History of Whiteside Co, IL 1877
Source: Book: History of Whiteside County, Illinois
From Its First Settlement To The Present Time; with numerous biographical and family sketches.
Edited by Charles Bent, for ten years editor and proprietor of "The Whiteside Sentinel," of Morrison, Ill.
"Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation."
Morrison, Illinois, 1877
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1877, by Charles Bent, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
Reprinted by: Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington Street, P.O. Box 778, Salem MA 01970
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
JOHN W. GLASSBURN is a native of Gallia county, Ohio, and came to Whiteside county in 1856, settling at first on a place near Yorktown where he remained until 1861, when he moved to his present location. His farm then consisted of 160 acres, and included the whole of the present village of Tampico. Mr. Glassburn was a successful farmer for years, until the railroad passed through the town, when he bought the interest of Fisher and Thompson, of the firm of Fisher, Thompson & Bryant, grain dealers, and the firm then became Glassburn & Bryant. Soon afterwards this firm erected a large elevator, and entered largely into the purchase, storage and shipping of grain, pork and produce, making Tampico a good and convenient market for the farmers and producers of the surrounding country. The tornado of July 6, 1874, completely demolished this elevator, but Mr. Glassburn with characteristic energy went to work and erected a still larger and more capacious one, which is still standing. Since the death of Mr. Bryant, which occurred some two years ago, Mr. Glassburn has conducted the business individually.He is also a manufacturer of and dealer in harness. He has been frequently called to fill public positions in the town and village. Indeed, the village in a great measure owes its existence to him. Mr. Glassburn is yet in the prime of life, and is justsly regarded as one of the foremost men of Tampico.