Lee County Biography


Walter S. Earll is a representative of the best type of American manhood and chivalry. By perseverance, determination and honorable effort he has overthrown the obstacles which bar the path to success and has reached the goal of prosperity, being today owner of one of the leading commercial enterprises of Dixon--the Earll grocery store, which was established in September, 1904.

Mr. Earll is a native of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, born in 1857 and is a son of S. W. and J. A. Earll, who in the year 1858 left the east and brought their family to Illinois, settling in Rochelle. Later they removed to Grand Detour, Ogle county, where the father engaged in farming, continuing in that pursuit until his life's labors were ended in death.

Walter S. Earll acquired a public-school education which was supplemented by a course in Bryant & Stratton business college of Chicago. He afterward went to Leadville, Colorado, where he remained for a year and later spent eight years in the hardware business in Augusta, Kansas. In 1891 he arrived in Dixon, where he entered the employ of the grocery firm of Morris & Sons, being thus engaged until 1904, when he embarked in business on his own account. He was ambitious to engage in merchandising for himself and while acting as clerk, carefully saved his earnings until his industry and economy had made the sum sufficient to enable him to form a partnership for the conduct of a grocery business. In September he was a junior member of the firm of Moyer & Earll. They opened a general line of groceries and the business prospered from the beginning, their trade increasing year by year. In 1909 Mr. Moyer died and in July of that year the business was reorganized under the name of the Earll Grocery Store, of which Walter S. Earll has since been sole proprietor. He carries a large and carefully selected line of staple and fancy groceries and as a business man he has been conspicuous among his associates, not only for his success, but for his probity, fairness and honorable methods.

In December, 1902, Mr. Earll was united in marriage to Miss Lillian Shook, of Massillon, Ohio, who died in the year 1908. In Masonry he has attained high rank in the Scottish Rite, belonging to the Royal Arch Chapter and the Knight Templar Commandery. He also crossed the sands of the deserts with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is an Elk and to the teachings of both fraternities is ever loyal. His political indorsement is given to the republican party, but he has no time nor inclination for office, owing to his growing commercial interests. His activity in business has not only contributed to his individual success, but has also been an active factor in the commercial progress of the city during the past decade.

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

Back Home