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Ben Duxson carried on the enterprise of team-
ing and general hauling, and is now an employe
of the Continental Packing Company, at the
Union Stock Yards, having charge of the ice ma-



chines. During the World's Columbian Expo-
sition in Chicago he was driver of Engine Com-
pany, No. i, of the Chicago Fire Department.

He was married November 2, 1881, to Miss
Johanna Duggan, who was born in a building at
the corner of Sixty -fifth and State Streets, Chi-
cago. The house is only a short distance from
where she now lives. Her sister became the wife
of the brother of Mr. Duxson, William Duxson,
and the two families reside at the old homestead.
This is an instance where two brothers married
two sisters and the families on both sides were
residents of the same neighborhood for several
years, where the daughters were born.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Duxson are
as follows: James, born December 25, 1882;
Sarah, March 2, 1886; and Katy, December 30,
1889. The family of Duxson has ever been a
highly respected and honored one, and success
has followed the endeavors, energy and ambition
which are characteristic of the name. Mr. Dux-
son has a pleasant home, a congenial life compan-
ion, and interesting children, who will prove the
blessing he and his worthy wife deserve.



LIBRARY

OF THE

UNIVERSITY OF ILUNOI',




HENRY NIEMEYER.



HENRY NIEMEYER.



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HENRY NIEMEYER.



HENRY NIEMEYER was for many years
prominently connected with the business in-
terests of Chicago. He was born September
28, 1825, close to Mariensee, Hanover, Germany,
and was the oldest son of Diedrich and Wilhemina
(Dempwolf) Niemeyer, both of whom were
members of old and respected German families.
Henry was educated in the parochial school, and
on attaining the age of fourteen years was con-
firmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
His father was a tailor by trade and after leaving
school Henry served a regular apprenticeship with
him, and worked at the trade of tailor until he
emigrated to America. In 1847 he left his be-
loved Fatherland and came to the United States,
and after a monotonous and uneventful ocean
voyage landed at New York. He remained in
that city one year, working at his trade. The
next year he came to Chicago and for some time
worked as a journeyman tailor. Being industri-
ous and ambitious to succeed in the world he
carefully saved his earnings, and when he had a
snug little sum on hand he began business for
himself in a small way. His first venture was
keeping a fruit stand, which proved a profitable
investment and soon developed into a store.
Later he kept the Sailors' Hotel on Water Street.
While thus employed he invested the profits of
his business in real estate on the northwest
corner of Canal and Fourteenth Streets, upon
which he built a three-story building.

He opened a hotel there and did a profit-
able business until his premises were destroyed
by fire in the summer of 1861 , meeting a total loss.
Being out of business he decided to take a few
months' vacation, during which time he visited
Germany and spent some time in his native



place. On his return to Chicago he rebuilt, this
time with stores for renting. In the days of his
prosperity he had bought property on Milwaukee
Avenue at the corner of Green Street. In the
winter of 1861-62 he opened a hotel on that
property, continuing the business until 1863,
when he returned to Canal Street, and having
previously bought the lot, built on the opposite
corner from his stores, and there followed the
same business for a few years, when he gave up
the hotel and started a toy and notion store and
did a profitable trade until 1872, when he gave
up business, moved to Englewood, and lived in
retirement the remainder of his days. He died
December 8, 1877, leaving his widow and
daughter an abundance of this world's goods.

Mr. Niemeyer began life a poor boy, in fact
on his arrival in America was in debt to a friend
for a part of his passage money. But by that in-
dustry, characteristic of his nationality, combined
with good business ability, he won success by
honorable methods. Although he never sought
public office of any kind, he always took a keen
interest in public affairs and was ever loyal to his
adopted country. He joined the Republican
party at its organization and became prominent
in the councils of the party and not only attended
many county, state and national conventions,
but spent much of his time and money to insure
the success of the party. He was an intimate
friend of "Long John Wentworth" and had per-
sonal acquaintance with Abraham Lincoln, whom
he helped to nominate for the presidency in 1860.

In social and benevolent orders he took an
active part, having been a member of Robert
Blum Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and a charter member of Hoffuung Lodge, of the



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W. J. McCORKINDALE.



same order, which was organized through his
influence and held in his lodge hall. In 1853 ^ e
married Miss Louise Tegtemeyer, by whom he
had two children. Sophia is the wife of Theodore
Hartmann and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota,
and Frederick died in infancy. Mrs. Niemeyer
died in 1860. On July 8, 1862, he married Miss



Louise, daughter of Conrad and Charlotte
(Schumacher) Fromling, who was born October
18, 1839, and reared in the same parish as himself.
They became the parents of three children, all of
whom are deceased. Hermina died at the age of
twenty-one years and Frederick and Christina
passed away in childhood.



