained his home and here 
labored to goodly ends, his reputation as a 
physician of eminent ability having brought 
him distinctive recognition in professional 
circles, while his practice, drawn from rep- 
resentative sources, has been extensive and 
duly remunerative. He is one of the most 
successful and honored physicians of the 
state. 

In his political proclivities Dr. Clark is 



a supporter of the Republican party, and 
his eligibility and his interest in public 
affairs led to his being chosen as a member 
of the state legislature, in which he served 
with signal efficiency, during the general 
assembly of 1871-2. The Doctor was ap- 
pointed a member of the state board of 
health at the time of its organization, and 
so continued for a period of fifteen years. 
He was the incumbent as president of the 
Elgin board of education for five consecu- 
tive years, and for twenty years he has 
served as surgeon of the Chicago, Milwau- 
kee & St. Paul Railway. He has been one 
of the members of the directorate of the 
Home National Bank of Elgin for a number 
of years. 

Doctor Clark was one of those most 
prominently concerned in the organization 
of the Bennett Medical College, at Chicago, 
and he has been president of the board of 
trustees of this institution for a full quarter 
of a century, while for nearly three decades 
he has been a member of the faculty of the 
college, lecturing upon obstetrics and gyne- 
cology. He is a member of the National 
Eclectic Medical Association, of which he 
served as president one year; is a member 
of the State Eclectic Medical Society, and 
an honorary member of the State Medical 
Societies of Wisconsin and Ohio. The 
Doctor is identified with Veteran Post, No. 
49, Grand Army of the Republic, and 
is a member of the Loyal Legion of the 
state of Illinois. 

Dr. Clark was married in 1858 to Miss 
Phoebe J. Lemon, of Metamora, Illinois, and 
they became the parents of two children, 
Otis A., who died at the age of eighteen 
years, and Percival L. , superintendent of 
the Morgan & Wright Rubber Works, Chi- 
cago. Mrs. Clark died in the spring of 
1868, and in 1872 the Doctor consummated 
a second marriage, being then united to 
Miss Mary F. Dunton, of Spencer, Massa- 
chusetts, who now graciously presides over 
the attractive home. The Doctor is a 
member of the Universalist church, being a 
trustee of the same. Mrs. Clark is a mem- 
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CHARLES A. KITCHEN, D. U. S., is 

\^) one of the oldest and most influential 
members of the Masonic fraternity in Rock- 
ford, and his name deserves a conspicuous 
place on its rolls. Almost a third of a cen- 
tury has passed since he took the degree 
that first admitted him to the councils of 
the craft, and as he has advanced farther 
and farther in the order, becoming familiar 
with its teaching, he has embodied its be- 
nevolence and helpful spirit in his life. It 
was in the fall of 1864 that he was made a 
Mason in Galena Lodge, No. 243, of Ga- 
lena, Illinois. For some time he affiliated 
with that society, served as its Junior War- 
den and for a number of years was its effi- 
cient Secretary. In 1870 he was exalted to 
the sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason in 
Kewanee Chapter, of Kewanee, Illinois, and 
held therein various offices, including that 
of King, but after seven years he was di- 
mitted to Rockford Chapter. The same 
year he took the Knight Templar degrees in 
Crusader Commandery, No. 17, was for two 
years its Recorder, was also one of its Trus- 
tees, and has ever been a most creditable 
and valued member of these various branches 
of Masonry. 

Dr. Kitchen is a native of the Buckeye 
State, his birth having occurred in Troy, 
Ohio, on the 2Oth of October, 1839. His 
first American ancestry were Welsh, and 
came to America during the colonial epoch 
in the history of the country. His father, 
John Kitchen, was born in Milton, Pennsyl- 
vania, and married Miss Hannah Ambrose, 
who was born near Berkeley Springs, Vir- 
ginia. They had a family of six children, 
three of whom are living. The father was 
a reliable merchant tailor, and did a suc- 
cessful business in that line. For many 
years he and his wife were valued members 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, and 
were people of sterling worth. Mr. Kitchen 
died at the age of seventy-two years, his 
wife when seventy-eight years of age. 

The Doctor was the eldest in their fam- 
ily. His elementary education, obtained in 
the public schools, was supplemented by a 
course in the Wesleyan University in Bloom- 



ington, but he left college in response to 
President Lincoln's calls for troops. He 
went from the campus to the battlefield as 
a member of the Thirty-third Illinois regi- 
mental band, enlisting on the i8th of Sep- 
tember, 1 86 1. He was promoted drum 
major and served for eighteen months, 
when he was mustered out under the gen- 
eral order dispensing with the regimental 
bands. 

Dr. Kitchen then returned to the north 
and took up the study of dentistry in Bloom- 
ington. He began the practice of his profes- 
sion in Toulon, Illinois, and afterward prac- 
ticed in Galena for eleven years before coming 
to Rockford in 1 874. Since that time he has 
conducted business here and his skill in the 
line of his chosen vocation has brought to 
him a large and lucrative practice. He is 
thoroughly informed in all departments of 
dentistry, is conversant with the most im- 
proved methods, uses the latest appliances, 
and his work is of that superior quality 
which enables him to command a large 
patronage. He is a member of the Illinois 
State Dental Society, was for five years its 
treasurer, one year its vice-president and 
one year its president. For nine years he 
has served as a member of the Illinois State 
Dental Board of Examiners, a fact which 
well attests his standing in the profession. 

In October, 1866, was celebrated the 
marriage of Dr. Kitchen and Miss Abbie E. 
Gardemere, a native of Toulon, Illinois. 
Three children were born to them, but all 
died in early life. Their home is the happy 
center of a cultured society circle, and 
is ever open to receive their many friends. 
The Doctor is especially fond of music, and 
has done much to advance the interests of 
that art in Rockford. He is now the presi- 
dent of the Choral Union of Rockford, and 
has been very active in securing music for 
the Grand Army Post, of which he is a 
member. His business career has been one 
of prosperity, and he is now a stockholder 
in some of the Rockford banks. He also 
owns a nice home, and his property has all 
been self-acquired. In manner the Doctor 
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wherever known he has a large circle of 
warm friends, among whom he is very pop- 
ular. 



JAMES HENRY RAMSEY. What Lord 
Macaulay once said of the perpetuity of 
the Roman Catholic church, can, with a 
little change of words, probably be more ap- 
propriately said of the Masonic order: " It 
will exist in undiminished vigor and splendor 
when some traveler from New Zealand shall, 
in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand 
upon the bank of the Tiber and sketch the 
ruins of the great church of St. Peter;" for 
the principles upon which that church are 
founded cannot be said to be eternal, while 
those upon which Freemasonry are founded 
are those of brotherhood, which, above all 
else in the world are considered the most 
eternal, as well as the most universal. No 
one needs to preach them; they preach 
themselves with all the force that can be 
given them. Among the millions who rec- 
ognize this fact with reference to Masonry 
we list the subject of this sketch, who is a 
Sir Knight Templar residing at Aledo, the 
county seat of Mercer county, and following 
the jewelers' trade. 

This gentleman was initiated into the 
noble order in Aledo Lodge, No. 252, as 
Entered Apprentice, August 24, 1875, Fel- 
low-craft August 31, and Master Mason Oc- 
tober 8 following. In this lodge he has filled 
the office of Junior Deacon three years, 
Junior Warden two years, and afterward was 
elected Worshipful Master, but declined to 
serve, on the ground that he could not give 
to the office as much of his time as its duties 
would require, while some of the other 
members could. He received the capitular 
degrees in Illinois Chapter, No. 27, Keiths- 
burg, in 1878, and became a charter mem- 
ber of Cyrus Chapter, No. 211, at Aledo, 
under its dispensation, filling one of its 
offices. The chivalric degrees were con- 
ferred upon him in Everts Commandery, No. 
1 8, at Rock Island, in 1881. Mr. Ramsey 
endeavors to live up to all the requirements 
of the various branches of Masonry with 



which he is connected, and he fully under- 
stands the ritual. He is indeed a good Ma- 
son and a No. i citizen. 

Mr. Ramsey is a native of the state of 
Ohio, born in Cadiz, Harrison county, 
on the 1 4th of February, 1847, and is of 
Scotch ancestry who came to this country 
before the American Revolution. His grand- 
father Ramsey was a soldier in the Ameri- 
can cause, both in the Revolution and in the 
war of 1812. There is an actual physiolog- 
ical reason for the phrase, ' ' getting one's 
Scotch up," for of all people in the world the 
spirit of independence is exhibited by that 
people; and were it not for Scotch blood we 
Americans would never have had the Revo- 
lution we did, achieving independence of 
the government of Great Britain. John 
Ramsey, the father of James H., was born 
in West Alexander, Washington county, 
Pennsylvania, July 19, 1819, emigrated to 
Cadiz, Ohio, where he married Miss Nancy 
Maffit, of that city, and they had three sons 
and four daughters; five of the children are 
still living, and the father and mother also, 
who still reside at Cadiz, highly respected 
members of the Presbyterian church. Mr. 
James H. Ramsey, the second child in the 
above family, was educated in the public 
schools of Cadiz, and when but thirteen 
years of age began to learn the jewelry busi- 
ness. Nearly ever since has he devoted his 
life to that beautiful trade, with the success 
that ability and perseverance always bring. 
He is thorough and reliable. He came to 
Aledo in the autumn of 1870, opening out in 
business, and he is now the oldest jeweler in 
the city and has the largest trade, enjoying 
the confidence and good will of the people 
throughout the city and surrounding coun- 
try. In politics he is a Democrat, and was 
for six years in succession a member of the 
board of education of Aledo. 

He was married on the 29th of Febru- 
ary, 1876, to Miss Sarah C. Wilson, of 
Aledo, the daughter of James M. Wilson, 
also of Aledo, and they have three sons, 
namely: James Wilson, who is a student 
in the university at Lake Forest, Illinois; 
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a beautiful home in Aledo, where the par- 
ents are members of the Presbyterian church 
and consistent Christians. Mrs. Ramsey 
has been the Worthy Matron of the local 
chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, 
which she and her husband were charter 
members. 



DANIEL GEORGE SPAULDING has 
been a leading factor in the business 
interests of Rockford, was one of the val- 
iant Union soldiers during the Civil war, 
and is a worthy member of the Masonic fra- 
ternity. For thirty years he has resided in 
this city and his identification with its com- 
mercial history has been most honorable. 
His public career and private life are alike 
above reproach and he enjoys the warm re- 
gard of all with whom he has come in con- 
tact. 

Mr. Spaulding was born in Ackworth, 
New Hampshire, on the 2$th of November, 
1839, and is of Scotch ancestry. His grand- 
father, John Spaulding, was born in Glas- 
gow, Scotland, and with his family emi- 
grated to America, locating in Marlow, New 
Hampshire, where he resided for many 
years. He was a man of influence and 
prominence in that community and took an 
active part in public affairs. He lived to 
the advanced age of ninety-eight years, and 
his wife died at the ripe old age of ninety- 
nine. Their son, Nehemiah Spaulding, fa- 
ther of our subject, was born in Scotland, 
and during his childhood accompanied his 
parents on their trip across the Atlantic. 
He was reared and educated in Marlow, 
New Hampshire, and was united in mar- 
riage there to Miss Betsey Hayward, a na- 
tive of Ackworth, that state. He was a 
physician and throughout his entire life en- 
gaged in the practice of medicine, in which 
he met with a desired success. He passed 
away at the age of seventy-two, and his 
wife died in the thirty-eighth year of her 
age. They were Methodists in religious 
faith and were people whose sterling qual- 
ities commended them to the confidence 
and regard of all. In 1855 Dr. Spaulding 



removed to the west and from that time 
until his death engaged in the practice of 
medicine in Illinois and in Iowa. 

Daniel G. Spaulding was the second in 
a family of seven children, four of whom are 
yet living. In the public schools of the 
Granite State he acquired his education and 
afterward learned the trade of mason, but 
had hardly entered upon his business career 
when the sectional differences between the 
north and the south precipitated the coun- 
try into civil war, and in answer to the 
president's call for volunteers to crush out 
the rebellion he enlisted, in August, 1862, 
as a member of Company I, Seventy-fourth 
Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The regiment 
was attached to the Army of the Cumber- 
land and with his command he participated 
in the battles of Champion Hills, Stone 
River, Chickamauga and Lookout Moun- 
tain. He distinguished himself as a brave 
and valiant soldier, and on the 4th of April, 
1865, was commissioned first lieutenant of 
Company D, Sixth United States Infantry, 
the regiment being stationed at Salt Lake 
City, Utah. On the gth of August, 1 866, 
he resigned his commission and returned 
eastward. 

Lieut. Spaulding located in Rockford, 
where he embarked in the grocery business, 
conducting his store until 1890, when he 
sold out and retired from trade. Through 
all these years of his active business cares 
he was known as one of the most reli- 
able and trustworthy merchants of the 
city. Success attended him, for his in- 
terests were conducted with energy and en- 
terprise, guided by sound judgment, con- 
servative methods and a strict regard for the 
ethics of the commercial world. As his 
financial resources increased he invested his 
capital in realty, and is now the owner of 
three good farms, besides valuable city 
property. He has erected a number of 
good residences in Rockford, and thus aided 
in the upbuilding and growth of the city. 
His own commodious and substantial home 
is located on one of the best residence 
streets in Rockford, and amid his family 
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from troublesome care and responsibility, 
his former toil having relieved him of all 
such. 

Mr. Spaulding has been twice married. 
In 1860 he wedded Miss Priscilla Smith, a 
native of Rockford, who died in 1867, leav- 
ing one son, George D. In 1872 Mr. 
Spaulding was again married, his second 
union being with Miss Sophia R. Rannie, a 
native of Edinburg, Scotland. They have 
one daughter, Lulu B. Mrs. Spaulding is a 
valued member of the Presbyterian church 
and takes a deep interest in its work. 

Mr. Spaulding has been numbered 
among Rockford's Masons since 1888, when 
he took the degrees of Entered Apprentice, 
Fellow-craft and Master Mason in Star of 
the East Lodge, No. 166, and with that or- 
ganization he has since affiliated. He is in 
good standing in the lodge, and to its prin- 
ciples gives a hearty endorsement. He also 
belongs to the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, with which he has been identified 
for a quarter of a century. A veteran of 
the Civil war, he naturally holds member- 
ship in that popular organization, the Grand 
Army of the Republic, and delights there to 
renew the associations of camp life and re- 
call the scenes when, shoulder to shoulder, 
the brave men of his command fought for 
the supremacy of the stars and stripes. 
From its organization he has been a sup- 
porter of the Republican party, has served 
as supervisor and also as alderman of Rock- 
ford. In all the relations of life he is true 
and faithful, manifesting the same loyalty 
which marked his defense of the Union in 
the days of the country's peril. 



JOHN P. WEBSTER, M. D. The sub- 
ject of this review has been identified 
with the Masonic order since 1883, and 
has maintained a lively and devoted inter- 
est in its affairs, while in the line of his pro- 
fession he has attained a distinguished posi- 
tion in the great western metropolis, his 
prestige being the logical result of ability 
and that discrimination so essential to suc- 
cess in the practice of medicine and surgery. 



Dr. Webster was initiated into the myste- 
ries of Freemasonry at Bay City, Michigan, 
where he became an Entered Apprentice in 
a local lodge of Ancient, Free and Acepted 
Masons, in which he was in due time raised 
to the Master Mason's degree. In 1891 he 
passed the capitular degrees in Delavan 
Chapter, at Delavan, Wisconsin, where he 
still maintains his affiliation in that body, as 
well as in the blue lodge, to which he was 
dimitted from the one in which his original 
membership was placed. The year 1894 
marked the Doctor's assuming of the chiv- 
alric honors, since he was then created a 
Sir Knight in Englewood Commandery, No. 
59, Knights Templar. 

John P. Webster is a native of the Bad- 
ger State, having been born at New Lisbon, 
Wisconsin, in the year 1852. He received 
his preliminary education in the public 
schools, having, at the age of ten years, ac- 
companied his parents on their removal to 
Sparta, Wisconsin. He early formulated 
plans for his future life work, having de- 
cided to adopt the profession of medicine 
and surgery. With a view to preparing 
himself for this vocation he came to Chicago 
in 1880 and entered the Hahnemann Hom- 
eopathic Medical College, where he com- 
pleted the prescribed course and graduated 
as a member of the class of 1883, securing 
the coveted title of Doctor of Medicine. 
He subsequently completed a post-graduate 
course in Harvey Medical College, where he 
graduated in 1886. The Doctor began the 
practice of his profession in Bay City, Mich- 
igan, where he remained two years, after 
which he removed to Delavan, Wisconsin, 
where he did a successful business. He, 
however, desired a broader field of endeavor, 
and accordingly, in November, 1894, he 
took up his abode in that attractive subur- 
ban district of Chicago known as Engle- 
wood, and here he has secured a large pat- 
ronage of representative order, his high pro- 
fessional attainments and personal honor 
and courtesy insuring him recognition and 
precedence. He received the appointment 
as surgeon for the Chicago & Erie, the Chi- 
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roads, in which capacity he rendered effect- 
ive service. He is also surgeon for the 
Englewood Union Hospital and is professor 
of surgery in the Harvey Medical College. 

In 1875 Dr. Webster was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Dora Sargent, and they be- 
came the parents of two children, Mabel 
A. and Jessie E. Mrs. Webster died in 
1879, and in 1883 the Doctor consummated 
a second marriage, being then united to 
Miss Clara R. Jack. They are members of 
the First Baptist church of Englewood, and 
enjoy a distinctive popularity in social cir- 
cles, their home being a center of refined 
hospitality. 

In political matters the Doctor supports 
the Prohibition part}', and aside from his 
connection with the Masonic fraternity he 
is also identified with Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows. 

CHARLES A. BISHOP, who for eleven 
\^i years has occupied the bench of the 
county court of DeKalb county, at Syca- 
more, represents the legal fraternity in the 
Masonic order, which numbers its members 
from among all callings, eliciting the sup- 
port of the best men in all classes of busi- 
ness life. Judge Bishop is one of the 
distinguished jurists of northern Illinois and 
is therefore a valued member of the Masonic 
society. In 1886 the same year of his ele- 
vation to the bench he joined Sycamore 
Lodge as an Entered Apprentice, passed to 
the Fellow-craft degree and was raised to 
the sublime degree of Master Mason. He 
has since closely followed the principles of 
charity and hospitality which form the basis 
of ancient-craft Masonry, and his brethren 
have manifested their appreciation of his 
diligence by electing him to the office of 
Treasurer, in which capacity he is now serv- 
ing. In 1887 he was exalted to the august 
degree of Royal Arch Mason in Sycamore 
Chapter, No. 49, and for four years was 
High Priest, exercising the rites of capitular 
Masonry, and by his zeal and ardor largely 
promoting the work of the chapter. In 
1888 he passed the circle and was greeted a 
Royal and Select Master of Sycamore Coun- 



cil, and in 1887 he received the orders of 
Templar Masonry in Sycamore Command- 
ery. No. 15, wherein he was constituted, 
created and dubbed a Sir Knight of the 
valiant and magnanimous order of the Tem- 
ple. In 1894 he served as Eminent Com- 
mander. A Noble of the Ancient Arabic 
Order of the Mystic Shrine, his membership 
is in Medinah Temple, of Chicago. 

Widely known in both Masonic and legal 
circles, the life record of Judge Bishop cannot 
fail to be of interest to many of our readers. 




CHARLES A. BISHOP. 

He was born near Bangor, Maine, Septem- 
ber 26, 1854, a son of Adolphus and Joanna 
(Willett) Bishop. When he was eighteen 
months old his parents removed with their 
family to Kings county, Nova Scotia, where 
he was reared and educated, his literary 
training being received in Acadia College, of 
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and in Mt. Allison, 
of Sackville, New Brunswick. He after- 
ward engaged in teaching school in Sack- 
ville, where he remained for two years, 
when in June, 1878, he came to Illinois, 
locating in DeKalb county, where he read 



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law. During that time he was also engaged 
in teaching through the winter months. 
He was admitted to the bar in Ottawa, Illi- 
nois, in June, 1880, and through the follow- 
ing year was a clerk in the office of his for- 
mer preceptor, working for two hundred and 
fifty dollars per year. When twelve months 
had passed he entered into partnership with 
Mr. Jones. This business relation was main- 
tained until October, 1886, when Judge 
Bishop withdrew from the firm to enter the 
race for the judgeship of the county court. 
He was elected on an independent ticket by 
a majority of three hundred and thirty-four 
over the regular Republican nominee, and 
again in 1890 and 1894 he was nominated 
by acclamation and triumphantly elected, 
so that when his present term will have ex- 
pired he will have held the office for twelve 
years. On February 3, 1897, Judge Bishop 
was nominated by the Republican party 
for one of the circuit judges of the twelfth 
judicial district, comprising the counties of 
DeKalb, Kane, Dupage, Kendall, Boone, 
McHenry and Lake. Together with Judges 
Willis, of Kane, and Brown, of Dupage, he 
received the unanimous vote of the district. 
Judge Bishop is remarkable among law- 
yers for the wide research and provident 
care with which he prepares his cases. At 
no time has his reading been confined to the 
limitations of the questions at issue; it has 
gone beyond and compassed every contin- 
gency and provided not alone for the ex- 
pected but also for the unexpected, which 
happens in the courts quite as frequently as 
out of them. His logical grasp of facts and 
principles of the law applicable to them has 
been another potent element in his success; 
and a remarkable clearness of expression 
and precise diction, which enables him to 
make others understand not only the sali- 
ent points of his decisions, but also his 
every fine gradation of meaning, may be ac- 
counted one of his most conspicuous gifts 
and accomplishments. The entire com- 
munity has closely watched his progress, 
scanned his official career as an upright, im- 
partial and just judge, and the verdict has 
been most commendatory. 



Judge Bishop affiliates with the Repub- 
lican party, and from 1880 to 1886 served 
as a member of the school board of Syca- 
more. He is now president of the DeKalb 
County Savings & Loan Association and of 
the Alida Young Temple Company. So- 
cially, besides the Masonic order, he is con- 
nected with Sycamore Lodge, No. 105, 
I. O. O. F. , and with Ellwood Camp, Mod- 
ern Woodmen of America. 

He was married August 26, 1880, to 
Miss Parmelia J. Wharry, of Sycamore, 
who died April 13, 1889. On the 25th of 
November, 1890, he was again married, his 
second union being with Miss Martha E. 
Stuart, daughter of Charles T. and Nancy 
D. Stuart. They now have two children 
Stuart A. and Marion O. The Judge and 
his wife attend the Congregational church 
and move in the highest social circles. 



ELON BEACH GILBERT, M. D., a 
valued member of Stewart Lodge, No. 
92, Geneseo, and a prominent practicing 
physician of that city, was made a Master 
Mason in that lodge in 1891, having been 
initiated as Entered Apprentice February 
6, passed November 12, and raised No- 
vember 27. 

He is also a native son of that city, born 
February 23, 1860, of old English ancestry 
who were early settlers of New England, 
being pioneers in Connecticut, New York 
and even Illinois. Elias Gilbert, a great- 
grandfather, born in Halfield, Connecticut, 
was a Master Mason, and for a time Master 
of his lodge; was prominent as a Mason and 
active even up to his ninety-sixth year, the 
last year of his life, in which year it is said 
that he acted as Master of his lodge! The 
Doctor has now the pleasure of being the 
possessor of his lambskin and jewels. The 
Gilberts were prominent in the affairs of the 
country in its colonial days, and were also 
active participants in the Revolution. 

The Doctor's father, Elias C. Gilbert, 
was born in Richmond, Ontario county, 
New York, and emigrated to Illinois in the 



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spring of 1857, locating two miles south- 
west of Geneseo, where he was for years a 
successful farmer and stock-raiser and an in- 
fluential and highly esteemed citizen. He 
filled the office of county supervisor for a 
number of terms, was one of the organizers 
and the vice-president of the Farmers' Na- 
tional Bank of Geneseo, and for many years 
was a useful and valued member of the 
Congregational church of this city. He de- 
parted this life in 1889, at the age of fifty- 
two years. His wife, whose name before 
marriage was Florinda Beach, survives him. 
They had six children, three of whom ar- 
rived at the years of maturity and are still 
living, leading lives of high respectability. 

The eldest of these, who is the subject 
proper of this sketch, received his education 
in the Geneseo public schools and at Knox 
College, at Galesburg, this state, and his 
medical education in the Jefferson Medical 
College at Philadelphia, where he graduated 
with honor in 1885. Returning to his na- 
tive city he opened out in the practice of his 
profession, which he has since continued; 
and, on account of his skill and thorough- 
ness, he enjoys a good reputation as a prac- 
titioner and has a lucrative patronage. By 
good traits of both head and heart he at 
once made himself a worthy member of a 
most useful profession. He is a conspicu- 
ous example of a prophet having honor in 
his own country indeed, he has the great- 
est honor where he is best known. He is 
an active member of the Iowa and Illinois 
Central Medical Society. 

On the I2th of April, 1885, he married 
Miss Cora Thomas, and they have a daugh- 
ter, whom they have named Alice Belle. 
In religion they are Congregationalists, and 
in politics the Doctor is a Republican. He 
takes an interest in public affairs and in the 
educational welfare of his community, and 
at present is a member of the school board. 
He has a nice residence in Geneseo, and he 
and his family enjoy the esteem of all who 
have the pleasure of their acquaintance. 
Personally, the Doctor is a pleasant, un- 
assuming man, enthusiastically devoted to 
his profession. 



/TVEORGE w. CURTISS, of Peoria, a 

V? thirty-third-degree Mason, has for 
twenty years been active and zealous in all 
the grades of Freemasonry, and by his genial 
disposition, his Masonic knowledge and fra- 
ternal deportment has won the respect and 
confidence of his brethren everywhere. Few 
representatives of the fraternity are better 
known throughout Illinois than he, and some 
of the highest honors of the craft have been 
conferred upon him by his brethren who 
have thus shown their appreciation of his 
constancy, his fidelity and his zeal. He 
has ever taken a deep interest and sincere 
pleasure in carrying forward the work that 
was begun in the remote past and has come 
down through the years as one of the strong- 
est potentialities for good among men; and 
his Masonic work is an aspiration to others. 
He was made a Master Mason on the 1 2th 
of August, 1870, in Western Star Lodge, 
No. 240, of Champaign, Illinois; was ad- 
vanced as Mark Master, installed as Past 
Master and received as Most Excellent Mas- 
ter in Champaign Chapter, No. 50, and ex- 
alted to the Royal Arch degree on the 1 5th 
of April, 1871. He obtained a dimit from 
those bodies in 1874 to become a member 
of Urbana Lodge, No. 157, and Urbana 
Chapter, No. 80, at Urbana, Illinois. He 
passed the circle of cryptic Masonry and 
was greeted a Select Master in Urbana 
Council, No. 19, and was created a Knight 
Templar in Urbana Commandery, No. 16, 
June 15, 1874. He still maintains his mem- 
bership in all these bodies. In November, 
1886, he attained the thirty-second degree 
of the Scottish Rite in Peoria Consistory 
and received the degree of Sovereign Grand 
Inspector General in the Supreme Council 
N. M. Z. , September 17, 1889, in New York 
city. In lodge, chapter, council and com- 
mandery he has held many offices. He was 
for several years High Priest of Urbana 
Chapter, No. 80, and Thrice Illustrious Mas- 
tar of Urbana Council. He was elected and 
served as Eminent Commander of Urbana 
Commandery and has held many of the 
subordinate offices in all these bodies. He 
was elected and served as M. E. S. G. M. 



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of Peoria Council, Princes of Jeruslaem, and 
is at present M. W. and P. M. of Peoria 
Chapter of Rose Croix and First Lieutenant 
Commander in Peoria Consistory, S. P. R. 
S. ; was elected Grand Master of the First 
Veil in the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Illinois, and passing through all of the line 
offices became Grand High Priest in 1886, 
was Grand Master of the Grand Council, R. 
& S. M., of Illinois in 1883, and is at present 
Grand Captain General of the Grand Com- 
mandery Knights Templar of Illinois. 

Mr. Curtiss was born in Chicago, on the 
2/th of January, 1849. His father, James 
Curtiss, was twice mayor of that city at an 
early day, and in 1854 he removed with his 
family to Champaign, Illinois, where George 
W. grew to manhood. He was only thir- 
teen years of age when he started out in 
life for himself, and since that time has 
been dependent entirely upon his own ef- 
forts. The success that he has achieved is 
due entirely to his own labors. He has 
worked steadily, perseveringly and energet- 
ically, and his ability has been recognized 
by promotion. In January, 1869, he en- 
tered the bank of D. Gardner & Company 
at Champaign, and continued in that insti- 
tution for five years, during which time he 
completely mastered the business. In the 
fall of 1873 he organized the bank of Gard- 
ner, Curtiss & Burpee, at Urbana, Illinois, 
and afterward purchased the interest of the 
senior partner, continuing in the banking 
business until 1888, when he sold out and 
became a member of the firm of C. E. & 
C. M. Anthony, at Peoria, dealers in mort- 
gages and loans, now the Anthony Loan & 
Trust Company. He is secretary, treasurer 
and assistant general manager of the com- 
pany, and his superior ability and keen dis- 
crimination has added to the success which 
attends the firm. 

Mr. Curtiss was married in Urbana, Illi- 
nois, November 29, 1871, to Pauline C. 
Somers, daughter of Hon. W. D. Somers, 
then one of the most prominent lawyers in 
eastern Illinois. Their only child, Maude 
S., was graduated at the Peoria high school, 
in the class of 1892, after which she pur- 



sued a four-years literary course in Smith 
College, of Northampton, Massachusetts, 
and was graduated in 1 896. The family is 
prominent in the social circles of Peoria, 
and Mr. Curtiss is an honorable and leading 
factor in business and Masonic circles. 



FORD & PECK, Galva, are bankers and 
prominent business men. Mr. Ford is 
vice-president and Dr. Peck cashier of the 
Galva State Bank. They are both members 
of the Masonic fraternity, and herewith we 
present a brief sketch of these highly-re- 
spected citizens. 

Dr. Peck was made a Mason in Stroms- 
burg Lodge, No. 126, Nebraska, in 1888, 
dimitted and affiliated with Galva Lodge, 
No. 243, in January, 1895. 

He is a native of the state of New York, 
born in Oswego, May 24, 1845. His first 
American ancestors came from Yorkshire, 
England, to Massachusetts during the early 
history of this country, and subsequently re- 
moved to Rhode Island, where they were 
active participants in public affairs and in 
the Revolutionary war. A grand uncle was 
an officer in the colonial army. George R. 
Peck, the father of the Doctor, was born in 
Rhode Island, at the old homestead, which 
had been in the possession of the family 
ever since the first immigration of the an- 
cestors of the family. He married Miss 
Margaret C. Smith, of Bristol, Rhode 
Island, and in 1852 emigrated to Galesburg, 
Illinois, and near that village purchased a 
farm, which afterward became a part of the 
city plat and occupied. He was a success- 
ful and valued citizen, a member of the 
Presbyterian church, and departed this life 
in 1879, at the age of seventy-two years. 

Dr. Peck, the eldest of the four sons of 
George R. Peck and the subject of these 
paragraphs, was educated at Knox College, 
at Galesburg, graduating in 1866, after 
which he pursued a medical course at Jef- 
ferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, 
graduating there in 1872, with honor. Af- 
ter practicing his profession a few years he 
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lending money, in company with his broth- 
er-in-law, Dyer Ford, at Stromsburg, Ne- 
braska, where they had a successful busi- 
ness for ten years. In 1 894 they sold out 
and returned to Illinois, locating at Galva, 
and organized the Galva State Bank, of 
which they are heavy stockholders and man- 
agers, as already stated. They are business 
men of ability and of the highest probity of 
character, and as bankers they have the 
patronage of a large portion of the best 
people in Galva and vicinity. The}' do a 
general commercial banking business, and, 
as they are genial and popular business 
men, the bank from its commencement has 
been a popular financial institution. Oliver 
P. Stoddard, an old and prominent business 
man and Mason, is the president of the 
bank. 

In politics Dr. Peck is a stanch Repub- 
lican, and while in Nebraska he was presi- 
dent of the board of trustees of the town of 
Stromsburg, and also president of the 
school board of that place. While in Gales- 
burg he did a great deal of building there, 
and is still largely interested in Galesburg 
city property. He is also a stockholder in 
the Homestead & Loan Association of Gal- 
va, an enterprise which has proved a great 
success and done much for the building up 
and improvement of the town. 

In 1875 Dr. Peck was married to Miss 
Florence Ford, a native of New York and 
daughter of the late Hon. M. M. Ford, of 
Galva. Dr. and Mrs. Peck are esteemed 
members of the Congregational church, of 
which religious body he is a member of the 
board of trustees. 

Mr. Dyer Ford was made a Mason in 
Galva Lodge, No. 243, in 1876, of which he 
has served as Junior and Senior Warden for 
several terms. As a Royal Arch Mason he 
received his degrees in Kewanee Chapter, 
No. 47, and was made a Sir Knight Tem- 
plar in the Galesburg Commandery, No. 8, 
in 1883. He is also a member of the Mys- 
tic Shrine, joining Sesostris Temple, at 
Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1892. Dimitting 
from Galesburg Commandery, he joined the 
Joppa Commandery, No. 17, at York, Ne- 



braska. While in that state he became a 
member of Solomon Chapter, No. 33, and 
while residing at Lansing, Michigan, he was 
a member of Capitol Lodge, No. 66. In 
1895 he was dimitted to his home lodge at 
Galva again. 

Mr. Ford was born at Penn Yan, New 
York, March 5, 1855, of English descent. 
His first American ancestry settled in this 
country in early times. His father, Hon. 
Milton Morris Ford, was born in Milo, New 
York, was a prominent merchant in Penn- 
Yan, and came to Galva, Illinois, in 1860, 
where he was a prominent merchant and 
general business man, and also a prominent 
Republican, being largely identified with 
the offices of the state. He was elected and 
served both in the lower house and in the 
senate of the Illinois state legislature, was 
intimately acquainted with Lincoln, Logan 
and other prominent men of their times, 
and he was a man of great ability and influ- 
ence. He departed this life in 1894, at the 
age of seventy-two years. For his wife he 
married Laura Spencer, of the state of New 
York, and they had five sons and two 
daughters. Four of the sons died in in- 
fancy. 

The subject of these paragraphs was ed- 
ucated in the public schools of Galva, and 
spent one year at Griswold College in Dav- 
enport, Iowa, and three years in Oberlin 
College, Ohio; was in mercantile business 
with his father at Galva from 1873 to 1881, 
at which time the firm of Ford & Peck was 
formed; and they removed to Stromsburg, 
Nebraska, in 1883, where until 1893 they 
did a successful business. Mr. Ford was 
next in business in Lansing, Michigan, for a 
year, and then returned to Galva and incor- 
porated the Galva State Bank, of which he 
has since been vice-president. He also is 
largely interested in various other business 
enterprises of the city; is a stockholder in 
the Homestead & Loan Association of Gal- 
va; is a stockholder and director in the 
Hayes Pump and Planter Manufactory of 
Galva; and while in the west was an active 
worker as a member of the Republican cen- 
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He was married in September, 1874, to 
Miss Mary E. Mitchell, of Davenport, Iowa 
(her birth-place being Exeter, New Hamp- 
shire), a daughter of Col. A. L. Mitchell, of 
Davenport, Iowa, who was a colonel in the 
Union army in the late Civil war. They 
have three children, a daughter and two 
sons, namely: Laura B. , Morris M. and 
Everett P. Mr. and Mrs. Ford are highly 
esteemed members of the Congregational 
church of Galva, of which he is one of the 
trustees. 



ERNEST J. CLANCY, Secretary of 
Robert Burns Lodge, No. 113, and a 
prominent grain and coal dealer of the city 
of Keithsburg, was initiated into the sublime 
mysteries of Masonry in that lodge in 1873, 
receiving the degree of Entered Apprentice 
January 27, Fellow-craft April 25, and 
Master Mason, May 23. In his lodge he at 
once became an active and capable worker; 
was Junior Warden, Senior Deacon twelve 
years, and is now the efficient Secretary of 
his lodge. He has always been one of the 
most reliable and enthusiastic members of 
the order at Keithsburg, and is highly es- 
teemed by his brethren. He is also a mem- 
ber of Mary Burns Chapter, Order of the 
Eastern Star. His good wife, whom he has 
had the misfortune to lose by death, was its 
Worthy Matron. He has always taken a 
deep interest in that order, aiding the sisters 
to the extent of his power in the work of 
the lodge. 

Mr. Clancy is a "native son" of Mer- 
cer county, born on his father's farm within 
seven miles of the city of Keithsburg, May 
17, 1848. He is of Scotch-Irish ancestry, 
his grandfather, Joseph Clancy, coming 
from the north of Ireland and locating in 
York county, Pennsylvania, where our sub- 
ject's father, also named Joseph Clancy, 
was born, May 27, 1794. The latter came 
to Mercer county in 1834, when there were 
but six families in the entire county and but 
one family at the locality now occupied by 
the city of Keithsburg. Taking up land 
and building a mill, he carried on two lines 



of business, with success, and became a 
prominent citizen of the county. He mar- 
ried Miss Elizabeth Jack, a native of the 
state of Indiana, born in 1810, and he died 
February 24, 1870. 

Mr. Ernest J. Clancy was educated in 
the public schools of Mercer county and 
brought up principally in the milling busi- 
ness, and afterward he was engaged in rail- 
roading, merchandising, etc. , and is now the 
leading grain and coal dealer in Keithsburg. 
In this line he is prospering, having the con- 
fidence and good will of all with whom he 
transacts business or has any social relation. 

In his views of national questions he is 
a stanch Republican, and in his general 
character he is well known as an upright 
citizen and a good Mason. 

On the 3 ist of October, 1878, he was 
happily united in marriage with Miss Lilian 
Kurlin, a native of New Boston. They 
had two children; but when the second child 
was only two days old Mrs. Clancy died, on 
the 1 2th of February, 1893, and the infant 
died afterward. Thus Mr. Clancy was left 
with one little daughter, named Murl. The 
loss of his wife and infant child was a sad 
bereavement to Mr. Clancy, for Mrs. Clancy 
was a refined and loving wife and kind and 
judicious mother, greatly beloved by all 
who knew her. 



WILLIAM K. FORSYTH, of Chicago, 
was made a Mason in Dearborn 
Lodge, No. 310, in 1870, and has advanced 
to a prominent place in the order. In 1873 
he took the Royal Arch degrees in Lafayette 
Chapter, No. 2, became connected with the 
Royal & Select Masters of Palestine Coun- 
cil, No. 66, and in 1876 joined the Knight 
Templars of Chicago Commandery, No. 19. 
He retains his membership in all these save 
the last named, having in 1880 become a 
charter member of Chevalier Bayard Com- 
mandery, No. 52. He has been honored 
with various offices, was Worshipful Master 
of the blue lodge for four years. High Priest 
of the chapter, Past Illustrious Master of 



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the council and Eminent Commander of the 
commandery. He was District Deputy 
Grand Master of the First Masonic District 
for ten years, Past Grand Master of the 
Grand Council, a member of the Grand 
Lodge, and a member of Medinah Temple 
of the Mystic Shrine. Thus he is promi- 
nently identified with Masonry in Illinois, is 
well known in the fraternity and has been 
honored with some of its high positions. 
He is true to its principles and is a zealous, 
loyal adherent, well deserving of mention 
in a volume devoted to the history of Free- 
masonry in the state and to recording the 
lives of those who have become eminent in 
its circles. 

Mr. Forsyth was born in Cumberland 
county, England, on the iithof December, 
1848, and was educated in private schools 
in his native country. There he learned 
the drug trade and has since engaged in 
that line of business as a life work. In 
1 868 he bade adieu to friends and native 
land, having resolved to seek a home be- 
yond the Atlantic, and on landing in New 
York city he came direct to Chicago, where 
he soon secured a good position as a sales- 
man in a drug store, where he remained un- 
til 1880. In that year he embarked in busi- 
ness on his own account, at the corner of 
Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street, 
where he remained for several years. He 
then removed to his present location at 3100 
State street, where he has a fine establish- 
ment, elegantly fitted up with first-class 
modern appointments. He carries a large 
and well-selected stock of drugs and every- 
thing found in a thoroughly equipped city 
drug store. In June, 1 896, he was elected 
president of the Illinois Pharmaceutical As- 
sociation. 

Mr. Forsyth attends the Episcopalian 
church, and in connection with his Masonic 
relations is a member of the Royal Arcanum. 
His hope of realizing a comfortable com- 
petence in this land has been realized. 
Taking advantage of the opportunities here 
afforded for self-advancement he has worked 
his way steadily upward by means of his 
business ability, and may well be classed 



among the enterprising, progressive drug- 
gists of this western metropolis. 

Mr. Forsyth was united in marriage, in 
1894, with Miss Anna Robinson, a native of 
Cumberland county, England. To this 
union are born three daughters. 



WOAH H. GUTHRIE, Aledo. Only 
men of intellect and sympathy can ap- 
preciate fully the symbols of Freemasonry. 
While the religions of the world take little 
or no notice of the incapacity, intellectual 
and moral, of a large portion of the human 
race, Freemasonry fully recognizes these 
facts, works with its eyes open and scientifi- 
cally operates its machinery for the good not 
only of its own members but also of every 
citizen, especially of those citizens who are 
well disposed. Inherent disposition, after 
all, is the most important thing to consider 
in the selection of men for public duty, and, 
next to that, intellectual capacity. 

We are reminded of these things by a 
review of the life and character of the sub- 
ject of our sketch, Mr. Guthrie, who was 
made a Mason in Aledo Lodge, No. 262, in 
1873. He was initiated as Entered Ap- 
prentice March 5, 1872, passed the degree 
of Fellow-craft May 20, and raised a Master 
Mason June 20, all in 1872. Of this body 
he has served as Junior and Senior Warden. 
He received the Royal Arch degree in Cy- 
rus Chapter, No. 211, at Aledo, May 6, 
1897. He has always been a worthy and 
acceptable brother of the "mystic tie," en- 
joying the confidence and good will of the 
members of the order. 

He is a native of Pennsylvania, born in 
Greene county, on the 6th day of March, 
1842, and is of Scotch-Irish ancestry, who 
were early settlers of New England and had 
to fight the Indians in many an encounter. 
His great-grandfather Guthrie was killed by 
the red savages, and several members of 
his family were taken captive by them. 
His father, Jacob Guthrie, was also born in 
Greene county, Pennsylvania, married Miss 
Lucinda Hobbs, of the same place, and 
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his sixty-second year, in Mercer county. 
His wife died in the sixty -third year of her 
age. Being consistent Methodists, they 
were devout Christians, chaste in language 
and temperate in their habits. Of their 
eleven children only two survive. 

Mr. Noah H. Guthrie, the eighth in the 
above family, passed his youth in his native 
state, attending school in winter to a lim- 
ited extent. His opportunities were very 
few and meager. He was in his nineteenth 
year when the great Civil war began to 
threaten the life of the nation, and the aid 
of the loyal citizen was asked to put down 
the rebellion. He answered the call by en- 
listing, September 17, 1861, in Company A, 
Seventh West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, 
Second Army Corps, the Army of the Poto- 
mac, and he bravely participated in the bat- 
tles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, Freder- 
icksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and 
Spottsylvania Court House, in which last 
mentioned he received a severe gunshot 
wound in the leg below the knee; and this 
resulted in the loss of eight inches in length 
of the bone! This section of the bone is 
now preserved in the Army Medical Museum. 
It was remarkable that the wound did not 
result in the entire loss of the use of the 
limb. It incapacitated him, of course, from 
further service in the army. He was re- 
tained in the hospital until his three-years 
term had expired, when he was mustered 
out and discharged, at Chester, Pennsyl- 
vania, at the United States general hospital. 

After his return from the army he nat- 
urally -endeavored to secure a better educa- 
tion, so that he might earn the full wages 
of a man in some position. By trial he 
found that he could not do this in farm 
work. Accordingly he attended the Illinois 
Soldiers' College until 1870, securing a good 
English education. Then he had a brief 
task in taking the United States census in 
the eight townships composing the eastern 
part of Mercer county. That summer he 
was nominated for the office of sheriff of the 
county, and was elected; and at the expi- 
ration of his term of service he was re- 
elected to that position. After the expira- 



tion of his second term he resided for a time 
upon his farm. In 1892 he was nominated 
and elected a member of the general as- 
sembly of the state of Illinois, and in 1894 
re-elected. His able and honest service in 
the legislature reflected honor upon himself 
and his constituents. He has been a life- 
long stanch Republican, casting his first vote 
for Abraham Lincoln. He has been a mem- 
ber of the board of supervisors and served 
in other local offices. In every way he has 
been, and is, a useful citizen, reflecting 
credit upon his party by a good civil record 
as well as military. 

In 1 870 he was united in matrimony with 
Miss Delilah Hardy, a native of Mercer 
county, Illinois, and they have had four 
children. The son, Fred A., is now a prom- 
inent physician of Aledo; he graduated in a 
class of two hundred and nine, receiving 
nine hundred and eighty-eight points out of 
a possible one thousand, and standing sec- 
ond in that large class. He was awarded 
the gold-medal prize. The student stand- 
ing highest in that class had only one more 
point. Edward N., the second son, is a 
teacher and is reading law. Lottie Grace 
is attending the public school, now in the 
higher grade; and J. Roy is also attending 
the public school. 

Mr. Guthrie, with his pleasant family, 
occupies a delightful residence in the city, 
while the farm is rented to a tenant. 



WILLIAM O'R. BRADLEY, M. D., 
of Galesburg, Illinois, has been a 

resident of this city for six years and has in 
this time attained high standing here both 
as a professional man and as a citizen; and, 
like many of the leading men here and in 
other countries, his impressions of Masonry 
were such that they caused him to seek an 
entrance to the council chambers of this 
ancient order. From one degree to another 
he has advanced until he now holds mem- 
bership in Alpha Lodge, No. 155, of Gales- 
burg; Galesburg Chapter, R. A. M. ; Gales- 
burg Council, R. & S. M. ; Galesburg Com- 
mandery, K. T. ; and Mohammed Temple, 



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Mystic Shrine, of Peoria. Taking for his 
motto, " Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, " 
and having firmly impressed upon him the 
many beautiful truths as exemplified in these 
various Masonic bodies, he starts out in life 
with an equipment the value of which is in- 
estimable. 

Dr. Bradley is a native of the " Empire 
State." He was born in the city of Roches- 
ter, New York, October 14, 1861, and had 
excellent educational advantages in the east. 
He attended Conesus College at Buffalo, 
New York; St. Michael's College, Toronto, 
Canada; and completed his studies in the 
medical department of the University of 
Buffalo, New York, graduating with the class 
1883. From 1884 until 1891 he was en- 
gaged in the practice of his profession at 
Washington, Kansas, and in the last-named 
year took up his abode in Galesburg, where, 
as already stated, he has maintained his 
residence during the past five years, and 
conducted a successful practice. 



LBERT E. GLENNIE was made a 
J?3L Mason in Oriental Lodge, of Chicago, 
in 1893, and the following year was raised 
to the sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason 
in Lafayette Chapter. He was chosen 
a member of Palestine Council, Royal 
and Select Masters, in 1894, the following 
year was knighted in Apollo Commandery, 
No. i , and took the ineffable degrees of the 
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in Ori- 
ental Consistory. He is likewise a noble of 
the Mystic Shrine, Medinah Temple, and is 
deeply interested in the order whose philos- 
ophy is so practical, teaching helpfulness, 
brotherly kindness and humanitarian prin- 
ciples. 

Mr. Glennie is a native of Burford, On- 
tario, Canada, born August 3, 1858. His 
father, Alexander Glennie, was a native of 
Scotland and died when our subject was a 
child of only four years. The mother, who 
bore the maiden name of Isabella Weir, was 
a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, and during 
her early girlhood crossed the Atlantic to 
Canada. There our subject lived with his 



mother until sixteen years of age, during 
which time he acquired a good practical ed- 
ucation in her public schools. He then 
came to Chicago, where he has made his 
home since 1875, and his business career 
has been an honorable one, in which he has 
gained the confidence and regard of all with 
whom he has been brought in contact. He 
has been largely associated with club life, 
having been cashier of the Chicago Club for 
five years and of the Milwaukee Club for 
eighteen months. For the past ten years 
he has been superintendent of the Union 
League Club. He is a most popular, genial 
gentleman, who easily makes friends and 
has the happy faculty of winning their 
warmer regard as the years go by. In pol- 
itics he is an ardent Republican. 



EUGENE E. LOOMIS. It has been 
: said that Masonry is grand because it 

is old; but Masonry is old because it is grand. 
It has withstood the ravages of time, the 
revolutions of ages, the unrelenting crusades 
against it, because it is founded upon a philo- 
sophic basis. It is an imperial institution 
whose sublime principles, unswerving faith 
and noble deeds challenge the admiration 
of all men. Thus it may be ever taken 
as a signal of honor and of subjective appre- 
ciation when a man becomes identified with 
the great craft. The subject of this review 
has maintained a distinctive interest in Ma- 
sonic affairs, has been devoted to the work 
thereof and stands as a worthy exemplar 
of its principles. On the Qth of January, 
1879, Mr. Loomis become an Entered Ap- 
prentice in Cleveland Lodge, No. 211, A. 
F. & A. M., of Chicago, thereafter pass- 
ing onward to attain the Master Mason's 
degree, after which, on the 2d of January, 
1863, he became identified with Englewood 
Chapter, No. 176, R. A. M., while in the 
year 1 895 he also became a Royal and Select 
Master and a charter member in Imperial 
Council, No. 85, while on the 27th of No- 
vember, 1883, he received the order of 
Knighthood in Apollo Commandery, No. 
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tains his affiliation, with the exception of 
the commandery, having transferred his 
membership to Englewood Commandery, 
No. 59, in 1890. In the council he has 
served as Captain of the Guards, while in 
Englewood Commandery he was honored 
with distinguished preferment by his elec- 
tion to the office of Eminent Commander, 
in which capacity he served, with signal 
ability, during the year 1895. By virtue of 
a successful pilgrimage across the sands of 
the desert, he has gained title and honor 
as a Noble in Medinah Temple of the Mys- 
tic Shrine. As a Mason he has been frater- 
nal, philanthropic, sagacious and enthusias- 
tic, having from the time of his initiation 
been impressed with the beauties of the 
crafthood and an active and earnest worker 
in the temple. 

Eugene E. Loomis was born at Russell, 
Massachusetts, on the i 5th of March, 1849, 
being but eleven years of age when, in 1860, 
he accompanied his parents upon their re- 
moval from the old Bay State to Chicago, 
which has ever since been his home. He 
completed his theoretical education in the 
public schools of this city, and his identifi- 
cation with practical business life had in- 
ception while he was still a mere youth. It 
is interesting to revert to the fact that he 
has been concerned with one line of enter- 
prise consecutively that of railroading, for 
he secured employment with the Pennsyl- 
vania Railroad Company in 1864, when not 
yet sixteen years of age, and by fidelity and 
cumulative ability has risen step by step to 
a position of importance and responsibility. 
He remained with the Pennsylvania Com- 
pany until September, 1887, when he en- 
tered the employ of the Chicago & Erie 
Railroad Company, of which he is now local 
freight agent at Chicago, discharging the 
manifold duties of his exacting office with 
marked tact and discrimination. 

In August, 1872, Mr. Loomis was united 
in marriage to Miss Pauline Briggs, and 
they became the parents of three children, 
Frank E. , Orson B. and Cora V. Mrs. 
Loomis departed this life on the i6th of 
June, 1884, and on the 1st of June, 1886, 



Mr. Loomis consummated a second mar- 
riage, being then united to Mrs. Ida E. New- 
port, a sister of the late Gen. I. N. Stiles, 
of Chicago. She was called upon to obey 
the inexorable summons of death in Janu- 
ary, 1894. In January, 1896, Mr. Loomis 
wedded Mrs. F. B. Clark. 

In his religious associations our subject 
is a member of the Universalist church, and 
socially he is a member of the Harvard Club, 
one of the leading organizations of the sort 
in Englewood, in which attractive suburb 
of Chicago Mr. Loomis has a delightful 
home. He is a member of the Local 
Freight Agents' Association of Chicago, and 
is president of the same, his acquaintance 
in railroad circles being very extended, and 
his popularity unmistakable. 



HENRY C. CLEAVELAND. Although 
Freemasonry has lived through ages 
of dim uncertainty, during which time em- 
pires have been crushed, thrones have 
crumbled and dynasties have fallen; gone 
through vicissitudes, wars and revolutions, 
and witnessed the rise and growth of all the 
civilized nations now on the face of the 
earth, yet its eye is not dim nor its strength 
failing. It has no known alpha, and its 
omega will be only when is sounded the 
dirge of time. The field of Masonry is the 
world. Its objects touch all mankind. Cath- 
olic in its aims and spirit, the great craft- 
hood welcomes all the ameliorating agencies 
of the day jealous of neither sect nor 
party, but ever toiling to enlarge the bound- 
aries of human progress and to pour into 
life the streams of deeper and richer expe- 
rience. The consecutive perpetuation of 
the time-honored order has been the dia- 
metrical result of the intrinsic and cordial 
virtues which it has, for these have been 
such as to appeal to the better elements in 
human nature and to draw to it the allegi- 
ance and devotion of good men and true in 
all walks of life. The state of Illinois 
holds high prestige in the number and char- 
acter of its devotees to Freemasonry, and 
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look forth on the blue waters of the fair in- 
land sea, to every village and hamlet, are 
to be found those who honor the crafthood 
by their identification therewith, even as 
they receive a reciprocal honor in return. 
The subject of this review is a prominent 
business man of the city of Rock Island, has 
attained to distinguished position and un- 
mistakable popularity in the Masonic circles 
of the state, and in private and social life 
has been the synonym of his Masonic pro- 
fessions, thus commanding the respect and 
esteem of the fraternity and the confidence 
of all who know him in other departments 
of life. He rendered to the nation in our 
hour of peril the valiant service of a true 
patriot and son of the republic, and though 
the ranks of that army which fought as pat- 
riots have ever fought and which preserved 
to the nation its integrity and the boon of 
freedom, grow smaller and smaller as time 
speeds remorselessly on, the memory of 
their heroic deeds will not be forgotten by 
those who live to enjoy the blessings which 
their bravery and patriotism thus made pos- 
sible. Both as a man and a Mason Mr. 
Cleaveland is peculiarly worthy of represent- 
ation in this compilation. 

Mr. Cleaveland has been identified with 
the Masonic fraternity since the year 1865, 
having received the degree of Entered Ap- 
prentice on the 25th of February in that 
year, in Trio Lodge, No. 57, A. F. & A. M., 
at Rock Island, Illinois. He was passed to 
the Fellow-craft on the 2d of March and 
was raised Master Mason on the Qth of the 
same month. It is interesting to note the 
fact that he still maintains his Ancient Craft 
affiliation with the same lodge in which he 
was initiated into the esoteric mysteries of 
the order, more than a quarter of a century 
ago. As the light was revealed to him he 
became an earnest and enthusiastic worker 
on the Temple, and his interest in and 
earnest devotion to the fraternity have con- 
tinued unwavering through all succeeding 
years. He has filled the various offices in 
the blue lodge, having served four terms, not 
consecutively, as Worshipful Master of Trio 
Lodge, his preferment showing the strong 



hold which he has maintained on the re- 
spect and appreciative regard of his fratres. 
The record of his advancement in Masonry 
is one of gratifying order, and higher honors 
were accorded him as the fuller knowledge 
of his zeal and fidelity was impressed. Mr. 
Cleaveland received the capitular degrees 
within the year 1865, in Barrett Chapter, 
No. 1 8, in which he was exalted to the Royal 
Arch and of which he has served as Princi- 
pal Sojourner three- terms and High Priest 
thirteen terms. This is a significant rec- 
ord, as is also that touching his connection 
with chivalric Masonry. In the year 1867 
he was constituted, created and dubbed a 
Knight Templar in Everts Commandery.No. 
1 8, and here his portion has been to be the 
recipient of distinguished honors. He was 
the incumbent as Eminent Commander for 
seventeen years a record of service unprec- 
edented in the entire history of the com- 
mandery. He has represented his lodge in 
the Grand Lodge of Illinois, Ancient Free 
and Accepted Masons, and is Past Junior 
and Past Senior Grand Warden of this su- 
preme body, as well as Past Grand Marshal. 
He has been twice honored with the ap- 
pointment as District Deputy, and is now 
Grand Warder of the Grand Commandery 
of Illinois Knights Templar. Mr. Cleaveland 
has also received the three cryptic degrees, 
having been greeted Select Master in Rock 
Island Council, No. 20, and being Past 
Thrice Illustrious Master of this body. He 
is a member of the Masonic Veterans' As- 
sociation of the State of Illinois, and his 
Masonic career, thus briefly outlined, can 
but barely suggest the wide scope in which 
his kindly disposition, mature judgment and 
generous impulses have ever found fertile 
fields for the expression of those attributes 
which bind together the great brotherhood. 
Henry Clay Cleaveland is a native son of 
the old Green Mountain state, having been 
born in Woodstock, Windsor county, Ver- 
mont, on the 2 5th of October, 1844, tracing 
his lineage back to prominent families early 
established in Massachusetts, and represent- 
ative in the colonial history of the nation 
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freedom of the nation was determined. The 
parents of our subject were William Alonzo 
and Betsey (Pratt) Cleaveland, both of whom 
were natives of New England. While he 
was a mere boy Henry C. was deprived by 
death of a father's care and guidance, and 
his educational privileges were such as were 
afforded in the public schools of his native 
state. These he was enabled to attend for 
a few months each winter, while in the sum- 
mer months he devoted his attention to as- 
sisting in the work of the farm. This early 
discipline, though somewhat severe, was 
that of the average boy of the place and 
period and was one of invigorating and val- 
uable order, teaching the lad the value of 
consecutive industry and the dignity of hon- 
est toil, and the while begetting the spirit of 
independence and self-reliance which has 
conserved his success in life and developed 
a strong and worthy manhood. 

Mr. Cleaveland was but seventeen years 
of age when President Lincoln issued his 
first call for volunteers to aid in suppressing 
the rebellion, but patriotic enthusiasm 
burned deeply in his soul and he was 
roused to responsive protest. Accordingly, 
on the gth of May, 1861, he enlisted as a 
member of the First Vermont Volunteer 
Infantry, proceeding with his command to 
the front and seeing his first active service 
on the battlefield in the engagement at Big 
Bethel, Virginia, on June loth of the same 
year. On the expiration of his three- 
months term of enlistment Mr. Cleaveland 
was mustered out, in August, 1861. His 
loyal devotion would not permit him to be 
long inactive, and on the 5th of the next 
month he re-enlisted as a member of Com- 
pany E, Sixth Vermont Volunteer Infantry, 
with which he served until the 15th of De- 
cember, 1863, when he was mustered out, 
only to re-enlist on the same day and in the 
same company and regiment as a veteran 
volunteer, for a term of three years or 
"until the close of the war. " His fidelity 
to duty and his ability led to his promotion. 
He was appointed corporal and later color- 
sergeant of his company, serving in the 
latter capacity until temporarily incapaci- 



tated for duty by injuries received in the 
battle of the Wilderness, where he sus- 
tained a gunshot wound, the ball passing 
entirely through both thighs. Several 
months passed before he was sufficiently 
recuperated to again report for duty. On 
the 1 4th of June, 1864, President Lincoln 
appointed him second lieutenant of a com- 
pany of colored infantry in the United 
States volunteer service. He was later 
promoted to the office of first lieutenant, 
and on the I2th of August, 1865, was ap- 
pointed quartermaster, in which capacity he 
was retained until the close of the war, be- 
ing mustered out on the 2ist of March, 
1866. His military record is one which re- 
dounds to his credit, was one of signal .fidel- 
ity and honor, and yet was but the service 
which one so thoroughly loyal could not 
fail to render. Among the principal en- 
gagements in which Mr. Cleaveland partici- 
pated may be mentioned the following: Big 
Bethel, Lee's Mills, Yorktown, Williams- 
burg, Fair Oaks, Savage Station, White 
Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, second Bull 
Run (Virginia), Crampton Pass, Antietam, 
Fredericksburg ( Maryland ), Gettysburg, 
Rappahannock Station, Mine Run and the 
Wilderness. The kindlier memories of the 
days when he bore arms in the great war of 
the Rebellion are kept inviolate by his 
membership in the Grand Army of the Re- 
public, John Buford Post, No. 243, Rock 
Island, Illinois. 

In 1864 Mr. Cleaveland was for a time 
assigned to duty at the Confederate prison 
located at the United States arsenal at 
Rock Island, Illinois, and after the close of 
the war he came to this city for the pur- 
pose of making it his permanent home. In 
the year 1866 he established a modest en- 
terprise here in the line of an insurance and 
real-estate business, and to this he has ever 
since devoted his attention, and has gained 
a distinct and honorable success. With the 
period of reviving business enterprise and 
substantial prosperity his operations natur- 
ally increased in scope and importance until a 
precedence was gained which insured a con- 
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career has been characterized by the most 
absolute integrity and by marked discrimi- 
nation, while he has proved himself at all 
times public-spirited and progressive, and 
has done much to forward the substantial 
development and material prosperity of the 
beautiful city of his home. 

In his political adherency Mr. Cleaveland 
is unswervingly arrayed in the support of 
the Republican party and its principles, and 
he has been an active and zealous worker 
for its cause. He has been honored by 
his party with the nomination as rep- 
resentative of his county in the state legis- 
lature, in which he served two terms, doing 
all in his power to conserve wise adminis- 
tration of the affairs of the commonwealth 
and to insure effective legislation. His 
labors in this regard stand creditable to him 
and to the judgment of those who effected 
his election. Mr. Cleaveland served for six 
years as a member of the school board of 
Rock Island, was city collector two terms, 
and has been a member of the county board 
of supervisors. While a member of the 
legislature he did yeoman service in the 
great struggle to elect John A. Logan to 
the United States senate. 

On the I /th of September, 1866, Mr. 
Cleaveland was united in marriage to Miss 
Olivia S. Hayes, of Rock Island, and they 
are the parents of two sons and one daugh- 
ter Harry Hayes, Lewis K. and Bessie C. 
The elder son is associated with his father 
in business, and is also a devoted member 
of the Masonic order, having attained the 
Knights Templar degree. Mrs. Cleaveland 
and her daughter are members of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church. 

Aside from his prominent identification 
with Masonry our subject is a member of 
St. Paul Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of 
which he is Chancellor Commander, and is 
also a member of the local organization of 
Modern Woodmen. He is widely known 
and is accorded utmost respect and con- 
fidence in the community where he has 
lived so many years and to such goodly 
ends, standing as one of the representative 
citizens and business men of Rock Island. 



WILLIAM MORGAN JOHNSTON. - 
The principles of Freemasonry have 
always existed and it does not matter 
whether the institution is one or one thou- 
sand years old, so long as the principles re- 
main intact and the society continues to be 
the great factor it is in the amelioration of 
the human race. Its main precept is the 
exemplification of its power in molding men 
of varied interests into a complete brother- 
hood, and teaching them the joys of perfect 
fraternal intercourse. For nearly a quarter 
of a century Mr. Johnston has been a sincere 
member of the craft, having received the 
sublime degree of Master Mason in Daven- 
port Lodge, No. 37, at Davenport, Iowa, in 
1875. He was exalted to the Royal Arch 
degree in Barrett Chapter, No. 18, at Rock 
Island, Illinois, on November 16, 1880, and 
and was created a Sir Knight in Everts 
Commandery, No. 18, at Rock Island, on 
March 20, 1893. He is also a Noble of the 
Mystic Shrine in Kaaba Temple, at Daven- 
port, Iowa. 

Mr. Johnston was born in Dumfriesshire, 
Scotland, September 3, 1842, and is a de- 
scendant of the border clan. His father, 
William Johnston, was married in Scotland 
to Miss Ann Thompson, and five children 
were born to them in that country. In 
1849 they emigrated to the United States 
and located at Davenport, Iowa, where Mr. 
Johnston resided up to the time of his death, 
which took place in 1863, in his sixty-sixth 
year. Mrs. Johnston succumbed to the chol- 
era, which prevailed in this country in 1856. 
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Johnston in America, one of whom is de- 
ceased. The subject of this sketch was ed- 
ucated in the public schools of Davenport. 
At the outbreak of the Civil war he re- 
sponded to the call for arms and enlisted 
on May 27, 1861, in Company B, Second 
Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in the three- 
months service, but he remained in the 
army and bravely fought for the Union 
three years. He began his military career 
as a private and took part in the battles of 
Fort Donelson, Shiloh, the siege of Corinth, 
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the rank of second lieutenant of Company 
C, Twentieth Iowa Infantry, and partici- 
pated in the siege of Vicksburg and the 
charge at Fort Blakely. He was at Mobile, 
Alabama, when the welcome news was re- 
ceived that the war was at an end, which 
was soon followed by the sorrowful tidings 
that the beloved president of the United 
States, Abraham Lincoln, had been assassi- 
nated. Mr. Johnston was honorably dis- 
charged at Clinton, Iowa, in August, 1865, 
and immediately returned home. He had 
gone into the army at the very beginning of 
the war, had served in a brave and efficient 
manner all through the great struggle with- 
out receiving a scratch or being a day in 
the hospital, and he returned to his home 
city with a record of which he might well 
be proud. 

Mr. Johnston secured employment with 
the Union Pacific Railway, his field of oper- 
ations being in Omaha and throughout Ne- 
braska, where he was first occupied in 
measuring wood, but soon after became a 
fireman, which position he filled for a year, 
and then went to Iowa, where he followed 
the same vocation. He next accepted a 
place on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pa- 
cific Railroad as brakeman, remaining in 
that capacity for three months, and then 
took the position of fireman, which he held 
for nineteen months, and at the end of 
which time he was appointed engineer, and 
has continued to follow that occupation for 
the past twenty-four years, to the perfect 
satisfaction of the company. 

On December 22, 1869, Mr. Johnston 
was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth 
Grieve, who is a native of Scotland. They 
have a pleasant home in a delightful loca- 
tion on Thirtieth street, overlooking both 
Rock Island and Davenport. Three chil- 
dren were born to them, but they had the 
misfortune to lose them all. Mr. Johnston 
was raised in the Presbyterian faith, while 
his wife is a worthy member of the Chris- 
tian church. In politics he is a stanch Re- 
publican, and socially he is a member of 
the Grand Army of the Republic, being a 
charter member of John T. Drake Post, at 



Berkley, Iowa; is affiliated with the Brother- 
hood of Locomotive Engineers, and has 
filled every office in that order. He is a 
member of the general board of adjusters, 
and was one of the executive board of the 
general organization, comprising the United 
States, Canada and Mexico, and has been 
sent as a representative to the international 
council of the order. 

Mr. Johnston is a self-made man, a kind 
and loving husband, and a good Mason, all 
of which combine to make of him a most 
worthy citizen. 



WON. C. R. MATSON has been a con- 
spicuous figure in the political life of 
Chicago for the past quarter of a century, 
and it is seldom that one retires from office 
receiving more general commendation for 
faithful service than was accorded him. He 
is now engaged in the practice of law, and 
occupies an enviable place at the Chicago 
bar. 

A native of Norway the Land of the 
Midnight Sun he was born April 9, 1843, 
but the days of his childhood were passed 
in America, where he attended the common 
schools and Milton College of Wisconsin. 
The trouble of the south, which terminated 
in the Civil war, aroused his patriotic na* 
ture, and on the igth of August, 1861, he 
offered his services to the government in 
defense of the Union, enlisting as a member 
of Company K, Thirteenth Wisconsin In- 
fantry. After the close of the war he was 
mustered out, in Texas, December 24, 1865, 
with the rank of first lieutenant and brig- 
adier quartermaster. With the army of the 
Cumberland he participated in many of the 
principal engagements of that sanguinary 
struggle, valiantly defending the stars and 
stripes. 

The war over, Mr. Matson came to Chi- 
cago in 1865, and pursued a course in 
Eastman's Commercial College, after which 
he secured a position in the Chicago post- 
office, where he remained for several years. 
In 1869 he was elected clerk of the police 
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was appointed justice of the peace, holding 
the office until 1880, when he was elected 
coroner. In 1882 he was appointed chief 
deputy-sheriff under Seth F. Hanchett and 
after serving in that capacity four years was 
elected sheriff of Cook county for a four- 
years term. The position is one of great re- 
sponsibility, but he discharged his duties 
with a promptness and fidelity that won him 
the commendation of men of all parties. 
On retiring from public life he took up the 
practice of law, which he had studied some 
years previously, having been admitted to 
the bar in 1876, and to this calling is now 
devoting his time and attention. 

The name of Mr. Matson is prominently 
connected with the history of Masonry in 
Chicago, his connection with the fraternity 
dating from 1867, when he was initiated 
into the mysteries of Blair Lodge, No. 393, 
F. & A. M. He became a member of La- 
Fayette Chapter in 1871, belongs to Apollo 
Commander}', No. 2, K. T. , and became a 
thirty-second-degree Mason in 1874. He 
is a life member of all these various bodies 
and has passed all the chairs in the blue 
lodge, while of the Medinah Temple of the 
Mystic Shrine he is High Priest. He takes 
a deep interest in the advancement of the 
order and is well known and highly esteemed 
in Masonic circles. He is also a member of 
the Ancient Order of United Workmen, be- 
ing Past Grand Master and a representative 
to the Supreme Lodge. He is Past Com- 
mander of Post No. 28, G. A. R. , belongs 
to the Royal League and to the Foresters. 
Of the social clubs, he is a valued member 
of the Marquette and the Union Veteran 
League. He also belongs to the English 
Lutheran church and is serving as one of 
its trustees. 

Mr. Matson was married in 1876, to 
Isabelle Richolson, of Chicago, and they 
have four children Isabelle, Frederick, 
Canute R. and Gertrude. 



BASSETT & BASSETT, a prominent 
law firm of Aledo, is composed of 
father and son, both prominent Freemasons. 



Isaac Newton Bassett, the father, is one 
of the oldest Masons now residing in Mercer 
county, having been initiated, passed and 
raised in New Boston, same county, as 
early as 1854. From it hedimitted and be- 
came a member of Robert Burns Lodge, 
No. 113, at Keithsburg, of which he served 
as Secretary and also as Junior Warden. In 
1857 he was dimitted from the latter lodge 
and connected himself with Aledo Lodge, 
No. 252, where he has now for forty years 
been an esteemed member. Of this lodge 
also has he served as Secretary and Junior 
Warden, and as Treasurer. 

I. N. Bassett is a native of Lewis 
county, Kentucky, born on the 8th day of 
September, 1825, and is of English ancestry 
who were early settlers of New Jersey. 
His grandfather, Richard Bassett, was one 
of the signers of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence. His ancestry was also connected 
with the Harrisons. His father, Isaac 
Bassett, was born in Delaware, in 1792, 
and died in 1862, in Kentucky, at the age of 
seventy years. He married Miss Francis 
A. Hall, and they had eight children, of 
whom six still survive. Mr. I. N. Bassett, 
the fourth born in the above family, was 
educated in Kentucky and admitted to the 
bar in Mercer county, Illinois, in 1854. 
He has therefore had a very long and suc- 
cessful practice and is one of the ablest and 
best known attorneys in this part of the 
state. He was one of the organizers of the 
Republican party in his section, was a 
member of the first board of supervisors of 
the county, was elected treasurer of the 
county in 1855, and is therefore one of the 
oldest and best known Mercer county officers 
now living. He has been a life-long Re- 
publican, zealous, active and able; was a 
member of the Republican county central 
committee for a time, and also of the judi- 
cial committee. 

March 4, 1847, Mr. Bassett was united 
in matrimony with Miss Scienda Isle Moore, 
a native of Ohio, and they had six children, 
namely: Fletcher S., who was educated 
at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Mary- 
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several years, and died at Chicago in Octo- 
ber, 1893; Flora, now Mrs. N. Graham, of 
Aledo; Laura Minota, at home with her 
parents; Thomas W., spoken of more at 
length further on in this sketch; Luella, 
now the wife of J. S. Adams, of Orange, 
Massachusetts; and Clayton Webster, who 
died at the age of ten years. In 1861 Mrs. 
Bassett departed this life, and on the 26th 
of February, 1862, Mr. Bassett was united 
in marriage with Mrs. Caroline H. Yerty, a 
native of Pennsylvania, and by this marriage 
there are two children: Victor Hugo and 
Bessie Blanche. By her former marriage 
Mrs. Bassett had a daughter, who is now 
Mrs. Clara B. Ingmire. 

Thomas Worley Bassett, the junior 
member of the law firm, was born in Mer- 
cer county, Illinois, September 22, 1856, 
and in 1883 was initiated into the mysteries 
of Freemasonry in Sunset Lodge, in Min- 
nesota. Dimitting therefrom, he became 
a member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 1 13, 
at Keithsburg, of which he served as its 
Secretary for four years, and, dimitting 
from that lodge, he joined Aledo Lodge, of 
which also he has been Secretary and 
Deacon and Senior Warden. He has been 
elected its Secretary the second time, and 
that office he now fills, having proved his 
efficiency and faithfulness. In 1885 he re- 
ceived the chapter degrees, in Illinois Chap- 
ter, No. 17, at Keithsburg, in which he has 
nearly ever since performed the duties of 
Principal Sojourner. In Masonic craft he 
is thoroughly posted, having a zeal for the 
cause, an intellect to appreciate the beauties 
of Masonic symbolism, etc. , and has made 
himself thoroughly familiar with the work. 
He has filled all the offices to which his 
brethren have elected him in an acceptable 
manner. He became a charter member of 
Cyrus Chapter, No. 211, and while under 
dispensation was its Principal Sojourner, an 
office in which he was an expert and took 
much pleasure. He was also elected its 
first High Priest, an office he has acceptably 
filled for the past three years. He is an 
enthusiastic member of the order and a 
talented worker. Last winter he was one 



of the twenty-one brethren of Aledo elected 
to membership in Everts Commandery, No. 
1 8, at Rock Island, and on February 22, 
1897, he was advanced to the degree of 
Sir Knight Templar. 

Mr. T. W. Bassett was educated in the 
public schools of his native county, 
and attended the law department of Iowa 
State University, where he graduated with 
honor in 1880, since which time he has 
been successfully engaged in the practice of 
his chosen profession. He is now the 
junior member of the firm of Bassett & 
Bassett, well and favorably known through- 
out Mercer and adjoining counties. 

The subject of these paragraphs was 
united in marriage February 14, 1882, to 
Miss Sue Calhoun, daughter of David Cal- 
houn, Esq. She was an infant when 
brought by her parents to Mercer county 
in their settlement here. Mr. and Mrs. 
Bassett have three children Frank New- 
ton, Vesta Caroline and Ruth Calhoun. 
The parents are both members of Aledo 
Chapter, O. E. S. , of which he was the 
first Secretary and she its first Worthy 
Matron. They have a delightful home in 
Aledo and are highly esteemed by the com- 
munity. 



)OYAL P. WALES, M. D., one of 
EL Mount Carroll's prominent physicians, 
has attained to the rank of Sir Knight 
Templar in the Masonic order and stands 
high in this fraternity, his identity with it 
reaching back over more than three decades. 
Dr. Wales was made a Mason by Lanark 
Lodge, No. 423, in 1864, and has since af- 
filiated with this lodge, from time to time 
serving officially in its various chairs, includ- 
ing that of Worshipful Master. In 1871 he 
united with Lanark Chapter, and in the 
chapter also he has filled various official po- 
sitions, for a number of years filling the 
High Priest's chair. He was made a Sir 
Knight in Freeport Commandery, No. 7, 
1874, and he is a charter member of Long 
Commandery at Mount Carroll, of which he 
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Warden. The Doctor is also a member of 
Freeport Valley Consistory, which he joined 
in 1891 and which conferred upon him the 
degrees up to and including that of the 
thirty-second. An efficient worker in these 
various bodies of Masonry and an every- 
day practitioner of their principles, he is a 
Mason in action as well as name and enjoys 
high standing among the brotherhood. 

Dr. Wales is a native of Ogle county, 
Illinois, born July 13, 1838, and comes 
from English ancestors who were among 
the early settlers of New England. Hora- 
tio Wales, his father, was born in Connecti- 
cut, and in 1836 came west and settled in 
Ogle county, Illinois, of which county he 
had the honor of being first sheriff. He was 
married in the east to Miss Mary E. Will- 
iams, a native of the state of Massachusetts, 
and together they shared life's joys and sor- 
rows for many years, both living to vener- 
able age, he being eighty-one at the time of 
death and she eighty-three. They were 
farmers, honest, industrious and prosperous, 
and in their religious belief were stanch 
Presbyterians. Their family consisted of 
nine children, of whom eight are living, 
Royal P. , our subject, being the second in 
order of birth. He was educated in Mount 
Carroll Seminary, Mount Carroll, Illinois, 
and the Homeopathic Medical College of 
Missouri at St. Louis, being a graduate of 
the last named institution with the class of 
1 86 1. Immediately after his graduation he 
entered upon the practice of his profession 
at Lanark, Illinois, where his skill and sym- 
pathetic devotion to those whom he served 
brought him into favor and gained for him 
a large and lucrative practice. For thirty 
years he practiced in Lanark and vicinity 
and still devotes a portion of his time to his 
patrons at that place. Since 1891, how- 
ever, he has been a resident of Mount Car- 
roll and had his office here. The Doctor is 
a member of the American Institute of 
Homeopathy and of the State Medical So- 
ciety, and takes a pride in keeping abreast 
with the rapid advancement made in medi- 
cal science. 

Mrs. Wales is a member of the Order of 



the Eastern Star, in which she has held the 
office of Treasurer for a number of years, 
and where her promptness and efficiency 
have brought her into high favor. Both 
the Doctor and his wife are most estimable 
people, popular alike in their fraternities 
and with the citizens among whom the 
Doctor has so long faithfully practiced his 
profession. 



MOMER N. HIBBARD. Comparative- 
ly few men in Chicago have identified 
their names and careers more indissolubly 
with the history of the great western me- 
tropolis than has he whose name initiates 
this review. Here he has maintained his 
residence for a period of nearly half a cen- 







HOMER N. HIBBARD. 

tury, years filled with ceaseless endeavor, 
with due concomitant success and crowned 
with high honors. His has been a life of 
signal usefulness; one that has never failed 
to keep in touch with deep human interests; 
one whose ideals have been placed upon a 
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taken as standing in exemplification of those 
noble principles which are the elementals 
of that time-honored fraternity with which 
this compilation has to do, that fraternity 
whose name is a synonym of charity through-- 
out the civilized world; that fraternity with 
which he has been identified for two-score 
of years. He has had the virtue of indus- 
try, has not undervalued the worth of consec- 
utive toil, and has wrested success from the 
hand of what men are too prone to call ad- 
verse fate. By his own efforts he secured 
a collegiate education, that exact learning 
which is of inestimable value in the practical 
affairs of life; he has disciplined his mind 
in the higher and better functions of mental 
equipment, having recourse not only to a 
wide fund of knowledge but to its applica- 
tion in continued and trained thought. He 
gained distinctive prestige in the profession 
of his choice, that of the law, and a general 
summing up of his character is comprised in 
the statement that it is well rounded and 
symmetrical. He has done much to ad- 
vance the material and the higher interests 
of Chicago, and particularly of that portion 
of the city where he took up his abode at a 
time when the same was but a straggling 
settlement, looked upon as very remote 
from the center of the great city of which it 
eventually became an integral part, 

Mr. Hibbard's identification with the 
Masonic order dates back to the year 1857, 
when he became a Master Mason in Excelsior 
Lodge, No. 33, A. F. & A. M., in Freeport, 
Illinois, and has since been its Master. He 
later passed the Royal Arch degrees in Free- 
port Council in that place, while the order 
of knighthood was conferred upon him in 
1858, in Janesville Commandery, Knights 
Templar, at Janesville, Wisconsin. He 
soon received a dirnit from this commandery 
and became a charter member of Freeport 
Commandery, No. 7, in which he was called 
upon to serve in the office of Generalissimo. 
Upon his removal to Chicago Mr. Hibbard 
naturally transferred his affiliation to local 
Masonic bodies, becoming a charter member 
of Hyde Park Lodge, of which he was the 
Master under dispensation and first Master 



by election, the lodge being now known as 
Landmark, No. 422. He became a mem- 
ber of Apollo Commandery, No. i , and was 
made a life member of the same in 1872. 
His interest in Masonic affairs has been deep 
and abiding, and he has advanced to the 
distinguished position as a Sublime Prince 
of the Royal Secret, thirty-second degree, 
in Oriental Consistory of the Ancient Ac- 
cepted Scottish Rite and is a life member of 
the same. From the time when he first be- 
held the "light " by which Masons work he 
became thoroughly impressed with its beau- 
ties, and as more light broke in upon him 
he became an active, earnest worker on 
the Temple, ever deeply appreciative of that 
imperious institution whose sublime princi- 
ples, tenets and cordial virtues cause it to 
challenge the admiration of the world. 

