H. C. Watson, time-keeper and clerk M. M. L & St. L. shops, Mattoon; was born in New Madrid, New Madrid Co., Mo., July 27, 1827; his father was a Scotchman and was one of the early Western pioneers, having come West as early as 1805. Having obtained a good common school education, in 1844, he became a student in Prof. J. B. Anderson’s high school, in New Albany, Ind.; this he attended one year; in 1845, he attended St. Vincent’s College at Cape Girardeau; in 1848, he matriculated in Bethany College, Va., and remained one year; on his return home, he engaged in merchandising, and followed the business till 1863; by reason of the war, he lost most of his stock and trade; he moved with his family to Litchfield, Ill., and, in 1865, entered the office of the Master Mechanic of the St. L., A. & T. H. R. R., as clerk and timekeeper; in 1867, the I. & St. L. leased the road, and, in 1870, when the shops were removed from Litchfield to Mattoon, he came with them. He was married in November, 1852, to Sarah C. Post, a native of Alton, Ill.; has five children – William G., Harry W., Frank E., Jennie, Gertie. Has held the office of School Director, East Side.
Biographical Sketch of H. C. Watson
MLA Source Citation:Chapman Brothers Portrait and biographical album of Coles County, Illinois Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 1 February 2015. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/illinois/biographical-sketch-of-h-c-watson.htm - Last updated on Oct 16th, 2011
Categories: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, West Virginia
Locations: Bethany West Virginia, Brooke County WV, Cape Girardeau County MO, Cape Girardeau Missouri, Coles County IL, Floyd County IN, Litchfield Illinois, Matton Illinois, Montgomery County IL, New Albany Indiana, New Madrid County MO, New Madrid Missouri
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