Lee County Biography

David A. Glenn
Ashton, Lee County IL

There are many prominent mercantile establishments in Lee County, but it is no discredit to the others to state that for reliability of dealings, superiority of stock and extent of business transactions, the firm of D.A. Glenn & Co. of Ashton is without a rival. For years Mr. Glenn has been one of the foremost figures in the mercantile circles, not only of Ashton but also the surrounding community. The period of his residence here has been a fruitful and active one with him, in many ways adding lustre to his useful life.

Before mentioning the minute details of time and place which contribute to the development of individual characteristics, it may be well to briefly note the parentage of Mr. Glenn. His father, George, was born in 1811 in Center County PA and in his early manhood married Eliza Hartsock, also a native of the Keystone State. She died in Centre County in 1850 and afterward George Glenn removed to this county, where he has since resided. By trade he is a tailor, but after coming to Illinois operated as a farmer. He and his estimable wife had a family of five children, four sons and one daughter, our subject being the third in order of birth.

Born January 23, 1839 in Center County PA the subject of this sketch passed his boyhood days in the place of his birth and in Blair County PA. Thence he removed in 1857, with his father, to this county and continued to reside at home until his marriage, int he meantime devoting his energies to the cultivation of the home farm. Upon the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted in August 1861 in Company C, 34th IL Inf. and served until the following January when he was discharged on account of disability. He then returned to this county and as soon as he regained his health engaged in teaching for one year. For some three years thereafter he was employed as a clerk for the firm of Mills & Petrie and remained with their successor in business for some time. For a period of about 10 years he was book-keeper in various mercantile establishments in Rochelle.

In May 1883, Mr. Glenn embarked in the mercantile business on his own account and formed a partnership with A.W. Rosecrans, which still continues. The firm carries a fine stock of merchandise and enjoys a large trade, not only in the village but throughout the country around. The success which has met the efforts of Mr. Glenn is deserved, for he has taken the most painstaking care in his business, to which he has devoted his entire time and best energies. He was married in Ashton, December 14, 1869 to Miss Clara C. Buck, who was born in Huntingdon County PA July 22, 1842. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and active in all good works.

In his political affiliations Mr. Glenn is an ardent Republican and has served his fellow citizens in various positions of honor. For some time he was Supervisor of Ashton Twp. and also filled the positions of Township Clerk, Constable and was a member of the Board of Trustees. There is no measure proposed for the benefit of the community at large which does not receive his support, and he is numbered among the representative citizens of the county. He is a member of Masonic fraternity, belonging to the Blue Lodge at Ashton and Rochelle Chapter and is prominent in the fraternity.

Source: Portraits & Biographical


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