John E. Norling


John E. Norling, engaged in the drug business at Galva, was born Jan. 13, 1859 , in Bishop Hill, this county, and is a son of Andrew and Elizabeth Norling, natives of Stalba, Nora Stocken, Sweden . They came to America four years after the Colony which settled in this county, arriving in New York Dec. 15, 1854 , and in Galva, this county, Dec. 28, of the same year. On their arrival here they settled at Bishop Hill and connected themselves with the Colony, but left the same on its breaking up and settled in Galva Township , four miles north of Galva village, on section 17, where they are at present residing and have a farm of 122 acres. Their children were seven, viz.: Peter O., Andrew D., John E., our subject, Amanda, Matilda, Lillie and Alfred. The eldest is married to Amanda Nordstadt, daughter of Olaf Nordstadt, who has borne him two children, --Milford P., and LeRoy Arthur. Peter O. now has a grocery in Peoria , where he resides and is also in partnership with John E., subject of this notice.

   The latter received a good English education in the district schools of his native county. His parents being poor, he was unable to acquire a collegiate education, but commenced the study of pharmacy under Malcom Berg, a graduate of a famous institution of learning in Sweden . He studied under Mr. Berg, about nine months, after which he engaged in clerking for L. P. Ek, whom he accompanied to Kearney , Neb. , and where he remained four months, when he returned with Mr. Ek to Galva, this county, and worked for him here a short time. He then in partnership with his brothers, Peter O., and Andrew D., purchased the interest of Mr. Ek in the business. This was Feb. 20, 1880 , and the firm was known as Norling Bros. At that time the firm did a large business, having a branch store at Nekoma and Bishop Hill, and also at the same time had a dry-goods and grocery store at Nekoma, besides being interested in a sheep ranch in Sherman County, Neb. In February, 1883, they sold the dry-goods and grocery store and in January sold their drug store. Mr. Norling of this sketch was at that time running the Galva store. May 9, 1883 , they dissolved partnership, Andrew and John E. taking the sheep ranch and the store at Bishop Hill and Peter O. the Galva store. The former, Andrew, was engaged in running the Bishop Hill store, and Jan. 20, 1884, John E., subject of this notice, bought a branch store in Sutton , Neb. , which he conducted until Sept. 25, of that year, when he sold it and invested more capital in the cattle and land business, having in the meantime also disposed of his interest in the Bishop Hill store. April 15, John E., and his brother Andrew bought out the Galva store, Peter O. going to Peoria , and John E. is at present conducting the same at that place, the business being that of drugs, paints, oils, etc.

   Mr. Norling, politically, is a believer in the tenets of the Democratic party. Socially, he is a member of the A. F. & A. M. His brother, with whom he has been engaged in business so long, is also a member of the A.F. & A. M., of the I. O. O. F. and the A. O.U.W., and of which society Peter O. is likewise a member.


1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois   page 510

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