25 Jul 2005
From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside County
Originally published 1885
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
Rufus Aldrich, of Tampico Township, was born in Binghamton, Broome Co., N.Y. May 20, 1817, and lived there until he was 12 years old, when he went with his parents, Rufus and Polly (Smith) Aldrich, to Bradford Co., Pa. He was married to Mary Ann King, in 1839, who was born in Otsego Co., N.Y., in 1817, lived there until for years old, when her father, Joshua King, removed with his family to Smithfield, Brdford Co., Pa.
In 1855 Mr. Aldrich left Pennsylvania and located in Tampico, Whiteside Co., Ill., purchasing 320 acres of unimproved land in Tampico Township. In later years he divided one-half between his two sons, John Henry and Charles R. John H. after living on his a number of years, sold it and located in Guthrie Co., Iowa. He is a mechanic, and at present engaged in bridge-building. He married Miss Juliaette Robinson and has five children. Charles R. still retains his farm, but has a residence in the village. He also owns a livery stable, which he is managing. He married Miss Mary Quinn, of Woodstock, Ill., and has three children.
Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich have had seven children: Ataline, the oldest daughter, married Philo D. Morse, and lives in Tampico; they have four children. Juliaette married John W. Whittington, and died in her 30th year, leaving three children. Mary Jane died in her 20th year. Halbert, born in 1860, died in 1861. Emma married M. Arthur Myres in 1875, who died in 1881, leaving two children.
Rufus Aldrich is now a resident of Tampico, where he has a grocery.