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Biography of Fred Titterington

Few men are sufficiently versatile to successfully pursue two separate and entirely different vocations during their lives. Rare, indeed, is the farmer that becomes a dividend earning manufacturer, especially after he has attained middle age, and become a man of substance through his own efforts in tilling the soil. Such, however, has been the achievement of Fred Titterington, formerly a farmer in the vicinity of Edgington post office and now secretary and general manager of the Argillo works at Carbon Cliff. Mr. Titterington is another native of Rock Island County, having been born at Edgington September 1, 1852. He was the son of Charles and Sophia Titterington, pioneers of the community. His early education was that of the average farmer boy, save that he had the additional advantage of a course at Knox Academy at Galesburg, Illinois. Until he was nineteen years of age he worked on his father’s farm and then he set out for himself, and for a number of years tilled the soil on the present site of the village of Reynolds. Later he farmed in Buffalo Prairie Township and eventually purchased a tract of land in Edgington Township, which was his home till 1899. Always a more or less active Republican, he was rewarded by his party by election to the offices of treasurer of Rock Island County in 1894, serving one term of four years, during which time the present Court House was erected. Upon retiring from this service of the county he disposed of his farm interests and became connected with the Argillo Works, manufacturing clay products, and was chosen secretary and manager....

Biography of James B. Titterington

A typical example of the virile manhood of Rock Island County is the subject of this sketch. Born in Buffalo Prairie Township, he resisted the lure of the city and of the great west to which so many of his boyhood companions yielded and set himself to the task of extracting wealth from the old home farm. After more than sixty years spent there he has now retired and is enjoying the fruits of his labors as a resident of the City of Rock Island. Mr. Titterington is a descendant of one of the oldest and most honored families of the county. His father, James Titterington, senior, was born in 1809, in Yorkshire, England, and came to America with his parents when a lad of twelve years. The grandfather, Thomas Titterington, settled first in Ross County, Ohio, but after a few years removed to Rock Island County (in 1838) to make his home with his children, John, James, Moses and Charles, all now deceased. Before leaving Ohio the father of our subject was married to Miss Lena Beall, daughter of William Beall. Upon coming to Illinois he entered one hundred and sixty acres of land in Buffalo Prairie Township and devoted the remainder of his life to its cultivation and improvement. He died on the old homestead in 1876. His wife passed away in 1893. James, the son, was born May 30, 1843, and was one of a family of six children, the others being: Mrs. David Bopes, now dead some years; Jane, widow of the late Robert S. Montgomery, and now of Rock Island; Mary E., who died...

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