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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of David E. Park

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


DAVID E. PARK, retired manufacturer, was born near Xenia, Greene County, Ohio, October 11, 1834, and when five years old, came with his parents to Urbana, Ill., where he grew up in the midst of pioneer environments. He attended the schools of Urbana, Ill., and was afterwards engaged with his father in the milling business at Sidney, Ill., until about the year 1887. Then he devoted his attention to farming and stock-raising near Sidney until 1899, when he returned to Urbana, which he has since made his home. The old Park homestead, which he now occupies, was built by his father, William PARK, in 1857, and was the second brick residence erected in Urbana. During recent years Mr. Park has not been actively engaged in business, abut has given his attention entirely to his property interests. He cast his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln, and has been a member of the Republican party ever since.

Mr. Park married Miss Mary S. MANSFIELD, a daughter of John Mansfield, of Sidney, Ill., who was born at Warsaw, Ind. Their only child is William M. PARK, a mechanical engineer, of Urbana. Mr. Park has been a member of the Masonic order for many years, being affiliated with Urbana Lodge, No. 157.

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