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his death, covering a period of sixteen years. He
purchased property at No. 2919 Vernon Avenue,
where he resided until his death.

Christian W. Eisel attended public school until
he reached the age of thirteen years, when he
entered the vast school of experience. He was
with F. D. Reynolds, at the carpenter trade
five years and then began contracting on his own
account. His first building was erected at No.
6507 Stewart Avenue. He continued the busi-
ness sixteen months, during which time he held
contracts for six dwellings in Englewood. He
was employed by William Graham subsequent
to this time and was also with other concerns.
He had charge of interior finishing under C. J.
L- Meyer, and for eighteen months had charge
of the interior finishing for the Interior Finishing
Company at North Pier, being with this estab-
lishment four and one-half years in all. He
worked on such buildings as the residence of
Elmer Washburne, Hyde Park Hotel, Ozark
Flats, the residence of C. W. Lasher, in Lake
View, Metropole Hotel and Unity Building. He
was bridge foreman in the Civil Service two and
one-half years, being the only man who ever re-
ceived a percentage of 100 on both mental and
physical examinations. He also worked for the



JOHN MUELLER.



city of Chicago as carpenter. He is connected
with the Civil Service Club, and is independent
in his political views.

He was married April 24, 1888, to Miss
Henrietta Sophia, daughter of John and Minnie
(Hetnpel) John. Mrs. Eisel was born April 13,
1868, at No. 12 Mohawk Street, Chicago. Her
sister, Minnie, married Peter Hilt and resides at
No. 547 School Street. Her father was born
April 3, 1828, in Germany, and came to Amer-
ica at the age of twelve years, locating in New
York. He removed to Chicago in 1847. Mrs.
John was born November 24, 1839, in Germany.
Her first husband was William Siedschlag, and
their child, Tena, died on the ocean. The chil-
dren of Mr. and Mrs.- John were named as fol-
lows: Minnie, John (deceased), Charles, Annie,
Henrietta, Henry, Mary, Emma (deceased), Rose
(deceased) and George. Emma and Rose were
twins.



The maternal grandfather of Mrs. Eisel, Chris-
tian Hempel, came to America with her parents.
His children were William, Frederick, Minnie
and Gottlieb. The last-named resides at No. 121
Mohawk Street, Chicago. The children of Mr.
and Mrs. Eisel are as follows: Anna Mary, born
January 27, 1889; Irene Odette, July 4, 1894;
Grant Lancelot, November 24, 1895; and Lin-
coln Archibald, born February 12, 1897, died
April n, 1898.

A member of the Independent Order of Forest-
ers, Mr. Eisel is Past Chief Ranger and for twelve
terms has been financial secretary of Logan
Court No. 117. He is also connected with the
Carpenters' Union. Mr. Eisel is a man of clear,
far-seeing mind, sound in judgment, and is never
found wanting in a matter of duty. He is hon-
ored and respected, being beloved by family and
friends. He was reared a Protestant and is true
to the teachings of his fathers.



JOHN MUELLER.



(\ OHN MUELLER. Of all cities in the United
I States Chicago is, perhaps, the most costno-
Q) politan, and among her citizens of foreign
birth or lineage she has none more sturdy, more
enterprising, more thrifty nor more honest than
are the children of the Fatherland who, while
tenderly loving the land of their birth, are yet
devotedly loyal to the country of their adoption.
Of such is John Mueller, a successful business
man, whose coal and wood yard is located on
West Chicago Avenue. His birthplace is Meck-
lenburg-Schwerin, Germany, where lie first saw
the light April 14, 1836. His parents were
Henry and Marie Mueller, and under their com-
mand he attended his parish school until he
reached the age of sixteen years. Following the
custom of his native country, he began to work



immediately after leaving school. For some
years he found employment on a farm. The
remuneration was small and the work hard, and
in 1866 he resolved to change his conditions.
In other words he emigrated. On reaching
America he proceeded at once to Chicago. At
the beginning the outlook was not encouraging,
and for a time he worked as a stevedore along
the docks and for a year as helper in one of the
round houses of the Chicago & Northwestern
Railway Company.

Little by little, however, his industry and
thrift enabled him to accumulate money. With
his savings he bought a team and wagon, and
embarked in business for himself. Industry and
fidelity still stood him in good stead, and in 1883
he bought the property at Nos. 573 and 575



582



JAMES PENDERGAST.



West Chicago Avenue, where for twelve years
he conducted a prosperous business as a dealer in
coal and wood. In 1895 he retired from active
business.

