The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - East Oakland Township.
John Rutherford, Cashier of the Oakland National Bank, Oakland; born in Oakland, Coles Co., Ill., June 21, 1844, where he engaged in farming and attending school until February, 1867, when he engaged in the dry goods tradewith J. J. Pemberton, which business he followed until 1872; he was then employed as book-keeper for the banking firm of L. D. Carter & Co., which position he held until Aug. 1, 1874, at which time the National Bank of Oakland was formed and he was chosen Cashier, which position he has since held; he was made a member of the Oakland Lodge, No. 219, A., F. & A. M., in 1869; was made a R. A. M. of Kansas Chapter, No., 125, in 1870; in 1871, he was made a Knight Templar and joined the Palestine Commandery, No. 27, at Paris; he was the 18t Chancellor Commander of the Orion Lodge, No. 74, K. P., which was organized in 1874, and of which he was a charter member.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - East Oakland Township