WILLIAM J. McCORKINDALE.



(DQlLLIAM JAMES McCORKINDALE, su-
\A/ perintendent f the Harvey Transit Com-
VV pany at Harvey, Illinois, is a gentleman
whose fitness for the successful conduct of compli-
cated and arduous duties is amply proven. He is
one of the progressive and up-to-date citizens of
Harvey, and one whose judgment is widely ap-
preciated. It is with pleasure his many friends
learn of his employers' determination to keep
him in a position where their best interests are
concerned and friends constantly gained for their
companies.

The Harvey Transit Company, organized in
August, 1891 , operates the water works, the elec-
tric lighting system and the street car line to
West Harvey. The water works system has been
kept abreast of the demands, now having fifteen
miles of mains, with one hundred and forty
hydrants. The original source of supply has
been superseded by a system of artesian wells at
West Harvey, sunk to a depth of sixteen hun-
dred eight feet. The water is raised by com-
pressed air, which operates at the same time the
aerating of the water, thus liberating the obnox-
ious gases and making the supply the most desir-
able for domestic use. Over twenty-five thous-
and dollars have been expended in these later
improvements. In January, 1892, the electric
lighting plant was installed, so that Harvey has
ever been one of the best lighted towns of its size.



It has a capacity of one hundred arc and thirteen
hundred incandescent lights. For six years the
supervision of these plants has been held by Mr.
McCorkindale, the number of consumers increas-
ing during the time from one hundred to six
hundred .

Mr. McCorkindale was born in New Orleans,
Louisiana, of Scotch parentage. His father,
William McCorkindale, is chief engineer of the
New Orleans Electric- Light and Power Com-
pany, the largest plant in the south. Educated
in Glasgow, he became a marine engineer, and
for twenty-seven years had charge of the engines
on various ocean vessels. He is well known in
Harvey, where he has frequently visited, and the
benefit of his wide experience is somewhat em-
bodied in its excellent electric system.

William J. McCorkindale spent considerable
time as a youth with his father on the ocean and
early became familiar with delicate and compli-
cated machinery. Educated in Tulane High
School and the University at New Orleans, he be-
came a teacher of manual training in the latter
institution, until, in March, 1891, he came to
Chicago as cashier of the Harvey Steel Car Com-
pany. The same parties owned the Transit Com-
pany and transferred him, placing him in charge
of the latter company's accounts, soon making
him secretary of the company, which position in
less than one year gave place to the general su-



C. R. FURBOOM.



609



periutendency ,a position where his worth has been
ably and repeatedly shown. His value as a citizen
becoming recognized, he was asked to serve as a
member of the township school trustees and was
elected for a three-year term. He is identified
with the Republican party, though he holds to
quite liberal views. He is a member of Magic
City Lodge No. 832, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons, and is connected with Harvey Lodge



No. 80, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and
Dirigo Lodge No. 399, Knights of Pythias, of
which he is Past Chancellor. He also fraternizes
with the Royal Arcanum, the Loyal League, the
North American Union, and is a member of the
Harvey Gun Club. His wife was Miss Pauline
E. DuFour, of New Orleans. They have two
children, Pauline Fredericka and William J.,
junior.



CHARLES R. FURBOOM.



CHARLES REINHOLD FURBOOM, who
1 I stands among the foremost mechanics of the
\J city of Chicago and is a prominent citizen,
was born in that far away land of health and
vigor, Sweden, in the little village of Nyhammar,
Province of Dalarne, December 28, 1861. His
parents are Peter Reinhold and Johanna Augusta
(Wickstrom) Furubom. The family has long
been made up of skilled mechanics and workmen,
and the man whose name heads this article proves
the rule.

