Lee County Biography


The possibility of success lies before every individual and the recognized power in America is that of industry. It has been through close application and well directed effort that H. H. Badger has become cashier of the First National Bank of Amboy, in which position he has continued since 1906, making for himself a creditable name in the financial circles of the county. His birth occurred here October 6, 1875, his parents being Warren H. and Emeline G. (Green) Badger. His grandparents came to Lee county in 1842 and were among the earliest of the pioneers. Colonel Badger, great-grandfather of our subject, was one of the first settlers in Illinois from the state of New York and the grandfather was the founder of the Binghampton Mill, in the operation of which Warren H. Badger eventually became engaged. This mill is the oldest in this part of the country and few were the families that antedated the arrival of the Badgers here. From early days representatives of the name have been very prominent in public work and in all that bas pertained to the development and advancement of the district. The grandfather, Henry E. Badger, was at one time supervisor and postmaster and others of the name have ever borne active and helpful part in the work which has brought about the material prosperity and upbuilding of the county. Warren H. Badger was a public-spirited man but cared little for office. Both he and his wife still survive and are now residents of Dixon.

In the public schools of Amboy, H.H. Badger acquired his primary education, which was completed by a course in the Dixon Normal School, from which he was graduated in the class of 1892. He started in the business world as an employe in the office of Franklin MacVeagh & Company, wholesale grocers of Chicago, later returning to Amboy, where he entered his father's retail grocery store, being continuously connected with the business until 1899. He then turned his attention to banking, accepting a clerical position in the First National Bank. He was later promoted to assistant cashier and eventually to his present position as cashier, in which capacity he has served since 1906. He is also one of the directors and stockholders of the institution and since becoming connected therewith his enterprise and progressiveness have constituted a feature in its continuous growth. He is also the president of the Sanitary Creamery Company and secretary of the Colson Clothing Company.

On the 5th of October, 1910, at DeKalb, Mr. Badger was united in marriage to Miss Clara M. Heermans, a daughter of the Rev. N.W. and Clara J. (Webster) Heermans, the former pastor of the Episcopal church at DeKalb to the time of his death, which occurred in November, 1910. His widow now makes her home among her children. Mr. and Mrs. Badger have two children, a son, Warren H., and a daughter, Jane W.

Politically Mr. Badger is a republican. He is a Knight Templar of the Dixon Commandery, belonging to the chapter and blue lodge Masons at Amboy. He has likewise crossed the sands of the desert with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at Rockford, Illinois, and he has membership in the Eastern Star, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors of America. He is vice president of the Amboy Commercial Club and his position in social, commercial and fraternal circles is one of well merited prominence. He readily recognizes opportunities and grasps them resolutely that the public may benefit thereby or that his individual success may be promoted. Laudable ambition and high purposes actuate him in every relation of life and his many sterling traits of character find proof in his extensive circle of friends.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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