Before leaving Germany he was married to
Miss Mary Kummerow, the date of their wedding



being October 15, 1864. Mrs. Mueller's father
was Frederick Kummerow. The fruit of this
marriage has been six sons, Frederick, Henry,
William, Albert, Robert and Herman. In poli-
tics Mr. Mueller is a Republican. The family
attends St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.



JAMES PENDERGAST.



(TAMES PENDERGAST, one of Chicago's

I retired successful contractors, was born Feb-
G/ ruary 1 1, 1840, in Watertowu, Massachusetts.
He comes of an old and highly respected family,
and his ancestors have made a list to be proud of,
by the profitable lives they led. His parents were
Pierce and Catherine (Burk) Pendergast, and his
father was for many years a resident of Waltham,
Massachusetts.

Pierce Pendergast was born in County Galway,
Ireland. He was married in 1838, and brought
his bride directly to America. He located in
Waltham and worked the remainder of his life
in the bleaching factory in that city. He died
in November of the year 1858, in the prime of
his life, at the age of thirty-six years. He was
a Catholic and his remains were interred at
Waltham.

Mrs. Pendergast, mother of the man whose
name heads this article, was born in County Gal-
way, Ireland, and died in Waltham in 1878, her
remains being buried at that place. Her children
are accounted for as follows: James; John, who
died at the age of four years; Pierce, who died in
1894; Thomas, a watchmaker in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania; Mary, who married Dr. Mur-
phy, and resides in Chelsea, Massachusetts; and
Frank, who died in 1888.

James Pendergast attended school until he
reached the age of thirteen years, and then spent



three years learning the trade of a house painter.
In 1867 he located in Elgin, Illinois, and since
that time has contracted in his line of business.
In May, 1871, he came to Chicago, and opened a
shop for his own interests, on Randolph Street.
When the great fire of October, 1871, struck Chi-
cago, like a pall, ruining the works and plans of
men, his loss was with the rest, but he did not
give up and flee from the scene of disaster, as
did many, but stayed in the nearly destroyed
city, and his contracts were among the largest
and his business was better than ever before. He
can truly be said to have helped build up the
charred city and his credit is given him in suc-
cess in his subsequent undertakings. He has re-
tired from his active business in that line and is
enjoying the fruits of his labor.

Mr. Pendergast has been very energetic and
ambitious, and in 1892 he was enabled to build a
residence at No. 6518 Jackson Avenue, where he
has lived, with his family, since that time. Con-
ducive to the well-doing and well-being of the
majority of men, is a happy, congenial companion
and a harmonious married life. Such has been
the good fortune of Mr. Pendergast. He mar-
ried Bridget Clark, a native of County Lowe,
Ireland, in June, 1859.

He is a member of the Catholic Order of
Foresters and is an upholder of the principles and
candidates of the Republican party.



J. W. RICH.



583



JAMES W. RICH.



(lAMES WILSON RICH is of English lin-
I cage, his great-grandfather having come from
(2/ England to New England in 1765, eleven
years before the first musket was fired in the
cause of the colonies against the crown. He set-
tled at Boston, where, too, he died, but not until
he had heard of the surrender of Cornwallis to
the half-clothed, poorly fed, ill paid patriots led
by Washington. His son, Eli Rich, the grand-
father of James W. Rich, enlisted in the Con-
tinental army when but a boy of fifteen, and
served until the struggle had been won.

Then the youthful veteran took his govern-
ment land warrant and set out for Geuesee Coun-
ty, New York, where he entered upon one hun-
dred and sixty acres of land, near Avon. There
he made for himself a home and became an hon-
ored and prominent citizen. He married a lady
from Holland, who bore him three sons and two
daughters. He lived to be ninety-nine years old,
his wife dying at the age of ninety-eight.

The father of the subject of this article was the
youngest of the sons, and bore his father's Chris-
tian name, Eli. He was a farmer, and three
times married. His first wife, mother of James
Wilson Rich, was Laura Johnson. Her son,
J. W., was born at Avon, October 4, 1833, and
she died in 1836, soon after the birth of Nelson,
her second son. About a year afterward the
elder Rich married Miss Laura Dowd. Of this
second marriage there were born four children,



named as follows: Judson, Watson, Lewis M.
and Mary. Of these Judson died of injury re-
ceived in the Civil War, in which he was a gal-
lant soldier. Watson is a letter carrier of Chi-
cago, residing on West Chicago Avenue, near
Robey Street; Lewis M. lives at Naperville, Illi-
nois; and Mary is the wife of Mr. Halman, of
Chicago.

