C. Maxwell Caldwell. As a general electrical contractor C. Maxwell Cal dwell has more than made good in Champaign, and a few years ago he established his business in a two-story building which in point of equipment and service is without question the best small plant in the state, Chicago not excepted. He is in the general electrical contracting business and also handles supplies and does manufacturing in that line. It is the only business of the kind in central Illinois.
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Mr. Caldwell was born in Logan County, Illinois, September 7, 1879, a son of A. M. and Letitia (White) Caldwell. His father was born in New Holland in Logan County, Illinois, while his mother was a native of Ohio. In 1902 A. M. Caldwell removed to Champaign and for fifteen years he was live stock representative for the Chicago Live Stock World. He is now looking after a plantation of 3,000 acres in Arkansas, and is taking life somewhat leisurely. He and his wife have eight children: Grace, wife of Guy Stewart of Champaign; Emma, wife of George Bates of Great Falls, Montana; C. Maxwell; Richard of Champaign; B. John, who is associated with his brother in electrical contracting; Eva, also in business in her brother’s firm; Marie and Neil, both still at home with their parents.
C. Maxwell Caldwell, preparatory to his active business career, had the advantage of training for three years in the University of Illinois. He then went on the road as a traveling salesman for the Chicago Live Stock World in the advertising department, and gave that up to establish his present business.
Mr. Caldwell was married August 6, 1908, to Harriet Woodcock, a native of Champaign. They have two children: John Maxwell and Betty Jane. In politics Mr. Caldwell is independent. He is a member of Western Star Lodge No. 240, A. F. & A. M.; Champaign Chapter No. 50, E. A. M.; Champaign Commandery No. 68. K. T.; Mohammed Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; is a member of Champaign Lodge, B. P. O. E.; a member of the Champaign Rotary Club, the Champaign County Country Club, the Champaign City Club, and a member of the Champaign Chamber of Commerce. He and his family worship in the Methodist Episcopal denomination.