Retired grocer and business man, Monmouth, has been identified with that flourishing city since it was a village. When he first saw Monmouth, only four houses had been erected between it and Macomb. He was born in Bond County, Ill., November 29, 1834, a son of John and Pollle (Burroughs) Merrifield, natives respectively of Virginia and South Carolina, who settled in Kentucky and, in 1833, removed to Illinois. They both died in Bond County, Mr. Merrifield in 1837, Mrs. Merrifield in 1845. Susan, who is Mrs. Watson, of Omaha, Neb., and the subject of this sketch are the only ones of their nine children who are living. As a child and as a boy, Green H. Merrifield lived on his father's farm in Bond County,Ill ., until he was twelve years old. He then entered school at Monmouth, where he was under the tuition of Professor Jenks.

The opening of the civil war found him fairly well started on the journey of life with good prospects of success. In April, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, First Illinois Cavalry, for three years or during the war. His regiment was mustered into the United States service at Quincy, Ill.. July, 1861, and took part in operations in Missouri and in the Arkansas campaign. Mr. Merrifield, who fought at Lex­ ington. Mo., was taken prisoner there and was paroled and ordered back to St. Louis, where he was honorably discharged in 1862. Returning to Monmouth, ha has witnessed the remarkable development of that city and in a public-spirited way has done all within his power toward its promotion. He was for some years in the grocery trade.


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