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needy are never turned from his door empty-
handed, and probabl\- no man has contributed so
much to the poor of Downer's Grove as has
Capt. Rogers. He has a beautiful home here
and several lots and business houses. Through-
out DuPage and Cook Counties he has a host of
friends, and is held in the highest -regard by all
with whom he has been brought in contact.




OAMUELD. WELDON was born in Acush-
Nk net, Bri-stol County, Ma,ss., July 15, 1859.
Q) His great-grandfather lived in the same vil-
lage, and was a farmer and .seaman. George
Weldon, grandfather of Samuel, lived on a farm
there, in the house where Samuel was born. He
died about 1873, and his wife, Susan, survived
until 1885, reaching the age of seventy -.six.
Amos, son of George and Su.san Weldon, was a
cabinet-maker. He built a house near his father's
and died before reaching the age of forty j'ears,
in 1863. His wife, Bathsheba, daughter of Enoch
Staples, still resides there. The Weldon family
is a very old one at Acushnet, and has bestowed
many local names, such as "Weldon's Mills"
(the site of a cotton factory in which George
Weldon was interested), "Weldon's Corners,"
and others in the locality. The Staples family
was equally prominent about Taunton.

Having acquired the builder's trade under the
instruction of an uncle, S. D. Weldon became a
re.sideiit of Wheaton in 1884. He has constructed

many of the finest residences in the city, the total
exceeding sixty. In 1892, he erected twenty-
two houses. Among the samples of his handi-
work may be mentioned the residences of Braman
Loveless, C. N. Gary, John Gettelson, D. A.
Straw and M. Seeker. In 1886, Mr. Weldon
married Miss May Bixby, and they have three
bright children, named Edmund, Bessie and




W. F. BARTELLS, M. D., is a prominent
physician of Bensenville, and his practice
extends over a large radius, for he has a high
reputation, which he well merits by his skill and
ability. He is still a young man, and, arguing
from his record of the past, he will continue to
work his way upward in his chosen profession.

The Doctor was born in Chicago on the 6th of
April, 1863, and is a son of Dr. Fred and Engel
(Benson) Bartells. The parents were both na-
tives of Germany, and in early life came to Amer-
ica. The paternal grandfather of our subject,
Fred Bartells, Sr. , brought his family to this
country and became the second settler in Shaum-
burgh,Ill. The family has long been identified with
the history of the northern portion of this State.
Our subject is the second of three children. His
sister is the wife of Fred Bu.s,se, a resident of Elk
Grove Township, Cook County, and his brother
Fred is deceased.

Dr. Bartells was reared principally in the city
of his nativity. He completed his literary course
of study by attending the Ottawa High School,
and then, having determined to enter upon the
practice of medicine, he became a student in Rush
Medical College, of Chicago, from which institu-
tion he was graduated in the Class of '85, and re-
ceived a certificate of honor. He immediately
thereafter located in Bensenville, where he opened
an office and has since engaged in practice. In
order to further perfect himself in his studies, in
i8qi he attended the Koniglichen Friedrich Wil-
helms University, of Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Bartells was married in 1887, the lady of his
choice being Miss Edna Dierking, a native of Cook



County. Three children graced this union. Kdna,
and Fred and Henr>-, both deceased. The Doctor
is a member of the Fox River \'alley Medical So-
ciety, and attending physician of the Evangelical
Lutheran School-teachers' Seminary at Addi.son,
and is now enjoying a fine practice. He is a close
student of his profession and. fitted by thorough
preparation for his chosen work, he has during
the years of his residence here not only gained
the confidence and good- will of all with whom he
has been brought in contact, but has also won a
reputation which might well be envied b>- many
an older practitioner. As a citizen he is enter-
prising and progressive, and the interests which
are calculated to upbuild the community receive
his support and co-operation. At this writing
the Doctor has in process of erection what will
be one of the finest residences in Bensenville. It
is built in a modem st\'le of architecture, is sup-
plied with gas and electric light, hot and cold wa-
ter, bell burglar-alarms, and is heated by hot
water. It was all planned by the Doctor.andis a
model home, of which he may be justly proud.


