Robert J. Hoy
HOY, Robert J., a well-known and prosperous carpenter and builder, of Prairie City, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Paterson, N. J., December 23, 1859, a son of William H. and Maria (Blauvelt) Hoy, who were natives, respectively, of Orange and Paterson, N. J. The subject of this sketch came to Prairie City, with his parents, in 1868, and receiving his early education in the public schools of Prairie City and Avon. After being variously occupied in the meantime, he established himself in the contracting and building line in 1898. Among the many fine houses which he has since built may be mentioned the residence of Adam Wagner, of Greenbush Township, Warren County, Ill.; that of Vernon S. Kean, in the same township; the homes of D. Douglas, in Lee Township, Fulton County, and Mrs. Homer Burch, of Fulton County; and the residences of Benjamin Welch, Frank Hubanks and H. C. Spurgeon, of Prairie City. The architectural ability and constructive skill manifested in designing and building these houses serve to indicate the superior attainments and qualifications of Mr. Hoy in this line of endeavor.
Mr. Hoy was united in marriage, on May 23, 1883, with Nettie Bivens. who was born and schooled in Prairie City, and their child, Pearl, died in infancy. Politically, Mr. Hoy supports the policies of the Republican party and fraternally is a member of the Golden Gate Lodge No. 248.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 913, extracted 09 Mar 2019 by Norma Hass.
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