LaSalle County


Among the earlier merchants who contributed largely to the growth and prosperity of LaSalle, Illinois, is George A. Elliott, a retired citizen of that thriving little city. He was born in the northern part of Ireland, near the city of Dublin, on July 27, 1832. His parents were George and Fanny (Bourne) Elliott, who came to America in 1851. The father was a farmer by occupation in his native country, although he held a number of offices under the English government, serving at one time as deputy sheriff of the county of Louth, Ireland, and later as assessor and tax collector. After bringing his family to this country he did not engage in business, but lived in retirement at LaSalle until his death in the fall of 1870, after having reached his seventy-second year. His wife was sixty-eight years of age at the time of her death, which occurred in 1868. They were both members of the church of England, and were worthy Christian people. Their family consisted of thirteen children, of whom nine reached adult years and six are still living. These are as follows: Fanny, a resident of Ireland; Eliza, widow of F. I. Foote, of this city: George A., our subject; Harriet, wife of Jacob P. Bixler, of Augusta, Kansas; Joseph I., of Manitoba; and Charlotte, wife of Thomas Heathcote, who resides three miles north of LaSalle. Both the paternal and maternal grandparents were lifelong residents of Ireland, the latter being a wealthy resident of Dublin, where he spent the evening of his life.

George A. Elliott was reared on his father's farm and given an education in the schools of Dublin. When he was nineteen he came to America with his parents and has since been a resident of LaSalle, living here more than forty-eight years. He was industrious and energetic, always finding employment of some kind by which to earn his living. When the discovery was made that coal was to be had here for the digging, he was placed in the management of the mines at Hog's Back, the mining village three miles north of LaSalle. This he managed most successfully and then turned his attention to other business. He engaged in selling agricultural implements, in 1862, at the corner of First and Joliet streets, and continued in that line of business for twenty-one years. In connection with this line of goods he handled feed and flour, finding these very profitable articles of commerce. He handled his affairs with success, but on account of failing health had to retire from active work in 1883, since when he has resided at No. 1118 Creve Coeur street, LaSalle, in retirement from active business cares.

On the 28th day of November, 1865, Mr. Elliott led to the altar Miss Jennett, daughter of Aaron and Nancy (Winters) Gunn. The parents of Mrs. Elliott were among the earliest settlers in this county. Her father was born in Massachusetts and her mother was a native of Ohio. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Elliott, three of whom have been spared to bless the lives of their parents, while two were taken in their infancy, to ''blossom in the garden of the Lord." The surviving children are: Francis B., a carpenter; Jessie B., who resides with her parents; and Harriet Elizabeth, a bookkeeper who has been for several years employed in the office of the Electric Street Railway Company. Mr. Elliott affiliates with the Republican party, and shows an intelligent interest in both municipal and national affairs, but has never allowed himself to be drawn into the whirlpool of politics. In religion both he and his estimable wife are devout members of the Baptist church.

Extracted 22 Dec 2017 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 536-537.

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