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Mr. Gardner and Miss Maroa E. Conklin, of Dar-
ien, Wis., who died in 1873, leaving one son,
Charles A., who is now in the Treasurer's office
of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad,
filling a responsible position. Our subject was
again married, in December, 1874, his second un-
ion being with Miss Luella W. Humphry, of Port-
land, Me. They had five children, but three of
the number died in infancy, and William R., a
young man of much promise, died at the age of
seventeen. Eugene, the youngest, is a lad of
eleven years.

Mr. Gardner takes considerable interest in civic
societies, especially in Masonry, in which he has
taken the Thirty -second Degree. He is a mem-
ber of the LaGrange Lodge, and an honorary
member of Garden City Lodge of Chicago. He






N. S. CARRINGTON.



belongs to the Commandery of the military order
of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and to
the Grand Army of the Republic. He was one
of the organizers of Hiram McClintock Post No.
667, G. A. R., of La Grange, and was its first
Commander. He also organized the Masonic
lodge at this place, was its Master for six years,
and is now High Priest of the Chapter. With
the Royal Arcanum he is also connected. In his
political views, he is a stanch Republican, who
always gives his support to the men and meas-
ures of his party. He is now serving as Secre-
tary of the High School Board, is Secretary and



Treasurer of the Music Hall Association of La-
Grange, is a warm friend to education, and is a
patron of all those enterprises which are calcu-
lated to uplift humanity. He is now doing a
large insurance business in Chicago, and has the
respect and esteem of all who know him. He is
an honored member of various societies, and has
won prominence through merit and ability. He
was ever true to his country in her hour of peril,
and for four years and a-half was actively en-
gaged in her service, faithfully defending the Old
Flag which now floats so proudly over the united
nation.



N. STARR CARRINGTON.



STARR CARRINGTON, who resides upon
a farm on section 18, Lyons Township, is
numbered among the pioneer settlers of Cook
County of 1836. His residence therefore in this
community covers a period of fifty-seven years.
He was born in Middletown, Conn., on the i2th
of December, 1816, and is a son of Henry and
Susan (Starr) Carrington, both of whom were of
English descent. The Starr family was founded
in America in 1634. The grandfather, Nathan
Starr, served in the Revolutionary War. Unto
Mr. and Mrs. Carrington were born seven chil-
dren, as follows: Susan, Elizabeth, Mary, Henry,
Starr, Lorrania and William, but our subject is
now the only one living. While in the East, the
father served as cashier of the Middletown Bank.
At length he determined to seek a home on the
broad prairies of the West, and emigrated to Chi-
cago, then a small town, giving little or no evi-
dence of its future growth and importance. He
there engaged in the brokerage business in con-
nection with E. K. Hubbard until 1837, when he
removed to the farm of three hundred and twenty
acres which he had purchased of B. Jacobs for
$12.50 per acre the year previous. Upon this
farm he made his home until 1840, when he re-



turned to Middletown, Conn. , and became Treas-
urer and Secretary of the Savings Bank of that
place. He was entirely a self-made man, and for
the success of his life deserves great credit. With
the Congregational Church he held membership,
and his career was an honorable, upright one.
He died at the advanced age of ninety-three
years.

In the schools of his native town, Mr. Carring-
ton of this sketch acquired a good business edu-
cation and under the parental roof he spent his
childhood days. With his father he came to Illi-
nois, but he remained in Chicago only a short
time. On leaving that place he took up his resi-
dence upon the farm which is now his home.
There were no improvements upon the place, save
a log cabin, which is still standing, one of the few
landmarks that yet remain. Chicago was the
nearest trading-point and they hauled all their
grain and farm produce to that place. When he
first reached that city, Mr. Carrington boarded at
the old Lake Street Hotel. There was not a
bridge in the place, and many portions that are
now solidly built up with fine residences or busi-
ness houses were then only wet prairie. Mr.
Carrington now owns two hundred and twenty



562



WESLEY POLK.



acres of good land, and carries on general farming
and stock-raising. Idleness is utterly foreign to
his nature, and a busy and well-spent life has
brought him a comfortable competence.

On the 1 6th of August, 1841, Mr. Carrington
was joined in marriage with Miss Laura Butler,
and unto them have been born eight children,
namely: William H., now deceased; Susan;
Mary; Elizabeth; William H.; Lorriana, de-
ceased; Laura and Edward.

