ADDISON J. LESLIE. In noting facts concerning the building interests of Meredosia, the name of this gentleman is found to figure prominently therein. He is a skilled mechanic with a good understanding of his trade, and has operated as a contractor for many years. His promptness and reliability have secured for him a good patronage among the business men of his community, where he has erected a large number of buildings.
Mr. Leslie is essentially an Ohio man, and was born in Trumbull County, that State, June 2, 1844. His father, Samuel Leslie, a native of Pennsylvania, is long since deceased, but his mother, Mrs. Mary (Covert) Leslie is still living, and is now in the ninetieth year of her age; she makes her home in Rockford, this State, with her daughter; she also is a native of the Keystone State. They left Ohio about 1845, emigrating to the vicinity of the present site of Beloit, Wis., and later removed thence to Winnebago County, this State, where our subject attained his majority. He attended the public school in Beloit, and at an early age became familiar with the various employments of farm life, also learning the trade of a carpenter, at which he served two years.
As a journeyman carpenter, Addison J. Leslie subsequently worked in Galesburg, Ill., a number of years, and in due time began operating as a contractor, being thus occupied three years in Knox County. He came to Meredosia in the spring of 1873, and has built up a good business, giving employment now to usually four workmen, and some times more. Besides his village property, he is the owner of 240 acres of land in Meredosia Precinct. Like many of the men around him, he commenced life for himself without means, and has arisen to his present position solely through the exercise of his industry and good management.
On the 27th of November, 1873, our subject was united in marriage at the home of the bride in Meredosia with Miss Emma Agnew. Mrs. Leslie was born in Indiana, July 30, 1855, and by her union with our subject, is the mother of three children, only one of whom is living, a daughter, Alta. Their home is pleasantly located in Meredosia, and they count their friends by the score in this county. Mr. Leslie supports the principles of the Republican party, and has served in some of the local offices. Socially he belongs to Benevolent Lodge, No. 52, A.F.&A.M., and has filled all the offices in the Blue Lodge. He also belongs to Meredosia Chapter No. 11, R. A. M., and for some years has been Secretary of the Chapter. In religious matters, he is identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has watched the growth and development of Central Illinois, with the warmest interest, and has given his uniform encouragement to all the projects tending to elevate the people, socially and morally, and better their financial condition.