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B. William A. and Elizabeth Price; ed. com-
mon school, Savannah, Mo., until 14 years old;
m. Pueblo, Colo., Nov. 17, 1884, Emma Sharp.
Clerked in retail grocery store from 14 to 17
years of age; went to California, 1873, worked
as cowboy on cattle ranch; worked in silver
mines in Nevada; drove stage on Western
Overland Stage road; became a Wells-Fargo
messenger and later route agent; traveling
salesman for wholesale clothing firm, 1882-96;
since 1896 engaged as clothing manufacturer
in Chicago; now pres. Ed. V. Price & Co.,
wholesale tailors; also of the retail corpora-
tions, Price-Draper Clothing Co., La Junta,
Colo.; Price Shoe and Clothing Co., Raton,
N. M. ; Price-Luman Clothing Co., Trinidad,
Colo. Republican. Mason. Club: Chicago Ath-
letic. Office: 266-268 Franklin St. Residence:
Hotel Kenwood.

PRICE, Edwin Carlton, merchant; b. Sand-
wich, Mass., Nov. 14, 1867; s. William and
Aurelia (Parker) Price; ed. public schools, of
Boston, Mass., 1876-83, and in Bryant & Strat-
ton Commercial College; m. Chicago, Oct. 21,
1891, Rowena May Bloss; children: Catherine
Aurelia, Dorothy M. (died), Ida May. Began
business life with Swift Bros., Boston, 1883;
came West, 1885 for Swift & Co.; worked in
yards and later became cattle buyer, and after-
ward purchasing agent, in which capacity he
went to Omaha in 1890 for Swift & Co., and
finally for all the Western houses; was gen.
mgr. for Swift & Co., Omaha, 1889-1901, when
he retired to go into business for himself and
bought a half interest in the Fred K. Higbie
Co., dealers in beef and pork packers' supplies,
Chicago, Kansas City and Omaha, of which
he is sec. and treas. Dir. Commercial Bank of
Hammond, Ind., and State Bank of Lake For-
est, 111.; pres. Kingman Salt Mining Co., and
of Chapman Coal Co. (coal miners). Republi-
can. Mason (32), and Shriner. Clubs: Chicago
Athletic, Onwentsia; also Omaha, of Omaha,
Neb. Office: 841 Ry. Exchange. Residence: 4735
Lake Av.

PRICE, Frederic Augustus, underwriter;
b. Toronto, Ont., June 14, 1865; s. Samuel A.
and Carrie (Austin) Price; ed. public schools;
m. Kansas City, Mo., 1887, Lida Windsor; 1
daughter: Dorothy. In insurance business in
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Price, until 1892; then with James W. Nye,
1892-3; since 1893 mem. of firm of Conkling-,
Price & Webb, general agents for the London
Guarantee and Accident Co., Limited, and for
the U. S. Fidelity and Guaranty Co. Was 1st
lieut. Co. E, 3d regt., Missouri N. G. Clubs:
Chicago Athletic, Washington Park, Chicago
Automobile, Columbia Yacht (commodore),
Chicago Yacht, Jackson Park Yacht, Sheridan,
Forty. Office: 171 LaSalle St. Residence: 3967
Lake Av.

PRICE, Henry Wilbur, lawyer; b. Hunting-
ton, Pa., May 1, 1865; s. Rev. J. A. and Kath-
erine (Andrews) Price; ed. public schools of
Baltimore; grad. Baltimore City College, in
the class of 1883; Johns Hopkins Univ., A.B.,
1885; Columbian Univ. of Law School, LL.B.,
1888; m. Chicago, 1893, Marie Griswold; chil-
dren: Griswold, Edward. Admitted to the bar
in 1888 by Supreme Court of District of Co-
lumbia; came to Chicago, 1889; practiced with
Millard & Smith until 1890; then with Smith,
Helmer & Moulton, to which was admitted
1894, the firm becoming Smith, Helmer,
Moulton & Price; withdrew from that
firm 1902, to become mem. of firm of Long &
Price, counsel for the Illinois Life Insurance
Co. Mem. Chicago Bar Assn., Illinois State
Bar Assn. Dir. Chicago Law Institute. Repub-
lican. Methodist. Clubs: Union League, Hamil-
ton, Law, Bryn Mawr. Office: 134 Monroe St.
Residence: 7217 Merrill Av.

