Lee County Biography


Uriah Stroup, proprietor of the City Hack and Bus Line, of Dixon, established the hack line in 1875, and in the following year succeeded Mr. Sterling in the omnibus business. He is also the United States mail carrier from the Illinois Central and Northwestern Railroad Companies.

Mr. Stroup was born July 17,1840, in Owego, Tioga County, N. Y., where he lived until he was twelve years of age, when he came with his parents to Illinois. His father, Uriah, was a native of Philadelphia, Pa., coming of Pennsjdvania Dutch stock. He learned the profession of an architect, removing, after his marriage, to the State of New York. He was married in Philadelphia, to Miss Anna Relyea, who was born of French parents, who settled in Philadelphia, where she was reared and educated. The parents of our subject came to Illinois, and settled in Dixon, where they spent their last years, Mr. Stroup dying when sixty-one years of age, and his wife fifteen years later. They were consistent members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Stroup was a prominent Mason, being one of the organizers of that order in this city. In politics he was an old-line Whig. Uriah Stroup, our subject, is one of three sons and five daughters born to his parents. He was married in Dixon, in 1875, to Miss Sarah Armstrong. She was born on Staten Island, and was five years old when her parents removed to Dixon, in which place she was reared and educated. She is a woman of great intelligence and ability, and is highly esteemed by all who know her. Her parents, Jacob and Mary Ann Armstrong, were natives of New York, and died in Dixon. Mr. Armstrong was a money loaner, and was associated with E. B. Stiles, in con­ducting a land-office, and was well known through­out this community. He was a prominent Mason, and was influential in building up that order in this city. His death occurred while in Ft. Collins, Col.

Mr. Stroup, in his youngest days, was a railroad man, and served in various capacities for nineteen years, at one time running an engine for several years. He was employed by both Eastern and Western roads, and for a long time was in the ser­vice of the Northwestern, being thus engaged when, on account of his failing, health, he was obliged to change his occupation. He then took up his present business, his health having greatly improved therein, and being also very successful from a business point of view. He began in a small way, with one poor team and a single hack. He now keeps constantly employed a wagonette, two omnibuses, two hacks and a cab. Mr. Stroup has been a resident of Dixon for thirty-seven years, and is well known throughout the community as an honest and reliable business man, and a public-spirited citizen. In politics he is a Democrat. His wife and a daughter are attendants of the Episcopal Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Stroup have been the parents of four children, two of whom, Ada and Ida, are deceased. Those living are Hattie E. and Edward, both residing at home, the former being a music teacher.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co

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