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MELLOW, Richard

Richard MELLOW, a dealer in monuments at Lacon, Illinois, is conducting a successful and well established business, which occupies an important place among the various industries of this thriving city. Upright and reliable in his dealings, he has gained the confidence of the public and justly merits the liberal patronage which he receives.

Mr. MELLOW was born in Cornwall, England, July 25, 1852, a son of William and Caroline (HOTTEN) MELLOW. The father, whose birth occurred in 1828, was a quarryman in early life, but is now living retired in his native land. There the mother’s death occurred at the age of fifty-three years.

In the schools of his native land, Richard MELLOW acquired a fair education, and there learned the trade of a granite cutter. On crossing the Atlantic to America in 1882, he located first at St. Louis, where he worked at his trade for different firms for about three years, and in July, 1885, came to Peoria and engaged with the Peoria Steam, Marble and Granite Works company. April 20, 1884, he was married to Lillian H. COKER, daughter of James R. and Mary S. COKER, Peoria. In 1890 Mr. MELLOW removed to Lacon and started business for himself, dealing in all kinds of domestic and foreign stones, granites and marbles, for building and monumental purposes. He has erected many of the best monuments found in different cemeteries of Marshall, Putnam, Peoria and other counties. He put up the REED monument in Winona cemetery and that of the late Albert JUDD in Cumberland cemetery, which weighs about twenty-seven thousand pounds. He also erected the soldiers’ monument of Lacon. His excellent workmanship stands well the test of time and criticism, and its merit is justly recognized.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. MELLOW has been cheered by the birth of three children: Howard C., Spencer R. and Olive May. The parents both hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, which Mr. MELLOW joined when nineteen years of age, and his wife when still younger. He takes but little interest in political affairs, aside from casting his ballot in support of the men and measures of the republican party. Socially, he affiliates with the Knights of Pythias fraternity and the Modern Woodmen of America.

Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.


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