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That institution and Ewing College were always the recipient of every
benefit he was able to bestow, and in his death both lost a friend and
supporter of the highest order. A man of deepest sympathies, inex-
haustible energy, unfailing personal integrity and exceptional business
talents, his whole life was a boon to his county and state, and his death,
which occurred on July 22, 1905, was felt as an irremediable loss in
the community in which he was so universally loved and respected.

In 1853 Mr. Browning was married to Miss Fannie Howell, of St.
Clair county. She died the following year, leaving no issue, her only
child, Quincy Browning, having died in infancy, two weeks previous to
her demise. His second marriage occurred in 1855, when Miss Tabitha
Layman, of Benton, became his wife. Eight children were born of
this union. The eldest, Florence May, died at the age of four years.
The others, are: Mrs. Lula B. Ward, Quincy E., Thomas S., John L.,
Mrs. F. J. Hickman, Mrs. L. E. Chenault and Miss Nancy Eugenia, all
of whom are residents of Benton excepting Mrs. L. E. Chenault.

DR. ELMER LAWRENCE APPLE, for tne past ten years engaged in medi-
cal practice at Golden Gate, Wayne county, Illinois, has in that time be-
come genuinely established in the community. Well and favorably
known to the medical profession of Wayne county, and secure in the re-
gard of the highly representative clientele which he has won to himself,
Dr. Apple is recognized as one of the foremost men of his town and
county.

Born in Paoli, Orange county, Indiana, on November 6, 1874, Dr.
Apple is the son of William C. and Elizabeth (Lowe) Apple. William
Apple, a native of North Carolina, was born there in 1836, and is the son
of Ridley C. Apple, a native born German who settled in Indiana in 1846.
William Apple and his wife still reside on the Orange county farm which
was the home of the family for so many years. Seven children were born
to them. Five of that number are now living. They are : William Wal-
ter, of California; H. L., living in Youngs Creek, Indiana; Z. M., of
French Lick Springs, Indiana; Alonzo, of Young's Creek, Indiana, and
Elmer L. of this review. Two daughters, Mary Rosa and Sarah Ellen
are deceased. Alonzo and Z. M. are twins, and are both large men, weigh-
ing two hundred and forty pounds each.

Dr. Apple was given good educational advantages, attending the pub-
lic schools of Paoli and graduating from the high school of that place in
due season, after which he attended the State Normal at Paoli. Follow-
ing that he entered the teaching profession and taught school for four
years. The work was not suited to him, however, and he felt that he
would accomplish more in the medical profession, to which he had ever
felt a strong inclination, and in 1895 the young man began the study of
medicine in the Hospital College of Medicine at Louisville, Kentucky.
In 1898 he was graduated from that institution, receiving his degree of
M. D., after which the ambitious and studious young doctor took a post
graduate course in the Chicago Clinical School, completing his work
there in 1902. Immediately thereafter Dr. Apple began the active prac-
tice of his profession, locating in Golden Gate, where he has ever found
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successful in the highest sense of the word. Dr. Apple confines his min-
istrations to a territory covering about six square miles, and is one of the
busiest men in the profession to be found in Wayne county.

Dr. Apple is a member of the Wayne county, Illinois State and
American Medical Associations. Fraternally he is connected with the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen and the Or-
der of Ben Hur. He is a Methodist in his religious belief, and is an ad-
herent to Democratic principles in a political way.

In 1900 Dr. Apple was united in marriage with Miss Mamie Hadley,
of Wayne county, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Hadley. They
have one child, Carmen Irene, born in July, 1905.

FRANK COLES, SR., a retired farmer of Albion, is one of the more
prominent and influential men of his community and of Edwards county.
Since giving up his agricultural operations he has devoted some of his
attention to real estate matters, and has acquired a considerable property
of a valuable nature in and about Albion, as well as holding an interest
in a tract of Mexico land, of more than two thousand acres. He has been
connected with the Albion Journal for several years and is president of
the Journal Publishing Company. On the whole, his interests are varied
and of a large and expansive nature, so that he is one of the busiest men
in Albion. An admirable citizen, possessing all the requisite qualities to
fit him for that part, he is regarded as one of the valuable and substantial
men of his community, and his best efforts may always be depended up-
on in any matters portending to increase or enhance the public welfare.

