Portrait and Biographical Album Peoria Co., IL Page 371.
Henry H. Fahnestock, of the firm of Oakford & Fahnestock, who carry on a wholesale grocery business in Peoria, was born in this county June 14, 1838. He is a son of Jacob and Maria (Harmon) Fahnestock, natives of Pennsylvania, whence they came to the Prairie State in 1834. In the Keystone State Jacob Fahnestock had been in the mercantile business but after coming to Peoria county he followed farming.
The subject of this brief sketch began to learn the trade of a cooper at the age of sixteen years, and when twenty one years old took charge of a small hotel and a cooper shop in Kingston. He carried on these enterprises three years, after which he entered the employ of the Kingston Mines Coal Company, keeping books and doing other general work for them two years. He next embarked in a hay speculation in McLean County which "swept the platter clean." His next venture was to embark in the hotel business with a brother-in-law, J.W. Robbins, but he abandoned the hotel a year later to become book-keeper for A. & J.
After remaining in their employ a year and a half he began traveling for Gibson & Woodbury, some eighteen months later taking up a similar line of work for S. H. Thompson & Co., continuing so employed until 1871. He then entered the establishment of Henry & Oakford, as a partner, the firm becoming Henry, Oakford & Fahnestock. On New Year's Day, 1881, he bought out the interest of the senior member of the firm, and the business since that time has been continued under the style of Oakford &
An important step in the life of our subject transpired in 1859, when he was united in marriage with Miss Frances E. Hill of this city. The wisdom of his choice has been abundantly demonstrated by the happiness of the home. The union has been blessed by the birth of two children: Lillie L. and Howard R., both of whom are still at home cheering their parents by their presence.
Mr. Fahnestock is a believer in and a supporter of the principles of the Republican party. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, his name being enrolled in Eddy Lodge, No. 357, Kingston Mines. Mr. Fahnestock is regarded as a man of honor, good business qualities and kindliness in social relations, and as a representative citizen of Peoria we present his portrait on another.
Submitted by Londie Benson.