IIXSLOW CHURCHILL, a retired farmer
now living in Downer's Grove, is one of
the self-made men of this community, who
by his own efforts has risen from a humble posi-
tion in life to one of affluence. The record of his
career, which we feel assured will prove of inter-
est to many of our readers, is as follows: A na-
tive of the Empire State, he was bom June 13,
1813, in Onondaga County, and is one of a fam-
ily of twelve children, numbering five sons and
seven daughters, whose parents were Winslow and
Mercey (Dodge) Churchill. The former was a
native of \'ermont. and in his earlier years fol-
lowed the mason's trade, but later in life became
a farmer. The members of the family who are
now living are: Christina, wife of James Chris-
tian, who makes her home near Prospect Park, in
her ninety-second year; Betsy, who is living in
Cook County, in her eighty-sixth year; Winslow,
who is the next younger; and Bradford, a farmer
li%'ing near Lombard.

Mr. Churchill of this sketch was reared to
manhood in the usual manner of famier lads, and
in his youth received very limited school privi-
leges. In 1834 he came with his father to Du-
Page County, the family locating near Lombard on
a claim of between two and three hundred acres,
on which a log cabin was built. For about three
years our subject continued at home and then en-
tered a claim of his own from the Government of
one hundred and sixty acres, purchasing the same
when the land came into market. It was in its
primitive condition, but with characteristic energy
he began to clear and improve it, and there con-
tinued his fanning operations until 1868. In
that year he removed to Lisle Township, where
he made his home until 1879, when he came to
Downer's Grove. Since that time he has lived

Mr. Churchill made the trip westward on a
sailing-vessel on the Great Lakes, reaching Chi-
cago only after five weeks from the time when he
left Buffalo. Chicago was his nearest trading-
post, and to that place he hauled his grain and
other farm products. There was only one log
cabin in Lombard, and much of the land of the
county was still in the possession of the Govern-
ment. Mr. Churchill truly deserves to be num-
bered among the pioneer settlers, and also among
the founders of the county, for he has ever borne
his part in the work of public improvement and

Mr. Churchill has been three times married.
He first married Juliet Morton, and unto them
were bora the following children: OUie; Orson,
deceased; Lucinda; E.sther and Melinda, both of
whom are deceased; Harriet and Laura. The
mother of this family died May 29, 1853, ^nd on
the 10th of November, 1853, Mr. Churchill mar-
ried Sarah A. Nichols, by whom he had three sons:
Henrj-, James and' Isaac. The second wife died
October J5, 1S58, and he was married to Miss
Mariette Willard on Christmas following. The
children of this marriage, four in number, are
Orrila and Ro/ella. twins; and Anna H. and
Louisa. The mother's death occurred on the ist
of November, 1892.

Mr. Churchill cast his first vote for John Cal-



houn, and was a supporter of the Whig party un-
til its dissolution, when he joined the ranks of the
new Republican party, and has since upheld its
banner. His time and energies throughout life
have been devoted to farm work, and through
industrs-, perseverance and good management his
career has been a successful one and he has ac-
cumulated a comfortable competence.



""DWARD WOOTTOX, one of the leading
^ stock-dealers of Downer's Grove, does an ex-
^ tensive business in this line, furnishing hotels
and club houses in Chicago, and also leading
restaurants and railroad dining-cars with spring
lambs and roasting pigs. He has built up an
excellent trade in this line, having gained a repu-
tation for furnishing the best meats that can be

Mr. Wootton is a native of Shropshire, Eng-
land. He was born June 9, 1849, and is the
eldest in a family of eleven children, whose par-
ents, Herbert and Elizabeth (Davis) Wootton,
were also born in the same locality as our subject,
and are still residing in that neighborhood. The
father is a retired butcher and cattle-dealer. Ed-
ward remained under the parental roof until four-
teen years of age, and then left home, going to
Kidderminster to learn the tea and coffee business
in a wholesale house, where he remained until
about twenty years of age. On the expiration of
that period, he went to Birmingham, and traveled
for a wholesale grocer\- for a \ear. We next find
him in Shrewsburj-, where he was sent by the
grocery as manager of a branch store at that place.
Later, he went to Cradley Heath, where he en-
gaged in the grocery business for himself for
about t^vo years.

At length Mr. Wootton determined to make his
home in America, and in 1S72 crossed the Atlan-
tic, locating first in Chicago, where he accepted a
position as a traveling salesman, with a tea house.
Eight months later he embarked in the tea and
coffee business for himself in that place. In 1880,
we find him in DuPage County, where he rented

a few acres of land, and began the business which
he to-day follows. He has built up an exten-sive
trade, and now has a large paying business,
which is the just reward of his own well-directed
efforts. He is also the owner of a good farm,
one mile from the village of Downer's Grove.

