Biography - J. P. Woolford

J. P. Woolford, merchant and grain buyer at Galton and one of the most successful business men in the county, was born in Butler county Ohio, February 18, 1855. His parents were Daniel and Elizabeth (Echert) Woolford, who were natives of the same county. His grandfather Echert was born in West Virginia, and in about 1812 removed to Butler county, Ohio. His paternal grandfather, Jacob Woolford, was born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and moved from there to Butler County, Ohio. Daniel Woolford came to this county in March 1869, and located on a farm two miles from Arcola.

Since 1893 J. P. Woolford has resided at Galton, and was first engaged in grain buying for R. & I. Irvin, of Tuscola, succeeding M. S. Filson at this place. In 1894 he built an elevator of twenty thousand bushels capacity and has since become one of the most successful grain dealers in the county.

In 1879 Mr. Woolford was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Kelso, who resided one mile South of Arcola, and is a daughter of William Kelso, who is now living in Tazewell county, this state. They have three children: Roscoe M., Alfred J. and Samuel M., all at home with their parents. For the past four years Mr. Woolford has been buying grain for himself, and in connection does a general merchandising business. He buys about one hundred thousands bushels of grain annually. In political opinion he is a stanch Republican, but his wife is a Democrat and is the postmistress of the village.

Extracted 30 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, page 167.

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