18 May 2006
Source: Past and Present of Bureau County, IL
Originally published 1906
Pioneer Pub. Co., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Denise Mcloughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
JESSE A. PERRY
Jesse A. PERRY is a member of the firm of Perry Brothers, dealers in general merchanise in Malden, and his enterprise and public spirit make him a valued resident of the village. He was born in Claysville, Ohio, December 26, 1847, and has been a resident of Illinois snce the 1st of November, 1869, coming here when a young man of twneety-three years. His parents were John and Martha (YOUNG) PERRY. His father was born in Belmont county, Ohio, June 17, 1809, and departed this life January 1, 1877, while his wife, who was born July 4, 1809, survived him for about five years and passed away March 26, 1882. Their children were as follows: William B., who was born January 2, 1837, and died February 6, 1853; Mary J., whi was born February 1, 1839, and died August 4, 1844; Emily C., who was born January 17, 1841, and died June 14, 1880; John W., born July 19. 1843; Jesse A., of this review; and Anna M., born July 23, 1850.
Jesse A. PERRY was reared in the state of his nativity and is indebted to its public-school systme for the educational privileges he enjoye. When in his twenty-third year he came to Bureau county and in the winter of 1869-70 taught school in Malden, where he now resides. In the latter year he embarked in general merchandising and has since continued in business, the present firm of Perry Brothers being one of the strong commercial cominations of the town. They carry a good stock suited to the demands of a general patronage, and thier business methods are strictly fair and honorable, so that they now have a liberal and constantly growing patronage.
On the 17th of October, 1877, Mr. PERRY was married to Miss Julia RACKLEY at Malden. She was born in this town, June 7, 1857, a daughter of George and Calista (ABEL) RACKLEY. Her father was born in Orange, Vermont, November 2, 1821, and is still living. Her mother, however, passed away March 8, 1899. She was born in Alden, New York, October 14, 1822, and was therefore in her seventy-seventh year when she departed this life The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. PERRY was blessed with one son, George N., who was born August 21, 1880, but they were called upon to mourn his loss on the 23d of August. 1889.
Mr. PERRY is a prominent Mason, belonging to Bureau lodge, No. 112, A. F. & A. M.; to Princeton chapter, No. 28, R. A. M.; and Princeton commandery, No 20 K. T. He is also a member of Crystal Fount Lodge, No. 547, I. O. O. F., and the Rebekah lodge, No. 185. For twenty years he has held membership in the Congregational church, with which his wife is also identified, and in its work they are deeply interested and contribute generously to its support. In his political views Mr. PERRY is a republican and his fidelity in citizenship has been shown in his capable service in various offices. He served for twelve years as township clerk, as supervisor for six years, and for thirty-two years has been township treasurer. Malden claims him as one of its most prominent and representative citizens and in the community where he resided he stands for all that is best and most effective in the material, intellectual and moral progress of the community.