In his political affiliations, in early life, Mr.
Carrington was a Whig, and since the organiza-
tion of the Republican party has been one of its
stanch supporters. He has been honored with



some public offices, has served as Commissioner,
for the past twelve years has filled the office of
Justice of the Peace, and is the present incum-
bent. The best interests of the community have
ever found in him a friend. His co-operation and
support are given to worthy enterprises, and all
that is calculated to benefit the community re-
ceives his assistance. The history of Cook
County is well known to him, for since its early
days he has watched its growth and advance-
ment. He may truly be classed among the hon-
ored pioneers, and it is with pleasure that we pre-
sent to our readers the sketch of this worthy gen-
tleman.



WESLEY POLK.



POLK was a native of Kentucky.
He was born in Jefferson County, on the
4 tn of November, 1818, and was one of six
children whose parents were Edmund and Mar-
garet Polk. Their children were H. H., James,
William, Wesley and Wilson, but Henry H. is
the only one now living.

Our subject was born and reared upon the
home farm in Kentucky, and acquired the greater
part of his education outside the school-room.
He began life for himself when a young man, and
was afterward dependent upon his own resources.
In 1831 he left the State of his nativity and re-
moved to Indiana, where he made his home un-
til 1833, when he came to Illinois, making the
journey by wagon. He located in Lyons Town-
ship, where he purchased a tract of wild, uncul-
tivated land on section 21, upon which a log cabin
was built. He was accompanied by his parents
and family, and they experienced all the hard-
ships and trials of life on the frontier. The In-
dians were still numerous in the settlement, and
Chicago was the trading-point of the pioneers.

Mr. Polk grew to manhood upon the new farm,
and there made his home until 1849, when, in



connection with his brother H. H., and three
other young men, they started with pack mules
for California. They walked much of the dis-
tance, but at length after traveling for several
months reached their destination. There Mr.
Polk engaged in prospecting and mining from
1849 until 1851. His trip proved quite a success-
ful one, and he returned home by way of New
York City and the water route. He then came
back to the farm, and to agricultural pursuits de-
voted his energies until the breaking out of the
war, when, in 1861, prompted by patriotic im-
pulses, he responded to the country's call for
troops. He enlisted as a private, was assigned
to Company H, One Hundred and Twenty -seventh
Illinois Infantry, and was mustered into service in
Chicago. He faithfully followed the Old Flag for
three years, and during that time was never either
wounded or taken prisoner, but was always found
at his post of duty, participating in all the engage-
ments in which the regiment took part, a faithful
and valiant defender of the Union. When mus-
tered out he held the rank of Corporal.

When the war was over, Mr. Polk returned to
the old farm, where he lived until 1881. He then



C. H. HARRISON, JR.



563



purchased the farm now owned by the family. It
comprised one hundred and ninety acres of rich
and valuable land, under a high state of cultiva-
tion and well improved with all the accessories
and conveniences of a model farm. Mr. Polk be-
gan life a poor boy, but his career was a success-
ful one, for he was diligent and enterprising and
possessed good business ability.

In 1860 Mr. Polk was united in marriage with
Miss Mary J. Bielby. Her birthplace was near
Utica, N. Y. They had only one child, Edmund
R., who was born March 7, 1866. He attended
the public schools and was graduated from the
Metropolitan Business College of Chicago. On
the 1 4th of January, 1891, he married Miss Agnes
Little, and they have become the parents of one
son, Wesley W. Edmund now carries on the



home farm and is a wide-awake and enterprising
agriculturist.

The father was called to his final rest May 23,
1893, and his remains are interred in Lyonsville
Cemetery. He had the respect of all who knew
him and his death was deeply mourned. In poli-
tics, he was a stalwart advocate of the Republican
party and its principles, and did all in his power
to insure its success. For fourteen successive
years he creditably and ably filled the office of
Justice of the Peace, was Township Collector, and
also served as Supervisor. Socially, he was a
member of the Grand Army post, and in religious
belief he was a Congregationalist. Alike true in
public and private life, and faithful to every trust,
he had the confidence and regard of all with whom
business or social relations brought him in contact.



CARTER H. HARRISON, JR.



