Lee County Biography


Edwin S. Rosecrans, proprietor of a well conducted clothing store in Ashton, was born in Boone county, Illinois, January 6, 1876. He is a son of Jacob D. and Harriett A. (Simpkins) Rosecrans, the former a native of New York state and the latter of McHenry county, Illinois. The father has passed away and is survived by his wife. Edwin S. Rosecrans acquired his preliminary education in the public schools of Boone county and at the age of sixteen laid aside his books and began working for a sewing machine company. At the end of one year he resumed his studies, entering a high school, from which he was graduated at the age of nineteen. Following this he became connected with the Northwestern Railroad Company and remained in the employ of this corporation until he came to Ashton in 1908. Here he established himself in the clothing business and has since been connected with this line of work. He carries a large and well assorted stock and numbers among his patrons the most discriminating people of the city.

In 1901 Mr. Rosecrans married Miss Jessie Payler, a native of Wisconsin, and they have become the parents of a son, Donald P., who was born March 2, 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Rosecrans are members of the Eastern Star and Mr. Rosecrans is connected with Ashton Lodge, No. 531, A.F.&A.M., and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a republican in his political views but is not active as an office seeker, preferring to concentrate his attention upon his business affairs, which, being capably conducted, have brought him a gratifying measure of success.

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

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