Location: Macoupin County IL

Biography of Wiand Tunnell

WIAND TUNNELL. Among the prominent business men of Linden none stand higher in the community than Wiand Tunnell, who is manager and one of the proprietors of Linden Roller Mills. This mill is owned by Mr. Tunnell, B. A. Stone and T. J. Stapp, and was built about the year 1840, being probably the first mill erected in the county. It was put up by John Hoover and operated by that gentleman until 1886, when the present owners took possession. The firm is known as Tunnell, Stone & Stapp, as William Park owned an interest up to 1892, and in 1888 it was remodeled, a full set of double rollers put in and every thing arranged in first-class condition. This mill is constantly working, the capacity per day is fifty barrels, and the best known brauds are the Imperial Snow Flakes and the Gold Dust, both equal to all brands and superior to many in the State. The mill is set in motion by water power and fed by the water of the Finley. Steam power is used in dry seasons, but this is seldom necessary. This mill is called the best in the county and has the largest capacity of any mill in this section. The brands are made of native wheat, and the mill is operated by two or three experienced men, and first-class flour is made....

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Biography of Charles F. Hamilton

Charles F. Hamilton. The business life of Champaign owes much to the enterprise and energy of Charles F. Hamilton. He first became identified with the city in the lumber trade, and while he has numerous interests elsewhere he has always remained loyal to this city and it is not only to him a home but a place where his many well considered investments have contributed much to local improvement and benefit. Mr. Hamilton is a native of Macoupin County, Illinois, where he was born November 26, 1864, a son of Julius and Virginia L. (VanDeventer) Hamilton. His parents were both natives of Virginia and of old Colonial stock. Julius Hamilton came out to Illinois in 1856, first locating in Cass County, and in 1861 establishing a home in Macoupin County. For many years he was one of the most extensive lumber dealers in the state, operating a string of yards throughout the state. In the fall of 1880 he removed to Champaign and from this city he subsequently directed his interests and he died here January 21, 1903. His wife is also deceased and they were the parents of three children: Mary, Lizzie and Charles F. Charles F. Hamilton acquired a good education, but most of it out of school and by active contact with men and affairs. When only fifteen years of age he started work in bis...

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Biography of Thomas M. Jones

Thomas M. Jones. From 1903 to 1917 Thomas M. Jones was assistant postmaster of Abilene, and in that time really handled the important responsibilities and executive details of the city postal system. He received his appointment under the late Richard Waring, and steadily continued in the office under subsequent administrations. Mr. Jones is an expert accountant, and that ability gave his service a great value in the postoffice, and during his long residence at Abilene he had been given many important commissions in auditing and in straightening up the books of commercial concerns. He is now cashier of the United Telephone Company, one of the leading light, power and telephone concerns of the Middle West. Mr. Jones had lived in Abilene since early manhood. He was born in a log house on a farm in Macoupin County, Illinois, June 20, 1861, a son of George F. and Elizabeth E. (Snider) Jones. George F. Jones was long well known in Abilene, where he died May 19, 1917. He was born in Indiana October 6, 1835, in 1855 removed to Illinois, and was a farmer in that state until 1886, when he came to Abilene, Kansas, and identified himself with the hardware and agrieultural business. For twenty-eight years he sold goods all over Dickinson County, and finally retired with a competence in 1914. He was also prominent in civic affairs, was...

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Biography of Rollin Buell

Rollin Buell. Since his education was finishod Rollin Buell had applied himself chiefly to banking in Kansas, and is now cashier of the Farmers State Bank at Potter in Atchison County. Almost since pioneer times the Buell family was identified with Macoupin County, Illinois, where Rollin Buell was born September 15, 1883, and his father, Charles Buell, in 1856. The grandfather. John Buell, was born in England, and after coming to America located on a farm in Macoupin County, Illinois, whero he died in 1865. John Buell married Miss Mitchell. Her father was a remarkably successful Illinois farmer. He reared a family of twenty-one children, and out of the abundance of his means was able to give each one a quarter section of land. Mr. Charles Buell, who is now living at Lenora, Western Kansas, was reared and married in Macoupin County, Illinois, and in 1884 started West, and after six months at Lincoln, Nebraska, moved during the same year into Scott County, Kansas. He was one of the pioneer farmers of that region for three years, and in 1887 he went still further West to Norton County. His home was on his original claim in that county until March 1, 1917, when he removed to the vicinity of Lenora in the same county. He is an active democrat and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. Charles...

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Biography of William Henry Jordan

William Henry Jordan is a printer and newspaper man, and for over thirty years had been identified with the publication of the Seneea Tribune, founded in 1879 by Wren and Clawson. Mr. Jordan, now the sole proprietor and editor, is a native of England, born at Rye, March 7, 1854. His father, Henry Jordan, was born in the old cathedral city of Canterbury in 1822, was reared there, and was married at Rye to Miss Elizabeth Head. She was born at Rye in 1831. After the birth of two of their children they immigrated to the United States in March, 1858, and located at Carlinville, Illinois. There Henry Jordan followed his trade of shoemaker and reared his family. He died at Carlinville, Illinois, in 1897, and his wife passed away in the same city in 1910. William H. Jordan, the oldest of his parents’ children, and his brother Charles, were both born in Rye, England, while the others were born at Carlinville. His brother Charles E. died at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1911, and Edwin F. died at Sioux Falls in 1900. Emily E. is unmarried and lives at Carlinville, Illinois. George F. in 1886 came to Seneea and with his brother was associated for thirteen years in the management of the Tribune. He then returned to Carlinville, Illinois, and later served eight years as postmaster under Roosevelt...

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Biography of Edwin W. Shearburn, M. D.

Edwin W. Shearburn, M. D. A resident of Haddam, Kansas, since 1902, Doctor Shearburn is one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Washington County, and in surgery he takes rank among the ablest men of his profession in the state. Doctor Shearburn is of English lineage. His father, George Lionel Shearburn, was born in Yorkshire County, England, in 1818, and grew up and married in his native country, where he followed the business of farming, stock raising and was also a skilled veterinarian. On coming to the United States in 1848 he located on a farm in Macoupin County, Illinois, where he continued his work as a veterinary. Later he went to Mendota in LaSalle County, Illinois, and lived there until his death in 1892. He was a republican in politics and a member of the Episcopal Church. While in England he served in the regular army and after coming to the United States he was member of an Illinois Home Guard regiment during the Civil war. He married Magretta Wilson, who was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1828 and died at Mendota, Illinois, in 1886. They had nine children, several of whom have attained succesful positions in the world. George Lionel, Jr., the oldest, is an auditor with the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company, living at Chicago; Thomas D. is practicing the profession of veterinary at Walnut,...

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Biography of George G. Kungle

George G. Kungle was one of the sterling citizens of Shawnee County whose lives deserve special record in these pages. The family is still living at Tecumseh, and since his death his wife and oldest son, George, Jr., have competently managed a farm there. Born at Come, Illinois, in 1864, George G. Kungle was a son of Joseph Byron Kungle, who was born in 1834 in Pennsylvania, of Pennsylvania Dutch stock. Joseph B. Kungle was a carpenter and contractor, was a very successful man, and later in life followed farming. Highly respected by all who knew him, he enjoyed this position because of his high moral character, his sobriety and industry. He and his wife Susanna were married in Illinois about 1855, and became the parents of eight children, two sons and six daughters, namely: Walter, Mitter, Emma, Anna, Bertha, George, Jennie and Katie Edith, the last dying in infancy. George G. Kungle accompanied his parents from Como, Illinois, to Tecumseh Township in Shawnee County, Kansas, locating just east of Oakland on Sardeau Avenue. After the death of his father he took charge of the homestead, but prior to that had gone to Chicago and entered the operating train service with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He was a competent and faithful employe of that road for ten years. George G. Kungle died in 1912. For a number of years...

