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John O. Oakman

OAKMAN, John O., who is the proprietor of a flourishing grocery store in Blandinsville, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Hancock County, Ill., August 17, 1858, a son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Campbell) Oakman, natives of the State of Pennsylvania. Isaac Oakman was a farmer by occupation. He served as County Treasurer of McDonough County one term, and held the office of Supervisor of Hire Township when the court house was built In Macomb, retaining this office for several terms.

The son, John O. Oakman, was reared on his father's farm and assisted m the work, attending public school in Hire Township in his boyhood. In early manhood he purchased the grocery concern of Mathew H. Watson in Blandinsville, and since then has continued in the grocery business there, being in his present location about fifteen years. In 1898 Mr. Oakman was united in marriage with Adella J. Nesbitt, who was born and schooled in Hancock County, Ill. Two children, May and Florence, have been born of this union. Politically, Mr. Oakman upholds the principles of the Democratic party. He has served as School Trustee for some time. Fraternally, he is affiliated with the A. F. & A. M., being a member of Blandinsville Lodge No. 233, Blandinsville Chapter No. 208, and Macomb Commandery No. 61.

The subject of this sketch has established a satisfactory business, and gives it close attention. His grocery is considered one of the most reliable business places in Blandinsville.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 969, extracted 17 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass.

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