Henry H. Antrim


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                Henry H. Antrim, who has been the cashier of the Stat Bank of Freeport since its organization on the 1st of August, 1891, is also financially interested in several business enterprises of the city and is widely recognized as a prominent and prosperous citizen.  His birth occurred in Steinsburg, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, on the 2d of January, 1866, his parents being Edwin G. and Susan (Gehman) Antrim, likewise natives of the Keystone state.  Amos Antrim the paternal grandfather, who was also born in Pennsylvania, was a well known wollen manufacturer of Hosensack, that state, where he passed away when more than seventy years of age.  Unto him and his wife were born nine children, namely: Charles, Jacob, Mahlon, Edwin G., Lucinda, George, Lydia, Rebecca and Harrison.  The maternal grandfather of our subject, likewise a native of the Keyston state, was actively identified with general agricultural pursuits in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, until the time of his demise, which occurred when he was over sixty years of age.  His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Moyer, lived to attain the age of more than seventy years.  Their children were as follows: Henry; William; Susan; Mary; and David, who died in early manhood.

                Edwin G. Antrim,. The father of Henry H. Antrim, was a farmer by occupation but spent most of his active business career as a dealer in live stock.  He came to Illinois in 1866, settling at Polo, Ogle county, where he carried on his live stock interests for a number of years and where he still resides.  His political allegiance is given to the republican party, while fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  Both he and his wife are devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  They became the parents of nine children, six of whom grew to maturity, namely; Jennie, the wife of Dr. R. S. Albright, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Lydia, who resides with her parents at Polo, Illinois; Henry H., of this review; Harvey G. and Elmer R., both of whom are living at Polo; and Edwin G., a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska.

                Henry H. Antrim, who was brought to this state in his infancy, was reared at Polo and attended the public schools in the acquirement of an education, being graduated from the high school in 1883.  After putting aside his text-books he entered the Exchange National Bank at Polo, where he remained for some years in the capacity of bookkeeper and teller.  On the organization of the State Bank of Freeport on the 1st of August, 1891, he was elected its cashier and has filled that position of responsibility to the present time.  His understanding of modern banking methods and his diligence and progressive spirit constitute him a valued factor in the successful control and promotion of this institution.  He is likewise the vice president of the State Bank of Warren, vice president of the Freeport Shoe Manufacturing Company, the Stover Engine Works and the Freeport Railway Light & Power Company.  He has made excellent use of his opportunities, prospering from year, and has conducted all business matter carefully and successfully, displaying an aptitude of successful management in all of his acts.

                On the 4th of October, 1893, Mr. Antrim was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth P. Buswell, a native of Carroll county,  Illinois, and a daughter of Joel B. and Laura V. (Shoemaker) Buswell, who were born in Vermont and Illinois respectively.  Her paternal grandfather, John Buswell, who lived in Vermont, was born February 14, 1790, and died on the 11th of December, 1837.  He married Prudence Abbott.  The maternal grandfather was Pearson Shoemaker, who was born in Butler county, Ohio, January 16, 1809, and died July 3, 1890, at Polo, Illinois.  His wife, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Parker, was born in Grayson county, Virginia, on the 18th of February 1809, and her life record covered the intervening years to the 18th of October, 1892, when she, too, passed away in Polo, Illinois.  the father of Mrs. Antrim was a soldier of the Union army during the Civil war.  He served with Company H, of the Fifteenth Illinois Regiment, for three years and three months and held the rank of sergeant.  He participated in the battle of Shiloh and other important engagements and died at Polo, Illinois, o the 8th of September, 1905.  His widow is still a resident of that place.  Mr. and Mrs. Antrim have three sons: Max B., H. Stanley and Joel P.

                Mr. Antrim exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party, believing that its principles are most conducive to good government.  He is a member of the board of trustees and likewise acts as Sunday-school superintendent of the First Methodist Episcopal church, of which his wife is also a valued communicant.  Their pleasant home at No. 491 Stephenson street is a favorite resort with their many friends.

SOURCE: History of Stephenson County, Illinois : a record of its settlement, organization, and three-quarters of a century of progress by Addison L. Fulwider
Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1910, 1171  pgs.