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William F. Corbus, of LaSalle, than whom few, if any, have been longer engaged in the drug business in LaSalle county, is a native of the Buckeye state, his birth having occurred in Millersburg, Holmes county, April 28, 1840.

He obtained a good common-school education, and from the time he was thirteen until he was twenty years of age he worked at the printer's trade in his native town, being employed in the office of the Holmes County Republican. In 1860 he came to this state and dwelt in Lee county until September 15, 1862, when he enlisted in Company K, Seventy-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, as a hospital steward, in which capacity he continued to serve until he was granted an honorable discharge, July 3, 1865. During all this time he was with the Army of the Cumberland from its organization until his company was disbanded, and took an active part in every skirmish and engagement in which it was concerned.

After his return from the battle-fields of the south, Mr. Corbus obtained a position as a clerk in a drug-store in Mendota, and subsequently embarked in the same line of business in that place as a member of the firm of W. F. Corbus & Company. In 1876 he came to LaSalle, where he opened a drugstore.

In 1870 the marriage of Mr. Corbus and Miss Clara M. Robison was solemnized in Mendota. They have one son. Politically our subject is a Republican, and fraternally he is a Master Mason and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, page 232.

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