Here he was in active and successful practice when civil war burst upon the land. August 2,
1861, he enlisted in company B, loth Missouri infantry: was commissioned captain, and had
command of the company for two years, when his health broke completely down, and he resigned.
To improve his health the doctor now took a trip to the Rocky Mountains, and in the autumn of
1864 resumed practice at Macomb. In October, 1869, he went to Philadelphia, and took a course
of lectures in the Eclectic Medical College of Pennsylvania, receiving the degree of doctor of
medicine in February 1870.
Latterly Doctor Bayne has made a special study of chronic diseases, and diseases of women,
and he has a large office and city practice, seldom going into the country. He is a studious man
in medical science, and has an excellent reputation for skill and success. He has reported a few
important cases for medical journals, but never writes merely for the sake of appearing in print.
He has been a member of the National Eclectic Medical Association since 1870, and often attends
its annual meetings. He is known outside the state of Illinois.
The doctor served at one period as a member of the local school board, and was its president
one year; was alderman some years ago ; mayor in 1878-9, and is again (1882) serving as alder-
man. He takes considerable interest in municipal matters, and is willing to devote some time in
trying to advance them.
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In early life Doctor Bayne was a whig, and is now a republican, taking a good deal of interest
in the welfare of his party. In religion he is a Methodist, and has been either a trustee or stew-
ard nearly all the time since a resident of Macomb. He is also an Odd-Fellow ; has passed the
several chairs in the subordinate lodge, and the encampment, and has occasionally represented
the local lodge in the Grand Lodge of the State.
Doctor Bayne was first married, in 1851, to Miss Martha A. Herndon, of Columbus, Adams
county, she dying of child-birth a short year afterward, the child also dying three or four months
later. In 1854 he married Lydia Jane Fream, of Schuyler county, Illinois, and she is the mother
of seven children, only three of them now living. One of the deceased, William A. Bayne, a
married man and worthy citizen, was killed by accident on the railroad in September 1881. The
living are Charles Ellsworth, George Grant and Nellie May.
CHAUNCEY B. DEAN.
BEL VIDE RE.
BAINBRIDGE DEAN is a son of Bainbridge N. and Lydia (Smith) Dean, and
was born in De Kalb county, Illinois, January 23, 1848. His father was from the state of
Maine, where the family early settled, the progenitor being from England. The great-grand-
father of Chauncey served through all the long war for independence, and came out without
receiving even a scratch.
Our subject received only a common school education; studied law in the University of Mich-
igan, reading also with Hon. Jesse S. Hildrup, of Belvidere, during vacations, and is a graduate
of the law department of the university mentioned, class of '73. Mr. Dean practiced his profession
one year in Denver, Colorado; then returned to Belvidere, and is doing business in the courts of
his circuit and in the supreme court of the United States at Chicago. He is a sound lawyer, a
studious and growing man in his profession, and as county judge he is prompt in business, and
popular among the people.
Mr. Dean was elected county judge in November, 1877, and in accordance with the revised
constitution, his term did not expire until the close of 1882; in the fall of 1882 he was reelected
without opposition for a term of four years. When the city charter of Belvidere went into opera-
tion, in the spring of 1881, Judge Dean was elected city attorney, and still holds that office. He
fills official posts with decided credit to himself and to the general satisfaction of the people.
He is of the republican school of politics, and a third degree Mason.
In June, 1873, immediately after his graduation at Ann Arbor, Michigan, Judge Dean was
married to Frances K., daughter of Henry W. Kellogg, of that city, and they have one son and
CHIC A GO.
