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and Mrs. Olson have five children. Oscar
Mauritz, Agnes Mildred, Karl Natan, Helen
Marie, and Earnest Joshua.


Isaac Augustus Parker, son of Isaac and
Lucia (Wood) Parker, was born in South
Woodstock, Vermont, December 31, 1825. His
grandfather, Eleazer Parker, removed from
Mansfield, Connecticut, to South Woodstock,
Vermont, about the year 1780, and cleared land
for a farm, which remained in his possession
and in that of his son for nearly a century.
Records in the State Library of Connecticut
show that Eleazer Parker responded to the
Lexington alarm in 1775.

Mr. Parker's mother was the daughter of
Joseph Wood, a revolutionary soldier, who re-
moved from Middleborough. Massachusetts, to
Woodstock, Vermont. Joseph was a direct
descendant of Henry Wood, who went from
England to Holland, and afterwards to Ply-
mouth, Massachusetts. The wife of Joseph
Wood was the daughter of Gershom Palmer, a
descendant of Walter Palmer, who came from
England and settled in Charlestown, Massachu-
setts, in 1629, and removed to Stonington, Con-
necticut, in 1652.

Mr. Parker spent his boyhood on his fathers
farm, assisting in cultivating it, and attending
the district school in the winters. He enjoyed
the advantage of a select school in the fall for
two or three years. A library, to which he had
access, which had been established at an early
period in the village near his father's residence,
was of great benefit to him, as he was fond of
reading. In the Fall of 1846, he attended Black
River Academy in Ludlow, Vermont, with the
view of fitting for college. The next Spring,
Summer and P^all, he studied Latin and Greek
at an academy in Hancock, New Hampshire,
devoting a large portion of his time to teaching
some of the higher branches of mathematics,
to which he had given considerable attention,
and the study of which he enjoyed. He com-
pleted fitting for college at Green Mountain
Liberal Institute in South Woodstock, Ver-
mont, and entered Dartmouth College, Hanover,
New Hampshire, in the Fall of 1849, and was
graduated from that institution in 1853. He
■was a member of the .\lpha Delta Phi Society,
and at graduation became a member of the Phi
Beta Kappa Society.

Commencing at the age of seventeen, he
taught district schools for ten successive win-
ters. Immediately after graduating from col-
lege, he became Principal of Orleans Liberal
Institute in Glover, Vermont, and held this
position for more than five years. Having been

elected Professor of Ancient Languages In
Lombard University, in Galesburg, Illinois, In
the Fall of 1858, he resigned his position In
Glover and at once entered upon the duties of
his professorship. He continued to discharge
the duties of this professorship till 1868, when
he was made Williamson Professor of Greek
Language and Literature in the same institu-
tion, which position he now holds. He has,
however, continued to give instruction in Latin.
Thus he has given forty years of continuous
service to Lombard University.

He received the degree of Master of Arts
from Dartmouth College in 1856, and that of
Doctor of Philosophy from Buchtel College in
1892. For several years he has been a member
of the Board of Directors of the Galesburg
Public Library. He is a member of the Univer-
salist Church in Galesburg.

In 1856, he was married to Sarah A. Labaree,
daughter of William and Parthena (Whitmore)
Labaree, of Hartland, Vermont. Mrs. Parker
died in 1889. A daughter and son survived her,
both of whom were graduated from Lombard
University. The daughter, Izah T., died of con-
sumption in 1891, at the age of thirty-lour, hav-
ing spent the last four years or her life in
Southern California, whither she hau gone in
the hope of regaining her health in the sal-
ubrious climate of that favored region. While
she was there her father spent his summer
vacations with her.

The son. William A., for the last seventeen
years, has pursued the vocation of a civil en-
gineer. He IS now in the employ of the Union
Pacihc Railroad Company.


James Fulton Percy is a physician, and was
born in Bloomfield. New Jersey, March 26.
1864. His father was James Percy, who was
born in Soho, New Jersey, and hre mother was
Sarah Ann Fulton, who was born in New York

Dr. Percy's ancestors are of Scotch-Irish
descent. His paternal grandfather was Francis
Percy, who was born in Belfast. Ireland, and
his paternal grandmother was Mabel Wilson,
who was born in Gatside. County of Antrim,
Ireland. She was the daughter of Stafford Wil-
son, who was born and lived in the same place.
His maternal great-grandparents were born m
Ireland, and lived and died in the land of their
nativity. His maternal grandparents were
James Fulton and Mary Rogers, who were born
in County Dowie, Ireland.

