James W. Prouty


Among the promi nent merchants of Roseville, Warren County, Ill., none is held in higher esteem by his fellow citizens than James W. Prouty, the popular druggist, who is not only an expert in his line but is a citizen of much public spirit. He was born in Bradford . Stark County , Ill. . July 25, 1860 , a son of Joshua and Olive Melissa (Hunter) Prouty. His father, who was descended from a long line of New England ancestors, was born in Canada , while his parents were there on a brief visit. He was a lineal descend­ ant, in the fourth generation, from Gen. Israel Putnam, who was the mother's grandfather. He died February 23. 1901. Olive Melissa

Hunter, who was of good old colonial stock, was a native of Vermont , and a grand-daughter of Captain Barnett, of Revolutionary fame. Her father served as a soldier in the War of 1812. She is still living at Bradford, Ill.

Mr. Prouty was educated at Bradford, Stark County, and eventually obtained, thorough and practical instruction as a druggist. He established himself in the drug trade, first at Fairview , where he did a successful business ior about a year. In 1884 he opened his drug store at Roseville , and has managed it so successfully that it is one of the most popular in the coun­ ty. He keeps a full line of drugs and medicines, proprietary articles and druggists sundries, and his geniality, and his liberal policy toward the buying public have contributed not a little to his success

. Mr. Prouty is a Republican and wields considerable influence in the affairs of his party, but he is not an office-seeker, nor is he, in the ordinary sense of the term, an active politician. April 1, 1902 , he was appointed Postmaster of Roseville. He was married March 13, 1885 , at Roseville , to Miss Grace Higgins, who has borne him a son, Harry M. Prouty.


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