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L. F. Pontious

PONTIOUS, L. F., who is extensively engaged in the poultry and egg trade, in Adair, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Ross County, Ohio, on October 23, 1848. He came to McDonough County in 1853, and was engaged in general farming until 1870. In that year he built a store in Adair in which he followed merchandising for some time. Subsequently he became general manager of W. F. Throckmorton's poultry houses. He purchased the Adair house in 1899, and has since conducted the concern, together with his son. They have buyers in all the principal towns from Monmouth to Beardstown, gathering poultry and eggs. All the poultry purchased by them is dressed in their plant, and shipped east in car lots. Throughout the season they handle from one to three carloads per week, doing a business of about $125,000 annually. The concern employs from ten to twenty people, and has a switch and loading platform on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.

On December 16, 1875, Mr. Pontious was married to Florence Zoll, a native of Fulton County, Ill. One child, Clifford A., was born of this union. Politically, Mr. Pontious votes independently. He has served two terms as Supervisor, and has held all the other town offices. He is an energetic business man, and has made his last venture a profitable one.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 981-982, extracted 17 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass.

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