His great-grandfather, Erik Olson Furubom,
was born in the Province of Halsingland, Sweden,
was a builder, and lived in Furudal, Province of
Dalarne, where his wife, Anna Christine Sund-
gren, was born. Their son, Peter Furubom, was
born in that place May 10, 1792, and became a
blacksmith. September 29, 1820, he married
Johanna Fugerstrom, who was born April 9,
1798, in the same place. Their children were
born and named as follows: August 30, 1822,
Christina Sophia; January 6, 1825, Elizabeth
Charlotta; November 16, 1827, Adolph; Decem-
ber 21, 1830, Jacob Philipp; December 24, 1833,
Peter Reinhold; April 18, 1836, Carl. Both of the
daughters are deceased. The youngest son emi-
grated from his native land in 1880, and located
in South Chicago, where he died July 4, 1884.
He married Clara Dansare, and their children



were: Albertina, Fiken, Hilda, Edward, Hjal-
mar and Carl Oscar. Of these, the third, fourth
and fifth are now deceased. Carl Furubom mar-
ried for his second wife Matilda Hedstrom, who
now resides with a daughter on Sixty -third Court,
Chicago. Jacob Philipp, another son of Peter
Furubom, was the father of the following chil-
dren: Julia, who married John Geselius, and re-
sides at Homestead, Pennsylvania; Ernest, a resi-
dent of Chicago; and Hjalmar, who also resides
at Homestead.

The maternal grandfather of Charles R. Fur-
boom was Anders Gustaf Wickstrom, born No-
vember 14, 1816. He was married February 10,
1839, to Anna Christina Tilling, who was born
June 22, 1822. They immigrated to America in
1869, and settled at Galva, Henry Count}', Illi-
nois, where Mr. Wickstrom is still living, with
his son, Carl Gustaf. Mrs. Wickstrom died
August 4, 1895. Their children were: Carl Gus-
taf, born September n, 1840; Johanna Augusta,
April 3, 1843; Anders Frederick, August 4, 1853;
Carolina Wilhelmina (now deceased), June 5,
1855; Johan Alfred, February 9, 1857. The sec-
ond son resides in California, and the youngest is
a physician located at Princeton, Illinois. He
has changed the spelling of his name to "Vix-
trum."

Peter Reinhold Furubom, father of the subject



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A. V. NELSON.



of this sketch, was born December 24, 1833, in
Soderberke, Province of Dalarne, Sweden, and is
now living at Nyhaminar, in the same province.
He is a pattern-maker, and has been forty years
in the service of the Nyhammar Bruk Company,
manufacturers of iron and steel wares, being now
a foreman. March 10, 1860, he married Johanna
Augusta Wickstrom, who was born in Grangarde,
Province of Dalarne, and is still living. They
had only two children, both sons. The eldest,
Peter Axel, died in 1868, at the age of seven
years. As will be noted, the surviving son has
changed the orthography of the sur-name, to con-
form to English spelling and pronunciation.

Charles Reinhold Furboom attended school
until he reached the age of fifteen years, and
learned the trade of a pattern-maker from his
father, who was skilled in the art, and was with
that worthy between the ages of sixteen and
twenty years. He reached Boston June 15, 1881,
and arrived in Chicago June 1 8 of the same year.
He entered the employ of the Illinois Central
Railroad Company at the South Park station,
and subsequently engaged in the service of Pal-
mer, Fuller & Company, at the corner of Twenty-
second and Union Streets, doing carpenter work,
and remained there until 1881. He was carpen-
ter for the Chicago Lumber Company one year,
and for Edmund & Hayes, at the corner of Thir-
teenth and Robey Streets, six months. He sub-
sequently visited his old home in Sweden, taking
eighteen months, and on his return was employed



by the Cottage Grove Manufacturing Company,
at No. 91 Thirty-eighth Street. He was from
April n, 1887, until 1893 working as carpenter,
after which date, until 1897, ^ e was foreman.
May i, 1897, he was made superintendent, and
is occupying that position at present. He has
charge of thirty-eight men, the business being
the manufacturing of sashes, doors and blinds.
He lost half the index finger of his left hand in a
circular rip-saw in 1888.

Mr. Furboom built a residence at No. 7038
Vincennes Avenue in 1893, an d has since lived at
that location. He was married September 22,
1888, to Miss Anna Marie Peterson, daughter of
Peter and Sarah (Peterson) Erickson. Mrs. Fur-
boom was born March 28, 1862, in the same town
in Sweden as her husband, and emigrated from
her native land in 1887. Their only child, born
May 7, 1890, died July 20, 1892. He was named
Walter Reinhold.

Mr. Furboom is connected with Carolus Com-
mandery No. 9, Knights of the Red Cross, and
Skandinaviska Iduna Chicago No. 44, a Scan-
dinavian benefit society. He is also a member of
the Amalgamated Wood Workers. He upholds
the principles of the Republican party and votes
in favor of its candidates at all times. Mr. Fur-
boom is among the most prominent Scandina-
vian citizens of Chicago, and is honored and re-
spected by all who come in contact with his
genial nature and know his straightforward deal-
ings.



AUGUST V. NELSON.



