Milan controls a large trade because of its location with regard to a contiguous rich farming section and its merchants recognizing this, handle a good quality of goods, and offer them at prices consistent with the volume of their business. One of those engaged in profitable merchandising here is Fred Wright Boulton, dealer in harness, whips, robes and similar goods, on Third street. He was born in Chattris, England, April 10, 1857, being a son of James and Ann (Wright) Boulton, natives of England, the father born there October 29, 1826, and the mother August 25, 1825. By trade the father was a shoemaker, and followed it all his life. The mother survives, making her home in England, being now eighty-eight years old.

Fred W. Boulton came to America in 1882, and located in Rock Island, where he followed the harness-making trade, having learned it in England, beginning his apprenticeship when fourteen years old. Mr. Boulton worked for different firms until 1893, when he established himself in business at Milan, and has built up a large and profitable enterprise. He is a well educated man, having attended the excellent English public schools.

In 1882 Mr. Boulton married Miss Anna Whetstone, a native of England, daughter of James Whetstone. She died January 7, 18S5, the mother of four children: Flora, Mrs. How­ ard Hodge, of Detroit, Mich.; Emma, of Davenport, la., Mabel, of California, and Plumma of Rock Island. In November, 1906, Mr. Boulton married Mrs. Helen Brown, daughter of I. C. Tarry. Mr. Tarry was born in New York, and his wife in Indiana. By trade he was a black­ smith, and had the honor of being a playmate, in boyhood, of the illustrious Abraham Lincoln. Mrs. Boulton was first married to George E. Brown of Rock Island, who was born at I'tica. N. Y., July 17, 1830, and came to Illinois when sixteen years old. For years he was in the insurance business. He died June 9, 1S09.

Mr. Boulton is affiliated with the following lodges: Masonic, Knights of Pythias, Red Men. Modern Woodmen of America, Court of Honor, Mystic Workers and Eastern Star, and has occupied chairs in the Red Men, Court of Honor and Mystic Workers, and has also ssrved as clerk in the Modern Woodmen of America. He has held political office, having been mayor for one term and councilman two terms. Mr. and Mrs. Boulton have a pleasant home, where they welcome their many friends with a generous hospitality. They are people of refinement, who appreciate the higher things of life.


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