A native of Edwards county, Mr. Coles was born on a farm near
Grayville on February 3, 1845. He is a son of William H. Coles and
Rachael (Garrison) Coles. The father was born in Liverpool, England,
in 1799, and emigrated to America in 1818, and was a member of the
first colony to settle near Grayville. There he passed his life as a farmer,
living quietly on his farm near Grayville until the time of his death,
which event occurred in 1852. He was the son of Samuel and Sarah
(Standustreet) Coles of Liverpool, England, the parents of both of
whom were merchants and property holders in Liverpool. The Coles
heirs claim title to three important business blocks in that city. Rachael
Garrison, the wife of William Coles, was born in the year 1806, in South
Carolina and came to White county, Illinois, in 1809, with her parents.
Her father, James Garrison, was one of the pioneers of Illinois and here
Mrs. Coles spent the remainder of her life. She lived to be ninety-four
years old, dying in 1899, and could well remember when this part of the
state was a wilderness and inhabited by Indians and wild beasts. Mr.
and Mrs. Coles reared nine children of the ten born to them and of that
number four are yet living: William S., a resident of White county;
Joseph G., on a farm near Grayville ; Frank and Mrs. Mary J. Scott.
Those deceased are James F., Henry S., Albert G., Ann and John W.

The son, Frank, attended the district schools and worked on his
father's farm, and between the ages of twenty- three and twenty-seven he
employed his winters by teaching in the country schools. When he was
twenty-seven years old he settled down to farm life in earnest and tilled
his farm of 160 acres with all energy and persistence until 1883, when he
removed to Albion. He still owns a fine farm of 240 acres of river bot-
tom land, a particularly fertile and valuable tract, and he has a small
farm of twelve acres near to the city. He recently disposed of a
farm of sixty-four acres. Farm lands have been particularly attractive
to him and he has carried on a steady trade in that line for years, buying
and selling and gradually adding to his private holdings when he found
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south of Houston, Texas, which he visits every winter. He also holds a
considerable quantity of residence and business property in Albion.

From 1885 to 1902 Mr. Coles was engaged in the furniture business
in Albion, in company with N. E. Smith ; he still retains a half interest
in the business block in which the store is located. His realty business,
together with the interest he has in the Albion Journal and in the pub-
lishing business of which he is president, gives him ample duties to oc-
cupy all his time, and despite his advancing years, he is one of the most
active men in his community. Mr. Coles is a Republican in his political
views, and has ever been prominent and active in politics in his county
and in Southern Illinois. He is regarded in his section of the state as
the ' ' Old Wheelhorse ' ' of the party, and has for years been chairman of
the Republican County Committee. He has done his share in the service
of his county, and was in the office of assessor for four years, from 1890
to 1894. He was appointed public administrator by Governor Dineen in
1911. Mr. Coles is a member of the Christian church.

Mr. Coles has been twice married. In 1871 he married Sarah E. Em-
erson, daughter of Sanford Emerson. She died in 1897, leaving four
children. Eva, the eldest, is married to George W. Smith of Virginia,
Illinois, and has three children : Venita, Marlin and Elston ; Frederick is
now deceased ; Mrs. Kate Sax lives in Arkansas, and the fourth born is
Constance Quindry. In 1899 Mr. Coles married Sarah M. Hodgson,
daughter of John Hodgson of Albion.

