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to the present time.

On the 5th of March, 1889, Mr. McCormick was
married at Monterey, Cal., to Miss Harriet Brad-
ley Hammond, a niece of Mrs. E. S. Stickney, of
Chicago. They have three children, two sons
and a daughter.

For several years Mr. McCormick has been a
director of the Merchants' I,oan & Trust Company,
of Chicago. Since June, 1889, he has been a
member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton Uni-
versity. He is also Secretary of the Board of
Trustees of McCormick Theological Seminary of
the Presbyterian Church, and was for several
years the first Vice-President of the Young Men's
Christian Association of Chicago. In the summer
of 1889, he spent some time in Paris in the inter-
est of the company's exhibits at the International
Exposition, and was soon after decorated by the
President of France ' 'Officer of the Merite Agri-
cole. ," In speaking of this honor, the Courier
d? Illinois said: ' 'This is one of but a few instances


where that decoration has been bestowed upon a
citizen of the United States, it being rarely con-
ferred upon a foreigner."

Cyrus H. McCormick, who has inherited many
of his father's qualities of head and heart, is a
gentleman whose education and business training

have fitted him to fill the responsible position to
which he has been called. Under his manage-
ment, the great manufacturing industry has de-
veloped successfully, and its output of harvesting
machines is the largest in the world.


Gl LBERT WINGATE, one of the highly re-
LJ spected and prominent citizens of Worth
/ I Township, was born in Hallowell, Me., June
15, 1817, and is a son of Paine and Mary (Page)
Wingate, The family is descended from John
Wingate, who was a planter at Hilton's Point,
now Dover, N. H., in 1657. He was a native of
England, and the founder of the family in Amer-
ica. One of his ancestors was the Sheriff who
committed the famous John Bunyan, author of
"Pilgrim's Progress," tojail. The name Wingate,
according to a popular legend, originated with a
powerful warrior, who during the siege of an an-
cient castle tore its gate from its fastenings and
bore it away on his shoulders, thereby allowing
his comrades to obtain an entrance. Members of
the Wingate family were numerous in many parts
of England and Scotland as early as the twelfth
century, although the name was spelled in several
different ways. They occupied many leading
positions, becoming prominent in various walks
of life. Descendants of the family were living in
Bedfordshire, England, in the early part of the
nineteenth century. Descendants of John Win-
gate still own his original homestead near Dover,
N. H. He became one of the principal house-
holders of that place, was a leading and influen-
tial citizen, and took an active part in the service
during King Philip's War. His second wife,
Sarah Wingate, was a daughter of Anthony Tay-
lor, a native of England.

One of their sons, Joshua Wingate, was born
in Hampton, N. H., and became Colonel of a
regiment of New Hampshire militia. He took a
prominent part in the siege of Louisburg in 1745.
He wedded Mary Lunt, and his death occurred
in 1769, at the advanced age of ninety years. His
wife passed away three years later, also at the
age of ninety. Their son Paine, the eldest in the
family of eleven children, became a Congregational
minister, and for sixty years was pastor of the
Second Congregational Church in Amesbury,
Mass. He wedded Mary Balch, and his death oc-
curred in 1786, aged eighty -three years. His
wife also reached that age, passing away in 1789.
Joseph, the youngest son of Rev. Paine Wingate,
was born in Amesbury, Mass., and about 1800
removed to Hallowell, Me. , where he died in 1826,
at the age of seventy-five. His wife, Judith, was
a daughter of Elder James Carr. By their mar-
riage they became the parents of ten children, of
whom the father of the subject of this sketch was
the fifth in order of birth. He cleared and de-
veloped a farm near Hallowell, where he spent his
entire life, being called to the home beyond Jan-
uary 12, 1849, in his sixty-third year.

The gentleman whose name heads this record
spent the days of his boyhood and youth in Hallo-
well, and in 1842 emigrated to Cook County,
driving across the country with a team. The
journey was accomplished in six weeks, and he
settled on a farm on section 28, Worth Township,



but subsequently removed to section 27, where he
now resides. For thirty-four years he lived on
the first farm, and placed it under a high state of
cultivation, making many excellent improvements
upon it. He arrived in Cook County four years
before the first school districts were organized,
and for several years he held the three offices of
Township Treasurer, Township Trustee and
School Director. He was one of the leading
spirits in the development of the educational in-
terests of this locality, and has ever taken a prom-
inent part in promoting those enterprises calcu-
lated to advance the general welfare.