PRICE, Oscar Jay, physician, surgeon; b.
Adrian, Mich., Apr. 4, 1845; studied Adrian
College; grad. M.D., Univ. of Michigan, 1866;
vol. Army of the Tennessee, 1865; hosp. stew-
ard; practiced Toledo, O., 1866-8; took clinical
course in New York hosps., 1867; m. Apr. 2,
1874, Anna Wilder. Practiced in Chicago since
1868. Surgeon Chicago, Alton & St. Louis R.
R. since 1872; was 6 years surgeon to Cook
Co. Hosp.; now on consulting staff Mary
Thompson Hosp. for Women and Children, and
Frances Willard Nat. Hosp.; mem. Illinois
State Med. Assn. and numerous local med.
socs. Club: Illinois. Residence: 538 W. Adams
Street.

PRICE, Raymond Beach, manufacturer; b.
Newark, N. J., Dec. 4, 1872; s. D. Frank and
Margaretta Beach (Crowell) Price; early edu-
cation in public schools of Boston, Mass.;
grad. Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
B.S., in chemical engineering, 1894. Chemist
Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Co., Cam-
bridge, Mass., 1894-8; supt. Peoria Rubber and
Mfg. Co., Peoria, 111., 1898-9; factory mgr.,
1899-1903, and since Jan. 1, 1903, vice-pres.
and gen. mgr. Calumet Tire Rubber Co., manu-
facturers mechanical rubber goods. Has taken
out numerous patents in mechanical and chem-
ical lines. Clubs: Chicago Yacht, Illinois Ath-
letic. Republican. Office: N. 44th and Waban-
sia Avs. Residence: The Plaza.

PRICE, Vincent Clarence, pres. Price Fla-
voring Extract Co., Price Cereal Food Co.; b.
Troy, N. Y., Dec. 11, 1832; academic educa-
tion; grad. Med. College, 1852; studied medi-
cine and received degree of M.D ; from New
York College, 1856; grad. as pharmaceutical
chemist; engaged in practice at Waukegan,
111., 1861; m. Troy, N. Y., 1852, Harriet White.
Discovered chemical combination for baking
powder, at once healthful and adapted to uni-
versal use, and, in 1863, gave up practice of
medicine and formed partnership for manu-
facture of Dr. Price's pure Cream of Tartar
Baking Powder, which now holds leading place
among products of its kind; purchased his
partner's interest, 1884; formed corporation of
Price Baking Powder Co.; sold out his interest,
1891. Was for 11 years pres. Lincoln Nat.
Bank, and pres. Pan Confection Co., latter
now merged with Nat. Candy Co. Now pres.
Price Cereal Food Co. and Price Flavoring Ex-
tract Co. Office: 252 Illinois St. Residence:
Waukegan, 111.



PRICE, William Bates, pres. and dir. Price
& Teeple Piano Co.; b. Loudon, Tenn. Club:
Union League. Office: 206 Wabash Av. Resi-
dence: 1647 Sheridan Rd.

PRIDE, Joseph P., sec. and treas. the Platt
Co.; b. Buffalo, N. Y., July 17, 1848; s. Dr.
John B. and Marietta (Freeman) Pride; ed.
public schools of Erie Co., N. Y.; m. Milwau-
kee, Wis., May 14, 1872, Sara H. Van Deren;
children: Ella G., Florence, Richard. First em-
ployed in Apr., 1865, by Johnson Bros., gen-
eral store, Cattaraugus, N. Y. ; a year later
by James Adams & Co., tobacco manufactur-
ers, Buffalo, N. Y. ; went to Milwaukee, Dec.,
1868, and worked for W. G. Benedict, whole-
sale grocer, for 10 years; came to Chicago,
1878, as western mgr. for Platt & Co., of Bal-
timore, Md., who were succeeded, May, 1892,
by the Platt Co., of which he is sec., treas. and
dir. The company is one of the largest oyster
and canned goods packing and shipping firms
in Baltimore. Republican. Presbyterian. Of-
fice: 89-91 Kinzie St. Residence: 720 Pine
Grove Av.

