22 Apr 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Ralph B. Colcord, marble dealer at 431 Third Street, Sterling, was born in Steuben Co., N. Y., June 8, 1828. His father, Ivory Colcord, a native of Maine, was a farmer, moved from Steuben County to Genesee Township, this county, arriving Oct. 14, 1837, where he died in 1865. His mother, a native of New Hampshire, was born June 17, 1805, and is now a resident of the village of Coleta. Mr. Colcord remained at his parental home until he was 25 years old, receiving a practical education and engaging in farming, the vocation of his father. About a year after he left home he entered the business he has since pursued. He arrived in Sterling, this county, Dec. 22, 1869, since which time he has prospered in his trade.
In his political principles and sympathies, Mr. Colcord is a Republican; he has served as a member of the Board of Education, and Alderman several years. He is a member of the Christian Church of Sterling, as are also his family.
March 8, 1854, Mr. Colcord married Miss Mary A. Shively, a native of Lyndon, this county, and they have two children, namely: Emma L. and Luella M. The first mentioned married George W. Pearl, July 21, 1875, and they have one child, Glennie L.