Lee County Biographies



Lee county has been signally favored in the class of men who have occupied her public office, for on the whole they have been found trustworthy and competent in the discharge of their duties and the interests of the county have therefore been ably conserved. On the list of officials at the present time appears the name of Frank C. Vaughan. He is county treasurer and the first democrat elected in the county in twenty years, a fact which indicates his personal popularity and the confidence reposed in him. He was born in Amboy, Illinois, March 17, 1863, and is a son of C.D. and Louisa M. (Balch) Vaughan, who were natives of Plattsburg, New York. Removing westward to Illinois in 1854, they settled in Amboy, where the father became the first furniture dealer and undertaker of the town. For a long period he was an active factor in business circles there and was equally prominent in other connections. He was one of the leaders of the democratic party in this county and filled the office of clerk of the court of common pleas. He was also alderman and mayor of Amboy for a number of years and exercised his official prerogatives in support of many valuable public measures contributing to the welfare and advancement of the city. The public passed high encomiums upon him because of his fidelity to duty and when he passed away in 1888 the news of his demise brought a sense of personal bereavement to almost every home in Amboy. His widow still survives and is now living in Amboy, at the age of eighty-four years.

Frank C. Vaughan acquired a high-school education in his native town. His business training was begun when he was a lad of fourteen, at which time he entered his father's store, of which he is now the proprietor. He has the oldest furniture and undertaking business in the county. In the conduct of the establishment he has followed progressive methods, keeping in touch with the latest things which the furniture market affords, and his enterprising spirit and progressive methods have brought him substantial success. He was elected president of the State Undertakers Association for two years, the only time in the history of that organization that anyone has served a second term. Mr. Vaughan first held minor political positions in Amboy and his faithfulness in that connection led to his selection for higher honors. In 1910 he was chosen county treasurer, being the first democrat elected in Lee county for two decades and the first representative of his party to occupy offices in the new courthouse, which was completed in 1901. He has brought to bear in the discharge of his present duties the same spirit of fidelity that marked his course in former official connections and even those holding opposing political views have naught to say derogatory to his service. For twenty years he has been chief of the Amboy fire department and has thus figured in many public connections, all of which have been of benefit to the district which he represents.

On the 25th of February, 1889, Mr. Vaughan was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Briggs, of Amboy, and they have become the parents of two children, Frank and Edith Caroline. Mr. Vaughan is a very prominent Mason, holding membership in the lodge and in the various branches of York Rite Masonry and also in the consistory and the shrine. He is likewise connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America and holds membership in the Baptist church, which finds him loyal to its teachings and generous in its support. The social position of the family is one of prominence and they have an extensive circle of warm friends in Lee county.

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

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