Biography - ALBERT B. SAWYER

Albert B. Sawyer was born in the town of Milton, Chittenden county, Vermont, January 3, 1837. Since 1885 he has been a resident of Tuscola, Illinois, having from that time until 1899 been a member of the dry-goods firm of Wardall & Sawyer.

In Mr. Sawyer's childhood his parents came to Illinois, living near and finally in Joliet. His boyhood and youth were spent in that part of the state, on the farm, going to school or assisting his father, Jed Sawyer, in filling the extensive railroad contracts which he took when the railroads around Joliet were being built. Having gone to Texas in 1860, he lived near Houston until after the Civil war broke out, when, being unable to return to the north except as a Confederate soldier, he turned to the west, finally entering the Republic of Mexico. There he turned his attention to the great business of northern Mexico — silver mining — in which he was engaged from 1862 to 1884, when he sold out his mining interests there and returned to Illinois. Two years previously he had married Miss Fanny M. Wardall, of Tolono. Illinois. To their union five children have been born: Harriet, Albert B., Jr., Margaret, Gertrude and John W. Since 1885 their home has heen in Tuscola.

Extracted 09 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, pages 214-215.

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