H. HARRISON, JR., the editor of
the Chic, go Times, the leading Democratic
v newspaper of the city, has spent his entire
life here, with the exception of three years spent
in Germany and the time passed in college. The
Harrison family has been prominently connected
with the city's interests since an early day, and
the ancestors of our subject were among those
who aided in achieving the independence of this
country. The family originated in England, and
some of its members came from that country to
the United States in the seventeenth century, lo-
cating in Virginia. It had several representatives
in the Colonial army during the Revolutionary
War, and Gen. William Russell, one of the ma-
ternal ancestors of our subject, won his title during
that eight-years struggle. Benjamin Harrison,
who first came to America, was a man of promi-
nence in Virginia, and served as Colonial Gov-
ernor. For three generations after him the blood
was transmitted through a Benjamin Harrison.



The fourth Benjamin had two sons, Benjamin
and Carter. In direct line the descendants of the
former are William Henry, Scott H. and Benja-
min. Of the latter they are Robert Carter, Carter
H., Carter H. (the late Mayor of the city),
Carter H., Jr., of this sketch, and his little son,
who also bears the name of Carter H.

The gentleman whose name heads this record
was born in Chicago, on the 23d of April, 1860.
His father had located here several years previ-
ous, and from that time until his death was ac-
tively connected with the welfare of the city.
The son was educated in private schools until
1873, when he went to Germany. In 1876, he
attended college in New York, and later was
graduated from St. Ignatius' College, of Chicago.
He afterwards entered Yale College, and com-
pleted the law course in that renowned institution
in the Class of '83.

Returning to his home, Mr. Harrison then em-
barked in the real-estate business, and carried on



564



CHRISTIAN THIELE.



operations along that line for a number of years,
when, in 1891, in connection with his father, he
bought out the Chicago Times, and assumed
charge of the editorial department of the paper.
The Times is too well known to need mention
here. It is an old paper, yet its success and high
reputation have been greatly increased since Mr.
Harrison's connection with it.

In the year 1887, our subject was united in
marriage with Miss Edith Ogden, daughter of Rob-
ert N. Ogden, of New Orleans, La., and to them
has been born a son, who was named for his father
and grandfather. Mr. Harrison holds member-
ship with the University Club and the Chicago



Athletic Club. His connection with the Times at
once indicates his political views to be Democratic.
He is well known in his native city, his father's
prominence having brought him a wide acquaint-
ance among leading people, while his own qualities
have gained for him their high regard and es-
teem. He possesses the same attractive manner
for which the Harrison family is noted. Although
yet a young man, he is recognized as one of the
leading and influential citizens of the second city
in the Union, and whether he should continue in
newspaper work or leave the journalistic field he
is sure to occupy a position of importance.



CHRISTIAN THIELE.



CHRISTIAN THIELE, a well-known citizen
1 1 of Proviso Township, this county, is a native
\j of Germany, his birth having occurred in
Hanover, on the igth of January, 1834. His boy-
hood and youth were quietly passed; the common
schools afforded him his educational privileges,
and in his native land he learned the carpenter's
trade. Thinking to better his financial condition
by emigrating to the New World, in 1850 he
sailed for America, and after a voyage of nine
weeks landed in New York City. During the
trip across the water he served as the ship's car-
penter. He left home with a capital of $50, which
his father gave him, and with this he started out
in life in the United States, a stranger in a
strange land. After remaining in New York
City for a short time, he took an emigrant train to
Chicago.

On reaching that place, Mr. Thiele found that
his money was exhausted, but he soon secured
employment as a carpenter, and thus worked for
about eighteen months. He then went to what
is now Addison, and worked at his chosen trade,
building houses for the farmers of that locality
for a period of about nine years. With the capi-



tal thus acquired, he purchased a ten-acre tract of
land where the village of Proviso now stands, and
has here made his home continuously since. He
rented an additional tract, and turned his atten-
tion to farming, which he carries on in connection
with the hay business.

In 1857, Mr. Thiele was joined in marriage
with Miss Minnie Summerman, of Cook County,
and unto them were born two children: Henry,
who is now carrying on a grocery on Madison
Street, in Oak Park, Chicago; and Sophia, wife
of William Ruchty, a resident of Fullersburg.
In the year 1872, the mother of this family was
called to her final rest, and in 1874 Mr. Thiele
was again married, his second union being with
Miss Margaret Bernard, by whom he has two
children, a son and daughter, Arno and lizzie,
both at home.

