Charles Edwin Bolles

Charles Edwin Bolles

Cambridgeport, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Death 25 Oct 1929 (aged 85)
Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 70749305 · View Source
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CHARLES EDWIN BOLLES, a leading citizen of Oak Park, has long been identified with large enterprises in Cook and Du Page Counties. He was born at Cambridgeport, Windsor County, Vermont, October 14, 1844. His parents were Lemuel Bolles and Mary Ann Weaver. The former carried on a general store at Cambridgeport, and also employed a number of wagons and carts in distributing his goods through the country. He died there in May, 1848, at the age of thirty-six years. He was a son of Lemuel Bolles, a native of Richmond, New Hampshire. The first ancestor of this family of whom a record has been preserved was Joseph Bolles, born 1608 and died 1678. He was of Scotch and English lineage, and came to America early in the colonial period. His descendants in direct line to Lemuel Bolles, senior, were Samuel, Jonathan, and Jonathan, junior. The last-named, who was born in 1732 and died in 1824, removed to Richmond, New Hampshire, and later to Rockingham, Vermont.

When the Civil War began Charles E. Bolles offered to enlist in defense of the Union cause, but was rejected, owing to his youth. On the 8th of May, 1862, he was enrolled, however, as a recruit in Company K, Thirteenth Illinois Volunteers.

After the war he attended the military academy at Fulton, Illinois, and spent one term in the commercial department of Wheaton college. He then became a traveling representative and purchasing agent of H. C. Tillinghast & Company, of Chicago, with whom he continued five years. After dealing in hardware four years at Turner, he was again connected with that firm until 1880, at which date he became a member of the firm of Bolles & Rogers, wholesale dealers in hides, pelts, and similar goods.

Mr. Bolles has always been greatly interested in real estate at Turner and other places. He owns a large farm adjacent to that village, and at different times has laid out eight or nine subdivisions. In company with J. H. Lesher, in 1893, he organized the Turner Brick Company, and the product of this establishment has entered into the construction of many of the finest buildings of Chicago and its suburbs. In 1894 he erected upon the old homestead of Mr. Atcherson a fine opera house and business block, which is one of the most substantial and attractive structures in that suburb. He has recently been instrumental in changing the name from Turner to West Chicago, and spares no pains in promoting the growth and development of that thriving suburb.

Mr. Bolles is prominently identified with the Oak Park Club, of which he was vice-president two years. He was always an ardent admirer of James G. Elaine, whose death he regards as a national calamity. He participates to some extent in the local councils of the Republican party, and is chairman of the finance committee of the Oak Park Republican Club. Though often solicited to become a candidate for public office, he uniformly declines, believing that he can best serve the interests of the community in the capacity of a private citizen.

--Chicago Calumet Book & Engraving Company. Album of genealogy and biography, Cook County, Illinois : with portraits (Volume 1897), pp.49-50

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