Lee County Biography


John H. Moore, editor of the Dixon Sun, was born in London, England, March 17, 1835, where also, his father WIlliam Moore, as far as is known, was born. The grandfather was a blacksmith and farrier, which trade he followed in his native land, and there spent his entire life. The father of our subject worked with his father at that trade for a time, but later became a carpenter and wagon-maker. He removed to London soon after his marriage, and there worked at the carpenters' and builders' trade for about twenty years.

In 1845, accompanied by his wife and five children, John Moore set sail for America on the vessel "Wellington" and landed at New York thirty-one days later. He came by way of the lakes directly to Illinois, and locating at Aurora, there formed a partnership with a man named Kent, and for two years was engaged in the manufacture of wagons. Two years later he sold his interest in the business and in October 1847 came to Dixon and opened a wagon shop in connection with his son-in-law, E.B. Blackman, and continued to be so employed until a short time before his decease, in September, 1854.

The mother of our subject was penelope (Case) Moore, and was born in Dorsetshire, England, her parents being Henry and Mary Case. She departed this life in Dixon in 1873, and was the mother of five children; Mary, Frances, Sarah, John and Jennie A. John H. Moore came to America with his parents when 10 years of age and grew to manhood in Dixon. When quite young, he commenced to work as a compositor on the first issue of the Telegraph - May 2, 1851. He remained in that office, with the exception of one year, until 1869, when he engaged with W.M. Kennedy, then the proprietor of a job office, and later the editor of the Sun. Our subject continued in his employ until 1874, when he accepted a position on the editorial staff of the Dubuque Times, but soon returned and accepted a position with Mr. Kennedy, who at that time was running a weekly and agricultural monthly paper and continued with him until his death, since which time our subject has been editor of the paper.

In 1868 Miss Ida Whitman became the wife of our subject. She was born in Lockport NY and is the daughter of Seth H. and Mabel (Hash) Whitman. Two children have been born to this union who bear the names of Mabel P. and Ernest H.

Source: Portraits & Biographical 1892 Pg 779

"Printer's Devil" for the first issue of the Dixon Telegraph was John H. Moore, who remained with The Telegraph until 1869 and who was associated with the newspaper business in Dixon all his life.

Born in London England, in 1835, Mr. Moore came to the United States in 1845 and to Dixon with his father in 1847. He was editor of the Dixon Sun for many years. He married Miss Ida Whitmore in 1868.

Dixon Evening Telegraph - Anniversary Edition 1 May 1951

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