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Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
186 Dearborn Street

Page 703

A. W. STOKER, foundry, Petersburg; son of William and Sarah (Maxwell) Stoker, who located near Springfield, Ill., in 1847; A. W. was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, May 22, 1826; he learned the trade of a machinist under the instruction of his father, and has since continued it; he located in Springfield in 1846, where he followed his trade; in 1849, he came to Petersburg and established a shop, which he managed some two years, then returned to Springfield and engaged with the Western Railroad Company some eight years; he then settled in Petersburg, where he has since lived an industrious and well-to-do citizen; he conducts the manufacturing of the wheat drill known as the Blunt Press Drill; also of plows, in connection with the foundry and general machine-shop. He is a member of the M. E. Church. He married Miss Susan Dickerson, of Indiana, May 6, 1849; they have one child - Emma, who is now Mrs. Prof. M.C. Connelly.

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