GEORGE BRUINGTON

Farmer and stock raiser; Cold Brook Township; is president of the bank of Cameron, president of the Warren County Agricultural Society, a stockholder in the Cameron Elevator Company, a director in the Gazette Printing Company of Monmouth, a director of the Warren County Library, and has been Supervisor of his township seventeen years. He was Chairman of the Building Committee and the Board of Supervisors when the Warren County court house was erected.

Mr. Bruington comes of an old Kentucky family, and is a son of Thomas and Jane (MeGlothan) Bruington, natives of Breckinridge County, Ky. His father was born in 1808 and died in 1882, and his mother died in 1848, when he was about nine years old, he having been born in Knox county Illinois, October 4, 1840. Thomas Bruington brought his family to Illi­ nois in a large Kentucky wagon drawn by an ox team which was led by a team of horses, and they found an attractive stopping place in Knox County, where, in 1833, he traded a shotgun and a pony for eighty acres of land. In 1844 he disposed of that property and removed to Warren County and bought a farm in Section 16, Cold Brook Township, which he sold ten years later in order to buy a farm in Sections 2 and 3, Kelly Township, on which he built a house in which he lived out his days.

George Bruington was educated at Lombard College, Galesburg, and when xhe was twenty years old went to Pike's Peak with an old Indiana schooner wagon and a team, and remained some months. Returning to Illinois he assisted his father in his farming operations until in 1863 when he bought a farm in Section 1-5, Cold Brook Township.

By subsequent purchases he has increased his holding to 360 acres, which he devotes to farming and stock raising, giving especial attention to the last named branch of his business. Fraternally he is a Mason and an Odd Fellow. He was married in Cold Brook Township. June 7, 1863. to Mary Wallace, who was born there September 23. 1839, a daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Murphy) Wallace. Mr. Wallace came from Kentucky in 1833, and bought a farm in Section 16, Cold Brook Township, where he and his wife lived out their days. Mr. and Mrs. Bruington are the parents of five children named as follows in the order of their birth: Margaret Jane, who married W. C. Whitman: Jessie L., who married Ells­ worth Davis: Arnold D., who married Addie Hall: Elmer B.: and Alma M.. who married Frank Johnson.

 

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