LITCHFIELD, John P.
John P. LITCHFIELD, one of the
representative business men of Toluca,
was born on the home farm in Bennington
township, Marshall county, August 24,
1862, a son of John and Emily (PALMER) LITCHFIELD, whose sketch
appears elsewhere in this work. There he passed his boyhood and
youth, assisting in the labors of the fields and attending the
district schools. At the age of nineteen, he entered
Eureka college, where he pursued his studies for one
year, and then engaged in teaching in Marshall county, his first
school being in Evans township. For some time he followed that
profession during the winter season, while the summer months
were spent in farming.
On the 27th of December, 1886, was
solemnized the marriage of Mr. LITCHFIELD and Miss Sarah E.
STRATTON, a native of Bennington township, Marshall county, and
a daughter of James and Marcia (CHALCRAFT) STRATTON, a sketch of
whom may also be found on another page of this volume. They have
become the parents of two interesting children: Rollie J., born
on the farm in Belle Plain township,
county, October 2, 1889, and Leta L., born in Toluca, May 5, 1895.
Upon a farm in Belle Plain township, Mr.
LITCHFIELD continued to reside until March, 1893, when he
removed to Toluca, to accept his
present position as clerk in the hardware department of the
Toluca Lumber & Hardware Company. He is a stockholder and
charter member of the same, also a stockholder in the First
National bank of Toluca,
and interested in the grain business under the firm name of
Litchfield & Company. He is a straightforward, reliable business
man, and wins the confidence of all with whom he comes in
Mr. LITCHFIELD cast his first presidential
vote for Grover Cleveland in 1884, and has since supported the
men and measures of the democratic party. He received the
nomination for assessor, but was defeated in the great landslide
of 1894. In 1893 he was elected village trustee, becoming a
member of its first board. He takes a prominent and active part
in civic societies, having served as secretary and vice-grand in Toluca lodge, I. O. O. F.,
which he joined in 1894 and is a charter member; as prelate and
vice-chancellor of the Knights of Pythias lodge, No. 461, of
which he is also a charter member; and as secretary of the
Modern Woodmen of America.
Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from
The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.