HE subject of this sketch was born in Sweden, November 17, 1844. His father, Nils Lind-
blom, was a merchant in the interior at Loviseberg, named after his wife, C. Lovisa (Tolf)
Lindblom, who died in 1853, and was followed a year later by her husband, leaving a family of
five boys, of whom Robert was the third. He, with his two older brothers, was sent to a private
tutor, and after four and a half years' constant study, without one single holiday, entered the
commercial and agricultural college of Labbetorp, from which he graduated in 1860, and moved
to Orebro, where he entered upon the profession of civil engineer, but after two years' service in
the office of C. F. Froman, he concluded to abandon the profession, and engage in commercial
pursuits. After several minor engagements, he finally accepted a position in the office of Eric
Soderlindh, the wealthiest and most extensive grain merchant in Orebro, where he remained
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until early in 1864, and left to accept a position in Orebro Enskilda Bank, vacated by his friend,
Fnrsslund, who had tendered his services to Denmark in its struggle with Prussia. The war soon
ended, and his friend returned. The position in the bank was one of the most coveted in the
province, and while Lindblom wanted it, he also knew that his friend would like it back, but was
too delicate to ask it, so Lindblom concluded all at once to hand in his resignation in favor of his
friend, and announced his intention to go to America, which he speedily did, and landed in New
York, November 17, 1864, on his twentieth birthday. After a year's hard struggle in the metrop-
olis, he left for the West, with but three dollars in his pocket, and no ticket.
It is characteristic of his subsequent thrift that when he arrived in Milwaukee, his capital had
increased to ten dollars. He did not remain in Milwaukee, but went at once to the little town of
Otsego, in Columbia county, Wisconsin, where he obtained employment in a country store.
Straws show which way the wind blows, and trifles mark the character of men. Mr. Lindblom
could not stoop to comply with the requirements of that business, and was discharged for being
more truthful than discreet. He returned to Milwaukee, and in January, 1866, commenced to
work for L. J. Higby and Sons, in one of their many warehouses, at a dollar and a half a day.
His employers were not long in discovering the value of their man, and advanced him step by
step, through all the departments of the elevator and freight business, until he was made cashier
in their general office. This position Mr. Lindblom retained until his employers moved to New
Orleans. After occupying the same position for a time, under the Saint Paul Railroad Company,
he accepted a position as head man in the commission house of VanKirk and McGeoch, in 1868,
and remained until 1873, when his employers disposed of their grain business, and Mr. Lindblom
formed the commission house of Shroeder and Lindblom. The new firm had small means, but a
large amount of push and ability, and even the first year took rank as one of the leading houses
in Milwaukee, making $80,000 in commission. Prosperity continued until, by accident, and with-
out any intention to speculate, Shroeder and Lindblom became jointly interested with VanKirk
and McGeoch in a large wheat transaction, in 1875, which resulted in the famous November cor-
ner, and subsequent collapse of both firms in 1876. Not long after the firm dissolved, and Homer
Germain went in with Mr. Lindblom, the new firm name being Germain and Lindblom. Shortly
afterward, Mr. Shroeder left Milwaukee, and Mr. Lindblom alone had to shoulder their joint
papers. In 1878 Mr. Lindblom came to Chicago, and opened a house, under the firm name of
Lindblom and Germain, retaining also the Milwaukee house In this new and large field, Mr.
Lindblom at once became a prominent actor, but the constant drain upon his earnings, caused by
payments of the old firm's papers, made his capital insufficient for his growing business, and he
concluded to make connections, whereby he could give his trade the benefit of larger capital.
Lindblom and Germain dissolved, and soon after Mr. Lindblom formed connection with Mr.
Nichols and Company, where he had ample scope for his energy. His success since then has been
In the spring of 1881 he revisited his old home in Sweden, and with his wife, made the tour
of the continent. His old employer, Mr. Soderlindh, still occupied the old villa, just outside of
Orebro, where he had spent his summers for thirty years. The old gentleman, in his eighty-
second year, and his estimable wife, were here surrounded by their nine children, just as Mr
Lindblom left them seventeen years ago, and into this family were now admitted Mr. Lindblom's
American wife, and the French wife of the oldest son, neither of whom could speak, but soon
learned, the Swedish language.
On his return to Chicago, in the fall of 1881, Mr. Lindblom formed a partnership with his old
partner, Mr. Nelson VanKirk, under the firm name of Robert Lindblom and Company. The
career of this house has been something remarkable. Their customers are among the wealthiest
men, east and west. Their views are sought for, and published, as authorities. They have been
connected with several large transactions, every one of which has been successful, and they will
not be connected, in any respect, with any deal not based on real merit. Mr. Lindblom attributes
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his success to two causes. First, he has never betrayed a confidence, or a client, and, second, he
always tells the truth, and by so doing, mystifies the traders on the board.
