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Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, p 455

John P. CURTIS, dealer in old iron, rags, etc., is doing business at No. 214 North Madison Street, and he also has a large vinegar manufactory, on Kishwaukee Street, just outside the city limits.  He owns valuable property on this street, and a good, comfortable home.  He gives his entire thought and attention to his business enterprises, and is a man of character and energy.

Mr. CURTIS was born in Winchester [Cheshire County], NH, in 1835, being a descendant of New England stock.  His father, Bradbery CURTIS, died in his native county and State when 52 years of age, and was a farmer and lumberman by occupation.  His wife, who recently died, lived in Sunderland [Bennington County], VT, her maiden name being Harriet CODDING.  Her father served in the War of the Revolution.  She has been a worthy member of the Methodist Church all her life.

John P. CURTIS, the eldest of nine children, seven of whom are living, is the only one of the family to locate in IL.  He first left the parental roof to enter NY State, and remained in Cambridge, Washington County, NY, for 18 years.  In 1882 he came to Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], established his present business, and has succeeded beyond his most sanguine expectations, keeping as many as 12 or 14 wagons on the road all the time.

He was married near Cambridge, NY, to Miss Julia A. COOK, who was born and reared in Washington County.  The father, Isaac COOK, a farmer, passed his entire life in that county, but the mother, after his death, came West and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. CURTIS, in the spring of 1891, when nearly 90 years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. CURTIS are well and favorbly known to the people of Rockford, and Mrs. CURTIS is prominently identified with the Methodist church.  In politics Mr. CURTIS is a Republican.  Their children, five in number, are:  A. B., who is the cider maker for the manufactory, married Miss Lillie CLARK, and they reside with our subject; John F., is doing business for a KY tobacco house as a commercial traveler; Ida, married DeForest SWEET, a tinker dealer of Des Moines [Polk County], IA; Rowne Belle, is the wife of William SMITH, a junk dealer of Cedar Rapids [Linn County], IA, who like the members of the CURTIS family, is a very successful business man; and S. Dexter, who is at home and at present in business with his father.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.