Alexander County

Biography - Horace Hannon

HORACE A. HANNON, dealer in and general agent for sewing machines, being the distributing agent for Southern Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky of the White Manufacturing Company. He is a native of Illinois; was born in Springfield on the 14th day of June, 1843. Daniel Hannon, father of H. A., was born in Charlestown, Mass., in 1810, where he grew to manhood and received the benefit of a liberal education. He early adopted the business of architecture, for which he became very noted. He came to Illinois and located in Springfield about 1840. He was married in Charlestown, Mass., to Miss Welthea Ewell, a native of Massachusetts, and born m 1809. They had a family of six children, one of whom, Daniel Hannon, was born in Massachusetts, and who is deceased; Mary, wife of B. F. Parker, of Chicago; H. A. Hannon, of Cairo; Lucy, widow of George T. Cushing, of Dubuque, Iowa; Charles, deceased; Eva, wife of Gr. W. Johnson, of Dubuque, Iowa; were born, reared and educated in Springfield. The mother is still living, and is a resident of Dubuque. The father died in Cleveland, Ohio, 1863. H. A. Hannon, in company with the family, came to Cairo, Ill., in 1857, the father having come the year previous. He early learned the business of printing in the office of the Cairo Gazette, and afterward became a salesman in the drug store of J. B. Humphreys & Co., and the prescription clerk. In September 6, 1861, he enlisted in the United States Navy, in the capacity of "first class boy," and was mustered out, January, 1866, as Captain of a gun-boat. He participated in much of the active service of the Mississippi Squadron, and was in seventeen engagements, receiving a wound at the battle of Greenwood. At the close of the war, he returned to Cairo and engaged in the book business, associated with W. J. Yost, under the firm name of Yost & Hannon, in which he continued until 1868, when he bought the interest of Mr. Yost and continued the business until 1872, and sold to B. F. Parker. Since the latter date, he has been in the sewing machine and real estate business. He was married, September 19, 1872, in Caledonia, Ill., to Mrs. Sallie Wood, daughter of B. F. Echols and widow of L. Wood, of Iowa. She was born in Caledonia June 14, 1845. They have one son, Horace Blake Hannon, born in Cairo May 18, 1874. Mr. Hannon is a member of the Episcopalian Church, and is a Master Mason, and a member of the A. L. of H.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 19.


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