CAMP, John R., publisher of the Bushnell Record, in Bushnell, McDonough County, Illinois, was born in the county named, February 6, 1862. He is a son of S. P. and Samantha (Harris) Camp, the father a native of Tennessee and the mother of Illinois. The former came to McDonough County in the 'fifties, and followed the occupation of a farmer. John R. Camp received his elementary education in the common schools, and at the age of sixteen years began to learn the printer's trade in the office of what is now the Bushnell Record. The paper was established by D. G. Swan, in 1865, as the Union Press. In 1868, its name was changed to the Bushnell Record. On January 12, 1883, Camp Brothers succeeded Taylor & Camp in its management, and, since 1897, it has been conducted by John R. Camp. The Record has a weekly circulation of 1,100 copies, and the office is equipped with three modern presses.
Mr. Camp was married, January 1, 1885, to Lura Kornal. Mr. and Mrs. Camp have one child, Zolene, and an adopted daughter, Rita Yockey. The subject of this sketch served one term as Township Collector, and one term as President of the Board of Education. From 1898 to 1902, he was Postmaster of Bushnell. He is now a School Trustee of the township. Fraternally, Mr. Camp is a member of the Masonic order, the Eastern Star, I. O. O. F. (three branches), M. W. A., Court of Honor and Mystic Workers.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907. Submitted by Joanne Scobee Morgan <[email protected]>