Homer Nash Hubbard traces his lineage 
back to stanch Colonial origin, the line hav- 
ing shown in each successive generation 
men of exalted integrity and women of 
modest pretension but sterling beauty of 
character. He was born at Bethel, Ver- 
mont, on the 7th of November, 1824, and 
the early years of his life were passed under 
the invigorating, though prosaic, influences 
of farming amid the hills of the old Green 
Mountain state, a section where the soil is 
somewhat inclined to be ungrateful in yield- 
ing tribute to those who trace its surface 
with the plowshare. He continued to aid 
in the work of the parental farmstead from 
the time when he was six years of age until 
sixteen, having in the meanwhile duly prof- 
ited by the educational privileges afforded 
by the district schools and academy, which 
he attended during the winter months. We 
may imagine how ambition grew apace in 
the mind of the sturdy farmer boy as he 
gave himself to the monotonous duties of 
the farm or trudged his way to the little 
school-house hard by. With a prescience 
of the value of knowledge and thorough 
mental discipline, he resolved to bend every 
energy to the work of securing a collegiate 
education. In that place and period it was 
looked upon as a herculean task for a youth 
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higher-education privileges, which in the 
main seemed to be reserved for the sons of 
wealthy men or town people, and not for 
the boy who toiled early and late to bring 
forth the often scant harvest of the hillside 
farms of New England. Mr. Hibbard began 
his preparatory work by entering the acad- 
emy at Randolph, Vermont, where he con- 
tinued his studies during one summer, work- 
ing for his board and a slight additional 
stipend, and thus managing, by strictest 
economy, to pay his way during the summer 
term. The following winter he put his ac- 
quirements to practical test, and incident- 
ally gained further financial reinforcement, 
by teaching district school. 

Though now, at the age of seventeen 
years, thoroughly committed to a life of 
study and intellectual activity, he was per- 
suaded to enter the law office of J. C. Def- 
ter, an eminent attorney of Rutland, as a 
clerk and student. Soon afterward Mr. 
Dexter was appointed postmaster of Rut- 
land and Mr. Hibbard was appointed his 
deputy. As this postoffice was the distrib- 
uting point for all western Vermont, the 
work was heavy at night, since the New 
York and Boston mails arrived late in the 
evening. There was a measure of compen- 
sation to our subject in the condition of af- 
fairs, since he had most of his day-time 
hours at his own disposal. That he was 
not idle needs not be said, for to such a na- 
ture idleness is an absolute incompatible. 
He still hoped to become a lawyer and felt 
the necessity of a more thorough education. 
Thus he devoted his spare time to the study 
of Greek and Latin, under the direction of 
a local clergyman. He continued to be 
thus occupied during the years 1845-6, 
when he had accumulated sufficient funds to 
enable him to enter Castleton Seminary, 
where he completed such a preparatory 
course as rendered him eligible for matricu- 
lation in college. His finances were at ex- 
tremely low ebb by this time, but on the 
small sum of forty-six dollars, his propor- 
tionate inheritance from the estate of his 
deceased maternal grandmother, he suc- 
ceeded in paying his way during his fresh- 



man year at the University of Vermont, at 
Burlington, with such supplemental re- 
sources as he could muster by teaching 
during the winter months. He fought 
his way valiantly, overcoming seemingly 
insuperable obstacles, and gaining the re- 
spect and confidence of the faculty and all 
others with whom he came in contact, finally 
gaining his great desideratum by graduating 
with honors as a member of the class of 
1850, being a member of the Phi Beta 
Kappa Society. ' ' Earn thy reward ; the 
gods give naught to sloth," said the philos- 
opher Epicharmus; and it is certain that the 
farmer boy had earned his reward, though 
his equipment for life consisted in his free- 
dom from debt, his intellectual attainments 
and a dauntless determination to win still 
greater success. In 1 849 Vermont led the 
entire sisterhood of states in authorizing the 
establishment of high schools in all towns, 
and Burlington was the first to avail itself 
of the privilege. In 1850 Mr. Hibbard was 
made principal of the new high school, and 
upon him devolved the work of organizing 
the same and developing and perfecting the 
scheme of work. He was fully equal to the 
task, and his labors bore abundant harvest, 
the school gaining distinctive prestige for its 
effective work. At the end of two years 
Mr. Hibbard resigned his position, having 
secured sufficient means to permit him to 
follow out his cherished plans for entering 
the legal profession. He prosecuted his 
technical studies in the law school of Har- 
vard College and at the end of one year re- 
turned to Burlington and secured admission 
to the bar. 

Soon afterward, in 1853, he came to 
Chicago, in company with his friend and 
Harvard classmate, John A. Jameson, who 
was later, for eighteen years, the incumbent 
as judge of the superior court of Chicago. 
They opened a law office and secured a 
' reasonable amount of legal business, but 
finally decided that the outlook was not suf- 
ficiently encouraging in the budding me- 
tropolis, and consequently removed to Free- 
port, Illinois, where they were quite suc- 
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after about two years, and Mr. Hibbard 
then entered into partnership with M. P. 
Sweet, a fine lawyer and distinguished citi- 
zen of the state, and their clientage became 
one of representative and lucrative order. 
Mr. Hibbard took a great interest in local 
affairs, having drafted the first city charter 
of Freeport and secured its passage by the 
legislature, and having served in numerous 
offices of local trust. In 1855 he married 
Miss Jane Noble, daughter of Hon. William 
Noble, of Burlington, Vermont, she having 
been one of his corps of assistants in the 
high school of that place. While he was 
now well established in Freeport, Chicago's 
growing importance again attracted him to 
this city, and he removed hither in 1860, 
rejoining Mr. Jameson in the practice of 
law. He purchased a lot in the then 
sparsely settled suburb of Hyde Park, and 
that has ever since been the location of his 
home. He has witnessed and contributed 
to the advancement of that section until its 
population now represents one-fourth of 
that of the entire city. Mr. Hibbard was 
clerk at the one polling place at the first 
election (1860) in that district, which then 
included the town of Lake, and from that 
time until the present he has been recog- 
nized as one of the leading and most public- 
spirited citizens of Hyde Park and Chicago. 
He has had an abiding interest in educa- 
tional work, and was for twelve years a 
member of the Hyde Park board of educa- 
tion, being its president for three terms. He 
was urged to allow his name to be given to 
the school in Hyde Park, but he would not 
permit it, giving as a reason that the name 
of any one living should not be given to a 
school. 

In 1865 Mr. Jameson was elected to the 
bench of the superior court, and Mr. Hib- 
bard then became a member of the firm of 
Hibbard, Rich & Noble, this association 
continuing until 1871, and the firm controll- 
ing a large business, being one of the fore- 
most in the city. In the year mentioned 
Mr. Hibbard was appointed by Judge Drum- 
mond, upon the nomination of Chief Justice 
Chase, register of bankruptcy for the dis- 



trict of northern Illinois, an offide of great 
responsibility and one demanding much ex- 
ecutive and legal ability. He held this office 
seven years, or until its legislative abolish- 
ment, and within that time adjusted fully 
three thousand cases, involving the distri- 
bution of about thirteen million dollars. 
Mr. Hibbard did not resume the practice of 
his profession, in which he was assured still 
greater pre-eminence, for his executive and 
business ability was such that he was almost 
involuntarily deflected into other channels 
of endeavor. He became largely interested 
in banking and other financial affairs, and the 
abundant success which has attended his ef- 
forts cannot but reconcile him to the aban- 
donment of his purely professional work. 
He has been singularly punctual in his hab- 
its, and has maintained great concern in all 
that conserves the elevation of his fellow 
men, being of scholarly and artistic tastes 
and alive to the value of all refining influ- 
ences. In length of service he is one of the 
oldest trustees of the University of Vermont, 
and he has been very prominent in the work 
of the Presbyterian church, having been 
three times commissioner to the general as- 
sembly of the same, a member of the board 
of aid for Presbyterian colleges and acade- 
mies, and having been one of those most 
conspicuously concerned in the founding of 
the Hyde Park Presbyterian church, in 1861, 
and one of its most liberal supporters. He 
has been an officer of that church from its 
organization until the present time; and he 
has also been a member of the Chicago Lit- 
erary Club ever since its organization in 
1874. In politics Mr. Hibbard has ever 
rendered stanch allegiance to the Repub- 
lican party, but has never sought the honors 
or emoluments of public office. 

The social, civic and business relations 
of our honored subject are so numerous and 
varied that we can venture in this connec- 
tion to enumerate only a few of the more 
prominent. He was elected president of 
the New England Society of Chicago, in 
1895. He has served as a trustee of the 
Lake Forest University, and a member of 
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board of managers of the Chicago Botanical 
Gardens; director of Oak Woods Cemetery; 
a life director of the Chicago Astronomical 
Society; vice-president of the Chicago Acad- 
emy of Sciences; vice-president of the Bee- 
thoven Society, of Chicago, and president 
of the Mendelssohn Club of Hyde Park; 
president of the Chicago Tract Society; trus- 
tee of the Art Institute; was formerly presi- 
dent of the Illinois Association of the Sons 
of Vermont; director of the Prisoners' Aid 
Society of Chicago; was formerly president 
of the Fort Dearborn National Bank; was a 
director of the Illinois National Bank sixteen 
years; vice-president of the American Insur- 
ance Company, of Chicago; president of the 
Hyde Park Thompson-Houston Light Com- 
pany; president of the American Bronze 
Company; treasurer of the Green Mountain 
Mining Company, of Chicago, whose mines 
are located in Park county, Colorado; and 
president of the Johnson Temperature Con- 
trolling Company, of Chicago. 

The degree of Doctor of Laws was con- 
ferred upon Mr. Hibbard by Blackburn Uni- 
versity, in 1883. From the foregoing it is 
readily to be seen that he is a distinguished 
patron of belles-lettres, of art and of all that 
goes to make life worth the living. His ca- 
reer has been one that offers much of lesson 
and incentive, and even the brief outline 
here portrayed cannot fail to bear its tribute 
of honor to one who has lived to goodly 
ends and has been a distinct power in the 
right direction. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hibbard are the parents of 
four children, one son (John D.) and three 
daughters. 



JAMES T. HOBLIT is a Sir Knight Tem- 
plar, residing in Lincoln, Illinois, ex- 
judge of that county and a prominent 
lawyer of the state. His Masonic record is 
as follows: He received the sublime degree 
of Master Mason in Logan Lodge, No. 280, 
in Lincoln, and when this lodge was consoli- 
dated with No. 210 he became an affiliate of 
the latter, with which he is still connected. 
He was exalted to the august degree of 



Royal Arch Mason in Lincoln Chapter, No. 
147, and was created a Sir Knight in Mount 
Pulaski Commandery. He is a charter mem- 
ber of Constantine Commandery, No. 51, 
of Lincoln, and is a worthy follower of the 
beauseant. He believes most firmly in the 
grand tenets of the order and his upright 
and honorable life is an exemplification of 
this. 

Mr. Hoblit is a native son of Illinois and 
one of her most ardent admirers and defend- 
ers. He was born in Logan county, on 
the aoth of December, 1842, and on the 
paternal side is of German and Irish ances- 
try, while on the maternal side he is of Hol- 
land lineage. His grandfather, John Hoblit, 
was born in Pennsylvania and emigrated 
with his family to Logan county, Illinois, 
in 1829. They were earnest and devout 
Baptists and their fervor and zeal aided in 
founding that denomination in the wild dis- 
tricts of Illinois. The grandfather assisted 
in organizing the first Baptist church in 
Logan county and the first services were 
held in his home. Later he erected a large 
barn and the first association of the church 
met in that building. Throughout his life 
he was, one of its most helpful and faithful 
workers, and throughout the community 
was known as an upright man and worthy 
farmer. 

John E. Hoblit, father of the Judge, was 
ten years of age when he came with his 
parents to Logan county. Here he was 
reared to manhood, and after attaining his 
majority he married Miss Rachel Lari- 
son, who was of North Holland ancestry. 
He successfully followed farming for many 
years and was uniformly regarded as a man 
of the highest respectability. The father 
died in the seventieth year of his age, and 
the mother departed this life in her fifty- 
seventh year. They had eight children, of 
whom five are yet living. 

Judge Hoblit, the second son, was edu- 
cated in the Illinois Wesleyan University, 
where he was graduated with honors in the 
class of 1864. Preparing for the practice 
of law he was graduated in the law depart- 
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on the i /th of May, 1865. His studies, 
however, were interrupted in June, 1862, 
by his enlistment in the Union army as a 
member of Company K, Sixty-eighth Illi- 
nois Infantry, previous to which time he had 
been a member of the state militia. Judge 
Hoblit, only eighteen years of age when he 
"donned the blue," served with the Army 
of the Potomac until the expiration of his 
term and then returned to college to com- 
plete his course as a student. 

After his graduation Mr. Hoblit came to 
Lincoln, Illinois, and began the practice of 
his chosen profession, in which he has won 
eminent success, both as advocate and 
counsel. He spent a short time in the 
practice of law in Los Angeles, California, 
but preferring his old home, he returned to 
Lincoln, where he has continuously resided. 
His law practice has been of a very impor- 
tant character and in his conduct of litigated 
interests he has shown much industry and 
legal learning, careful preparation and supe- 
rior skill in argument. 

The Judge has always been an ardent 
Democrat in politics, taking an active part 
in the work of the party, both in state and 
nation. In 1896 he was elected county 
judge on the Democratic ticket and served 
most creditably for a term of 'four years in 
that honorable office. He was a delegate 
to the national convention that nominated 
Samuel J. Tilden for the presidency, and 
being an ardent admirer of that eminent 
statesman and lawyer, he gave him his most 
hearty support. He was also a delegate to 
the conventions which nominated Grover 
Cleveland. He has never aspired to polit- 
ical honors himself, but is an earnest and 
loyal worker in the interests of the men and 
measures of his party and warmly approves 
the methods and policy followed by ex- 
President Cleveland, and warmly supported 
the candidacy of General John M. Palmer 
for the Presidency in 1896, and also served 
as a member of the executive committee 
for the state of Illinois, and made numerous 
speeches in support of General Palmer. 
His own energies have been largely devoted 
to the practice of law and his superior abil- 



ity has gained him an extensive clientage. 
In addition to this he is also vice-president 
of the First National Bank, one of its stock- 
holders and a member of the board of di- 
rectors. He has also various property 
interests and is the owner of one of the 
beautiful homes of Lincoln. 

Judge Hoblit was happily married on 
the ist of May, 1867, to Miss Louise S. 
Maltby, a daughter of Harrison Maltby, 
who is still a resident of Lincoln, at the 
venerable age of eighty-four years. Judge 
and Mrs. Hoblit have six children: Fred- 
erick M., now his father's law partner; 
James Edward, who is connected with the 
First National Bank of Lincoln; Helen 
Louise, now the wife of J. W. State, of 
Asheville, North Carolina; Lucile Beatrice, 
wife of William W. Latham; Clare Eloise, 
and Welby Asbury. The family are mem- 
bers of the Episcopalian church and Judge 
Hoblit is one of Lincoln's best citizens. 



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DWARD H. MARSH, a prominent 
lawyer of Rockford, is a Royal Arch 
Mason and a worthy member of the order 
which antedates all other civic societies and 
has a greater membership. He is loyal and 
true to its teaching, and his identification 
therewith covers a period of thirteen years. 
He was made a Mason in Newell, Iowa, 
but was afterward dimitted and joined Rock- 
ford Lodge, No. 102, A. F. & A. M. He 
was exalted to the sublime degree of Royal 
Arch Mason in Rabbi Chapter, No. 103, 
Newell, Iowa, and is a valued representa- 
tive of both organizations. He also belongs 
to the Knights of Pythias fraternity. Mr. 
Marsh is a native son of Rockford, his birth 
having occurred in that city on the 6th of 
December, 1860. His ancestors emigrated 
from England to America at an early epoch 
in the history of the New World. They be- 
came residents of Connecticut and New 
York, and members of the family were 
prominent in public affairs, while in the war 
of the Revolution they valiantly battled for 
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our subject, John B. Marsh, was born in 
Connecticut, and when a young man fol- 
lowed the tide of emigration, which is stead- 
ily drifting westward, until he arrived in 
Illinois, where he made a location and em- 
barked in the furniture business. He came 
to Rockford in 1856, and for the past forty 
years has carried on a successful business in 
this city, being numbered among its most 
progressive and enterprising men. He is 
also a Mason, belonging to Rockford Lodge, 
No. 1 02. He married Amanda J. Work, a 
native of Ohio, and to them were born a son 
and daughter. The family circle yet re- 
mains unbroken by the hand of death. 

Edward H. Marsh was educated in the 
public schools of Rockford, and afterward 
prepared for the legal profession as a stu- 
dent in the law department of the State Uni- 
versity of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, where he 
was graduated with the class of 1882. *Soon 
after he opened a law office in his native 
city, where he has since successfully prac- 
ticed, gaining prominence as an able and 
trustworthy lawyer. He is now the attor- 
ney for several banks and other corporations 
of the city and holds his clients' interests as 
dear as his own. He is most painstaking 
in the preparation of cases, and his close 
study enables him to represent with great- 
est force and accuracy all the points in his 
case, giving to each its relative prominence, 
and his logical reason, clear deductions and 
powers of oratory seldom fail to convince. 

In politics Mr. Marsh is an active and 
influential Republican, and for a number of 
years has served as chairman of the Repub- 
lican county central committee. Effective 
organization and systematic execution are 
the essential elements of success in every 
undertaking, in politics no less than in 
business enterprises. Political victories are 
due to concerted action, carefully planned 
and methodically executed, and in these 
lines has Mr. Marsh led the political forces 
to victory until now Winnebago county 
stands second to the banner Republican 
county in the state. He attends both the 
count} 1 and state conventions, and his 
knowledge and judgment on political mat- 



ters are considered most reliable and his 
opinions are much sought. His labors for 
his party are prompted by a most marked ap- 
preciation of the duties of American citizen- 
ship and not from any hope or desire for 
political preferment. He has served on the 
board of supervisors and as city attorney, 
but much prefers to give his entire attention 
to his law practice, which makes heavy de- 
mands on his time. He has always been 
most active in promoting the best interests 
of Rockford and does all in his power for its 
substantial growth and improvement. 



CHRISTIAN J. WOLFF, a representa- 
\^) tive of one of Chicago's pioneer fami- 
lies, and a business man of prominence, has 
for about nine years been a follower of Ma- 
sonic teachings. Freemasonry had its ori- 
gin at a remote period in the history of the 
world. It is said that the organization is 
grand because it is old; but it is old because 
it is grand. Founded on principles that en- 
noble humanity and advance civilization, it 
has, down through the fast-flying centuries, 
commanded universal respect, and to-day it 
is one of the marked potentialities of our 
modern development. It has in Chicago a 
large following, men of sterling worth who 
are prominent in all walks of business life, 
and among this number is the gentleman 
whose name introduces this review. 

In 1888, having passed the degrees of 
Entered Apprentice and Fellow-craft, he 
was raised to the sublime degree of Master 
Mason in W. B. Warren Lodge, No. 209, 
A. F. & A. M., in which he still holds mem- 
bership. He then took the degrees of 
Marked Master, Past Master, Most Excel- 
lent Master and Royal Arch Mason in Cor- 
inthian Chapter^ No. 69, and on the 28th of 
May, 1890, he was created a Knight Tem- 
plar in Apollo Commandery, No. i. He 
has also taken the Scottish Rite degrees, 
his name being enrolled among the Sublime 
Princes of the Royal Secret of Oriental 
Consistory on the 22d of November, 1888. 
In 1889 he joined Medinah Temple of the 



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Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the 
Mystic Shrine. He has not sought office in 
the fraternity, his business interests being 
too extensive to allow of work in that line, 
but he thoroughly understands the princi- 
ples upon which the society rests and is 
true to the teachings of universal brother- 
hood and mutual helpfulness. 

On the 1 8th of August, 1861, in the 
metropolis of the west, Christian J. Wolff 
first opened his eyes to the light of day, 
being a representative of one of the old 
families of the city. He acquired his ele- 
mentary education in Chicago, pursued his 
collegiate course in Racine College, of Wis- 
consin, and was fitted for a business career 
by study in a polytechnic institute of Han- 
over, Germany. His instruction was most 
thorough and comprehensive, and he re- 
turned home to engage in business with his 
father, one of the most extensive manu- 
facturers of plumbing supplies in the coun- 
try and the head of a house whose reputa- 
tion is as irreproachable as it is wide. The 
son mastered the business in all its details 
and more important trusts were committed 
to his care from time to time until he now 
occupies the responsible position of manager 
of the factory which is situated on Hoyne 
and Carroll avenues. 

Mr. Wolff was married in 1883, the lady 
of his choice being Miss Hattie Rossow, a 
native of Chicago. Their family numbers 
four children. He is a man of unquestioned 
integrity in business, of sterling worth and 
a worthy follower of the Masonic order. 
The residence of Mr. Wolff is at 831 Mon- 
roe street. 



RNOLD HENN is a Knight Templar 
^4L and thirty-second-degree Mason. The 
fact of his connection with the various 
branches of the fraternity indicates his faith- 
ful observance of its teachings and his fidel- 
ity to its vows, and by his brethren of the 
order he is highly regarded as a man and as 
a Mason. In Keystone Lodge, No. 639, he 
was received as an Entered Apprentice, 
passed the Fellow-craft degree and was 



raised to the sublime degree of a Master 
Mason. In Englewood Chapter, No. 179, 
he was advanced as Mark Master, installed 
as Past Master, received as Most Excellent 
Master and exalted to the august degree of 
a Royal Arch Mason. He took the degrees 
of the Red Cross, Knight Templar and 
Knight of Malta in Englewood Commandery, 
No. 59, and in Oriental Consistory attained 
the thirty-second degree of the Scottish 
Rite and was proclaimed a Sublime Prince 
of the Royal Secret. He is also a Noble of 
the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic 
Shrine, his membership being in Medinah 
Temple. 

From Germany, which has furnished to 
America so many of her best citizens, comes 
Mr. Henn, who was born in the fatherland, 
on the 7th of December, 1848. He at- 
tended the common schools of Rhine, Ba- 
varia, and made his home there until 
eighteen years of age. He learned the 
milling business in his youth and followed 
that pursuit until 1869, when he crossed the 
Atlantic to the new world and took up his 
residence in Utica, N. Y. , where he made 
his home until 1882, the year of his arrival 
in Chicago. Here he engaged in business 
as a barber and in 1891 he organized the 
Henn & Gabler Brewing Company, of which 
he has since been president. He built the 
large brewing plant and has successfully 
managed the affairs of the company so as to 
secure a handsome income. His success is 
remarkable. All that he has and all that he 
is he has achieved with the initial capital of 
a good head, a willing disposition and habits 
of industry. He knew what ' ' limited cir- 
cumstances" meant, and he went out into 
the great world to push his way through the 
crowding, tramping, selfish life that sur- 
rounded him; but with the dauntless pluck 
that has served him so well through life he 
pushed forward through all discouragement 
and obstacles and has won a notable triumph. 

Mr. Henn was married in 1878 to Miss 
Helen D. Michel. He is a man of genial, 
courteous manner and cordial disposition, 
and in all circles, social, political or busi- 
ness, has won the regard of many friends. 



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COL. DANIEL F. HITT, of Ottawa, is 
one of the pioneers of Freemasonry in 
Illinois. For sixty-one years he has been a 
representative of the order and has faithfully 
and loyally lived up to its honorable teach- 
ings. From the shadowy and distant past 
there come to us many voices bearing im- 
partial and truthful testimony concerning 
the noble deeds performed and the magnifi- 
cent plans originated by the ancient order. 
Wherever in the world the tyranny of kings 
and ruling classes has oppressed mankind, 
wherever the hydra-headed monster of sup- 
erstition, intolerance and bigotry have 
shackled the souls and minds of men, Ma- 
sonry has exerted its silent but mighty power 
in the cause of liberty and light, and has 
hastened the dawn of that better age into 
which we are now entering, wherein the 
soul and mind of man is at last becoming 
truly free. It is this fraternity, with its en- 
nobling principles, which has elicited the 
support of so many of America's best citi- 
zens. In his early manhood Col. Hitt 
joined the ranks of its followers and has 
since loyally stood by its banners, while in 
his life he has exemplified its teachings. He 
took the degrees of Entered Apprentice, 
Fellow-craft and Master Mason in the blue 
lodge of Ottawa, when it was under dispen- 
sation and before the state ever had a grand 
lodge. He has seen the marvelous growth 
of the fraternity in Illinois, and deserves 
honorable mention as one of the pioneers 
of Masonry who planted the society on the 
soil of this great commonwealth. He be- 
came a Royal Arch Mason in Alexandria, 
joining the same chapter of which General 
Washington and Marquis de La Fayette had 
formerly been members. He took the de- 
grees of chivalric Masonry in Ottawa Com- 
mandery, No. 10, Knights Templar, but is 
now dimitted.and in the Oriental Consistory 
of Chicago he attained the thirty-second de- 
gree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish 
Rite, whereupon he was proclaimed a Sub- 
lime Prince of the Royal Secret. He has 
never cared for official preferment in the 
different branches of the order, but has 
always been actively interested in the work 



and progress and the inculcation of its be- 
liefs and teachings among men. Charity, 
which forms one of the basic elements of 
the society, has been carried out in his daily 
conduct among his fellow men. He is ever 
ready to extend the helping hand to a de- 
serving brother and has been generous in his 
contributions to different lodges who were 
erecting Masonic buildings. 

Colonel Hitt was born in Bourbon county, 
Kentucky, on the I3th of June, 1810, and 
was a son of Rev. Martin and Margaret 
(Smith) Hitt. His father was born in Vir- 
ginia, December 29, 1763, was married on 
the 2d of February, 1794, and in 1796 re- 
moved to Kentucky. He was a minister of 
the Methodist church, but devoted the lat- 
ter part of his life to agricultural pursuits. 
He owned almost a hundred slaves, but, 
believing it wrong for human beings to be 
held in bondage, he liberated them, and in 
1814 removed to Urbana, Ohio, in order to 
bring up his family away from the baneful 
influences of that institution. He died in 
Urbana, in February, 1832, and his widow 
survived him until December, 1836. They 
had nine children, namely: Elizabeth; Rev. 
Thomas S. and Sarah, twins; Samuel M., 
who with his brother Thomas S. founded 
Mount Morris Seminary; Dr. Willis W. ; 
John W. ; Caleb, who died of wounds re- 
ceived while defending his country during 
the Civil war; Maria, wife of Rev. Aaron 
Wood; and Daniel F. 

After a thorough preliminary training 
Colonel Hitt completed his Jiterary educa- 
tion in Oxford, Ohio, and in 1829 he began 
the study of civil engineering. The follow- 
ing year he came to Illinois and was ap- 
pointed by the government to the position 
of assistant engineer of the Illinois & Mich- 
igan canal, and thus aided in the promotion 
of what has been one of the most potent 
agencies of development and progress in the 
history of the state. He was in the gov- 
ernment employ as surveyor about sixteen 
and a half years altogether. Northern Illi- 
nois was still a pioneer region when he came 
here, and the history of his experiences, if 
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story, embracing many encounters with the 
Indians. At the time of the Black Hawk 
war he was engaged in drilling at Prairie du 
Chien, but laid aside his business cares to 
enter the service and for about a year was 
attached to Stephenson's Rangers, engaged 
in the arduous and uncertain warfare with 
the red men. He then resumed surveying 
and was the first surveyor elected (another 
had previously served by appointment) in 
La Salle county, and served many terms 
thereafter. There is probably no man in 
all the county more conversant with the ter- 
ritory that lies within its borders than he, 
although he has some years since laid aside 
the cares of his chosen calling. The his- 
tory of the county's development is also to 
him a familiar story. His official duties led 
him to know more of the progress and im- 
provement that was carried on in the coun- 
ty than any other one man. 

Again his civic duties were interrupted 
by military service, when at the country's 
call for troops he joined the Union army. 
When the misguided south attempted to 
trail the flag of the nation in the dust and 
to overthrow the national government he 
"donned the blue " and in August, 1861, 
although exempted from duty by his age, he, 
in company with Colonel Cushman, recruited 
the Fifty-third Illinois Infantry. Septem- 
ber 23 following he was commissioned lieu- 
tenant-colonel. In February, 1862, he 
started with his command for the south, and 
participated in the battles of Shiloh, Gravel 
Ridge, the Russell House, Corinth and La- 
Grange. At Shiloh he had command of the 
regiment and did effective service. He was 
promoted colonel September 3, 1862. At 
the battle of LaGrange he was injured by 
being thrown from his horse and was obliged 
to resign, January 2, 1863. In early life he 
was a Democrat, but at the time of the war 
severed his connection with that party. 

In 1848 Colonel Hitt was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Phoebe Smith, a native of 
Pennsylvania. They had six children, three 
of whom are living. Colonel Hitt is a tall 
man, of slender stature, his white hair giv- 
ing him a venerable though not an aged ap- 



pearance. In fact few would believe that 
one of so much energy as he possesses has 
already reached the advanced age of eighty- 
seven years. His life covers the period of 
the development of the west, and high on 
the roll of Illinois pioneers and patriots is 
found the name of Colonel D. F. Hitt. 



JOHN W. HENNEY. Success 'in any line 
of occupation, in any avenue of business, 
is not a matter of spontaneity, but is the 
legitimate offspring of subjective effort in 
the proper utilization of the means at hand, 
the improvement of opportunity and the ex- 
ercise of the highest functions made pos- 
sible by the specific ability in any case. In 
view of this condition the study of biog- 
raphy becomes valuable and its lessons of 
practical use. To trace the history of a 
successful life must ever prove a profitable 
and satisfying indulgence, for the history of 
the individual is the history of the nation, 
the history of the nation that of the world. 
The subject of this review is a man to 
whom has not been denied a full measure 
of success, who stands distinctively as one 
of the representative citizens of Freeport. 
Mr. Henney is conspicuously identified with 
a line of business that has had a marked 
bearing upon the material prosperity of this 
community, while at the same time he has 
won for himself an ample fortune that is a 
merited reward of his labors, and his 
acumen and discrimination in the conduct 
of extensive operations have given him 
prestige as a financier and practical man of 
affairs. He is the founder of the Henney 
Buggy Works, of Freeport, an industry 
that in the extent of its scope and operation 
equals many similar enterprises to be found 
in the metropolises of this country, while 
its fame extends to the old world. 

The founder of this institution is a na- 
tive of Center county, Pennsylvania, born 
September 23, 1842, of German ancestry, 
who were early settlers of that state. His 
father, Jacob Henney, was there born and 
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state. She lived to be seventy-six years of 
age, and the father still survives, being now 
( 1 896) in the eighty-second year of his age. 
His business was that of a carriage-maker. 
His only son is the subject of this review. 
In 1 848 the father brought his family to the 
west, but after a time returned to Pennsyl- 
vania, where he remained until 1854, when 
he once more came to the Mississippi val- 
ley. He was in rather limited circum- 
stances, and was therefore unable to pro- 
vide his children with educational facilities. 

Under difficult circumstances our subject 
acquired his education, but he was ambi- 
tious to learn and availed himself of every 
opportunity to accomplish this end. When 
seventeen years of age he served as janitor 
in a private school to pay for his tuition. 
When a mere lad he began work in a car- 
riage factory where his father was employed. 
At that time almost all parts of a carriage 
were made in one shop, the work being 
done by hand. Mr. Henney has kept pace 
with the wonderful progress that has been 
made in this industry, in fact, has been in 
the lead in the wonderful advancement that 
has been accomplished in the last quarter 
of a century. In the early "6os he worked 
in a large manufactory in Chicago, then one 
of the most extensive in the west, and after 
the war was employed for a number of years 
in Kansas City by W. W. Wiley. At length, 
with two others, he bought out his employer. 

Returning to Cedarville some time after 
this, Mr. Henney was there united in mar- 
riage with Miss Agnes Bennethum, in 1868. 
She persuaded him not to return to Kansas 
City, and he accordingly established a busi- 
ness on a small scale in Cedarville. This 
was the origin of the present mammoth es- 
tablishment in Freeport. The business 
steadily increased, patronage came from a 
greater territory, and in 1880 the business 
was removed to Freeport, while in 1882 the 
Henney Buggy Company was organized and 
incorporated. In 1876, while at Cedarville, 
his brother-in-law, O. P. Wright, learned 
the business, and at the time of the incor- 
poration became a partner, as did D. C. 
Stover. They met with eminent success, 



and from time to time were obliged to en- 
large their works, until now their brick fac- 
tory has a frontage on Chicago street of two 
hundred and twenty-five feet, on Jackson 
street of one hundred and eight feet, and on 
Spring street of one hundred and twenty 
feet. The larger portion of this building is 
five stories in height, and besides this vari- 
ous other buildings are utilized by different 
departments of the works. The capacity is 
now eight thousand vehicles per year, and 
employment is furnished to three hundred 
workmen. Among the employees a fine 
band has been organized, of twenty pieces. 
The trade of the Henney Buggy Company 
extends to every state in the Union, and 
they export to South Africa and Australia. 
They have also made several sales to the 
nobility of England, and Lord Lonsdale had 
one of their buggies, in which he drove a 
celebrated road race of twenty miles. All 
styles of buggies, carriages, phaetons and 
the more fancy vehicles are here manu- 
factured, ranging in price from the lowest 
to the highest made, thus meeting all tastes 
and requirements; and the business of the 
concern has become one of the leading in- 
dustries in this section of the state and has 
been an important factor in the upbuilding 
of Freeport and the promotion of her com- 
mercial activity. Mr. Henney, who has 
been the spirit of inspiration in the enter- 
prise, is also interested in various other 
business concerns which have resulted in 
the material welfare of the community as 
well as promoting individual prosperity. 
He aided in the organization of the German 
Bank, and is one of its stockholders and 
directors. 

Mr. and Mrs. Henney have three chil- 
dren, namely: Mamie E., Ina and John 
W. They have a beautiful and pleasant 
home in Freeport, which is the center of a 
cultured society circle, and the number of 
their friends is large. 

In his political affiliations Mr. Henney 
is a Democrat, but has always declined 
political honors. He was made a Mason in 
1876, and is now a member of the Com- 
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walks of life, his sterling worth has won him 
the high regard of his brethren. His busi- 
ness career has been characterized by extreme 
fairness in all things. He is ever just to his 
employees, considerate of their welfare, and 
is ever prompt to reward faithful service 
by promotion as opportunity offers. He 
therefore receives from them a devotion to 
their labor that is satisfactory to all. His 
own career is an example of what can be 
accomplished by fidelity to duty, by persist- 
ent effort and courage, and to-day he stands 
as one of the leading representatives of a 
most important industrial calling. 



HON. THOMAS- JEFFERSON HEN- 
DERSON, one of the prominent citi- 
zens of Illinois whose services in both mili- 
tary and civil affairs have made him honored 
in this state and throughout the Union, is a 
follower of Masonry and exemplifies in his 
life the noble spirit of the fraternity which 
recognizes the truth of universal brother- 
hood, which admits of no rank except the 
priority of merit and has no aristocracy save 
the nobility of virtue. It has taught man- 
kind what man should be to man and has 
promulgated the principles of mutual en- 
couragement, forbearance, and helpfulness. 
General Henderson took the three degrees 
of the blue lodge in Toulon, Stark county, 
Illinois, as early as 1850, and thereby be- 
came a Master Mason of Toulon Lodge, No. 
93. Interested in the work of the order he 
was active in its promotion and was honored 
by his fellow members of the craft with 
various official preferments. For a num- 
ber of years he served as its Worshipful 
Master and was its representative in the 
Grand Lodge of the state. Enthusiastic 
and faithful in support of the cardinal prin- 
ciples of the fraternity and anxious to ex- 
tend the noble influence of the order, he 
was dimitted from Toulon Lodge to become 
one of the organizers of Princeton Lodge, 
No. 587, F. & A. M. , of which he is a char- 
ter member. He served as Worshipful 
Master of this body also, and was an active 
member in promoting its growth until the 



time of his election to congress. He still 
affiliates with the lodge and finds great en- 
joyment in meeting with the brethren when 
in Princeton. He took the degrees of Mark 
Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Mas- 
ter in Princeton Chapter, No. 28, and there- 
in was exalted to the august degree of a 
Royal Arch Mason on the 7th of April, 1 868. 
He was made a Royal and Select Master in 
Orion Council, No. 8, on the 2d of May, 
1874, and became a Sir Knight in Temple 
Commandery, No. 2O, on the 1st of Octo- 
ber, 1877. Mr. Henderson has also taken 
the Scottish Rite degrees and became a 
Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret in Prince- 
ton; but it seems there was some irregular- 
ity in conferring the degrees at Princeton. 
He was, however, with others, allowed to 
place his membership in Oriental Consistory 
of Chicago, but has since dimitted. 

General Henderson was born in Browns- 
ville, Haywood county, Tennessee, on the 
2Qth of November, 1824, and is descended 
from an old Virginia family. His great- 
grandfather, William Henderson, was born 
in Hanover county, Virginia, and his grand- 
father, John Henderson, was also a native 
of the same locality. The latter moved to 
Kentucky, where occurred the birth of Will- 
iam H. Henderson, the father of the Gen- 
eral, who, on arriving at years of maturity, 
married Miss Lucinda Wimberly, of Dover, 
Tennessee, and after her death he was 
united to Miss Sarah M. Howard, a native 
of North Carolina, and a daughter of Ed- 
mund Howard, of Haywood county, Ten- 
nessee. At an early epoch in their history 
the Henderson family were connected with 
the Presbyterian church, but afterward be- 
came allied with the Methodist church. 
William H. Henderson removed from Ten- 
nessee to Illinois, thence to Iowa, and back 
to Illinois in 1836, and locating in Putnam, 
now Stark, county, where he became a 
prominent and influential citizen. He was 
twice representative of his district in the leg- 
islature, and was active in all that pertained 
to the well-being and advancement of his 
section. He was twice married and by the 
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John W. and William T., the sons now 
living. By his marriage to the mother of 
the General he had six children, four of 
whom survive. In 1845 he again removed 
his family to Iowa, where his last days were 
spent. He departed this life at Marshall- 
town, Iowa, at the age of seventy-one years, 
in January, 1 864. He was also a Master 
Mason. His wife died in her seventy-fourth 
year. 

General Henderson, the eldest child of 
the second marriage, was a lad of eleven 
years when he came to Illinois. He ob- 
tained his first education in a log school- 
house, and then attended the Brownsville 
Male Academy in Tennessee, where he ac- 
quired some knowledge of the Latin 
language, before coming to this state. His 
literary education was completed in the 
university at Iowa City, which he attended 
a portion of one year. He taught school 
for a time, and in 1847 was elected clerk 
of the county commissioners' court of Stark 
county, Illinois. In 1852 he was admitted 
to the bar, after which he successfully prac- 
ticed his chosen profession until 1862, 
when he was made colonel of the One 
Hundred and Twelfth regiment of Illinois 
Volunteers. He accepted the position 
with reluctance, for he had had no military 
training, but his zeal, fidelity and sound 
judgment guided him aright and made him 
one of the capable officers that Illinois sent 
to the front. He went with his command 
to Covington, Kentucky. From there they 
were sent to guard a supply train to Big 
Eagle, and thence to Lexington, where the 
regiment remained for five months, during 
which time they were constantly in dan- 
ger of attack, and performed various duties. 
Colonel Henderson was diligent in the per- 
formance of his duty, and ordered his com- 
mand with most satisfactory results. He 
also established a military school, closely 
studied war tactics, and drilled his regi- 
ment until his men became competent and 
reliable soldiers. Under the leadership of 
its commander the regiment performed 
heroic deeds and distinguished itself in the 
service. Colonel Henderson participated 



in the Atlanta campaign until, at the bat- 
tle of Resaca, Georgia, on the I4th of May, 
1864, he was seriously wounded by a gun- 
shot received in the right thigh. After re- 
covering from this, however, he rejoined 
his regiment in front of Atlanta on the 
27th of July, 1864, and was placed in com- 
mand of the Third Brigade, Third Division, 
Twenty-third Army Corps, which he com- 
manded until the close of the war. After 
the occupation of Atlanta, his brigade en- 
gaged in the pursuit of Hood's army, which 
had recrossed the Chattahooche river, and 
when General Sherman started to Savannah 
on his march to the sea his brigade was left 
with his corps to look after Hood's move- 
ments and to defend Nashville. He was 
engaged at Columbia, Tennessee, and at 
Franklin and Nashville, and for his services 
in these campaigns, and especially at the 
battle of Franklin, he was mentioned in 
the reports of his superior officers, and for 
his gallantry was brevetted a brigadier-gen- 
eral. After the battle of Nashville he went 
with his corps to North Carolina, where he 
closed his military service. 

After returning to his home in Toulon, 
he removed his family to Princeton, Illi- 
nois, and formed a law partnership with 
Joseph I. Taylor, of that city, in March, 
1867, and practiced there for about four 
years, at the end of that time, being ap- 
pointed internal revenue collector, the 
partnership was dissolved. He then formed 
a partnership with Judge Trimble and Mr. 
Butler under the firm name of Trimble, 
Henderson & Butler, and the firm of 
Henderson & Trimble is still prominent in 
the law circles of Princeton. 

General Henderson became a Republican 
on the organization of the party in fact, 
was one of its founders in Illinois. He was 
elected to the state legislature as a member 
of the house in 1854, and in 1856 was 
elected to the senate. In the first Repub- 
lican state convention he was a member of 
the committee on resolutions, and helped 
to form the first Republican state platform. 
This was in 1856. During all the cam- 
paigns following he has been an active and 



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influential worker. In 1874 he was elected 
to congress, and afterward, for nine con- 
secutive terms, he was nominated for that 
office by acclamation. For twenty con- 
secutive years he has served in the house of 
representatives, and even the tongue of 
calumny has not dared to utter a word 
against his political integrity. He is hon- 
ored by his constituents and respected by 
his opponents. 

General Henderson was married May 29, 
1849, to Miss Henrietta Butler, a native of 
New York city, and a daughter of Captain 
Henry Butler. The General and his wife 
have four children: Gertrude R. , wife of 
Charles J. Dunbar, of Princeton; Sarah 
Ella, wife of Chester M. Durley, also of 
Princeton; Mary L. , wife of John Farns- 
worth, of Washington, D. C. ; and Thomas 
B., at home. General Henderson and his 
wife have a beautiful residence in Princeton, 
standing in the midst of tasteful grounds, 
and their personal worth has won to them 
a large circle of warm friends. 



)ANSOM HARRINGTON. The ranks 
JflL of Freemasonry in Illinois contain 
many men of prominence, among them 
being Captain Harrington, who is one of 
the worthy blue-lodge brethren of Geneseo. 
He was made a Master Mason in North Star 
Lodge, of Lawrenceville, St. Lawrence 
county, New York, in 1851, and served in 
the south and west in his home lodge, from 
which he was dimitted in 1856 to become a 
member of Stewart Lodge, No. 92, with 
which he has ever since been affiliated, and 
enjoys the highest esteem of his brethren. 
He has been a faithful, loyal Mason and 
has demonstrated by his acts how well he 
understands the tenets of the fraternity. 

Captain Harrington was born in Hogans- 
burg, Franklin county, New York, February 
22, 1822, and is of English and Irish ances- 
try. His grandfather, Sampson Harring- 
ton, was a resident of Vermont and lived to 
the advanced age of ninety-eight years. 
Amaria B. Harrington, father of the Cap- 
tain, was born in that state and was mar- 



ried there to Miss Rebecca Manning, after 
which he moved to Hogansburg, where he 
was engaged in the coopering business. He 
served as a soldier in the war of 1812. His 
wife departed this life in 1842, when forty- 
four years old, and two children a daugh- 
ter and the Captain are all that survive. 
The latter was educated in his native town, 
where he remained until he was old enough, 
when he enlisted in the United States Army 
as a private at Fort Covington, and served 
five years in Company K, Eighth Infantry. 
The regiment was assigned to duty in Florida 
and engaged in expeditions against the In- 
dians under the command of General Worth, 
who at that time held the rank of colonel. 
In 1842 Captain Harrington returned to his 
home in New York and purchased a farm in 
Bombay township, to which he took his 
father and two sisters, the latter remaining 
with him until their marriage. In 1856 he 
came to Illinois, accompanied by his father, 
who lived with him until his death in 1858. 
Both Mr. and Mrs. Harrington were exem- 
plary members of the Methodist church. 

Before coming to Illinois the Captain 
was engaged in the hotel business at Maria, 
Franklin county, New York, and was also the 
agent for the Great Western Railroad. Up- 
on locating in Geneseo he embarked in the 
real-estate business, but shortly afterward 
the war of the Rebellion broke out and he 
was called upon to take up arms in the de- 
fense of the Union. 

In October, 1861, Captain Harrington 
enlisted in Company B, Ninth Illinois Cav- 
alry, and was elected to the rank of second 
lieutenant, and seven days later was promo- 
ted to the first-lieutenancy. The regiment 
was assigned to duty, under Colonel A. G. 
Bracket, at Fort Douglas, and remained at 
that post until February 18, 1862, when it 
was ordered to St. Louis and there took 
part in its first battle, which was fought op- 
posite Jackson Port, Arkansas. After the 
lapse of six months the regiment was ordered 
to Helena, on the Mississippi river, under 
General Custer, participating in several en- 
gagements en route. For nine months it 
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time three hundred of the men succumbed to 
the ravages of disease. The regiment was 
next sent to Memphis, Tennessee, where, 
owing to an affliction of his eyes, Captain 
Harrington was obliged to resign. He had 
in the meantime been promoted to the rank 
of captain, and left his company with many 
feelings of regret. His training as a private 
in the regular army had made of him a 
brave soldier and an efficient officer, and his 
service during the time he was in the Civil 
war was very much to his credit. 

After being honorably discharged at 
Memphis in January, 1863, he returned to 
his home in Illinois and until the close of 
the war was in the provost-marshal depart- 
ment as special agent of his district, which 
consisted of several counties. Subsequent- 
ly he again embarked in the real-estate busi- 
ness, which he has continued to follow to 
the present time. In this line he has been 
most successful and has handled a large 
amount of real estate, consisting of both 
farm and city property, besides which he 
has purchased lands in Iowa, Kansas, and 
other states, and in Los Angeles, California. 
The Captain has accumulated a comfortable 
amount of this world's goods and has built 
one of the finest houses in Geneseo, in which 
he now resides, and, with his family, is glad 
to entertain his many friends. 

Captain Harrington was married to Miss 
Martha Campbell, at Messina, New York, 
February 22, 1845, his wife being a native 
of Rockingham, Vermont, and a daughter 
of H. A. Campbell, who came of Scotch an- 
cestry. Five children have been born to 
them, three of whom are living, namely : 
Frank R. , now holding the position of post- 
al clerk at Rock Island, having been em- 
ployed by the government in that depart- 
ment for eighteen years: he is a Sir Knight 
Templar in Everts Commandery, No. 18, 
of Rock Island; Henry G. is single and lives 
at home; Frederick A. is married and re- 
sides in Geneseo. Mrs. Harrington is a 
highly esteemed member of the Congrega- 
tional church. In his political affiliation 
the Captain is a stanch Republican and cast 
his first presidential vote for Henry Clay. 



He is a member of the Grand Army of the 
Republic, and is regarded as one of Gene- 
seo's best citizens. His life record has been 
a grand one and he is richly deserving of 
the prosperity which after many honest 
efforts he is at present enjoying. 



WILLIAM S. HANCOCK. It has 
been most consistently said of Ma- 
sonry that its influence is most purifying, 
and that a good man is a better man if he 
adds to his other qualities those of a true 
Freemason. The distinguishing glory of 
the order is its charity a permeating char- 
ity in thought, word and deed. In the great 
metropolis of the west the time-honored 
craft has enlisted the allegiance and affec- 
tion of representative and honored men in 
all branches of business; and among those 
who have been signally zealous and faithful 
members of the fraternity must be included 
the subject of review one of Chicago's en- 
terprising and successful commission mer- 
chants and a man who has so ordered his 
life as to gain and retain the respect and 
confidence of his fellow men. 

Mr. Hancock's identification with Ma- 
sonry has already covered a period of near- 
ly a quarter of a century, his initiation as 
an Entered Apprentice in Englewood Lodge, 
No. 690, A. F. & A. M. , having taken place 
in the year 1874, which also recorded his 
advancement to the Fellow-craft and Mas- 
ter Mason's degrees. He is a life member 
of that lodge, in which he has served in 
various capacities, including successive in- 
cumbency as Junior and Senior Warden. 
In the Centennial year, 1876, Mr. Hancock 
was inducted into the capitular body of 
Masonry, being exalted to the Royal Arch 
in Englewood Chapter, No. 176, of which 
he was one of the charter members, in which 
he has served as Master of the Second and 
Third Veil, and of which also he is a life 
member. He was later greeted a Select 
Master in Imperial Council, No. 85, R. & 
S. M. , the first two degrees having been 
conferred in Englewood Chapter. On the 
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chivalric grades and orders in Apollo Com- 
mandery, No. i, Knights Templar. From 
this commandery he secured a dimit and 
became one of the charter members of 
Englewood Commandery, No. 59, at the 
time of its organization. In this command- 
ery he served as one of the trustees of the 
guards for one year under dispensation, and 
for several years after the charter had been 
secured also as Captain of the Guards: of 
this order he is a life member. On the 
23d of September, 1887, he was crowned a 
Noble in Medinah Temple of the Mystic 
Shrine. In the various Masonic bodies 
with which he is identified Mr. Hancock has 
taken a deep and commendable interest, 
and he is distinctively popular in the fra- 
ternity. 

William S. Hancock is a native of the 
Buckeye state, having been born at Oxford, 
Butler county, Ohio, on the 2/th of April, 
1836, the son of Henry Graves and Sarah 
(Watson) Hancock. He received such edu- 
cational advantages as were afforded by the 
common schools; and as his father was a 
farmer by occupation the boy became famil- 
iar with the work and sturdy discipline in- 
volved in agricultural operations. His 
tastes and desires led him to seek a broader 
field of endeavor, and, with due confidence 
in his ability and with determination to make 
success a logical result of well-directed ef- 
fort, he came to Chicago in the year 1862, 
and secured employment in a commis- 
sion house, where, by energy and close ap- 
plication, he soon mastered the details of 
this important line of business. He has 
ever since been connected with the commis- 
sion trade in Chicago, and has gained a 
pronounced prestige and that success for 
which he strived. His son, William H., is 
now associated with him in business, main- 
taining his residence in Tuscola, Illinois, 
where large amounts of produce are secured 
and shipped to the Chicago headquarters 
and to all parts of the east for distribution. 
The enterprise is conducted with much dis- 
crimination and upon correct business prin- 
ciples, and its scope is such as to make it 
representative in its class in the city. 



Mr. Hancock is also an inventor, having 
taken out letters patent on three valuable 
labor-saving machines, but, like most in- 
ventors, he lost control of his inventions 
before realizing their true value. 

The year 1861 witnessed the marriage 
of Mr. Hancock to Miss Anna Bell, who 
was born in Mimin county, Pennsylvania, 
and whose death occurred on the 3d of June, 
1887. They became the parents of three 
children, namely: May, who is the wife of 
William R. Burcky, of Chicago; William 
H. and Charles A. 

In political matters Mr. Hancock ren- 
ders allegiance to the Democratic party and 
its principles, and in religion his views are 
those advanced by the Presbyterian church. 
In addition to his affiliation with the Masonic 
order, he is also prominently identified with 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 



WILLIAM WILSON GRANT, agent 
for the Nickel Plate Fast Freight 

Line, Peoria, Illinois, is a trusted employee 
of this company, and a man whose many 
excellent qualities of mind and heart make 
him capable of appreciating the truths and 
beauties as illustrated in Masonry, with 
which he has for some years been identified. 
He was made a Master Mason in Temple 
Lodge, No. 46; a Royal Arch Mason in 
Peoria Chapter, No. 7; and a Royal and 
Select Master in Peoria Council, No. 1 1, in 
all of which he still holds membership, and 
in the first two named has served officially, 
having filled the office of Master in Temple 
Lodge, No. 46, in 1892-3, and Scribe in 
Peoria Chapter, No. 7, in 1894-5; an ^ 
while Master of the Peoria Lodge he repre- 
sented it in the Grand Lodge of the state. 

Mr. Grant is a native of Scotland and 
was born in the parish of Auldern, Nairn- 
shire, May 20, 1857. In 1866 he came 
with other members of the family to this 
country and settled in Tiskilwa, Bureau 
county, Illinois, where he lived until 1875. 
That year he came to Peoria and was em- 
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this position and in the grain business in 
different capacities he was occupied for nine 
years, or until 1884, when he accepted a 
position as traveling freight agent for the 
Lackawanna line, with which he remained 
until 1892. Since 1892 he has filled his 
present responsible position, that of resi- 
dent agent for the Nickel Plate Fast Freight 
Line, with headquarters in the Board of 
Trade building. 

Mr. Grant was married December 3 1 , 
1893, to Miss Mattie E. Correll, of Peoria, 
and they have two children, Janette and 
Martha Irene. 

Business duties have occupied almost 
the whole of Mr. Grant's attention, and he 
has had little time to devote to politics or 
public matters; nor has he ever had aspira- 
tions in this line. He has, however, always 
shown a commendable interest in local 
affairs, and in 1894 served as a member of 
the county Board of Supervisors. 

He is a member of the Congregational 
church. 



H' 



Jfli ACKEMANN, one of the most promi- 
nent and progressive business men of north- 
ern Illinois, has demonstrated the power of 
industry and capable management in the 
world of trade. In the great west many of 
the inhabitants are of foreign birth. Those 
who, attracted by finer institutions, larger 
facilities and the superior advantages of 
making a living, have come here intending 
to find a new home in a new country. 
These valuable additions to the native popu- 
lation have by their industry, economy and 
honest methods become essential factors in 
the growth of this section of the country. 
They furnish not only artisans but also en- 
terprising merchants, manufacturers and 
apt dealers upon our markets of trade and 
have proved themselves useful, influential 
and substantial citizens. To this class be- 
longs Mr. Ackemann. 

Not only has he been an active factor in 
the business life of the town, but has also 
been an exemplary member of the fraternity 



which had its origin in the misty, remote 
regions of the past and to-day is still a 
potent factor in the civilization of the race. 
On the 2d of July, 1891, he joined Monitor 
Lodge, No. 522, A. F. & A. M., as an En- 
tered Apprentice, passed the Fellow-craft 
degree on the gth of July, and on the 2 5th 
of August was raised to the sublime degree 
of Master Mason. Having learned the les- 
sons of ancient-craft Masonry he began the 
study of the beautiful and impressive legends 




of the past in capitular Masonry, as a Mark 
Master of Elgin Chapter, on the 29th of 
December, on which date he also received 
the degrees of Past Master and Most Excel- 
lent Master. On the 5th of January, 1892, 
he was exalted to the august degree of a 
Royal Arch Mason. In chivalric Masonry 
he took the grades and orders in Bethel 
Commandery, No. 36, of Elgin, becoming 
a Knight of the Red Cross, July 13, 1892, 
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month. He received the ineffable degrees 
of the Lodge of Perfection in Oriental Con- 
sistory in the June class of 1893, and be- 
came a charter member of Bethel Chapter, 
Order of the Eastern Star, instituted Feb- 
ruary 23, 1895. His /seal and loyalty to the 
ethics and teachings of Masonry make him 
one of the valued members of the craft, and 
as such he certainly deserves mention in 
this volume, whose province is the perpetu- 
ating, by written record, of the history of 
Freemasonry in Illinois, and the lives of 
those who have made the order strong and 
influential in society circles here. Mr. Acke- 
mann is also affiliated with the Knights of 
the Globe and the Royal League, and was 
formerly a member of the Knights of Pythias 
fraternity, from which he dimitted because 
his business interests made it impossible for 
him to attend the meetings. 

Widely and favorably known in business 
and Masonic circles, the life record of Mr. 
Ackemann cannot fail to prove of interest to 
many of our readers. The youngest son of 
Henry and Wilhelmine (Walbaum) Acke- 
mann, he was born on the 2d of February, 
1869, in Winzlar, in the province of Han- 
over, Germany, where his boyhood days 
were passed. In accord with the expressed 
desire of his parents that he should become a 
" postbeamter, " he entered school at Preus- 
sisch Oldendorf, to prepare for the duties 
of postmaster, and after passing the required 
examinations was admitted to the govern- 
ment service as " postgehillfe," at the age 
of sixteen years. He also met all the re- 
quirements in the examination in the school 
of telegraphy at Minden, in Westphalia, 
after which he held various positions, being 
sent at different times to take charge of 
offices during the absence of the regular 
postmaster, positions which were usually 
filled by officers much older than Mr. Acke- 
mann, whose ability, however, secured him 
the appointments. 

In 1872 his brother, W. D. Ackemann, 
came to America, where, some years previ- 
ous, members of the family his uncle and 
aunts had established homes. Later, 
through the persuasion of their brothers, A. 



W. and C. F. Ackemann, and their sister, 
Minnie, now the wife of L. H. Bauer, of 
Elgin, also crossed the ocean to the United 
States. In 1878 the eldest brother of the 
family, H. F. Ackemann, visited this land, 
but after eleven months returned to Ger- 
many. At different times the parents came, 
making their last visit in 1888, for the next 
time they crossed the water to America it 
was for the purpose of passing their remain- 
ing days here. They, however, returned 
to the fatherland and in 1891 their eldest 
son came for a visit to his relatives here. 
Deciding to remain, he sent for his family, 
who came accompanied by his parents, and 
thus Henry Ackemann and his wife were 
once more able to gather around them in a 
family reunion all of their children, a pleas- 
ure which they had not been able to enjoy 
for twenty years. 

Learning from his parents of the unlimit- 
ed opportunities that one might enjoy here, 
Fred H. Ackemann, of this review, resolved 
not to settle permanently in Germany until 
he had first visited this glorious republic and 
investigated the chances of success here. 
Accordingly, on the 27th of October, 1887, 
in company with his youngest sister, Lena, 
and her husband, W. F. Bultmann, he 
sailed from Bremen on the North German 
Lloyd steamer, Eider. Before the expira- 
tion of a year he had become convinced that 
America was the country where each indi- 
vidual is the master of his own destiny, 
where equal rights are accorded to all and 
where everybody has an opportunity to 
make the most of his ability and realize his 
ambition. Determined to win success if it 
could be accomplished by honorable effort 
and unflagging industry, he accepted the 
position of errand boy in the dry-goods store 
of his brother, W. D. Ackemann, receiving 
in return for his services five dollars per 
month and his board. For three months he 
was employed in that way, after which he 
was offered a position in the office of Hon. 
William Grote, late mayor of Elgin and an 
old friend of the Ackemann family. He 
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business world and at the same time yield 
him a better salary for the present. His 
wages for the first year were thirty-five dol- 
lars per month, and as he did not have to 
report for duty until eight o'clock he made 
an additional ten dollars per month by 
sweeping and dusting his brother's store be- 
fore going to his regular work. 

One of the important elements in the 
success of Mr. Ackemann is the quickness 
with which he notes and utilizes an advan- 
tage that comes in his way. He had been 
in Mr. Grote's office but a short time when 
he saw that money could be made out of 
real-estate investments, and induced his of- 
fice associate, C. H. Eno, to join him in the 
purchase of a lot on the monthly install- 
ment plan. Accordingly they bought a lot 
of Mr. Grote for four hundred and fifty dol- 
lars, to be paid for at the rate of forty dol- 
lars per month. After five months they 
sold this lot for six hundred dollars. In 
this transaction Mr. Ackemann followed the 
motto which he has always made his rule in 
business transactions, "quick sales and 
small profits." He next invested in three 
lots, making monthly payments as before, 
and in three months had disposed of these 
lots at an advance of one hundred and 
twenty-five dollars each. Mr. Ackemann 
and Mr. Eno continued their real-estate 
operations in this way for about eighteen 
months, when they dissolved partnership, 
each having cleared about one thousand 
dollars. Mr. Ackemann then continued his 
real-estate dealing alone and thereby added 
a handsome sum to his salary, which in the 
meantime had been increased to one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars per month. 

In the spring of 1893 Mr. Ackemann 
joined his brother, H. F. Ackemann, in the 
purchase of a lot forty-four by one hundred 
and thirty-two feet in the heart of Elgin, 
and during the year following erected there- 
on one of the largest stores in the city. In 
the spring of 1895 they opened in their re- 
cently completed building the largest de- 
partment store in the county, known as 
"The Big Store." They have over twenty- 
five thousand square feet of floor space and 



have a most thoroughly equipped and finely- 
stocked store, which would do credit to a 
city many times the size of Elgin. Suc- 
cess has attended this enterprise from the 
beginning and the trade is now extensive 
and lucrative. Our subject is not only a half 
owner in the fine business block, but is also 
interested in the ownership of the stock. 
He is also a stockholder in the Home Sav- 
ings Bank and the Elgin Improvement Com- 
pany. 

On the 6th of June, 1895, was celebrated 
the marriage of Mr. Ackemann and Miss 
Christie Deuchler, a native of Dundee, Illi- 
nois, and they have a daughter, born April 
29, 1897, and named Stella Irene. They 
own and occupy a beautiful home at No. 1 16 
Porter avenue, and extend its cordial hospi- 
tality to their many friends. Mr. Ackemann 
is a man of broad, general culture and spends 
some of his most pleasant hours in his 
library, which contains some five hundred 
volumes of well-selected works. He has 
also added to his knowledge the culture 
which only travel can bring. Familiar with 
Germany as the land of his boyhood, he has 
also traveled over America from the Atlan- 
tic to the Pacific coast and from the lakes 
to the gulf, visiting forty-three different states 
of the Union during the nine years in which 
he has made America his home. His political 
support is given the Republican party and he 
is proud to record that his first presidential 
vote was cast for Major William McKinley, 
the present executive of the nation. Mr. 
and Mrs. Ackemanu attend worship at the 
First church of the Evangelical Association, 
to the erection of which in 1893 Mr. Acke- 
mann donated $300. He is also secretary 
and treasurer of the Sabbath-school. 

Mr. Ackemann's business career is of ex- 
ceptional interest and undoubtedly the future 
holds in store for him still more brilliant 
successes. While there are few phases in 
the lives of self-made men of an emotional 
or sensational character, there is yet a motive 
power of energy, enterprise, continuity and 
determination worthy of study; and often, 
if we shall look for the secret of men's suc- 
cess, we find it in their continuity in follow- 



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ing out a well-defined purpose, combined 
with an unflagging industry. This is emi- 
nently true of Fred H. Ackemann. He has 
made an untarnished record and unspotted 
reputation as a business man, upright, reli- 
able and honorable. In all places and un- 
der all circumstances he is loyal to truth, 
honor and right, justly valuing his own self- 
respect as infinitely more valuable than 
wealth, fame or position. In those finer 
traits of character which combine to form 
that which we term friendship, which en- 
dear and attach man to man in bonds which 
nothing but the stains of dishonor can sever, 
which triumph and shine best in the hour of 
adversity in these qualities he is royally 
endowed. 

WEYMOUTH HADLEY, a druggist in 
business at Keithsburg, is the pres- 
ent Worshipful Master of Robert Burns 
Lodge, No. 113. He is one who under- 
stands and appreciates the principles of 
Freemasonry and admires its work, on ac- 
count of its utility as well as its beauty, 
sublimity and appropriateness. He was in- 
itiated into the noble order at Wataga, 
Knox county, Illinois, in Wataga Lodge, 
No. 291, in March, 1867, and while resid- 
ing there he held the office of Junior War- 
den three terms and was also its Worshipful 
Master a like period. Taking a dimit from 
that lodge, he affiliated with Robert Burns 
Lodge, No. 113, at Keithsburg, on his re- 
moval to this city, the date of his affiliation 
here being February 16, 1883; and in the 
fraternity at this place he has been one of 
the most active and faithful members. He 
has been Treasurer of the lodge for fourteen 
years, and he is now serving most accept- 
ably and creditably as its Worshipful Mas- 
ter. The Royal Arch degrees he received 
in Galesburg Chapter, No. 46, in 1869, 
but, obtaining a dimit from that chapter, he 
is now a member of Illinois Chapter, No. 
17, affiliating with it May 27, 1885. In this 
branch he has been elected and served as 
Royal Arch Captain, and has for eleven 
years served continuously as its Treasurer. 
He has the ritual of the order thoroughly in 



his memory and heart, is a brother who ob- 
serves the principles of the order closely 
and enjoys the high esteem of the brethren. 

Mr. Hadley is a native of the state of 
Maine, born in Brownfield, Oxford county, 
on the 8th of March, 1841, and is a de- 
scendant of the Hadley who landed from the 
Mayflower at Plymouth Rock in 1620. His 
grandfather, Samuel Hadley, was a surgeon 
in the war of 1812, came to Illinois in 1853 
and died in 1 860, at the age of seventy- 
three years. He was a practicing physician 
all his life. His good wife died in her sev- 
enty-eighth year. 

Abel G. Hadley, son of the preceding, 
was born in Canaan, New Hampshire, 
March 23, 1813, and removed to Brown- 
field, Maine, where he was married to Miss 
Abigail Ricker, a native of that place; he 
was a farmer by occupation. Coming to 
Illinois in 1849, he improved a farm fora 
time and then proceeded to Kansas, where 
he passed the remainder of his life, dying 
in the seventy-sixth year of his age; his 
wife had died in her forty-sixth year. Both 
were members of the Baptist church and 
were good Christians. 

Of their eight children, Mr. Hadley of 
this sketch was the eldest, and is now the 
only one surviving. He was educated in 
the public schools of Knox county, Illinois, 
but during the warmer portion of the 
year he was employed on the farm of his 
parental home. August 6, 1862, he en- 
listed for the defense of his country, in 
Company I, One Hundred and Second Illi- 
nois Volunteer Infantry, and under Gen- 
eral Harrison participated in the Atlanta 
campaign from Chattanooga to the capture 
of Atlanta, and then with thousands of 
others made the memorable march with 
Sherman to the sea. He was one of the 
great army of victors in the grand review 
at Washington, and he returned home with 
the accoutrements with which he started 
out. Notwithstanding he had many nar- 
row escapes, his clothes having been shot 
through, yet he never received the scratch 
of a wound, as if he possessed a " charmed 
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Returning to his home in June, 1865, 
he engaged in the drug business at Wataga, 
and continued in the trade there for seven- 
teen years; then he came, in 1881, to 
Keithsburg, where he has since continued 
and prospered as one of Keithsburg's most 
worthy and reliable business men and a 
thorough pharmacist. His store he built 
himself, as well as his residence. 

In his political principles Mr. Hadley is 
a Republican. Public office he has never 
desired, but he has been township collector 
of taxes in Mercer and Knox counties, 
Illinois. 

May 2, 1867, is the date of his marriage 
to Miss Laura A. Shurtliff, a native of 
Knox county and a daughter of William 
Shurtliff, Esq., of that county. Mr. and 
Mrs. Hadley have had five children, of 
whom only three are now living, namely: 
Jennie M., a music teacher; T. Grace, a 
teacher in the Keithsburg public school; 
and Edna M., who is attending school. 



WILLIAM ALLEN GROVE, M. D., 
whose identity with the ancient or- 
der of Freemasonry began nearly thirty 
years ago, is one of the most prominent and 
best informed Masons in the city of Galva. 
On April 2, 1869, he became an Entered 
Apprentice in Maquon Lodge, No. 530, re- 
ceived the Fellow-craft degree February 9, 
1873, and was dimitted from that body 
upon his removal to Galva, where he became 
affiliated with Galva Lodge, No. 243, and on 
November 19, 1878, was raised to the sub- 
lime degree of Master Mason. In 1879 the 
Doctor was elected to the office of Junior 
Warden, from 1891 to 1893 was its Wor- 
shipful Master, and in 1894 held the chair 
of Secretary. During his term of Worship- 
ful Master he was a representative to the 
Grand Lodge. His brethren give him credit 
for being a most efficient worker, thoroughly 
posted in all the details of the craft and 
doing everything in his power for the ad- 
vancement and welfare of the order. While 
occupying the office of Master, the business 
and finances of the lodge were brought up 



to a very desirable condition, there being 
but few brothers in arrears and a creditable 
surplus in the treasury, all of which was 
highly appreciated by his fellow Masons. 
Dr. Grove has given considerable attention 
to the society since the time he first became 
a member, is well posted in blue-lodge lore, 
and in his life has exemplified many of its 
teachings. 

Dr. Grove is a native of Ohio, having 
been born in Hillsboro, Highland county, 
December 26, 1840. He is of English 
descent, his ancestor, William Grove, a 
noted educator of his day, emigrating to 
this country about the time of the birth of 
George Washington, and he was for a time 
the tutor of the boy who afterward became 
the father of his country. The grandfather, 
Thomas Grove, came to Ohio in 1799, and 
settled in Hillsboro, where the Doctor's 
father, James N. Grove, was born and 
raised. The latter married Miss Elizabeth 
Ferris, a native of Kentucky, and in 1858 
moved to Illinois and located at Maquon, 
where he was successfully engaged for a 
long time as a merchant. He was an 
honest, upright citizen, a devout member 
of the Methodist church, and departed this 
life in the seventy-eighth year of his age. 
His father lived to be four-score and ten. 
The Doctor was an only child, his mother 
dying shortly after his birth. His education 
was attained in the public schools of Hills- 
boro, supplemented by a course in the 
Miami Medical College, at which he was 
graduated in 1866. 

In 1863 the calls for volunteers to assist 
in putting down the Rebellion became so im- 
portunate that Dr. Grove decided to tender 
his services in the defense of the Union, 
and accordingly, in July, 1863, he enlisted 
in Company F, Eighty-sixth Illinois Volun- 
teer Infantry, which was attached to the 
Army of the Cumberland. He was ap- 
pointed to the position of chief clerk in the 
general hospital at Nashville, Tennessee, 
and on the 23d of May received his honor- 
able discharge in that city, after which he 
returned to Maquon and there followed his 
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twenty-one years he has been actively en- 
gaged in practice at Galva, where by an up- 
right life, close application,- and hard work 
he has succeeded in building up a large and 
desirable business. He is greatly attached 
to his vocation, is conscientious and reli- 
able, and possesses a kind and generous dis- 
position. He is always ready to attend the 
sick and suffering, starting out on his er- 
rands of mercy in sunshine or storm, through 
the brightness of day or the gloom of night, 
never stopping to inquire as to the patient's 
ability to recompense him for his services. 
Such a life of self-sacrifice and noble im- 
pulses is richly deserving of the admiration 
and gratitude which he receives at the 
hands of his fellow-citizens in Galva and 
throughout the county. 

Dr. Grove was married in 1873 to Miss 
L. J. Jarnagin, and the union has been 
blessed by two daughters, Pearl J. and 
Grance F. , both of whom are bright, tal- 
ented young ladies. The family are Meth- 
odists in their religious faith, and have a 
delightful home in one of the prettiest parts 
of Galva. 

In politics the Doctor was a lifelong 
Democrat, until 1896, when he cast his vote 
for Major McKinley and prosperity, and 
says that although it was a new experience 
to vote the Republican ticket he is confi- 
dent he will never have cause to regret his 
action. He is a member of the Grand 
Army of the Republic, and of the Military 
Tract Medical Society, since the organiza- 
tion of which he has been a delegate to the 
state society, and was also appointed a del- 
egate to the national association. His rec- 
ord as a physician, a citizen and a Mason 
has been a most honorable one, of which he 
may well be proud. 



'ILLIAM HENRY GRIFFITH. 

/Mf The history of Freemasonry in Great 
Britain, according to some writers, dates 
only as far back as the seventeenth century, 
while others claim that the Romans intro- 
duced it when they followed up their victo- 
ries over that nation and took possession of 



the country. Be that as it may, the craft 
has always held an important place in the 
history of the British isles, and at times has 
proved a power in politics. From Britain 
it spread to the continent, to America and 
to India; and there is scarcely a country in 
the world which has not a number of lodges. 
In the United States it is a most popular 
institution, and our best citizens are found 
enrolled among its members. 

William Henry Griffith, a valued citizen 
of Savanna and a worthy member of the 
Masonic fraternity, was made a Master Ma- 
son in Mississippi Lodge, No. 385, at Sa- 
vanna, in 1885. He was entered Septem- 
ber 15, 1883, passed October 20, and raised 
November 15. He received the chapter 
degrees in 1888, and was made a Sir Knight 
soon after in Long Commandery, No. 60, 
at Mount Carroll. In Freeport Valley Con- 
sistory he received the consistory degrees 
up to and including the thirty-second. He 
is a " Shriner, " being a member of Medinah 
Temple, at Chicago, and, with his wife and 
two daughters, is a member of Ola Chap- 
ter, Order of the Eastern Star, at Mount 
Carroll, with which Mrs. Griffith and Miss 
Jannetta became associated in 1893, and 
Mr. Griffith and Miss Caroline in 1892. 
They are all enthusiastic members and take 
an active interest in all the affairs of the 
lodge, in which they are held in high re- 
gard. 

Mr. Griffith was born in Montgomery- 
shire, Wales, April 10, 1846, and was 
brought to America by his parents when 
seven years old. His ancestors for several 
generations were residents of Montgomery- 
shire, where his grandfather, George Grif- 
fith, was born. His father was married 
there, to Caroline Harper, and in 1854 they 
emigrated to America, bringing with them 
their five children four sons and a daugh- 
ter. They located first at Buffalo, New 
York, where the father was engaged in the 
hardware business. After remaining there 
a while Mr. Griffith moved to St. Cathar- 
ines, Canada, where he is now living, in good 
health, at the age of seventy-four years. 

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in Buffalo and at St. Catharines. Asayouth 
he worked on a farm, then learned the black- 
smith's trade, and later was employed on 
lake and ocean vessels. He then accepted a 
position in the shipyard of Miller Brothers, 
of Chicago, where he acquired a knowledge 
of engineering. He was in Chicago at the 
time of the great fire of 1871, and was living 
at the corner of Larrabee street and Chicago 
avenue. His house was burned, but he suc- 
ceeded in saving the greater part of his per- 
sonal property. From Chicago Mr. Griffith 
went to Morrison, Illinois, where he en- 
gaged in the rendering business until 1881, 
when he moved to Savanna and has contin- 
ued successfully in the same business ever 
since. He has an extensive trade in hides 
and tallow and has erected an excellent 
plant for the purpose of carrying on the 
work. 

In politics Mr. Griffith is a stanch Re- 
publican and has always taken an active 
part in the welfare of his city. He has the 
honor of being four times elected to the 
office of mayor, and is now serving his 
fourth term in that office; and it has been 
during his administration that the water- 
works were constructed which furnish the 
city with its splendid water supply. Mr. 
Griffith was also active in securing the erec- 
tion of an electric-light plant, which rescued 
the city from darkness. In fact, he has been 
active in every enterprise which had for its 
object the growth and improvement of the 
place. In 1891 he was elected sheriff of 
the county, making an efficient and trust- 
worthy officer. 

September 29, 1868, Mr. Griffith was 
united in matrimony with Miss Mary Clare, 
of Chicago. Besides the two daughters 
alluded to, they have three sons, William 
H. , George J. and David A. Two children 
Walter and Mary Josephine died in in- 
fancy. The family all attend St. Paul's 
Episcopal church, of which Mr. Griffith was 
one of the trustees when the church was 
built, and has since served as one of the 
vestrymen. 

He has been an active Knight of Pyth- 
ias, of both the subordinate and uniformed 



ranks, and is Past Chancellor; and is one of 
the old and valued members of the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows. He joined Union 
Lodge, No. 9, Chicago, twenty-three years 
ago. 

He and his family have a large circle of 
friends, who are always made welcome at 
their beautiful home in Savanna, which he 
has built and in which he is most comforta- 
bly domiciled. 



JAMES H. GILBERT. Throughout the 
ranks of Masonry in Illinois this gentle- 
man is widely and favorably known, and 
his interest in the fraternity, his fidelity to 
its teachings and principles and faithfulness 
to the obligations it imposes, has made him 
a valued member of the Craft. His identi- 
fication with the order covers a period of 
almost thirty years, he having been made a 
Mason in King Solomon Lodge, of Toronto, 
Canada, in 1867. The same year he was 
exalted to the sublime degree of a Royal 
Arch Mason in a chapter at Toronto. 
Shortly afterward he came to Chicago and 
transferred his membership to this city. 
He now affiliates with Home Lodge, No. 
508, A. F. & A. M., Chicago Chapter, No. 
127, R. A. M., and Chevalier Bayard Com- 
mandery, in which he was knighted in De- 
cember, 1888. In the blue lodge he has 
passed all the chairs, and has occupied the 
position of Worshipful Master. He has at- 
tained the thirty-second degree of the Scot- 
tish Rite in Oriental Consistory and is a 
Noble of the Mystic Shrine, his membership 
being in Medinah Temple. He does all in 
his power to advance the cause of Masonry, 
that its principle may thus be inculcated 
among men, cultivating that fraternal and 
helpful spirit which will make the world 
better and brighter. 

A native of Toronto, Canada, Mr. Gil- 
bert was born on the 3Oth of June, 1 844, 
and is of New England ancestry, descended 
from good old Revolutionary stock. His 
remote ancestors, however, were English, 
and the first of the name to seek a home in 
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probably from Devonshire, England, and 
located in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1645, 
becoming a leading citizen and extensive 
land-owner of that place. The great-great- 
grandfather of James H. was Nathaniel Gil- 
bert, a native of Middletown, Connecticut, 
where he made his home for many years. 
In 1765 he was commissioned captain of the 
militia, and in 1776 was a captain in Colonel 
Sage's regiment, which was celebrated for 
its valiant defense of New Haven. Benja- 
min Gilbert, the grandfather, located in New 
York in the latter part of the seventeenth 
century, and was engaged in the purchase 
of furs in the northern part of that state 
and Canada as the representative of a lead- 
ing fur company of New York city. Elisha 
B. Gilbert, the father, engaged in the man- 
ufacture and sale of furniture, and later in 
the lumber business. He removed from 
New York to Toronto at the age of twenty- 
five, and was there united in marriage with 
Jane Harris, a lady of Scotch-Irish lineage, 
whose ancestors came from Belfast, Ireland, 
to America. Elisha Gilbert died in 1887, 
at the age of eighty-four, and his wife passed 
away in 1880, at the age of seventy-three. 
James H. Gilbert spent the days of his 
boyhood and youth in his native land, and 
after obtaining his elementary education in 
private schools of Toronto continued his 
studies in Upper Canada College and at the 
Toronto University. Afterward turning his 
attention to the study of law, he was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1865 and entered upon 
the practice of his profession. He resided 
in Toronto until the fall of 1867, when he 
removed to Chicago and here opened a law 
office. For several years he continued his 
labors at the bar and also engaged in the 
real-estate business, forming a partnership 
with Robert C. Givens, which continued un- 
til 1883. This covered a period of rapid 
growth in the city and his careful manage- 
ment of business interests, his enterprise 
and well directed efforts, brought him suc- 
cess. Of later years he has been connected 
with a number of the leading financial con- 
cerns of the city. He embarked in the 
banking business in the summer of 1894 and 



on the first of July was made president of 
the Garden City Banking & Trust Com- 
pany, a corporation with a capital stock of 
five hundred thousand dollars. He is also 
vice-president of the Pacific Building & 
Loan Association. 

His business ability is of a high order. 
He has the mind to plan, the will to resolve 
and the executive force to control extensive 
enterprises, and his great energy, combined 
with sound judgment and capable manage- 
ment, enables him to carry forward to com- 
pletion whatever he undertakes. 

