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Biography - THOMAS M. PAGE

The respected citizen of LaSalle, Illinois, whose name introduces this sketch was born in Frankfort, Franklin county, Kentucky, May 21, 1842, a son of Thomas S. and Jane B. (Julian) Page. He was born in New York city, April 19, 1800, only a few hours after the landing of his parents at that port from England, their native country. They made a settlement in Richmond, Virginia, where Thomas S. was reared. He moved to Kentucky and became a prominent man in that state. For a period of eighteen or twenty years he filled the office of auditor of state, of which office he was the incumbent at the time the civil war broke out, and during the war he was in the adjutant general's office, as bookkeeper. Politically he was a Know-nothing and a Whig, and later a Republican. He died in Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1879. He was twice married, his second wife, Jane B., nee Julian, being the mother of Thomas M., the subject of this sketch.

Thomas M. Page was reared in his native city, Frankfort, receiving a common-school education in the schools of that place. When the civil war came on he was a young man just emerging from his teens, and in the second year of the war, in September, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, Ninth Kentucky Cavalry, as a private, and when mustered into service was made second lieutenant by the adjutant general. As a member and officer of this command he served one year. He was in the advance at the battle of Perryville, and throughout his service he acted the part of the brave, true soldier. At the expiration of his term of enlistment, in 1863, he was honorably discharged and came to LaSalle, Illinois. For five or six years lie was in the employ of the Kentucky Coal Company, at LaSalle, following which service he was engaged in farming two years, returning then to the coal company. In 1871 he engaged as an employe of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, and for eleven years was ticket agent and car accountant. After this he again turned his attention to farming, this time in Dakota, where he spent three years. Returning to LaSalle, he accepted a position as check clerk at the Illinois Central Railroad depot, which position he gave up in October, 1897.

Mr. Page was married in LaSalle, in 1868, to Miss Mary Kate, daughter of the late Dr. James C. Brown, of LaSalle. Seven children have been born to them, namely: Julian Day, Henry Brown (deceased), Anna Louise (deceased), Mary Elizabeth (deceased), Addison Thomas, Catherine and Annie Pauline.

Politically Mr. Page is a Republican. In religious relations his family are identified with the Congregational church.

Extracted 26 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 2, pages 427-428.

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