James B. Hoge

”HOGE JAMES B. banker, res. 121 High street; was born in Highland county, O., came with parents to Knox county, Ill., in 1834, settling near Yates City. His father, James Hoge, married Sarah Ware, of Greenfield, Ohio. Only two sons and one daughter of their family of five are living. His father was a harness and saddle manufacturer. He died in 1847, his widow ten years later. J. B. took charge of his father’s estate at his death, bought out the other heirs, gradually added to it by purchasing adjacent lands, until he had a farm of 1,600 acres. After sixteen years of agricultural life, he removed to Peoria in February, 1866, and in company with J. L. Davis established the banking-house of Davis & Hoge. Six years later he bought his partner’s interest and conducted the business alone successfully, as J. B. Hoge & Co., until the financial failure of Thomas Neill, in March 1880, by whom he lost $52,000, and was compelled to close the door. Mr. H. had accumulated an estate estimated at $130,000. A large part of the creditor; are paid off, and the remainder secured. Mr. H. declares the whole shall be settled in full if it takes the last dollar. He married Elvina Reisinger, of Knox county, Ill., when twenty-three years of age. Their family consists of four children, Josephine, now Mrs. J. B. Richardson, of Baltimore, Md., Cornelia, Emma and Orville, at home.”

Source:  The History of Peoria County, Illinois, Johnson and Company, Chicago, 1880, page 660

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