SETH FRANKLIN PRATT

 

PRATT, SETH FRANKLIN (deceased), who combined the functions of banker, dealer in grain and live-stock, land owner and real estate dealer, was prominently identified with the leading interests of Roseville, Warren County, for many years. He was born in that town April 20, 1853, a son of Isaac L. and Harriet (Drake) Pratt, natives of Easton. Mass. His great-grandfather in the paternal line was Seth Pratt (5th), a native of Easton , Mass. , who married Mindwell Stone, a member of a good Massachusetts family. His grandfather, Sever Pratt, married Charity Lathrop Bailey, both were natives of Easton

. His grandfather and grandmother in the maternal line were Joel and Susanna (Lathrop) Drake, also natives of Easton . Isaac L. Pratt, father of the subject of this sketch, came from his native town in Massachusetts to Warren County, Ill., in 1841, by way of the Erie canal to Buffalo whence he made his way to Peoria , chiefly by the lake route. From Peoria he walked to Roseville , where he arrived April 24, about a month after leaving his old home in Massachusetts . Roseville was then a small frontier settlement including only a few families.

Mr. Pratt located on a farm in Roseville Township , but later removed to Roseville , where, in 1875, he established the Roseville Union Bank. He represented his Assembly District in the State Legislature of 1883-84, and died December 4, 1899 . Seth Franklin Pratt was educated at Roseville and at Monmouth and was cashier of the Roseville Union Bank from the time it opened its doors in 1875. As a banker and citizen, in many ways and In many directions, he manifested his public spirit. He owned considerable real estate in Warren County , and much land in Ilinois , Iowa , Missouri and Arkansas . Politically he was a Democrat and was an attendant of the Con­ gregational church. Mr. Pratt married Helen E. Smith at Providence . R. I., January 7, 1886 , and they had two daughters named respectively Jeanette and Helen Portia. Mr. Pratt died March 5, 1901 , and was buried in Easton , Mass.

 

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