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Biography of Simon P. Kramer

Simon P. Kramer. During the greater part of the years since 1880, Simon P. Kramer had been a resident of Kansas and had been identified with the milling industry. He is one of the oldest flour millers in the state and had operated in many different towns. In 1915 he removed to Topeka, where he bought and reorganized the Topeka Flour Mills Company, of which he is now president. He had now one of the finest mills in equipment and service in this section of the state. It is equipped throughout with Allis-Chalmers machinery and only recently he gave an order for an oil burning engine to replace the old engine. Mr. Kramer is a thoroughly progressive and alert business man, and under his administration he intends to make the Topeka mills one of the finest plants of the kind in the Middle West. His business interests have taken him to many states, and he had been more or less on the move ever since early manhood. But contrary to the old proverb he had accumnlated a generous share of material prosperity while going from place to place, He was born in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, February 15, 1858, one of the twelve children of Jacob and Mary (Miller) Kramer. His father was also a miller by trade, and spent his lifetime in that occupation. He conducted a water...

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Biographical Sketch of X. X. Crum

Crum, X. X.; real estate; born in Macoupin County, Ill.; educated, public schools Lombard University and Blackburn University, degree of A. B.; in 1883, married Miss Marcia Phelps; issue, two sons; supt. of schools for five years in Carlinville, Dl.; teacher of sciences in Keokuk, Ia.; supt. of schools of Lincoln, Neb.; came to Cleveland in 1881, as sec’y and treas. of the Board of Trade, later known as the Chamber of Commerce; wrote the history ,of the Chamber of Commerce and the Commercial Life of Cleveland; organized the National Safe & Lock Co.; charge of Safe Dept. of MacNeale & Urban Co., of Cincinnati; after four years returned to Cleveland, and entered the real estate business; specialty, city blocks; member Chamber of Commerce and various...

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Biography of John Spencer Kenyon

John Spencer Kenyon is a member of the furniture firm of Hardcastle & Kenyon at Emporia. Established nearly thirty-five years ago, this is one of the oldest furniture houses in Kansas, and so far as known only one firm had been in business for a longer time and that is the Thompson Brothers at Topeka. Mr. Kenyon’s had been a most creditable business record. His name had been familiar to the people of Emporia and that section of Kansas for more than a generation, and always suggests the best qualities of commercial enterprise. His public spirit had also been a factor in the city’s improvement and growth. He was born in Central New York, Madison County, August 2, 1842, a son of John and Samantha (Corbin) Kenyon. His parents were also born in Madison County, both in the year 1806, and the mother died there in 1859 and the father in 1882. John Kenyon was a farmer, and after the organization of that party followed the principles of the republicans. John S. Kenyon is the only survivor of a family of six children, among whom he was the third in order of birth. His brother Albert was a teacher and died in Madison, and the second son, Enos, was a dry goods salesman and died in Madison County. The younger brother, William, died in boyhood, and the only sisters,...

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Biography of J. F. Drish

J. F. Drish, dealer in general hardware and agricultural implements, Mattoon; was born in Leesburg, Loudoun Co., Va., May 8, 1833; his father came west to Illinois in 1836 or 1837, and first settled in Whitehall, Greene Co., where he engaged in the practice of his profession-that of a physician and surgeon; at the age of 19, the subject of this sketch left home and crossed the plains to California; here he engaged in speculating and contracting; in 1854, he returned by way of the Isthmus of Panama and New York City; he next settled in Carlinville, and engaged in the dry goods and grocery trade till 1861. At the breaking of the civil war, he entered in the U. S. service in the 32d V. I., as Adjutant of the regiment; in April, 1862, he came home and assisted in raising and organizing the 122d I. V. I., and again entered the service as Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment; he was mustered out of the service in 1865, having been actively engaged with the regiment during its entire term of service. In 1865, he settled in Mattoon and engaged in his present occupation. He was married, in 1856, to Rosella C. Keller, a native of Illinois; they have two daughters-L. M. and Frankie, He has held the office of Supervisor two terms, and was Chairman of the Board...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas H. Crispin