On the 26th of October, 1892, Mr. Wootton
was united in marriage with Miss Alice E. Steere,
a most estimable lady, of Downer's Grove. So-
cially, he is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
the Modern Woodmen of America, and the An-
cient Order of United Workmen. He belongs to
the Methodist Church, and his wife holds mem-
bership with the Bapti.st Church. They have a
beautiful home in Downer's Grove, which is sup-
plied with all the comforts and many of the lux-
uries of life, and which is the abode of hospitality.
Mr. \\'ootton is a man of much push and enter-
prise. He possesses ambition tempered b\' prac-
tical ideas, and, although he started out in life a
poor boy, he is now one of the substantial citizens
of the community. It was probably very fortu-
nate that he came to America, for here he has
prospered .



IT RASTUS GARY, the first settler of Winfield
1^ Township, and an early resident of Whea-
I ton, was one of the most prominent citizens
of DuPage County throughout his residence here.
He died, universally regretted, at the advanced
age of eighty -two years, on the 12th of June,
1888. His descent is traced through a long line
of New England ancestry, the fir.st being Arthur
Gar\-, who came from Lsleborough ( now a part
of the city of London, England) in 1630, and set-
tled at Roxbury, Mass., being one of the proprie-
tors of that town. He was an active churchman
and a supporter of subscription schools. He had
three sons, and the youngest of these, Nathaniel,
had ten children. Among the younger of these
was Samuel, who, at the age of sixteen years,
removed to Woodstock, Conn., and soon after to
Pomfret, the same State. He became a sur\-eyor,



and was a prominent citizen of Putnam, wliich
was set off from Pomfret. He bought and sold
land extensively in Winilham County, and was a
man of affairs. His sou Josiali had fourteen chil-
dren, and was a quiet man. He ser\ed. with
two of his sons, in the Revolutionary army. His
voungest st>n. William, also served for a sliort
time, though his youth and frail health prevented
long or arduous service. The la.st-nametl died in
Putnam, at the early age of fifty one years, in
181 7. He was a school teacher and fanner. Of
his seven children, six grew up. Erastus. whose
name heads this article, Ixfing the third. All
became residents of DuPage County, and are now
deceased. Following are their names in order of
birth: Laura, Mrs. Stoughton Kickard: Charles;
Erastus: Harriet, wife of Hezekiah Holt: Jude P.
and Orinda.

William Gar>"s wife, Lucy, was a daughter of
Col. Samuel Perin. an ex-English soldier, who
was loyal to the Colonial cau.se during the Rev-
olutionan.' War. Down to this time, the Gary
family had unanimously sustained the Congrega-
tional Church, but Lucy Gary early became affil-
iated with the Melhodi.st Episcopal organization,
and under her influence her son Erastus joined
that Ixxly at the age of six years, adhering con-
.si.siently thereto throughout his long life.

Erastus Gary, bom April 5. 1806, in Putnam,
Conn., i>as.sed his early years on the home farm,
and was robbed of a father's care at the age of
eleven years. His mother was a woman of char-
acter and intellect, and his useful life reflected
her care and training. In his early manhood he
taught school, as have so many New England
youths, to make a start in life.

In the autumn of 1S31 Mr. Gary, accompanied
by his bn>ther and sister, Jude and Orinda Gary,
visite<l Illinois, and selected their future home
nc-ar Warrenville, in what is now Winfjcld
TowiLship, DuPagc County. The others went to
Michigan to spend the winter, but Era.stus re-
mained in what is known to old settlers as "the
big woods," splitting raiLs and getting out timber
for their hou.sc. At that time there were settlers
at Naperv'ille, and '.e made regular trij>s to that
point to get his bread, and such other supplies as

sufficed for the hardy pioneer. In the spring, on
account of a threatened Indian invasion, he went
to Chicago and drille<l for a short witli the forces
there, prejiaring to reix.-! the attacks of the red
men. After the arrival of Gen. Scott at Ft.
Dearlxirn with regular tr<:K)j>s. he went to Michi-
gan, where he engagetl in teaching for a year.
In the spring of 1833, the Black Hawk War hav-
ing ende<l. he returnetl with his brother atid sis-
ter to their claim in Winfield, and they put up a
double log house, in which the>' dwelt for some

In 1848 Erastus and Jude divided their pos-
sessions, and the former took the prairie lands, a
part of which was in the present city of Whea-
ton, and removed thither to reside. His resi-
dence is still standing on the west end of Wesley
Street. He amtinued fanning until 1864. when
he rented his land and moved to a new residence
on Hale Street. He ser\-ed as Supervisor, and
was Justice of the Peace for nearly a quarter of a
century. He was also President of the Town
Council ( the city not being then incorporated 1 ,
and was a member of the Board which built the
present Wheaton schoolhouse. He was one of
the organizers of the first Methodist Church in
Winfield, at Gary's Mills, which was the name
given to the location of a sawmill operaletl by
his brothers and himself In early life he was a
Democrat, and joined the Republican party on its
organization in 1856.

