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GOLLIVER, George L.

George L. GOLLIVER, one of the enterprising and prosperous citizens of La Rose, was born in Wells county, Indiana, on the 28th of February, 1859, and is a son of James M. GOLLIVER, a native of Miami county, Ohio. Upon the home farm he was reared and in the common schools of the locality acquired his education. On coming to Illinois in 1879, he first located in Washburn, Woodford county, where for three years he engaged in faming, and for the same length of time followed the blacksmith’s trade.

It was in the spring of 1885 that Mr. GOLLIVER became a resident of La Rose, and here also worked at the blacksmith’s trade for about seven years. Subsequently he was engaged in mercantile pursuits, but now owns and operates a steam thresher, using the Nichols & Shepard separator and engine. He is a very active, energetic man, and an excellent workman.

On the 13th of September, 1883, Mr. GOLLIVER was joined in wedlock with Miss Margaret WHITTON, daughter of Thomas WHITTON, now deceased, who was a native of Scotland, and an early settler of Marshall county, where Mrs. GOLLIVER’s birth occurred. Four children have been born of this union, but James M., the oldest, died when in his ninth year. Those living are Harry S., George L and W. A.

Although never an office-seeker, Mr. GOLLIVER has most creditably served as justice of the peace. He is deeply interested in civic societies, affiliating with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, and the Modern Woodmen of America. He holds membership in the Christian church, while his wife is a Presbyterian in religious belief. They are held in high regard by all who know them and have a host of warm friends throughout the community.

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

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