JOHN A. PETRIE, dealer in hardware, farm implements and grain, Greenview; was born in Fleming Co., Ky., Feb. 28, 1856, and is the son of D. A. and H. C. Petrie. In 1865, he came with his parents to Greenview, Menard Co., where he has lived most of the time ever since. In early life, he worked on a farm, but, after his father removed to Illinois, he attended one of the best colleges in the State until his "junior" year; he then came home, and engaged in the lumber trade with his father. At the end of two years, a co-partnership was formed between a Mr. Frorer, of Lincoln, his father and himself, the style of the firm being Petrie & Co. They engaged in the hardware, farm implement and grain business. Since that time, the father has retired from the firm, leaving his son and Mr. Frorer alone in the business. At the present time, they are doing an immense business, which is in a great measure due to Mr. Petrie's close attention to business and upright dealing. They keep the largest and most complete stock of hardware and tinware to be found in Menard Co. He was united in marriage with Samantha Pierce Feb. 8, 1877. They have two children - Nina Edith, born Nov. 13, 1877, and Eve M., born Jan.14, 1879. Mrs. Petrie's parents have been residents of Logan Co. for thirty-four years. Her mother was a Hartwell, whose parents settled near Athens, in an early day.