Biography - James Fowley

JAMES FOWLEY, merchant, is the son of Peter and Catharine Fowley, and was born in Canada in 1841; was married in 1860 to Mary Rendleman. Several years ago he entered the mercantile business at Cobden which has increased from the beginning until it ranks among the best business room in the country. The old days of the plow and scythe have passed away, the genius of the inventer has been at work, and in no branch of industry has there been greater strides than in the manufacture of agricultural implements. Indeed, without them it would be impossible to cultivate the broad acres of our Western prairies, and farming to a profit would be an utter failure. In this particular line of business, we find in the village of Cobden, several dealers. The leading man engaged in the retail of farming machinery, however, is Mr. James Fowley. In addition to his large stock of dry goods, notions and farming implements, he is handling Woodsum Machine Company Engines; Minnesota Chief separator and Stillwater engine; Gaar, Scott & Co. engines, threshers and saw mills, Heilman & Co. engines, threshers and saw mills; Vinton Iron Works saw mills; Victor clover huller; Harris Machine Company engines and threshers; Climax mower, reaper and self-rake; Reliance harvester with Appleby binder; Thomas & Son sulky rake; among the many plows we notice B. F. Avery & Son's sulky and walking plows; D. B. Buford & Co.'s sulky and walking plows and cultivators; Heilman & Co., Sparta & Roulker Plow Company's plows, and Oliver chilled plows and Cassady sulky rake. He has also in the line of sundries, sorghum mills and evaporators, Neff wagons, grain drills, repairs for engines and separators, cylinder and concave teeth, belts, packing and oils, repairs for Nichols & Shepard vibrators, sewing machines, paints, and general merchandise, all of which he sells at small margins.

Extracted 26 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 127.

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