Alexander County

Biography - Sol Silver

SOL. A. SILVER, Passenger Agent for the Anchor Line Steamers at Cairo, Ill.; is a native of Baltimore, born July 26, 1830. His parents were Lewis Silver and Leah (Abrams) Silver; his father was born in Maryland, in 1798, and was married to Miss Leah Abrams, in New York City, about 1827, by which union there were ten children, Sol A. being the second. The father followed merchandising in New York and Baltimore, and died in New York City in 1846. The mother is still living, and though seventy-five years old, retains much of her youthful vigor. She is still a resident of New York City. Sol A. was educated in Baltimore, Md., where he was reared until fifteen years old. His parents then removed to New York City, and three years after the death of his father, in 1846, he went to California, where he remained until 1853, engaged in merchandising and mining, which proved successful. The two years intervening from 1853 to 1855 were spent in traveling in South America and Australia, returning to New York in 1856, by way of California. In 1857, he located at Centralia, Ill., where he was appointed to the office of Postmaster, by President Buchanan, in connection with which duties he conducted a book store. He remained there until coming to Cairo, Ill., in the fall of 1859, since which time the latter city has been his permanent home. During the war he was engaged in a general auction business, together with a news stand, continuing this business until 1869. In 1870. he was employed by the St. Louis Anchor Line Company, and has remained in their constant employ since. He was married in Cairo, Ill. on the 8th of September, 1874, to Miss Lizzie Wallace, daughter of Bertrand Wallace, of Pulaski County, Ill. She was born at Villa Ridge, in Pulaski County, on the 22d of January, 1853, and is a second of a family of six children, the parents of whom are still living in Pulaski County; her mother was originally Miss Mary Robinson. Mr. Silver is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Knights of Golden Rule. Owns a fruit farm in Villa Ridge of fifty acres in Section 24, of Town 15, Range 1 west, including a dwelling house and other improvements.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 43.


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