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ing spring was elected City Clerk ; he held
these positions until 1861, when he resigned
and declined a re-election. On tue 30th of
April, 1860, he was appointed Clerk of the



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Circuit Court to fill a vacancy iu that office,
and was elected to tlie same office the follow-
ing fall and re-elected in 1864 and 1868. In
1861, he was elected County Clerk and served
one term. He was Secretary ol' the State Con-
stitutional Convention of 1870, and Clerk of
the House of Representatives of the session
of 1863 and 1864 of the General Assembly.
He was appointed Consul to Chihuahua in
Mexico, by President Buchanan, but declined
the appointment. He also held the office of
Master in Chancery of the Circuit Court, and
Court of Common Pleas. In 1878, lie was
elected Clerk of the Appellate Court for the
Eighteenth District of Illinois, and during his
term of office, in the year 1882, died of
Bright'8 disease, at Eureka Springs, where he
had gone in the vain hope of regaining his
health. He was married on the 24th of June,
1858, to Mary H., daughter of Joseph and
Henrietta McKenzio, who still survives, and is
the mother of the following children : Mary C,
Rob Roy, Frank B., Kate I. and Gertrude P.
Mr. Harmon was a Democrat in politics, and
was one of the best known and most popular
men that ever lived in the county. Of an im-
pulsive, warm and generous heart, his whole
nature was as genial as sunshine ; of blood
pure and gentle, his companionship was an un-
mixed pleasure to all his large acquaintance,
which extended throughout the entire State.
His warm heart went out in sympathy to the
afflicted, and his purse-string was never tied
when the appeal of charity came. His integ-
rity stood every test of life, and was never
questioned ; brave, chivalric and impulsive, he
would resent instantaneously anj- real or fan-
cied reflection upon his own or his friend's in-
tegrity, but his pure soul never harbored malice,
hate or revenge a moment, and he was as ready
to forgive and forget as he had been to feel and
resent the wrong. His ideal of moral integrity
was placed in the highest niche, and yet his
whole life was marked by no deviation from



the high standard he had placed before him
when a boy. His life was pure and cleanly —
both morally and socially. He was a loving
and affectionate husband and father, and when
the cruel and irreparable loss came to his loved
household, with its great and incurable afflic-
tion, the sympathy and condolence — sincere
and heartfelt — of all his wide circle of friends
went out to them in their hour of severe trial.
At the head of his grave the sons and daugh-
ters of posterity may stand and trul}' say the
world is brighter and better that he lived. His
memory will be cherished, and his good deeds
not forgotten.

GEORGE M. HAYNES, attorney at law,
Mt. Vernon, was born iu Mt. Vernon. 111.,
August 27, 1847, and when some two years
old removed with his family to Washington
County, where he remained until 1865. He
then returned to Mt. Vernon, for the purpose
of attending school, and has since made it his
home. By the aid of friends, he was enabled
to attend JIcKendree College, at Lebanon, 111.
for six months, which, with previous schooling^
gave him a fair English education. While en-
irasred as a clerk, he found time to read law
under the direction of the late Judge T. B.
Tanner, and in March, 1870, was admitted to
the bar. He did not, however, enter upon the
active duties of the profession, but pursued his
studies until March, 1872, when he, with Mr.
R. A. D. Wilbanks, purchased the Mt. Vemon
Free Press, the Democratic organ of the county.
Mr. Haynes took charge of the paper, and un-
der his management it became a strong and
vigorous element in the campaign of 1872. In
October, Mr. Haynes sold his interest in the
paper to W. H. Mantz, and in June, 1873
formed a law partnership with Seth F. Crews,
which continued for nearly eight years. They
at once took a front rank in the profession,
and held it until 1880, when the partnership
was dissolved. Since that time, Mr. Haynes
has enjoyed as good a practice as any member



