HENKLE, THOMAS CONDELL (deceased). The late Thomas Condell Henkle, a prominent citizen and successful merchant of Springfield, was born in Decatur, Ill., January 13, 1850, and died at his home in Springfield, May 27, 1900. He was a son of Enos M. and Martha (Condell) Henkle, he born in Pennsylvania and she near Dublin, Ireland, and they had four children. Thomas C. Henkle received his education in the public schools of Illinois and moved to Springfield about 1868.
For many years prior to his death Mr. Henkle was a member of the John W. Bunn Company, wholesale grocers of Springfield, an old established firm and very successful in their operations. The men connected with this company were able business men and the affairs of the firm were handled in a manner to insure the confidence of its patrons, one of the greatest elements of success in any enterprise. Mr. Henkle was a representative and upright business man and was greatly respected and admired for his many admirable qualities and characteristics. He was handsome in form and feature and of attractive personality, showing high character in his every act. He was a true friend, a kind neighbor and a most loving husband and father, possessing those qualities which contribute most to the happiness of domestic life.
Mr. Henkle was married, April 20, 1874, to Ellen Huntington, singer of rare talent and well known throughout Illinois, and a daughter of George Lathrop and Hannah Flagg (Forbes) Huntington. Mr. Huntington was a talented musician and was prominent in business circles and public affairs in Springfield. A sketch of his life appears in this work. Four children blessed the union of Mr. Henkle and his wife, namely: Ellen Josephine, wife of William L. Patton, an attorney of Springfield and they have three children - James Huntington, Leonora L., and William Henkle; Leonara, wife of Paul Lester Starne, a coal merchant of Springfield; John Bunn, single, with A. J. Edwards & son, loan brokers of St. Louis, Mo., and Thomas Huntington, with the Electric Service Supply Company of Chicago, Ill. The family attend St. Paul's Pro Cathedral Episcopal Church. In politics Mr. Henkle was a Republican. He never cared for public office. He was very fond of his home and cared little for public life, though he was always interested in the general welfare of the community and the success of public movements that were calculated to be of lasting benefit to the people. The family residence is 811 West Edwards St.