Lee County Biography


P.W. Mason, well known as an auctioneer of Amboy, has here maintained his offices in the First National Bank building for the past quarter of a century. He came to Lee county in 1883 and has resided within its borders throughout the intervening three decades. His birth occurred in Henry county, Illinois, on the 17th of November, 186`, his parents being N.S. and Henrietta (Green) Mason. The father, a pioneer settler of Whiteside county, this state volunteered for service in defense of the Union at the time of the Civil war. His demise occurred in 1901, when he had attained the age of sixty-seven years, and his remains were interred at Morrison, Illinois. He left a widow and five children to mourn his death, which was also deeply deplored by many friends and acquaintances. The Mason family is of British origin and was established in the United States at a very early period in the history of this country.

P.W. Mason attended the public schools of Whiteside county until a youth of nineteen and subsequently assisted his father in the operation of the home farm until he entered the law office of P.M. James, an attorney of Amboy, with whom he studied for two years. On the expiration of that period he began practicing in the justice and county courts. Since 1888 he has maintained his offices in the First National Bank building at Amboy, enjoying a gratifying clientage as an attorney and also for eighteen years devoting considerable attention to auctioneering.

In Amboy, Illinois, on the 1st of January, 1888, Mr. Mason was united in marriage to Miss Martha McLaughlin, a daughter of George and Jane (Edwards) McLaughlin, of Mendota, Illinois. The mother is deceased and lies buried at Mendota, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Mason are the parents of three children, namely: Wayne G., who is employed as clerk in the general offices of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railway; and Alta and Elva, twins, who are students of the Amboy high school. Mr. Mason gives his political allegiance to the democracy, while fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Rebekahs and the Star of Equity. He is most conscientious in the performance of his professional duties and in every relation of life is actuated by high and honorable principles. His genuine worth and his devotion to all that is right, just and elevating, make him a man whom to know is to respect and honor.

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


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