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of the bar of Jefferson County. From 1873 to
1879, he was Master in Chancery, an office he
filled with acceptance. At the December term
of court, 1877. the State's Attorney was sick
and Judge Allen appointed Mr. Haynes in his
place. In politics, he has always been an un-
flinching and uncompromising Democrat, per-
mitting nothing to move him out of line. Mr.
Haynes is still young in years, and has a use-
ful future before him. A man of more than
ordinary intelligence, a lawyer of ability and
experience, he will yet make his mark in the
profession. He has written much for publica-
tion, and is a good, though not a brilliant writ-
er. One of his best efforts is his chapter on
the bench and bar of Jefferson County, wnritte
especially for this work. Mr. Haynes was mar-
ried, August 22, 1876, to Miss Ada Bucking-
ham, of Hamilton County. They have two
children living — Maggie and Florence — the lat-
ter born on the day President Garfield was
shot — and Ada Louise dead.

W. H. HERDMAN, blacksmith. Mount
Vernon. Among our quiet, steady and reliable
citizens who deserve mention in this work we
class him whose name heads this sketch. He
was born January 25, 1828, in Allegheny
County, near Pittsburgh, Penn. His father,
Robert Herdman, was a native of Pennsylva-
nia, and a farmer and miller by occupation ;
he was a prominent man in his county, and
drowned at the age of thirty-eight in the
Muskingum River. The father of Robert was
William Herdman, a native of Ireland, though
the family originally is of Scotch descent. The
mother of our subject, Jane Hanson, is a na-
tive of Penns3-lvania ; her father was Thomas
Hanson ; she is 3'et living, aged eighty years,
the mother of seven children, of whom six are
now living, viz.; William H., our subject ; Prof.
Thomas H., now Presiding Elder at Lebanon.
111.; John R., a carpenter and farmer in Clay
County. 111.; James H., County Treasurer of
Warren County, 111.; Mary A , wife of Dr. Elli- '



ott, of Hagerstown, Ind., and Jane E., wife of
Dr. Givens, of Paxton, Ford Co., 111. Our sub-
ject went to school in Ohio ; in early life, he
farmed and then learned the blacksmith trade,
which he has followed all his life ; he has also
manufactured plows, wagons, buggies, etc.; he
came to Mt. Vernon in 1850, and there has fol-
lowed his occupation ; he was joined in matri-
mony, on the 2-tth da^' of November, 1850, to
Miss Mary A. Kirby, born May 3, 1836, in
Louisville, Kj'. Her parents, Moses and Lydia
(Williamson) Kirby, were natives of Cincinnati,
Ohio. This happy union was blessed with
eight daughters — Ada I., Ina B., Lydia J. (de-
ceased), Florence V., Ella A., Etta, Grace and
Octavia. Mr. Herdman is an I. O. 0. F., hav-
ing filled all offices, and also been a Represent-
ative to the Grand Lodge and Encampment ;
he has been a member of the Town Council
and Supervisor and School Director. In poli-
tics, he is a liberal Republican.

F. W. HERMANN, merchant tailor, Mount
Vernon. Among the energetic young bus-
iness men of Mt. Vernon we must count Mr.
Hermann, who was born March 24, 1841, in
Loeban, Prussia, Germany. His father, F. W.
Hermann, Sr., was a native of German}-, where
he died ; he also served as a soldier in the Ger-
man Army. The mother of our subject, Lou-
isa Heske, an estimable lady, was also a native
of Prussia, where she died, leaving six chil-
dren to mourn her departure, and of those, five
brothers are now living. Our subject was edu-
cated in German}-, where he learned his trade ;
becoming imbued with a desire to see America,
the land of wealth and wonder, he, like manj-
of his sturdy countrymen, who make such ex-
cellent citizens, emigrated to the United States
August 12, 1872. landing in New York. He
worked at his trade four and a half years in
Little Falls, Herkimer Co., N. Y. From there
he went to St. Louis, and finally, August 16,
1877, he came to Mt. Vernon, where he has fol-
lowed his trade ever since. He was joined in



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marriage twice ; his first wife, Matilda A.
Wacliter, was horn in Germau3-; slic dieil in Mt.
Vernon, leaving three children, viz.: E. R.
Augnst, born January 27, 1871 ; F. William,
born August 3, 1876, and Emina, deceased.
His present wife. Ma}- Stoker, was born May
8, 1855, in Nashville, III. She is the mother
of Laura L., born October 18, 1882. Mr.
Hermann is identified with the Democratic
party.

