EUGENE E. ELLIS, job printer and bookbinder, of Cairo, and son of Henry B. and Ottilini (Waugh) Ellis, was born in Rock Island, Ill., on the 20th day of June, 1 859. His father, Henry B. Ellis, was born in Devonshire, Eng., in August of 1829, and, while an infant, came with the parents, Richard and Mary Ann Ellis, to the United States, where, after brief residences in various places, settled at Rock Island. Mr. H. B. Ellis, while a young man, learned the trade of marble cutter, in Cincinnati, Ohio, at which he worked for eight years, when he became interested in the iron foundry business in St. Louis, which he conducted for a term of fifteen years. From St. Louis he came to Mound City, Ill., and took charge of a foundry at that place, which he ran for two years, coming thence to Cairo, which is still their home. He was married in Rock Island, in March, 1858, to Miss Ottilini Waugh. She was born in Canada, on the 4th of March, 1839. She is a niece of Samuel Waugh, the celebrated painter of Philadelphia. Eugene E.is the oldest of a family of nine children born to these parents, two of whom are deceased. He established, a few years since, a job printing and book-binding house in Cairo, which is doing a very successful business. He was married on the 16th of May, 1883, to Miss Edith L. Martin, daughter of Jacob Martin, of Cairo, Ill., and is a member of the American Legion of Honor.
Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 15.
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