|Fred R. Prince
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 424-425, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Fred R. Prince, superintendent of the water service of the St.
Louis division of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, having
headquarters at Beardstown, was born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, February
9, 1859. He was the son of Charles Prince, of Coventry, England, born
August 30, 1822, of good English stock, who, having grown up in the
trade of a machinist, had no difficulty in obtaining work in the shops
of Coventry. He here married Emma Taylor, of similar ancestry, and
after the birth of three children, in 1855, started for the United
States, and landed in New York city. They started on their westward
journey with teams, and did not stop until they reached Mount Pleasant,
Iowa, which was yet a hamlet. He there worked hard and established a
shop, and has since run his business successfully. He is now about
seventy years of age, but is still in active business. He and his wife
are the only members of their families yet living. They are
Universalists in religion, are good, worthy old people. He is a
Democrat, and has been Alderman of his city.
Fred is the fifth of a family of eight children. He was reared
in his native city, and learned his trade of machinist before he became
of age. Soon after this period of his life he associated himself with
the Quincy Railroad. He is a thorough machinist, having learned his
trade under his father, is a practical and valuable man for the
company, and has given good satisfaction to his employers. Before
accepting his present position, Mr. Prince was from April 1, 1881 to
September 1, 1883, a machinist at the shops in this place. He has now
assumed control of the above mentioned branch of the Quincy business.
It covers about 300 miles of road, representing the employment of
fifteen men regularly.
While engaged in the mechanical department of the Boys' Reform
School at Eldora, Iowa, Mr. Prince was married to Miss Mattie Champion,
of Knox county, Illinois, who was born in 1866, reared in Iowa and
educated at Oscaloosa, that State. Her father, Joseph Champion, was
born in Kentucky, January 31, 1810, and died on his farm near
Oscaloosa, at an advanced age. Her mother, Rachel Champion, was born in
Indiana, September 16, 1816, and is also deceased. The subject of this
sketch and his wife are active young people, and much attached to their
home. They have no children. Mr. Prince is a Democrat, and a member of
Ark Lodge, No. 16, I.O.O.F.
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