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ment, he accepted an invitation from the master
of the ship "L,owell," of Newburyport, to take a
trip with him to Mazatlan, Mexico. From there
the vessel was ordered to Ypala, a thousand miles
south, where it was loaded with a cargo of dye-
woods for Boston. As Mr. Toppan did not care
to return home by the way of Cape Horn, he ac-
cepted an invitation from a wealthy Spanish gen-
tleman to accompany him to the City of Mexico.
They made their way to Typic, and thence to
their destination, making the entire trip on horse-
back, stopping at the principal towns along their
route. Mr. Toppan remained in the City of
Mexico six weeks, and was then appointed a
special bearer of dispatches to Washington by the
United States Minister.

After delivering these dispatches and visiting
his home he went to New York and took passage
in the Vanderbilt steamer "Daniel Webster" for
San Francisco, by way of Nicaragua.

They reached Nicaragua during the rainy sea-
son, and were eighteen days in crossing the Isth-
mus, and while passing up the Pacific Coast to
San Francisco eleven stops were made for the
purpose of burying people who had died of fever
contracted on the Isthmus.

On reaching the Golden Gate City, Mr. Top-
pan formed a partnership with George Mansfield,
a former chief steward of the Massasoit House, of
Springfield, Massachusetts, and they opened a
hotel on Clay Street, which they called the Mas-
sasoit House. This venture proving a success,
they carried on the hotel until it was destroyed in
the second big fire. They then purchased an in-
terest in a stern-wheel boat called ' 'The Fashion, ' '
which they ran between San Francisco and Colusa,
the latter place being on the Sacramento River,
one hundred miles above the city of Sacramento.



A year after this Mr. Toppan, being ill with
bilious fever, sold his interest in the boat and
took passage for Honolulu, Sandwich Islands.
After a stay of six weeks he boarded the clipper
ship "Sovereign of the Seas," bound for New
York. At that time this ship was the largest
sailing-vessel afloat, and eighty days after leaving
Honolulu they reached New York, having made
the shortest passage ever made by a sailing-vessel.

Two months were now passed at home, and
then, the family physician having advised a
warmer climate for him, he sailed from Boston to
Calcutta, going as third mate of the vessel. Be-
fore starting he had made arrangements with
Frederick Tudor, a large dealer in and shipper of
ice, to act as his agent. He represented Mr. Tudor
for eight years in Calcutta, two years in Ceylon,
two years in Singapore, and two years in Java,
opening new houses in the last three places.

During his residence in the East, Mr. Toppan
visited Newburyport three times, remaining about
three months on each occasion. These trips were
made through the Red Sea, Suez Canal, the Med-
iterranean and overland across Europe to Liver-
pool. He was on the eve of going to Hong Kong,
to open an ice-house there when Mr. Tudor's
death prevented.

Mr. Toppan then returned home and accepted
a position with Addison, Gage & Co., of Boston,
to start an ice business in Havana, Cuba, but af-
ter three years they were obliged to discontinue
operations on account of the internal dissensions
of the people of Cuba.

He then returned to Boston and became inter-
ested in petroleum oil. By experimenting, he
discovered a new way of filtering, and went to
Cleveland, Ohio, where he made arrangements
for manufacturing and placing his oil upon the
market. This business venture continued until
the peculiar grade of oil which was used as a base
became exhausted, since which time none like it
has been found.

Again, he went to Boston and purchased a one-
third interest in a large fish-oil house, taking
possession on the i^ih of September, 1872. On
the loth of November the entire plant was de-
stroyed in the great Boston fire. The business,



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however, was soon resumed, and continued until
the following September, when the Jay Cook
panic caused a failure.

Four years after this, or in May, 1877, Mr.
Toppan became identified with the Galena, and
the Signal Oil Works, Limited, of Franklin, Penn-
sylvania, coming to Chicago as their Resident
Manager for this territory.

He was the originator of the contract system
of supplying railroads with their lubricating oils,
these contracts being based upon the car and lo-
comotive mileage of the different roads. So sat-
isfactory and successful has this system proved,
that to-day upwards of seventy per cent, of the
railway mileage of the United States and Mexico
is supplied in this manner by the above-named
concerns.