Mr. Thiele is now the owner of one hundred
and sixty acres of valuable land in Cook County,
together with a handsome brick residence, store
and saloon, which are valued at $23,000. He
also has a granary worth $6,000. Everything
that he now possesses has been acquired through
his own efforts. When he reached Chicago, he



A. F. WEBB.



565



slept for two nights in the depot, for he had not
money enough to pay for lodging. Undaunted,
however, by the difficulties in his path, he soon
secured work, and as he was enabled to save
something from his earnings, he made judicious
investments of his capital, and is now numbered



among the substantial citizens of this community.
He may be truly called a self-made man. In his
political views, Mr. Thiele is a Republican, and
has served his township as Highway Commis-
sioner.



ALBERT F. WEBB.



Gl LBERT F. WEBB, superintendent of the
r I Stinson Stock Farm at Thornton, was born
/I in Chicago, on the ist of March, 1863, and
is a son of Francis and Amelia (Wheeler) Webb.
The father was a native of England, born near
London. In 1861, he took up his residence near
Thornton, having that year crossed the Atlantic
to America, and upon the farm where he located
he made his home until his death, which occurred
in 1 88 1, at the age of fifty-one years. His widow
still resides on the old homestead. She was
born in Oxford, England, and came to America
in 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Webb had a family of
four children, but two of the number died in child-
hood. Albert F. and Bessie are the survivors.
The father of this family was a well-known citi-
zen of Thornton and vicinity for some years.
For a long time he carried on a general store in
the village of Thornton and did a good business
in that way. At the same time he operated his
farm, and it also yielded him a good income. He
was not a member of any church, but was an hon-
orable, upright man, and for several years was
superintendent of a union Sabbath-school in
Thornton, and was always recognized as one of
the most useful and esteemed citizens of the place.
Albert F. Webb attended the public schools,
where he acquired a fair English education, and
at the age of sixteen years he began clerking in a
grocery store in Chicago. Thus he started out
in life for himself and since that time he has made



his own way in the world. For a year he con-
tinued to serve as a salesman, and then began
learning the carpenter's trade, which he followed
for nine years. On the expiration of that period,
in the spring of 1890, he became the superintend-
ent of the Stinson Stock Farm at Thornton,
which position he yet fills. This farm com-
prises about seven hundred acres of land and is
devoted to the breeding of trotting horses and
Jersey cattle. About two hundred and fifty
thoroughbred trotters are kept on the farm, most
of them bred under the management of Mr.
Webb. His stables are extensive, are well
lighted and ventilated and are models of conven-
ience in all particulars. They were built under
the personal supervision of Mr. Webb and indi-
cate his thorough knowledge of the needs and
care of horses. The farm is now a first-class
stock-breeding establishment. About thirty men
are employed upon the place, including several
expert trainers, and altogether it is considered
one of the best stock farms in the State. Since
locating here Mr. Webb has also superintended
the establishment of another stock farm on a
similar plan at Highlands, Indiana.

In 1882, was celebrated the marriage of the
subject of this sketch and Miss Winnie Wendt,
daughter of Frederick Wendt, of Homewood. She
was born in Germany, and came with her par-
ents to Cook County when four years of age.
Two children were born of their union, but the



566



son, George, died at the age of ten years,
daughter, Amy, is still with her parents.

Mr. Webb is a member of the Masonic frater-
nity and of the Independent Order of Foresters.
In politics, he has been a life-long Republican,
and is a warm advocate of the principles of his
party. He served for two terms as School Direc-



E. P. PATCH.
The



tor of Thornton. His position as Superintendent
of the Stinson Stock Farm he has filled for four
years, and in its management has given entire
satisfaction. He is a systematic farmer and busi-
ness man, a practical and enthusiastic stockman,
and a public-spirited citizen.



EDWARD P. PATCH.



[TOWARD PATRICK PATCH, cierk of the

ry village of Wilmette, is a native of Cook
I County who reflects credit upon the place of
his nativity. He was born in Chicago, on Saint
Patrick's Day, 1867, and is a son of Theodore J.
and Rose (Cassidy) Patch, the former a native of
Albany, New York, and the latter of Ireland.

