Biography - H Rood

H. F. ROOD, banker, Nokomis, President of the Nokomis National Bank, and one of the first settlers of Nokomis, was born in Massachusetts in 1818; he is the third son of Ashael and Asenath (FULLER) ROOD, who were also of Massachusetts; father born in 1772, and by occupation was a farmer in his native State, where he died in 1852; his wife was born in 1789, and died in 1828. Our subject spent his boyhood days on a farm, and received a common-school education. In 1843, he married Nancy LOUDEN, a lady of rare attainments, and daughter of Joshua and Nancy HINES LOUDEN. Mrs. ROOD has been to her husband ever an efficient co-worker, sharing with him all his trials and sustaining him by earnest co-operation in all his plans; she is an active member of the M. E. Church. Mr. ROOD began life by engaging in the hotel business in his native State, and then followed the same business both in Connecticut and New York. In 1850, he removed to Crawford County, Penn., and in 1857, by the solicitation of friends, he removed to Montgomery County, where he embarked in the mercantile business, occupying for his store the first plastered house in Nokomis; by a close attention to business and honest dealings with his customers, he soon gained the confidence of the community; inconnection with his merchandising, he was Postmaster, express agent and railroad agent. In 1877, he became President of the National Bank of Nokomis, which position he still retains. To Mr. and Mrs. ROOD were born four children - Florence A., dying in infancy; Clarence E., express agent at St. Louis; Horace E., with his brother; and Maude, a promising young lady, and beloved by all who knew her, died in the nineteenth year of her age.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 321-322.

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