Mr. Toppan was married, August 13, 1861, in
Newburyport, Massachusetts, to Miss Juliet A.
Lunt, who immediately accompanied him to Java.
She is the daughter of the late George and Caroline
(Chase) Lunt, and had one sister. Both her parents
died in Newburyport, the father at the age of
seventy-six, and the mother at seventy-five. Mr.
Lunt was a ship-owner and master, and spent the
major part of his life at sea. Mrs. Toppan
made two or three trips with him around the
world, and first met her husband in Calcutta.



Mr. and Mrs. Toppan became the parents of
four sons and two daughters. The first child,
James S., was born in Batavia, Java. When this
child was ten months old, Mr. and Mrs. Toppan
left Java for home, sailing from Liverpool on the
old Cunarder "Africa." When two days out,
small-pox broke out in the cabin, the child took
it and died ten days after reaching home. Frank
W. was born in Cleveland, and lived only a few
weeks.

Of the remaining children, George L., who
married Grace D. Chapman, of Boston, resides in
Evanston. William R. married Carrie H. Clark,
01 this city, and has a son and daughter. Carrie
L. married George T. Loker, of this city; and
Fannie C. is still at home.

Mr. Toppan is a member of the society of Cali-
fornia Pioneers, and of the Sons of Massachusetts;
is domestic in his tastes and fond of his family.
He was brought up in the Unitarian faith, and
he and his wife attend Prof. Swing's and Bishop
Cheney's Churches.

He always votes the Republican ticket, and is
a stanch supporter of his party, keeps abreast of
the times, is broad-gauged and well informed,
and is a pleasant, genial man and an entertain-
ing companion.



REV. N. S. HAYNES.



REV. N. S. HAYNES, pastor of the Engle-
wood Church of Christ, Chicago, is a native
of Kentucky, his birth having occurred in
Washington, Mason County, on the 7th of March,
1844. When he was a lad of eight summers, his
parents removed to Illinois, settling in Woodford
County, on a farm near the town of Eureka. No



event of special importance occurred during his
youth, which was passed in the usual manner of
farmer lads. During the summer he aided in the
labors of the field, and in the winter months be-
came familiar with the common branches of learn-
ing by study in the district schools. In 1859, he
became a student in Eureka College, where he



N. S. HAYNES.



remained until after the breaking out of the War
of the Rebellion, when, prompted by patriotic im-
pulses, he joined an Illinois regiment and went to
the front. On his return from the South, he re-
sumed his study in college, and in 1867 was grad-
uated from the full classical course. He con-
tinued his studies after this, however, and in
1868 the degree of Master ot Arts was conferred
upon him.

In the fall of 1867, Mr. Haynes received the ap-
pointment of principal of the public schools of Kan-
sas, Edgar County, Illinois, and for a year filled
that position in a creditable and acceptable man-
ner. In May, 1868, he determined to enter the
ministry, feeling that his services were needed in
the cause of Christianity, and in June of that year
he was ordained to the ministry by the churches
of Kansas and Eureka. In July he became the
regular pastor of the churches of Kansas and Dud-
ley, and did good work in both. During that time
he also organized the church in Newman. In the
fall of 1869, he entered the Bible College of I,ex-
ington, Kentucky, where he remained during the
school year, and then returned to his former field
in Edgar County. In July, 1872, he went to
Prince Edward Island, where he spent one hun-
dred and two days, during which time he delivered
one hundred and five sermons and held a two-days
public discussion with Rev. Mr. Melville, a min-
ister of the Kirk and a graduate of Edinburgh Uni-
versity. As a result several prominent members
of the Kirk were converted and a strong and influ-
ential church was organized at Montague Bridge,
where the debate was held.

After his return from abroad, Mr. Haynes, in
August, 1873, became pastor of the church in De-
catur, Illinois, where he remained almost uninter-
ruptedly until January, 1 88 1 . He found there a
church of small membership, with little influence,
and the services were held in a very dilapidated
house. Undaunted by the obstacles in his path,
with zeal and energy he began his labors there,
and during his pastorate a commodious chapel was
erected at a cost of over $7,000, the membership
of both the Sunday-school and congregation was
more than doubled, and the church was placed on



a good working basis, becoming one of the lead-
ing religious organizations in the city.

Soon after his removal to Decatur, Mr. Haynes
was married. On the 2oth of November, 1873, he
was joined in wedlock with Miss Rose Frazier, the
ceremony being performed near Paris, Illinois.
Three children have been born to them, but Ruth,
the eldest, died at the age of eighteen months.
Rose, aged fifteen, and Ethel, ten years of age, are
still at home.