Mr. Wingate was married, June 29, 1842, to
Rhoda, daughter of Lowell and Lois Mitchell.
She was a native of Chesterville, Me. , and died
May 30, 1864, at the age of forty -five years and
two months. Mr. and Mrs. Wingate had a fam-
ily of five children: Levi Page, who died at the
age of four years; Elizabeth, who died at the age
of eighteen; Mary Caroline, wife of J. M. Green,

of Blue Island; Levi Albert, who is engaged with
the Piano Manufacturing Company of West Pull-
man; and Mrs. Martha Alice Trumble, of Worth

Mr. Wingate cast his first Presidential vote for
William Henry Harrison, and is a member of the
Chicago Tippecanoe Club. On the organization
of the Republican party hejoined its ranks and has
since been one of its stalwart supporters. He has
also served as Assessor and Highway Commis-
sioner of Worth Township, in connection with the
other offices before mentioned. He has never
failed to keep an obligation or agreement, and al-
though constantly in debt for thirty-three years,
he was never dunned, sued nor refused a loan, a
fact which indicates the confidence and trust re-
posed in his personal integrity. He possesses a
remarkable memory, is considered an authority
on matters of local history, and his evidence is of-
ten required in court, especially on questions per-
taining to early surveys and titles to real estate.


1 1 well-known business men of Chicago, now
vJ Secretary and Manager of the White Swan
Laundry Company (incorporated), was born in
Troy, N. Y., February 18, 1840. His ancestors
were of English origin, and the founders of the fam-
ily in America, who came herein 1636, settled and
resided in Salem, Mass. His great-grandfather,
Capt. Benjamin Felton, took a prominent part in
the Revolutionary War. He was a brave and
valiant officer, as well as a highly educated man,
and at the close of the war he was appointed Pro-
fessor in a college, which position he held until
disqualified by old age. He was a leader in Ma-
sonic circles, and was an influential citizen, who
was honored with several public positions of trust.

He lived to be eighty years of age, and was the
father of ten children.

The grandfather of our subject, Skelton Felton,
of Brookfield, Mass. , was a lieutenant in the regu-
lar army, receiving his commission from President
Madison. He served in the War of 1812, and af-
ter its close received a pension for gallant services
rendered. He was also a Professor in a college of
Massachusetts for a time. Later he removed to
Tray, N. Y., and died at the age of sixty -five
years. His children were Ainory, Benjamin,
Henry, Lucinda, Sarah and Amanda. Only one
is now living, who resides in New York. The
mother of this family bore the maiden name of
Hough ton. Her death occurred in the Empire
State at the ripe age of seventy years.



Amory Felton, father of Charles Henry, was a
native of Brookfield, Mass., born in 1813. From
his father he received an excellent education, and
at the age of nineteen years was Principal of Dud-
ley Academy, Brookfield, Mass. Later, he re-
moved to Troy, N. Y., and established the whole-
sale grocery house of Felton & Mathews. He af-
terward went into the iron business, purchasing
the Empire Stove Works. He was very success-
ful in this enterprise, and left to his family a for-
tune. In 1863, at the age of fifty-one years, he
was called to his final rest. He married Nancy
Boynton, a native of the Bay State, and a descen-
dant of Hughes De Boynton, a Norman baron,
who went with William the Conqueror into Eng-
land. The manor and lands granted to DeBoynton
by William the Conqueror in 1067, in the old
Kingdom of Wessex, are still in possession of the
family. Her mother reached the very advanced age
of one hundred and one. The children of this mar-
riage are William, Charles, Herbert and Emma
I,ouise. William resides in Troy, N. Y. Herbert
is Division Superintendent of the Philadelphia &
Reading Railroad, and a graduate of the Polytech-
nic Institute of Troy, N. Y. ; and Emma Louise is
the wife of F. K. Lyon,of Dunkirk, N.Y. Mrs. Fel-
ton is still living, at the age of seventy-eight. She
is a remarkable old lady, in perfect health, and in
perfect possession of her faculties; her eyesight
and hearing are good, and no silver threads are
yet seen in her hair. Tall and straight, her step
is firm and elastic, and she seems not to have
passed the prime of life. She is also a well-in-
formed lady, extensive reading having made her
well informed on the questions of the day.