EDWARD A. SCHROEDER. It is a fact patent to all that the United
States can boast of no better or more law-abiding class of citizens than
the great number of Germans who have found homes within her borders,
and the immediate descendants of these staunch, liberty-loving citizens.
Of the latter designation is that excellent young citizen, Edward A.
Schroeder, attorney-at-law. He has entered upon a career as a legist
which bids fair to be successful and it is his aim carefully and consist-
ently to observe and enforce its ethics and best traditions. Mr. Schroe-
der is one of Edwards county's native sons, his birth having occurred on
a farm in French Creek precinct on January 27, 1883, he being a son of
Frederick A. Schroeder. The father was a native of Germany and emi-
grated from that country in boyhood with his parents, John G. Schroeder
and his wife. Frederick A. Schroeder was for many years a useful and
public spirited citizen of this section. His birth occurred November 13,
1835, in the Fatherland, and his death in this locality on December 4,
1910, but his memory as one who was aligned with all good causes and
held the public welfare above personal interest, will long remain green.
He was one of the most successful farmers of the county and at his demise
owned some four hundred acres of valuable land. His wife, previous to
her marriage, Louisa Negley, was likewise of German parentage and their
union was blessed by the birth of the following ten children : Mary R. ;
J. George, residing in Wabash county; Frank W.,; David F., deceased;
Frederick A. ; Charles G. ; one who died in infancy ; Edward A. ; Laura
F. ; and Alma L.

Young Edward received his early educational discipline in the public
schools and desiring to obtain a more thorough academic training he be-
came a student in the Southern Collegiate Institute, from which he was
graduated in June, 1907. He then matriculated in the Illinois Wesleyan
University at Bloomington where he took a course preparatory to law
and received a well earned degree in June, 1910, being admitted to the
bar in that same month. Thus thoroughly reinforced in a theoretical
way, he proceeded to Albion, where he proudly displayed his professional
shingle and entered upon an active practice of the law. In politics he is

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a stanch Republican and is one of the most prominent of the younger
men in political affairs. In evidence of his prominence in the community
is the fact that he was a candidate for states attorney of Edwards county
in the spring of 1912, and in many ways he has gained the confidence of
the people. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
and Phi Alpha Delta, a law fraternity. One item in an interesting an-
cestral history is the fact that his grandfather was a soldier in the
Prussian army in the wars against Napoleon and participated in many
notable engagements. Mr. Schroeder has not yet joined the ranks of the
Benedicts.

PETER C. WALTERS. A young lawyer who is making his mark in this
section of the state is Peter C. Walters, county judge and one of the
standard-bearers of the Republican party. He was formerly engaged in
educational work and can look back over a number of years in that field.
Since his admission to the bar in 1908, he has given ample proof of the
fact that he possesses all the requisite qualities of the able lawyer, among
these a careful preparation, a thorough appreciation of the absolute
ethics of life and of the underlying principles which form the basis of all
human rights and privileges.

Judge Walters is one of the good citizens the Hoosier state has given
to Southern Illinois, his birth having occurred in Dearborn county, In-
diana, January 29, 1881. His young eyes first opened to the rural sur-
roundings of his father's farm, and the biographer is sometimes tempted
to believe that the most powerful ' ' Open Sesame ' ' to success is to be born
a farmer's son. At any rate, Judge Walters is on the safe side in the
matter. His father, John Walters, born in 1842, is now residing in Pos-
eyville, Indiana. He is a native of Germany, having at the age of nine
years severed old associations in the Fatherland to cross the ocean with
his father, Andrew Walters. They located first at Harrisburg, Pennsyl-
vania, where they became familiar with the English language and
American ways and subsequently emigrated to the vicinity of Cincinnati,
Ohio, later going on to Harrison, Indiana. The grandfather died at San
Antonio, Texas, in 1896, having made his home at that point during his
later years. The father, a farmer by occupation, resided in Dearborn
county until 1882, when his son was about a year old and then removed
to a farm west of Grayville where he remained until March, 1909. He
then sold his fine farm and settled in Poseyville, Indiana. He took as his
wife Catherine Altherr, a native of Ohio, and of German- American par-
entage, but the good wife and mother died when her son Peter C. was a
lad eight years of age. This union was blessed with ten children, three
of whom died in infancy. The ones living to maturity are as follows :
John T., of Ferguson, Missouri ; George W., of Chicago ; A. H., of Posey-
ville, Indiana; Francis J., of Hamilton, Ohio; Mary E.; Rose (Weath-
erly) of Poseyville, Indiana; and Peter C.