On resigning the pastorate of the Decatur
Church, Mr. Haynes entered upon his duties as
State Evangelist, to which position he was elected
by the Illinois Christian Missionary Convention
on the ist of January, 1881. He thus served un-
til September i, 1886, during which time the
Permanent Fund of the society grew from less than
$2,000 to $20,000, and it is now a source of constant
income for the evangelistic work in the State.
He traveled extensively all over Illinois, laboring
untiringly, aiding missions, preaching the gospel,
locating pastors, and performing all the labors that
came to his hand which were calculated to ad-
vance the cause of Christianity.

On the ist of September, 1886, Mr. Haynes be-
came pastor of the First Christian Church in Pe-
oria, Illinois, where he continued until the ist of
March, 1892. There again his labors were very
successful and he left the church in a flourishing
condition, its work being carried on systematically,
while everything was in a harmonious condition.
On the ist of March, 1892, he accepted a call from
the church of Englewood, where he has since con-
tinued, winning the love and respect of his con-
gregation and the esteem of all with whom he has
been brought in contact, of whatever denomina-
tion. He is an able writer and has long been a
valued contributor to the Christian Evangelist,
one of the leading papers of the denomination.
His writings are clear, logical and to the point,
and in every department of church work he has
proven almost equally successful. As a teacher,
evangelist, pastor, writer and superintendent of
missionary operations, he has indeed shown him-
self to be ' 'a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed. ' '



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ADAM C. ORR.



A. C. ORR.



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ADAM C ORR.



I DAM C. ORR is one of the highly-esteemed
citizens of Park Ridge. His home is the
center of sociability, and there men of culture
delight to gather and discuss literary and other
topics which tend to mental advancement. Mr.
Orr was born in La Chute, in the province of Que-
oec, Canada, November 9, 1839, and is a son
of Samuel and Jane (Hicks) Orr. On the pa-
ternal side our subject came from the old Mc-
Lean family, of Scotland. At length, however,
;ae family became divided in the Scottish feuds,
and those who located in the Lowlands took the
name of Ayrs, which was subsequently changed
into the present mode of spelling.

Samuel Orr crossed the Atlantic to Canada in
1817. He married Miss Hicks, who was born in
me north of Ireland, although of English ex-
traction. To .Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Orr were
born ten children. One died in infancy. Three
came to the United States, namely: Priscilla J.
Orr, of Park Ridge; Frank A. Orr, of Chicago;
and the subject of our sketch. The other six re-
main in Canada, namely: Elias S. Orr, Registrar
of Compton County, Quebec; Capt. Wesley F.
Orr, Mayor of the city of Calgary, Alberta;
James E. Orr, of the same place; George M. Orr,
of St. Catherines; William E. R. Orr, of Tees-
water; and Watson C. Orr, of Winona, Ontario.

la the common schools of his native country,
Adam C. Orr acquired a good English education,
in his father's country store he received his first
lessons in business, but he left mercantile pur-
suits to engage in teaching, which profession he
successfully followed for thirteen years in Canada.
In 1863 he spent a term at the Normal School,
affiliated to McGill College, Montreal, and sub-
sequently, while engaged in teaching, read the



Arts curriculum of that university, and made
translations of the Satires of Juvenal and Odes of
Horace into English verse, the manuscripts of
which were destroyed in the Chicago fire. He
was for some time employed as teacher of the
French language and literature in La Chute Col-
lege, P. Q. , and later as Principal of the Central
School, St. Mary's, Ont. It was in 1870 that he
came to Chicago, where soon after he engaged as
Superintendent with the Gillett Chemical Works.

On the ist of October, 1876, Mr. Orr was
united in marriage with Miss Cleo Petrie, who
was born in Crystal Lake, McHenry County, 111.,
December 10, 1848. Her parents, Henry and
Maria (Ruggles) Petrie, were of German extrac-
tion, and were among the early settlers of north-
eastern Illinois, whence they came from the vi-
cinity of Albany, N. Y. To Mr. and Mrs. Orr
was born a son, Samuel Henry, who died at the
age of thirteen years. He was a boy who at-
tracted almost universal attention because of his
perfect physique, fine intellectual attainments,
and gentlemanly bearing. He was a member of
a company of Zouaves, in which he held the
highest office, and was laid to rest in their uni-
form. The flag that floats from the school build-
ing at Park Ridge was given by his mother with
appropriate ceremony to the Board of Education
in memory of her darling boy.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Orr hold an enviable posi-
tion in social circles where true worth and intel-
ligence are received as the passports into good
society. They have made their home in Park
Ridge since 1881. Socially, Mr. Orris connected
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and
with the Royal Arcanum. He is also a member
of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.



