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

Page 717

R. B. THROPP, nurseryman; P.O. Tallula; was born in Lycoming Co., Penn., June 10,1842, and was brought to Illinois by his parents in 1844, locating in Richland, Co., where he was raised and schooled till 1851, when they removed to Lynn Co., Iowa, to avail themselves of better school advantages; he there attended the Western College (at Western), where he graduated in 1855; in 1856, the family returned to Richland Co., and he came to Tallula and engaged in mercantile business, which he continued until 1862, when he enlisted with the 114th I.V.I.; he participated in many of the most severe battles of the war; was wounded and taken prisoner at the battle of Guntown, Miss., and lay a prisoner for eleven months; after the war, he returned to Tallula and embarked in the mercantile business, and, in 1870, he became a partner in the Tallula Nursery and became sole proprietor in 1875; in 1878, he sold out his mercantile business and has since given his time and attention to the nursery, which is the only one worthy of mention in the county; he makes a specialty of small fruits and shrubbery, of which he has a fine assortment; the grounds are situated half a mile from the village of Tallula. His wife was Miss Clementine Jones; they wee married Nov. 30, 1866; she is a native of Kentucky; they have a family of four children.

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