PBIBMOBE, John Edmund Oldaker, archi-
tect; b. Edgbaston, Eng., July 18, 1864; ed.
Soho Park School, Birmingham, Eng.; m. Nov.,
1891, Clara G. Lee, of New York City. Left
England, 1883, and spent 3 years in the far
Western States before locating in Chicago in
1883; connected with architects' offices here,
and later engaged in practice for self. Office:
1st Nat. Bank Bldg. Residence: 1034 Winthrop
Avenue.

FRIDMORE, William Addison, real estate
dealer; b. Birmingham, Eng., Feb. 7, 1867; s.
William H. and Avice Emma (Oldaker) Prid-
more; ed. schools of his native city; m. Chi-
cago, 1892, Fanny Milne, of Canadian birth.
Removed with parents to U. S. in 1880, and
after 3 years of travel over Western States
settled in Chicago; was employed by real es-
tate firm of B. F. Cronkhite & Co., 1887-90;
since 1890 in real estate business for self,
and has been identified with many important
deals in real estate and loans. Episcopalian.
Republican. Office: 134 Monroe St. Residence:
5483 Jefferson Av.

PRIEST, Frederick C., clergyman; b. in vil-
lage of Ashuelot, Winchester, N. H., Aug. 26,
1861; s. Silas S. and Nancy M. (Wilder) Priest;
ed. public schools of Winchendon and Fitch-
burg, Mass.; Tufts Divinity School; Tufts
College, Mass., B.D., June 16, 1890 (D.D., Lom-
bard College, 1902); m. Winchester, N. H.,
Dec. 31, 1883, Addie Isabel Leith (now de-
ceased). Early thrown on own resources with
mother to support; made home for her from
14th to 21st year; worked principally in pail
shops, of Waterville, Mass., and the chair
shops, of Gardner, Mass.; in 1882 found em-
ployment in pail shop, Winchester, N. H. ;
worked there 4 years, reading law in office of
Hosea W. Bingham 1% years; on June 15,
1886, at trade of pail-turning, in 10-hour con-
test against world's champion turner; defeat-
ed him, breaking all records and turning 305
common pails; June 19, 1886, repeated the
feat, again turning 305 pails. Notwithstanding
great improvement in machinery and other
facilities this record remains unbroken and
unapproached to this day. After graduation
from Divinity School was pastor in Derby
Line and W. Derby, Vt., 1890-1, organizing
former and extinguishing large part of church
debt of latter; joint pastorate Saugus and
Marblehead, Mass., 1891-9 1 since Dec. 1, 1899,
pastor Church of the Redeemer (2d Universal-
ist), Warren Av. and Rotaey St., Chicago. Re-
publican, with independent proclivities; chair-
man and leader in notable No-License cam-
paign in Marblehead, Mass., 1893; mem. School
Committee, Marblehead, Mass., 1899; now vice-
pres. Chicago Law and Order League. Mason,
Odd Fellow, Royal Arcanum. Residence: 691%
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PRIME, Samuel Thornton Kemeys, compiler
of crop statistics; b. Weston, Conn., July 31,
1834; s. Samuel Irenaeus Prime; academic edu-
cation, Rahway, N. J. Has been for 25 years
correspondent and contributor to daily press
of U. S. ; specialty of crop statistics, domestic
and foreign. Author: Prime's Crop Reports;
Model Farmers and Their Methods. Residence:
3228 Lake Av.

PRIMIiEY, Jonathan Philip, pres. Western
Consolidated Granite Co.; b. Elkhart, Ind., Dec.
14, 1852; s. Jacob and Sarah (Hitchner) Prim-
ley; ed. public schools in Indiana; m. Elkhart,
Ind., Nov. 20, 1879, Euphemia Simonton; 1
son: Walter S. Served an apprenticeship and
then engaged in retail drug business at Elk-
hart, Ind., 1874-86; disposed of drug business
and engaged in manufacture of chewing gum;
came to Chicago, 1892, and continued manu-
facture of chewing gum until 1899, when sold
out and engaged in manufacture of granite
paving blocks and crushed granite products.
Pres. Western Consolidated Granite Co., and
of Western Granite Supply Co.; dir. Am.
Chicle Co. Republican. Clubs: Union League,
Chicago Athletic. Office: Chamber of Com-
merce. Residence: 4932 Lake Av.

