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services on the Board of Education in the city
of Galesburg. He died May 20, 1889, in Gales-
burg, Illinois.

COUNTRYMAN, WILLIAM F.; Engineer;
Galesburg; born August 6, 1861, in Monmouth,
Illinois. His parents, Frank Francis and Julia
(Alley) Countryman, came from Ohio; his ma-
ternal grandmother was Delia Alley. He was
married to Flora Henry, at Gladstone, Illinois,
January 16, 1886. Their children are: Harry
F., Royal, William, and Edith May. Mr. Coun-
tryman's parents were among the early set-
tlers of Warren County. His father worked
at the carpenter's trade in Monmouth, and now
resides in Oquawka, Illinois. William F. Coun-
tryman was brought up on the home farm, and,
when twenty-two years of age, began as brake-
man for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
Railroad. He became a fireman in 1888, and
an engineer in 1897. He is a member of the
Order of A. O. U. W. Mr. Countryman is a
Congregationalist. In politics, he is an inde-
pendent.

COWAN, JAMES E.; Physician and surgeon;
Galesburg; born July 18, 1849, at Mechanics-
burg, Ohio; educated in the common schools
of Ohio, and in Knox College; grad-
uated from Rush Medical College in 1874. Be-
fore graduating from the latter, he studied with
Dr. J. M. Morse in Galesburg. His parents,
Argus B. Cowan, son of James and Diantha
(Woods) Cowan, and Laura (Chapman) Cowan,
daughter of Enoch Chapman, a Revolutionary
soldier, were both born in Ohio. September 24,
1873, Dr. Cowan was married to Ella A. Hunt,
at Knoxville. Thore are two children, Laura
F. and Hortense. After completing his med-
ical studies. Dr. Cowan practiced in Galesburg
one year, in Chicago two or three years, and
afterwards returned to Galesburg, where he has
since resided. In religion, he is a Universal-
ist. He is a republican.

CRAIG, CHARLES CURTIS; Lawyer; Gales-
burg; born in Knoxville, June 16. 1865. His
parents were Alfred M., judge of the Supreme
Court of Illinois, and Elizabeth Proctor (Har-
vey) Craig, born in Egan County and Knox-
ville respectively. His paternal grandparents
were David Craig, born in Philadelphia, and
Minta (Ramey) Craig, born in Kentucky. His
maternal grandparents were Curtis Ken-
dall Harvey, born in Barnett, Ver-
mont, who was a leading lawyer
of western Illinois, and Hannah Key,
born in Lebanon, Maine. His paternal great-



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grandfathe'' was born in Londonileiry, Irelaml:
his maternal great-grandparents were Ira and
Hannah (Kendall) Harvey, born in Massachu-
setts. Charles Curtis Craig was educated in the
public schools, at Dr. Bangs' private academy,
at Knox College, Galesburg, and at Notre Dame
University at South Bend, Indiana. In 1883, h;
was appointed a cadet at the I'nited States
Naval Academy at Annapolis, and after com-
pleting his course, he resigned from the Navy
and studied law in New York City, and later in
the office of Stevenson and Ewing at Benning-
ton, Illinois. He was admitted to the Bar in
1888, and the same year was a candidate for the
office of States Attorney of Knox County, but
was defeated, though he ran ahead of the ticket.
Mr. Craig began his professional career in
Galesburg, and in 1898, was elected to the Gen-
eral Assembly. In 1897, he organized, and was
elected Captain of Battery B Light Artillery of
the Illinois National Guard, which was one of
the first to volunteer its services for the Span-
ish-American War, although they were not en-
gaged in actual service. Captain Craig com-
manded the troops at Pana and Virden during
the Coal Miners Riots, in September and Oc-
tober, 1898, and received the thanks of the Gov-
ernor for his successful control of the situation.
Captain Craig has a successful and lucrativo
law practice, is a member of several societies,
and is prominent in the social and business
life of Galesburg. He was married to Louise
Dary, of New Orleans, Louisiana, July 12. 1893.

CRAIG, GEORGE; Monument and stone
manufacturer; born February 1, 1865; educated
in the public schools, Quincy, Massachusetts.
His father, Robert, and his mother. Jeannette
Smith, were born in Scotland. September 27,
1894, Mr. Craig was married in Kewanee, Illi-
nois, to Alice Broadbent. There are two chil-
dren, Robert and Leonard. In politics, Mr.
Craig is a republican.

CULVER, JOHN H.; Engineer; Galesburg;
horn February 3, 1864, in Knox County, where
he was educated. His parents were Harvey
A. Culver, born May 31, 1833, at Richfield,
Ohio, and Mary A. (Scott) Culver, of Scotland;
his grandfathers were Theodore Culver, of
New York, and William Scott, of Scotland. Mr.
Culver was married September 1.5, 1886, in
Galesburg, to Lillie O., daughter of Henry and
Hannah (McFeaters) Berrier, of Pennsylvania.
They have three children: Earl H. H., William
J., and Lester O. Mr. Culver's father settled on
a farm in Ontario Township in 1851. During
the War of the Rebellion he was Depvity
Sheriff of Knoxville for one term, and then re-
turned to farming in Wataga. He moved to
Galesburg in 1882. and died March 30. 1895. He
was regarded as an honest and faithful man.
Mr. J. H. Culver entered the employ of the
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in
1S81. as brakeman; he engaged as fireman in
1S8S. and became engineer in 1890. a position
which he now holds. Mr. Culver is a repub-
lican, and a member of the Order of United
American Mechanics; he is now serving his
second term as State Treasurer of the order.



