Lee County Biography


Theron Cumins (deceased), manufacturer, Grand Detour and Dixon, Ill., was born in the town of Tunbridge, Orange County, Vt., son of Joseph and Hannah (Converse) Cumins, who were natives of Vermont; was educated in the public schools and, in 1842, came to Grand Detour, Ogle County, Ill., where he became clerk in a general store, remaining there three years, when he went to Newark, Ohio, remaining four years. Then, returning to Grand Detour, he was engaged for two years in the mercantile business with his brother Solon, when going a second time to Ohio, he became a contractor on the Ft. Wayne & Pittsburg Railroad, but two years later (1863) again came to Grand Detour and there entered into partnership with Leonard Andrus for the manufacture of plows. Owing to ill-health of Mr. Andrus the management of the concern devolved largely upon Mr. Cumins, and after the death of his partner he conducted the business alone until 1869, when Col. H. T. Noble acquired an interest in the establishment, followed in June, 1874, by the admission of O. B. Dodge to the firm. In June, 1879, the business having assumed large proportions, the concern was incorporated by Theron Cumins, Henry T. Noble, O.B. Dodge and Charles H. Noble, under the name of the Grand Detour Plow Company. In the meantime (1867) the plant was moved to Dixon, Ill., where it now occupies five acres of ground. Mr. Cumins served as President of the Company for many years, was also a director of the Dixon National Bank, and was an important factor in the development of Dixon as an industrial center. Politically he was an earnest Republican. Mr. Cumins died August 2, 1898. Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell

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