Biography - L. Scott Hoes

L. Scott HOES, merchant, Butler, was born in Hancock, Ind., September 6, 1853; son of Hartman and Elizabeth (KNOBLE) HOES, he a native of Germany, a tailor by trade who emigrated to America in 1837, dying in 1864; she, a native of Maryland, born January 1, 1814. They were the parents of nine children, eight boys and one girl. At the age of three years, our subject was taken to Freeport, Ill., and at four years to a farm near Butler, where he lived until 1877, during which time he followed threshing for about ten years, and farming. In 1877, he took a trip to California for the purpose of going into mining with his brother. After working several months without turning up a dollar's worth of the shining metal, he at last “struck it rich,” and to such an extent as to justify the erection of a ten-stamp mill, which proved profitable, paying large dividends. He remained in California until the fall of 1880, when he returned to Butler, leaving his brothers to control the mining interests, and in the spring of 1881, engaged with his brother Charles in merchandising. September 14, 1881, Mr. HOES married Miss Ida E. WHEELOCK, born June 21, 1861, in Decatur, Ill., daughter of Thomas and Mary WHEELOCK, he a native of New Hampshire, born November 29, 1830; she, born February 10, 1830. Mr. HOES is a Republican.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 202-203.

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