DOUGLAS, John F., who is successfully engaged in the hardware, implement and lumber business in Bardolph, McDonough County, Ill., was born on Section 36, Macomb Township, October 12, 1864. His father and mother, Adam and Kate (Kelly) Douglas, were natives of Scotland. His grandparents, John and Jane (Wiley) Douglas, were also natives of Scotland. Adam Douglas, the father, came from Scotland to the United States and settled in Fulton County, Ill., in 1852, his wife having preceded him in 1849. Their family consisted of three boys and one girl, of whom John F. was the oldest boy.
In boyhood years the subject of this sketch attended the public school, and later the Macomb Branch Normal School, remaining on the home farm and assisting in its operation until January 1, 1903. At that period he moved to Bardolph and engaged in the hardware, agricultural implement and lumber business in partnership with H. N. Jackson. This partnership continued until September, 1904, when Mr. Jackson sold his interest to Frank Bethel, who has an equal share in the concern. It is the only firm of its kind in Bardolph, and does a good business. Mr. Douglas is a capable business man, and gives the affairs of the concern close attention.
On February 24.1897, Mr. Douglas was marned to Allie Parvin, who was born and schooled in Bardolph. Politically, Mr. Douglas is a follower of the Republican party. Fraternally, he is affilated with the I. O. O. F., M. W. A., K. of P. and A. F. & A. M.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.