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Dakotas, and where he is now living a quiet life
with his second wife, in Mitchell, of that State.

Thelena, who had in previous years met Mr.
Holden, was married to him July n, 1888, and
accompanied him to their cozy home in Chicago.
Her brother Charles, with his wife and three
children, lives in Rapid City, South Dakota. Her
brother George and wife reside in Hart, Michi-
gan. Her eldest sister, Addie, married Dr. J. H.
Reed, of Lansing, Michigan. Her sister Nettie

married Dr. T. Allen, of Garnett, Kansas; and
Emma, her baby sister, who was always Mrs.
Holden's favorite and especial charge, was mar-
ried to Mr. Lu Newman, of Chicago, in 1888.
She died December i, 1893. Mrs. Holden is of
a very domestic nature, and strives to make their
home pleasant. It is adorned with much of her
own work, she being handy both with the brush
and needle, as is clearly shown in their domestic
home, which is on the great West Side in this city.

Mr. Holden's mother passed away September
23, 1869, and his father February 23, 1872.
They died on the farm they had located in 1836.
His sister Mary E. (Mrs. J. W. Freer) died
November 28, 1845, and his sister Sarah Ann
C. February 13, 1847.

In his social relations he is a member of sev-
eral well-known organizations, among them the
Illinois State Association of Veterans of the
Mexican War, the Sons of the American Revolu-
tion, the California Pioneers' Association of Chica-
go, the Old Settlers' Society of Cook County and
the German Old Settlers' Association. By the latter
organization he was presented with a gold medal
in 1888. At the age of sixty-seven, Mr. Holden
still retains his mental and physical faculties un-
impaired, hale and hearty in his declining years,
one of the distinguished products of Chicago's
cosmopolitan influence.


mer citizen of Chicago, now deceased, is
we ll worthy of a place in the columns of
this work, on account of his family connections,
his precocity as a child, his ability as a student,
and the part which he took in the legal profession
and in business. He was born at Burlington,
Vermont, on the last day of the year 1833, and
was the son of Judge Sylvanus Parsons, a promi-
nent citizen and scion of one of the old families of
New England.

As a youth he was quiet and studious, much
preferring the company of books to the society of
other children, and so rapid was his progress in
the acquisition of an education that he not only
completed the primary studies incident to prepa-
ration for college, but mastered Latin and Greek,
which he taught in Spalding's School at Barre,
Vermont, at the age of thirteen years. Entering
Dartmouth College when a mere lad, he made a
brilliant record as a student in that institution,
and graduated third in his class, the most of



whose members were several years older than he.
His subsequent career showed that the teachings
of this old and honored institution the alma
mater of Daniel Webster and a host of other emi-
nent statesmen, lawyers, orators and men of other
professions were not lost upon him.

At the completion of his college course, stirred
by the same spirit which has caused the migration
from New England of thousands of her worthy
sons, who have contributed in a great measure to
people the West, build up our interests and shape
the destiny of the Nation, and full of love for the
free institutions for which his ancestors had per-
iled their lives in the great struggle for freedom,
he decided to cast his lot with the liberty-loving
people of Kansas, who were then in the throes of
that mighty moral struggle which preceded the
War of the Rebellion. Settling in Coffee Coun-
ty, the young lawyer engaged in the practice
of his profession and soon rose to a prominent
place at the bar, and was honored by being
elected County Attorney. The outbreak of the
Civil War interfered with the practice of the law
and stirred his patriotism. He volunteered at an
early date, as a private in a Kansas regiment,
and served out the term of his enlistment, after

which he re-enlisted and was appointed to a place
in the Paymaster's department, where he served
until the close of the war. Returning to Kansas,
he was again elected attorney of his county.

After spending several years in the profession
and acquiring prominence as a lawyer, declining
health compelled him to abandon the practice,
and he sought a higher altitude and new em-
ployment in the mountain districts of Colorado,
where he was engaged in mining enterprises
until the year 1882. At the latter date he came
to Chicago and retired from active life. He died
here January 31, 1885.

