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Prominent Men of the Millburn Area

from History of Lake County, 1902

Editor's Note: This book was published in 1902.



APOLLOS PITTS AMES (deceased), Antioch, Ill. Farmer and Merchant. Born in Pennsylvania, May 22, 1830; died Antioch, September 19, 1899. Lived forty-six years on his farm; removed to Antioch Village, May 1892; Agent for Deering Harvester Company six years; opened a hardware and implement store in Antioch, 1893; erected a new store building in 1894. Politically a Republican; held several township offices; was serving second term as village President at the time of his death. Was a Master Mason. Married February 21, 1855, to Mimis Webb, daughter of Charles and Lucy (Biggs) Webb. Their children are Hattie F., Charles D., Chester C., Paul P., Annie L., and Lucy E. (deceased).

BENJAMIN WILLARD AMES, Hickory, Antioch Township; Farmer. Born on the farm, where he now resides, February 16, 1845; son of Chester Chandler Ames. His whole life has been spent on the farm, except twelve years, from 1874 to 1886, when he engaged in general merchandizing at Cabery, Illinois. August, 1862, he enlisted in Company C. Ninety-sixth Ill. Vol. Infantry, and served one year. He has been Steward in the Methodist Episcopal Church many years. October 1, 1873, he was married to Hannah R. Sluman of Waukegan, who died October 26, 1897. Their children were: Abbie, at home; B. W., Jr., at home; Minnie, wife of Thomas Edwards, Newport Township, and Luell, at home.

EDMOND H. AMES; Physician and Surgeon, Antioch. Born in Antioch, Illinois, October 19, 1846; educated at Mansfield, Pennsylvania, State Normal, Ann Arbor (Medical Department), 1871-1872; graduated Detroit Medical College, 1874; practiced at Troupsburgh, N. Y., five years; Woodhull, N. Y., five years, and in Antioch since 1884. February, 1865, he enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Fifty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served eight months and twenty-four days. He is a member of the F. & A. M., Eastern Star, Modern Woodmen of America, Royal Neighbors, and has been Trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years. April 24, 1875, he was married to Miss Ellen Grandy. They have one son, Fred, now (1902) Deputy County Treasurer. Their daughter, Lizzie B. Ames, was born Jan. 24, 1881, and died March 13, 1898.

PETER W. STEWART, Gurnee, Farmer. Born in Will County, Illinois, February 20, 1839; son of Peter and Elizabeth (Legg) Stewart, who removed with their family to Lake County in 1841. He has since engaged in farming in Warren Township. Prominent as a Republican in political affairs, and served as Justice of the Peace from 1884 to 1885, Supervisor in 1885 and 1886, Town Collector three years, School Director eighteen years, and is now serving his thirteenth year as Assessor. While School Director he built the present school house in District No. 55. Served two years as Treasurer of the Millburn Insurance Co. July 4, 1877, he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of James Bonner.

JOHN BONNER, Avon Township, Ill. Farmer. Born, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, August 12, 1847; son of Wm. and Margaret (Gordon) Bonner. Wm. Bonner was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 1815; took up government land in Avon Township (John Bonner's present farm) in 1845; occupied it from 1848 to the time of his death in 1881, and in 1854 erected the first school house in the neighborhood. John Bonner served as Supervisor (Republican), 1881, Treasurer of Millburn Insurance Company, and has filled other town offices. Member of the Congregational Church, M. W. of A. and Maccabees. Married April 19, 1876, to Catherine Murrie, daughter of John Murrie, native of Perthshire, Scotland, and an early settler in Newport Township. Their children are: Clarence E., Wm. M., John Gordon and Robert J.

GEORGE LEGG STEWART, Waukegan, Ill. Loan and Insurance business. Born Warren Township, Lake County, May 3, 1843; son of Peter and Elizabeth (Legg) Stewart. Remained on his father's farm in Warren Township until twenty-two years of age. Nine years a partner of John M. Strang in the mercantile business at Millburn. Traveled six years for a Chicago wholesale house; removed to Waukegan in 1890; Assistant in the U. S. Treasurer's Office in Chicago 1890-94. Enlisted in Company C, Ninety- sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, August, 1862; discharged March, 1863. Member of Waukegan Post, G. A. R.

DAVID B. TAYLOR, Physician and Surgeon, Millburn Illinois. Born in Kingsville, Ohio, December 25, 1826, and educated at Kingsville Academy, Medical Department University of Michigan, and Cincinnati College of Medicine, graduating from the latter in 1869. He taught school in Hillsdale County, Michigan, in 1850-1860, and began the practice of medicine at Ransom, Hillsdale County, Michigan, in 1860. In 1862 he enlisted in the Eighteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, serving as Assistant Surgeon. He removed to Illinois in February, 1863, locating at Antioch, removing to Millburn in 1865. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Lake County Medical Society, Waukegan Post, G.A.R., and Millburn Lodge, A. F. & A. M. He is a life-long Republican, having been one of the founders of the party in Southern Michigan. June 15, 1863, he was married to Josephine, daughter of Dr. Thomas Dodge, of Adrian, Mich. He is now the oldest living physician in the county.

