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James Lawrence Nichols
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Birth: May 3, 1851
Coburg, Germany
Death: Aug. 18, 1895
Naperville
DuPage County
Illinois, USA

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Euclid Lodge No. 65 A.F. & A.M.
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NICHOLS, James Lawrence was born May 3, 1851 in Coburg, Germany. He came to America in 1857 and was orphaned two years later. By the age of nineteen he had educated himself to the point that he was able to teach school. At the age of 25 he came to Naperville and entered North Western College (North Central) and graduated with honors in 1880. He taught one year in the public school in Naperville and then for eight years in the commercial department of North Central College. He married Elizabeth Barnard in 1881 and they were the parents of three children, Grace Margaret (Daniel Edward Sawyer), James Lawrence II, and Laura Isabelle (Herbert Jacob Matter). James was one of three men to start the Naperville Lounge Company. He selected one of his former students, Peter E. Kroehler to be his stenographer, bookkeeper and general office man. Peter went on to purchase the company in 1916 and established the Kroehler Furniture Manufacturing Company. He was raised a Master Mason December 20, 1892. He died August 18, 1895 in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan and was buried in the Naperville Cemetery. He bequeathed $10,000.00 in his will to the City of Naperville for the creation of a Public Library, which the city named for him, The Nichols Library.

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Barnard Nichols Simpson (1865 - 1946)*
 
 Children:
  Grace Nichols Sawyer (1887 - 1958)*
  James Lawrence Nichols (1890 - 1955)*
  Laura Isabelle Nichols Matter (1894 - 1979)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Naperville Cemetery
Naperville
DuPage County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Sec 3 Lot 954 Plot 11
 
Created by: Timothy Ory
Record added: Apr 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35755920
James Lawrence Nichols
Added by: Timothy Ory
 
James Lawrence Nichols
Added by: Timothy Ory
 
 
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