In 1 84 1 Mr. Gary married Miss Susan Abiah
Vallette, a daughter of Jeremiah and Margaret
( Mott I \'allette, who came from Stockbridge,
Mass., to this county at an early day. Mrs.
Gary's ancestr>- was of French origin (.see
sketch of J. G. Vallette 1, and was early implanted
in New England. She died in 1834, at the age of
fifly-five years. Of the .seven children of Era.stus
and Susan A. Gary, the first, Francrs, and the
sixth, Irwin Jonathan, died in infancy, and the
last. Susan Abby. at nine years of age. For
the .second and third see sketches elsewhere.
Ella H., the fourth, is the wife of John Ellis, a
MetlKniist clergyman, residing at present in
Evanston, 111. Jeremiah Olin is a Methodist
preacher now located at Chain of Rocks, Mo.



Mr. Gary was active in developing hi.s town,
cit}' and county, and was a successful man. His
earthly possessions, and good name as well, are
left in the keeping of worthy descendants.






0RLAND P. BASSETT, of the Pictorial Print-
ing House, of Chicago, and the owner of large
greenhouses in Hinsdale, where he makes
his home, was born March 31, 1835, inTowanda,
Pa. His father, John W. Bassett, was a wheel-
wright of the Keystone State, and in 1872 he came
to Illinois, spending his last days in Chicago at
the home of his son, where he died at the age of
eighty-four years. He was a member of the Pres-
byterian Church. His wife bore the maiden name
of Angeline Crooker, and passed away several
years previous to the death of her husband. Their
family numbered nine children, of whom four are
yet living: Henry, John, Orland and Chauncy.

Mr. Bassett whose name heads this record was
reared in his native State, and remained with his
parents until he had attained his majority. The
greater part of his education was acquired in a
printing-office. In 1854 he began the printing
business, which he has followed up to the present
time, and step by step he has worked his way up-
ward until he is now President of the Pictorial
Printing Company, of Chicago. He owned the
entire bu.sine.ss until about four years ago. when
he sold the controlling interest. It was in March,
1857, that he came to the West and located in
Sycamore, 111., where he published a paper, the
Sycamore True Republican, for nine years. He
then sold out and removed to Chicago, where he
carried on a job printing-office until 1874, when
he bought out the establishment of the Pictorial
Printing Company, as before stated.

On the 5th of April, 1858, Mr. Bassett was
united in marriage with Miss Betsey M. Shelton.
One child has been born to them, Kate B., wife
of Charles L. Wa.shburn, of Hinsdale. They
have one son, Edgar B.

For many years Mr. Bassett was a supporter of
the Republican party, but is now independent in

his political views. In 1887 he removed to Hins-
dale, where he makes his home, but still does
bu.sine.ss in Chicago. He also has in Hinsdale
the largest greenhouses to be found in the We-st,
does an exten.sive business in this line, and em-
ploys a large number of men. When he began
bu.siness in Sycamore he had no capital and bought
his outfit on credit, but he has steadily worked
his way upward, and the bu.siness of the Chicago
Pictorial Printing Company has at times amounted
to $1,000 per day. The company is well known
throughout the United States and Canada, and
also in parts of Australia and South America, and
its .success is due in a large measure to the untir-
ing efforts and good management of Mr. Ba.ssett.
He is a genial and pleasant gentleman, is very
popular, makes friends wherever he goes, and is
justly deser\'ing of the high regard in which he
is held.


(lOHN BOHLANDER, who is engaged in the
I hardware, coal and grain business in Hins-
(2/ dale, is a son of John and Catherine (Glos)
Bohlander, natives, of Germany, and while his
parents were cro.ssing the Atlantic to America he
was born. May 23, 1836. The family luimbered
ten children, five .sons and five daughters, of
whom five are yet living, namely: John, Peter,
Philip, Adam, and Mary, wife of Rudolph Pfister,
of Brookfield, Mo. The father was a farmer by
occupation, and after his arrival in this country
he located in Cook County, 111., where he bought
a farm of one hundred and twenty acres of
Government land at $1.25 per acre. There he
made his home for about fifteen years, after
which he came to DuPage County, and bought
land near Elmhur.st, upon which he lived until
his death in 1862, at the age of fifty-four years.
His first wife died in Cook County, and he after-
ward married again, by the second wife having
four children : William, Ernest, Amelia and Doris.
The parents of our subject were both members of
the Lutheran Church.