Judge Walters received his preliminary education in the common
schools and in 1897 was graduated from the Grayville high school. He
then took a year's course in the Southern Illinois Normal University at
Carbondale, attending four terms and after a period of years as an
educator he entered the law department of the University of Illinois and
received his degree in 1908. In 1899, at the age of eighteen years, he be-
gan teaching school and taught at first for four terms in the country
schools. Following that he taught one year in the grammar department
of the Grayville schools and then was for four years principal of the
Browns schools. From 1906 to 1907 he was principal of the Carmi High
school and in every community he was known as an able and enlightened
educator. However, he was ambitious to become identified with the legal



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fraternity and during the later part of his pedagogical work, he devoted
all his spare time to the study of law, thus forming a substantial prepa-
ration for his collegiate work. He was admitted to the bar in June, 1908,
and success has attended him from the first. It was in Gray township
that he held his first political office, being twice elected town clerk of that
township on the Republican ticket, the first time in 1907 and again 1908
and by his faithfulness and efficiency laying the foundation for future
political preferment. In 1909 he removed to Edwards county and in that
same year was first appointed and then elected justice of the peace of
French Creek precinct and in 1910 was nominated without opposition
to the office of county judge. In November of that year he was elected
for a term of four years. He has proved the man for the place, meeting
grave questions with valor and ability and he is known to be devoted to
the principles of his party and ready to do all in his power to proclaim
its ideas and support its candidates. Fraternally he is a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Judge Walters was married April 8, 1909, Ethel Farnsworth, of Mt.
Carmel, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Farnsworth, becoming his wife.
A son, Richard Farnsworth, died sixteen days after birth. Judge Wal-
ters and his wife are popular and estimable young people and hold an
assured place in the hearts of the people of Edwards county.

WALTER S. ROTHROCK. It is safe to say that no citizen is better
known in Edwards county than Walter S. Rothrock, who is serving as
sheriff of this county. He is one of the good citizens of Edwards county
who have paid it the highest compliment within their power by electing
to remain permanently within its borders and is now efficiently serving
its interests in one of the most important public capacities. He has
proved an able man in the office and is as popular with the law-abiding
as he is feared by those whose business takes them out of the straight
and narrow path. He answers to a dual calling, being also collector.

Mr. Rothrock was born in West Salem, Edwards county, the date of
his nativity being October 22, 1861. He is a son of Samuel A. Rothrock,
who located in Edwards county in 1840, being brought here as a small
lad, his birth having occurred in Winston, North Carolina, in 1834. His
father, Joel Rothrock, located on a farm near West Salem. In this
county the father of Walter S. Rothrock passed the remainder of his
life and followed the trade of a blacksmith until 1876, from that time in
the livery and hotel business until his death in June, 1909. He was a
good citizen and a veteran of the Civil war, having for about ten months
of the great conflict between the states served as a sergeant of Company
F, One Hundred and Fifty-second Illinois Regiment. Previous to en-
listing he was enrolling and drafting officer. He married Margaret Wal-
ser, a native of North Carolina who came to Edwards county in 1834 with
her parents when she was only three years of age. She died in Edwards
county in 1905. To Mr. and Mrs. Rothrock were born seven sons and
daughters, four of whom are living at the present time. They are as
follows : Walter S., of this review ; Addie M. Steele, of Chicago ; Harry
Joel, of West Salem ; and Maurice B., of Springfield, Illinois.

Walter S. Rothrock was educated in the West Salem schools and after
bidding adieu to his desk in the village school room he entered his
father's blacksmith shop and under the tutelage of that gentleman
gained a thorough training in his trade. However, he did not make it his
own trade, and in 1882 he embarked in the hotel and livery business in
West Salem and was thus engaged until the fall of 1910, the date of his
election. His hostelry was ever popular and well-managed and the
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for he possesses not only business ability, but a desire to give the guest
beneath his roof the best of accommodation. In 1910, as mentioned, he
was elected to the offices of sheriff and collector and in these capacities
has served well the interests of his constituents, to his own credit and the
honor and profit of the people. He previously served as constable of
West Salem. His election lost him as a citizen of West Salem, for it was
necessary for him to remove to Albion. He is a tried and true Republi-
can and his loyalty to what its admirers term "the Grand Old Party"
has never been found wanting. ' Sheriff Rothrock is a popular lodge man,
holding membership in the ancient and august Masonic order, the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America.
Mr. Rothrock was married October 14, 1894, Miss Julia Clodfelder,
of West Salem, daughter of B. F. Clodfelder, a well-known citizen of
that place, becoming his wife. They have a trio of children, as follows :
Margaret Elizabeth, Lucille, and Walter S., Jr. All are held in confi-
dence and high regard and are among the popular and helpful members
of the community.