Mr. Felton whose name heads this record was
educated in the common schools of Troy, N. Y.,
and in Bennington Seminary, of Bennington, Vt.,
from which he was graduated at the age of nine-
teen. During his school days, he manifested a
restless spirit, longing to be a locomotive engineer,
and would often run away from school, get aboard
a locomotive, and try to run it. On completing
his education, he remained at home for a while,
and then went to Marion, Ala., where he remained
for one year. Later we find him in Selnia,
Ala., where he obtained employment in a jewelry

store. About a year later, as the War of the
Rebellion was approaching, and his sympathies
were with the North, his residence in the South be-
came, in consequence, very unpleasant. He there-
fore decided to come to Chicago, and on his ar-
rival here, he entered the employ of A. H. Miller
& Co., the leading jewelry firm of the city at that
time. With them he remained until February,
1862, when he enlisted in Battery L of the Second
Illinois Light Artillery, then located at Camp

The company was soon ordered to the front,
and went to St. Louis, where it received its equip-
ment, and from there was ordered to Pittsburg
Landing, to reinforce Gen. Grant, but arrived too
late to take part in the great battle which occurred
at that place. They were actively engaged in the
campaign which soon followed under Gens. Grant
and Halleck, when they advanced on Corinth, and
in the battles of the Grant campaign, including
the battles around Memphis and at Jackson,
Tenn., Bolivar and Holly Springs, Miss. After
re-organizing at Memphis for the siege of Vicks-
burg, Mr. Felton' s company was sent to Lake
Providence, La. , and from this point they started
on their march through the interior to Grand
Gulf, where they crossed the Mississippi River be-
low Vicksburg. Then followed the battles of
Raymond, Champion Hills, Big Black River, and
the siege of Vicksburg, in which Mr. Felton took
part. During the campaign, he received several
promotions for gallant services, until he reached
the rank of Senior First Lieutenant, and Adjutant
of Artillery of the District of Vicksburg, which
comprised Vicksburg, Natchez and Milliken's
Bend; then followed his promotion as First Assist-
ant Provost-Marshal of the city of Vicksburg.
About this time, Mr. Felton was recommended by
Gen. Logan, of Illinois, and Gen. M. D. Legget,
of Ohio, for the position of Adjutant of Artillery on
Gen. Grant's staff, the place being then vacant;
but as the war was now drawing to a close, he de-
cided to resign, but did not do so till all the rebel
armies had surrendered, when he returned to

On the 25th of September, 1865, in Albany, N.
Y., Mr. Felton married Miss Lizzie R. Borthwick,



who had been his playmate in early childhood.
She is a daughter of Alexander Hamilton and
Rachael (Esm6) Borthwick, the former a leading
and successful merchant of Albany. Her grand-
father was a grandson of Lord Borthwick, of
Grands Hall, Scotland. Her ancestors were
Scotch- French, and her maternal grandfather was
an officer in the French army and came to Amer-
ica with Gen. La Fayette. Mrs. Felton was born
in Albany, N. Y. , and there resided until the age
of fourteen. The three succeeding years of her
life were passed in a college for young ladies in
Lyons, Iowa, and after graduating she returned to
her native city. Mrs. Felton is a linguist and a vo-
calist of some note, having studied under the best
teachers in America and Europe.

In 1865, soon after Mr. Felton left the army,
he_ re-entered the service of A. H. Miller &Co.,
with whom he continued until 1870, when he en-
gaged in the railroad business. He was appointed
contracting agent of the Empire Freight Line,
which was a part of the Pennsylvania system, and
to the duties of that position devoted his energies
for ten years, when he became general agent of
the Merchants' Dispatch Dairy Line (having
charge of the territory west of the Mississippi
River) of the New York Central System, in which
capacity he served for two years.

In 1882 Mr. Felton purchased one of the largest

steam laundries in Chicago, successfully conduct-
ing the same until 1884, when, accompanied by
Mrs. Felton, he went to Europe and located in
London, England. He there embarked in the man-
ufacture of laundry machinery, and did a prosper-
ous business for three years, when he became a
financial agent, and dealt in all kinds of Ameri-
can enterprises and investment securities. With
this business he was connected for five years, and
was again very successful. During this period,
in company with his wife, he visited and resided
in some of the principal cities of Europe. In 1892,
he returned to Chicago, and soon after secured an
extensive interest in the White Swan Laundry,
one of the largest in the city. This corporation, of
which he is now Secretary and Manager, is doing
a very prosperous business. Mr. Felton is a very
energetic and capable man, yet modest and unas-
suming, polite and courteous, intelligent and well
informed. His views are broad, his understand-
ing having been well developed by travel and ex-
perience. He is domestic in his tastes, very fond
of music, and an admirer of the opera and art.
In religious belief, he is independent, and in his
political views is a Republican. He keeps abreast
with the times in all things, and is well posted
on the leading questions of the day. We predict
for him the same success in the future, that has
crowned his efforts in the past.