On the i2th of November, 1861, William B.
Parsons and Julia W. Kinzie were united in wed-
lock at Burlington, Kansas, the home of Robert
A. Kinzie, the pioneer of Chicago, whose biogra-
phy appears in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Parsons
were the parents of three children, namely: Rob-
ert Wilkins, now a resident of Chicago; William
Guy, cashier of the United States Rubber Com-
pany, of New York; and Frank Kinzie Parsons,
who is a stock-raiser in Montana. Mrs. Parsons
survives her husband, and occupies a responsible
position in the Chicago postomce, which she has
held for twenty years.


SCOTT, SR., deceased, who for
many years was connected with the leading
business interests of Naperville, and for
half a century made his home in this section of
the great commonwealth of Illinois, was a native
of New York, born in Unadilla, Otsego County,
April 20, 1808. His parents were Stephen J. and
Hadassah (Trask) Scott. The father followed
the sea in his early years and became the owner
and master of a schooner, which bore his name
and was engaged in the coast trade along the At-

lantic shore. In Connecticut he wedded Miss
Trask, who was a relative of Gen. Israel Putnam,
one of the heroes of Revolutionary fame. On
leaving Hartford, Conn., they went to Unadilla,
and the year 1816 witnessed their removal to
Maryland, where they spent the next decade.

During this time our subject was acquiring an
education in the common schools, and also took a
short course in mathematics. It was his desire
to become a sailor, but his mother urged him not
to do this, for the life was too fraught with dan-



gers. In 1825 the family made a visit to New
York, and then started for St. Joseph, Mich. , go-
ing through Canada to Detroit, and thence by
water. The goods were shipped by sailing-vessel
to Detroit, and thence Willard took them to their
destination. He went to Detroit with a man
from Ohio, and the journey thither was a perilous
one through the unbroken forest, there being no
road except the Indian trails. They reached De-
troit ten days before the arrival of their goods,
during which time they lived on corn and pota-
toes. The family were not pleased with their
home in Michigan, and, crossing the Lake, located
in Evanston.

On the i6th of July, 1829, Willard Scott wed-
ded Caroline Hawley, in Holderman's Grove. In
1818, her father, Pierce Hawley, went from Ver-
mont to Vincennes, Ind. , and afterwards came to
Illinois, locating in Holderman's Grove in 1825.
In the fall of 1830, he and his family, accompa-
nied by Mr. Scott and his family, located three
miles south of Naperville, in what is now DuPage
County, but was then a part of Cook County.
Cook County at that time also comprised Lake,
McHenry and Will Counties. There were thirty-
two votes polled in Chicago that year, Mr. Scott's
father depositing the first one. During the War
of 1832, our subject proved a valued citizen in
the settlement, on account of his knowledge of
the Indians and their methods of warfare.

In 1838 Mr. Scott became a resident of Naper-

ville, built the Naperville Hotel, and conducted it
for eighteen years, after which he carried on mer-
chandising for twenty years, most of the time be-
ing associated with his son Thaddeus. The firm
of Willard Scott & Co. controlled the leading bus-
iness in this place, and operations are still carried
on under that name, Willard Scott, Jr. , succeed-
ing his father and brother Thaddeus in the busi-
ness. Retiring from merchandising after the
Civil War, Mr. Scott was President of the Du-
Page County Bank, subsequently of the Bank of
Naperville, and was a private banker until his
death, September 13, 1892. He possessed busi-
ness ability of a high order, was sagacious and far-
sighted, and his enterprise was tempered by a
commendable conservatism. He won success, and
his prosperity was the reward of his own labors.
In political belief our subject was a Democrat,
and his first vote was cast for Andrew Jackson
in 1828. He was a resident of Naperville for
more than half a century, and was ever found in
the front rank of those enterprises calculated to
advance the best interests of the community.
Throughout DuPage and Cook Counties he was
widely known, and was held in the highest re-
gard by young and old, rich and poor. The
name of Willard Scott is inseparably connected
with the history of this community, and the rec-
ord of the county would be incomplete without his


OHARLES JAMES MAGILL, whose name William Magill, wasanative ofMiddletown, Con-
ll has for years been a synonym for unbiased necticut, born June 30, 1792. The Magill family
\J integrity and honesty of purpose among the is of Irish extraction, and was founded in Con-

early residents of Chicago, was born at St. John's,
Newfoundland, in November, 1818. His father,

necticut by two brothers, named Robert and Will-
iam Magill, who came from Belfast and were



among the first settlers of the Connecticut Colony.
The old family homestead, which has sheltered
many successive generations, is still standing at