Dr. Percy received his early instruction in
the common schools of New Jersey. On ac-
count of ill health he was sent to Minnesota
at the age of fourteen, where he remained for
three years. Here he availed himself of school
advantages, and by his perseverance, acquired
such education as to fit him for higher duties
and responsibilities. He then went to New
York City, and took a four-years' graded
course in a medical college there, when the law
required only two years. By reason of the
pleasant memories of his boyhood experiences


and the thought of better opportunities, he re-
turned West after graduating, and located at
Mazeppa, Minnesota. Here he practiced general
medicine and surgery for two years. Consider-
ing his field of operation too narrow and desir-
ing a larger one. he came to Galesburg in
February, 188S. Here he found himself among
strangers, having the acquaintance of but one
person, the Rev. J. W. Bradshaw, pastor of
the "Brick Church." His fame as a physician
soon spread, and to-day. he is one of the best
known men in Galesburg. Besides his profes-
sional duties, he has engaged in other worthy
enterprises. He called the first meeting out of
which the Galesburg Cottage Hospital Associa-
tion grew. It was in bis Bible class in the
First Congregational Church Sabbath School,
that the idea of the union of the "Old First"
and the First Congregational Church was first
considered. It was at his house that the first
meeting was called to consider the question.
At this time, the plan of union was not com-
pletely accepted, on account of a previous call
of the "Old First" Church to the Rev. Dr. Sher-
rill, which had been accepted. Soon after, these
churches were united under a new name, the
Central Congregational Church. Dr. Percv
also interested himself in the establishment
of the Congregational Church on Knox street,
which led to the organization of the Congrega-
tional CBurch on East Main street.

Nor are his special labors confined wholly
to church work. His surgical operations attest
his knowledge and ability. He was the first
surgeon in Galesburg to perform successfully
an abdominal operation, which was done
August 1, 1893. In order to perfect himself in
the study and practice of surgery, he went, in
1896, to Europe, remaining there nearly a year.
He was under the instruction of specialists.
Professors Springel and Kraske, two of the
best known surgeons in Germany. He then
returned to Galesburg and continued the prac-
tice of his profession, which has been uniformly
successful. In 1S98, he was offered and accepted
the chair of the Principles and Practice of
Surgery and Surgical Clinics in the College of
Physicians and Surgeons, Keokuk, Iowa. From
time to time he has made contributions to the
medical and surgical literature of the day.

Dr. Percy has not been backward in perform-
ing his duties as a citizen. He is a progressive
man, and has shown originality in planning
and execution. He is an independent thinker
and is bold in the expression of his views. He
is intelligent with strongly marked character-
istics, and is a better leader than follower. He
is amiable in his public and private character,
generous in spirit, and gentlemanly in his bear-
ing. He believes in the elevation of humanity;
is charitable and kind; and has always shown
himself a public spirited citizen. He is a re-
publican and labors for the interest and wel-
fare of his city and country.

Dr. Percy was married at Mazeppa, Minne-
sota, June 12, 18SS, to Josephine L. Robinson.
They are the parents of one child, Sarah


Isaac Stiles Perkins, son of Walter and Har-
riet Perkins, was born in Southwick, Massachu-
setts, June 4, 1832.

He received all the advantages of a New
England farmer's son, and obtained his early
education at the public schools of his native
town. He also attended the Southwick and
Westfield academies. After he became of age,
he resolved to seek his fortune in the great
West. His first residence was at Terre Haute,
Indiana, where he was employed in teaching
a district school for one year. Preferring a
more active life to the confinement of the
schoolroom, he engaged himself as a commer-
cial traveler for a period of five years. He«then
returned to Massachusetts, continuing in the
same business until 1863, when he came to
Jacksonville, Illinois, where he was connected
with a hardware firm for one year.

In 1S64, Mr. Perkins came to Galesburg. and
was employed as the traveling salesman for
George W. Brown. By the geniality of his
nature and his personal address, he was pecul-
iarly fitted for this work, and the business pros-
pered greatly under his efforts. In a short time
Mr. Brown had learned to place so much con-
fidence in his integrity and ability, that he
made him general manager of his large and
increasing manufacturing interest. As head of
the factory, he labored for the company for
twenty-two years, until ill health compelled
him to retire. He was instant in season in all
his work. He labored not for himself, but for
the great good and the best interest of his

In 1880. the company was reorganized and
incorporated under the firm name of George
W. Brown and Company, and Mr. Perkins was
elected vice-president, which position he held
until his retirement. By bis untiring energy
and shrewd management, the patent litigation
and the demand for royalties were carried
through to a successful issue.

His efficiency was shown in every department
in which he was engaged, and on account of
the success that attended his efforts, he received
the hearty commendations of his employers.

Mr. Perkins had a decided talent for business.
He had quick perceptions, and his affability
and gentility of manners especially fitted him
to deal with men. Two characteristics were
always manifested in his life and dealings with
others — honesty and integrity. These shone
out so conspicuously as to inspire confidence
in all with whom he came in contact.

