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Submitted by Dave
O.B. Judson - Orson Bartlett
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,
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
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
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
Just a fun side note my
uncle on my other side (Mom's side) Phil Myers is currently the
Mayor of Knoxville.
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