For many years Mr. Gilbert has been an 
important factor in political circles in Chi- 
cago. He. has always been a stanch Repub- 
lican, warmly advocating the principles of 
that party which stands for prosperity, pro- 
tection of American interests and the ad- 
vancement of the nation's progress and wel- 
fare. He was elected a member of the city 
council in 1876 at a time when the city 
affairs were so badly and corruptly managed 
that the people cried out for pure govern- 
ment and needed reform. His known probity 
of character and devotion to the right made 
him the choice of his ward for the office, 
and he proved a most efficient member of 
the council, fully justifying the trust which 
was reposed in him. During the two 
months' absence of the mayor he was chosen 
to temporarily fill that position, which he 
filled with credit to himself and satisfaction 
to the city. In 1886 he was elected clerk 
of the criminal court, holding the office for 
four years, and in 1 890 was elected to the 
very important position of sheriff of Cook 
county for a four-years term. 

His course in every public position that 
he has been called upon to fill is one that 
has materially advanced the best interests 
of the city. In this day, when dishonesty 
and chicanery are too often seen in official 
life, his own honorable, unblemished career, 
over which there falls no shadow of wrong 
or suspicion of evil, is one deserving of the 
greatest credit, and certainly worthy of 
emulation. The cause of his party and its 
success lies close to his heart, but no man 
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which are fair, just and straightforward. 
He has been a member of nearly every 
executive committee of his party in the 
county and has twice served as chairman, 
during which his managerial ability and 
comprehensive grasp of the political situa- 
tion enabled him to do most effective work 
for Republicanism. In 1892 he was dele- 
gate-at-large to the national Republican 
convention at Minneapolis, and was the 
representative from Illinois to notify Benja- 
min Harrison of his nomination for the 
presidency. He is now treasurer of the 
Republican state central committee and 
president of the Fourth Ward Republican 
Club. 

Mr. Gilbert is a valued member of the 
Union League and Bankers' Clubs, the 
Royal League, Royal Arcanum, Foresters, 
the National Union, Hamilton Club, the In- 
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, the Sons of 
the American Revolution and the Society of 
Colonial Wars. His public career and 
private life are alike above reproach. All 
that is true and noble in the Masonic fra- 
ternity finds expression in his every-day 
life, and his name in its connection with 
politics, business and society is the synonym 
of honor. 

On the 1 5th of June, 1870, was con- 
summated the marriage of Mr. Gilbert and 
Miss Ella K. Huntley, daughter of Silas 
Huntley and a lady of high culture, whose 
home is a favorite resort of a refined society 
circle. They have two children Helen R. 
and Huntley H. 



GEORGE DAY EDDY, one of the prom- 
inent representatives of Masonry in 
Chicago, and also one of the leading busi- 
ness men of the city, was born in Buffalo, 
New York, August 18, 1849, a son of R- M. 
and Sarah M. (Quackenbush) Eddy. His 
father died in 1884, but the mother is still 
living, in Chicago. She is of Holland de- 
scent. 

In the schools of his native city our sub- 
ject began his education, which was after- 
ward supplemented by study in Bryant & 



Stratton's Business College, and upon com- 
ing to Chicago in 1865 he completed his 
business course in this city. In 1866 he 
entered upon the work to which he has since 
devoted his energies, becoming an employee 
in the foundry which his father had estab- 
lished the year previous and which the latter 
continued to operate until his life's labors 
were ended. Since that time the business 
has been incorporated under the name of 
the R. M. Eddy Foundry Company, its of- 
ficers being George D. Eddy, president; 
Albert M. Eddy, secretary and treasurer. 
Varied and extensive as are the commercial 
and industrial interests of Chicago, the 
works of the Eddy Company are among the 
foremost in their line in the city, the able 
management, enterprise and honorable deal- 
ing of the house bringing the company a 
large and constantly increasing trade. Their 
specialty is heavy castings, and the plant is 
located at Nos. 43 to 61 Indiana street, 
where employment is furnished to from 
eighty-five to one hundred skilled workmen. 

Mr. Eddy's standing in business circles 
is high, but it is equaled by the place he 
holds in the honored body of Masonry. He 
became a member of the fraternity in De- 
cember, 1870, joining Kilwinning Lodge, 
No. 311, F. & A. M., of which he was 
made Master in 1877, at that time being the 
youngest member who had ever held the 
position. He joined Corinthian Chapter, 
No. 69, R. A. M., in 1875, and St. Bernard 
Commandery, K. T. , in April, 1882, acting 
as Eminent Commander of the last-named 
in 1893. He joined the Oriental Consistory 
in 1890 and became a member of Medinah 
Temple April 9, 1886. He is a Captain of 
Arab Patrol, also Captain of Company B, 
St. Bernard Commandery, Drill Corps, with 
which he has been identified since its organ- 
ization. He is a life member of the Ma- 
sonic Orphans' Home, and the interest 
which he takes in this and other branches 
of the work shows that he is in hearty ac- 
cord with the benevolent spirit which forms 
one of the principles of this order. 

In December, 1871, Mr. Eddy was united 
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who died in December, 1881, leaving one 
son, George A. In 1884 he was again mar- 
ried, his second union being with Miss Mary 
V. Reiley, a native of Lake Geneva, Wis- 
consin. They have two daughters, Alice 
Hazel and Harriet E. 



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RNST HUMMEL, one of the most 
conspicuous figures in the public life 
of Chicago, is now serving as city treasurer. 
He has for many years been an important 
factor in municipal affairs, and the faithful- 
ness with which he has ever discharged his 
public duties has won him the unqualified 
commendation of all fair-minded citizens. 
It logically follows that such a man would 
prove a loyal and worthy member of the 
Masonic fraternity, with which he has been 
identified for more than twenty years. In 
fact he has attained his Masonic majority, 
having been initiated as an Entered Appren- 
tice in 1876. His membership is with Key- 
stone Lodge, No. 639, A. F. & A. M. , and 
while he is not active in the work of the 
lodge-room he is true to the principles of 
the fraternity and is highly regarded by his 
Masonic brethren. 

His life record began in Germany, where 
on the /th of April, 1842, he opened his 
eyes to the light of day. For fourteen 
years he remained in the Fatherland, and 
on the 8th of May, 1856, crossed the At- 
lantic to America. Here taking advantage 
of the opportunities open to the ambitious 
and energetic young man he has steadily 
worked his way upward, winning success in 
business and honor in politics. In his youth 
he learned the brewing business, and has 
since followed it as a source of livelihood. 
He was employed by different companies 
fora few years, during which time by his 
industry and economy he acquired the cap- 
ital which enabled him to embark in busi- 
ness on his own account in 1881, as a mem- 
ber of the firm of Brand & Hummel. Later 
he became connected with the South Side 
Brewing Company, and is now vice-president 
of that corporation, doing a very extensive 
and profitable business. He is a man of great 



executive ability, foresight and enterprise, 
and to him is due in no small measure the 
success which has attended the South Side 
Brewing Company during his connection 
therewith. 

His worth as a man, his loyalty as a 
citizen and his ability to discharge accepta- 
bly the duties of important official posi- 
tion led to his election as assessor of the 
north town in 1875. In 1885 he was elect- 
ed to represent his district in the state leg- 
islature and was an active member of that 
body, laboring earnestly for the advance- 
ment of the welfare of the commonwealth. 
At the time Hyde Park was annexed to Chi- 
cago he was elected to the city council for 
a short term and on the expiration of the 
period was re-elected. In 1896 he was 
elected, on the Democratic ticket, city treas- 
urer of Chicago, receiving the largest ma- 
jority ever given a candidate for that office 
in this metropolis. Mr. Hummel is not a 
politician in the commonly accepted sense 
of the term. He has never sought office, 
but has been called to public life by a con- 
stituency that recognizing his abilities have 
desired his able services in the affairs of the 
city. He has a broad knowledge of polit- 
ical questions and is well informed on all 
matters of general interest. In social as 
well as business and political circles Mr. 
Hummel is also widely known, for his char- 
acteristics are those which everywhere com- 
mand respect. His honesty and strong de- 
termination in support of any and all meas- 
ures which he believes to be right is most 
marked, and as a man, a Mason and an offi- 
cial he commands uniform respect. 

Mr. Hummel was married in Chicago, 
on the ist of June, 1865, to Miss Mary Al- 
lemdinger, a native of this city. They now 
have one son, Ernst F. , and a daughter, 
Clara. 



)OBERT ADAMS GARDNER, one of 
JT3L Quincy's bright and popular dentists 
and a diligent member of the fraternity, was 
raised to the sublime degree of Master Ma- 
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exalted to the august degree of Royal Arch 
Mason in Quincy Chapter, No. 5, on De- 
cember 30, and served as its Master of the 
Third Vail; was constituted a Sir Knight in 
El Aska Commandery, No. 55, Knights 
Templar, on April 9, 1891, holding the office 
of Standard Bearer in that body; and at- 
tained the Scottish Rite degrees in the Val- 
ley of Quincy Consistory, S. P. R. S., up 
to and including the thirty-second degree, 
which was conferred March 3, 1891. He is 
a Noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of the 
Mystic Shrine, his membership being in 
Medinah Temple, at Chicago. 

Mr. Gardner was born in Battle Creek, 
Michigan, September i, 1861, his family 
being descendants of Scotch ancestors. His 
common-school education was obtained in 
Hannibal, Missouri, after which he moved 
to Quincy. He entered the American Dental 
College, at Chicago, in 1888, graduating at 
that institution March 26, 1890. He then 
returned to Quincy, where he has ever since 
been most successfully engaged in the prac- 
tice of his profession. He has a choice 
suite of rooms in the Wells Block, furnished 
in a tasteful manner and supplied with all 
the latest improvements and electrical ap- 
pliances, being thus enabled to turn out a 
class of work that has proved eminently 
satisfactory to his patrons. He is president 
of the Quincy Dental Club, and is a stock- 
holder in the Empire Theater Company. 

The Doctor was married December 17, 
1885, to Miss Mamie Oertle, the daughter 
of Joseph Oertle, of Quincy. They have 
two bright children Robert William and 
Helen. The Doctor and his wife are regu- 
lar attendants of the Congregational church, 
to which he is a liberal contributor. 

In his political affiliations Dr. Gardner 
is a stanch Republican. He is an enter- 
prising, progressive gentleman, a conscien- 
tious Mason, and one of Quincy's highly 
respected citizens. 



the august degree of Royal Arch Mason in 
Chicago Chapter. From this organization 
he was afterward dimitted and became a 
member of Delta Chapter, No. 191. He is 
associated with the Royal & Select Masters 
of Temple Council, and became one of the 
charter members of Mizpah Lodge, No. 
768, R. & S. M. He was Knighted in 
Apollo Commandery and is an esteemed 
member of the fraternity. 

Mr. Hughson was born in Dutchess 
county, New York, in 1841, and when 
eighteen years of age went to New York 
city, where he remained from 1859 until 
1861. In April of the latter year he came 
to Chicago and secured employment in the 
old Sherman stock-yards. With the excep- 
tion of one year he has been under the ju- 
risdiction of one man for thirty-six years, 
and is now filling a responsible position in 
the shipping department at the Union 
Stock-yards. His marked fidelity to duty 
and his faithfulness to every matter com- 
mitted to his care is demonstrated by his 
long continued service, which is certainly 
most creditable and satisfactory, both to the 
employer and employee. During the Civil 
war his labors were interrupted by his en- 
listment in the Union service as a member 
of the One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Illi- 
nois Infantry. 

On the 23d of November, 1864, Mr. 
Hughson was united in marriage to Miss 
Mary E. Flagler, who was born in Pleasant 
Valley, Dutchess county, New York. Her 
father was a veteran of the war of 1812. 
Mr. Hughson was a member of the Citi- 
zens' League of the town of Lake, served 
as its secretary for several years and was 
also president for one year. He is also a 
member of Lincoln Post, No. 91, G. A. R. 



IfARSHALL B. HUGHSON was made 
OL a Mason in Home Lodge, of Chicago, 
about 1876, and soon after was raised to 



JOHN PUTNAM FOX, a prominent citi- 
zen of Geneseo, is one of the reliable 
members of the Masonic order. In 1872 
he was made a Mason in Cambridge Lodge, 
No. 49, of Cambridge, Illinois, but after- 
ward was dimitted from that organization 
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No. 92, F. & A. M. , of Geneseo, with which 
he has since affiliated. He is an active and 
capable worker in the order, is thoroughly 
posted on the ritual, and shapes his life in 
harmony with those principles which through 
succeeding ages have aided in uplifting hu- 
manity. The growth of Masonry in this 
country has been most rapid and substan- 
tial, and it is due to the fact that its doc- 
trines are such as to commend it to men of 
sterling worth. Its principles not only in- 
culcate business honor, but produce a chiv- 
alric devotion to all that is right and awaken 
that broad charity which uplifts the fallen 
and aids the needy. 

Mr. Fox was born in Center Harbor, 
Belknap county, New Hampshire, on the 
5th of October, 1829, and is of English an- 
cestry, being connected with the Worcester 
and Chase families, two of the most promi- 
nent and honored in the country. Chief 
Justice Chase was also a representative of 
the latter family. The grandfather of our 
subject, John Fox, was one of the Revolu- 
tionary heroes, and lived to the advanced 
age of eighty-six years. His son, Leonard 
Fox, father 'of our subject, was born in He- 
bron, New Hampshire, in 1801, and mar- 
ried Miss Clarissa Chase, a native of New 
Hampton, New Hampshire. He was a 
cooper by trade, and spent his entire life in 
his native state, where he died at the age of 
seventy-two years. In religious belief he 
was a Universalist. His wife survived him 
him until 1893, and passed away at the age 
of eighty-seven. They had five children, 
two of whom are living, and by a former 
marriage the father had two children. 

John P. Fox obtained his education in 
the public schools of his native state and 
began his business career as a salesman. In 
1849 the discovery of gold in California 
lured him to the Eldorado of the west, and, 
making the ocean voyage around Cape Horn, 
arrived at San Francisco in 1850. For six 
and a half years he remained on the Pacific 
slope, engaged in gold-digging, clerking and 
in driving pack mules. Where is now the 
populous portion of San Francisco he one 
day encountered a wild grizzly bear. His 



business ventures in the west proved suc- 
cessful and about 1867 he returned to Illi- 
nois, locating on a farm in Mason county, 
where he resided for thirty-three years. In 
1890 he laid aside all active business cares 
connected with agriculture, rented his lands 
and removed to Geneseo, where he erected 
a pleasant home. He is the secretary of 
the Geneseo Farmers' Insurance Company, 
but is practically living a retired life in the 
enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil. 

Mr. Fox was married in 1858 to Miss 
Hannah O. Thomas, a native of Center 
Harbor, New Hampshire, and they have one 
son, George B. , now of Earlham, Iowa. 
Mr. Fox and his wife have many warm 
friends in Geneseo. He has been a Repub- 
lican since the organization of the party, 
and was one of nineteen who voted for John 
C. Fremont at Mariposa, California. For 
many years he was a popular township 
officer, was one of the county supervisors 
for a number of terms and for three years 
was chairman of that board. In 1874 he 
was elected to the legislature, and by re- 
election served a second term, proving one 
of the most active and valued members of 
the house. He has done all in his power to 
advance the cause of Republicanism, and 
his services in the campaigns have been very 
effective. His life has been an upright one, 
characterized by sterling integrity and devo- 
tion to duty, and in political, social and 
business circles he has won the confidence 
of all with whom he has been brought in 
contact. 



SMYTH CROOKS. One who is promi- 
) nently connected with the various 
branches of Masonry in Chicago, and whose 
devotion to and interest in the fraternity is 
most marked, is the gentleman whose 
name introduces this review. He became 
connected with the order in 1892, having 
been made -a Master Mason in Ashlar 
Lodge, No. 308, F. & A. M. He was 
raised to the Royal Arch degree in La- 
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Palestine Council, No. 66, was knighted in 
Apollo Commandery in 1892, belongs to 
Oriental Consistory and is a member of 
Medinah Temple, Order of the Mystic 
Shrine. He has been honored with official 
preferment, having served as Thrice Il- 
lustrious Master of the Council for 1896, 
while in the commandery he is now hold- 
ing the position of Generalissimo. He is 
an enthusiast in the work of the order, and 
has strong faith in its power for good, for 
its basic principles are those which foster 
and develop the principles of honor, benevo- 
lence, justice, democracy and brotherly 
feeling, qualities which never fail to awak- 
en respect. 

Mr. Crooks is a son of America by 
adoption. He was born in county Derry 
of the Emerald Isle, on the 28th,of Septem- 
ber, 1849, and is a son of Alexander and 
Sarah (Hartley) Crooks, who also were na- 
tives of the same locality. His father died 
during the early childhood of our subject, 
who spent the first eight years of his life in 
Ireland and then accompanied his mother 
on her emigration to the New World. Mrs. 
Crooks settled with her family in Kingston, 
Canada, where, after leaving school, Smyth 
entered upon his mercantile career as an 
employee in a shoe house. Since that time 
he has been connected with the trade, and 
after several years spent in the service of 
others in Canada he resolved to begin busi- 
ness on his own account in the United 
States. Accordingly he chose Chicago as 
the scene of his labors, coming here Jan- 
uary 3, 1868, for the rapidly developing 
metropolis of the west seemed to furnish a 
good opening. He therefore located in the 
city and has since been connected with the 
shoe trade, now doing business at No. 450 
North Clark street. He has here a well 
appointed store and is carrying a carefully 
selected stock of goods to meet the 
wants of all classes of patrons and has 
met with good success in his undertaking, 
having now a large trade, which he well 
merits. 

On the 24th of April, 1872, was cele- 
brated the marriage of Mr. Crooks and 



Miss Susie Widdicombe. The lady was 
born in St. John's, Newfoundland, and they 
now have a family of nine children, namely: 
Samuel George, Emily Adrian, Mary Jane, 
Ethel Blanche, Smyth Hartley, Norman 
Bartlett, Harry Cameron, Margaret Eliza- 
beth and Harvey Foster. The eldest son 
is a Master Mason. Mr. Crooks is a man 
of many sterling qualities. He inspires one 
with confidence, and the confidence re- 
posed in him is not misplaced. He is 
popular with a large circle of friends and is 
a progressive citizen, while of the Masonic 
fraternity he is a valued member. 



CLARENCE GRIGGS is a prominent 
and well-known attorney of Ottawa. 
Law as a science that is, as consisting of 
certain principles well defined and universal- 
ly admitted has commanded the unquali- 
fied admiration of all who have perceived 
its excellence and importance in the con- 
duct of human affairs. No language, how- 
ever eloquent; no genius, however gifted; 
no eulogy, however magnificent, can trans- 
cend the limits of truth in giving expression 
to its value and beauty. Its clear recogni- 
tion of the rights of man as an individual 
and of his relations to the state and to his 
fellow man, and of his duties and obliga- 
tions as a member of organized society; its 
imperative command that one so regulate 
his own conduct that in using his own he 
may not regulate others; the equal protec- 
tion and opportunity extended those in every 
rank and all conditions of life, all these 
combine to clothe with majesty and crown 
with glory the principles of law. Juris- 
prudence has through many centuries 
claimed the attention of the brightest minds 
of the world and is constantly adding to the 
list of its representatives young men of abil- 
ity, many of whom win success and honor- 
able distinction in this chosen calling. 

Among this number is Mr. Griggs, who 
is now an able practitioner at the bar of Ot- 
tawa. He was born in that city, on the 2d 
of January, 1857, and having acquired his 
elementary education in the public schools, 



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matriculated in the Michigan University, of 
Ann Arbor, where he was graduated in the 
literary department with the class of 1878. 
Having made choice of the practice of law 
as a life work, he began reading in the of- 
fice of Mayo & Widmer and in 1 88 1 was ad- 
mitted to the bar. He sought not other 
fields of labor, but opened his office in the 
city of his nativity and by his merit and 
ability has built up a good practice. He is 
now the present county attorney and un- 
doubtedly the future holds in store for him 
still greater successes. He is very promi- 
nent in political affairs, is an able defender 
of the party faith and warmly advocates the 
principles of reciprocity, protection and the 
gold standard. 

In 1883 was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Griggs and Miss Lura Nash, daughter 
of John F. Nash, one of the best known 
Masons in the state and a prominent banker 
of Ottawa. Mr. and Mrs. Griggs have one 
daughter, Lura. The parents are mem- 
bers of the Episcopal church and their home 
is the center of a cultured society circle. 



CHARLES G. STEFFEN. Young men 
in the past have often been deterred 
from devoting themselves to a business life 
because of the wide-spread impression that 
such a life yields no opportunities for the 
display of genius or for active participation 
in those political contests which appeal so 
strongly to the ambition of the young men 
of our country. The time, however, has 
gone by when, other things being equal, the 
business man must play "second fiddle" to 
the lawyer or the doctor, the minister or 
the editor. In fact, as a rule, let the busi- 
ness man be equally equipped by education 
and natural endowment, and you will find 
him to-day in every community exerting a 
wider influence and wielding a greater power 
than a man of equal capacity in any other 
walk of life. The "men of affairs" have 
come to be in a large degree the men upon 
whom the country leans. The subject of 
our sketch is pre-eminently a "man of 
affairs. " 



Mr. Steffen was born in Germany, March 
21, 1842, was educated in his native land, 
and in 1856, when fourteen years of age, 
emigrated to the United States to make his 
own way in the land of the free. He ar- 
rived at Freeport a poor boy, ignorant of 
the language arid customs of the country, 
and began to earn his living ^y cutting cord- 
wood. A short time afterward he secured 
employment in a bakery, and later engaged 
in farming, but it was the period just before 
the war, when crops were poor and prices 
low. He raised only five bushels of wheat 
to the acre and received for it only sixty-five 
cents per bushel ! This led him to abandon 
farming, and he accepted a clerkship in the 
dry-goods store of William A. Stevens and 
continued in that position for five years, to 
the entire satisfaction of his employer, while 
at the same time he acquired a good knowl- 
edge of merchandising. In partnership with 
A. Huenkemeier he opened a general mer- 
chandise store and carried on a successful 
business there until 1867, when he became 
a member of the firm of Meyer & Steffen, 
and under that name carried on business 
until 1875, when he sold out and returned 
on a visit to his native land. 

When he again came to America Mr. 
Steffen accepted a position as traveling 
salesman for Farrington & Small, wholesale 
grocers of Chicago, with whom he remained 
until 1884, alter which he entered the em- 
ploy of the well-known house of Sprague, 
Warner & Company, with which he has 
since continued, visiting the towns within a 
radius of forty miles of Freeport in the in- 
terests of the wholesale grocery with which 
he is associated. By close attention to bus- 
iness and his known integrity of character 
he has won and holds a remunerative pat- 
ronage, many of his customers having done 
business with him for the past quarter of a 
century. He is an energetic, untiring sales- 
man and well deserves the success which 
has attended his efforts. His means have 
been invested in profitable enterprises and 
he is now a stockholder in the Henry Buggy 
Company and in two of the banks of Free- 
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homes of the city and there resides with 
his family. 

In the year 1865 Mr. Steffen was hap- 
pily married, the lady of his choice being 
Miss Mary Cornelia Bengasser, a native of 
Freeport and a daughter of Michael Ben- 
gasser, a pioneer of this city. Ten children 
have been born of this union, six of whom 
are living, as follows: Frank E., now Mrs. 
Hoebel; Mary Elenora, wife of Edward 
Scanlon; Cornelia Augusta; Charles Fred- 
erick; Clara Augusta and Albert Clemens. 
Their pleasant home is noted for its hos- 
pitality and the members of the family oc- 
cupy an enviable position in social circles. 

Mr. Steffen has been an active promoter 
of the musical interests of Freeport. He 
is himself a fine tenor singer and since 
1871 has been a member of the Freeport 
Saengerbund, a society in which he takes 
great pleasure and interest and which has 
been an important factor in cultivating and 
developing the musical taste and talent of 
the city. In politics he has always been a 
Democrat and has served as assistant super- 
visor of his township and as alderman of 
the city. His Masonic history covers the 
period from 1878 down to the present. In 
that year he was made a Mason in Ever- 
green Lodge, No. 197, of Freeport, and 
has advanced steadily in the order until he 
has attained the thirty-second degree. He 
is also a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, and 
with the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows he is also identified. 



HENRY FREDERICK KORS, a promi- 
nent and highly distinguished Sir Knight 
residing in Virginia, who has shown an un- 
usual amount of interest in the order for the 
past twelve years, during which time he has 
been a consistent and faithful member, was 
initiated in Virginia Lodge, No. 544, on 
January 29, 1885, passed, and was raised to 
the sublime degree of Master Mason on 
February 12, 1885. He was exalted to the 
august degree of Royal Arch Mason on 
January 22, 1886, in Clark Chapter, No. 
29, at Beardstown, Illinois, and received 



the orders of Knighthood in Hospitaler Com- 
mandery, No. 31, K. T., at Jacksonville, 
Illinois, in 1891. In his home lodge Mr. 
Kors has been one of the active and capable 
workers, performing the duties assigned to 
him with unusual ability, thereby winning 
the high consideration of brethren. 

Mr. Kors was born at Beardstown on 
December 2, 1846. His father, born in 
1804, in Osnabruck, kingdom of Holland, 
came to the United States in 1833 and 
located at Beardstown, Illinois, where, on 
July 6, 1837, he was married to Miss Maria 
Engel Hemminghouse, a sister of Rev. 
William Hemminghouse, a German Meth- 
odist Episcopal minister. They had three 
children, of whom William died in infancy; 
Kate H. , who is now Mrs. Charles E. Boy, 
of Cumberland county, Illinois; and Henry 
F. , our subject, who was but a few weeks 
old when his mother died, on December 27, 

1846, and he was placed in the care of a 
nurse until the marriage of his father-, in 

1847, to Miss Margeratha Feulner, when he 
was taken home and reared with his father's 
family, the survivors of whom are as fol- 
lows: Martin Luther, George E., MaryH., 
now Mrs. Charles H. Unland, and Amelia 
S., who married Louis C. Hackman. The 
father was an industrious, honest trades- 
man, a plasterer and bricklayer by vocation. 
He was an active Christian, doing all in his 
power to promote the welfare of the early 
German church in Beardstown. His demise 
occurred on November 29, 1865, at the age 
of sixty-two years. 

Mr. Kors was educated in the public and 
German schools of Beardstown, Illinois. 
He became apprenticed to the harness- 
making and carriage-trimming trades, in 
which he served until becoming of age, 
when he engaged in the business on his own 
account at Beardstown, but disposed of it 
the following year, and for a time was em- 
ployed as a salesman in a mercantile estab- 
lishment. In December, 1876, he was 
appointed deputy circuit clerk of Cass 
county, Illinois, by Thomas V. Finney, who 
was at that time clerk. In 1880, 1884 and 
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same position by Hon. F. E. Downing, and 
during those years of service he performed 
the duties of his office satisfactorily. In 
1892 he was elected circuit clerk and ex- 
officio recorder of the county, an office 
which he has since filled, being re-elected 
in 1896 and his present term continuing 
until 1900. His record as a county officer, 
covering a period of over twenty years, is a 
most honorable one, and redounds greatly 
to his credit and to the excellent judgment 
of the public he has so faithfully served. 
During his connection with the circuit court 
Mr. Kors availed himself of the opportu- 
nities for reading law, and after diligent 
study and unfaltering industry he passed a 
very creditable examination and was ad- 
mitted to the bar as an attorney and coun- 
selor at law by the supreme court of the 
state of Illinois. He has a well developed 
taste for literature, is an ardent admirer of 
music, and has sung in the choir of the 
Presbyterian church for the past twenty 
years. Our subject has built one of the 
most comfortable homes in Virginia, where 
he is surrounded by everything that goes to 
make domestic life attractive and delightful. 
On January 12, 1869, he was married to 
Miss Laura Finney, a daughter of Thomas 
V. Finney, one of the early settlers of this 
county. Seven children have been born to 
them, one daughter and six sons, the eldest, 
Martin Luther, having been educated for 
the medical profession. After passing 
through the public schools of Virginia, Illi- 
nois, he attended Monmouth College, in 
this state. Then he attended Long Island 
College Hospital at Brooklyn, New York, as 
a student, and then entered the North- 
western University, of Chicago, subse- 
quently attending Rush Medical College, in 
the same city, at which he was graduated 
in 1896, and is now engaged in the practice 
of his profession in Cass county, with the 
most flattering prospects of a successful 
career. He is a member of the fraternity, 
and was made a Master Mason in Virginia 
Lodge, No. 544, on May 21, 1897. The 
other children are pursuing their studies at 
school, and are as follows: Frederick 



Sommes, Preston Virgin, Harry Downing, 
Frank Finney, Henry Frederick, Jr., and 
Grace Edna. Mrs. Kor's niece, Laura, lived 
with our subject's family until her marriage 
to Horace Biddlecome. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kors were members of the 
Congregational church at Beardstown from 
1865 until their removal to Virginia, when 
they became adherents of the Presbyterian 
church of the latter city, of which he is a 
trustee and a deacon, and with his family is 
liberal in its support. Socially he is a mem- 
ber of the Modern Woodmen of America, 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 
and with his wife is affiliated with the 
Daughters of Rebekah, in which she is 
Grand Deputy. They are both charter 
members of Ada Robinson Chapter of the 
Order of the Eastern Star, both of them 
being active in its affairs, and possessing the 
high regard of the members. 



EDWIN F. STEVENS. He to whose 
Masonic career we are now permitted 
to direct attention has been identified with 
the ancient crafthood for a quarter of a cen- 
tury, has been conspicuous for his zeal and 
abiding interest in the work of the order, has 
been a fit exemplar of the principles and 
teachings of the same and has been granted 
distinguished preferment in the several Ma- 
sonic bodies with which his membership has 
been placed. His loyalty to the institution 
of Freemasonry is distinctive and implies 
that his patriotism has been equally pro- 
nounced, and this is evident when is taken 
into consideration the willing service he ren- 
dered the nation at the time of the late war. 
Mr. Stevens is one of Chicago's most able ac- 
countants and to this important line of en- 
deavor he has given his attention for many 
years. As a business man, a citizen and a 
Mason he is held in highest esteem by all 
who know him, and such has been his Ma- 
sonic record that it is imperative that spe- 
cial mention of the same be made in this 
compilation. In the year 1872 Mr. Stevens 
was made an Entered Apprentice in Gram- 
ercy Lodge, No. 537, A. F. & A. M., in 



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New York city, and in this body he duly 
passed the Fellow-craft degree and was 
raised Master Mason. His popularity in 
this lodge is evident when it is recalled that 
he served as Worshipful Master of the same 
in 1874-5. His affiliation at the present 
time is with Normal Park Lodge, No. 797, 
of which he was a charter member and in 
which he held the office of Master in 1892. 
The four capitular degrees were received by 
Mr. Stevens in 1872, his exaltation to the 
Royal Arch having taken place in Zetlan 
Chapter, in the national metropolis. Upon 
locating in Chicago he transferred his mem- 
bership to Normal Park Chapter, No. 210, 
being one of its charter members and hav- 
ing been honored with the office of High 
Priest of the same in 1895. He was greet- 
ed Select Master in Imperial Council, No. 
85, R. & S. M., in which he passed the cir- 
cle, being a charter member of this cryptic 
body and having served as Captain of the 
Guards. Mr. Stevens received the grades and 
orders of chivalric Masonry in Morton Com- 
mandery, No. 4, of New York, having there 
been constituted, created and dubbed Knight 
Templar. From his original commandery 
he was dimitted and became a Sir Knight of 
Englewood Commandery, No. 59, in which 
he was Eminent Commander during the 
year 1896, having been a most popular and 
efficient incumbent in this distinguished of- 
fice to which he was chosen by his brother 
knights. Mr. Stevens dimitted from the 
New York Masonic bodies in the year 1889, 
and ever since that time he has been signal- 
ly faithful and constant in his allegiance to 
the Chicago organizations with which he has 
allied himself. He is also one of those who 
have been successful in the pilgrimage across 
the far-stretching sands of Araby, and has 
been made a Noble of Medinah Temple of 
the Mystic Shrine. He is a member of 
Normal Park Chapter, No. 211, Order of 
the Eastern Star. 

In this connection we can touch but 
briefly upon the more salient points in the 
life history of Mr. Stevens. Edwin For- 
rester Stevens was born in the city of New 
York on the 2d of May, 1841, being the son 



of William and Jane (Ryen) Stevens. He 
received a public-school education, but be- 
gan his individual and responsible endeavors 
at the early age of fourteen years and has 
ever since been an earnest worker in con- 
nection with the practical affairs of life. He 
is an expert accountant and his services in 
this line are at present retained by the Mc- 
Cormick Harvester Company. Mr. Stevens 
came to Chicago in 1880, and he maintains 
his home in the attractive Englewood dis- 
trict of the city. 

At the outbreak of the war of the Re- 
bellion his loyal and patriotic nature was 
roused to responsive protest as the rebel 
guns thundered against Fort Sumter, and in 
1 86 1 he responded to the first call for seven- 
ty-five thousand troops, enlisting in Com- 
pany H, Seventy-first American Guards, 
and proceeding with his command to the 
front. He participated in the first battle of 
Bull Run, and though he soon became inca- 
pacitated for active field service, by reason 
of the effects of exposure and over-exertion, 
yet he insisted in remaining in the army and 
served until the expiration of his term of 
enlistment. He subsequently re-enlisted, 
but failed to pass the examination on ac- 
count of his physical disabilities. 

In the year 1867 was solemnized the 
marriage of Mr. Stevens to Miss Antoinette 
DeLuce, and of their seven children the 
four living are Edwin F. , Jr., Mabel deG., 
Vessie G. and DeGuerre. Mr. Stevens is 
an attendant of the Episcopal church, of 
which his family are members. 

In private and social life he is the syn- 
onym of his Masonic professions, thus com- 
manding the respect and affection of the 
fraternity and the confidence of all who 
know him in other departments of life. 



II LBERT M. EDDY, one of Chicago's 
J?4L leading business men, has been an 
honored member of the Masonic fraternity 
since 1873, and during his connection there- 
with has been an active and able advocate of 
the practical working of the order which 
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lessen the sum of human suffering by his 
sympathy and assistance, while he adds to 
the world's happiness by the feeling of 
brotherly interest that the organization in- 
culcates in its members. Mr. Eddy was 
made a Mason in Kilwinning Lodge, No. 
311, F. & A. M. ; for the past fifteen years 
served as the Treasurer of said lodge; re- 
ceived the .Royal Arch degrees in 1884, and 
is now a member of York Chapter, No. 148, 
R. A. M. ; in 1885 he was knighted in St. 
Bernard Commandery, and is now serving 
as its Senior Warden, and he is an active 
member of the St. Bernard Drill Corps (of 
which organization he is Treasurer). He 
was made a thirty-second degree Mason 
in 1887, with Class 32 of the Chicago Con- 
sistory. He is a life member and one of the 
trustees of the Illinois Masonic Orphans' 
Home, and has always been a leading spirit 
in promoting the welfare of the institution. 
He is one of the directors and secretary of 
the Medinah Temple Company, owners of 
the fine Medinah Temple Building, situated 
at the corner of Fifth avenue and Jackson 
street. In 1886 he was made a member of 
the Mystic Shrine, and joined the Queen 
Esther Chapter of the Order of the Eastern 
Star in 1 889, and was Secretary of that body 
for five years, while for one year his wife 
served as Worthy Matron. In all Masonic 
matters he takes an active interest, and his 
name stands high on the roll of leading 
members of the fraternity in Chicago. 

Mr. Eddy is a native of Buffalo, New 
York, born July 4, 1851, and is a son of R. 
M. and Sarah M. (Quackenbush) Eddy. In 
the schools of his native city he began his 
education, and on coming to Chicago in 
September, 1865, he entered Washington 
school, where he remained one year and 
graduated. For two years thereafter he was 
a student in the Chicago high school and 
then entered his father's employ, since 
which time he has been, connected with the 
foundry business. He has therefore been 
connected with this industrial calling for 
twenty-eight years; and in 1884, upon the 
incorporation of the R. M. Eddy Foundry 
Company, and after the death of the father, 



he was elected secretary and treasurer of the 
company, which office he has since so suc- 
cessfully and creditably filled. He is also 
treasurer of the Goss Printing Press Com- 
pany, manufacturers of perfecting presses 
used entirely for newspaper printing. This 
plant is located at Nos. 335 to 365 Rebecca 
street, and is one of the extensive manu- 
facturing concerns of the city. Both enter- 
prises with which he is connected are large 
and profitable, and belong to that class of 
business concerns which develop the com- 
mercial activity of a locality and produce its 
material prosperity. 

On the 2d of January, 1873, Mr. Eddy 
was united in marriage to Miss Sarah A. 
Emery, a native of Rochester, New York. 
They have two children: Blanch E. , now 
the wife of Charles H. Wood; and Charles 
M. , who is engaged in business with his 
father. In his political associations Mr. 
Eddy is a Republican. 



, IBA T. F. RUNNER. Industry in use- 
ful pursuits, truly and vigorously ap- 
plied, never fails of success; it carries a man 
onward and upward, brings out his individual 
character, and powerfully stimulates the 
action of others. The greatest results in 
life are usually attained by simple means 
and the exercise of the ordinary qualities of 
common sense and perseverance. The 
every-day life with its cares, necessities and 
duties affords ample opportunity for acquir- 
ing experience of the best kind, and its well- 
beaten paths provide the true worker with 
abundant scope for effort and room for self- 
improvement, and ultimate advancement to 
positions of high trust and resposibility. It 
is now our purpose to take briefly under re- 
view the life history of one who has ren- 
dered to the Union the valiant service of the 
patriotic and loyal son of the republic, and 
who has made his life one of signal useful- 
ness in the more prosaic lines of business or 
commercial enterprise. 

Mr. Runner, of Freeport, Illinois, was 
born in Center county, Pennsylvania, on the 
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and Holland ancestry. The progenitor of 
the family in America was a member of the 
Hessian army, who after the war determined 
to make his home in this country and lo- 
cated in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. 
The parents of our subject were Frederick 
S. and Elizabeth (Furst) Runner, both na- 
tives of Pennsylvania and representatives of 
well-to-do families. The father served as 
captain of militia and held various civil 
t/BK-Tb, Ijuiu^a *auui of ./vansid^rahlp jproju- 
inence in the community in which he made 
his home. He and his wife were members 
of the Lutheran church. The father died 
in the thirty-sixth year of his age, and in 
1857 the mother came with her children to 
Freeport, where she continued to reside up 
to the time of her death, which occurred in 
her seventy-first year. 

Mr. Runner, of this review, was the third 
in a family of six children. He is indebted 
to the schools of his native town and of 
Freeport for his educational privileges, and 
a good practical English education well fit- 
ted him for life's practical duties. In 1864, 
when a young man of nineteen years, he en- 
listed in Company K, Forty-sixth Illinois 
Infantry, and served in the department of 
the Mississippi until the close of the war, as 
a loyal defender of the old flag and the cause 
it represented. 

In 1868 Mr. Runner accepted a position 
with the Freeport Gas Company, and with 
the exception of six years has been continu- 
ously connected with the company since. 
He has been advanced from one position to 
another until he is now one of the heavy 
stockholders of the company and is its sec- 
retary and very efficient manager. The 
name has been changed to the Freeport 
Light & Fuel Company, and the success of 
the concern is due in no small measure to 
the excellent business ability, the careful 
management and the industry of the present 
secretary. 

In 1875 Mr. Runner was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Maria E. Oxley, a native of 
England and a daughter of Charles and 
Maria Oxley, of Freeport. They have four 
children, Mable Alice, Olive Grace, Charles 



Frederick and Ellen Elizabeth. The par- 
ents are valued members and active workers 
in the First Presbyterian church, and Mr. 
Runner is now serving as a member of its 
board of trustees. He also belongs to the 
Young Men's Christian Association, is its 
vice-president and is deeply interested in its 
growth and progress. His political support 
is given the Republican party. Since 1871 
he has been a member of the Masonic fra- 
ternity, .and .his nasaf sNiMk isigfc vm the 
roll of the esteemed brethren of Excelsior 
Lodge. His life has been well spent, and 
he justly deserves the reputation of being 
one of Freeport's best citizens. 



T. MORFORD. It is a fact 
worthy of note, and one most potent 
as an argument in favor of the great frater- 
nity of Masonry, that when a man has once 
taken the vows of thebrotherhood and entered 
into a full knowledge of the laws of the so- 
ciety, he very seldom relinquishes his mem- 
bership. Nor is there any reason why he 
should. He has everything to gain by his 
association with such men as may be found 
within the sacred precincts of the order 
men who have probed deep into the well of 
humanity, who have seen the pitfalls that 
are ever yawning to entrap the human soul, 
and thus, warned against the danger that 
beset their brothers, have every facility with 
which to avert them. In union there is 
strength, and surely there is need of union 
when vice is the foe to be vanquished. 

Among those who have enrolled their 
names for life in local bodies of the frater- 
nity is the subject of this review, Thomas 
T. Morford. For over thirty years he has 
been a consistent member of the organiza- 
tion, having been initiated in Kilwinning 
Lodge, No. 311, in which he was made a 
Master Mason in 1866. In 1867 he was ex- 
alted to the august degree of Royal Arch 
Mason in Washington Chapter, and in the 
same year was created a Knight in Chicago 
Comrnandery, No. 19, Knights Templar. 
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dinah Temple, being one of the first mem- 
bers of that body in Chicago. 

Mr. Morford was born in New Jersey, 
September 2, 1838, and received his educa- 
tion in the public schools of his native town. 
In February, 1857, he came to Chicago and 
engaged in business, and since 1862 has 
been connected with the marine lines here. 
For twenty-seven years he has been in the 
employ of the Union Steamship Line, with 
the exception of one year, having started in 
when it was first organized. For ten years 
he was a trustee of the village of River- 
side. 

In January, 1858, Mr. Morford was 
united in marriage to Miss Maria L. Smith, 
and ten children were born to them, four of 
whom are living, namely: James B., Emory 
T. , Arthur E. and Wager G. He was 
again married, this time to Miss Clarissa E. 
Davis, and of this union two children were 
born. Politically Mr. Morford is a Demo- 
crat, but is a firm believer in the principles 
of sound money. Although well along in 
the autumn of life Mr. Morford is a well 
preserved man, and it is hoped that many 
long years of usefulness may yet be spared 
him. 



NSEL HANDY HULING, editor of 
J&L The Argus, of Chicago, and promi- 
nent in literary circles, is one of Chicago's 
sterling citizens who is identified with the 
several branches of the Masonic order and 
is a worthy exponent of Masonry. He was 
created a Master Mason in the spring of 
1870, in Union Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of 
Evansville, Wisconsin, which conferred 
upon him the degrees of Entered Appren- 
tice, Fellow-craft and Master Mason. The 
following year he removed to St. Louis and 
transferred his membership to Keystone 
Lodge, of that city, and in 1873, upon re- 
moving to Chicago, was transferred to 
Waubansia Lodge, No. 160, of which he is 
now a life member. While he was a resi- 
dent of St. Louis, in 1872, Kilwinning Chap- 
ter, R. A. M., exalted him to the rank of 
Royal Arch Mason, and on his return to 



Chicago he affiliated with LaFayette Chap- 
ter. The Knight Templar degrees were 
conferred upon him in 1882 by Chicago 
Commandery, in which, in 1885, he filled 
the office of Prelate. He is also a thirty- 
second-degree Mason, having been made a 
member of Oriental Consistory in 1882, and 
was for a time an officer in the Rose Croix 
body. 

Mr. Huling is a native of North New 
Berlin, New York, born June 7, 1838, and 
is a son of Rev. Daniel and Lydia (Burlin- 
game) Huling. The family removing west 
to Illinois when our subject was a youth, 
he was partly educated in this state, after- 
ward spending two years at Hillsdale Col- 
lege, Michigan, which he left to engage in 
teaching. 

After two years engaged in teaching in 
Illinois, in 1863 he was ordained a minister 
of the Free Baptist church, and spent nine 
years in the active work of the ministry as 
a pastor in Illinois and Wisconsin. In 1870 
he abandoned the ministry, on account of 
failing health, and since then his time and 
attention have been given to insurance and 
to journalistic and literary work, having 
written articles for, and been connected 
with, some of the leading publications of 
this country, including special articles on 
insurance for the latest edition of the Ency- 
clopedia Brittanica. He was the western 
editor of the Morning Star, a Free Baptist 
paper, for six years; in 1880 went with The 
Investigator, of Chicago, continuing its editor 
five years at one time; was afterward a mem- 
ber of the firm of Hill & Huling, book pub- 
lishers, later doing literary work at Cincin- 
nati; then, editor of the Insurance and 
Finance Chronicle, of Montreal, from Octo- 
ber, 1889, to May, 1893; subsequently, dur- 
ing the years 1895-6, was again editor of 
The Investigator; and at present he has the 
editorship of The Argus, of Chicago. 

A scholarly gentleman, possessing more 
than ordinary literary and business ability, 
he has met with success in the various en- 
terprises with which he has been connected. 
In political matters he has always given his 
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Mr. Ruling has a pleasant residence at 
Wheaton, which he built in the summer of 
1895, and which he and his family occupy. 
He was married in the spring of 1860, to 
Miss Emily Stewart, of French Creek, New 
York, and they have two children Alice 
Augusta and Edith Amelia, both accom- 
plished in literary and social circles. 



CHARLES EDWIN WINDOM, a promi- 
nent furniture dealer of Sterling, Illi- 
nois, and one of the leading citizens of the 
place, has been identified with Masonry 
during the past five years and has advanced 
from the blue lodge to the chapter and 
commandery, in all of which he takes a 
most appreciative interest. 

Mr. Windom was made a Master Mason 
in Rock River Lodge, No. 612, F. & A. M. , 
July 15, 1892. December 3, the same year, 
he was exalted a Royal Arch Mason by 
Sterling Chapter, No. 57, R. A. M. ; and 
Augusts, 1893, he was knighted by Sterling 
Commandery, No. 57. In the chapter he 
has for some time been honored with the 
high official position of King, which he fills 
with his usual and becoming dignity, ren- 
dering his work in a most impressive 
manner. 

Mr. Windom is a native son of the city in 
which he lives. He was born August 14, 
1855, and is descended from English an- 
cestors who were among the colonists of 
Virginia. Secretary Windom of the United 
States belonged to the same family. Grand- 
father Windom at an early day removed 
from the "Old Dominion " to the "West- 
ern Reserve," settling in Ohio, where the 
father of our subject, Jonas Windom, was 
born. Jonas Windom married Miss Ruth 
Lumm, a native of Virginia, and in the year 
1849 they came out to Illinois and located 
at Sterling, where for some years he kept 
the Central Hotel, later was engaged in the 
grocery business and still later established 
the furniture business, of which his son, 
Charles E., is now proprietor. Also the 
senior Mr. Windom was the founder of the 
Sterling Burial Case Manufacturing Com- 



pany. As an enterprising and thorough- 
going citizen he figured prominently in the 
town, served on its council for a number of 
years, and throughout his life enjoyed the 
confidence and respect of all who knew 
him. He died in 1886, at the age of sixty- 
nine years. His widow still survives him, 
being now in the seventy-ninth year of her 
age. To them were born eight children, of 
whom four are now living. 

Charles Edwin Windom was the second 
son born in the above named family. He 
grew up in his native town, where he en- 
joyed the advantages of its public schools, 
and where he learned the trade of machinist. 
For fifteen years he was with his father in 
the furniture business, and for the past 
three years he has been sole proprietor of 
the establishment. 

Mr. Windom is a man of family. August 
6, 1890, was consummated his marriage to 
Miss Grace F. Richards, who, like himself, 
is a native of Sterling, she being a daughter 
of Hon. Daniel Richards, one of the promi- 
nent citizens of this place and a worthy 
member of the Masonic fraternity. To 
Mr. and Mrs. Windom have been given one 
child, a daughter, Ruth H. 

In his political affiliations Mr. Windom 
is a Republican, ardent in his support of 
the principles of his party. He has fre- 
quently filled local offices of prominence and 
trust, always discharging his duty with the 
strictest fidelity, and at this writing is a 
member of the township high-school board. 
Fraternally, he is associated with organiza- 
tions other than Masonry. For some years 
he has been an Odd Fellow, has passed the 
chairs in this order, and is now a Past Noble 
Grand. Also he is an active and prominent 
member of the State Undertakers' Associa- 
tion, of which he has served as president, 
and from which he has been a delegate to 
conventions in Boston and Canada. 



fEORGE BLISS MORGAN, master in 
chancery of the county of Mercer, is one 
of the very active members of Aledo Lodge, 
No. 252, A. F. & A. M., and is withal an 



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ornament to the order. He was initiated 
into Masonry in this lodge, receiving the 
degree of Entered Apprentice February 9, 
1892; Fellow-craft December 6, 1892; and 
Master Mason June 12, 1894. 

Mr. Morgan is a native of the state of 
Pennsylvania, born in Northumberland on 
the 1 2th day of November, 1850, of Welsh- 
English and German ancestry. ' His par- 
ents, Charles and Mary (Andrews) Morgan, 
natives respectively of New Jersey and New 
York, emigrated in 1864 to Wapello, Iowa, 
where he (Charles Morgan) died the next 
year. She survived him nine years, depart- 
ing this life in 1874. Of their six children 
five are yet living. 

Mr. George B. Morgan, the youngest 
child, was educated in Grand New Normal 
and Academic Institute, Iowa, and also at 
Galesburg, Illinois. Subsequently he read 
law for four years in Chicago, and then at- 
tended lectures in a Chicago law school, 
and was admitted to practice on the 6th of 
January, 1876, on examination before the 
supreme court at Springfield, Illinois. He 
immediately began the practice of his pro- 
fession in Chicago, and a year thereafter re- 
moved to Aledo, Illinois, and from the very 
first met with flattering success. In 1882 
he was appointed master in chancery for 
Mercer county, which position he is still 
ably and creditably filling. In his political 
relations he has always been an active Re- 
publican, and has rendered his party valua- 
ble and effective service in the campaigns. 

Besides the fraternal relations already 
mentioned, Mr. Morgan also sustains a mem- 
bership in the order of Odd Fellows, Fern 
Leaf Temple of the Rathbone Sisters at De- 
catur, Illinois, and in the Modern Woodmen 
of America. In the last named organization 
he has been successively elected as one of 
the Illinois delegates to the national con- 
ventions of the order. He has passed all 
the chairs in both branches of the Odd Fel- 
lows order; and he is also a member of the 
order of Knights of Pythias, in which worthy 
society he has filled the office of deputy 
grand chancellor; and in 1894 was nomi- 
nated by the grand chancellor, and unani- 



mously confirmed, a member of the grand 
tribunal, domain of Illinois. 

Besides maintaining great success in his 
law practice, he has also taken a deep in- 
terest in the social and religious affairs of 
his city. Mr. Morgan has been successively 
chosen and elected president of the board 
of education of his city, without opposition, 
and takes a deep interest in the cause of 
education. Indeed, it may be truthfully 
said that in every department of life he is 
active and helpful, and especial credit should 
be granted him when it is considered that 
he was but a child when he was deprived of 
his father by death, and that it has been 
wholly by his own efforts that he has ac- 
quired his present standing in the profession, 
while in society his record is a good one. 

In 1879 Mr. Morgan was married to Miss 
Loie C. Noble, the daughter of John P. and 
Mary Ann Noble, of Westville, Indiana. 
They have two daughters, Hattie Alta and 
Mary Edith. They have also adopted a 
child of his deceased sister, now named 
Mary Emma Morgan, whom they have edu- 
cated at the State Normal University, and 
who graduated in the class of 1895, ar >d is 
now attending the Woman's Medical Col- 
lege, of Chicago. Mr. Morgan, with his 
family, has a beautiful tree-embowered home 
in Aledo, and enjoys the high esteem and 
friendship of a host of friends. 



DAVID A. WING, who is engaged in the 
drug business at No. 1010 South Main 
street, Rockford, has for seven years affilia- 
ted with the Masonic fraternity, conforming 
his life to its teaching, while his exposition 
of its principles is able and earnest. He 
became a member of the society in 1889. 
His application for admission was favorably 
received, for throughout Rockford he is 
known as a straightforward, reliable busi- 
ness man, and he took the degree of En- 
tered Apprentice in E. W. F. Ellis Lodge, 
No. 633, A. F. & A. M. Later he passed 
the degree of Fellow-craft and was created 
a Master Mason on the 5th of July, 1889. 
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member of the organization and has the 
esteem and confidence of his brethren 
throughout Rockford. 

Mr. Wing is a native of Montpelier, Ver- 
mont, born on the 7th of September, 1 860. 
His parents, David A. and Lois A. (Sticky) 
Wing, were both natives of New England 
and descended from old English families 
who in the early days of colonial history 
sought home beyond the Atlantic. The 
father was a farmer and stock-dealer and 
died in the forty-ninth year of his age. The 
mother is still living and has been a life-long 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church. 

The gentleman whose name introduces 
this review is their only child. He was 
only two years of age at the time of his 
father's death, but was carefully reared by 
his mother, and in the public schools of his 
native city acquired a good education that 
fitted him for life's practical duties. On 
leaving the school-room he learned the 
drug business and has since followed that 
pursuit. He came to Rockford in 1883 and 
has since conducted a satisfactory busi- 
ness at his present location. His career is 
that of a quiet, thoroughgoing business man 
whose success has resulted from steady 
application, from energy, industry and sound 
judgment. He now has a well-equipped 
store, furnished with all modern appoint- 
ments known to the trade and is enjoying a 
liberal and remunerative patronage. 

Since attaining his majority Mr. Wing 
has given his political support to the Repub- 
lican party and its principles; and is well 
informed concerning the issues of the day. 
In addition to his connection with Masonry, 
he is a member of the Independent Order of 
Red Men and has passed all the chairs in 
the local lodge with which he is affiliated. 



LOREN L. MORRISON, a prominent 
' member of the bar of Rockford, Illi- 
nois, was born in Hebron, Jefferson county, 
Wisconsin, on the eighteenth day of No- 
vember, 1852, and is of Scotch descent, his 
paternal ancestors crossing the Atlantic 



from the land of hills and heather and tak- 
ing up their residence in Londonderry, New 
Hampshire, in 1719, and participating in 
the events which went to make up the early 
history of that section. The great-grand- 
father of our subject served in the colonial 
army during the war of the Revolution, and 
afterward moved to Windsor county, Ver- 
mont, where his grandfather, Daniel Morri- 
son, was born and lived the life of a thrifty 
farmer. His father, Lorenzo Morrison, was 
born in West Windsor, Vermont, in 1827, 
and married Adaline L. Davis, who was also 
a native of the Green Mountain state, her 
ancestors having been among the earliest 
settlers of Hartland, Windsor county, Ver- 
mont. In early life Lorenzo Morrison, his 
father, followed farming. His family num- 
bered eight children, of whom six are still 
living. Their mother departed this life in 
the sixty-first year of her age and their fa- 
ther is still living, at the age of seventy, at 
Rockford. 

The subject of this sketch obtained his 
education in the public schools of Sherburne, 
Woodstock and Hartland, Vermont, at 
Worcester Academy, Worcester, Massachu- 
setts, and Waterville Classical Institute, 
Waterville, Maine, and was graduated June 
26, 1879, in the classical course, at Knox 
College, Galesburg, Illinois. For four years 
after graduation he engaged in teaching as 
principal of the high and graded schools at 
Lyndon, Whiteside county, Illinois, during 
which time he devoted his spare hours to 
the study of law, reciting occasionally to the 
Hon. John G. Manahan, of the firm of Man- 
ahan & Ward, of Sterling, Illinois, and later 
continuing his legal studies with the firm of 
Staples & Goulding, of Worcester, Massa- 
chusetts. He came to Rockford June 12, 
1883, and was soon afterward admitted to 
the bar, since which time he has been en- 
gaged in general law practice in Rockford, 
also devoting considerable time and atten- 
tion to practice in the United States courts 
and the patent office, in patent causes. In 
1896 he formed a copartnership with L. L. 
Miller, in the law and patent business, and 
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conducting the combined business formerly 
conducted by them separately. 

On the i pth of June, 1882, Mr. Mor- 
rison was united in marriage with Miss 
Mary Louise Ball, of Holden, Worcester 
county, Massachusetts. They have three 
children, all born in Rockford, namely : 
Ralph N. , Marguerite L. and Lucille M. 
Mr. and Mrs. Morrison are members of the 
State Street Baptist church of Rockford, 
and he is chairman of its board of trustees. 

In his political views Mr. Morrison is a 
Republican. He has served as police mag- 
istrate of Rockford for the past eleven years 
and is still satisfactorily filling that position. 
Socially he is connected with the Masonic 
order, the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, the Knights of Pythias and the Royal 
League, of the last of which he is now su- 
preme vice archon. He was made a Mason 
in 1889, joining Rockford Lodge, No. 102, 
and has served as its Senior Deacon. He 
has taken the Scottish Rite degrees up to 
and including the thirty-second, his mem- 
bership being with the Freeport Consistory. 
He is esteemed a worthy member of the or- 
der and has the warm regard of his brethren 
of the craft. 



BOBERT DARIUS KUEHNER, who 
has attained the thirty-second degree 

in the Scottish Rite of Masonry, is one of 
the leading young members of the fraternity 
in Freeport. He became a member of the 
order in 1894, at which time he joined Ex- 
celsior Lodge, No. 97, F. & A. M., which 
is regarded as one of the best lodges in the 
state, and its name is indicative of the prog- 
ress which it is continually making. Since 
that time Mr. Kuehner has advanced rapidly 
in the society until he has taken the thirty- 
second degree. He is the Junior Warden 
of his lodge, and also belongs to the 
Royal Arch Chapter and to the Mystic 
Shrine, serving as Captain of the Host in 
the former. Deeply interested in Masonry, 
he is an enthusiastic and loyal member and 
is well deserving of personal mention in a 
work whose province is the recording of the 



lives of those who are worthy represent- 
atives of the fraternity in the state of 
Illinois. 

Mr. Kuehner is a native son of the city 
of Freeport, born January 9, 1873. He 
comes of a family of German origin, his fa- 
ther being Darius Kuehner, who crossed the 
Atlantic and took up his residence in Ohio 
in an early day. From that state he came 
to Illinois in 1856 and the following year 
established his furniture and undertaking 
business, which is still in operation. For 
forty years he has been prominently and 
honorably connected with the commercial 
interests of Freeport, and is one of the suc- 
cessful and highly respected business men 
of the city. He has now reached the age 
of sixty-six years and is retired from active 
business, his son, C. Fred Kuehner, now 
conducting the store. His name is a syn- 
onym for commercial honor, and his well 
directed efforts, his straightforward dealing 
and his perseverance secured him a liberal 
patronage, which yielded him a handsome 
income. He married Miss Johanna Sand- 
ers, and to them were born five children. 

Robert D. Kuehner is the youngest son 
of the family. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools of Freeport and learned the fur- 
niture business in his father's store. He 
continued his connection with the business 
until recently, when he disposed of his in- 
terest therein in order to embark in other 
enterprises. He is a young man of high 
character, of undoubted business ability and 
superior executive qualifications, and a suc- 
cessful career undoubtedly awaits him. A 
native son of Freeport, educated in her 
schools, she will one day have further reason 
to be proud of him, for he will make an 
honorable name and place for himself in 
commercial circles. 



JONES TALLIAFERRO TOWNSLEY, 
freight agent at Springfield, Illinois, for 
B. & O. S. W. R. R. Company, has for 
more than twenty years been in the employ 
of this company and is one of its most relia- 



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ble and trusted men. He has been identified 
with the great Masonic fraternity since a 
date shortly after he attained his majority, 
has practiced his principles in his every-day 
life, and is a craftsman worthy of the name 
of Mason. 

Mr. Townsley is a native son of Illinois. 
He was born in Xenia, Clay county, Janu- 
ary 8, 1850, and was reared in that county. 
His first employment was in the express and 
railroad offices of the Ohio & Mississippi 
Railroad Company, now the B. & O. S. W., 
at Flora, where he remained until 1876. 
That year he was transferred to Taylor- 
ville, still in the employ of the same com- 
pany, and from there in 1881 was sent to 
take his present position at Springfield, that 
of freight agent. 

Mr. Townsley was made a Master Mason 
in Flora, in September, 1872, in Flora 
Lodge, No. 204, and on May 9 of the fol- 
lowing year he was exalted in Flora Chap- 
ter, No. 154, R. A. M. The year 1875 
found him officiating as Worshipful Master 
in the lodge and High Priest in the chapter, 
in both of which offices he rendered excel- 
lent and appreciated work. The year fol- 
lowing his removal to Taylorville he took 
a dimit from theFlora Lodge and Chapter 
and affiliated with Mound Lodge and Tay- 
lorville Chapter, of Taylorville, and since 
1882 has had his membership in these bodies 
in Springfield, Tyrian Lodge, No. 333, and 
Springfield Chapter, No. i. Both Mound 
and Tyrian Lodges have honored him with 
their highest official positions. He served 
as Worshipful Master of the former in 1878, 
'79 and '80, and of the latter in 1893. In 
Springfield Chapter he filled the office of 
High Priest in 1887 and 1888. The coun- 
cil degrees were conferred upon him in 1888 
by Springfield Council, No. 2, R. & S. M. , 
in which, in 1889 and 1893, he was Master. 
In May, 1882, he was knighted by Elwood 
Commander}', No. 6, in which order also he 
has been honored with official preference, 
having filled the chair of Eminent Com- 
mander in 1889. 

In 1875, at Xenia, Illinois, Mr. Towns- 
ley wedded Miss Charlotte Gibson, and 



their happy union has been blessed in the 
birth of two children Charles W. and Nel- 
lie A. 



T \HOMAS EATON MILLER, Chicago. 
The subject of this review is one 
whose history particularly touches the pio- 
neer epoch in the annals of the present me- 
tropolis of the west and whose days are an 
integral part of that indissoluble chain 
which links the early, formative period with 
that of latter-day progress and prosperity. 
Not alone is there particular interest at- 
taching to his career as one of the success- 
ful and honored business men of Chicago, 
but in reviewing his genealogical record we 
find his lineage and nativity tracing to that 
land which has contributed to America one 
of the most alert and valuable elements in 
its composite individuality. Mr. Miller is 
conspicuous in his allegiance to that noblest 
of fraternal orders with which this work has 
particularly to do, is widely known and 
honored for his ardent interest in the cause 
and has attained to distinguished degrees in 
the ancient brotherhood, so that a detailed 
reference to his career is a most consistent 
portion of this compilation. 

Mr. Miller's identification with the Ma- 
sonic order dates back to the year 1861, 
when he was initiated as a member of Kil- 
winning Lodge, No. 311. In 1 866 he was 
actively concerned in the organization of 
Covenant Lodge, No. 526, of which he was 
a charter member and of which he has ever 
since served as Treasurer, with the excep- 
tion of one year. His Royal Arch affilia- 
tions are with Corinthian Chapter, No. 69, 
of which he has been Treasurer since 1867. 
Mr. Miller is a charter member of St. Ber- 
nard Commandery, Knights Templar, in ef- 
fecting whose organization he was particu- 
larly active and of which he has served con- 
secutively as Treasurer from the beginning. 
Mr. Miller also retains membership in Chi- 
cago Council, No. 4, R. & S. M., and in 
Queen Esther Chapter, Order of the East- 
ern Star. He has advanced to the degrees 
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of Oriental Consistory. As a Noble of the 
Mystic Shrine he has duly made his way 
across the sands of the desert and is identi- 
fied with Medinah Temple. In that noble 
charitable institution, the Masonic Orphans' 
Home, our subject was one of the prime 
promoters, laboring zealously to secure its 
foundation and ever after maintaining a 
most lively interest in its affairs, showing 
this interest not alone in words and personal 
work, but according a financial support of 
most appreciative order. He has been one 
of the directors of the institution from its 
inception. Loyal and earnest in his devo- 
tion to the order, there is probably no man 
better known in the Masonic circles of Cook 
county than is Mr. Miller. His other fra- 
ternal relations are represented in a mem- 
bership in Union Lodge, No. 9, I. O. O. F. , 
in which he was initiated on the 7th of June, 
1855, and of which he has been treasurer 
since 1863. It should also be noted that 
he is consistently a member of the Masonic 
Veterans' Association, in whose organiza- 
tion he assisted. 

Thomas Eaton Miller was born in county 
Londonderry, Ireland, on the I2th of May, 
1834, being the son of David and Ann 
(Forbes) Miller, also natives of the Emer- 
ald Isle, where the family had been one of 
no little prominence. The father died in 
Ireland, but the mother came to America 
and her death occurred in Chicago, in the 
year 1859. They were the parents of nine 
sons and two daughters, and of this number 
five sons and one daughter still survive, all 
being residents of the Garden City. Our 
subject was but ten years of age when the 
family emigrated to the United States, and 
for two years after his arrival he lived at 
Oswego, New York, after which he was at 
Cleveland, Ohio, for an equal period. His 
advent in Chicago dates back to the year 
1848, and, having received limited educa- 
tional training in the public schools, he 
made ready to meet the exigencies of life by 
promptly identifying himself with business 
pursuits, necessity demanding this possible 
sacrifice of other aspirations. Upon arriv- 
ing in Chicago he apprenticed himself to the 



firm of Doolittle & Miller to learn the trade 
of ship carpenter and caulker. He con- 
tinued with this firm, the junior member of 
which was his brother, and finally, about 
the year 1861, purchased Mr. Doolittle's in- 
terest in the enterprise. The firm name 
was thereupon changed to Miller Brothers, 
and this association has continued ever since 
that early period, though in 1882 the in- 
creasing demands placed upon the industry 
led to its incorporation as the Miller Broth- 
ers' Dry Dock Company, of which our sub- 
ject has been president from the start. The 
company do all kinds of ship repairing and 
also build small vessels. This is the oldest 
concern of the sort in the city, and its his- 
tory has bee.n one of utmost honor, so that 
it enjoys not only a wide reputation but an 
unmistakable prestige in the business con- 
trolled in its very important field of oper- 
ations. 

Mr. Miller may be distinctively consid- 
ered one of the pioneer residents of Chicago, 
for at the time of his arrival here it was but 
a straggling and unattractive city of about 
twenty thousand population. He has been 
a witness of its marvelous growth, and takes 
marked satisfaction in the proud position 
which it now holds among the great metro- 
politan centers of the world. He saw the 
first locomotive, the Pioneer, which was 
brought to this now great railroad center, 
unloaded from the vessel, the same having 
been transported hither in the year 1848. 
Mr. Miller was a member of the Chicago 
Volunteer Fire Department in 1850, and was 
assistant foreman of Niagara Company, No. 
3. In the connection it is interesting to note 
the fact that his interest in this line has not 
abated, since he has been treasurer of the 
Firemen's Benevolent Association for nearly 
a score of years past. He enjoys a notable 
popularity and esteem in the business cir- 
cles of the city, with whose material inter- 
ests he has been so conspicuously identified 
for so many years, and his anecdotes and 
revelations in regard to the earlier periods 
of Chicago's history should be treasured as 
valuable data. Mr. Miller started out in 
life a poor boy, and he is signally the archi- 



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tect of his own fortunes. He has attained 
a noteworthy prosperity through earnest 
and well-directed effort, and his honor and 
integrity have shown forth in every act of 
his life. 

In his political proclivities Mr. Miller is 
a stalwart advocate of the principles and 
policies of the Republican party, and he re- 
calls with satisfaction the fact that he was 
in the famous "wigwam" where and when 
Abraham Lincoln received his nomination 
for the presidency in 1860. In religious mat- 
ters he is an Episcopalian, being recognized 
as a devoted churchman, the members of 
his family also being communicants of the 
church. 

. In the year 1855 was consummated the 
marriage of our subject to Miss Catherine 
Chandler, a native of Chicago, and they 
became the parents of four children, three 
of whom are living: Thomas L. , who is 
now Eminent Commander of St. Bernard 
Commandery; Charles A., who also is iden- 
tified with the Masonic order; and Emma, 
the wife of Dr. Joseph F. Jones, of Kansas 
City, Missouri. Mrs. Miller died, and in 
1873 Mr. Miller was united in marriage to 
Elizabeth Harrison, by whom he has four 
children, namely: Frank A., who was made 
a Mason on his twenty-first birthday; Brice 
C. , who also celebrated the attaining of his 
majority in a similar way; Myrtle M. and 
Pearl. 



DAVID GOODMAN. Grateful indeed 
' must be the local bodies of the Masonic 
fraternity which have in their midst men 
who possess an enthusiasm born of a desire 
to advance in every way possible the good 
of the cause, and whose time is given with 
that end in view. Mr. Goodman is a brother 
whose interest in Masonry is of the pro- 
gressive kind that has been of great benefit 
to the society. After passing the subordi- 
nate degrees of the blue lodge, he was made 
a Master Mason in William B. Warren 
Lodge, No. 209, in Chicago, on September 
28, 1868: moving afterward to Quincy, he 
was exalted to the degree of Royal Arch 



Mason in Quincy Chapter, No. 5, in 1869, 
in which year he assisted in organizing 
Lambert Lodge, No. 659, A. F. & A. M. , 
in that city, of which lodge he was elected 
Senior Warden and represented the same 
in the Grand Lodge of the state. Return- 
ing to Chicago, he received a dimit from 
the Quincy Chapter and joined Wiley M. 
Egan Chapter, No. 126, in 1878, in which 
he also received the Council degrees. Of 
this chapter he was the Eminent Scribe in 
1879. In 1878 he was created a Knight in 
Chicago Commandery, No. 19, K. T. , of 
which he was Junior Warden in 1879 and 
Recorder in 1881-2-3. He assisted in the 
organization of Golden Rule Lodge, No. 
726, Chicago, of which he was Worshipful 
Master two years and Secretary for four 
years, and of which he is a life member. 
Mr. Goodman is an energetic worker, whose 
labors are sincerely appreciated by his 
brother Masons. 

Mr. Goodman is a native of England, 
born in Ware, Hertfordshire, August 13, 
1847. When only four years old he was 
placed in school, where he remained until 
June, 1855, in which year his parents 
left their native country for America, ar- 
riving in New York July 4, 1855, bring- 
ing the subject of this review with them. 
They came direct to Chicago, where Mr. 
Goodman attended the Scammon school, 
at that time presided over by Mr. D. S. 
Wentworth, and later he entered the Skin- 
ner school, where he studied under the 
direction of Mr. Merriam. He then took a 
course of study at Bryant & Stratton's col- 
lege and received an excellent business edu- 
cation. 

The Civil war was just about this time 
at its height, and, although but a little over 
sixteen years of age, Mr. Goodman desired 
to take up arms in the defence of the Union, 
and enlisted in Company G, Eighth Illinois 
Cavalry, and served during the remainder 
of the conflict. He participated in a num- 
ber of important engagements, and was 
honorably discharged when, in 1865, hos- 
tilities were brought to a close. Mr. Good- 
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our worthy frater, Amos Grannis, for whom 
he worked several years. He then left his 
employ to engage in the contracting busi- 
ness, in which he has continued to the 
present time, with the exception of two 
years, 1886 and 1887, which he spent in 
traveling through Spanish Honduras and 
other southern countries, visiting points of 
interest, among which were the De Lesseps 
canal, at the Isthmus of Panama, the pro- 
posed route of the Nicaragua canal from 
Greytown, and other enterprises through- 
out these countries. 

In politics Mr. Goodman is a Republican 
in principles, but always keeps the best 
interests of his country at heart without 
regard to what is commonly called ' poli- 
tics. " He has never held public office of 
any kind, nor has he ever had a desire to 
do so, being content to work in the ranks 
and seeking no other reward that that of 
knowing that he is doing his duty as he sees 
it and to the best of his ability. 

Mr. Goodman was married in Chicago 
August 4, 1867, to Miss Jennie E. Smith, 
who was born in this city September 3, 
1847. Five children have been born to 
them, four of whom still survive. 

Among his other social affiliations Mr. 
Goodman is a member of Farragut Post, 
Grand Army of the Republic, the Veteran 
Union League Club, Veteran Masonic Asso- 
ciation, Occidental Council, Royal Arcanum, 
and is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, in 
Medinah Temple. He is an energetic busi- 
ness man, fearless in his convictions, up- 
right and honorable, and to-day enjoys that 
success which comes only from indefatiga- 
ble industry and application. 



HENRY PRATT. In this day of modern 
civilization, with its hurry and tur- 
moil and constant struggle to obtain a sub- 
sistence, amid all the fierce passions of man 
striving to gain an ascendancy over his fel- 
low creatures, it is a relief to return to the 
calm, untroubled atmosphere that is ever 
present within the portals of Freemasonry 
There, safe from the petty spites of little 



minds, one may find banded together men 
who, in carrying out the principles of the 
fraternity, have placed themselves out of the 
pale of human weaknesses and stand ready 
to give the hand of fellowship to all who 
wish it, firmly convinced that once the les- 
sons of the order are taken to heart there 
will be no room for anything that would 
tend to lower the better nature of mankind. 
Inculcating the doctrines of charity, faith, 
unselfishness and love, this society has at- 
tained the prominent and powerful position 
it holds to-day, that its influence should 
grow and extend until the time shall come 
when all men shall acknowledge themselves 
brothers, with but one aim in life, and that 
one aim the mutual benefit of mankind and 
its elevation to a condition of perfect peace 
and happiness. Such are the probable re- 
sults; and most worthy of encouragement 
are the efforts of those who in the present 
age are doing all in their power to bring 
such a condition of affairs to a satisfactory 
conclusion. Henry Pratt is a brother who 
has labored faithfully in the field for the 
cause of right, and as a token of the high 
regard in which he is held by the brethren 
he has been honored with many offices of 
importance in the local bodies. 

Mr. Pratt was initiated in Summit City 
Lodge, No. 170, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 
in which he was raised to the degree of Mas- 
ter Mason. He was a charter member of 
Arcana Lodge, and held the office of Master 
in 1877 and 1884. In 1876 he was exalted 
a Royal Arch Mason in Wiley M. Egan 
Chapter, of which he was High Priest in 
1 882. Having taken in due time the council 
degrees, he is now affiliated with Chicago 
Council, No. 4. In 1877 he was created a 
Knight Templar in Chicago Commandery, 
No. 19, and was Eminent Commander in 
1890-1, and also filling the unexpired term 
of Mr. George R. McLellen. He occupied 
all his official positions with a dignity and 
efficiency that were most commendable, and 
a more popular gentleman never held office. 
Among his other social affiliations Mr. Pratt 
is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine in Medinah 
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Mr. Pratt was born in Fort Wayne, In- 
diana, December 18, 1843, and is a son of 
Allen and Margaret (Cline) Pratt. His 
early life was spent on a farm and he re- 
ceived such educational advantages as were 
to be had at the district schools. His father 
was a contractor by occupation, and at the 
age of nineteen he became associated with 
him in the same business and followed that 
for a number of years. He had also learned 
the trade of brick-laying, and later engaged 
in that work in Fort Wayne. In 1872 he 
came to Chicago and for about seventeen 
years was superintendent of the People's 
Gas Company. In 1888 he engaged in 
business for himself, contracting and erect- 
ing gas works, and in 1 890 he accepted his 
present position as secretary and treasurer 
of the Tobin & Hamler Manufacturing Com- 
pany, whose machine and steam boiler 
works were first established in 1871, and 
was incorporated in 1890, when Mr. Pratt 
was appointed to his present position. 

Mr. Pratt is practically a self-made man 
in the strictest sense of the word, and his 
present position is due to his untiring ener- 
gies and unfaltering determination to suc- 
ceed in life. Honest, capable and thor- 
oughly reliable, he possesses the esteem and 
high regard of his business associates, who 
have every confidence in his integrity and 
probity. 

October 23, 1868, Mr. Pratt, the sub- 
ject of this sketch, was united in marriage 
with Miss Catherine Cornes, a native of 
Indiana. 



GUSTAVE A. MUELLER. The his- 
torian in recording the events which 
mark the passing of time and shape the des- 
tinies of individuals, of communities and of 
countries, has treated largely of military 
affairs, political situations, diplomacy, educa- 
tional interests, commercial activity, naviga- 
tion, arts, science and letters, but seldom on 
the pages of history is mention made of an 
organization that antedates many mon- 
archies, that has witnessed the rise and fall 
of empires and seen the dawn of all the re- 



publics; and yet this organization the 
Masonic fraternity has undeniably been 
an essential factor in civilization. Its in- 
fluence, silent but powerful, affects not only 
the multitude en masse, but also the indi- 
vidual, and history is but the account of 
the concerted action of a people or the 
work of a single individual. There is ample 
justification, therefore, in a volume of this 
character. No other single organization in 
Illinois, political, military or civil, has as 
many representatives as the Masonic fra- 
ternity, and its members are usually men 
of influence in the busy walks of life, men 
who form the true stability of town, city or 
state. To this class belongs the gentleman 
whose name begins this sketch. Mr. Mueller 
was made a Mason in 1889, taking the de- 
grees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow-craft 
and Master Mason in Wright Grove Lodge, 
No. 779. He was raised to the august degree 
of Royal Arch Mason in Lincoln Park Chap- 
ter, and was knighted in Apollo Com- 
rnandery, No. i, of Chicago, in 1890. He 
received the ineffable degrees of the Scot- 
tish Rite in October, 1891, in Oriental Con- 
sistory, and in 1890 was made a Noble of 
the Mystic Shrine, his membership being in 
Medinah Temple. Mr. Mueller is deeply 
interested in Masonry and does all in his 
power to secure its advancement and pro- 
mote its growth, while the exemplification 
of its principles and teachings is seen in his 
every-day conduct. 

Mr. Mueller is a native of Germany, born 
May 11, 1 864, and was eight years of age 
when his parents emigrated to America. 
The family located in Chicago, where the 
son was reared to manhood, acquiring his 
education in the public schools. He also 
took a course in a commercial college and 
thoroughly prepared himself for a business 
life. After leaving the school-room to enter 
upon the practical duties of life and learn 
the lessons which experience presents for 
our mastering, he took up the trade of cigar- 
making, and in 1883 was admitted to a part- 
nership with his father, a well-known cigar 
manufacturer of this city. The business 
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1888, when Gustave Mueller withdrew from 
the firm and embarked in business on his 
own account. His place of business is lo- 
cated at 1644 North Halsted street. Here 
he gives employment to thirty-five to forty 
persons. He only manufactures the high- 
est grade of cigars. His beautiful residence, 
overlooking the lake, is located at 803 Pine 
Grove avenue, and was built in 1895, and 
cost about $30,000. In his line of business 
he has attained a well-merited reputation. 
His reliable dealing and the excellence of 
his products has enabled him to command a 
large share of the public patronage, and he 
is now conducting an extensive and profita- 
ble trade. He is systematic, progressive 
and persevering, and the methods he has 
followed have led to success. In politics 
Mr. Mueller is a Republican. 

On the isth of December, 1887, Mr. 
Mueller was united in marriage to Miss Alice 
E. Bausch, a native of Chicago, and they 
have one daughter, Silvia. Mrs. Mueller 
is a daughter of George Bausch, who came 
to this country fifty-one years ago. Their 
pleasant home is a favorite resort for many 
friends. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mueller have 
spent nearly their entire lives here, and 
from their school days their circle of ac- 
quaintances has been constantly growing, so 
that they are now widely known, and their 
genial natures and sterling worth have won 
them the warm regard of many. 



T'OSEPH BUERKIN is a thirty-second- 
I degree Mason. His identification with 
the order dates from June 17, 1884, 
when he was initiated as an Entered Ap- 
prentice of Lambert Lodge, No. 659, of 
Quincy. He passed the Fellow-craft de- 
gree on the 2d of September of the same 
year, and on the I4th of April, 1885, was 
raised to the sublime degree of Master Ma- 
son. His further advancement in this order 
has been in the Scottish Rite, he receiving 
the ineffable degrees in the Quincy Grand 
Lodge of Perfection and became a Knight 
of the East and Prince of Jerusalem in 
Quincy Council, Princes of Jerusalem. He 



attained the eighteenth degree in Quincy 
Chapter of Rose Croix and in Quincy Con- 
sistory took the fourteen degrees whereby 
he was proclaimed a Sublime Prince of the 
Royal Secret, on the 9th of December, 1887. 

Mr. Buerkin is a native of Baden, Ger- 
many, born March 16, 1848. He was edu- 
cated in the fatherland and learned the cab- 
inet-maker's trade there, but believing that 
the conditions of business in the new world 
were superior to those in the old he deter- 
mined to try his fortune in the United 
States. Accordingly when nineteen years 
of age he bade adieu to the home and friends 
of his boyhood and in 1 867 sailed for New 
York. He landed on American shores with 
little capital but was well supplied with 
health, energy and determination, and with 
these qualities set out to conquer all the 
obstacles which an adverse fate might have 
in store for him. 

