Chester Winslow Bolcum, Sr

Chester Winslow Bolcum, Sr

Birth
Fowler, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Death 2 Jan 1951 (aged 98)
Burial Wasco, Kane County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 98635559 · View Source
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CHESTER W. BOLCUM, farmer and stock raiser, Wasco, Ill., was born in the town of Fowler, Jefferson County, N. Y., Jan. 17, 1852, son of George F. and Bessie (Jeffers) Bolcum. His father, who was born Aug. 16 , 1819, is still living. Chester W. Bolcum acquired his education in Oneida County, N. Y., and has earned his own way since the age of seven years, working for his board, clothes and schooling until he was thirteen years old, when he started lumber-jobbing, and very soon had from ten to thirty men under his charge. When he reached the age of twenty-one he came to Plano, Ill., and, entering the employ of Lewis Steward, soon became foreman and general manager of his extensive mills and factories. This position he held for about eight years, when he rented a farm about half a mile from the present site of Wasco and engaged in extensive dairying operations, at the same time operating several rented places. In 1887 he bought a farm one mile north of Wasco, and the adjoining farm In 1901, all comprising 232 acres. He has sold his dairy interests, and now devotes his attention to dealing in live stock. Several times a year he makes extensive trips into Iowa and Wisconsin, where he purchases cattle. Mr. Bolcum was married, Feb. 19, 1879, to Miss Cassie Buckley, daughter of Joseph and Jane (Hartman) Buckley, and they have had eight daughters and two sons-one daughter dying in infancy. Mr. Bolcum is a Republican, and has served as a member of the School Board for about eighteen years, and has been Commissioner of Highways for many years. For five years he has been commander of the local lodge Knights of Maccabees, and helped organize the Great Camp at Chicago. In the conventions of the order at Peoria and Springfield he was a prominent figure. He is a member of Unity Lodge, No. 48, A. F. & A. M., at St. Charles, one of the oldest lodges in Illinois.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Kane Co, Jan 1904

Owner of Heart's Delight Farm, Campton Sec 13, 594 acres; father of Grace, Olive, Bessie, Esther, Arthur, Edna, Gertrude, Myrtle, Chester.
1918 Farmer's Directory for Kane County, Illinois


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  • Added: 10 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 98635559
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chester Winslow Bolcum, Sr (17 Jan 1852–2 Jan 1951), Find a Grave Memorial no. 98635559, citing Whitney Cemetery, Wasco, Kane County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Everlastings (contributor 47150597) .