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John B. Carroll, proprietor of the St. James Hotel, member of the firm of Carroll Bros. & Co., and one of the energetic and prominent young citizens of Tullahoma, was born July 4, 1855, in Coffee County, Tennessee. His father, H. W. Carroll, born in 1826, and his mother, Mary (Walker) Carroll, born in 1824, were both natives of Coffee County. His mother died in 1876. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. His father is still living, and is one of the most prominent farmers of the county.
Our subject was reared on his parents’ farm, and received a good common school education, and has developed into a thorough businessman. He was married, December 20, 1876, to Eldora E., daughter of William and Narcissa (Taylor) Eoff, and born in Coffee County, Tennessee, May 27, 1858. Her parents were natives of Tennessee also, and residents of Coffee County. To our subject and wife two children have been born: Goldie O. (October 4, 1880) and Norma E. (October 17, 1884).
Mr. Carroll is a member of the R. A. M., A. O. U. W., and the K. of H. lodges and carries life policies of $2,000 in the McMinnville (Tennessee) Mutual Life Insurance Company, $2,000 in the K. of H., and $2,000 in the A. O. U. W. lodges. He is a conservative democrat, and is considered one of the substantial and prominent young citizens of Tullahoma.