Biography - Charles Truitt

CHARLES R. TRUITT, editor and proprietor of the Hillsboro Journal, is a resident of the thriving and enterprising town of Hillsboro, Montgomery County, Ill., and is one of the representative men of that city. His paper, which is a neat, newsy journal, is admirably supported by the people, and under his able management it has come to be regarded as one of the leading journals in this section of the country. He has been an earnest advocate of all public enterprises calculated to benefit the county, and through the columns of his journal has wielded no slight influence in directing the steps to be taken for any worthy movement.
Our subject was born in Hillsboro Township, Montgomery County, Ill., July 22, 1858, and is the youngest child born to Samuel and Cynthia (Carr) Truitt, both born in the year 1818, the father in Henry County, Ky., December 28, and the mother in Indiana, although reared in the Blue Grass State. (For further particulars of parents see sketch of Hon. J. M. Truitt). Our subject's educational training was first received in the district schools of his native place, and later he supplemented this by a course in Hillsboro Academy. From there he went to East Hampton, Mass., and entered Williston Seminary, from which he was graduated in 1878. While a student in this institution he took the second prize in oratory. He then took a special course in Lafayette College, at Easton, Pa., in 1879 and 1880, and subsequently started out as an educator. He was assistant principal of Hillsboro Public School for two years, and then, having acquainted himself with the printing business, he started out in the newspaper business, in July, 1881.
Mr. Truitt is a thorough master of his calling, and his paper is published in the interests of the Republican party and is regarded as one of the representative journals. Mr. Truitt has done so much in the past and is now planning so wisely to help forward the interests of the county in the future, that it is with great pleasure that we mention his name. He is at present the most efficient and capable Treasurer of Hillsboro Township, and has held that position for six years. In 1889, he was appointed United States Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue for the Eighth District of Illinois, embracing the counties of Montgomery, Bond, Shelby, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun, and served for two years.
The original of this notice has shown his appreciation of secret organizations by becoming a member of Montgomery Lodge No. 40, I. O. O. F., of Hillsboro; also Lodge No. 283, M. W. A. In October, 1882, he was wedded to Miss Libbie Weber, a native of the Empire State, and the daughter of Nicholas and Ora A. (Dryer) Weber. Three children have been born to this union, two daughters and a son, who are as follows: Ora, Charles A. and Beulah. Mr. Truitt is a hale-fellow well-met with the choice spirits of the time, and is a loyal citizen and a true and trusted friend.

Extracted 10 Jan 2017 by Norma Hass from 1892 Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois, page 385.

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