Biography - O Storm
O. P. STORM, merchant, Jonesboro, was born March 2, 1827, in Perry (now Decatur) County, Tenn. He is of German descent. His father, Jacob Storm, was born in Maryland, and was married, in Tennessee, to Delilah Howell, who was the mother of six children — William H., Leonard, Pleasant, Susan E. (deceased), Delilah and our subject, Oliver P., who went to school in Decatur County, Tenn. When our subject was ten years old, he was taken to Texas by his widowed mother, who, after the death of her first husband, had married Andrew Still, who died in Tennessee. Mr. Storm herded cattle in Texas about five years, after which he returned to Tennessee, where he went to school again for one year, and then commenced clerking in a commission house at Perryville, Tenn. He clerked for different men and in different businesses till about 1860, when he commenced business for himself in Decatur County, Tenn. When the war broke out, he voted against secession, but after hostilities commenced his sympathies were with the South. His life during the war was full of stirring incidents too numerous to mention, and after the great struggle he resumed the mercantile business in Decatur County, Tenn., where he also run a cotton gin. In 1877, Mr. Storm came to this county, where he has a farm of 474 acres, principally bottom land. He, in company with his son Coleman H. keeps a general store. Mr. Storm was married, in Tennessee, to Emma H. Haley, born August 5, 1843, in Tennessee, who is the mother of seven children now living — Coleman H., Oliver J., Leonard H., Susan P., Bertha P., Martha J., and Beulah W. Mr. and Mrs. Storm are members of the M. E. Church. He is a member of the Masonic Council, Clifton, Tenn., and a dimitted member from the Blue Lodge and Chapter, Lexington, Tenn. He was formerly an I. O. O. F. and K. of H. In politics, he is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 114.