FRINDIVItLE, John K., justice of the
peace; b. Chicago, Oct. 28, 1851; s. Redmond
and Mary (Harman) Prindiville; ed. Seton
Hall College, South Orange, N. J., to 1868; m.
South Bend, Ind., Feb. 17, 1886, Mary Hooper.
Admitted to Illinois bar, Sept. 23, 1873, and
began practice in Chicago. Appointed justice
of the peace in May, 1879, and has been re-
appointed 7 times; was 10 years police magis-
trate at the Harrison St. Station. Democrat;
mem. Cook Co. Democracy. Clubs: Iroquois,
Chicago Athletic. Office: 124 Clark St. Resi-
dence: 3400 Vernon Av.

FRINGLE, Frederick Wilmot, lawyer; b.
Napanee, Ont., Can., June 17, 1864; s. Ira and
Eliza Jane (Lapum) Pringle; ed. public and
high schools of Napanee, Ont.; m. Topeka,
Kan., June 4, 1890, Grace D. Hale; children:
Everett Hale, Wilfred Ira, Alden Frederick,
Henry Lapum Benedict. Began study of law
at Topeka, Kan., in office of George R. Peck,
then general counsel of the A., T. & S. F. R.
R., 1886-8; went to Columbia Law School, New
York, and completed course; admitted to bar,
Missouri, 1889; Kansas and Illinois, 1890. For
2 years after graduation was in railway ser-
vice with Trans-Missouri & Western Pas-
senger Assn.; Jan. 1, 1891, began practice in
Chicago, first with Hanecy & Merrick, and
later with Miller & Starr; in Dec., 1892, asso-
ciated with Cohrs, Green & Campbell; changed,
1896, to Green, Pringle & Campbell, and in
1897 to Green & Pringle, until 1902; since
then alone; specialty in corporation, real es-
tate and municipal law; appointed, May, 1896,
atty. for town of Cicero and completed work,
begun in 1895, of revising general ordinances
of town of Cicero; again appointed town atty.,
1898; village atty. of Oak Park since May,
1902. Republican. Mem. and formerly trustee
2d Congregational Church of Oak Park. Mason.
Clubs: Colonial (Oak Park, now in 2d term
as pres.), Hamilton, Oak Park Horse Show
Assn. Office: 135 E. Adams St. Residence: 129
S. Scoville Av.. Oak Park, 111.

PRINGLE, Robert, stock and grain commis-
sion merchant; b. Seaforth, Ont., Feb. 6, 1866;
s. James and Mary (Walker) Pringle; ed. pub-
lic schools. Began business life in 1883 with
the Board of Trade firm of E. H. Sedgwick &
Co., as settling clerk and bookkeeper, and has
ever since been identified with Board of Trade
business; established, on own account, as a
broker in stocks, grain and provisions, and is
now senior mem. of the firm of Pringle, Fitch
& Rankin. Republican. Presbyterian. Clubs:
Chicago Athletic, Washington Park, Midlo-
thian, Glen View, Skokie, Chicago Yacht. Of-



fice: Board of Trade. Residence: 290 LaSalle
Avenue.

PRITCHARD, Edward Randolph, sec. of
Dept. of Health; b. Dayton, Ind., Sept. 7, 1852;
s. Ezekiel and Caroline (Eggleston) Pritchard;
ed. New London (Ind.) Acad. ; m. Kokomo,
Ind., 1878, Nancy M. Thome: children: Marga-
ret, Frederick Paige, Lucy Thorne. Started
out as a country school teacher; then edited a
country newspaper; came to Chicago, 1882,
and engaged in newspaper work as reporter
and editor until 1898, last 5 years as political
and municipal writer; appointed, Mar., 1898,
by Civil Service Examination, as sec. of the
Dept. of Health of Chicago. Democrat. Con-
gregationalist. Mem. and ex-officio mem. of
Supreme Council, Royal League (now chair-
man of Board of Supreme Trustees). Mem.
Chicago Press Club. Office: City Hall. Resi-
dence: 7539 Coles Av.

