Biography - Walter Campbell

WALTER A. CAMPBELL, who is engaged in the grocery business in Roodhouse, was born in Greene County, southwest of White Hall, on the 18th of December, 1877, a son of G. F. and Harriet (Lewis) Campbell, who were natives of Missouri. His maternal grandfather, Jason Lewis, is a merchant of Walkerville, this county. G. F. Campbell is at present in the employ of the United States post office department, acting as mail carrier on rural route, No. 1.
In the schools of Roodhouse Walter A. Campbell acquired his education and in 1899 he entered the employ of the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company, as brakeman, acting in that capacity until September 28, 1903, when he retired from that position. He was for a time in the employ of the Standard Oil Company, running an oil wagon at Roodhouse, and at one time he was also proprietor of a soda fountain and confectionery store. In this and other ways he prepared himself for the mercantile life in which he is now engaged. On the 10th of October, 1903, he opened a fine stock of new groceries at Roodhouse, at a very favorable location and by his accommodating and courteous manner of dealing with the public he has already secured a good trade and is fast building up a large and profitable business.
On the 17th of October, 1892, Mr. Campbell was united in marriage to Miss Sue V. Goodyear, a daughter of John Goodyear, of Bloomington, Illinois, and they now have one child, John Eugene, who was born March 10, 1904. Fraternally Mr. Campbell is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Tribe of Ben Hur. He affiliates with the Methodist Episcopal church and gives his political allegiance to the Republican party, but does not desire nor seek office. He is a wide-awake young business man, possessing commendable ambition and unfaltering energy - an excellent foundation upon which to rear the superstructure of success.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Greene County, Illinois, by Ed Miner, published in 1905, page 638.

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