|J. W. Orwig
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 572-573, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
J. W. Orwig, of the firm of Orwig Brothers, successful house
painters of Beardstown, is one of the prominent men of the city. The
firm employs from two to ten men and are noted for the excellence of
their work. They make a speciality of fine graining. The firm includes
J. W. and a brother, George. They have been doing business under the
present firm name for the past twenty-two years: formerly the firm was
known as William D. Orwig & Sons. Mr. Orwig started the business as
early as 1857. He was engaged in business with them as journeymen
workmen for two years, coming to Beardstown in 1867. Here he died in
1875, aged sixty-three. He was born in Pennsylvania of Pennsylvania
Dutch parents. He grew up in his native State, following in his trade
of distiller, and was yet a young man when he came to Illinois,
settling in Morgan county. Here he was married to Jane Whipp born in
Yorkshire, England. She emigrated to this country with her parents,
settling in Morgan county in the '30s. Mrs. Orwig remained with her
parents until her marriage, and she made her husband a most faithful
wife until his death.
For some time after his marriage Mr. Orwig engaged in the
mercantile business in Morgan county, but later went to Rushville,
Schuyler county, where he was engaged in the same business for a time.
In 1857 he entered the painter's trade, having learned his trade in
Sandusky, Ohio. He was a good citizen and his loss was felt by all who
knew him. He was a Republican in politics from the formation of the
party. He was a sound friend and acquaintance of Mr. Lincoln's, having
formed his acquaintance while he, Mr. Orwig, was a clerk in the
treasury department at Springfield. His wife is still living with her
son, George L., at Beardstown and, although she is in her seventy-first
year she is very active for her years and is a devoted Methodist and a
good Christian woman. Her husband was of the same religious faith.
Our subject is the eldest of two sons and three daughters,
namely: Lizzie, wife of John Shaw, retired farmer of Beardstown; Mary,
wife of Charles Fulks, wholesale grocer of Peoria, Illinois; Rosa I.,
wife of Milton McClure of Beardstown; J. W., born in Rushville,
Illinois, November 12, 1845, and George.
Our subject was reared and educated in this city and was married
here to Ann Summers of Rochester, New York, born in 1869. She came to
Beardstown when young with her parents. They are still living in this
place and are past middle life. They are well known and highly
Mr. and Mrs. Orwig are parents of one child: Charles William.
The are prominent young married people and are greatly liked by their
large circle of friends.
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