Thomas H. Crispin, farmer; P. O. Rardin; born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, May 5, 1833, where he attended school and assisted his father in the mason trade until 14 years of age, when he went to Bellefontaine, Logan Co., where he learned and worked at the trade of mason and plasterer until 1852, when he emigrated to Carlinville, Ill., and followed his trade for six years; he located in Coles Co. in the spring of 1859, on Sec. 30, Morgan Tp., where he engaged in farming one year, then six years upon Sec 9; he located upon his present place in 1864, where he has since continued to live, and where he owns 110 acres of prairie and timber land. His marriage with Susannah J. Painter was celebrated in 1852; she was born in Macoupin Co., Ill., Nov. 15, 1833; they have seven children now living, having lost one by death; the names of the living are Nancy C., born Jan. 19, 1853; Isabel J., born July 27, 1854; Jacob J., May 2, 1856; Thomas J., Feb. 16, 1858; William Dec. 15, 1860; Geo. B. McClellan, Oct. 1, 1863; Mary H., Dec. 16, 1868; Jesse, March 21, 1875; the deceased is Alonzo G-., born Sept. 10, 1866, died April 19, 1868; Mrs. Crispin died Aug. 18, 1871. He married for his second wife Agnes McKiney Aug. 24, 1873; she...

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Wendt, Betty Jane LaMadin Mrs.

Haines, Oregon Betty Jane Wendt, 77, a former longtime Haines resident, died Sept. 3, 2004, at her home in Lebanon. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Robin Harris of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in North Powder will officiate. Visitations will be held at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel until 5 p.m. today. Betty Jane was born March 27, 1927, in Carlinville, Ill., to Claude and Ollie May LaMandin. Betty had done many things in her life. She went to college and received her master’s degree, worked at a reserve bank, taught school, worked for the Forest Service in the mapping department and was a rancher’s wife. She met her husband, Ronald I. Wendt, while teaching school in Hereford. They married in 1953, and had two children, Owen and Johannah. The family lived in Hereford then later moved to Haines. They lived a good portion of their lives — 38 years — on a family ranch in Haines. In her later years, Betty moved to Lebanon with her daughter and son-in-law. She loved to work in her flower and vegetable garden. Every fall she would be busy canning and freezing fruits and vegetables. She also liked taking care of her chickens. She enjoyed having her grandchildren around, watching them grow up. She loved the holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving and...

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Biography of H. B. Smith

H. B. Smith. The greater part of the forty-five or more years he had lived in Kansas Mr. Smith had spent as a farmer and business man, but is now living retired at El Dorado. He had acquired property, had the superintendence of that, and also busies himself with public duties as a member of the city council. He was born in Macoupin County, Illinois, June 20, 1849. His ancestors came originally from Scotland and were Colonial settlers in America. Mr. Smith’s grandfather was a soldier under Washington for four years during the Revolution and spent the dreadful winter with the patriots at Valley Forge. He afterwards became a pioneer in the vicinity of Lebanon, Tennessee, acquired a homestead there and spent the rest of his days. Hugh Smith, father of H. B. Smith, was born in Tennessee in 1793. He grew up and married near Lebanon, became a farmer, and as a young man he went with General Jackson in the campaign against the Seminole Indians of Florida. He got as far as Pensacola. Soon after the close of that campaign he removed to Macoupin County, Illinois, where he followed farming for a number of years. Later he became a pioneer homesteader in Crawford County, Kansas, and lived there until his death in 1876. His home in Kansas was near McCune. He was a democrat and was a...

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Biography of William H. Marshall

The combination of human attributes which yields success in many fields, though a rare one, is embodied in the subject of this review. The drug business, manufacturing, stock raising, what ever he has turned his hand to, has given a balance on the right side of the ledger, so carefully has he studied and so well has he wrought. William H. Marshall was born April 23, 1851, in Warren County, Indiana. He was the youngest of eleven children, five of whom are still living. His father was Edward P. Marshall and his mother Ann (Kellam) Marshall, both being natives of Pennsylvania, and of Quaker ancestry and belief. The parents in the early forties settled in Indiana, where the father followed farming and stock raising till 1854, when he removed to Vermillion, Illinois, where he died in 1857. His mother having passed away in 1852, our subject was thrown upon his own resources at an unusually early age. His education was obtained in the common schools, and at the age of twenty he obtained a place in a drugstore at Rossville, Illinois. Here he remained two years, rapidly mastering the details of the business. Leaving Rossville he located at Shipman, Illinois, and there soon found a friend who made it possible for Mr. Marshall to start in business for himself. Success smiled upon him from the beginning, and at the...

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