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Richland County, Illinois
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Sylvester J. ECKENRODE was born in Franklin County, Penn., April 24, 1838, the oldest of four children born to Conrad and Catherine A. (CAIN) ECKENRODE, both natives of Pennsylvania, and of German and English descent respectiveley. Conrad ECKENRODE in early life learned the miller's trade, following it until 1848, when he engaged in farming, which he continued until his death which occured in 1863. Sylvester J. ECKENRODE, the subject, received a common school education in youth, and was employed on his father's farm until he was twenty years old. He then learned the brick masons' trade, which he followed for about four years. In October, 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry and served with that regiment in all its marches and engagements until nearly the close of the war, being mustered out at Savannah, Ga., in January, 1865. He participated in the battles of Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Knoxville, Resaca, Keneshaw Mountain, Atlanta and many other lesser engagements. He also accompanied Gen. SHERMAN's army in the memorable march to the sea. After his return from the army he opened a small country store at Amberson's Valley, Franklin Co., Penn., where he remained until 1871, when he removed to Sumner, Lawrence Co., Ill., where he engaged in general merchandising. He was also extensively engaged in the grain and agricultural implement trade. In 1881, he sold out his business at Sumner and bought a large farm in Noble Township, Richland Co., Ill., where he engaged extensively  in agricultural pursuits until the spring of 1883, when he was compelled to relinquish farming on account of failing health. In September, 1883, he opened a dry goods store at Olney, Ill. He carries a large and well selected stock of dry goods, boots and shoes, hats and caps, and carpets -- the latter being a specialty -- amounting to about $30,000. He is by far the largest stock of the kind in the city. He was married in August, 1865, to Mary E. McELHENEY, a native of Pennsylvania. Eight children were born to them, only six of whom, four sons, and two daughters are living. Both he and his wife are members of the Catholic Church. In politics Mr. ECKENRODE is independent.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

D.L. EDMISTON -- grocer, was born January 31, 1837, in Clark County, Ind. He is the son of Daniel and Elizabeth (NEWELL) EDMISTON, who were natives of Ohio. His father worked at the painter's trade, also engaged in farming pursuits. In about 1850, the family emigrated to Illinois, settled in Claremont Township, and there the subject of the sketch was reared. He enlisted in 1862, in Company H, One Hundred and Thirtieth Illinois Infantry, which was afterwards consolidated with the Seventy-Seventh Illinois. He served three years and participated in the engagements at Magnolia Hills, Black River, seige of Vicksburg, Jackson and others. At the close of the war Mr. Edmiston came to Olney and engaged in painting and continued this business till 1878. On account of failing health he was obliged to abandon this trade; then bought out the grocery house of B.F. MOORE, and has since been engaged in this business; he also carries a branch store which he opened in September, 1883.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

D.C. EDMONDSON -- of the firm of EDMONDSON & Co., groceries, provisions, notions, et, is a native of Vincennes, Ind., was born March 26, 1853, and is a son of Joseph and Miriam (MITCHELL) EDMONDSON, natives respectively of Virginia and Tennessee. Our subject's early education was such as could be secured in the common schools. At the place of his nativity he learned the machinist trade, and followed the same until 1882. March 15, 1876, at Olney, he married Miss Tillie, daughter of Dr. SANDERSON, and a native of Hillsboro, Ohio. This union has been favored with one child, Bertie. Mrs. EDMONDSON is a member of the Christian Church. The firm of EDMONDSON & Co., has been established since January 1, 1883. Their promise of patronage is as large as their stock of goods, and as a consequence of their urbanity and energy are destined to success and prosperity.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

Christian EGGLER was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, December 13, 1838, and is the eldest of nine children, eight still living, born to William and Anna (WEISS) EGGLER. William EGGLER was educated, reared and married in Switzerland, his native land, and was employed there as an engineer on a steamboat for many years. In 1850, or 1851, he came to Richland County and entered and bought 300 acres of wild land, in Preston Township. He improved a farm and resided upon it until his death, on January 1, 1877. For many years Mr. EGGLER ran the engine in Mr. NEWELL's pork packing establishment, at Olney. He and wife belonged to the German Reformed Church. Christian Eggler, the subject, received a limited education in his native Switzerland. At the age of eleven years he emigrated to the United States, with his parents. In October, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Benton Cadets, who formed a part of Gen. FREMONT's body-guard. He was mustered out in January, 1862. He was then employed as a laborer about the pork and grain house of John GUN, of Olney, for some two years. After this he was employed as engineer in the Butler Street Flouring Mills for some sixteen years. While here the boiler bursted and he narrowly escaped with his life. During this time he also owned an interest in, and a part of the time helped to run the first steam threshing machine ever run in Richland County. In April, 1882, he purchased an interest in a saloon, in company with Henry VON ALLMEN, at Olney, and is still engaged in that business. In 1865, Mr. EGGLER married Phebe A. ARNOLD, a native of this county. They have nine children, of whom two sons and four daughteres are living. The parents are members of the German Reformed Church. He belongs to the Subordinate and Select Knights, to the A.O.U.W., in which he is now I.W., and to the G.A.R.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