Mr. Buerkin remained for some time in 
New York city and other parts of the coun- 
try and acquired an excellent knowledge of 
the builder's trade. In 1870 he came to 
Quincy and soon became actively engaged 
in contracting and building. By close at- 
tention to business and honorable methods 
he has met with a well-earned success and 
has won a place in the front ranks among 
the representatives of his chosen calling. 
He is now the senior member of the well- 
known firm of Buerkin & Kaempen, and in 
connection with their building interests they 
own and conduct a large planing-mill, sash, 
door and blind factory, which is one of the 
leading industries of the city, furnishing 
employment to a large force of men and 
thereby materially promoting the prosperity 
of the city. They have also erected some 
of the finest buildings in the Gem City, 
which stand as monuments to their skill and 
are an ornament to Quincy. These include 
the high-school building, the opera- house 
and the Gem City Business College, to- 
gether with many of the finest business 
blocks and most handsome residences. 

In 1872 Mr. Buerkin was married to 
Miss Augusta K. Lerp, a native of Quincy, 
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children, as follows: Rosie, Augusta, Katie, 
Emma, Margaret, Edwin and Armour. Their 
home, erected by Mr. Buerkin, is one of the 
comfortable homes in Quincy, and there, 
surrounded by his family, he enjoys the 
many comforts which he has secured entire- 
ly through his well-directed labors. His 
prosperity cannot be attributed to a combi- 
nation of lucky circumstances, for it has 
risen from energy, enterprise, integrity and 
intellectual effort well directed. His busi- 
ness has ever been conducted on the strict- 
est principles of honesty, and he is a worthy 
representative of that type of American 
character, that progressive spirit which pro- 
motes public good in advancing individual 
prosperity. He and his wife are members 
of the Lutheran church and in politics he is 
a Republican. 



lOBERT CLINTON HUMBERT, 
JO, Keithsburg. - - The Catholic church 
claims that the "gates of hell have never 
prevailed against her." Possibly this is 
true, in the sense in which she interprets 
that oracle; but it is certain the " gates " of 
that church and all other adverse agencies 
combined have not yet prevailed against the 
Masonic order; for the latter is founded upon 
the universally recognized principles of 
brotherhood, without any of the disputed 
theological doctrines of that great ecclesias- 
tical body. To this more permanent organ- 
ization belongs the gentleman who is the 
subject proper of this brief biographical 
outline, and is one of the best informed and 
most indefatigable Freemasons in this part 
of the state. Initiated into the shining 
mysteries of the ancient art in 1867, in 
Robert Burns Lodge, No. 113, he received 
the degree of Entered Apprentice September 
20, Fellow-craft March 20, following, and 
Master Mason July 10, the next year; and 
now for over thirty years has he been one 
of its most active and faithful supporters. 
After serving as Junior Warden a year he 
was elected Worshipful Master; and, al- 
though he accepted the office with reluctance, 
feeling his want of thorough preparation for 



the work, yet it was his good fortune at 
that time to become acquainted with that 
eminent Masonic worker, Mr. Ashley, who, 
seeing his willingness to become an adept, 
took him in hand and gave him a most 
thorough training, after which Mr. Humbert 
reflected great credit upon his excellent 
tutor and rapidly acquired the reputation of 
being one of the best posted Masons and 
one of the best workers in this portion of 
the state; and during all these years he has 
indeed been a worthy worker in the craft, 
and his efforts have been praiseworthy, his 
brethren appreciating him and his work to 
such an extent that he was for ten years 
continuously elected to the office of Worship- 
ful Master, and Robert Burns Lodge acquired 
the reputation of being the best working 
lodge in western Illinois. The Royal Arch 
degree he received in Illinois Chapter, No. 
17, July 2, 1877. 

From time to time he filled nearly all 
the important offices in his lodge; was High 
Priest for eight terms, and in 1896 was 
Master of the blue lodge, High Priest of the 
chapter and Worthy Patron of Mary Burns 
Chapter, No. 24, Order of the Eastern Star, 
of which last mentioned his wife is also an 
active member and has been Worthy Matron 
and Treasurer. Mr. Humbert received the 
Knight Templar degrees in 1880, in Gales- 
burg Commandery, No. 18, and the council 
degrees also have been conferred upon him. 
He has in ready memory all the ritual of the 
York Rite. 

Mr. Humbert is a native of the state of 
Ohio, born in Montgomery county, near 
Dayton, on the 26th day of January, 1831, 
and is of French ancestry, three Humbert 
brothers having come from France with 
General La Fayette to assist the colonies in 
their struggle for independence. One of 
these brothers, Frederick Humbert, was the 
grandfather of the subject of this sketch. 
It is said of him that during the war he was 
captured by the Britons and when asked to 
surrender his sword (he was an officer) he 
brandished it above his head, struck it deep 
into the ground, wrenching it in pieces, and 
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carry it!" After the war he settled in West- 
moreland county, Pennsylvania, where his 
son Emanuel Humbert (father of Robert C. ) 
was born. By trade he was a miller, and 
he was a Free and Accepted Mason. He 
came to Illinois in 1853 and affiliated with 
Robert Burns Lodge and lived to be eighty 
years of age and was buried at Keithsburg, 
with Masonic honors. He had married, in 
Dayton, Ohio, Miss Frances McReynolds, 
who was of Scotch-Irish ancestry that were 
early settlers of Tennessee and Ohio. She 
was a Presbyterian and he a Universalist, 
but later in life he accepted the Presbyterian 
faith. She departed this life in 1850, at the 
age of forty-five years. Seven of their chil- 
dren still survive, and Mr. Humbert, of this 
sketch, is the eldest. He was but three 
years of age when his parents removed to 
Indiana and he resided there until he was 
twenty-two years old, when, in 1853, he 
came to Keithsburg, which has ever since 
been his home. He has been a successful 
hardware merchant for many years and has 
built a number of business blocks and resi- 
dences in his city, and has been one of the 
active business men of the place, doing 
much in every way to improve the city. In 
politics he has been a Democrat. He has 
served as a member of the board of educa- 
tion, and has been president of the board of 
trustees of the village. In religion he is a 
member of the Presbyterian church, but is 
liberal-spirited. 

Mr. Humbert was united in matrimony 
with Miss Sarah Gore, a native of Maryland 
and a daughter of Mr. Philip Gore, who was 
one of the earliest settlers and merchants of 
Columbus City, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Hum- 
bert have had seven children. Harry Philip, 
their eldest, is city clerk, the auditor of 
the Telephone Company, secretary of the 
Keithsburg Building & Loan Association, 
and also secretary of the board of education 
of the city. George Clinton was a gradu- 
ate of Rush Medical College at Chicago and 
also of Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 
New York city, became a skilled practition- 
er and died of apoplexy December 28, 1894. 
He was a member of the Society of Railroad 



Surgeons and was eminent in his profession 
and highly esteemed. Edward Emanuel is 
engaged in the dry-goods business. James 
Frederick is assistant cashier of the Farm- 
ers' Bank, of Keithsburg. Jannie Dell is 
now the wife of M. G. Chiles. Bart Gore 
is engaged in the manufacture of cigars; and 
Robert Roy is at school. 



JAY EDWARD ELLIOTT. A Mason 
who by his daily life, both business and 
social, shows by his acts that he is thor- 
oughly in sympathy with the precepts of the 
order, is a man who will command the re- 
spect and high esteem of the brothers with 
whom he is associated. Such a man is Jay 
E. Elliott, who has attained to the degree 
of Sir Knight Templar in his home com- 
mandery. Mr. Elliott took the blue-lodge 
degrees and was made a Master Mason in 
Trio Lodge, No. 57, in 1891, received the 
degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, Most 
Excellent Master, and was exalted as Royal 
Arch Mason in Barrett Chapter, No. 18, at 
Rock Island, in 1893, and was created a Sir 
Knight in Everts Commandery, No. 18, 
Knights Templar, in 1894. He quickly ac- 
quired the ritual of this order, and has al- 
ways been active in the other bodies with 
which he is affiliated. He has ever evinced 
his intentions of living up to the tenets of 
the fraternity, and by his enthusiasm and 
faithfulness has endeared himself to his fel- 
low members. 

Mr. Elliott was born in Quincy, Illi- 
nois, May 5, 1878, and is a descendant of 
Scotch-Irish ancestors. His father, John 
M. Elliott, was born in Cape May and was 
married to Miss Addie Duffield, of Virginia, 
a daughter of Henry Duffield, who was also 
a native of the same state, in which he was 
one of the early settlers. He came to Henry 
county, Illinois, at an early day, and resided 
thereuntil 1895, when he departed this life, 
at the venerable age of ninety years. Mr. 
Elliott's father was a patriotic citizen and 
served his country in the Union army, in 
which he performed valiant service. He 
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ment with their two children, of whom the 
subject of this sketch is the elder. The 
latter was educated in the public schools of 
Rock Island, and was graduated at the high 
school in 1888, after which he received an 
appointment as letter-carrier, which posi- 
tion he filled for a period of two years. At 
the end of that time he entered a hardware 
store as clerk, remaining there for four 
years, and then accepted the position of as- 
sistant postmaster of the Rock Island sta- 
tion in 1892, an office which he has filled 
with signal ability. He was quick to ac- 
quire the routine of the work, attends to his 
duties with promptness and dispatch, and is 
obliging and capable. 

Mr. Elliott is a member of the Order of 
the Eastern Star, and of the Young Men's 
Christian Association, and enjoys the confi- 
dence and good will not only of the breth- 
ren but also of the citizens of the town in 
which he was born and where he has always 
resided. He is a young man of admirable 
qualities, possessing an excellent character, 
with a keen sense of honor, and there is 
every indication that he has a brilliant fu- 
ture before him. 



GEORGE LOMAX, of Chicago, is a Ma- 
son of high rank, who for thirteen years 
has been connected with the ancient fra- 
ternity that through many centuries has 
been one of the most potent instrumentali- 
ties for good in the civilization of mankind. 
He was initiated as Entered Apprentice, 
passed the Fellow-craft degree and was 
raised to the sublime degree of Master Ma- 
son in 1884, thereby becoming a member of 
Thomas J. Turner Lodge, A. F. & A. M., 
No. 409. The following year he was ex- 
alted to the august degree of Royal Arch 
Mason, becoming a Companion of Corinthian 
Chapter. He was greeted a Royal and Se- 
lect Master in Palestine Council, in 1886, 
and was dubbed and created a Knight Temp- 
lar in St. Bernard Commandery the same 
year. It was also in 1886 that he received 
the ineffable degrees of the Lodge of Per- 
fection, and has been since identified with 



Oriental Consistory, Sublime Princes of the 
Royal Secret. With that social organiza- 
tion, whose membership includes only Ma- 
sons, he is also connected, having in 1886' 
been admitted to membership in Medinah 
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of 
the Mystic Shrine. Mr. Lomax follows 
closely the precepts of the blue lodge, chap- 
ter and council, worthily upholds the beau- 
seant of the commandery, and is true to the 
teachings of the consistory, while in the so- 
cial department his association with his fel- 
low members of the mystic tie shows that 
he fully understands the spirit of fraternity. 

Mr. Lomax is a native of New York, his 
birth having occurred in the town of Haver- 
straw, on the 9th of June, 1852. In 1854, 
however, he was brought to Chicago by his 
parents, and the days of his boyhood and 
youth were passed in a manner usual to 
children of that period. The city schools 
afforded him his educational privileges, and 
his business training was obtained in the es- 
tablishment of his father, J. A. Lomax, who 
on coming to the city in 1854 began the 
manufacture of soda-water. 

In 1872 Mr. George Lomax was united 
in marriage with Miss Helen Bolton, who 
was born at Jersey City, New Jersey. They 
have four children George, J. Alfred, Frank 
B. and William L. , aged respectively twenty- 
three, twenty, eighteen and eight years. 

From the time that Mr. Lomax entered 
his father's employ he applied himself assidu- 
ously to the mastery of the business, and as 
time passed, more and more relieved his fa- 
ther of the management and care of the en- 
terprise. He also purchased a controlling 
interest and extended the business in its fa- 
cilities and scope. He is a gentleman of 
great energy and excellent ability, whose 
careful management of its interests, com- 
bined with the true western spirit of prog- 
ress, has brought to him success. He and 
his father are now the principal owners of the 
Chicago Consolidated Bottling Company, 
the most extensive concern of the kind in 
the United States. This is the outgrowth of 
the business which was established by John 
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began operations on a small scale at No. 38, 
West Lake street; but the plant was com- 
pletely destroyed by fire in 1859. In the 
fall of the same year business was resumed 
at No. 1 6 Charles place, in a two-story 
frame building twenty by thirty feet, which 
was then in the midst of the heavy timber. 
The sales of the house materially increased 
as the years went by, and in 1871 John A. 
Lomax and his son George erected a large 
stone and brick building, which was sup- 
posed to be fire-proof, the dimensions being 
forty by one hundred and ten feet; but the 
great conflagration of October 9-11, 1871, 
which laid the city in ruins, destroyed their 
new plant. With characteristic energy, 
however, they at once began rebuilding, and 
now occupy with their business a four-story 
brick structure three hundred by one hun- 
dred and twenty-five feet, which is the larg- 
est exclusive bottling-house in the world. 

On the 7th of March the stock was cap- 
italized under the name of the Chicago 
Consolidated Bottling Company, for six 
hundred thousand dollars, with John A. 
Lomax as president, Herman Pony as treas- 
urer, and George Lomax as manager. In 
their plant every device and improvement 
known to the business is used. They em- 
ploy three hundred men, use two hundred 
horses and eighty double and single wagons 
to deliver their goods to their customers. 
They manufacture one million boxes of two 
dozen bottles each per annum; and out of 
seven thousand saloons in Chicago they 
have the patronage of more than five thou- 
sand of them, furnishing soda-waters, ginger 
ale, mineral and spring waters and other 
light drinks. This is an indication of the 
volume of the business which is carried on 
at the extensive establishment of the Chi- 
cago Consolidated Bottling Company, which 
now controls one of the leading industries 
of the city. 

The quality of their products is unsur- 
passed, for only the best materials are 
selected for their manufacture and every 
precaution is taken to secure cleanliness and 
purity. The laboratory is under the super- 
vision of a skilled chemist, and all the dif- 



ferent departments are superintended by 
men of the utmost reliability, thoroughly 
understanding the duties entrusted to their 
care. The genial manager, George Lomax, 
is a man of far-seeing ability, of courteous 
bearing and manly dignity. He possesses 
that happy faculty of making friends, hun- 
dreds of whom speak highly of his hospital- 
ity and generosity. At a meeting held by 
the Hudson County (New Jersey) Bottling 
Protective Association, October 5, 1896, 
most favorable and complimentary resolu- 
tions were passed concerning the kindness 
and courtesy of Messrs. John A. and George 
Lomax for the courteous and charming way 
they entertained the members of the asso- 
ciation at the eighth annual meeting of all 
the bottlers of the United States, which was 
held in Chicago in October, 1896. The 
resolutions are handsomely engrossed and 
framed, and occupy a most conspicuous 
place in the company's office. 



WILLIAM C. FREE The catholicity 
of spirit animating the great Ma- 
sonic crafthood is unmistakable, charity and 
hospitality being the grand characteristics of 
the order, which has drawn to itself the 
allegiance of men in all stations of life 
men to whom its exalted teachings and 
noble aims can not have failed to appeal. 
In the magnificent metropolis of the west 
Freemasonry claims as its votaries those 
representative in the myriad lines of indus- 
trial enterprise which have insured to the 
city such distinctive prestige, and among 
the number is the subject of this review, 
who stands as a distinctive type of that 
younger element in the business life of the 
city that has conserved its progress by 
thorough capacity for affairs of great scope 
and importance. The true measure of in- 
dividual success is determined by what one 
has accomplished, and a man is known to 
the world through that vehicle by which his 
success has been attained. Mr. Free, who 
is president and general manager of the 
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in the Union, became an Entered Appren- 
tice in Covenant Lodge, No. 526, A. F. & 
A. M. , in the year 1895, and in the same 
symbolic body was duly raised Master Ma- 
son, while his rapid rise in the grades and 
orders of Masonry is shown in the fact that 
within the year 1896 he had received the 
distinction implied in the conferring of the 
thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, 
being duly crowned a Sublime Prince of the 
Royal Secret in Oriental Consistory in the 
Valley of Chicago. He also essayed and 
successfully completed the hazardous pil- 
grimage across the burning sands of the 
desert and gained title as a Noble in Me- 
dinah Temple, of the Ancient Arabic Order 
of the Mystic Shrine. He has been con- 
stant and faithful in his devotion to the or- 
der, doing all in his power to promote its 
interests and standing as a consistent ex- 
emplar of its teachings and principles. In 
business and social life he is the synonym of 
his Masonic professions, thus commanding 
the respect and esteem of the fraternity and 
the confidence of all who know him in other 
departments of life. 

William C. Free is a native of Indiana, 
having been born at Alexandria, Madison 
county, on the i6th of March, 1868, the 
son of Cyrenus and Esther Free. He was 
reared and educated in his native town, his 
initial business experience being in connec- 
tion with mercantile enterprise. His nature 
was thoroughly self-reliant, his ability un- 
mistakable and his ambition pronounced, so 
that he did not long remain in a subordinate 
position. For eight years of his business 
life he was engaged as a traveling salesman, 
in which capacity it is worthy of note that 
in the entire section of the Union lying west 
of the Mississippi river there was not a city 
of as much as two thousand population 
which he had not visited, while in the south 
he had traversed the entire country, from 
coast to coast. In addition to this he has 
traveled in Mexico and Europe in the inter- 
ests of his chosen calling. 

In September, 1894, Mr. Free organized 
the Chicago Portrait Company, whose busi- 
ness now ramifies into the most diverse sec- 



tions of the Union, representing an enter- 
prise of magnificent breadth and one whose 
manifold details demand the supervision of 
a man of peculiar and pronounced business 
tact and acumen. As president and general 
manager Mr. Free has proven himself emi- 
nently capable of assuming the responsibil- 
ity placed upon him, and of the enterprise, 
whose magnitude is simply astonishing, he 
is the controlling owner. The company re- 
tain in their employ nine hundred individ- 
uals, their corps of artists being of the high- 
est class, while in every other department 
also maximum efficiency is the only condi- 
tion tolerated, the policy of the concern be- 
ing the most liberal and the best results be- 
ing secured through this source. The great 
system demanded in the handling of the 
countless details of the business is most per- 
fect and exact and ma}' be said to be orig- 
inal with him, being the outgrowth of the 
demands of the complex and far-reaching 
enterprise. Mr. Free's record is that of a 
man who has attained a distinct prominence 
and success in the business world through 
his own ability, correct methods, indefatig- 
able industry and exceptional discrimination; 
and his success is one which would stand to 
the credit of one who had given a long life- 
time to endeavor, while he has attained the 
magnificent results in a career covering but 
comparatively few years. 



EORGE M. GROSS. For thirteen 
years this gentleman has been a mem- 
ber of the Masonic fraternity, and during all 
that period has been most deeply interested 
in the workings of the order and in its 
growth and the promulgation of its princi- 
ples. He was made a Mason in Dearborn 
Lodge, on the igth of April, 1883, and has 
filled all the chairs save that of Senior 
Deacon. He served as Worshipful Master 
in 1888 and proved a most acceptable pre- 
siding officer. He was exalted to the sub- 
lime degree of Royal Arch Mason in La Fay- 
ette Chapter, No. 2, in June, 1883, and 
therein has been honored with nearly all of 
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of High Priest in 1891. He was chosen a 
member of Palestine Council, No. 66, R. 
& S. M., October 3, 1883, in fact became 
one of its charter members, and in 1889 he 
served as Thrice Illustrious Master. At the 
present writing he is Grand Master of the 
Grand Council. He received the ineffable 
degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scot- 
tish Rite in Oriental Consistory, No. i, in 
1884, and became a Noble of the Mystic 
Shrine in 1893, and in 1896 joined the 
Order of Alabama. 

Mr. Gross is best known by his devotion 
to the craft. His zeal for and devotion to 
Masonry, in all its branches and for all its 
principles, is one of the strong elements of 
his character, and its principles have largely 
swayed his conduct to his fellow-men. He 
was thoroughly in sympathy with the prac- 
tical workings of Masonry, believing in that 
charity which quietly and unostentatiously 
extends the hand of aid for the reason that 
all men are brothers, and living up to the 
full requirements of the fraternity in every 
particular. 

Mr. Gross was born in Chicago, August 
6, 1846, and is a son of John L. Gross, a 
native of Germany, who came to America 
in 1837, being at the time twenty-six years 
of age. He at once located in Chicago, 
where he continued to make his home until 
his death, which occurred in 1876. He 
married Susan Furst, whose brother was an 
officer in the army of Napoleon during the 
siege of Moscow. Mr. and Mrs. Gross had 
a family of nine children, but with the ex- 
ception of our subject only one is now liv- 
ing, Mrs. Frederick Fishback, who was born 
in Chicago in 1840. 

George M. Gross, of this review, was 
reared in his native city and is indebted to 
its public schools for his educational priv- 
ileges. In his early life he learned the busi- 
ness of manufacturing sheet-metal materials 
and has since engaged in that enterprise, 
being a straightforward, energetic business 
man, who owes his success to his own ef- 
forts. He was married in 1873 to Miss 
Elizabeth C. Miner, a native of New York 
city, who died in 1879, leaving two chil- 



dren, George R. W. and Josephine; but 
the daughter passed away in 1880. In 1885 
Mr. Gross was again married, his second 
union being with Miss Charlotte E. Olm- 
stead, a native of Ohio. 



fAJOR CHARLES BUTLER LOOP 
is one of the pioneer citizens and 
leading Masons of Belvidere. The history 
of Masonry in this section of the state 
would be incomplete without mention of 
his work in behalf of the order with which 
he has been connected for thirty-seven 
years. He was made a Mason in Cham- 
paign Lodge, No. 173, in 1859, and was 
associated therewith until he was dimitted 
to Belvidere Lodge, No. 60, in 1860. He 
at once became one of its active and promi- 
nent workers and has ever been most zeal- 
ous in the advancement of its interests and 
the inculcation of its noble principles among 
his fellow men. The lodge has many times 
honored him with official preferment, and 
at different times he has passed all the 
chairs in the organization. About the be- 
ginning of the war he was exalted to the 
sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason in 
Winnebago Chapter, No. 24, of Rockford, 
and from 1862 until 1865 he served as 
Senior Warden of a military lodge formed 
of Masons in the Union army. He was 
one of the organizers of Kishwaukee Chap- 
ter, No. 90, R. A. M., of Belvidere, and 
on its formation was appointed Principal 
Sojourner. He has since served as King 
and High Priest, and is now holding the 
latter office. He also belongs to Crusader 
Commandery, No. 17, K. T. , having taken 
his Sir Knight degree in that society. 

No other civic organization antedates 
Masonry; no other in Illinois has so great a 
membership. Appealing to the highest and 
best in man's nature, it has won a following 
of honorable citizens who have added dig- 
nity and strength to the society whose ban- 
ner they uphold, whose principles they em- 
brace and whose beliefs find expression in 
their lives. To this class belongs Major 
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almost four decades, and the glorious en- 
sign of fraternity and benevolence finds in 
him a most consistent supporter. 

Major Loop is a native of Steuben coun- 
ty, New York, born on the I2th of Octo- 
ber, 1835. On the paternal side he traces 
his ancestry back to the province of Alsace, 
which formed a part of France when his an- 
cestors lived there but is now a part of the 
German empire. The maternal ancestry 
were Holland people, and both came to 
America in early colonial days and furnished 
their representatives to the Revolution and 
the war of 1812. The grandfather, Peter 
Loop, was a soldier in the second war with 
England. Henry Loop, father of the Ma- 
jor, was born in the Empire state and was 
married there to Miss Minerva Calkins, a 
native of Connecticut. In 1838 he brought 
his family to Illinois, locating in Belvidere, 
where he engaged in farming and merchan- 
dising until his death, which occurred at the 
age of seventy-eight years. The mother 
lived to the same age. They were parents 
of six children, of whom the Major is now 
the only survivor. Mr. Loop and his wife 
held a membership with the Methodist 
church. 

Charles B. Loop, whose name introduces 
this review, was reared on his father's farm 
and attended the winter school until eight- 
een years of age, after which he accepted 
a position as civil engineer, in which capac- 
ity he served for four years, engaged on the 
construction of the Chicago & Northwestern 
Railroad and the Illinois Central road, the 
former being then known as the Galena & 
Chicago Union. 

In 1862, when the urgent need of the 
north awakened the loyalty of many thou- 
sand citizens, Mr. Loop joined the ranks of 
the ''boys in blue " and went forth to the 
defense of his country as a member of Com- 
pany B, Ninety-fifth Illinois Infantry. He 
was elected captain of the company and 
with his command proceeded to the field, 
where he was engaged in service under Gen- 
eral Grant in northern Mississippi. He 
participated in the siege against Vicksburg; 
and, with his regiment forming a part of 



Ransom's brigade, Third Division, Seven- 
teenth Army Corps, he participated in all 
the battles of the Vicksburg campaign, in- 
cluding Port Gibson, Raymond, Champion 
Hills, Jackson, Black river and two assaults 
on the city of Vicksburg on the igth and 
the 22d of May, 1863, besides the forty- 
seven days' siege of the city. On the ipth 
and 22d his regiment and brigade led the at- 
tack and suffered great loss, but were 
driven back. 

When the campaign was ended Captain 
Loop was sent north to recruit and replen- 
ish the depleted ranks. In this work he 
spent two and a half months, and succeeded 
splendidly in his mission, sending many men 
to the front, after which he returned to his 
command. He was then assigned by the 
commanding officer of the Seventeenth Army 
Corps at Cairo to a provisional command, 
consisting of non-veterans and recruits, des- 
tined for the various regiments of the Army 
of the Tennessee, and numbering about fif- 
teen hundred men. With this command 
Major Loop accompanied General Blair to 
Sherman's army, then operating against 
Johnston's army in Tennessee and Georgia 
and in the Atlanta campaign. After taking 
his men to the different regiments for which 
they were recruited, Major Loop was imme- 
diately made engineer officer of the Third 
Division of the Seventeenth Army Corps on 
the staff of General Leggett, in which ca- 
pacity he served during the campaign against 
Atlanta, a portion of the time acting as en- 
gineer for the entire corps. He participated 
in the engagements of New Hope Church, 
Kenesaw mountain, Peach Tree creek, At- 
lanta, Ezra Church, Jonesboro and Lovejoy 
Station. For one hundred and twenty days 
during the campaign he was constantly under 
fire: probably not an hour passed during the 
entire time in which the sound of bursting 
shell or whizzing bullet could not be heard. 

After a short respite Major Loop joined 
his own regiment, and early in December 
started with all speed to the assistance of 
General Thomas, then operating against the 
army of General Hood, south of Nashville. 
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right flank of General Thomas' army, known 
as the Sixteenth Army Corps, and opened 
the assault in the battle which took place 
there on the i 5th and 1 6th of December, 
1864. This movement resulted in a great 
victory for the Union forces. The next 
campaign in which Major Loop participated 
was against Mobile, whither they proceeded 
by steamer. After the capture of that city 
the army moved on to Montgomery, Ala- 
bama, where the news was received of the 
surrender of General Lee, and the service 
of this command was practically ended. 
Major Loop, during the Mobile campaign, 
was assistant inspector-general on the staff 
of Major-General Carr. He was a most 
loyal and faithful soldier, whose service 
was most valuable to his country, and his 
army record is one of which he may justly 
be proud. He participated in a number of 
the most important engagements of the war, 
and for his meritorious, valiant conduct was 
steadily promoted to the rank of major. 

Sixty days after his return home Mr. 
Loop was elected county clerk of Boone 
county, which position he held for more 
than eleven years, when he resigned to 
accept the position of postmaster of Belvi- 
dere, to which he was appointed by his old 
commander, General Grant, then occupying 
the executive chair of the nation. This 
appointment was entirely without solicita- 
tion on the part of the Major, and came as 
a mark of the personal friendship and esteem 
which the war president had for his old 
army comrade. Mr. Loop served in that 
office for about nine years, when the Democ- 
racy assumed control of the government; 
immediately after the inauguration of Presi- 
dent Cleveland he sent in his resignation, 
but it was not accepted until eight months 
later. The Major next served as door- 
keeper in the thirty-fifth general assembly of 
Illinois, and for six years was connected 
with the state grain department at Chicago, 
in a clerical capacity, being for nearly a year 
of that time chief clerk of the inspection 
department. He retired from that office 
when the Democrats again came into power 
and engaged in the real-estate business in 



Belvidere, looking after his own and the 
property of others. He has always been a 
stanch Republican in politics from the organ- 
ization of the party, and has done all in 
power to promote its growth and insure its 
success. He is now the chairman of the 
Republican county central committee, and 
his effective powers of organization and ex- 
ecutive ability have been an important fac- 
tor in securing Republican gains in this dis- 
trict, which has again been recognized by 
his being again appointed chief clerk of the 
state grain department in Chicago. 

Major Loop was married in 185910 Miss 
Maria J. Pierce, a native of Washington 
county, New York. They have four chil- 
dren living, all born in Belvidere, namely: 
Albert E. , cashier of the First National 
Bank of Belvidere; Charles D., who is as- 
sistant cashier in the same institution; 
Bertha A., who possesses much musical tal- 
ent and is now engaged in teaching that art; 
and Kate A., at home. The Major and his 
family occupy a very enviable position in 
social circles and their home is a cultured 
one and a favorite resort with the many 
friends of the family. Fearless and true on 
the field of battle, in the affairs of private 
life he has displayed the same loyalty to 
every trust reposed in him, and his name is 
synonymous with honorable business deal- 
ing. 



V\EORGE J. ST1TELEY. While many 
hold strong objections to secret socie- 
ties, it cannot be denied that they throw re- 
straining influences about a man which noth- 
ing else can, and if he carry out in life such 
teachings as are inculcated by the order of 
which the subjects of these sketches are 
worthy representatives, he cannot fail to be- 
come a loyal citizen and an upright man. 
That some fail to come up to the high 
standard set by the founders of the fraterni- 
ty is but natural; but, judging by the career 
of thousands of men prominent in almost 
every walk of life, we cannot but conclude 
that their membership in the Masonic or- 
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of their best faculties and has aided them in 
successfully overcoming all obstacles to 
their advancement in their chosen voca- 
tions. 

One of the prominent members of the 
Masonic fraternity residing in Mount Carroll 
is George J. Stiteley. He is a well-known 
citizen and a genial and popular business 
man, being one of the leading dry-goods 
and clothing merchants of Mount Carroll. 

Mr. Stiteley was made a Master Mason 
in Cyrus Lodge, No. 188, Mount Carroll, in 
1890. He was entered September 4, 1889, 
passed March 21, 1 890, and raised April i , 
1890. He is also a member of Lanark 
Chapter, No. 139, and of Long Comman- 
dery, No. 60, Mount Carroll. In 1893 he 
was initiated into the Freeport Valley Con- 
sistory, and has taken all the degrees up to 
and including the thirty-second. He is 
also a "Shriner, " a member of Medinah 
Temple, Chicago, and also of the Order of 
Modern Woodmen, and has passed all the 
chairs in both branches of the I. O. O. F. 

Mr. Stiteley is a native of Washington 
county, Maryland, where he was born March 
23, 1855. His ancestors were German and 
were among the early settlers of the county. 
His father, George W. Stiteley, was also 
born in Maryland, where he was married to 
Miss Mary Buser, a native of the same 
state. While residing in Maryland they 
had three children, George J. being the 
third in order of birth. In 1855 his parents 
came to Illinois and located in Carroll coun- 
ty, where they had five more children. Mr. 
Stiteley was a merchant, which occupation 
he followed during the active years of his 
life. Both he and his wife still survive, at 
the ages respectively of sixty-nine and six- 
ty-five years. They are both members in 
good standing of the " Church of God," and 
are highly esteemed by their large circle of 
friends. 

The subject of this review was educated 
in the public schools of Mount Carroll. His 
father in his earlier life was an operative 
mason, and young George worked with him 
at that trade until he came into his major- 
ity. He was then offered a clerkship in the 



store of Beam Brothers, which he accepted 
and filled with satisfaction. He resigned 
that position for one in the service of the 
firm of McKinley & Loveland, where he re- 
mained until 1887, when he embarked in 
the business in which he is at present en- 
gaged. He has succeeded in building up a 
large and flourishing trade, and by honora- 
ble methods and strict integrity in all his 
dealings has secured the confidence and es- 
teem of all with whom he comes in con- 
tact. 

In 1 88 1 he was married to Miss Eunice 
V. Edwards, a native of Mount Carroll, and 
they had two children Edna and Free. 
Mrs. Stiteley was spared to her family only 
a few years, and Mr. Stiteley was again 
married, choosing for his second wife Miss 
Lizzie Tipton, also a native of Mount Car- 
roll, this marriage taking place in 1885, and 
they have one son, named Glen C. Mr. 
and Mrs. Stiteley are both members of the 
Eastern Star, and are highly esteemed resi- 
dents of Mount Carroll. In politics Mr. 
Stitely is a Republican. 



WEALMER HARLAN STONE, who 
after a long, useful and honorable busi- 
ness career is now living a retired life in 
Rockford, has been numbered among the rep- 
resentatives of Masonry since the winter of 
1865-6, a period of thirty years. His loy- 
alty to its teachings and his application of 
its principles to the practical affairs of life 
have not only won him the warm friendship 
and respect of his brethren, but have added 
to the high reputation of the order. He was 
made a Mason in Rising Sun Lodge, of Min- 
nesota, and during his connection therewith 
was elected and served as Junior and Senior 
Warden. In 1874 he was dimitted to Rock- 
ford Lodge, No. 102, A. F. & A. M., and in 
this organization has been an active and ca- 
pable worker, doing all in his power to ad- 
vance its interests and inculcate its ennobling 
principles among his fellow men. He has 
served as Junior and Senior Warden of Rock- 
ford Lodge, also Junior and Senior Deacon 
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and valued member of the Grand Army of 
the Republic. 

The Green Mountain state is the birth- 
place of Mr. Stone, who first opened his 
eyes to the light of day in Franklin county 
on the 2 ist of November, 1835. The fam- 
ily is of English lineage, and the first Amer- 
ican ancestors located in New England dur- 
ing an early epoch in the history of the 
country, and participated in the French 
and Indian war. His father, James Stone, 
was a native of Franklin county, Vermont, 
and a soldier in the war of 1812. He mar- 
ried Miss Lucinda Danforth, and in 1846 
removed with his wife and children to Wis- 
consin, locating in the woods in a pioneer 
region. He improved a farm and experi- 
enced the usual hardships of frontier life. 
After the war, in which he defended his na- 
tive land, he became active in the militia 
and held the office of major. He died in 
Wisconsin, at the age of sixty-one years, 
and his wife reached the advanced age of 
ninety-seven years, departing this life on the 
loth of May, 1894. They were zealous 
members of the Methodist church, and their 
home was always the abiding place of itin- 
erant ministers during the early years of 
their residence in Wisconsin. 

Mr. Stone, whose name introduces this 
sketch, was the sixth in their family of seven 
children, of whom six are yet living. He 
began his education in the schools of Ver- 
mont, but was only eleven years of age when 
the family came to the west, and in conse- 
quence completed his course in the public 
schools of the latter state. His training in 
that direction was rather meager, but not so 
his training at farm labor. He assisted in 
the arduous task of developing a new farm, 
and early became familiar with all the duties 
that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He 
afterward engaged in teaching four terms of 
school in Wisconsin, but the great Civil war 
came on in all its fury and cut short his pro- 
fessional life as an educator. In the dark- 
est days of that sanguinary struggle he went 
forth in defense of the Union, enlisting in 
the winter of 1863-4 as a member of Com- 
pany D, Seventh Minnesota Infantry. He 



at once went to the front to reinforce that 
regiment, and served in Mississippi, Arkan- 
sas, Texas and Tennessee. He was on de- 
tached duty much of the time, but partici- 
pated in the three-days battle of Tupelo. 
He was honorably discharged in September, 
1865, and returning home resumed the vo- 
cations of civil life. 

Mr. Stone then engaged in the furniture 
business in St. Charles, Minnesota, until 
1873, after which he carried on the tanning 
business for a few years. He then sold his 
property and purchased a farm three miles 
south of Rockford, where he carried on 
agricultural pursuits for some time and then 
laid aside all business cares, retiring to his 
pleasant residence in Rockford, where he 
has since made his home. His business 
career was one of success, owing to his 
well directed efforts, and his diligence and 
perseverance and his honest toil brought to 
him the competence that now enables him 
to live retired. 

In 1860 Mr. Stone married Miss Lucy 
McMurphy, a native of Painesville, Ohio, 
by whom he had one son, Roy. The mother 
died in 1868, and Mr. Stone was again 
married, his second union being with Miss 
Marietta Milliard, a native of Massachusetts 
and a daughter of John Milliard, who came 
with his family to Illinois in 1866. Their 
union has been blessed with one son, Frank, 
now attending school. Mr. and Mrs. Stone 
are members of the Christian Union church, 
and enjoy the confidence and esteem of a 
large circle of friends and acquaintances. 
In politics he is a stalwart Republican, held 
the office of town clerk in Minnesota, and 
since coming to Rockford has been elected 
to the city council. 



J 



If AMES PRICE. Scotland has furnished 
to the Masonic fraternity some of the 
most prominent members of the order, 
and has largely promoted this ancient organ- 
ization, while one department of the society 
had its origin in the land of hills and heather. 
Its people, noted for unswerving loyalty to 
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faithful representatives among the Masons, 
and this number includes the subject of this 
review, who, with the characteristic un- 
changeableness and loyalty of his people, 
has been a most earnest and consistent 
exponent of Masonry since 1891. He joined 
Mizpah Lodge in that year and three years 
later was elected its Worshipful Master. 
On the expiration of his first term he was 
re-elected, so that he is still serving in that 
capacity. Doing all in his power to advance 
the interests of the lodge, he has proved a 
worthy head of the organization and has the 
warm regard of all his fellow members. In 
1893 he took the Royal Arch degrees in 
Delta Chapter, No. 191, and has therein 
been exalted to official positions, serving as 
Principal Sojourner for two years, as Scribe 
for one year, and at the present time is 
acting as King. He was made a Royal and 
Select Master in Palestine Council in 1893, 
but was dimitted in November, 1895, and 
affiliated with Temple Council, No. 65, in 
which he still retains his membership. 

The life of Mr. Price cannot fail to 
prove of interest to his many friends in 
Masonry, and it is therefore with pleasure 
that we present this sketch to our readers. 
He was born in Scotland on the 28th of 
March, 1858, and there 'remained until 
1875, when he left the land of his nativity 
and crossed the Atlantic to New York. In 
that city he secured employment in an 
establishment which handled hides, and in 
1885 he came to Chicago to represent Hall 
& Vaughan, of New York, as their pur- 
chasing agent. In that capacity he served 
until the business of the firm was consoli- 
dated with that of the United States Leather 
Company, of New York, under the latter 
name, since which time he has acted as 
western inspector of hides. It is a respons- 
ible position, much depending upon the 
ability and judgment of the inspector; but 
Mr. Price is fully competent to discharge 
his duties to the complete satisfaction of 
the company which he represents. 

In 1882 Mr. Price married Miss Sarah 
Craig, a native of the north of Ireland. 

Their children are James, Edward and 
10 



Jessie. They hold membership in the Order 
of the Eastern Star, and Mr. Price was the 
organizer of Columbia Chapter, No. 210, 
O. E. S. , and its first Patron. His wife 
has served as Associate Conductress and 
Associate Matron, and at this writing in 
1896 is Past Matron. She is a most enthusi- 
astic worker in the order and is in hearty 
sympathy with her husband in his devotion 
to the fraternity. Mr. Price also belongs 
to St. Andrews Society, the Order of the 
Knights of the Maccabees, and the Caledo- 
nian Society of Chicago. 



CLARK VARNUM. The high place in 
Masonic circles which the subject of 
this sketch has attained is not due to any 
accident of birth or combination of fortui- 
tous circumstances; and still less is it at- 
tributable to any personal effort to place 
himself at the front. 

Born among the rugged hills of Ver- 
mont, he possesses the strength of individ- 
uality, fixedness of purpose, and high moral 
qualities characteristic of the highest type 
of New England manhood, enlarged by the 
breadth of view given by a life in the 
pure freedom-loving atmosphere of the great 
west. To this add a love for the cardinal 
principles of Masonry amounting almost to 
devotion, and it will readily be seen why 
and how it was that the Masons of Iowa, 
always quick to discover real merit, called 
upon him to fill Masonic offices and preside 
in Masonic councils. 

Mr. Varnum was born in Peacham, Cal- 
edonia county, Vermont, September 24, 
1846, being the oldest of five children. 
Urgent necessity compelled him to work 
early and late as a farm hand from his four- 
teenth to his twenty-first year, with but lit- 
tle opportunity for an education save such 
as could be acquired at a few terms of 
school or in the still hours of the night after 
the hard day's toil. Under such circum- 
stances an education is hard to obtain; but, 
once acquired, it sinks deep and is most 
permanent. 

During this period and in 1865 the am- 



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bitious youth, in pursuit of employment 
and in the hope of finding a better home for 
his parents and a broader field for himself, 
removed to Iowa, whither his parents and 
brothers and sisters soon followed. Still per- 
forming in summer his labor as a farm-hand 
and teaching a country school in the winter, 
he borrowed from the lawyer in the nearest 
village such text-books on legal subjects as 
were obtainable, and, by studying them at 
such odd hours as could be spared from toil, 
acquired sufficient legal knowledge to pass 
a creditable examination and be admitted 
to the bar. 

As might be expected from the difficul- 
ties attendant upon such a course of study, 
much time was spent in the study of law, 
and it was not until December, 1870, that 
his admission was effected. He at once 
entered actively into the practice of his 
chosen profession at Malcom, Iowa, where 
he remained until 1884, when he removed 
to Newton, Iowa, and in September, 1890, 
removed to Chicago, Illinois. 

Possessing a mind unusually logical and 
judicial, through persistent industry and un- 
tiring zeal he attained high rank at the bar, 
and was successful to a degree which won 
the highest admiration from the bench, bar 
and clients. 

In Masonry, Mr. Varnum began while a 
young man. He was made a Mason in Lily 
Lodge, under dispensation, at Malcom, Iowa, 
in April, 1869; was appointed Senior Dea- 
con when the lodge was chartered in June 
of the same year, and served in the War- 
dens' stations in the three succeeding years, 
and was elected Worshipful Master in 1873 
and re-elected six times. He was exalted 
in Hyssop Chapter, No. 50, Royal Arch 
Masons, in December, 1874; and in 1876 
elected its High Priest, and re-elected seven 
consecutive times, declining to serve, how- 
ever, at the last re-election, because of hav- 
ing been selected to a more exalted sta- 
tion, that of Grand High Priest of the Grand 
Chapter of Iowa, to which he was elected 
in 1883, and re-elected in 1884. He was 
received into the orders of Christian Knight- 
hood in Oriental Commandery, No. 22, 



Knights Templar, in April, 1875, and be- 
came its Eminent Commander in 1885. 

In 1887 he was elected Grand Com- 
mander of the Grand Commandery of Knights 
Templar of Iowa. To show the strong im- 
pression he had made upon the Sir Knights 
of that large jurisdiction, with its many able 
Templars, it is only necessary to say that 
they selected him to the highest office in their 
power to bestow from the plain rank of 
Past Commander, and without his ever 
having held any office whatever in the Grand 
Commandery. In 1888, he was re-elected 
Grand Commander by a unanimous vote, 
contrary to the custom of that Grand Com- 
mandery, which had not, for fifteen years 
before, and has not since, re-elected any 
one to that high office. 

It was indeed fortunate for Templar Ma- 
sonry everywhere that a man of Sir Varnum's 
ability, and with his broad, enlightened 
views and strong character, was at the head 
of the Grand Commandery of Iowa during 
that period. It will be remembered that it 
was during this time that the Most Eminent 
Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of 
the United States assumed the power to 
review, consider and pass judgment upon all 
the Sir Knights of Iowa and to exclude them 
from Templar Masonry. 

In 1887, prior to Sir Varnum's election, 
their representatives in Grand Commandery 
assembled had passed a resolution express- 
ing a doubt as to the legality of the adoption 
of a ritual in 1886 by the Grand Encamp- 
ment, and postponing its use until the Grand 
Encampment should, in 1889, decide 
whether its use was obligatory. We have 
no inclination to go into the merits of that 
difference of opinion now, they are matters 
of history. Suffice it to say that the Grand 
Master undertook to interdict all Templar 
intercourse between the Templars of Iowa 
and those of other jurisdictions. Grand 
Commander Varnum denied his right to do 
this, and also, on constitutional grounds, 
denied his power to sit in judgment on a 
Grand Commandery and the three thousand 
eight hundred Sir Knights in its obedience 
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formed, that of absolute, unlimited authori- 
ty in the Grand Master on the one hand 
and of constitutional liberty and freedom 
under the law on the other, there went on 
for over one year the most important contest 
in the history of Templar Masonry. Upon 
these subjects the two annual addresses of 
Grand Commander Varnum and his circu- 
lars and letters relative to that subject were 
marked by a strength exhaustive of the mat- 
ter at issue, so much so that they have 
never been answered nor their conclusions 
seriously questioned. When the Grand En- 
campment convened at Washington, D. C. , 
in the fall of 1889, this matter was the most 
important of all that was before it, and 
Grand Commander Varnum not only had 
the satisfaction of seeing an unsatisfactory 
ritual dispensed with, but also the higher 
pleasure of having the Grand Encampment 
decide that the Grand Master had exceeded 
his powers and that the issuing of the edict 
of non-intercourse was a great wrong. In 
acknowledgment of the able and valuable 
services rendered during this important 
period the Grand Commandery of Iowa pre- 
sented to Past Grand Commander Var- 
num an elaborate and costly jewel, indica- 
tive of his rank. 

The foregoing but faintly outlines the 
more important points in the life of the sub- 
ject of this sketch. 

He is but fifty years of age, of large and 
commanding figure, modest and retiring by 
nature, courteous and kindly almost to ten- 
derness, careful in arriving at a conclusion, 
and unfaltering in his determination to do 
what his judgment says is right. 



[ARRY C. BUHOUP. " Earn thy re- 
JiL ward: the gods give naught to sloth," 
said the sage Epicharmus, and the truth of 
the admonition has been exemplified in hu- 
man affairs in all the ages which have rolled 
their course since his day. The subject to 
whose life history we are now permitted to 
direct attention has by ceaseless toil and 
endeavor attained a marked success in busi- 
ness affairs, has gained the respect and es- 



teem of men, and is recognized as one of 
the class whose true worth would make him 
a distinctively representative citizen in any 
community. 

Mr. Buhoup is a native of Pennsylvania, 
his birth having occurred in Pittsburg, May 
6, 1845. He was educated in the public 
schools of that city, and at the early age of 
nine years began learning the carpenter's 
trade with his father, following that pursuit 
until the Civil war, when, feeling that his 
duty called him to battle for the Union, he 
enlisted in his country's service, becoming 
a member of Company M, One Hundred 
and Second Pennsylvania Infantry. He 
faithfully and valiantly served for three 
years, during which time he was wounded 
in the second battle of Fredericksburg by a 
gunshot. For six months he lay in the Car- 
ver Hospital in Washington, and for a sim- 
ilar time in the Citizens' Hospital, of Phila- 
delphia. 

When the war was over and the country 
no longer needed the aid of her loyal sons 
on the field of battle, Mr. Buhoup returned 
to his home and for ten years was employed 
as a salesman by the firm of Alexander Speer 
& Sons, of Pittsburg. He then became con- 
nected with the house of the McConway & 
Forley Company, of Pittsburg, with which 
he has since been associated, covering a 
period of sixteen years up to the present 
time, 1896. He now occupies the impor- 
tant and responsible position of general 
sales agent for the entire United States. 
He has the unqualified confidence of the 
company, a trust which is fully merited, as 
every duty devolving upon him is faithfully 
discharged to the best of his ability; and 
that ability is of a high order. 

Mr. Buhoup has been twice married. 
In 1863 he wedded Miss Sarah W. Crail, 
and to them were born two daughters, Flor- 
ence and Adaline. In 1890 was celebrated 
the marriage of Mr. Buhoup to Miss Virgie 
Abdill, of Chicago. The lady is a member 
of the Episcopal church, and our subject 
holds his membership in the Methodist 
church. His political support is given the 
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with the Benevolent Protective Order of 
Elks, and in the Masonic fraternity he 
has attained to considerable prominence and 
is a valued member of the craft. He was 
made a Mason in Kilwinning Lodge, No. 
311, was raised to the Royal Arch in Corin- 
thian Chapter, No. 69, and was knighted 
in St. Bernard Commandery, No. 35. He 
is also a member of Medinah Temple of the 
Mystic Shrine. His pleasant, genial man- 
ner and his genuine worth have won him 
the high regard of his Masonic brethren, 
and his identification with the fraternity has 
been most honorable. 



THOMAS PIERSON RUTH, who ranks 
as the leading architect and builder of 
the town of Milledgeville, Illinois, has the 
honor of being the Worshipful Master of 
Milledgeville Lodge, No. 345. It was in 
this lodge, in the winter of 1878, that he 
was initiated, passed and raised, and imme- 
diately afterward he became a most active 
and efficient lodge worker. He has served 
in various official capacities and is now for 
the eleventh term filling the Worshipful 
Master's chair, the present prosperity of 
this lodge being due largely to his prompt, 
earnest work. Its members are composed 
of the most substantial men in the town 
and the leading farmers of the surrounding 
country, all of whom are enthusiastic in the 
work of the order and take a just pride in 
their handsomely equipped lodge room. Mr. 
Ruth is also a Royal Arch Mason, having 
been made such in Lanark Chapter, No. 
139, Lanark, Illinois, in 1880; and is a 
member of Sterling Commandery, No. 57, 
Sterling, Illinois, he having been knighted 
in 1890. In his every-day life, as well as 
in the lodge room, has he exemplified the 
true spirit of Masonry, " brotherly love, re- 
lief and truth " being his motto. 

Mr. Ruth dates his nativity in Pennsyl- 
vania, in Montgomery county, December 
19, 1854, and is of English descent. 
Joseph Ruth, his father, was born at the 
same place, and there was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Mary Proctor, who bore him 



five children, three of whom are living. 
The father died in 1862, at the age of for- 
ty-two years, our subject, Thomas P. , being 
then only eight years old, the eldest of the 
little family of fatherless children. The 
widowed mother survived her husband ten 
years. 

Thomas P. Ruth attended the district 
school until he was sixteen. At that age 
he began working at the carpenter's trade, 
to which he applied himself closely and of 
which he soon became master, and in this 
line of business he has ever since continued, 
now ranking, as already stated, as the leading 
architect and builder of Milledgeville, where 
he has resided since 1877. Many of the 
handsome buildings of this city are monu- 
ments to his skill, and besides those erected 
for others he has put up a number of build- 
ings for himself, including the attractive 
residence he and his family occupy. 

Mr. Ruth was married in 1881 to Miss 
Clara Olmsted, a native of Illinois and a 
daughter of Mr. Alanson Olmsted, one of 
the early settlers of this state. They have 
one daughter, Mary E. 

Politically a Republican and interested 
in the welfare of his town, he is recognized 
as one of its most substantial citizens and 
has been honored by his fellows with elec- 
tion to its highest office, that of president of 
the board of trustees. 



HON. MICHAEL STOSKOPF, who has 
attained to the thirty-third degree of 
Masonry and is one of the prominent repre- 
sentatives of the fraternity in Illinois, in his 
business life is actively connected with a 
profession which has important bearing 
upon the progress and stable prosperity of 
any section or community and one which 
has long been considered as conserving the 
public weal by furthering the ends of justice 
and maintaining individual rights. As a 
member of the bar of Stephenson county 
Mr. Stoskopf occupies a distinctively repre- 
sentative position among the legal practi- 
tioners of the state, and it is eminently 
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tion in a volume whose province is the con- 
sideration of the lives of able and prominent 
men, men especially influential in the 
ranks of Masonry, as well as leaders in pro- 
fessional or commercial life. 

Mr. Stoskopf was born on a farm adjacent 
to the city of Freeport, on the 7th of June, 
1845. His father, Valentine Stoskopf, was 
a native of Alsace, France, whence he emi- 
grated to Canada, where he was married. 
He afterward removed to Stephenson coun- 
ty, Illinois, arriving here in 1841. He was 
a blacksmith by trade, but here turned his 
attention to agricultural pursuits and be- 
came one of the active factors in the devel- 
opment of the country. He also became 
connected with manufacturing interests and 
erected many buildings in Freeport, becom- 
ing one of the industrious and substantial 
citizens and prominent business men. He 
died in Freeport in 1890 at the age of 
seventy-four years, and his wife survived 
him six months. Their family numbered 
four sons and four daughters. The sons 
are Leonard, Louis, Michael and John. 

The gentleman whose name introduces 
the initial paragraph of this review was 
reared in his parental home, acquired his 
education in the public schools and com- 
pleted the full course in the Freeport high 
school. He then began preparation for his 
business career by reading law in the office 
of the eminent jurist, Judge Joseph M. 
Bailey, and was admitted to the bar in 
1873. He entered upon the practice of his 
profession in the town where he was reared 
and his successful career has set at naught 
the old adage that a prophet is never with- 
out honor save in his own country. There 
is no business in which success so largely 
depends upon merit as the law. High 
legal talent cannot be purchased, friends 
cannot give it: it results from earnest, 
thorough preparation, combined with the 
exercise of those abilities with which nature 
has endowed one and which have been 
acquired. A comprehensive knowledge of 
the law and a knowledge how best to apply 
it has made Mr. Stoskopf one of the fore- 
most representatives of the bar in this sec- 



tion of the state, and he is to-day enjoying 
a very large general practice. He is also a 
stockholder and president of the Freeport 
Water Company, but devotes the greater 
part of his attention to his large legal 
business. 

When Mr. Stoskopf became a voter he 
allied himself with the Democracy and has 
since done his party much valuable service 
as an able advocate and exponent of its 
principles. He was for twelve years master 
of chancery. He was three times elected 
by his fellow citizens to the state legisla- 
ture of Illinois, first serving in the assembly 
in 1 889, in 1 895 , and again in 1 897. His serv- 
ice in the interest of just legislation and as an 
advocate of measures which tended to the 
best interests of the state was widely recog- 
nized and won him high commendation. 

Although prominent in professional and 
political circles it is probably through his 
connection with Masonry that Mr. Stoskopf 
is most widely known, as he has attained to 
an eminent place in its ranks. He was 
made a Master Mason in Excelsior Lodge, 
No. 97, of Freeport, and two years later 
was made its Worshipful Master. 

He was High Priest of Freeport Chap- 
ter, Eminent Commander of Freeport Com- 
mandery and T. P. G. M. of Freeport 
Lodge of Perfection. 

He has taken all the degrees in both the 
York and Scottish rites, chapter, comman- 
dery, council and consistory, including the 
thirty-third degree, and has filled various 
other offices in the different branches in a 
manner most creditable to himself and the 
order which he represents. He is one of 
its useful and distinguished members, whom 
the whole craft delight to honor. 



EDWARD F. BURKHART, the leading 
merchant of Freeport, is a native son 
of the city, born August 19, 1859. He is of 
French lineage, his ancestors having come 
to America from the province of Alsace. 

His parents, Philip and (Snyder) 

Burkhart, emigrated to the United States 
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tailor's trade in Chicago, after which he 
came to Freeport, where he was continu- 
ously engaged in business up to the time of 
his retirement to private life in 1893. He 
received from the public a liberal patronage 
and for many years conducted a large trade. 
At length, having acquired a comfortable 
competence, he laid aside business cares, 
and now, at the age of sixty-five years, is 
resting in the enjoyment of the fruit of his 
former toil. His first wife died at the age 
of thirty-five years, and the father afterward 
married her sister, Magdalene Snyder. 

Our subject, the third child in the fam- 
ily, was educated in the public schools of 
Freeport and learned the tailor's trade in his 
father's establishment. He soon acquired 
a thorough knowledge of the business, and 
is to-day a leader in his line in the city, con- 
ducting one of the most fashionable and 
first-class tailoring establishments in this 
section of the state. He succeeded his fa- 
ther on the latter's retirement in 1893, and 
carries a large stock of fine cloths and en- 
joys the patronage and confidence of the 
citizens of his native town. 

In 1892 Mr. Burkhart was made a Mason 
in Evergreen Lodge, No. 197, F. & A. M., 
of Freeport, and still affiliates with it. He 
is in politics a Democrat, and was elected 
by his party as tax collector of the city. He 
was also the choice of the Democracy of the 
county for the office of county sheriff, but 
with the remainder of the party he was de- 
feated by a small majority. Mr. Burkhart 
is a man of fine physique, well proportioned 
and tall, and in manner is pleasant, genial 
and courteous. He has many friends in the 
city where he has always lived, and among 
the worthy and acceptable members of the 
Masonic fraternity he well deserves mention. 



JOHN CRUBAUGH, one of the prominent 
Sir Knight Templars of Rock Island, was 
made a Mason in this city, in Rock Island 
Lodge, No. 658, in 1 888. He is now a mem- 
ber of Barrett Chapter, No. 18, having re- 
ceived the Royal Arch degree June 25, 1888. 
He was made a Sir Knight in Everts Com- 



mandery, No. 18, on the 2/th of May, 1886. 
Officially he has filled several chairs in the 
commandery, and for the past six years he 
has been a member of its board of control. 
In the chapter he holds the office of Scribe. 

Mr. Crubaugh is a native of the state of 
Ohio, born in Columbiana county on the 
9th of May, 1826, and is of German ances- 
try. His father, George Crubaugh, was a 
native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, 
and married Elizabeth Aterholt, also of 
German descent, and whose first American 
ancestors were early settlers of the state of 
Maryland. The parents of our subject 
moved to eastern Ohio and were among the 
early settlers of that region. The father 
was a blacksmith by trade, and by occupa- 
tion a farmer during the most of his life. 
He died in the fifty-sixth year of his age, 
and his wife in her seventieth year, a faith- 
ful Lutheran in her religious creed. 

Mr. Crubaugh, of this sketch, was the 
eldest of the seven children in his par- 
ents' family, five of whom are still living. 
To his fourteenth year he was brought up 
in agricultural life, attending the public 
school to some extent. At the age of fif- 
teen he began to take care of himself, first 
serving a two-years apprenticeship in the 
chairmaker's and painter's trades, during 
which he was boarded for his services and 
at the end of the period received in addition 
a twenty-five-dollar suit of clothes and a 
holy Bible. After a time, however, this 
occupation ceased to satisfy his ambition, 
and he sought a wider and higher field of 
operations. Accordingly in 1850 he turned 
his attention to public works and first be- 
came a railroad contractor and later a prom- 
inent bridge-builder. He has constructed 
some of the largest bridges across the Mis- 
sissippi and Missouri rivers, which will re- 
main for many years to come as mementoes 
of his high ability in that direction. 

In 1866 he came to Rock Island, and 
from that time to 1 890 he made contracts 
for building large bridges, and at the latter 
date he retired from that severely active 
life. He is now vice-president and a direc- 
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Company, and also vice-president and a di- 
rector of the Rock Island Savings Bank. In 
politics he is a Republican, and in social re- 
lations, besides those already mentioned, 
he is a member of Kaaba Temple, A. A. O. 
N. M. S. , in Davenport. He has a fine 
residence in the city of Rock Island, where 
he is enjoying the advanced years of his life. 
In 1 86 1 he married Miss Sarah Ann 
Poole, who is a native of Stark county, Ohio, 
and they have a son and a daughter. The 
son, William A. , is settled in life and is now 
night clerk at the Harper Hotel. The 
daughter, Mary Elizabeth, became the wife 
of Charles McHugh, one of the proprietors 
of that hotel. 



JOHN ERFERT. It has assuredly been 
not uninteresting to observe in the series 
of biographical sketches appearing in 
this volume the varying nationality, origin 
and early environments of the men who 
have made their way to positions of promi- 
nence and success. In no better way can 
we gain a conception of the diverse ele- 
ments which have entered into our social, 
professional and commercial life, and which 
will impart to the future American type 
features which cannot be conjectured at the 
present time. We have had an American 
type in the past; we shall have a distinct- 
ively national character in the future, but 
for the present amalgamation of the varied 
elements is proceeding, and the final result 
is yet remote. 

The ancestry of John Erfert may be 
sought for among the vigorous and intel- 
lectual natures of the fatherland, his parents 
having been born in that country, which 
was also his birthplace, January 14, 1835. 
He comes of a family of upright people, of 
genuine worth, connected with the Lutheran 
church in religious faith. His father, an 
industrious carpenter, lived to a ripe old 
age, he and his wife having enjoyed a happy 
married life of more than fifty years' dura- 
tion. Their son, whose name heads this 
review, was the second of their family of 
nine children. He was educated in the 



schools of his native land and there learned 
the trade of carpentering. In 1852 he 
crossed the Atlantic to America and took up 
his abode in Chicago, where for five years 
he worked at his trade and then came to 
Freeport, where he followed carpentering 
until 1866. He was industrious and ener- 
getic qualities which never fail to win suc- 
cess and thus he acquired the capital 
which enabled him to engage in business on 
his own account. Establishing a grocery 
store, he has since been connected with the 
trade in Freeport and has one of the oldest 
stores in the city. It is also one of the 
most popular, having many patrons that 
have continued business dealings with him 
through a quarter of a century. He always 
carries a well-selected stock of goods, and 
his honorable dealing and earnest desire to 
please his customers has insured him a 
lucrative patronage. As his financial re- 
sources have increased he extended his 
operations into other fields of labor, his in- 
terests ramifying and spreading until he is 
to-day recognized as one of the leading 
business men in the city. He is a stock- 
holder and director in the First National 
Bank of Freeport; a director in the German 
Insurance Company and chairman of the 
finance committee of the latter corpora- 
tion. His history is that of the self-made 
man who by the force of his character and by 
undaunted perseverance overcomes the dif- 
ficulties and obstacles in his path and by his 
capable management and utilization of the 
opportunities with which he is surrounded 
steadily and persistently pushes forward to 
the goal of success. 

In November, 1861, Mr. Erfert was 
united in marriage to Miss Natala Mueller, 
also a native of Germany, who came to this 
country during her girlhood. Seven chil- 
dren have been born to this union, two sons 
and five daughters, all born in Freeport. 
Their names are: J. I., now a resident of 
Austin, Illinois; Ida, now Mrs. Jacob Kerch, 
and resides at Freeport; Alma, now Mrs. 
William B. Morgan, and resides in Austin, 
Illinois; Bertha, now Mrs. W. W. Red- 
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Clara L. and W. B. are at home with their 
parents. The family is one of prominence 
in the city, its members occupying a high 
position in social circles, while their home 
one of the finest in the county is noted 
for its warm-hearted hospitality. 

Mr. Erfert has always taken a deep in- 
terest in public affairs and in the welfare 
and upbuilding of the city, and has several 
times been elected and efficiently served as 
one of the aldermen of the city. He is a 
man of excellent judgment and the utmost 
integrity, and his public record has been 
that of a citizen devoted to the public wel- 
fare, earnestly laboring for the progress and 
upbuilding of the community in which he 
finds a home. His political support is 
given the Democracy, but he has never 
sought office, desiring to give his entire 
attention to his business affairs. 

His connection with the Masonic fra- 
ternity dates from the 2ist of September, 
1872, at which time he became a Master 
Mason in Evergreen Lodge, No. 170. He 
joined the chapter March 7, 1876, became 
a member of Freeport Council April 10, 
1877; and on the i7th of April of the same 
year was made a Knight Templar. He 
joined the consistory in March, 1879, and 
on the nth of the same month joined the 
Mystic Shrine in Chicago. He has held 
various offices in the various branches of 
this order, and in 1892 was Eminent Com- 
mander of the Commandery. He has been 
active in advancing the interests of Masonry, 
is an enthusiastic and loyal supporter of the 
order, and justly merits the high esteem in 
which he is held by his brethren of the 
craft. 



MELSON WOODRUFF FRISBIE, a 
Royal Arch Mason of Freeport, was 
born in Detroit, Michigan, on the 25th of 
April, 1 866, and is descended from French 
ancestors who were early settlers of the 
colonies, his branch of the family having 
located in " York state," where they took an 
active part in the affairs of their section. 
The father of our subject, Charles H. Fris- 



bie, was born in the Empire state, and was 
married there to Miss Ruth Antisdel. He 
began railroading in his youth, and is one 
of the oldest railroad engineers in the world. 
He ran the first engine on the Michigan 
Central Railroad to Chicago, and is a widely 
known and highly esteemed pioneer railroad 
man. In 1868 he came with his wife to 
Rockford, Illinois. He is now living at 
Aurora, at the age of seventy-five years. 
His wife also survives, and six of their seven 
children are yet living. 

Nelson W. Frisbie, of this review, was 
the fifth child of the family. He was edu- 
cated in Aurora and in Downer's Grove, 
Illinois, and when sixteen years of age fol- 
lowed in the footsteps of his father and be- 
gan railroading. He was first employed by 
the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad 
Company, and remained with it until 1887, 
when he entered the service of the Illinois 
Central Railroad Company, with which he 
has since continued. He is one of the most 
competent and reliable engineers on the 
road, careful in his work, realizing the re- 
sponsibility that rests upon him and ever 
true to his trust. His business associates 
esteem him highly for his genuine worth, 
and he numbers many friends among them. 

In July, 1891, Mr. Frisbie was united in 
marriage with Miss Flora Hagadone, a na- 
tive of Aurora. They have two lovely lit- 
tle boys, whom they have named George 
W. and Charles H. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Frisbie were reared in the Baptist church 
and still adhere to that faith. They have 
resided in Freeport for the past five years 
and have made numerous friends in the 
city. 

Mr. Frisbie is a member of the Brother- 
hood of Locomotive Engineers, in which he 
has two insurance policies amounting to 
three thousand dollars, payable at death or 
if an eye or limb is lost. He was made a 
Master Mason in 1893, in Evergreen Lodge, 
No. 179, of Freeport, and took the Royal 
Arch degrees in the chapter at Freeport. 
He is true to the principles and teaching of 
this benevolent organization, and has the 
high regard of his Masonic brethren. 



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'OSEPH DANIEL MYERS, carriage 
manufacturer, Springfield, Illinois, has 
passed through all the degrees of Ma- 
sonry up to and including that of Knight 
Templar, and has been honored officially in 
all the Masonic bodies to which he belongs. 
He was initiated, passed and raised in 
Tyrian Lodge, No. 333, F. & A. M., in 
1870, and that same year was exalted in 
Springfield Chapter, No. i, R. A. M. The 
following year he was made a Royal and 
Select Master in Springfield Council; also in 
1871 he was knighted in the commandery. 
He has passed all the chairs in the blue 
lodge, knows its ritual word for word, and 
is ready at any time when called upon to 
fill any of its offices. And what is said of 
him in regard to blue masonry may also be 
said of the other Masonic bodies to which 
he belongs, for he is likewise familiar with 
the ritualistic work of the chapter, council 
and commandery. Indeed he is, without 
doubt, the best posted Mason in the city of 
Springfield. He served as High Priest of 
the chapter in 1879, 1880 and 1881, and 
now fills the chair of King. For years he 
has been Thrice Illustrious in the council, 
and in the commandery he officiated in 1885 
as Eminent Commander. In the Grand 
Council of Illinois, R. & S. M., he served 
in 1894 and '95 as Master of the Sixth and 
Seventh Arch. Mr. Myers loves the prin- 
ciples of Masonry, and, what is more, 
makes a practice of them in his every-day 
life and action, it being his earnest endeavor 
to square his own life by justice and charity 
and to render any assistance within his 
power to the brotherhood. 

Like many of the leading Masons and 
prominent business men of this country, 
Mr. Myers looks back to Germany as his 
birthplace and the home of his ancestors. 
He was born in Baden, January 3, 1838, 
and up to 1850 his youthful days were 
passed in his native land. That year he 
came to America. He accompanied his 
uncle to Cleveland, Ohio, thence in 185410 
Chicago, in 1857 to Jacksonville, and in 
1 86 1 to Springfield. While in Chicago Mr. 
Myers began learning the trade of carriage- 



maker. In Jacksonville he was employed 
in a blacksmith shop, and after coming to 
Springfield he completed the trade he first 
started to learn, and since 1862 he has been 
engaged in business on his own account and 
has been fairly prosperous in his under- 
takings. 

Politically he is a Republican, and in 
Springfield has been honored with official 
position of local importance, and in the 
same has discharged his duty with the 
strictest fidelity. He was tax collector of 
Springfield in 1884 and '85, and for six suc- 
cessive years, from 1886 to 1892 inclusive, 
was a member of the city council. In 1897 
he was elected to the Sangamon county 
board of supervisors. 

Mr. Myers was married in 1867 to Miss 
Amelia S. Daggett, who was born in Indi- 
ana and reared and educated in Indianapo- 
lis. They have four children, Emma B., 
Grace, Carrie B. and Carl J. 



ST. GUNDERSON. Were there no 
other reason than that of his conspicu- 
ous identification with the founding of that 
noble eleemosynary institution, the Illinois 
Masonic Orphans' Home, the subject of this 
review would well merit consideration in 
this compilation; but there are many other 
salient points touching his connection with 
the Masonic fraternity in the state and with 
the industrial activities of the western me- 
tropolis, which render more peculiarly con- 
sonant a brief review of his life at this junc- 
ture. 

Mr. Gunderson has been a member of 
the Masonic order since the year 1868, when 
he became an Entered Apprentice in Kilwin- 
ning Lodge, No. 311, A. F. & A. M., re- 
ceiving therein the Master Mason's degrees 
on the 26th of January, 1871, and is now a 
life member of the lodge. Later on he at- 
tained the Royal Arch degrees in Washing- 
ton Chapter, No. 43 ; became a Royal and 
Select Master in Siloam Council, No. 53; 
and received the honor of knighthood in 
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Templar. Passing thence onward in the 
crafthood, he became identified with the 
various bodies of the Ancient Accepted Scot- 
tish Rite until there came to his portion 
the distinguished honor implied in the thirty- 
second degree, upon whose conferring he 
became a Sublime Prince of the Royal Se- 
cret in Oriental Consistory. September 23, 
1887, he completed his desert pilgrimage 
and gained title as a noble in Medinah Tem- 
ple of the Mystic Shrine. Thus may be 
determined the prominence of Mr. Gunder- 
son in local Masonic circles, since he is iden- 
tified with the several bodies in both the 
York and Scottish Rites. Of singularly 
sympathetic nature, his instincts in this line 
have been manifested in many directions, 
and it was but to be expected that he would 
lend his energies and influence without res- 
ervation to aiding in the establishment of 
the Masonic Orphans' Home, in which con- 
nection there will be owed to him a perpet- 
ual tribute of honor and gratitude. He 
served for three years as one of the trustees 
of the home, and has ever maintained a 
lively interest in its welfare. 

From the "land of the midnight sun" 
has come Severt T. Gunderson, who has 
been an influential factor in the business 
affairs of the Garden City for nearly a half 
century. The material welfare of the city 
has been promoted through his activity in 
business circles; educational and moral in- 
terests receive his support, and the work of 
public progress has received a due quota of 
aid through him, while in the almost her- 
culean task of securing to Chicago the 
World's Columbian Exposition that tri- 
umph of American art and genius he also 
participated. 

S. T. Gunderson was born in Norway 
August 19, 1839, and in 1848, at the age of 
nine years, accompanied his parents on their 
emigration to the New World. The family 
at once located in Chicago, then a city of 
twenty thousand population, but growing 
rapidly. Our subject at once entered the 
public schools, and at the age of fifteen he 
laid aside his text-books, his subsequent 
education having been gained in the school 



of experience, where he has learned the 
valuable lessons that have made him the 
practical man of affairs that he is to-day. 
His parents were in limited circumstances, 
and he thus early provided for his own 
maintenance, learning the carpenter and 
lathing trade. At the age of eighteen he 
inaugurated operations in this line on his 
own responsibility, and was thus engaged 
when the financial panic of 1857 swept 
over the country, stopping improvement in 
the way of building. With the hope of bet- 
tering his financial status Mr. Gunderson 
removed to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 
1858, but soon returned to Chicago. In 
1862 he purchased a lake vessel, the Her- 
cules, and within the next five years was 
the owner of six vessels, most of which were 
employed in the grain trade. He carefully 
guarded his business interests, and his dili- 
gence, frugality and capable management 
brought to him a good income. As his 
financial resources increased he also became 
connected with the lumber trade, and in 
1871 purchased large interests in sawmills. 
His business was in a prosperous condition 
when, in 1875, his milling plant was de- 
stroyed by fire, entailing so serious a loss, 
by reason of slight insurance indemnity, 
that he was practically left without financial 
resources. In his career he had encountered 
obstacles that would have appalled a man 
of less resolute spirit and determination, but 
his losses seemed to add, and act with him 
as an impetus, to renewed and redoubled 
labor, and he went to work with a will to 
retrieve his shattered fortunes. To-day he 
is the owner of extensive milling interests, 
and is the senior member of the firm of 
S. T. Gunderson & Son, manufacturers of 
moldings, castings, etc., and for a number 
of years was connected with the firm of John 
A. Gauger & Company, which shipped large 
quantities of doors and sash of their own 
manufacture throughout the Union. 

In 1863 was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Gunderson and Miss Emily C. Olson. 
They have two sons and one daughter. 
George O. is associated with his father in 
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able management of the senior member of 
the firm are combined the zeal and enthu- 
siasm of the junior member, forming a 
combination that always conserves success. 
George O. was married, in 1887, to Miss 
Julia A., daughter of O. B. Jacobs, a well- 
known lumber dealer of Chicago. Seward 
M. , who is also connected with his father's 
business and who is a young man of much 
ability, was married, in 1894, to Miss Abi- 
gail K. , daughter of Murdoch Campbell, of 
this city. The daughter, Miss Ida Mabel, 
is a young woman of high accomplishments, 
being a graduate of the well-known semi- 
nary of the Misses Grant and of the Chicago 
Musical College. Her musical attainments 
are exceptional, while in other art lines she 
has displayed distinctive talent. 

The family have a beautiful home -at 
1239 Washington boulevard, and in addition 
to this Mr. Gunderson owns much other 
valuable city property. He is the owner of 
the Gunderson & Gauger addition to Chica- 
go, the Gunderson & Gauger addition to Oak 
Park, and much improved city property. 
He foresaw the eventual development and 
growth of the city and had prescience, in a 
way, of the advancement which would be 
made in the value of realty. He therefore 
invested largely therein, and through this 
medium has added greatly to his comforta- 
ble income. Mr. Gunderson is an active 
member of the Lutheran church, and 
though his business duties are extensive and 
exigent he finds time to devote to the cause 
of Christianity and its collateral benev- 
olences. He has extended kindly and 
tangible aid in many quarters, but is signally 
unostentatious in his benevolences, seeking 
not the praise of men for what he feels to 
be a duty. He is a member of the Mencken 
and Lincoln Clubs. 

In the councils of the Republican party 
he has wielded an unmistakable influence, 
but is utterly unknown as a politician in the 
debased sense of the term. In 1874 he 
was elected to a seat in the common coun- 
cil, and in June, 1891, was appointed a 
member of the board of education by Mayor 
Washburne, and is now serving as a member 



of the library board, by appointment of 
Mayor Swift. 

Mr. Gunderson has traveled extensively, 
both in his adopted country and abroad, 
and has the broad and liberal ideas that 
come from contact with the world. He has 
several times journeyed from the Atlantic to 
the Pacific, from the great lakes to the 
gulf, and from the Crescent City has made 
his way to the land of Montezuma. He 
has visited England, Norway, Sweden, 
Germany, Denmark and France, studying 
the habits and customs of the people as 
well as visiting the many points of beauty 
and historic interest. 

When the subject of celebrating the 
fourth centennial of the discovery of Amer- 
ica was agitated, Mr. Gunderson became 
deeply interested in the project and was an 
untiring worker in his efforts to secure to 
Chicago the great fair. The history of the 
opposition is well known, but the diplomacy, 
skill and enterprise of Chicago citizens 
gained the desired end, and the world ac- 
knowledged that no better selection could 
have been made. From first to last Mr. 
Gunderson gave his support to the exposi- 
tion and worked for its success, and when 
the fair was over he was the originator of 
the plan for purchasing the Viking ship, a 
reproduction of the little vessel in which 
the Norwegian explorer, Lief Ericson, is 
supposed to have come to America about 
the year IOOO, and which is now on exhibi- 
tion at the Field Columbian Museum; and 
he was the president of the company organ- 
ized to carry out this enterprise. This ship 
sailed from Norway April 30, 1893, with a 
crew of twelve men, and anchored at New 
London, Canada, forty-four days later 
June 1 3th arriving in Chicago in July. 



JOHNW. SWAIN. It is the enterprise 
and character of the citizen that enrich 
and ennoble the commonwealth. From 
individual enterprise have sprung all the 
splendor and importance of this great west. 
The most successful merchants have de- 
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clerkships have emerged men who have 
built great business enterprises. America 
is a self-made country, as those who have 
created its wealth are self-made men. No 
influence of birth or fortune has favored 
the architects of her glory. Among those 
who have achieved prominence as men of 
marked ability and substantial worth in El- 
burn, the subject of this sketch, John W. 
Swain, occupies a prominent position. For 
many years he was closely connected with 
the business interests of this city, but now 
is enjoying a well earned rest, the capital 
which he has acquired through his own 
labors supplying him with all the neces- 
sities and many of the comforts of life. 

Mr. Swain is a native of the Empire 
state, born in Saratoga Springs, on the 22d 
of December, 1832. He is a son of Marquis 
LaFayette and Amy (Miller) Swain, who in 
1844 removed to Illinois, locating on the 
present site of Elburn. John W. was then 
a lad of nine summers. He was reared at 
his parents' home and obtained his educa- 
tion in the public schools of the neighbor- 
hood. When eighteen years of age he 
started out in life for himself, working at 
twelve dollars per month. He was in the 
employ of others for two years and then 
entered trade on his own account, dealing 
in live stock, lumber, hay and grain in 
company with his brother, M. F. Swain. 
Later he was in partnership with M. W. 
Willis, and for twenty years continued 
operation in the grain, live-stock and lum- 
ber trade. His efforts were crowned with 
a high degree of success, achieved by 
honorable means. Close application, keen 
discrimination and resolute purpose formed 
the keynote of his prosperity, and as the 
result of his earnest labor he is now enabled 
to lay aside all business cares, looking only 
after his real-estate interests, his capital 
being largely invested in land. 

During the war Mr. Swain manifested 
his loyalty to the Union by enlisting in 
Company I, Eighth Illinois Cavalry, in 
which he served as quartermaster sergeant. 
His regiment was attached to the Army of 
the Potomac and he was on active duty un- 



til ill health caused him to be sent to the 
hospital, where he remained for four months, 
when he was honorably discharged. He has 
filled a number of civil offices, having been 
town treasurer of Elburn for ten years, 
president of the village board for six years 
and councilman for eight years. His duties 
were discharged with a promptness and 
fidelity which indicates his deep interest in 
the welfare of Elburn and ranks him among 
her best citizens. His political support is 
given the Republican party and he stanchly 
advocates the principles promulgated by the 
party leaders. 

On the 24th of November, 1868, Mr. 
Swain married Miss Sophia Platt, of Black- 
berry township, Kane county, Illinois. Mrs. 
Swain's father, Samuel Platt, was the first 
supervisor of the township. They attend 
the Congregational church and throughout 
the community have many warm friends. 
Mr. Swain continues his relations with his 
army comrades through his membership in 
the Grand Army of the Republic, belonging 
to Roger Bell Post, No. 495, G. A. R., of 
which he was commander for several years. 
He is also a Knight Templar Mason, being 
received as an Entered Apprentice of Black- 
berry Lodge, No. 358, A. F. & A. M. Hav- 
ing passed the Fellow-craft degree he was 
raised to the sublime degree of Master Ma- 
son, and later was exalted to the august de- 
gree of Royal Arch Mason. He was knight- 
ed in Sycamore Commandery, No. 15, and 
is a faithful follower of the principles of the 
order, carefully guarding the ancient land- 
marks, performing with zeal his duties as 
companion of the chapter and loyally fulfill- 
ing his vows of knighthood. 