DR. WALTER A. WHEELER. No science presents a wider field for
never-ceasing study, marvelous skill and delicate artistry than that of
dentistry and Dr. Walter A. Wheeler is one who fulfills not only its re-
quirements, but its splendid possibilities successfully. Born and reared
here, his loyalty is of particularly high order and he has achieved the
highest success of good citizenship, possessing the spirit of civic altruism
and the keen recognition of individual obligation to the public weal. Dr.
Wheeler was born in the vicinity of Albion, August 10, 1872, the son of
John Wheeler, who was born in 1830 and passed away in 1875. He was
a native of Wabash county and of English descent, his father having
been born in the Mother Country. Dr. Wheeler's father was reared amid
the rural surroundings of his father's homestead farm and was a wheel-
wright by trade. He took as his wife Isabella Schofield, who is living at
the age of seventy-seven years and who is likewise of English parentage.
This admirable lady makes her home with Dr. Wheeler, who is the
youngest of a family of four children. Carrie resides at Chicago ; Samuel
is a citizen of Mt. Carmel ; and Alfred is located at Trinidad, Colorado.

Dr. Wheeler was educated in the common schools and subsequently
entered the Southern Collegiate Institute, at that time known as the Al-
bion Normal University. In the meantime he determined upon his ca-
reer and began his preparation for dentistry in the Indiana Dental Uni-
versity from which he received his degree in 1903, standing at the head
of a class of over sixty members. In Albion he hung up his professional
shingle and in the ensuing years has built up a lucrative and constantly
growing practice.

On June 16, 1910, Dr. Wheeler entered the ranks of the Benedicts,
the young woman to become his wife and the mistress of his household
being Sarah E. Hodgson, daughter of Charles Hodgson, who was en-
gaged in the milling business in this place up to the time of his death,
which occurred on March 30, 1912. Their union has been blessed by the
birth of a son, Julian Carl. Both Dr. and Mrs. Wheeler are aligned with
the best interests of Albion and popular members of society. They are
valued members of the Methodist Episcopal church and the doctor is
affiliated with the 1 Knights of Pythias of Albion.

The doctor's honored father, the late John Wheeler, was a veteran
of the Civil war, his enlistment taking place in April, 1861, when our
gallant ship of state was first threatened with destruction on the rugged
rooks of disunion. He was a member of Company B. of the Sixty-third
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tered out at Washington after the Grand Review in June, 1865. He
was in many battles, marched with Sherman to the sea and participated
in the Atlanta campaign.

ALLEN E. WALKER. Albion and Edwards county possess no more
popular young citizen than Allen E. Walker, circuit clerk and recorder.
By profession an educator, he has a record in that field which greatly
commends him and his services in a public capacity have redounded to
his own credit and to the honor and profit of the people. He is one of
the leading Republicans of this part of the state and his support of the
men and measures put forth by the Grand Old Party is regarded as a val-
uable asset. Mr. Walker is interested in the success of good government
and is an exponent of the progressive spirit and strong initiative ability
which have caused Albion to forge so rapidly forward of late. He is
native to this county, his eyes having first opened to the light of day on a
farm in the southern part, on December 15, 1881. His father, Thomas J.
Walker, was born in England in 1836 and came to America with his
father, also named Thomas Walker, in 1841. Both the father and the
grandfather of Allen E. Walker were farmers. Thomas J. Walker served
almost throughout the entire course of the great conflict between the states,
enlisting in Company B, of the Eighteenth Illinois Regiment on May 28,
1861, and being discharged February 28, 1864. He held the rank of ser-
geant and participated in a number of the most important battles,
among them Shiloh, Port Henry, Fort Donelson, Vicksburg, and Brit-
tain's Lane. He married Elizabeth Kendall, like himself a native of
England, her birth having occurred across the sea in 1843. She was
brought to America when a child by her parents. Allen E. Walker is



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