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Cyrus M. IMBODEN

Cyrus M. Imboden, who has longer been connected with the butchering business than any other representative of the trade in Decatur, was born in Pennsylvania in 1845. His father, John Imboden, was a native of Lebanon county, that state, and on the 22d of November, 1855, arrived in Decatur, where on the 23d of December of the same year he opened a meat market. He did his own slaughtering and purchased his own stock. The new enterprise proved profitable and he continued to engage in that business until the 1st of April 1880, when he retired to private life. He was then succeeded by his sons, Cyrus M. and John G., and the new firm continued in the trade until the 1st of October, 1898, when Cyrus M. Imboden became sole proprietor. The market has been continued at one location since its establishment in 1855. The father's first shop was in a small frame building twenty by thirty feet and one story in height. That was afterward replaced by a brick structure of the same size and early in the '60s he built the present block known as Imboden Block at the corner of South Main and Wood streets. It was built in modern style and thoroughly eqipped for the purpose intended and in the new building Mr. Imboden gained even greater success than he had previously enjoyed.

While in Pennsylvania John Imboden was united im marriage to Sarah Mark, a native of Lebanon county, and when he came to Decatur was accompanied by his wife and four children. They made the journey westward by way of Pittsburg, Cleveland and Chicago and eventually reached Macon county. Mr. Imboden never sought or desired office, preferring to devote his time and attention to his business affairs until his retirement from active busines life. He died December 31, 1899, and his wife passed away March 1, 1894, at the age of severy-five years. In their family were nine children of whom seven are living, all sons. These are Cyrus M., of this review; Adam H., who is married and is a traveling salesman of Wichita, Kansas; Hiram, who is married and is living in Wichita; Miller, who is married and conducts a flouring mill in Wichita; David C., who is engaged in the brokerage business in Chicago; and John G, who is a farmer and stock-dealer of Macon county, carrying on business on an extensive scale and acts as a judge of cattle in Chicago; and Frank W., a Methodist minister, located in Kingman, Kansas. The other members of the family died in infancy. The father was president of the board of trustees of the First Methodist Episcopal church for many years and took a very active part in church work.

Cyrus M. Imboden axquired his education in the schools of Decatur and after putting aside his text-books began clerking in this city, being thus engaged with several large firms. At the age of seventeen years he enlisted in Company F. One Hundred and Fifteenth Illinois Infantry, as a private under Captain F.L. Hayes and Colonel Jesse H. Moore. He served until February 29, 1864, and was then discharged on account of severe wounds sustained in the battle of Chickamauga on September 19 and 20, 1863. After his return from the war he engaged in the grocery business and in other pursuits in connection with his brother Adam until July 6, 1870, when he became a member of the firm owning a meat market established by his father. The firm name was then changed to Imboden & Son and our subject has since continued in this business, conducting th market along progressive lines and keeping thoroughly in touch with modern ideas. He deals in excellent quality of his goods and his honorable business methods he receives a large and growing patronage.

On the 9th of August, 1870, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Imboden and Miss Clara Allison, a daughter of Dr. B.A. and Amanda (Patrick) Allison, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Indiana. Seven children were born of this union, of whom five are now living; Daisy J., the wife of Ira Fleming of Storm Lake, Iowa; Sarah, who is a teacher in the public schools of Decatur; Charles A., who is a bookkeeper in the Millikin Bank; Benjamin A., who holds a similar position; Susanna, a student in the high school of Decatur; and two that died in infancy. The family residence is at No. 236 West North Main.

Fraternally Mr. Imboden is a Mason, belonging to the blue lodge and chapter and also to Beaumanoir Commandery, K.T. In public affairs he has been prominent and influential and in the '80s he served for two terms as assistant supervisor. He has always taken an active part in politics yet has never sought office for himself, preferring that his friends should have the honor and responsibilities of public office. He is a prominent member of the First Methodist Episcopal church, with which he has been identified for forty years, having joined at the age of fourteen. He has long served as one of its officers and is now a member of its board of stewards.

Past and Present of Decatur and Macon County, pub. 1903, pg. 626, 629

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John G. IMBODEN

Success in any undertaking comes through a thorough mastery of the business and by following the most approved business methods. It is in this way that John G. Imboden has attained a prominent place among the substantial citizens of South Wheatland towhship, where he now makes his home. He is entitled to distinction as one of the most progressive and enterprising men of the county.

he was born in Decatur on the 25th of March, 1856, and is the seventh in order of birth in a family of nine children, all boys, whose parents were John and Sarah (Mark) Imboden. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1818, and spent his early life in the east. In 1855 he came to Decatur, Illinois, and embarked in the meat business, opening a market at the corner of Main and Wood streets, which is now conducted by his son, C.M. Imboden. He was also quite extensively engaged in the packing and slaughtering business until 1880, when he sold out to his two sons, C.M. and J.G. Imboden. After a useful and well spent life the father died on the 31st of December, 1899.

John G. Imboden was also identified with the packing business in connection with his father during his minority and after he reached man's estate, but in 1900 he disposed of his interests in Decatur and removed to his farm south of the city in South Wheatland township. Here he has established a model home, known as Wayside Place, where he can enjoy not only all the beauties of country life but also has all the modern conveniences of a city residence. Mr. Imboden now devotes the greater part of his time and attention to the raising of stock. He deals in all of the choice grades each year. Being an expert in his line, he has for several years been called upon to act as judge of live stock at various fairs and expositions throughout the United States, serving in that capacity in the northwest, the states of Iowa, Illinois and New York, in fact all the leading shows within the last quarter of a century, including the World's Fair at Chicago in 1893. He has often been a judge at the Fat Stock Shows in that city and there he exhibited in 1888 the Angus steer Dot, the first Angus steer that ever won grand championship at the American Fat Stock Show. At present he is engaged specially in buying, feeding and shipping choice stock to various markets. Mr. Imboden is operating an extensive feed plant built on an economical plan and was the first in Macon county to construct a concrete tank for the use of his stock, now having one in his barn and two in his feed lot. In addition to his other stock he now has twenty-five head of Texas calves, which he is fattening for market.

Mr. Imboden ws married in 1882 to Miss Zelma U. Shaw, a daughter of Dr. Shaw. of Macon, Illinois, and to them have been born three children, namely: Nina B., now Mrs. J.A. Anderson, of Ravenswood, Chicago; Edward P. and Zada Z. The parents and children are members of the First Methodist Episcopal church of Decatur and are held in the highest regard by all who know them. In his poliical views Mr. Imboden is a Republican, but at local elections he usually votes for whom he considers the best man regardless of party ties. He has contributed many articles to agricultural and stock papers, especially the Breeders' Gazette, and has done much to promote the interests of the farmer in this section of the state. He is justly regarded as one of the leading and representative citizens of his community and has the confidence and respect of all with whom he comes in contact either in business or social life.

Past and Present of Decatur and Macon County, pub. 1903, pg. 739 - 740

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