The paternal grandfather also bore the name

(Photo'd by Mills.)

Rev. S. Stover.



of John Bohlamler. He CTi»ssc<l the hriii\ iki-p
in 1840, and uytou a fanii in Cook Count). 111.,
spent his rtnnainins days, passing away at the
age of eighty-nine years. He had four children,
three sons and a daughter. The maternal grand-
father. John Glos. died at the advanced age of
ninety-four years. He brought his daughter and
her family to America in 1836. and conliuued a
resident of this ctjuntry until called to his final

The gentleman whose name heads this record
was reared in CiK)k and DuPage Counties and in
the common schtxils acquired his etlucation. He
lived with his father upon the farm until he had
anained his majority, and then embarked in the
grocery business in York Center, continuing op-
erations in that line for about three years. On
selling out he resumed farming, which he followed
for a few years, and in 1S71 he came to Hinstlale,
where he opened a dry-goods and grocery store,
which he carried on for about five years. He
then sold out and his next enterprise was the
hardware business, which he has ct>ntinue<l up to
the present time.

As a companion and helpmate on life's journey.
Mr. Bohlander chose Miss Sallie Wolf, daughter
of George and Mar> Eva (Hines) Wolf Their
union was celebrated NovenilK-r 2-, 1861, and
has been blessed with two sons and seven daugh-
ters, as follows: Carrie, wife of Edmund Dorste-
wil2, by whom she has six children; Edmund.
Winfred. AUiert. ICdith. Margaret, and Catherine,
deceased: Louisa, wife of Charles Hedge, by
whom she has one son. John: Sarah, Emma and
John, at home: Henry . who married Miss Minnie
Yuers, and has one daughter, Myra: and two
children who died in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Bohlander are members of the
Lutheran Church, and, in politics, he is a sup-
porter of the Denujcracy. While residing in York
Center he served as Postmaster, and has also filled
that office in Hinsdale. He owns a good resi-
dence in this place besides his store and ware-
house. His sons, John and Henry, are a.ssoci-
ated with him in the hardware business under the
firm name of John Bohlander & Sons. They
carry a cjmplete and well-selected stt»ck of shelf

and htavN liardware, also grain, .ind

are enjoying a large and i increasing

trade. They are wide-awake and enterprising
business men, and their liberal • is well

deser\'ed. The senior meujber : . ' his life
of fifty-six years in Cook and DuPage Counties
and knew Chicago when it was a mere village on
a wet prairie. He is a genial and warm-hearted
man, of liberal and progressive views, and one of
the enterprising citizens of Huisdnle. a place of
about two thousand, which is recognized as one of
Chicago's loveliest suburbs. In the welfare of
this comnuinity he ever takes an actrve and com-
mendable interest.



ILLIAM W. GorRLHY. M 1).. who is
engaged in the practice of medicine in
IX>wner's Grove, claims Ireland as the land
ul hi.>. birth, which occurred in Donegal, on the
I ith of March. 1865. He is a son of James and
Ellen Gourley. The father was bom in the same
locality as his son. and was a land-owner of Ire-
land. He is still living, but the mother died
during the infaticy of the Doctor. Their family
numtwred five children besides our subject: Annie,
wife of Alexander Weir, who resides on the Emer-
ald Isle: Ellen, wife of J. Galbraith; James, a prop-
erty-owner of Ireland: Li/.zie. wife of Dr. J. Mc-
Feeters. also a resid<rnt of that country : and Jo-
seph, who still lives in the land of his birth.

The Doctor, who is the youngest of the family
and the only one now living in America, attended
the Royal School of Raphoe, and at the age of
eighteen years enlere<l the Royal College of Sur-
geons, which is Icjcated in Dublin. Ireland. He
was graduated from that noted institution in 1S87,
and then spent some time in the city hospital of
Dublin, after which he was surgeon for the Do-
minion Steamship Company for six months. On
the expiration of that jx-riod, he removetl to Liv-
erpool, England, where he engaged in practice for
a year. He then came to America.

Ere leaving Ireland, however. Dr. Gourley
wa.-« niarrietl to Mrs. Caroline < Gorman ) Mur-

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