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George McKinley Bennett
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1863
Champaign County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 1939

GEORGE M. BENNETT, VETERAN URBANA BUSINESS MAN, DIES
SERVICES WILL BE HELD THURSDAY FOR FOUNDER OF DRUG STORE, A. C. AND TRACTION LINE.
George M. Bennett, a leader in Urbana commercial, religious and social life more than a half century, died at 11:40 p.m. Tues. [12/17/1935] in Carle Hosp, after an illness of 2 years. Death, due to a heart attack, was unexpected. Mr. Bennett had been improving in health and spirits of late and when fatally stricken, was looking forward to early discharge from the hospital. Asthma had been his original affliction.
The body may be viewed by friends in the First Baptist church from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thurs. The casket will not be open during or after the funeral. The services will be held in the church at 2:30 p.m. Thurs. [12/19/1935], with Rev. Charles L Bromley officiating.
Urbana Lodge No. 157, A. F. and A. M. will have charge of the burial service in Woodlawn cemetery, with Urbana Commandery No. 16, Knights Templar, acting as escort. Employes [sic] of the Knowlton & Bennett drug store will act as pallbearers.
BORN IN 1863
George McKinley Bennett was born Sept 1, 1863, in Champaign, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Bennett. His birthplace was a cottage that stood near the First Presbyterian church. Rev. William McKinley, father of the late U. S. Sentator William B McKinley, was pastor of that church and Mr. Bennett was named for him, his parents having been Presbyterians and intimate friends of the minister and his family.
As a boy Mr. Bennett, attended the Perkins school north of Urbana. From the school room he entered the drug store of William Sim, Sr., where he learned the rudiments of pharmacy. His education in that line was finished by employment in a drug store in Bloomington in 1885 and 1886.
BOUGHT STORE HERE
Returning to Urbana, Mr. Bennett on Jan 1, 1887 bought half interest in a drug store owned by W. K. Cushman that stood at the corner of Main and Race streets, the present location of the Bennett building. E. M. Knowlton, his brother-in-law was his partner, and from that time until now, the Knowlton and Bennett store had been a leading institution in Urbana business life. The firm name was retained although Mr. Bennett bought out his partner the year before the latter's death in 1920.
Mr. Bennett's favorite narrative was his initial experience as a business man in Urbana. At the time of engaging in business his sole capital consisted of $47 and he spent $40 of that for advertising in the local paper. He pursued that policy throughout the rest of his life.
MARRIED IN 1890
Mr. Bennett was married July 16, 1890 in Urbana to Miss Emma C. Yanos. Besides his widow, he leaves a brother, John B Bennett, 1106 West Springfield Avenue, Urbana, and a sister, Mrs. Hattie Knowlton, of Fairfield.
Mr. Bennett was one of the organizers of the Urbana Commercial club, now the Association of Commerce, and served as its president. One of his most highly prized possessions was a silver loving cup presented him as a distinguished citizenship award at the end of his term in 1911.
He was largely instrumental in organizing the Kankakee & Urbana Interurban company and was its first president. He was treasurer of the Illinois State Pharmaceutical society 25 years, resigning last year because of failing health.
He served as chorister at the First Baptist church 47 years, having united with that church when 19 years of age. He had been president of the Commercial Building and Loan association since its organization 28 years ago and was president of the Urbana Home Loan association before that.
Mr. Bennett was a member of Urbana lodge No. 157, A. F. and A. M., Urbana chapter No. 80 R. A. M. Urbana council No. 19, R. and S. M. Urbana commandery No. 16, K. T. and the Consistory.
Members of Urbana lodge No. 157 A. F. and A. M. will hold an emergent meeting at 2 p.m. Thurs. in Masonic temple, for the purpose of attending the funeral. Knights Templars will meet to act as escorts.
The Evening Courier, Champaign-Urbana, Wed., Dec. 18, 1935, p. 3
From microfilm at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL, Jul, 2012. 
 
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 Parents:
  Aaron Bennett (1801 - 1889)
  Cynthia A List Bennett (1823 - 1914)
 
 Spouse:
  Emma C Bennett (1871 - 1950)
 
 Siblings:
  Martin Luther Bennett (1836 - 1926)**
  John B Bennett (1858 - 1939)*
  George McKinley Bennett (1863 - 1939)
  Hattie Bennett Knowlton (1865 - 1953)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
BENNETT
EMMA C 1871 - 1950
GEORGE M 1863 - 1935
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Urbana
Champaign County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Karen Bracey
Record added: Dec 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102525784
George McKinley Bennett
Added by: Don Edward Denny
 
George McKinley Bennett
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