A. 



EDWARD JAMES MUNN, the efficient 
Secretary of Belvidere Lodge, No. 60, 
F. & A. M., was made a Mason in that 



lodge in 1881 and has since affiliated there- 
with. He received the Entered Apprentice 
degree on the i/th of October, that of Fel- 
low-craft on the 2 ist of November, and 
was created a Master Mason on the 5th of 
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degree of Royal Arch Mason in Kishwaukee 
Chapter, No. 90, of Belvidere, in 1882, 
taking the degrees of Mark Master and Past 
Master February 15, and Most Excellent 
Master and Royal Arch February 17. Hon- 
ored by his brethren in the craft with vari- 
ous offices, he has served as Worshipful 
Master and Treasurer in the blue lodge and 
is now its Secretary. In the chapter he 
has been Principal Sojourner and Captain 
of the Host, and has filled with eminent 
satisfaction to all concerned the position of 
High Priest. He is a most active worker 
in both lodge and chapter, and his thorough 
understanding of the teaching and principles 
of the fraternity, combined with his zeal in 
its interests, makes his labors most effective. 
Mr. Munn is also a Royal and Select Mas- 
ter, and is a Sir Knight, holding a member- 
ship in Crusader Commandery, No. 17, 
K. T. , of Rockford. The fact that many 
official positions have been conferred upon 
him highly attest his loyalty to the fraternity, 
and among the worthy members of the state 
he is enrolled. 

Edward J. Munn was born in New York 
on the 2 ist of February, 1857, and is of Eng- 
lish ancestry. His father, William Henry 
Munn, also a native of the Empire state, now 
resides in Belvidere, at the age of sixty-six 
years; after many years devoted to agri- 
cultural pursuits he is living retired in the 
enjoyment of a well merited rest. Edward 
Munn is an only son. The family came to 
the west during his early boyhood and he 
was reared on the frontier of Illinois, hav- 
ing few privileges, but any amount of hard 
labor. He is almost entirely self-educated, 
but through his own exertions had become 
a man of broad general information. He 
spent the days of his childhood on his 
father's farm, and when he had arrived at 
years of maturity began farming on his own 
account, which pursuit he energetically and 
successfully followed until 1892, when he 
came to Belvidere and embarked in the 
lumber business. He has since followed 
that calling and is now manager of one of 
the leading lumber yards in this place, his 
well selected stock, his honorable dealing 



and his courteous treatment of his patrons 
securing a large and lucrative business. 

In 1883 Mr. Munn was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Lillie Chaffee, a daughter of 
George Chaffee, who came to Belvidere at 
a very early day and is now living here, at 
the advanced age of eighty-five years. Mrs. 
Munn was born in Belvidere and, like her 
husband, has many friends throughout the 
community. Their home, which was erected 
by Mr. Munn, is a beautiful and commodious 
residence situated on Main street. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican, having given his 
support to that party since attaining his 
majority. 



FREDERICK KUNTZ. One of the 
members of the local bodies of the fra- 
ternity in Clayton who has been conspic- 
uous for the interest displayed by him in the 
workings of his lodge, is the gentleman 
whose name heads this review. He became 
a Master Mason in Kingston Lodge, No. 
266, at Kingston, Illinois, April 11, 1881, 
from which he received a dimit and became 
affiliated with Clayton Lodge, No. 147, on 
October 20, 1884. He has served as Junior 
Deacon, Senior Deacon, Junior Warden and 
Senior Warden, and in 1897 was honored 
with the office of Worshipful Master. He 
was exalted to the degrees of capitular Ma- 
sonry in Clayton Chapter, No. 104, R. A. M., 
July 13, 1891, in which he is Master of the 
Second Veil, and was knighted in Delta 
Commandery, No. 48, on May 4, 1891. In 
this body he has filled the chair of Warden. 
He is an enthusiastic Mason, takes a great 
delight in his work, and is one of the repre- 
sentative members of the fraternity in 
Clayton. 

Mr. Kuntz was born in McKey township, 
Adams county, Illinois, May 19, 1851, his 
parents being William and Anna (Deal) 
Kuntz, both of whom are natives of Ger- 
many. They emigrated to the United 
States and located at Pittsburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1828, coming to Quincy in 1833, 
where they were among the first settlers of 
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cities in the Union. The father died in 
1889 at the venerable age of eighty-three 
years. He was one of the pillars of the 
German Methodist church, and was regard- 
ed with the highest respect by all who knew 
him. His wife, who shared his joys and 
sorrows for over half a century, still sur- 
vives, and gracefully bears the weight of her 
seventy-seven years. Nine children were 
born to them, six sons and three daughters, 
of whom seven are living. Our subject, 
the fifth son, received his education in 
the city of his nativity, and remained on 
the farm assisting his father until attaining 
his thirty-first year, when he was married, 
in 1883, to Miss Laura C. Nartlett, of Lib- 
erty township, Adams county. For some 
time after his marriage Mr. Kuntz was en- 
gaged in mercantile pursuits, subsequently 
embarking in the real-estate and loan busi- 
ness, which he is at present conducting, to- 
gether with a fire, wind, lightning and tor- 
nado insurance enterprise. He is progress- 
ive and energetic, and one of the substantial 
citizens of Clayton. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kuntz are both members 
of Clayton Chapter, No. 61, Order of the 
Eastern Star, of which she holds the office 
of Adah, our subject being its Treasurer, 
and has served as such for a number of 
years. They are consistent adherents of 
the Baptist church, in which he is a mem- 
ber of the board of trustees and its collector. 
He is strongly opposed to intemperance of 
any kind, and in politics is a stanch Repub- 
lican. 



JAMES MONTGOMERY HUNTER. 
The history of Freemasonry in Great 
Britain is an interesting study, and will 
well repay any one who investigates it, even 
though he may not be directly connected 
with the organization. As it was originally 
a craft whose members were engaged in 
church-building, it naturally came under the 
especial protection of the clergy. In spite 
of this, however, jealousies arose and atone 
time the Masons were prohibited from hold- 
ing their wonted chapters and assemblies. 



The present status of the order in England 
is above any interference by political or re- 
ligious powers, and over a thousand lodges 
in that small country attest to its hold on 
the affections of the masses. In Scotland 
it also exerts a powerful influence, and in 
this country we find a large proportion of 
its members among the descendants of those 
countries. 

Mr. Hunter, an exemplary member of 
this order, is a well-known citizen of Mount 
Carroll and a prosperous member of the bar 
of Carroll county. He joined Cyrus Lodge, 
No. 188, Mount Carroll, in which he was 
entered December 13, 1881, passed Decem- 
ber 29, and raised January 17, 1882. He 
is a member of Lanark Chapter, and was 
made a Sir Knight in Long Commandery, 
Mount Carroll. He has been a very active 
practicing lawyer, and has not been able to 
devote as much time to the order as he 
wished, but fully believes in it, is devoted 
to its interests and has the full confidence 
of the brethren. 

He was born in Milton, Pennsylvania, 
December 9, 1831, of Scotch-Irish ancestry 
who were early settlers of that state. On 
his mother's side his ancestry were pioneers 
of the colonies. He was admitted to the 
bar at Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, in 1854, 
and in 1857 moved to Illinois and located 
at Galena, where he had a farm and lived 
for some time. In 1 862 he moved to Mount 
Carroll and has practiced his profession in 
this place to the present time, attaining an 
enviable reputation as an able and reliable 
lawyer, with a large clientage. Politically 
he has always been a Republican, and rep- 
resented his district in the Illinois state sen- 
ate in 1871-2, filling the office in a manner 
most creditable to himself and satisfactory 
to his constituency. 

In 1858 he married Miss Margaret C. 
Baker, and they had three children. After 
only five years of married life Mrs. Hunter 
was stricken with a fatal illness and taken 
from her husband and children. Some 
years after moving to Mount Carroll to re- 
side Mr. Hunter was married to Miss Mary 
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been three children, one of whom is de- 
ceased. The living are Mary Belle and 
Margaret, the latter now being the wife of 
Charles Van Hoff. Of the children by the 
last marriage, Jennie married W. G. Smith; 
the youngest son, John G. , is still engaged 
in his studies. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter have 
a beautiful home, where they receive their 
many friends. Mrs. Hunter and daughters 
are valued members of the Eastern Star, of 
which Belle is Past Worthy Matron and is 
now Grand Ruth of the state of Illinois, and 
Mary holds the office of Secretary. Mr. 
Hunter and his family are well known in 
their community, where they are respected 
as people of many excellent qualities. 



)OBERT WILSON MURPHY, one of 
3L the representative business men of 
Sterling, Illinois, is a Knight Templar Ma- 
son who holds the rank of Past Eminent 
Commander. A brief record of his life is 
as follows. 

Mr. Murphy was made a Master Mason 
in Sol. D. Bayless Lodge, No. 359, F. & 
A. M., at Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1870, 
and shortly afterward received the Royal 
Arch degrees in Fort Wayne Chapter and 
was made a Sir Knight by Fort Wayne 
Commandery, No. 4, K. T. , the command- 
ery degrees being conferred upon him in 
1871. During his residence at Fort Wayne 
he was active and enthusiastic in the work 
of the order. In the lodge he filled various 
offices and in the commandery he served as 
Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Generalis- 
simo and Eminent Commander, each of the 
last two named chairs having been filled two 
years by him. At present he maintains 
membership in these Masonic bodies at 
Sterling, and previous to his removal to 
Sterling he was for sixteen years identified 
with Masonry at Bloomington, where he 
then resided. In Bloomington Lodge, No. 
43, he served officially in a number of the 
chairs. 

Mr. Murphy, as his name suggests, has 
Irish blood in his veins. His father, Will- 



iam Murphy, was born in the north of Ire- 
land and was married in his native land to 
Miss Ellen Wilson, who was of Scotch de- 
scent. In 1840 they emigrated to New 
York city, where he followed his trade, that 
of ship carpenter, the remainder of his life, 
and where he died in 1865, at the age of 
sixty-nine years. His last resting place is 
Greenwood cemetery. His widow survived 
him until 1883, when she passed away at 
the age of three-score years and ten. Rob- 
ert Wilson Murphy is their only child. He 
was born in New York city, was educated 
in the public schools of that place, and was 
a young man not yet emerged from his 
'teens at the time the Civil war came on. 

Young as he was, he had within him the 
spirit of patriotism, and the second year of 
the war found him enlisted as a Union soldier. 
He went out as a member of Company B, 
Thirteenth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, 
and rendered valiant service as a private, 
continuing on active duty until the strife was 
ended. Prominent among the engagements 
in which he participated were those of Stone 
river, Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Mis- 
sionary Ridge, Atlanta, and Sherman's cele- 
brated march to the sea. He was a witness 
to the surrender of Johnston's army and 
took part in the grand review of the victori- 
ous army at Washington. Throughout the 
whole of his service he never received a 
scratch and never spent a day in hospital. 

The war over, Mr. Murphy returned to 
New York city and the next two years was 
employed there as salesman. At the end 
of that time, ia 1868, his firm, appreciating 
the ability and good qualities of the young 
man, furnished him with a stock of goods 
and set him up in business at Fort Wayne, 
Indiana. He was in business at Fort Wayne 
for nine years, and from there he came to 
Illinois and located at Bloomington, where 
for sixteen years he did business under the 
firm name of Lambert & Murphy, selling 
out his interest there in 1893. Then for 
two years and a half he was business mana- 
ger for the John York Company, of Chicago, 
general merchants, and in October, 1895, 
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in business under the firm name of R. W. 
Murphy & Son. 

Mr. Murphy was married in 1866 to 
Miss Mary A. Dixon, a native of Mineral 
Point, Wisconsin, and they have two chil- 
dren, a son and daughter, Frank Wilson 
and Mildred Edith, now the wife of L. G. 
Whitmore, of Bloomington, Illinois. The 
whole family are' Presbyterians, and in his 
political views Mr. Murphy is in accord 
with the principles advocated by the Repub- 
lican party. 



lOBERTA. LOVE. Among those who 

are earnest in their devotion to the 

noble principles exemplified in Masonry 
stands the subject of this sketch, who is 
prominently concerned with the business in- 
terests of the Garden City, where he con- 
ducts a successful enterprise in the renting 
of central business property, bringing him 
into close relations with the leading prop- 
erty owners and business men of Chicago. 
He handles the interests of his large and 
representative clientage judiciously and to 
the satisfaction of both landlord and tenant. 
His agency is located in rooms 333-5, the 
Rookery building. 

Mr. Love became an Entered Appren- 
tice in the lodge of Ancient Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons at Carlinville, Illinois, in 
1882; advanced to the Fellow Craft of the 
Royal Arch at Wichita, Kansas, in 1886, 
and within the same year became identified 
with the Commandery of Knights Templar, 
at Wichita. On the i/th of August, 1895, 
he became a member of Englewood Com- 
mandery, No. 59, Knights Templar, having 
secured a dimit from the commandery with 
which he was originally identified. He 
maintains a lively interest in Masonic affairs 
and is a worthy member of the time-hon- 
ored fraternity. 

Mr. Love rendered valiant service in the 
late war of the Rebellion, enlisting when a 
youth at school, in 1863, as a member of 
Company C, Sixty-sixth Illinois Volunteer 
Infantry, " Birge's Sharpshooters," be- 
ing but seventeen years of age at the time 



of his enlistment. He served until the close 
of the war, July 15, 1865, when he was 
mustered out with his regiment. During 
this time he was constantly in active serv- 
ice, and only once did he receive severe in- 
juries. On this occasion he was wounded 
in the head, causing the loss of his right 
eye, this having been at the battle of New 
Hope Church, Georgia, just before the 
eighteenth anniversary of his birthday. 
This injury entitled him to an honorable 
discharge, which was proffered him, but 
which he declined, preferring to remain 
where he felt duty called him. He recon- 
ciles himself to the ill effects of his war 
wound by saying that he is the only one- 
eyed Knight Templar whom he knows to 
have attained this distinction after having 
been so disfigured. 

After the war Mr. Love returned to his 
home, at Piasa, Illinois, and entered school, 
continuing his studies until he was fitted to 
teach, when he took charge of the schools 
in Medora, Illinois, and successfully con- 
ducted them for a number of years. Dur- 
ing this time he further engaged himself, 
having been interested in the fire-insurance 
and drug business. Disposing of these in- 
terests he resigned his principalship and re- 
moved to the county seat, Carlinville, Illi- 
nois, where he devoted his entire attention 
to the fire-insurance business. In 1885. 
like many another young man, he took 
Greeley's advice, and went west, locating in 
Wichita, Kansas, where he resided until six 
years ago, when he removed to the coming 
metropolis of the United States, where he 
says he will end his days. Within these 
years he has held several local offices of 
trust, the affairs of which he has conducted 
with credit to himself. 

Mr. Love is of Scotch-English parentage, 
although born in the Emerald Isle, where 
his parents were visiting. He comes of a 
line of soldiers, all of his uncles four in 
number serving their country as commis- 
sioned officers under the queen. 

Coming to this country when an infant 
of six months, Mr. Love is as zealous an 
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men, and he prides himself on his devotion 
to American institutions. In his business 
he has worked his way to a position repre- 
sentative of his ability and scrupulous hon- 
or, and success has attended his efforts. 

In October of the Centennial year, 1876, 
he was married to Miss Mary E. Cain, at 
Piasa, Illinois, and since that time they 
have resided chiefly in Illinois. They have 
no children. In his religious belief Mr. 
Love is a Protestant, though not a member 
of any denominational body. 



UGUST SCHWARZ, who for forty 
./'Si, years has been prominent in the in- 
dustrial circles of Chicago and has gained a 
position of prominence in business, is identi- 
fied with the Masonic fraternity. The 
province of this volume is to secure in en- 
durable form the history of this great and 
benevolent organization and those who have 
made it a power in the work of civilization 
in this state. With this in view it would 
not be permissible to omit mention of Mr. 
Schwarz, who has attained to a high de- 
gree in the order and is widely known 
among its followers. 

Thirty-seven years have passed since as 
an Entered Apprentice he joined Germania 
Lodge, of Chicago. In 1862 he took the 
degrees of Mark Master, Past Master and 
Most Excellent Master, and was exalted to 
the august degree of Royal Arch Mason in 
Lafayette Chapter. He took upon himself 
the vows of knighthood and became a fol- 
lower of the beauseant of Apollo Com- 
mandery, No. I, but has since dimitted to 
St. Bernard Commandery, of which he be- 
came a charter member in 1870. In 1878 
he passed the grades and orders of the 
Scottish Rite and, having taken the in- 
effable degrees of the Lodge of Perfection, 
was proclaimed a Sublime Prince of the 
Royal Secret in Oriental Consistory. His 
diligence in behalf of Masonic principles 
and his fidelity to the teachings of the order 
make him a consistent and acceptable mem- 
ber of the craft, and his brethren of these 
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various organizations entertain for him the 
highest regard. 

Mr. Schwarz is one of the worthy citi- 
zens that the Fatherland has furnished to 
America. He was born in Wurtemberg on 
the 3d of February, 1824, and was reared 
and educated in that kingdom. In his youth 
he served an apprenticeship at the dyer's 
trade, which he followed in Wurtemberg 
until 1841, when he removed to Prussia. 
He there secured work along his chosen line 
and continued his residence in that kingdom 
until 1845, when he went to Austria, spend- 
ing four years in the dyeing business there. 
In 1 849 he sailed for America and landed 
on the shores of the new world on Inde- 
pendence day. He located first in Rock- 
ville, Connecticut, where he remained for 
seven years, occupying the responsible po- 
sition of foreman in a woolen mill. His 
industry and close application enabled him 
in that time to acquire the capital neces- 
sary to embarking in business on his own 
account, and in 1856 he came to Chicago. 

Mr. Schwarz then established his pres- 
ent dyeing establishment, though business 
was carried on on a smaller scale. His 
operations have been crowned with a splen- 
did degree of success, and he is now one of 
the leaders in his line of trade in the city. 
As his business has increased he has enlarged 
his facilities, the main plant and offices 
being located at Nos. 156-158 Illinois 
street, while on both the south and west 
sides he has branch establishments to re- 
ceive goods. He thoroughly understands 
his business in every detail, having gained 
a practical knowledge of the same in his 
youth. This enables him to direct to good 
advantage the labors of those who are em- 
ployed in the establishment, and has been 
an important factor in his success. The 
excellent quality of his work and his honora- 
ble dealing have also added to his pros- 
perity, and he commands a large share of 
the public patronage. 

In 1851 Mr. Schwarz was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Dorothy A. Burkhardt, a 
native of Wurtemberg, Germany, who died 
in 1890. In 1891 he was again married^ 



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his second union being with Mrs. Emma 
Weigle, also a native of Wurtemberg. 
Always honorable, Mr. Schwarz is always 
welcomed in all circles of the community 
and looked upon as one of the prominent 
men of the city. He believes that he seeks 
his own interest when he serves the best in- 
terests of his customers and fellow towns- 
men. He is a valued representative of the 
enterprise of Chicago and well deserves 
mention among her worthy Masons. 



f'AX F. BUSKE, of Rockford, has been 
a member of the Masonic fraternity 
for only a short period, yet is one of its 
faithful representatives. He became a Ma- 
son in Star of the East Lodge, No. 166, in 
1894, taking the degree of Entered Appren- 
tice in March. Not long afterward he took 
the Fellow-craft degree and in October of 
the same year was raised to the sublime 
degree of Master Mason. In December, 
1894, he was appointed Senior Steward and 
has since satisfactorily served in that ca- 
pacity. His rule of conduct is in harmony 
with Masonic principles, his interest in the 
society and its welfare is unabating and he 
well deserves mention in the history of the 
order in Illinois. His connection with civic 
societies is not confined entirely to Masonry, 
for he is a valued member of the Order of 
Red Men in Rockford and has been Sachem 
of the Tribe for a number of years; he is 
also secretary of the local society of engin- 
eers, and in all he enjoys the confidence and 
esteem of his brethren to a high degree. 

Mr. Buske, as his name indicates, is of 
German ancestry and was born in the Fa- 
therland, at Korlen, on the I2th of Octo- 
ber, 1872. His parents, Albert and Bertha 
(Bailer) Buske, were also natives of Ger- 
many and in 1 874 they crossed the Atlantic 
to America, bringing with them their two 
children a daughter and son. They were 
members of the Lutheran church and the 
father was a tanner an industrious and en- 
ergetic man whose sterling worth made him 
highly respected. 

Max F. Buske was only two years of 



age when he came with his parents to the 
United States. Accordingly almost his en- 
tire life has been passed in Rockford. He 
was educated in her public schools and has 
since been identified with her business in- 
terests. On leaving the school-room he 
began to learn engineering, under the able 
instruction of the Forest City Electric Light 
Company. Later he was in the employ of 
the Illinois Central Railway Company for 
two years and subsequently became chief 
engineer for the Rockford Cabinet Company, 
in which situation he was retained for six 
years. He is now holding the responsible 
position of chief engineer for the Rockford 
General Electric Light Company, who are 
at present putting in a large and costly plant. 
Mr. Buske is most proficient in his chosen 
vocation; he has made a close and thorough 
study of the engine in all its minute and 
complete details and his comprehensive un- 
derstanding of the same enables him to suc- 
cessfully operate the intricate machinery 
now under his supervision. He is a reliable, 
thoroughgoing young business man who has 
the unqualified confidence of the company 
with which he is connected, and no trust 
reposed in him is ever slighted in the least 
degree. 

On the 8th of July, 1896, was celebrated 
the marriage of Mr. Buske and Miss Celia 
Hizer.a native of Rockford. Their acquaint- 
ance has continued from the days of their 
early childhood and now in their happy 
home they receive their many friends, the 
circle of their acquaintances being very ex- 
tensive. 



CHARLES MERRITT WORTHING- 
' TON. This gentleman has attained 
high rank in Masonic circles. He was born 
in Sterling, Illinois, where he spent most of 
his life and with the interests of which place 
he has been closely identified; and both as 
a worthy Mason and a leading citizen is his 
history deserving of record on these pages. 
Mr. Worthington was made a Master 
Mason in Rock River Lodge, No. 612, F. & 
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ling Chapter, No. 57, R. A. M., and was 
exalted to the Royal Arch degree January 
7, 1885, and was knighted in Sterling Com- 
mandery, No. 57, August u, 1885. In the 
chapter for several years he filled the office 
of High Priest, and in the commandery has 
been Recorder, Captain General, General- 
issimo and Eminent Commander. The high 
position he has filled and the long service 
he has rendered in this the greatest of all 
civic organizations is ample evidence of his 
ability and his devotion to its principles. 

As already stated, Mr. Worthington is a 
native of Sterling, Illinois. He was born 
September 16, 1838, and he now has his 
residence on the same site where stood the 
log cabin in which he was born, his father, 
Elijah Worthington, having been one of the 
first settlers of this place. Elijah Worth- 
ington was a native of Connecticut, went 
from there to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, 
and at an early day came to Illinois, where 
he died in 1839, the year following the birth 
of our subject. By occupation he was a 
printer and publisher, and while in Wilkes 
Barre, Pennsylvania, was at the head of an 
anti-Masonic paper. His religious views 
were those of the Unitarians. Of the 
mother of our subject, we record that her 
maiden name was Eliza Ann Merritt. She 
was a native of Pennsylvania, was of the 
Episcopal household of faith, and survived 
her husband only a few years, her death oc- 
curring in 1845. Charles M. was their only 
child. He was by their untimely death left 
an orphan at a tender age, grew up with 
but meager advantages, and may well be 
termed a self-made man. His schooling 
amounted altogether to only a few months. 
In his early boyhood he spent a short time 
on a farm, and when thirteen years of age 
he secured a position as office boy for the 
Mount Carroll Republican, where he re- 
mained three years. After this he returned 
to Sterling and learned the printer's trade, 
and when he was seventeen was a partner 
in the ownership of the Sterling Times. In 
1860 he purchased the Sterling Gazette, of 
which he was the publisher from that date 
until the centennial year, 1876, when he 



sold out. Afterward he was for two years 
connected with a job-printing house in Chi- 
cago. In 1866 and '67, while conducting 
his paper, he was also connected with the 
revenue service, occupying the position of 
revenue inspector and storekeeper. In 
1879 he was appointed postmaster of Ster- 
ling, a position he filled acceptably for six 
years. Also he has served as city alder- 
man, and when only twenty-one was tax 
collector of the city. 

In Mr. Worthington's life is included 
also a war record. He enrolled himself in 
the Union army in March, 1864, as a mem- 
ber of Company A, One Hundred and For- 
tieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, of which he 
was made first lieutenant. He was with 
the forces that participated in that part of 
the war which was waged in the west, and 
was in active service until September, 1864, 
when he was mustered out by reason of the 
expiration of his term of enlistment. 



CHARLES McLELLAN ERTEL, a rep- 
resentative citizen of Quincyand a wide- 
ly known member of that fraternity whose 
fundamental principles involve forbearance, 
benevolence, loyalty and charity, was elected 
an Entered Apprentice in Lambert Lodge, 
No. 659, April 20, passed the Fellow-craft 
degree May 4, and raised to the sublime de- 
gree of Master Mason May 18, 1886. He 
was exalted to the august degree of Royal 
Arch Mason in Quincy Chapter, No. 5, May 
29, 1887; created a Sir Knight Templar in 
Beauseant Commandery, No. 11, October 
28; and attained the thirty-second degree, 
Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, in Quincy 
Consistory, January 19, 1888. Since taking 
the blue-lodge degrees he has been a con- 
scientious, upright Mason, and enjoys the 
confidence and esteem of the fraternity in 
Quincy. 

Mr. Ertel was born at Liberty, Adams 
county, Illinois, September 18, 1864. His 
parents, George and Elizabeth (Gartner) 
Ertel, were born in Germany, came to the 
United States in 1854, and in 1856 located 
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two years, then moved to Liberty, the same 
state, where he was engaged in the fur- 
niture business and in manufacturing hay- 
presses. In 1867 he decided to return 
to Quincy and continued the manufacture of 
hay-presses exclusively until the year 1892, 
when he commenced the manufacture of the 
Improved Victor Incubators and Brooders, 
also under the George Ertel patent, since 
which time he has manufactured hay-presses, 
incubators and brooders. This is one of the 
largest business enterprises of Quincy, and 
has grown to be one of the most important 
manufacturing interests in the country. It 
is second to none and its products are meet- 
ing with a growing demand throughout the 
civilized world. Since the first inception of 
his company Mr. Ertel has been one of the 
successful and progressive citizens of Quincy, 
where he is held in great respect. 

The immediate subject of this sketch is 
an only child and was educated in the pub- 
lic schools of Quincy, and then became as- 
sociated with his father in business. He 
was appointed secretary of the firm and has 
traveled through most of the United States 
representing the company, meeting with the 
success that his efforts deserved. 

Mr. Ertel was married to Miss O'Tillia 
Morell, of St. Louis, Missouri, and they 
have the following three children: Elizabeth 
Bertha, Pauline Marie and Edmee. 



HENRY CLINTON HUTCHINSON, a 
well-known dry-goods merchant of 

Waukegan, was made a Master Mason in 
old Union Lodge, which is now Waukegan 
Lodge, No. 78; was exalted, in 1855, to the 
august degree of Royal Arch Mason in Wau- 
kegan Chapter, No. 41, at Waukegan; re- 
ceived the degrees of Royal and Select 
Masters before the Grand Lodge at Spring- 
field, and again in Waukegan Council at 
Waukegan; in 1864 was one of the petition- 
ers to organize Waukegan Commandery, 
No. 12, and is one of the only two charter 
members now living, the other being Daniel 
P. Millen. He received the ineffable de- 
grees in the Lodge of Perfection, Oriental 



Consistory, Valley of Chicago, Mr. Van 
Ransalaer presiding. Mr. Hutchinson was 
Worshipful Master of old Union Lodge for 
five or six years, held the chair of High 
Priest for seven or eight years, for four 
years served as Eminent Commander, and 
as Prelate for about fifteen years. He 
holds no office this year, for the first time 
since he became a member of the order. 
Our subject has the distinction of having 
started the movement to build the Masonic 
Temple in Waukegan. He solicited and 
collected all the funds necessary from the 
local bodies, and was one of the committee 
chosen to superintend the erection of the 
building. After its completion a governing 
body was elected, called a board of trustees 
of the Masonic bodies. The members are 
elected by ballot, five from each lodge, at 
the annual election. The board has full 
control of the building, the paraphernalia 
in it being owned jointly by the three 
bodies. 

Mr. Hutchinson was born April 5, 1825, 
at Tunbridge, Orange county, Vermont, his 
parents being James and Betsy (Clements) 
Hutchinson, the former of whom was a 
member of the craft in 1 826, at the time 
when William Morgan disappeared, after 
which event the lodge ceased to exist, as 
the anti-Masonic feeling was then in the 
ascendency. Mr. Hutchinson died at the 
age of seventy-eight years. Our subject 
was educated at the Lima Seminary, of 
New York, and in 1843 he came west and 
located at Libertyville, Lake county, Illi- 
nois, where he was engaged in farming 
until 1846, and then embarked in the mer- 
cantile business in Libertyville, continuing 
there until 1852. In that year he came to 
Waukegan and established a dry-goods 
house, which he has conducted in a most 
successful manner. He is one of this city's 
enterprising and progressive merchants, has 
never failed, never had a note go to pro- 
test, and has always met his obligations 
when due. 

The first marriage of Mr. Hutchinson 
took place in 1853, his bride being Miss 
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man, of Berlin, Vermont. Two children 
were born to them: Frances H., now the 
wife of John H. Kennicott; and Gertrude M., 
who married William E. Kellogg, of Green 
Bay, Wisconsin. Mrs. Hutchinson's demise 
occurred in 1886, she being in her fifty- 
ninth year. She was a faithful member of 
the Presbyterian church. In 1 890 our sub- 
ject married Miss Anna B. Stephens, who 
is a consistent adherent of the Christian 
church. 

In his political views Mr. Hutchinson is 
a firm supporter of the Republican party. 
He was the first town clerk elected in Lib- 
ertyville, served as supervisor of Waukegan 
four terms, and for three terms held the 
honorable office of mayor of Waukegan. 
He is a man of sterling qualities, upright 
character, and is a credit to the city in 
which he resides. 



C>HARLES E. GROVE. Masonry in its 
social aspect appeals strongly to human 
nature. Man is described as a gregarious 
animal, and his instincts lead him to seek 
the society of his kind. We can conceive 
of no more dreadful fate than to be isolated 
from the companionship of our fellow men; 
and it is a well-known fact that solitary 
confinement in most instances produces in- 
sanity. The fraternal organizations are 
founded on this trait of character, and the 
kindly feelings toward one another are 
stimulated by their teachings of love, benevo- 
lence and justice. The term " brother" in 
the Masonic order especially is no idle or 
unmeaning appellation, but covers the full 
meaning of the word; and the man who in 
his dealings with another fails to fulfill the 
duties of a brother is not deserving the 
name of Mason. 

One of the gentlemen who have attained 
honorable position in Masonic circles is 
Charles E. Grove, a prominent business 
man of Mount Carroll. He was initiated 
into the Masonic order in 1884, when he 
became a member of Byron Lodge, No. 
274, at Byron, Illinois. In the following 
year he was elected to Cyrus Lodge, No. 



1 88, in which he served for a year as Senior 
Warden, and he had the honor of being 
elected its Worshipful Master, faithfully 
serving in that office for two years and fill- 
ing the position with credit to himself and 
to the entire satisfaction of his brother 
Masons. In 1885 he joined Lanark Chap- 
ter, No. 60, and received his degrees in 
that year. In 1886 he was made a mem- 
ber of Freeport Commandery. He is a 
charter member of Long Commandery, at 
the organization of which he received the 
appointment of Generalissimo, serving two 
years in that capacity, at the expiration of 
which time he was elected Prelate, and after 
filling that office for a year he had the 
honor of being elected its Eminent Com- 
mander, which position he is now filling for 
the second term. In 1890 he received the 
appointment of Deputy Grand Lecturer 
under Grand Master Crawford, and in that 
capacity has given satisfactory instruction 
to a number of lodges, and has deservedly 
acquired the reputation of being one of the 
most useful members and most accom- 
plished workers in the various bodies of the 
fraternity to which he belongs. In 1894 he 
was honored with the appointment of Dis- 
trict Deputy Grand Master of the sixth 
district. 

Mr. Grove was born in McConnellsburg, 
Pennsylvania, January 8, 1857. His ances- 
tors were German, who were among the 
earliest settlers of Virginia and Maryland, 
and who figured prominently in the early 
history of those states. James Grove, the 
father, was born in Washington county, 
Maryland, where he married Miss Rebecca 
Creager, who was born in Frederick county, 
same state. He was engaged principally 
in farming, and both he and his wife 
were originally members of the Reformed 
church, but later became affiliated with the 
Baptist church. In 1868 Mr. and Mrs. 
Grove removed to Illinois, where his death 
occurred, at the age of seventy-one years. 
Mrs. Grove survives her husband, and is a 
well preserved woman of seventy-five years. 

They had twelve children, ten of whom 
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The subject of this review, the eighth 
child in order of birth, was raised on his fa- 
ther's farm, receiving such education as he 
could obtain from the country schools dur- 
ing the winter months. In the year 1874 
Mr. Grove returned to Pennsylvania, where 
he served an apprenticeship in a tailoring 
establishment. In 1878 he arrived in Shan- 
non, Illinois, where he resided for three 
years; thence he went to Byron, and re- 
mained until he moved to Mount Carroll, 
where for the past twelve years he has 
been the leading merchant tailor of the city. 
He has achieved an enviable reputation as a 
thoroughly successful business man of the 
utmost integrity, with whom it is always a 
pleasure to deal. In political matters Mr. 
Grove is a stanch Republican and has al- 
ways been an active worker in the cause. 
He was elected supervisor of Mount Carroll 
township in the spring of 1893, which office 
he has held ever since. In 1894 Mr. Grove 
was elected president of the Mount Carroll 
school board, which office he filled for two 
years. 

On January i, 1878, Mr. Grove was 
united in marriage with Miss Mary Smith, 
whose birth-place was McConnellsburg, 
Pennsylvania. This union has been blessed 
with a family of six interesting children, 
namely : George Augustus, Eva Gertrude, 
Inez May, William Porter, Harold J. and 
Ethel Alverna. Their residence is one of 
the handsomest in the city, where Mr. and 
Mrs. Grove are often pleased to show a cor- 
dial hospitality to their many friends. They 
are both members of Eastern Star Lodge, 
and she has for three years held the office 
of Associate Conductress of the order. 
They are both prominent in society, and 
are held in high esteem by all who have the 
pleasure of their acquaintance. 



CARL LAGER, who for some years has 
been prominently identified with the 
business interests of Geneseo, as a dealer in 
men's clothing and furnishing goods, is still 
more closely connected with many of his 
fellow townsmen through the ties of Ma- 



sonry. Founded on principles that enno- 
bles humanity and advances civilization, the 
organization has, down through the fast-fly- 
ing centuries, commanded universal respect 
and to-day is one of the most marked po- 
tentialities of our modern development. It 
has in this, as well as other countries, a 
large following, men of sterling worth who 
are prominent in all walks of business life; 
and among this number is the gentleman 
whose name introduces this review. He 
became an Entered Apprentice September 
28, 1891, in Stewart Lodge, No. 92, F. & 
A. M., of Geneseo, passed the Fellow-craft 
degree, and on the 3d of November was 
raised to the sublime degree of Master Ma- 
son. He is regular in his attendance at the 
lodge and has the confidence and respect of 
his brethren. He thoroughly understands 
the principles upon which the society rests, 
and is true to the teachings of universal 
brotherhood and mutual helpfulness. 

Mr. Lager is also interested in other 
civic societies, belonging to the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows, and has passed all 
the chairs in the subordinate lodge. He 
has also taken the degrees in the Mili- 
tant, and for eight years has served as rep- 
resentative to the Grand Lodge, during 
which time he was one of the committee on 
mileage, whose duty it was to secure low 
rates for delegates. He is Past Chancellor 
in the Knights of Pythias fraternity, and 
takes a deep interest in the well-being of all 
the orders with which he is identified. 

A native of Sweden, Mr. Lager was 
born in 1854, and was educated in that 
country, crossing the Atlantic to America 
in 1871 and locating first at Princeton, Illi- 
nois. He first secured work on a farm, but 
later turned his attention to the tailor's 
trade, which he had previously learned. In 
1878 he embarked in the clothing and fur- 
nishing business in Geneseo, and by his 
straightforward dealing and courteous treat- 
ment of customers has succeeded in build- 
ing up a large and constantly increasing trade 
which is certainly well merited. Mr. Lager 
and W. A. Offerle now have in process of 
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block, 64 x 83 feet. There will be three 
store rooms below, and the upper floor will 
be arranged for secret societies, containing 
a large hall, parlors, committee room, ban- 
quet or dining hall and everything necessary 
to make it complete. 

In 1871, Mr. Lager was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Dora Larson, a native of 
Geneseo, and they 'have an adopted daugh- 
ter, Florence Ruth. A cultured and' re- 
fined lady, Mrs. Lager is a prominent mem- 
ber of the Eastern Star, the Daughters of 
Rebekah, and the Ladies' G. A. R. Circle, 
her father, Peter Larson, having been a 
Union soldier during the Civil war. In his 
political affiliations, Mr. Lager is a Demo- 
crat, and his fellow citizens, recognizing his 
worth and ability, have called upon him to 
serve on the board of aldermen. 



ELIAKIM SIMONDS BARTHOLO- 
MEW, of Rockford, may well be termed 
one of Illinois' pioneers in Masonry, for there 
are few members of the fraternity in this state 
whose connection therewith antedates that 
of Mr. Bartholomew, who, in 1855, took 
the initiatory step which prepared him for 
entrance into the various bodies of this 
ancient and honored organization. Passing 
the degrees of Entered Apprentice and Fel- 
low-craft, he was made a Master Mason in 
Rockford Lodge, No. 102, and has since 
been a most reliable and faithful member 
of the order. He has informed himself 
thoroughly concerning its teachings, and by 
his fellow members of the craft has been 
honored with various official positions. He 
has served as Junior Warden and as Senior 
Deacon, for five years was the Worshipful 
Master and is now Chaplain. He was ex- 
alted to the sublime degree of Royal Arch 
Mason in Winnebago Chapter, No. 24, and 
was created a Knight Templar in Crusade 
Commandery, No. 17. He is now Chaplin 
in the Commandery and belongs to Tebala 
Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of 
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. The mission 
of Masonry, its introduction of a feeling of 
fraternity throughout the world, has been 



advanced by him in his efficient labors, and 
he has found its beliefs a safe rule of con- 
duct, conforming his life along the princi- 
ples which forms its fundamental truths. 

Mr. Bartholomew was born in Annsville, 
Oneida county, New York, on the i8th of 
April, 1826, and is descended from English 
and Scotch ancestry, the founders of the fam- 
ily having come to the New World in early 
colonial days. The grandfather, Ebenezer 
Bartholomew, was born in Connecticut, and 
the father, who also bore the name of Eb- 
enezer, was likewise a native of the Nutmeg 
state. He married Miss Anna Simonds, a 
native of Rutledge, Vermont, and a daugh- 
ter of Eliakim Simonds, whose birth oc- 
curred in Rutledge. Soon after this mar- 
riage the parents removed to Oneida county, 
New York, where were born to them three 
children. The father was a man of intelli- 
gence, a leader in public affairs and served as 
sheriff of his county. He died in the Em- 
pire state in the thirty-sixth year of his age, 
after which the mother became the wife of 
David Hurlbert. In 1845 they removed to 
Winnebago county, Illinois, locating on a 
farm in Harlem township, where Mrs. Hurl- 
bert spent her remaining days, her death 
occurring in her seventy-sixth year. She 
was a life-long member of the Methodist 
church, a true wife and mother and most 
loyal to all the duties that devolved upon 
her. 

Eliakim S. Bartholomew, of this sketch, 
was the youngest of the family. He ac- 
quired his education in Rome, New York, 
and remained with his mother until 1843, 
when he came to Illinois, casting his lot 
with the pioneer settlers of Winnebago 
county. The journey was made by way of 
the Great Lakes and the Erie canal to Chi- 
cago, and thence by team across the country 
to his destination. He is numbered among 
the honored men who blazed a path in this 
wild west for future cavalcades to follow, 
who left behind them the comforts of the 
east to endure the hardship and trials of 
western frontier life, and who as the years 
passed developed the localities in which 
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of civilization and progress instead of a wild, 
unimproved region. When Mr. Bartholo- 
mew established a home in Winnebago 
county there were no railroads and no mar- 
kets nearer than Chicago and Milwaukee, and 
the work of development seemed scarcely 
begun. He secured a situation as a farm 
hand, and later gave two years' service for 
one hundred and sixty acres of wild land, 
then valued at four dollars per acre. Not 
a furrow had been turned or an improve- 
ment made, but with characteristic energy 
he began its development, and for almost 
fifty years continued to make his home 
thereon. He plowed and planted the land, 
and in course of time abundant harvests 
were garnered. Thus prosperity smiled upon 
him and the passing years brought to him a 
comfortable competence as the reward of 
his earnest and energetic labors. In 1893 
he sold his farm for sixty-five dollars per 
acre and removed to Rockford, where he 
purchased a commodious and comfortable 
residence on Kilbourn avenue, and where he 
now resides, enjoying a well-earned rest 
from active labor. 

In politics Mr. Bartholomew has always 
been a Democrat and has been a most lib- 
eral and enterprising citizen, supporting all 
measures calculating to prove of public ben- 
efit. 

He was elected assessor of his township, 
for many years served as one of its school 
officers and took a very active part in ad- 
vancing its educational interests. He has 
also been an influential worker for the im- 
provement of every department of agricult- 
ure, and for the past fifteen years has been 
a director and general superintendent of the 
Winnebago County Agricultural Society. 
He aided in its organization and has since 
been one of its most enthusiastic and zeal- 
ous supporters, doing all in his power to 
promote its welfare, and in consequence it 
has become one of the most thriving and 
successful agricultural societies in the state. 

On the 1 5th of November, 1848, Mr. 
Bartholomew was united in marriage to 
Miss Louisa L. Atwood, a native of Middle- 
field, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, and 



a daughter of Phineas Atwood. Three 
children came to bless this union, namely: 
Jay F., who is now operating his father's 
farm; Jennie, wife of Monroe Clark, of 
Chicago; and Fred, who is in the mail serv- 
ice in Chicago. The career of Mr. Bar- 
tholomew has been one of useful activity 
and for fifty years he was a prominent rep- 
resentative of the agricultural interests of 
the state. He has now rounded the Psalm- 
ist's span of three-score years and ten; his 
honorable life has won him hosts of friends, 
and the warm regard of a large circle of ac- 
quaintances is unreservedly given him. 



^ALTER A. NASH is an enthusias- 
JOtf tic Mason, and though one of the 
later representatives of the fraternity he 
well deserves mention among the members 
in Illinois, for he is actively interested in 
the order and loyal to its principles. He 
was made a Mason in Triluminar Lodge, 
No. 767, in 1895, and has held the office of 
Junior Warden in the same. In the pres- 
ent year, 1 896, he was exalted to the de- 
gree of Royal Arch Mason in Sinai Chap- 
ter, No. 185. 

Among the worthy sons that Michigan 
has furnished to the Garden City of the 
West is the gentleman whose name intro- 
duces this review. His birth occurred in 
the city of Hillsdale, Hillsdale county, 
Michigan, on the I9th of August, 1872, and 
there the days of his boyhood and youth 
were passed in his parents' home, while to 
the public schools of the neighborhood he 
is indebted for his educational advantages. 
While at home he aided in mercantile 
labors, but in 1889, when seventeen years 
of age, became connected with the Lake 
Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad as 
station agent. On the ist of May, 1894, 
he was made ticket agent at South Chicago 
and came to this city, where he has since 
made his residence. He is a wide-awake 
young man, and his courteous, affable and 
obliging manner has made him a popular 
employee of the road he represents. He 
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is thrown in contact hold him in high re- 
gard. In politics he is a Republican, and 
cast his first presidential vote for William 
McKinley. 



I ARCUS W. COLE, one of the veteran 

Masons of the state of Illinois, is a 

highly honored and respected member of 
the craft who has accomplished a great deal 
in advancing the prosperity of his home 
lodge, and for thirty-one years he has been 
a loyal, industrious brother. Mr. Cole was 
initiated in Genoa Lodge, No. 288, and was 
raised to the sublime degree of Master Ma- 
son July 21, 1866. He was elected secre- 
tary in that year and retained that office 
until 1886, when he dimitted to Kishwaukee 
Lodge, No. 402, and has held the same po- 
sition in that body with the exception of 
two years. He was sent as a representa- 
tive of Genoa Lodge to the Grand Lodge 
three times. He was exalted to the august 
degree of Royal Arch Mason in Sycamore 
Chapter, No. 49; and was constituted a Sir 
Knight in Sycamore Commandery, No. 15. 
He is a member of Kishwaukee Chapter, 
No. 1 86, Order of the Eastern Star, as is 
also his wife, who was Matron of the same 
for two years. Mr. Cole is a charter mem- 
ber of the Modern Woodmen of America, 
Kingston Camp, No. 203, which was organ- 
ized in 1886, and was its delegate to the 
head camp for three terms. He has been 
its clerk ever since its organization except 
one year. He is also a charter member of 
the Knights of the Globe, and now for some 
time has been filling the position of Garri- 
son Deputy. In all his fraternal relations 
Mr. Cole has ever been honest and zealous, 
and faithful to every trust reposed in him. 
The subject of this review was born in 
Lockport, Niagara county, New York, Feb- 
ruary 8, 1836, his parents being Washing- 
ton and Harriet (Stiles) Cole, both of whom 
were also natives of New York. In 1836 
they came to Illinois and located in Mar- 
shall, Clark county, and afterward in Kings- 
ton township, De Kalb county, where the 
father died July 21, 1889, at the venerable 



age of seventy-nine years. Five children 
were born to him and his wife: Alma B., 
Mariah M. , John A. , Walter L. and our 
subject. Mrs. Cole was born in July, 1812, 
and is still living, at the advanced age of 
eighty-five years, a well preserved woman. 
Her husband came to Clark county in 1836 
with his family, and there our subject at- 
tended the district schools, completing his 
education at Marshall College. He re- 
mained at home until twenty years old and 
then came to Kingston, where he first 




engaged in farming by the month for two 
years and then rented some land and con- 
tinued to till the soil for himself until 1882, 
when he purchased an interest in the hard- 
ware store of W. Straube, and entered into 
partnership with Philip Heckman. He fol- 
lowed that business until 1886, and two 
years later established a bank for the accom- 
modation of his neighbors, and has success- 
fully conducted it since that time. He is 
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and eighty acres, besides the bank and a 
handsome residence. 

Politically Mr. Cole is a stanch Repub- 
lican. He has been constable of Kingston 
for five years; tax collector seven years; 
township treasurer since March, 1876; town 
clerk ten years; was elected in 1897 super- 
visor of the township; was postmaster for 
five years under President Harrison's ad- 
ministration, and one under President Cleve- 
land; has been a member of the county 
central committee for ten years; and has 
attended the state convention twice, the 
congressional five times, the senatorial four 
times, and has always been in the county 
convention. 

Mr. Cole was married September \2, 
1858, to Miss Anna Eliza Little, who was 
born in Erie county, New York, July 24, 
1 840, and who is a daughter of Henry and 
Eva (Bingham) Little. They have one 
child, Alice E. , born April 21, 1861, who 
is a graduate of the Genoa high school. 
She is now the wife of W. L. Pond, of 
whom notice is given elsewhere in this vol- 
ume. Mr. Cole and his wife are members 
of the Freewill Baptist church, in which he 
is a trustee and superintendent of the Sun- 
day-school, and for six years served as clerk 
of the quarterly meeting of the Fox River 
division. Although well advanced in years, 
Mr. Cole is hale and hearty, and in the 
evening of his life is enjoying the fruits of a 
profitably spent career. With his wife he 
enlists the high esteem of a large circle of 
friends. 



LEWIS L. WADS WORTH, who is a 
prominent Knight Templar Mason of 
Chicago, entered the order in 1869 as a 
member of Garden City Lodge, No. 141, 
F. & A. M. For twenty-seven years he has 
been connected with this lodge, and is now 
one of its honored life members. He took 
the Royal Arch degrees in Corinthian Chap- 
ter, No. 69, and is also one of its life mem- 
bers. Since taking the degrees of the Royal 
and Select Masters in Chicago Council, No. 



4, he has been identified with it, and has 
never changed his membership from St. 
Bernard Commandery, No. 35, in which he 
was made a Knight Templar. He also be- 
longs to Medinah Temple of the Mystic 
Shrine, and has been honored by many of- 
fices in these various organizations. He 
has been Past Master of the blue lodge, 
Captain of the Host in the chapter, Thrice 
Illustrious Master in the council and Emi- 
nent Commander in the commandery. He 
has been on all the pilgrimages with St. 
Bernard Commandery from 1877 down to 
the present time, was one of the organizers 
of St. Bernard Drill Corps, served as First 
Lieutenant for thirteen years and partici- 
pated in all the trips of the corps through- 
out the country. His loyalty to the lodge, 
its teaching and its principles, is most 
marked, and his enthusiasm amounts almost 
to an inspiration. He is most widely and 
favorably known in Masonic circles, and 
well does he deserve mention in a volume 
whose province is recording the Masonic 
history of Illinois, together with the lives of 
those whose identification with the order 
has aided in its advancement and progress. 
Mr. Wadsworth is a western man by 
birth, training and interests, and is imbued 
by the true western spirit of enterprise and 
progress as is manifested not only in his 
Masonic but also in his business relations. 
He was born in Redford, Michigan, on the 
1 8th of April, 1842, and was educated in the 
public schools of Detroit, after which he 
learned the trades of blacksmithing and 
wagon-making in that city. At the break- 
ing out of the Civil war he laid aside the 
hammer and donned the blue in defense of 
the Union, enlisting as a member of Com- 
pany A, Twenty-fourth Michigan Infantry, 
in which he served until after the cessation 
of hostilities. He was sergeant of his com- 
pany and participated in all the principal 
engagements in which his regiment took 
part, including the battle of Gettysburg, 
Wilderness, Mine Run, North Anna, Cold 
Harbor, Fredericksburg, the siege of Peters- 
burg and numerous skirmishes. He was al- 
ways found at his post of duty, faithfully 



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defending the old flag and the cause it rep- 
resented. 

Mr. Wadsworth was mustered out in 
Detroit, and in August, 1865, came to Chi- 
cago, where he secured employment in the 
Northwestern Railroad shops, working at 
his trade there for seven years. In 1872 
he began business on his own account as a 
manufacturer of wagons, and has since been 
connected with that industry. From the be- 
ginning success has attended his efforts and 
his trade has steadily increased until it has 
now assumed extensive proportions. The 
wagons manufactured are of superior work- 
manship and the straightforward dealings of 
the proprietor command the public confi- 
dence and therefore the public patronage. 

In his political views Mr. Wadsworth is 
a stalwart Republican, and from 1892 to 
1894 represented the twenty-fourth ward of 
Chicago in the city council. He belongs to 
Columbia Post, No. 706, G. A. R. , and is a 
member of the Cumberland and Eagle River 
Gun Clubs. He takes quite an interest in 
hunting, is an excellent marksman and is 
well known as a follower of Nimrod, his love 
for the chase being frequently indulged in 
different parts of the country. 



WENRY AUGUSTUS FAGER is one of 
the old and highly respected Masons 
residing at Havana, a member in good 
standing of all the bodies in that place. He 
was raised to the degree of Master Mason 
in Havana Lodge, No. 88, on the 5th day 
of October, 1864; exalted a Royal Arch 
Mason in Havana Chapter, No. 86, R. A. M. , 
September 22, 1865, the first member so 
exalted in that chapter; and was created 
and dubbed a Sir Knight Templar in Peoria 
Commandery, No. 3, K. T. , at Peoria, in 
1872, for the purpose of organizing a com- 
mandery at Havana; and he is therefore a 
charter member of Damascus Commandery, 
No. 42, K. T. , at Havana. He was Treasurer 
of the blue lodge, and also of the chapter, 
from 1879 to 1888 inclusive, and from 1891 
to the present time 1897; Sentinel in 1869 
and 1870; Generalissimo of the Commandery 



in 1873, and Treasurer from 1878 to the 
present time. 

Mr. Fager is one of the veteran "stand- 
bys" of the great order at Havana. He is 
a native of the old Keystone state, born in 
Harrisburg on the I7th of March, 1829, 
and came to Illinois in 1848. From 1852 
to 1858 he was in California, and since then 
he has been a steady resident of Havana, 
where he is one of the best known and 
highly esteemed citizens. 



BENJAMIN HAMPTON. One of the 
best elements in the cosmopolitan pop- 
ulation of our large cities is furnished by our 
Scottish citizens, who bring with them the 
sturdy common sense, the thrifty habits and 
the upright principles which seem indigenous 
to the " land of the thistle." The Scotchman 
may seem slow and plodding, and even dull, 
to our nervous, restless, hurrying native- 
born American; but his perseverance and 
industry tell in the long run, and he gener- 
ally accomplishes the end which he has in 
view, while at the same time he sacrifices 
none of his integrity or manhood in doing 
so. 

As a good example of the ' ' canny Scot, " 
the gentleman whose name heads this 
sketch may well occupy a place in this vol- 
ume. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, 
December 9, 1868, and there grew to man- 
hood. When his school days were over he 
chose the occupation of machinist and spent 
his time in mastering its difficulties until 
1887, when he decided to seek a wider field 
for his operations and emigrated to the 
United States. His skill in the use of tools 
soon found for him profitable employment, 
and he was engaged in the Fulton Machine 
Works, of Chicago, of which he is now one 
of the proprietors. When the bicycle 
"craze" struck the country this firm, in 
1890, began the manufacture of the " This- 
tle " bicycle, which has become one of the 
most popular wheels in the market and has 
met with immense sales. 

Mr. Hampton's reputation as a business 
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spected by all his associates. He stands 
well in the Masonic order, having taken 
the following degrees: Master Mason, in 
Union Park Lodge; Royal Arch, in York 
Chapter; and that of Knight Templar in St. 
Bernard Commandery all in 1895. He 
also belongs to Medinah Temple, Nobles of 
the Mystic Shrine. 



H. SAMPSON.- The Masonic 

3f'> order includes in its membership the 
brightest intellects and the broadest and 
most generous natures, all its teachings 
tending to develop these qualities in man. 
For forty years the subject of this review, 
George H. Sampson, of Peoria, Illinois, has 
been identified with this ancient order and 
his Masonic record is as honorable as it is 
long, his life being an excellent example of 
the truth as stated above. 

Mr. Sampson is an eastern man both by 
birth and early association, he having been 
born in Woodstock, Vermont, March 19, 
1835, and reared and educated there. Until 
his seventeenth year he lived on a farm, 
from seventeen till nineteen was bookkeeper 
in a store, and at nineteen came west to 
Illinois and located at Rockford, where for a 
short time he was employed as clerk. Then 
he accepted a position as traveling agent for 
an eastern manufacturing company, with 
which he was connected for several years, 
traveling through various portions of the west. 
His next employment was as bookkeeper in 
his father-in-law's office, and from that he 
went out as salesman for an eastern manu- 
facturing company and shortly afterward be- 
came manager for their house in Chicago. 
Leaving Chicago in 1864, he located in 
Dixon, Illinois, and took charge of the 
Nachusa House, a popular hotel, which he 
conducted for three years or until he was 
elected Secretary of the Masons' Benevolent 
Society at Princeton. This responsible office 
he filled for twelve years. From 1 886 to 
1892 he was not actively engaged in any 
business. The last named year he came to 
Peoria and became one of the stockholders 
in the F. F. Ide Manufacturing Company, 



with which he has since been connected as 
director, secretary and treasurer. The fol- 
lowing year, 1893, this company was incor- 
porated, has since been operated as an in- 
corporated body, and has done an extensive 
business in the manufacture of Ide bicycles 
and watchmaker's tools. 

But it is more especially of his Masonic 
relations that we wish to speak in this con- 
nection, and to his identity with this order 
we now turn. Mr. Sampson received the 
degrees which made him a Master Mason in 
1856, in Friendship Lodge, No. 7, in Dixon, 
Illinois. Subsequently he was dimitted from 
this lodge and became a charter member of 
Grand Detour Lodge, Grand Detour, Illi- 
nois, a manufacturing place, where the or- 
ganization flourished for a time but finally 
was compelled to surrender its charter. 
After this he became a charter member of 
Ashlar Lodge, of Chicago, until about 1873, 
when he placed his membership in Prince- 
ton Lodge, No. 587, of Princeton, of which 
he is still a member in good standing. For 
three years he was Worshipful Master of 
Grand Detour Lodge. During his residence 
at Dixon he was exalted in Nachusa Chapter, 
No. 56, of that place, upon his removal to 
Princeton transferred his membership to 
Princeton Chapter, No. 28, with which he 
is still connected and of which he is Past 
High Priest. The degrees which made him 
a Knight Templar he received in Sycamore 
Commandery, No. 15, in 1866, and when 
Dixon Commandery, No. 2 1 , was instituted 
his name was on its list of charter members. 
His present Knight Templar affiliation is 
with Temple Commandery, of Princeton, of 
which for several years he served as Prelate. 
In the Dixon Commandery he filled the 
office of Prelate several years, and in 1873 
occupied the Eminent Commander's chair, 
serving in all these positions with credit to 
himself and the order. About 1856, Mr. 
Sampson also received the council degrees 
at Dixon. He penetrated the mysteries of 
the consistory in 1867, at De Kalb, Illinois, 
and since 1 8/6 has had a membership of 
Oriental Consistory, of Chicago. His iden- 
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more recent date, the degrees of Mohammed 
Temple having been conferred upon him in 
1894 at Peoria. 



HUGH HENRY PARKS, of Moline, has 
been for the past eleven years the 

efficient Secretary of Doric Lodge, No. 
319, of that city. He was made a Master 
Mason in 1875, in Sherman Lodge, No. 
535, at Orion, and while he resided there 
he was Secretary of that lodge five years, 
and its Senior Warden two years. On his 
removal to Moline he dimitted from his home 
lodge and affiliated with Doric Lodge on 
the 2d day of April, 1885. In 1887 he was 
elected Secretary, in which office he has 
ever since served faithfully and efficiently. 
Being an accomplished bookkeeper he has 
taken great pride in keeping his records of 
the lodge in the best possible shape. He 
has also completed a roster of the member- 
ship which gives at a glance the Masonic 
record of every brother, that is both conve- 
nient and valuable. He is also one of the 
members who was prominent in starting the 
"annual meeting" plan, which once a year 
brings together the brethren in a social way 
and has been of great advantage to the 
lodge in keeping up a pleasant acquaintance 
and mutual interest. It is greatly enjoyed 
by the members. Mr. Parks received the 
chapter degrees in Barrett Chapter, No. 18, 
at Rock Island, in 1883. 

The subject of this sketch was born in 
McDonough county, Illinois, on the I2th of 
June, 1847, an d is of an old southern fam- 
ily who were early settlers of Maryland 
and later of Kentucky. His paternal grand- 
father was a native of Maryland and settled 
in Kentucky during its earliest days. James 
Buchanan Parks, the father of our subject, 
was a native of Kentucky, who married 
Miss Elizabeth Patton, a native of Virginia, 
and he died when his son Hugh H. was six 
years of age. 

Mr. Parks, whose name heads this 
sketch, was educated in the public schools 
and is by profession a bookkeeper and a 
merchant. He was in business in Orion, 



Henry county, this state, from 1871 to 
1883, and in Moline for a number of years, 
with D. O. Reid, in the hardware trade. 
Politically he is a Republican. When at 
Orion he held the office of treasurer of the 
town, and was also town clerk. He enjoys 
the esteem and confidence of the public, is 
genial and pleasant in manner and disposi- 
tion, understanding the courtesies due from 
Mason to Mason, and "squaring" his life 
with the obligations of the order. 

He was married in 1874 to Miss Harriet 
J. Doxsee, a native of Mercer county, Illinois. 
Their three children are Ralph H., Harry 
A. and Ruth H. As to residence they have 
one of the delightful homes of this beauti- 
ful city. Mrs. Parks is an esteemd member 
of the Methodist church, while Mr. Parks 
is a deacon in the Congregational church. 
They are both members of the Order of 
the Eastern Star, in which he is the first 
Past Patron. They were charter members 
and continue to feel as great interest in the 
advancement of the chapter as ever, and 
the society is in a prosperous condition. 



JAMES ALLEN CALDER, V. S. To 
this gentleman belongs the distinction of 
being the first qualified veterinary sur- 
geon to locate in the city of Peoria, Illinois. 
His professional career here covers a period 
of fourteen years and has been attended with 
marked success; and while he has devoted 
his attention closely to the demands of his 
profession he has found time for and taken 
pleasure in Masonic work. 

Dr. Calder sought admission to Illinois 
Lodge, No. 263, in 1890, was duly elected 
to receive its degrees, and was initiated, 
passed and raised that year. The same 
year he was made a member of Peoria 
Chapter, No. 7, and in 1891 took the de- 
grees of the Peoria Council and Peoria 
Consistory; was knighted by Peoria Com- 
mandery, No. 3. in 1896, and in 1894 was 
given the degrees of the Mystic Shrine by 
Mohammed Temple, of Peoria. His first 
active work in Masonry was in 1894, when 
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of the First Veil in the chapter, in the ab- 
sence of the regular officer. That same 
year he was elected to the office of R. A. C. , 
next year was promoted to the office of 
King and served as such in 1896. In 1896 
he served also as Junior Warden in the 
lodge. 

Dr. Calder is a Canadian by birth. He 
was born near Hamilton, Ontario, Septem- 
ber 24, 1 860, and was reared and educated 
in Canada, remaining there until 1882, when 
he came to the United States. He gradu- 
ated in the Ontario Veterinary College, of 
Toronto, in December, 1881, and soon aft- 
erward came to Peoria, Illinois, and entered 
upon the practice of his profession, which 
he has since successfully conducted, his 
practice being confined chiefly to the city. 
In 1894 he built the Veterinary Hospital of 
Peoria, which has already gained a large 
patronage and become noted. Dr. Calder 
was one of the organizers of the Illinois 
State Veterinary Medical Association. 

He was married in 1878 to Miss Emma 
Lucking. 



PHILIP MAAS. Politics is a field in 
which to obtain success one must pos- 
sess more than usual ability, untiring energy, 
and a determination that will not falter 
after repeated failures. The laurels that 
crown the brow of him who attains his end 
in this sphere are won only by perseverance 
and an honorable course of action that is 
unqestionable. There are, to be sure, some 
who have climbed to a height which they 
imagine is but a short distance from the 
goal of their hopes, but unless they have for 
a foundation worth and integrity their fall is 
inevitable, and they sink into an oblivion 
from which they never rise. It is only those 
of true merit who acquire a permanent 
standing among their fellow-men and secure 
a position of honor and trust. Mr. Maas is 
a product of Germany and possesses all the 
qualities of the German nationality which 
go to make good citizens and men of integ- 
rity and probity. Of a fine intellect, a per- 
sistent disposition, a will that is not easily 



subdued, and an upright, impeachable char- 
acter, he is a gentleman of whom both the 
land of his birth and the country of his 
adoption may well be proud. 

From his earliest childhood Mr. Maas 
had become imbued with the principles of 
the Republican party, which were instilled 
in his mind by his father, himself an ardent 
Republican, who came to America in order 
that he might live under the flag that waves 
for liberty and freedom. Soon after coming 
to Chicago Frederick Maas, the father, be- 
came affiliated with the Republican party 
upon its formation in this city, and was 
made president of the Tenth Ward Repub- 
lican Phalanx. He wielded considerable in- 
fluence among the German-Americans, and, 
had he been mor.' familiar with the English 
language, would have been appointed to of- 
fice. As it was he performed a great deal 
of good in the interest of his party, and was 
an invaluable worker in the ranks. He 
came to the United States in 1850, and 
after remaining in the city of New York for 
nine months he came to Chicago, where his 
death occurred in 1882. 

Philip Maas' connection with politics in 
this city has been an important factor in 
the success of the party, and his services 
have commanded universal praise. He has 
been president of the Seventh Ward Repub- 
lican Club, a member of the Republican 
state committee from the old second con- 
gressional district; of the Cook county cen- 
tral committee; was a delegate to the state 
convention in which the anti-Grant third- 
term fight occurred, and in which he took 
an active part; and was a member of the 
state convention that nominated Richard 
Oglesby for governor the last time. He is 
vice-president of the Twenty-fifth Ward 
German Republican Club, and is the presi- 
dent of the German-American Republican 
Central Club of Cook county. He was 
nominated in 1884, much against his will, 
for the office of county commissioner and 
was defeated by fraud, the returns being 
tampered with. The board that was elect- 
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sent to the penitentiary for malfeasance in 
office. He was appointed city collector in 
the spring of 1895, which position he filled 
with honor and to the entire satisfaction of 
the public. The success of his administra- 
tion was so marked that it attracted the 
commendation of the newspapers, and Mr. 
Maas received the personal congratulations 
of Mayor Swift. The reports submitted by 
him for the year 1895 showed an increase of 
nearly half a million dollars over the reve- 
nues for the year before. 

Socially Mr. Maas is a member of the 
Germania and the Marquette Clubs on the 
North Side and of a number of musical so- 
cieties; he has been an active member of the 
Masonic fraternity for a quarter of a century 
and was Master of his lodge for six years in 
succession, and is affiliated with the Wiley 
M. Egan Chapter of the Chicago Command- 
ery, has received the ineffable degrees in 
the Oriental Consistory, Scottish Rite, is a 
Noble of the Mystic Shrine, Past Grand of 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and 
was a member of the Grand Lodge; also he 
was a member of the Knights of Pythias, in 
which order he filled all the chairs of the 
subordinate lodge, and became a member of 
the Grand Lodge. He was treasurer of the 
North American Saenger Bund festival 
which was held in Chicago in 1881. 

The birth of Mr. Maas occurred at Hesse- 
Darmstadt, Germany, in 1845, and he came 
to this country with his father when but five 
years old. Upon settling in Chicago, Mr. 
Maas attended the public schools until thir- 
teen years old and then began to learn the 
trade of designer, modeler and carver. 
After spending several years in that occu- 
pation he began his business career by open- 
ing a shop at the corner of Twelfth street 
near Blue Island avenue, in which he em- 
ployed a large force of men, This business 
he closed out in 1868 to assume the position 
of superintendent of Vorwaerts Turner Hall, 
where he remained for a year and a half, 
and then opened a billiard hall and Repub- 
lican headquarters, which he conducted suc- 
cessfully until 1885, when he entered into 
partnership with his brother in the whole- 



sale and retail hardware business at Van 
Buren street and Ogden avenue. This was 
discontinued in 1889, when Mr. Maas was 
appointed secretary of the Northwestern 
Brewing Company, retaining that position 
for four years. He still holds stock in the 
company, of which he is a director. For 
the past fifteen years he has been president 
of the Waldheim Cemetery Company. He 
has been most successful in all his enter- 
prises and has won a position in business 
and political life that speaks most highly 
for his intelligence, his character and his 
elevated motives. 

Mr. Maas was united in marriage with 
Miss Elizabeth Pokorny in 1868, and they 
have one child, Frederick, who has followed 
in the footsteps of his father and grandfa- 
ther, and is a stanch adherent of the Re- 
publican party. He holds the responsible 
position of cashier of the Northwestern 
Brewing Company and is a prominent mem- 
ber of the Germania Maennerchor, being 
himself possessed of fine musical talent. 

The life of such a man as Mr. Maas has 
in it many lessons that it would be wise for 
the coming generation of young men to take 
well to heart. It shows what can be ac- 
complished by application of honorable 
methods, and demonstrates that honesty, 
fidelity and a conscientious performance of 
duty will bring as a reward the good will 
and high regard of one's fellowrnen and an 
enviable position in society. 



THOMAS W. MACFALL, of Quincy, is 
a Past Master of Bodley Lodge, No. 
i, A. F. & A. M., and has been prominent- 
ly connected with the educational offices of 
the city for the past thirty years. For the 
first three years he was a member of the 
Board of Education; then he was elected 
superintendent of the city schools, which 
he has now for the past twenty-six years 
filled with entire satisfaction to the public. 
The duties have often been arduous and 
embarrassing, but he bravely worked his 
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Long before identifying himself with the 
Masonic order he had the matter under 
consideration, but hesitated on account of 
the opposition that sundry politicians might 
have to it. When it became evident to 
him, through the good offices of a brother, 
that his fears were groundless, he at once 
sent in an application for initiation and in 
1884 was made a Master Mason, in Bodley 
Lodge. He immediately became interested 
in the esoteric work and was soon appoint- 
ed Senior Deacon; at the end of his term in 
that office he was elected Junior Warden, 
and afterward Senior Warden and at 
length Worshipful Master, an office 
which he very ably tilled for five successive 
terms, during which he thoroughly acquired 
the Illinois work, and by both precept and 
example he has brought the brethren up to 
a high state of perfection in the work of the 
lodge, and is entitled to great credit for his 
patience and thoroughness. 

Mr. Macfall is a native of the state of 
Pennsylvania, born on the 24th of June, 
1824. He came to Illinois in 1848 and for 
seven years was prominently engaged in 
teaching. In 1855 he came to Quincy, and 
in 1856 was elected clerk of the Circuit 
Court. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted 
in the service of the United States and 
raised Company F of the Third Illinois 
Cavalry, of which he was elected cap- 
tain. He went to the front with a com- 
pany of ninety-six men. Soon he was com- 
missioned major, and he served in the 
southwest, being engaged in the battle of 
Pea Ridge and numerous skirmishes until 
his health failed by reason of the hard service 
on horseback, and he was compelled to re- 
sign his commission and return to Quincy, 
where he has since devoted the most of his 
time to the city schools. 

In 1846 he was happily married to Miss 
Katharine Myers, and they had six children, 
three of whom are living Esther, Rose and 
Katharine. They have a pleasant home and 
are citizens of culture and refinement, en- 
joying the high esteem of their fellow citi- 
zens in the city with which they have so 
long been identified. 



WILLIAM LYCURGUS ICKES, of 
Freeport, is a thirty-second-degree 
Mason and a prominent member of the or- 
der. It was in 1890 that he joined Ever- 
green Lodge, No. 170, since which time he 
has progressed rapidly through all the de- 
grees up to and including the thirty-second. 
His is an excellent Masonic record and he is 
a worthy and valued member of the society. 
He took the Royal Arch degrees in Free- 
port Chapter, No. 23, joined the Royal & 
Select Masters of Freeport Council, No. 39, 
and was knighted in Freeport Commandery, 
No. 7. He is also a Noble of the Mystic 
Shrine and is deeply interested in the growth 
and progress of this benevolent and honor- 
able order. 

Mr. Ickes is a native of Illinois, his birth 
having occurred in Victoria, Henry county, 
on the 1 5th of October, 1862. He is of 
German and Scotch ancestry, his grandfa- 
ther Ickes having come from Germany to 
America in an early day and located in 
Pennsylvania, where he raised his family. 
There the father of our subject, George 
Franklin Ickes, was born and spent his 
youth, coming to Illinois in 1857. Soon 
afterward he married Miss Sarah Ann Suth- 
erland, a lady of Scotch descent, locating 
on the farm on which they continued to re- 
side until 1885, when the father laid aside 
the cares of active business life and removed 
to Tolono, Illinois, where he is now living 
retired, at the age of sixty years. His wife 
is also living, and of their family of nine 
children six yet survive. 

The subject of this review is the second 
of the family. He was educated in the 
public schools of Tolono and worked on his 
father's farm until seventeen years of age, 
when he began railroading as a brakeman 
on the Illinois Central road. He filled that 
position for four years, was fireman for 
three and a half years, was conductor for 
five years and for the past few years has 
been locomotive engineer in the employ of 
the Illinois Central road. He is thoroughly 
informed in this department of railroading 
and is one of the bright, active and capable 
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Mr. Ickes was married on the 22d of 
September, 1886, to Miss Flora Pendergast, 
a native of this state, born in Irvington, 
Marion county. This union has been 
blessed with two sons and a daughter, 
namely: Willie G. , Ralph E. and Ferol. 
Mr. and Mrs. Ickes are genial and friendly 
people and as a consequence have made 
many warm friends. In his political views 
he is a Republican, but his business cares 
preclude the possibility of his holding office. 
His fidelity to duty is one of his marked 
characteristics and whether in public or 
private life he is ever true to the trust re- 
posed in him. 



TrONATHAN ABEL. For nearly two 
j score years has the subject of this review 
stood as an exemplar of the great craft 
with which this compilation has to do, and 
as a man of signal ability and honor and as 
one of the Masonic patriarchs of the State 
of Illinois, it is imperative that a review of 
his career be incorporated in this work. 
Mr. Abel became a Master Mason in Meteor 
Lodge, No. 283, at Sandwich, Illinois, in 
the year 1860, and about 1865 he passed 
the capitular degrees in Sandwich Chapter, 
R. A. M. , in which he retains a life mem- 
bership. About the year 1884 he was dim- 
itted from Meteor Lodge, transferring his 
affiliation to Dearborn Lodge, No. 310, A. 
F. & A. M., of Chicago. In 1891 Mr. Abel 
attained the honors of knighthood, in Mont- 
joie Commandery, No. 53, Knights Temp- 
lar, in whose affairs he has since maintained 
a pronounced interest. He is a stockholder 
in the Masonic Temple Association, whose 
magnificent enterprise he aided materially, 
even as he has other undertakings which 
have given him unmistakable prestige as one 
of the representative citizens of the great 
western metropolis. 

Jonathan Abel, who has made a record 
of signal success in the business world and 
who is known as a man of stanchest integ- 
rity and attractive personality, is a native 
son of the Empire state, having been born 

at Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, New 
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York, on the 4th of December, 1832, the 
son of John and Miranda (Sampson) Abel, 
the former of German and the latter of En- 
glish extraction, the father having been a 
substantial farmer and a man of no little 
ability. Our subject received a good En- 
glish education, completing his studies in an 
excellent Quaker school at Oswego, in his 
native county. He assisted his father in the 
cultivation of the home farmstead until he 
had attained the age of twenty-four years,, 
when he started out upon his own responsi- 
bility. Looking upon the west as a more 
eligible field of endeavor, he came to Illinois 
in 1857, locating at Sandwich, DeKalb 
county, where he resided about ten years, 
having been variously concerned in success- 
ful business enterprises giving his atten- 
tion in turn to lumber dealing, the live-stock 
and the drug business. He was also identi- 
fied with banking operations in Sandwich 
and held the office of postmaster for a num- 
ber of years, serving under the administra- 
tions of Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. 

Mr. Abel removed to Chicago in Feb- 
ruary, 1868, and within the following year 
purchased an interest in the extensive dis- 
tilling business of Dickinson, Leach & Com- 
pany. Several changes in the membership 
of the firm occurred within the next few 
years, the enterprise being finally incorpor- 
ated, in 1878, with Mr. Abel as president. 
The company met with great financial 
losses in the great fire of 1871, but such 
was its reputation that it was enabled to 
resume operations and to secure that credit 
which placed the enterprise among the fore- 
most of the sort in the west. In 1887, 
upon the organizaion of the Distilling and 
Cattle Feeding Company, the Phoenix Com- 
pany disposed of its business to that organ- 
ization, after which the firm of Abel, Ames 
& Company continued in the general dis- 
tributing business in connection with dis- 
tilled liquors, their operations reaching an 
average annual aggregate of fully a million 
dollars. In May, 1895, Mr. Abel withdrew 
from this firm and became secretary of the 
Ogalla Land and Cattle Company, an im- 
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financial interests. He is also a stockholder 
in the Metropolitan National and Union 
National Banks of Chicago, and is concerned 
in various other business enterprises of im- 
portant character. He is a man of broad 
mentality, progressive and alert in his 
methods and animated by a distinctive pub- 
lic spirit, which has manifested itself in 
many directions. He is identified with the 
People's church, being a liberal contributor 
to worthy causes and enjoying a marked 
popularity by reason of his genial personal- 
ity and inflexible integrity in all the relations 
of life. Mr. Abel lends his support to the 
Republican party, but has never sought the 
honors or emoluments of political office, 
believing that his best field for accomplish- 
ment has been in connection with business 
affairs. 



'\DWARD I. CAMM, the popular jew- 
eler and a prominent citizen of Mon- 
mouth, Illinois, has been in business here 
for eighteen years, eight years of this time 
at one stand, and is now located at No. 100 
South Main street. 

Mr. Camm was born in Brockville, On- 
tario, Canada, January 26, 1852, and was 
reared under the influence of Masonry, his 
father being an active and enthusiastic Ma- 
son, a member of Sussex Lodge, No. 756, 
of Brockville, in which, in 1856, he served 
as Worshipful Master, and subsequently 
moved his membership to Newboro, Ontario, 
in which he retained membership up to the 
time of his death, in that place. These early 
impressions of the order his father had loved 
remained with the youth, and when he grew 
to manhood and went to New York he was 
made a Mason, in Ilion Lodge, No. 591, of 
Ilion. Some years later he took out a di- 
mit, and since August 26, 1 889, has affil- 
iated with Monmouth Lodge, No. 37, in 
which he has served officially during the 
past three years, filling the office of Treas- 
urer in 1894, Junior Deacon in 1895, and 
Senior Deacon in 1896; and since coming 
to Illinois he has received some of the higher 
degrees of the order. He was exalted in 



Warren Chapter, No. 3, R. A. M., of Mon- 
mouth; knighted inGalesburgCommandery, 
No. 8, K. T. , of Galesburg; and September 
I S> J893, was initiated into the mysteries of 
Medinah Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Chicago, 
in all of which he still maintains member- 
ship, and in the chapter is filling the office 
of Master of the First Veil. 

Mr. Camm was for five years a member 
of the National Guard, holding the rank of 
corporal, and was with Company H, Sixth 
Regiment, at East St. Louis during the riots 
in 1885. 

His religious views and symathies are 
in keeping with those of the Protestant 
Episcopal church. 



JEFFERSON ABBOTT, a 

Jl consistory Mason of the thirty-second 
degree and one of the early settlers of Rock- 
ford, is a native of New York, born January 
1 1, 1839, and is of English lineage, his an- 
cestors having crossed the ocean from En- 
gland during the days when the Empire 
state was first becoming settled. John and 
Thomas Abbott, the father and grandfather 
of our subject, were both natives of that 
state, and the former, born in 1811, is still 
living, a hale and hearty man. He married 
Miss Nancy Bluefield, a native of New York, 
and to them were born eight children. The 
mother died and Mr. Abbott afterward 
wedded Mrs. Eleanor James, by whom he 
had seven children. In 1856 they emigrated 
to Rockford, where he is now living. His 
life occupation has been farming, and he is 
a worthy and consistent member of the 
Methodist church and one of its local 
preachers. 

Thomas J. Abbott was the second child 
of the family. He is indebted to the public 
schools of his native state for his educational 
privileges, and when his school days were 
over he turned his attention to farming. He 
was following that pursuit in Illinois when 
the great Civil war was inaugurated, but he 
put aside all business considerations to re- 
spond to the country's call for aid, enlisting 
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Company G, Forty-fourth Illinois Infantry. 
He served for three years in the Army of 
the Cumberland and then veteranized and 
continued at the front until after the cessa- 
tion of hostilities, when the preservation of 
the Union was an assured fact. He was 
mustered out September 25, 1865, after an 
honorable and patriotic service of more than 
four years, during which time he was always 
found at his post of duty, faithfully defend- 
ing the stars and stripes which now float so 
proudly over the united nation. With his 
regiment he participated in all the engage- 
ments from Pea Ridge, Arkansas, to Atlanta, 
Georgia, including the memorable battles of 
Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, in which 
the Union forces covered themselves with 
glory. Mr. Abbott was once severely 
wounded. He was promoted to the rank of 
adjutant of his regiment, holding that posi- 
tion at the time when he received his hon- 
orable discharge. 

