Harrison Hines
Biography

Note: He is named twice in the index with the same page #.

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 433-434, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Harrison Hines, foreman in the car shops of the Quincy Railroad, St. Louis division, was born in Montgomery county, New York, February 19, 1841. His father, Henry, and grandfather John Hines, were natives of New York, but came of Holland ancestry. The latter lived and died in the Empire State a very old man. He had married a kinswoman of Commodore Perry and she also lived and died in New York. Henry Hines grew up in his native State as a carpenter and mechanic. After he came to Illinois he engaged in contracting and building and helped build the Chicago division of what is now the Quincy railroad main line. He lived in Aurora and spent his last years there, dying some fourteen years ago, over eighty years of age. His wife's maiden name was Betsey Howard, who was born and reared in New York also. The old stock of Hines were Methodists.
  Harrison is one of eight children, all living, and was only one year old when his parents came to Aurora, Illinois. He learned his trade as a mechanic under his father and became a skilled artisan. Mr. Hines enlisted in 1861, in the Forty-fifth Regiment, known as Washburn Lead Mine Regiment, Colonel John E. Smith and Captain Holcomb, commanding. He served through three years and six months, being in the First Division of the Third Brigade of the Seventeenth Army Corps, and was in all the terrible battles that that brigade took part in. He received a gunshot wound in his left leg at Shiloh, and at Vicksburg he was wounded in the head by the bursting of a shell. He saw much hard fighting and for meritorious conduct while running the batteries at Vicksburg, he received from General Grant, through General Rawlins, a grant of leave home and free transportation. He is justly proud of his war record. He was all through the Savannah campaign, march of Sherman to the sea, and finally was honorable discharged at Louisville, Kentucky, July 12, 1865. He has been in his present position at Beardstown for the past twelve years. He came from Ottumwa, Iowa, where he was foreman in a car shop for nine years. In 1866 he began with the Quincy Railroad at Aurora, Illinois. He was there for some years in the building department until 1869, when he was sent to Burlington, Iowa, and was there in the building department from Galva to Keithsburg, Illinois, until 1871, when he became connected with the car-building department and has been a foreman most of the time. He has grown very popular as a citizen.
  He was married in Chicago, Illinois, to Miss Nettie Thompson, who was born, reared and educated in Wisconsin. Her parents, now old people, live in Brookings, Dakota. Mr. and Mrs. Hines of this notice are prominent citizens of Beardstown and members of the Congregational Church. They are parents of seven children: Russel, Edgar, Nettie, Augustus, Grace, Mabel and Ralph M.
  Mr. Hines is a member of the Board of Education and is a Republican. He is a member of the MacLane Post, No. 91, G.A.R., of Beardstown; of the Masonic chapter, of the Odd Fellows encampment of this place, and of the commandery at Rushville. Mr. Hines' record with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad is an excellent one; for his fifteen years of service he has never missed a month's salary. He is a refined gentleman.




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