CURRAN, JOHN C. ; Engineer; Galesburg;
born in England, September 1, 1845; educated
in Rhode Island. He was married to Marjorie
S. Rogers, May 9, 1872, in Rhode Island; they
have two childreni Jennie M. (Mrs. Everson),
and Arthur W. Mr. Curran's father, John Cur-
ran, was born in England; his mother, Jane
Cowan, was a native of Ireland. Mrs. Curran
was born in Rhode Island and is of Revolu-
tionary ancestry. She is a descendant of Major
General John Sullivan, who commanded at the
Battle of Rhode Island, August, 1778, and had
charge of the expedition against the Indians
of the Mohawk Valley, in- 1779. Mr. and Mrs.
Curran moved from Rhode Island to Muskegon,
Michigan, where they still have a beautiful
summer cottage. In 1888, they moved to Gales-
burg. when Mr. Curran began service as en-
gineer on the Chicago. Burlington and Quincy
Railroad; which position he still holds. In
religion, Mr. Curran is a Baptist.

CrSHING, JOHN PEARSONS; Teacher;
Galesburg; born September 5, 1861; educated
at Amherst College and Leipzig University.
His parents, Alvin Matthew Gushing, M. D.,
and Elizabeth (Pearsons) Gushing, were born
in Vermont. June 25, 1890, he was married at
Troy, New York, to Alice B. Bullions. There
was one child, Lucy, deceased. Professor Gush-
ing received the degree of A. B. at Amherst
College in 1882, and that of A. M. in 1884. He
was Assistant and Vice Principal of Holyoke
(Massachusetts) High School, 1882-92; student
at the University of Leipzig, 1892-94, where he
received the degree of Ph. D.; Professor of His-
tory and Political Economy and Lecturer in
Pedagogy. Knox College. 1S94. Mrs. Cushing's
grandfather. Rev. Peter Bullions, was a distin-
guished writer of English, Latin and Greek
text books. In religion. Professor Gushing is
a Protestant; in politics, a republican.

DAVIDSON, PETER McL.; Contractor and
builder; Galesburg; born in Scotland, where
he was educated and learned his trade. He
came to Galesburg, Illinois, in 1882, and since
1884, has engaged in general contracting and
building. He has erected several handsome
residences and business blocks, among which
may be mentioned the residences of Colonel
Clark E. Carr, and Dr. G. E. Luster; Lescher
Block and residence, the Holmes Building,
Arlington Hotel, Carr Block, Board of Trade
Block, Jacobi Block, and buildings in Lombard
University grounds.

DAVIS. JOHN ALLEN WRIGHT; Dental
surgeon; Galesburg; born in Menard Countv,
Illinois. April 18, 1837. His father, Michael,
and his grandfather, John, and grandmother. J.
Catherine Miller, were natives of Kentucky.
His mother, Margaret, and her father, William
Renshaw, were born in Tennessee; his grand-
mother, Elizabeth (Short) Renshaw. was born
in Virginia. His early years were spent upon
the farm. He attended the common schools
and the Illinois State Normal School. He prac-
ticed dentistry in Mason City, Illinois, for five
years, afterwards removing to Chicago. While
practicing there he was elected Vice-Presi-



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dent of the Chicago Dental Society. April 23,
1S74, he was mauied to Hattie L. Gauett, of
Syracuse, New York. There are three children:
Mrs. R. May Read; Howard G., D. D. S.; and
Clifford E. In 1875, Dr. Davis became a resi-
dent of Galesburg. In 1881, he was elected Vice
President of the Illinois State Dental Society,
President of the Western Illinois Dental So-
ciety, and ihe Central Illinois Dental Society.
In 1898, he was chosen President of the Illinois
State Dental Society. He is a member of the
Odd Fellows, and is a Knight Templar. In re-
ligion, he is a Baptist. In politics, a republican.

DEWEIN, ELMER C; Horseshoer; Gales-
burg; born September 8, 1864, in Burlington,
Iowa, where he was educated. His parents
were J. G. and Julia (Jacobs) Dewein, of Bur-
lington, Iowa. Mr. Dewein was married
October 1, 1884, in Burlington, Iowa, to Rachel
May, daughter of John N. and Indiana Missouri
(Scott) Simons, born respectively in Pennsyl-
vania and Indiana. Their children are: Myrtle
L., William E., Marguerette J., and Rachel I.
Mr. Dewein learned the trade of horseshoeing
in Burlington, and worked there until 1889.
when he came to Galesburg. In 189-5, he en-
tered into partnership with D. F. Nolan, and
is carrying on an extensive and successful
business at 15 West Main street. Mr. Dewein
is a member of the Baptist Church. He is in-
dependent in politics. He is a member of the
Knights of Pythias. Modern Woodmen of
America, and the Court of Honor.

