14 Jul 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside Co., IL
Originally Published by Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL 1885
Reproduced on CD purchased from OLD GLORY ACCENTS
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
John B. Loomis, liveryman at Prophetstown, is a son of Joel and Parmelia (Bowman) Loomis, and was born in Steuben Co., N.Y., March 18, 1841. When he was four years of age he came to this county with his mother and two brothers, his father having died nearly two years previously. They came to Morrison, this county, and afterward removed to Henry County, this State.
Mr. Loomis was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools of the time and locality in which he resided. In the spring of 1861 he came to Prophetstown, and has made his residence there until the present time.
He was united in marriage in Prophetstown, Dec. 16, 1868, to Mary Alvira Barber, a daughter of David and Eliza Barber. She was born in Prophetstown Township, March 4, 1850. Her parents were among the pioneers who settled that portion of the county and endured all the trials incident to the early settlement.
Mr. and Mrs. Loomis are the parents of three children, all born in Prophetstown: Carrie E., Aug. 17, 1873; Mina P., Aug. 30, 1877; and jay B., Feb. 5, 1885.
Mr. Loomis has been in the livery business in Prophetstown since January, 1881. He keeps usually about eight horses, and vehicles sufficient to supply the wants of his customers. Socially he is a member of the Order of Masonry, Modern Woodmen of America, and the A.O.U.W.