11 Jun 2006
Source: Portrait & Biogaphical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, Published 1885, Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by Denise McLoughlin, Tampico Area Historical Society, www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com
E. S. BENTLEY, a harness-maker residing in the village of Prophetstown, is a son of Levi P. and Julia (MONTAGUE) BENTLEY, and was born in Franklin Co., Ct., Sept. 9, 1837. His father as a native of the same State. His mother was also a native of Vermont, and died there. The issue of their union was five children, four of whom are yet living. Jane is the wife of Allen LEACH, a farmer residing in Vermont; Mr. BENTLEY of this sketch is next in order of birth; Orin D. is a sawyer by vocation, and resides in Michigan; George C. is an attorney, residing in Hancock, Mich.
Mr. BENTLEY was reared on a farm until he attained the age of about 17, when he went to North Brookfield, Worcester Co., Mass., where he learned the harness trade, and remained for two years; he then went to Plattsburg, N. Y., and worked in a saw mill for a time, then came to Spring Hill, this county, until March 1860, when he went to Pike's Peak, Col. He was engaged in mining near the latter place until the year 1862, when, in the fall of that year, he enlisted in the 1st Col. Cav., Co. F, as private, and served three years, his company being engaged mostly in fighting Indians. He was also quartermaster saddler. He then followed his trade for almost 18 months, and finally came to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx has conducted ever since. He keeps a good stock of harness, saddles, whips, etc. does repairing, and usually has one assistant, and is doing a good and increasing business.
Mr. BENTLEY was united in marriage in Prophetstown, Sept. 29, 1868, to Miss Hester HILL, a daughter of William and Ann HILL. She was born in Prophetstown, Jan. 28, 1847. The parents of Mrs. BENTLEY came here in November 1834, and may be classed as among the very first settlers of the township, and are yet living, one and a half miles southwest of Prophetstown, where her father is engaged in farming. Mr. BENTLEY owns his shop and residence and one lot; he is a member of the Masonic Order and of the A. O. U. W.