Returning to the quiet and peaceful pur- 
suit of farming, Mr. Abbott continued the 
operation of. his land for six years, since 
which time he has been continuously iden- 
tified with the business interests of Rock- 
ford. He is a wholesale dealer in beer and 
is agent for the Indianapolis Brewing Com- 
pany. He gives his political support to the 
Republican party, with which he has affil- 
iated since casting his first vote for Abraham 
Lincoln. His identification with the Ma- 
sonic fraternity dates from March, 1865, 
when he was made a Mason in Huntsville, 
Alabama. In Rockford he has advanced 
through the various degrees of the Scottish 
Rite until he is now numbered among the 
thirty-second-degree Masons of the city, 
and is at present serving as Junior Deacon 
in the Star of the East Lodge. He is also 
a Noble of the Mystic Shrine and has always 
been an active and acceptable worker in the 
order. He has also been a leading member 
of the Grand Army of the Republic since its 
organization and is now Quartermaster Ser- 
geant of the post in Rockford. 

In 1864 Mr. Abbott was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Adaline Kilburn. He has 
erected one of the best residences in Rock- 



ford and its hospitable doors are ever open 
for the reception of their many friends. 
Mr. Abbott has always taken a deep interest 
in all that pertains to the welfare of the city 
and its advancement, and is a public-spirited, 
progressive man who keeps up with the 
times in all matters of improvement. 



E 



ZRA OSTRANDER DANA has for al- 
most thirty years been identified with 
the Masonic fraternity, and through that long 
period has been a most loyal and devoted 
member, deeply interested in the growth of 
the fraternity. He was made a Mason in 
1868 in Owisco Lodge, No. 571, of Kanka- 
kee, Illinois, and served as Senior Deacon. 
Later the lodge building was destroyed by 
fire and he joined Kankakee Lodge, No. 
389, continuing his relationship therewith 
for four years, when he became a member 
of Landmark Lodge, No. 422, of Chicago. 
On removing to Champaign, Illinois, he 
joined Western Star Lodge, No. 318, and 
was dimitted from there in 1889 to Excel- 
sior Lodge, No. 97, of Freeport, with 
which he is now connected. He is one of 
the oldest supporters of the Masonic Aid 
Association located in Chicago. His life is 
in harmony with the beneficent principles of 
the order and he is a worthy representative 
of the craft. 

The business career of Mr. Dana is also 
one of the utmost fidelity, his record for 
trustworthiness and thorough reliability 
being unexcelled. For thirty-six years he 
has been an employe of the Illinois Central 
Railroad Company and has won the confi- 
dence of his employers and the highest re- 
spect of all his business associates. His 
name is a synonym for all that is honorable 
in business life, and while his fame has not 
been spread abroad throughout the land he 
belongs to that class of citizens who form 
the stability of a nation, and his well-spent 
life contains many valuable lessons of prac- 
tical utility, showing what can be accom- 
plished through persistence, energy, de- 
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Mr. Dana was born in Schoharie county, 
New York, June 10, 1841, and traces his 
ancestry back to England, where Richard 
Dana was born in 1612. When a young 
man he braved the dangers of an ocean 
voyage at that time, and became a member 
of the Connecticut colony. There his de- 
scendants resided for several generations. 
The grandfather of our subject, James 
Dana, was born there, and when the colo- 
nies attempted to throw off the yoke of 
British oppression he gallantly went to their 
aid, serving under General Putnam. He 
participated in the battle of Lexington, 
fired the first shot at Bunker Hill, and 
fought at Princeton. He was afterward 
under the immediate command of General 
Washington until the close of the struggle 
which ended so happily in the establish- 
ment of this republic, and was highly com- 
mended by both General Putnam and Gen- 
eral Washington for his valiant and capable 
service. When an American flag had been 
adopted Connecticut made several for her 
soldiers, and " the father of his country" 
conferred on Captain Dana the honor of 
first displaying it to the army. After the 
war the Captain became prominent in the 
state militia and was raised to the rank of 
general. He was a man of fine physique, 
six feet in height and splendidly developed, 
and his name will go down to posterity on 
the pages of history that record the deeds 
of the honored heroes of the Revolution. 

James Dana, Jr., the father of our sub- 
ject, was born in Schoharie county, New 
York, and married Miss Jane Sinsabaugh, a 
native of the Empire state. Seven children 
were born to them in New York, and in 
1855 they removed with their family to 
Will county, Illinois, settling on a farm, 
where they resided until the father laid 
aside all business cares. He then removed 
with his wife to Chicago, where his death 
occurred in his sixty-fifth year. His wife 
long survived him and died in 1889, in her 
eighty-ninth year. 

Mr. Dana, of this review, was their 
youngest child. He acquired his early edu- 
cation in Oswego, New York, and later at- 



tended school in Will county, Illinois. In 
1 860, when nineteen years of age, he began 
railroading as a locomotive fireman on the 
Illinois Central road, and throughout his 
business life has been an employee of that 
company, one of the most trusted men in 
their service. No more honorable record 
can be shown, for through the thirty-six 
years of his connection with the road he has 
never received even a reprimand. After 
serving four years as fireman he became a 
locomotive engineer and for twenty-four 
years successfully filled that position. His 
care and watchfulness was most marked. 
He had no accidents, attended most strictly 
to his duties and was one of the most capa- 
ble men on the road. Later he was for two 
years foreman of the machinery department 
in Chicago, and was then made master 
mechanic at the shop in Freeport, in which 
capacity he has now served for eight years. 
He thoroughly understands the business in 
every detail as well as the major points, and 
this enables him to so direct the men under 
him that the best service is secured. He 
has the warmest regard of all and his jus- 
tice and courtesy to those who work under 
his supervision has won him their loyalty 
and warm friendship. 

In 1866 Mr. Dana was happily married 
to Miss Elizabeth Holland, a native of 
Mount Morris, New York. She is descend- 
ed from Scotch ancestors who came to this 
country in an early day. Mr. and Mrs. 
Dana now have three children, Ester, Ed- 
gar and Bert. The parents are members of 
the People's church and in his political 
views Mr. Dana is a Republican. His son, 
E. W. Dana, is a Royal Arch Mason and 
has followed in the business footsteps of his 
father, being a machinist in the Illinois 
Central Railroad shops. Our subject is a 
genial, courteous gentleman, of generous 
impulses, and is quick to see and commend 
fidelity to duty in others. He has made for 
himself an honorable record in social, busi- 
ness and private life and is well worthy of 
representation in this volume among the 
leading members of the Masonic fraternity 
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QUSTAVE WALTER. During the pe- 
riod of his connection with the Masonic 
fraternity twenty years Mr. Walter, of 
Sandwich, has manifested such diligence in 
the work of the craft and such fidelity to its 
teachings that his brethren have honored 
him by election to various official positions 
therein. He is one of the most prominent 
Masons in the city where he makes his home, 
having risen to high rank. In 1877 he be- 
gan his study of the symbolic truths which 
incite men to the development of the best 
that is in them, which promulgate the prin- 
ciples of justice, loyalty, benevolence and 
forbearance, and now with a full understand- 
ing of the obligations which rest upon all 
followers of the order he faithfully observes 
the teachings of the blue lodge and chapter 
and the vows of the commandery. He took 
the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow- 
craft and Master Mason in Meteor Lodge, 
in 1 877, has served as its Worshipful Master, 
and in 1893 represented the subordinate 
lodge in the Grand Lodge. In 1881 he ad- 
vanced through the degrees of Mark Master, 
Past Master and Most Excellent Master and 
was exalted to the sublime degree of a Royal 
Arch Mason in Sandwich Chapter, No. 107. 
For eight years he served as the King of 
this chapter. He took the degrees of cryptic 
Masonry and now holds membership in 
Aurora Council of Royal and Select Masters. 
He was created and dubbed a Sir Knight in 
Aurora Commandery, No. 22, in 1883, and 
received the grades and orders of the Scot- 
tish Rite in Oriental Consistory, of Chicago, 
where in 1891 he was greeted a Sublime 
Prince of the Royal Secret. 

Mr. \Valterwas born on the 3d of Octo- 
ber, 1 849, in Alsace, then a province of 
France, but now of Germany. He was 
reared in his native county, obtained his 
education in its public schools, and when 
fourteen years of age entered on a three- 
years apprenticeship to the blacksmith's 
trade. When that period had expired he 
worked as a journeyman for a year and then 
came to the United States, believing in the 
superiority of the advantages here afforded 
for advancement. For a year he followed 



blacksmithing in Ottawa, Illinois, and then 
went to Chicago, where he worked in dif- 
ferent shops for a year. He next located 
in Peoria, but after six months removed to 
Woodstock, where he engaged in black- 
smithing on his own account for two years. 
For a similar period he followed his trade 
in Serena, later spent one year in the same 
business in Piano, Illinois, and in April, 
1876, came to Sandwich, where he pur- 
chased the carriage factory of J. H. Wag- 
oner. For twenty-one years he has now 
continued in that line of business, with a 
constantly increasing trade which has 
brought to him a handsome income. It 
has resulted from his high reputation for 
honor in all business transactions and for 
his courtesy to those who give him their 
patronage. 

On the 2Oth of July, 1872, was cele- 
brated the marriage of Mr. Walter and 
Miss Sophia Retterer, a native of Alsace. 
The wedding took place in Woodstock, Illi- 
nois, and to them have been born three 
children, Charles A. , Laura A. and Mabel. 
The parents attend the Presbyterian church 
and in politics Mr. Walter is a Republican, 
For three years he served on the school 
board of Sandwich and has long been iden- 
tified with various measures tending to the 
substantial growth and progress of the com- 
munity. He is a man of high personal 
worth, with an irreproachable record in 
business and in private life, and his Masonic 
career is one of exemplary fidelity. 



CALOT EZEKIEL BAKER, who occu- 
' pies a leading place in commercial cir- 
cles in Quincy, became a Mason through 
his initiation as an Entered Apprentice of 
Quincy Lodge, No. 296, A. F. & A. M., 
on the iith of June, 1886, and having 
passed the Fellow-craft degree on the 3d of 
December of that year he was raised to the 
sublime degree of Master Mason on the 
I4th of February, 1887. He added to his 
understanding of the principles and teach- 
ings of the blue lodge a knowledge of the 
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through his connection with Quincy Chap- 
ter, No. 5, wherein he was exalted to the 
august degree of Royal Arch Mason. He 
passed the circle of cryptic Masonry and 
was greeted a Royal and Select Master in 
Quincy Council, No. 15, on the 2Oth of 
September, 1887, and took the degrees of 
chivalric Masonry in El Aksa Commandery, 
No. 55, K. T., January 26, 1888. He has 
also been elected to the Quincy Consistory, 
but has not yet had the degrees confirmed. 
Mr. Baker takes an active interest in Ma- 
sonry and the accomplishment of its mis- 
sion among men. It is the labors of such 
representatives of the order who have made 
it an active agency in the world's better- 
ment, counteracting by its benevolence and 
fraternity much of the opposition and self- 
ishness of the world. 

Mr. Baker is a native of New York, 
born on the 2ist of March, 1844, of Eng- 
lish and French ancestry, who located in 
the Empire state in its pioneer epoch and 
took an active part in the events which 
form the early history of New York, and also 
bore arms in defense of the rights of the 
colonies in the war of the Revolution. Eze- 
kiel Baker and D. Bryan Baker, grandfather 
and father of our subject, were both born in 
New York. The latter married Miss Marie 
Jeannette Calot, a native of Massachusetts 
and of French lineage. Her father, Louis 
William Calot, was sent to America by 
the French government to take charge of 
an island near Cape Cod claimed by the 
French. He became a resident of the 
country and died here. D. Bryan Baker 
was a physician and surgeon and died in the 
twenty-ninth year of his age. 

The gentleman whose name introduces 
this review, the only living representative 
of his family, began his education in a pri- 
vate school, afterward attended an academy 
in Fort Miller and later continued his stud- 
ies at Fort Edward in his native state. He 
was but seventeen years of age when he of- 
fered his services to the government, enlist- 
ing September 2, 1862, as a member of 
Company D, First New York Mounted 
Rifles. He served in the Army of the 



James with the Eighteenth Army Corps and 
participated in the battles of Cold Harbor, 
Petersburg and other engagements of that 
great struggle. He was never wounded, 
and on the I2th of June, 1865, was honor- 
ably discharged, after three years of valiant 
service. 

Mr. Baker came to Illinois in 1865, and 
on the jth of May, 1867, was united in 
marriage to Miss Isabella Brown, a native 
of Quincy and a daughter of William 
Brown, now deceased. 

In his political views Mr. Baker has been 
a Republican from the time he attained his 
majority. He belongs to the Grand Army 
of the Republic, and thus renews his asso- 
ciations of his military life. He has long 
been numbered among the prominent busi- 
ness men of Quincy, where he is engaged 
in the wholesale and retail grocery business. 
His trade has steadily increased until the 
volume of his business is extensive, and his 
interests have ever been conducted accord- 
ing to the old, tried maxims of honesty and 
perseverance. The most envious can 
scarcely grudge him his success, so worthily 
has he earned it and so admirably does he 
use it, being a generous contributor to 
many good causes. He has also erected a 
number of residences in the city and is do- 
ing his full share toward the upbuilding and 
improvement of Quincy. 



^RNEST E. EGLER, assistant foreman 
of the dial department of the Na- 
tional Watch Company, of Elgin, repre- 
sents the class of prominent business men, 
who in the "rush and hurry" of industrial 
life yet find time to devote to those duties 
which develop the gentler side of nature and 
awaken in man a realization of the needs of 
humanity. The beneficent principles of 
Masonry, promoting not only charity but all 
that is noblest and best in the world, elicited 
his admiration and secured his allegiance. 
In 1889 he joined the order and has since 
affiliated with Monitor Lodge, No. 522, A. 
F. & A. M. Learning its lessons of charity 
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were then placed before him in L. L. Munn 
Chapter, No. 96, in which he was exalted 
to the august degree of Royal Arch Mason. 
He has been honored by the Companions of 
that branch by election to the office of Cap- 
tain of the Host and of Chaplain, serving in 
the latter position for two terms. In 1890 
he received the grades and orders of chiv- 
alric Masonry, being constituted, dubbed 
and created a Sir Knight in Bethel Com- 
mandery, No. 36, in which he has served as 
Standard Bearer, Senior Warden, General- 
issimo, and at this writing is the Eminent 
Commander. He also threaded the laby- 
rinth of Elgin Chapter, No. 212, Order of 
the Eastern Star, in 1892, and his wife also 
belongs to the same society. 

Mr. Egler in business life, as in Masonry, 
has attained to an eminent position. Suc- 
cess is not a matter of genius, but the out- 
come of earnest purpose and untiring in- 
dustry, and this truth finds verification in 
his life. He was born in Mulhouse, in the 
province of Alsace, France, July 19, 1850, 
and is a son of Charles F. and Marie Egler, 
who came to the United States about 1853 
and took up their residence in Hoboken, 
New Jersey. In that city our subject spent 
his youth and obtained his literary educa- 
tion. He entered upon his business career 
as an employe in the United States Watch 
Factory, where he remained for about three 
years, when he went to Philadelphia and 
engaged in the lamp and oil business as a 
member of the firm of Lowden & Egler. 
That connection was maintained from 1875 
until 1881, when the junior partner sold out 
and returned to New Jersey. 

Mr. Egler was married there December 
15, 1 88 1, to Miss Algire Peugeot, a native 
of France and a daughter of Pierre and 
Catherine (Boillot) Peugeot, who came to 
this country in 1868 and located in New 
York city. After his marriage Mr. Egler 
entered the employ of Henry Abbott, of 
New York, proprietor of a stem-winding 
watch factory, and while working in that 
establishment developed the new process of 
painting dials. On the gth of August, 1889, 
he came to Elgin in response to a request 



from the National Watch Company to in- 
troduce his new process into their works, 
and has since been assistant foreman of the 
dial department of one of the most exten- 
sive watch factories in the entire country. 
He is a man of much business and executive 
ability and of considerable talent, and has 
not contented himself with merely perform- 
ing the duties assigned to him, but has al- 
ways performed with conscientious fidelity 
all trust committed to his care and has 
studied the work closely and systematically. 
This earnest investigation led to his inven- 
tion of the new process of painting dials, 
which is far superior to the old process and 
was thereby the means of securing him his 
present responsible and lucrative position. 
Mr. and Mrs. Egler are parents of two 
children, Ettie E. and Elmer E. Our 
subject and his wife are members of the 
Universalist church, in which and in social 
circles they are highly regarded. Mr. Egler 
belongs also to the Modern Woodmen of 
America and to the Jewelers' League of New 
York city. His political support is given 
the Republican party. 



LEWIS E. PENNINGTON. Almost 
.' thirty years have passed since this gen- 
tleman became interested in Masonry and 
placed his membership in Warren Lodge, 
No. 209, F. & A. M., of Chicago. He 
joined the blue lodge in 1868, the same 
year of his arrival in the city, and since that 
time has maintained his connection with it. 
Passing from this initial and basic step to 
the chapter, he became a Royal Arch Ma- 
son in Chicago Chapter in the same year. 
The following year he was knighted in 
Apollo Commandery, No. i, and on the 22d 
of November, 1869, he joined the Oriental 
Consistory of the Scottish Rite. He is also 
a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, his member- 
ship being in Medinah Temple of Chicago, 
and throughout the term of his affiliation 
with the society he has been recognized as 
a worthy representative of Masonry, its 
time-honored and honorable principles. Its 
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is straightforward in business and in social 
life, shows that its consistent members are 
those who are deserving of the high regard 
and respect of their fellow men in all walks 
of life as well as in the circles of Masonry. 
With many friends among the brethren of 
the craft, the sketch of Mr. Pennington 
cannot fail to prove of interest to many of 
the readers of this volume. 

A native of the Keystone state, our sub- 
ject was born in Chester county, on the 9th 
of February, 1846, and upon his father's 
farm in Pennsylvania spent the days of his 
boyhood and youth, early becoming familiar 
with the labors of the fields, for his assist- 
ance in their cultivation was required from 
his young days. A deep thinker, his study 
of the needs of the soil and what would pro- 
duce the best crops undoubtedly led to his 
undertaking his present business. He came 
to Chicago when a young man of twenty- 
four and embarked in the manufacture of 
fertilizers, a business which he has since 
continued with good success. He placed 
upon the market fertilizers which, when 
tested, were seen to supply the needs of the 
farmer, who wished something to enrich his 
worn-out land from which previous crops 
had drawn all the sustenance for the grains. 
His comprehensive understanding of the 
subject made him successful in the venture, 
and his thorough reliability and enterprising 
business methods have brought him a large 
trade. 

In 1880 Mr. Pennington was united in 
marriage to Miss Samole Bryan, of St. Louis, 
Missouri, and they have two children, 
Florence and George. In his political views 
Mr. Pennington favors the principles of the 
Republican party. 



JOHN TEMPLETON, a worthy member 
of the Masonic fraternity of Freeport, is 
one of the native sons of Stephenson 
county, his birth having occurred at Cedar- 
ville on the 3d of July, 1867. He is de- 
scended from Scotch ancestry, who early 
located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His 
great-great-grandfather on the paternal side 



was a native of Scotland, but was driven 
from the land of hills and heather at a time 
of great religious persecution in that coun- 
try. He escaped to the north of Ireland, 
where the great-grandfather of our subject 
was born. He was the founder of the fam- 
ily in America. Braving the dangers of 
ocean sailing in those early days he located 
in Pennsylvania about the time of the close 
of the Revolution, making his home in 
Union county, where he spent his remaining 
days. His profession was civil engineering. 

The grandfather of our subject, Alex- 
ander Templeton, was born, reared and 
married in that county, and during his youth 
learned the cooper's trade. In 1850 he 
sought a home in the west, believing the 
resources of the country and the opportu- 
nities afforded here to be superior to those 
of the east. Settling in Stephenson county, 
he established his family in their new home, 
and here Alexander Templeton, Jr., father 
of our subject, was reared to manhood. 
He was born in Union county, Pennsylvania, 
in 1835, and was therefore in his fifteenth 
year when he arrived in Illinois. When he 
had arrived at years of maturity he married 
Miss Elizabeth Miller, a native of Gettys- 
burg, Pennsylvania, and afterward gave his 
attention to agricultural pursuits, being one 
of the industrious farmers of the commu- 
nity. They reared three children, two 
daughters and a son. 

The latter is the subject of this notice. 
He was educated in the common schools of 
his native county, worked on the home 
farm, and in 1884, when seventeen years of 
age, began to learn the carriage-painting 
business in the shops of the Henney Buggy 
Company. He completely mastered his 
work, both in principle and detail, and from 
time to time has been promoted until he is 
now serving as salesman, a position which 
he has filled for six years. He travels to a 
limited extent in the interests of the house, 
but is usually found in their extensive estab- 
lishment in Freeport, selling to the trade of 
the city and surrounding country. He is 
one of the most valuable and capable em- 
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years' connection therewith indicates the 
confidence reposed in him and his fidelity to 
every trust. 

Mr. Templeton was one of the organ- 
izers of the fine band of twenty-eight pieces 
composed of the employees of the company, 
and plays the large double-bass horn. This 
band is a credit alike to the company and 
the men who compose it, and ranks among 
the best in this section of the state. Mr. 
Templeton formerly gave his support to the 
Republican party, but is now independent 
of party ties in his political views. 



WENRY W. WALES, M. D., a well- 
known practicing physician of Lanark 
and for many years a representative mem- 
ber of the Masonic fraternity, was made a 
Master Mason in 1864 in Lanark Lodge, 
No. 423, F. & A. M. This was in the very 
early history of the lodge, and since then 
he has been one of its most active and re- 
liable supporters. He was among the early 
incumbents of its executive chair. Also he 
has at different times filled nearly all its 
offices, ever rendering his part of the work 
in an earnest and impressive manner and in 
a way that reflected credit both upon him- 
self and the organization. He became a 
member of Lanark Chapter, No. 139, R. A. 
M., in 1872, receiving the Royal Arch de- 
gree on the 7th of June, he being among 
the first who were exalted by that chapter. 
He has had the honor of being its High 
Priest several times, has also held other 
offices in the chapter, and in it, as in the 
blue lodge, he has ever been faithful and 
efficient. Also he is a Knight Templar. 
He was knighted by Freeport Commandery, 
K. T. , and became a charter member of 
Long Commandery at Mount Carroll. Both 
the Doctor and his wife are valued members 
of Polo Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. 
Dr. Wales is a native of Illinois, born in 
Ogle county, in 1840, and springs from 
English ancestry, his forefathers having 
landed on the rock-bound shores of New 
England at an early period in the history of 
this country, and for many years were resi- 



dents of Massachusetts. His father, Hora- 
tio Wales, was born in Connecticut and 
emigrated in 1835 to the then far-away 
state of Illinois, bringing with him his wife 
and their only child, and locating on a facm 
in Ogle county, near Polo, at a place called 
Buffalo Grove. In the affairs of this county 
he was for many years a prominent factor, 
at one time serving as county sheriff; and 
in 1891 passed away at the ripe old age of 
eighty-one years. His wife survived him 




o 



three years, her death occurring in 1 894, 
at the age of eighty-two. In their religious 
faith they were Presbyterians. 

Dr. Wales was the third born in their 
family of children. He had excellent edu- 
cational advantages in his youth, was sent 
to Mount Carroll Seminary and Beloit 
College, and received his medical educa- 
tion in St. Louis and Chicago, being a 
graduate of Hahnemann College, of the lat- 
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his graduation he began the practice of his 
profession in Ogle county, and in the fall of 
1 864 came to Lanark, Carroll county, 
where for more than three decades he has 
conducted a successful practice, winning 
and maintaining the confidence and high es- 
teem of his patrons and all with whom he 
has in any way been associated. He is a 
member of the Homeopathic Society and of 
the American Institute of Homeopathy, and 
is on the local board of health. In his po- 
litical views he has ever been a stanch Re- 
publican. 

Shortly after he settled down to the 
practice of medicine Dr. Wales took to him- 
self a wife, wedding in 1865 Miss Lizzie 
Muir, a native of New York city, and to 
them have been given four children, Albert 
H., Frederick M., Henry W. , Jr. , and R. 
Purcell. 



DANIEL EICHHOLTZ, deceased. The 
qualifications required for each promo- 
tion in the Masonic order are those which 
go to make up a well-rounded character. 
Honor, diligence, application, truth, fidelity 
and the practice of virtue are inculcated, 
and the man who carries out these precepts 
is fitted to discharge the highest duties of a 
citizen. We consequently find among the 
members of this organization many who are 
filling offices of trust in their communities, 
and there is no lack of illustrious names 
which stand high on the roll of fame. 

Daniel Eichholtz was a Consistory Ma- 
son, a representative citizen of Shannon, 
and a resident of the state of Illinois from 
1860 until his death in 1897. He sent in 
his petition for membership in Shannon 
Lodge, No. 490, on April 15, 1878, was en- 
tered April 23, passed May 20, and raised 
June 3, of the same year. Thenceforward 
he was a faithful and consistent member of 
the fraternity, and honorably and satisfac- 
torily filled all the offices of his lodge with 
the exception of that of Master. He was 
also a member of Lanark Chapter, No. 139, 
having the degree of Mark Master conferred 



upon him August 14, 1878, that of Past 
Master on the same date, and Most Excel- 
lent Master and Royal Arch July 24, 1882. 
He belonged to Freeport Commandery, No. 
7, being made a Sir Knight at Freeport in 
1888; was a member of Freeport Valley 
Consistory, receiving the degrees in that 
body up to and including the thirty-second, 
and was a "Shriner " in the Medinah Tem- 
ple, Chicago. Mr. Eichholtz was an enthu- 
siastic brother and took great pride in the 
order. 

He was a native of Pennsylvania, hav- 
ing been born in Sinking Spring Valley on 
May 13, 1834. His ancestors, who were 
Germans, were among the early settlers of 
that state. 

Henry Eichholtz, the father of our sub- 
ject, was also born in Pennsylvania, where 
he was married to a Miss Rhodes. After 
her death, which occurred shortly after her 
marriage, Mr. Eichholtz was united in mat- 
rimony with Miss Angeline Chrisman. In 
1857 he came west and purchased land in 
Ogle county, where he lived up to the time 
of his death, that sad event taking place in 
his sixty-fifth year. His wife departed this 
life when sixty-eight years old. 

Mr. Eichholtz, the subject of this mem- 
oir, was the eldest of a family of seven 
children. He was raised on the farm, 
where he worked during his youth and had 
only an opportunity of attending school for 
about six months altogether. He may thus 
be said to be a self-made man. The fam- 
ily was poor but industrious, and during his 
few leisure moments he supplemented 
his schooling by studying at home. Desir- 
ing to begin a business career, he secured a 
clerkship in the service of a railroad con- 
struction company, which was then build- 
ing a road to Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
He finally gave up his position and returned 
to his father's farm, where he worked for 
wages and saved enough out of them to buy 
a farm of his own, which he improved, mak- 
ing it a valuable property. This he recent- 
ly sold for thirteen thousand dollars. Thus 
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secured a competency which placed him in 
old age beyond the pale of want. 

Mr. Eichholtz was married in June, 
1860, to Miss Lydia Nikirk, who was born 
in Maryland, and five children were born to 
them, as follows: Francis Henry, who 
died when nine months old; Cora C., now 
Mrs. M. P. Murphy, residing in Kirkland; 
Jessie Benton, who died at the age of eight 
months; Henry Caswell, who died when 
seven months old ; and Wilbur S. , who died 
at about the same age. Mrs. Eichholtz de- 
parted this life in 1890, after a well spent 
life. She was one of the best of women, a 
good mother, a true and worthy helpmeet, 
and her loss is keenly felt by her many 
friends. 

Mr. Eichholtz was a lifelong Democrat, 
was treasurer of the school district for 
over twenty years, and town clerk for sev- 
eral terms, which positions he filled in a 
conscientious and creditable manner. He 
held the faith of the Lutheran church and 
was a most worthy and respected citizen. 
His death took place February 16, 1897, 
and the event cast a funeral pall over a 
large community, for he was a useful and 
exemplary citizen. 



FRANK EDWARD D ARROW. Among 
the distinguished and influential busi- 
ness men of Rockford whose names are 
found on the roll of Masonic membership is 
this gentleman, who for twenty years has 
been an adherent of the order. He was 
made a Mason in 1876, in Rising Sun Lodge, 
No. 103, of Saratoga Springs, New York, 
but afterward dimitted to become a mem- 
ber of Star in the East Lodge, of Rockford. 
He has advanced steadily through the vari- 
ous bodies of Masonry and is now affiliated 
with Rockford Chapter, No. 23, R. A. M., 
and Crusader Commandery, No. 17, K. T. 
He took the thirty-two degrees of the Scot- 
tish Rite in Freeport Consistory, of Free- 
port, Illinois, and of all these organizations 
he is a valued and faithful member. 

Of the citizens whom the Empire state 
have furnished to Illinois Mr. Darrow is of 



the number. He was born in Saratoga 
Springs, on the 22d of September, 1847, 
and his ancestors were among the early set- 
tlers of the colony of Connecticut. His 
parents, James H. and Mary J. (Waring) 
Darrow, were not natives of that state and 
the father became a prominent contractor 
and builder, being actively and largely con- 
nected with the building interests in New 
York, Brooklyn and Washington, D. C. 
Many of the important structures which he 
erected in those places still stand as monu- 
ments to his handiwork and as evidence of 
his superior ability in that line. He was 
also largely interested in real estate and 
through his own exertions accumulated a 
handsome property. He departed this life 
in 1885, at the age of sixty-seven years, but 
his wife is still living, in 1896, at the age of 
seventy-five years. They were members of 
the First Baptist church of Saratoga Springs. 
Their family numbered four children, but 
only two are now living. 

Frank E. Darrow, whose name intro- 
duces this sketch, was educated in his native 
town and for eight years was an efficient 
clerk in the postoffice of New York city. 
Since that time he has been continuously 
engaged in the lumber trade, and an experi- 
ence of twenty-five years has made him 
thoroughly informed on everything con- 
nected therewith. He is an excellent judge 
of all kinds of lumber and has a compre- 
hensive knowledge of values and the condi- 
tion of the market. This enables him to 
buy and sell very advantageously, and his 
keen sagacity, his well directed efforts and 
his enterprise have brought to him a merit- 
ed success. He came to Rockford in 1891 
to represent several large manufacturers, 
selling entirely to the wholesale trade, and 
has secured a wide acquaintance throughout 
this section of the country and is known as 
a thoroughly reliable and competent busi- 
ness man. 

On the 6th of April, 1867, Mr. Darrow 
led to the marriage altar Miss Margaret Al- 
len, daughter of General James Allen, a 
prominent Mason of Pennsylvania. Mrs. 
Darrow is a member of the Order of the 



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Eastern Star, and is now serving as Chap- 
lain of the organization in Rockford. Both 
Mr. Darrow and his wife hold membership 
in the Court Street Methodist Episcopal 
church of Rockford, and their social stand- 
ing is high in the city of their adoption. In 
his political views Mr. Darrow is a Repub- 
lican. 



JAMES CARL, a highly esteemed citizen 
of Rock Island, is also an exemplary 
Mason. He was initiated in Trio Lodge, 
No. 57, at Rock Island; in the year 1868, re- 
ceived the degree of Entered Apprentice 
April 23, Fellow-craft December 3, and 
Master Mason in 1869. The Royal Arch 
degree was conferred upon him March 22, 
1870, in Barrett Chapter, No. 18, R. A. M., 
and in 1877 he joined Everts Commandery, 
No. 1 8, K. T., receiving the degrees May 2 
and 22. He also received the council de- 
grees and is a member of Kaaba Temple at 
Davenport. Being a railroad engineer, 
however, he has found it impossible to at- 
tend lodge meetings as often as he has de- 
sired, but he appreciates the principles of 
Masonry, and is faithful to them. Accord- 
ingly he enjoys the confidence of his breth- 
ren in the lodge. 

He was born in the town of Clinton, 
Michigan, July 31, 1839, of Scotch-Irish and 
French ancestry. His father, P. A. Carl, 
became a settler at Detroit, that state, in 
early day. He married Miss Margaret 
Daily, a native of New York and of French 
and Scotch ancestry. They continued to 
reside near the city of Detroit to the time 
of his death, which occurred in the sixty- 
third year of his age. He had been a cap- 
tain in the war of 1812, and was a worthy 
citizen. His wife died in the eighty-eighth 
year of her age. They had ten children, of 
whom seven are now living. 

Mr. Carl, of this sketch, the sixth child, 
was educated in the public schools of De- 
troit, Michigan, and began railroading dur- 
ing his youth. Has been in the employ of 
the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific ever 
since the year 1864. He began as a fire- 



man, was employed in the shops four years, 
then an engineer for freight trains and at 
length for passenger trains. For thirty- 
three years now he has been a faithful 
worker for the railroad company, a testi- 
monial to his fidelity that can scarcely 
be equaled. 

March 4, 1873, is the date of his mar- 
riage to Miss Frances J. McDonald, and 
they have one daughter, named Edna F. 
Mrs. Carl is a valued member of the Presby- 
terian church. In politics Mr. Carl is in- 
dependent, voting for those men whom he 
deems best fitted for the office for which 
they are nominated. He has a pleasant 
residence in the city of Rock Island, in 
which city he has been a resident for thirty- 
two years and is well known and highly 
respected. 



CHARLES HENRY HAMMOND, who 

\^l is prominently engaged in the furniture 
trade in Rushville, is an active young Sir 
Knight Templar. November 24, 1894, is 
the date of his receiving the degree of Mas- 
ter Mason in Rushville Lodge, No. 9; April 
26, 1895, he was exalted to the august degree 
of Royal Arch Mason in Rushville Chapter, 
No. 184; and June 6, 1896, he was created 
and dubbed a Sir Knight Templar in Rush- 
ville Commandery, No. 56. At present he 
fills the office of Master of the First Veil in 
the chapter, and in the Commandery he is 
the Standard Bearer. He is a faithful and 
enthusiastic worker in the order, appre- 
ciating its history and principles. 

Mr. Hammond is a native of Schuyler 
county, born near Rushville, and is the son 
of Jacob Hammond, who also is a member 
of the Masonic fraternity, having been made 
a Master Mason in Antioch Lodge, at Dan- 
ville, Oh'io, in 1 858. He has been a resident 
of Rushville ever since 1864, and a member 
of the lodge ever since 1865. He has been 
postmaster of Rushville for ten years, and 
has always been one of the respected busi- 
ness men of the place. During his father's 
incumbency of the post-office Mr. Charles 
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to 1893. Since the close of their term in 
the public service they have been prominently 
engaged in the furniture business in Rush- 
ville, with an extensive trade; and they are 
also undertakers, accomplished in the deli- 
cate duties connected with the direction of 
funerals. They are highly esteemed citi- 
zens and business men of their favorite city. 



J. ADAMS. Among the successful 
J&!L_ business men of foreign birth who 
have found in Chicago an outlet for their 
talents and ambitions is the gentleman of 
whom this sketch is written, and who is one 
of the proprietors of the Fulton Machine 
Works, a nourishing manufactory well known 
for the excellence of the work it turns out. 
Mr. Adams was born in Aberdeen, Scot- 
land, August 22, 1866, and learned the 
trade of machinist there. Not content with 
the poor prospects of making a fortune 
in the old country, the young Scotchman 
looked with longing eyes to the wider fields 
and higher compensations of the new world 
and in 1887 bade adieu to his native land. 
He came at once to Chicago, when he en- 
tered the employ of the Fulton Machine 
Works and steadily worked his way up until 
he is now one of the proprietors of the es- 
tablishment. The manufacture of the 
"Thistle" bicycle, which is one of the 
most popular wheels in use, is a leading 
feature of the works and has proved a finan- 
cial success. In common with all other 
work sent out by this house, the construc- 
tion of this wheel can be depended on for 
stability, perfection of detail and enduring 
qualities. The reputation of the firm is 
well established in business circles, and the 
energetic, straightforward Scotchmen who 
are at the head of this business are deserv- 
ing of the esteem in which they are held. 
The firm employs about 400 people. There 
are now over twenty thousand Thistle bi- 
cycles in use. Experts say they have the 
best equipped bicycle plant in the world. 
Inspection both in the purchase of material 
and in the manufacture of the m'achine is 
most thorough. 



Mr. Adams was married in November, 
1895, to Miss Mary Ketrick, a native of 
Scranton, Pennsylvania, and they have one 
child, viz., John Ketrick. 

He is a member in good standing of the 
Masonic order, and has taken the following 
degrees: Master Mason in Union Park 
Lodge, No. 610, in 1894; Royal Arch in 
York Chapter, same year; and Knight Tem- 
plar in St. Bernard Commandery, in 1895. 
He also belongs to Medinah Temple, Nobles 
of the Mystic Shrine, with which he be- 
came affiliated in 1895. 



LBERT WILLIAM ADCOCK, of the 

J?3L firm of Shourds, Adcock and Teufel, 
jewelers, No. 66 State street, Chicago, has 
long been a prominent member of the Ma- 
sonic order, and his history as such is of in- 
terest in this connection. Briefly, it is as 
follows: 

Mr. Adcock dates his identity with the 
ancient order of Freemasons from the year 
1869. He was that year initiated, passed 
and raised by William B. Warren Lodge, 
No. 209, F. & A. M. ; and from the night of 
his initiation has maintained a deep interest 
in Masonry. Nor did he stop with degrees 
of the blue lodge, but has continued his ad- 
vancement in the work until he has reached 
the thirty-second degree of the Scottish 
Rite. He is a member of Wiley M. Egan 
Chapter, No. 126, of Apollo Commandery, 
No. I, and of Oriental Consistory, all of 
Chicago, and is an honorary member of 
Eber Preceptory, of York, England. In 
1883, when Apollo Commandery visited En- 
gland, Mr. Adcock acted as Senior Warden 
of the order. In both the blue lodge and 
the chapter he has filled official position, in 
the former having served as Junior Deacon 
one year, Senior Deacon one year, and 
Junior and Senior Warden each one year; 
and in the latter having served one term as 
Principal Sojourner. 

Mr. Adcock is by birth an Englishman, 
but has no recollection of any other home 
than America, and is thoroughly an Ameri- 
can at heart. He was born August 6, 1847, 



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in Leicestershire, England, son of Edward 
and Anne (Postnett) Adcock, and in early 
childhood accompanied his parents and other 
members of the family on their emigration 
to this country, crossing the Atlantic in a 
sail vessel and being three months in mak- 
ing the voyage. They landed in safety at 
Chicago May 30, 1850, and here sorrow soon 
came to their new home, the mother being 
stricken with cholera and dying on the 3Oth 
of the following month. The grandmother 
and a brother, Edward, also died of cholera 
about that time. The father survived until 
December 11, 1865, when he died, at the 
age of forty-two years and eight months. 
Young Adcock, our subject, received his 
education at the Dearborn school, of Chi- 
cago, but did not complete his high-school 
course for the reason that at fourteen he 
was thrown upon his own resources. His 
first employment was in a publishing office, 
working on a commercial report; was one 
year employed in a picture-frame establish- 
ment on Washington street; next spent four 
years and seven months in the employ of 
the Crane Brothers, elevator men; and after 
that entered upon an apprenticeship to the 
trade of brass-finisher. On completing his 
trade he was given a journeyman's wages, 
but shortly afterward a threatened strike in 
the establishment caused him to quit work. 
The next year he was employed in another 
establishment, but under his old foreman, 
and during that year saved some money, 
with which he then started up a broker's 
business at No. 184 Clark street, in partner- 
ship with Drukker, under the firm name of 
M. Drukker & Company, their location be- 
ing on the site now occupied by Fort Dear- 
born National Bank. The great fire which 
swept over this city in the fall of 1871 
reached Mr. Adcock's place of business on 
the night of October 9, and in the morning 
only a pile of ashes and some ruined walls 
marked the spot where the day before he 
had done business. His insurance was ten 
thousand dollars. A year before the fire he 
had purchased the interest of his partner. 
In January, 1872, Mr. Adcock entered the 
employ of C. D. Peacock, as clerk, and re- 



mained with him until March 31, 1895, 
when he became associated with his present 
partners, Messrs. Clayton B. Shourds and 
H. J. Teufel, in the jewelry business at the 
southwest corner of State and Randolph 
streets. 

In his political views Mr. Adcock is a 
Republican, and his religious creed is that 
of the Baptist church, in which he was 
reared. 

In 1883 he built the handsome residence 
where he and his family reside, 327 War- 
ren avenue. September 6, 1874, he wed- 
ded Miss Carrie Estelle Young, daughter of 
George H. and Emma L. (Watson) Young, 
of Chicago; and their happy union has been 
blessed in the birth of two children, Al- 
bert Young and Earl Edward. Mrs. Ad- 
cock's father, like her husband, was a prom- 
inent Mason. He was a charter member of 
Pleiades Lodge, F. & A. M. ; Wiley M. 
Egan Chapter, R. A. M. ; and Chicago Com- 
mandery, K. T. He died March 30, 1875. 



JAMES H. CARSON. Masonry has 
gained a firm hold on the affections of 
Rockford's citizens, and on its rolls are 
found the names of many of the leading res- 
idents of the Forest City who ably uphold 
its teachings, while their lives are an expo- 
sition of its principles. To this class be- 
longs the gentleman whose name introduces 
this review, the popular and efficient Secre- 
tary of E. W. F. Ellis Lodge, No. 633, A. 
F. and A. M. His membership has always 
been in that society, to which he was ad- 
mitted on the iith of February, 1887. 
From the commencement of his Masonic 
career he has taken a deep interest in the 
welfare of the order, and after the first year 
of his membership he was elected Secretary, 
which position he has filled with such fidel- 
ity and ability that he has been continually 
retained in that office. He is active in all 
the affairs connected with Masonry in Rock- 
ford, does all in his power to promote its 
interests and is most highly esteemed by 
his brethren of the craft. He is also a 
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of Odd Fellows, has passed all the chairs 
in both the subordinate lodge and the En- 
campment, and for three years has been the 
representative of the Grand Lodge. 

Mr. Carson is a native of Scotland a 
land where Masonry has flourished for many 
centuries and where one branch the Scot- 
tish Rite had its origin. He was born in 
Greenock on the loth of March, 1846, and 
comes from the sturdy, dauntless ancestry 
of the Highlands. His parents, Robert and 
Jane (McVey) Carson, were also natives of 
Greenock, were married there and came to 
America in 1853, locating on a farm in 
Monroe county, New York, where they have 
since resided. They are members of the 
Presbyterian church and people of the high- 
est respectability. They have now reached 
the ages of seventy-eight and seventy-five 
years respectively. 

James H. Carson was the eldest of their 
eight children, five of whom are yet living. 
He spent the first ten years of his life in 
Scotland and then accompanied his parents 
to America; where he early became inured 
to the labors of farming in the new world. 
He remained with his father in Monroe 
county, New York, until 1873, when he 
came to Rockford, then a young man of 
twenty-three years. Here he was married 
to Miss Ella M. Thompson, a native of Con- 
necticut and a daughter of Hiram Thomp- 
son, one of the early settlers of Winnebago 
county. Three children blessed this union: 
Robert D. , who is now in Beloit, Wiscon- 
sin; Mable, at home; and Frank A., who is 
employed as a salesman by W. D. Harbi- 
son. On the day he attained his majority 
he sent in an application for admission to 
E. W. F. Ellis Lodge, and at the following 
regular meeting he was elected. He took 
his first degree and three weeks later had 
passed the Fellow-craft degree and was 
created a Master Mason. Like his father, 
he is deeply interested in the workings of 
the order, and is a bright, enterprising 
young man. Mrs. Carson is a member of 
the Order of the Eastern Star and has the 
honor of being Past Matron in the lodge to 
which both she and Mr. Carson belong. 



In his political views Mr. Carson is a 
stalwart Republican, has been supervisor of 
Rockford for the past six years and is chair- 
man of the committee on fees and salaries. 
He is now in the employ of the city, looking 
after the poor of Rockford, and to these 
duties gives his entire time. Mrs. Carson 
is a valued member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church and both are highly esteemed 
residents of Rockford, occupying a pleasant 
home which was erected by Mr. Carson. 



> OBERT HENRY MANN, the Worship- 
Jfll ful Master of his lodge in the city of 
Virginia and an enterprising and progressive 
citizen, was initiated in Virginia Lodge, No. 
344, on March 2, 1892, passed April 22, 
and -was raised to the sublime degree of 
Master Mason on May 3 1 , and at once 
evinced considerable interest in the order 
and became a valued working member. He 
served as Junior Warden for two years and 
so thoroughly did he acquire the ritual and 
proved himself so accomplished a Mason 
that he was chosen by his brothers to fill 
the exalted office of Worshipful Master, 
and in that capacity his unremitting labors 
and faithful discharge of his duties have 
gained for him the gratitude of the fratres 
to the extent of being re-elected to that 
honored position on two consecutive occa- 
sions, at this writing serving his third term 
with undiminished credit to himself and to 
the eminent satisfaction of the brethren. 
Under his capable management the lodge 
has attained a highly prosperous condition 
and is meeting with frequent accessions 
from the best citizens of the town and sur- 
rounding country. 

Mr. Mann was born in Wilmington, Illi- 
nois, on January 29, 1855, and comes of 
old English ancestry, his parents, Henry 
Thomas and Matilda (Stephenson) Mann, 
having both been born in the ckty of Lon- 
don, where they were married, whence they 
emigrated in 1852 to America, first locating 
in Chicago, where Mr. Mann engaged in the 
saddlery business, later removing to Wil- 
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vocation. He was a worthy member of the 
Masonic fraternity, leading a life consistent 
with its tenets, and departed this life in 
1892, aged sixty-seven years, his wife sur- 
viving him until 1895. They were both ad- 
herents of the Protestant Episcopal church, 
and reared eight children, three of whom 
are deceased. Our subject was second in 
order of birth, and was educated in the 
public and high schools of Lincoln, Illinois, 
subsequently learning the art of photogra- 
phy, pursuing that vocation in Delavan, 
Illinois, until 1879, when he came to Vir- 
ginia and opened a studio, which he still 
conducts and is considered one of the most 
skilled artists in the state. He produces 
the highest grade of work and enjoys the 
business patronage and confidence of the 
community. 

For the past eleven years Mr. Mann has 
been connected with the hotel business in 
his home city, and in 1896, being a man of 
an observant and progressive nature, he 
saw the necessity for better accommoda- 
tions in that line, and erected the Hotel 
Mann, a beautilul structure of brick, thirty- 
one by eighty-feet, three stories and a base- 
ment, and handsomely furnished through- 
out in a most tasteful manner, the rooms 
being supplied with steam heat, electric 
lights and all modern improvements. No 
little credit is due to the man whose busi- 
ness enterprise has supplied Virginia with 
such an attractive hostelry, and who has 
shown in various other ways the public 
spirit with which his entire nature is im- 
bued. As a host Mr. Mann has proved 
eminently successful, his genial disposition, 
agreeable manners and careful considera- 
tion of the comforts of his guests securing 
his popularity among the traveling public. 
Politically our subject is a stanch Republic- 
an, and is doing everything in his power to 
advance the interests and promote the wel- 
fare of his city. 

In 1882, Mr. Mann was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Maggie Hickox, and they have 
one daughter. Myrtle. All of them are ad- 
herents of the Christian church. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Mann are members of the Order 



of the Eastern Star, of which she is one of 
the most energetic workers and holds the 
office of Associate Matron, while he is Past 
Worthy Patron. They have a delightful 
home and are among Virginia's most highly 
esteemed residents. 



JOSIAH B. PARKINSON, editor, propri- 
etor and publisher of the Savanna 
Times, was made a Mason in Mississippi 
Lodge, No. 385. In 1893 he became a 
member of Savanna Chapter, No. 200, of 
which body he is now the efficient Secre- 
tary, serving his fourth term. Being an 
ardent admirer of Freemasonry, he intends 
to progress therein, and he will do so, as 
he enjoys the confidence of the brother- 
hood. 

Mr. Parkinson is a native of Jo Daviess 
county, Illinois, born on the 3d of Septem- 
ber, 1854, and is of English ancestry. His 
father, James Parkinson, was born in Penn- 
sylvania, married Miss Christine Hoy, a na- 
tive of that state, and emigrated to Illinois 
in 1839, bringing with them their two chil- 
dren. He entered land and was a success- 
ful farmer and stock-raiser for a great many 
years, and died when he was seventy years 
old. His wife, surviving him, lived to be 
about eighty-two years of age, her death 
occurring in 1894. They had twelve chil- 
dren, of whom seven are still living. They 
were members of the Methodist church, of 
which they were indeed pillars and the chief 
founders of Methodist societies in their 
neighborhood. 

Four of the sons responded to the call 
of their country for volunteers to put down 
the rebellion, and three of them John, 
William and James yielded up their lives 
in the great struggle. Mr. Josiah B. Park- 
inson, the youngest of the sons and the 
subject of this sketch, was reared on the 
farm, attending the public schools and 
Rock River Seminary at Mt. Morris and 
Knox College at Galesburg, both in this 
state. He graduated at Knox with the 
class of 1 88 1, and has since been engaged 
in the newspaper business. During the ad- 



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ministration of President Harrison he was 
postmaster of Savanna. Next he pur- 
chased the Savanna Times, January, 1884. 
It is the organ of the Republican party of 
the county, is both daily and weekly, and is 
ably edited and conducted. Mr. Parkinson 
has been elected justice of the peace, and 
has served two years. 

In March, 1894, he married Miss Emma 
Benton, a native of Stockton, Jo Daviess 
county, this state, and a daughter of Lucius 
Benton, of that place. She is a member 
of the Methodist church. 



T'HOMAS L. FANSLER. The field of 
Masonry is the world : its objects touch 
all mankind. Its aims and purposes are such 
that, while it extends its charity to all man- 
kind and labors for the elevation of the hu- 
man race in whatever condition it may ex- 
ist, it does not propose, nor indeed can it, do 
so by throwing open its doors and gathering 
to its bosom the dissolute and vicious. This 
practical law of selection exercises its func- 
tions in an involuntary way, for such has 
been the character of the institution through 
all the dim ages of the past that its strong- 
est appeal has been only to those animated 
by elevated motives and imbued with high 
ideals. The personnel of Illinois Freema- 
sonry bears distinctive evidence of the work- 
ings of the exalted principle which has con- 
served the survival, the consecutive perpe- 
tuity, of the order from the remote period 
in which it had its inception. As a native 
son of the state of Illinois, as a man of high 
standing in the business circles of the great 
western metropolis, and as one who has at- 
tained marked distinction in the grades and 
orders of the Masonic fraternity, in appre- 
ciation of whose dawning ' ' light " there was 
to him an earnest of the devotion and ad- 
vancement to maximum degrees which have 
been his, there is undoubted propriety in 
offering in this connection a brief review of 
the life of Thomas L. Fansler. He became 
an Entered Apprentice in Waverly Lodge, 
No. 1 1 8, A. F. & A. M., at Waverly, Illi- 
nois, in the year 1880, and in the same duly 

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passed the Fellow-craft and was raised to 
the sublime degree of Master Mason. He 
maintained his affiliation with this lodge 
until 1886, when he was dimitted and iden- 
tified himself with Piasa Lodge, No. 27, at 
Alton, Illinois, and in 1889 he again dimit- 
ted and became a member of Evans Lodge, 
No. 524, of Evanston, in which his ancient- 
craft affiliation has ever since been repre- 
sented. In 1882 he was exalted to the au- 
gust degree of the Holy Royal Arch, and his 
present capitular association is with Evans- 
ton Chapter, No 144, of Evanston. The 
year 1890 witnessed his reception of the 
grades and orders of knighthood in Evans- 
ton Commandery, No. 58, at Evanston, in 
which he was constituted, created and 
dubbed a Knight Templar. In February, 
1896, Mr. Fansler made a distinctive ad- 
vance in Masonry, receiving the degrees in 
the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite up 
to and including the thirty-second, thereby 
entitling him to a place as a Sublime Prince 
of the Royal Secret in Oriental Consistory, 
in the Valley of Chicago. From the be- 
ginning his interest in the work of the order 
has been earnest and constant, and the fra- 
ternal appreciation of this fact is shown in 
the matter of the official positions in which 
he has been called upon to serve. In the 
blue lodge he held the office of Senior War- 
den, while in the commandery he served in 
turn as Prelate two years, as Captain Gen- 
eral one year, and at the annual election of 
Evanston Commandery, in November, 1 896, 
he was honored with the preferment as Emi- 
nent Commander, a distinctive mark of the 
personal popularity which is his among his 
brother knights. 

Thomas Lafayette Fansler was born in 
Macoupin county, Illinois, on the 25th of 
November, 1854, being the son of Endimon 
and Helen A. Fansler. He received his 
preliminary educational discipline in the 
public schools, after which he was a student 
for one year in the Illinois College, at Jack- 
sonville. He finally matriculated in Black- 
burn University, at Carlinville, Illinois, 
where he completed a course of study and 
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receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts. 
He soon put his acquirements to practical 
test by teaching, devoting his attention to 
pedagogic labors for a period of four years, 
after which he became concerned in that 
line of enterprise in which he has since con- 
tinued and in which he has won unmistak- 
able prestige. He accepted the position as 
District Agent for southern Illinois of the 
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Com- 
pany, of Milwaukee, one of the leading in- 
stitutions of the sort in the Union, his 
headquarters being at Alton, where he re- 
mained four and one-half years, within 
which time he had so clearly proved his 
value and executive ability that he was ad- 
vanced to the office of special agent for the 
state of Illinois, with headquarters in Chi- 
cago. In the important field under his 
jurisdiction he has done much to advance 
the interests of the company, and his effect- 
ive efforts have not fallen short of ap- 
preciation. His office is located at 805 
Chicago Stock Exchange Building, and his 
home is in that beautiful suburb of Chicago, 
Evanston, his residence being at 928 Ben- 
son avenue. Mr. Fansler's ability and cor- 
rect business methods have gained him a 
position of prominence in insurance circles 
of the west and in the respect and confi- 
dence of all with whom he has had to do. 

In the year 1 879 was consummated the 
marriage of Mr. Pansier to Miss Sina B. 
Montgomery, of Carlinville, Illinois. In 
this connection it is apropos to note that she 
was the sister of H. H. Montgomery, a 
prominent Knight Templar and Past Grand 
Commander of the Grand Commandery of 
the state of Illinois. Mrs. Pansier died 
within less than a year after her marriage, 
and in 1882 Mr. Pansier was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Willia R. Spruill, of Waverly, 
Illinois, daughter of Rev. W. P. Spruill, 
well known in the Illinois Conference. To 
this happy union have been born six chil- 
dren, one of whom is deceased. 

In his political adherency Mr. Pansier is 
a stanch supporter of the Republican party 
and its principles, and in religion he holds 
to the tenets of the Presbyterian church, of 



which he is an elder. He has been the in- 
cumbent in offices of distinctive trust and 
responsibility since becoming a resident of 
Evanston, having been chosen its first treas- 
urer after its assumption of the dignity of an 
incorporated city, holding this office in 
1892-3, while he has retained a lively inter- 
est in educational affairs and is now serving 
his third term as a member of the board of 
education. 



f UDGE BENJAMIN L. PATCH is one of 
the oldest Masons in the city of Mount 
Carroll, Illinois. He was initiated, 
passed and raised in the year 1850, in Warren 
Lodge, No. 240, Montrose, Pennsylvania. 
Four years later he was dimitted and be- 
came one of the charter members of Cyrus 
Lodge, No. 1 88. In July of the following 
year, 1855, while sojourning at his old home 
in Montrose, the chapter degrees were con- 
ferred upon him, and upon his return to 
Mount Carroll he joined Lanark Chapter, 
No. 1 39, and from the time of his initia- 
tion in both lodge and chapter has been a 
consistent and valued member of the same. 
During the years of 1863 and 1864 he 
served as Secretary of the lodge. He has, 
however, not been an active worker in the 
lodge room, but rather has in his every-day 
life shown the true spirit of Masonry and 
exemplified the beautiful teachings of this 
ancient order. 

Judge Patch is a Pennsylvanian. He 
was born in Susquehanna county, Pennsyl- 
vania, September 13, 1828, and comts of 
stanch New England stock. John A. Patch, 
his father, was a native of Massachusetts, 
and removed from that state to Vermont, 
where he was subsequently united in mar- 
riage to Miss Polly Brown, a native of 
New Hampshire. After their marriage they 
removed to Pennsylvania and settled on a 
farm, where he was engaged in agricultural 
pursuits the rest of his life and where he 
died in 1840, in the fifty-fifth year of his 
age. His widow survived him until 1874, 
when she passed away at the ripe old age 
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of eleven children, the subject of our 
sketch being next to the youngest and one 
of the four who are still living. His educa- 
tion, begun in the common schools, was 
finished with a course at Harford Univer- 
sity, of Pennsylvania. In early life he 
learned the printer's trade, at which he 
worked for eight years in Pennsylvania and 
New York, and following which he was for 
some time engaged in school-teaching. In 
1849 he came west to Illinois, settling first 
in McDonough count) 1 , where he accepted a 
position as teacher and where he was thus 
occupied for several terms. 

In the meantime he took up the study of 
law and pursued it diligently, and in 1853 
was admitted to practice. That same year 
he opened an office in Mount Carroll, and 
soon established himself in a lucrative busi- 
ness, and here he has figured prominently 
for nearly half a century. At the organiza- 
tion of the Republican party he identified 
himself with it and has never since found 
cause to leave its ranks. Time after time 
he has been honored officially. The first 
office of any importance to which he was 
elected was that of clerk of Carroll county, 
in 1854. In 1860 he was elected a member 
of the Illinois state legislature, in which 
honorable body he served during the ses- 
sions of 1 86 1 and 1862. He was elected 
county judge of Carroll county in 1865, was 
re-elected again and again, and served in 
that position for twenty-nine consecutive 
years, up to 1 894, when he retired from the 
bench. Since then he has devoted the 
whole of his energies to the practice of law. 
His public career has been characterized by 
fidelity and with a just appreciation of the 
responsibility which has rested upon him, 
and thus far his life has been untarnished; 
and in all that has pertained to the welfare 
of Mount Carroll he has taken a lively 
interest. 



NTHONY C. SANDERS is a loyal 
and industrious brother who dates his 
membership in the Masonic fraternity back 
to 1870, and who since that time has taken 



advantage of every opportunity to make 
manifest his sanguine interest in the order 
and his sincere belief in its aims and ob- 
jects. He has become thoroughly familiar 
with Masonic history, well posted on its 
laws and regulations and has done much to 
place the local bodies of Piano in their pres- 
ent flourishing condition. Mr. Sanders was 
elected an Entered Apprentice in Galva 
Lodge, No. 243, in 1879, and was raised to 
the sublime degree of Master Mason in 1 880. 
He dimitted to become affiliated with Sun- 
beam Lodge, No. 428, of Piano, of which 
he was Worshipful Master for two terms 
and represented it in the Grand Lodge for 
the same period. He was exalted to the 
Royal Arch degrees in Kewanee Chapter, in 
1882; received the degrees of Royal and 
Select Masters in Aurora Council, No. 45, 
in 1892; and was constituted a Sir Knight 
in Aurora Commandery, No. 22, in 1889. 

Mr. Sanders is a native of Sweden, his 
birth occurring in Christianstad, July I , 
1854. He attended the public schools un- 
til sixteen years old and was then sent to 
college, where he was thoroughly educated 
in all the modern branches of knowledge. 
In 1870 he determined to seek his fortune 
in the United States, and accordingly start- 
ed for this country, by way of England, his 
passage being taken in an old, abandoned 
war vessel. After spending two months on 
the ocean, Mr. Sanders landed in New York 
on the night of July 6, 1870. He journeyed 
west to Minnesota, finally locating in Lake- 
land, that state, and there engaged in farm- 
ing for a number of years, with an interrup- 
tion, however, by a short residence in 
another locality. At the end of that time he 
came to Illinois and located in Rock Island, 
but eventually returned to Minnesota, and 
after a short sojourn in Red Wing he took 
a trip to New Orleans, and then came north 
to Peoria, Illinois. In the winter of 1872 
he went to Lafayette, Illinois, where he as- 
sisted in the construction of the Rock Island 
& Pacific Railroad. In the fall of 1873 he 
engaged in the mercantile business for one 
year, and then moved to Galva and clerked 
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wood and embarked in the coal business, in 
which he continued until 1876, when he re- 
turned to Sweden and remained there two 
years. Coming back to the United States 
in 1879 he again settled in Galva and en- 
gaged in the mercantile business for two 
years, then went on the road as traveling 
salesman for a hat and cap firm tor a year 
and a half; was employed by a Chicago 
house for a year, and for a clothing estab- 
lishment for the same time. Returning to 
Galva he clerked for a short period and then 
went to Woodhull. In 1887 Mr. Sanders 
came to Piano and purchased a half interest 
in a dry-goods, boots, shoes and clothing 
store, and organized the firm of A. C. Sand- 
ers & Company, which is now doing the 
leading business in that line in this city. 
Mr. Sanders is mentally equipped with all 
the requirements of a business man, and 
richly merits the success he is now enjoy- 
ing. 

Our subject was married January II, 
1883, to Miss Ella Edson, a native of Galva, 
and four children have been born to them: 
Edith, Bennie, Leslie and Helen. Mr. 
Sanders and his family are consistent ad- 
herents of the Congregational church. 

In politics the subject of this review is a 
stanch Republican. He is a member of the 
Knights Templar Life Insurance Companv, 
and is highly esteemed in Masonic, busi- 
ness and social circles. 



CHARLES THEODORE REICHERT. 
The gentleman whose name graces 
this biographical resume is a member of the 
firm of Reichert Brothers, hardware mer- 
chants of Belvidere, and has recently be- 
come identified with the Masonic fraternity 
of this place. About a year ago he peti- 
tioned for the degrees of blue Masonry. 
was favorably received by Belvidere Lodge, 
No. 60, A. F. & A. M., and the degrees 
of Entered Apprentice, Fellow-craft and 
Master Mason were conferred upon him on 
the evenings of February 20, March 2, 
and March 23, 1896, respectively. Short- 
ly after his reception into the blue lodge he 



sought admission to the next higher branch 
of Masonry, and was duly elected to receive 
the degrees of Kishwaukee Chapter, which 
were given him as follows: Mark Master, 
April 13; Past Master and Most Excellent 
Master, May 7; and Royal Arch, May 11. 

Mr. Reichert comes of German ancestry, 
both on his father's and mother's side, his 
ancestors being early settlers of Philadel- 
phia, Pennsylvania, where his parents, G. 
A. and Emma R. (Horn) Reichert, were 
born, reared and married, and where he 
was ushered into life December 10, 1862. 
G. A. Reichert, Jr., was a dry-goods mer- 
chant during most of his life. He was a 
man of the highest integrity of character 
and was a consistent member of the Lu- 
theran church, as also is his wife. He de- 
parted this life at the age of fifty-six years. 
The grandfather of our subject, Rev. G. A. 
Reichert, was a Lutheran minister and for 
many years was pastor of St. John's church, 
Lutheran, of Philadelphia. 

Charles T. Reichert is one of a family of 
eight children, of whom five are living. He 
was educated in the public schools of Kit- 
tanning, Pennsylvania; started out in life in 
the hardware business, and has ever since 
been engaged in that lii.e of trade. In 
company with his brother, H. H. Reichert, 
he, in 1894, established himself in business at 
Belvidere. Here by honorable business 
methods and obi ging, genial manner, they 
have built up a large trade and gained a 
high standing among the representative 
business men of the town. 

In his political affiliations he is what 
may be termed an independent, casting his 
vote where he believes it will result in the 
most good. 



DR. JOHN M. SAUCERMAN. a native 
son of Stephenson county and a promi- 
nent representative of the dental profession 
in Freeport, belongs to the Masonic frater- 
nity, with which he has affiliated since i 894, 
when he was made a member of Excelsior 
Lodge, No. 97, of this city. He took the 
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Knight Templar in 1896." He is now the 
Junior Warden of Excelsior L-odge, Principal 
Sbjburner in' his chapter and is one of the 
excellent workers in the order. 

The Doctor was born in Winslow, Ste- 
phenson county, on the 3Oth of November, 
1866. His parental grandfather emigrated 
to Coshocton county, Ohio, in the days of 
its early settlement, becoming one of its 
prominent pioneers. His son, Dr. John W. 
Saucerman, was born there in 1837, and in 
1847 the grandfather came with his family 
to Stephenson county, Illinois, where he 
became the possessor of a large and valua- 
ble farm. The father of our subject took 
up the study of medicine in early life and 
was graduated at the Rush Medical College, 
of Chicago, with the class of 1863, after 
which he took : up "his abode in Winslow, 
Stepherisori county, where he opened an 
office and has since' carried -oh a successful 
and lucrative practice, acquiring wealth and 
influence in that locality. He is president 
of the pension examining board and stands 
high : in his profession. Soon after locating 
at Winslow he was united in marriage to 
Miss Luella Bradford, a native of that town 
and a daughter of John Bradford, a descend- 
ant of the Pilgrims who founded the colony 
of Massachusetts. He was one of the first 
settlers of Stephenson county and- repre- 
sented a large land company that had much 
to do with the early settlement of this sec- 
tion of the state. The parents of our sub- 
ject had three children, two daughters and 
a son, and the family circle yet remains un- 
broken by the hand of death. 

The Doctor, whose name introduces this 
review, is the only son. In the public schools 
of his native town he acquired his literary 
education and later was graduated at the 
Chicago College of Dental Surgery with the 
class of 1891. The following year he began 
the practice of his chosen profession in 
Freeport and now has an excellent suite of 
rooms at No. 116 Stephenson street, fitted 
up in a tasteful style and supplied with all 
modern appliances for conducting his busi- 
ness in the most approved style. He is a 
wide-awake, progressive dentist, who keeps 



thoroughly abreast with the advancement 
and improvement which is constantly being 
made in dentistry, and the enviable success 
which is crowning his efforts is due to his 
skill and ability. 



SCHILL has for almost a 
\^/' third of a century been identified with 
the Masonic fraternity and his history is 
therefore of more than passing interest in 
this connection. In 1865 he first became 
acquainted with the esoteric doctrines and 
sublime principles upon which the order 
rests, taking the three degrees of Entered 
Apprentice, Fellow-craft and Master Mason 
in Havana Lodge. Becoming deeply inter- 
ested in the work of the fraternity he con- 
tinued his study of its teachings into capit- 
ular Masonry and was exalted to the august 
degree of Royal Arch Mason in Havana 
Chapter, No. 86. : In 1867 he was greeted 
a Royal and Select Master in the council and 
in 1871 became identified with chivalric 
Masonry, being the fourth candidate knight- 
ed in Damascus Commandery, No. 88. He 
has been honored with various offices which 
have been conferred upon him in recogni- 
tion of his zeal for the order and his fidelity 
to its principles. In the lodge he has filled 
all the offices up to and including that of 
Senior Warden, in the chapter has served 
as High Priest and is now Master of the 
Third Vail, while by the Sir Knights of the 
Commandery he has been chosen to serve 
as Sword Bearer and Senior and Junior 
Warden. He has been one of the most act- 
ive workers in the interests of Masonry in 
Havana and was a member of the building 
committee at the time of the first and sec- 
ond Masonic halls. He has been in the 
forefront of every advance movement for its 
upbuilding, and his brethren acknowledge 
him as a leader in Masonic work. Having 
no family, he has lavished upon the order 
all of the affection of a great heart. His 
zeal for and devotion to Masonry in 
all its branches and for all its princi- 
ples is the ruling passion of his pur- 
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in his conduct toward the Grand Architect 
of the universe and toward his fellow men. 
Mr. Schill, although of German birth, 
has spent the greater part of his life in Illi- 
nois. He was born in Baden, Germany, 
December 31, 1838, and in the fatherland 
spent the first fifteen years of his life, ac- 
quiring there a fair education in the com- 
mon schools and spending a year and a half 
at work at the tinner's trade. He then came 
to America, crossing the Atlantic to New 
York, where he remained until 1856, when 
he came to the west, taking up his residence 
in Havana; and here he has since continued 
to make his home. For six years after lo- 
cating here he was employed as a tinner by 
A. W. Kemp, but in 1862 embarked in the 
hardware business on his own account and 
has since carried on a store, meeting with a 
fair degree of success in his undertakings. 
He carries a large and well selected stock, 
and his enterprise, his energy and his well 
directed efforts have brought to him pros- 
perity. His business methods are above 
questions, his treatment of his customers is 
courteous and straightforward and in this 
way he has secured a liberal patronage, of 
which he is well deserving. 



ELMER WARD, one of the wide-awake 
, and enterprising young business men 

of Rockford, and one of the recently ad- 
mitted members of E. W. F. Ellis Lodge, 
No. 633, A. F. & A. M. , is a native son of 
Illinois, his birth having occurred in Mil- 
ford near the city of Rockford, on the 28th 
of January, 1862. The family to which he 
belongs is well known in the latter city, 
where the name of Ward is inseparably 
connected with its business interests. The 
parents of our subject are Frank and Helen 
(Wortman) Ward, natives of New York 
and Pennsylvania, respectively. 

In early life the father was a foundry- 
man and machinist, becoming a proficient 
worker in iron. In 1854 he took up his 
residence in Rockford, where he embarked 
in business on his own account, and has 
since met with excellent success. He is 



the builder of the large brick pump factory 
which bears his name and of which he is 
the owner. This is one of the leading in- 
dustries of the city and furnishes employ- 
ment to a large force of men, thereby pro- 
moting the material welfare of the commu- 
nity. The company manufactures all kinds 
of hand and windmill pumps and enjoys a 
very extensive business, the trade extend- 
ing throughout the south, west and north- 
west, as well as into the adjoining states. 
Frank Ward is a man of excellent business 
and executive ability, a systematic organ- 
izer, and in the management of his affairs 
displays sound judgment, energy and reso- 
lute purpose which always attains the end 
in view. 

Elmer Ward was reared in Rockford 
and educated in its public schools. On 
leaving the school-room he entered the 
pump manufactory and has since been asso- 
ciated with his father in business. He is 
thoroughly familiar with all the depart- 
ments of the work and is a progressive, en- 
terprising young business man, thoroughly 
reliable and at all times accurate. In the 
absence of his father he assumed entire 
charge of the manufactory and with its 
employees he is very popular. 

In 1883 Mr. Ward led to the marriage 
altar Miss Anna Wetenhall, a native of Con- 
necticut. Their home is blessed with two 
interesting children, Frank and Ralph, 
both born in Rockford. Mr. Ward is a 
member of the Independent Order of Red 
Men, andis a stanch Republican in politics. 



WALTER BEARD NELL, the pres- 
ent Recorder of Rushville Com- 
mandery, is a Mason who has devoted much 
of his time and attention to the fraternity, 
and, possessing more than ordinary ability, 
he has brought to his work a high degree of 
intelligence, which makes him eminently 
fitted for any position assigned to him. He 
received his initial degrees in Rushville 
Lodge, No. 9, and was raised to the sublime 
degree of Master Mason on July II, 1882; 
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Arch Mason in Rushville Chapter, No. 184, 
on May 7, 1883, in which he served as Sec- 
retary for several years, and on February 
11, 1895, was constituted a Sir Knight in 
Rushville Commandery, No. 56. In this 
body he is holding the office of Recorder 
for the sixth term, which is an evidence of 
the faithfulness and ability with which he 
discharges the arduous duties of that posi- 
tion, and the high appreciation held of him 
by his fellow Masons. 

Mr. Nell is a native son of Rushville, 
where he was born February 19, 1858, his 
parents being August and Mary E. Nell, the 
former of whom was the founder of the 
large hardware and farm implement busi- 
ness which he and his four sons are now 
carrying on in Rushville. It is one of the 
most extensive concerns of its kind west of 
Chicago, and for the accommodation of 
their ever increasing stock Mr. Nell erected 
a fine building, two stories in height, with a 
depth of two hundred feet. Our subject 
acquired his education in the public schools 
of his native city, and subsequently entered 
into an association with his father in the 
hardware business, is in charge of all the 
firm's books, and is one of the successful 
and prominent citizens of Rushville. 

On June 6, 1884, Mr. Nell was married 
to Miss Anna Pettijohn, of Huntsville, Illi- 
nois, and of this union one daughter, Jessie 
May, has been the issue. Mr. and Mrs. 
Nell are valued members of the Methodist 
church and contribute liberally to its sup- 
port. In politics our subject's sympathies 
are with the Republican party. He is a 
loyal friend, active and zealous in all the 
affairs of life, and a devoted, enthusiastic 
brother who holds a warm place in the 
hearts of his confreres. 



MATHANIEL L. BARMORE. Man is 
but " human," and therefore addicted 
to the frailties which his race has inherited for 
centuries. If, therefore, he associates him- 
self with an organization that has for its ob- 
ject the amelioration not only of his own 
condition but also that of his fellow men 



and the generations that are to follow, it 
becomes a question as to whether in the 
course of time the evils that flesh is heir to 
may not be entirely eradicated and a new 
plane of morality instituted. Such indeed 
is, and ever has been, the endeavor of the 
fraternity of Freemasons, and its member- 
ship is growing to such an extent that one 
is led to hope its aims will in time be at- 
tained. One of the worthy brothers in Chi- 
cago who has proved himself to be an acquisi- 
tion to the local lodge is Nathaniel L. Bar- 
more. He was initiated and raised to the 
degree of Master Mason in South Bend 
Lodge, No. 294, at South Bend, Indiana, 
was exalted to the august degree of Royal 
Arch Mason in South Bend Chapter, No. 
29, and was knighted in South Bend Com- 
mander, No. 13, from which he dimitted in 
1887 and became affiliated with Chevalier 
Bayard Commandery. Mr. Barmore has 
ever displayed a true spirit of charity and 
manly consideration in his daily life, and 
faithfully follows the precepts of the craft. 
The birth of Mr. Barmore took place in 
New York city, March 7, 1846, and his ed- 
ucation was acquired in the public schools, 
later supplemented by a course in an acad- 
emy. He then turned his attention to mak- 
ing a living for himself, and engaged in the 
cloth business in the city of his nativity for 
two years, after which he entered the serv- 
ice of the Union Pacific Railroad, remain- 
ing in its employ for five years, during two 
of which he was a passenger conductor. In 
1870 he gave up railroading and moved to 
South Bend, Indiana, where he embarked 
in the drug business for three years and in 
the manufacturing business for two years. 
In 1879 he became associated with the 
Cleveland Burial Case Company as a sales- 
man, which position he filled with efficiency 
for about five years, at the end of that time 
being sent to Chicago to take charge of 
their branch office. He remained here in 
the capacity of manager for two years and 
then resigned to accept the secretaryship of 
the F. H. Hill Company, and is fulfilling 
the duties of that office at the present writ- 
ing. He is also a stockholder in the con- 



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cern, which is one of the largest of its kind 
in the west, .its specialty being the manu- 
facturing of undertaking /supplies. Mr. 
Barmore is a man -of energy, perseverance 
and industry, and as a result of possessing 
these admirable qualities he has made .a suc- 
cess of his life and is to-day in a position to 
enjoy the fruits of his early labors. His in- 
tegrity of character and honesty of purpose 
are undisputed, and he commands the re- 
spect and high esteem of all with whom he 
comes in contact. 

In 1871 Mr. Barmore was united in mar- 
riage to Miss May Coonley, of South Bend, 
Indiana. In his political faith he is a Re- 
publican and a stanch supporter of the prin- 
ciples incorporated in the platform of that 
party. 



SYLVESTER GAUNT. Among .the 
numerous distinguished craftsman who 
have been prominent in Freemasonry . in 
Chicago during the past twenty years the 
subject of this brief review may consistent- 
ly be classified. He has given ample proof 
of his love for' the institution of Masonry 
and his desire to advance its interests. He 
has always shown the characteristics of a 
truehearted f rater, and has gained the confi- 
dence and esteem of those with whom he 
has been associated in the various organiza- 
tions wherein he has had membership, his 
popularity in- Masonic circles being of pro- 
nounced order. In private, social and business 
life he has been the synonym of his Mason- 
ic professions, thus commanding the high 
regard of the fraternity and the respect of 
all who know him in other departments of 
life. Mr. Gaunt was brought to the "light" 
of symbolic Masonry in May, 1876, when 
he became an Entered Apprentice in Home 
Lodge, No. 508, A. F. & A. M., of Chi- 
cago, and in this body he was raised Mas- 
ter Mason. Upon the organization of Miz- 
pah Lodge, No. 768, in 1884, Mr. Gaunt 
became a charter member of the same, was 
Master of the same while under dispensa- 
tion and at the first election was made the 
regular incumbent of this distinguished of- 



fice, in which he rendered -effective service 
for a term of five yearsv showing here, as 
he has done in every -other official capacity, 
a distinctive tact and marked administrative 
talent, as well as a never failing courtesy. 
The beautiful and impressive legends of ca- 
pitular Masonry, teaching the history of the 
past, were revealed to him in Chicago 
Chapter, No. 127, in which he was exalted 
to the Royal Arch in 1877, thereafter pass- 
ing the various official chairs and serving as 
High Priest for three years. In the chap- 
ter he also passed the circle of the Council 
degrees, having been greeted a Royal and 
Select Master in Corinthian Chapter, No. 
69, duly empowered to confer these degrees. 
He was a charter member of Palestine 
Council, No. 66, from which he was later 
dimitted to Temple Council, No. 65, with 
which his affiliation is now placed. He has 
served in the cryptic body as Deputy Illus- 
trious Master. The orders of Knighthood 
were attained by Mr. Gaunt in 1879, when 
the chivalric honors were conferred upon 
him in Apollo Commandery, No. I , Knights 
Templar. He is now a member of Engle- 
wood Commandery, No. 59, having been 
dimitted to the same. He held the office of 
Sword Bearer in the Commandery in 1896. 
Sylvester Gaunt is a native son of the 
Wolverine state, having been born at the 
university city, Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the 
3d of September, 1850, the youngest of the 
five children of Thomas and Mary Gaunt. 
His father died when he was a child and he 
was early thrown upon his own resources, 
his eldest brother, the natural mainstay of 
the family after the father's death, having 
enlisted for service in the late war of the 
Rebellion at the age of seventeen and hav- 
ing died in Danville prison. Sylvester was 
a boy of self-reliant nature and did not flinch 
from the duties which came to him. He 
began his practical career as a telegraph 
operator in the employ of the Michigan 
Central Railroad Company, and while thus 
retained came to Chicago, the date of his 
advent here having been 1871. He was 
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of four years, after which he resigned his 
position to accept that which he holds at 
the present time, cashier and general office 
manager for Clay, Robinson & Company, 
one of the leading live-stock-commission 
firms of the western metropolis. His pro- 
nounced executive ability and his capacity 
for handling multifarious details have made 
him a most valuable employee, and his serv- 
ices are duly appreciated by the firm to 
whose interests he has thus given his atten- 
tion. 

In the year 1872 Mr. Gaunt was united 
in marriage to Miss Mary Stoll, a native of 
Michigan, and they are the parents of one 
daughter, Louisa Alida. In politics Mr. 
Gaunt is a stanch supporter of the Repub- 
lican party, and socially he retains member- 
ship in- the Oakland Club, one of the repre- 
sentative organizations of the sort in the 
south division of the city. 



FREDERICKS ROBINSON. Twenty- 
six years ago Mr. Robinson crossed the 
threshhold of the blue lodge and there re- 
ceived the first three degrees of Freemason- 
ry. Since that time he has gradually pro- 
gressed in the order and is to-day one of 
the highly-honored and most popular Ma- 
sons in Genoa. He was initiated in Peru 
Lodge, No. 281, at Peru, New York, in 
1871, and dimitted from that bod}' to be- 
come affiliated with Genoa Lodge, No. 288; 
was exalted to the august degree of Royal 
Arch Mason in Sycamore Chapter, No. 49; 
received the degrees of Royal and Select 
Master in Sycamore Council; was created 
a Sir Knight in Sycamore Commandery, 
No. 1 5 ; and attained the ineffable degree of 
Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret in Free- 
port Consistory in 1891. He is a Noble of 
the Mystic Shrine in Tebala Temple, of 
Rockford, and a member of the Order of 
the Eastern Star. 

