H. A. STOTLER, proprietor of the grain elevator at Evans station and a resident of Wenona, came to this city in August, 1905, but for some years has been closely associated with business interests in this county. He was born in Hudson, McLean county, Illinois, October 13, 1876, and is a son of John and Mary (BURTIS) STOTLER, the former a native of Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and the latter of Illinois. The father is a farmer by occupation and H. A. STOTLER was reared to agricultural pursuits. He acquired his early education in the schools of his native town and afterward attended the Gem City Business College at Quincy, Illinois, from which he was graduated in the class of 1894. He is also a graduate of the normal university of the class of 1904, wherein he pursued a four years' course, teaching school in the meantime. He taught in the country schools for two years and then became principal of the Secor school, where he remained for two years. He was also principal of the schools of Metamora for one year and superintendent of the Chillicothe schools for one year. He gave excellent satisfaction there and was reelected for a second year but resigned. Since that time he has been solicited several times to return there but, retiring from the field of educational labor, he has become a factor in commercial circles and is now engaged in the grain trade. On coming to Wenona he purchased the elevator which he now conducts from J. H. Taggart & Son and he annually handles a large amount of grain and deals in coal. He owns a nice residence property in Wenona and he and his brothers own a half section of land in the Red River valley in North Dakota and thus his interests are varied and important.
On the 10th of August, 1904, Mr. STOTLER was married to Miss Susie WAGNER, of Metamora, Illinois. They are members of the Christian church and are well known socially, having gained many friends in Wenona during the brief period of their residence here. A man of native intelligence and enterprise, he has developed his latent powers and made good use of his opportunities and thus has made steady progress in his business life.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.