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Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Co.

Page 1029

One of the largest and finest dry goods establishments in Carrollton is that of Vedder, Johnson & Davis. It was established in 1881, by Vedder & Johnson, who conducted it until Jan., 1882, when the present firm was formed. They occupy a fine, large store room, in the block owned by Kergher & Son, which is 30x80 feet in size, and have a well selected stock of dry goods, boots, shoes, hats, caps, etc., which will invoice about $14,000.

ORANGE T. VEDDER, one of the firm of Vedder, Johnson & Davis, the mammoth dry goods house of Carrollton, is a native of this city. He was born Nov. 7, 1850, his parents being Francis P. and Wilhelmina (Lerpune) Vedder, natives of New York, who came to Greene county in 1830. Francis P. held the office of county clerk for 17 years. Mrs. Vedder died in 1861, and he in 1874. Orange was educated in the Carrollton schools, and in 1867 took a position as clerk in a dry goods house, where he remained until 1881, when in company with F. A. Davis and J. I. Johnson he started in the dry goods business for himself, in which he still continues, always on hand at his busy post, where he has met with much success. He was united in marriage Jan. 31, 1882, with Mollie G. Jackson, daughter of Hayden and Louisa (Hinton) Jackson. By this marriage there is one daughter - Vena, born April 15, 1884. Mrs. Vedder is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Vedder is a member of the K. of P. lodge.

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