COL. STEPHEN G. HICKS, deceased. A
sketch of Col. Hicks will be found in the chap-
ter on the war and military history of the
county.

ROBERT N. HINMAN, I>ostmaster, Mt.
Vernon, is a native of Jefferson Count}', 111.,
born on the ISth of December, 1854. His
father, Harmon D. Hinraan, was a native of
Vermont, born in 1804. Here ho spent his
early life and received a limited education in
the common schools. In 1825, he moved to
Zanesville, Ohio, and there served an appren-
ticeship at the brick mason's trade, and was, iu
November, 1830, married to Cynthia Eddy, who
died in 1851, leaving three children as the
result of their union — Safford E., deceased ;
William H., and Mary J., wife of D. C. Groves,
of Richland County, 111. In 1833, he removed
to Madison County, Ind., and subsequently, in
ISll, to Jefferson County, 111., and settled on a
l':\vm one and one-half miles northwest of the
city of Mt. Vernon, where he remained en-
gaged farming and working at his trade until
1859. when he removed to Mt. Vernon, and
erected by his own design a large and commo-
dious brick residence, intending to spend his
remaining years in the enjoyment of his past
labor. His death occurred in the fall of
18(i0 from an injury received by being thrown
from a horse. He was an industrious man, of
good standing in the community, a member of
the Presbyterian Church, and an active worker
for the Republican party. His second marriage
occurred in this county, in 1851, to Elizabeth



Moss, a native of Jefferson County, III, born
January 30, 1832, and died December 29, 1871-
She was the mother of five children — Robert
N., our subject; Alma, wife of J. C. Moss; and
Rosa, John and Alice (deceased). Robert N.
Hinman was reared in Mt. Vernon and educated
in the city schools. When he was fifteen years
of age, he engaged as clei'k for S. K. Latham,
Postmaster, and remained thus engaged for
nine years, and at the expiration of that time
was appointed Postmaster, which position he
has since filled. In Ashley, 111., in 1875, he
married Miss Elizabeth E. Burghardt, a native
of New York, who has borne him the following
children : Eugene, Earl, and an infant un-
named. Mr. Hinman is an enterprising young
' man, well worthy of the confidence the people
place in him. He is a Republican politically,
but takes no active interest.

EDWARD HITCHCOCK, editor and pub-
lisher of Expotu'iit, Mt. Vernon, was born iu
Evansville, Ind., February 3, 1841. He
is a newspaper man, and has been in
that business nearly all of his life. At
the age of twent}', he published the Tem-
perance Guide in Terre Haute, Ind., in con-
junction with J. M. Pool, the editor. The war
of the rebellion breaking out, the patriotic
ardor of 51 r. Hitchcock was so wrought upon
that, leaving an edition of the paper incom-
plete still upon the press, he volunteered " for
a soldier" under the first call of the Presi-
dent for 75,000 volunteers to suppress the re-
bellion, and April 19, 1861, at Indianapolis,
was mustercMl into the service. In the follow-
ing August (his term of enlistment having
expired) he received his discliarge. Aug-
ust 18. 1862, he "donned the blue ''again,
for ■• three years or during the war," as
Orderly in Company E, Seventy-first Indiana.
Volunteer Infantry, and two days later was
commissioned Second jjieutenant, and subse-
quently promoted to First Ijieutenant, Com-
pany E, Sixth Indiana Cavalry. (The regi-