EH ARLES P. HUEY, who is successfully en-
gaged in the practice of law in Harvey, re-
ceiving a liberal patronage, was born in Cape
Town, Cape Colony, October 3, 1849. His fa-
ther, Robert T. Huey, was born and reared in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he made his home
until the age of thirty -five, when he entered the
British service and became a soldier in the Colonial

army. He was sent with his command to South
Africa, and reached Cape Town about 1838. In
that place he was united in marriage with Wil-
helmina Thomas. At the close of the war he was
discharged from the service and returned to Cape
Town, from whence he afterwards removed to
Port Elizabeth, on the extreme southern coast of
Cape Colony, where with his family he resided



for many years, engaged in trading and in various
business pursuits. He finally engaged in mer-
chandising, and in the interests of that business,
and partly for recreation, departed for Liver-
pool in 1860. He took passage on a sailing-ves-
sel, which was never heard from again, and is
supposed to have sunk in mid-ocean, not a pas-
senger escaping to tell the tale of the disaster.
He left a wife and six children. Anna, the eldest,
became the wife of Samuel Slaughter, who is now
serving as a County Assessor in southern Utah;
Mary is married and resides in northern Mon-
tana; Charles is the next younger; Leonard is in
the railway service and resides in southern Colo-
rado; Nellie is the wife of Ernest H. Price, of
Fresno, Cal. ; and Walter resides in the same

Charles P. Huey began his education in the
private schools of Port Elizabeth, which he at-
tended until nine years of age, after which he
spent two years in the Gray Institute, a large and
most excellent school. At the age of ten years
he began the study of Latin. .When a child of
eleven summers he accompanied the family to
America, locating in Salt Lake City, where he
attended St. Mark's Grammar School, an Epis-
copal institution of learning, for two years. At
the age of nineteen he entered a printing-office
and worked as a compositor until 1872, becoming
an expert printer. He learned so rapidly that in
half the usual time he had completed the regular
apprenticeship and was made a journeyman. He
then, until the fall of 1873, was engaged in the
newspaper and publishing business, and during a
part of the time assisted John C. Young, a nephew
of Brigham Young, in the publication of a local
paper, which was opposed to the system of polyg-
amy, and was really the beginning of the great
opposition developed in Utah against the system.
So bitter was the opposition of the Mormon lead-
ers, that the printing establishment was once
broken up by a mob and Mr. Young assaulted.

In the fall of 1873, Mr. Huey became a student
in the law department of the University of Michi-
gan at Ann Arbor, pursuing a two-years course,
and graduating with honor in the Class of '75.
He at once began practice in Salt Lake City, and

soon acquired prominence in the prosecution of
the case of the United States against Rossiter, a
prominent Mormon in the employ of Brigham
Young, who was bound over under the Poland
Law to keep the peace for having threatened with
violence John C. Young, the old friend and asso-
ciate of Mr. Huey, and who was then local editor of
the Salt Lake Tribune, the leading Gentile paper
of the city. The case, under the advice of Mr.
Huey, was prosecuted before Mr. Pratt, United
States Commissioner, who held the accused under
bonds. The prisoner's counsel, one of the lead-
ing lawyers of Salt Lake City, and attorney for
the Mormon Church, appealed to the United
States District Court for discharge, under writ of
habeas corpus, which, after an able argument by
Mr. Huey in opposition to the release, and argu-
ments in its behalf by the prisoner's counsel, was
denied by the Chief Justice, and the prisoner re-
manded to the custody of the United States Mar-
shal. Mr. Huey's maiden speech at the Bar won
the first signal victory for the anti-polygamist un-
der the Poland Law and gained him a well-de-
served prominence. He continued in practice in
Salt Lake City until 1882.