Gottlieb EGGLER, dealer in boots and shoes, was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, March 16, 1845, and is the fifth of nine children born to William and Anna (WEISS) EGGLER. Gottlieb received only an ordinary educated in rude schoolhouses. In the spring of 1863, he began to learn the shoemakers' trade. In May 1864, he enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Thirty-Sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served with that regiment until October 22, 1864, when he was mustered out, at Springfield, Ill. He then finished learning his chosen trade, and worked for several years at it. In 1870, he opened a boot and shoe house, and has followed this business ever since. He has a very well selected stock of goods and has a large patronage. In the year of 1866, he wedded Maria O., daughter of Lloyd RAWLINGS, a pioneer and noted hunter. They have had three children -- one son and two daughters. The parents belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Mr. EGGLER has held various official positions. He is a member of Olney Post, No 19, G.A.R., and is a stanch Republican. He is an early settler, and is very prominent in business circles.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

William ELLIOTT (deceased) was born in Rowan County, N.C., in 1810. At an early day his father, James ELLIOTT, moved to Barren County, Ky, from there to Washington, Ind, with the intention of coming to Illinois, but was prevented from settling in the territory on account of the war of 1812. As soon after as practical he settled in Lawrence County, Ill, near Sumner. In 1824, William moved with his father to where Olney now stands. Here he purchased 160 acres of land of David ROLLINS. Some of the principal portion of Olney has been built on this. In 1851, James, the father of William, died. The latter improved so well the opportunities that were at that day offered to him that at his death, in 1874, he was worth upwards of $50,000. He was twice married -- first to Elizabeth SHIDLER, in 1828, by whom he had two sons. This lady died in 1830. In 1834, he married Alta WEBSTER, a native of New York. John ELLIOTT, the only living child of William ELLIOTT, was born in Richland County, Ill, November 3, 1833, and with the exception of two years he has resided on the old homestead. He has been married three times -- first, December 12, 1854, to Ann M., daughter of Lemuel and Clarissa (BROUGHTON) TRUITT. She was the mother of three children -- Jeannette, born February 25, 1855; Ira G., born October 24, 1860, died July 20, 1880, and Harry F., born March 15, 1862. Mr. E next married, April 27, 1865, Evalena B. GRASS, she being the daughter of Alford H. and Susan SNYDER. She was born in Lawrence County, Ill., July 3, 1838, and died August 29, 1873; four children were born to them -- James H., born January 26, 1866; William, born July 16, 1868; Robert, born September 18, 1869, and John, born September 12, 1870; died March 8, 1871. Mr. E was next married, December 9, 1875, to Mrs. Mary A. ZOOK, daughter of Jacob and Martha (DUNBAR) WILLHOUS. She was born in Berks County, Penn., October 16, 1838. One child has been born to them -- Walter, born February 23, 1876; died January 15, 1877. Mr. E., as was his father, is a Democrat and public spirited, taking an active part in all local enterprises that pertain to the better interests of the community. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Church.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

JOSEPH EAGLESON was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, on August 14, 1833, and was raisedthere on a farm. In 1854 he went to California, and returned to Ohio in 1859, coming in the autumn of that yearto Bonpas Township, Richland Co., Ill., where he purchased ninety four acres of land and built a house, 24x56.This house he has since remodeled, and it is now one of the most attractive residences in this section of the country.Its cost was about $1,500. His barn was built in 1865, and cost about $800. He now owns 174 acres of land, about 125 acres of which are under cultivation. He was married on June 26, 1860, to Martha A. Spencer, who was born on November 27, 1840, in Guernsey County, Ohio.   They have nine children, three sons and six daughters.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]



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