PROPACH, Henry Conrad, manufacturers'
mgr.; b. Bonn, Ger., Oct. 14, 1869; s. L. C. and
Jane (Seegesneyder) Propach; ed. Technical
High School and College, Bonn, Ger; m. New
York, Mar. 22, 1897, Catherine H. Hein. Was
with Farbenfabriken of Elberfeld Co., New
York, 1889-97, and since 1897 has been mgr.
of the Chicago house of the same company,
whose headquarters are at Elberfeld, Ger.,
where they are manufacturers of coal tar
products anilines, alizarines, pharmaceutical
phenacatine aristol, etc., and photographical
products; also mgr. at Chicago for the Hudson
River Aniline Color Works, of Albany, N. Y.
Republican. Protestant. Mem. International
Soc. of Chemical Industry, and of the Drug
Club, of Chicago. Office: 189-191 Kinzie St.
Residence: 1096 N. Clark St.

PROTTLX, Theodore, lawyer; b. province of
Quebec, Can., Aug. 11, 1861; s. Cyrille and
Emilie Proulx; ed. Normal School of Montreal,
Can.; was student in lawyer's office at Mon-
treal; came to U. S., 1878, and was in the real
estate business in Chicago until 1885; studied
law and was grad. Chicago College of Law,
L.L.B., 1890; m. 1884, Mathilda Bussiere. Ad-
mitted to bar, 1890, and since then engaged in
practice of law; appointed asst. prosecuting
atty. of Chicago by Mayor Carter H. Harrison,
Jr., 1897. Democrat, and long pres. of the
French Democracy of Chicago. R. C. Mem.
Royal Arcanum, Royal League, Catholic Order
of Foresters and Knights of Columbus; ex-
pres. St. John Baptist Soc. Office: 59 Clark St.
Residence: 929 W. 13th St.

PRUSSING, Ernest louis. manufacturer; b.
Chicago, Mar. 4. 1852; s. Charles G. E. and
Caroline (Hitz) Prussing; ed. private schools
in Chicago, and Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, Pa.,
class of 1873, and private schools in Aix-la-
Chapelle, Ger.. and Paris, France (Girard In-
stitute); m. Chicago. Apr. 28, 1875, Aline Mont-
gomery; children: Walter E., Herbert. Began
business career in Chicago in the cider and
vinegar trade, and founded the firm of E. L.
Prussing & Co.. 1874, continuing under that
style until the summer of 1903, when the West-
ern Cider and Vinegar Co. was incorporated,
of which he is pres. Mem. Phi Kappa Sigma
fraternity, and of Royal Arcanum. Office: 335-
347 Larrabee St. Residence: 219 Hampden Ct.

PRUSSING, Eucrene Ernst, lawyer; b. Chi-
cago, July 12, 1855; s. Ernst and Louise (Pelt-
zer) Prussing; ed. public schools and Chicago
High School, and in law dept. of Univ. of
Michigan, graduating LL.B., 1878; m. New
York City, Dec. 10, 1892, Lillian Edgerton Bar-
rett. Admitted to bar in Mar., 1878, and from
1879 to 1881 was of firm of Butz, Eschenburg
& Prussing; practiced alone, 1881-9. in firm of
Prussing & Hutchins, 1889-90; Prussing-, Hutch-
ins & Goodrich, 1890-1 ; Prussing, Hutchins &
McCulloch, 1891-3; Prussing & McCulloch, 1893-
1900; alone, 1900-3; since 1903, of firm of Prus-
sing, Brown & King. Mem. Am. Bar Assn.,
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Citizens' Assn. of Chicago. Clubs: Union
League, Chicago, Chicago Literary. Office: The
Rookery. Residence: 595 Dearborn Av.

