Harry Bruce Pinkerton

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Harry Bruce Pinkerton

Dunne
ILLINOIS, Vol 3
Peoria Public Library
Peoria, Illinois
p 78
HARRY BRUCE PINKERTON, president of the Pinkerton motor Company of Peoria, is one of the pioneer automobile dealers in Illinois. He entered the ranks of this business in 1910, when automobiles were still in a more or less experimental stage, certainly not more advanced than the airplane is today, and when there were very few improved highways in Illinois or anywhere else upon which a motor car could operate with safety and speed.

Mr. Pinkerton is an old timer of Peoria County, the home community where he was born and where he grew up and laid the foundation of his business career at Hanna City. He was born December 30, 1870, son of Samuel W. and Eliza (McIntyre) Pinkerton. His father was a native of Ohio and came to Illinois when a small boy, in the 1840's, while the McIntyre family arrived in Peoria County in 1836. Samuel W. Pinkerton was a farmer and stock raiser in Peoria County.

Harry B. Pinkerton grew up on a farm, attended school at Hanna City, had the experience of farming routine for five years, but laid the foundation of his successful career as a general merchant at Hanna City. He conducted a store there thirteen years and also for a short time was in business as a merchant in Nebraska.

Mr. Pinkerton was one of the organizers and for over twenty years has been president of the Hanna City State Bank, one of the very substantial institutions in the smaller towns of Peoria County. However, since 1908 his energies have been chiefly directed to the automobile business as head of the Pinkerton Motor Company, one of the largest as well as one of the oldest automobile sales organizations in Peoria. Mr. Pinkerton has in every way been a leader among automobile men in the state. He helped organize and served two years as the president of the Illinois Automobile Dealers Club, and has been president of the Peoria Automobile Club. He has supported and backed many movements for the advancements and betterment of his City. During the World War he did committee work in every Liberty Loan drive. He is a member of the Creve Coeur Club, the North Shore Country Club, of which he was president in 1928, The Peoria Country Club, the University Club, and the Optimist Club. Fraternally he is affiliated with Illinois Lodge No, 263, A. F. and A. M., is a Knight Templar and thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and member of Mohammed Temple of the mystic Shrine, belongs to the Eastern Star and the Royal order of Jesters.

Mr. Pinkerton married in 1893 Miss Mae Gertrude Rynerson, now deceased. in 1919 Esther Broyhill became his wife. Mr. Pinkerton's four children are: Elmira; Margaret, a graduate of the Emerson School of Oratory at Boston; Mae Gertrude, a graduate of St. Mary's School at Knoxville; and Mary.


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  • Created by: Anna Richards
  • Added: 27 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 81101939
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Bruce Pinkerton (30 Dec 1870–1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81101939, citing North Limestone Presbyterian Cemetery, Hanna City, Peoria County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Anna Richards (contributor 47628524) .