Lee County Biography


J.A. Forrest is president of the Dixon Cereal & Feed Company and thus active in the development and management of one of the most important productive industries of the city. He is a young man, but has already attained a creditable and enviable place in commercial circles. A native of Chicago, he was born in 1879, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Sutherland) Forrest, both of whom were natives of Scotland. In early life they crossed the Atlantic to the new world, becoming residents of Chicago in 1869. The father was there actively engaged in the oatmeal business for a number of years, but is now living retired and makes his home in Dixon.

In his youthful days J.A. Forrest devoted his time largely to the mastery of those branches of learning which constitute the curriculum of the public schools of Chicago. He was a young man of about twenty-three years when in 1902 he came to Dixon and organized the Dixon Cereal Company for the manufacture of corn products, including corn meal and brewers' grits, the output being sold largely in South America. From the beginning the undertaking prospered owing to the capable management and progressive business methods of the founder and, extending his efforts into other fields, he also organized the Forrest-Utley Company, which operated eight years as a wholesale feed business. In 1913 the two companies went out of business and the Dixon Cereal & Feed Company was organized and purchased the plant of the Dixon Cereal Company, at which time the capacity was increased to two thousand bushels of corn per day. The product goes to South America, Cuba and the West Indies, and the business from its organization has been a profitable one, founded as it was, upon the broad experience and enterprising methods of Mr. Forrest. He is president of the company with H.T. Noble as secretary and treasurer. They occupy a building one hundred and twenty by seventy-five feet and employment is furnished to fifteen men. A wholesale feed business is conducted in connection and the enterprise has become one of the foremost productive industries of Dixon.

In 1903 Mr. Forrest married Miss Alice Josephine Langdon of Dixon and they have become the parents of three children. Mr. Forrest is an Elk and in politics is independent. He thoroughly enjoys home life and takes great pleasure in the society of his family and friends. His success in business from the beginning of his residence in Dixon has been uniform and rapid and his life record indicates what may be accomplished when energy and determination lead the way.

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


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