DOLL, JOHN; Carpenter; Galesburg; born in
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, near Wilkes-
barre, April 9, 1811. His father, John, and his
mother, Catherine (Sorber) Doll, were born in
Northampton County, Pennsylvania, as were
also his grandfather and grandmother on the
paternal side, John and Betsy (MacNeil) Doll,
and also on the maternal side, Jacob and Bar-
bara (Hahn) Sorber. His first wife was
Rosanne Sorber, of Butler County, Pennsyl-
vania, by whom he had four children; his sec-
ond wife was Elizabeth McCurdy, whom he
married in Butler County, and by whom he had
two children. His third wife, whom he mar-
ried September 16, 1851. in Mercer County.
Pennsylvania, was Adah H. Stevenson; to them
were born two children. Two sons, George W.,
a Lieutenant in the Eleventh Illinois Cavalry,
and Samuel H., a private, served through four
years of the Civil War, both of whom died of
diseases contracted while in the service. Of the
eight children, only two are now living, Cath-
erine E. Moore and Harriet L. Doll. In re-
ligion, he is a Protestant. In politics, he was
first a republican and later a prohibitionist.

DRAKE, E. R.; Dry goods merchant; Gales-
burg, where he was born November 10, 1856.
His father, Lyman C. Drake, was born at
Crown Point, New York, and his mother, Lucy
Ann Hyde, in Middlebury, Vermont. On the
maternal side, his great-grandfather. Major
Russell B. Hyde, of Hyde Park, Vermont, was
born in Massachusetts; his grandfather, Jabez
Perkins Hyde, was born in Vermont. Lyman
C. Drake and family came to Illinois in March,



1844, from Moriah, New York, and lived on a
farm four miles west of Galesburg for nine
years, and then moved into the city. He died
"in February, 1886, and his wife, Lucy A. H.
Drake, died in October, 1888. They had nine
children, the two youngest of whom are living:
E. R. and F. S. Drake. In religion, Mr. Drake
is a Baptist. In politics, he is a republican.

DRURY, HARLEY FRANKLIN; Grocer;
Galesburg; born June 13, 1855, in Essex, Ver-
mont, where he was educated. His parents
were Jacob K. Drury, of Milton, Vermont, and
Caroline (Bascom) Drury, of Fairfax, Vermont;
his grandparents were Isaac and Sallie (Her-
riok) Drury. Mr. Drury was married in Gales-
burg March 28, 1883, to Nellie, daughter of
Homer and Belinda (Lane) Trask, of Ohio.
Their children are: Mamie (adopted), and
Louise. The father of H. F. Drury was a farm-
er in early life, afterwards engaging in the
produce commission business, and later in the
manufacture of brick. He died in Vermont.
Harley F. Drury, began his business career in
his father's brickyard. In 1878, he came to
Galesburg, where for a year and a half he was
a clerk for Lake W. Sanborn. For two years
and a half, he kept books for Captain C. L.
Lanstrum, and afterwards opened a grocery
store on his own account. Mr. Drury is a be-
liever in Christian Science. In politics, he is
a republican.

DUVAL, WINFIELD SCOTT; Engineer;
Galesburg; born April 3, 1852, in Burlington,
Iowa, where he was educated. His father was
Daniel Jennings Duval, of Lexington, Ken-
tucky. He was married November 19, 1884, at
Oquawka, Illinois, to Polly Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of Conrad D. Aschoff, of Germany, and Re-
becca (Selders) Aschoff, of Pennsylvania. At
the age of thirteen, Mr. Duval became "striker"
under Abner Morton, an engineer on a Mis-
sissippi River steamboat. At the age of six-
teen he could manage an engine, and when
eighteen years old, was given his first "permit"
on the steamer Jessie. For many years he
was a successful engineer on different steam-
boats, his last charge being the steamer Pres-
cott on the Missouri and Kansas rivers. He
was on the steamer at the docks when the tor-
nado struck Kansas City, and his wife, who
was with him, fastened the boat to the wharf.
In 1888, Mr. Duval entered the employ of the
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as a
fireman, and in a year became an engineer,
which position he still holds. He came to
Galesburg in 1889, where he has since resided.
Mr. Duval is a member of the Baptist Church.
In politics, he is a republican.

EAVES, CHARLES M.; Conductor; Gales-
burg; born April 10, 1859, in Hancock County,
Illinois; educated in Illinois. His parents were
Thomas E. Eaves, of Adams County, Illinois,
and Julia (Kennedy) Eaves, of New York. Mr.
Eaves was married November 17. 1881, at Col-
chester, Illinois, to Eva Campbell. Their chil-
dren are: Addie. deceased: Ethel, Blanche,
Ruth, and Helen. Mr. Eaves has been in the
employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy




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