Mr. Robinson was born in Keeseville, 
Essex count}', New York, July 19, 1850, 
and is the son of Hiram and Aurilla (Cutler) 
Robinson. He was sent to the public 
schools of his native city, and later attended 



the academy there and at Plattsburg. He 
began his career by working with his father 
at the forge in an iron foundry, which he 
subsequently left to take up the vocation of 
teaching, and afterward clerked in a store. 
In 1 864, although but fourteen years of age, 
he enlisted in the Civil war as a bugler with 
Company A, Sixteenth New York Cavalry, 
and served until the close of the conflict. 
In 1874 he came west and about seven years 
later located in Genoa. He attended the 
Chicago School of Pharmacy, at which he 
was graduated in 1885; returning to Genoa, 
he embarked in the drug business, -which 
he has followed ever since. He has a well- 




FREDERICK T. ROBINSON. 

appointed store, and by perseverance and 
honest business methods has succeeded in 
establishing a large and flourishing trade. 
In 1893 he was appointed postmaster at 
Genoa, and has given general satisfaction. 
Mr. Robinson was married in 1878 to 
Miss Ada R. Van Alstein, and one son, 
Frederick G. , was born to them. Mrs. 
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subject married again, his second wife being 
Miss Anna McCormick, by whom he had 
one child, Hazel F. Mrs. Robinson's de- 
mise occurred in April, 1895. 

Our subject is a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows and of the 
Maccabees. He is one of Genoa's substan- 
tial and progressive citizens, and stands 
high in the opinion of all who know him. 



JOSEPH ELDER, a resident of Peoria, 
Illinois, and for many years identified 
with railroading, has for over a quarter 
of a century taken pleasure in Masonic 
associations, and in this ancient order has 
advanced to the higher degrees. 

Mr. Elder is a native of the Empire 
state. He was born in Chatham Center, 
Columbia county, February 24, 1844, and 
in 1 860, "while yet a boy in his 'teens, en- 
tered the employ of the Hudson River Rail- 
road in the capacity of fireman. Later he 
served an apprenticeship to the trade of 
machinist in Troy, New York, finishing at 
Philadelphia, and for three years thereafter 
was with Henry Burden & Sons, of Troy, 
as their millwright. Following this and 
during the oil excitement in West Virginia 
he was there engaged in the oil business 
two ye;irs. From West Virginia he came 
out to Indiana and became associated with 
Lord, Thomas & Company, of Indianapolis, 
with whom he was interested in building 
the first roll mill of its kind west of Pitts- 
burg, the work of which was all done by 
hand. It is three stories h'gh. Next we 
find him at Minneapolis, in the employ of 
the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Rail- 
road Company, where he was for two years 
and a half machinist and engineer, and 
from that company he went to the Union 
Pacific, with which he was connected for a 
year. At this time he crossed the plains to 
the far west, this being the second trip he 
had made to the Pacific coast overland. 
The first trip was attended with much ex- 
citement and adventure, and on one occa- 
sion he was captured by the Sioux Indians. 
On his return the second time he accepted 



a position on the Rockford, Rock Island & 
St. Louis Railroad, first as machinist and 
shop foreman one year, afterward taking 
charge of the locomotive department for 
several years; since 1877 he has had charge 
of the Rock Island & Peoria Railway as 
master mechanic for both locomotives and 
cars. 

Coming now to the Masonic portion of 
Mr. Elder's history, we find that he was in- 
itiated, passed and raised in Beardstown, 
Cass county, Illinois, about 1870, and the 
same year was exalted in Clark Chapter, 
No. 3. He now affiliates with both the 
lodge and chapter in Peoria. In 1878 he 
was made a Knight Templar in Peoria, 
in 1879 had revealed to him the mysteries 
of the Scottish Rite, and in 1892 became a 
member of Medinah Shrine, of Chicago, 
from which he was dimitted when Moham- 
med Temple, of Peoria, was instituted, and 
placed his membership in it, and thus at 
present all his Masonic affiliations are in 
Peoria, and nearly ever since he has been a 
Mason he has held office in the various 
branches of the order. He has passed most 
of the chairs in the blue lodge, serving in 
the first lodge of which he was a member, 
and for two years filling the Senior Deacon's 
chair in Peoria Lodge. He has filled all 
the offices of the Peoria Commandery, oc- 
cupying the executive chair in 1890-1, in 
the consistory has served in every office ex- 
cept that of Commander-in-Chief, and in 
the Shrine is now gracing the chair of Chief 
Roban. 



HARMAR DENNY DOUGHERTY, 
general contractor, Canton, Illinois, 
is an enterprising and thoroughgoing busi- 
ness man, and one who has for several years 
been interested in Masonry, he having ad- 
vanced through the various degrees of this 
ancient order until he has attained high 
rank in the same. He maintains member- 
ship in Ionic Lodge, No. 438, F. & A. M. ; 
Bellaire Chapter, No. 107, R. A. M. ; Hope 
Commandery, No. 26, K. T. ; Canton Coun- 
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sistory, Scottish Rite. Also he is a mem- 
ber of Mohammed Temple, Mystic Shrine, 
of Peoria, into which he was initiated May 
25, 1894, and both he and his wife are 
members of the Order of the Eastern Star, 
the popular auxiliary of Masonry, their 
identity being with Canton Chapter. 

Mr. Dougherty is a native of Pittsburg, 
Pennsylvania, and was born November 12, 
1857. In early life he began contracting, 
taking contracts for railroad construction, 
city streets, sewers and water works, trav- 
eling through various portions of the East, 
and in Indiana and Illinois. February 20, 
1892, he came to Canton, Illinois, and has 
since maintained his home here. During 
this time he has paved many miles of street 
in Canton and made four miles of sewer 
here and three-quarters of a mile at Pekin, 
this state, besides carrying to completion a 
number of other contracts. 

As a business man, citizen and Mason he 
stands high and justly merits the esteem in 
which he is held. 



HERMAN F. HANKE is a Royal Arch 
Mason, having been a member of the 
fraternity since 1891, in which year he 
joined Excelsior Lodge, No. 97, F. & A. M., 
of Freeport. He took the Royal Arch de- 
grees in Freeport Chapter, and has taken 
all the degrees of the Scottish Rite up to 
and including the thirty-second. He is an 
interested and worthy member of the fra- 
ternity, and well deserves mention in this 
volume devoted to Masonic history in Illi- 
nois. He is also connected with other civic 
societies, having been an active member of 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for 
a quarter of a century. He has passed all 
the chairs in the subordinate lodge, and is 
a member of the Grand Lodge. He be- 
longs to the Knights of Pythias society, to 
the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and 
has represented the two latter in their re- 
spective grand lodges. 

Mr. Hanke is a native of Bremen, Ger- 
many, born on the 25th of September, 
1846. His father, Herman Hanke, was 



also born in that country, and emigrated to 
the United States, arriving in Freeport on 
the 1 2th of June, 1847. He brought with 
him his young wife and their little son, 
Herman F. , who was then only nine months 
old. The father first worked at teaming 
and later was engaged on the construction 
of the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad. 
He now resides with his son, retired from 
active life, and has attained the age of 
eighty-one years. His good wife departed 
this life in 1884, when sixty-five years of 
age. They had twelve children, of whom 
only six are now living. 

Herman F. Hanke, their eldest child, 
was educated in the public schools of Free- 
port and when seventeen years of age began 
learning the mason's trade, a business which 
he has since successfully followed. He has 
become one of the prominent contractors 
and builders of the city, doing a large 
amount of building and sewer work. He is 
also a member of the firm of Hanke & 
Stewart, contractors for artificial stone, tile, 
brick, asphalt and tar sidewalk. He has 
ever been a most thorough and reliable 
workman and many of the important struc- 
tures of the city stand as monuments to the 
thrift and handiwork of our subject. He 
was connected with the erection of the four 
schoolhouses of Freeport and is now super- 
intending the mason work of the new school- 
house in process of erection. He built also 
the county courthouse and the St. Mary's 
Catholic church, a splendid edifice that is a 
model of architectural beauty and of com- 
plete workmanship. He has also erected 
two residences for himself, the second being 
a most beautiful, elegant and commodious 
dwelling. 

In 1870 Mr. Hanke was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Sarah Stichter, and they now 
have four children, Kate, Henry H., Al- 
bert F. and Mae. 

Mr. Hanke is an enthusiastic and loyal 
supporter of the Republican party and has 
held various offices. He was superintend- 
ent of public works for many years, also 
alderman of the city and one of the super- 
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and thoroughly reliable whether in business, 
social or public life, and has always been a 
valuable factor in the upbuilding and pros- 
perity of Freeport. 



ELMER E. BAST, an active working 
member of the Masonic fraternity, who 
follows closely and conscientiously its teach- 
ings, has for four years been a member of 
Garden City Lodge, No. 141, A. F. & A. 
M., having taken the degrees of Entered 
Apprentice and Fellow-craft and been raised 
to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on 
the 2Qth of June, 1892. He has since been 
a faithful attendant on its meetings and has 
done all in his power to advance the inter- 
ests of the order and promulgate its princi- 
ples.' He is now serving in the position of 
Junior Warden, and has just been elected 
Senior Warden. To these offices he was 
called by the Vote of his fellow members of 
the craft who esteem him highly for his genu- 
ine worth and devotion to the fundamental 
truths of the society. In 1893 he was ex- 
alted to the sublime degree of a Royal Arch 
Mason in Lincoln Park Chapter, No. 177, 
and in 1895 was created a Knight Templar 
in Apollo Cormnandery, No. i , wherein he 
is now serving as Sword Bearer. This is 
the largest and most powerful Commandery 
in the country, and Mr. Bast is numbered 
among its most faithful and zealous adher- 
ents. He has made a close study of the 
teaching of Masonry and of the workings of 
the order, fully understands the require- 
ments imposed upon its members, and lives 
up to all obligations. 

Although Mr. Bast has spent the greater 
part of his life in Chicago, he is a native of 
New Jersey, his birth having occurred in 
Frenchtown, on the 5th ofNovember, 1861. 
When a child of two years he was brought 
by his parents to the metropolis of Illinois, 
and spent his boyhood days in their home, 
attending the common schools from the age 
of six years. When he left the school-room 
to take up the practical duties of a business 
career, he turned his attention to the mer- 
chant tailoring business, which he has since 



followed. He learned the trade, mastering 
the business in all its details arid becoming 
an efficient workman. In 1896 he embarked 
in business on his own account and is now 
enjoying a liberal patronage, receiving the 
support of many friends whom he had met 
before beginning operation on his own ac- 
count. His courteous treatment of his pa- 
trons, his excellent workmanship, his prompt- 
ness and his thoroughly reliable methods in- 
sure him a constantly increasing trade, and 
he will undoubtedly establish a first-class 
tailoring parlor. 

In 1882 Mr. Bast was united in marriage 
to Miss May M. Cromlish, a native of Wheel- 
ing, West Virginia. They have one daugh- 
ter, May Irene. 



FRANK ST. LEON CARTER is a Royal 
Arch and thirty-second-degree Mason. 
Among the prominent society men of Rock- 
ford he occupies a conspicuous place, for 
his zeal and earnestness in promoting the 
orders with which he is connected has made 
him a valuable member. Through the past 
decade he has affiliated with the Masonic 
fraternity, and his deep sympathy with the 
order and the noble mission which underlies 
its ceremonies is shown by the- conformity 
of his life to its teachings. He was made 
a Mason in Rockford Lodge, No. 102, in 
1886, taking the degrees of Entered Ap- 
prentice, Fellow-craft and Master Mason at 
the successive regular meetings of the lodge. 
In August, 1895, he was exalted to the sub- 
lime degree of a Royal Arch Mason in Win- 
nebago Chapter, No. 24, and in the same 
year joined the Tebala Temple, of the An- 
cient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic 
Shrine, and Crusader Commandery, No. 17, 
K. T. He is now serving as Captain of the 
Host in the Chapter, and is one of its active 
working members. It was also in February, 
1896, that Mr. Carter, with a class of twen- 
ty-five of his friends, took the consistory 
degrees in Freeport Consistory, of the Scot- 
tish Rite, thereby becoming a thirty-second- 
degree Mason. Nor is his membership con- 
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representative of the Knights of Pythias 
fraternity, is Past Chancellor of Arthur 
Lodge, No. 3 1 , is now Keeper of the Rec- 
ords and Seals, and since 1885 has filled 
the office of Adjutant of the Fifth Regiment 
of the Uniform Rank of the society. With 
a deep enjoyment of the social features of 
these organizations, it is not this alone 
which wins the loyalty of Mr. Carter; their 
benevolent and fraternal principles are in 
harmony with his belief as to what should 
be the attitude of man to his fellow man, 
and their teachings find worthy exposition 
in his life. 

Mr. Carter is also deeply interested in 
the military organization of the state, and 
is a prominent and active member of the 
Illinois National Guards, having served with 
honor as captain and adjutant in the Third 
Infantry Regiment. His loyal American 
spirit is manifest in his interested connection 
therewith, and among his comrades he is 
most popular and highly esteemed. 

Mr. Carter is a native of England, born 
July 5, 1864; was educated at the world- 
renowned school of Rugby and afterward 
became a bookkeeper and stenographer. 
In 1880 he sought more active fields of 
labor in the new world, crossed the ocean 
to Montreal, Canada, and thence made his 
way to Chicago, where he secured a posi- 
tion in the law office of E. G. Mason. La- 
ter he was connected with the wholesale 
confectionery house of John Kranz in the 
capacity of bookkeeper, and in 1884 he 
came to Rockford, where, for some time, he 
held an important position in the Rockford 
Watch Manufactory as setter of jewels. 
On the ist of January, 1890, he became 
connected with the Forest City Baker}' 
Company, which firm does a most exten- 
sive business, and has since remained 
with them as bookkeeper, also largely fill- 
ing the position of general manager of their 
enormous business. The precision and ac- 
curacy which marks his career as a soldier 
is manifest in the office; he possesses much 
executive ability, is far-sighted in his judg- 
ment and has the unlimited confidence of 
the company and the warm regard of those 



who are associated with him in the office 
work. 

In 1891 Mr. Carter was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Gertrude Vandercook, a na- 
tive of Illinois. With her husband she be- 
longs to the Order of the Eastern Star. 
They move in the best circles of Rockford 
society, where intelligence and true worth 
are the passports which obtain entrance 
thereto, and their own home is noted for its 
hospitality. 



C^HANCEY HARLOW CASTLE is one of 
' the veteran Masons of Quincy who has 
followed the principles and precepts of the 
order in an enthusiastic and praiseworthy 
manner for the past twenty-two years. 
He was initiated and raised to the sublime 
degree of Master Mason in Bodley Lodge, 
No. i, in 1875, was exalted to the august 
degree of Royal Arch Mason in Quincy 
Chapter, No. 5, May 25, 1876, and was 
created a Sir Knight in El Aksa Command- 
ery, No. 55, in the same year. He has 
faithfully continued his membership in these 
bodies and is an exemplary and highly re- 
spected Mason. 

The birth of Mr. Castle took place in 
Adams county, Illinois, January 10, 1843, 
his ancestors being of Scotch extraction, 
who emigrated from the land of the thistle 
to the United States, locating in Vermont, 
where they became prominent in the early 
history of that state, and were participants 
in the Revolutionary war. Timothy Castle, 
the father of our subject, was born in Wil- 
mington, Vermont, and in 1835 moved to 
Adams county, Illinois, subsequently taking 
up his residence in Quincy, where from 
1863 to 1880 he was engaged in the manu- 
facture of stoves. He was an important 
factor in the upbuilding of - Quincy and was 
closely identified with its interests up to the 
time of his death, in i 880. He was a man 
of enterprise, progress, and integrity, a firm 
adherent of the Presbyterian church, and a 
member of the Independent Order of Odd 
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who, like himself, was born in Wilmington, 
Vermont. She has followed her husband to 
the "city of eternal rest." 

Our subject, the second of the four sons 
of Mr. and Mrs. Castle, received the rudi- 
ments of his education in the public schools 
of Quincy. He was but eighteen years old 
on the breaking out of the Civil war, but 
notwithstanding his youth he promptly of- 
fered his services in the defense of the Union 
and enlisted in Company I, Seventy-third 
Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He proved to 
be a brave and efficient soldier, but was un- 
fortunate in having his military career cut 
short by being wounded in the battle of 
Chickamauga, which necessitated his dis- 
charge, after serving two years. Upon his 
return to Quincy he associated himself with 
his father in the Comstock Castle Stove 
Company, of which he was later made presi- 
dent. It is one of the largest concerns of 
its kind in the country and is doing a large 
and ever increasing business. Mr. Castle is 
also president of the Mullner Box & Planing 
Company, a director and stockholder in the 
First National Bank of Quincy, a director 
and stockholder in the American Straw 
Board Company, and is interested in vari- 
ous other business enterprises in the Gem 
City. He is a public-spirited citizen and 
always stands ready to do everything in his 
power to support any movement that has 
for its object the advancement and welfare 
of Quincy. 

In 1868 Brother Castle was united in 
marriage to Miss Mary E. Parker, of Gales- 
burg, Illinois, and they have had seven chil- 
dren, namely: Julia A., Ella G., Timothy 
P. , Alfred L. , Elizabeth, Mary E. and Clara. 
Mr. and Mrs. Castle are affiliated with the 
Presbyterian church, to which they are lib- 
eral contributors. He has been a lifelong 
Republican, takes a deep interest in the 
politics of his county, of which he has served 
as supervisor, and in 1 897 was again the 
nominee of his party for that office. He is 
a member of the Grand Army of the Re- 
public and since 1892 has been aid-de-camp 
on the national staff under the different 
commanders. 



LEE WOOD ALBRIGHT, train master 
i of the Illinois Central Railroad, resid- 
ing at Freeport, is one of the wide-awake, 
enterprising young business men, whose 
activity in the affairs of life has led to 
the rapid upbuilding and advancement of 
this western section of the country. It has 
been the infusing of their youthful spirits 
and energy with the plans and methods of 
older men that has produced the excellent 
results achieved in the Mississippi valley, 
and to this class belongs the subject of our 
sketch. 

Mr. Albright is a native of Cuba, Illi- 
nois, born on the 4th of March, 1864, and 
is of German lineage. His father, Dr. J. 
B. E. Albright, was born in Pennsylvania 
and came to Illinois in 1845, locating in 
Cuba, while for many years he engaged in 
the practice of the medical profession in 
that place, in Dixon and in Forreston. He 
was in the last named city for eighteen 
years, or up to the time of his death, which 
occurred when he had reached his sixty- 
fifth year. He married Catherine Cline, a 
native of Virginia and a descendant of one 
of the old and highly respected families of 
that state. They were married in 1845 and 
at once came to Illinois, where the mother 
is still living. They had a son and daugh- 
ter, the former being the subject of this re- 
view. 

In the common schools and the high 
school of Forreston, Lee W. Albright ac- 
quired his education, and when seventeen 
years of age began railroading, being in the 
employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 
and Illinois Central Companies. He was 
with the latter at Amboy, Freeport and 
Rockford, Illinois, through a period of six 
years, and has been train master at Free- 
port for the past four years. His position 
is a highly responsible and important one, 
and he is discharging his duties with marked 
fidelity and ability. 

In 1891 was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Albright and Miss Rose Zapf, a native 
of Freeport. They have two sons, Donald 
Alfred and Keneth Cline. His connection 
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when he joined Excelsior Lodge, of Free- 
port. He has progressed rapidly in the or- 
der, from the blue lodge to the chapter, 
the council and the comrnandery. 

In politics he is a liberal Democrat, but 
has never taken an active part in political 
matters, preferring to give his whole time 
to his business interests and the interests of 
the company with which he is connected. 



JOSEPH E. ILG belongs to the Masonic 
order in Rockford, with which he has 
been connected for fifteen years. He 
took the first degree in the fraternity in 
1 88 1 and is now a Royal Arch and Knight 
Templar Mason. He became a Master 
Mason in Acacia Lodge, of LaSalle, Illinois, 
was raised to the sublime degree of a Royal 
Arch Mason in Peru, Illinois, and is a 
Knight of Sterling Commandery, No. 57. 

He also belongs to Medinah Temple of 
the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of 
the Mystic Shrine, of Chicago. He was 
elected and served as Junior Warden of the 
blue lodge, but so great have been the de- 
mands of his business that he has had no 
time for active official work in the order. 
By attendance at the meetings and by a 
faithful exemplification of the teaching of 
the society in his every-day conduct, he at- 
tests his loyalty and is well numbered 
among the worthy Masons of Rockford. 

Mr. Ilg is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, 
his birth having occurred in that city on the 
9th of January, 1857. His parents, Sev- 
ern and Frances (Turin) Ilg, were both na- 
tives of France, and emigrated to America 
in 1848, locating in Cleveland, where the 
father was employed as a master mechanic. 
He died in 1876, at the age of fifty-seven 
years. His wife and three children still 
survive him, Mrs. Ilg being now seventy- 
six years of age. 

The gentleman whose name introduces 
this review is their oldest child. He was 
educated in the public schools of his native 
city and on the 1st of April, 1866, started 
out in business in the same line in which he 
is now engaged, securing a clerkship in a 



drug store, where he was employed until 
1873. He then removed to Dallas, Texas, 
where he embarked in business on his own 
account, but about a year later a fire de 
stroyed his store and he lost all he had 
the accumulated savings of several years. 
He was then forced to commence life anew 
as a clerk in St. Louis. In 1876 he re- 
turned to his native city and again estab- 
lished a drug store, but after a year sold out 
and returned to St. Louis in 1878. For 
some time he was engaged in the manufac- 
ture of glass at LaSalle, Illinois, where he 
again was overtaken by disaster, a second 
fire causing heavy losses. With det rmined 
energy and unfaltering purpose, however, 
he set to work to repair his losses, and in 
1881 established a drug store in Prophets- 
town, Illinois, in partnership with J. H. 
Mosher. In 1886 he removed to Elkader, 
Iowa, where he became a member of the 
drug firm of Merritt, Williams & Company, 
but after a year sold his interest and went 
to DeKalb, Illinois, where he was employed 
as salesman in a drug store for a year. In 
1889 he came to Rockford, and, after a 
year spent as salesman, opened his present 
store on Seventh street. This is one of the 
best equipped drug stores in the city and he 
is now enjoying a good business, which is 
steadily increasing. His broad experience 
in this line, his thorough familiarity with 
the requirements of the trade, and his 
ready adaptability well enable him to meet 
the wants of his patrons, while his energy 
and diligence have brought to him a well 
deserved success. 

Mr. Ilg was happily married in 1872 to 
Miss Lilian Cox, a native of Selma, Ala- 
bama, and a daughter of Frank Cox, a con- 
tractor and builder of that state. Two chil- 
dren came to bless their union Frank Joseph 
and Mary Frances. After twenty-one years 
of happy married life Mrs. Ilg was called to 
the home beyond this life. She was a most 
amiable and estimable lady, a loving wife 
and devoted mother, and her death was a 
source of greatest sorrow to husband, chil- 
dren and many friends. 

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Pythias fraternity and of the Loyal League. 
In politics he is a Republican, and although 
deeply interested in the growth and success 
of his party has never been an office- 
seeker, perferring to give his time and 
attention to his business. He has met 
reverses which would have disheartened a 
resolute man, but his strong purpose and 
courageous spirit would brook no opposition 
that could be overcome by energy, perse- 
verance and honorable business methods, 
and he is now enjoying a comfortable com- 
petence as the reward of his earnest labors. 



REICH ARDT is numbered among 
J3L those of foreign birth who have become 
loyal American citizens, prominent in the 
commercial affairs of their adopted country, 
and who in Masonic circles have won the 
esteem and confidence of all with whom 
they have been brought in contact. He 
was made a Mason in Landmark Lodge, 
in 1894, and the same year took the 
Royal Arch degrees in Fairview Chapter. 
He is also a Knight Templar, his affiliation 
with this branch of Masonry being through 
his membership in Apollo Commandery, No. 
i . He is a worthy member of the order, 
true to its principles, and is . widely and fa- 
vorably known in its circles. 

As his name indicates, Mr. Reichardt is 
of German nationality. His birth occurred 
in the fatherland on the 24th of October, 
1857, and in the public schools of that 
country he acquired his education. He 
early began work in a grocery store and was 
thus trained to mercantile pursuits, becom- 
ing familiar with the methods of business 
life and the best ways to conduct an enter- 
prise. He was a youth of fourteen years 
when he bade adieu to his native land and 
sailed for the new world. Since that time 
he has been a resident of Chicago and has 
steadily worked his way upward by steady 
application, resolute purpose and c <pable 
management. In 1892, when he had ac- 
quired some capital, he became connected 
with the Vienna Model Bakery and has 
since been secretary and treasurer of the 



company. His efforts have contributed 
largely to the success which has attended 
the industry, and his prosperity has been 
won along the well denned line of honorable 
labor, while his course has been shaped by 
the tried principles of honorable dealings, 
consecutive effort and earnest purpose. 

Mr. Reichardt is married, his wife hav- 
ing been Miss Mary Nyerie, of Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa. 



WILLIAM A. REMINGTON has the 
honor of being the only thirty-sec- 
ond-degree Mason residing in Geneseo, Illi- 
For many years he has been identi- 



nois. 



fied with this fraternity, which belongs to 
no one land or to no one people, but is 
practically universal, embracing in its mem- 
bership men of almost every rank, faith 
and tongue. Catholic in its aims and spirit, 
it welcomes the beneficent enterprises of 
the day, jealous of neither sect nor party, 
but ever toiling to enlarge the boundaries of 
human progress and to put into life the 
streams of deeper and richer experience. 
Though its origin may be merely a matter 
of tradition, its influence is unmistakable, 
and civilization owes to the fraternity a 
debt of gratitude that is incalculable. To 
the world Greece has furnished the stand- 
ard of sculpture, Italy of painting, Ger- 
many of music, and America of republican 
government; but Masonry has given to all 
lands a standard of conduct in harmony 
with all religions, whereby the truest and 
best impulses of man's nature are devel- 
oped. 

Mr. Remington began the study of the 
teachings and esoteric doctrines of the fra- 
ternity in Washington Lodge, No. 3, A. F. 
& A. M., of Warren, Rhode Island, Febru- 
ary i, 1853, and is one of the oldest breth- 
ren of that society, with which he still re- 
tains his membership. He was exalted to 
the august degree of a Royal Arch Mason 
in Temple Chapter, June 9, 1853, and man- 
ifests the zeal and ardor symbolized by its 
prevailing tincture of scarlet, which historic- 
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Jerusalem. He received the grades and 
order of the Scottish Rite after coming to 
the west, being proclaimed a Sublime Prince 
of the Royal Secret in Davenport Valley 
Consistory, of Davenport, Iowa, wherein 
he attained the thirty-second degree. Twen- 
ty-six years have passed since he received 
the ineffable degree of the Lodge of Per- 
fection, and he is therefore one of the old- 
est consistory Masons in this locality. In 
1894 he metaphorically became familiar 
with the sands of the desert through his 
entrance into Kaaba Temple, Ancient Arabic 
Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. 

Mr. Remington was born in Rehoboth, 
Massachusetts, on the 29th of April, 1830, 
and is of English descent, being a represent- 
ative of a family that located in New Eng- 
land soon after the process of reclamation 
from savage rule had begun. Its members 
were active participants in the events which 
go to form the history of that period and of 
the Revolution. His father, Samuel W. 
Remington, was born in Seekonk, and mar- 
ried Miss Harriet Read, also a native of that 
town. For many years he was a prominent 
and successful merchant and became a large 
landowner. He died in Warren, Rhode 
Island, at the age of sixty-nine years, and 
his wife departed this life in her seventy- 
first year. For many years they were act- 
ive and consistent members of the Congre- 
gational church. Of their family of five 
sons and one daughter, only three are now 
living. 

William A. Remington, the eldest son, 
was educated in Warren, Rhode Island, and 
entered upon his business career as a mer- 
chant, which pursuit he followed in the east 
and also for a number of years after locat- 
ing in Davenport, Iowa, which was the first 
scene of his labors after his removal to the 
Mississippi valley. An active factor in the 
development of Davenport and a leading 
and influential citizen, he served for eleven 
years as city treasurer and was otherwise 
connected with the public interests, espe- 
cially as a member of the Republican party. 
Since 1871 he has been in the employ of the 
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad 

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Company, having control of the stock-yards. 
For twenty-five years he has held this im- 
portant position, and has rendered to the 
company most efficient service. In April, 
1897, he was elected mayor of Geneseo, by 
the Republican party. 

In 1855 Mr. Remington was united in 
marriage to Miss Maria Cole, of Warren, 
Rhode Island, and to them were born three 
children, but only one is now living, Henry 
W. , who is a resident of Chicago. Mr, 
Remington is a man of gentlemanly bear- 
ing, whose life is in harmony with his Ma- 
sonic professions and therefore commands 
the confidence and love of his brethren and 
the respect of all who know him in other 
departments of life. 



)URR ROBBINS, who for almost forty 
years has held membership in the Ma- 
sonic order, was made a Mason in Iris 
Lodge, No. 229, of Cleveland, Ohio, in 
1858. He did not advance beyond the blue 
lodge for ten years, when he was exalted to 
the sublime degree of a Royal Arch Mason 
in Paw Paw Chapter, No. 23, of Paw Paw, 
Michigan, in 1868. The same year he was 
knighted in Peninsular Commandery, No. 
8, of Kalamazoo, Michigan; received the 
ineffable degrees of the Ancient & Accepted 
Scottish Rite in Wisconsin Consistory, of 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1887, and be- 
came a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, Mil- 
waukee Temple, in the same year. He 
also belongs to the Masonic Veterans' Asso- 
ciation and has a wide acquaintance among 
the fraternity throughout the entire country, 
meeting many brethren of the craft in his 
travels over this continent. 

Mr. Robbins was born in Broome coun- 
ty, New York, on the 1 3th of October, 
1837, and spent the first twelve years of his 
life in the Empire state, after which he went 
to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was reared to 
manhood and made his home until 1868. 
From 1873 until 1888 he was engaged in 
the circus business, spending the winters at 
Janesville, Wisconsin, and the name of 
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out the length and breadth of this land. He 
attained an enviable reputation along this 
line, and the excellent and high-grade en- 
tertainment which he furnished brought to 
him a liberal patronage, and he derived 
therefrom an excellent income. In 1888 he 
retired from active business pursuits and re- 
moved to Chicago, but for the past three 
years has been connected with the American 
Advertising and Bill Posting Company, of 
which he is president. He is a man of 
courteous manner and genial disposition, 
popular with all classes, and his friends are 
many. 

He was united in marriage, January 20, 
1862, to Miss Libbie C. Ackley, who died 
in 1869. Mr. Robbins was married again 
December 18, 1871, to Miss Nett W. Web- 
ster, of Lawrence, Michigan. To this union 
are born two children, Burnett W. and 
China L. 

In politics Mr. Robbins has been a life- 
long Republican, casting his first presi- 
dential vote for Abraham Lincoln. 



LBERT L. SCHIMPFF, second vice- 
^ president and teller of the German- 
American National Bank, of Peoria, Illi- 
nois, occupies a place well to the front 
among the leading business men and active 
Masons of this city, and at this point in this 
series of biographical reviews we take pleas- 
ure in touching upon the salient items in his 
life history. 

Albert L. Schimpff was born in Rhenish 
Bavaria, Germany, October 9, 1844, in his 
native land was reared and educated, and 
when a youth accompanied his parents across 
the Atlantic to America, settling in Peoria, 
Illinois, before our late war. On locating 
here he was with his father in the grocery 
business. He left the store in the fall of 
1 86 1 to enlist in the Union army, and as a 
member of Company A, Twenty-sixth Mis- 
souri Infantry, went to the front, where he 
made an honorable record as a brave, true 
soldier. In May, 1863, he was severely 
wounded at Champion Hills, Mississippi, a 
ball passing through his left shoulder, from 



the effects of which he still has a lame arm. 
The following autumn he was honorably 
discharged and returned to Peoria, resuming 
his old place as clerk in his father's store, 
and remaining there until 1868. That year 
he went to Elmwood, Peoria county, and 
engaged in the grocery business for himself. 
Returning to Peoria in 1871, he became in- 
terested in the manufacture of cigars, being 
thus occupied for three years. Next we find 
him doing business as a member of the firm 
of Louis Green & Company, wholesale gro- 
cers, with which he was connected until the 
firm was dissolved on account of Mr. Green's 
death. Mr. Schimpff then built a cold-stor- 
age warehouse, conducted the same for four 
years, up to 1893, and then entered the Ger- 
man-American National Bank as second vice- 
president and teller, the position he now 
occupies, as stated at the beginning of this 
sketch. 

For a period of twenty-six years there 
has been a thread of Masonic history run- 
ning along with his varied business career, 
and turning now to this we find that in 
1870 he was made a Master Mason in 
Horeb Lodge, No. 363, at Elmwood, with 
which he affiliated until his return to Peoria, 
when he became identified with Schiller 
Lodge, No. 335. Also he has a member- 
ship in Peoria Chapter, No. 7, Peoria Com- 
mandery, No. 3, and Mohammed Temple, 
Mystic Shrine, and has at various times 
filled numerous official positions of promi- 
nence and trust in these bodies. He has 
passed all the chairs in Schiller Lodge and 
has been its Master four times, filling the 
office at present; has filled all the chairs in 
the chapter except that of High Priest, and 
in the commandery all except that of Com- 
mander, which he declined to accept. In 
short, he has been a prominent and active 
Mason ever since he joined the order, and 
in his life has exemplified many of its 
teachings. 

In Grand Army councils also do we find 
Mr. Schimpff a leading factor. He has 
been identified with the G. A. R. ever since 
its organization, has been commander of 
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vice department commander. Also he was 
a prominent aspirant at Cairo in 1896 for 
department commander, coming within ten 
votes of being elected. At the encamp- 
ment held at Galesburg in May, 1897, he 
was elected department commander. 



I WALTER E. SCHMIDT. The up- 

jt/jfl building of Masonry in Illinois is 
due to the devoted service and loyal attach- 
ment of the members of the fraternity, and 
is the result not of the efforts of a single 
individual, nor even of the highest officials 
of the state, but is the aggregate efforts 
of the members in all the various branches 
and lodges. Mr. Schmidt is one among the 
many who have aided in furthering the 
cause of this noble and honored fraternity 
by his adherence to its principles and its 
precepts. He was made a Mason in Tri- 
luminar Lodge, No. 767, A. F. & A. M., in 
1894, still retains his membership therein, 
and is now serving as Worshipful Master, to 
which position he was called by his brethren 
of the craft, who recognize his unchanging 
fealty. In 1895 he took the Royal Arch 
degrees in Sinai Chapter, No. 185. 

Mr. Schmidt is a western man by birth, 
training and preference, and possesses the 
true western spirit of progress and advance- 
ment. He was born on the i8th of May, 
1868, in Minnesota, and was reared and ed- 
ucated there. With a practical English ed- 
ucation to fit him for the duties of life he 
entered upon his business career, and has 
always engaged in the real-estate and insur- 
ance business. His arrival in Chicago dates 
from 1893, at which time he came to this 
city and entered into partnership with Mr. 
Hanberg, under the firm name of Hanberg 
& Schmidt. They handle city real estate 
of all kinds, and Mr. Schmidt is thoroughly 
informed on land values. They also do a 
good insurance business, and the two enter- 
prises are well associated. The liberal 
patronage which they receive indicates their 
high standing in business circles and their 
reliability in all transactions. He is alert, 
energetic and capable, and possesses those 



distinguishing characteristics whereby the 
man of the Mississippi valley is known from 
the slower and more conservative man of 
the east. In politics Mr. Schmidt is a Re- 
publican. 

In 1895 was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Schmidt and Miss Nellie Starr, of New 
York. 



WILLIAM HENRY THACKHAM. - 
The seeds of charity, love and mor- 
ality have been sown broadcast throughout 
the universe by the grand institution of 
Freemasonry, and when the harvest shall 
have been garnered it will culminate in a 
condition of human happiness which will 
gratify the highest aspirations of the breth- 
ren. The purging of sin and selfishness 
from the world is an end devoutly to be 
wished, and that society or organization 
which shall endeavor to accomplish such an 
object deserves not only the encouragement 
but the moral support of every man worthy 
of the name. Happy homes, a peaceful in- 
tercourse among our fellow citizens, and a 
general state of contentment, will all attest 
the glorious achievements of the work pro- 
mulgated by the craft. 

One of the intelligent and enthusiastic 
young Masons of Moline, Illinois, is Will- 
iam H. Thackham, who became a member 
of the fraternity in 1 890, , when he was 
made a Mason in Doric Lodge, No. 319. 
On June 21, 1892, he was exalted to the 
august degree of Royal Arch Mason in Bar- 
rett Chapter, No. 18, and received the de- 
gree of the Red Cross February 20, being 
created a Sir Knight on March 20, 1893, in 
Everts Commandery, No. 18, at Rock 
Island. He has been a consistent member 
of the brotherhood, taking to heart its prin- 
ciples and by his daily life showing how 
well he understands and appreciates its 
precepts. 

Brother Thackham comes from an old 
English family, and was born in London 
March 23, 1868, his parents being William 
John and Amelia (Woodbridge) Thackham, 
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1872, when the subject of this sketch was 
but four years old, they came to the United 
States and located in DeKalb, Illinois, 
where they resided for ten years, the father 
engaging in the meat business. The latter 
died in 1882, leaving a widow and three 
children, and the mother was obliged to 
support her little family to the best of her 
ability until the boys should be large enough 
to go to work. Mr. Thackham attended 
the public schools of DeKalb and at an ear- 
ly age learned the trade of carriage-making 
and blacksmithing, later taking up that of 
machinist. He obtained a thorough knowl- 
edge of his work in all its details and soon 
became an expert mechanic. He is now 
engaged in building gun carriages for the 
United States government in the arsenal 
located at Rock Island. 

On December 24, 1895, Mr. Thackham 
was married to Miss Jennie Rose Blackman, 
a daughter of Edwin A. Blackman, of Mo- 
line. They possess a comfortable home in 
this city, where they attend the Baptist 
church and are highly esteemed by their 
neighbors and friends. Besides being a 
Mason in excellent standing. Brother 
Thackham is also a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. In his po- 
litical affiliations he is a stanch supporter of 
the Republican party. In all his associa- 
tions with his fellow citizens and the breth- 
ren of his lodge, the many good qualities 
of his mind and character have won for him 
the respect of all. 



GEORGE L. WARD, secretary of the 
department of buildings, Chicago, is a 
gentleman of marked business ability and 
wide experience and one who figures promi- 
nently in both the business and fraternal 
circles of this city. Some personal mention 
of him is therefore appropriate in this work, 
and we are pleased to here present a resume 
of his life. 

Mr. Ward is from the ' ' Land of the 
Maple Leaf," having been born in Hamil- 
ton, Ontario, January 5, 1848; but he has 
spent nearly the whole of his life in Chicago, 



having come here at the age of twelve years. 
After completing his studies in the public 
schools, he entered a printing-office to learn 
the printer's trade. This, however, he soon 
gave up and from it turned his attention to- 
the hardware trade, accepting a position in 
the service of Larrabee & North, with whom 
he was associated for a period of twenty 
years, in that time working his way up to a 
position of trust and responsibility. Sever- 
ing his connection with this hardware estab- 
lishment in 1 88 1, he at that time became 
general clerk in the office of county treas- 
urer of Cook county. The following year 
he was made deputy sheriff of the county, 
under General Mann, and served as such 
until the expiration of the General's term of 
office. Next he entered the employ of the 
Mason contractors, as bookkeeper, a posi- 
tion he filled until the election of Hon. John 
A. Roche to the office of mayor of Chicago, 
when Mr. Ward was appointed to his pres- 
ent position, that of secretary of the build- 
ing department. This office he also held 
by appointment under Mayor Washburne, 
and his present appointment is at the hands 
of Mayor Swift. In the meantime he has 
filled the secretaryship in some of the fra- 
ternal organizations with which he is con- 
nected. He was Secretary of Covenant 
Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and Corinthian 
Chapter, R. A. M., and Recorder of St. 
Bernard Commandery, K. T. , and Chicago 
Council, R. & S. M. 

Mr. Ward has been identified with the 
great Masonic body for nearly two decades, 
the date of his initiation into blue Masonry 
being 1878, the degrees which made him a 
Master Mason being conferred by Cove- 
nant Lodge, No. 526, A. F. & A. M. In 
1880 he was exalted a Royal Arch Mason 
in Corinthian Chapter, R. A. M., and that 
same year was knighted by St. Bernard 
Commandery, K. T. ; was made a Royal 
and Select Master by Chicago Council, No. 
4, R. & S. M., in 1885; in 1892 he received 
the Scottish Rite degrees, including the 
thirty- second, in Oriental Consistory; is also 
a "Shriner," having joined Medinah Tem- 
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branches of Masonry he has taken an active 
interest, both by exemplifying the work in 
the lodge room, making impressive the 
ritualistic work, and by showing forth in 
his life the teachings of the order. He is 
Past Master in his lodge, and Past Eminent 
Commander of his commandery, and for 
five years has served as Secretary of the 
Knight Templar Charity ball committee. 
Indeed, there are few Masons in this city 
who have been more deeply interested in 
the work of the order or done more to ad- 
vance its interests than has Mr. Ward. 
Also, he is a member of the Loyal League. 



prominently engaged in the grocery trade 
at Rushville, is an exemplary and useful 
citizen and stands high in the estimation of 
all the brethren in the philanthropic so- 
cieties. 



JOHN HARVEY WARD, a Sir Knight 
Templar and Secretary of the chapter at 
Rushville, was advanced to the degree 
of Master Mason in Huntsville (Illinois) 
Lodge, No. 465. He was initiated January 
28, 1 88 1, passed February 19, following, 
and raised to the sublime degree March 12, 
same year, and he served as Senior Warden 
of the blue lodge there. Having been at 
length dimitted from that lodge he was af- 
filiated with Rushville Lodge, No. 9, Feb- 
ruary 21, 1888, and in this lodge he has 
filled the offices of Senior Deacon, Junior 
Warden, Senior Warden and Worshipful 
Master one term. He was exalted to the 
degree of Royal Arch Mason in Augusta 
Chapter, No. 72, R. A. M., in 1878, and 
was elected to membership in Rushville 
Chapter, No. 184, February 24, 1891, and 
is now serving his third term as Secretary 
of the chapter. He was created a Sir 
Knight Templar in Rushville Commandery, 
No. 56, on the 3d of June, 1896. Mr. Ward 
is active and capable in all the bodies of the 
order and enjoys the fullest confidence of 
his confreres. 

He is a native of the state of Illinois, 
born at Camden, Schuyler county, on the 
1 6th of September, 1856, and is the son of 
Joseph N. Ward, who was a native of Ken- 
tucky and also a member of the Masonic 
fraternity. He came to Illinois in 1836, 
and was one of the best early settlers of the 
county. Mr. Ward, our subject, is now 



JAMES WORTH WAYLAND, who has 
been closely identified with the best in- 
terests of Masonry for fourteen years, 
has attained to the thirty-second degree in 
the Scottish Rite, and is regarded as one of 
the most worthy fraters in Quincy. He 
was initiated in Brookfield Lodge, No. 86, 
in Brookfield, Missouri, and was raised to 
the sublime degree of Master Mason in 1884. 
He obtained a dimit and is now a member 
of Lambert Lodge, No. 659, of Quincy. 
He was exalted to the Royal Arch degrees 
in Quincy Chapter, No. 5, November 24, 
1891; received the degrees of Royal and 
Select Masters in Quincy Council, No. 15, 
June 14, 1893; was dubbed a Sir Knight in 
El Aksa Commandery, No. 55, K. T. , March 
2, 1892; and became a Sublime Prince of 
the Royal Secret in Quincy Consistory, Val- 
ley of Quincy, May ii, 1894. He was made 
a Noble of the Mystic Shrine in Ararat Tem- 
ple, Kansas City, Missouri, on March 1 1 , 
1892. 

Mr. Wayland is a native of Virginia, his 
birth having taken place at Mount Jackson, 
Shenandoah county, on March 11, 1855. 
His ancestors were among the earliest set- 
tlers of the colony of Virginia, were partici- 
pants in its pioneer history, and bravely 
fought as soldiers in the Revolutionary war. 
The father of our subject, John Wesley 
Wayland, was also born in Virginia, where 
he was principal in a polytechnic school, 
and engaged in educational work all his life. 
He married Miss Anna M. Kagey, of Vir- 
ginia, and they had four children, all of 
whom, as well as the parents, are still liv- 
ing. The subject of this review was edu- 
cated in his father's school, and at the age 
of eighteen he began his career of railroad- 
ing, his first work being in the machine 
shops. After remaining there a short time 
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more & Ohio road, faithfully performing the 
duties of that position for three years, when 
he came west and secured employment on 
the Wabash Railroad. His efficient serv- 
ices were recognized and from time to time 
he was promoted until he attained the im- 
portant post of passenger conductor, and 
for the past fourteen years he has served in 
that capacity on the Hannibal & St. Jo line, 
during which time he has given the fullest 
satisfaction to the company. 

In 1877 Mr. Wayland was united in 
marriage to Miss Ellen Brunk, of Virginia, 
and their union has been blessed by one son, 
Eugene Adelbert. Mrs. Wayland is an ad- 
herent of the Methodist church, and both 
she and her husband are members of Grace 
Whipple Chapter, No. 312, Order of the 
Eastern Star. They are popular in their 
home city and enjoy the good will and 
friendship of all with whom they are ac- 
quainted. 

Politically our subject is a consistent 
Democrat. He is an active member of the 
Order of Railway Conductors, of which he 
is Grand Inside Sentinel, and now has charge 
of the society's excursion to the Pacific coast. 



JOHN MOSLEY BATCHELDER. The 
ever widening circle of Masonry has em- 
braced within its circumference the high- 
est and the humblest of the land, and all 
distinctions are forgotten save those of 
character, that true moral worth which 
may lift the poor man above his rich neigh- 
bor, or bring to the millionaire that good 
name which is rather to be chosen than 
great riches. On the common ground of 
universal brotherhood they meet, and mu- 
tual helpfulness and mutual forbearance 
hold them together in indissoluble ties. 
The world is not wide enough to rend the 
bands of this kinship asunder. Masonry is 
a great cable stretching around the universe 
to-day and across the ocean of time, bind- 
ing the fraternal life of the nineteenth cen- 
tury to the reality of the world's morning. 
Its representatives to-day are men who in 
the varying walks of life mold their actions 



in harmony with Masonic ethics. The in- 
fluence of the fraternity principles is noise- 
less as the sunbeams in their fall, but as 
effective. One who subscribes to the teach- 
ings of the fraternity, and is most loyally 
devoted to his vows, is Mr. Batchelder, of 
Dixon, a prominent business man now en- 
gaged in the wholesale marble and granite 
business there. He was made a Master 
Mason in Friendship Lodge, No. 7, in Dixon, 
in 1 894, and was created a Sir Knight in 
Dixon Commandery, No. 21. He received 
the ineffable degree of Perfection in Free- 
port Valley Consistory, Sublime Princes of 
the Royal Secret, with the class of 1895, 
and is therefore a thirty-second-degree Ma- 
son. He is also a member of Medinah 
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at 
Chicago. 

Mr. Batchelder was born in Dorset, Ver- 
mont, on the 6th of July, 1862, and is of 
English descent , his ancestors locating in Bos- 
ton in 1637, not twodecades afterthe landing 
of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. Members 
of the family were prominent in the events 
which shaped the history of that early 
period, and also fought for the independ- 
ence of the nation when the British tyranny 
forced the colonists to seek their just rights 
by a separation from the mother country. 
The father of our subject, J. L. Batchelder, 
was born in Peru, Vermont, and was mar- 
ried to Miss Rachel Slocum, a native of 
Manchester, Vermont. He has spent most 
of his life in the marble business in his na- 
tive state, and has also been a contractor 
and builder. He and his estimable wife 
now reside in Detroit, Michigan, and are 
sixty-three and sixty-one years of age re- 
spectively. They are valued members of 
the First Congregational church of that 
city, and the father is also identified with 
the Masonic fraternity. 

In their family of two children, Mr. 
Batchelder, of this review, is the elder. He 
was educated in Manchester, Vermont, and 
since arriving at years of maturity has been 
identified with the wholesale marble and 
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less familiar with his father's business, and 
this practical experience stood him in good 
stead when he embarked in business on his 
own account. He now represents through- 
out the northwest several of the most im- 
portant quarries of Vermont. The head- 
quarters of his business are at Dixon, but 
his shipments cover a wide territory. He 
has made his home in Dixon since 1893 
and is regarded as one of the most enter- 
prising and substantial business men of the 
city. His keen sagacity, reliable methods, 
tireless energy and perseverance have 
brought to him prosperity and he is now in 
command of a good trade. 

Mr. Batchelder married Miss Agnes 
Keene, a native of Gallatin, Missouri, and 
they have one son, John Keene. In poli- 
tics Mr. Batchelder is a stanch Republican, 
but has never sought or desired office, pre- 
ferring to give his entire attention to his 
business interests. 



JH. GIBLER, a thirty-second-degree 
Mason, whose deep interests in the fra- 
ternity and loyal service in its behalf has 
made him a valued member of the craft, 
makes his home in Freeport, Illinois. He 
is a native of Stephenson county, born on 
the ist of July, 1844. His parents, Morgan 
and Eliza Jane (Van Matre) Gibler, were 
natives of Ohio and emigrated to this state 
in 1839, locating on government land in the 
town of Oneco, Stephenson county, where 
they made a home and reared their family 
of ten children. The father departed this 
life in 1890, at the age of sixty-nine years, 
but the mother is still living and has reached 
the age of seventy-two. They were con- 
sistent members of the Christian church and 
were people of great worth of character. 

Thus Joseph H. Gibler, of this sketch, 
comes of one of the honored pioneer fami- 
lies of Stephenson county. He is the eld- 
est child in his father's family and in the 
public schools near his home he acquired 
his education. When a youth of sixteen he 
entered upon his business career and since 
that time has been entirely dependent upon 



his own resources, so that the success he 
has achieved is the reward of his earnest 
labors. Clearly denned purpose, resolute 
will, energy and sound judgment, these 
are the salient points in his character and 
have led to his present prosperity. In 1860 
he began learning the blacksmith's trade in 
Freeport and has since followed that pur- 
suit. He continued his work uninterrupt- 
edly for many years, but now has laid aside 
all business cares save when he enters the 
shop, at his own pleasure, to wield the 
hammer once more. He has acquired a 
handsome competence that relieves him 
from the necessity of further labor, having 
' ' Enough for self and some to give to such 
poor souls as need it." Two of his sons 
are now successfully conducting the shop, 
which he built, carrying on the business in 
the same reliable, straightforward way which 
won their father his enviable reputation as 
a man of unimpeachable integrity. 

Mr. Gibler was married in 1864, the 
lady of his choice being Miss Emma M. 
Sneesby, of Waukegan, Illinois. They 
have four sons, all living, namely: William 
M. and Fred H., who are conducting the 
blacksmith shop with which the name of 
Gibler has been so long connected; Robert 
A., a professional musician; and Jerome H., 
at school. Their home is one of the sub- 
stantial and beautiful residences of Free- 
port. Mr. Gibler is very fond of fine horses 
and finds a means of recreation and pleas- 
ure in driving over the country behind his 
fine team. 

In his political adherence he is a stal- 
wart Democrat and for years has taken 
an active part in the affairs of the city and 
county. He has attended all the conven- 
tions of his party and for four years has 
served efficiently as one of the county super- 
visors, advocating all measures calculated 
to advance the public interests and promote 
the general welfare. In 1894 he was a del- 
egate to the state convention and in 1896 
served as a delegate to the senatorial con- 
vention of his party. 

In 1891 he was made a Mason in Ever- 
green Lodge, No. 170, at Freeport, and 



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since that time has been one of its active 
members. He has progressed rapidly in 
the order and has now attained to the 
thirty-second degree. Having acceptably 
and creditably filled various offices and 
labored earnestly in the interests of the or- 
ganization, he is regarded as one of the 
most reliable and esteemed members of the 
fraternity. 

Mr. Gibler is a man of fine physique, 
large, strong and well proportioned. In 
manner he is pleasant and genial, and by all 
who know him is regarded as a whole-souled 
man of broad sympathy, ever ready to ex- 
tend a helping hand to the needy. 



HON. VIRGIL STUART FERGUSON, 
who has attained to an eminent posi- 
tion in the ranks of the legal fraternity in 
Sterling and is a recognized leader in politic- 
al and professional circles, like many of 
his fellow townsmen, is identified with the 
Masonic fraternity, which had its origin in 
the remote regions of antiquity and has 
come down through the passing centuries 
inculcating among men purity of life and 
nobleness of character. As an Entered 
Apprentice he joined Rock River Lodge, 
No. 612, of Sterling, passed the Fellow- 
craft degree and was raised to the sublime 
degree of Master Mason on the ipth of 
October, 1883. In the work of the blue 
lodge he has been most active, has passed 
all of the chairs and has served for two 
terms as Worshipful Master, during which 
time the society enjoyed great prosperity 
and was in a very flourishing condition. He 
took great pride in the work, induced many 
leading citizens of Sterling to become mem- 
bers of the order and attained great per- 
fection in methods of procedure. 

He became a Royal Arch Mason in Ster- 
ling Chapter, No. 57, on the 7th of May, 
1884, and in the chapter has held various 
offices, including that of Royal Arch Cap- 
tain. He became a Knight Templar in 
Sterling Commandery, No. 57, in the same 
year, and has filled a number of official 
positions therein in a most creditable and 



acceptable manner. His zeal for Masonry, 
his wide and accurate knowledge of the 
craft, which he is ever ready to impart to 
his less informed brethren, his acumen, his 
diligence, his untiring efforts and the vigi- 
lance with which he guards the ancient land- 
marks, make him a bright and shining light 
in the Masonic world. He is a close and 
conscientious student of the teachings and 
ethics of Masonry in all its departments, and 
being a man of much more than average 
ability has brought to his work a high 
degree of intelligence. 

Mr. Ferguson was born in Bedford, 
Lawrence county, Indiana, on the 1 8th of 
September, 1 844, and is of Scotch and Eng- 
lish ancestry. The first of the family in 
America crossed the Atlantic just prior to 
the war of the Revolution, and five broth- 
ers entered the colonial army to aid in the 
attempt to throw off all allegiance to the 
British crown. One brother was known to 
be killed and another was supposed to have 
lost his life in battle. The third located in 
New York after the independence of the 
nation was achieved, the fourth settled in 
Ohio, and the fifth took up his residence in 
North Carolina. It is from the southern 
branch of the family that Mr. Ferguson, of 
this review, is descended. His grandfather, 
Stuart Ferguson, was born in North Caro- 
lina and emigrating westward became one 
of the pioneers of southern Indiana. There 
Andrew Stuart Ferguson, father of our sub- 
ject, was born, in 1819. He married Miss 
Zerelda Brock, a lady of English ancestry 
and a native of his own state. In 1849 
they came to Illinois and for four years the 
father engaged in farming, becoming a large 
landowner. He died on the 25th of July, 
1891, in the seventy-third year of his age. 
His wife still survives him and is now sev- 
enty-one years of age. In Scotland the 
Fergusons were Covenanters, but after com- 
ing to this country became members of the 
Presbyterian church, and later branches of 
the family have been identified with the 
Baptist church. Mr. Ferguson was a man 
of uncompromising integrity and unblem- 
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was strongly felt in the communities in 
which he made his home. He held various 
offices and discharged his duties with a 
promptness and fidelity which won him high 
commendation. 

Virgil S. Ferguson, the eldest of a fam- 
ily of four sons and four daughters, was 
educated in the public schools, Mount Car- 
roll Seminary, the University of Chicago 
and the Union College of Law, being grad- 
uated at the last named on the 25th of 
June, 1868. He at once opened a law of- 
fice and began practice in Sterling. He is 
one of the most conspicuous figures at the 
bar of Whiteside county, for his superior 
skill has gained him pre-eminence that only 
results from merit. He is most careful and 
painstaking in the preparation of cases and 
his points of litigation are fortified by au- 
thority and precedent which he can quote 
most readily. His argument is forcible, his 
deductions logical and his eloquence con- 
vincing. He is a man of the highest integ- 
rity of character and his devotion to his 
client's interests is proverbial. 

In politics Mr. Ferguson has always been 
a stanch Republican, and he has been very 
active and efficient in the ranks of his party, 
his oratorical powers being of much service 
in campaign work. He has served as su- 
pervisor for a number of years, has been a 
member of the board of education of Ster- 
ling for about eighteen years, and in 1891 
was elected to the state senate, where he 
was one of the most active and influential 
members of the assembly for four years. 
He served on a number of very important 
committees, was chairman of the committee 
on penal and reformatory institutions, and 
was the author of a bill for the control and 
detention of the insane, a bill which greatly 
remodeled the law and improved the condi- 
tion of that unfortunate class. He gave to 
the question which came up for settlement 
before the senate the benefit of a mature 
judgment and broad intelligence, and his 
course was highly satisfactory to his constit- 
uents. 

In 1868 Mr. Ferguson was united in 
marriage to Miss Annie E. Mickle, a native 



of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a daughter 
of John C. Mickle. They have two sons: 
Harry T. , who is now city editor of the Ap- 
pleton Daily Crescent, of Appleton, Wiscon- 
sin; and Virgil Stuart, Jr., who is attending 
the public schools of Sterling. They have 
a beautiful and commodious home which 
stands in the midst of lovely grounds, and 
are rated among the best people of the city. 



JOHN H. LAFFERTY, who figures as a 
prominent dry-goods merchant of the 
town of Lanark, Illinois, also enjoys a 
high standing as a member of the Masonic 




JOHN H. LAFFERTY. 

fraternity. He was made a Mason in Cyrus 
Lodge, No. 1 88, in 1882, and in the blue 
lodge served as Senior Deacon and Junior 
and Senior Warden. The following year, 
1 883, he became a member of Lanark Chap- 
ter, No. 139, the degrees of this organiza- 
tion being conferred upon him as follows: 
Mark Master and Past Master, January 
26; Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch, 
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been elected Scribe, and at this writing, 
1896, is the incumbent of that office. He 
received the Knight Templar degrees in 
Freeport Commandery, No. 7, in 1883, and 
at the organization of Long Commandery 
he became one of its charter members. 
Also he has advanced through the degrees 
of the Consistory and Mystic Shrine, those 
of the former having been given him by 
Freeport Valley Consistory in January, 
1886, and those of the latter by Medina 
Temple at Chicago, Illinois, in 1892. 

Mr. Lafferty dates his birth in Potts- 
town, Pennsylvania, April 18, 1850, and is 
a son of James H. and Catharine (Spatz) 
Lafferty. He is next to the oldest in a fam- 
ily of seven children, received his early 
training in the public schools of his native 
town, and when only nine years old secured 
a position as cash boy in store. From that 
time until the present he has been engaged 
in merchandising. He came to Illinois in 
1876, locating first at Mt. Carroll, where 
he was employed by McKinney & Loveland 
for twelve years, and whence he came to 
his present location at Lanark. Here he 
has been in business for eight years, the 
firm style being McKinney Brothers & Laf- 
ferty. They have one of the finest dry- 
goods establishments in the county, have a 
large and substantial trade, and enjoy an en- 
viable reputation as business men. 

In 1875 was consummated Mr. Laffer- 
ty 's marriage to Miss Anna M. Pennick, who 
is a native of Illinois but who was reared in 
the east. They have one child, Charles C. 
Their home is one of the handsomest in the 
city and they enjoy the esteem of a large 
circle of friends. Both Mr. and Mrs. Laf- 
ferty are valued members of Ola Chapter, 
No. 17, Order of the Eastern Star, and he 
is also a Knight of Pythias. In his political 
views he harmonizes with the Republican 
party. 



JAMES DEAL, a contractor and builder 
and a prominent and influential citizen 
of Peoria, Illinois, has for more than 
thirty years been identified with the inter- 



ests of this place. His connection with 
Masonry has covered a number of years and 
has extended to the higher degrees of the 
order; and while he has never been active in 
Masonic circles or as an officer participated 
in the work of the order, he has by his life 
exemplified many of its teachings and al- 
ways shown a deep interest in its welfare. 
He was made a Master Mason in Temple 
Lodge, No. 46, Peoria; a Royal Arch Ma- 
son in Peoria Chapter, No. 7; a Knight 
Templar in Peoria Commandery, No. 3; 
and a Royal and Select Master in Peoria 
Council, No. 15. November 21, 1883, he 
received the degrees of the consistory in 
Peoria. Also he was among the number of 
Masons at this place who were inducted 
into the mysteries of the shrine by Medinah 
Temple, of Chicago, that body coming to 
Peoria to confer the degrees, and when 
Mohammed Temple was instituted his name 
was on its list of charter members. 

Mr. Deal is a New Englander by birth, 
and dates his nativity in Burlington, Ver- 
mont, October 11, 1848. In 1856 he ac- 
companied his parents and other members 
of the family to Illinois, their first settle- 
ment being in Aurora, whence in August, 
1865, they came to Peoria, and here the 
subject of our sketch has ever since main- 
tained his home. In Peoria he learned the 
trade of carpenter, and in 1878 he began 
contracting, in which he has ever since been 
engaged, carrying on extensive operations. 
Among the buildings erected by him are the 
State Normal University at Carbondale 
after the original building was burned in 
1885; the county buildings at Carthage, 
Hancock county, Illinois; the insane depart- 
ment of the Peoria county infirmary; the 
National Hotel, the wood-work on the 
Woolner building and the Van Martin and 
Watson blocks, the first three stories of the 
Magoria building, Central Iowa Elevator, 
Christian church and Grace Presbyterian 
church, all in Peoria; all the buildings in 
the old state fair grounds and an elevator 
and mill in Chicago for the North Chicago 
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Mr. Deal was married in 1869 to Miss 
Fannie Benson, whose life was happily 
blended with his until August 10, 1886, 
when she fell a victim to the Chatsworth 
railroad disaster. Besides her husband she 
left a son and daughter to mourn their sad 
loss. April 5, 1887, he was united in mar- 
riage to his present wife, nee Mollie Harsch. 

Mr. Deal and his family are attendants 
upon worship at Grace Presbyterian church, 
of which they are consistent members, and 
both in religious and educational matters he 
has always shown himself deeply interested. 
Since 1882 he has been a member of the 
Peoria Board of Education. 



WILLIAM HANNA. The clear light 
of truth illumines the character of 
each individual as he approaches nearer 
and nearer the high ideal that marks the 
symbolic path of the ancient order of Free- 
masonry. For over thirty years Mr. Hanna 
has followed the path leading to universal 
brotherly love, and has become thoroughly 
imbued with the beauties concealed within 
the inner circle of the fraternity. He re- 
ceived his initial degrees at Rockville, Ala- 
bama, in the camp of the Sixty-sixth Illi- 
nois Infantry, the Masons of that gallant 
regiment having obtained a special dispensa- 
tion from the Grand Lodge of Illinois. A 
little hut of logs was built for a temporary 
lodge room, and there, in 1862, Mr. Hanna 
received the sublime degree of Master Ma- 
son. After the close of the war he went to 
Camp Point, Illinois, and became affiliated 
with the lodge there. In 1866 he came to 
Golden, and was elected a member of La 
Prairie Lodge, No. 267, which, in 1896, was 
moved to Golden and given a most desira- 
ble Masonic hall, especially built for them 
by the brethren of this city. In 1864 Mr. 
Hanna was exalted to the Royal Arch de- 
gree in Quincy Chapter, No. 105, and was 
created a Sir Knight in Delta Commandery, 
No. 48, in 1877. Since his admission to 
these bodies our brother has been an active 
representative Mason, serving in his com- 
mandery as Captain General and Eminent 



Commander, and in the latter capacity 
proved himself to be a talented and effi- 
cient officer, his military experience during 
the Civil war making him a valuable drill 
master, which he made use of by bringing 
his commandery to a state of perfection in 
drilling that is second to no other similar 
body in the state. He is just as faithful in 
his loyalty to the other bodies of the order, 
in which he holds the high consideration of 
his fellow Masons. 

Mr. Hanna is of Scotch-Irish descent 
and was born in Lexington, Indiana, on 
January 23, 1833. While yet a child he 
was deprived of his parents by death, which, 
as he had neither brother nor sister, left 
him entirely alone in the world. Compelled 
thus early in life to rely upon his own efforts, 
as soon as he was able to earn anything he 
began life as a chore-boy on a farm, picking 
up a little education at odd times as the op- 
portunity presented itself, and thus, by his 
unaided efforts, backed by perseverance and 
honesty of purpose, he has struggled through 
adversity, overcome all intervening obstacles 
and has attained to the summit of human 
ambition a successful man and a respected 
citizen, honored by all who know him. 

When that great calamity, the Civil war, 
was forced upon the country, Mr. Hanna 
answered President Lincoln's call for volun- 
teers to assist in preserving the Union, and 
on September 12, 1861, he became enrolled 
as a private in Company E, Fiftieth Illinois 
Regiment, and before leaving camp at Quincy 
was commissioned captain of the company, 
with which he went to the front and partici- 
pated in all its engagements with the valor 
of a true soldier. At the battle of Altoona 
he received a gunshot wound in the groin, 
necessitating his retirement, a furlough for 
ninety days being granted him. In 1862, 
for meritorious conduct on the field of bat- 
tle, Mr. Hanna was commissioned major of 
the Fiftieth Regiment, and in 1864 was pro- 
moted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, 
serving in that capacity until the close of 
the war, when victory perched itself upon 
the banners of the Union army. Colonel 
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be proud of, and which will go down to pos- 
terity as a glorious example of one who 
knew no fear in the face of death and whose 
career will continue to illumine the pages 
of history with undimmed splendor for ages 
to come. Notwithstanding the fact that 
thirty-six years have elapsed since he first 
enlisted, the Colonel's bearing is still that of 
a soldier, and his eye is as keen and his step 
as light as the time he fought for the stars 
and stripes. 

After hostilities had ceased and white- 
winged peace once more reigned throughout 
the land, Colonel Hanna returned to Illinois 
and engaged in business at Camp Point, re- 
maining there one year and then moving to 
Golden, where since 1866 he has conducted 
successfully a general merchandise estab- 
lishment; and for over thirty years his busi- 
ness methods have been such that he has 
commanded his share of the trade in this 
city, and to-day occupies a place in the front 
rank of the prominent and progressive mer- 
chants in Adams county, content in the en- 
joyment of the high esteem and friendly 
wishes of his fellow men. 

In 1860 Mr. Hanna consummated his 
marriage with Miss Mary Roth, of Camp 
Point. She died in 1866, and in 1870 our 
subject married Urith Johnson, of Colum- 
bus, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Hannaarenow 
gracefully spending their latter days in a 
charming home, where they frequently dis- 
pense a cordial hospitality to their numer- 
ous friends. The Colonel and his estimable 
wife are both valued members of Prairie 
Queen Chapter, No. 75, Order of the East- 
ern Star, of which Mrs. Hanna has for the 
second time served as Worthy Matron. Mr. 
Hanna is a stanch Republican, and is an 
active member of the Grand Army of the 
Republic. 



i ICHARD S. ALLEN. When life lies 
JfSi. before the young man he starts out 
hopefully and zealously to fight its battles, 
confident of victory and success, but, alas! 
many fail of achieving this end. Disasters, 
unlooked-for trials, hardships and opposi- 



tion arise to block his progress and his 
courage and energy fail. To the one of 
perseverance, resolute purpose and careful 
but unyielding deliberation, however, these 
hindrances seern but to prove an impetus for 
renewed effort and he presses on undeterred 
by all obstacles until the desired goal is 
reached. To the latter class belongs the 
subject of this review. His life has been 
one of honest toil, which ultimately has 
been crowned with prosperity. He has 
justly won the proud American title of a 
self-made man and now is permitted to 
spend his declining years in an honorable 
retirement from all labor. 

Richard S. Allen well deserves the re- 
gard in which he is held by all who know 
him. A native of England, he was born 
on the 28th of November, 1833, and at- 
tended the public schools near his home 
until his eighth year. It was a meager 
preparation for a life work, but his few 
opportunities developed in him a self-reli- 
ance and native manliness which are hard 
to combat. He secured employment at 
various kinds of labor that would yield him 
a living and later was apprenticed to the 
tailor's trade, which he thoroughly mas- 
tered, becoming a most proficient workman. 
In 1849 he bade adieu to the land of his 
birth and sought a home in America, believ- 
ing that in the livelier competition and by 
methods of the new world he might more 
rapidly advance on the road to prosperity. 

Mr. Allen took up his residence in Rock- 
ford and as a cutter entered the employ of 
George R. Atkinson, with whom he re- 
mained for twelve years. He was regarded 
as the best workman in his line, his gar- 
ments always being well made, stylish and 
unsurpassed as to fit. He began business 
on his own account and many of his former 
business acquaintances became his patrons 
and many others brought to him their trade. 
His patronage steadily increased and with 
the passing years he added to the compe- 
tence which he was acquiring until at length 
it enabled him to lay aside all business cares 
and labors. His home, one of the finest 
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ment to his enterprise and industry. In 
1893 he withdrew from commercial circles 
and with his wife is enjoying the comforts 
of home life and social pleasures among his 
many friends. 

Mr. Allen was married on the 22d of 
July, 1857, the lady of his choice being 
Miss Clarissa Jane Woodworth, a native of 
Canada and a daughter of Gresham Wood- 
worth. Three children were born to them, 
but two died in infancy, the surviving son 
being Frank I. Allen. Mrs. Allen belongs 
to the Baptist church and is a lady most 
highly esteemed for her many excellent 
qualities. Mr. Allen belongs to the Ancient 
Order of United Workmen and for almost 
a third of a century has been numbered 
among the representatives of Masonry here. 
In 1864 he took the degrees of Entered 
Apprentice, Fellow-craft and Master Mason 
in Rockford Lodge, No. 102, with which he 
has since affiliated. For forty-seven years 
he has been identified with the business and 
social interests of the Forest City, and his 
private life and public career are alike above 
reproach. 



JOHN BATSCHY, one of the capableand 
well-known architects of Quincy and a 
thirty-second-degree Mason, took his ini- 
tial degrees in Bodley Lodge, No. i, and was 
raised to the degree of Master Mason No- 
vember 4, 1889. He was exalted to the 
degrees of capitular Masonry in Quincy 
Chapter, No. 5, R. A. M., September 25, 
1890; received the degrees of Royal and Se- 
lect Masters in Quincy Council, No. 15, on 
March 5, 1891; was constituted a Sir 
Knight in El Aksa Commandery, No. 55, on 
November 13, 1890, in which he has held 
all the chairs up to and including that of 
Junior Warden, being elected to the latter 
in 1897; and has attained the ineffable de- 
grees of the Scottish Rite as follows: 
Quincy Grand Lodge of Perfection, four- 
teenth degree; Quincy Council of Princes 
of Jerusalem, sixteenth degree; Quincy 
Chapter of the Rose Croix, eighteenth de- 
gree, De H. R. D. M. ; and Quincy Consis- 



tory, thirty-second degree, Sublime Prince 
of the Royal Secret, receiving the latter 
May 8, 1890. In his lodge relations he has 
proved himself to be in every way an ac- 
ceptable, well informed, and a worthy 
brother. 

Mr. Batschy is a native of Switzerland, 
having been born at Filisur March 8, 1855. 
He was educated in his own country and 
there acquired a thorough knowledge of 
architecture. He subsequently came to 
the United States and in 1884 located in 
Illinois. Two years later he moved to 
Quincy and has since continued in his pro- 
fession, meeting with unqualified success 
and building up a large and lucrative busi- 
ness. He has designed many of the best 
buildings that adorn the beautiful Gem 
City, which will long stand as monuments 
to his skill and genius. 

Our subject was married in 1891 to Miss 
Louisa Schoeneman, a daughter of John 
Schoeneman, of Quincy. They are the 
parents of one son, whom they have named 
John Martin. Mr. and Mrs. Batschy are 
valued members of the Congregational 
church. They have a delightful home and 
enjoy the high esteem of a large circle of 
friends. Politically Mr. Batschy is a Re- 
publican. He is a gentleman of merit and 
ability and possesses the highest integrity 
of character. 



JM. NELLES, M. D. The Canton (Illi- 
nois) list of Masons who have climbed 
the Masonic ladder to the Knight Tem- 
plar round would be incomplete did it not 
contain the name which graces this brief 
sketch James Melvin Nelles one of the 
prominent physicians of Canton. 

Dr. Nelles gained his first insight into 
Masonry in Montreal, Canada, in 1873. In 
the spring of that year he was elected to 
receive the degrees in Zetland Lodge, No. 
21, was initiated by it May 8, passed June 
12, and raised October 9, and since residing 
in Canton, for a period of nearly twenty 
years, has affiliated with Morning Star 
Lodge, of this place. He received the de- 



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grees which made him a Royal Arch Mason 
in Canton Chapter, No. 68, in which he 
still maintains membership, and his Knight 
Templar membership is in Damascus Com- 
mandery at Havana, Illinois, where he re- 
ceived the degrees of this branch of the 
order. 

Dr. Nelles is a native of Brantford, On- 
tario, Canada, and dates his birth November 
21, 1850. He was educated at McGill Uni- 
versity, graduating in the medical depart- 
ment in 1875, and immediately after his 
graduation entered upon the practice of his 
profession in the city of Chicago, where he 
lived for two years. From Chicago he 
came in 1877 to Canton, and here he has 
conducted a successful practice, winning 
and retaining the confidence and good will 
of the citizens of the town and surrounding 
country, and enjoying that popularity which 
is due him both in professional and fraternal 
circles. 



L F. SCHOCH, one of the most 
-/*3L prominent and influential business 
men of Ottawa, the vice-president of the Na- 
tional City Bank, is numbered among the 
representatives of Masonry in Illinois. From 
that far distant time wherein the first of the 
craft established its immortal basic princi- 
ples down to the present day, one may 
read in history of the humanizing and lib- 
eralizing tendencies of our great association, 
ever taking sides with the foremost cham- 
pions of human rights in every clime and 
land, and at the same time lifting up its 
mighty potentiality for law and order and 
peace. Liberty and justice, guided by con- 
servative law, have been promoted and up- 
held in every country and in every century 
by the ancient and most honorable fratern- 
ity of Free and Accepted Masons. It is 
this that draws to its ranks the practical 
business man and faithful citizens of this 
latter age and wins their firm allegiance to 
its principles. Mr. Schoch is a blue-lodge, 
chapter and commandery Mason. He took 
the three fundamental degrees of Entered 
Apprentice, Fellow-craft and Master Mason 



in Humboldt Lodge, No. 555, andhassince 
maintained his connection therewith, hav- 
ing served for three terms as its Worshipful 
Master. He took the capitular degrees in 
Shabbona Chapter, No. 37, being exalted to 
the august degree of Royal Arch Mason, and 
became identified with chivalric Masonry 
in Ottawa Commandery, No. 10, in which 
he took the degrees of the Red Cross, 
Knight Templar and Knight of Malta. For 
two terms he served as its Eminent Com- 
mander, and was also Worthy Patron of 
Mary E. Chapter, No. 270, Order of the 
Eastern Star, for two terms. 

Mr. Schoch is one of the native sons of 
Ottawa, born on the i8th of December, 
1857. He completed his literary education 
in the high school of Ottawa, and afterward 
spent two years in the Ottawa postoffice as 
delivery clerk. In August, 1875, he entered 
the National City Bank as a messenger boy 
and has filled every intermediate position 
up to that of vice-president, rising succes- 
sively, step by step, until he occupies the 
second highest place in one of the strongest 
and most reliable banks in northern Illinois. 
He was promoted to this position in July, 
1890, and has for more than a decade been 
an important factor in the development and 
the prosperity of the institution. In those 
interests which tend to benefit the city and 
promote the public welfare, Mr. Schoch is 
deeply and actively interested, and his pro- 
gressive, enterprising spirit has been a 
marked potentiality in the substantial growth 
and improvement of Ottawa. In the spring 
of 1891 he was elected mayor of the city, 
and on the expiration of the two-years term 
was re-elected, serving for four years. For 
two years he served as city treasurer, was a 
member of the school board for six years, 
and on resigning that office was made town- 
ship school treasurer. His public service, 
marked by the utmost fidelity to duty, has 
been most acceptable to his fellow towns- 
men. He has also been the promoter of 
various business enterprises, and in this way 
has added to the general prosperity as well 
as to his individual success. 

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the Ancient Order of United Workmen, 
Mystic Circle, Knights of the Globe, and 
Legion of Honor. He was married in De- 
cember, 1879, to Mi ss Mina Wolf, by whom 
he has three daughters Carrie, Lulu and 
Esther. 

m VERNON HART, of Freeport, is a 
J$JL thirty-second-degree Mason and one 
of the esteemed and valued members of that 
honored fraternity in Illinois. He is now 
the Worshipful Master of Excelsior Lodge, 
and as the head of this organization is con- 
stantly striving to make its name the key- 
note of the society, that it may advance 
higher and higher toward perfection in work 
and in those benevolent and beneficial prin- 
ciples which underlie the order. He was 
made a Mason in 1884, in Moses R. Thomp- 
son Lodge, of Freeport, which was after- 
ward consolidated with Excelsior Lodge. He 
has from the first taken a deep interest in 
the work of the order and has passed 
through all the degrees of Royal Arch, 
Commandery, Council, Consistory and Mys- 
tic Shrine, having thus attained to the 
thirty-second degree. Masonry long ante- 
dates the Christian era; its principles have 
been those which have awakened respect and 
admiration through all ages; and, recogniz- 
ing the universal brotherhood of mankind, 
with a sympathy that is as broad as the 
globe, its representatives to-day still stand 
for the inculcation of that beneficence which 
extends the hand of kindly aid to all. 

Mr. Hart is not only a leader in Masonic 
circles in Freeport, but is recognized as one 
of its most prominent business men, and 
moreover he is a native son of the city a 
representative of an honored pioneer family 
that has been connected with Stephenson 
county since the days of its early develop- 
ment. His parents, Albert W. and Mary 
(Munn) Hart, were descended from New 
England ancestry, the former born in New 
York, the latter in Vermont. They came 
to Freeport before the era of railroads in 
this state, which now numbers more miles 
than any other state in the Union, and for 
many years the father was actively inter- 



ested in business affairs which not only ad- 
vanced his individual prosperity, but also 
promoted the material welfare of the com- 
munity. He was for some time a contrac- 
tor and builder, and later engaged in mer- 
chandising, but is now living retired, enjoy- 
ing a rest which he richly deserves. He 
and his wife have long been faithful mem- 
bers of the Methodist church. They had 
three daughters and a son. 

The latter is the subject of this review. 
A. Vernon Hart was educated in the schools 
of Freeport, completed the course in the 
high school of the city and afterward served 
a ten-years apprenticeship to the jeweler's 
trade. Having thoroughly mastered the 
business in its various departments, he 
opened an establishment of his own in 1891 , 
and now the name of A. Vernon Hart hangs 
over the door of the largest and finest 
jewelry store in Freeport to indicate his 
proprietorship. His close application to his 
business and his thorough integrity in his 
methods have brought him rapidly to the 
front rank in commercial matters in his 
native city. He is also a professional opti- 
cian and takes special interest in this de- 
partment of his work. His store is located 
at No. 98 Stephenson street, and from the 
public he receives a liberal and lucrative 
patronage, for he has established a reputa- 
tion for reliable dealing that has gained him 
the public confidence. 

The home life of Mr. Hart is most pleas- 
ant. He was married on the 25th of Sep- 
tember, 1888, to Miss Emma J. Long, a 
native of Freeport, and they now have a 
bright and interesting little daughter, Lola 
Claire. Our subject and his wife are mem- 
bers of the Presbyterian church, and in 
politics he is a stanch Republican. Their 
home is a favorite resort with a large circle 
of friends and is noted for its warm hospi- 
tality which rivals that of the south. 



/TMJSTAVE A. BAUMAN, who has at- 
^yp tained to the thirty-second degree in 
the fraternity, is one of the substantial citi- 
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Lambert Lodge, No. 659, A. F. & A. M., 
as follows: Entered Apprentice February 
i, 1892, passed March 21, and raised to the 
sublime degree of Master Mason April 4, 
1892. He received the capitular degrees 
in Quincy Chapter, R. A. M.,on December 
13, 1892, and in 1897 ne kl the office of 
Treasurer. January 14, 1893, he was made 
a Royal and Select Master in Quincy Coun- 
cil, No. I 5 ; was constituted a Sir Knight in 
El Aksa Commandery, No. 55, on January 
i, 1893, and has been the Recorder of that 
body for three terms; and he attained to the 
ineffable lodge of perfection in Quincy Con- 
sistory, receiving the degrees up to and in- 
cluding the thirty-second, the latter being 
conferred upon him May 10, 1894. 

