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Charles E. Oblander

OBLANDER, Charles E., a prominent merchant of Bushnell, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Quincy, Ill., in 1861, a son of John and Elizabeth (Mahrstet) Oblander, natives of Germany. The father was a carpenter by occupation, and later engaged in the furniture line, in which he still remains. Mr. Oblander came to Bushnell with his parents when he was six years old, and here attended public school. In 1886 he opened a notion store, which was gradually enlarged until he now conducts a first-class dry-goods establishment on West Main Street, where he handles that line exclusively. He is a man of good business talent and standing, and the prosperous condition of his trade is attributable to his honorable dealing and the energy manifested in conducting his affairs. Mr. Oblander was married in 1889, to Sally Koeller, who was born at Camp Point, Ill. Fraternally, he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 969-970, extracted 17 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass.

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