ALEXANDER TROTTER (deceased). Millburn. Farmer. Born July 3, 1832, in Berwickshire, Scotland; died June 4, 1894. Was brought to America in 1833 by his parents, and in 1839 to Antioch, Lake County (Newport Township), where the remainder of his life was spent. He was prominent in Masonry, serving as Master of his Lodge ten years successively. In the Church of the Disciples he was Deacon many years. June 7, 1855, he was married to Oliveia L. Ames. Most of their children are still living. William Alexander, Helen S., wife of Alfred Bain; Fred, Eugene, Albert Marion, Richard Gardner, Mary Louise, John Purves, and Lucy Dimis. One son Frank was drowned while attempting to cross a stream on a log, and another son George, lost his life in attempting to rescue his brother.

JAMES HUGH BONNER, Warren Township, Ill. Farmer and Stock Raiser. Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, January 29, 1850; son of James and Margaret (Anderson) Bonner. His father, who was born in Scotland, September 12, 1806, came to the United States with his family in June, 1850, locating on a farm in Avon Township. His death occurred August 28, 1891; his wife was born July 13, 1817, and died December 18, 1898. James H. Bonner bought his farm in Warren Township, across the road from the homestead, in 1879, and has since resided there. He has filled local offices, is a stockholder in the Millburn Creamery Company, a member of the M. W. of A. and the Congregational Church at Millburn. He was married September 10, 1879, to Eliza E., daughter of Peter Stewart. Their children are: Vivien Louise, Leslie Stewart and Mabel Elizabeth.

GEORGE PHILIP SHATSWELL, Waukegan, Ill. Justice of the Peace. Born in Millburn, Ill., March 23, 1842; worked at farm labor until the Civil war; enlisted May 29, 1861, Company I, Fifteenth Illinois Volunteers; served until May 30, 1865; captured by Hood and Ackworth, Ga., October 4, 1864, and confined successively at Andersonville, Millan, Savannah, Blackshire, Thomasville and again at Andersonville. In 1866-67 Clerk in commission and ford'g house in Marysville, Cal.; 1867-69 farmed in Lake County; 1869-79 conducted farm in Platte County, Nebraska; 1879-1886 farm in Lake County; in 1890 opened a pension office in Waukegan. Has served as Justice of the Peace since 1893 (Republican candidate). Fraternally a Mason. Married June 18, 1867, to Julia A. Spaulding, deceased February 27, 1893. Their children are Fred E., Nellie A., wife of Charles Brown, and Hattie B. He is descended from Richard and John Shatswell. who settled in Ipswich, Mass., in 1633.

ROBERT STRANG, Millburn, Antioch Township, Ill. Retired Farmer and Merchant. Born in Scotland, August 8, 1815; came to Canada in 1835, to the United States in 1838, and settled on the site of Millburn. Employed two years on the Illinois Canal; in 1842 he and two brothers, George and John, took up government land at Millburn (then called Strang's Corners); operated the farm until 1856; 1856-1874 conducted a store at Millburn. Postmaster 1848-1856. Politically a Whig in early life, but Republican since organization of the party. Married January 19, 1846, in Scotland, to Jessie Monteath. Children living are: John M., Millburn; Mary, wife of Wm. Mavor, Chicago; Eliza J., wife of John L. Hughes, Antioch; Lottie M., wife of Ward Bain, Somers, Wis., Robert L., and Jessie, wife of Frank Yule, Somers, Wis.

JAMES POLLOCK, Millburn. Dealer in Wood and Grain. Born in Canton, Massachusetts, October 4, 1838; son of Robert and Elizabeth (Kennedy) Pollock; came with parents to Illinois in 1839, and located two miles north of Millburn.
James Pollock was raised on the home farm, where he remained until forty years of age, since which time he has been engaged in his present business. Politically he is a Republican, serving two terms as Supervisor; elected Representative in the State Legislature in 1880, and re-elected in 1884. He is a Knight Templar in Masonry. December 20, 1863, he was married to Isabelle Mason, a native of Scotland. They were the parents of the following children: Robert Mason, Gilman, Illinois; Henry William, Manning, Iowa; Bertha Sarah, wife of J. Campbell Corey, Newark, New Jersey, and Addie Ben, wife of John R. Fulton, Waukegan.

GEORGE B. STEPHENS, Newport Township, Ill. Chairman Board of Supervisors. Born Homer, Will County, Illinois, November 15, 1848. Came to Lake County in 1853. Educated in the public schools of Lake County, and engaged in farming in Newport Township in 1871. Politically a Republican, and served as Commissioner of Newport Township 1884-1887, elected Supervisor 1899; re-elected 1901. President of the Millburn Mutual Insurance Company, organized in 1855, Chairman of Board of Review Lake County. Married February 24, 1881, to Isabell G. daughter of James Bruce of Joliet, Illinois.

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