JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
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L. F. Tromly



L. F. Tromly editor, publisher and proprietor of the Shawnee News, 
was born October 30, 1846, in Mount Vernon, Ill., and is the son of 
Michael and Jane (Bouton ) Tromly. The father, of French descent and 
born in 1800 in Vincennes, Ind., lived there until he lost his first 
wife, about 1832, then lived in Burlington, Iowa, where he married 
Jane Bouton November 19, 1835. After 1840, Mount Vernon, Ill., was 
his home. He was first a cabinet-maker, and then for thirty-five years 
a silver-smith. His father, Isaac Tromly, ran the first ferry at Vincennes. 
He (Michael) died May 26, 1878. His second wife, born I New jersey and 
reared in New York City, went to Burlington, Iowa, when a young lady. 
She died August 26, 1855. Our subject, one of ten children, was educated 
at Mount Vernon, Ill, and since his fourteenth year was an apprenticed or 
journeyman printer until 1871 with the exception of eighteen months in 
the grocery business, the senior member of Tromly & Ellis, at Mount Vernon, 
Ill. After eight months as editor and publisher of the Mount Vernon News, 
he and his brother Theodore became its owners. It was the first successful 
Republican paper in the county. After three and a half years with this, 
Mr. Tromly sold out and retired from business for two years to recuperate 
his failing health, but in 1880 bought the Shawnee News, and is now sole 
owner and manager. A fearless Republican, his paper is quote by the State 
press frequently. Mr. Tromly's first teacher was "Bob" Ingersoll. 
February 25, 1877, he married Miss Iva E. Phillips, born in Anna, Union Co., 
Ill., June 4, 1856. She is a member of the Christian Church. Their two children 
are Herbert H. and Mabel. 



1887 History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and 
Williamson Counties, Illinois. Chicago: 
Goodspeed Publishing Co., Pages 583-584

Submitted by Robert W. Loman 


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