Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
APGAR, LeROY - The varied interests of Springfield are of such magnitude that almost every branch of commercial activity is represented. Where so much building is being constantly done there is, of course, an ever-growing demand for hardware, and supplying it is engaging the attention of one of the live business men. LeRoy Apgar, who, through practical experience, knows just what is needed. He was born in Springfield, Ill.,, March 25, 1855, a son of Aaron Apgar. The father was born in Ohio and for fifty-four years made Springfield his home. He became well-known as a skillful carpenter, working on some of the largest buildings in the city. In 1846 he made the trip across the country to California in a wagon, and returning, settled down in Springfield, where he died fourteen years ago. The mother died when LeRoy was but three weeks old.
The motherless lad grew up in Springfield, where he went to school, and his records show that he was a bright pupil of good, industrious habits. After working for some time in a brick yard he learned the carpenter trade, at which he worked for six years, and although he was successful, he then decided to embark in a hardware business, having recognized the possibilities of such an enterprise. His father has been justified, for he has been very successful and now controls an excellent trade in all kinds of hardware and kindred goods.
On February 6, 1907, Mr. Apgar was united in marriage, in the city of Springfield, with Lillian Clayton, who was born in 1882, no issue. Mr. Apgar belongs to the Retail Clerks' Union, and takes an interest in the organization. He is a Methodist and a Republican. Industrious, progressive, and public-spirited, Mr. Apgar is a valued citizen and one who can always be depended upon to do his full duty whatever the circumstances.