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Harry Asher Blount

BLOUNT, Harry Asher, a well-known dealer in boots and shoes and gent's furnishing goods in Macomb, McDonough County, Ill., was born in that city September 2, 1872, a son of Asher and Cynthia (Barney) Blount, natives of Jefferson County, N. Y. The grandparents on both sides, Ambrose and Betsy (Wood) Blount, and Hart and Betsy (Newell) Barney, were all natives of Jefferson County, that State, except the paternal grandfather, who was born in St. Lawrence County, N. Y. Great-grandfather Asher Blount was of Vermont origin. Harry Asher Blount attended public school and Lombard College, at Galesburg, Ill., completing his college course at the age of twenty-one years. He then returned to Macomb and was employed in the pottery line for one year. For one year he was secretary of the Tennessee Pottery Company, at Tennessee, Ill. He then engaged in the real-estate business in Macomb, in which he is still interested. A year after engaging in real-estate operations, together with Benjamin Griffin, he purchased the boot and shoe concern of George Kerman. On January 9, 1905, Charles Stapp bought the interest of Mr. Griffin. In December, 1903, Mr. Blount purchased a stock of boots and also a stock of gent's furnishing goods, which he handles under the firm name of Blount & Company. He is a competent business man and is developing a flourishing trade. In social circles he is quite popular, and his early life is bright with promise. In politics, Mr. Blount is a supporter of the Republican party. Fraternally, he is a member of the K. T., K. of P. and Phi Delta Theta.


Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 830, extracted 19 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass.