DECKER, Augustine, a prominent and successful druggist of Macomb, McDonough County, Ill., was born in that city, February 14, 1860, a son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Logan) Decker. His paternal and maternal grandfathers were Cornelius Decker and Joseph G. Logan. His father, a farmer by occupation, who was born in Ulster County, N.Y., came to McDonough County, where he learned the carpenter's trade and later bought a farm. Augustine Decker is the eldest of six children born to his parents, with whom he remained, attending school and working on the farm. until he was twenty-three years old. Then he came to Macomb and worked for two years in Fisher's foundry. He was afterward employed in a grocery store, and, on November 1, 1896, entered into an apprenticeship with F. H. Kyle in the drug business. Mr. Kyle subsequently sold out to F. H. Mapes, for whom Mr. Decker worked two years. Mr. Decker and his brother, Joseph A., then bought Mr. Mapes' interest and continued in partnership until January 1, 1901, when the subject of this sketch purchased his brother's interest and has since conducted the store alone. His careful and conscientious methods and close application to business have gained for him a remunerative patronage. Personally he is deservedly popular, and professionally has the confidence of his customers.
On September 21, 1892, Mr. Decker was united in marriage with Elizabeth J. Clingan, who was born near Bellaire, Ohio, and there attended public school. Two children, Beulah Frances and George Nathaniel, were born of this union. In politics, Mr. Decker is a Republican, in religious belief a Universalist, and in fraternal affiliation a member of the I. O. O. F. and Court of Honor.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.
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