While a young man, William Magill moved to
Newfoundland. For many years he was in the
service of the British Government, first as the
Collector of the port of St. John's, and later as
Governor of the provincial prison at that place.
Retiring from public life, he removed to Char-
lottetown, in Prince Edward Island, where his
death occurred on the fourteenth of August, 1878.
He was a man of exemplary character and note-
worthy ability, as is evidenced by his long contin-
uance in public life. His wife, Ann Morris, who
was a native of Dublin, Ireland, died at St. John's,
Newfoundland, about the year 1850. Of their three
children, Charles J. is the eldest. John was for
many years a prominent citizen and public official
of Chicago; and Sarah, Mrs. Henry L. Messieur-
er, now deceased, was well known to the early
residents of Chicago.

William Magill was one of a family of six
children, all of whom, with their posterity, have
been conspicuous for longevity, intelligence and
refinement. His sister, Mrs. Ann Campbell, who
was at that time a widow, came to Chicago soon
after 1850. For some years she taught a private
school on the North Side, and many of her pupils
are prominent in the business and social life of
Chicago to-day. She was a lady of rare intelli-
gence, tact and benevolence, and was regarded by
her pupils as a model of wisdom and strength of
character. Mrs. Juliette Kinzie, who was well
known throughout America as the author of
"Wau-bun, " was a niece of William Magill.

At the age of eleven years Charles Magill left
home and went to sea, and followed a marine life
until the autumn of 1852. A portion of that pe-
riod was spent in navigating the Great Lakes. In
the year last named he located permanently in
Chicago, though he had frequently visited this
port previous to that date. He engaged in the
forwarding and commission business, becoming
the owner of vessel property, and simultaneously
acting as agent of vessel-owners at other points on
the lakes. Among other corporations which he

represented was the Ohio, Superior & Huron
Railroad Company, which was operating a line of
boats on the middle lakes. He dealt in salt and
other merchandise, and was one of the first mem-
bers of the Chicago Board of Trade, joining that
body in 1853, an d still retaining his membership,
though he retired from active business operations
in 1893.

While on a voyage to the Bermuda Islands, Mr.
Magill, who was then a young man, formed the
acquaintance of Miss Esther S. Chalker. This
gifted lady became his wife, the marriage taking
place at Guilford, Connecticut. The couple first
located at Buffalo, but in July, 1854, removed to
Chicago, where Mrs. Magill died in October,
1886. She was born at Hamilton, Bermuda, Feb-
ruary 7, 1819. Hermother, whose maiden name
was Stowe, was descended from one of the oldest
families in that colony, her ancestors receiving a
grant of land from the British crown upon locat-
ing there. The old Stowe residence, now the
property of the Government, is still standing at

Mr. and Mrs. Magill were the parents of eight
children. Jacob C., the eldest, is a well-known
business man of Chicage. Anna C., Mrs. Hugh
Alexander, is a resident of Brooklyn, New York.
William C. is also well known in Chicago. Ed-
ward S. is a commercial traveler residing in Wich-
ita, Kansas. Mary E. is the wife of E. C. Ward,
of Chicago, in which city Arthur W. also resides.
Sarah L,., now deceased, was the wife of C. S.
Spencer, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Charles A.
is engaged in mercantile business at Kingman,

Though he has a host of friends, Captain Ma-
gill has formed but few social connections. For
many years he has held membership with the
Church of the Epiphany, of which he is a Senior
Warden. He has always enjoyed the confidence
of his associates to a remarkable degree. As an
illustration of this fact may be cited the case of
one of his early friends in Chicago, who, upon his
demise a few years since, made Mr. Magill the
sole administrator of his large estate, providing in
his will that if any of the heirs should question
any act of the executor they should be disinher-



ited. After a long, eventful and useful life, Cap-
tain Magill is spending his declining years in well-

merited peace and tranquility, which it is the wish
of his many friends may be long continued.


flOHN ALLEN SWEET, a member of one of
I the leading mercantile firms of Chicago, was
G) born March 20, 1846, at Farmington, Frank-
lin County, Maine, and comes from the genuine
Puritanic New England stock. His ancestors
were of those long-lived, hardy, industrious, fru-
gal, as well as moral people, who, notwithstand-
ing all the hardships and privations consequent
upon the early settlement of the country, did not
forget to devote themselves to laying the founda-
tion for, and the shaping and rounding out of a
moral character as an example for their posterity.
His great-grandfather, whose name was Eben-
ezer Sweet, was born at Attleboro, Massachu-
setts, January 18, 1741. In 1782, he went to that
portion of Maine which was then uninhabited ex-
cept by Indians, save perhaps, half a dozen white
families. He cleared off a little patch of timber
land, as the beginning of the settlement after-
wards known as Farmington, one of Nature's
most beautiful spots to be found anywhere. Here
he resided during his long life, and died Novem-
ber 4, 1838, at the age of ninety-seven years and
ten months. He was a tanner by trade, and in
the year 1785 built the first tannery in that
township. He was a man of the strictest integ-
rity, and lived an exemplary, moral life, industri-
ous in his habits, and accumulated a pecuniary
independence. He married Desire Daggett, who
was also a native of Attleboro, Massachusetts,
born September 17, 1745, and died at Farming-
ton, Maine, October 4, 1839, at the age of ninety-

four years. They had five sons and two daugh-
ters. The third son, Ellis Sweet, who was born
November 20, 1770, died May 7, 1848, at the age
of seventy -eight years. He married Mary Fuller,
who was born in 1775, and died January 2, 1854,
at the age of seventy- nine years. He became the
owner of his father's farm, in the year 1822.
During the War of 1812, he entered the United
States service, and was promoted to the rank of
Colonel, commanding a regiment during that
struggle. He and his wife became the parents of
five children, two sons and three daughters. The
eldest son. Loring Sweet, was born August 7,
1796, and died July 6, 1881, at the age of eighty-
five years and eleven months. He was married,
June 7, 1828, to Elizabeth Berry Allen, who was
born in 1809, at Canton, Oxford County, Maine,
and died in Farmington, March 28, 1875, at the
age of sixty-six years. Her father was a Revolu-
tionary soldier, and lived to the age of one hun-
dred and three years. Five sons and three daugh-
ters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Loring Sweet,
the subject of this sketch being the fifth son and
seventh child.

John Allen Sweet laid the foundation of his ed-
ucation in the public schools and academy of his
native town, and at the age of twenty-one years
graduated from the State University. It was his
intention in early life to qualify himself for the
practice of law. Coming West in 1868, at the
age of twenty-two years, he studied law for about
two years, and for several years following applied



himself at intervals to legal study, giving his at-
tention chiefly to its bearing upon trade and

In 1872, Mr. Sweet became connected with the
wholesale dry goods firm of Carson, Pirie, Scott
& Company, of Chicago, assuming charge of their
collection and legal departments, and after six
years' service, or in 1878, he was promoted to the
exclusive charge of the credit, legal and collection
departments of this firm, and has occupied that
position up to the present time, having retained
his present connection for nearly a fourth of a
century, and in his particular line of business he
has earned the reputation of being the most suc-
cessful man in the trade, being admittedly with-
out a peer as a credit manager.

In appreciation of his ability, integrity and
long and faithful service, the firm rewarded him
with a general partnership, to which he was ad-
mitttd on the first of January, 1892. Mr. Sweet
is thoroughly known among bankers and business
men of Chicago, the seat of the keenest commercial
competition, where only the fittest can survive,
and enjoys a most enviable reputation as a manly,
straightforward and safe business manager. In
speaking of him, the Inter Ocean recently said:
"In appearance, Mr. Sweet is tall and symmet-

rically proportioned. He is genial, affable and
courteous, and has a faculty of making and re-
taining friends. He is a natural physiognomist,
and has rarely been known to make a mistake in
reading men's characters. It is to these qualities
that his success in a most important department
must be largely attributed. He is an indefatigable
worker, and is as well known as a man of grand
business capacities among the commercial circles
of New York, as he is here in Chicago, where
he has lived and labored."

