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Millard T. Kirkpatrick

KIRKPATRICK, Millard T., who is successfully engaged in the piano and organ business in Macomb, Ill., was born in McDonough County, September 17, 1868, and received his early education in the public and Macomb Normal schools. He is a son of Francis A. and Elizabeth (Lowe) Kirkpatrick, the former a native of Ohio, and the latter born near Cairo, Ill., which was also the birthplace of her father, Gilbert Lowe. His paternal grandparents, Joseph L. and Mary Jane (Pratt) Kirkpatrick, were natives of Ohio. At the age of twenty-three years Mr. Kirpatrick completed his Normal school course, and was then employed for two years in a building and loan association of Keithsburg, Ill., teaching vocal music during the winter season. Subsequently, for eight years, he was engaged in the music business in Mercer County, Ill., where he conducted a store. This he disposed of in 1898 and established himself at Macomb, where he has a wholesale and retail trade. His operations cover a territory of five counties, and include branches at Warsaw, Hancock County, and at Bushnell. He handles the Price & Teeple, Chickering, Chase Brothers, and other styles of instruments, dealing altogether in twelve varieties, together with sheet music. He is the only dealer who has made a success of this business in Macomb, his sales during 1904 numbering eighty-five pianos. This prosperous condition of affairs is attributable to that diligent application to work and unfailing courtesy which win for him a friendly patronage.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was married January 28, 1902, to Clara E. Voorhees (daughter of A. Voorhees, deceased), who was born and schooled in McDonough County. Politically, the subject of this sketch is a Republican, and fraternally, is a member of the Masonic Order (Macomb Lodge No. 17), I. O. O. F., B. P. O. E., of Monmouth, and Montrose K. of P. No. 104. His religious connection is with the Presbyterian Church.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 928, extracted 11 May 2019 by Norma Hass.

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