Tom W. ENDSLEY, proprietor of the Camp House at Henry, was born in Magnolia township, Marshall county, November 6, 1878, and is a son of Frank M. and Jennie May (COULTER) ENDSLEY. The father was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and died in the year 1903. He was a grain broker and carried on business on an extensive scale. He was also a great lover of horses and usually owned some fine specimens of the noble steed. His political allegiance was given to the republican party and all who knew him respected him for his genuine worth. He held friendship inviolable and was ever loyal to the interests which he espoused and the cause which he represented. Unto him and his wife were born four children: Tom W.; Earl, who is train dispatcher for the Iowa Central Railroad at Peoria; Edna, who died at the age of four years; and Frank.
Tom W. ENDSLEY, whose name introduces this record, acquired his early education in the public school of Henry, and for four years was a student in the Peoria night schools. Whatever success he has achieved in life is due entirely to his own efforts. During the greater part of his business career he has been connected with hotel interests. He spent four and a half years in the Grand Hotel at Jacksonville, Illinois, and on the 22d of May, 1906, came to the Camp House at Henry, of which he is now the popular proprietor. In manner ever courteous and genial, he is well qualified for the duties which devolve upon him in this connection and he always makes friends wherever he goes. He belongs to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, holding membership in Jacksonville lodge, No. 509, and in his political affiliation is independent, voting for men and measures rather than for party.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.