CORNELIUS PRICE.



CORNELIUS PRICE.



EORNELIUS PRICE is the only surviving
pioneer who engaged in contracting and
masonry in the early days of Chicago. He
was born in New York City, on the 1 7th of Octo-
ber, 1819, and is a son of Cornelius and Nancy
(Maloy) Price, being the third child of a family
of five sons and two daughters. His father was a
native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was de-
scended from early settlers of that city. His an-
cestors emigrated from England to America, but
the family originated in Wales. Nancy Maloy
was born in Albany, New York, and was a de-
scendant of John Maloy, a native of the North of
Ireland, who came to New York in an early day
and was employed by the Schuylers. Dutch
was then the common language of the people of
the Empire State, and Mr. Maloy learned to speak
the language fluently.

The gentleman whose name heads this sketch
was educated in the common schools of Albany
and Troy, New York, andofWatkins, near Seneca
Lake, where for six years his parents resided up-
on a farm. He learned the trade of masonry and
brick-laying with his father, who was a builder,
serving a four-years apprenticeship. In 1836, the
family emigrated westward, making the journey
by way of the Lakes to Detroit, from whence they
traveled by team and wagon to Chicago, reaching
their destination on the 26th of September. The
family remained in the city for about a year, dur-
ing a part of which time its head was engaged in
building. He then removed with his wife and
children to a farm on the Chicago & Milwaukee
Railroad, near Libertyville, in Lake County,
where he resided until his death, which occurred
in 1848.

Cornelius Price, Jr., spent the summer months



of the three years following his advent in Chicago
at work at his trade in this city, and during the
winter returned to his father' s home. During the
business depression of 1841, it was impossible to
get a day's work in Chicago, and father and son
went to Galena, making the journey on foot.
There they found plenty of employment, and
erected several of the leading business houses of
the town. In the winter of 1847-48, the subject
of this sketch returned to the city, and in the fol-
lowing spring began contracting here, erecting at
that time and in the subsequent years many large
buildings. During those early days, he built a
four-story brick building on the corner of Fifth
Avenue and Water Streets, which was considered
a very high structure. He erected the Sherman
House, and when it was destroyed by fire rebuilt
it. He also took a contract for the erection of
the Tremont House, the Field & Leiter warehouse,
the Cyrus H. McCormick residence and hundreds
of other buildings. For a period succeeding the
great fire, in partnership with his brother, Abner
Price, he employed a force of a hundred or more
masons and five hundred laborers, and for many
years was considered one of the leading contract-
ors in masonry in this city. In 1890, he retired
from business.

Mr. Price was married in Chicago, in 1848, to
Miss Melinda Stoughton, a native of Batavia,
Genesee County, New York, daughter of Samuel
Stoughton, an early settler of Chicago. Five chil-
dren were born to them, of whom four are yet
living, namely: James S., who is engaged in con-
tracting in Chicago; George E. and Samuel, who
are engaged in mercantile pursuits; Wallace, a
mason; and Mary, who is still with her parents.

Mr. Price has been a life-long Democrat. He



MICHAEL LOCHNER.



401



ha* held but one office, that of South Park Com-
missioner, in which position he served for six
years. He is a member of the Iroquois Club, and
both he and his wife belong to the Universalist
Church, in which they have held membership since
the early days of Chicago. They now worship at
St. Paul's Universalist Church. Their first home
was at No. 226 Wabash Avenue, later at No.
374 Wabash Avenue, and twenty years ago they
removed to No. 1826 Indiana Avenue, where they
now reside. Mr. Price still makes a daily trip



downtown, usually walking half the distance. He
has long been one of the active agents in the
growth and development of Chicago, and has ever
manifested a commendable interest in its welfare.
His life has been upright and his career, both pub-
lic and private, is above reproach. He still man-
ifests a deep interest in current events and in those
affairs which tend to promote the welfare of the
city. He is one of the few living representatives of
pioneer days in Chicago, and takes great pleasure
in talking of the early times.



