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
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
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
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,
and other counties. He put up the REED monument in
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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