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Robert I. Hunt

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Photograph of Robert I. Hunt (d. 1/9/1937). He came to Decatur in 1892, and married Ann Packard, daughter of Silas Packard. He was prominent in state and city politics. He helped organize and build the Suffern-Hunt Mill and the Polar Ice and…

Three Young Children

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Photograph of 3 young children taken by A.M. Rothschild & Co. in Chicago, IL .

Henry Clay Montgomery

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Photograph of Henry Clay Montgomery, (died Dec 28, 1898). He was elected treasurer of Macon Co. in 1890. Previously he was a wealthy farm owner of Macon, Illinois. He later moved to Decatur but continued his farm affairs. He was senior member of the…

James Millikin

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Photograph of James Millikin taken by Abrams Studio of Decatur, IL.

Dr. William M. Catto

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Photograph of Dr. William M. Catto. He was a physician and surgeon with an office in rooms 3-4-5 Fenton Block. He had a residence at 364 W. William St. The photo was taken by Abrams, and used in the Decatur Daily Review in 1895.

D.H. Conklin

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Photograph of D.H. Conklin (b. 10/31/1831, d. 3/10/1905), one of the first telegraph operators in the world. He introduced telegraphy as a means of handling trains. Conklin worked as a receiver for the Illinois Midland line (later the Pennsylvania…

Judge William L. Hammer

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Photograph of Judge William L. Hammer (d. 5/20/1903). Hammer held the following offices: Christian Co. constable (1843-1846), Christian Co. sheriff (1846-1854), Decatur Justice of the Peace (1857-1860), Macon Co. Circuit Clerk (1860-1868), President…

C.J. Hartley

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Photograph of C.J. Hartley, the founder of the C.J. Hartley Co. He founded the company in 1897 wth his son, Arthur J. Hartley. He came to Decatu in 1882, and first worked with W.L. Oakes at Decatur Novelty Works. In 1884, he became the…

Peter Halmbacher

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Photograph of Peter Halmbacher (d. 2/1/1910). He was born in Germany, a veteran of the Prussian-Bavarian War in 1866, and came to Decatur in 1869. He was a pattern maker by trade. Halmbacher worked as a cabinet maker for Decatur Furniture Co., as…

E. W. Thomson

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Photograph of E. W. Thomson, Instructor in higher mathematics at Millikin University, starting in November, 1903. Photo by Brewer.