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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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L. C. DILLINGHAM & CO., peddlers’ supplies; Bloomington. In Bloomington. almost every line of business seems to have a representative. The above firm are successfully conducting what is known as the Peddlers’ Exchange, located at 322 S. Main street, the members of the firm being L. C. Dillingham. of this city, and C. W. Fish, of 120 Lake street, Chicago; the firm is known here as L. C. Dillingham & Co. Mr. D., the subject of this sketch, is a native of Green Co., Ohio; he came West in 1872 and located in Bloomington, engaging in his present line of business; here, by energy, industry, and good financiering, they have established a good business. Their line of business is peculiar of itself and requires a man of good ability to conduct it successfully; they have had many difficulties to contend with and obstacles to overcome, but Mr. D. is one of that class of men who seldom fail to carry any enterprise through successfully; they have now seven wagons on the road and are doing a business of about $12,000 per year; under his supervision, they bid fair to double this amount in a few seasons.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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