On all moral questions, Mr. Perkins was ever
on the side of right. He had high ideals, and
the instincts of his moral nature ever pleaded
for the better in both church and state.
Although he never sought or held any public
office, yet he was interested in and actively
identified with the affairs of the city of his
adoption. For fourteen years he was a member
of the city Library Board, giving his services
freely without compensation. For nearly five
years he was a member of the Park Commis-
sion, and his services in this capacity were


always considered most valuable. He was also,
for a" short time, a Director in the City Hospital.
In a like capacity, he served the Galesburg
Printing Company. For more than twenty
years he was a Director in the Second Na-
tional Bank; and it may be truly said thai in
all these positions he was called lo fill, he
acquitted himself as a man of large experience
and of excellent judgment. His associates
always regarded him not only sociable and com-
panionable, but of keen insight and wise in

Mr. Perkins, in his political faith, was a
republican, having been identified with that
party from its organization. In religious belief,
he was a Congregationalist, having united with
the Old First Church


David Sanborn will ever ^e >-emembered by
the Citizens oJ^«^-^-r:o^.gM%'oSa.« the

^■!J, \t, Rnbprt Wilev as a traveling com-

their journey across the country to Chicago,
and thence to Winchester, Illinois,
^"^^r lanborn remained at Winchester for a
few months, then went to Bnmfleld, Peoria

which has now become a part of the Burlington
Tystem Under President Pierce, he was ap
po nt?d Postmaster ♦f the City ^^^^f^^^^Hf
/I in ist^v ^R-f;rtJ


burg, Illinois, in 1S42. Four children were born
to them: A (laughter, who died-about 1863; a
son who died in infancy; William Pardon, now
of Peoria; and Henry McCall.

The ancestral line of the Sisson family, on
the mother's side, has been traced back to a
very eariy period. Its length stretches
through thirty-seven generations — to Egbert,
who became King in the year 802, and was
styled "Rex Anglorura," or King of the Eng-

Henry's great-grandfather was Captain
Veach Williams — a man of considerable prom-
inence in his day and generation, who was born
In Lebanon, Connecticut. April 23, 1727. He
was of the same family as Ephriam Williams,
founder of Williams College; and of William
Williams, one of the signers of the Declaration
of Independence, and Speaker of the Colonial
Congress. Veach married Lucy, fourth
daughter of William and Mary (Avery) Wal-
worth, of Groton, Connecticut. Her family
were related to Chancellor Walworth, of Sara-
toga. New York, and were descended from Gen-
eral John Humphrey, Deputy Governor of Mas-
sachusetts Bay Colony, whose wife was de-
scended from King Egbert. The genealogy of
this family presents many noted and historical
names. In this country, and to some extent,
in the Old World, families are so broken up
by emigration, marriage, and other conditions,
that it seems wonderful that so long and
authentic a lineage as this of the Sisson family
could be secured.

Henry M. Sisson, who stands almost at the
end of this ancestral line, had, in his youth,
all the educational advantages that the com-
mon schools of his native town afforded. "Mul-
tum in parvo" was his motto, and from the
little offered, he possessed the spirit and ability
to extract much. After leaving the common
school, he entered the Clinton Grammar School,
where he received thorough drill in some of the
more advanced branches. After arriving in
Galesburg, he continued his studies, in the
district school, and afterwards, entered Knox
Academy in the Fall of 1S43. He recited in the
college classes and made considerable profi-
ciency in the study of Latin. But his bent of
mind turned to mathematics, which was easy
to him. and which he regarded as more closely
connected with the business of life. When only
sixteen years of age, he made such advancement
as to become manager and teacher in a public

Mr. Sisson lived in Galesburg thirteen years,
and in the Summer of 18.55, removed to his
farm in Henderson Township. He has been
engaged in agricultural ii > suits and fine stock
raising from that time to the present, and has
been entirely successful. As a stock raiser and
a judge of fine stock, he is regarded as an
authority, and his reputation in that line ex-
tends far and wide.

Mr. Sisson has the confidence of his fellow
citizens, and has been called to many places of
public trust. He was first elected Supervisor
from Henderson Township in 1869; again in

1876, 1877, 1878; then in 1885, holding the office
thereafter for eleven consecutive years. He
has been a School Trustee; member of the
County Agricultural Board; President of the
Farmers' Institute; Road Commissioner; mem-
ber of the Farmers' Congress, for the
World's Fair; delegate to the Farmers' Na-
tional Congress, held at K'ort Worth in 1898;
President of the Old Settlers' Association of
Knox County; President of National Poland
China Swine Association; and for ten years
President of American Poland China Record

Mr. Sisson is a man plain in his manners,
and possesses a nature free from all disguise.
He is a lover of friends and home, strong in
his attachments, and unyielding in his pur-
poses and plans. He is intelligent, a great
reader, and keeps himself abreast of the times.
The history of the country and party politics
is familiar to him, and his ability and discre-
tion make him strong in the defense of his
principles. He has always been regarded as
an upright citizen, and as one worthy of con-
fidence and trust.

In his religious creed, Mr, Sisson is broad
and liberal. He believes in the religion of
deeds, rather than in ritual or ceremony. He
attends the Presbyterian Church. In politics,
he is an uncompromising republican, and takes
a deep interest in every election.

Mr. Sisson was married, December 25, 1860.
to Eliza Jane, daughter of John and Jane A.
(Crane) Miller, who then lived in Chicago. Ten
years after the death of her mother. Mr. Mil-
ler moved to Galesburg. He was one of the

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