MICHAEL LOCHNER.



h/l ICHAEL LOCHNER, a pioneer and prom-
I V I inent farmer of Niles Township, was born
101 in Roeddingen, Bavaria, Germany, Sep-
tember 5, 1836. His grandfather kept a hotel,
and also dealt in lumber, at that place, and his
parents, Michael and Susannah (Berchman) Loch-
ner, were both born there. The father, Michael
Lochner, Sr. , was the youngest of a family com-
posed of two sons and seven daughters, and was
a farmer. In the year 1844, he left his native
land to make a home in the New World, and
arrived in Cook County, Illinois, settling in
Niles Township in July of that year. He bought
one hundred acres of land on sections 18 and 19,
and continued to reside there until his death,
which occurred August 7, 1848, at the age of forty-
eight years. His widow survived until 1863, reach-
ing the age of fifty-eight. Five of their seven chil-
dren grew to maturity. John, the eldest of these,
was shot at the battle of Chattanooga, during the
Civil War, while serving as a member of the Thir-
teenth Illinois Infantry. Michael, the subject of
this biography, is the second. Magdalena married
John Brosel, now a resident of Niles Township,



and died in Chicago. Killian is a farmer of Pilot
Township, Kankakee County, this State; and
Michael Medad is engaged in the same occupa-
tion in Niles

As shown above, the subject of this sketch was
near the completion of his eighth year when the
family arrived in Niles, and here all his life has
been spent since that time. On the 22d of July,
1894, was celebrated at his residence, by friends
and relatives, the fiftieth anniversary of his ar-
rival here. He had but little opportunity for
English studies, attending the primitive public
schools of this region two or three months in the
winter for a few terms, and during the same time
he attended the parochial schools of the vicinity
about one year. When he was but twelve years
old his father died, and the care of the farm de-
volved upon him. From that time he took the
lead in the labors of the farm and did a man's
work. His mother continued to reside on the
homestead until her death, after which he pur-
chased the interest of the other heirs and became
its sole owner. He has disposed of a portion of
this farm, retaining but eight acres of the orig-



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B. J SWEET.



inal farm, to which lie has added twenty-eight
acres, and he is also the possessor of one hundred
acres in Wheeling Township. He has always
made farming his business, and has achieved suc-
cess. He is a Trustee of St. Peter's Roman
Catholic Church of Niles Center, and is active in
the erection of the fine new church edifice now be-
ing constructed by that society. He has served
two terms as School Trustee, and has often re-
fused township offices, being averse to engage in
the strife for preferment. In matters of National
policy, he has always upheld the Democratic
party, but takes little part in political action. As
a farmer and citizen, he enjoys the respect and
confidence of his fellows, and enjoys the blessings
of life in a rational and quiet way.

In 1865, Mr. lyochner was married to Terese
Baumann, a native of Chicago and daughter of
Franz Baumann, formerly of Baden, Germany.
Thirteen children have been given to Mr. and
Mrs. Lochner, of whom eleven are still living,
namely: Susan Bridget, wife of Martin Knidl, of



Wheeling, Cook County, Illinois; Agatha, Mrs.
William Hoffman , of Morton Grove ; Michael, Jr. ,
at home; Mary, wife of Henry Heinz, residing in
Niles Center; Peter and Frederick, employed as
grocery clerks in Chicago; Teresa, Annie, Kath-
arine, John and Albert, with their parents. Mag-
dalena, the seventh, and Caroline, the eighth,
died at the ages of five years and four months,
respectively.

Mr. Lochner has served in all thz hardships and
severe labors common to pioneeis of this locality.
In the early days, all produce was hauled to Chi-
cago with oxen, and gave very small returns for
the labor necessary to its production and market-
ing. He remembers getting stusk with a wagon
in the mud of Randolph Street, between Franklin
and Fifth Avenue. Hickory wood sold for a few
shillings per cord, and hay was almost a drug in
the market. He persevered, and by the work of
his own hands won a home and comfort for his
declining years.



GEN. BENJAMIN JEFFREY SWEET.



. BENJAMIN JEFFREY SWEET, de-
ceased, was for many years a well-known
and prominent citizen of Cook County, and
the history of the community would be incomplete
without a record of his life. A native of Clinton
County, N. Y., he was born April 24, 1832.
His parents were Rev. James and Charlotte (New-
ell) Sweet. Their family numbered eight chil-
dren who grew to mature years, and several who
died in childhood. When our subject was a
youth of sixteen, the family removed to Stock-
bridge, Wis., where the father was employed as a
circuit preacher of the Christian Church for some
years. He also devoted much time to missionary
work among the Stockbridge Indians. He was an



eloquent speaker, and the many excellencies of his



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