Politically, he is a liberal republican, but not a partisan. He has held several positions of
honor in the party, among them that of secretary of the central republican club, of Milwaukee,
but has never sought, or accepted, office. He has, however, taken the stump on several occasions,
and is regarded as an earnest and logical speaker. In 1872 he started, and edited, a daily news-
paper, in Milwaukee, in company with A. A. Singer. It was called the "Daily Guide," and was
originally intended as a campaign paper, to forward the election of Harrison Ludington, as
mayor. It became the official organ of the city, in recognition of its services in electing the first
republican mayor of Milwaukee, subsequently passed into other hands, and was finally absorbed
by the "Daily News." In religion, Mr. Lindblom is a liberal in its true and religious sense. He
was reared a Lutheran, but has grown beyond the narrow confines of sectarian creeds, yet toler-
In 1874 Mr. Lindblom was married to Miss Hattie L. Lewis, the daughter of the late James
Lewis, and Mary D. (Campbell) Lewis, his wife, who were among the oldest settlers of Milwau-
kee. The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride, in the very house where she was
born. His brother, Oscar Lindblom, was also united in marriage to Miss Mary L. Lewis, a sister
of Hattie, at the same time and place.
Mr. Lindblom is six feet tall, of fair complexion and nervous temperament. He decides
promptly, and acts without hesitation. This dash makes him at times appear reckless, and yet
there are few men on the Board of Trade as conservative as he is. He simply does promptly
what he knows he wants to do, and if he has any choice at all he would rather be in the minority
than the majority. He has unbounded confidence in himself, and possesses the magnetism to
inspire this confidence in others. One of his competitors remarked that "Bob Lindblom makes
me think I am right, when I know I am wrong." He is still a very young man, with all the pos-
sibilities of education, experience, capital and a good name before him. His constitution is not
robust, but by a regular, happy, domestic life, he husbands his strength, and may becom'e as old
as he is prominent.
THE state's attorney for McDonough county, with whose name we head this sketch, was born
in Davenport, Iowa, September 19, 1848, his parents being William Prentiss, senior, and
Elizabeth (Gapen) Prentiss. His father was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, in 1815 ; was a
graduate of the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, and died at Vermont, Fulton county, this
state, in January, 1854. The mother of our subject was born in Green county, Pennsylvania;
married James Manley, after her first husband's death, and is living in Macomb. Mr. Manley
was a member of the legislature in 1871-2-, and is one of the early settlers in this county. Mr.
Prentiss attended common schools during the winter season until fifteen years of age, farming
the rest of the year in Fulton and McDonough counties. He attended the seminary at Cherry
Grove, near Abingdon. a term or two ; went to the normal school, near Bloomington, intending
to take a full course in the model department, but broke down in health in two months, and was
obliged to leave. Not long afterward he entered Knox College, Galesburgh, taking Latin, and
following the scientific curriculum, proposing to go through college, but his health gave way in
two years, and in the spring of 1 869 he went to Mankato, Blue Earth county, Minnesota, with dubi-
ous prospects of ever regaining his health. He bought wild land in Cottonwood county, and
opened a farm, teaching school during the winters. While in Minnesota he was superintendent
of schools in Cottonwood county for three years. He also commenced the study of law, being
his own preceptor.
Mr. Prentiss continued to farm until late in the autumn of 1875 ; taught school the following
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winter, and the next spring, his health being restored, he returned to McDonough county. He
read law with Hon. J. S. Bailey, of Macomb, and was admitted to the bar in June, 1878. He is of
the firm of Prentiss and Baily, his partner being Jacob L. Baily. They do business in the several
courts of the state; have a remunerative practice, and stand as well as any firm in the county.
Mr. Prentiss is studious and ambitious, and that class of men are sure to grow, unless health fails.
He has made a promising start in professional life, and his friends predict for him an honorable
In November, 1878, Mr. Prentiss was elected state's attorney to fill an unexpired term, and
was reflected in 1880. His present term will expire with December, 1884. He was mayor of
the city from May, 1881, to June, 1882. In every official position which he has held, he has shown
marked promptness and faithfulness, and good executive talents.
