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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - James Karr, Jr.

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


JAMES KARR, JR., is prosperously engaged with his partner, Robert Johnston, in the grain and stock business at Seymour, which they established in 1882. He has been a resident of Champaign County since two years of age, where he pursued his primary studies, which were completed in the University at Valparaiso, Ind. He was attentive to his books, and after completing his university course employed his evenings in study, and afterward taught school seven years in Ford and Champaign Counties.

Our subject is the son of James and Esther Karr. His mother was formerly the widow of George Johnston, and both parents were born in Ireland, where their marriage also took place. They soon afterward emigrated to America, and the mother died near Mahomet, this county, in about 1863. James Karr, Sr., is still living, and a resident of Colfax Township.

James Karr, Jr., was married at Bondville, Ill., July 22, 1885, to Miss Laura Cade, a native of Illinois, and the daughter of Simon and Sarah A. (Ashcroft) Cade, the former a native of England, and the latter of America. Their family consisted of seven children-Ezra, Albert, Ella, Laura, Frank, Charles and Ida. Mr. and Mrs. Karr have but one child, Ella. Our subject affiliates with the Republican party, and socially is a member of Lodge No. 597, International Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.)

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