In 1878, Mr. Huey wedded MaryJ. McFerren,
of Hoopeston, 111., and in 1882, on account of his
wife's health, removed to Hoopeston, where he
practiced law for some time, but was mostly en-
gaged in the banking business for six years, in
company with his brother-in-law, J. S. McFerren,
who is President and chief owner of the First
National Bank of Hoopeston. Mr. Huey served
as Assistant Cashier until 1889, when he resumed
law practice, and also for a year published the
Hoopeston Sentinel. He also founded and pub-
lished the Danville Sentinel, and in March, 1892,
came to Harvey, where for a few months he edited
the Harvey Citizen. In the same year, however,
he retired from the newspaper field, and has since
successfully engaged in law practice.

In politics, Mr. Huey is a Republican, but at
local elections subordinates party to the best in-
terests of the town, laboring with other promi-
nent citizens for temperance, good government,
and the material interests of this thriving suburb.
He now holds the office of City Attorney. He is


a member of the Episcopal Church, and an active
member of Dirigo Lodge No. 399, K. P., which
he represented in the State Grand Lodge at Spring-
field. He has taken the highest degree in the
Odd Fellows' fraternity, and has passed all the
chairs in the local lodge. He has only one child,


James J., who is now nine years of age. Mr.
Huey is recognized as one of the most prominent
and progressive citizens of Harvey, and in the
history of his adopted county he well deserves


AMICK, a pioneer of northern
LX Illinois, now engaged in the real-estate busi-
1$ ness in Chicago, has for some years been con-
nected with the business and official interests of
this city, and is recognized as one of its represen-
tative men. He was born near Diamond Lake,
Cass County, Mich., October 14, 1834, and is a
son of Jacob and Rachel (Corron) Amick, natives
of Virginia. They removed to Cass County,
Mich. , previous to 1830. The Amick family is of
German origin, and the ancestors were among the
pioneer settlers of Pennsylvania. Members of
the family afterward removed to the Old Domin-
ion, and Jacob Amick was born near the Natural
Bridge in Virginia. The Corron family is Eng-
lish, and its founders in America settled in Vir-
ginia. The mother of Mrs. Rachel Amick was a
daughter of James Pinnell, Jr., who came from
Lambeth, London. One of his uncles, Rev.
Robert Pinnell, served as rector of a church for
more than half a century in one of the parishes
near London.

In 1835, Jacob Amick removed with his family
to Illinois and located on a farm in Kane County,
becoming one of the first settlers of that locality.
He was a cooper by trade, and carried on that bus-
iness in connection with farming. He was the in-
ventor of the grapevine cradle-swath. In 1844,
he removed to Chicago, where he engaged in the
manufacture of scythes and grain-cradles until

1849, when he went overland to California. There
his death occurred, October 25, 1850, at the age of
forty-eight years, resulting from an attack of
cholera. He was an old-time Abolitionist, being
identified with the movement from the beginning,
and left Virginia on account of the slavery there
tolerated. He was distinguished for his strong
convictions and devotion to principle, and had the
confidence of all who knew him. He held mem-
bership with the Tabernacle Baptist Church, now
the Second Baptist Church of Chicago, the house
of worship being then located on La Salle, between
Washington and Randolph Streets. His wife,
who was a member of the same church, passed
away in 1878, at the age of seventy-two. Of their
children, one died in infancy; Mary Elizabeth be-
came the wife of Alanson Miller, and died of chol-
era in Chicago in 1852; Martha, deceased, was the
wife of Joseph Shaw; Pleasant is the next younger;
Hiram, who is now living in California, was a
member of the Mercantile Battery of Chicago, and
for a number of years was Secretary of the Fire
Department of Chicago; Myron J., who for many
years was a member of the United States army,
and did much scouting duty during the Great
Rebellion, now resides in New York City.

The gentleman whose name heads this record
was in his tenth year when the family located in
Chicago. The house built by his father in 1844
on Curtis Street is still standing. Pleasant Amick,



his wife, and afterward two of their children, at-
tended the Scammon School on Madison Street,
the first free-school building in the West Division,
of which Prof. A. D. Sturtevant was the Principal,
and Pleasant was afterward a pupil in Gleason's
Academy. At the age of fifteen he became a
clerk in a grocery -store on Clark Street owned by
J. B. Doggett, with whom he continued until
1855, when he embarked in business for himself
as a member of the firm of Leybourn & Amick,
grocers. In 1859, they sold out, and during the
war Mr. Amick served as enrolling officer under
Col. William James, of Chicago. In 1864, he was
elected Tax Collector for the West Division, on

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