Biography - George Litchfield

George B. LITCHFIELD, restaurant, Litchfield, was born in Syracuse, N. Y., in 1842, and came West in 1856, with his parents, locating in Litchfield. At the age of sixteen, he began his apprenticeship in the office of H. A. COOLIDGE, publisher of the Litchfield Journal. In 1863, he formed a partnership with E. J. C. ALEXANDER and ran a job office here for a year, when he formed a partnership with B. S. HOOOD and published the Litchfield Monitor for a period of two years; then, selling his interest in that paper, he bought a job office, and, during that year, printed a paper for the Fithian Brothers of Carlinville. He next sold the job office to Kimball & Taylor, who established the Independent, and he then became manager of its office, continuing about one year, when he started the Montgomery Democrat, which afterward became the Litchfield Democrat. For the first year, he took in R. S. YOUNG as editor, after which he conducted it in his own name until September, 1881, when he sold it to Mr. Charles T. TOBIN, and engaged in the restaurant business on State street. His father, Elisha W. LITCHFIELD, was born in Litchfield, Conn., in 1819, and moved to Syracuse, N. Y., at which place, in 1839, he married Mary E. JOHNSON. At that place he was a large wholesale grocer and last manufacturer, After coming to Litchfield, he engaged in the lumber trade, and subsequently in the grocery business, at which he continued until his death, on April 28, 1862; his wife and son died in the same year. He was the second Mayor of the town, and held that office two years.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 153.

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