In politics his affiliations are with the democratic party, though we believe he is not regarded
as very radical. While in Minnesota, and a farmer, he joined the grangers, and was master of a
lodge of that order. He is a Freemason.
December 24, 1872, Mr. Prentiss was married to Miss Elizabeth Helen McCaughey, of Fulton
county, this state, and they have three children, all sons, James Manley, Jackson McCaughey and
William. Mr. Prentiss is a stockholder in the Macomb Callendar Clock Company, and does all
he can to encourage local industries calculated to build up the city.
ROBERT E. LOGAN.
ROBERT EMMET LOGAN, a prosperous farmer and stock-raiser in Whiteside county, is
a son of Robert and Polly (Rowe) Logan, and was born in Bath, Steuben county, New York,
February 13, 1828. Both parents were also natives of that state, and his father, a farmer, was
in the second war with England. The son was educated at the Bath Academy, and the Elmira
high school; learned the cabinet-maker's trade, and worked at it in New York until 1855, when he
went to Davenport, Iowa, where he was the foreman of a furniture factory.
Two or three years afterwod Mr. Logan moved into this state; taught school between one and
two years at Portland, Whiteside county, and then opened a cabinet shop in the same place. In
1860 he was appointed deputy sheriff of Whiteside county, under Robert G. Clendenin, and in
1862 was elected sheriff, which office he held two years. When Hon. Richard J. Oglesby was in
the gubernatorial chair, Mr. Logan was appointed (1865) penitentiary commissioner; was reap-
pointed at the end of two years, and was then (1858) elected to the same position by the people,
the office having become elective.
In 1864 Mr. Logan bought a farm of 240 acres, at Union Grove, three and a half miles west of
Morrison; and he is now engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock-raising, being quite an enter-
prising stock feeder, and doing a thrifty business. He was vice-president of the Whiteside County
Central Agricultural Society from 1875 to 1877, and has been its president during the last five
years. He is a man of unusual executive ability, and makes an excellent presiding officer. Mr.
Logan is a republican of the most pronounced kind, and is a man of much influence in the party.
For a score of years he has attended all the county, district and state conventions, and is often
chairman of the county, and sometimes of the district conventions. He was a delegate to the
national convention held in Chicago in 1880, and by instructions of his district, voted steady for
Hon. E. B. Washburne for the presidential nominee. He was also a presidential elector that year
on the Garfield and Arthur ticket.
He gave the ox, the fattest one in his whole large herd, that was roasted at the barbecue, held
at Morrison that year, ex-Governor Oglesby being the orator on that occasion. Samuel Johnson
or some other Englishman argues that he who drives fat oxen should himself be fat, and if Mr.
Logan is not fat, he has a portly build, and noble bearing, and walks like one of the kings of the
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He is popular among his townsmen and in the county, and has been supervisor of his town
for seven consecutive years, and chairman of the board at least two or three years. He is a
Royal Arch Mason. For years, when residing in Morrison, he was quite active in temperance,
and prominent in the Order of Good Templars, being grand worthy commander three years, and
grand worthy marshal two years.
He married February 23, 1864, Malvina, daughter of Hon. James McCoy, of Fulton City,
Whiteside county, and they have four children, three sons and one daughter, most of them
HON. AUGUSTUS G. HAMMOND.
A UGUSTUS GIDEON HAMMOND, son of Gideon and Nancy (Chandler) Hammond, and
L~\. one of the leading merchants in Wyoming, is a native of Essex county, New York, dating
his birth at Westport, January 27, 1834. The progenitor of the Hammond family in this country
was from Wales, and settled in Connecticut, his descendants scattering over most of the northern
states. Gideon Hammond was a farmer and lumber dealer, a volunteer at the battle of Platts-
burgh, and a member of the New York legislature from fifteen to twenty years.
Augustus received an academic education at Westport, New York, Waukesha, Wisconsin, and
Farmington, Illinois, coming west in 1848, and settling in Wyoming in 1850. After finishing
his education, he taught school five or six winters, and farmed the rest of the year. Subsequently
he devoted himself exclusively to agricultural pursuits until 1865, when he opened a store in
Wyoming, and has since confined himself to merchandising. For a while he traded alone; was
then in company with C. S. Payne, and later with Sylvester F. Otman. Since 1878 he has been
of the firm of Hammond and Walters, his partner being John W. Walters. They are doing prob-
ably the heaviest business of any merchants in town, and no mercantile house in the, county has
a more honorable standing.
