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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…

Bradford K. Durfee

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Photograph of Bradford K. Durfee (d. 7/19/1916). He was a secretary of the Mutual Home and Savings Association in Decatur, and one of the oldest real estate and insurance men. He was a partner with J.K. Warren in a real estate firm at one time. …

Oliver W. Kincaid

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Photograph of Oliver W. Kincaid (d. 8/16/1948). Originally from Kentucky, he was the owner of Kincaid Drug Store at 662 E. Eldorado St. from 1910 to 1920. He also owned a store building at Eldorado and Morgan, and other rental property in Decatur. …

Aaron Kaufman

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Photograph of Aaron Kaufman (d. 12/2/1938). He managed one of Decatur's leading men's clothing stores for 45 years. He opened a clothing store in Decatur in 1888, 9 years after opening the Kaufman store in Champaign. He retired in 1933, and the…

Enos Kepler

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Photograph of Enos Kepler (d. 1/18/1928). He was a prominent Mason in Central Illinois, and a charter member of the Stephen Decatur Lodge No. 979. He was commander of the Beaumanoir commandery in 1912, and was a prelate for 17 years. He…

Miss Lelah Foster

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Photograph of Miss Lelah Foster (d. 11/13/1942), the County Recorder from 1920 to 1932. Foster was one of the first women in the nation to serve in an elective office, and the first in Macon County. She was active in the state Republican Women's…

John R. Fitzgerald

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Photograph of John R. Fitzgerald (d. 1/30/1952). He was a Decatur attorney and outstanding criminal lawyer. Fitzgerald was a member of the Decatur Bar Association, United States Association, charter member of the Knights of Columbus Decatur Chapter…