NameWilliam Harrison Emery
Birth27 Mar 1840, Fairfield, Somerset, Maine
Death19 Jun 1903, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
BurialArlington Cem., Elmhurst, IL
OccupationHide broker in Chicago
ReligionUnitarian
FatherAlben Porter Emery (1803-1873)
MotherBetsy Ellis Tobey (1813-)
Misc. Notes
Birth: "Roots of Doris Ullmann" copied by LEU Death Certificate, Walworth County Registry of Deeds, Vol 7, p.358 Death: See death certificate above.

Emery Book #2304

From “Portrait and Biographical Record of Cook and Dupage Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States” (Lake City Publishing Company, 1894 ): William H. Emery, one of the progressive and public-spirited citizens of Elmhurst, where he has made his home since 1869, comes from the far-off Pine Tree State. He was born in Fairfield, Me., March 27, 1840, and is one of a family of eleven children whose parents were Alben and Betsy E. (Tobey) Emery, also natives of Maine. The family is of French descent, but the gtrandsfather, Briggs Emery, was a Maine farmer. The maternal grandfather, Jonathan Tobey, also followed farming in that State. The father of our subject as a wool merchant, and carried on that business in Waterville, Me. until his death, which occured in 1872, at the age of sixty-nine years. His wife still survives him and is now in the eightieth year of her age. Of their six sons and five daughters, only five sons and a daughter are now living: Albert P., Alben F., Charles M., William H., James H., and Linda A., wife of Henry Hanson, of Waterville, Me.
Mr. Emery whose name heads this record spent the first rwelve years of his life in the city of his nativity, and then accompanied his parents on their removal to Waterville, where the greater part of his education was acquired. He remained under the parental roof until he attained his ajority, and then went from Waterville to Augusta, where he engaged in running a market for some time.
On the 6th of October, 1863, Mr. Emery was united in marriage with Miss Mary A. Toben, a daughter of Samuel and Nancy (Holbrook) Toben, of the Buckeye State. Five children have been born of this union, three sons and two daughters: John T., Bert, Ida, William H. and Gracie. Bert died in infancy, but the others are still living.
The year 1869 witnessed the emigration of Mr. Emery westward. He engaged in the hide and leather business in Chicago, and has since continued operations along that line. Locating in Oak Park, he continued to make that place his residence until 1889, when he came to Elmhurst. This place at that time was a slow-going town, but, owing to the efforts of Mr. Emery and a few ither enterprising citizens, it has become a thriving village. Hewas instrumental in organizing a stock company for the building of water works, and was the orime mover in securing the subscriptions for stock for macadamizing the streets. He owns a nice residence here and also a farm. Socially...
Spouses
Birth26 Jan 1843, Norridgewock, Somerset, Maine
Death12 May 1918, Elmhurst, Dupage, Illinois
FatherSamuel Tobey (1814-<1860)
MotherNancy C. Holbrook (~1816-1894)
Marriage6 Oct 1863, Waterville, ME
ChildrenJohn Tobey (1864-1921)
 Herbert Porter (1868-1868)
 Ida Adelia (1870-1942)
 William Harrison (1876-1938)
 Grace (1880-1966)
Last Modified 28 Sep 2015Created 7 Mar 2016 using Reunion for Macintosh