FRUSSING, George Christian, builder and
manufacturer of building materials; b. Lubeck,
Ger., Jan. 9, 1846; s. Ernst and Maria (Knoop)
Prussing; ed. Chicago; m. Chicago, Sept. 16,
1873, Bertha Miller. Engaged in building,
contracting and brick manufacturing business
in Chicago since Jan. 1, 1868; now pres. Illi-
nois Brick Co.; dir. Purington Paving Brick
Co. and German-Am. Portland Cement Works.
Also vice-pres. of the Takamine Ferment Co.
Clubs: Union League, Chicago Athletic, Build-
ers, Chicago Yacht. Office: Chamber of Com-
merce Bldg. Residence: 588 Dearborn Av.

PRUSSING, Nicholas, agent and broker in
real estate and loans; b. Homberg, A. D.,
Kobe, Ger., Sept. 22, 1856; s. Daniel and Mar-
garet (Morele) Prussing; ed. public schools in
Germany; also took high school course and
courses in French and English; read law in
Kent College, 1896-7; m. Chicago, Oct. 15,
1880, Susan Zink; children: Lillian C. (wife of
Lawyer Clinton C. Collins), Peter N. Learned
trade of machinist in Germany, and attended
manual training schools at Dortmund, West-
phalia, Ger., and was chief engineer in the
school 8 years before coming to America in
1879; for 13 years was engaged in retail
grocery business, but sold interest in 1893,
when established in the real estate, loan and
insurance business, which has ever since suc-
cessfully continued. Served in infantry regi-
ment in Germany. Democrat. R. C. Charter
mem. Catholic Order of Foresters. Office:
Stock Exchange Bldg. Residence: 1239 Wel-
lington St.

FRUY1I, Charles Putman, dentist; b. East
Schuyler, Herkimer Co., N. Y., Nov. 8, 1854; s.
William P. and Helen M. (Fairrington) Pruyn;
ed. common schools and Sauquoit Acad., New
York; grad. Chicago College of Dental Sur-
gery, D.D.S., 1885; Rush Med. College, M.D.,
1886; m. Chicago, Feb. 13, 1876, Mary E. Mann;
children: Edith May, Charles P., Jr., Walter
M. Came to Chicago, Dec., 1872, and began
study of dentistry under Dr. George G. Lewis,
and later under Dr. E. D. Sivain, beginning
practice, 1876. Oral surgeon, Provident Hosp. ;
former prof, of principles and practice of oper-
ative dentistry, also of elementary chemistry
and physics in Northwestern Univ. Dental
School. Mem. Chicago Dental Soc., Odonto-
graphic Soc., Illinois State Dental Soc., Chi-
cago Med. Soc., Chicago Medico-Legal Soc.,
Am. Med. Assn. Republican. Methodist. Office:
92 State St. Residence: 4326 Greenwood Av.

FULSFORD, William Hanson, minister; b.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1859; s. William (D.D.)
and Anna (Hanson) Pulsford; ed. Glasgow
Univ., Scotland; Airesdale College, England,
and Univs. of Halle, Gqttingen and Giessen.
Was successively Unitarian minister in Dum-
fries, Scotland, Montreal, Can., and Waltham,
Mass., between 1883 and 1901, when took his
present charge as minister of the First Uni-
tarian Soc. of Chicago. Author of a series of
advanced Bible text-books for the Sunday
School. Club: University. Residence: Hotel Del
Prado.

PURCELIi, Charles A.; b. New Baltimore,
N. Y., May 2, 1854; s. Michael and Eliza A.
Purcell; as a boy worked on farm and at-
tended school; removed to Oak Park, Cook Co.,
111., 1872, and attended school until 1874; m.
1879, Miss Gray, only daughter of late Dr.
W. C. Gray, editor of The Interior; children:
William G., Ralph C. In 1874 went to North
Bend, Neb., and engaged in grain shipping and
general merchandise business; returned to
Chicago and was partner with his brother,
W. H. Purcell, in grain shipping business; in-
corporated, 1893, as W. H. Purcell Co. Purcell
properties were sold, 1897, to Am. Malting Co.,
of which he was for a time vice-pres. and



gen. mgr. Office: 169 Jackson Boul. Residence:
508 Forest Av., Oak Park, 111.

FURDY, Frederick, wholesale jewelers' sup-
plies; b. Des Moines, la., July 15, 1861; s.
John H. and Mary E. (Gregg) Purdy; ed. pub-
lic schools, Chicago, and for 1 term at Carl-
ton College, Northfield, Minn.; m. Kenosha,
Wis., Oct. 23, 1882, Edith Aykroyd; children:
Walter L., Marion Edna. Began business
career at 17 with J. H. Purdy & Co., whole-
sale jewelers' supplies. In 1887 accepted posi-
tion as supt. of Am. Spring Co.'s watch spring
factory at Oak Park; in 1889 went with Elgin
Watch Co. for the purpose of installing the
process of manufacturing watch main springs
by machinery from continuous steel ribbon,
this being his own invention, and one of the
first processes of that character. Remained
there 4 years: again joined the firm of J. H.
Purdy & Co. in 1893, which firm was incor-
porated May 11, 1893; became its vice-pres.,
Oct. 6, 1900, and sec., May 9, 1903, which office
he now holds. Inventor of the Perry time
stamp and several appliances in the line of
watch tools. Mem. Chicago Jewelers' Assn.,
Jewelers' Club, Chicago Optical Soc., Illinois
Optical oSc. Office: 42 E. Madison St. Resi-
dence: 6138 Lexington Av.

PURDY, John Havens, jewelers' supplies;
b. Bath, N. Y., Apr. 4, 1835; s. Charles and
Harriet L. (Powel) Purdy; ed. common school
at Bath, N. Y. ; went to Des Moines, la., from
Bath, N. Y., in 1859; m. Mt. Pleasant, la., Nov.
28, 1860, Mary E. Gregg; children: Frederick,
Charles S. Came from Iowa to Chicago in
1865; was traveling salesman a part of the
time in his own name until 1880, when estab-
lished business of J. H. Purdy & Co., whole-
sale jewelers' supplies and jewelry, of which
he is now pres. Also dir. Perry Time Stamp
Co. Socialist. Office: 126 State St. Residence:
27 Aldine Sq.

PURDY, Warren Graf ton; b. Baltimore, Md.,
May 20, 1843; s. John H. and Louisa A. Purdy;
grad. Baltimore High School, 1859. Clerk I.
C. R. R., 1859-63; Feb. to Dec., 1863, clerk Ohio
& Mississippi Ry.; Feb., 1864, to Dec., 1866,
chief clerk q. m. dept., U. S. A. Since Jan.,
1867, with C., R. I. & P.; as bookkeeper, 1867;
cashier, 1867-77; local treas., 1877-85; sec. and
treas., 1885-98; 2d vice-pres., 1887-97; 1st vice-
pres., 1897-8; pres. June 1, 1898, to Dec. 31,
1901; resigned. Dir. Kansas City, Mexico &
Orient Ry. Co., Street-Amet Weighing & Re-
cording Co. Residence: 4819 Lake Av.

PURINGTON, Dillwyn V., brick manufactur-
er; b. Sidney, Kennebec Co., Me., Jan. 22, 1841;
s. Daniel S. and Sarah (Varney) Purington;
ed. village school and in Oak Grove Seminary,
Vassalborough, Me., graduating at 18; m. July,
1886, Jennie F. Crandall, of Chicago. Served,
1861-4, private to lieut. and regimental q. m.,
4th N. J. Vols. ; capt. and asst. q. m., U. S.
Vols., assigned to 25th Army Corps, and serv-
ing in Texas until mustered out, Jan. 8, 1866.
In Chicago, 1869, engaged in lumber business
until 1872; since then in brick business; now
pres. Purington Paving Brick Co. Republican.
Has been Co. Commissioner and pres. Board of
Co. Commissioners. Office: 138 Washington
St. Residence: 4800 Kenwood Av.

PURINGTON, George Edwin, retired mer-
chant; b. Bowcloinham, Me., June 25, 1826; s.
Capt. Isaac and Mary Robinson (Foster) Pur-
ington; ed. public schools in Bowdoinham and
Calais, Me.; m. Chicago, Feb. 9, 1857, Marianna
Josephine Sturtevant (now deceased); chil-
dren: Adele, Alilla (and one other, now de-



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