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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of John B. Wright

SOURCE: "A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois," J. R. Stewart, Supervising Editor, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, Vols. I & II, 1918


That part of the county long known as the Salt Fork Timber extended eastward into Vermilion County, with Danville as its metropolis. At an early day the Wrights settled in that region on both sides of the line. Among them was JOHN B. WRIGHT, a Virginian, who had become prominent in Indiana before he brought his family to Champaign County and located on a farm about a mile north of the present village of Homer. That was in September, 1830.

James S. WRIGHT was one of his sons, who, in 1837, broke away from the farm and the malaria-ridden country and went to work on the Illinois and Michigan Canal, then being dug between Chicago and the Illinois River. Soon afterward he returned to the locality of Homer, however, with enough money to buy some land and become an independent farmer. He secured his first real start in life through his association with M. D. Coffeen, a young, intelligent and enterprising merchant, who was aiming to establish a trading center near the Wright place, the Moses Thomas Mill and a section of the county generally, the settlers of which were coming to demand such accommodations nearer than Danville.

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