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ment, in 1863, was transferred from the In-
fantry to the cavalry arm of the service.)
After passing through the usual privations and
trials incident to those stirring times (having
once been taken prisoner and paroled) and the
rebellion having been crushed — in 1865, he
was mustered out at Indianapolis. He located
in the fall of 1865 in Olnej-, Richland County,
111., and there engaged in the combined busi-
ness of provision dealer and job printer. Sub-
sequently moving his job ofBce to Flora, 111., he
bought, in 1866, a half interest in the Clay
County Union, with S. P. Connor as associate,
and moved to Louisville, the count}- seat.
Some months later, Connor having " Andy
Johnsonized," Mr. Hitchcock, under political
compulsion, bought the former's interest in
the office. For seven years thereafter he had
sole editorial control of the paper, which he
had christened The Voice of the People. In
1871, he bought an interest in the Greenup
Mail, and for a year or so edited both journals.
Leasing The Voice to one of his pupils, Mr.
C. R. Davis, in 1872, he moved to Greenup,
and there in person conducted The Mail during
the memorable Grant-Greeley campaign. In
1873, he again assumed charge, personally, of
The Voice of the People. A few months later,
by purchase, H. R. Miller, another pupil, took
control, changing the name to the Tribune.
The parties who had taken The Greenup Mail
in twelve mouths suspended publication, and
in 1874 Mr. Hitchcock was induced to lease
and resurrect it. He moved the office to the
county seat, Prairie City (now Toledo), and
began at " No. 1, Vol. I," the publication of
the Cumberland Republican. Placing the
paper upon a sound footing, at the end of his
lease, he repaired to Effingham, subsequently
at Terre Haute, Ind. (his old home); he found a
better opening in the Express office, where,
later, a company was formed, with our subject
as its President, for the purpose of publishing
a daily and weekly newspaper. It was named



the Republican and he was its political editor.
This was in the winter of 1875-76, and dur-
ing the early months of the Hayes-Tilden cam-
paign. Disposing of his interest in the Re-
publican, Mr. Hitchcock took charge of a job
office on Main street. His friends offering
sufficient inducement, he, in December, 1876,
removed to Casey. Clark County, 111., and
under a lease, established the Exponent. Hav-
ing been appointed Postmaster of the thriving
town, he managed both offices with Mrs.
Hitchcock's assistance. In November, 1878. the
Republicans of Jefferson County invited Mr.
Hitchcock to locate at Mt. Vernon, and to bring
hither his printing material. He did so; and
on the 5th day of December, of that year, the
first number of Vol. Ill, of the Exponent was
issued in Mt. Vernon. Since that date, now
nearly five years, the paper has regularly
appeared, notwithstanding difficulties and trials
that possibly are not appreciated by those who
never tried to stem the tide of an adverse po-
litical sentiment that uniformly at elections
sweeps over Jefl'erson County. Mr. Hitch-
cock was married May 27, 1863, to Miss Hen-
rietta Barber. Five children is the result of
this marriage— Edward. Kate, Clyde, Andrew
H. and Grafton.

JAMES HITCHCOCK, photographer, Mt.
Vernon. The subject of this sketch was born in
Terre Haute, Ind , Dec. 15, 18-12, and is the son
of Dr. J. W. Hitchcock, of Mt. Vernon, 111. Our
subject received his education in the schools of
Terre Haute, Ind. In early life, he learned
the drug business, and followe4 the same till
August 12, 1862, when he enlisted in Company
E, Sixth Indiana Cavalry, under Capt, Welsh
and Col. James Biddle. The regiment served
in the Army of the Cumberland. During the
j first engagement of the regiment at Richmond,
Ky.. Mr. Hitchcock received a flesh wound.
August 6, 1864, he was captured and lay in
Andersonville Prison till April 28, 1865.
June 10, 1865, he was mustered out at Camp