Gl UGUST VICTOR NELSON, who is among eration bearing the name, emigrated from their



Hthe most skillful carpenters and competent
contractors of the city of Chicago, comes of a
very old and prominent family, whose members
have nearly all, at the time of the present gen-



native land and found homes in America. The
family is made up of men who are employed at
a trade and succeed so well that they do not envy
men of the professions their peculiar standing in



H. G. HUDSON.



611



the business world. Some men can better serve
their own and the best interests of the city if they
do not have the care of a business to bear them
down and the responsibility which kills so many
with worry. August Victor Nelson was born
October 12, 1857, on Farm Falla, four miles from
the city of Westervik, Sweden, a son of Nels
Gabriel and Caroline (Turn.) Nelson. For fur-
ther mention of the ancestors of A. V. Nelson,
the reader is referred to the biography of G. L.
Nelson, on another page of this work.

Mr. Nelson learned the trade of carpenter in his
native land and worked at it there about ten years.
He takes contracts for work when they can be
procured and at other times does the work of
journeyman. He reached Chicago July 16, 1887,
and had several brothers here before him. He



at once joined forces with his brother, Charles
(see biography of C. A. Nelson, of this volume)
and the two remained together to the present
time, contracting together when the opportunity
offers or when nothing better is at hand. Mr.
Nelson has worked on some of the finest build-
ings on the South Side and the work has been
chiefly on flat buildings and residences.

Though never ambitious to mingle in politics
to any great degree, he performs the duty of vot-
ing and upholds the candidates of the Republican
party. Mr. Nelson has never married and makes
his home with his brother's family, in whom he
takes a lively interest. He is a rising young
man, who will thrive at whatever he undertakes.
His abilities are good and he is well liked by all
with whom he comes in contact.



HARRY G. HUDSON.



HARRY GEORGE HUDSON, who is at the
present time in the service of the United
States government, in the postoffice, was
born June 15, 1867, in Nashville, Tennessee, and
is a son of George Henry and Mary (Lane)
Hudson.

Mr. Hudson took a full course in the South
Division High x School, graduating in 1886. He
accepted a position as messenger boy for the Pull-
man Palace Car Company in September of the
same year, later being promoted to junior clerk,
and subsequently was private stenographer to
the general manager, George F. Brown, for
some years, and was in the general office eleven
years. He took the city civil service examin-
ation and left the employ of this concern in
March, 1897. He secured a position and began
work April i, 1897, being employed as stenogra-
pher for the civil service commission until
October, 1897, when he was by his own request



transferred to the street department, where he re-
mained until March, 1898, when, having, taken a
government civil service examination, and passed
creditably, he resigned his city position to go to
the postoffice, as stenographer in the executive
department.

July 1 6, 1890, Mr. Hudson was married to
Miss Mary Glover, daughter of Joseph Wine and
Minerva (Austin) Marshall. Mrs. Hudson was
born October 22, 1867, in Amelia County,
Virginia, and came to Chicago in 1872. Mr.
Hudson belongs to the Masonic order, being
connected with Mount Hebron Lodge, of which
he is secretary, having occupied this office for
the past eight years. He is a stanch upholder
of the arguments placed in favor of the Repub-
lican party and at all favorable opportunities
casts a vote or presents a good word for the said
party.

Mr. Hudson has been very successful finan-



612



THOMAS NICHOLS.



daily, and has a residence at No. 6328 Champlain
Avenue. He is a competent and valued employe
of the postoffice department and tries to make
his services count for all that is possible in favor
of the general public, and so valuable that they
cannot be dispensed with. He is a man of strong



character and is withal a pleasant, genial gentle-
man of the highest refinement. All men respect
him, whether dealing with him in business or
meeting him socially, where men prove their true
selves, in their hospitality and treatment of their
various friends and enemies.



THOMAS NICHOLS.



'HOMAS NICHOLS, who comes from a
very old and distinguished English family,
has spent a great deal of his life in attention
to the enterprise of making shoes, but in later
years has dealt to some extent in real estate in
the city of Chicago. He was born July 3, 1847,
in Kettring, Northampton County, England, and
is a son of James and Maria (Padgett) Nichols.
Thomas Nichols, grandfather of the man whose
name heads this article, was born in Middleton,
and was a blacksmith by occupation. He lived
in the same vicinity in which he was born during
his entire existence. His wife was Mary Ann
Nichols, who lived to the age of seventy-five
years, and they were the parents of two sons and
three daughters. James Nichols, father of Thomas,
is still living, and is seventy-seven years of age.
He was born at Middleton, England, and moved
to Kettring when thirty-seven years of age, and
has since resided in that locality. He dealt in
rope and twine, which his brother manu-
factured. Mrs. Nichols died April 21, 1881, at
the age of sixty-two years. Her children were:
Thomas, Mary Ann, Jane and Emma. Mary
Ann was married to George Enger, -a coal
dealer, and is the mother of six children. Joseph ,
the next, died at the age of six months. Jane
married Thomas Foster; they have three children,
and live in Kettring, England. He has a shoe
manufactory. Emma married Edward Smith
and they never emigrated from their native land,