In 1839 Eli Rich removed with his family to
Naperville, Illinois, where he resumed farming.
Here, in 1846, his second wife died. He subse-
quently married Lucy Kinzman, who died in
1872, without issue. Ten years later the sturdy
old pioneer was himself laid to rest, universally
mourned by the community of which he had been
so valued a member and which had learned to
appreciate his worth.

James Wilson Rich remained upon his father's
farm until he had reached the age of sixteen,
when his ardent, adventurous disposition prompted
him to hew out his own path to that fortune and
success which lies so near the grasp of many men
who lack the perception and nerve necessary to
attain them. Mr. Rich was not one of these, as
the story of his early struggles and final triumph
will show. He came to Chicago in 1849, a pen-
niless boy, and worked for his board, with the
privilege of attending school, for be it remem-
bered that educational facilities at Naperville in
those early days were of the most meager sort.
A private school near the corner of Lake and



WAYNE KINYON.



State Streets, kept by Mr. and Mrs. Hathaway,
and another at the corner of Clark and Washing-
ton, gave him his first training, and the necessity
for hard work, which in those days always con-
fronted him, was constantly interrupting his at-
tendance. He must labor, if he would live, and
it is to those early years of patient, poorly re-
quitted toil that he owes his present ease, no less
than a measure of his sterling, virile manhood.
In those early years he regarded no honest work
as degrading, doing whatever came nearest hand
and following the Scriptural injunction to "do
it with his might."

By the year 1860, his patient industry, joined
to habits of abstemiousness and thrift, enabled
him to engage in business for himself, as a grocer
in Chicago. Integrity and fidelity brought" him
success. His venture prospered, but the great
conflagration of 1871 speedily swept away the
accumulation of years. When the ashes cooled
he found his possessions reduced to five vacant
lots. But resolution such as his is not easily
daunted, and within thirty days he was once more
selling groceries in a temporary structure erected



on the site of his former shop. In 1884 he re-
tired from business, a comparatively young man,
yet with a comfortable competence, to which he
has since added.

The career of Mr. Rich affords much food for
reflection. Not only does it exemplify the op-
portunities which Chicago offers to youths of
pluck and vim, but it also serves to illustrate the
truth that men of his character and ability can be
architects of their own fortunes, provided they
lay the same foundations as he.

He was married February 6, 1856, to Miss
Mary Bergman, a lady born in Germany, but a
resident of Chicago since reaching the age of six
years. They have three children, James E.,
William H. and Lucy A., their daughter being
the wife of Mr. Edward Weinberg, of Chicago.
In religious faith Mr. Rich is affiliated with the
Methodist Episcopal Church, of which body all
his family number among the consistent and re-
pected members. In politics he is a Republican,
his first vote having been cast for John C. Fre-
mont. He has, however, never been an aspirant
for any public office.



WAYNE KINYON.



fDQAYNE KINYON, who holds a responsible
I A/ P os iti n with one of the largest packing
V V concerns in Chicago, was born in the vi-
cinity of Lyden, Cook County, on the Oplain
River, May 8, 1842. He is a son of James Ham-
ilton and Sally (Dunlap) Kinyon, and is truly a
citizen of the United States.

James H. Kinyon was born December 19, 1812,
in Balston Spa, New York, and came to Illinois
in 1836. He passed away from this world at his
residence at No. 508 South Randolph Street, in
Champaign, Illinois, September 18, 1889. James



Kinyon lost his parents when he was a small boy,
and was reared by his grandmother. At an early
age he left her and went south to Florida. He
located first at Troy Grove, La Salle Count}',
after coming to Illinois, and later removed to
Cook County. He fought in the Seminole War,
and later went into trading, traveling up the
Illinois River.

He was married, January 19, 1839, to Miss
Sally Dunlap. He was a machinist by trade and
found little to do in his line at the last-mentioned
location, so decided to change his residence. He



WAYNE KINYON.



585



located in Chicago in 1841, which was a dull
place at that time; consequently he went to Ly-
den, where for several years he kept tavern and
cultivated the soil. In 1851 Chicago had begun
to boom and manufacturing to prosper, and Mr.
Kinyon returned, .renewing work at his chosen
trade in this vicinity. He was employed by some
of the largest manufacturers and continued at
active labor until his hearing began to fail him,
when he was obliged to seek other occupation.

