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Submitted by Dave Judson

O.B. Judson - Orson Bartlett Judson
Born in Pontiac, Mich., July 28, 1831, O. B. Judson was the son of a tailor. In 1849 O. B. Judson left his father's farm to learn the carpenter's trade working in many cities from Michigan to Memphis, TN.
   In 1854 he came to Galesburg "on the invitation of F. R. Bartlett to accept a partnership" and began cabinet making in a shop on the north side of the square. The business was named Bartlett and Judson Furniture and Undertakers. Fire destroyed the business in 1861. As recorded in family history, "this occurred the same day that Ft. Sumter was fired on by the Confederates."
    The highest paid worker at the factory was a "Mr. Ackerson, a Swedish gentleman who did their turning work for bedsteads and etc. He was paid him $1,000 a year. There were three men who made bureaus, one who made coffins." The establishment also made mattresses for the beds they manufactured. The business employed 30 workers at its height.
The firm discontinued the manufacture of their own furniture soon after the death of Fred Bartlett in the spring of 1874. O. B. Judson took another partner until his son, H. E. came into the store in 1881 when he was 18 years old. Another son O.L. Judson came into the business later.
     O. B. Judson married Emeline Hicks (1834-1912) in 1856. They had four children Herbert .(1862-1940), Orson L.(1871-1935) , Emeline H. ( 18??-1945), and Anna B. (1860-1901).
    O. B. Judson passed away on Dec. 26, 1923 and is buried in a family plot in Linwood Cemetery. He and his family lived at 122 North Chambers Street. The Victorian house no longer stands as it was torn down and used as business property in the 1940s.
Dave's Note: Most of the information for this bio came from a small book written by O. B. Judson in 1909.
Some of Linwood's Records are not correct on our family but their headstones are.)
Email from Dave:
My relatives were good at staying out of the older History Bio Books even though they played a big part in Galesburg's History. I will add a short Bio that if you wish you can add to your site as well. I can email some pics but they are in a family book written in 1909. The building that the furniture store was located and it still stands on the square - Joe the Taylor now occupies it.
We were  (after mid 1900s)  a small family and sadly  not close.
I have a little more info on Orson L 's son  - Ralph Judson ( Ralph operated Judson Cleaners near the Square and Ralph's Ice Cream on N. Chambers. He Worked for Butlers and his last endeavor was Judson's Antiques near St Augustine  ( Jct 41 & 116).  Sadly I have nothing on Orson L's  daughter.
Just a fun side note my uncle on my other side (Mom's side) Phil Myers is currently the Mayor of Knoxville.
 Thanks Dave

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