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Harry M. Tabler

TABLER, Harry M., a well-known attorney-at-law of Macomb, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Tennessee Township, McDonough County, February 24, 1868, a son of James D. and Sarah (Waddill) Tabler. His father was born in Hancock County, Ill., and his mother in Hills Grove, McDonough County, that State. His paternal grandparents were Thomas and Louisa (Owen) Tabler, natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively, and his maternal grandparents, Wesley and Mary (Lawyer) Waddill, were born respectively in Tennessee and Ohio. Mr. Tabler attended the public schools in his neighborhood and afterward pursued a course of study in the Western Illinois Normal School and Branch College of Macomb. He taught school in this county for five years, in the meantime studying law evenings and Saturdays. He also read law with Judge Breeden two and a half years. In May, 1894, Mr. Tabler was admitted to the bar in Macomb, and opened a law office on the northwest corner of the Square, in company with William Compton. He subsequently practiced alone for two years at the same place. In the fall of 1900 he took a position in the credit and collection department of the Deering Harvester Company, at Chicago, but two years later returned to Macomb and opened an office on the east side of the Square.

The subject of this sketch was united in marriage January 29, 1903, with Josephine Agnew, who was born and schooled in McDonough County. She also taught school for one year; then was stenographer in her brother's law office for nine years and in September, 1902, received the appointment as stenographer in the State Normal at Macomb, a position she still holds.

In politics, Mr. Tabler is in accord with the Republican party. In 1890, he served as census enumerator of Lamoine Township and was elected City Attorney in the spring of 1905. Fraternally, he is connected with the I. O. O. F. and M. W. A. Professionally and socially, he is well regarded in Macomb.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 1015, extracted 07 Aug 2020 by Norma Hass.

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