Biography - M. A. BRONSON
M. A. Bronson, chairman of the LaSalle county board of supervisors and a respected resident of Streator, is recognized as an influential factor in local politics. He is well informed upon the great questions of the day, possesses an excellent education and abundant talent and general ability.
The parents of our subject, George and Adaline (German) Bronson, were natives of Litchfield, Connecticut, and New York state, respectively. The father was a son of Henry Bronson, of the former state, and his ancestors, as well as those of our subject's mother, were English. The only exception to this, along the various lines, is seen in the case of the mother of Mrs. Adaline Bronson, for she was a Miss Secor prior to her marriage, and came of sturdy French Huguenot stock. Her husband, Daniel German, a son of Reuben German, was a soldier in the war of 18 12, and lived to the advanced age of eighty-six years. Our subject's mother, who was born April 24, 1827, is living with her son, Walter F. Bronson, in Macon county, Missouri. The father, who had devoted his energy to agriculture during his active years, died in 1895, when in his seventy-eighth year, at his home near Deer Park, Illinois, where he had dwelt since 1852.
M. A. Bronson was born in Wayne county, Michigan, not far from Detroit, August 13, 1850. Reared on the parental homestead, he received but a district-school education in his boyhood, but he was studious and ambitious, and these qualities obtained for him vastly better advantages than fell to the lot of the majority of his early playmates. When a mere boy he was sent to Galesburg (Illinois) Academy, and later he attended school alsoat Aurora, Illinois. For four winters after leaving school he was occupied in teaching, and for a short time was thus employed in Streator. Then for ten years he was in the United States mail service, running between St. Louis and Chicago, and Streator, Illinois, and Knox, Indiana. In 1892 he resigned that position in order to accept the one he now holds, that of agent for the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association. He looks after the sales and: general interests of the company which he represents, not only in Streator but also in the adjacent territory, and has made himself very valuable to his employers.
In 1875 Mr. Bronson married Miss Agnes Mackey, the eldest daughter of Samuel and Sarah Mackey.
In his political creed Mr. Bronson is a stanch Democrat, and for the past four years has been a member of the county central committee of that party. He takes a great interest in local and state politics, and does effective service for the party. For two years he has served as assistant supervisor, and in 1898 was honored with the position of supervisor from Streator, since which time he has acted in the capacity of chairman of the board. Fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and Streator Lodge. No. 607, A. F. & A. M.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 35-36.