Mr. Hammond was elected justice of the peace, and treasurer of the school board in 1862, and
still holds the latter office. In the autumn of 1874 he was elected to the lower house of the gen-
eral assembly, and served one term, being on the committees on education, insurance and drain-
age. His politics are republican, and he is an earnest worker in the interests of the party. In
the Masonic order he has taken the third degree.
The wife of Mr. Hammond was Cecelia B. Wynkoop, from Chemung county, New York, they
being married in October, 1853. They have three children: Harry A., cashier of Scott and Wrig-
ley's Bank, Wyoming ; Will W., a lawyer, in partnership with Judge Henry B. Hopkins, of Peoria,
and Mary Louisa, who is at home.
The subject of this sketch is one of the older class of merchants in Wyoming, and has always
borne a high character for honesty and fair dealing. His record is without a blemish.
HON. GEORGE KIRK.
ONE of the most public spirited and thoroughgoing business men of the city of Waukegan is
George Kirk, who represents the counties of Lake and McHenry in the state senate. He is
a son of the late Samuel Kirk, a woolen manufacturer, and was born in Cairo, Greene county, New
York, February 9, 1824. His grandfather came from England, and both father and grandfather died
in the Empire State. The mother of George, before her marriage, was Elizabeth Crabtree. The
family moved from Greene to Dutchess county when our subject was quite young, and he was edu-
cated in a common school near where Vassar College now stands; worked with his father during
part of his teens; learned the trade of a machinist in Poughkeepsie; came to the West as far as
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Chicago in 1843, and helped to build the machinery which dredged out Chicago harbor. For
four months during his first summer in Chicago he was the only machinist at work in that city,
the few other shops of the kind being closed for repairs or for some other reason, the times being
Mr. Kirk continued to work at his trade in Chicago till the summer of 1847, when he settled
in Waukegan, started a foundry and machine shop, and for several years was engaged in making
reapers, mowers and threshing machines, the pioneer manufacturer of agricultural machines in
the place. Since 1855 he has been engaged in the manufacture of lumber, laths and shingles,
being at first alone, then of the firm of Kirk and Adams, and now of the firm of George K.
Adams and Company. They are doing a thrifty business.
For twenty-two years, while furnishing lumber supplies, Mr. Kirk was also in the pork packing
business, and at the same time doing a great deal of building, he having put up some of the best
stores and other buildings in the city of Waukegan. He is thoroughly imbued with the spirit of
enterprise, and never seems to be happier than when most busy in aiding to build up and beautify
the pleasant city in which he lives.
Mr. Kirk is very highly esteemed as a citizen, and has had various offices thrust upon him, such
as alderman, supervisor, etc., in which he has rendered services much more valuable to the public
than remunerative to himself, but he seems to be willing to bear his share of such burdens. In
1880 he was elected to the state senate to represent the counties already mentioned, and he carries
his practical and most excellent business habits into legislative as well as his own private business.
He is chairman of the committees on state buildings and grounds and visiting state charities.
He represents a strong republican district, and the party has no occasion to be disappointed in
He is a Blue Lodge Mason, member of Waukegan Lodge, No. 76. He married in 1849 Jane
Adams, daughter of Daniel Adams, of Waukegan. and sister of George K. Adams, and they
have lost one son and have four children living.
FOR forty-seven years the name of Grant Goodrich has been a familiar and prominent one in
the city of Chicago. He came May 14, 1834, when the city could boast of but seven frame
dwelling houses and a population of about two hundred and fifty souls, exclusive of its garrison.
As a business man, a lawyer, a judge of the superior court, as a broad-minded philanthropist and
reformer, as an earnest Christian gentleman, as an energetic, thoroughgoing enterprising western
man and representative Chicagoan, he has been well known and highly esteemed throughout the
West for nearly half a century; and now at the age of nearly his allotted threescore years and
ten, but with eye still bright, form straight as an arrow, mind active and clear as in the best years