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Chase, Ohio, and at that time was Sergeant of
his eompan}-. After returning from the arm>',
he went to Olney, 111., where he was again em-
ployed in his old business as druggist, but
after a short time he begun in his present pro-
fession of photographer. Till 1870, he trav-
eled and did photograpliing; he then located
at Mt. Vernon, 111., and through his superior
workmanship has built up an extensive trade,
receiving work from Cairo and other cities at
a distance. Ma}- 3, 1868, he was married, in
Olney, 111., to Miss Annie E. Gardner, a native
of Maryland, and daughter of George Gardner.
In early life, she was left an orphan, and dur-
ing the war was Assistant Postmaster at
Petersville, Md., where she was subjected to
the experiences found in being in the midst of
contending armies. Three of her brothers
were soldiers in the Union army. Mr. and
Mrs. Hitchcock have three children, viz.: Ruby
E., Ray and Ethel. He is a charter member
of Ivanhoe Lodge, No. 683, K. of H.; also
Rowena Lodge, No. 283, K. & L. of H. He is
also member of the Royal Templars of Tem-
perance, Mt. Vernon Council, No. 7. In pol-
itics, he is a Republican.

THOMAS H. HOBBS, miller, Mount Ver-
non, was born in Sumner County, Tenn., on the
18th of May, 1820, to David and Chloe (Hunt)
Hobbs. The elder Hobbs was born in North
Carolina February 6, 1783, and when a small
boy was left an orphan, and was bound to
Jesse Hunt to learn the saddler's trade, and was
removed by him to Sumner Count}', Tenn.,
and there principally reared and educated.
He subsequently married a daughter of Mr.
Hunt, and in the spring of 1826, with his wife
and seven children, removed to Illinois and set-
tled in Williamson County, and the fall of the
same year came to this county, bought a small
improvement of land, and engaged in farming
to the time of his death, which occurred Feb-
ruary 15, 1852. He was a volunteer of the war
of 1812, and a member of the Methodist Epis-



copal Church for over fifty years His wife
and subject's mother was born in North Caro-
lina May 19, 1783, and died in Jefferson County,
111., January 8, 1854. She was the mother of
eight children, of whom six are living. Thomas
H. Hobbs was principally reared in this county,
and here received such an education as the
schools of the county afforded. In 1849, he left
his home and went to California by overland
route, and remained there engaged in mining
in the moimtains for over two years, and
returned home in 1851, after an absence of
two years two months and twelve days. Dur-
ing the years of 1851 and 1852, he was engaged
in contracting and superintending the track-
laying on the lUiuois Central Railroad. He
then bought a farm in Washington County,
near Ashley, and engaged in farming, and con«
tinued the same only one year, and removed to
Ashley and engaged in merchandising. In
1855, he sold his business, returned with his
family to Mount Vernon, and engaged in the
hotel business in connection with farming. In
1860, he engaged in merchandising, and con-
tinued in this business until 1867. The year
previous to iiis selling out, he bought the flour-
ing mill, which has since chiefly occupied his
time in connection with stock-feeding, trading
and shipping. In February, 1843, he married
Miss Malinda Holtsclaw, who died in 1852,
leaving two children as the result of their
union. Of these, one is now living — James H.,
a machinist of Mount Vernon. In 1854, Mr.
Hobbs married Eliza E. Guthrie, who has
borne him five children, of whom the following
are living : Charles A., Alva L., Thomas Ed-
ward and Homer. Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs are
Methodists ; he is a Republican in politics, and
a member of the A., V. & A. M. and I. 0.
0. F.

THOMAS HUDSON, farmer, P. O. Mount
Vernon, was born in this county June 18,
1854, and is a son of Joel Hudson (deceased),
a native of Tennessee, and a soldier for the

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United States Government in the late war.
Our subject spent his early life, from the time
he was seven years old, in Mount Vernon,
working in the flouring mill of Hobbs &
Guthrie. He was married, January 20, 1878,
to Miss Martha S., daughter of Stephen D. C-
and Elizabeth L. Davis, of this township. Mr.
Davis is a boot and shoe maker in Mount Ver-
non. Mr. and Mrs. Hudson have had three
children, two living — Samuel C. and Alvar T.
Mr. and Mrs. Davis had ten children, four liv-
ing — Matilda R. (Foster), Lutitia A. (Winters),
Alevia (Smith) and the wife of our subject.
There were ten children in the Hudson famil}-.
four of whom are living — Joel, Newton, Charles
and our subject. Mr. Hudson is a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, owns eleven
acres of valuable laud on Section IS, where he
now resides, having recentl}' abandoned the
milling business.

