CARROLL, Charles William, a prosperous grain-dealer of Blandinsville, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Newark, Licking County, Ohio, April 12, 1834, a son of James and Allen (Lauhrey) Carroll, natives of the State of Pennsylvania. Mr. Carroll came to Bureau County, Ill., with his parents when an infant. In youth he was employed as a clerk, and afterward followed farming. In 1856 he engaged in the grain trade in Annawan, Henry County, Ill., whence he removed in 1867 to Chillicothe, Peoria County, Ill., where he spent eleven years in the same line of business. After being engaged for ten years in the grain business in Henry, Ill., he moved to Clarinda, Page County, Iowa, where he dealt in grain one year, then returned to Chillicothe, Ill., for one year. He next resided at Galesburg, Ill., where he took charge for a year of F. H. Peavey & Company's grain business between Chicago and Kansas City. Next he went to Media, Henderson County, Ill., where he built an elevator and remained one year. In 1892 he came to Blandinsville and bought J. M. Davis' grain and coal business, including the elevator with a capacity of 15,000 bushels. He handles all kinds of grain and coal.
On December 28, 1875, Mr. Carroll was married to Olive Amelia Wilmot, who was born in Northampton, Peoria County, Ill., and two children, Ralph Waldo and Edward, have resulted from this union. Ralph Waldo married, December 3, 1902, Miss Louise Bushnell. He assists his father in the grain business. Religiously, Mr. Carroll is identified with the Baptist denomination, politically is a Democrat, and has served one year as Mayor of Blandinsville. Fraternally, be is affiliated with the A. F. & A. M. as member of Blandinsville Lodge, No. 233; Blandinsville Chapter, No. 208; Peoria Commandery, No. 3, and Eastern Star Chapter, No. 108.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.
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