Mr. Bauman was born in Herman, Mis- 
souri, December 14, 1857, and is the son of 
Engel and Louise (Danzeisen) Bauman, the 
former of whom was of Swiss and German 
ancestry, and was born in Switzerland in 
1825, coming to this country about 1840. 
He acquired his education in the public 
schools, and subsequently established a meat 
market in Quincy, which he conducted for 
many years, but has now, at the age of 
seventy-two years, retired from active busi- 
ness. Our subject attended the common 
schools of Herman, Missouri, and later en- 
gaged in the meat-market business with his 
father. In 1885 he accepted the position 
of cashier of the Quincy Savings & Loan 
Office at Quincy, a position which he has 
filled in an efficient and satisfactory manner 
for the past twelve years. Mr. Bauman is 
a business man of ability, possessing ster- 
ling qualities of character, and is highly 
spoken of by his fellow citizens as well as 
by the members of his fraternity. 

The marriage of Mr. Bauman to Miss 
Augusta L. Frendenstein, of St. Louis, Mis- 
souri, was celebrated March 26, 1890. Of 
this union three children have been born: 
Eugenia L. , William G., and Gustave 
A., Jr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bauman are valued mem- 
bers of the Congregational Church. Politi- 
cally our subject is a Democrat in national 
affairs, but in local matters is independent, 



voting for the man whom he considers most 
worthy of holding office. He is treasurer of 
the Quincy Boulevard & Park Association, 
and ever holds himself ready to do any- 
thing in his power to promote the best in- 
terests of the city of Quincy. 



CHRISTIAN SCHOETTLER. 
' It has been and always will be the sub- 
lime duty of Freemasonry to wage continual 
warfare against all that seeks to lower 
the standard of manhood and drag the em- 
blem of truth and charity in the mire of 
vice and corruption. Loyal men are they 
who enroll themselves under its banner and 
consecrate their lives to the uplifting of 
humanity, and to earnest endeavors in that 
direction the world is so much indebted. 
Christian Schoettler is a Sir Knight Temp- 
lar and one of the oldest Masons residing 
in Princeton, Illinois. He was made a 
member of the brotherhood in Ames Lodge, 
No. 142, and was raised to the sublime de- 
degree of Master Mason in October, 1856. 
He served this lodge as its Tyler and Junior 
Deacon, and was dimitted from it in 1861 
in order to join Wyanet Lodge, in Bureau 
county, in which he held the offices of Junior 
Warden, Senior Warden, Junior Deacon 
and Senior Deacon, and was for several 
years its Master. In 1877 he was demitted 
from Wyanet Lodge and became affiliated 
with Bureau Lodge, No. 112, at Princeton, 
of which he has since been a faithful mem- 
ber. In 1 866 he was exalted to the august 
degree of Royal Arch Mason in Princeton 
Chapter, No. 28, and in 1890 was made a 
Royal and Select Master in Orion Council, 
No. 8. In the same year he was created a 
Sir Knight in Temple Commandery, No. 
2O, Knights Templar. Mr. Schoettler is an 
ardent believer and follower of the teach- 
ings of Freemasonry, has been a faithful 
and well posted member of the fraternity, 
and has exhibited a great degree of zeal in 
the workings of the order. He is a brother 
in high standing and enjoys the good will 
and confidence of his fellow members. 

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born in Prussia December 23, 1822, and his 
early education was received in the public 
schools of his native land. His father died 
in 1832, and two years later his mother and 
her five children three daughters and two 
sons came to the United States and located 
in Pennsylvania, where they remained until 
1835, when they moved to Ohio, and after 
staying there until 1847 came to Illinois, 
settling in Bureau county. Early in life 
the subject of this sketch worked at farm- 
ing but subsequently became a gunsmith, in 
connection with which he conducted a re- 
pair shop. In politics he is an independ- 
ent Democrat, and in 1889 held the office 
of township collector. 

In 1847 Mr. Schoettler was united in 
marriage to Miss Nofaer, a native of Bavaria, 
and they had five children, four of whom 
survive: Mary, who married J. C. Gurgen- 
rich, and resides in McLean county, Illinois; 
Effie, who became the wife of J. Schen- 
dell, and they live in Princeton; Helen is 
the widow of C. Eresmem, and they reside in 
Lincoln, Nebraska; and Albert C. is a sales- 
man in Chicago. Mrs. Schoettler died in 
1879, and the subject of this sketch after- 
ward married Miss Nellie Smallie, who was 
born in Ireland. 

Mr. and Mrs. Schoettler have a pleasant 
home in Princeton, where he does a thriv- 
ing business and where he is well known as 
a man of integrity and reliability. 



LIVER PERRY WRIGHT, an esteemed 
member of the Masonic fraternity of 
Freeport, and a stockholder and secretary 
of the Henney Buggy Company, has been 
connected with this business as employe and 
partner since 1876, and is widely and fav- 
orably known in commercial circles. A 
native son of Stephenson county, he was 
born April 5, 1855, and is of English and 
Welsh extractions, the earliest American 
ancestors having belonged to the Society of 
Friends, who were among the pioneers of 
Philadelphia. The towns of Columbia and 
Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, were named by 

and in honor of the family, and various rep- 
is 



resentatives of the name were prominent in 
the early history of the Keystone state. 

John Wright, the father of our subject, 
was born in Union county, Pennsylvania, 
and after attaining to years of maturity mar- 
ried Margaret Ewing. By occupation he 
was a farmer, and in 1844 he came with 
a colony of twenty-eight families to Illinois 
and was one of the sturdy pioneers of Ste- 




phenson county. They made the journey 
in wagons and entered land from the gov- 
ernment on the then unimproved prairie. 
The date of their arrival was July 4, 1844, 
and on that Independence day of the nation 
they began to make their homes on which 
they continued to reside throughout the re- 
mainder of their lives. The value of the 
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and the realization of their toils and sacrifi- 
ces, are not generally understood or appre- 
ciated long after they have passed away. 
Those of Illinois' sons and daughters of 
to-day, who are living in affluence in the 
homes established by pioneer parents, do 
not, neither can they, realize the many ob- 
stacles and difficulties which those early set- 
tlers had to meet. To feel gratitude for and 
to honor the pioneer is no less a duty than 
to do the same for the heroes of the Revolu- 
tionary war, for the former made it possible 
for states, empires in themselves, with in- 
creasing millions of population to enjoy the 
principles of liberty and government which 
the latter struggled for years to found. The 
parents of our subject were members of the 
Presbyterian church and were honest, indus- 
trious people, in every way worthy settlers 
of this now great state of Illinois. The fa- 
ther departed this life in 1889, at the age of 
sixty-four years. His wife died in her twen- 
ty-eighth year, leaving two children, of 
whom Oliver is the younger. There was 
also one child by the father's second mar- 
riage. 

In his native county Oliver Perry Wright 
was educated, pursuing his studies in the 
country school-house in the midst of the 
woods. He worked on the home farm, as- 
sisting his father, until he had attained his 
majority, when, preferring a trade to agri- 
cultural pursuits, he entered the employ of 
John W. Henney, who was engaged in the 
manufacture of buggies in Cedarville, Illi- 
nois. This was in 1876, and from that time 
he has been continuously connected with the 
business. He began to learn the trade, and 
so thoroughly and steadily did he apply him- 
self that he soon mastered the business. 
His relations with Mr. Henney became still 
closer through their marriage to sisters. 
Their energies were combined, they worked 
toward a common interest, and so judiciously 
and carefully have their efforts been con- 
ducted that they to-day stand at the head 
of their especial industry in this section of 
the state, and their establishment equals 
that of many larger cities. They have rea- 
son to look with pride upon their labors, 



and Freeport gladly numbers them among 
her adopted sons. They came to this city 
in 1880, and on the incorporation of the 
Henney Buggy Company two years later, 
Mr. Wright was elected secretary, a posi- 
tion which he has since ably filled. He is 
sagacious and farsighted and is quick to see 
and take advantage of opportunities; he is 
resolute and persevering and surmounts all 
difficulties that he cannot thrust from his 
path; above all he has the strictest regard 
for business ethics, and this has greatly won 
the enviable reputation which his house 
bears for thorough reliability. 

May 28, 1879, Mr. Wright was united in 
marriage to Miss Louisa R. Bennethum, and 
they have two children, John W. and 
Sarah Bethel. Like her sister, Mrs. Hen- 
ney, Mrs. Wright is a valued member of the 
Presbyterian church. Mr. Wright was made 
a Mason in 1886 and has since progressed 
in the order until he is now a Knight of the 
Commandery. In politics he adheres to the 
principles of Republicanism and takes an 
active part in the affairs of the city. He 
has thrice been elected alderman, and in 
1 895 was the candidate of his party for mayor 
and was defeated by only fifty-four votes. 
He is a citizen of the highest probity of char- 
acter, is very highly spoken of by the men 
in the manufactory and richly merits the es- 
teem in which he is held by his fellow 
townsmen. 



fARVEY M. HENDERSON. The sub- 
JHL ject of this review has attained a posi- 
tion of no inconsiderable prominence as a 
financier and manufacturer, but he has not 
rounded up his life in the sordid matters of 
pecuniary acquisition, having found pleasure, 
satisfaction and profit in his association with 
the great fraternal order whose history traces 
far away down the dim and misty aisles of 
the remote past. 

Mr. Henderson's identification with the 
Masonic order dates back to the year 1889, 
within which he passed the degrees of the 
blue lodge, chapter and council, at Salem, 
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nativity. He was initiated in Salem Lodge, 
No. 21, A. F. & A. M., and upon his re- 
moval to Chicago transferred his member- 
ship to Covenant Lodge, No. 526, and was 
also dimitted from his original chapter, and 
is now enrolled as a member of Englewood 
Chapter, No. 176. In the chapter he has 
held official preferment as Scribe. He still 
retains his membership in Salem Council. 
Mr. Henderson was knighted in New Albany 
Commandery, No. 5, Knights Templar, at 
New Albany, Indiana, in the year 1890, 
withdrawing from the same to become a 
member of Englewood Commandery, No. 
59. His advancement in Masonic craftsman- 
ship was rapid, as is evidenced in the fact 
that within the year 1890 it became his 
privilege to receive the initial degrees of the 
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, at In- 
dianapolis, Indiana, where he still retains 
his affiliation, having passed the thirty-sec- 
ond degree. A successful pilgrimage across 
the sands of the desert enables Mr. Hender- 
son to claim title as a Noble of Murat Tem- 
ple of the Mystic Shrine, in Indianapolis, 
Indiana. He maintains a lively interest in 
Masonic affairs and enjoys a marked popu- 
larity in the fraternity. He is also a mem- 
ber of the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows and the Improved Order of Red Men. 

At Salem, Indiana, in the month of 
March. 1859, occurred the birth of Harvey 
M. Henderson, and there he was reared and 
educated. After attaining to manhood he 
engaged in the drug business, with which 
line of enterprise he was identified until 
1 889, when he organized the Citizens' Bank 
at Salem, and has ever since been the chief 
executive officer of this institution, which is 
recognized as one of the solid and reliable 
monetary concerns of the state, its business 
being conducted upon careful and conserva- 
tive principles and conducted upon those 
policies of utmost fidelity and integrity which 
ever gain and retain public confidence and 
insure a concomitant success. He was twice 
elected and served two terms in the city 
council from the third ward, discharging 
every duty faithfully. 

In 1 892 Mr. Henderson removed with 



his family to Chicago, where he has impor- 
tant capitalistic interests in manufacturing 
and other lines. He is still conducting his 
banking business at Salem, and his well 
directed management of his affairs has 
brought to him a due measure of success. 

In the year 1883 was consummated the 
marriage of Mr. Henderson to Miss Lizzie 
Lyon, of Salem, Indiana, and to this union 
three children have been born, only one of 
whom, Harvey Uawson, survives. 



HENRY B. CHANDLER. As an ex- 
emplar of the exalted principles of 
Freemasonry and as one who has attained 
prominence in this and other fraternities, 
consideration may be most consistently ac- 
corded Mr. Chandler in this connection. 
Since the year 1886 he has held the impor- 
tant preferment as Grand Secretary of the 
Royal Arcanum, with headquarters in Chi- 
cago, and in this city are his various frater- 
nal associations maintained, while his iden- 
tification with the business interests of the 
western metropolis date back nearly forty 
years. 

A native of the old Green Mountain 
state, Henry Bradford Chandler was born 
at Lunenburg, Vermont, on the I2th of 
March, 1840, being the son of John and 
Nancy (Whipple) Chandler, representatives 
of prominent old families of New England. 
After having received the advantages of a 
common-school education Mr. Chandler 
turned his face westward in seeking a field 
of endeavor, and in October, 1857, he ar- 
rived in Chicago, where he secured a posi- 
tion as clerk in the flour and feed store of 
Chandler & Baker, the senior member of 
the firm being his brother. He retained this 
incumbency until 1860, when he went on a 
prospecting tour to Pike's Peak, Colorado, 
where he remained until the fall of the suc- 
ceeding year, when he returned to Chicago 
and associated himself with his brother, C. 
R. Chandler, in the general commission 
business, with which enterprise he was iden- 
tified until a higher duty called him from 
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waged a desperate conflict which ultimately 
preserved the integrity of the nation. On 
the 22d of July, 1862, he enlisted as a 
member of the Board of Trade Battery, 
with which he proceeded to the front, being 
assigned with his command to the Army of 
the Cumberland, in which he rendered loyal 
service until the close of the war of the Re- 
bellion, receiving his discharge June 30, 
1865, and being mustered out as sergeant of 
his company. 

For a full decade after his return from 
the service Mr. Chandler was employed as 
a commercial traveler, his territory cover- 
ing Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. 
He was for several years the traveling rep- 
resentative of the Union Knife Company, 
of Naugatuck, Connecticut. 

On the I 3th of April, 1886, Mr. Chandler 
was elected Grand Secretary of the Royal 
Arcanum for Illinois, which position he has 
since retained consecutively. His head- 
quarters are in Chicago, and the duties of 
this office demand a very considerable por- 
tion of his time and attention. Our sub- 
ject's identification with the Masonic order 
dates back to the year i 866. On the 5th 
of January, of that year, his petition was 
presented to Star in the East Lodge, No. 
1 66, A. F. & A. M.. of Rockford, Illinois, 
his election was consummated on the 2d of 
the succeeding month, and on the 3d he 
became an Entered Apprentice in said lodge, 
receiving the Fellow-craft degree on the 2d 
of March, and being raised to the sublime 
degree of Master Mason on the 2Oth of 
April. On the 2;th of September, 1882, 
Mr. Chandler secured a dimit from Star in 
the East Lodge, and thereupon became a 
member of Hesperia Lodge, No. 411, of 
Chicago, with which he has ever since affil- 
iated. In December, 1885, he was made 
Secretary of this lodge, and has continu- 
ously served in this capacity up to the pres- 
ent time, a fact indicative not only of his 
personal popularity in the fraternity, but of 
his efficiency and interest. Mr. Chandler 
has passed the Royal Arch degrees in Wash- 
ington Chapter, No. 43, while the distinc- 
tion of knighthood was conferred upon him 



in Chicago Commandery, No. 19, with which 
he is still identified. He became a member 
of the Royal Arcanum on the 22d of Janu- 
ary, 1880, and in this order has served as 
Trustee, Vice-Regent and Regent, having 
held the last mentioned office for two terms. 
He is a member of George H. Thomas Post, 
No. 5, Grand Army of the Republic; is a 
charter member of Alpha Council, No. i, 
Royal League, and a charter member of 
Continental Council, No. 55, National 
Union, while still further fraternal relations 
are implied in his identification with Pinzon 
Lodge, No. i , Columbian Knights, and with 
Jeptha Chapter of the Eastern Star, of 
which Mrs. Chandler also is a member. In 
his political adherency he lends an unswerv- 
ing allegiance to the Republican party. 

On the 2d of May, 1 867, was solem- 
nized the marriage of Mr. Chandler to Miss 
Eunice Sherman, of Newton, Massachusetts, 
and they are the parents of two daughters: 
Flora May, who is the wife of Frank H. 
Hall, of Chicago; and Jennie Frances. 



GEORGE MERITT ILLINGWORTH, 
M. D. It is the sacred duty of every 
generation to preserve a faithful memorial 
of the character and conduct of its distin- 
guished men. The maxims, motives and 
destinies of prominent men, as exemplified 
from age to age in the moral drama of our 
race, constitute the elements of historic 
philosophy and impart to the annals of man- 
kind their own practical utility. The life 
of every individual exerts an influence, more 
or less strongly felt, upon those around him, 
and the career of the prominent citizen is 
studied by those with whom he comes in 
contact, and by coming generations, through 
the medium of history, furnishing its lessons 
of incentive and inspiration. He who has 
achieved some work that results for the 
benefit of his fellow men becomes an ex- 
ample to others and merits the gratitude of 
his generation for the good he has done. 
Dr. Illingworth is recognized as one of the 
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cal practice and has carried his investiga- 
tion far and wide into this occult science. 
He is a leader in its advancement, and his 
discovery of truths and application of them 
to the physical needs of humanity have 
gained him a reputation that place him in 
the front rank among Chicago's physicians. 
The Doctor was born in New York on 
the 28th of January, 1845, and during his 
infancy was taken by his parents to Wiscon- 
sin, where he was reared and acquired his 
primary education. Becoming interested 
in the science of medicine and wishing to 
make its practice his life work, he entered 
the medical department of the Northwestern 
University, where on the completion of the 
prescribed course he was graduated in 1874. 
He at once entered upon active practice and 
from the beginning has been successful. In 
1878 he went abroad and spent that and the 
following year in studying in the best uni- s 
versities of the old world, thus further 
qualifying himself for his profession. He 
has ever striven to reach the goal of perfec- 
tion and has spared neither labor nor expense 
that he might advance and give to his pa- 
trons the benefit of the most improved 
methods and practice. He has introduced 
the use of electricity into his practice, with 
the most gratifying results, and his exhaust- 
ive study and experiments along this line 
have enabled him to introduce methods 
hitherto unknown with excellent success. 
His patronage is large and lucrative, and 
well indicates the confidence of the public 
in his superior ability. He is also greatly 
interested in dentistry and conducts the 
Elite Dental Parlors, carried on by skillful 
operators. Down to the modern ages the 
science of dentistry was unknown, and 
since its introduction it has made marvelous 
strides. Although he does not himself en- 
gage in the active work of the profession, 
Dr. Illingworth has studied closely into its 
needs and requirements, and has been a 
leader in its improvement. He has ad- 
vanced a method of treating sensitive teeth 
that is unexcelled and has gained for him a 
most enviable reputation. His business is 
extensive, and the prosperity that has come 



to him is a just reward of earnest labor, 
deep investigation and superior ability. 

That the Doctor deserves mention in the 
Masonic history of Illinois comes through 
his honorable connection with several 
branches of the fraternity. He was made 
a member of the order in Hiram Lodge, of 
Madison, Wisconsin, and was exalted to the 
sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason in the 
same city, while in Apollo Commandery of 
Chicago he took the Knight Templar degree 
on the Qth of September, 1886. 

Politically the Doctor has been an ar- 
dent Republican and a zealous worker in its 
ranks, but has ever held principle paramount 
to party, and he is a man who does his own 
thinking and he wears no man's collar, but 
is ever ready to espouse the cause of what 
his own judgment indicates to be right, and 
in the present campaign is an earnest advo- 
cate, with multitudes of his former political 
coworkers, of bimetalism in the ratio of 
sixteen to one. 



JC. BENCH, the efficient and capable 
Secretary of the blue lodge, chapter and 
commandery at Galena, is a native son 
of that city, born October 8, 1851. He 
was made a Mason on the 2ist of October, 
1879, in Miners' Lodge, No. 273, at Ga- 
lena; in 1880 was elected Junior Deacon; in 
1 88 1 Senior Deacon; in 1882 Junior War- 
den; in 1883 Senior Warden, and was re- 
elected to the last named office the follow- 
ing year. In 1885 he was elected Worship- 
ful Master, and in 1886 re-elected to that 
office, and in 1892 Senior Deacon; became 
a Royal Arch Mason in 1 893 ; in 1 894 was 
elected Secretary of the Chapter, an office 
to which he has been annually re-elected 
ever since. In the same year, 1893, he 
also became a Sir Knight Templar, and the 
next year was elected Recorder of the Com- 
mandery, an office which he has ever since 
held by annual re-election. This is a fine 
Masonic record, as a testimonial to Mr. 
Bench's intelligence, responsibility and 
fidelity. 

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born in 1828, in Bertholdsdorf, Germany, 
learned the blacksmith's trade, came to the 
United States in 1 848, spent a short time in 
New York city, and in 1851 came on 
through Chicago to Galena, where he re- 
sided until his death, October 21, 1894. 
He was a respected tradesman; in politics 
was a Democrat, and as such served several 
terms as a member of the city council. His 
wife, whose name before marriage was 
Agnes Kemer, was a native of his own 
country, born in 1829, and came to the 
United States in 1847, an d died November 
27, 1895, at the age of sixty-six years, 
leaving seven children. 

Mr. Bench, whose name heads this 
sketch, and who was the eldest of the chil- 
dren referred to, was educated in Galena's 
public schools and learned the wagonmak- 
er's trade under his father, and has been es- 
tablished in that business in his native town 
for the past thirty years, turning out first- 
class, reliable work, and enjoying the confi- 
dence of all with whom he is acquainted. 

In 1 88 1 he was happily married to Miss 
Louisa Ritscher, a native of Galena, and 
they have two children: Stella and Alfred. 
Mr. and Mrs. Bench are members of the 
Presbyterian church. In political faith Mr. 
Bench is a Democrat. He and his family 
have a pleasant home on Franklin street, 
and enjoy the esteem of the citizens of their 
native place. 

.1R KAUFMAN. The ancient and hon- 
M&. ored institution of Freemasonry em- 
braces among its members men of every 
rank and condition of life, of every nation 
and clime, and of every religion which ac- 
knowledges a Supreme Being and has faith 
in the immortality of the soul; it stands pre- 
eminent among the institutions established 
for the improvement of mankind as far 
above other secret organizations in useful- 
ness as it is beyond them in age. In Chi- 
cago this society embraces a following that 
includes some of the most prominent and 
reliable business men of the city, men 
whose enterprise and progressive methods 
have been the means of promoting the 



growth and prosperity of the western me- 
tropolis; and of this class Mr. Kaufman is a 
representative. He is regarded as one of 
the valued members of the fraternity here, 
and his virtues as a man and a Mason are of 
the highest order and worthy of imitation. 
He was made a Mason in Dearborn Lodge, 
No. 310, and was exalted to the august de- 
gree of Royal Arch Mason in Lafayette 
Chapter, No. 2. He became a Royal and 
Select Master of Palestine Council, No. 66, 
and received the order of knighthood in 
Apollo Commandery, No, i, Knights Tem- 
plar, on the 3d of August, 1886. He also 
affiliates with the social department of the 
society and was made a Noble of the An- 
cient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine in 
Medinah Temple, in 1886. The vigilance 
with which he guards the ancient landmarks, 
his allegiance to the principles of the chap- 
ter and his observance of the vows of knight- 
hood are deserving of praise and "cheering 
commendation. " 

Mr. Kaufman is a native of Prussia, born 
on the 1 4th of April, 1850. His education 
was acquired in the public school of that 
kingdom, and in 1869 he sailed for America, 
severing the ties which bound him to the 
fatherland in order to become a citizen of 
the "land of the free." His early experi- 
ence was in the line of merchandising and 
on coming to Chicago in 1872 he secured a 
position in a mercantile establishment and 
has since worked his way upward in that 
branch of industrial effort. He now occu- 
pies the responsible position of manager of 
the wholesale clothing house of Fliescher 
Brothers and enjoys the unqualified confi- 
dence and high regard of the members of 
the firm. He came to America with no 
capital, but willingness to work and fidelity 
to the interests entrusted to his care soon 
won him advancement, and he to-day occu- 
pies an enviable position in the business 
world of Chicago. His kindly and genial 
disposition and his unfailing courtesy have 
won him many friends, and his excellent 
business qualities command the respect of 
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In 1878 Mr. Kaufman was united in 
marriage to Miss Sadie Owen, a native of 
Chicago, and they have one daughter. 



DAVID M. ELDRIDGE, a worthy rep- 
' resentative of the Masonic fraternity 

in Belvidere, was born in Chardon, Ohio, 
on the 5th of May, 1861, and is of English 
and Welsh descent. His ancestors came to 
America at an early day and allied their in- 
terests with those of the colony of Massa- 
chusetts. The first representatives of the 
family to cross the Atlantic were Edward 
Zenas and Asahel Eldridge, who in their 
youth left the little rock-ribbed country of 
Wales and braving the dangers incident to 
an ocean voyage at that early period sought 
a home on Cape Cod. Edward Eldridge, 
who was born in 1737, afterward emigrated 
to Sharon, New York, where he and his 
descendants became quite prominent, tak- 
ing an active part in public affairs and pro- 
moting the progress and development of 
that section of the state. They intermarried 
with the Hammonds and Wadsworths, lead- 
ing families of New York; and the father 
of our subject, L. P. Eldridge, was born in 
Sharon. When a lad of seven years he ac- 
companied his parents on their emigration 
westward, a settlement being made in 
Munson, Ohio, where the old homestead, 
which the grandfather entered from the 
government, is still in the possession of the 
family. The father became a prominent 
business man and an extensive dealer in 
wool in Munson, and won a comfortable 
competence. He married Miss Nancy 
Moore, who was born in that city, and to 
them were born three children. 

David M. Eldridge was the second of 
the family. In the public school he began 
his education, completing his course by pur- 
suing the high-school studies, after which 
he entered the employ of the Banner To- 
bacco Company, of Detroit, as an account- 
ant. He came from that city to Belvidere 
to accept the position of head bookkeeper 
for the National Sewing Machine Manufac- 
turing Company, and has since served in 



that capacity an important position de- 
manding great skill on account of the very 
extensive business controlled by the com- 
pany. 

In 1883 was celebrated the marriage of 
Mr. Eldridge and Miss Viola Burlingame, a 
native of South Haven, Michigan. Their 
union has been blessed with two daughters, 
Bessie E. and Louise V. Mr. and Mrs. 
Eldridge are valued members of the Episco- 
pal church of Belvidere, and are held in the 
highest esteem by all who know them. Mr. 
Eldridge became a member of the Masonic 
fraternity while residing in Detroit, taking 
the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow- 
craft and Master Mason in Kilwinning 
Lodge, No. 272, of Detroit, from which 
he was dimitted to Belvidere Lodge, No. 
60, on the 6th of May, 1895. 



JAMES BENNETT, a retired citizen of 
Peoria, Illinois, has been a resident of 
this place for more than four decades, and 
in his life has exemplified many of the teach- 
ings of the great Masonic body, of which he 
is an honored member. His Masonic his- 
tory dates back to 1867, when he was con- 
ducted through the degrees of Temple 
Lodge, No. 46. At present he affiliates 
with Illinois Lodge, of which he is a Past 
Master. For years he served as Junior and 
Senior Warden in Temple Lodge. Also he 
has taken the higher degrees and maintains 
membership in the R. A. M., R. & S. M., 
K. T. and Scottish Rite, in some of which 
he has been honored with official position. 
At the present writing he is filling the chair 
of Alchemist in Mohammed Temple, Mystic 
Shrine, at Peoria. 

Mr. Bennett is an American by adoption 
only. He was born in Rainsworthy, Glou- 
cestershire, England, January 27, 1829, and 
was reared in his native land, remaining 
there until 1848, when he made the Atlan- 
tic voyage and took up his abode in the 
United States. In 1855 he came to Peoria, 
and here he has since lived, having resided 
in his present home since 1863. He estab- 
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conducted the same successfully for a period 
of fifteen years. In 1883 he was elected 
coroner, being the only Republican elected 
that year in four adjoining counties, and for 
eight years, up to 1891, filling the office. 
He is now living retired from active busi- 
ness and in his pleasant home is surrounded 
with all that goes to make life happy in this 
world. 

m NDREW WELCH. Twenty-seven 
J&L milestones mark the years that have 
passed since the gentleman whose name ap- 
pears at the head of this review first became 
affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. Dur- 
ing that period he has been a diligent worker 
in the cause, always ready to perform any 
duties that may be assigned to him and to 
serve the lodge in any way in his power. 

Mr. Welch was initiated in Yorkville 
Lodge, in 1870; was exalted to the Royal 
Arch degree in Sandwich Chapter, at 
Sandwich, Illinois, in 1880; and received 
the degrees in chivalric Masonry in Aurora 
Commandery, No. 22, in 1882, and held the 
office of Generalissimo in that body. Faith- 
ful to every task given him, loyal to the 
precepts and tenets of the craft, Mr. Welch 
merits the high meed of praise extended to 
him by his fellow Masons. 

The birth of our subject occurred in On- 
tario, Canada, July 9, 1844, his parents 
being Richard and Margaret (Gray) Welch, 
the former of whom died when our subject 
was nine years old. At the age of twelve 
the latter started out to make his way in the 
world with a courage worthy of an older 
head. He went' to New York state and 
secured employment on a farm, where he 
labored faithfully for four years, and then 
worked for three years in a sawmill. In 
the spring of 1864 he came to Illinois and 
located in Yorkville, Kendall county, and 
again found employment tilling the soil, 
which he followed for one summer. He 
then enlisted in Company C, One Hundred 
and Forty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infan- 
try, attached to the Army of the Cumber- 
land ; he was mustered out in January, 1 866, 
and returned to Yorkville, there engaging 



in the sale of agricultural implements, which 
he followed until 1886, when he disposed 
of his interests in Yorkville, and January i , 
1887, he came to Aurora and here embarked 
in the agricultural implements and carriage 
business, in which he is at present employed. 
His thrift and enterprise have placed him 
in the front ranks of that industry in Kane 
county. 

In his political faith Mr. Welch is a 
stanch supporter of the Democratic party. 
In 1870 he was elected collector of York- 
ville; ten years later was appointed a dele- 
gate to the Democratic national convention, 
and in 1882 was elected to the state legis- 
lature, and re-elected in 1884. In 1885 he 
was appointed collector of internal revenue 
for the second district of Illinois, serving in 
that capacity until the consolidating of the 
first and second districts. In 1888 Mr. 
Welch was the Democratic candidate for 
state auditor, and in 1 890 was elected as 
the Democratic central committeeman for 
the state at large. In 1 893 he was appointed 
brigadier-general of the Illinois National 
Guards and assigned to the Third Brigade. 
He is a member of Post No. 20, Grand 
Army of the Republic, and was formerly a 
member of the Yorkville post, of which he 
was vice-commander. 

Mr. Welch was married December 24, 
1872, to Miss Lissie E. Shephard, of Ken- 
dall county, and this union has been blessed 
with one child, Bessie. Our subject is one 
of the best known citizens of Aurora, and 
does everything in his power to promote 
the welfare of the community in which he 
resides. 



H 



WARRY W. McDONALD was made a 
Mason in Fides Lodge, No. 842, F. & 
A. M., at West Pullman, Illinois, on the 
3ist of July, 1895, and is one of its charter 
members. He has served as its Secretary 
and is deeply interested in the work of the 
order and devoted to its principles. 
Among the faithful representatives of the 
fraternity in Illinois he well deserves men- 
tion. 

Mr. McDonald is a native of the Empire 



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state. His birth occurred in the city of 
Utica, New York, on the 1 1 th of June. 1871, 
and there he remained until thirteen years 
of age, when he removed to the west, 
locating in St. Louis, where he made his 
home for seven years, at which time he 
came to Chicago. Since 1891 he has re- 
sided in this city, and is one of its pro- 
gressive, energetic young business men. 
He was reared to mercantile pursuits, and 
early became familiar with the methods in 
vogue in business circles, while his ready 
adaptability, his foresight and his energy 
have enabled him to successfully work his 
way upward. His known reliability has 
won him the confidence of all with whom 
he has been brought in contact, and the 
future doubtless holds in store for him a de- 
sirable prosperity. For four years he has 
been connected with the Columbia Shade 
Company, faithfully and promptly perform- 
ing the duties that devolve upon him, and 
thus contributing to the general success of 
the enterprise. 

Mr. McDonald has a pleasant home, 
presided over by the lady who now shares 
his name and fortunes, and who in her 
maidenhood was Miss Emma McClelland. 
She is a native of Oswego, New York, and 
their marriage was celebrated in 1893. On 
October 15, 1896, a daughter, Florence, 
was sent to bless their union and strengthen 
their bonds. 



W INFIELD NEWELL SATTLEY, a 
Knight Templar and thirty-second- 
degree Mason, whose advancement in the 
order has been rapid and satisfactory, was 
made a member of the order in Oriental 
Lodge, No. 33, A. F. & A. M., in 1883. 
From Entered Apprentice he has risen step 
by step; he was exalted to the sublime de- 
gree of a Royal Arch Mason in Lafayette 
Chapter, No. 2, and joined the Royal & Se- 
lect Masters of Palestine Council. He was 
knighted in Apollo Commandery on the 3Oth 
of July, 1889, and attained the thirty-sec- 
ond degree of the Scottish Rite in Oriental 
Consistory on the 23d of April, 1891. Of 



all these various branches he is a life mem- 
ber, and in Medinah Temple, Ancient Ara- 
bic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic 
Shrine, he holds a membership. The benefi- 
cence, helpfulness and brotherly feeling 
which the society inculcates among its mem- 
bers appeals to a man of broad mind and 
strong sympathies like Mr. Sattley, and he 
is deeply interested in the fraternity and is 
a worthy and acceptable member of the 
craft, meeting fully every obligation which 
it imposes upon its members. 

Widely, favorably and prominently 
known in Masonic circles, the history of 
the life of Mr. Sattley cannot fail to prove 
of interest to many of his Masonic breth- 
ren throughout the state. His is the record 
of a thoroughgoing, reliable business man, 
whose attention throughout life has been 
given mostly to the vocation which he chose 
in his early years and in which he has 
achieved considerable eminence. A native 
of Vermont, he was born in Ferrisburg, on 
the igthofjune, 1859, and was reared there 
on a farm until twelve years of age. On 
the expiration of that period he went to 
Burlington, Vermont, where he soon en- 
tered upon his business career in the humble 
capacity of office boy for the Vermont Life 
Insurance Company; but the gates of suc- 
cess readily open to perseverance, industry 
and determined effort, and these qualities 
Mr. Sattley possessed. With a laudable 
ambition to advance, he has utilized every 
opportune moment; and his steady applica- 
tion to business, his faithfulness to the 
work entrusted to his care soon won him the 
attention of his employers and gained him 
promotion. He was no longer an office 
boy, but he occupied a clerical position, 
and thus has he advanced step by step, new 
duties and new responsibilities being given 
him as he has demonstrated his ability to go 
further in the business, until to-day he 
occupies a prominent place among the in- 
surance men of the nation. In 1881 he 
was made general agent of the Vermont 
Life Insurance Company at Chicago, and 
acted in that capacity until February i , 
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the Massachusetts Mutual Life, where he 
remained until April i, 1887. At that time 
he became connected with the New York 
Life Insurance Company as superintendent 
of agents in Illinois, continuing thus to 
serve until the I5th of March, 1889, when 
he was made manager of the Manhattan 
Life Insurance Company of New York, one 
of the strongest and most extensive com- 
panies in the entire country. A man of 
keen perception, great sagacity and un- 
bounded enterprise, his power nevertheless 
lies to a great extent in that quality which 
enables him to successfully control men 
and affairs. His position embraces a volume 
of business that has increased to immense 
proportions, but he handles all with the 
ease that comes from long familiarity with 
the work and ability to fully guide and mas- 
ter it. 

Mr. Sattley was married June 19, 1884, 
to Miss May E. Kelley, a native of Wiscon- 
sin. They have two children Ethelwynne 
May and Winfield Newell, Jr. 

In politics Mr. Sattley is a Republican. 
He is a valued member of the Washington 
Park, Hyde Park and Chicago Athletic 
Clubs, and is the honored president of the 
Sons of Vermont, the oldest state organiza- 
tion in the city and known as the Vermont 
Association. 



WILLIAM HENRY ALBERT REN- 
NER, a prominent member of the 
bar of Carroll county, and a thirty-second de- 
gree Mason, dates his connection with the 
Masonic order from the year 1889, at which 
time he was made a Master Mason in 
Lanark Lodge, No. 423. In that lodge he 
often filled the office of Junior Deacon. He 
became a member of the chapter in 1890, 
in 1892 he joined Long Commandery, No. 
60, and in 1893 he was received into Free- 
port Valley Consistory, and has taken in it 
all the degrees up to and including the 
thirty-second. In all these bodies he is an 
active worker. Also he is a Shriner, a 
member of Medinah Temple, of Chicago. 
Mr. Renner is a native of the state of 



New York. He was born in the city of Al- 
bany, September 3, 1863, and is of German 
ancestry. He was educated in the public 
schools of Illinois, having been brought 
west to this state in the spring of 1865, 
when only two years old. After complet- 
ing his course in the public schools he took 
up the study of law, which he pursued in 
the office of O. F. Woodruff, of Morrison, 
Illinois, and after diligent and careful prep- 
aration for his profession was admitted to 
practice in Chicago in March, 1888. His 
first practice was in Lanark, where he spent 
two years, and whence he removed to his 
present location at Mount Carroll. Here 
he has since conducted a successful law 
practice, now doing business under the firm 
name of Renner & Smith, and enjoying a 
large and remunerative practice. 

Politically, Mr. Renner has always been 
a stanch Republican and takes an active 
interest in local politics. For four years 
he has been master in chancery, and for 
two years has served as city alderman. As 
a speaker he is interesting and instructive, 
is effective in campaign work, and in this 
way has rendered his party much valuable 
service. 

He was happily married, March 27, 
1890, to Miss S. Allie Miller, a native of 
Lanark, Illinois, and a daughter of David 
Miller, of that city. To them have been 
born three children, Rex R. , Max and Al- 
len. They have a pleasant and attractive 
home in Mount Carroll, which he had built 
after his own plan. 

Other orders to which Mr. Renner be- 
longs are the Ola Chapter, Order of the 
Eastern Star, the Knights of Pythias and 
the P. O. S. of A. Mrs. Renner is a valued 
member of the Christian church. 



DOUGLAS PATTISON, one of the lead- 
ing young attorneys of Freeport, is a 
native son of this city, his birth having oc- 
curred on the i ith of December, 1870. His 
father, Jere Pattison, was descended from 
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It has furnished many men of note to differ- 
ent walks of life, ex-Governor Pattison be- 
ing a nephew of the father of our subject. 
Jere Pattison was one of the honored pio- 
neers who bore an active part in the develop- 
ment of this great state. He took up his 
residence in Freeport in 1838 and was the 
first to engage in the manufacture of agri- 
cultural implements in this city. He built 
up a good business and was an able repre- 
sentative of commercial interests in this sec- 
tion of the state. His political support was 
given the Democracy and he was a recog- 
nized leader in local political affairs, holding 
many city and county offices, while in 1874 
he was the candidate of his party for con- 
gress. He married Miss Eliza Manny, a 
daughter of Pells Manny, the inventor of 
the reaper; they became the parents of three 
sons and three daughters, all born in Free- 
port. The father of this family died on the 
i gth of August, 1895, but the mother is still 
living. 

Mr. Pattison, whose name introduces 
this review, is the youngest child of the 
family. He was educated in the Freeport 
schools, and on the completion of the liter- 
ary course was graduated at the Michigan 
State University, at Ann Arbor. He then 
entered the law department of the same in- 
stitution, where he was graduated with the 
class of 1895. In the same year he was ad- 
mitted to the bar and soon after opened his 
office in his native town, where he has since 
engaged in practice. He is a member of 
the well-known law firm of Snyder, Pattison 
& Mitchell, which is now enjoying a liberal 
and constantly increasing patronage. The 
partners are all men of good ability and the 
firm is a strong one in Freeport. Mr. Pat- 
tison, although one of the younger members 
of the bar, possesses the qualifications nec- 
essary to a successful lawyer and will un- 
doubtedly win for himself an enviable posi- 
tion at the bar. He has as a foundation for 
his legal labor a broad general information 
and a thorough knowledge of the law, and 
added to these are keen discrimination and 
sound judgment. He has followed in the 
political footsteps of his father and is now 



the candidate of his party for the office of 
state's attorney. 

Mr. Pattison was made a Mason in 1896 
and is now one of the active members of the 
order, deeply interested in its workings and 
in its upbuilding. He also belongs to the 
Modern Woodmen of America, the Red Men 
and to his college society, the Delta Chi 
fraternity. 



WILLIAM McCONOCHIE, builder 
and contractor, Rock Island, is a 
prominent business man, a leading citizen 
in public affairs and in Masonry a Sir Knight. 

He was made a Master Mason in Trio 
Lodge, No. 57, receiving the Eternal Ap- 
prentice degree on the 1 5th day of Febru- 
ary, 1 872, that of Fellow-craftsman on the 2d 
of March following, and that of Master Mason 
on the 1 8th of April, that year. December 
! 9> l &73 ne was received into Barrett Chap- 
ter, R. A. M., No. 1 8, Rock Island, and soon 
afterward was elected Captain of the Host. 
He is also a member of Everts Command- 
ery, No. 18, being made a Sir Knight June 
13, 1887, and he has filled a number of 
offices therein up to that of Senior Warden. 
He appreciates the sublime principles of 
Masonry and therefore is faithful to his ob- 
ligations and zealous to advance in a knowl- 
edge of the order, which indeed is so im- 
mense that no man living can master it 
entirely. 

Mr. McConochie is a native of Scotland, 
born on the iith of January, 1847, of 
Scotch ancestry. His father, John McCono- 
chie, was a native of the "lowlands" of 
that country, and his mother, whose maiden 
name was Anna Campbell, was of the high- 
land clan of Campbell. In 1853 they emi- 
grated to America, bringing with them their 
six children, and locating at Joliet, Illinois, 
where the father died, in the thirty-fifth 
year of his age; the mother died in 1873, at 
the age of fifty-five years. They were 
members of the Presbyterian church and 
people of the highest respectability. Five 
of the children still survive. 

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ily, was in his seventeenth year when the 
family moved to Illinois. After attending 
the Joliet schools for a number of terms he 
learned the trade of stone-cutter. 

In 1862, although but fifteen years of 
age, he was very large and succeeded in 
getting into the army fighting for the Union 
and served two years under that enlistment, 
and then, on the 22d of January, 1864, 
being then of military age, he enlisted under 
his own name in Company K, Seventy- 
second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and 
took part in the battles of Shiloh, Fort 
Donelson, the Vicksburg campaign, siege of 
Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville and along the 
Gulf of Mexico, when the war closed, and 
he received an honorable discharge in De- 
cember, 1865. Though so young, he had 
made an excellent army record, having en- 
gaged in much hard fighting, but without 
receiving as much as a scratch. 

In 1867 he returned to Joliet, whence he 
proceeded to Rock Island, which city he 
has since made his home. Here he has 
extensively engaged in contracting and 
building. 

In his political sentiments Mr. Mc- 
Conochie has always been an ardent Re- 
publican. He has served his city as alder- 
man, and in 1889 he had the honor of being 
elected mayor, and in 1891 re-elected, so 
that he served two terms, of two years 
each, with great efficiency and accepta- 
bility. Many improvements of the city 
were inaugurated and completed during his 
administration and by the aid of his special 
efforts. 

In 1868 he was happily married to Miss 
Isabella Kitson, a native of Scotland, and 
they have had six children. The eldest 
son, Captain John McConochie, departed 
this life October i, 1896. He was a young 
man of much promise, and was captain of 
Company A, Illinois National Guards. The 
second son, William H., is now filling the 
office made vacant by his brother's death. 
The third son is Robert J., who is sergeant. 
The daughters are Isabella, May Alice and 
Margarette. The family are all members 
of the Methodist church, and the subject of 



this sketch is one of its trustees. They 
have one of the nice homes of this beautiful 
city, and are highly esteemed. Mr. Mc- 
Conochie is Past Commander of the G.A.R. 
post of Rock Island. 



CHARLES EDWARD PAUL is one of 
T^J the most active and worthy members 
of the fraternity living in Virginia, and dur- 
ing the two years in which he has been 
affiliated with the order he has proved to 
be a valuable accession to the ranks of the 
local lodge. He dates his connection with 
the society from 1895, when he was initia- 
ted, passed and raised to the sublime de- 
gree of Master Mason in Virginia Lodge, 
No. 544, A. F. &. A. M. Having quickly 
mastered the ritual he was shortly after 
elected to the chair of Tyler, which he has 
since continued to faithfully fill, much to 
the gratification of his brothers in the order, 
by whom he is highly esteemed. 

Mr. Paul was born in Morgan county, 
Illinois, in the city of Arcada, on the igth 
of October, 1856, and comes of German 
ancestors, who were among the early settlers 
of the state of Pennsylvania, where the 
father of our subject, Jacob Miller Paul, 
was born. The latter was married four 
times, became the father of sixteen chil- 
dren, and died at the advanced age of eighty- 
three years. He was a member of the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was 
an honorable, upright, and greatly respected 
citizen. The mother of our subject, whose 
maiden name was Nancy Hall, departed 
this life when Mr. Paul was but one year 
old. His early mental discipline was ac- 
quired in the public schools of Montgomery 
and Cass counties, and for a time he fol- 
lowed the vocation of farming, but for the 
past eight years he has held the position of 
superintendent of the Virginia Tile & Brick 
Works, and in that capacity has given the 
fullest satisfaction to his employer and to 
the citizens of Virginia and the surround- 
ing country, and retains an enviable repu- 
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of the Republican party, and has served as 
treasurer of Virginia, and was a member of 
the board of health. He is a public-spirited 
citizen and uses every opportunity for the 
advancement and welfare of the commu- 
nity in which he resides. 

Mr. Paul was married in August, 1880, 
to Miss Ada Dean, who was born in Cass 
county, near Virginia. Their three children 
are: Stella, who is now the wife of Fred- 
erick Fisher, and Harry and Nellie, who 
are at home with their parents. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Paul and the two children are 
affiliated with the Christian church, of 
which he is a valued and active pillar and 
a deacon and trustee. He is a member of 
Ada Robinson Chapter, Order of the East- 
ern Star, and is generally regarded as a 
faithful Christian, a good citizen, and a 
worthy Mason, exemplifying in his daily life 
the doctrines inculcated in the tenets of the 
fraternity and in the advancement of the 
church, and in so doing he posseses the sin- 
cere respect of his fellow men. 



filON B. McFALL, a prominent thirty- 
second-degree Mason residing at Bel- 
videre, Illinois, dates his identity with this 
ancient order from the year 1879, the de- 
grees which made him a Master Mason 
being conferred upon him by Delta Lodge, 
No. 195, A. F. & A. M. , of Escanaba, 
Michigan. He was dimitted from that 
lodge, and since March 18, 1895, has affili- 
ated with the blue lodge at Belvidere. In 
1890 he petitioned for the degrees of the 
R. A. M., was favorably received by Kish- 
waukee Chapter, and its work was conferred 
upon him as follows: Mark Master, May 7; 
Past Master and Most Excellent Master, 
June 3; and Royal Arch, June 18. Sep- 
tember 28, 1891, he became a member of 
Crusaders' Commandery. K. T. , and Febru- 
ary 20, 1894, was received into Freeport 
Valley Consistory, which conferred upon 
him all its degrees up to and including the 
thirty-second. Also he is a member of the 
Mystic Shrine, holding membership in the 
same at Rockford, wher^: he was initiated 



October 18, 1894. At this writing he oc- 
cupies the chair of Master of the First Veil 
in the chapter. 

Mr. McFall is a native of Wisconsin, 
and was born in Waupaca, May 25, 1858, a 
descendant of ancestors who were among 
the prominent early settlers of New York 
state. His father, Henry McFall, was a 
pioneer of Wisconsin, a stanch Republican 
and a man of local prominence, the office 
of marshal of Escanaba having been filled 
by him for a period of twelve years. The 
mother of our subject was, before her mar- 
riage, Miss Frances Elizabeth Anthony. 

In the public schools Mr. McFall re- 
ceived a fair education, and when he 
started out in life on his own account it was 
as fireman on the Chicago & Northwestern 
Railway. Later he was for years an em- 
ployee in the land-office of this company, 
and still retains a connection with the road, 
being now one of its most capable engi- 
neers. He is identified with several of the 
important business enterprises of Belvidere, 
among which is the National Sewing Ma- 
chine Manufactory located here, of which 
he is a stockholder. 

September 27, 1888, Mr. McFall was 
united in marriage to Miss Laura T. Wood- 
ruff, a native of Morrison, Illinois, and a 
daughter of C. W. Woodruff, now deceased, 
who was one of the highly respected cit- 
izens of Belvidere. Mrs. McFall is an art- 
ist, an accomplished and amiable woman, 
and both she and her estimable husband 
enjoy the confidence and esteem of a large 
circle of friends. 



"YRON E. McHENRY, whose con- 
nection with the Masonic fraternity 
dates from 1893, since which time he has 
attained to the thirty-second degree, is a 
popular and well known resident of Free- 
port, Illinois; but his reputation as the 
owner and trainer of fine race horses has 
made him known throughout the country. 
Born in Henry county, Illinois, in the year 
1856, he is of Scottish lineage and is a son 
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The mother was a native of Pennsylvania, 
the father of Illinois. The paternal grand- 
father was one of the first settlers of White 
county, Illinois, and it was there that the 
birth of D. B. McHenry occurred. He has 
spent his entire life in this state and is now 
living in the county of his nativity, having 
retired from active business life. 

The subject of this review was the second 
in a family of eight children and on the 
home farm was reared to manhood, while 
in the public schools he acquired a fair Eng- 
lish education that fitted him for life's prac- 
tical duties. He entered upon his business 
career as a farmer, but soon afterward 
embarked in the livery business. He has 
always been a lover of fine horses and his 
power of understanding the needs and wants 
of the "noble steed" is truly wonderful. 
He began training horses for the race-track 
and so successful have been his efforts in 
this line that he now has a reputation which 
has made him known throughout America. 
The first record that he made with a racing 
horse was in driving Guy, the time being 
2:o6|, which was then the world's record for 
a trotting stallion. He drove Mary Marshall 
in 2:08^, the lowest record for racing mares 
at the time, and gave John R. Gentry a 
record of 2:03!, which is the best time ever 
made by a pacing stallion. Numerous other 
horses have been trained and driven by him 
and have developed such speed as to make 
him one of the most renowned horsemen in 
the world. For a number of years he has 
been a successful breeder of race horses and 
is still engaged in this business, his prefer- 
ence being for the Wilkes blood, of which 
he has several fine specimens upon his farm, 
and of them he has great expectations. He 
has done much to advance the grade of 
horses in this section of the state, and in his 
development of racing capabilities he is 
almost unequaled. 

In the year 1878 Mr. McHenry was 
united in marriage with Miss Ida A. Gear- 
hart, a native of Geneseo. 

In his political views our subject is a 
stalwart advocate of Republican principles. 
Mr. McHenry has made many warm friends, 



and wherever he goes his courtesy, his gen- 
uine worth and his genial manner win him 
the high regard of those with whom he has 
been brought in contact. He has now 
passed all the degrees in the blue lodge, 
chapter, consistory, council and command- 
ery of Masonry, and is an esteemed repre- 
sentative of his ancient and honored order. 



/PVEORGE LINCOLN IRVINE, who is 

\^ filling the responsible position of presi- 
dent and manager of the overall factory of 
Rockford, and is one of the most active 
business men of the city, was born in Rock- 
vale, Ogle county, Illinois, on the i/th of 
December, 1863, and is of Scotch lineage. 
His grandfather, Alexander Irvine, emi- 
grated from Scotland to Canada, was 
married in the latter country, and in 1836 
came to Ogle county, Illinois, being one of 
the pioneers in that section of the state and 
a prominent factor in its development. He 
followed farming and was a most highly re- 
spected citizen. Joseph W. Irvine, father 
of our subject, was seventeen years of age 
when he came with his parents to Illinois 
in 1836. He married Rebecca W. Wag- 
goner, a native of Pennsylvania, and then 
began his domestic life on a farm, continu- 
ing its cultivation until his removal to 
Rockford in 1869. He lived to the age of 
seventy-seven years, and his wife is still 
living, at the age of sixty-seven. They 
were members of the Methodist church, 
and the grandfather was one of Illinois' 
pioneer Methodist ministers in fact might 
be said to be one of the early founders of 
the denomination in the state. Our sub- 
ject's father was a strong Republican, and 
was active and efficient in the work of the 
party when it needed the loyal service of all 
its stalwart members. 

Mr. Irvine was the eighth in this family. 
He is indebted to the public schools of 
Rockford for his educational privileges, and 
when his school life was ended he entered 
upon his business career, which has been a 
straightforward, prosperous one, until he is 
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tives of the commercial interests of the 
city. For the past nine years he has been 
engaged in the manufacture of overalls. 
This is one of the important industries of 
the place, and the business under his able 
management has been increased and is a 
paying investment. Large quantities of 
goods are turned out each year and extens- 
ive shipments sent to the northwest. The 
excellent quality of the product of their 
factory and the known reliability of the 
house has gained them a liberal patronage, 
which is certainly well deserved. 

In 1 889 Mr. Irvine was made a Mason 
in Star of the East Lodge, No. 166, of 
Rockford, has since taken the Royal Arch 
degrees and was knighted in the com- 
mandery of this city. He is a faithful 
member of the order and is a gentleman of 
ability and worth. On the 22d of Janu- 
ary, 1891, Mr. Irvine was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Harriet M. Swain, a native 
of Ripon, Wisconsin. 



JUDD DECKER. It is not possible for 
all men to accomplish some great work 
by which their names shall be perpetu- 
ated after they are dead; but there is no 
man so humble or so devoid of talents that 
he may not accomplish something to make 
the world better for his having lived in it. 
The individual achievement of one may 
seem small, but the united efforts of the 
fifty thousand Masons in Illinois have ac- 
complished a work for humanity which is 
incalculable in its beneficent results. Amid 
all the repellent forces which tend to drive 
men farther apart, wars, social distinctions, 
creeds and competitions, there is yet one 
force that draws all men together, one com- 
mon ground on which all may meet and 
clasp hands. That force is the fatherhood 
of God and the brotherhood of man, and 
that ground is Freemasonry. Rich and 
poor alike may here assemble, class distinc- 
tions are forgotten and character is the test 
of a man's fitness for Masonic honors. 

Mr. Decker has for six years been prom- 
inently connected with this ancient frater- 



nity and is most loyal in his advocacy of its 
principles. He was made a Mason in Rock 
River Lodge, No. 612, A. F. & A. M., on 
the 3d of October, 1 890, and is now serving 
as Junior Warden. Not long after taking 
the degree of Master Mason he was still 
further advanced, taking the capitular de- 
grees in Sterling Chapter, No. 57, and be- 
coming a Royal Arch Mason on the 1 3th of 
January, 1891. His interest in the society 
grew as he more fully understood its advo- 
cacy of all that tends to uplift man and 
promote nobleness of character, and he en- 
tered the commandery of Sterling, being 
knighted on the 5th of May, 1891. He is 
now serving his second term as its Sword 
Bearer. He has the high regard of all the 
brethren of the craft in Sterling, and well 
deserves mention in this volume. 

Mr. Decker also occupies a prominent 
and influential position in the business cir- 
cles of Sterling. He was born in Jackson 
township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, on 
the 1 3th of Octobet, 1855, and is of Hol- 
land Dutch descent, his great-grandfather 
having emigrated from Holland to New Jer- 
sey in an early epoch of this country's his- 
tory. The father of our subject, Addison 
Decker, was born in Wellsburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, and was married to Miss Phoebe 
Reynolds, of Middleton, New York. In 
1870 the father went to California for his 
health, and in the fall of that year returned 
to Iowa, where he died at the age of sev- 
enty-two years, in 1881. His wife died in 
1878. They were members of the Congre- 
gational church and of the highest respecta- 
bility. 

Judd Decker, of this review, the second 
son in a family of ten children, was educated 
in Almira, New York. After entering on 
his business career he removed to the west 
and lor about eight years was engaged in 
the butter and egg business in Des Moines 
and for five years was in the insurance busi- 
ness as the representative of the Phrenix 
Insurance Company. He came to Sterling 
in 1884 and purchased a drug store which 
he conducted for seven years, meeting with 
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creased, and as his income permitted he 
made judicious investments in real estate, 
which also brought to him good returns, and 
he became the owner of considerable prop- 
erty in Sterling and elsewhere. 

It was on the igth of February, 1893, 
that Mr. Decker became connected with the 
Sterling Water Company, of which he is 
now secretary and manager. They have 
developed a fine water-works system and 
furnish to the inhabitants of Sterling an 
abundance of pure artesian water. Mr. 
Decker is manager of the offices of the com- 
pany, and his control of the business is most 
satislactory to the stockholders, for his wise 
judgment, sagacity and excellent executive 
ability enables him to carry forward to suc- 
cessful completion whatever he undertakes. 

On Christmas day of 1880 Mr. Decker 
was united in marriage to Miss Florence E. 
Fowler, a native of New York and a daugh- 
ter of W. H. Fowler of the Empire state. 
They have had two children, Florence Lo- 
rene and Hazel, the latter of whom is de- 
ceased. Mr. and Mrs. Decker attend the 
Presbyterian church and are people whose 
intelligence and sterling worth are ever pass- 
ports to the best circles of society. He be- 
longs to the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows and the Modern Woodmen of America. 
In politics he is a stanch Republican and 
belongs to that class of enterprising, pro- 
gressive citizens whose deep interest in the 
welfare of the community is manifest in an 
active support of all measures calculated to 
promote the public good. 



HENRY RHINEBERGER 

m. an honored and representative mem- 
ber of the Order of Free and Accepted 
Masons of Illinois, who faithfully prac- 
tices the precepts and principles of the 
fraternity, was initiated in Cass Lodge, No. 
23, at Beardstown, on the 2d of March, 
1888, and quickly familiarized himself with 
the ritual, after which he was advanced to 
the degrees of capitular Masonry in Clarke 
Chapter, No. 29, R. A. M., at Beardstown, 
on the 24th of November, 1890. The 



orders of knighthood were conferred upon 
him in Rushville Commandery, No. 56, K. 
T. He thoroughly understands the tenets 
of the society, by which his life has been 
governed, and is a careful and conscientious 
student of the teachings and ethics of the 
craft. 

The birth of Mr. Rhineberger took place 
on June 10, 1844, in Washington county, 
Ohio, and he is a descendant of one of the old 
Pennsylvania German families, his grand- 
father having served in the Revolutionary 
war. The family moved to New York and 
later to Wheeling, West Virginia, where 
the father of our subject. William Henry 
Rhineberger, was born and eventually mar- 
ried Miss Julia Dunham. They moved to 
Washington county, Ohio, and were num- 
bered among the early settlers of that sec- 
tion of the state, whence they came to 
Beardstown, and here the father engaged in 
his vocation, that of contractor and builder, 
in which he continued up to the time of his 
death in 1895, a t the venerable age of sev- 
enty-eight years. He was a valued mem- 
ber of the Masonic fraternity, receiving the 
sublime degree of Master Mason in Cass 
Lodge, No. 23, and was a worthy pillar in 
the Methodist church, and a highly esteemed 
man and Christian. Our brother was his 
third son, and after obtaining a public- 
school education he was taught the building 
trade, in which he was engaged at the out- 
break of the Civil war, and although but 
seventeen years old he offered his services, 
inspired by a love of his country and the 
spirit of patriotism inherited from his an- 
cestors, and in answer to President Lin- 
coln's first call for seventy-five thousand 
men, he enlisted, July 3, 1861, in Company 
D, Twenty-first Illinois Volunteer Infantry, 
under the command of U. S. Grant, who 
had at that time only attained the rank of 
colonel. Our subject was, with his regi- 
ment, assigned to the western army and par- 
ticipated in a number of skirmishes and im- 
portant battles, among the latter being 
those of Fredericksburg, the siege of Cor- 
inth, Stone river, Missionary Ridge, Chick- 
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eral Sherman in his triumphant campaign 
of one hundred and forty days, in which 
Mr. Rhineberger was on the skirmish line 
for thirty consecutive days, until, on the 
1 9th of May, 1864, he received a gunshot 
wound that nearly ended his career and 
from which he did not recover until his 
three years' term of service had expired, 
when he was mustered out and returned 
home. As a soldier he was courageous, 
efficient and faithful, and retired with the 
satisfaction of having performed his duty to 
his country in contributing his best efforts 
toward the preservation of the Union. 

Upon returning to Beardstown Mr. 
Rhineberger became associated with his 
father in the contracting and building busi- 
ness until 1867, when he moved to Kansas, 
which was then in a primitive state, with 
the intention of growing up with the coun- 
try; but, becoming dissatisfied with the ex- 
isting state of affairs there, he came back to 
Beardstown and once more engaged in his 
former vocation, and by enterprise, energy 
and upright methods has acquired success 
in his line of work and accumulated a com- 
fortable competency, He has done a large 
portion of the building in this city and in 
several surrounding towns throughout the 
county, his facilities for doing which are 
afforded by an extensive planing-mill of his 
own, where he manufactures his material, 
buying his lumber at wholesale. 

Politically Mr. Rhineberger is a stanch 
Republican, and has been chosen by his fel- 
low citizens as their mayor, filling that hon- 
orable office in a highly creditable and praise- 
worthy manner and taking a deep interest 
in the growth and welfare of his home city. 
He was a member of the Mississippi Valley 
waterway committee, composed of repre- 
sentative men from some twenty adjacent 
cities, to protest against the sewage of Chi- 
cago being emptied into the Illinois river, 
thereby affecting the towns along its banks; 
and so ably was the case presented that the 
secretary of state granted their request and 
the evil was consequently prevented. 

Regarding his social relations it may be 
stated that Mr. Rhineberger is an active 

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member of the Grand Army of the Republic^ 
in which body he is Past Commander of his 
post, and holds a membership in the frater- 
nity of the Modern Woodmen of America, 
the Maccabees, and the Independent Order 
of Foresters, representing each in the grand 
lodges. 

On May 29, 1867, was solemnized the 
marriage of our subject and Miss Nannie 
Richards, a native of Cass county, and of 
their six children two survive: Jessie, now 
the wife of James Nixon, of Beardstown; 
and Lillie, who married Frank Corkhill, 
likewise a resident of this city. Mrs. Rhine- 
berger departed this life on May 14, 1879, 
and on June 7, 1882, our subject married 
Miss Delia Clark, of Cass county, by whom 
he has had three children, as follows: Mabel 
R. , Claude E. and Maude E. He has 
erected a good, substantial home, where, 
surrounded by his wife and children, he is 
enjoying the fruits of his life's labors. As a 
brave soldier, an honest business man and 
citizen, and chief magistrate of Beardstown. 
Mr. Rhineberger possesses a record of which 
he may well be proud, and richly deserves 
the high regard and good will in which he 
is held by his fellow men. 



GH. HOVNANIAN. There are prob- 
ably in this country few Armenians 
numbered among the members of the Ma- 
sonic fraternity; but our subject belongs to 
this class. By birth an Armenian, he came 
to this country to complete his education, 
and in 1893 became a member of the Ma- 
sonic fraternity, in Calumet Lodge, of Blue 
Island. He was afterward dimitted from 
that organization in order to become a char- 
ter member of Fides Lodge, No. 842, of 
West Pullman, in 1895, and is now Wor- 
shipful Master of the same, faithfully and 
conscientiously discharging the duties that 
devolve upon him as the highest officer in 
the lodge. He was raised to the sublime 
degree of Royal Arch Mason in Calumet 
Chapter, No. 203, in 1895, and the follow- 
ing year joined the Royal and Select Mas- 
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knighted in Englewood Commandery, No. 
59, in 1895, and in April of that year 
took the Scottish Rite degrees in Oriental 
Consistory. He was made a Noble of the 
Mystic Shrine in Medinah Temple in April, 
1895, a d tnus n:is gone through the vari- 
ous branches of Masonry, becoming well 
versed in its teachings and following closely 
those principles which have formed the 
foundation of the fraternity through the 
many centuries of its existence and which 
have appealed to the noblest and best in 
man's nature in all countries and in all 
climes, making the kinship of man a recog- 
nized fact no matter what country happens 
to be the land of his birth. 

Dr. Hovnanian was born in Turkey, in 
Asia, on the 23d of November, 1864, and 
was reared there until nineteen years of age, 
when he made the long voyage across the 
ocean to America to make his home here. 
He spent a year and a half in Boston Uni- 
versity, Massachusetts, taking a special 
course, and thence went to Philadelphia, 
where he engaged in the drug business un- 
til he had obtained enough money to pay 
his tuition and other expenses in a medical 
college. He was graduated at the Medico- 
Chirurgical College in 1890, and spent one 
year in Philadelphia Hospital as a resident 
physician. He afterward went to the Nor- 
ristown Insane Asylum, where he remained 
for a year and a half, and thus gained a 
thorough and comprehensive knowledge, as 
well as practical, of the science of medicine, 
to the practice of which he was thereafter 
to devote his energies and attention. In 
1893 he came to Chicago and has since been 
an active practitioner in West Pullman, 
where he has a large and constantly increas- 
ing patronage. His methods are up to date, 
and he is progressive and constantly on the 
alert for improvements. 

Dr. Hovnanian had only fifteen dollars 
when he landed in America, but, undeterred 
by the difficulties that seemed to surround 
him, he has steadily worked his way up- 
ward, overcoming all obstacles by undaunt- 
ed perseverance, energy and untiring efforts. 
He is certainly deserving of great credit for 



his success, which would be an honor to a 
native American. His standing, both in 
professional and Masonic circles, is high, 
and his many admirable qualities have 
gained him a host of warm friends. 

In addition to his Masonic relations, the 
Doctor is a charter member of West Pull- 
man Lodge, I. O. O. F., and a charter 
member also of Perseverance Lodge, Knights 
of Pythias, at West Pullman. 



JAMES NICHOLAS WELLMAN, one of 
the successful and progressive business 
men of Quincy engaged in the manufacture 
of tobacco, is one of the indefatigable, 
well-informed members of the Masonic 
fraternity in this city. He took his initia- 
tory degrees in New London Lodge, No. 
207, at New London, Missouri, and was ex- 
alted a Royal Arch Mason in Rails Chapter, 
No. 5. Upon coming to Quincy in 1876, 
Mr. Wellman obtained a dimit and affili- 
ated with Quincy Lodge, No. 296, on No- 
vember 17, of that year, and with Quincy 
Chapter, No. 5, May 27, 1879. On May 
11, 1879, he received the degrees of Royal 
and Select Masters in Quincy Council, No. 
15, and was created a Sir Knight in Beau- 
seant Commandery, No. 11, April 25, 1879, 
with which he remained until the organiza- 
tion of El Aksa Commandery January 25, 
1884, when he became a member of the 
latter body. May 16, 1888, he received the 
ineffable degrees of Scottish Rite, Oriental 
Consistory, up to and including the thirty- 
second. Mr. Wellman has been an able 
and enthusiastic worker in the order, and 
in his lodge has held the offices of Junior 
and Senior Deacon, Senior Warden, and 
Worshipful Master, occupying the latter 
two terms. He is held in high esteem by 
his fellow Masons, is well informed on the 
ritual, and exemplifies the tenets of the 
society by an upright and honorable course 
of conduct. 

Mr. Wellman was born in Rails county, 
Missouri, December 3, 1847, and comes of 
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Wellman, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, 
and married Miss Ann E. Haskell, a native 
of New Orleans. After moving to Rails 
county, the father continued the practice of 
his profession until his death, which oc- 
curred in his twenty-ninth year, leaving his 
wife and two children to mourn their loss. 
Mrs. Wellman passed away in 1886. 

Our subject was reared and educated in 
his native state and moved to Quincy in 
1876, where he engaged in the manufacture 
of tobacco. In 1878 he became one of the 
organizers of what is now the Wellman & 
Dwier Company, which was incorporated 
in 1880. Mr. Wellman has always served 
its interests in the capacity of superintend- 
ent, and under his able direction it speedily 
grew to be one of the largest manufacturing 
enterprises in the city, its goods being sold 
at wholesale throughout the United States, 
and doing an especially large business in 
the northwest. As a manager, Mr. Well- 
man has exhibited good executive ability, 
excellent judgment, and has filled this re- 
sponsible position in an eminently success- 
ful manner. 

In political affairs, Mr. Wellman has 
ever been a stanch Democrat, but has 
never been a politician in the sense of hold- 
ing, or desiring to hold, office. He is a 
man of ideas, of independence of thought, 
and always possesses the courage of his 
convictions. 

Mr. Wellman was married on March 1 1 , 
1869, to Miss Virginia E. Cameron, the 
daughter of Captain Niel Cameron, a 
steamboat captain of the Mississippi river. 
Three children have been born in the fam- 
ily of Mr. and Mrs. Wellman: Harvey C., 
who is associated with his father in busi- 
ness; Arelia Percie and James N., Jr. Our 
subject and his wife are devout members of 
the Christian church, which they have at- 
tended for the past thirty years. Since 
coming to Quincy they have been among 
the church's most ardent supporters, he 
serving as one of its deacons. In their de- 
lightful home they receive and enjoy the 
society of their many friends in a spirit of 
most cordial hospitality. 



TfEROME HEATH THOMAS is one of 
j the active and thoroughly posted Masons 
residing at Belvidere. His Masonic his- 
tory is as follows: Mr. Thomas was ini- 
tiated into the mysteries of blue Masonry in 
Belvidere Lodge, No. 60, F. & A. M., in 
the centennial year, 1876, receiving the 
three degrees in close succession, and 
shortly afterward was appointed Senior 
Deacon of his lodge. The same year he 
joined Kishwaukee Chapter, No. 90, R. A. M., 
of Belvidere, receiving the Mark Master 
degree on the 6th of December. January 
3, 1877, the Past Master degree was given 
him, and the degrees of Most Excellent 
Master and Royal Arch were conferred 
upon him on the evenings of May 3 and 
May 10, respectively. In both the lodge 
and chapter he has filled prominent official 
positions. He passed from the chair of 
Senior Deacon to other offices in the lodge 
and was for five years its Worshipful Mas- 
ter. In the chapter he filled various sta- 
tions, for a long time was Principal So- 
journer, and for five years officiated as High 
Priest, and is now holding this position. 
He was a charter member of the council 
organized at Belvidere, and held one of the 
offices in it. In 1880 he united with Cru- 
saders' Commandery, No. 17, K. T. , of 
Rockford, being made a Sir Knight in May 
of that year, and in the commandery has 
served as Senior Warden. There are but few 
Masons who understand the ritualistic and 
practical workings of Freemasonry better 
than does Mr. Thomas. Recently he had 
the honor of being commissioned Deputy 
Grand Lecturer, an office in which he is 
now serving most efficiently. 

Closely connected with the Masonic his- 
tory of Mr. Thomas is his identity with the 
Order of the Eastern Star, that popular 
auxiliary of Freemasonry which was insti- 
tuted for the benefit of the wives, daughters, 
mothers, widows and sisters of Master 
Masons. He was active in the organization 
of the Eastern Star at Belvidere, is one of 
its Past Worthy Patrons, and has done 
much to bring about the prosperity of this 
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Mr. Thomas is a native of the Empire 
state and dates his birth in Erie county, 
February 18, 1852, his ancestry being 
traced back to England and Scotland, on 
his father's side, and through his mother to 
France. By occupation Mr. Thomas has 
been a salesman and hotel keeper, and has 
a wide and favorable acquaintance. 



JOHN FRANKLIN NELSON is a repre- 
sentative of a family whose history is 
interwoven with that of Rockford, and 
with the development of its industrial and 
commercial interests. The Nelsons have 
for more than fifty years been connected 
with the progress and advancement of the 
city, and by their promotion of enterprises 
have added to the material welfare of Rock- 
ford as well as to their individual pros- 
perity. The knitting factories of which 
they have control have become important 
industries, doing a vast volume of business 
and furnishing employment to many men. 
Mr. Nelson, whose name introduces this 
review, is a native of Rockford, born on the 
26th of June, 1868, and is a son of John 
and Eva C. (Pearson) Nelson. His parents 
were both natives of Sweden, and in 1852 
emigrated to the United States, locating 
first in St. Charles, Illinois. Soon, how- 
ever, they removed to Rockford, and the 
father, who had been a wood-turner in early 
life, gave his attention to the work of in- 
vention. He was a man of much genius, 
and the result of his study and labor were 
given to the world in an automatic knitting 
machine, which has proved of valuable and 
practical utility. Put to a thorough test it 
was found that the work that could be per- 
formed with the machine was not only of a 
first-class quality, but that the amount that 
could be produced by one operator was 
enormous when compared with what a 
single knitter could produce. His labors 
have resulted in the establishment of three 
large knitting factories in Rockford, which 
have proven of great benefit to the com- 
mercial activity of the city, have given em- 
ployment to a large force of workmen, and 



have brought a handsome competence to 
the individual owners. The inventor of 
this valuable machine, however, did not 
live to enjoy the fruits of his labors. He 
was but beginning to reap the merited re- 
turns of his genius wh'en illness overtook 
him, and he departed this life on the I5th 
of April, 1883. 

His widow, five sons and a daughter 
were left to mourn his untimely death. 
The eldest son, Alfred, has since died. The 
other sons are continuing the business 
which was inaugurated by their father, and 
they are now interested in two large fac- 
tories the Nelson Knitting Factory and 
the Forest City Knitting Factory. All are 
energetic, persevering and progressive busi- 
ness men, -and their united efforts have re- 
sulted in the establishment of a very large 
and profitable business. The excellent 
quality of their goods has gained them a 
deserved reputation for reliability, and 
their trade has so greatly increased that 
their daily output is from five to six thou- 
sand dozen pairs of hosiery. 

J. Frank Nelson is the youngest of the 
brothers. He resides with his mother in 
one of Rockford's beautiful residences, 
which is adorned with all the accessories 
that wealth can procure and refined taste 
suggest. He was educated in the public 
schools of Rockford, and throughout his 
business career has been identified with the 
knitting industry. His entire attention is 
devoted to this business, and he gives his 
personal supervision to the manufacture of 
the machinery used in the factories. The 
Nelson brothers are all members of the 
Masonic fraternity, in which they have 
attained the thirty-second degree. J. Frank 
Nelson was made a Mason in Rockford 
Lodge, No. 102, F. & A. M., in 1891, and 
has since risen rapidly, taking all the de- 
grees of the Scottish Rite. 



JAMES JARRETT, a thirty-second-de- 
gree Mason and a progressive business 
man of Quincy, was initiated in Herman 
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and was raised to the sublime degree of 
Master Mason May 5, 1894. He at- 
tained the fourteenth degree of the Scot- 
tish Rite in Quincy Grand Lodge of Per- 
fection, the sixteenth degree in Quincy 
Council of Princes of Jerusalem, the 
eighteenth degree Quincy Chapter of 
Rose Croix, and the thirty-second degree 
in Quincy Consistory, Sublime Princes of 
the Royal Secret, receiving the latter on 
May ii, 1894. He has been an earnest 
adherent to the precepts of the order, and 
has so conducted his life as to conform to 
its principles and tenets. 

Mr. Jarrett was born in Quincy, March 
28, 1866, and comes of a sturdy Scotch 
stock, both his grandfather and father, 
James Jarrett, senior and junior, having 
been natives of the "land of the thistle." 
They came to this country and located at 
St. Louis, where they successfully engaged 
in contracting. The father of our subject 
came to Quincy while yet a young man and 
was married here to Miss Matilda Baywater. 
He attained prominence as a steamboat 
captain and also embarked in the fuel and 
ice business. He was atone time mayor of 
the city and was conspicuous for the inter- 
est he evinced in looking after the welfare 
of the community. He departed this life 
in 1895, at the age of fifty-five years, and is 
still survived by his good wife. Brother 
Jarrett is the eldest of their seven children. 
Upon finishing his education in Quincy he 
secured employment on a railroad, where 
he continuned until 1890, when he em- 
barked in the coal, wood and ice busi- 
ness, in partnership with William M. 
Dickason. This continued until 1894, 
when our subject purchased Mr. Dicka- 
son's interest and has since conducted 
the business alone. He is meeting with 
merited success, his upright character, hon- 
orable methods and sincere disposition win- 
ning for him the confidence of all with 
whom he comes in contact. Brother Jar- 
rett was married in 1 893 to Miss Mary Ann 
King, of Quincy, and they are the parents 
of two children, Helen Wood and James 
Dickason. Mr. and Mrs. Jarrett reside at 



one of the landmarks of this city, in the 
old dwelling built by his father over half a 
century ago. 

Politically our subject is a Democrat, 
and in his social relations is a member of 
the Knights of Pythias. 



FRANKLIN EUGENE SERFASS, man- 
ager of the Western Union telegraph 
office, at Freeport, is one of the younger 
representatives of the Masonic fraternity in 
this beautiful city, where he was born on 
the 2Oth of April, 1866. He is descended 
from German ancestors who early located 
in Pennsylvania. His father, Reuben Ser- 
fass, was a native of the Keystone state, 
and when a young man emigrated to Ohio, 
where he married Miss Catherine Wise, a 
native of the Buckeye state. In 1858 they 
became residents of Freeport, where for a 
number of years the father was actively en- 
gaged in contracting and building. He de- 
parted this life on the 2/th of October, 
1893, at the age of sixty-seven years. His 
wife is still living, at the age of sixty-three 
years. In their family were six children, 
three of whom are now living. 

Franklin E. Serfass, of this review, is 
the youngest. He was educated in the 
Freeport schools and learned telegraphy in 
the Western Union office at this place, since 
which time he has gradually advanced from 
one position to another until he now occu- 
pies the responsible place of manager of the 
Freeport office. He has for short times, at 
different periods in his life, been a telegraph 
operator for the Illinois Central Railway 
and for one or two other roads, and has be- 
come one of the most expert telegraphers in 
the country. His superior ability well fits 
him for his present position, which he is 
filling with eminent satisfaction to the com- 
pany, and is a most trusted and reliable em- 
ployee. He is a young man of excellent 
business ability and has already attained a 
success which would well grace the efforts 
of a man many years his senior. 

In his political adherency Mr. Serfass is 
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the issues and questions of the day. He 
was made a Mason in 1891, and has since 
taken the chapter degrees, while in the 
order he is highly esteemed for his genuine 
worth. Almost his entire life has been 
spent in Freeport, and being thus well 
known the respect in which he is so univer- 
sally held is a just tribute to a young busi- 
ness man of excellent business habits. 



J 



JfOHN BURKERT DELHAUER, who for 
almost forty years has been a member of 
the Masonic fraternity, having become a 
member of the order in 1857, is a resident 
of Freeport and one of the old and most 
highly respected citizens. 

A native of Pennsylvania, he was born 
in Berks county, on the 3<Dth of January, 
1828, and is of French and German ances- 
try, the founders of the family in America 
having crossed the Atlantic in colonial days. 
They were participants in those events which 
formed the early history of the nation, and 
were valiant defenders of their country dur- 
ing the wars in which it became involved. 
The father of our subject, Henry Delhauer, 
was born in New Jersey, near Philadelphia, 
and in Berks county, Pennsylvania, married 
Miss Maria Winkler. In 1836 he removed 
with his parents to Canton, Ohio, becoming 
one of the worthy pioneers of that section 
of the state, where he established a forge 
for the manufacture of iron, and worked 
there for many years. He attained the age 
of sixty years, and his wife was eighty-two 
years of age at the time of her death. They 
had eleven children, eight of whom reached 
years of maturity, although only two are 
now living. 

John B. Delhauer was the third of the 
family, and in a primitive log schoolhouse 
of Ohio he obtained his education, being 
reared amid the wild scenes of frontier life. 
In his youth he learned the cabinet-maker's 
trade, which he followed for some time. 
He was married in Ashland, Ohio, on the 
25th of December, 1849, to Miss Catherine 
Kenegy, of Franklin county, Pennsylvania, 



and in the spring of 1853 he brought his 
wife- to Freeport, where he has since made 
his home. He at once became prominently 
identified with the business interests of the 
city and has won a success that evidenced 
his industrious, energetic career, for he came 
here with little capital and has depended 
entirely upon his own resources for all that 
he has secured. With a partner he opened 
a restaurant, but after a short time embarked 
in the grocery business. As the population 
of Freeport increased his trade grew until it 
had assumed extensive proportions. He was 
ever courteous in his treatment of his pa- 
trons, and his fair dealing and earnest desire 
to please soon won him a large business. 
He had the confidence and good will of all 
and his cap