JOHN B. HUDSPETH, merchant, Mount
Vernon, was born December 16, 1824, in
Warrick County, Ind., son of Thomas
Hudspeth, a native of North Carolina. He
was a farmer in earl}' life, and a mer-
chant in the latter part of his life, he
dying in Booneville, Warrick Co., Ind., his
father being Charles Hudspeth, a farmer. The
mother, Susannah (Boone) Hudspeth, was a
native of Warren County, Ky. She is a dis-
tant relative of old Daniel Boone, the famous
hunter of Kentucky. Her father, John Boone,
was a farmer in Kentucky. She was the
mother of nine children, of whom five are now
living, viz. : Mar}', wife of William Hudson ;
Thomas J., George P., John B. and Joseph M.
Our subject was educated in Bloomington, Ind.,
at the institute. In early life, he worked in his
father's store, then learned and followed the
cooper's trade five 3'ears, and then entered the
mercantile career and has followed it ever since.
He, in partnership with his brothers, started a
general store in Booneville, Ind., bu3'ing and
shipping large quantities of tobacco. They



were also engaged in the milling business,
building two flouring mills and one saw mill.
In 1865. he severed connection with his brother
and went to Evausville, Ind., where he was con-
nected with the firm of Hudspeth, Adams &
Co. ; afterward it was changed to Hudspeth,
Miller & Co. In 1878, Mr. Miller sold out and
Mr. Curtis took his place. The firm is now
known as Hudspeth & Curtis ; they are run-
ning two large retail dry goods houses. A
year ago last February, our suliject sold out to
his younger brother, Joseph M., and in Decem-
ber, 1882, came to Mount Vernon, and in April
the following j-ear he formed a partnership
with A. F. Tajlor, and runs a dry goods store.
He was joined in matrimony at Bloomington,
Monroe Co., Ind., to Miss Mary E. Denny, born
April 13, 1821, near Lexington, Ky., daughter
of James and Harriett (Littrell) Denny, natives
of Kentucky. Subject has three children now
living, viz. : Lily, wife of F. M. Barbour ;
Eugene E., March 29, 1857, and Birdie,
October 18, 1866, and twins (deceased),
Thomas B. and James L. Mr. Hudspeth is an
A. F. & A. M., and also an I. 0. 0. F. While
in Indiana, he was Sherifl" of Warrick County,
and filled other town offices. Had been a
Democrat till Fort Sumter was fired on. He is
now a stanch Republican.

MAJOR NOAH JOHNSTON, banker. A
sketch of Major Johnston will be found in
chapter on the political history of the couutv.

JAMES D. JOHNSON, merchant, Mt. Ver-
non, a descendant of one of the oldest pioneer
families of Jefferson Count}', and a prominent
business man of Mt. Vernon, was born in Jef-
ferson County on the 20th of June, 1838. to
John N. and Sarah T. (Hobbs) Johnson. John
N. Johnson was born in Tennessee, and there
reared and educated. In 1819, with his par-
ents, he emigrated to Illinois, and settled in
this county In 1834, he married, and soon
after began the study of medicine in the office
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at the Ohio Medical College. In 1S50, he gave
up his professional practice and engaged in
the mercantile business, and continued the
same with good success until the time of his
death, which occurred in November, 1855. He
was a consistent member of the Metliodist Epis-
copal Church for over thirt}- years, a liberal
contributor to churches and all charitable pur-
poses. He was a son of James Johnson, a na-
tive of Virginia, who removed to Kentuclcy,
being one of the early settlers of that State,
and afterward to Tennessee, and subseqiientlv
to Illinois, and settled in Jeflerson County,
where he engaged in farming during the re-



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