Mr. Sweet is a member of the Chicago Athletic
Club and prominent in Masonic circles, being a
member of Chicago Commandery and Oriental
Consistory, having taken the thirty-second degree.
On the i8th of June, 1878, he was married to
Miss Mary Stevenson, daughter of John W. and
Caroline C. Stevenson, of Sandusky, Ohio, where
Mrs. Sweet was born, October 2, 1855. They
have had two children: Fred Kent Sweet, born
September 26, 1879, and died December i of the
same year; and John Allen Sweet, Junior, who
was born April 27, 1881 The family is in com-
munion with St. Andrew's Protestant Episcopal
Church, and holds a desirable position in social


r~I,ISHA W. CASE. The New England
ry Yankee never forgets the home of his child-
L. hood. Wherever he may wander, and in
whatever situation he may be placed, visions of
his native hills and dells are retained in his mind,
and these scenes always recall many little acces-
sories which contributed their share towards the

comfort and delight of the youthful mind or body.
The typical New England homestead is no less
famous for its Christian principles, and the sturdy
characters which it has trained and sent forth to
leave their impress upon every important institu-
tion of the great West, than for its culinary tri-
umphs and the superior quality of the pastry



found upon its hospitable boards. And who
knows to what extent the memory of the latter
has served to keep alive the recollection of precepts
and teachings which have helped to mould the
characters of many of the best men and women of
the present day?

Elisha W. Case, whose name is identified in
the minds of hungry people with one of the most
popular articles of daily consumption, was born
in Norwich, Connecticut, in January, 1833. He
is the youngest son and ninth in a family of ten
children born to John Case and Diana Congdon.
The Case family is one of the oldest in Connect-
icut. Their first American ancestor came, while
a young man, from England, and was married in
Connecticut, about 1657, to Sarah, daughter of
William Spencer. Several successive generations
of their posterity have lived in the same locality,
and the name is still one of the most common ones
to be found in that state.

John, father of Elisha W. Case, was a son of
Samuel and Susannah Case. During his youth
he became a sailor, and while on board a whal-
ing vessel was taken prisoner by a British man-of-
war, whose officers claimed him as a subject of
the Crown, and he was pressed into the naval
service. He made an ineffectual attempt to es-
cape, for which he was severely flogged. He
finally succeeded in eluding his captors, and re-
turned to the United States in time to enlist in
the War of 1812, and rendered valuable service
at the battle of New London. After the war he
learned the trade of a machinist and was em-
ployed for many years in the railroad shops at
Norwich. With the exception of a few years
spent in Washtenaw County, Michigan, this
place continued to be his home until his death,
which occurred in April, 1847, a ^ the age of six-
ty-two years. His wife's death took place about
eight years earlier.

At the age of fourteen years, his father having
died, Elisha W. Case left home and went to New
York City, where he learned his trade in the or-
iginal Connecticut pie bakery. In 1854 he came
to Chicago and, taking advantage of the wide-
spread reputation which everywhere existed for
New England cookery, he began the manufacture

of "Connecticut pies" on Milwaukee Avenue,
near Halsted Street. This was the first exclu-
sive pie bakery in the city. The people employed
were all natives of the Nutmeg State, well versed
in the culinary art, and the superior quality of
their wares, which far surpassed anything previ-
ously offered in this market, created a demand
for them which has been continuously increasing
to the present time.

About 1859 the "Mechanical Bakery" began
doing business on Clinton Street. Mr. Case be-
came the foreman of the pie department of the
concern, which filled large contracts for supplies
for the Union army. In 1869 he severed his
connection with this establishment and became a
member of the firm of Case & Martin, which built
a large bakery at the corner of Wood and Wal-
nut Streets, where the business of exclusive pie-
baking was resumed and has ever since been con-
ducted. Upon the death of Mr. Martin in 1890,
Mr Case became the sole proprietor, and contin-
ued to conduct the enterprise until June i, 1894,
when the Case & Martin Company was incorpor-

The fame of their Connecticut pies is well
known to everybody in Chicago and many adja-
cent cities and towns, and there are few people
who cannot testify to their excellence as appeas-
ers of appetite. Their goods, which are for the
most part hand-made, are prepared from formulas
used by the best Connecticut cooks, and such is
the demand for this particular article of dessert
that about one hundred people are employed in
its production, and they turn out from ten thou-
sand to eighteen thousand nine-inch pies per

Mr. Case is the inventor of the pie wagon
which is now used by nearly all bakers and which
he began to employ in 1872. He has contrived
a number of articles and appliances which are
useful in his business, and, though he has spent
considerable time and money in experiments, has
never patented any of his ideas, some of which

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