but still reside in Kettring. He also deals in
shoes, and has two children. Mrs. Nichols' fam-
ily, the Padgetts, were from Loughborough, Eng-
land, and were well-known manufacturers of
hosierj'.

Thomas Nichols was the only one of his
father's family to emigrate from their native
land, and he reached the city of Chicago June
21, 1871. Having learned the trade of shoe-
maker in his native land, he immediately be-
came employed by J. T. Jewett, at the corner of
Dearborn and Monroe Streets, and was with him
until Mr. Jewett's death, which occurred in the
spring of the year 1885. He remained with Mr.
Jewett's successor, Richard Melcher, until 1888,
when he changed to the service of Rasmussen
Brothers. He was with the last-mentioned con-
cern until 1890, whence practically retired from
active business life. He began to deal in real
estate about 1880, and in 1882 purchased seventy-
five feet of property on Garfield Boulevard, be-
tween Wright and Stewart Avenues. He erected
three two-story houses and is still in possession
of this property. In 1894 he purchased fifty
feet on Wabash Avenue, between Sixty-ninth and
Seventieth Streets. He built a two-story house
on the last-mentioned ground and has realized
much profit from these investments.

Mr. Nichols was married July 14, 1876, to
Mrs. Julia Thompson, widow of James Thomp-
son and daughter of Timothy and Mary (Hogan)






P. H. KELLER.



613



McCarth}'. Mrs. Nichols was born March 15,
1846, in the city of Cork, Ireland, and came to
America in 1862. She came over with her
brother, Daniel, and spent three months in New
York. She then removed to Chicago, her
mother coming over a year later and dying July
8, 1887, at the age of eighty-four years. Timo-
thy McCarthy died in 1848, at the age of forty
years. His children were: Margaret, Cornelius,
Mary Ann, Ellen, Daniel, John, Julia and Timo-
thy. All of this family of children are deceased
except Ellen, Daniel and Julia. Mary Ann
came to America about 1853. She married
James Oliver Ferris and lived in Stamford, Con-
necticut. They came to Chicago and made their
home here many years, then bought a farm near
Decatur, Illinois. Mrs. Ferris passed away at
Decatur August 20, 1867, aged thirty -five years.
Her children were: Lena, William, Oliver, John.
The last-named is now an Episcopal clergyman
in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. J. O.
Ferris was a carpenter and survived his wife ten
years, dying at the age of fifty-five years, in
Stamford. Ellen, another of the family of
Timothy McCarthy, and sister of Mrs. Nichols,
came to America in 1855, and married David
Thompson, a moulder in Chicago. They reside
at Monticello, Indiana, and their children were



named as follows: Emily (deceased), Janet
(deceased), William (deceased), George and
Robert. Daniel McCarthy, son of Timothy
McCarthy, married Kate Norris, in Ireland, and
came over in 1863. They lived in Chicago twelve
years and then removed to Oakland, California.
Their children are: Daniel, William, Margaret
(deceased), James, Mary, Emily and George. Mr.
McCarthy is a ship carpenter. John McCarthy,
a brother of Mrs. Nichols, was drowned in Bom-
bay, India, while in the merchant marine.

Mrs. Nichols' children, by her first husband,
were: Mary Jane, who makes her home with Mr.
Nichols, and John R. Mar}' Jane married D. S.
Cronin and John R. married Sadie Broderick,
and lives at No. 543 Garfield Boulevard. His
only child is John Albert.

Mr. Nichols is interested in the success of the
Republican party, at all times, though never
seeking public office of any kind. He has
served, however, as assistant road master of the
Town of Lake, and is a very competent and
able man. His views are of the highest order,
and his sympathies are for the right and his in-
fluence used for good. He exerts himself for
the benefit of his fellow-men and their interests
are his. _A pleasant, genial gentleman, he is
admired and respected by all.



PHILIP H. KELLER.



HENRY KELLER, who keeps a



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