W. N. EMERSON, merchant and express agent, Hodge's Park, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, June 25, 1843. He is a son of Benjamin and Mary (Allan) Emerson. The former was a native of New Hampshire, and the latter of Pennsylvania. He received his education partially in Ohio, and in 1852 came with his father to Massac County, Ill., where he followed farming. The son helped his father on the farm until about twenty-two, and then commenced learning a trade of A. C. Atherton. He soon commenced in a mill of his own in Pulaski County, and remained there until 1880, when he came to this county and worked in the saw mill of A. C. Atherton until July, 1882. His health failing, he opened a store at Hodge's Park. He is also acting as Express Agent for the Adams Express Company. Our subject was married, February 15, 1872, in America, Pulaski County, to Melinda Combey, a daughter of James and Jane (Granton) Combey, natives of Tennessee. She is the mother of three living children — Lucie May, Crowie Neilson and Effie Eudora. He enlisted in the Twenty-ninth Illinois Volunteers, Company H, on August 17, 1861, and was out until August 27, 1864. He was shot in the left arm and left leg in the battle of Fort Donelson. He is a member of the I. O. G. T., and in politics is a Republican.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 240.
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