Frank W. Brooks, who is engaged in the banking business in Blandinsville, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Henderson County, Ill. October 1, 1847, and there received his education. He is a son of Benjamin F. and Eliza (Kertz) Brooks, of whom the former was born in Geneseo, N. Y., and the latter in Harrisburg, Pa. His father was engaged in the lumber business at Oquawka, Ill., and Hannibal, MO., but is now deceased. The mother now resides with Mr. Brooks. The subject of this sketch started out for himself in the lumber line about the year 1877, and continued thus for fifteen years before he became interested in banking. Before establishing himself in this trade in Blandinsville, he was likewise occupied in Sciota and Henderson, Ill. In the banking business he has been associated with Grigsby Bros. & Company for ten years.
On October 29, 1878, Mr. Brooks was married to Lizzie Gillihan, a native of Blandinsville and a daughter of William W. Gillihan; her mother was a Miss Porter. This union resulted in three children, namely: Jessie E., (Mrs. E. Grigsby); Florence O. and Chauncey G. Politically, Mr. Brooks is a Republican, and fraternally, is affiliated with the A. F. & A. M., being a member of Blandinsville Lodge, No. 233; Blandinsville Chapter, No. 208, and St. Omer Commandery, No. 15, Burlington, Iowa. He is very favorably known throughout McDonough County as an able and successful business man.
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]>