With R. K. Swift he went into the business of
banking, but went down with others in the panic
of 1857. I fl 1869 he was forced to succumb to
failing health and take a rest. He purchased
the residence where he spent the remainder of
his days and cultivated small fruits for the pleas-
ure derived from the occupation. During his
active life he invented many machines which
were patented to the advantage of others unde-
serving. At an early age he united with the
Methodist Episcopal Church and was a devout
and consistent Christian. At his death his re-
mains were interred in Rose Hill Cemetery. He
was the father of three children. Florida Virginia
was the first, and was born February 14, 1840,
in Cosnovia, Cook County, Illinois. She died
October 31, 1869, and her remains were interred
at San Francisco, California. She married Wil-
bur F. Hitchcock November 18, 1855, and her
children were named: Nellie, Edgar, Walter,
Bella and Wilbur. Nellie, the oldest of the chil-
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Hitchcock, married Mr.
Anthony, and resides in San Francisco, Califor-
nia. She has three interesting children: Gerald,
Helen and Virginia.

Wayne is next in order of birth. Emmet James
was born on a farm near Lyden, Cook County,
Illinois, April 10, 1848. He resides in Chicago
and has never married. James H. Kinyon was
associated with James H. Hollingsworth in the
invention ot the cotton gin, which is used at the
present time. He was later with Sylvester Marsh,
and they invented and set up a number of wheat
dryers in several of the large lake bordering
cities, and this industry developed into a great
business to their profit. Mrs. J. H. Kinyon,
mother of the man whose name heads this article,



comes of a family which ranks among the oldest
settlers of Cook County. Their list is voluminous
and well preserved in the annals of the county.

Wayne Kinyon was at school until he reached
the age of seventeen years, receiving the educa-
tion which proves an advantage to all who are
fortunate enough to obtain it. He attended
Gleason's private academy on the West Side,
Snow's private school on Adams Street, Ogden
public school, and Sloan's Business College.
When twelve years of age, before leaving school,
he was in the employ of H. C. Van Schak, on
Michigan Street, a part of two years, this being
a hardware store. He subsequently went into
the banking house of F. M. Kerwin & Company,
in St. Charles, Illinois. Both partners died on
the same day after Mr. Kinyon had been with
them eighteen months. He was one year with
F. H. Benson & Company, at No. 46 Clark Street.
He visited in Iowa at several different points,
which occupied him one year, and at the age of
seventeen years he went into the service of the
Rosehill Cemetery Company as clerk. In 1864
he was made resident superintendent and re-
mained thus until 1867.

He subsequently went to Iowa City, Iowa, and
engaged in the sale of agricultural machinery
and seeds. He dealt in heavy farm machinery,
and in 1877 returned to Chicago and entered the
employ of George W. Higgins Packing Company
as weighing master one year. Mr. Higgins left
the company and placed Mr. Kinyon in charge of
the storage and warehouse. In the year 1890
he leased the storage department, with Henry
D. Gilbert, and continued thus occupied until
May, 1892.

At this date Mr. Kinyon entered the service of
Armour & Company as superintendent of the
sweet pickle department. He retains this posi-
tion and is a valued and honored employe. He
has control of three hundred and forty-four men,
the business having developed under his manage-
ment from work that used ninety hands. He is
given full credit for his share in the growth and
is rewarded accordingly.

Conducive to the success and general welfare
of a man is a genial, helpful life companion. He



536



CHARLES LARSEN.



was married, January 5, 1864, to Miss Ellen Au-
gusta Reals, daughter of Frederick and Adelia
(Hungerford) Reals. Mrs. Kinyon is all that
could be desired in a wife, and is possessed of a
refined, gentle disposition. She was born De-
cember 22, 1842, in Jamesville, Onondaga Coun-
ty, New York. Her parents never came to Chi-
cago.

Mr. and Mrs. Kinyon have five children, each
of whom is mentioned at some length. Frederick
Reals, the eldest, was born in Chicago December
9, 1864, and died in Iowa City, Iowa, November
20, 1874, his remains being interred in the family
lot at Rosehill Cemetery. Robert Dunlap, born
in Iowa City February 14, 1868, married Martha
Ferrell, of Belleville, Iowa. He resides on Marsh-
field Avenue, Chicago, and is a shipping clerk,
under his father's supervision, for Armour &



Company. Nellie Virginia, born February 6,
1874, in Iowa City, Iowa, died in Chicago Janu-
ary 10, 1883. Wayne James, born in Chicago
May 24, 1879, died January 25, 1883. Earle
Clark, born in Chicago July 28, 1883, is attend-
ing the Sherwood public school.

Wayne Kinyon was reared in the faith of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and is true to the
teachings of his parents. He is loyal to the in-
terests of the Republican party, voting in favor
of the candidates of this party at all opportuni-
ties. Being of a thrifty and economical nature,
Mr. Kinyon desired to obtain a home of his own
and purchased at No. 5512 Armour Avenue, in
1886, and has since resided at this number. He
is a man of genial temperament, a good neighbor
and influential at all times for all measures which
tend to uplift or benefit mankind.



CHARLES LARSEN.



EHARLES LARSEN is a native of Svend-
berg, Denmark, and was born in that place
July 20, 1844. His father was Lars Chris-
tensen, who was a weaver by trade and passed
his life in his native town. He was born in 181 1
and died in the year 1898. His wife survives
him and is living in Denmark. They had four
children, all of whom are living. Mr. Charles
Larsen is the oldest son and third child of this
family.

He went when six years of age to live with an
uncle and at the age of eleven years went to sea,
and the next thirteen years of his life were most
eventful. He sailed to nearly all of the ports of
both this and the old world, making voyages to
Japan, China, California and other countries.
He was once shipwrecked on a voyage to Cali-
fornia and later on a trip to Newfoundland and



was cast away and endured great hardships.
Tiring of the dangers of a life at sea, he came to
this country in 1874, Chicago being the objective
point. Here he first found employment at the
Union Stock Yards and was afterward employed
by shipmen. He then secured a position in the
employ of the city railroads for three years. At
the end of this time he started in business for
himself, and was established first on Center
Avenue. At the end of a year he started at No.
265 Milwaukee Avenue, where he remained for
seven years. He then removed to No. 273
Milwaukee Avenue, where he remained only a
short time and started in again on a larger scale
at Nos. 235-237 Milwaukee Avenue. At the
end of five years he decided to move to the South
Side and started in business at Randolph Street
and Fifth Avenue. One year later he sold out,



J. H. JENSON.



587



and going to Turner County, South Dakota, he
purchased a farm. He remained here for two
years, but determining to return to Chicago, he
sold his farm. Upon his arrival here he again
engaged in business for himself at No. 352 Mil-
waukee Avenue and since that time has made
only one other business change, when he removed
to his present location, No. 365 Milwaukee
Avenue.

Mr. Larsen married Miss Anna M. Bremner,
a native of Norway, in Chicago, in 1876. They
have no children, but have an adopted daughter,
Nellie.



Mr. Larsen is at present connected with the
following organizations: Keystone Lodge No. 639,
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Eclipse Lodge
No. 404, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
Danish Brotherhood No. 18, White Cross No. i
and United Workmen No. 90. He was at one
time a member of eighteen lodges and clubs, but
was obliged to give some up, as he could not find
time to attend to them.

Mr. Larsen is a self-made man. He came to
this country and has made a place for himself,
not that alone, but he has been able to help others
and is highly esteemed by his associates.



JOHN H. JENSON.






(lOHN HANSEN JENSON is a native of
I Denmark, having been born at Wisby Ribe
Q) on August 3, 1839. Both his parents were
natives of the same place, and his ancestors on
both the paternal and maternal side belonged to
the hardy race of rugged Danish farmers. His
mother's maiden name was Mette Torkildsen.
His parents had but one child beside the subject
of this sketch, a daughter, who died in early
childhood.

Mr. Jenson was reared in his native town, and
attended its common schools until he had reached
the age of fourteen years, when he began to feel
a strong desire to see more of the world than
could be viewed from the little peninsula where he
had first seen the light. Accordingly, he shipped
before the mast on a vessel employed in seal fish-
ing and ou this craft he began a life which was
destined to be, for many years, filled with travel
and adventure.

On his return from his first voyage, which
occupied six months, he had grown so fond of
the sea that he went to the port of Hamburg, to



seek a vessel bound on a longer cruise. There
he joined the crew of a vessel bound for Brazil,
and, young as he was, he had profited so well by
his first experience that he shipped as an ordinary
seaman. He sailed between Hamburg and the
South American country on three voyages, and
altogether was engaged upon vessels sailing from
that port for twelve years. At intervals, while
on shore, he was employed at sail-making for
some six months; and for a little over two years
he was sail-maker on board ship. Among other
countries that he visited were China and the East
Indies, cruising along the coast of Asia and call-
ing at the principal ports of that continent. He
also made four trips between Hamburg and New



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