T. J. Patch is still a resident of Chicago, where
he located in 1844, settling on the West Side, and
has ever since been engaged in the dray and ex-
press business. He has built up a large business,
and employs a number of men and teams. His
father was a native of Germany, the name being
originally spelled Fach. Mrs. Patch came to Amer-
ica in 1851, and after living five years in Brook-
lyn, came to Chicago. Her father, Edward
Cassidy, was a Captain in the British army, and
lost his life at the battle of Waterloo. His widow,
Bridget Cassidy, died in Chicago, at the age of
ninety-eight years. Mr. Patch was born in 1855,
and his wife two years later.

Edward P. Patch was educated at the school
attached to the Church of the Holy Family, at
Twelfth and Morgan Streets, completing the
course before he was eighteen years old. He im-
mediately entered the employ of the North Amer-
ican Accident Insurance Company, and continued
one year. For the past nine years he has been



with the Standard Life and Accident Insurance
Company, for the last five years in the capacity
of manager of its general agency at Chicago. He
has supervision of the business of the company
all over the West, which is chiefly transacted
with railroad employes. His long continuance
and steady progress with his present employers
attest his faithfulness and business ability.

In 1890 Mr. Patch took up his residence at Wil-
mette, where he built a handsome home, and in
April, 1895, he was elected Clerk of the village.
Since August, 1894, he has been the Wilmette
correspondent of the North Shore News. He is a
progressive, public-spirited citizen, and takes an
intelligent interest in the affairs of his native
country. He keeps thoroughly informed on all
questions of the day, and adheres to the Republi-
can party in matters of public policy, because its
principles and practice exemplify his ideas of
good government. He is a member of Ouilmette
Council of the Royal Arcanum.

May 27, 1889, he was married to Miss Lavinia
M. Bruno, and they are the parents of one child,
Rose Louise, aged five years. Mrs. Patch is a
native of Geneva, Illinois, and is a daughter of
John and Louise M. Bruno. Her father died
from wounds received in the service of the United
States during the Civil War.



HENRY GREENEBAUM.



567



HENRY GREENEBAUM.



HENRY GREENEBAUM, a well-known bus-
iness man of Chicago of long years' stand-
ing, is descended from very ancient and hon-
orable families. His grandfather, Elias Greene-
baum, was an iron merchant at Reipolskirchen,
in Rhenish Bavaria. It is notable that this line of
mercantile industry has been continued to the
present, one of the leading iron houses of Chicago
having been until recently conducted by great-
grandsons of Elias Gr'eenebaum. Being a Jew,
the last-named was at a great social disadvantage
in Germany, yet such were his energy, capability
and integrity, that he was appointed Treasurer
of his county. This position involved great re-
sponsibility at that time, owing to the existence in
the neighborhood of a powerful bandit, who com-
manded a strong organization of followers, whom
he ruled with despotic power. He was known
by the nickname of "Schinderhannes," and acted
much upon the plan of the Robin Hood of Eng-
lish history, who took from the rich and gave
largely to the poor. For many years he was a
terror to the people and officers of the region
where he flourished, but was finally captured and
beheaded at Mainz. During his term of official
life Elias Greenebaum was compelled to maintain
a strong guard about his premises continually to
protect the public funds, as well as his own, from
attacks of the robber king.

Jacob Greenebaum and Sarah Herz, parents
of the subject of this biography, were cousins,
and grandchildren of "Jakob," of Rathskirchen,
who was born in the early part of the eight-
eenth century, and whose descendants have been



active and prominent citizens in many lands. One
of his sons, Herz Felsenthal, was a delegate to
the synod held in Paris in 1806, by decree of
Napoleon I. It was during this time that the
Jews in Germany took surnames, and this family
assumed that of Felsenthal. Among Jakob's
great-grandchildren were Dr. Felsenthal, an emi-
nent physician of Darmstadt, who died in 1885,
and Dr. Greenebaum, who was Rabbi emeritus at
I/andau, Bavaria, and died in 1893. Dr. B. Fel-
senthal, of Chicago, now in his seventy-fifth year,
and long known here as a man of science and pub-
lic spirit, is one of the great-great-grandchildren;
so also is August Blum, Cashier of the Union Na-
tional Bank of Chicago; Eli B. Felsenthal, an at-
torney-at-law, and a Trustee of the Chicago Uni-
versity; also Mrs. Hannah Greenebaum Solomon,
President of the National Council of Jewish
Women of America. A niece of Mrs. Solomon,
and representing the sixth generation from Jakob,
was married in San Diego, California, at the



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