GEORGE E. BUNDY.
GEORGE E. BUNDY, who is engaged in the furniture and undertaking business in Roodhouse, was born July 2, 1866, one mile north of White Hall, his parents being Elijah S. and Mary (Rice) Bundy. His grandfather Bundy was a native of New York and at an early day removed to Wisconsin, settling at Black River Falls. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Henry, died in 1874 and is remembered by George E. Bundy, who at the time of her death was a lad of eight years. Elijah S. Bundy was born in the state of New York, April 9, 1847, and was quite young when he came with his parents to the middle West, locating in Wisconsin. In his youth he learned the carpenter's trade and in 1865 he came to Illinois, settling at Carrollton, where he was engaged in building pursuits for a time, but later conducted a furniture and undertaking business. Subsequently he removed to Walkerville and later to White Hall, where he became a partner of Paul Lang, and when the latter died the business was sold and Mr. Bundy removed to Murraysville, where he lived for four years. He then came to Roodhouse, where he followed carpentering until the fall of 1882, when he established the furniture and undertaking business now conducted by his son George. He continued to conduct his store until his death, which occurred June 8, 1900, when he was fifth-three years of age. His wife died October 26, 1897.
George E. Bundy accompanied his parents on their various removals and acquired his education in the public schools. He assisted his father through the period of his youth and upon the latter's death he succeeded to the furniture and undertaking business, which he now conducts in Roodhouse, having a good store, in which he carries a large and carefully selected line of goods, to meet the popular demand. There are two furniture stores in Roodhouse and Mr. Bundy receives a good patronage from the town and surrounding districts. In May, 1900, his store was destroyed by fire, but he immediately erected a fine brick building on Palm street, thirty by one hundred feet, and continued business on a larger scale than before.
On the 22d of December, 1887, Mr. Bundy was united in marriage to Miss Mattie I. Hunt, a daughter of John P. Hunt and Evaline (Baldwin) Hunt, the latter a sister of Mayor Baldwin, of White Hall. Her mother, Mrs. Martha Baldwin, died October 10, 1888. Mrs. Bundy was born in Greene county, a mile and a half from Roodhouse, and by her marriage she has become the mother of one son, George H., born December 6, 1889. The parents hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Bundy belongs to several fraternal organizations, being a representative of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. His political views accord with the principles of the Democratic party. Connected with the furniture trade from early boyhood, he is well prepared for carrying on a profitable business, for with a recognition of the fact that diligence is the basic element of success, he applies himself earnestly to the upbuilding of a good and profitable trade.